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Malls are reopening — but will shoppers come back?

Malls across the country are beginning to open their doors after weeks of government-mandated shutdowns, but both operators and retail tenants are stepping into uncharted territory amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Small businesses demand action, not just talk, on rent relief amid COVID-19 crisis

Small businesses are hoping for promised rent relief from both landlords and government as the COVID-19-related shutdown drags on and their bills pile up.

Major landlords promise flexibility as COVID-19 eats into tenants' ability to pay rent

Some of Canada's biggest landlords say they're committed to working with tenants who have lost their job because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Storytelling platform Wattpad to open office in Halifax

Storytelling platform Wattpad says it will open what it calls a second headquarters in Halifax to tap into the city's talent pool as the company grows.

Tech hubs in smaller cities gain traction as companies hunt for labour

A new report from real estate services firm CBRE has found tech companies are turning to smaller cities like Victoria, B.C., and Guelph, Ont., as they look for new talent.

Advisory panel raises range of concerns about Sidewalk Labs' plans for Quayside

Preliminary commentary from Waterfront Toronto's digital strategy advisory panel released Tuesday said the plan from Google's sister company Sidewalk for Quayside is "frustratingly abstract" and that some of the innovations proposed were "irrelevant or unnecessary."

Bell scales back rural internet plans after CRTC decision on rates

Bell Canada says it will cut about 200,000 rural households from a broadband internet build-out to offset the impact of a regulatory change that lowers the wholesale broadband rate it can charge smaller providers.

Farmers look to capture carbon as warnings of climate shocks grow louder

Canadian farmers are cultivating some sustainable farming techniques identified as particularly useful for an industry it concluded must make drastic changes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Tall timber towers taking root in Canada as builders look to go green

Almost non-existent a decade ago, tall wood buildings have defied skeptics and are sprouting up in cities across Canada.

Dividing lines between credit unions, banks blurring but key differences remain

Credit unions that are expanding their services nationally, such as Surrey-based Coast Capital Savings, are creating new competition in the financial services sector.

Finding daycare an ordeal for parents, but economists say market isn't to blame

The Canadian daycare market has a well-established surplus of demand, resulting in anxiety-inducing wait-lists — joined as early as the day a couple learns they're expecting — and monthly fees that can amount to more than a mortgage payment.

Enbridge sticking with Line 3 plans ahead of final Minnesota decision

The head of Enbridge Inc. says he still believes the company will secure its preferred route for the replacement of the aging Line 3 pipeline despite a Minnesota judge recommending a different option.

Van rental firms struggle to prevent attacks, but few realistic options exist

Monday's deadly rental van rampage in Toronto shows how quickly a vehicle can be turned into a weapon, but rental agencies are finding few clear options to prevent their property from involvement in such violent acts.

Push for plant-based, protein-rich foods could put Canadian farmers on top

Prairie farmers who grow, rather than raise, protein sources are looking to break into the mainstream with new research and investments on how to sustainably feed the world.

Alberta and B.C. left with limited options to escalate trade war

British Columbia Premier John Horgan held off on ratcheting up a trade war with Alberta Wednesday, but experts say both provinces still have a few limited options to raise the stakes.