CBSA workers to hold strike votes next week, possibly jeopardizing border reopening

June 11, 2021

A union representing 9,000 Canadian Border Service Agency personnel says Canada-U.S. border reopening plans are in jeopardy as their workers prepare for strike votes starting next week.

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.

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.

'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.

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.