October 24th, 2020

Business

North American stock markets flat as stimulus talks drag on after senate rejection

By The Canadian Press on October 21st, 2020

TORONTO – North American stock markets were flat as U.S. stimulus negotiations continue after a smaller bill failed to win senate approval. The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 43.03 points or 0.26 per cent to 16,230.23. In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 97.97 points at 28,210.82. The S&P 500 index was ... Read More »

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Meet Amit Mehta, the judge for Google’s antitrust case

By Tali Arbel, The Associated Press on October 21st, 2020

The Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit against Google has a judge: Obama appointee Amit Mehta, who was assigned the case Wednesday morning in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He went to elite U.S. universities, clerked for an appellate court judge and worked for both a D.C. law firm with high-profile clients and as ... Read More »

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Western Canadian oil output still down after restoring some COVID cutbacks, CER says

By The Canadian Press on October 21st, 2020

CALGARY – The Canada Energy Regulator says most, but not all, western Canadian oil production has been restored after being cut because of low prices amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The national agency says western Canadian oil supply had slipped by as much as 972,000 barrels per day by mid-May as demand fell due to pandemic ... Read More »

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Chance of snap election fades after Greens decide to back Liberals in confidence vote

By Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press on October 21st, 2020

OTTAWA – The chance of Canada heading into a snap election during the second wave of COVID-19 appeared to diminish Wednesday as the Greens said they would vote against a Conservative motion that could topple the Liberal minority government. That came after New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh said his party would not give the Liberals ... Read More »

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The Latest: NJ Gov. Murphy, wife test negative for virus

By The Associated Press on October 21st, 2020

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and the first lady tested negative for coronavirus on Wednesday, just hours after he abruptly left an event. The Democrat was speaking at a workforce development event his office organized with Democratic Rep. Donald Norcross at Camden County College when he learned a recent contact had tested ... Read More »

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Restaurants in COVID hot spots doubt cold-weather patios will save the industry

By Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press on October 21st, 2020

TORONTO – Erin Gamelin started scouring the internet for a cost-effective version of the outdoor dining pods she’d seen photos of online when stricter public health measures shut down indoor dining in Ontario’s COVID-19 hot spots this month. She settled on mini greenhouses that fit perfectly over a table for two on the patio of ... Read More »

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The Latest: Spain reaches 1 million cases of coronavirus

By The Associated Press on October 21st, 2020

MADRID – Spain has become the first western European country to reach more than 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases. Spain’s health ministry says the total since the start of the pandemic has reached 1,005,295 after reporting 16,973 additional cases in the past 24 hours. The ministry says the country has 34,366 confirmed deaths. Health experts ... Read More »

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Cogeco to buy fellow Quebec cable, internet provider DERYtelecom for $405 million

By The Canadian Press on October 21st, 2020

MONTREAL – Cogeco Communications says it plans to buy DERYTelecom for $405 million, adding about 100,000 internet and cable customers in its home province of Quebec. The chief executive of Cogeco Communications, the group’s main operating company, says DERYtelecom is a strategic fit with territory in areas near to Cogeco’s Quebec footprint. Cogeco CEO Philippe ... Read More »

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The Latest: Boston public schools switch to remote learning

By The Associated Press on October 21st, 2020

BOSTON – Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says public schools will switch to all-remote learning starting Thursday because of increasing coronavirus cases. The city’s seven-day average positive test rate is currently 5.7%, up from last week’s rate of 4.5%. There have been two weeks of increased confirmed positive cases across the city. Walsh says students will ... Read More »

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Canada Post urging early Christmas shopping as it gears up for online shopping rush

By The Canadian Press on October 21st, 2020

OTTAWA – Canada Post is urging Canadians to shop early this holiday season to avoid the late arrival of gifts caused by a pandemic-induced shift to online shopping. The postal service says it is scaling up operations to handle an expected surge in parcel volumes by adding more than 4,000 seasonal employees, more than 1,000 ... Read More »

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