National Newswatch

August home sales down as supply fell 43%: TRREB

Sep 3 2021 — Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The Toronto Regional Real Estate board says August home sales slowed from the frenzied pace seen earlier in the year, but market conditions have tightened as supply plummeted by 43 per cent and prices rose yet again. The Ontario board said Friday that 8,596 homes were sold in August, a 19.9 per cent […]

Uber shares more details around labour model pitch, gig worker group concerned

Aug 30 2021 — Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Uber Technologies Inc. revealed more details Monday of a labour model it’s pitching Canadian provinces and territories, a model that has drawn opposition from some worker groups. The Flexible Work+ model the San Francisco-based tech giant has pushed since March asks provinces and territories to force Uber and other app-based companies to create […]

Supply chain snafus hampering Canadian tech companies as COVID-19 continues

Aug 30 2021 — Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — When the COVID-19 pandemic began, the immediate health crisis was just the first of a long line of problems that tech company Voltera had to overcome.  TheKitchener, Ont.,-basedcircuit board printer maker was still recovering from an aluminum shortage when the pandemic grounded international commercial flights Voltera relies on to ship products, so it […]

De Havilland workers rally at Toronto plant

Aug 24 2021 — Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Union leader Jerry Dias returned to the north Toronto aircraft manufacturing plant where he worked almost 45 years ago to press owner de Havilland into ending an ongoing labour dispute on Tuesday. As striking workers rallied outside the Downsview plant, Unifor's national president called on de Havilland Canada and its parent company Longview […]

Canadian banks to require employees working in its offices to be fully vaccinated

Aug 20 2021 — Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Canadian companies in federally regulated industries are starting to announce mandatory vaccination policies, in a bid to protect staff and abide by a recent government request.  The country's largest banks said this week that they will require employees working in their offices to be fully vaccinated. Their policies come a week after Ottawa […]

Wealthsimple Cash becomes first Canadian service integrated into Twitter’s Tip Jar

Aug 19 2021 — Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Twitter users sending each other money have a new — and Canadian — way of making the transfer. The San Francisco, Calif.-based social media platform announced Thursday that its Tip Jar is now handling payments made through Wealthsimple Cash accounts. Wealthsimple, a Toronto-based company offering robo-adviser, investment, stock trading, saving and cryptocurrency services, […]