Quebec companies plead for workers as province focuses on French-speaking immigrants

Quebec companies plead for workers as province focuses on French-speaking immigrants

Quebec Premier Francois Legault speaks at a news conference at the legislature in Quebec City on June 10.Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press Quebec’s plans to attract more French-speaking newcomers are unnerving some business owners who say they need immigrants from varied backgrounds to address a tight labor market in the province. Unlike other provinces, Quebec gets … Read more

New type of fast radio burst discovered

New type of fast radio burst discovered

An artist’s depiction demonstrates the persistent fast radio burst which was discovered using the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope, the world’s largest single-dish telescope, in southwestern China’s Guizhou province. NATIONAL ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATORIES, CAS An international team led by Chinese astronomers has discovered a new type of fast radio burst, extremely brief but bright flashes in … Read more

Most remaining mask mandates in Ontario set to end this weekend

Most remaining mask mandates in Ontario set to end this weekend

A woman wears a mask while riding the Bloor line subway on March 14, 2020. Most remaining mandatory mask rules in Ontario, including those requiring that people wear masks when riding public transit or visiting hospitals, will expire on Saturday.Carlos Osorio/The Canadian Press Ontario’s COVID-19 mask mandates will expire this weekend for hospitals, health care … Read more

Ontario’s right-to-disconnect policy takes effect today. Here’s what employers have come up with

Ontario’s right-to-disconnect policy takes effect today.  Here’s what employers have come up with

The Progressive Conservative government has said the right-to-disconnect legislation is intended to protect workers’ privacy amid technological advancements in the workplace.Emilio Morenatti/The Canadian Press Ontario employers that are now legally obligated to have a right-to-disconnect policy have tended to craft it in a broad fashion, rather than provide specific mechanics of how and when employees … Read more

Cenovus to restart West White Rose offshore oil project in Newfoundland

Cenovus to restart West White Rose offshore oil project in Newfoundland

Cenovus CEO Alex Pourbaix in Calgary on Jan. 30, 2020.Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press An overhaul of Newfoundland and Labrador’s royalty structure means the West White Rose oil field expansion will go ahead, its partners announced Tuesday, ending two years of uncertainty about the half-finished project off the coast of Canada’s most easterly province. Work will … Read more

Nova Scotia reverses course, scraps non-resident property tax

Nova Scotia reverses course, scraps non-resident property tax

Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston in March, 2022. The Premier said the now-cancelled tax hike was an attempt to slow real estate speculation.Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston has reversed course on a plan to hike taxes on properties owned by non-residents, saying he was concerned about the damage it would cause … Read more

Nova Scotia eyes higher taxes for non-residents to take edge off housing crisis

Nova Scotia eyes higher taxes for non-residents to take edge off housing crisis

Nova Scotia is proposing to squeeze out-of-province property owners with two taxes that the government says will help to take the edge off of its burgeoning housing crisis by freeing up units for the province’s residents. The province says it is responding to the housing crunch sparked by a surge in population since the onset … Read more

Quebec government announces round-trip flights to province’s regions capped at $500

Quebec government announces round-trip flights to province’s regions capped at 0

People look on as an Air Canada plane takes off from Montreal Trudeau Airport in Montreal, on Dec. 5, 2021.Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press The Quebec government said Tuesday it will cap the cost of plane tickets for all travel within the province to the regions, as a way to increase tourism to rural areas located … Read more

Real estate sector gears up to battle Liberal government’s proposal to ban ‘blind bidding’ for houses

Real estate sector gears up to battle Liberal government’s proposal to ban ‘blind bidding’ for houses

A real estate sign hangs in front of a west-end Toronto property, on Nov. 4, 2016.Graeme Roy/The Canadian Press The Canadian real estate industry is gearing up to fight Ottawa’s plan to ban a common home selling practice known as blind bidding. The Liberal Party’s April 7 budget proposed to end blind bidding, in which … Read more

Ottawa’s ultimatum to Quebec on caribou is a warning to other provinces, say experts

Ottawa’s ultimatum to Quebec on caribou is a warning to other provinces, say experts

A caribou moves through the Algar region of northeastern Alberta in 2017.Cole Burton/The Canadian Press Federal Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault’s ultimatum to the Quebec government on caribou protection is a sign Ottawa is losing patience with provinces that aren’t upholding their responsibility to protect wildlife, experts say. Rachel Plotkin, a caribou expert with the David … Read more