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Day: October 8, 2021 (Page 1 of 3)

Ontario is removing some indoor capacity limits, just in time for the Thanksgiving weekend

Ontario is lifting capacity limits in select indoor and outdoor settings where proof of vaccination is required, as well as certain outdoor settings that have a capacity below 20,000.

“As we continue to see more Ontarians roll up their sleeves with over 22 million doses administered, our government is cautiously lifting capacity limits in select settings where we know proof of vaccination requirements are providing an added layer of protection to Ontarians,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “The fight against COVID-19 is not over and we must all remain vigilant by continuing to follow the public health measures we know work and keep us safe, and receiving your first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine if you have not already done so.”

Effective tonight at midnight (Saturday, October 9, 2021, at 12:01 a.m.), capacity limits will be lifted to allow 100 per cent capacity in the following settings:

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You don’t need a bachelor’s degree to land a high-paying job

Elissa Nadworny, NPR »

A new study from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce finds a growing number of people without a bachelor’s degree are now out-earning those with one. The study found that in the years 2017 through 2019, on average, 16% of high school graduates, 23% of workers with some college and 28% of associate degree holders earned more money than half of all workers with a bachelor’s degree.

Hundreds of giant sequoias have been burned

Lila Seidman, LA Times »

Hundreds of giant sequoias may have been killed after high-intensity flames from the KNP Complex fire tore through several groves of the massive trees in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

Since igniting Sept. 9, the lightning-sparked blaze has encroached on 15 groves of the colossal trees, with two that appear to have been at least partially subjected to high-severity fire, said Christy Brigham, chief of resources management and science for the parks.

Britishvolt plans to build a 60 Gigawatt hours (GWh) battery cell factory in Quebec to serve the North American EV industry

The UK-based technology and manufacturing firm is incorporated in Canada, has a Montreal office and tells Electric Autonomy in an exclusive interview that it is close to securing premises in Quebec for its second gigafactory to serve the North American EV industry and plans to expand into cathodes and R&D

This is the second such announcement this week.

136 countries – from Canada, to the EU (including Ireland), US, China, and India – agree to set a 15% minimum tax rate for corporate profits

AP»

The deal faces several hurdles before it can take effect. U.S. approval of related tax legislation proposed by Biden will be key, especially since the U.S. is home to many of the biggest multinationals. A rejection by Congress would cast uncertainty over the entire project.

The deal is an attempt to address the ways globalization and digitalization have changed the world economy. Alongside the minimum tax, it would allow countries to tax part of the earnings of companies whose activities, such as online retailing or web advertising, don’t involve a physical presence.

On Thursday, Ireland announced that it would join the agreement, ditching a low-tax policy that has led companies like Google and Facebook to base their European operations there.

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