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Biden warns of growing cost of delay on $1.9T econ aid plan

Biden warns of growing cost of delay on $1.9T econ aid plan

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden warned Friday of a steep and growing “cost of inaction” on his $1.
Wealthsimple adds 'risky' label to GameStop, BlackBerry stocks amid investor frenzy

Wealthsimple adds 'risky' label to GameStop, BlackBerry stocks amid investor frenzy

TORONTO — A rollercoaster week of trading for investors in GameStop, BlackBerry and other hot stocks has resulted in trading bans, warning labels for certain stocks and questions over both fairness and systemic risk in the financial system.
Ottawa orders independent review panel for Suncor Energy oilsands mine extension

Ottawa orders independent review panel for Suncor Energy oilsands mine extension

CALGARY — Ottawa says it is referring the impact assessment of a Suncor Energy Inc. oilsands mine extension in northern Alberta to an independent review panel.
Maritime Bus gets $720,000 in funding to operate routes in northern New Brunswick

Maritime Bus gets $720,000 in funding to operate routes in northern New Brunswick

FREDERICTON — A last-minute government injection of $720,000 appears to have saved bus routes in northern New Brunswick that a private bus operator wanted to cut because of a drop in ridership attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic.
US employment costs rise modestly in fourth quarter

US employment costs rise modestly in fourth quarter

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Wages and benefits for U.S. workers rose in the last quarter of the year, putting all of 2020 in somewhat of a normal range as the pandemic continued to rankle the economy. Total U.S. workers compensation rose 0.
Domtar CEO John Williams contracts COVID-19, takes medical leave of absence

Domtar CEO John Williams contracts COVID-19, takes medical leave of absence

FORT MILL, S.C. — Domtar Corp. says president and chief executive John Williams has contracted COVID-19 and will take a temporary medical leave of absence.
Package-free stores: How the zero-waste lifestyle movement is boosting a retail trend

Package-free stores: How the zero-waste lifestyle movement is boosting a retail trend

HALIFAX — Customers at The Tare Shop in Halifax are creative with their containers: Some use classic jars but others reuse yogurt containers, pots and pans or even empty glass liquor bottles.
Michigan approves Great Lakes oil pipeline tunnel permits

Michigan approves Great Lakes oil pipeline tunnel permits

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Michigan's environmental agency said Friday it has approved construction of an underground tunnel to house a replacement for a controversial oil pipeline in a channel linking two of the Great Lakes.
Preliminary GDP data suggests 2020 was worst year on record

Preliminary GDP data suggests 2020 was worst year on record

OTTAWA — Canada's economy appears to have suffered its worst year on record as the national statistics agency's preliminary estimate showed a contraction of 5.1 per cent in 2020.
China finance official executed in bribery case

China finance official executed in bribery case

BEIJING — The former head of a Chinese state-owned asset management company was executed Friday on charges of taking bribes in an unusually severe penalty for a recent corruption case. Lai Xiaomin of China Huarong Asset Management Co.