People still afraid of catching COVID-19 are costing the US economy billions of dollars

People still afraid of catching COVID-19 are costing the US economy billions of dollars

More than two years after the coronavirus pandemic began, social distancing is keeping some workers from going back to work. That’s according to this working paper distributed by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Some people are not prepared to let their guard down — in the knowledge that COVID-19 has not gone away. Some … Read more

New hires are ‘ghosting’ small businesses

New hires are ‘ghosting’ small businesses

Amanda Mayhew has been “ghosted” by new hires and prospective employees more times than she can count. As the general manager of Stallion Movers — a moving company based in Kitchener — Mayhew is involved in the hiring and training process. When the economy reopened in early 2022, it became increasingly difficult to find reliable … Read more

China warns against ‘excessive and arbitrary’ enforcement of COVID measures after protests

China warns against ‘excessive and arbitrary’ enforcement of COVID measures after protests

Epidemic control workers wear PPE to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as they stand guard outside a community in lockdown on November 29, 2022 in Beijing, China.Kevin Frayer/Getty Images Beijing has acknowledged public unhappiness with China’s tough COVID policies, days after anti-lockdown protests in cities across the country. However, speaking at a press conference in … Read more

Tribute to Olympic sailor and doctor Paul Hannam

Tribute to Olympic sailor and doctor Paul Hannam

At the height of the pandemic, Dr. Paul Hannam, the head of one of Ontario’s top emergency departments, knew firsthand how isolating shift work in full PPE could be. As a result, the late chief of emergency medicine and program medical director at North York General Hospital — and a former Olympian — worked to … Read more

Why Rocket Doctor and other Ontario virtual care sites face a crash

Why Rocket Doctor and other Ontario virtual care sites face a crash

During the pandemic, Rocket Doctor appeared to be on an upward trajectory. About 250 physicians in Ontario were using the company’s cloud-based system to provide virtual appointments. On weekends doctors saw 600 to 1,000 patients and the virtual spots would be booked by Friday afternoon. The emergency department at Georgian Bay General Hospital was using … Read more

John Tory warns of ‘massive’ tax hike if no Toronto bailout

John Tory warns of ‘massive’ tax hike if no Toronto bailout

Mayor John Tory, re-elected last month promising to keep a lid on taxes, is now warning of big tax hikes and deep service cuts unless Queen’s Park and Ottawa rescue Toronto’s pandemic-ravaged finances. Tory on Thursday released a letter to Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland saying, after months of discussions, … Read more

Judge struggles at inquiry as convoy organizers testify

Judge struggles at inquiry as convoy organizers testify

OTTAWA—A judge who gave the floor to key “Freedom Convoy” organizers to vent about personality conflicts, power struggles and fights over who controlled millions raised for their cause wrestled to keep Thursday’s hearing on track, as witnesses broke into tears recounting their frustrations — and their pride — about what they achieved in last winter’s … Read more

New sensor could make it easier to ensure a good fit of face masks

New sensor could make it easier to ensure a good fit of face masks

Wearing a mask can help prevent the spread of viruses such as SARS-CoV-2, but a mask’s effectiveness depends on how well it fits. Currently, there are no simple ways to measure the fit of a mask, but a new sensor developed at MIT could make it much easier to ensure a good fit. The sensor, … Read more

Why cash-strapped Canadians could soon be pushed to bankruptcy

Why cash-strapped Canadians could soon be pushed to bankruptcy

“Wickedly high.” That’s how Doug Hoyes describes the amount of debt Canadians are carrying. And he would know: the licensed insolvency trustee spends his days working with people who are drowning in debt, at a time when consumer insolvencies are hitting the highest levels since the start of the pandemic. Interest rates are rising, a … Read more

This Ontario couple bought a house without a home inspection — and it was a disaster

This Ontario couple bought a house without a home inspection — and it was a disaster

Meaghan Darrach’s search for a new home in the summer of 2021 could only be described as “chaos.” “There were bidding wars everywhere. Nothing was going for what it was listed as, and other people were going in with no conditions, which is ultimately why we went in with no conditions for the place we … Read more