Justin Trudeau spoke with newly inaugurated U.S. President Joe Biden by phone Friday — the first opportunity for the two leaders to chart a fresh course for the Canada-U.S. relationship after four tumultuous years with Donald Trump. Biden’s commitment to including ‘Buy American’ provisions that privilege U.S. companies in future infrastructure spending plans.
British Columbia’s gaming regulator concluded Asian organized crime was becoming so powerful inside B.C. casinos after 2010 that it was too dangerous to investigate suspected drug-cash laundering estimated to reach about $200 million per year, the province’s inquiry into money laundering heard Friday.
Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., believes President Biden killing the Keystone XL pipeline shows he’s putting “Saudi Arabia first,” not American workers. “It looks like he cares more about workers in Saudi Arabia than the workers in America,” Daines said on “America’s Newsroom.” “This is going to have a direct effect [on] the pocketbooks of the American people here in the middle of a pandemic.”
Amazon is offering itself up as an ally to President-elect Biden in his effort to distribute the coronavirus vaccines, months after lobbying the Trump administration to prioritize its workers. In a letter to the newly-sworn-in president penned by Dave Clark, a top Amazon executive, and dated Wednesday, the tech giant offered its well wishes to the new administration on their inauguration before offering themselves as an ally in their distribution effort. “We are prepared to leverage our operations, IT, & communications capabilities and expertise to assist your administration’s vaccination efforts. Our scale allows us to make a meaningful impact immediately in the fight against COVID-19, and we stand ready to assist you in this effort,” Clark told the commander-in-chief. Clark was responsible for another letter to the federal government in December, this one addressed to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Mitch McConnell is coming out swinging. No longer the top lawmaker in the Senate and under fire from his own side of the political spectrum, the Kentucky senator delivered a speech on Thursday that showed he’s far from out of the fight. McConnell made that clear as he slammed Biden’s decisions to pander to the radical left on environmental and immigration issues in ways that are only going to harm Americans at a grassroots level. “This is not the Day One American workers deserved,” McConnell said, in one of the all-time understatements on the Senate floor.
SYDNEY — Google said on Friday it will disable its search function in Australia if the government proceeds with a media code that would force it and Facebook Inc to pay local media companies for sharing their content. Australia is on course to pass laws that would make the Big Tech giants negotiate payments with local publishers and broadcasters for content. If they can’t strike a deal, a government-appointed arbitrator will decide the price.
There are dire job predictions being made during these difficult times by a business organization. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business said Thursday that one in six — or 181,000 small businesses — are considering permanently closing shop, putting more than 2.4 million jobs on the block.
Farmers who employ migrant workers are urging the federal government to waive the negative COVID-19 test result required before the employees can fly to Canada, saying the cost of the tests in certain countries are proving to be a barrier for some. The Ontario Federation of Agriculture, which represents thousands of farmers across the province, said it has been working with Ottawa to find ways to accommodate migrant workers travelling to Canada for jobs in the agriculture sector.
This Valentine’s Day, Torontonians can send a marijuana bouquet to a special someone. Paraluman Flora and GreenPort Cannabis have collaborated to make the pot bouquet arrangements. The $80 bouquet comes with colourful blooms and seven grams of cannabis. The cannabis flower will be opened from their packaging and rewrapped carefully and safely in food-grade plastic, tulle, and pearls. “It’s just a fun collaboration between two local businesses and the arrangements are nice with carnations and gardenias,” said Vivianne Wilson, owner of GreenPort.
A British Columbia company that feeds food waste to insects to produce pet food has received $6 million from the federal government for a new plant just north of Calgary. Enterra Feed Corp. last year opened a 17,500-square-metre production facility, about the size of three football fields. It’s been producing insect-based feed ingredients out of the Rocky View plant for the pet food, poultry and wild bird markets in North America and Europe. The insects are black soldier flies and the plant is able to recycle 130 tonnes of food waste per day and turn it into 10 tonnes of high-protein feed along with 10,000 to 15,000 tonnes of organic fertilizer. “It’s really quite disheartening how much of that food doesn’t make it to the plate,” said Enterra president Keith Driver.