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After 'Not Amazon' buoys local retail, restaurants unite in hope of New Year's boost

After 'Not Amazon' buoys local retail, restaurants unite in hope of New Year's boost

Toronto restaurateur Erik Joyal knew that his restaurants would need to do something different this New Year's Eve as the COVID-19 pandemic crashed everyone's party plans.
Security firms say suspicious object on oil tanker off Iraq

Security firms say suspicious object on oil tanker off Iraq

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Sailors involved in transferring fuel oil from an Iraqi tanker in the Persian Gulf to another vessel owned by a shipping company traded in the U.S.

Industrial equipment and services provider Wajax to buy Tundra for $99 million

CALGARY — Shares in industrial equipment and services provider Wajax Corp. are rising after it announced the acquisition of privately held Tundra Process Solutions Ltd. for $99.1 million. The offer for its Calgary-based rival consists of $74.
Calamity? Anomaly? 2020 was a box office year like no other

Calamity? Anomaly? 2020 was a box office year like no other

When the sun sets on the 2020 film box office, it’ll be difficult to look at the numbers as anything but disastrous.
Jobless claims down 19,000, still 4 times pre-pandemic level

Jobless claims down 19,000, still 4 times pre-pandemic level

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell by 19,000 last week to still historically high 787,000 as a resurgent coronavirus grips the U.S. economy.
China OKs 1st homegrown vaccine as COVID-19 surges globally

China OKs 1st homegrown vaccine as COVID-19 surges globally

BEIJING — China authorized its first homegrown COVID-19 vaccine for general use Thursday, adding another shot that could see wide use in poorer countries as the virus surges back around the globe.
Pharmacies push to join COVID-19 vaccination effort as distribution ramps up

Pharmacies push to join COVID-19 vaccination effort as distribution ramps up

MONTREAL — Pharmacies are pushing to get involved in Canada’s vaccination effort, pitching their expansive networks and experience with vaccine distribution as potential selling points. Nationwide chains Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. and London Drugs Ltd.
Final countdown to spend $1, $2 bills in stores as they lose status 2021

Final countdown to spend $1, $2 bills in stores as they lose status 2021

Canadians still holding on to old paper money have until midnight tonight to spend it, as stores will stop accepting certain denominations after the new year.
Tokyo trading closed for holiday, other Asian indexes mixed

Tokyo trading closed for holiday, other Asian indexes mixed

TOKYO — Major Asian bourses were closed for the New Year's holidays Thursday while the handful that remained open was mixed. Australia's S&P/ASX fell 0.8% to 6,632.10, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng gained 0.5% to 27,271.40.
Girl Scouts call on cookie bakers to address child labour

Girl Scouts call on cookie bakers to address child labour

The Girl Scouts of the USA said Wednesday that child labour has no place in its iconic cookies and called on the two companies that bake them to act quickly to address any potential abuses linked to the palm oil in their supply chains.