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Association of private CHSLDs waiting to decide fate of Résidence Herron
Having suspended Dorval seniors' residence in May, association says it will wait for all reports before deciding whether to make it permanent.
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Canada's top doctors reveal flip side to public praise: 'I've had death threats'
The top health officials co-ordinating Canada’s COVID-19 response say the majority of public reaction to their work has been positive -- but they’ve also received some abusive feedback that ranges from “well-thought-out insults” to “death threats.”
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#ICYMI: Who needs the Grinch when our social gatherings can steal Christmas?
We still have the power to do something about it.
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Man dead and 2 others seriously injured after separate shootings in north-end Toronto
The two shootings happened more than two kilometres apart and within approximately 45 minutes of each other.
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Molotov cocktails used in most violent Portland protest so far: police
Protesters in Portland hurled several firebombs at officers during a demonstration over a Kentucky grand jury’s decision to not indict officers in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, police said.
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Alberta nurses’ union calls on AHS to bring back paid leave as COVID-19 pandemic continues
The United Nurses of Alberta is calling on Alberta Health Services to bring back a paid leave for nurses who had to isolate because of COVID-19.
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Grand Forks to rent out previously-flooded homes acquired under the buyout program
Some Grand Forks residents were shocked to learn that previously-flooded homes the city acquired under a buyout program might be rented out.
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Lakeridge Health opens pop-up COVID-19 testing centre to deal with increasing demand
Lakeridge Health is hopeful this along with a new COVID-19 assessment centre will help them deal with an increasing demand for the test.
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RHSAA allowing extra-curricular athletics only within individual schools
RHSAA says all its members will have the option within their school only to coordinate and organize extra-curricular athletics.
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Calgary homeowners lash out at new development over proximity to their backyard
Some Calgary homeowners say a new development encroaches on their space making it unsafe.
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Officer who fatally shot Maple Ridge man during wellness check won’t face charges
The Independent Investigations Office says officers called to the home determined there were grounds to apprehend Kyaw Naing Din under the Mental Health Act.
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Retired Ontario Teachers Asked To Come Back To Work Amid Pandemic
TORONTO — The agency that oversees teachers in Ontario is calling on retirees to return to the classroom.The Ontario College of Teachers sent a letter this week to retired teachers and those whose licences have been suspended due to non-payment, urging them to get reinstated. The letter says the province is facing a shortage of certified teachers that’s been “magnified” by measures aimed at fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, such as smaller class sizes and online learning.A spokeswoman for the college says it also reached out to newly licensed teachers and others without current jobs, encouraging them to apply.Gabrielle Barkany says it’s an opportunity for qualified teachers to provide “critical support to elementary and secondary students in Ontario at this critical time.”READ MORE Ontario Reimposes Stricter Gathering Rules Across Province As Cases Surge Some Ontario Pharmacies Will Start COVID-19 Testing This Week Donations Pour In After Nunavut Mom Exposes High Cost Of School Supplies Earlier this week, Canada’s largest school board said it was drawing on its pool of supply teachers as it rushed to meet a surge in demand for online learning.The Toronto District School Board said it hired 300 teachers on Monday and was working Tuesday to bring on another 100 to 150 to fulfil its staffing needs for virtual elementary school classes.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2020.Also on HuffPost:
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Winnipeg Goldeyes’ league partners with Major League Baseball
The American Association of Independent Professional Baseball made a deal with Major League Baseball that will help grow the talent across the league.
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Horgan says NDP government could not achieve $10-a-day child care because of Greens
BC NDP Leader John Horgan says he is recommitting to implement a 10-year plan for $10-a-day child care in British Columbia if his party is re-elected.
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Coronavirus: Students protest Lethbridge School Division decision to delay sports
Dozens of students from all over southern Alberta gathered outside the Lethbridge School Division office on Thursday, protesting the division's decision to delay reintroducing sports in schools for now.
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Coronavirus: 3 confirmed cases reported at Peterborough high school
Three confirmed cases of COVID-19 are connected to Adam Scott Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Peterborough
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Canadian Tech Firm Hootsuite Ends Contract with ICE After Staff Backlash
VANCOUVER — Hootsuite says it is terminating a contract it has with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement after a “broad emotional and passionate” reaction from staff.The Vancouver-based company’s chief executive Tom Keiser broke the news to his staff in an email, where he says that within the last 24 hours he had learned many employees were upset by the company’s decision to partner with ICE.He did not share why staff were concerned, but says the issue created a divided company and is not the kind of business he wanted to lead, so he reversed the decision.Keiser’s letter says the company first proceeded with the contract after holding internal conversations and forming a committee to review the partnership.RELATED The Last Months Of A Canadian Who Died Of COVID-19 In ICE Custody Thousands Of Canadian Students Face Deportation Due To New U.S. Policy Canadian Accused Of Sending Ricin To White House Enters ‘Not Guilty’ Plea Other tech companies have previously faced backlash from staff when considering contracts with ICE, who they allege has been involved with human rights and immigration abuses.Hundreds of Google employees walked out and signed a petition last year in an effort to stop their company from working with ICE and the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which they accused of caging and harming asylum seekers and illegally detaining refugees and U.S. citizens. ICE did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but Hootsuite says in an emailed statement to The Canadian Press that it is taking steps to ensure the termination is completed swiftly.This report by The Canadian Press was first published September 24, 2020. Also on HuffPost:
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Coronavirus: Canada adds 1,329 cases, 5 deaths Thursday
That brings the national total to 148,941 cases and 9,249 deaths, with two deaths added from earlier in the week.
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Obituary: Montreal sculptor Mark Prent 'always ahead of the art world'
A provocateur who made headlines for his unsettling depictions of mutilated bodies, Prent's first shows were raided by police in the '70s.
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Tyler McCumber part of four-way share of lead in Dominican Republic
The tournament typically is held in the March opposite a World Golf Championship. It was postponed to the week of the Ryder Cup because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Saskatoon police crack down on car meets, racing
Police say they've seen more reports of dangerous driving than usual.
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'Data is the new oil': Feds plan to tax tech giants on Canadian user data, ad buys
The federal government plans to tax tech and internet giants on their data collection and ad buys in a bid to establish some sort of regulatory framework, according to Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault, a move privacy experts say will see the feds profit off of privacy abuses.
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B.C. woman dying of cancer can't see sister because of COVID-19 travel ban
A dying woman in B.C. may not be able to say goodbye to her sister in the Philippines face to face, because the Canadian government has refused to grant an exemption to the COVID-19 travel ban.
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Greens reinstate leadership candidate expelled over tweet critical of provincial party
``I would like an explanation as to why this is a reason to expel me when just last year, Elizabeth May endorsed and encouraged people to vote for Jody Wilson-Raybould over our own Green candidate,'' Meryam Haddad wrote in her appeal letter.
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Still ticking: ‘Big Ben’ to set franchise mark versus Texans
When Roethlisberger runs onto the Heinz Field turf Sunday to lead Pittsburgh (2-0) against Houston (0-2), it will be his 221st game in the NFL.
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MLB teams find creative ways to stay energized without fans
When they haven’t been keeping Great America Ball Park in tip-top shape, the groundskeepers have loudly cheered for the Reds from the stands.
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Central Okanagan lashed by powerful wind, rain storm
"The wind just picked up, almost like a tornado coming through here."
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Cyclist dies after he was struck by a vehicle driver near Kensington Market
Paramedics responded to a call made just after 6 p.m. Thursday about a collision at Dundas Street West and Denison Avenue.
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Shree Paradkar: Who are the laws meant to protect? Not the Breonna Taylors of this world
The grand jury decision not to charge three officers for killing Breonna Taylor shows the laws worked as intended. They were never created to hold to account police who can shoot Black people first and maybe ask questions later.  
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Alberta’s top health official says province is not in a second wave of COVID-19
Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Thursday that Alberta had identified 158 new cases in the province.
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Junior hockey: BCHL teams to start extended preseason schedule this weekend
Action starts Friday evening, with Salmon Arm visiting Penticton and Vernon at West Kelowna.
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Meryam Haddad back on ballot for Greens after pointing out party hypocrisy
Haddad was briefly expelled from the Green party leadership race this week for allegedly endorsing a “rival” provincial party in the British Columbia election.
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British Columbia wineries gather in Kelowna to contend for prestigious awards
“This event allows all of the wineries to enter their wines and get in front of the consumer."
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Toronto Blue Jays beat New York Yankees 4-1 to lock up post-season berth
Regular-season play continues through Sunday and the playoffs will begin Tuesday.
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BMW introduces new BMW M3 and M4
Exciting duo from automaker set for “market launch” in spring 2021, but no word yet on timing for Canada.
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Saskatchewan health officials fine person $2,000 for not self-isolating while symptomatic
Public health rules state people must isolate for 14 days if they return from international travel, are diagnosed with COVID-19 or have been close to someone who is positive.
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Ontarians Without COVID Symptoms Shouldn't Go To Testing Centres: Ford
TORONTO — People without COVID-19 symptoms should no longer be going to Ontario’s testing centres, the government said Thursday, as it looked to tackle crippling lineups at its assessment sites.The significant change comes after the province spent months saying that anyone who wanted a test could get one.Premier Doug Ford, who has faced weeks of criticism over long waits at assessment centres, said the province now needs to target those most at risk.“Our message to the people is very, very simple,” he said. “There are two groups — people that want a test just for getting a test because they’ll feel a little more comfortable ... or people who need a test. We have to focus on the people who need a test.”Assessment centres will now test people with symptoms, those who’ve been exposed to a case and high-risk workers. Testing will also be available to people involved in outbreak investigations conducted by public health units. The government said earlier this week that low-risk asymptomatic people can get appointment-only tests at up to 60 pharmacies but clarified Thursday that the initiative would only apply to certain individuals, such as those with loved ones in long-term care homes or close contacts of a case.That means some people with no symptoms who are simply seeking reassurance they don’t have the virus will not be able to access testing offered by the government.Ford acknowledged that he had been one of the most vocal supporters of wide-spread testing, but said busy assessment centres have been telling the government that most people showing up for tests have no symptoms.“Earlier today our top health experts told us we need to prioritize those who are at greatest risk,” he said. “We need to be nimble.”The province had a processing backlog of 53,840 tests as of Thursday as demand for the assessments has surged because of the return to school.Ontario’s associate chief medical officer of health said the province needs to focus on positive cases, their contacts, and outbreaks to trace and contain spread of the virus.“Your average person out there who is not exposed to a case, is not part of an outbreak, or has no symptoms, should not be going for testing,” Dr. Barbara Yaffe said. “There is no value.”Ontario Health CEO Matt Anderson said the new guidance will be issued to the province’s assessment centres Thursday and take effect Friday. He expected assessment centres could start turning asymptomatic people away at that point.“We want to ensure that we have the testing capacity for our priority populations,” he said, adding that a full communications plan will ensure the new rules are explained to the public.NDP Leader Andrea Horwath accused the government of “rationing testing” because it didn’t plan ahead.“It is shocking to see how chaotic this government is and how much they’re floundering in terms of their response,” she said, adding that the change in testing strategy was creating confusion.Green party Leader Mike Schreiner said the government should have expanded the province’s testing capacity weeks ago to avoid this problem.“I’m glad the premier has finally awoken to the chaos at testing centres, where families are being turned away at the crack of dawn,” he said. “But we wouldn’t be in this dangerous position if the Ford government had planned for a second wave during the summer.”Ford also announced Thursday that the province will be spending over a billion dollars to bolster testing and case and contact management.Ontario will spend some of the funds to hire 500 additional contact tracers, bringing the current total to 3,750 case and contact management staff.Meanwhile, a group of 38 health leaders and physicians is urging the province to place restrictions on non-essential businesses and activities that facilitate social gatherings, saying the recent rise in cases shows immediate action is needed to curb the spread of the virus.In a statement released by the Ontario Hospital Association, the group says restrictions should target dine-in restaurants and bars, nightclubs, gyms, theatres and places of worship.It also said the province should ask non-essential businesses to have staff work from home wherever possible.“While maintaining our province’s economy is always a priority, we are extremely concerned that, without action, the current rate of spread will require a return to widespread closure of non-essential businesses and schools to prevent a rise in hospitalizations,” the group says.Ontario reported 409 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, and one new death related to the virus.With files from Holly McKenzie-Sutter and Paola Loriggio.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2020.RELATED Some Ontario Pharmacies Will Start COVID-19 Testing This Week Getting A Flu Shot Might Not Be Easy This Year — But It's Worth It Ontario Hospitals To Lay Off Over 100 Nurses Despite Staff Shortages Singh Claims ‘Major Win’ After Liberals Boost Proposed Benefits To Match CERB Shaming Young People As Party Animals Ignores Their Actual COVID-19 Risks
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School exposure events are being posted, B.C.’s top doctor says
The number of active cases remains relatively stable, with 1,371 reported. However, the number of people under active public health monitoring continues to rise.
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Dale tackles new challenge as Saskatoon Hilltops’ first female player
Saskatoon Hilltops linebacker Emmarae Dale is making history as the first female player to suit up for a Canadian Junior Football League team.
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Cyclist dead after being hit by car in downtown Toronto
Emergency crews were called to Dundas Street West at Denison Avenue, near Bathurst Street, at around 6:10 p.m. with reports of a collision.
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Lethbridge gymnastics company denied parking waiver, expansion put on hold
A Lethbridge business is speaking out after being denied a parking waiver with the City of Lethbridge, meaning its hopes of expanding are currently on hold.
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Blue Jays clinch post-season berth with win over the Yankees
Toronto eliminates Angels, Mariners from wild-card contention.
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