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The return to normal: What will post-pandemic life be like?

June 5, 2021

In every crisis, there’s a deep yearning in the human soul for a return to normal. Crisis reveals how sweet simple, normal aspects of life—the ones that we so often take for granted—really are. But crises also redefine normal. Deep ones leave lasting scars on our character and behaviours.

US Bans Imports From Chinese Fishing Company Citing Seafarer Welfare

May 31, 2021

U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Friday imposed a new import ban on seafood from a Chinese fishing fleet that the agency says is using forced labor on its 32 vessels, including abuses against many Indonesian workers.  The CBP said it will immediately detain tuna, swordfish and other products from the Dalian Ocean Fishing at U.S. ports of entry.

'Too much British cheese'? U.K. PM Boris Johnson on trade, climate co-operation

May 31, 2021

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is hopeful that Canada and the U.K. can conclude a permanent deal on how much British cheese can enter Canada, just one part of a comprehensive free-trade deal set to be negotiated this fall.

Thinking of buying a new couch? The price may have just quadrupled

May 31, 2021

On May 5, the federal government imposed tariffs of up to 295 per cent on imported upholstered furniture from Vietnam and China. With three furniture stores across Vancouver Island, Dodd says the impact on his business, which employs roughly 80 people, was almost immediate. He recalls a customer who came into one of his stores recently and tested out a recliner that was priced at $698.

Canada's cattle sector on guard as beef-labelling talk returns in the U.S.

May 28, 2021

In the annals of North American trade disputes, the fight over mandatory country-of-origin labelling on beef and pork probably deserves its own chapter.

When the U.S. wielded the rules early in the last decade, it cost Canadian producers dearly and was blamed for sharp declines in livestock exports south of the border.