The Latest: Hawaii cites hundreds in week 1 of tourism plan

The Latest: Hawaii cites hundreds in week 1 of tourism plan
HONOLULU — Honolulu police have issued warnings or citations to thousands of people in violation of coronavirus protocols since Hawaii launched a pre-arrival testing program to reopen to tourists. The Honolulu Police Department says officers issued 4,500 warnings and 470 citations for not wearing masks or failing to social distance since the launch of the traveller testing program Thursday. Police... Read More

Manitoba government raises fines for COVID-19 violations amid higher numbers

Manitoba government raises fines for COVID-19 violations amid higher numbers
WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government has increased fines for people and businesses who ignore public health orders — its latest move to try to reverse rising COVID-19 case numbers. The fine for individuals who break self-isolation orders or violate rules such as a cap on public gatherings has jumped to $1,296 from $486. For businesses that exceed capacity limits, fail... Read More

Hundreds evacuated from northwestern Ontario First Nation over water crisis

Hundreds evacuated from northwestern Ontario First Nation over water crisis
Hundreds of people are being evacuated from a remote First Nation in northwestern Ontario due to a water crisis, the community’s chief said Wednesday, accusing the federal and provincial governments of  “dehumanizing” inaction. An oily sheen was discovered in the Neskantaga First Nation water reservoir earlier in the week, forcing its water plant to shut down until test results come... Read More

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to plead to 3 criminal charges

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to plead to 3 criminal charges
WASHINGTON — Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin, the powerful prescription painkiller that experts say helped touch off an opioid epidemic, will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of more than $8 billion, Justice Department officials announced Wednesday. The company will plead guilty to three counts, including conspiracy to defraud the United States... Read More

Experts say counterfeit hand sanitizer recall at Dollarama is a lesson for retailers

Experts say counterfeit hand sanitizer recall at Dollarama is a lesson for retailers
TORONTO — Dollarama Inc. is removing a counterfeit and recalled hand sanitizer from its shelves, which experts say should serve as a reminder of how important it is for retailers and consumers to do their due diligence when shopping. “Since coronavirus started, it’s just been a huge Wild West of personal protective equipment (PPE),” said Yue Gao, a pharmacist and... Read More

Sweden bans Huawei, ZTE from 5G, calls China biggest threat

Sweden bans Huawei, ZTE from 5G, calls China biggest threat
Sweden is banning Chinese tech companies Huawei and ZTE from building new high-speed wireless networks after a top security official called China one of the country’s biggest threats. The Swedish telecom regulator said Tuesday that four wireless carriers bidding for frequencies in an upcoming spectrum auction for the new 5G networks must not use equipment from Huawei or ZTE. Wireless... Read More

Non-essential travel restrictions at Canada-U.S. border extended to at least Nov. 21

Non-essential travel restrictions at Canada-U.S. border extended to at least Nov. 21
WASHINGTON, Wash. — Restrictions on non-essential travel between Canada and the United States are being extended until at least Nov. 21. Public Safety Minister Bill Blair confirmed the news today on Twitter. Incidental travel — vacations, day trips and cross-border shopping excursions — has been forbidden since March in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. The restrictions do... Read More

Nova Scotia offers loan program for large tourism operators hit by pandemic

Nova Scotia offers loan program for large tourism operators hit by pandemic
HALIFAX — The Nova Scotia government is offering $50 million in loan guarantees for the province’s larger tourism operators struggling to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will provide eligible operators access to debt financing, such as lines of credit or term loans issued by a chartered bank or the Business Development Bank of Canada, at more favourable terms.... Read More

‘Ghost town’ in the PATH as retailers in downtown indoor networks wait out COVID-19

‘Ghost town’ in the PATH as retailers in downtown indoor networks wait out COVID-19
TORONTO — Eli Shimonov’s lunch spot reopened after the first COVID-19 shutdown in July, but without the usual hordes of office workers making their way through Toronto’s underground pedestrian network each day, business is “very, very, very, very slow.” “We’re down probably about 95 per cent,” he said Tuesday during what would have been a busy lunch hour before the... Read More

Aritzia posts quarterly loss as it recovers from pandemic prompted store closures

Aritzia posts quarterly loss as it recovers from pandemic prompted store closures
VANCOUVER — Fashion retailer Aritzia Inc. says stores reopened after the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns eased staged a remarkable comeback in its latest fiscal quarter but the company still posted lower revenue and profits than in 2019. The Vancouver-based company behind the TNA, Babaton and Wilfred brands reports net revenue fell by 17 per cent to $200 million in the 13-week... Read More