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COVID-19 leaves cupboards bare at pawnshops

CALGARY — John Sanford has been a pawnbroker for 20 years and says he’s never seen anything like it.

Pawnshops and payday loan lenders have long been harbingers of hard economic times due to health and financial crises.

But Sanford says that hasn’t been the case in the topsy-turvy world of 2020 where the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a recession.

AP Interview: Floyd’s death opens old wounds for Sefolosha

Thabo Sefolosha knows what it’s like to be a black man, on the ground, surrounded by police officers.

Such was the scenario when George Floyd died in Minneapolis last week.

And when Sefolosha watched that video, his memories came flooding back.

“I was just horrified by what I saw,” Sefolosha said. “That could have been me.”

Feds turn to promoting travel in Canada

Ottawa is earmarking millions of dollars to promote holiday travel inside Canada as it seeks to help the tourism industry weather the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funds announced by Economic Development Minister Melanie Joly on Sunday include $30 million originally earmarked for attracting foreign visitors through the federal tourism marketing agency, Destination Canada.

Cattle ranchers waiting for other COVID-19 shoe to drop on industry

CREMONA, Alta. — A cacophony of bellowing cattle makes it hard to hear the other hoof drop, but rancher Bruce Bird knows that it’s coming.

Bird runs a cow-calf operation and had to shout to be heard during annual branding last week on his ranch near Cremona, 80 kilometres northwest of Calgary.