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Companies entice vaccinated Canadians with freebies, discounts

TORONTO -- Canadian companies are trying to move the needle on COVID-19 vaccinations by offering discounts and freebies for customers that get jabbed.
Insurers, breweries, museums and tech companies are unveiling promotions aimed at rewarding people who've been vaccinated with savings and giveaways.
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Long-haul carrier Emirates to ship aid for free into India

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES -- Dubai's long-haul carrier Emirates will begin shipping aid from the World Health Organization and other groups into India for free to help fight a crushing outbreak of the coronavirus, the airline said Sunday.
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'Dracula's castle' offers tourists COVID-19 shots

BRAN, ROMANIA -- Visitors to Romania's forbidding Bran Castle, widely known as the inspiration for the lair of Dracula, are being jabbed with needles rather than vampiric fangs this weekend in a coronavirus vaccination drive.
"I came to visit the castle with my family and when I saw the poster I gathered up my courage and agreed to get the injection," said 39-year-old engineer Liviu Necula.
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Last summer, Finn Baikie's job mentoring soccer referees was cancelled because of the pandemic.
This spring, the 16-year-old from Guelph, Ont., got hired as a dishwasher at a local restaurant, but, once again, that opportunity disappeared because of COVID-19.
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Travel deals are here but should you book now?

Refunds for cancelled trips. Vacations for half price. Pay just $50 down. 
These are just some of the deals travel companies are offering Canadians to entice them to book now for a future trip — once it's deemed safe to travel.
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OTTAWA -- An industry group is calling on Ottawa to follow the United Kingdom's lead and help bring in a restart plan for Canada's airline sector.
Mike McNaney, president and chief executive officer of the National Airlines Council of Canada, says the U.K.
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'Why we survive': B.C. boundary towns struggle without Albertans during pandemic

Jennifer Coffman didn't expect to get hit with a double whammy at her restaurant in the tiny community of Field just west of the Alberta-British Columbia boundary this year.
Coffman has been running the Truffle Pigs Bistro and Lodge for the last 12 years.
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Amazon postpones Prime Day in Canada due to COVID-19 outbreaks

Amazon's annual Prime Day marketing event in Canada has been put on hold this year amid ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks at its facilities in Ontario's Peel Region.
The postponement of the event was put in place to protect the health and safety of employees and customers, Amazon said in a notice to sellers obtained by The Canadian Press.
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Cyberattack shuts down top U.S. fuel pipeline network

NEW YORK -- Top U.S. fuel pipeline operator Colonial Pipeline has shut its entire network, the source of nearly half of the U.S. East Coast's fuel supply, after a cyber attack that industry sources said was caused by ransomware.
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TC Energy reports $1.1B net loss after $2.2B writedown on Keystone XL

CALGARY -- TC Energy Corp. is reporting a first-quarter net loss of $1.1 billion after taking a $2.2-billion after-tax asset impairment charge on its cancelled Keystone XL export oil pipeline.
It says the impairment charge doesn't yet include the government of Alberta's investment and guarantees for the project, which are expected to eventually reduce the company's net exposure to about $1 billion.
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EU agrees potential 1.8 billion-dose purchase of Pfizer jab

BRUSSELS -- The European Union cemented its support for Pfizer-BioNTech and its novel COVID-19 vaccine technology Saturday by agreeing to a massive contract extension for a potential 1.8 billion doses through 2023.
EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen tweeted that her office "has just approved a contract for a guaranteed 900 million doses" with the same amount of doses as a future option.
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OTTAWA -- Statistics Canada has resumed its practice of giving key federal officials an advance look at its jobs report ahead of its official release.
The agency says two people each in the Finance Department and Privy Council Office, which aids the prime minister and cabinet, were authorized for a sneak preview of the April jobs number on Friday.
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