COMMENTARY: Survival bunker business is ‘brisk’ amid the coronavirus crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic may be battering Canadian business, but the underground economy is booming. No, I’m not talking about the still-flourishing black-market marijuana trade. I’m talking about a literal underground business: installing a survival shelter in your backyard or basement. The bunker business is brisk, reports Ron Hubbard, owner of Atlas Survival Shelters in Texas. “The demand for shelters is […]

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China’s divorce rates rise as couples emerge from coronavirus quarantine

Not everyone is feeling the love while stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic. In China, where the COVID-19 outbreak first began, divorce rates are rising after couples were forced into mandatory lockdown together to prevent the virus’ spread. Divorce filings started to rise in the country as couples began to emerge from quarantine. “On March 16, we went through […]

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COMMENTARY: Opposition politicians strive for relevance in the world of coronavirus politics

Pity the poor opposition politicians across Canada nursing a severe case of pandemic politics. Their collective challenge: how do they do what opposition parties are supposed to do — oppose and criticize the government — at the same time frightened Canadians look to those in power to protect them? As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, governments across Canada have […]

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Opinion | They Don’t Want to Risk Their Lives to Flip Your Burger

Workers around the country are walking off the job to protest a lack of protective equipment, safety measures, even soap. By Steven Greenhouse Mr. Greenhouse writes about labor. Millions of white-collar workers are telecommuting from home to stay safe as the coronavirus extends its terrifying reach across America. But millions of other workers — supermarket cashiers, pharmacists, warehouse workers, bus […]

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Shanghai tops world's IPO league table despite coronavirus

HONG KONG/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Shanghai has topped global initial public offering (IPO) league table for the first time in nearly three years, even as the coronavirus epidemic which originated in China rocked markets around the world. A total of 33 companies raised $7.31 billion floating on the Shanghai main board and the city’s start up-focused STAR market, according to Refinitiv […]

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Global Affairs: Covid-19's existential threat to the EU

LONDON • For the moment, all European governments are concentrating their entire firepower on fighting the still virulent coronavirus epidemic. But behind the scenes, a battle just as critical to the future of the continent is unfolding, about the ways European states should manage the huge economic costs of the pandemic. There are no easy solutions, for the damage to […]

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Opinion | The Healing Power of ‘Steven Universe’

The hit cartoon series has helped me process my biracial identity. By Nicole Clark Ms. Clark is a culture writer. For most of my life, Taiwan was a place that lived in my head. My mother told me her origin stories like a series of tall tales, full of pitched, tin roofs and fields of underbrush that my grandmother used […]

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