Luxury homes that had to be demolished

Spectacular trophy mansions lost to the wrecking ball.

Growth investing needed as pandemic wanes, says former BoC governor David Dodge

LAKE LOUISE, Alta. — Canada must shift its attention to investing for economic growth as the world recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic downturn over the next few years, says former Bank of Canada governor David Dodge. In an online presentation at the virtual Bennett Jones Lake Louise World Cup Business Forum on Friday, the former central bank chief said Canadian governments and businesses will have the advantage of low interest rates as they...

TransLink riders must now wear masks at indoor or sheltered stops

The change of policy is to align with the province's new rules requiring a mask in all indoor, public spaces as the COVID-19 second wave continues.

Black Friday 2020 online shopping surges 22% to record $9 billion, Adobe says

Spending online on Black Friday this year surged nearly 22% to hit a new record, according to data from Adobe Analytics, as the pandemic pushed more people to shop from the sofa and avoid crowded stores and malls. Consumers spent $9 billion on the web the day after Thanksgiving, up 21.6% year over year, according to Adobe, which analyzes website transactions from 80 of the top 100 U.S. online retailers. This makes Black Friday 2020 the...

Fauci predicts the COVID-19 pandemic likely won't improve by Christmas or New Year's Day

"I don't see it being any different during the Christmas and New Year's holidays than during Thanksgiving," Fauci said of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lockdown help: A breakdown of provincial and federal assistance available

There are multiple programs available to people and businesses during the pandemic. Here's a list of those still available.

Missed Jagmeet Singh And AOC’s ‘Among Us’ Stream? Here Are The 5 Best Moments

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh teamed up with U.S. congressperson Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Friday night for a three-hour video stream of the popular game “Among Us” on Twitch with a rotating cast of several high-profile streamers. Through the stream’s voice chat, Ocasio-Cortez and Singh talked politics in their respective countries, answered questions from the streamers and even virtually murdered each other once or twice. Nearly 100,000...

In spite of pandemic, City of Winnipeg balances preliminary 2021 budget thanks to federal cash

The city has released its preliminary budget for 2021. The effects of the pandemic loom over the document, but property taxes were held to a predictable 2.33 per cent increase, and federal help means Winnipeg will balance the books.

UK, EU resume face-to-face trade talks with time running out

LONDON — Teams from Britain and the European Union resumed face-to-face talks on a post-Brexit trade deal Saturday, with both sides sounding gloomy about striking an agreement in the little time that remains. EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier returned to London to meet his U.K. counterpart David Frost. Talks have been held virtually for the past week as Barnier completed a spell of self-isolation after a member of his team tested positive for...

Rogers Centre owner pauses plans for Toronto Blue Jays' stadium amid pandemic

TORONTO — Rogers Communications Inc. says it was exploring the future of its Toronto stadium before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, but the virus has caused it to put those plans on hold. "Prior to the pandemic, we were exploring options for the stadium but through this year our primary focus has been keeping our customers connected and keeping our employees safe, so there is no update on the Rogers Centre to share at this time," said the...

GM plans to seek banking charter for auto-lending business: WSJ

GM plans to seek banking charter for auto-lending business: WSJ

Canada blocks bulk exports of some prescription drugs in response to Trump import plan

Canada blocks bulk exports of some prescription drugs in response to Trump import plan

9 big homes for sale with tiny prices

If you're looking for big bang for small bucks, check out the world's most affordable mansions, currently up for sale around the world

Air Canada pilots approve new contract as carrier looks to grow cargo business

MONTREAL — Air Canada pilots have ratified changes to their contract that will help the carrier grow its cargo business, as airlines scramble to minimize the pandemic’s toll on their bottom lines. The Montreal-based airline said in a statement Friday that it would convert several of its retired Boeing 767 aircraft to carry freight and that it had appointed a new executive, Jason Berry, to oversee its cargo division. "Air Canada and Air Canada...

Canada to reveal huge COVID-19 deficit, make 'down payment' on national childcare

Canada to reveal huge COVID-19 deficit, make 'down payment' on national childcare

COVID-19 outbreaks in Saskatchewan

Here's a list of the current coronavirus outbreaks in Saskatchewan.

Condo market pain won't last long, says leading realtor

Royal LePage CEO Phil Soper speaks with Financial Post’s Larysa Harapyn about how the pandemic has changed and actually benefited Canadian property markets. Huge layoffs expected in wake of second lockdown in Canada Don't worry about Biden — 'Canada's oilpatch doesn't need Keystone XL anymore:' Eric Nuttall How Windsor and Niagara Falls are coping with border closures

Disney to lay off 4,000 more at California, Florida parks

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Walt Disney Co. announced plans to lay off 4,000 more workers in its theme parks division in California and Florida due to the COVID-19 pandemic's effect on the industry. The announcement by the company was made in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing earlier this week, saying 32,000 employees will be terminated in the first half of fiscal year 2021, which began last month. In late September, the company had...

19 homes that have lost the fight against nature

Abandoned to their fate, these jaw-dropping pictures show just how fragile our dwellings really are when pitched against the power of Mother Earth...

Europe's Christmas dilemma: risk empty chairs next year?

BRUSSELS — Please leave a chair empty at this year's family Christmas dinner as a precaution, or face the possibility of having that chair empty forever. That's the stark dilemma Belgium's prime minister has set to urge smaller festive family gatherings, as Europeans battle with containing the surging COVID-19 pandemic over the holiday season. Alexander De Croo argued that the country's long-running, costly efforts should not be thrown away for...

'A step forward': Federal, provincial governments to investigate grocery store fees on suppliers

Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial agriculture ministers on Friday agreed to launch an investigation to find ways to mend tattered relationships between food producers and supermarkets. During the last day of their annual conference, the agriculture ministers agreed to set up a working group to look at the controversial fees that some of the largest grocery chains have started charging suppliers during the pandemic. “We all recognize...

Hyundai, Kia agree to $210 million U.S. auto safety civil penalty

Hyundai, Kia agree to $210 million U.S. auto safety civil penalty

Edmonton's new home starts shake off pandemic pause

A big bump in apartment starts combined with growing strength in the single-family homes segment last month have the city’s new homes market shaking off the effects of the pandemic, and on target even to surpass all of last year’s growth. “One would think, after looking at the affects of the pandemic earlier this year, that 2020 would have been a slow one for housing development,” says Christian Arkilley, senior analyst with Canada Mortgage and...

EU delays rules on carbon market permit handouts

EU delays rules on carbon market permit handouts

Liberals face pressure for concrete ideas, economic plan in spending update

OTTAWA — Chrystia Freeland's voice perked up as she started to discuss child care during a virtual fundraiser this week. She explained how an issue near to her had become top of mind for corporate executives, who had begun banging on her door about a national program. The federal finance minister said the pandemic's hit to women in the workforce had produced an "epiphany" about the need for child care. "Not going to be easy," she said Thursday...

Tesla could widen release of 'self-driving' software in two weeks

Tesla could widen release of 'self-driving' software in two weeks

'I think Santa would be really proud': 10-year-old entrepreneur selling socks and donating to charity

"It's Christmas, it's jolly and everything, and I think Santa would be really proud," said Treyton Walcott, 10.

Saturday's letters: Usage based insurance privacy-protected

Re. “Auto insurance reforms spark privacy concern,” Opinion, Nov. 24 Sharon Polsky’s column makes some assumptions about recent auto insurance reforms and privacy concerns that need to be clarified. Alberta’s insurers take the privacy of its customers very seriously. As an industry that sells insurance designed to protect people and businesses from the financial repercussions often resulting from privacy breaches, they understand the importance...

S&P/TSX composite index rises as loonie jumps above 77 cents US

TORONTO — Canada's main stock index crept higher on Friday as the loonie popped above 77 cents in afternoon trading. The S&P/TSX composite index was up 45.22 points at 17,396.56. The Canadian dollar traded for 77.01 cents US compared with 76.85 cents US on Thursday. The S&P 500 rose to a record high Friday on a short trading day in New York, after the Dow Jones industrial average crossed 30,000 for the first time earlier in the week. On Friday,...

U.S. finalizes new rules sought by airlines on consumer protections

U.S. finalizes new rules sought by airlines on consumer protections

29 things you loved in your grandparents' house

From doilies to china teapots, take a trip down memory lane and celebrate the nostalgic furnishings from our grandparents' homes...

Howard Levitt: Here's why the work-from-home arrangement isn't working for many companies — and their staff

When you shine a light on guarded secrets, defensive rage invariably emerges. I have never received such vitriolic, often obscenity-laden responses in 28 years of writing for the Financial Post and The Star before that, as I did for my recent column , discussing employees spending time on whatever they fancied while purportedly ‘working’ from home. The self-righteous virtue signalling from the ‘remote-work’ lobby was staggering. They have reason...

Deep COVID-19 cuts expected in Winnipeg budget by bus union don’t materialize

"Somehow it wasn’t as bad as we thought.”

Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante releases graphic novel detailing political journey

Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante can now add "author" to her resume with the publication of a graphic novel in which she recounts her entry into politics and takes subtle digs at the sexism she's encountered along the way. '"Okay, Universe: Chronicles of a Woman in Politics," tells the story of Simone Simoneau — modelled on Plante — a young community organizer who decides to take the plunge into politics by running for a seat on city council....

Famously successful companies that stayed in the family

The 25 largest family-owned firms on the planet, according to the latest Global Family Business Index.

'Nightmare on Main Street:' After a tough year, campaign urges consumers to buy local

A new retail event encouraged consumers to support small businesses on Saturday, reminding shoppers that the holiday season is a critical time for many neighbourhood mom-and-pop shops. Small Business Saturday, wedged between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, is the latest sales campaign aimed at holiday shoppers. But unlike its larger retail counterparts, which tend to shine a spotlight on big box stores, Small Business Saturday suggested consumers...

Trafficking charges pending for two individuals, says Behchokǫ̀ RCMP

Behchokǫ̀ RCMP seized more than 90 grams of illegal cannabis they believe was for the purpose of trafficking. Charges are pending against a male adult and a male youth.

How online marketplaces are helping entrepreneurs link to new and existing audiences

Joining an online marketplace made a lot of sense when Christina Crowe was starting her fledgling business six-and-a-half years ago. “From there, we grew pretty quickly,” said the Vancouver-based founder of Plum Polka Dot, a customized party and wedding favours business, which started out on Etsy, an e-commerce website focused on handmade and vintage items and craft supplies. “We were in the top one per cent of shops in no time.” As business...

Coronavirus vaccines may help travel recover, but it may take years to fully rebound, experts say

Coronavirus vaccines may be imminent but travel may take years to fully rebound and, no matter the timing, will likely look different than it did pre-pandemic.

Super-rich fortunes fighting COVID-19 and other causes

It can be easy to begrudge the ultra-wealthy, but some are putting their vast fortunes to good use.

Former Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh was remembered as a 'gentle soul' by his colleagues and acquaintances

The popular Zappos entrepreneur was praised by those who had worked with him for leading with empathy.

News media lobby group asks MPs for rules to get compensation from Google, Facebook

OTTAWA — A lobby group for Canada's newspapers and magazines is asking MPs to enact new rules to help its members negotiate compensation from social-media giants that post content the traditional media produce. News Media Canada wants the government to let the industry negotiate collectively with the likes of Google and Facebook. There are similar rules in other countries, such as Australia and France, where Google announced last week it had...

Working From Home Amid COVID-19: Longer Hours, Sore Backs And ‘Zoom Call Fatigue’

Whether they like working from home or not, Canada’s new army of remote workers need new tools to grapple with new workplace issues ― heavier workloads, longer hours, physical strain and “video call fatigue.” In a new study of Canadian remote workers from global staffing firm Robert Half, 54 per cent of respondents said they work on weekends, and more than a third reported putting in more than eight hours a day. And nearly half of respondents in...

India farmers press on with protest despite offer to talk

NEW DELHI — Thousands of farmers in and around the Indian capital on Saturday pressed on with their protest against agricultural legislation they said could devastate crop prices, while the government sought talks with their leaders. Some protesters burned an effigy of Prime Minister Modi and shouted “Down with Modi,” as they rallied on New Delhi’s border with Haryana state. The protesting farmers were allowed to enter New Delhi late Friday...

Plenty of sales, but few crowds as COVID-19 colours Black Friday in B.C.

COVID-19 case numbers are rising in British Columbia, just as retailers enter their most critical month of the year.

Quebec sovereigntists and French-language activists rally in Montreal

Montrealers gathered near city hall on Saturday demanding action be taken against the decline of French in the Greater Montreal area.

Developer back with latest proposal to transform troubled city block in downtown Kelowna

The ambitious project includes three towers, one of them 42 stories high, and would be a mix of residential and commercial properties.

Locked in legal fight over rents, HBC's big plan to survive COVID-19 may be to go small

HBC is being sued for millions of dollars in unpaid rent. But the real fight is over how the retailer will look once the COVID crisis is over, and shrinking its footprint might be the best available option, say analysts.

LHSC announces added measures to curb growing University Hospital COVID-19 outbreak

Recent coronavirus outbreaks at University Hospital have infected several dozen people, including two who have died, but health officials hope new measures will halt the spread.

Sobeys brings back hero pay for grocery workers in lockdown areas

Grocery chain Sobeys has reinstated a program that will see workers in areas locked down because of COVID-19 get a pay bump.