Coronavirus: Asymptomatic people clog testing line ups in Ottawa, officials say

Ottawa families in need of coronavirus tests are being stalled in long lineups. Yet asymptomatic residents make up a majority of those in line.
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What’s closed in Halifax as a result of hurricane Teddy
As hurricane Teddy arrives in Nova Scotia here's what has been closed in the Halifax Regional Municipality.
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Migrant women will not see doctor accused of performing unwanted surgeries: U.S. official
Dr. Mahendra Amin has seen at least 60 detained women, said Andrew Free, a lawyer working with other attorneys to investigate medical care at Irwin County, on Tuesday.
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The most popular idea that won't be in Wednesday's throne speech? A four day work week
It’s a wildly popular idea that enjoys bipartisan support across Canada. It might be the only policy supported by both the right-leaning Fraser Institute and former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. The four-day work week is enjoying a moment in the sun as the COVID-19 pandemic forces people around the world to consider how they work and spend leisure time. But don’t expect to see it in Wednesday’s Speech from the Throne. Asked about the idea in June, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau didn’t exactly give it an enthusiastic endorsement. “I think there are a lot of people thinking creatively about what the post-COVID world could look like. And I look forward to hearing a wide range of suggestions,” said Trudeau said. “But right now, we’re very much focused on getting through this particular crisis.” The Fraser Institute says with increased productivity, Canadians could easily maintain or increase their quality of life while working fewer days. “A four-day work week, which produces the same or higher material living standard for Canadians, simply requires a return to an annual rate of labour productivity growth that, until fairly recently, was more the norm than an exception,” the Fraser Institute reported . “Canadian workers in 2030 could work a four-day work week year-round while enjoying a higher material standard of living than they enjoyed in 2018,” the report reads. Sanders, the democratic socialist, agreed. “Shortening the workweek is certainly one idea that we have got to look at,” he said. A four-day work week in Canada is viable by increasing productivity, report says 'Everybody will love it': A four-day work week could help rebuild Canada's economy post-COVID-19, experts say Will Justin Trudeau unveil a four-day work week in Canada? The idea for a four-day work week gained steam earlier in the year, when New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described it as a mechanism to give workers more flexibility in their lives and boost the country’s productivity. But as Ardern and many experts have noted, it’s an idea that would likely have to be worked out between employees and employers and not necessarily something the government would legislate. An opinion poll conducted in June by the Angus Reid Institute soon found that Canadians are increasingly supportive of the move, though. Two years ago, 47 per cent said they supported a four-day work week compared to 53 per cent this year. Only 22 per cent of Canadians said they disapproved of the idea, with 25 per cent saying they weren’t sure about it. Support is highest among women aged 18 to 34, with 65 per cent saying it is a good idea. Men aged 55 and older are the least likely to say it is a good idea, with only 39 per cent approving of it. The report by the Angus Reid Institute noted that support for the idea spiked eight percentage points among people who had received the Canada Emergency Response Benefit in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. There is also a litany of research backing up the idea that reducing the work week boosts productivity. Microsoft experimented last year with a pilot project in Japan that allowed workers an extra day off each week and found that productivity jumped 40 per cent. The company closed its offices on Fridays and gave its employees paid leave for the day. In further morale-boosting efforts, the company also imposed a strict 30-minute time limit on meetings. Research has also shown that people who work longer hours tend to perform poorly. A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that working more than 55 hours was correlated with lower scores in vocabulary and reasoning tests, compared to people who worked 40 hours. A recent report on leisure time showed the United States and Canada lagging behind other wealthy nations in how much time off its workers enjoy. Among OECD nations, Canadians work the fourth most hours without seeing any real productivity gains compared to countries like Germany, where the average person works hundreds fewer hours each year. The demand for a four day work week is turning into a global movement. A global study of eight countries found 54 per cent support for a shorter work week and only 28 per cent of people expressing satisfaction with the status quo. • Email: sxthomson@postmedia.com | Twitter: stuartxthomson 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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Quebec asks retired teachers to return to workforce, offers financial incentive
The education ministry is asking all elementary and high school teachers who retired since July 1, 2015, to return to the workforce.
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B.C. reports 96 new cases of COVID-19, sharp decline in active cases
No new deaths were reported, leaving the province’s COVID-19 death toll at 227.
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Power grab or the right time? South Okanagan voters react to snap election call
Some Penticton constituents felt the move was an opportunistic power grab, as Horgan banks on his party’s popularity right now outweighing any backlash for calling a snap election.
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Coronavirus numbers are surging in Canada. But who’s getting sick and why?
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Bombardier aerostructures sale comes into question, dragging shares to new low
Shares fell to a new low Tuesday after Spirit AeroSystems said some closing conditions on its planned acquisition of Bombardier's aerostructures business remain unmet.
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B.C.’s daily health checklist for children going to school shortens to just 7 symptoms
Parents are required to make sure their children are healthy enough to go to school and the daily health checklist is one way to do that.
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Saskatchewan purchases more flu vaccine to deal with anticipated spike in demand
Saskatchewan has purchased more influenza vaccine than last year to deal with the anticipated spike in demand due to COVID-19. 
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Saskatchewan physicians urge residents to wear masks
The Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA) has launched a campaign urging residents to wear masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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Sam Katz signs professional baseball lease in Ottawa; Winnipeg Goldeyes future uncertain
Winnipeg Goldeyes owner Sam Katz and the City of Ottawa have signed a deal to bring professional baseball back to Canada's capital city, putting the future of the Goldeyes in doubt.
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The coat trends to shop this fall
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Celebrity news: Shawn Mendes cleans up at Canadian song awards
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Saskatchewan partners with First Nations entrepreneurs on new highway traffic signs
Some new signs coming to Saskatchewan roads will be made by First Nation entrepreneurs as part of a pilot project to create more jobs and help the economy.
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Coronavirus: TDSB turning to supply teachers as it rushes to hire for online classes
The Toronto District School Board says it hired 300 teachers Monday and was working today to bring on another 200 to fulfil its staffing needs for online elementary school classes.
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Repentigny police arrest three in drug raid
The Repentigny police force said it also seized 200,000 methamphetamine pills and a kilo of cocaine.
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Shree Paradkar: Pressure mounts on U of T law faculty as Amnesty, National Council of Canadian Muslims seek investigations into alleged inappropriate influence
Muslim council cites “unproven and potentially spurious allegations” that tax court Judge David Spiro influenced University of Toronto hiring decision.
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Toronto FC learns rest of rejigged MLS schedule, with a busy October ahead
Seven matches in October and two in November. Six “home” games in East Hartford, Conn. A steady diet of Eastern Conference opponents.
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Advocacy group, Elections NB call for municipal election date
The executive director of the Union of the Municipalities of New Brunswick is calling on the provincial government to set a date for municipal elections.
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These Babies In Halloween Costumes Will Bring You Some Much Needed Joy
Trick or Treating may or may not happen this year, but doesn’t mean to see you can’t still get into the Halloween spirit and dress up the kids. Many parents plan to participate safely in the holiday this year, by getting their kids into costumes and celebrating together at home.For the youngest family members, we’ve found some sweet and hilarious ideas to replicate. Trending in 2020 are homages to the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Chadwick Boseman, a.k.a. the King, in “Black Panther.” Spooky classics like the ghost, witch and wizard are not going anywhere, and you can’t go wrong with a baby human dressed as an adorably not-scary wild baby animal. Find inspiration for baby’s first Halloween costume in the slideshow below:RELATED Is Halloween Cancelled Because Of COVID-19? What Parents Should Know Even The Pandemic Can’t Stop Pop-Up Halloween Stores Bored Ontario Family Recreates 'Simpsons' Opening And Nails It   
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‘We must take steps to protect ourselves and our families’
Letters to the editor, Sept. 22, 2020: Readers weigh in on anti-vaxxers disrupting the effectiveness of a COVID-19 cure, the WE Charity saga and alternatives to the nuclear family The post ‘We must take steps to protect ourselves and our families’ appeared first on Macleans.ca.
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Heat say they’ve got to be better at the start versus Celtics
Game 4 of the East title series — with Miami still leading 2-1 — is Wednesday, and the Heat are insisting that there will be more urgency at the beginning.
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When this is all over, will governing revert to the status quo? It shouldn’t.
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Coronavirus: Latest developments in the Greater Toronto Area on September 22
Here is a roundup of the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic in the Greater Toronto Area for Tuesday.
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75-year-old tractor driver dead after fall at Brant County farm
Investigators believe the man attempted to re-enter his moving vehicle when he fell.
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'Schitt's Creek' Actor François Arnaud Comes Out As Bisexual
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Alberta RCMP investigating after Red Deer anti-racism rally gets violent
The RCMP said a "second incident," which they did not explain in the news release, was brought to their attention a day later and they are asking any witnesses to come forward.
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Ford deal offers a long-term vision for Ontario’s auto industry
The announcement of government investment in production of new electric vehicles at Oakville’s Ford plant is encouraging, but the fine print will determine the ultimate value to taxpayers.
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Grand Theatre to glow red for national event raising awareness for pandemic-hit live event industry
The London landmark is among those across the country taking part in Day of Visibility for the Live Event Community.
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We’re tracking COVID-19 cases in Ontario schools. Check our graphic daily for updates
The graphic uses data released by the province and is current as of 2 p.m. the previous business day. Check back daily for updates.
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‘You ruin USA and lead them to disaster’: Ricin-laced letter to White House included message to Trump
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Coronavirus: 6 active cases in Peterborough area are under age 50
Peterborough Public Health reports 111 cases total in its jurisdiction on Tuesday.
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Three Barrie Transit routes to return to normal service frequency next week
Since April 6, most Barrie Transit routes have been running on an hourly service due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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Site preparation to start this fall on dual-purpose aviation museum, conference centre in Kelowna
The building will be located beside Kelowna International Airport, and will feature several amenities, including two hangars dedicated to heritage aircraft displays.
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Winnipeg long-term care home reports Manitoba’s 19th coronavirus death
The death, which hasn't been confirmed by provincial health officials, is the 19th COVID-19 death reported in Manitoba since March.
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These Dawson College students missed out on a live gallery show. So they went virtual.
When the arts students took their year-end exhibit to a virtual gallery, thousands of eager guests rushed to see the immersive 3D space, complete with floating avatars, virtual drinks and a bevy of interactive features The post These Dawson College students missed out on a live gallery show. So they went virtual. appeared first on Macleans.ca.
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Driver in life-threatening condition after crash in Brampton
Emergency crews were called to Airport Road near Williams Parkway just before 3:20 p.m. on Tuesday with reports of a crash between a truck and a car.
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AHS notified after Langdon-area residents voice concerns about large gathering over the weekend
A local restaurant is defending a party held at the establishment following a complaint regarding physical distancing.
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As the pandemic rages, Canadians prefer a closed border with Donald Trump’s America
Seldom in our history has an issue galvanized public opinion like the resolve to keep the border closed to pandemic-stricken Americans, Edward Keenan writes.
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