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

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.

Small businesses welcome Ontario's eviction ban, but some landlords say it's government overreach

Canada's biggest province announced this week that it will protect some of its small businesses from being evicted because of COVID-19, part of Phase 2 of the reopening of Ontario's economy.

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.
PANDEMIC PERSPECTIVE

Founder of travel firm G Adventures says the future is bright but different for tourism after COVID-19

G Adventures founder Bruce Poon Tip hopes the COVID-19 pandemic makes both travellers and tourism companies change their ways for the better.

Rent relief key to restarting economy, not just covering costs of pandemic closures, say business advocates

While provinces ease into reopening their economies, questions swirl around the federal government's commercial rent relief program and whether it will work.

Fear on tap as COVID-19 chokes off small brewery sales

Many of the county's 1,100 craft breweries fear for their survival as they watch their profits plummet and are forced to lay off staff amid pandemic restrictions that have shutdown taprooms, bars, restaurants, entertainment events and other key sources of revenue.

'Huge relief': Small businesses welcome Ottawa's commercial rent relief program, despite concerns

After more than a month of closures due to COVID-19, small business owners and commercial landlords got welcome news from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday.

'Devil is always in the details': Ottawa's commercial rent relief plan and what it needs to succeed

With COVID-19 smothering the economy at large and closures strangling many small businesses, the government is creating a commercial rent relief program in partnership with the provinces and territories.

'We have to share the burden': Small businesses call for commercial rent relief amid COVID-19 losses

As criticism of the government's emergency loan program for small businesses known as Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) mounts in some quarters, there are calls for other ways to combat the economic impact of COVID-19.

'They should open it up': Why some small businesses have been shut out of COVID-19 emergency loan program

Some small businesses desperate to access the federal government's emergency COVID-19 loan program say that $40,000 could save their business, but they don't qualify under the government's rules.

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