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The Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders, formed last year after a meeting between President Trump and Prime Minister Trudeau, released their first report today, calling for better financial support for women business owners and more incentives and encouragement for women to start small businesses.

What they want: 5% of prime private sector procurement contracts to be awarded to small businesses owned by women, Canadian procurement programs which make efforts to buy from women-owned businesses similar to the U.S., better maternity and paternity leave along with tax incentives to help lower the cost of child care, for networks and for businesses and professional networks to track gender representation.

Julie Sweet, Accenture CEO for North America and co-chair of the council, told Axios that she was most excited about the recommendation that Canada start procurement programs like in the U.S. "That was the goal, to find areas where our unique perspectives could identify opportunities that would really move the needle," she said.

Big picture: The council is made up of 10 American and Canadian women executives and business leaders who are using their experience to advise primarily the private sector and raise awareness for the inequality and hurdles women face in business world. This report touches on their first pillar of the council's 5-part strategy to attracting women to the workforce, reducing barriers and promoting women leaders. They will give their recommendations to President Trump and the Prime Minister Trudeau.

Ivanka Trump has already expressed her support for the recommendations presented by the council:

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Complaint to FTC: Amazon search results full of potentially deceiving ads

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Amazon does not sufficiently distinguish between its search results and paid ads, potentially "deceiving millions of consumers," according to a complaint filed to the Federal Trade Commission.

Why it matters: Joan Moriarty, research director for the Strategic Organizing Center, a coalition of labor unions that filed the complaint, told the Washington Post the group is "very hopeful" that the FTC will investigate the complaint because Lina Khan (D), a known Amazon critic, is now chair.

3 hours ago - Health

Pfizer-BioNTech: Booster doses more effective at blocking Omicron

Prepared doses of the BioNtech-Pfizer Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine in Germany on Dec. 7. Photo: Thomas Kienzle/AFP via Getty Images

Pfizer and BioNTech said Wednesday that two doses of their COVID-19 vaccine were significantly less effective at neutralizing the Omicron variant in early lab tests, but a three-dose regimen was more effective.

Why it matters: Omicron, which has been labeled a variant of concern by the World Health Organization after being identified by scientists in South Africa last month, has forced vaccine makers to reassess the effectiveness of their vaccines against this specific new form of coronavirus.

Mike Allen, author of AM
3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Biden unveils "Building a Better America" branding

President Biden speaks on infrastructure while visiting a bridge in Woodstock, N.H., last month. Photo: John Tully/Getty Images

President Biden today launched a new website and unveiled bold new branding as part of a nationwide tour to sell the benefits of his infrastructure package.

Why it matters: The White House says passage of the new law shows the ability to "forge bipartisan consensus and prove our democracy can deliver big wins" even in these toxic times.