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Alberta tightening bonus-payment rules after hefty COVID-19 payout to health chief

Alberta tightening bonus-payment rules after hefty COVID-19 payout to health chief

EDMONTON — The Alberta government is tightening the rules around employee bonuses in light of the six-figure payout to the chief medical officer of health during COVID-19.
Tim Hortons sales above pre-pandemic levels as parent company reports sales grew 14%

Tim Hortons sales above pre-pandemic levels as parent company reports sales grew 14%

TORONTO — The CEO of Tim Hortons' parent company says the quick service chain generated sales in its latest quarter above pre-pandemic levels for the first time since the onset of COVID-19, but the business is still being affected by a slower return

LGBTQ Canadians struggled with mental health during pandemic: surveys

A series of surveys from the Mental Health Commission of Canada suggest members of the LGBTQ community struggled more during the COVID-19 pandemic than their non-queer peers.
Munich's Oktoberfest finally back on after pandemic pause

Munich's Oktoberfest finally back on after pandemic pause

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's annual Oktoberfest festival is finally on again for this fall, following a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the head of the famous Bavarian beer festival said Thursday.

Vegas-based rental firm faces probes over pandemic evictions

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas-based corporate owner of thousands of residential rental properties in several U.S.
Alberta NDP slams UCP, ex-finance minister for big COVID-19 bonus to health chief

Alberta NDP slams UCP, ex-finance minister for big COVID-19 bonus to health chief

EDMONTON — Alberta Opposition Leader Rachel Notley says the United Conservative Party government, particularly former finance minister Travis Toews, must bear the responsibility and fallout for the record-setting six-figure bonus payment to the chief
New Brunswick reports four more COVID-19 deaths, outbreak reported at prison

New Brunswick reports four more COVID-19 deaths, outbreak reported at prison

FREDERICTON — Health officials in New Brunswick are reporting four more deaths linked to COVID-19 in the province’s latest weekly report.
COVID-19 vaccine sales push Moderna past expectations in Q2

COVID-19 vaccine sales push Moderna past expectations in Q2

Better-than-expected COVID-19 vaccine sales pushed Moderna past Wall Street’s second-quarter forecasts. The company said that its Spikevax vaccine brought in $4.53 billion during the quarter. Analysts were looking for around $3.

Germany announces new coronavirus measures for fall, winter

BERLIN (AP) — The German government on Wednesday presented its plans for new coronavirus measures for the coming fall and winter as it expects virus cases to go up again during the colder season.
'A wake-up call': Online crimes see stark increase during COVID-19 pandemic

'A wake-up call': Online crimes see stark increase during COVID-19 pandemic

WINNIPEG — New statistics show that police-reported extortion cases in Canada rose by nearly 300 per cent in the last decade, as the crime swelled online during the COVID-19 pandemic.