B.C. records 12 new cases of COVID-19, no new deaths

There are now just 152 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C.
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Man in life-threatening condition after being pulled from lake near Ontario Place
Emergency crews were called to the lake near Ontario Place at 11:57 p.m. Thursday for reports of a person drowning.
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U.S. Air Force members in Winnipeg say they were attacked because of American plates
Some United States Air Force members posted in Winnipeg say they are being attacked because of their U.S. license plates and the force wants people to know they are not breaking any rules.
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Scientists look at how immune system T cells can help fight coronavirus
Recent studies show that some recovered patients who tested negative for coronavirus antibodies did develop T cells in response to their COVID-19 infection.
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Kingston-area residents try to stay cool on another hot, hazy day in region
With the humidity, the temperature felt more like the low 40s. And that made the search for places to stay cool a priority.
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Amber Alert: Search for missing girls and their father enters second day
The search was conducted overnight Thursday and will continue Friday with specialized tracking teams.
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COVID-19 lockdown is tough on kids. Here’s what parents can do
Kids across the country have been cooped up at home for months now due to the novel coronavirus, and some experts worry the pandemic may have physical and emotional implications.
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A certificate proves that your rep can legally trade in real estate
Education and insurance are also guaranteed by a certificate-holding real estate salesperson, writes Joe Richer
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A not-so-family-friendly Julie Andrews, Depeche Mode and more for the Gen-Xers: Go down a rabbit hole with these online concert gems
Bored? This eclectic list will get your creative juices flowing.
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Canada is being urged to sanction these Chinese officials. Here’s what that could mean
A list from Alliance Canada Hong Kong includes those the organization considers complicit in the treatment of China’s Uighur population and in the clashes between pro-democracy protesters and police in Hong Kong
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While many experienced disrupted sleep patterns when quarantine began, some have now figured out how to use the extra time at home to get more rest
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Halifax Transit strongly encourages mask use on buses, but some say it’s not enough
Halifax Transit announced Wednesday that staff would be handing out single-use surgical masks at Mumford Terminal on Thursday morning.
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Coronavirus: Canadians to get snapshot of June job market after restrictions eased
Economists expect the report will show a bump in employment as a result of pandemic-related restrictions being eased and reopenings widened.
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Teen recovering in hospital after reported shooting in central Hamilton
Police are investigating after a teenager was reportedly shot in the leg Thursday night in central Hamilton.
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Premier Doug Ford to thank workers at businesses for working during COVID-19 pandemic
Premier Doug Ford will make multiple public appearances at businesses today to thank Ontario workers for their service during the pandemic.
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Couple sprayed in face with unknown substance, Ancaster, Ont., teen arrested: Hamilton police
Hamilton police say a teenager has been charged after two people were allegedly sprayed in the face with what was believed to be Mace.
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Canada asks British military for help flying troops to and from Latvia
The current Canadian contingent arrived in January and was to be replaced this month before a problem was found with one of the military’s CC-150 Polaris plane’s landing gear.
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Woman dies in Vancouver apartment blaze
A woman has died in an apartment fire in Vancouver.
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Canada’s Supreme Court to rule on constitutionality of genetic discrimination law
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WHO experts head to China to investigate origins of coronavirus pandemic
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Seoul mayor: Questions surround sudden death as sympathy pours in
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Defund the police? This is how much Canadian cities spend
Amid calls to defund the police in protests sparked by the May killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, an analysis of 18 of Canada's largest cities, regions and provincial capitals found more than half allocate at least 15 per cent of their operating budget to police, with cities in Western Canada budgeting 20 per cent or more.
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Cost to run some municipal police departments have ballooned since 2015
Since 2015, the cost to run a police department in some of Canada's largest cities has climbed, by as much as 25 per cent in one case, according to a CTVNews.ca analysis of financial reports between 2015 and 2019.
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Masks, face coverings now mandatory indoors in Peel and Durham regions
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Man in life-threatening condition after being found in water near Ontario Place
Paramedics received a call about a drowning in the area just before midnight, and Toronto Fire assisted in the rescue.
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Ottawa needs to curb CERB as it transitions to wage subsidy
OTTAWA — Business representatives are urging the Liberal government to introduce more flexibility to its key COVID-19 wage subsidy program, warning that a failure to usher people back into the workplace would have staggering fiscal consequences. Finance Minister Bill Morneau hinted on Wednesday that changes would be coming “in the very near term” to the $80-billion Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), one of the major financial aid programs introduced by Ottawa in response to the pandemic. Details of those plans have not yet been released. The changes, whatever their form, will play a crucial role in guiding the Canadian economy back to full capacity in coming months, likely presenting the single-biggest challenge to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this summer as he seeks to wean Canadians off social support programs and back into the workforce. So far, fewer businesses than expected have applied for CEWS, which was designed to pay up to 75 per cent of wage costs in an effort to keep people employed. Ottawa has so far spent just $18 billion out of an expected $73 billion on the program. That low uptake caused millions of people to instead funnel into the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), which provides $2,000 per month to the unemployed. Ottawa now faces the difficult task of channelling workers out of CERB and into CEWS, which industry groups say will require adjustments to incentivize companies to grow while also covering revenue losses. Many have recommended that Ottawa remove a threshold in the program that disqualifies companies whose revenues have fallen by less than 30 per cent since last year, for example — a provision that could ultimately punish companies as they return to full capacity. “They need to be flexible with it,” said Trevin Stratton, chief economist at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. “We don’t want businesses trying to limit their revenue growth simply to have access to the wage subsidy.” Business representatives say the updated CEWS is likely to take on a more scaled structure, in which a company’s losses or gains in revenues would be directly linked to the size of its subsidy. Such a change would ensure companies along the spectrum of profitability would receive government supports that are somewhat commensurate with their losses. “It’s very likely the government will replace the cliff with a ramp,” said one business representative who has been in discussions with Finance officials about the subsidy. The stakes of the CEWS adjustments are high. In his fiscal update on Wednesday, Morneau announced that Canada is likely to run a $343 billion deficit in 2021, or roughly 16 per cent of GDP. The eye-watering number is largely a result of CEWS and CERB, whose combined price tag is now $160 billion. In a statement on Wednesday, the Canadian Chamber said the recent fiscal damage “will undermine Canada’s fiscal capacity for decades.” The Liberal government, as part of an agreement with the NDP last month, agreed to extend CERB until the end of August. But economists have urged Ottawa to unwind the benefit as soon as possible, or risk worsening Ottawa’s fiscal position. “We’d argue that the potential work disincentive of prolonged CERB is a key risk as the economy re-opens, so how Ottawa arranges this program will be key — and there are potentially massive dollars attached to it,” economists at Bank of Montreal said in a research note on Wednesday. Ottawa has declined to provide details on the structure of its updated CEWS. NP View: Crack down on CERB fraud CERB benefit extended by eight weeks; Canada-U.S. border restrictions to last another 30 days John Ivison: The master of political language offers ambiguous reassurances on future of CERB The fiscal update on Wednesday only said that changes to the program could be coming “later this summer.” It said the alterations to CEWS could “stimulate rehiring” and “provide support to employers during reopening,” without offering more information. Industry representatives have called on Ottawa across the board to extend the CEWS program, currently scheduled to end in August. “I think it should be extended to the end of the year at least, but on a ratcheted-down basis,” said Dennis Darby, head of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters. The extension is required, Darby said, because most companies will take months or years to return to full capacity, while also facing higher operating costs as they retool facilities to make them more resistant to viral spread. “What everybody’s started to realize is that there’s no post-COVID-19. It’s all about working with COVID-19.” In a June 23 letter to Morneau, the Business Council of Canada suggested “extending the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to the end of the year or beyond for hard-hit travel and tourism operators.” The Canadian Federation of Independent Business, in a June 10 letter to Morneau, said eligibility for the CEWS could be broadened by “introducing a sliding scale, where firms would be able to qualify for a smaller wage subsidy with smaller revenue losses.”
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Want to learn more about Black art? These Toronto curators can help you find it
There’s not a lot of Black art in major galleries, so check out alternative spaces or the artists’ own websites and Instagram feeds. Here are five artists to get you started.
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Facing surging coronavirus numbers, Trump to hold rally in New Hampshire
Faced with sliding poll numbers and multiple national crises, U.S. President Donald Trump is set to hold his latest rally on Saturday in New Hampshire, a state he narrowly lost to Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 and hopes to flip this year.
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5 things to know for Friday, July 10, 2020
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'Glee' actress Naya Rivera is now presumed dead after disappearing at a lake in California, authorities say
"Glee" actress Naya Rivera is presumed dead after disappearing at a lake in Southern California, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Office.
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Supreme Court of Canada slated to rule on constitutionality of genetic discrimination law
The Supreme Court of Canada is slated to rule Friday morning on the constitutionality of a federal law that forbids companies from making people undergo genetic testing before buying insurance or other services.
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Today’s coronavirus news: StatsCan to release June jobs report as restrictions ease; WHO sends experts to China to investigate origin of virus
Meanwhile, Australia’s Victoria state on Friday reported the new daily record of 288 coronavirus cases, which also reflects a record number of tests exceeding 37,500.
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Thrill ride: Lamborghini Huracán EVO packs performance many drivers can only dream about
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Canadian troops forced to hitch ride with British military to and from Latvia 
Canada has 540 troops in Latvia, where they form the core of a 1,500-strong multinational battlegroup established by NATO three years ago.
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