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Ottawa prepared to push back on any aluminum tariffs

June 30, 2020

Treasury Board President Jean-Yves Duclos said federal officials will push back against any new protectionist effort by Donald Trump to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum, making the case that Canadian aluminum is no threat to the American market. Duclos

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Record plunge in GDP for April; expect better May numbers

June 30, 2020

Canada’s real GDP is likely to grow three per cent in May, bouncing back from a record decline in April, Statistics Canada announced, as businesses across the country began to reopen following coronavirus-linked shutdowns. Growth in April plunged by 11.6

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New packaging addresses environmental, freshness concerns

June 29, 2020

Cascades has launched its new range of Cascades Fresh packaging products for fruits and vegetables, designed for producers, packers and retailers. According to the company, Cascades Fresh packaging solutions “meet the needs of this key industry while also addressing consumers’

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COVID has reinforced protectionist arguments

June 29, 2020

At the start of the year, U.S.-China tensions were easing after their Phase I trade deal, while Washington, Brussels and Tokyo agreed on new global trading rules to curb subsidies. A relative calm had set in. Then the new coronavirus

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Ontario to allow some asymptomatic employees to work

June 29, 2020

Ontario will allow some people who test positive for COVID-19 but do not have symptoms to return immediately to their workplaces with precautions, separated from those who do not have the virus. According to Reuters, the guidance document said “work

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Maintenance makes the shift to online

June 29, 2020

As numbers on the pandemic are surging once again in some sectors of the globe, the push to provide online maintenance and repair services has never been more urgent. For one company, a new online service portal helps users with

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Aluminum exports don’t harm U.S. market, says Canada

June 24, 2020

Canada denied its aluminum exports harm the U.S. market and is underlining this point to its American partners, a Canadian official said on Tuesday after Bloomberg reported Washington planned to reimpose tariffs. The possible punitive measures could be announced by

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NGen earmarks $6 million more for COVID projects

June 23, 2020

Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen), the industry-led organization behind Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster, has announced an additional $6 million in funding for projects dedicated to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada. Three Canadian companies will benefit from funding under NGen’s

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CN looks to expand under-utilized eastern rail lines

June 22, 2020

Canadian National Railway Co. is banking on growth in consumer products and supply-chain diversification in Asia, to revive traffic on its under-utilized eastern Canadian rail lines, the company’s chief executive told Reuters. Coronavirus, which hit China’s industrial production, along with

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Mid-size businesses can apply for federal loans through their banks

June 19, 2020

Mid-sized Canadian businesses that are strapped for cash because of COVID-19 can now apply through their own banks to get loans of up to $60 million from the federal government. The loans, to be administered by the Business Development Bank