Month: May 2020

Shopify Passes RBC To Become Canada’s Most Valuable Company

OTTAWA — Shopify Inc. overtook RBC as the most valuable Canadian company Wednesday after the company’s share price climbed on signs demand for online commerce is higher than ever. The stock price of the Ottawa-based online merchant platform was up $67.17 or 6.94 per cent to $1,034.42 Wednesday as...

Can You Refuse Unsafe Work In Age Of COVID-19? It's Complicated.

How do you maintain social distancing in the workplace? It’s a question that is top of mind as businesses and services plan phased reopenings in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.  But not everyone’s been out of work. Southern Alberta is now home to North America’s single largest COVID-19...

Housing Prices In Canada Immune To COVID-19: Economists

MONTREAL ― The COVID-19 economic crisis has shuttered our cinemas and airlines, thrown restaurants and bars into disarray and is currently busy running up a heck of a government deficit. But apparently it can’t derail Canada’s housing markets, many of which can expect to see rapid house price growth...

Rapid Test For COVID-19 Recalled In Canada Over Accuracy Concerns

OTTAWA — An Ottawa biotech company is voluntarily recalling a rapid test for COVID-19 after Health Canada expressed concern about its effectiveness, dealing a setback to expanded testing in the country. Spartan Bioscience said Sunday that the concerns centre around the proprietary swab used in the test, but that...

Ontario Extends Hydro Relief Program, Emergency Orders For COVID-19 Crisis

Ontario is keeping electricity rates down for a little longer as the province grapples with its current emergency lockdown measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In a news release Wednesday, the province says it is extending its electricity rate relief program until May 31. This means Ontarians will...

Off-Duty Chicago Cop Risks His Life Trying To Save His Dog

CHICAGO — An off-duty Chicago police officer was critically injured Monday in a fire that destroyed his home on the city’s Northwest Side. Officer John Zook was in the shower around 4:10 p.m., when he heard his smoke alarm going off, authorities said. When he jumped out, he found...

Accused Kentucky Kroger Shooter Indicted On Hate Crime Charges

JEFFERSONTOWN, KY — A man accused of opening fire in a Kentucky Kroger and killing two black shoppers has been indicted by a federal grand jury on hate crime and firearm charges, according to the Department of Justice. The victims in the Oct. 24 shooting were identified as Vicki...

Preschoolers Served Pine-Sol Instead Of Apple Juice In Hawaii

HONOLULU, HI — Apple juice and the household cleanser Pine-Sol share an amber color, but the similarities end there. They certainly don’t smell the same — Pine-Sol has a particularly pungent aroma — but the smell test didn’t stop a helper at a Hawaii preschool from serving it to...