B.C. paramedics responded to a record 131 overdose calls in a single day

Paramedics responded to a record number of overdose calls on Friday, B.C. Emergency Health Services says.
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Toronto mayor glad the GTA is sitting out Stage 3 reopening
Delaying the GTA’s involvement in the province’s latest reopening plans will backstop progress already made in combating COVID-19, Toronto’s mayor says. Speaking Monday at the city’s thrice-weekly COVID-19 press briefing, John Tory agreed with the province’s decision to exclude the GTA from this Friday’s Stage 3 reopening, which — among other measures — would see […]
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B.C. personal injury law firms threaten to blackball occupational therapists over ICBC consultation
An email copied to every major personal-injury plaintiff firm in the province is calling for lawyers to blackball occupational therapists who work with ICBC over ongoing changes at the public insurer.
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Coronavirus infections in Canada surpass 108,100 as global case count tops 13 million
The number of novel coronavirus case surpassed 108,100 on Monday, as worldwide infections topped 13 million.
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Saskatchewan WSA says flooding possible with high levels at Anglin Lake
Anglin Lake was risen to a level of 515.58 m, above its natural spill point of 515.42 m due to high moisture levels and precipitation, according to Saskatchewan WSA.
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As COVID surges in the U.S., some experts worry about plan to further open up Ontario
Dine-in restaurants, playgrounds, gyms and even movie theatres will be allowed to re-open in much of Ontario Friday — although not in the Greater Toronto Area — as the province moves into the recovery period of a staggered re-opening plan. The new guidelines will apply in 24 of Ontario’s 34 public health regions, including all of Northern Ontario, Ottawa, Kingston and most of cottage country. Excluded from the list, for now, are Toronto and most of its suburbs, as well as several areas home to large farms and greenhouses, including Windsor-Essex County and Niagara. The gradual reopening comes after weeks of low — and in some areas, no — growth in the number of new COVID-19 cases in the province. Twenty public health units had five or fewer new cases on Monday, according to Health Minister Christine Elliott. Twenty-one had no new cases at all. Overall the province saw 116 new cases Monday, an increase of 0.3% from the day before. Still, the move to re-open so many businesses, so quickly, has some experts concerned. Just two hours after Ontario announced its plan to re-open bars and restaurants for dine-in service, California’s governor ordered all dine-in restaurants, and all bars in his state to close immediately. That move came after California, often praised for its pandemic response, was hit with a surge of new COVID cases, many tied, as they have been in places as disparate as Pittsburgh, Seoul and Montreal, to the re-opening of establishments where people, especially young people, can get drunk together inside. “That is probably the one piece — especially the bars — that is questionable (about the re-opening,)” said Dr. Zain Chagla, an infectious disease specialist in Hamilton. The province has taken some steps to mitigate the possible danger. Indoor gatherings, including in restaurants and bars, will be limited to 50 people. Social distancing rules will still apply, and everyone being served must have a seat. Chris Selley: Premier Ford, open Canada's most populous province Most of Ontario to move to Stage 3 of reopening plan on Friday, but Toronto among regions remaining behind Nightclubs, meanwhile, are still banned, as are private karaoke rooms, dancing and buffets. But enforcing those rules, across all of Ontario, won’t be easy. “The problem is, this is probably going to be personally policed, on the honour rule,” Chagla said. Servers and bartenders will be asked to monitor drunk young people who may not always accept the wisdom of staying six feet apart. “That’s probably the only one where it’s a little bit dicey and that needs to be watched closely,” Chagla said. Asked about the logic of opening up bars for indoor service now, given what’s happened in the United States, Premier Doug Ford admitted it could be an issue. “You aren’t wrong,” he told media. “I see these numbers from Florida and they’re staggering: 15,000 people contacted COVID in a day, that is scary. But we’re being pretty vigilant. We aren’t rushing into anything. We’re opening up slowly, in stage three, and being very, very cautious about it. But you make a good point.” Raywat Deonandan, an epidemiologist at the University of Ottawa, said it’s only partially fair to compare the American example to Ontario. It is the same disease and American bars and restaurants aren’t that different from Canadian ones. “But it’s not fair to the extent that Americans rushed back to the bars and behaved a certain way, flagrantly denying the threat, and Canadians in large part are not denying the threat,” he said. “So epidemiologically, it’s fair to compare them because an exposure happened and we saw an outcome. Sociologically, it may not be fair because the exposure may not be exactly the same given the differences in human behavior.” Ford said Monday that about 90 per cent of Ontario businesses should be able to reopen in stage three. Among the activities and business that are still considered unsafe are amusement parks and water parks, overnight camps for children, saunas, steam rooms, bathhouses and oxygen bars, and sports that involve “prolonged or deliberate” contact. The health regions that won’t be moving to stage three Friday are: • Durham Region Health Department. • Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit. • Halton Region Public Health. • Hamilton Public Health Services. • Lambton Public Health. • Niagara Region Public Health. • Peel Public Health. • Toronto Public Health. • Windsor-Essex County Health Unit. • York Region Public Health. As for the plan as whole, Chagra understands why some people are nervous. But “there’s going to be some point where we’re going to have to say, okay, it’s time to see what happens if we open up again and try to resume normal life,” he said. The plan seems reasonable, he said, and generally controlled. “And we have the testing capacity to see, if anything does happen, that people are able to get tested right away and kind of get a sense of what’s going on.”
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Photo shoot honours overdose victims as Piikani Nation sees spike in substance-related deaths
Individuals and families gathered on the Piikani Nation, holding photographs of loved-ones lost to substance abuse.
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Etobicoke woman, 76, nabbed in airport drug bust
A 76-year-old Etobicoke woman has been arrested in connection with two significant cocaine seizures, worth an estimated $1.3 million, made last month at Toronto Pearson International Airport. The two drug busts, made by the Canada Border Services Agency and the RCMP, came less than a week apart and involved smuggling cocaine into the country from […]
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Bars, restaurants and gyms closed in California as U.S. sees surge in COVID-19 cases
The order is part of the state's new strategy to control the spread of the virus by focusing on limiting indoor activities to reflect public health officials' evolving understanding of how the virus spreads.
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2 Lethbridge police officers demoted after using positions for personal, political agendas
The agreed statement said Woronuk told Carrier he would "hate to see Phillips drive away from the restaurant and there was a reason to stop her."
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Will Impact face a tired or determined Toronto FC in next MLS is Back game?
The Impact knew it likely would be meeting a tired Toronto FC side this week. But now, it might also be facing one that's beleaguered and, like Montreal, one that has its own issues.
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Diplomat say documents too sensitive to give to Meng’s legal team
In an affidavit filed in Federal Court, Global Affairs Canada’s director general in South Asia says if sensitive information were released to Meng’s legal team, it could undermine Canada’s diplomatic strategy and may risk harm to Canadian lives.
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Maxwell fled to another room as FBI smashed down door
Ghislaine Maxwell wouldn’t let the FBI in and fled to another room when they kicked in the door of her home, prosecutors claimed. The FBI found a mobile phone wrapped in tin foil when they busted their way in to the $1-million US home. Prosecutors called it a “seemingly misguided effort to evade detection” by […]
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Mother and 3 young children reported missing in Toronto
A Toronto police spokesperson told Global News Monday evening there were "no serious concerns for their safety" and there was no suspected criminality in the disappearances.
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Sponsors have the power to change racist nicknames. The baseball teams in Cleveland and Atlanta are on the clock
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Leafs embrace Black Lives Matter cause
Often, the Maple Leafs will begin a new season or the playoffs wearing themed shirts for their media appearances, usually some cliche about teamwork. But Monday, one by one, the leadership group of the club went to the Zoom podium at Ford Performance Centre all wearing ‘Black Lives Matter’ tees in big block letters. “I […]
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Spanish Flu, WW2 bomb survivor asks for 105 cards for 105th birthday
Ann Konkel, who lived through the Spanish Flu, still remembers the advice doctors gave at the time: Stay home. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, she passed on the same advice to her family. But in late May, the 104-year-old fell and was admitted to a Hamilton hospital to heal her leg. Living through […]
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Protesters take to the streets in Pennsylvania after cop uses knee to restrain man
Activists against police brutality expressed outrage and demanded accountability Monday after video emerged over the weekend of an officer placing his knee on a man's head and neck area outside a Pennsylvania hospital.
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GOLDSTEIN: Ontario’s plan for reopening schools needs work
Premier Doug Ford’s government has done a good job so far in its three-stage reopening of Ontario for business in the face of COVID-19, but the province has got to get its act together on plans for schools in September. That was the gaping hole in Ford’s announcement Monday that most municipalities will move to […]
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Daughters thrown out of lobby of St. Hilda’s home
Fran and Patty Perkins haven’t seen their 96-year-old mom in person in 133 days. The last the sisters saw her was in late March, just as the COVID lockdown occurred, when she returned to St. Hilda’s Vaughan residence from a hospital stay of several months and was quite “disoriented.” Although 30-minute weekly visits started in […]
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Spike in dead trees across Lethbridge due to early onset of winter 2019: experts
2020 has been an unusual year — even the trees in Lethbridge are having a rough go.
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Gregor Chisholm: Blue Jays ace Ryu is the master of stops and starts. A short season is right in his wheelhouse
The left-hander has been on the injured list at least once in each of the last six years. Roadblocks like that are usually the last thing a ballplayer wants to deal with, but in a strange way they might have helped prepare him for an unusual 60-game campaign, Gregor Chisholm writes.
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The New Reality: Online sales boom for businesses that went digital during COVID-19
Canada Post even reached an all-time, one-day record on May 19, delivering 2.1 million parcels to Canadians — about three times the norm for this time of year. 
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Jason Kenney Accuses Feds Of Barring Tech Companies From Helping ABTraceTogether App
A national COVID-19 contact tracing app is on its way, but Alberta’s premier accused  the federal government Monday of interfering with the province’s own similar app that was much earlier to market.During a news conference, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s federal government of instructing tech companies, including Google and Apple, not to help the provinces with their own contact tracing apps while the federal one is in development.“The government of Canada has told Google and Apple not to work with the government of Alberta or other provincial governments on approving the TraceTogether app,” Kenney said.WATCH: Alberta implements tax cuts, infrastructure spending to rebound from COVID-19. Story continues below. In June, the federal government announced a national contact tracing app to help trace and identify possible COVID-19 cases. The voluntary app is set to be piloted in Ontario before a nation-wide launch later this summer, but has been delayed from its initially planned July 2 pilot launch.Alberta was the first jurisdiction in Canada to release an app back in early May. According to Alberta Health, more than 223,000 users — about five per cent of the province’s population — have registered on the ABTraceTogether app since its launch.The Alberta app, modelled off of a similar program in Singapore, uses Bluetooth technology to conduct “virtual handshakes” between users and enable rapid contact tracing if a user contracts COVID-19. RELATED COVID-19 Tracing Apps Are Great As Long As You’re Young And Own A Smartphone Canada’s Coronavirus Contact Tracing App Will Be Piloted In Ontario New COVID-19 Modelling Is Encouraging, But Canada Not Out Of The Woods Yet However, it has faced multiple challenges since it launched. On Thursday, Alberta Health announced it is investigating what they called “functionality flaws” in how the app works with Apple devices. Currently, the phone must be unlocked with the app running in the foreground for it to work on Apple devices. And while the Android app will run in the background, users must turn on ‘location services,’ despite the app saying it works only via Bluetooth.Last week, Alberta’s privacy commissioner Jill Clayton released a 66-page report detailing security and personal privacy concerns with the ABTraceTogether app and how it uses and collects data.“We have recommended that AH make information about potential privacy risks public, and update this information as necessary,” Clayton wrote.News Release: Commissioner Releases Report on ABTraceTogether Contact-Tracing App https://t.co/6yWDRJVj89#ableg#ContactTracingpic.twitter.com/RkxuDTzd7R— Alberta OIPC (@ABoipc) July 9, 2020On Monday, Kenney said the province wants to work directly with big tech companies to improve the app’s functionality and he has made “repeated requests” to the federal government to remove their objection to Google and Apple working with provinces.“At the end of the day, by standing in between us and the large tech companies, they are effectively reducing the functionality of an app which can help us in the midst of a public health crisis,” he said. Representatives from Apple and Google did not respond to HuffPost Canada’s request for comment.In a statement to HuffPost, federal Health Minister Patty Hadju’s spokesperson Cole Davidson said that Google and Apple have made their application programming interfaces available to the federal government for developing the national app.  At the end of the day, by standing in between us and the large tech companies, they are effectively reducing the functionality of an app which can help us in the midst of a public health crisis.Alberta Premier Jason KenneyWhen asked about Kenney’s comments, Davidson did not confirm or deny that the Trudeau government had barred companies from working directly with provinces on their own contract-tracing projects. “We are committed to building and launching a well-designed, user-tested application that is secure, reliable and easy to use,” he said. “To be the most helpful in our efforts to fight COVID-19, the app needs to be accessible and used by as many Canadians as possible. That’s why we continue to work with Apple, Google and our partners in jurisdictions across Canada on a voluntary national app that will be ready for download very soon.”Davidson said there is no set release date for the federal app yet.WATCH: Contact tracing “essential” to getting COVID-19 under control. Story continues below. During Monday’s news conference, Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro said that representatives from Alberta have been assisting in the development of the national app. However, until it is ready, he argued the federal government should support provincial initiatives like ABTraceTogether. “If we’re going to be asked to help them in the development of another app, that’s fine, but look, let’s allow Google and Apple to work with us to ensure that the ABTraceTogether app is fully functional,” Shandro said. 
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Bars are emerging as COVID-19 hot spots. Ontario officials are trying to avoid the dangerous cocktail seen in Florida and other U.S. states
With parts of the province entering Phase 3, rules will include no standing and no dancing. And Toronto might add extra precautions when it’s the city’s turn.
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Douglas Coupland’s ‘prank’ photo of severed leg not linked to Roberts Creek investigation, RCMP say
RCMP told Global News the photo featured a movie prop and was intended as a "prank."
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Students oppose StFX waiver that proposes releasing school from coronavirus liability
A waiver sent to St. Francis Xavier University students has been met with concern as the community prepares to return to campus.
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Mayor John Tory’s two-day London trade mission cost $21,700
The same day Italy announced a nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus, Toronto Mayor John Tory quietly boarded a plane for a two-day, $21,700 European trade mission. That figure was published in a recently-released report on the March 10-11 London trade mission for next week’s economic and community development committee meeting. The trade mission, cut short […]
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How André Holland and co. brought ‘Richard II’ to radio
After the pandemic, the Public Theater announced that “Richard II” would go on as a radio play with a majority of the Central Park cast intact. Then, the week before rehearsals began, George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis.
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Stu on Sports: Alexander Romanov one step closer to joining Canadiens
Russian defenceman expected to join team soon after agreeing to NHL entry-level deal, but he won't be eligible to play in postseason.
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Waits for COVID-19 tests increase after bar patrons told to get tested
Waiting times for a COVID-19 test have increased significantly since Montreal’s public health authority urged people who have been to a bar to get tested.
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Police notified of more than 1,500 international travellers as potential quarantine busters: federal officials
The Canadian border is closed, for the most part. But three million people have still entered the country since late March, and a significant minority, federal officials say, pay little heed to rules requiring them to quarantine after getting here. Public Health Agency of Canada officials and border guards have alerted police to over 1,500 international travellers they feared might flout COVID-19 isolation rules, the agencies say. Government officials say police were dispatched to talk to them, though it appears few charges or fines have been levied since the quarantine rule was imposed March 21. Some travellers even admitted as soon as they got to the border or airport that they probably would ignore the law requiring them to self-isolate for two weeks, says the Canada Border Services Agency. The numbers underscore the daunting task of policing the thousands of travellers entering Canada from the U.S. and other places where the virus is still rampant, despite the border being shut down. American couple pay heavy price in Canada upon failure to self-quarantine Provinces and the police are cracking down on cross-border travellers who break the COVID-19 rules Arrivals are down 80 to 90 per cent, yet 2.8 million had still come by July 5. While almost half were truckers who drive back and forth to keep trade moving, about 1.5 million others have also entered the country, according to CBSA stats. Just over 388,000 were Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Border officers can detect possible quarantine dodgers from “indicators of deception,” said Rebecca Purdy, an agency spokeswoman. “However in some cases, travellers make overt statements indicating they will not comply or have no intention to comply.” Despite the border challenge, Canada has managed to steadily decrease the spread of COVID-19 over recent weeks, even as transmission rises to record new levels in the U.S. But the influx from outside the country continues to pose a threat of all that reversing, warns Dr. Jeff Kwong, a University of Toronto public-health expert. A few high-profile cases lately have underscored that danger, including that of a man from the U.S. who arrived in Nova Scotia, did not quarantine and infected another person, who then travelled to PEI and transmitted the virus to several others. “It’s a very real and important risk that we’re talking about,” said Kwong. “It only takes a handful who don’t follow the quarantine orders to lead to the infection of others, and then it’s all downhill from there.” Kwong said he worries that Canada is not doing all it could to ensure people do not import cases into the country, especially with the prospect of the border opening again in coming months. Some other countries have required arriving international travellers to download apps to their phones that enable authorities to ensure they are staying at home, he noted. Others have created quarantine facilities where arrivals must spend their first two weeks under supervision. Whether either of those measures would be feasible in Canada or tolerated by people here is another question, Kwong conceded. The complex system for monitoring international travellers begins when the CBSA collects information on arrivals, then passes it on to the Public Health Agency. Since late March, Border Services has also alerted both PHAC and the RCMP of 237 people it feels are likely to ignore the quarantine rules, or who have actually told border officers they will do so, said Purdy. After making contact with new arrivals, the health agency does its own identification of people it thinks might not abide by the order and need “verification” by police, said Catherine Fortin, an RCMP spokeswoman. Between March 25 and June 30, the agency has itself passed on 1,492 names to the RCMP of such “priority” cases, she said. The Mounties contact people in jurisdictions where they cover local policing, which does not include Ontario or Quebec, and passes on the information to the appropriate police services elsewhere. The RCMP has not laid charges or levied fines against any of the priority traveller cases it handled, said Fortin. “RCMP officers will use a risk-based, measured approach to non-compliance with this (quarantine) order, focusing on education and encouragement,” she said. “RCMP officers will attempt to conduct physical verification with the individual while maintaining physical distancing. Our officers will speak to the person, inform them of the law and explain the importance of compliance, as well as the potential consequences of non-compliance.”
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Winnipeg restaurant with no dance floor fined after patrons start dancing at table
A Winnipeg restaurant owner is looking for answers after he was issued a fine for $2,542 after patrons were allegedly caught dancing and not social distancing inside his establishment early Saturday morning.
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Autistic driver Austin Riley has Le Mans on his mind
While it still requires more funding and results on the track, the 21-year-old Canadian has already taken several steps toward that dream ride.
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MacKay’s campaign says no deal was cut to woo deputy party leader’s endorsement
Leona Alleslev declined a request for an interview on Monday, but in a statement said her only conversations with Peter MacKay have been about his credentials for the leadership job.
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Images of woman relased in police memorial vandalism investigation
Investigators have released CCTV images of a “person of interest” in connection with last month’s defacement of the Ontario Police Memorial Monument. On the same day anti-police demonstrators held a rally at Nathan Phillips Square and on University Ave. in front of the U.S. Consulate — June 20 — members of the OPP Queen’s Park […]
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Detroit billionaire Manuel 'Matty' Moroun, who owned Ambassador Bridge, dies at 93
Manuel "Matty" Moroun, a billionaire businessman who owned a critical bridge that connects Michigan to Canada, has died in his suburban Detroit home. He was 93.
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Victoria businesses say government is ‘potentially ruining’ them by buying their building to house homeless
A pair of Victoria businesses are claiming the province's purchase of hotels in Victoria to house the homeless could destroy their livelihoods.
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B.C. reports 62 COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths over three days
Health officials on Monday reported 62 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. and two deaths, both in long-term care.
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Coronavirus: WHO slams ‘mixed messages’ from world leaders on COVID-19
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus did not call out specific politicians for criticism but said ``too many countries are headed in the wrong direction'' with the pandemic and some were not taking the proper steps to curb infections.
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Edmonton woman helping to highlight young, vulnerable artists
An Edmonton woman is helping youth change the course of their lives by giving them a rare opportunity.
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The fight to raise $3 million to fund a B.C. baby’s treatment goes global
Lucy Van Doormaal was born April 1, 2020.
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