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Contaminated medical devices used in open-heart surgery caused severe infection in patients
A class-action lawsuit launched on behalf of Canadians who underwent open heart surgery between January 2010 and July 2018 alleges the manufacturer of contaminated medical devices used during the surgeries failed to adequately warn hospitals of the risk.
CRA has nearly 1,200 complaints of companies misusing COVID money, but has issued no fines
The Canada Revenue Agency has received nearly 1,200 complaints about companies allegedly misusing federal support money designed to protect jobs during the pandemic. But the CEWS program places few restrictions on how recipient companies operate, so Ottawa's hands are tied, critics say.
Failure to pay: $1.3B in fines dating back decades owed to provinces and territories
A CBC News investigation found Canadian provinces and territories are owed more than $1.3 billion in unpaid fines for everything from parking tickets to tax violations to environmental infractions, with some dating back decades.
Prices for private COVID-19 tests can range from $160 to $1,200, with little oversight of the industry
As more and more companies move into the rapidly growing and potentially lucrative business of private COVID testing, some health experts are raising concerns about what they say is a lack of oversight in the industry.
The Big Spend
In Ottawa's rush to buy PPE, companies with little or no experience got some of the biggest contracts
The federal government awarded a $371-million contract to secure personal protective equipment — one of the largest medical supply deals in its history — to a small company headquartered in a house in suburban Ottawa that had no apparent prior experience in PPE procurement.
WestJet seeks exemption to section of Canada Labour Code covering group terminations
WestJet is asking for an exemption to the section of the Canada Labour Code covering group terminations, designed to protect employees and prevent a flood of workers entering the labour market all at once.
'That's not much of a discount': Why some auto insurers still aren't cutting rates for all during pandemic
Some drivers are questioning why they aren't seeing a significant reduction in insurance rates given the lockdown's eerily empty roads, especially in light of the insurance industry promising rebates and relief in the order of hundreds of millions of dollars.
COVID-19 has world's major economies on track for worst quarterly decline in history
The flood of negative economic indicators caused by the novel coronavirus is set to reach epic proportions in the second quarter, with the world's major economies poised to see their worst ever quarterly decline on record.
COVID-19 prompts flood of people to write, change their wills — but quarantine measures are getting in the way
COVID-19 has people around the world worried about death, but in many cases the very nature of this health crisis is also preventing them from putting their affairs in order.
Consumers could face hit to credit scores, jump in payments from mortgage deferrals
Details of RBC's mortgage deferral program, obtained by CBC News, reveal the option will available to all mortgage holders but in a way that will add to customers' debt load and appears to ensure the bank will not lose money in the short term, and possibly even come out ahead.