James Dunne

Producer, CBC News Business

James Dunne researches, produces and writes stories for the business unit at CBC News. He has a decade of experience in business programming, including on the shows Venture and Fortune Hunters. An award-winning videojournalist, he's also worked on special projects and as the late lineup editor for the World at Six on CBC Radio One.

Latest from James Dunne

The pros and cons of online booking portals for COVID-19 vaccines once mass immunization begins

Almost every province and territory in Canada is planning to use online portals for people to sign up for COVID-19 vaccines. Officials believe registering for a shot on the internet will be the most efficient process to manage a mass vaccination campaign, but experts say both website booking and call centres can be unfair to some people

Government's new pandemic business loan program gets mixed reviews

The federal government’s new loan program to help businesses survive COVID-19 is getting mixed reviews. Some business owners, advocacy groups and experts are concerned whether taking on more debt is a good idea, and whether the program should include conditions to protect jobs.

Should governments name workplaces that have COVID-19 outbreaks? The pros and cons according to experts

Canada has a patchwork of different policies in place regarding the public disclosure of COVID-19 outbreaks in workplaces, and expert opinion seems as divided as the regulations on whether making outbreaks public helps or hinders the spread of the virus.

Looking for COVID-19 trends: Academic experts and private forecasting company form pandemic partnership

Some of the Canada's top academic experts on pandemics are partnering with a company in the Greater Toronto Area to create national and provincial pandemic forecasts, including modelling different scenarios to help guide officials on how COVID-19 vaccination programs might be rolled out in the new year. 

This business claims it built a better COVID-19 forecasting model but can't get government to bite

As COVID-19 continues to surge across the country, a Canadian company says it's created software to better predict how the virus will spread and help slow the second wave, but it can't break through bureaucracy to show health officials how it can help.

Members fighting sale of MEC say planned COO hire clashes with Canadian company's values

An American investment firm trying to take over Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) plans to hire a Canadian executive from a U.S. company that makes specialty footwear for the military and police to help run the business.

Want the government to split your dinner tab? Restaurants pitch relief plan to help them survive

With support from a swath of pandemic relief measures set to expire this fall, a national restaurant association wants the government to consider a new way to support its struggling industry.

Ottawa extends commercial rent relief program, known as CECRA, into August

Many small businesses have reopened after pandemic closures but are far from their normal sales. Some, like a family salon in Brampton, Ont., are counting on rent relief to survive.

Sephora and Rent the Runway commit to '15% pledge' to support Black-owned brands

Cosmetics retailer Sephora and Rent the Runway, an online subscription service for designer clothes, have both committed to ensuring 15 per cent of the products they carry will come from Black creators in reaction to a surging social media campaign.

Black entrepreneurs want Canadian firms to 'put their money where their mouth is' to fight racism

Black entrepreneurs say they hope Canadian companies speaking out against racism are sincere about making change and will commit to sustained action.