Sobeys Brings Back Bonus Pay For Staff Working In Lockdown Regions

STELLARTON, N.S. — Sobeys says it is bringing back pay premiums for staff in locations where COVID-19 lockdowns are in effect.   Parent company Empire Company Limited says it has reinstated so-called hero pay in Manitoba, Toronto and Peel Region in Ontario as rising cases of the virus in those areas have prompted the shutdown of non-essential businesses. Each week, eligible employees will receive between $10 and $100 extra, depending on how many hours they work and how long the government lockdowns last. Empire says it currently expects to spend $5 million per quarter on the program, but that could change if further lockdowns are introduced. The company offered extra… Read More

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7 online stores that will ship live Christmas trees to your home: The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Target, and more

  Summary List Placement During the holiday season, Christmas trees are often the centerpiece for family celebrations. We rounded up a list of stores that sell and deliver live trees, so you can get started on your holiday decorating. Read on for where you can buy real Christmas trees and what each store offers in terms of selection and shipping. Going to pick out a Christmas tree is a beloved family tradition for many, but this year it may look a little different. In the best of times, it can be hard to find time to go get a tree, and the coronavirus pandemic makes it even more challenging. Thankfully,… Read More

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Murray Sinclair To Retire From Senate To Focus On Writing, Legal Mentorship

OTTAWA — Sen. Murray Sinclair is planning to leave the upper chamber at the end of January. The Manitoba senator says he wants to spend more time writing a memoir and to focus on his work as a legal mentor on issues involving Indigenous law in Canada. Sinclair, 69, is the former chief commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which investigated and documented decades of abuse and other harms against First Nations, Métis and Inuit children at residential schools in Canada. He was also the first Indigenous judge appointed in Manitoba, the second in Canada. Named to the Senate in 2016 on the advice of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau,… Read More

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The US surpassed 13 million COVID-19 cases — less than a week after hitting 12 million cases

Summary List Placement The United States surpassed 13 million coronavirus cases on Friday, just six days after it hit 12 million cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.  The US surpassed 12 million cases on November 21, and only a week before that it hit 11 million cases.  Public health experts have warned that this could be the deadliest wave the US has seen as cases and hospitalizations continue to rise.  Earlier this month, a report from Pantheon Macroeconomics estimated that the US could see 1 million daily coronavirus cases by the end of the year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that most cases are spread… Read More

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