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  • Japan starts COVID-19 vaccinations with eye on Olympics

    TOKYO - Japan launched its coronavirus vaccination campaign Wednesday, months after other major economies started giving shots and amid questions about whether the drive would would reach enough people quickly enough to save a Summer Olympics already delayed by the pandemic.
  • Budget officer pegs cost of basic income as calls for it grow due to COVID-19

    OTTAWA - Providing almost all Canadians with a basic income for six months beginning this fall could cost about $98 billion, the parliamentary budget officer said in a report on the eve of a preview of how COVID-19 will shape government spending until next spring.
  • Civil service saw COVID-19 benefit programs as 'Dunkirk'-style rescue effort

    OTTAWA - It was a sunny March 18 when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau presented the government's first big attempt at containing the economic fallout from COVID-19 in the form of an $82-billion rescue package.
  • Most actively traded companies on the TSX

    TORONTO - Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:
  • Judge stays order forcing Alberta to make decision on oilsands project

    CALGARY - A judge has issued a stay of a court order that required the Alberta government to make an immediate decision on a proposed oilsands project near Fort McMurray.
  • China struggles to revive manufacturing amid virus outbreak

    BEIJING - Factories that make the world’s smartphones, toys and other goods are struggling to reopen after a virus outbreak idled China’s economy. But even with the ruling Communist Party promising help, companies and economists say it may be months before production is back to normal.
  • Trump hears opposing viewpoints in debate over youth vaping

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Friday heard opposing viewpoints in the debate over youth vaping but offered no insight into where he would ultimately come down on the issue after promising two months ago that he would ban most flavoured e-cigarettes but later backtracking.
  • Russian pilot safely lands jetliner disabled by bird strike

    MOSCOW - A Russian pilot whose passenger jet lost power in both engines after colliding with a flock of gulls shortly after takeoff Thursday managed to land in a cornfield smoothly enough that only one person was hurt seriously enough to be hospitalized.
  • Styrofoam take-out boxes and straws among expected targets of plastics ban

    OTTAWA - A national ban on the most harmful single-use plastics will very likely force restaurants and fast-food outlets to find non-plastic materials for takeout and delivery containers but plastic bottles for water and soda are more likely to be improved rather than phased out.
  • Tariffs take toll on whiskey exports in last half of 2018

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Retaliatory tariffs caused a sharp downturn in American whiskey exports in the last half of 2018 as distillers started feeling the pain from global trade disputes, an industry trade group said Tuesday.

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