A subsidiary of German chemical giant Bayer lost a legal battle on Wednesday after a French farmer argued one of its weedkillers seriously damaged his health. Paul François said he accidentally inhaled fumes from a Monsanto product known as Lasso, which led to neurological problems. The former US company is now owned by Germany’s Bayer. Lawyers for Francois argued the firm, which also makes the Round-Up weedkiller, failed to provide sufficient safety instructions. The farmer said he has suffered from memory loss, headaches and fainting since he first used the product in 2004. He was hospitalized several times and doctors said he nearly died. The Wednesday ruling could open the way for Paul Francois to receive compensation. His legal team have been seeking more than one million euros in damages since 2007.
During the pandemic, many of us have relied on having goods delivered to our homes more frequently than before. But as Covid-19 spreads easily, the warehouses dotted along the world’s supply chains have become potential hubs of disease transmission, says Elliot Katz, co-founder of Phantom Auto. The solution, he suggests, is to reduce the number of people working in those environments. Take forklift operators, for instance – with remote-control technology they can now work off-site, controlling their machines from afar. “We have customers today where we are fully remotely operating those forklifts from remote locations,” says Mr Katz, whose firm has equipped a string of new clients with these systems in recent months.
Ontario marks Small Business Week this week, and there has never been a more important time to recognize and support these establishments. Like many businesses, Ontario’s convenience stores have faced unprecedented challenges this year resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Fewer customers and increased costs have impacted our already small margins.
HALIFAX — The chief of the First Nation behind a disputed moderate livelihood lobster fishery in Nova Scotia says recent vandalism and the loss of potential sales have cost the band more than $1.5 million — and he wants those responsible to be held accountable. Mike Sack, chief of the Sipekne’katik First Nation, also alleged the band had been blacklisted by lobster buyers.
Tim Hortons is ending the practice of double cupping hot drinks, a move the fast-food restaurant says will eliminate hundreds of millions of cups from landfills each year. The subsidiary of Restaurant Brands International Inc. will instead provide customers with a cup sleeve, a thick paper material that protects hands from hot beverages.
If Toronto can’t have Shake Shack or In-N-Out Burger, we can at least have Matty’s Patty’s. Canadian food personality Matty Matheson — who was the executive chef of Parkdale’s Parts and Labour until it closed on New Year’s Day 2019 — has launched a pop-up burger shop near Trinity Bellwoods Park with Pat Tenore, the founder of Cali clothing company RVCA.
Health Canada has recalled counterfeit hand sanitizer sold at a Dollarama store in Thunder Bay and say it may have been sold at other locations across the country. In a press release Sunday, the agency said Bio Life Sciences Corp., which makes Daily Shield hand sanitizer, had reported a particular lot of the product — Lot 6942, Expiry date May 2023 — was counterfeit.
Four Liberal cabinet ministers called for an emergency debate in the House of Commons after a dispute between commercial fishermen and Mi’kmaw fishers in southwest Nova Scotia turned increasingly violent last week. “We share the concerns of Canadians across the country and are deeply appalled by the recent events in Nova Scotia. We strongly condemn the acts of violence, racism and threats,” Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett, Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller and Public Safety Minister Bill Blair wrote in a Sunday letter to House Speaker Anthony Rota, who will decide whether the matter proceeds to a debate.
Saturday night, the New York Post revealed that Twitter employees have a heavy bias against Trump. They hate him. In fact, 90 percent of political donations from Twitter and Facebook employees go directly to Democrat campaigns. But the number one way they are opposing Trump is by controlling speech. They’re changing what you see and what you say in order to change the outcome of the election. Free speech is under threat. We saw the emergence of free speech prohibitions on college campuses, and we’ve seen big tech companies crack down on speech they and their third party verifiers don’t approve of, but now we’re seeing the biggest threat of all: Americans who don’t believe in it.
Even during Halloween, nothing is scarier than a pandemic if you’re a small business owner. Costume and decor shops where Halloween is normally the busiest season of the year estimate a 50%-75% drop in revenue as COVID-19 threatens to cancel the spooky holiday.