Photo radar in 12 ‘safety zones’ in Hamilton starts Oct. 1
The photo radar program in school zones, passed by city council in January, will start issuing tickets to offenders on Oct. 1, 2020.
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3 men charged in relation to the homicide of Terrance Thomas Dixon: Halifax police
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COVID-19 second wave ‘very different’: Quebec health minister
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COVID-19 saliva tests may soon be used more widely in Laval, health official says
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Bianca Andreescu takes 2020 season off, plans to focus on health
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PM’s Chief Of Staff Won’t Be Investigated For Conflict Of Interest Claims
OTTAWA — The federal ethics watchdog has dismissed Conservative allegations of conflict of interest involving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s chief of staff and her husband.Ethics commissioner Mario Dion says the allegations are “speculative” and do not provide “a factual basis to support the belief that a contravention” of the Conflict of Interest Act may have occurred.Consequently, Dion says he’s informed Conservative MPs Pierre Poilievre and Michael Barrett that their request for an investigation does not meet the requirements of the act.His conclusion was relayed in a Sept. 15 letter, obtained by The Canadian Press, to Trudeau’s chief of staff, Katie Telford.The Conservatives’ allegations revolved around a report that Telford’s husband, Rob Silver, had lobbied aides in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the finance minister’s office to change the rules for the federal emergency wage subsidy program so that mortgage finance company MCAP would be eligible.Silver is a senior vice-president with MCAP, a post he has held since January.Watch: Trudeau isn’t ruling out an election during the pandemic. Story continues below. Telford has set up an ethics screen to prevent her involvement in any decision related to MCAP, even though Dion’s office had advised her it wasn’t necessary. But in their letter to Dion requesting an investigation, Poilievre and Barrett alleged an elaborate scheme to benefit Silver and, by extension, Telford.They included a graphic of a so-called “silver triangle,” detailing what they referred to as a “trinity of interests” between Telford, Silver and Mike McNair, a former policy adviser in the PMO who had returned in a voluntary capacity to help out during the COVID-19 pandemic.McNair is now back full-time at the PMO.The Conservative MPs alleged that Silver contacted McNair about the wage subsidy program changes he wanted and that McNair told him to speak to aides in then-finance minister Bill Morneau’s office, with whom Silver had already been in contact.They alleged that McNair hoped to regain full-time employment at the PMO by helping Telford’s husband, “recognizing that reports of his co-operation and helpfulness could pass from Mr. Silver to Ms. Telford,”  who would decide whether to re-hire McNair.“Ms. Telford actually appears to have placed Mr. McNair in an impossible situation: see that Mr. Silver’s interests were looked after or jeopardize his own chances of being re-employed,” the MPs alleged.READ MORE ‘This Is A Coverup’: Tories Blast Trudeau’s Prorogation Amid WE Scandal Tories Accuse Liberals Of Ethical Breach With Rent-Relief Program Trudeau Doesn't Seem To Know 'Basic' Conflict Of Interest Rules: Expert MPs argued that it is “stunning” to suggest that Telford was unaware that her husband was “burning up the phone lines, pressing her subordinates” about the wage subsidy program.  They therefore concluded that she failed to recuse herself both from the issue and from the decision to re-hire McNair, in contravention of the Conflict of Interest Act.In the end, the eligibility rules for the wage subsidy program were not changed but Poilievre and Barrett suggested that may have been a “bait and switch” gambit. They suggested that MCAP was rewarded instead by receiving an $84-million contract from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. to administer the emergency commercial rent relief program and questioned what role McNair may have played in that decision.The Crown corporation has said it made that decision independently.While the ethics commissioner has dismissed the matter, the office of federal lobbying commissioner Nancy Belanger has said it is conducting a “preliminary assessment” of Silver’s efforts to change the wage subsidy eligibility rules.Silver is not currently registered as a lobbyist.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 23, 2020.
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Teen killed in horseback riding accident near Hamilton was ‘an absolute joy to teach’
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These Sex Toys Getting Are Getting Canadians Through The Pandemic
Let’s cut to the chase: Many of us are horny right now. The COVID-19 pandemic has made getting some challenging, as most Canadians staying at home are either abstaining from partnered sex or reducing their number of intimate partners.It’s no surprise then that masturbation continues to be a regular pandemic past-time, long after quarantine baking and gardening have lost their fad appeal. You might even call solo play a collective responsibility, as authorities like B.C.’s public health agency endorses the ménage à moi to minimize potential viral exposure.Helping people fulfill their intimacy cravings solo is the booming sex toy business, with the industry reporting worldwide spikes in sales as the pandemic continues. And with a second wave on the horizon, those cravings during the colder months are likely to persist or possibly deepen due to fewer outdoor spaces to convene. To find out how Canadians are using sex toys and intimacy aids to get through the worst of times, HuffPost Canada asked Twitter, along with two sex toy experts for their pandemic recommendations. Story continues after the slideshow. All product choices are made independently by our editors. HuffPost Canada may receive a share from purchases made via links on this page.From the toys recommended by Erin Sue, Pink Cherry’s sales director, and Jack Lamon, worker-owner of Come As You Are, some common features emerged, as many provide comfort in ways that mimic partnered sex (through suction, thrusting, or “come hither” motions), or fulfilled a need for human affection:    Rising sales point to more time for explorationSue noted that Pink Cherry’s sales have doubled. Come As You Are’s expertise is also more popular than ever, with a storefront expected to open in Toronto’s Kensington Market neighbourhood later this year.Both said that many sales came from first-time customers, with Lamon noting Come As You Are’s reputation as a trans- and queer-owned co-operative making it an accessible location for those exploring their sexual needs.  View this post on InstagramA post shared by Come As You Are Co-operative (@comeasyouareco) on Sep 18, 2020 at 3:27am PDTI think that we’re seeing this trend in different aspects of people’s lives, not just in sexuality,” Lamon said. “For folks who do have more time at home and maybe don’t have access to partners or dates, they’re taking all that energy that they usually put out in the world and spending more time really getting back to basics of ourselves and making ourselves right with the world.”Sexually speaking, that may look like exploring what G-spot or prostate stimulation feels like; improving pelvic health and increasing insertion comfort with dilator use; or reading up on pleasure and boundaries.  He also connected this need for self-love in a pandemic with pleasure activism, adding that for folks fighting for Indigenous and Black causes, “being right with ourselves” helps people work in their movements sustainably by alleviating stress. Multipurpose toys FTWToys don’t have to provide only sexual stimulation in one way, Sue noted, as many of Pink Cherry’s bestsellers are wand massagers, like the legendary Hitachi wand, which can be enjoyed by many genders for its hardcore externally-stimulating vibrations. “They’re great for overall wellness and back massages that are not necessarily sexual-related,” Sue explained. Canadians are suckers for suction toysBoth Sue and many who answered an informal Twitter callout sung the praises of suction toys, which use air waves to create satisfying vacuums that can mimic oral sex. Famed for causing intense orgasms, suction toys make up much of Pink Cherry’s list of bestsellers.Suction toys have also received rave reviews for simulating human touch in other ways, by applying them to nipples and other sensitive body parts.  View this post on InstagramA post shared by Unbound (@unboundbabes) on Sep 21, 2020 at 3:52pm PDT“It’s really at the forefront for clitoris owners right now,” Sue said, which many reviewers of popular brands like Unbound’s Puff and the unfortunately named Womanizer can attest to. Household items can help too (within reason)Weighted blankets and hugging pillows are great for anxiety, while also making for excellent intimacy aids for those looking to simulate the weight and size of a body; weighted blankets can feel like someone’s embrace, while hugging pillows can assist big-time canoodlers. longing for human comfort so much i got a weighted blanket— andi c. ✨ average tiddy white-passing gf (@airismile) September 19, 2020On the other hand, some everyday essentials like electric toothbrushes, which are notoriously known as makeshift vibrators, might not be a good idea, as mouth bacteria is probably not good to have close to one’s genitals in the long-term, Lamon said.Come As You Are is a great fan of using fresh produce in the bedroom. “If you get an organic cucumber and you peel it, it’s a super fun toy to play with for penetration,” he said. “And if you’re someone who has a penis, grab that melon baller, scoop into a cantaloupe, and go at it for a super fun time.”Tips for first-time shoppersVolume: Many toys bring the good vibrations, but some may be more audible than you, your roommate, or your family members would appreciate. If you’re in the market for a new bedside companion, it’s a good idea to look for reviews on noise levels and water durability, should showers be where you feel most relaxed. Shipping: Trying to hide your purchase from prying eyes? While many stores ship in discreet packages, it’s worth double-checking on the store’s website how exactly you’ll be receiving your toy. Make your dollar matter: Supporting local businesses is easy thanks to online stores. In Ontario alone, shoppers can pick up glass toys from Peace Lily Toys, leather harnesses from Unicorn Collaborators, and transmasculine products from FTM PitStop. It’s also easy to buy from Black-owned product lines that have partnered with Canadian distributors, such as New York Toy Collective.  Prioritize fun: Sue’s biggest tip for any sex toy newbie?“Remember that whatever you want, or what interests you is the right decision for you,” she said.  And always remember to use lube. You’ll thank yourself later!MORE ON INTIMACY 11 Ways To Turn Yourself On So, Your Family Is Quarantined And Your Kid Just Discovered Masturbation Canadians, Here’s What You Can Learn About Sexual Health From Sex Workers Also on HuffPost:
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Driver sped out of Guelph school zone twice to avoid parking ticket: police
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Ontario reports 335 new coronavirus cases, 69% under the age of 40
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Indwell opens newest affordable housing community in Hamilton
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Finland using dogs trained to sniff out coronavirus at Helsinki Airport
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Elton John announces rescheduled 2022 tour with 4 Canadian dates
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‘Zombie’ tropical storm Paulette returns ‘because 2020’
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Returning students could cause COVID-19 infections to double in University towns: New study finds
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'Sorry, I’m sick': Toronto open house held as tenant, later found to be COVID-19-positive, lay in upstairs room
Open houses are one of the most efficient ways for homeowners to ditch their digs, and have long been a valuable tool in many a realtor’s belt. But is putting your house on the market worth the potentially heightened risk of exposure to COVID-19? While the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) “strongly recommended” that members cease holding open houses in March due to the pandemic, realtors continued showing houses long after most businesses had shut down when the first wave of the pandemic hit the city. The practice was eventually curtailed due to the heightened risk of exposure to the virus for all those involved, but re-emerged this summer – with some strict guidelines – when the city entered Stage 3 at the end of July. But with the second wave of the virus apparently looming, one new case involving COVID-19 has put the practice firmly back in the spotlight. CTV News reported this week that prospective buyers checking out a house in Toronto’s Broadview and Danforth area found themselves touring the residence while a sick tenant was present in a bedroom with a “Sorry, I’m sick” sign on the door. The tenant, who was waiting on the results of a COVID-19 test and felt there was a chance they had contracted the virus, eventually tested positive — a fact discovered by those who toured the home after they later received a contract tracing call. The real estate agent involved confirmed to the news outlet that after the tenant left the residence to quarantine at a local hotel, more showings of the house took place the following day. The agent admitted to CTV that no cleaning had been done of the areas of the house in which the infected person had been, ahead of the showings the next day. Although the listing was eventually removed by TRREB as a result of the incident, broader questions have arisen – particularly as Toronto health officials report the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases since early May. At the very least, buyers, sellers, and brokers are advised to practice social distancing and take every possible precaution for the foreseeable future.
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Doug Ford’s Sept. 23 Ontario COVID-19 update: Live video
The premier addresses the province on the latest measures to combat the coronavirus The post Doug Ford’s Sept. 23 Ontario COVID-19 update: Live video appeared first on Macleans.ca.
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Bill Kelly: When will the COVID-19 lesson be learned?
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Watch: Measha Brueggergosman and Lennie Gallant perform new song for Star readers
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Kitchener drive-thru COVID-19 testing clinic closed for safety concerns
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Kingston police engaged in standoff after violent altercation on Ford Street
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Alberta Mounties charged in shooting death of man in car to get jury trial
Cpl. Randy Stenger and Const. Jessica Brown of the Whitecourt RCMP detachment were arrested and charged with criminal negligence causing death. The charges were then changed to manslaughter.
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Congressmen ask for investigation of gynecologist linked to Georgia immigration detention centre
Dr. Mahendra Amin is at the centre of a controversy that began last week when a nurse who worked at the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla filed a whistleblower complaint.
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Coronavirus live updates: Quebec unveils tough ad to convince COVID-19 skeptics
Video features a man who was in a coma for 12 days. He had a tracheotomy and can no longer work: "Believe me, COVID-19 is serious."
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Peterborough police warn to stay away from apartment fire scene after teen gained entry
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Pumpkin spice Kraft Dinner is now a thing. Is nothing safe?
Just when you thought pumpkin spice had already crept into every imaginable product, we are reminded that nothing – nothing – is safe from its spicy scourge. Enter Kraft Dinner: pumpkin spice edition. But according to the company, “it ain’t no basic batch.” The mac itself uses the classic Kraft Dinner sauce infused with “hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and ginger.” “KD has always been known for its one of a kind cheesy taste and after years of watching Canadians get excited for pumpkin spice season, we felt that it was time to combine the two iconic flavours and create Pumpkin Spice KD,” said Kraft Heinz Canada Senior Brand Manager of Brand Building & Innovation, Brian Neumann in a press release. “Canadians have always made KD their own way and not many people would expect KD to be part of the PSL conversation, but that’s the whole point. Only 1000 will be made. So, move over lattes and muffins, PSKD is the must try new flavour this fall.” While even the company admits it may appear to be trolling the public with the new flavour, Kraft assures us that the “spicy cheesy treat” is, in fact, very real. Kraft has yet to announce when the limited-edition treat will be available, but those feeling curious (or snacky) can visit PumpkinSpiceKD.com and add their names to a waitlist to be sure they don’t miss the opportunity to stock up. However, there is a caveat. Only one thousand of the specially-flavoured snacks will be available, although each winner will receive a prize pack including “KD, a Pumpkin Spice Boost Pack, a fork, and of-course a signature white coffee style cup with your name written on it (spelled wrong of course).” Of course.
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How to watch today's throne speech at 2 p.m. EDT
How Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to steer his Liberal government through the next phase of the pandemic is expected to be laid out in Wednesday’s throne speech, along with new details on the Liberals’ economic and social recovery plans in the face of an anticipated second wave.
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Elton John reschedules Montreal shows for 2022
John's Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour was slated to return to the Bell Centre last April, but the shows were postponed due to the pandemic.
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 3 days of tributes begin in Washington
After two days of public viewing at the court, Ginsburg will on Friday become the first woman to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol.
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How to create a pandemic pod for safe social interaction
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Winnipeg Transit driver dies after crash on Main Street
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GOP Senate report on Joe Biden's son Hunter alleges conflict of interest
Two Republican-led Senate committees issued a politically charged report Wednesday alleging that the work Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's son did in Ukraine constituted a conflict of interest for the Obama administration at a time when Biden was engaged in Ukraine policy as vice-president.
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New York City warns about rising COVID-19 cases in Hasidic neighbourhoods
City health officials said that they were concerned about a clear uptick in transmission among some of the city’s Hasidic communities, which were devastated by COVID-19 in the spring but had seen few cases in the summer.
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Coronavirus: Quebec school bus drivers want to be informed of positive cases they’ve transported
The union says that drivers are often exposed to students for long periods of time, and that those younger than Grade 5 are not required to wear masks.
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