Topic: the big spend

The Big Spend

Exclusive golf course books $1 million surplus, aided by federal COVID-19 relief

The Royal Ottawa Golf Club, one of the country's oldest private courses, has built a $1-million surplus thanks in large part to federal pandemic wage subsidies. It plans to use the money to offset future losses, and help repave its parking lot.
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Ottawa golf club banks an extra $1 million from federal wage subsidies | The Big Spend

The Canada emergency wage subsidy has helped businesses by supporting payrolls. But if a company ends up with a surplus, should it have to pay it back?
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COVID-19 wage subsidy helps exclusive golf club bank $1M

The Royal Ottawa Golf Club has banked a $1-million surplus from its past season, thanks mostly to federal COVID-19 subsidies for workers' wages.
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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.
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Trudeau government won't say who got billions of dollars in aid

When Justin Trudeau ran for office in 2015, he promised Canadians a more open and transparent government. However, an investigation by CBC News reveals the Trudeau government hasn't been entirely transparent about where billions of dollars in pandemic aid has gone.
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Government isn't making it easy to see where all that federal pandemic spending is going

Canadians need to be able to clearly assess what their tax dollars are paying for, who benefits, write Kevin Page, Shannon Smith and Jeffrey Bugg.
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The pandemic unexpectedly saved thousands from financial ruin. But there's a reckoning on the horizon

The COVID-19 pandemic, surprisingly, helped thousands of debt-ridden households in Atlantic Canada, and many low-wage workers found themselves actually better off than before. But the financial distress that had been expected at the beginning of the pandemic might instead come near its end.
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Why millions of dollars in pandemic aid is going to corporations making healthy profits

As Ottawa gives corporations billions in wage subsidies, and those companies pay out billions in dividends, it’s still unclear how many jobs are being saved.
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2 Ontario LTC operators got $157M in COVID-19 aid. They also paid $74M to shareholders

Two long-term care companies have received more than $157 million in COVID-19 relief from the federal and Ontario governments while also paying tens of millions of dollars in dividends to shareholders. Some families of residents say care hasn't improved despite the infusion of public money.
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As passengers pushed for refunds, Air Canada got more than $400 million for wage subsidy

Air Canada tapped into the most government support during COVID-19 out of all publicly traded companies in Canada that have so far disclosed their finances to stakeholders, a CBC News investigation found.
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Ottawa's COVID-19 wage subsidy for salaries — not dividends, says Freeland

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland issued a warning to Canadian companies that have tapped into the government's wage subsidy program that the money is to be used to pay workers — not to pay for dividends or executive bonuses.
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Distillers scrambled to make hand sanitizer for free. Then the federal government moved on

Canadian alcohol distillers who pivoted early to produce hand sanitizer to keep Canadians safe from COVID-19 are crying foul as their hopes of solving longer-term supply chain issues appear to have evaporated.
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Indigenous tourism group paid CEO $25K bonus days after it was tasked to distribute COVID-19 relief funds

A national Indigenous tourism organization gave its CEO a $25,000 bonus days after it was selected to administer $16 million in COVID-19 funding on behalf of the federal government, according to internal records obtained by the CBC News. The group says the bonus was part of an employment package planned in advance of the stimulus.
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How a team of 5 managed a 'historic' boost to Canada's domestic violence shelters

Working from home, the staff of Women's Shelters Canada was able to connect with shelters and make sure each organization understood what it needed to do to be accountable for the money.
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Mall shops got a large chunk of $26M in COVID rent money Ottawa gave Sask. businesses

Ten of Saskatchewan's malls received a combined $4 million from the federal government's emergency rent program for businesses struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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How Ottawa is providing a financial lifeline to the oilpatch

When the oilpatch was sideswiped by a pandemic and an international oil price war earlier this year, a warning went out that the industry had been pushed onto "life support" as crude prices and company share values both plummeted.
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Some question the handling of pandemic funding for Indigenous tourism | The Big Spend

Federal government funding distributed by the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada was supposed to help one of the country’s fastest growing sectors. But as CBC’s The Big Spend investigation found, there are complaints about how the organization handled the money.
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Small group connected women's shelters with millions in pandemic funds | The Big Spend

As worries over domestic violence grew throughout the pandemic, Ottawa allotted millions of dollars to women's shelters across the country. As part of The Big Spend, CBC News tracked that money, and found the distribution of it fell to a small, inexperienced group, which may have found a new way of supporting shelters.
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Ottawa has spent $240B fighting COVID-19 in just 8 months. A CBC investigation follows the money

The federal government has provided Canadians with the top-line numbers when it comes to the costs of its eight-month fight against COVID-19. But the details of exactly where the money goes are hard to come by. CBC News tracks the $240 billion in spending.
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Federal pandemic aid not enough to cover small Alberta businesses that were already struggling

New data shows many already-struggling businesses in Alberta have been relying on federal aid programs to get through the pandemic and in some industries more so than their counterparts in other provinces.
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Trudeau government won't say who got billions of dollars in aid

Nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has yet to reveal all the details of where billions of dollars in pandemic aid has gone. Only a few federal departments have released information about which individuals, groups or companies have received government money. 
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COVID lays bare need for organizations that help victims of domestic abuse

The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly difficult and stressful for families isolating together at home without financial, social and other supports.

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