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Black Friday takes on ‘existential moral dimension’ amid pandemic

HALIFAX — One of the biggest shopping days of the year is…

The Toronto Star building is shown in Toronto, Wednesday, June 8, 2016. Torstar Corp. says it has sold digital advertising technology developed by its subsidiary, Eyereturn Marketing Inc., to Loblaw Companies Ltd. Financial terms of the agreement were not immediately available. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Eduardo Lima

Torstar sells digital marketing technology developed by subsidiary to Loblaw

TORONTO — Torstar Corp. says it has sold digital advertising technology developed…

Canada's Ambassador to the United States Kirsten Hillman speaks via video link at the Global Business Forum in Banff, Alta., on September 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Keystone XL not the same project John Kerry nixed in 2015, Canada’s U.S. envoy says

Keystone XL not the same project John Kerry nixed in 2015, Canada’s U.S. envoy says

The Syncrude oil sands extraction facility is reflected in a tailings pond near the city of Fort McMurray, Alta., on June 1, 2014. Imperial Oil Ltd. says it will relinquish its contract to provide operational, technical and business management services to Syncrude Canada Ltd. when Suncor takes over its oilsands mining operations at the end of 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Imperial Oil set to end Syncrude services contract as Suncor becomes operator

Imperial Oil set to end Syncrude services contract as Suncor becomes operator

The Syncrude oil sands extraction facility is reflected in a tailings pond near the city of Fort McMurray, Alta., on June 1, 2014. Imperial Oil Ltd. says it will relinquish its contract to provide operational, technical and business management services to Syncrude Canada Ltd. when Suncor takes over its oilsands mining operations at the end of 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Bay Street in Canada's financial district is shown in Toronto on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

North American stock markets surge higher, Dow tops 30,000

North American stock markets surge higher, Dow tops 30,000

Bay Street in Canada's financial district is shown in Toronto on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Pumpjacks draw oil out of the ground as a deer stands in a canola field near Olds, Alta., Thursday, July 16, 2020. The Canada Energy Regulator says we will still heavily rely on fossil fuels over the next 30 years even with a bigger carbon tax and other new climate change policies. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Canada Energy Regulator projects there may be no need for Trans Mountain expansion

Canada Energy Regulator projects there may be no need for Trans Mountain expansion

Pumpjacks draw oil out of the ground as a deer stands in a canola field near Olds, Alta., Thursday, July 16, 2020. The Canada Energy Regulator says we will still heavily rely on fossil fuels over the next 30 years even with a bigger carbon tax and other new climate change policies. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A sign at a Laval, Que., Walmart store is shown on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The country's largest organization of small businesses is calling on the Ontario government to think twice about its lockdown policies that close most small businesses while leaving big box retailers open. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Small businesses seek changes to Ontario lockdown rules as big box stores remain open

Small businesses seek changes to Ontario lockdown rules as big box stores remain open

A sign at a Laval, Que., Walmart store is shown on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The country's largest organization of small businesses is calling on the Ontario government to think twice about its lockdown policies that close most small businesses while leaving big box retailers open. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
A Loblaws store is seen Monday, March 9, 2015 in Montreal.Loblaw Companies Ltd. is expanding the launch of its mobile health and wellness app, a digital tool the company says will provide free access to health-care resources and support. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Loblaw expands launch of PC Health app, offering access to nurses, dietitians

Loblaw expands launch of PC Health app, offering access to nurses, dietitians

A Loblaws store is seen Monday, March 9, 2015 in Montreal.Loblaw Companies Ltd. is expanding the launch of its mobile health and wellness app, a digital tool the company says will provide free access to health-care resources and support. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
A pedestrian wearing a mask checks his mobile device while waiting to cross a street in Calgary on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. Some Alberta businesses are taking matters into their own hands by implementing extra COVID-19 restrictions.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Some Alberta businesses taking extra COVID-19 restrictions as cases surge

Some Alberta businesses taking extra COVID-19 restrictions as cases surge

A pedestrian wearing a mask checks his mobile device while waiting to cross a street in Calgary on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. Some Alberta businesses are taking matters into their own hands by implementing extra COVID-19 restrictions.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
FILE - In this June 29, 2018, file photo, pipeline used to carry crude oil is shown at the Superior, Wis., terminal of Enbridge Energy. A significant permit has been granted to Enbridge's plan to replace its aging Line 3 oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Army Corps of Engineers grants final federal Line 3 permit

Army Corps of Engineers grants final federal Line 3 permit

FILE - In this June 29, 2018, file photo, pipeline used to carry crude oil is shown at the Superior, Wis., terminal of Enbridge Energy. A significant permit has been granted to Enbridge's plan to replace its aging Line 3 oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
Canadian dollars are pictured in Vancouver, Sept. 22, 2011. TTHE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

North American stock markets rise as vaccine news boosts energy sector

North American stock markets rise as vaccine news boosts energy sector

Canadian dollars are pictured in Vancouver, Sept. 22, 2011. TTHE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Claudio Mastronardi, Toronto branch manager at Carmichael Engineering, is photographed at the company’s offices in Mississauga, Ont., Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. As indoor air quality becomes a major concern in places of business, HVAC companies are struggling to keep up with demand for high quality filtration systems. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Business is booming for HVAC companies as commercial buildings see pandemic upgrades

Air filters have become big business in the age of COVID-19, for…

Claudio Mastronardi, Toronto branch manager at Carmichael Engineering, is photographed at the company’s offices in Mississauga, Ont., Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. As indoor air quality becomes a major concern in places of business, HVAC companies are struggling to keep up with demand for high quality filtration systems. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Cashier Druhan Parker, right, works behind a plexiglass shield Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, as he checks out shoppers Cassie Howard, left, and Paris Black at an in Chicago. The accelerating surge of coronavirus cases across the U.S. is causing an existential crisis for America’s retailers and spooking their customers just as the critically important holiday shopping season nears. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

U.S. retailers brace as virus bears down on consumers and economy

WASHINGTON — LaTonya Story is every retailer’s worst fear. With the viral…

Cashier Druhan Parker, right, works behind a plexiglass shield Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, as he checks out shoppers Cassie Howard, left, and Paris Black at an in Chicago. The accelerating surge of coronavirus cases across the U.S. is causing an existential crisis for America’s retailers and spooking their customers just as the critically important holiday shopping season nears. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Britain's Princess Anne The Princess Royal, right, talks to NATO delegates from left, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, during a reception at Buckingham Palace, in London, as Nato leaders attend to mark 70 years of the alliance, Tuesday Dec. 3, 2019.  While NATO leaders are publicly professing unity as they gather for the London summit, several seem to have been caught in an unguarded exchange on camera apparently gossiping about U.S. President Donald Trump’s behaviour. In footage recorded during the Buckingham Palace reception on Tuesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was seen standing in a huddle with French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Britain’s Princess Anne. (Yui Mok/Pool via AP)

Canada, Britain strike new trade, beating Brexit, incorporating expiring EU pact

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British counterpart, Boris Johnson, announced the deal Saturday

Britain's Princess Anne The Princess Royal, right, talks to NATO delegates from left, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, during a reception at Buckingham Palace, in London, as Nato leaders attend to mark 70 years of the alliance, Tuesday Dec. 3, 2019.  While NATO leaders are publicly professing unity as they gather for the London summit, several seem to have been caught in an unguarded exchange on camera apparently gossiping about U.S. President Donald Trump’s behaviour. In footage recorded during the Buckingham Palace reception on Tuesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was seen standing in a huddle with French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Britain’s Princess Anne. (Yui Mok/Pool via AP)
A waitress cleans up after diners in a weather proof outdoor dining dome pod at Against the Grain Urban Tavern during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

‘Less is more:’ Restaurants pandemic-proofing menus to survive the second wave

‘Less is more:’ Restaurants pandemic-proofing menus to survive the second wave

A waitress cleans up after diners in a weather proof outdoor dining dome pod at Against the Grain Urban Tavern during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Delivery vehicles are seen at Canada Post's main plant in Calgary, Alta., Saturday, May 9, 2020.The Canada Post Group of Companies is reporting a third-quarter pre-tax loss of $216 million, as increased revenue from parcel shipping failed to compensate for higher pandemic-related costs and a slowdown in its Canada Post segment. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Canada Post Group of Companies reports $216-million pre-tax Q3 loss

Canada Post Group of Companies reports $216-million pre-tax Q3 loss

Delivery vehicles are seen at Canada Post's main plant in Calgary, Alta., Saturday, May 9, 2020.The Canada Post Group of Companies is reporting a third-quarter pre-tax loss of $216 million, as increased revenue from parcel shipping failed to compensate for higher pandemic-related costs and a slowdown in its Canada Post segment. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A haul truck carrying a full load drives away from a mining shovel at the Shell Albian Sands oilsands mine near Fort McMurray, Alta., Wednesday, July 9, 2008. A survey by energy labour market organization PetroLMI shows that more than two-thirds of the employers in Canada's oil and gas sector imposed labour cost reduction measures in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, including 37 per cent who enacted permanent layoffs. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Survey shows two-thirds of energy company employers cut labour costs due to COVID-19

Survey shows two-thirds of energy company employers cut labour costs due to COVID-19

A haul truck carrying a full load drives away from a mining shovel at the Shell Albian Sands oilsands mine near Fort McMurray, Alta., Wednesday, July 9, 2008. A survey by energy labour market organization PetroLMI shows that more than two-thirds of the employers in Canada's oil and gas sector imposed labour cost reduction measures in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, including 37 per cent who enacted permanent layoffs. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A sign showing where Indigo plans to open a new store is shown at the Mall at Short Hills in Short Hills, N.J., on July 22, 2018. Penguin Random House Canada is calling on the Ontario government to designate bookstores as an essential service. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Craig Wong

Indigo, Penguin Random House want Ontario to deem bookstores essential

Indigo, Penguin Random House want Ontario to deem bookstores essential

A sign showing where Indigo plans to open a new store is shown at the Mall at Short Hills in Short Hills, N.J., on July 22, 2018. Penguin Random House Canada is calling on the Ontario government to designate bookstores as an essential service. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Craig Wong
Canadian dollars are pictured in Vancouver, Sept. 22, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

S&P/TSX composite reaches to within five per cent of record high; U.S. markets fall

S&P/TSX composite reaches to within five per cent of record high; U.S. markets fall

Canadian dollars are pictured in Vancouver, Sept. 22, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Imperial Oil President and CEO Brad Corson answers questions at a news conference in Calgary, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. The CEO of Imperial Oil Ltd. says rising COVID-19 infection numbers have stalled a promising recovery in demand for vehicle fuels produced in its Canadian refineries. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol

Pandemic resurgence blunts refined fuel demand recovery, says Imperial Oil CEO

Demand stalled for vehicle fuels produced in Canadian refineries

Imperial Oil President and CEO Brad Corson answers questions at a news conference in Calgary, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. The CEO of Imperial Oil Ltd. says rising COVID-19 infection numbers have stalled a promising recovery in demand for vehicle fuels produced in its Canadian refineries. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol