Some snowbirds still fly south despite new travel rules – because they can

Despite tough new measures imposed by Ottawa to curb overseas travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, some snowbirds are still flying to U.S. sun destinations. It’s because they can. The federal government’s new measures, announced last week, include a hotel quarantine stay for air passengers and an agreement with major Canadian airlines to cancel all flights to the Caribbean and Mexico […]

Canada lost 213,000 jobs in January as lockdowns took a huge slice of the labor market

The Canadian economy lost 213,000 jobs in January, about five times more than economists expected, as retail lockdowns forced more businesses across the country to close. Statistics Canada reported on Friday that the unemployment rate rose 0.6 percentage points to 9.4%. This is the highest level since August. Overall employment also fell to its lowest level since this month. January’s […]

WestJet lays off 120 cabin crew due to route cancellations in Mexico and the Caribbean

WestJet Airlines Ltd. will lay off 120 cabin crew members effective March 2, attributing the measure to the lack of flights to Mexico and the Caribbean. Employees were told of the additional cuts on Friday morning, WestJet spokeswoman Morgan Bell said. “We continue to provide all eligible terminated employees with access to SCAR [Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy] and we don’t […]

Is an $ 800 purifier the best for cleaning the air in your home? Marketplace tested 5 major brands and their claims

Clean indoor air is increasingly important as COVID-19 keeps Canadians indoors. Popular air purifier brands make a lot of promises about what they can do to protect your home, but a CBC Marketplace the survey found that a homemade DIY purifier can actually outperform some of the better-known brands in the market. There are plenty of claims for consumers to […]

Initiative to promote black-owned businesses goes national with launch of new database

Toronto-based Creator of Website and Social Media Account Spotlighting Local Black-Owned Businesses Takes Initiative Across Country with Launch of Expanded Online Store and Database which, she hopes, will soon contain hundreds of advertisements. Canada owned by black people debuted this week and its founder, Kerin John, is calling on business owners across the country to sign up to be featured. […]

Why $ 2000 for about 40 hotels? Your questions about Ottawa’s new travel rules answered

Not sure how Ottawa’s tough new rules are intended to discourage travel during the COVID-19 pandemic? You’re not alone. After the federal government announced the new travel measures on January 29, CBC News was inundated with emails from Canadians wanting to know more – including how Ottawa came up with a $ 2,000 hotel quarantine bill. So far, the government […]