VPN Technologies sees increase in VPN users

VPN Technologies sees increase in VPN users
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – March 20, 2020 – VPN Technologies Inc. (CSE: VPN, OTCQB: SRBBF, Frankfurt: 6GQ) (“VPN Tech” or “the Company”) reports an increase in users to its BladeVPN.com virtual private network service. VPNs provide an encrypted connection that allows users to securely connect to networks over the public internet. President and CEO Paul Dickson states “VPN services... Read More

Netflix establishes $100 million virus relief fund

Netflix establishes $100 million virus relief fund
LOS ANGELES — Netflix said Friday it is establishing a $100 million relief fund for workers in the worldwide creative community affected by the coronavirus-caused halt of most film and television production. “This community has supported Netflix through the good times, and we want to help them through these hard times, especially while governments are still figuring out what economic... Read More

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Most actively traded companies on the TSX
TORONTO — Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange: Toronto Stock Exchange (11,851.81, down 318.71 points.) Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Up one cent, or 2.08 per cent, to 49 cents on 31.5 million shares. Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Up $1.03, or 2.86 per cent, to $37.05 on 23.3 million shares. Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Energy. Up 95... Read More

Liquor stores adjust hours in B.C. but remain open to deal with COVID-19

Liquor stores adjust hours in B.C. but remain open to deal with COVID-19
VANCOUVER — Liquor stores in British Columbia are adjusting their hours but will remain open as Vancouver ordered restaurants to stop offering dine-in services at midnight. The provincial government says hours are changing at BC Liquor Stores so that staff can do additional cleaning to minimize the risk to employees and customers from COVID-19. When necessary, the number of customers allowed in stores will also... Read More

Ekati Diamond Mine shut down to prevent spread of COVID-19 to staff, communities

Ekati Diamond Mine shut down to prevent spread of COVID-19 to staff, communities
CALGARY — Canada’s oldest diamond mine is being shut down to protect workers and local communities from the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Calgary-based Dominion Diamond Mines ULC says in a message on its website that none of the employees at its Ekati Diamond Mine about 300 kilometres northeast of Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories has tested positive to date. But... Read More

North American stock markets fall to cap worst trading week since 2008

North American stock markets fall to cap worst trading week since 2008
TORONTO — North American stock markets closed lower to cap the worst trading week since the global financial crisis. After starting the day stronger, the S&P/TSX composite closed down 318.71 points or 2.6 per cent to 11,851.81. The market lost 1,865 points or 13.6 per cent in one week. In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 913.21 points or 4.5 per cent at... Read More

Busy signals, dropped calls, but no major outage as Canadians strain telecom system

Busy signals, dropped calls, but no major outage as Canadians strain telecom system
TORONTO — Despite the sudden, recent shift in how millions of Canadians are doing their work because of the COVID-19 crisis, it seems most parts of the communications system were up to the challenge in the first week of widespread social distancing. There have been many cellphone calls that don’t get through on the first try and some high-traffic toll-free numbers have been busy at peak... Read More

Filthy lucre: Paper money shunned for fear of virus spread

Filthy lucre: Paper money shunned for fear of virus spread
NEW YORK — In a world suffering a pandemic, cash is no longer king. A growing number of businesses and individuals worldwide have stopped using banknotes in fear that physical currency, handled by tens of thousands of people over their useful life, could be a vector for the spreading coronavirus. Public officials and health experts have said that the risk... Read More

Retirees, savers should stick to financial plan despite market fall, experts say

Retirees, savers should stick to financial plan despite market fall, experts say
VANCOUVER — Near the end of 2018, Sheldon Petrie moved $40,000 into a self-directed registered retirement savings plan and watched his nest egg grow to about $55,000 at its peak. As of Thursday, Petrie’s account had sunk by some $12,000 as markets plummeted amid the spread of the novel coronavirus. Despite the drop, Petrie regrets not having more money to funnel into... Read More

New Gold shuts Rainy River Mine so staff can self-isolate after trips to U.S.

New Gold shuts Rainy River Mine so staff can self-isolate after trips to U.S.
TORONTO — New Gold Inc. is closing its Rainy River Mine near the U.S. border in western Ontario for two weeks so that its workers can follow the 14-day self-isolation period recommended for those who have travelled outside Canada. The Toronto-based mining company says about 70 per cent of the workforce at the mine near Fort Frances are local residents and many of them make... Read More