McDonald’s to raise royalty fees for new franchised restaurants

McDonald’s franchisees who add new restaurants will soon have to pay higher royalty fees. The fast-food giant is raising those fees from 4% to 5%, starting Jan. 1. It’s the first time in nearly three decades that McDonald’s is hiking its royalty fees. The change will not affect existing franchisees who are maintaining their current … Read more

Evacuation order issued in First Nation threatened by northern Alberta wildfire

Some residents of the Dene Tha’ First Nation in northern Alberta have been forced to leave their homes as a wildfire moves closer to the community. A critical evacuation order was issued by the Alberta Emergency Management Agency late Friday night for the community of Chateh, Alta., formerly known as Assumption, 91 kilometres northwest of … Read more

Moneris network outage causes widespread disruption of credit, debit payments

Credit- and debit-processing firm Moneris confirmed it experienced a network outage on Saturday amid widespread reports of problems with customer payment terminals in several parts of Canada. In an email to CBC News, the company said the outage lasted about an hour and a half. “Earlier this afternoon, Moneris experienced an intermittent network outage affecting our … Read more

California governor vetoes gender-affirming child custody cases bill

California governor Gavin Newsom has vetoed a bill that would require judges to consider whether a parent has affirmed their child’s gender identity. (John Nacion/WireImage) California’s Democrat governor Gavin Newsom has vetoed a bill which would require judges in child custody cases to consider whether a parent affirms their child’s gender identity. The legislation, which … Read more