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Twitter CEO defends Trump ban, warns of dangerous precedent

Twitter CEO defends Trump ban, warns of dangerous precedent

SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defended his company’s ban of President Donald Trump in a philosophical Twitter thread that is his first public statement on the subject. When Trump incited his followers to storm the U.S.
China 2020 exports up despite virus; surplus surges to $535B

China 2020 exports up despite virus; surplus surges to $535B

BEIJING — China’s exports rose in 2020 despite pressure from the coronavirus and a tariff war with Washington, boosting its politically volatile trade surplus to $535 billion, one of the highest ever reported. Exports increased 3.6% over 2019 to $2.
Japan widens virus emergency to 7 more areas as cases surge

Japan widens virus emergency to 7 more areas as cases surge

TOKYO — Japan expanded a coronavirus state of emergency to seven more prefectures Wednesday, affecting more than half the population amid a surge in infections across the country.
US to block cotton from China region targeted in crackdown

US to block cotton from China region targeted in crackdown

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government announced Wednesday that it will halt imports of cotton and tomatoes from the Uighur region of China in its most sweeping action yet to pressure the Communist Party over its campaign against ethnic minorities.
Tesla balks at touch screen recall, US agency takes action

Tesla balks at touch screen recall, US agency takes action

DETROIT — Tesla Inc. is balking at recalling about 159,000 vehicles with potentially defective touch screens, so U.S. safety regulators are moving to force the company to take action.
Aritzia optimistic about future but endures new round of store closures

Aritzia optimistic about future but endures new round of store closures

VANCOUVER — Aritzia Inc. remains optimistic about the future despite enduring forced store closures over the busy holiday season that are increasing.
Ontario's tighter rules allow builders to keep working on condos, other jobs

Ontario's tighter rules allow builders to keep working on condos, other jobs

TORONTO — Ontario's new COVID-19 emergency measures don't prevent construction from continuing on many developments, including condos.
Oil and gas industry forecasts small spending rise after slashed budgets in 2020

Oil and gas industry forecasts small spending rise after slashed budgets in 2020

CALGARY — A forecast calling for a modest increase in capital spending in the Canadian oilpatch this year after a tumultuous 2020 of budget slashing is being hailed as a sign of better times ahead for the industry.

Most actively traded companies on the Toronto Stock Exchange

TORONTO — Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange: Toronto Stock Exchange (17,934.74, down 51.06 points.) Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (TSX:ATD.B). Consumer staples. Down $4.21, or 10.19 per cent, to $37.
CEO of air traffic controller Nav Canada cites 'staggering' drop in flights in 2020

CEO of air traffic controller Nav Canada cites 'staggering' drop in flights in 2020

OTTAWA — Nav Canada saw profits and air traffic plummet in its first quarter as fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic continues to batter the air traffic control company.