NYC delays resumption of indoor dining at restaurants

NYC delays resumption of indoor dining at restaurants
NEW YORK — Indoor dining at New York City restaurants will be delayed out of fear it would cause a spike in coronavirus infections, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday. De Blasio, a Democrat, said he was concerned that if the city welcomed diners back into the enclosed spaces of its restaurants, it might experience the... Read More

Fitch reduces Alberta credit rating, cites concerns on heavy borrowing

Fitch reduces Alberta credit rating, cites concerns on heavy borrowing
EDMONTON — Alberta’s plan to relaunch its economy is taking a hit right out of the starting gate. The United States-based Fitch rating agency has announced it’s reducing Alberta’s credit rating to AA- from AA. Fitch cites a concern with sharply higher borrowing done by the province to deal with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Premier Jason Kenney is... Read More

Order restricting entry to Canada extended to July 31 as COVID-19 worries remain

Order restricting entry to Canada extended to July 31 as COVID-19 worries remain
OTTAWA — The federal government says it has extended tight rules barring most foreign travellers from entering Canada until the end of July as part of efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. The restrictions covering people seeking to enter Canada from countries other than the United States were set to expire at midnight Tuesday, the end of June. The... Read More

Saskatchewan calls Ottawa’s boost to Quebec, Atlantic tourism ‘outrageous’

Saskatchewan calls Ottawa’s boost to Quebec, Atlantic tourism ‘outrageous’
REGINA — Saskatchewan says it wants in on the federal money Ottawa is sending to eastern tourism industries hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Premier Scott Moe tweeted a letter he sent to the federal economic development minister expressing his disappointment Western Canada was left out of a $46 million package to help tourism in Quebec and Atlantic Canada. Minister Melanie Joly said earlier this week the country’s... Read More

Trudeau launches student support, defends fiscal record after credit-rating cut

Trudeau launches student support, defends fiscal record after credit-rating cut
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended his government’s fiscal record on Thursday as it launched several new programs promising billions of dollars in new support for students. The moves came one day after Canada saw its credit rating degraded by one major agency, over the massive increase in government spending meant to help Canadians through the COVID-19 pandemic. The... Read More

Pandemic-era tech changes should become permanent, says Toronto mayor

Pandemic-era tech changes should become permanent, says Toronto mayor
TORONTO — The COVID-19 pandemic has put a dent in Toronto’s economy but it has also taught valuable lessons that should lead to permanent technological change, Mayor John Tory said Tuesday. “I think what we’re discovering is that a lot of the stuff we did during an emergency circumstance should be made permanent,” Tory said at the opening of the Collision at... Read More

Trudeau says China made ‘obvious link’ between Meng and two Michaels

Trudeau says China made ‘obvious link’ between Meng and two Michaels
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Chinese officials it made clear in the days following their arrests of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor that their imprisonments were linked with Canada’s detaining high-tech scion Meng Wanzhou days earlier. Trudeau was rebutting a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry who said earlier Monday that his country does not arbitrarily detain people, and that Trudeau’s earlier... Read More

SNC-Lavalin to pay $1.9 million for rigging bids on Quebec municipal contracts

SNC-Lavalin to pay $1.9 million for rigging bids on Quebec municipal contracts
OTTAWA — SNC-Lavalin Inc. will pay Ottawa $1.9 million for rigging bids on municipal infrastructure contracts in Quebec as part of a federal settlement. The Competition Bureau says the Public Prosecution Service of Canada settlement, filed Friday in Quebec Superior Court, ends the agency’s investigation of the company’s role in a scheme in which several engineering firms conspired to rig... Read More

China charges two Canadians with spying in Huawei-linked case

China charges two Canadians with spying in Huawei-linked case
BEIJING — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada is “very disappointed” that China charged two Canadians who have been detained in China for 18 months. Chinese prosecutors said Friday that Michael Kovrig was charged in Beijing on suspicion of spying for state secrets and intelligence. Michael Spavor was charged in Dandong city near the North Korean border on suspicion of... Read More