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HEADLINERestaurants try to stay afloat as rent relief falls short
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Globe & Mail
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May 02, 2020
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The federal government’s recent announcement of a large-scale rent-relief program seemed to offer what restaurants had been asking for, but many are discovering that the program may not be enough – and in some cases may not help at all. >> COVID-19-related; Restaurant; Entrepreneurship

HEADLINEParamount’s Mohamad Fakih on the future of restaurants after the pandemic
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Globe & Mail
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May 01, 2020
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Mohamad Fakih lived through civil war in Lebanon, and came to Canada with $1,200 in his pocket. But the worst experience of his life, he says, was the first few days after restaurants were forced to close to limit the spread of COVID-19. >> COVID-19-related; Restaurant; Entrepreneurship.

HEADLINEAs businesses in Ontario reopen they’ll need to follow these rules
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Toronto Star
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Apr 30, 2020
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Premier Doug Ford and Labour Minister Monte McNaughton unveiled scores of new rules and regulations that businesses will have to abide by once health officials deem it safe to reopen. >> COVID-19-related; Entrepreneurship.

HEADLINECOVID-19 wreaking havoc on Canada’s hospitality industry, MPs told
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Toronto Star
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Apr 23, 2020
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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused carnage for restaurants and hotels in Canada, MPs on the House of Commons finance committee heard Thursday.... But it’s not just businesses in the hospitality sector that are suffering. >> COVID-19-related; Hospitality; Restaurant; Entrepreneurship.

HEADLINEOttawa expands interest-free loan program to more businesses
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Globe & Mail
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Apr 16, 2020
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The federal government is expanding its Canada Emergency Business Account to allow more companies to qualify for interest-free loans of as much as $40,000 and will launch a new rent-relief program for Canadian companies affected by the pandemic. >> COVID-19-related; Entrepreneurship

HEADLINEOne in 10 restaurants are now closed forever — and many say the industry will never be the same
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Toronto Star
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Apr 03, 2020
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Long-time workers in the industry say when this is all over, the food service industry will have drastically changed in ways both good and bad. Many restaurants, especially small ones owned by chefs or families, will have closed, impacting their suppliers as well. But workers hope some of the vulnerabilities of their industry will be remedied. >> COVID-19-related; Restaurant; Entrepreneurship.

HEADLINEFormer Syrian refugee uses tailoring skills to stitch together new life in N.S.
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CTV
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Mar 10, 2020
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Last year, a former Syrian refugee decided to open a tailoring shop at the mall in Bridgewater, N.S. With his tailoring business doing well, his company started growing. >> Fashion; Sewing; Entrepreneurship.

HEADLINENew Toronto barber shop marks a fresh beginning for Syrian refugee
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BlogTO
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Feb 24, 2020
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The story of one men's grooming salon in Toronto goes deeper than just the good news of a new business opening. The establishment's owner says he's now living his dream with his eponymous shop which he's opened in what was formerly a hair salon he worked at in Scarborough. >> Hairstyling, Entrepreneurship

HEADLINE‘So lucky that I ended up in Winkler’: New Canadian says community is key to making new life in smaller cities
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CBC
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Feb 04, 2020
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Inspired by the feasts they would serve to visiting friends, a married couple who settled in the small community of Winkler, Manitoba in 2009 and 2011, took the plunge last year and opened their own Filipino restaurant, Cucina Filipinas. The mayor of Winkler, says success stories like theirs were possible because "the acceptance of the immigrant community has been absolutely phenomenal." >> Restaurant; Entrepreneurship

HEADLINERegina bakery supplies pitas for all of Saskatchewan — and beyond
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CBC
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Jan 28, 2020
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The story of a newcomer who opened Amado's Pita, a Lebanese restaurant, bakery and grocery store in Regina, in 2005. >> Restaurant; Entrepreneurship.