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COVID-19 takes a big bite out of Highway 407 traffic, revenues and profits

TORONTO — An increase in COVID-19 infections and restrictions in the Toronto area have resulted in a dramatic reduction in traffic on the Highway 407 toll road. The company that operates the freeway, 407 International Inc.
Amazon, Maple Leaf Foods, Maple Lodge Farms to hold vaccine clinics in Peel Region

Amazon, Maple Leaf Foods, Maple Lodge Farms to hold vaccine clinics in Peel Region

TORONTO — Peel Region says Amazon, Maple Leaf Foods and Maple Lodge Farms will hold on-site vaccine clinics for workers in the coming weeks.

Most actively traded companies on the Toronto Stock Exchange

TORONTO — Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange: Toronto Stock Exchange (19,031.64, down 111.61 points.) Pine Cliff Energy Ltd. (TSX:PNE). Energy. Down one cent, or 3.7 per cent, to 26 cents on 12.
North American stock markets fall on report of near doubling of U.S. capital gains

North American stock markets fall on report of near doubling of U.S. capital gains

TORONTO — North American stock markets moved lower Thursday on a report that U.S. President Joe Biden is planning to nearly double the capital gains tax on wealthier Americans.
COVID-19 variant of interest vs. variant of concern: What does it mean?

COVID-19 variant of interest vs. variant of concern: What does it mean?

A variant that appears to be wreaking havoc in India has been detected in Canada and sparked a temporary ban on direct passenger flights from India and Pakistan on Thursday.
New emission-cutting goals called 'aggressive,' 'ambitious' and 'illogical'

New emission-cutting goals called 'aggressive,' 'ambitious' and 'illogical'

CALGARY — New greenhouse gas emission cutting targets are being described as "extremely aggressive," "ambitious" and "illogical" by members of the Canadian oilpatch after they were rolled out at a virtual climate summit of world leaders on Thursday.
Oscar slate holds "firsts'' for Asian actors, filmmakers

Oscar slate holds "firsts'' for Asian actors, filmmakers

It may be hard to believe that there are still many “firsts” left to check off after 93 years of the Academy Awards, and yet this year there were a handful for Asian actors and filmmakers.
Les McKeown, who fronted the Bay City Rollers, dies at 65

Les McKeown, who fronted the Bay City Rollers, dies at 65

LONDON — Les McKeown, the former lead singer of the 1970s Scottish pop sensation Bay City Rollers, has died suddenly at the age of 65, his family said Thursday.
Nielsen: at least 22.8 million watched Chauvin verdict

Nielsen: at least 22.8 million watched Chauvin verdict

NEW YORK — At least 22.8 million Americans watched on television this week as former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.
Retaking language test unfair during COVID-19: applicants to new residency pathway

Retaking language test unfair during COVID-19: applicants to new residency pathway

OTTAWA — International graduates and essential workers eligible to apply for permanent residency under a new program say requiring them to retake language proficiency tests is unreasonable, especially during a global pandemic.