House Speaker Sides With The Conservatives On Vaccination Rules

House of Commons Speaker Anthony Rota has sided with the Conservatives in saying the chamber’s governing body had no right to require anyone entering the Commons precinct to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Rota says only the House itself can make a decision to restrict access to the chamber and other parliamentary buildings. However, Rota’s ruling changes nothing for MPs … Read more

Auditor General Flags Major Financial Issues With Provincial COVID Benefits

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Ontario’s auditor general says thousands of businesses received COVID-19 provincial aid they weren’t eligible for. Auditor general Bonnie Lysyk’s annual report estimates 200 million dollars in provincial pandemic supports went to businesses that didn’t meet the province’s criteria for eligibility. Her audit found lack of good consultation, improper tracking of funds, and poorly designed eligibility criteria allowed … Read more

CNN Indefinitely Suspends Chris Cuomo After Damning AG Report

CNN host Chris Cuomo was suspended “indefinitely” yesterday over revelations regarding his secret role in trying to defend his brother, then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo, from the sexual harassment allegations that forced him from office, the network said Tuesday evening.  The announcement came a day after state Attorney General Letitia James released a bunch of subpoenaed records that include texts … Read more

Lululemon Is Taking Peleton To Court

Lululemon is suing exercise equipment company Peloton Interactive over allegations of patent infringement. The Vancouver-based retailer claims in court documents that Peloton is selling knock-off Lululemon bras and leggings, infringing on multiple design patents. The lawsuit, filed Monday in the US, comes after Peloton ended a co-branding agreement with Lululemon earlier this year and launched its own private label clothing … Read more

Breaking Down Canada’s Labour Shortage

A new survey of Canadian manufacturers has found that 82 per cent of respondents are facing labour shortages and 75 per cent feel their hiring troubles are even worse than last year. The survey of 445 companies was conducted by the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters in October. It found a lack of workers and material shortages have caused the sector’s … Read more

Will Chris Cuomo Get Fired From CNN?

CNN says Chris Cuomo’s fate will be decided in the next several days after texts showed how he helped write his brother Andrew’s rebuttals to accusations of sexual harassment and used sources to dig up dirt on accusers – moves that drew the ire of the former governor’s first accuser.  Documents released yesterday by the office of the New York … Read more

The Travel Rules Change Today – Full COVID-19 Update

Canadian travel rules get a little tougher today for some unvaccinated travellers. Anyone unvaccinated and over age 12 won’t be able to board a plane or train in Canada beginning today. There are some exceptions, including valid medical exemptions and travel to remote communities only accessible by plane. Most people who qualify for an exemption will need a recent COVID-19 … Read more

Canada’s Turkey Supply Is At A 30-Year Low

This is not good news with just weeks to go before Christmas. Farmers say turkey supplies are at 30-year lows this holiday season because of supply chain challenges affecting Canada’s agriculture industry. The supply-managed poultry industry cut production last year because of demand uncertainties during the COVID-19 pandemic. The flooding disaster in BC has compounded problems by killing an unknown … Read more

Black Friday Sales In America Were Massive

These days, the digital line has been blurred between Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. But one thing is clear: people did a lot of online shopping this past weekend _ just not as much as last year. Adobe’s tally says Black Friday spending was $8.9 billion. That’s below both this year’s estimates and last year’s totals. Adobe … Read more

The Omicron Variant Is Already In Ontario – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario has Canada’s first two known cases of Omicron, a new COVID-19 variant of concern. Provincial Health Minister Christine Elliott says both cases were found in the Ottawa area in people who had recently returned from Nigeria. She says Ottawa Public Health is conducting case and contact management and the patients are self-isolating. The federal government recently banned visitors from … Read more

Retailers Should Be Optimistic About Holiday Shopping Trends

Several new surveys suggest Canadians are feeling upbeat heading into the holiday season. The polls indicate that the return of celebrations, robust savings and low unemployment are expected to bolster consumer confidence and spending ahead of the busiest shopping season of the year. Surveys from Accenture and Deloitte both indicate that Canadians intend to spend more this holiday season than … Read more

Was The Death Of Wiarton Willie intentionally Covered Up?

The mayor of the town of South Bruce Peninsula is defending the decision to keep a famous weather-prognosticating groundhog’s death a secret for about a year Janice Jackson says she was protecting the Wiarton Willie brand. The town publicly acknowledged Willie’s death this week, months after he did not make an appearance on Groundhog Day. A brown groundhog will step … Read more

New Public Health Holiday Guidance From The Province

Public health officials have released a set of guidelines for the second pandemic December holiday season. The guidance, which Doctor Kieran Moore shared yesterday, says groups of fully vaccinated people don’t need to wear masks at indoor holiday gatherings if everyone is comfortable. However, it’s recommended that people wear masks and physically distance from others if meeting with people from … Read more

Ford To Hold A Housing Affordability Summit

Premier Ford is going to meet municipal leaders in a summit on housing affordability. The meeting with Ford, Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark and the mayors and regional chairs of big cities is set for December 16th. Ford says his goal for the summit is to work on solutions to address the crisis of housing affordability so more families can … Read more

Canadians Planning To Drop Big Money On Christmas Shopping

Its survey suggests Canadians will spend an average of $635-dollars, up more than 23 per cent from last year. Deloitte Canada’s 2021 Holiday Retail Outlook estimates Canadians will spend 18-hundred and 41-dollars on the holidays, up 31 per cent from last year and eight per cent above 2019. JLL Canada’s 2021 Retail Holiday Survey says with larger budgets and declining … Read more

Changes Proposed To Federal Pandemic Aid Programs – Full COVID-19 Update

The Trudeau Liberals have outlined their latest aid package for an economy recovering from COVID-19. They propose targeted financial support to businesses still recovering from the pandemic, help for some workers, and extra weeks of benefits that expired just days ago. The bill introduced in the House of Commons is one of four pieces of legislation the government wants MPs … Read more

Mother Of Kaden Young Pleads Guilty

The mother of a three-year-old boy who died after he was swept into the Grand River in 2018 has pleaded guilty to criminal negligence causing death. Michelle Hanson was charged after her son Kaden Young was pulled out of her arms and drowned after she drove her minivan around a road closed sign and ended up in the swollen Grand … Read more

Thousands Of Kid Vaccine Appointments Booked On Day 1 – Full COVID-19 Update

Tens of thousands of Ontario parents rushed to book appointments online yesterday morning for long-awaited COVID-19 vaccinations for children aged five to 11. A spokeswoman for Premier Doug Ford says more than 68,000 appointments had been made through the province’s online booking portal by 10am — just two hours after it officially opened. That doesn’t include bookings made through individual … Read more

Two Top European Destinations Move Into The CDC’s Highest-Risk Category For Travel

Germany and Denmark were added to the CDC’s list of “very high” risk travel destinations yesterday as a winter Covid-19 surge sweeps much of Europe.  Germany is battling a fourth wave and reported a record single-day surge in cases last week.  After lifting domestic Covid restrictions in September, Denmark is once again fighting a spike in Covid cases and is … Read more

Target Will Permanently Close Stores On US Thanksgiving After A Decade Of Opening Early For Black Friday Sales

Target will shut its stores on Thanksgiving Day for the first time after a decade of opening their doors on the Thursday evening to begin early Black Friday sales.  The retail store announced the shift yesterday.  It says the closures will allow workers to be with their families for the holiday as well as reduce store crowding.   Last year, stores … Read more

GoDaddy Got Hacked

Internet domain and web hosting company GoDaddy announced that almost 1.2 million of its customers’ accounts were exposed in a recent hack.  The American company filed an incident report with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday, stating it found suspicious activity in its Managed WordPress hosting environment.  According to the document, “an unauthorized third party accessed the provisioning Read more

Kids Can Book A Vaccine Starting This Morning – Full COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 vaccine appointment bookings will open this morning for children aged five to 11. The provincial government says they’ll start to be available 8am through the COVID-19 vaccination portal and contact centre, directly through public health units using their booking systems, participating pharmacies and select primary care providers. Children must be turning five years old by the end of 2021 … Read more

Snow Squall Warnings Issued For Parts Of Southern Ontario

Environment Canada has issued a mix of snow squall watches and winter weather advisories for Waterloo-Wellington, Orillia-Midland-Barrie, Dufferin-Innisfil, Grey-Bruce and Huron-Perth. They say that Lake effect snow squalls off Lake Huron are expected to hit today. Visibilities could be significantly reduced and snow will quickly accumulate. Local snowfall accumulation of 5-15 cm is expected, with higher amounts possible. Snow squalls … Read more

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