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Flames change plans, announce assistance program for employees

Flames change plans, announce assistance program for employees

CALGARY — The company that owns the Calgary Flames is reversing course, saying it will help part-time event staff who will be underemployed during the suspension of the NHL season.

Ontario government plans bill to help workers affected by COVID-19 pandemic

TORONTO — Premier Doug Ford's office says the government is drafting legislation that would remove employers' ability to require sick notes for people in self-isolation or quarantine.
Spanish King renounces inheritance from father amid scandal

Spanish King renounces inheritance from father amid scandal

MADRID — Spain's King Felipe VI has renounced any future personal inheritance he could receive from his father, King Emerit Juan Carlos I, over the alleged financial irregularities involving the former monarch, the country's royal house announced Sun
Ticket sales dive at box office; lowest turnout in 20 years

Ticket sales dive at box office; lowest turnout in 20 years

NEW YORK — Ticket sales plunged to their lowest levels in at least 20 years at North American movie theatres as the coronavirus pandemic led to one of Hollywood's worst weekends at the box office. Receipts totalled about $55.3 million in U.S.
Oil giant Saudi Aramco sees 2019 profits drop 20% to $88.2B

Oil giant Saudi Aramco sees 2019 profits drop 20% to $88.2B

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Oil giant Saudi Aramco said Sunday its profits dropped 20% in 2019 to $88.2 billion, a sharp decline coming as the kingdom stands ready to flood an already-weakened global energy market amid the new coronavirus pandemic.

Kijiji bans listings for toilet paper, surgical masks amid COVID-19 outbreak

Kijiji is banning listings for health-care masks, hand sanitizer and other items in high demand amid the COVID-19 outbreak in an effort to stop price-gouging.
Disney sends 'Frozen 2' to streaming for housebound families

Disney sends 'Frozen 2' to streaming for housebound families

NEW YORK — The Walt Disney Co. will release “Frozen 2” on Disney Plus several months early to give families cooped up by the coronavirus a welcome distraction — and give its streaming service a boost.
Trump declares emergency; world steps up fight against virus

Trump declares emergency; world steps up fight against virus

WASHINGTON — The United States declared a state of emergency Friday as many European countries went on a war footing amid mounting deaths as the world mobilized to fight the widening coronavirus pandemic.
Trump says top cruise ship companies stopping trips from US

Trump says top cruise ship companies stopping trips from US

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that four major cruise ship companies have agreed to suspend trips from the U.S. for 30 days, effective at midnight.
Bare store shelves, long lines at grocers amid coronavirus stockpiling

Bare store shelves, long lines at grocers amid coronavirus stockpiling

When Harmony Samra went to her local No Frills Thursday afternoon in Toronto to pick up some food, she wasn't prepared for the chaos inside, where customers were filling multiple carts seemingly with anything they could grab off the shelves.