Microsoft buys gaming giant Activision Blizzard for $68 billion

Microsoft buys games company Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion, providing access to hit games like Call of Duty and Candy Crush. The all-cash deal will allow Microsoft, maker of the Xbox gaming system, to accelerate mobile gaming and provide building blocks for the metaverse, or virtual environment. The announcement comes Tuesday as Activision is still in turmoil over allegations of […]

Some Canadian travelers want to know why those arriving from the United States are subject to less strict rules

Some Canadian travelers required to spend isolated days awaiting COVID-19 test results after returning from abroad want to know why Ottawa is allowing people arriving from the United States to skip quarantine. “There’s something wrong,” said Kevin McNally of Gatineau, Que. which flew from Panama to Montreal on January 7. He was tested on arrival and waited six days at […]

Airlines call for end to mandatory COVID-19 testing for passengers vaccinated on arrival

Canada’s largest airlines and its busiest airport on Monday called on the federal government to drop its rule requiring vaccinated travelers to test themselves on arrival for COVID-19. In a letter to Ottawa and the Ontario government, Air Canada, WestJet and Toronto Pearson International Airport called for a transfer of testing capacity from airports to the community. “As the government […]

2 years after the start of the pandemic, why don’t all traders receive N-95 masks?

Since Omicron changed the nature of the pandemic, regulations to protect some workers have also changed. For example, most frontline healthcare workers in Ontario must now wear N-95 style masks, which filter out the vast majority of dangerous coronavirus particles. However, many other industries that regularly deal with the general public have been slow to adapt as quickly as the […]

US inflation hits new high of 7% in 40 years

The U.S. inflation rate is at its highest level in 40 years and shows no signs of slowing, new data revealed Wednesday. The consumer price index rose 0.5% in December alone, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reported, enough to push the annual inflation rate to 7% for the first time since 1982. The figure was in line with […]