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Travel agents join growing calls for greater financial support amid new restrictions

Travel agents join growing calls for greater financial support amid new restrictions

The travel industry remains one of the Canadian economy’s hardest-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, but over a year after the country’s first cases began appearing, most of its major sectors have received no specialized government support. “This is the worst time in airline history, and they’ve laid off over twenty-five, thirty thousand people in Canada — Porter has not flown since last March,” Karl Moore, a professor at McGill University and travel-industry analyst, told Global News. Moore suggested the major reason Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing and Air Transat agreed to suspend their flights to many vacation spots was likely […]

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A cool innovation: Sask. entrepreneur launches first made-for-workplace fridge

A cool innovation: Sask. entrepreneur launches first made-for-workplace fridge

Like most new and innovating business ventures, where the concept is driven out of necessity, the ArticShelf fridge is no different. After returning to the University of Saskatchewan from an internship in Calgary, the idea came to ArticShelf CEO Dawson Norrish, and it’s consumed his mind ever since. “At the internship, I was able to keep food in the fridge at work, which allowed me to eat healthier,” Norrish said. “When I came back to school I didn’t have access to one, which was very frustrating.  I was just like, why, with every workplace on the planet having a […]

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6 easy ways to personalize and update your Ikea furniture

Panyl decals brighten up a white Ikea library.

It’s easy to be seduced by the clean lines and small prices of Ikea’s furniture. So easy, you probably will walk into many rooms featuring the same cookie-cutter furniture. That’s why Pinterest is full of Ikea hacks. But the painting, the cutting and measuring can get old real quick. These companies have done the homework for you and require minimal DIY abilities. Self-adhesive panels and decals  Remember decorating your childhood bedroom with stickers? Well Panyl lets you do just that, grown-up style. Whether you just want a pop of colour (or ombré) or a faux-wood finish, their software will […]

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Website aimed at supporting local Winnipeg businesses overwhelmed with orders

Website aimed at supporting local Winnipeg businesses overwhelmed with orders

A website meant to help local businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t been able to keep up with demand. Goodlocal.ca, run by Winnipeg restaurateur and businessman Obby Khan, had to press pause to be reconfigured to deal with an avalanche of traffic. “There’s been a massive paradigm shift in the way people are thinking about shopping — and especially shopping local — during COVID,” Khan told 680 CJOB. “The response… you go anywhere, and everyone wants to support locals.” Khan said he came up with the website earlier in the pandemic because he wanted to support local businesses but […]

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U.S. orders GM to recall nearly 6M trucks with Takata air bag inflators

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The U.S. is making General Motors recall and repair nearly 6 million big pickup trucks and SUVs equipped with potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators. The decision announced Monday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will cost the automaker an estimated $1.2 billion, about one third of its net income this year. GM had petitioned the agency four times starting in 2016 to avoid a recall, contending the air bag inflator canisters have been safe on the road and in testing. But owners responded by accusing the company of putting profits over safety. Read more: GM says new […]

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SaskPower’s energy assistance program aims to help lower utility bills

SaskPower’s energy assistance program aims to help lower utility bills

Low-income families in Saskatoon are now able to apply for a new energy assistance program with SaskPower. The program is designed to help homes become more energy-efficient and save money. Read more: Electric vehicle use on the rise in Saskatchewan, SaskPower planning for more in the future For those who are eligible for the program, home energy advisors install a number of items including a smart thermostat, LED light bulbs, high-efficiency showerheads and kitchen/bathroom faucet aerators. “It helps our customers understand the ways that their bills can be lowered,” said SaskPower media relations consultant Scott McGregor. “It also allows […]

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