COVID-19 variants of concern spreading in Waterloo Region
The number of COVID-19 variant cases in Waterloo Region is quickly climbing but this fact is not a surprise to Waterloo Region’s Medical Officer Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang.
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76-year-old Toronto runner violently thrown to ground, kicked in head by cyclist speaks out
"Long distance running is the thing that matters most to me. It helps me clear my heart and mind. Without that, well, my life would be much different and not in a very good way."
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Kingston city staff recommend extension of Integrated Care Hub lease
Kingston city staff say council should extend the lease for the Integrate Care Hub to address an 'ongoing urgent need' of services provided at the Montreal Street facility.
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Mr. Potato Head toy to drop ‘Mister’ in gender-neutral Hasbro rebrand
Hasbro is updating its nearly 70-year-old Mr. Potato Head dolls to make them more flexible when it comes to gender and family dynamics.
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Suspected drugs seized from idling car missing front tire, man arrested: Lake Country RCMP
“During their search of the vehicle, police seized significant quantities of suspected illicit drugs including suspected fentanyl, methamphetamine, and cocaine.”
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New life-saving equipment en route for North Okanagan, Lake Country paramedics
New life-saving equipment will soon be available for paramedics to use in the North Okanagan and Lake Country.
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Coronavirus: Guelph area health unit already vaccinating seniors over 80
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health says it is still following the provincial COVID-19 vaccine prioritization process but the agency appears to be ahead of schedule.
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Edmonton Oilers hope to keep pressure on against Canucks
The Edmonton Oilers have won four straight and 10 of their last 12.
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Music students ‘shining’ despite pandemic difficulties: Winnipeg teacher
According to a visual and performing arts teacher at a Winnipeg high school, band programs have had to get creative to keep kids engaged even when they can't play music together.
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Forecast sees B.C.’s economy growing in 2021, but warns hospitality sector could lag
On the downside, Central 1 is predicting the hospitality sector and other face-to-face services are unlikely to fully recover in the next couple of years.
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Book-loving bunny found hopping in Halifax library bathroom
The bunny was discovered in a library bathroom, leading staff to affectionately name him Flushy.
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Feds gets another month to expand access to assisted dying as bill stalls in the Commons
Quebec Superior Court Justice Martin Sheehan agreed to give the government a fourth extension -- until March 26 -- to bring the law into compliance with a 2019 court ruling.
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Dubé, Arruda say variants could impede easing of restrictions after March break
Quebec is now up to 772 suspected cases of variants — 170 more than a day earlier — and 34 confirmed cases.
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Halifax museum seeks to identify members of all-Black Second World War volunteer fire brigade
'The mystery is slowly coming to light as to who all those (people's) names are.'
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Ontario lacked updated pandemic response plan before COVID-19 hit: province’s top doctor
The commission is delving into the devastating impact of COVID-19 on Ontario's long-term care homes.
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AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines — where is Canada at on approvals?
The COVID-19 vaccines are among those still awaiting a green light from Health Canada, but the shots are quickly picking up steam in other parts of the world.
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Bonded pair of dogs, Captain and Maria, ready for adoption: B.C. SPCA
The two dogs were dropped off at the B.C. SPCA’s Shuswap branch in December and were said to be starving, skinny and nervous of people.
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Whistler records declining cases of COVID-19
It's a positive trend following a spike in COVID-19 numbers in January.
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Caisse CEO urges Transat to consider all options in case Air Canada deal dies
In December, the company warned it might need to raise as much as $500 million to make it through 2021, absent a deal with Air Canada.
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Some Cabinet Ministers ‘Very Supportive’ Of Basic Income: Liberal MP
OTTAWA — Liberal MP Julie Dzerowicz says her push for basic income has traction among her caucus colleagues, including a number of cabinet ministers. Dzerowicz introduced a private members’ bill this week, Bill C-273, which calls on the federal finance minister to study guaranteed basic income models and develop a national strategy to evaluate how a program could be implemented in Canada. “I will tell you that I do know that there’s cabinet ministers that are very supportive of basic income,” the Toronto MP told HuffPost Canada during a virtual meeting availability to discuss her bill Thursday.There’s a “broad swath” of Liberal caucus members who support the idea, Dzerowicz said. “I don’t want to give you the number, but it’s quite a few.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau previously signaled that he isn’t in a hurry to endorse basic income yet. The government is still due to unveil details of promised new national programs, such as a child-care system and pharmacare.Trudeau told Liberal party supporters in a virtual town hall back in December that basic income is “not something that we see a path to moving forward with right now.”Watch: Trudeau says COVID-19 benefits will be scrapped for some. Story continues below video. The realities of work are changing faster than ever, Dzerowicz said, adding an observation that more workers are shifting to the gig economy, making temporary short-term work increasingly common. Future job security is also being threatened by automation and artificial intelligence. “There’s already strong and substantial existing information that supports the effectiveness of basic income,” Dzerowicz said. “But there is much less information on the best ways and models to deliver basic income.”The term guaranteed basic income is sometimes used interchangeably with guaranteed livable income or a guaranteed annual income to mean a social-assistance program designed to help the lowest income-earners in society live above the poverty line by ensuring they have enough money to afford basic necessities of life such as food, clothing and shelter.Universal basic income is another term that’s used by advocates. This term is synonymous with “demogrant,” which encapsulates a model where everyone is eligible for a cheque. Income-tested benefits are another model, as well as a negative income tax.Bill will bring about ‘concrete evidence,’ says Liberal MPLiberal MP Annie Koutrakis said if there’s anything to be learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s that there’s a need for a basic income program. Wayne Easter, Liberal chair of the House of Commons finance committee, said he would welcome a pilot project in his home province of Prince Edward Island. The province has asked Ottawa for nearly two years to pitch in with funding to help launch a pilot.Easter seconded Dzerowicz’s bill and called it one step forward in collecting “concrete evidence” on what can be done. The veteran MP and former Jean Chrétien cabinet minister said that though private member’s bills may not always get through the system to achieve royal assent, there are other avenues by which the policy can be implemented, such as by a federal budget.Private member’s bills are limited in scope because only government bills are allowed to propose how public funds should be spent.Dzerowicz called her bill Canada’s first-ever proposed legislation on a guaranteed basic income but some critics say more study isn’t needed when people need help now.It’s official – I’ve now tabled
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Judges explain why Surrey Six killers' police misconduct allegations should get full hearing
B.C.’s highest court says two men convicted in the 2007 Surrey Six murders were entitled to call evidence of police abuse to determine whether the charges against them should have been stayed. Justices David Tysoe, Anne MacKenzie and Peter Willcock issued more complete reasons on Wednesday explaining why they ordered an evidentiary hearing for Red […]
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Ford Government To Double Political Donation Limit
TORONTO — Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government proposed changes to the election laws Thursday that it said were aimed at limiting third-party advertising and boosting voter participation.Attorney General Doug Downey introduced a package of election law reforms that if approved, would go into effect before the next provincial vote set to take place in the spring of 2022.Downey said one of the proposed changes would extend the $637,200 spending limit placed on third-party advertisers from six months before an election to a year.“Ontario is the only place where we count third party in the millions (of dollars) instead of in the thousands,” he said in an interview. “And we’ve heard from Elections Ontario that they have concerns with that dynamic.”Third parties, such as the conservative group Ontario Proud and union-led Working Families Coalition, have played a significant role in recent provincial elections, launching extensive advertising campaigns in bids to sway the vote.Downey said the change will not bar those groups from participating but will cap spending ahead of the writ period.“Look, any third party, whether it be a corporation or an organization, that throws together as a pop-up organization has the ability, even under these changes, to spend $50,000 a month for 12 months,” he said. “That’s not insignificant.”The law also proposes to limit what the government calls “collusion” between those third parties and political parties.“We just want transparency and fairness,” Downey said. “When we talk with third parties spending their ($637,200), we want to make sure that there’s rules around them sharing information, common vendors, common contributors, use of funds from foreign sources.”The amount individuals can donate to a party, candidate or constituency association would also double from $1,650 to $3,300 a year.The bill also proposes to extend the number of advance polling days from five to 10.“Ultimately, we want to make it easier and safer for people to vote,” Downey said.The legislation will, for the first time, clarify the use of social media accounts by provincial legislators.It will also give Elections Ontario more enforcement powers, and the ability to fine individuals or groups it deems to have violated election rules.Currently, the province’s chief electoral officer must report infractions to the Ministry of the Attorney General, which then decides whether to prosecute.Downey said the change would align Ontario with federal practices.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 25, 2021.Also on HuffPost:RELATEDA Debate Is Raging Online About Which Province Is The ‘Florida’ Of CanadaFord Defends Vaccine Rollout By Pointing To Ontario’s SizeOntario Announces Vaccine Schedule For Adults Aged 60+Ontario's Vaccine Rollout Will Look Different Across Health Units
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Saskatchewan expanding COVID-19 rapid testing
Saskatchewan said it is deploying more than 700,000 rapid point-of-care tests that can be used in a number of settings for testing asymptomatic individuals.
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2 dogs rescued in Lepage Avenue blaze: Ottawa fire
Ottawa Fire Services said the residents of a Lepage Avenue home were out when a fire broke out in the house, but the family's two dogs were rescued all the same.
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Owl Increase: Why more owls have moved south for the winter
Naturalist Drew Monkman says you can find about six different owl species around Peterborough right now.
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Guelph reports 21 new cases of COVID-19, active cases increase to 75
In February, Guelph has reported 283 new COVID-19 cases, including 15 fatalities, while 465 people have recovered.
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Hollywood North: COVID shutdown allowed Superman & Lois to film in our newsroom
In early October, Vancouver Sun and Province staff were notified that the CW production had struck a deal to film in our east Vancouver office, which had been sitting empty since staff were sent home to work remotely in March 2020.
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Opinion: Quebec's small businesses are suffering needlessly
When do we start allowing people to accept their own level of risk and manage their own affairs again?
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39 new cases, 4 more COVID-19 outbreaks in Hamilton
An outbreak at the Salvation Army Booth Centre has grown by another four cases and now involves a total of four staff and 28 residents at the downtown shelter.
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B.C. health officials to provide Thursday COVID-19 update
The province's COVID-19 news conference at 1 p.m. will be carried live on BC1, on our website, the Global BC Facebook page and CKNW.
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RCMP investigating suspicious death in Pont-Landry, N.B.
Police say officers were called to Chemin W Gautreau at approximately 2 p.m. for reports of a dead woman.
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Coronavirus pandemic ‘likely’ to recede in summer, but health measures and limiting variants pivotal: Ontario data
"The next few weeks are critical to understanding the impact of the variants. There is a period of remaining risk before the pandemic likely recedes in the summer."
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