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CALGARY - A Calgary-based private mobile lab company is offering blood testing to detect antibodies associated with COVID-19.
Ichor Blood Services says it charges $75 plus GST for each home collection visit, with the cost of the antibody test itself at $120 plus tax per person — a family of four would pay $555 plus tax.
VICTORIA - British Columbia's balanced budget has been shattered by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the province forecasting a deficit of $12.5 billion for 2020-21.
Finance Minister Carole James said the numbers are staggering with job losses of 235,000 since February and a predicted GDP decline of 6.8 per cent by the end of this year.
TORONTO - Canada's main stock index got its biggest lift in more than a month as its three largest sectors advanced, while U.S. markets also increased despite mixed banking quarterly results.
Energy and materials led the S&P/TSX composite index despite flattish oil prices and a dip in gold. Meanwhile, the heavyweight financials sector also climbed.
WASHINGTON - Canada and the United States are now widely expected to extend their mutual ban on non-essential cross-border travel as COVID-19 destroys President Donald Trump's hopes for a quick end to America's public-health nightmare.
The Canada-U.S. border has been closed to "discretionary" travel like vacations and shopping trips since the pandemic took hold of the continent in mid-March, a rolling 30-day agreement that's currently set to expire July 21.