Corporate plan to buy and rent family homes an inevitable step for capitalism

The business of owning and renting out homes has a long history in Canada and around the world. But in the current era of house envy, plans to corporatize single-family rentals have sparked a backlash.A Toronto poster objecting to densification of an urban neighbourhood. Real estate experts say buying to rent in the big city…

US employers wrestle with Covid vaccine requirements in regulatory “hairball”

America's largest garlic farm needs 1,000 workers to harvest its annual crop, but faces an unexpected hurdle in this year's recruitment drive: it now must document and track the Covid-19 vaccine status of these seasonal laborers.  Employers in California's Santa Clara County, including Christopher Ranch, are required as of June 1 to ascertain if their…

Tk 438cr project to set up 5 lakh nutrition gardens

The government is setting up five lakh nutrition gardens on uncultivated fallow lands and backyards across the country, said Agriculture Minister Muhammad Abdur Razzaque yesterday. The initiative has been taken under a Tk 438 crore project to address any food crisis during the pandemic, he said. For all latest news, follow The Daily Star's Google…

Analysis: EU industry hands Brussels headache over carbon border levy

Brussels policymakers, about to unveil the world's first carbon border levy, are caught between industry demands to twin it with free carbon permits worth billions of euros, and analysts' warnings that doing so could expose the EU to legal challenges at the WTO.  As part of a package of climate policies, including carbon market reforms,…