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Is the office holiday party going extinct?

Forget champagne fountains or a private DJ set from David Guetta. Your office holiday party this year is more likely to be a not-so-boozy potluck, a pickleball match, or some virtual trivia.

Driving the news: Corporate party planners have noticed a shift this year in holiday parties. Out are the bashes where the entire office and their significant others rage into the night. In are quieter events, with only team members, featuring group activities like guac making

Zoom gets booted from the Nasdaq

Like each and every one of us who got used to working in our pyjamas, Zoom has had a rude post-COVID awakening.

What happened: Zoom has been dropped from the Nasdaq after failing to meet the technology-focused index’s listing criteria, as return-to-office mandates and increased competition quell the company’s growth prospects, according to Bloomberg.

Sponsors return to Hockey Canada

Team Canada announced its roster for the 2024 World Junior Championship. But the biggest names joining the team this year aren’t the new players, but returning advertisers. 

What happened: Tim Hortons, Esso, and Telus have all reinstated their partnerships with Hockey Canada ahead of this year’s World Juniors. Last year, ads for the brands — which are part of Hockey Canada’s highest sponsorship tier — were absent from the tournament. 

The biggest art fraud in Canadian history

The ringleader of the largest art fraud operation in Canadian history — and, per one investigating officer, in world history — was sentenced to 5 years in prison yesterday. 

Catch-up: For three decades, Gary Lamont spearheaded a ring of three separate but connected groups creating fakes of art by Norval Morrisseau — the acclaimed Anishinaabe artist who founded the Woodlands School movement and was dubbed the “Picasso of the North.” 

Maple syrup harvests hit a sticky patch

What goes up must go down. After a record maple syrup harvest last year, Canada’s crop of the brown stuff has come crashing down like a stack of flapjacks that was piled too high. 

Driving the news: Canadian maple syrup output fell to a five-year low, dropping 40.1% from last year due to sudden temperature swings and intense storms which killed sap flow. 

Tims says 안녕하세요 to South Korea

Forget a Justin Bieber collab — as Tim Hortons expands into its newest locale, it should be looking for a stamp of approval from Blackpink or BTS.  

What happened: Tim Hortons opened its first-ever location in Seoul today and plans to open 150 more locations in South Korea within the next five years. It’s the seventh Asian country to get a Tims after China, India, Pakistan, Thailand, the Philippines, and Singapore.

Are tech money troubles cause for alarm, or business as usual?

Icy, cold, chilly…words that are appearing both in weather reports and outlooks on the tech market this week.

Driving the news: Regardless of what part of the tech ecosystem you look at, the last week has come with headlines that suggest financial struggles are going to stick around:

Tipping propels TikTok to milestone

Like a bartender with a generous pour, TikTok creators have been reeling in the tips. 

What happened: TikTok has become the first non-gaming app to see users spend US$10 billion on the app. Per TechCrunch, the surge in spending has come from TikTok’s in-app purchases of “coins” — a virtual currency that users can spend to tip the app’s creators.

BlackBerry jams its IPO plans

It’s starting to look like investors might be happier watching BlackBerry the movie than BlackBerry the company.

What happened: BlackBerry is walking back IPO plans for its Internet of Things (IoT) division — which creates in-car operating systems used in 235 million vehicles, among other things — and will promote John Giamatteo, president of its cybersecurity division, to CEO.

Sho me the money

Look away, Blue Jays fans: Shohei Ohtani just signed the biggest contract in pro sports history, and despite some dedicated flight tracking and internet sleuthing, it’s not with Toronto. 

Driving the news: Baseball phenom Shohei Ohtani agreed to a 10-year US$700 million contract (not a typo) with the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend, the largest ever in professional sports history.