Canada’s coronavirus vaccine rollout: Who will get it first?

Over a span of one week, preliminary results from late-stage clinical trials of two promising coronavirus vaccines have ushered in renewed hope in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, U.S drugmaker Moderna announced that its vaccine has proven to be  94.5 per cent effective in protecting people from the COVID-19 disease, according to […]

Coronavirus: U.S. unemployment rate hits 14.7% in April

WASHINGTON — The U.S. unemployment rate hit 14.7 per cent in April, the highest rate since the Great Depression, as 20.5 million jobs vanished in the worst monthly loss on record. The figures are stark evidence of the damage the coronavirus has done to a now-shattered economy. The losses reflect what has become a severe […]

Kingston, Ont., businesses show their appreciation for front-line workers

We’ve had numerous examples of people giving back to front-line workers during COVID-19, and now we have more. The bottom line: it’s all about appreciation — helping those that help others. And that’s what’s happening at a couple of Midas stores in Kingston. Jeff Hall is the owner/operator. “We just wanted to do something that […]

U.S. sees another 3.8 million jobless claims, bringing total to 30 million

Millions more Americans filed claims for unemployment benefits last week, suggesting that layoffs were spreading to industries that were not initially directly impacted by business closures and disruptions related to the coronavirus. The Labor Department’s weekly jobless claims report on Thursday followed news on Wednesday that the economy in the first quarter suffered its sharpest contraction since the Great Recession. […]

Starbucks Canada to reopen as many stores as possible by end of May

Latter lovers, rejoice. Starbucks Canada says it plans to reopen as many of its locations as possible by the end of May. The coffee giant said Wednesday it is looking to reopen additional stores and expand services on a community-by-community basis, starting with drive-through, delivery and pickup. The company shuttered many of its locations in […]

Coronavirus: Premier Doug Ford to unveil reopening framework for Ontario

The Ontario government says on Monday afternoon it will reveal a framework for reopening the economy across the province after a shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Premier Doug Ford will hold a press conference alongside Health Minister Christine Elliott, Minister of Finance Rod Phillips and Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade Vic […]

Coronavirus: Stores begin to re-open in India as country eases lockdown

A tentative easing around the world of coronavirus lockdowns gathered pace Saturday with the reopening in India of neighbourhood stores that many of the country’s 1.3 billion people rely on for everything from cold drinks to mobile phone data cards. The relaxation of the super-strict Indian lockdown came with major caveats. It did not apply […]