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Canada's economy shrinks 8.2% in Q1 2020

May 30, 2020 - 6:30 AM

The drop in Canada's gross domestic product in the 1st quarter of 2020 is the sharpest since the 1st quarter of 2009

NO CUSTOMERS. The restaurant at the Constantin Gregoire sugar shack is seen empty in Saint-Esprit, Quebec, Canada, on March 31, 2020. Photo by Benedicte Brocard/AFP

Proceedings to extradite Huawei's Meng Wanzhou to U.S. to go ahead

May 28, 2020 - 11:22 AM

The court ruling also dashes hopes for a quick mending of Canada-China relations, which soured following her arrest on a US warrant in 2018 during a stopover in Vancouver

MENG WANZHOU. Meng Wanzhou, CFO of Huawei, walks down her driveway to her car as she departs her home for BC Supreme Court on May 27, 2020 in Vancouver, Canada. Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images/AFP


Chinese in Canada a target of increased hate during pandemic

May 27, 2020 - 2:32 PM

Vancouver police are investigating 29 anti-Asian incidents over the past two months, 7 times more than the same period last year

A man walks past Vancouver's Chinese Cultural Centre, which was targeted with vandalism during the Covid-19 pandemic, prompting police to erect mobile surveillance cameras, on May 21, 2020 in Vancouver, British Columbia. From spitting and violent attacks, to verbal assaults and vandalism of Chinese cultural sites, Chinese residents of Canada's third largest city -- who make up 26 percent of its population, according to the last census in 2016 -- say they feel increasingly unsafe and unwelcome. David P. BALL / AFP

Virus-hit Hertz declares bankruptcy in U.S., Canada

May 23, 2020 - 11:50 AM

(UPDATED) Car rental company Hertz cites the 'sudden and dramatic' impact of the coronavirus pandemic on travel demand

HERTZ. An outlet of the car rental company in Columbus, Ohio. Photo from Shutterstock

Canada consumer prices fall 0.2% in April 2020

May 20, 2020 - 11:55 PM

Plunging energy prices as a result of the coronavirus pandemic is the main contributor to the decline in Canada's inflation rate for April 2020

DESERTED. A street in the town of Niagara Falls, Canada, is seen during the coronavirus pandemic on April 27, 2020. Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images/AFP

Filipino-Canadian nurses among unsung heroes of coronavirus pandemic

May 20, 2020 - 9:30 PM

Meet some of the Filipino-Canadians supporting Canada's healthcare system amid the ongoing pandemic

UNSUNG HEROES. (From L-R) Filipino-Canadians Aryanna Kassandra Perbillo, Mary Grace Ocampo, and Debbie del Mundo are among the frontliners in Canada's fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Contributed photos

U.S. borders with Canada, Mexico closed another month

May 20, 2020 - 1:25 PM

The US Department of Homeland Security says the closure, first ordered on March 20 and due to expire May 20, will be extended until June 22 and reviewed every 30 days

US Customs officers stand beside a sign saying that the US border is closed at the US/Canada border in Lansdowne, Ontario, on March 22, 2020. The United States agreed with Mexico and Canada to restrict non-essential travel because of the coronavirus, COVID-19, outbreak and is planning to repatriate undocumented immigrants arriving from those countries. Lars Hagberg / AFP

Canada fines Facebook over misleading privacy claims

May 20, 2020 - 11:09 AM

Canada's competition watchdog says Facebook made Canadians believe that they were in control of their data while the company allowed data to be shared with 3rd party developers

FACEBOOK. In this photo illustration a Facebook feed page is displayed on a smartphone on March 25, 2020 in WArlington, Virginia.  Olivier Douliery/AFP


Johnson & Johnson to stop sales of talc-based baby powder in U.S., Canada

May 20, 2020 - 9:55 AM

Johnson & Johnson cites declining sales in the United States and Canada, where there have been fears its baby powder causes cancer. The company maintains its product is safe.

SAN ANSELMO, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 18: In this photo illustration, a container of Johnson's baby powder made by Johnson and Johnson sits on a table on October 18, 2019 in San Anselmo, California. Johnson & Johnson, the maker of Johnson's baby powder, announced a voluntary recall of 33,000 bottles of baby powder after federal regulators found trace amounts of asbestos in a single bottle of the product. (Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Air Canada to lay off half its workforce as virus bites

May 16, 2020 - 12:15 PM

Air Canada, which employs about 38,000 people, says it does not expect a return to normal for a long time

AIR CANADA. Planes parked at the Calgary International Airport in Alberta, Canada. Photo from Shutterstock

'I didn't want to leave the house': COVID-19 fueling anti-Asian hate crimes in Canada

May 14, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Advocates believe more Asian-Canadians are now reporting anti-Asian hate crimes and incidents because of the 'intensity and the gratuitous nature' of these violent attacks

Canada ties coronavirus help to climate goals

May 12, 2020 - 12:08 AM

'Companies that receive this funding will be required to commit to future climate disclosures, and environmental sustainability goals,' says Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau

CLIMATE GOALS. In this file photo taken Canada's Finance Minister Bill Morneau speaks during a news conference on Parliament Hill March 18, 2020, in Ottawa, Ontario. File photo by Dave Chan/AFP

Canada loses most jobs ever due to pandemic, unemployment hits 13%

May 08, 2020 - 11:25 PM

(UPDATED) The employment declines are observed in all Canadian provinces, but Quebec – which has the most coronavirus cases – leads all of them with 821,000 jobs lost

NIAGARA FALLS, - APRIL 27: A street in the town of Niagara Falls is seen during the coronavirus pandemic on April 27 2020 in Niagara Falls, Canada. Tourist attractions across Canada have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images/AFP

Canada's pandemic-hit farmers, food industries get emergency aid

May 06, 2020 - 8:45 AM

The Canadian government is giving Can$252 million (US$180 million) in emergency aid to farmers and food producers hit by the coronavirus pandemic

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference on COVID-19 situation in Canada from his residence March 17, 2020 in Ottawa, Canada. Canada is closing its borders to most foreigners -- excluding Americans -- in a bid to stem the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on March 16, 2020. "All Canadians, as much as possible, should also stay home," he told a news conference outside his home, where he and his family are self-isolating after his wife Sophie tested positive for COVID-19.  Dave Chan / AFP

Canada trade deficit widens as oil, car exports fall

May 05, 2020 - 9:45 PM

Canada's exports fall 4.7% to Can$46.3 billion in March 2020, while imports decline 3.5% to Can$47.7 billion

TRADE. A container terminal in Vancouver, Canada. Photo from Shutterstock

Air Canada's Q1 2020 loss surpasses Can$1 billion

May 04, 2020 - 11:00 PM

'We are now living through the darkest period ever in the history of commercial aviation,' says Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu

FLAG CARRIER. An Air Canada Boeing 700-200. Photo from Shutterstock

Life in Toronto during a pandemic: Excerpts from a COVID-19 lockdown diary

May 02, 2020 - 6:34 PM

We brace ourselves for what will come. But we are bottle-ready, with our alcohol spray and hand sanitizer.

CLOSED. An off-leash dog park, which was closed March 23, 2020, when a lockdown was imposed in Ontario to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Photo by Marites Sison

Apartment fire sends Canada PM's mother to hospital

Apr 28, 2020 - 10:06 PM

Margaret Trudeau, who is also the widow of late prime minister Pierre Trudeau, is treated in hospital for smoke inhalation and possibly burns

MARGARET. In this file photo, then Canadian Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau holds his son Hadrien while hugging his mother Margaret outside Rideau Hall in Ottawa on November 4, 2015. File photo by Sean Kilpatrick/Pool/AFP

Canada begins staggered lifting of pandemic lockdown

Apr 28, 2020 - 10:55 AM

'If we get this wrong, everything we have done, everything we have sacrificed over the past many weeks, could have been in vain,' warns Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

RAINBOW. Samuel de Champlain Bridge is illuminated in the colors of the rainbow as a symbol of support during the novel coronavirus pandemic in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on April 19, 2020. Photo by Sebastien St-Jean /AFP

Canadian stars join in coronavirus broadcast fundraiser

Apr 27, 2020 - 1:43 PM

Celine Dion, Justin Bieber, and author Margaret Atwood are among the celebrities who took part in the 'Stronger Together/Tous Ensemble' event

Canada's reopening won't depend on immunity – Trudeau

Apr 26, 2020 - 10:23 AM

'[Immunity is] something we need to have clearer answers to. Until we have those clearer answers, we need to err on the side of more caution,' says Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

PANDEMIC RESPONSE. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference on COVID-19 situation in Canada from his residence on March 17, 2020 in Ottawa, Canada. Photo by Dave Chan/AFP

Canada inflation slows 'the most since 2006'

Apr 22, 2020 - 11:50 PM

The slowdown in Canada's inflation rate for March 2020 is mainly due to an 11.6% drop in energy prices

SCHOOL'S OUT. A man in a mask sits on a bus on campus at Western University in London, Ontario on March 13, 2020. Photo by Geoff Robins/AFP

Tributes pour in for Canada shooting victims as death toll rise

Apr 22, 2020 - 12:48 PM

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police says new human remains are discovered in homes and vehicles set ablaze by the suspect during the weekend killing spree in Nova Scotia

MOURNING. In this file photo flags of Nova Scotia and Canada fly at half-staff outside the Nova Scotia Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) headquarters in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, on April 19, 2020, after a shooting rampage left at least 20 dead. Photo by Tim Krochak/AFP

Families mourn as police seek motive for Canada gun rampage

Apr 21, 2020 - 8:59 AM

'He wasn't killing enemies, he was killing his friends,' says an acquaintance of the gunman

TEETH. A Halifax regional police investigator is seen in a suite above the Atlantic Denture Clinic April 20, 2020 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia ,Canada. The clinic was owned by the gunman, Gabrielle Wortman. Photo by Tim Krochak/Getty Images/AFP

Trudeau laments 'evil' mass shooting, raises toll to 18

Apr 20, 2020 - 10:09 AM

'No one man's action can build a wall between us and a better day – no matter how evil, how thoughtless, or how destructive,' Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says

MOUNTIES. Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) tactical unit confer after the suspect in a deadly shooting rampage was neutralized at the Big Stop near Elmsdale, Nova Scotia, Canada, on April 19, 2020. Photo by Tim Krochak/AFP

Undocumented workers in Canada: 'If the virus doesn’t kill us, hunger will'

Apr 18, 2020 - 9:20 AM

Migrant, undocumented workers seek income support from the Canadian government during the coronavirus pandemic

TORONTO SCENE. In this file photo taken on March 24, 2020, a woman walks past the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, Ontario. The coronavirus pandemic could kill between 11,000 and 22,000 people in Canada, the government projected on April 9, 2020. Photo by Geoff Robins / AFP

G7 to coordinate economic reopening plans amid outbreak

Apr 17, 2020 - 9:25 AM

The leaders of the world's most advanced economies are looking for a way to end the economic paralysis

In this handout photograph received by Jiji Press and released by Japan's Cabinet Public Relations Office, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) speaks from Tokyo with other G7 leaders during a video conference late on April 16, 2020. (Photo by Handout / JIJI PRESS,JAPAN'S CABINET PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICE / AFP) / Japan OUT - XGTY / --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS / JAPAN'S CABINET PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ---

Bank of Canada holds rates after record economic plunge

Apr 16, 2020 - 8:30 AM

Preliminary data show Canada's gross domestic product plunged 9% in March 2020, dragging down 1st quarter growth to -2.6%

CANADA SLOWDOWN. Only a few vehicles line the streets of downtown Toronto, Ontario, on March 24, 2020. Photo by Geoff Robins/AFP

Canadian lawmakers approve vast pandemic economic aid program

Apr 12, 2020 - 4:05 PM

Canada's parliament approves a Can$73-billion (US$52-billion) program which aims to pay companies 75% of their employees' salaries to avoid massive layoffs

NEXT. An Ottawa Public Health officer (R) speaks with the next person in line at the COVID-19 testing center March 23, 2020 in Ottawa, Canada. Photo by Dave Chan/AFP

Canadian Embassy in Philippines announces sweeper flight for April 17

Apr 12, 2020 - 2:21 PM

The embassy says it may have more flights out of the Philippines 'if there's enough demand'

Photo from Embassy of Canada in the Philippines Facebook page

Canada jobless rate surges to 7.8% due to pandemic

Apr 09, 2020 - 11:50 PM

The 2.2-percentage-point increase in Canada's unemployment rate in March 2020 is the biggest monthly rise since 1976

BUSINESS HALTED. A pedestrian walks along an empty street and closed shops in the Byward Market in Ottawa, Canada, on March 23, 2020. Photo by Dave Chan/AFP

Air Canada to rehire 16,500 workers laid off due to pandemic

Apr 08, 2020 - 11:55 PM

(UPDATED) Air Canada says it will bring back the people it had furloughed, through a planned Canadian government relief package

AIR CANADA. Planes parked at the Calgary International Airport in Alberta, Canada. Photo from Shutterstock

Filipino migrant workers in Canada worry about jobs, health during Covid-19

Apr 06, 2020 - 10:34 AM

Many Filipinos are laid off after all non-essential businesses closed down as part of efforts to stem the pandemic

Filipino migrant workers at the International Women's Day rally in Toronto March 8, 2020. Photo by Marites Sison

Coronavirus leaves bitter taste for Canada maple sugar shacks

Apr 05, 2020 - 10:30 AM

Maple syrup producers in Quebec, Canada, are hit by measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus

The restaurant at the Constantin Gregoire Sugar shack is seen empty in Saint-Esprit, Quebec on March 31, 2020. - "For me, this represents a shortfall of between 80,000 and 100,000 dollars," laments Simon Lanoue, a maple syrup producer in Canada's Quebec province hit hard by measures to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. (Photo by Benedicte Brocard / AFP)

Canada to spend Can$2 billion on medical equipment as virus toll rises

Apr 01, 2020 - 1:06 PM

Canada orders more than 60 million N95 masks, 157 million surgical masks, 1,570 respirators from companies in Canada, Europe and the United States, and is working to secure another 4,000

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT. File photo of Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Photo by Thomas Keienzle/AFP

Air Canada to temporarily lay off half its workforce

Mar 31, 2020 - 3:25 PM

Air Canada says 15,200 employees and about 1,300 managers will be temporarily laid off in the 2nd quarter of 2020

EMERGENCY LANDING. File photo of an Air Canada Boeing 700-200. Shutterstock

Canadian PM Trudeau's wife recovers from coronavirus

Mar 29, 2020 - 7:06 PM

Sophie Trudeau says she is 'feeling so much better'

SOPHIE. Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau arrive for a welcome ceremony for G7 leaders on the first day of the summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada. Photo by Geoff Robins/AFP

Canada pumps Can$200 billion into virus-stricken economy

Mar 28, 2020 - 10:30 AM

Canada's measures include a 75% wage subsidy for small and medium business employees, and a series of grants, tax deferrals, lines of credit, and low-interest loans to businesses

A pedestrian walks along empty street and closed shops in the Byward Market March 23, 2020 in Ottawa, Canada. (Photo by Dave Chan / AFP)

Canada lawmakers pass coronavirus aid package after all-night session

Mar 26, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Canada's measures include Can$52 billion ($37 billion) in direct support for families and businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic

(FILES) In this file photo only a few vehicles line the streets of downtown Toronto, Ontario on March 24, 2020. - Billions in economic aid announced last week by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to help Canadians deal with the coronavirus pandemic hit a snag on march 24, 2020 when opposition parties rejected giving his minority government unprecedented spending powers. Thirty-two members of Parliament, proportionally representing each party instead of the full 338, gathered in Ottawa for a vote on the emergency measures. (Photo by Geoff Robins / AFP)

Bombardier shuts Canadian assembly lines over coronavirus

Mar 25, 2020 - 12:15 AM

More than 12,000 employees, or 70% of Bombardier's Canadian workforce, will be placed on furlough during the temporary shutdown

BOMBARDIER. Logo of the Montreal-based Bombardier. Photo from Shutterstock

Canada urges Tokyo Games delay, won't send team in July

Mar 23, 2020 - 1:24 PM

The International Olympic Committee has come under increasing pressure to push back the Games as the coronavirus global death tally continues to rise

DECISION TIME. The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in calls to postpone the Tokyo Olympics. Photo Mladen Antonov/AFP


Air Canada to lay off more than 5,000 flight attendants – union

Mar 21, 2020 - 10:15 AM

'When conditions permit and service resumes, these employees will be recalled,' says Air Canada

AIR CANADA. Planes parked at the Calgary International Airport in Alberta, Canada. Photo from Shutterstock

Top central banks launch new bid to keep dollars flowing

Mar 20, 2020 - 11:10 PM

Starting on Monday, March 23, certain dollar liquidity operations among the banks will occur daily rather than weekly

Cannabis sales soar as Canadians stock up for coronavirus lockdown

Mar 20, 2020 - 2:06 PM

Canadians and tourists are lining up at pot shops and flooding online cannabis retail sites to stock up on the mood-altering drug that was legalized in 2018

Canada announces coronavirus aid package

Mar 19, 2020 - 7:00 AM

'This is a time where you should be focused on your health, not whether you're going to lose your job or not whether you're going to run out of money,' says Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

JUSTIN TRUDEAU. In this file photo taken on January 17, 2020 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at a news conference in Ottawa, Canada. Photo by Dave Chan/AFP

Justin Trudeau warns virus restrictions could last weeks, months

Mar 18, 2020 - 4:54 PM

'As much as possible, stay home,' says the Canadian Prime Minister. 'Don't go out unless you absolutely have to. Work remotely if you can. Let the kids run around a bit in the house.'

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference on COVID-19 situation in Canada from his residence March 17, 2020 in Ottawa, Canada. Canada is closing its borders to most foreigners -- excluding Americans -- in a bid to stem the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on March 16, 2020. "All Canadians, as much as possible, should also stay home," he told a news conference outside his home, where he and his family are self-isolating after his wife Sophie tested positive for COVID-19.  Dave Chan / AFP

G7 pledge to 'do whatever it takes' to safeguard economy

Mar 17, 2020 - 8:30 AM

Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United States 'resolve to coordinate measures...to achieve strong growth in the G7 economies'

In this handout photograph received by Jiji Press and released by Japan's Cabinet Public Relations Office, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) speaks from Tokyo with other G7 leaders during a video conference late on March 16, 2020. - Leaders of the G7 industrial powerhouses pledged on march 16 to join forces to halt economic freefall in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, which they called "a human tragedy." (Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP) / Japan OUT / --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS / JAPAN'S CABINET PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ---

Coronavirus spreads to all Canadian provinces

Mar 16, 2020 - 9:44 AM

'Most of the cases (in Canada) have been linked to travel,' says Canada's chief public health officer, 'but that could change very quickly'

SCHOOL'S OUT. A man in a mask sits on a bus on campus at Western University in London, Ontario on March 13, 2020. Photo by Geoff Robins/AFP

Canada unveils stimulus, warns against travel to stop coronavirus

Mar 14, 2020 - 9:22 AM

'We are recommending that Canadians avoid all non-essential travel outside the country,' Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says in a news conference outside his Ottawa residence

JUSTIN TRUDEAU. In this file photo taken on January 17, 2020 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at a news conference in Ottawa, Canada. Photo by Dave Chan/AFP

Canadian PM Trudeau's wife tests positive for new coronavirus

Mar 13, 2020 - 10:35 AM

'The Prime Minister will continue to fully assume his duties and will address Canadians tomorrow,' the statement says

SOPHIE. Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau arrive for a welcome ceremony for G7 leaders on the first day of the summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada. Photo by Geoff Robins/AFP