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Toronto, ON, Canada

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Past articles by Josh:

Economists worry StatCan numbers will show high inflation persisting

Data to be announced Tuesday are expected to show inflation dropping, but not fast enough to satisfy experts. → Read More

PCs back candidate who broke election laws in 2014 and has criticized Doug Ford

The Progressive Conservative party is standing by Scarborough Centre candidate David Smith, despite a fine Smith had to pay for violating the Municipal Election Act in a 2014 school board election. → Read More

Few new measures for business in Ontario budget

Businesses facing July 1 deadline to pay back taxes and fees deferred during the pandemic had hoped the government would commit to forgiving the taxes or allowing them to be paid in instalments. → Read More

Businesses still need help from Ontario as pandemic’s economic after-effects linger

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business and Restaurants Canada ask the province to defer repayment of taxes among other things as businesses struggle to get back up to speed. → Read More

On the hunt for a new or used vehicle? Be prepared to shell out, with prices at record levels

Blame it on a perfect storm of supply chain woes, a shortage of computer chips and a rise in demand for private vehicles because of COVID-19. → Read More

Inflation expected to stay ‘uncomfortably high’ in 2022

Life, as measured by the Consumer Price Index, will get more expensive next year, BMO chief economist Douglas Porter says → Read More

Hit hard by COVID, craft breweries Steam Whistle and Beau’s are teaming up to cut costs

The two breweries said Tuesday that they’ll be merging their sales teams and distribution networks, effective immediately. Both deny a merger in the w... → Read More

Ontario government bans noncompete clauses freeing up workers to change jobs

‘The days of using these clauses to intimidate employees are over,’ says Labour minister Monte McNaughton, but critics say the move is largely symboli... → Read More

Winter tires are the next looming shortage for consumers

Supply-chain problems and bad rubber harvest have experts seeing trouble ahead. → Read More

‘It’s going to be rough’: Small businesses fear looming end of wage and rent subsidies

While the subsidies were gradually winding down over the summer, the taps are scheduled to officially shut off Oct. 23. → Read More

Frustration mounts as proof of vaccination website shows error message

A spokesperson for health minister Christine Elliott said the site was down briefly for routine maintenance and denied that it crashed because of heav... → Read More

Conservatives’ Erin O’Toole wins for fourth time in Durham

The Conservative leader has represented the riding since 2012, when he won a byelection held after the resignation of former Stephen Harper cabinet mi... → Read More

‘Stunning collapse’ of hard seltzer sales turn fizzy category flat

Slumping sales and projections at two of North America’s biggest hard seltzer producers has some observers wondering whether the fizz has gone out of ... → Read More

Unifor president Jerry Dias supports mandatory vaccination against COVID-19

Unifor president Jerry Dias, baffled by union pushback against mandatory vaccination policies, says supporting vaccine mandates is a way to honour uni... → Read More

Going out’s new COVID rules will survive any court challenge, says professor

If you want to see the Jays or a TIFF event, you’ll need to be vaccinated or get a negative test, If you’re tempted to fight that in court, Allan Hutc... → Read More

Now Disney is closing most of its stores in Canada — so what hope is there for other retailers?

With move to close most of its stand-alone physical stores in North America, Disney continues its shift to online shopping and the creation of kiosks ... → Read More

Delivery apps raise rates as soon as possible in Ontario

Indoor dining’s return, even under limits, gave app companies the right to take a bigger bite out of restaurant revenue. They did so immediately — wit... → Read More

Ontario NDP calls for probe into $80-million contract for unproven COVID testing devices

NDP health critic France Gélinas calls for investigation into $80-million contract to now-insolvent company, Spartan Bioscience, for its COVID testing... → Read More

In your corner: Should you buy travel insurance?

Buying travel insurance has always been a good idea, but now it’s crucial, a travel expert warns → Read More

With patios set to reopen, Toronto restaurateurs worry about staff shortages, high food prices

It’s a common refrain from restaurant owners across the city, as patios are allowed to open, giving them a lifeline after being closed on and off for ... → Read More