‘Billionaire wealth has bounced back’: Canada’s 20 richest people saw their fortunes grow by $37 billion during COVID-19, study says


Those earning less than $16 an hour have yet to see employment rates fully recover, says the report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).
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Coronavirus: Concerns raised after case reported at H.B. Beal Secondary School
Provincial health officials say the case involves a student at the downtown high school.
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N.S. Health reintroducing programs and services impacted by COVID-19
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Hamilton’s postponed Around the Bay Race now cancelled due to COVID-19
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Rebecca O’Toole, Wife Of Tory Leader Erin O’Toole, Tests Positive For COVID-19
Rebecca O’Toole, the wife of Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole, has also tested positive for COVID-19.According to a statement from the Conservative Party, Rebecca O’Toole — who tested negative for the virus last week — was assessed again Sunday evening in Ottawa after exhibiting symptoms, such as a fever. The results came back positive late Monday night.“Many Canadian families are grappling with COVID-19 like us today, and just like them, our focus is on ensuring our children stay healthy,” she said in a statement. “I want to thank the incredible frontline healthcare workers across the country, but especially those at Brewer Park Arena (an assessment centre in Ottawa) who are so kind and patient while working tirelessly to help thousands of Canadians.”In the release, Rebecca O’Toole also noted it’s arthritis awareness month and that she is one of the one in five Canadians who are affected by the disorder.“People with autoimmune diseases like inflammatory arthritis need to take extra precautions as we enter the second wave of COVID-19. Talk to your doctor and stay safe and healthy,” she said.The O’Tooles will continue isolating at home with watching for symptoms in their two children — Mollie, 14, and Jack, 9.Erin O’Toole revealed late Friday that he tested positive for COVID-19, hours after Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet announced he had also tested positive.The Conservative leader was already in isolation after a staffer with whom he had been travelling tested positive for COVID-19. Blanchet and his 31 Bloc MPs went into isolation as a precautionary measure last week after a staffer tested positive days after an in-person caucus meeting.The developments mean that neither O’Toole nor Blanchet — the leaders of the Official Opposition and third party in the House of Commons, respectively — will be in attendance for Wednesday’s much anticipated throne speech and the return of Parliament.Blanchet plans to stay at his home in Shawinigan until Sept. 26. His wife has likewise tested positive for COVID-19.O’Toole’s spokesperson, Melanie Paradis, told The Canadian Press Friday that he will discuss with his doctor how long he ought to remain in isolation, but Ontario Public Health guidance would see him on the sidelines until the end of September. Paradis said Friday O’Toole is “feeling well” with mild symptoms, including a sore throat.Erin O’Toole leveraged his family’s frustrating experience with testing in Ottawa last week into a political attack on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.The Tory leader released a statement Thursday saying his family was “turned away” from an assessment centre in the Ottawa Public Health Unit that had reached capacity, after waiting in line for hours. The family was instead tested at a facility in nearby Gatineau, Que., where the House of Commons makes testing available for MPs and their families.Though testing is a provincial responsibility, Erin O’Toole blasted Trudeau for his government not yet approving other rapid testing methods being used in other countries, including the United States.“I stand with the thousands of Canadian families who are waiting in lines today for tests. It has been seven months, Justin Trudeau must answer for why we do not have access to more of the tests our allies are using,” he said.Health Minister Patty Hajdu said last week that Health Canada is reviewing rapid testing devices but will not make approvals until it is confident results will be accurate. The NDP, meanwhile, is urging its MPs not to use the private clinic option available to MPs and their families. “I don’t support two levels of service. I think all Canadians deserve to have their health taken seriously, especially during a pandemic,” NDP MP Rachel Blaney told The Globe and Mail.Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, was among the first Canadian public figures to test positive for COVID-19 in March, after returning from the U.K. with flu-like symptoms and a low fever. The prime minister isolated at home for 14 days, and his wife made a full recovery weeks later.Trudeau tweeted best wishes to his chief political rival Thursday, saying that he and Sophie wished the O’Tooles a speedy recovery.Truly sorry to hear that your test results came back positive, @RebeccaOToole1. Sophie and I are wishing both you and @ErinOToole a speedy recovery.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) September 22, 2020With previous files, a file from The Canadian Press
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Nova Scotia Braces For 100-Kilometre Winds As Hurricane Teddy Nears
HALIFAX — Residents of Halifax and Nova Scotia’s eastern shore were being warned Tuesday to stay away from the coastline as Hurricane Teddy made its way toward Atlantic Canada.By noon, the Category 2 hurricane was still about 500 kilometres south of Nova Scotia, but it had picked up speed, travelling northward at 45 kilometres per hour.Chuck Porter, the minister responsible for Nova Scotia’s Emergency Management Office, told reporters his biggest concern was the threat of a storm surge.“I know people are attracted to the shoreline and they love to watch the waves,” Porter said Tuesday. “I want to caution folks: Please stay back. If you get trapped out there, somebody has to come and try to rescue you, putting people in jeopardy unnecessarily.”Porter said sightseers hoping to watch big waves crashing into the shore should think twice because they could be swept out to sea by waves expected to reach 10 metres tall. Over the last number of years, we've lost a lot of people who have gone to the coast to watch those waves.Bob Robichaud, Canadian Hurricane Centre meteorologistBob Robichaud, meteorologist with the Canadian Hurricane Centre in Halifax, said the storm surge along the eastern shore will come in two waves — as high tide approaches late Tuesday and again when daylight breaks on Wednesday, as Teddy moves over the province.“Over the last number of years, we’ve lost a lot of people who have gone to the coast to watch those waves,” Robichaud said. “That’s what we need to avoid, with this particular storm, especially.”Localized flooding is expected as the winds along the coast are expected to reach 90 km/h Tuesday and more than 100 km/h on Wednesday morning.As one of Teddy’s outer bands swept over Nova Scotia early Monday, the wind picked up and rain was reported across the province.READ MORE Maritimers Prepping For Hurricane Should Keep Pandemic In Mind: Expert Canadians Can Expect A ‘Fall To Savour’ This Year: The Weather Network ‘Snow Train’ Could Pound Canada With Plenty Of Storms This Winter Meanwhile, weather warnings remain in effect for virtually all of Atlantic Canada.Though Teddy will likely transition to a post-tropical storm as it approaches the Maritimes, it is expected to maintain much of its strength.Teddy’s predicted track is expected to take the storm over eastern Nova Scotia, the eastern half of Prince Edward Island and southwestern Newfoundland.Rainfall could exceed 50 millimetres, with some areas on the left side of the storm getting as much as 100 millimetres over the next two days.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 22, 2020.Earlier on HuffPost:
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Free admission in the works for Hamilton’s annual Mum Show, in light of COVID-19
Depending on attendance, the city expects to lose up to $33,000 in revenue by waiving the fees to the annual flower show.
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OPP investigating missing road signs near Dunnville, Ont.
Investigators believe a large vehicle was likely used to displace the signs.
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'Minimoon' approaching Earth may be 'space junk' from 1966 rocket launch
A small asteroid that scientists project could orbit Earth until next spring might actually be ‘space junk’ from a rocket discarded during the 1966 Surveyor 2 moon lander program.
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‘Canada is at a crossroads’: Federal health officials warn coronavirus habits must change
There is a 'concerning' number of coronavirus cases spreading across Canada, the country's top public health official, Dr. Theresa Tam, said on Tuesday.
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Orillia, Ont., to receive funding from feds for transit
The money will go toward replacing some buses, a new transit terminal and shelters, a smart pay system, and security cameras and bike racks on buses.
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University of Waterloo to continue with distance learning in winter semester
The University of Waterloo will join Wilfrid Laurier University in continuing to hold classes online during the winter semester.
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Kevin Hart inks new multi-platform deal with SiriusXM
The satellite radio company announced on Tuesday a new multi-platform deal with Hart and his comedy network Laugh Out Loud.
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Atlantic Canada airports estimate 92 per cent drop in summer travel
Air travel in the region was down 92 per cent year-over-year from April to the end of August in comparison to 2019.
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September 26 – 630 CHED Santas Anonymous
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Notorious Nova Scotia drunk driver handed 15-year prison sentence
Terry Lee Naugle had previously pleaded guilty to eight counts in connection with three separate incidents in which he was caught driving while impaired.
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Quebec tries to lure retired teachers back into short-staffed schools
Anyone who accepts the offer will immediately be paid at the same rate as when they left the system, and their pension won't be affected.
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Post Malone leads Billboard Awards nominations
The multi-platinum 25-year-old star scored 16 nominations, dick clark productions and NBC announced Tuesday. Malone’s nominations include top artist, top male artist, top rap artist and top streaming songs artist.
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‘Schitt’s Creek’ Emmy wins offer dose of optimism to other Canadian comedies
The “Letterkenny” executive producer watched last weekend as the beloved comedy scooped up one Emmy after another, ultimately pulling in nine trophies this year.
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Nova Scotia coastline expected to get 10-metre waves from hurricane Teddy
Two peaks of the storm are expected Tuesday evening and Wednesday late morning.
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West Nile virus found in Sifton Bog for first time in 2 years: MLHU
The Middlesex London Health Unit (MLHU) is warning residents to be mindful of bug bites after mosquitos in Sifton Bog tested positive for West Nile virus.
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Pile of recycling catches fire at Edmonton Waste Management Centre
Fire crews were called to battle a blaze at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre on Tuesday morning. 
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Hurricane Teddy expected to push dangerous storm surge toward Nova Scotia
By noon, the Category 2 hurricane was still about 500 kilometres south of Nova Scotia, but it had picked up speed, travelling northward at 45 kilometres per hour.
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Doug Ford’s Sept. 22 Ontario COVID-19 update: Live video
The premier addresses the province as it reports 478 new cases of the coronavirus The post Doug Ford’s Sept. 22 Ontario COVID-19 update: Live video appeared first on Macleans.ca.
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IATA calls for COVID-19 testing at airports, says quarantine 'killing' industry
About 83% of air travellers from 11 countries said in an IATA poll they wouldn’t fly if there was a chance of being quarantined at destination.
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Erin O'Toole's wife tests positive for COVID-19
Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole's wife Rebecca has tested positive for COVID-19 after her husband revealed he had tested positive for the virus last Friday.
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Prince Andrew was 'sex addict' who bedded women found for him by Epstein, new book claims
Prince Andrew has no limits in the bedroom, according to one alleged former fling who outlines her claims in a new book from Canadian author Ian Halperin. Set to hit the Kindle Store on Thursday, ‘Sex, Lies And Dirty Money By The World’s Powerful Elite’ features testimonies from several women who say they were intimate with the prince, the Amazon synopsis for the book reads. “Most women painted Andrew as a perfect gent and said it was consensual,” Halperin told the New York Post’s Page Six . “One woman said he was a very daring lover: there were no limits to where he would go in bed.” The woman added she left disappointed because she never heard from the prince again after their encounter. Halperin, Page Six reports, spoke to at least a dozen women for his project. All said they had sexual relations with Andrew, he says, and some said they were introduced via the pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who killed himself in a Manhattan jail cell last year. Sources close to Prince Andrew, the Daily Mail reports, have denied the truth of the allegations in the book, calling them “sensationalized” claims by women who refused to put their names to their stories. According to one woman who spoke to Halperin for the book, Prince Andrew developed a sex addiction and felt special, she said, being able to have attractive women in his room. “He compared his relationship with his brother … to William and Harry,” Halperin said. “William is looked at as royal material, just like (Prince) Charles, whereas he and Harry were the bad boys.” Halperin says that all through his investigations and interviews, he never found evidence that Prince Andrew was involved with underage girls, but said he expects the FBI to investigate Andrew due to his ties with Epstein. The prince has denied all allegations that he slept with anyone underage and that he was ever aware of any illicit activity by Epstein, saying their friendship was strictly business-focused. Andrew has been pressured to speak with U.S. authorities for months, but is yet to comply. Halperin, though, claims there is no doubt that Epstein provided women to the prince, and that’s why they were friends. “He had an obsession with redheads, and Epstein would have his scouts combing the streets for the most beautiful redheads before they met,” he told Page Six. Halperin alleges that Epstein had information on Andrew, and may have been prepared to use it against him. The two last met in 2011, he says, when the prince had to beg the financier to keep such information private. “If Epstein had a prince on his knees, imagine the power he had over others,” Halperin told Page Six. Halperin, born in Montreal, is an investigative journalist who’s book ‘Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson,’ became a #1 New York Times best-seller in 2009.
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Operation Clear Track going virtual this year for Rail Safety Week
Operation Clear Track, which happens annually during Rail Safety Week, aims to reduce the number of railway crossings and trespassing incidents in Canada and the U.S.
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Mask-wearing mandatory by Oct. 1 at Service New Brunswick centres
The province said Tuesday the mask-wearing order for Service New Brunswick centres will permit authorities to allow more people indoors at the same time.
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Ontario reports 478 new cases of COVID-19
The province records its highest daily count of new cases since May 2, when a strict lockdown was still in effect.
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Rick Zamperin: Barring a disaster, Blue Jays are going to the MLB playoffs
Entering their game against the New York Yankees Tuesday night in Buffalo, the Toronto Blue Jays' magic number to clinch the American League's second wild-card playoff spot is three.
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Kingston city council to rethink municipal priorities due to COVID-19
Kingston city councillors will hold a special meeting this week with a mix of good and bad news in their ongoing budget battle against COVID-19.
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September 26 – Living Sounds Hearing Centre
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Popup schools: Marguerite-Bourgeoys procures two pre-fab 'nomad' units
Their design — 12 classrooms, a multi-purpose room and an office — provides an environment that more closely matches that of a conventional school.
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Tuesday marks the fall equinox. But what is it and how does it work? A planetary scientist explains
This year’s autumnal equinox will occur on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time, ushering in the winds of change, the cool temperatures of fall, and shorter days for everyone in the Northern Hemisphere — about 90 per cent of Earth’s population, according to Business Insider . The Southern Hemisphere experiences the opposite: spring’s hopeful beginnings and burgeoning warm weather. The equinox occurs each March and September, when both halves of the Earth experience nearly 12 hours of sunlight and 12 hours of darkness. On those days, Earth is angled in such a way as to receive a full face of sun. Both solstices — when the shortest and longest days of the year occur in the Northern and South Hemispheres — and equinoxes occur because of the axial tilt of the Earth, which is the degree of the planet’s tilt according to its North and South Poles relative to the sun. Dr. James O’Donoghue, a planetary scientist at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, recently posted an animation to explain how Earth’s angle and orbit creates the conditions for both equinoxes and solstices. It's Equinox in 1 hour! 22 Sep 2020, 13:30 UTC. Today everywhere has an almost** equal day and night length of 12 hours, while sunlight is at max intensity on the equator. Earth has seasons because of its axial tilt, which leads to day/night length changes throughout the year pic.twitter.com/L3pxQNFYnK— Dr James O'Donoghue (@physicsJ) September 22, 2020 The axis of the Earth — imagine a narrow column running from the North to the South Poles — isn’t exactly straight up and down. It’s about 23.5 degrees off, so different parts of the Earth get exposed to sunlight as the planet rotates around the sun. It’s why we have seasons and also why the Northern and Southern Hemispheres experience seasons at opposite times. As the Earth orbits the sun it also rotates on its own axis, keeping its heating relatively even. Imagine the slow turn of an enormous rotisserie chicken and you’ve got the general idea. The effects of the Earth’s axial tilt are most dramatic during the solstices, the two days of the year when one side of the planet is tilted farthest away from the sun and the other side is tilted towards the sun. On December 21, the winter solstice, the Northern Hemisphere has its shortest day of the year, receiving less than nine hours of sunlight, while the Southern Hemisphere has its longest, receiving more than 15 hours in the sun. In 2020, the summer solstice arrived on June 20, a day earlier thanks to the leap year calendar, heralding the start of summer and giving the Northern Hemisphere its longest day of the year while the Southern Hemisphere experienced its shortest. O’Donoghue explained on Twitter that during this day, “sunlight is most intense as it only has to pass through a short column of atmosphere.” That’s also why we have summer. It's Summer Solstice 20 June, 2020 at 21:44 UTC. The northern hemisphere is now exposed to sunlight for the longest duration *per day* and sunlight is most intense as it only has to pass through a short column of atmosphere – that's why it's hot! All thanks to Earth's axial tilt. pic.twitter.com/FVqQVRLUUf— Dr James O'Donoghue (@physicsJ) June 20, 2020 So the two times of the year when the Earth’s axis isn’t tilting strongly one way or the other, when it’s showing relatively “equal” amounts of planet toward and away from the sun, are the equinoxes. Both sides experience an equal 12 hours of day and night. If you happened to stand directly on the equator at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, for a brief moment your shadow would look fairly unusual — at its absolute minimum, in fact — but the shadowless effect would be lost quickly thanks to our rotation around the sun at 66,600 mph. You might also be interested in… Jordan Peterson’s year of ‘absolute hell’: Professor forced to retreat from public life because of addiction If North Korea’s Kim Jong Un dies, who will be his successor? ‘Everybody will love it’: A four-day work week could help rebuild Canada’s economy post-COVID-19, experts say
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3 active cases of COVID-19 remain in New Brunswick as of Tuesday
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'Unfathomable': U.S. death toll from coronavirus hits 200,000
The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 Tuesday, a figure unimaginable eight months ago when the scourge first reached the world's richest nation with its sparkling laboratories, top-flight scientists and stockpiles of medicines and emergency supplies.
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Both sexes are equally confined, but COVID-19 sees women do more household chores: study
COVID-19 confinement means more household chores and time with the kids. But despite both sexes being equally isolated, it looks like the lion’s share of the domestic duties are being handed to women, according to a newly-published study in the journal Gender, Work & Organization. With mass closures of schools and child-care facilities as a result of the pandemic, caregiving responsibilities have drastically expanded in households with parents who continue to work. As that has happened, mothers’ actual working hours — among those still gainfully employed — have dropped drastically compared to those of fathers. Researchers examined data gleaned from the U.S. Current Population Survey to compare the fluctuations and changes in working hours for mothers and fathers in heterosexual households. The data was gleaned from February to the end of April 2020, the period just before widespread U.S. outbreaks of the virus, and its first peak. The numbers revealed that among parents of young children, mothers had reduced their working hours between four and five times more than fathers during the period studied — increasing the pre-existing gender gap in work hours by another 20 to 50 per cent. “These findings indicate yet another negative consequence of the COVID‐19 pandemic, highlighting the challenges it poses to women’s work hours and employment,” the researchers write. “This is especially true for those with primary school‐age or younger children in the home for whom caregiving and homeschooling demands are most intense.” Ontario Premier Doug Ford to reveal fall COVID-19 plan as daily cases mount to 478 and three new deaths With CERB winding down, Ottawa starts tinkering with an engine of the economic recovery Researchers note that although the rise in telecommuting may have protected many mothers from “more extensive” job losses, mothers with children aged one to five reported significant work time reductions. This is despite the fact that the sample included couples where both parents telecommute and face similar working conditions. “Our results indicate that mothers’ employment is disproportionately affected relative to fathers’,” researchers write. “It is beyond the scope of this article to identify whether mothers’ work‐hour reductions are a consequence of their assuming a larger share of the domestic work… employers’ greater time demands on fathers than mothers, or whether in times of crisis families tend to revert to more traditional gender roles in the household division of labour. What is clear from robust government‐collected data is that the pandemic is driving mothers to scale back employment,” they add. While the study says long-term effects of the discrepancies between the sexes are as yet unknown, the authors suggest that employers can contribute towards turning the workforce into a more even playing field for both sexes. “To avoid long‐term losses in women’s labour force participation, employers should offer flexibility to keep mothers attached to employment, including allowing employees to work shorter hours,” the study concludes. “Further, fathers should be encouraged to provide more hours of care for their children, which may mean sacrificing paid work hours to do so. “Given the long‐term economic rewards associated with paid work, this article identifies one mechanism through which the pandemic is exacerbating gender inequalities.” You might also be interested in… Jordan Peterson’s year of ‘absolute hell’: Professor forced to retreat from public life because of addiction If North Korea’s Kim Jong Un dies, who will be his successor? ‘Everybody will love it’: A four-day work week could help rebuild Canada’s economy post-COVID-19, experts say
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29 more coronavirus cases reported in Waterloo Region, most since early May
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Quebec's pandemic messaging is a 'tower of Babel,' opposition charges
The three main opposition parties took turns saying it's easy to see why Quebecers are mixed up about the rules: Quebec keeps changing them.
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Union reaches tentative deal with Ford with nearly $2B in electric vehicle contracts
Workers had previously voted to support a strike if a deal could not be reached by that deadline, with the future of the Oakville, Ont. plant potentially on the line.
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200,000 dead, and still no plan to end America’s coronavirus crisis
As the U.S. hits a tragic new milestone in coronavirus fatalities, experts warn the country may be on track to hit 400,000 deaths by the end of the year.
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