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Ottawa to exempt temporary foreign workers from some COVID-19 travel rules

OTTAWA — The federal government says it will exempt temporary foreign workers from some COVID-19 travel restrictions because of their importance to the Canadian economy.

B.C. provincial health officer assures health-care workers in COVID-19 fight

VANCOUVER — British Columbia's provincial health officer offered support Friday to health-care workers in the province that has the highest number of COVID-19 cases, saying there are enough supplies for them to safely do their jobs. Dr.
Bravo's Andy Cohen, 'Bachelor' Colton Underwood have virus

Bravo's Andy Cohen, 'Bachelor' Colton Underwood have virus

From finding ways to help others cope to sheltering in place to cancelling events, here’s a look at some of the ways the entertainment industry is reacting to the spread of the coronavirus, which most people recover from but can cause severe illness
Fed ramps up lending, bond buying to calm financial markets

Fed ramps up lending, bond buying to calm financial markets

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve moved with unprecedented force and speed Friday to pump huge amounts of cash into the financial system to ease disruptions that have escalated since the viral outbreak.
Netflix establishes $100 million virus relief fund

Netflix establishes $100 million virus relief fund

LOS ANGELES — Netflix said Friday it is establishing a $100 million relief fund for workers in the worldwide creative community affected by the coronavirus-caused halt of most film and television production.

Fort McMurray worker camp sends guest to hospital with suspected COVID-19

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — The operator of one of the many worker lodges in the Fort McMurray area of northern Alberta confirms that a guest has been transported to hospital with symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

Busy signals, dropped calls, but no major outage as Canadians strain telecom system

TORONTO — Despite the sudden, recent shift in how millions of Canadians are doing their work because of the COVID-19 crisis, it seems most parts of the communications system were up to the challenge in the first week of widespread social distancing.
North American stock markets fall to cap worst trading week since 2008

North American stock markets fall to cap worst trading week since 2008

TORONTO — North American stock markets closed lower Friday to cap the worst trading week since the global financial crisis. After starting the day stronger, markets dropped to end the week down by double digits compared to last week.
Stranded Canadians to return home from Morocco, though many remain stuck abroad

Stranded Canadians to return home from Morocco, though many remain stuck abroad

MONTREAL — Air Canada says it will bring Canadians stranded in Morocco back home on a repatriation flight this weekend in collaboration with the federal government.

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

TORONTO — Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange: Toronto Stock Exchange (11,851.81, down 318.71 points.) Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Up one cent, or 2.08 per cent, to 49 cents on 31.