London’s COVID-19 assessment centres prioritizing patients in wake of massive lineups

'Assessment centres in London are going to stop testing people who don't have symptoms and don't have exposure,' said Dr. Chris Mackie.
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Canada’s Public Health Agency president resigns amid rising coronavirus cases
The president of the Public Health Agency of Canada has resigned leaving the department in charge of leading the country’s response to the coronavirus without a leader, amid rising cases of the virus in some of Canada’s most populous provinces
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Norway House RCMP save woman from drowning during assault investigation
Police said they were called to a local home about an assault and when they arrived, the victim had apparently walked into a swampy area behind the house.
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Canadian airlines cancel hundreds of flights as hopes fade for spike in demand
Air Canada and WestJet have cancelled at least 439 flights so far this month, according to figures from flight data firm Cirium.
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Hold and secures lifted after man with BB gun arrested: Hamilton police
Cathedral High School and two elementary schools were placed in a hold and secure on Friday as Hamilton police tracked down a man with a BB gun.
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Waterloo hospitals working to alleviate increased COVID-19 testing wait times
There have been almost a thousand COVID-19 tests conducted daily in Waterloo Region over the past week.
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To Bam Adebayo, Heat game days are always Mother’s Day
Adebayo nearly outscored the Boston Celtics by himself in the third quarter of Game 2, the Heat turned the game around and went on to win 106-101 Thursday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals — putting the kid who grew up in a single-wide trailer with a mom making something like $15,000 a year two wins away from the NBA Finals.
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Big East River an underappreciated gem for paddlers
The Big East River offers an opportunity to see an abundance of wildlife from your canoe.
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Fishing Lake First Nation school goes 100% online as ‘a precautionary measure’
Fishing Lake First Nation's school has made the decision to move entirely to virtual learning after the coronavirus was detected in nearby municipalities. 
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Vernon Girls Trumpet Band seeking new home
The group has been practicing at the former Canadian Tire location in Vernon since last year, but will have to leave when the site sells.
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Alberta sheriffs shutter drug house in Red Deer
The Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Unit launched an investigation into the residence in the fall of 2019 after receiving multiple complaints about drug activity on the property.
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Man charged with dangerous driving after chopper tracks stolen vehicle through Vaughan, Brampton
York Regional Police have released video from their Air2 helicopter appearing to show the incident. 
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New Calgary car share Communauto hitting the road on Saturday
Montreal's Communauto shared new plans for car sharing in Calgary ahead of its launch Saturday.
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OPP biker enforcement unit seize sawed-off shotgun, ammo in Trent Hills
On Friday, Northumberland OPP released details of an investigation which occurred in the summer.
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Man charged with sexual assault in Moose Deer Point First Nation
According to police, a man allegedly entered a woman's home on Aug. 30 and assaulted her.
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Newfoundland and Labrador reports first COVID-19 case in six days
The new case involves a man in the central region of Newfoundland who is between 20 and 39 years old and was travelling to the province from the U.S.
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Gargle test for COVID-19 works for adults as well as children, researcher says
One of the researchers who helped develop B.C.'s new gargle test for COVID-19 says it works for adults as well as children.
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Pandemic prompts British Columbia to suspend civil jury trials for a year
The government says the suspension will help minimize delays linked to measures needed to keep a jury safe from COVID-19 while in court.
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19 new coronavirus cases in Saskatchewan, active cases jump to 113
Health officials said of the 12 new cases in Saskatoon, six are at Brandt Industries.
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Kyle Rittenhouse listed among ‘heroes’ on Texas school assignment
The accused Kenosha gunman faces two first-degree murder charges.
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US bans WeChat, TikTok from app stores, threatens shutdowns
The government said the ban, previously announced by President Donald Trump in August, will "combat China’s malicious collection of American citizens’ personal data."
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North Okanagan RCMP investigating evening stabbing incident in Enderby
Police say two men with stab wounds along Canyon Road were transported to hospital on Wednesday evening.
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630 CHED Santas Anonymous hosting drive-thru toy drive after COVID-19 cancels events
After many of the events that support 630 CHED Santas Anonymous in Edmonton had to be cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the charity is hosting a drive-thru toy drive on Sunday.
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Man charged with impaired driving after crashing into east Hamilton coffee shop
Police say a man who drove his vehicle into a coffee shop at the corner of Cannon and Ottawa streets early Friday was charged with impaired driving.
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Students anxious for more time as federal loan repayment freeze winds down
Ottawa suspended repayments for approximately one million federal student loan recipients from March 30 to Sept. 30. No interest was to accrue on those loans during the same period. But students and organizations say it’s too soon to end the grace period.
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Vinay Menon: Van Morrison’s anti-lockdown tunes are a lot less infectious than COVID-19
We’re all sick of the lockdown, writes Vinay Menon, but some of us — including a remarkable number of British songwriters — seem a bit sick in the head, to gauge by their reaction.
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Still no timeline for when Alberta will have access to federal COVID-19 tracking app
While two more provinces have been added to the federal COVID-19 tracing app, Alberta's chief medical officer of health said there's still no timeline for when Alberta will be brought on.
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Stanley Cup returns to old Edmonton stomping grounds
Stanley — that squat, barrel-bodied, bowl-topped polished silver mug — is officially back in Edmonton, a place he knew well back in the day.
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‘Fresher air is on the way’: U.S. wildfire smoke over B.C. to clear this weekend
A new weather system, bringing moist Pacific air and some showers, is forecast to begin overnight and into Saturday morning.
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Kingston’s new emergency order to limit groups downtown, mandate masks in common areas
Mayor Bryan Paterson has issued a new emergency order to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in Kingston, Ont.
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Lobster protests: Nova Scotia RCMP arrest two at wharf in Weymouth
The Sipekne'katik First Nation says their people have a treaty right to fish at any time.
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Wexit Party Changes Name To Maverick Party. Says It’s Not Really About ‘Top Gun’
Wexit Canada, the federal party created to advocate for western separatism, is undergoing a makeover. And it’s taking the highway to the danger zone to do it with a new name:The Maverick Party. Interim leader Jay Hill confirmed the party registered its new name with elections Canada Thursday. In messaging to members, leader Hill said the name change is meant to give the party its own identity separate from other similarly named movements like Brexit.“Wexit is the movement that gave birth to our party, but the party has evolved and needs to establish its own identity,” he said. WATCH: Kenney rebukes would-be separatists. Story continues below. Various political parties associated with western separatism have popped up over the years, particularly in Alberta, but the “Wexit” — short for “western exit” — movement gained steam following the 2019 federal election, which saw Justin Trudeau’s Liberals form government despite not taking a single seat in Alberta or Saskatchewan. However, the original movement and its leader Peter Downing were marred in various controversies, including associations with far-right conspiracy theory movements and white nationalism. Hill, a former MP and House Leader under Stephen Harper, was named interim leader of the federal party earlier this summer when Downing said he was moving on to other projects. The party says a new leader will be elected at the party convention at a later date. According to Hill, a poll of Wexit Canada members earlier this summer  two thirds wanted a name change. The new name was picked and approved by the party’s board. RELATED Western Separatist Sentiments Down Since Liberals Re-Elected: Poll My Hometown Is The Epicentre Of Wexit. I Went Back To Find Out Why Experts Warn 'Wexit' Will Face Same Problems As Other Separatists But is it as obvious of a “Top Gun” reference as everyone thinks it is? That’s classified, Hill told the CBC.“It’s not an intentional connection,” he said. “What has transpired, obviously, is people do reflect on where they’ve heard the name before.”But Hill is hoping the name gives the party wings. “And the name will come into the forefront soon with the release of the next ‘Top Gun’ movie with Tom Cruise’s character of course being called ’Maverick,” Hill told right-win outlet the Western Standard. It’s not an intentional connection.Maverick Party Leader Jay Hill on the party's name connection to "Top Gun"No word on if he’s worried about Iceman coming to steal his thunder. Provincial wings of the Wexit movement will remain intact with their current names. If you’re keeping track at home, that means there are now four different names for what a year ago was Wexit, adding the Maverick Party to the Wildrose Independence Party (Alberta), Wexit BC (B.C.) and the Buffalo Party of Saskatchewan (Saskatchewan).No western separatist party currently has any elected officials in parliament or provincial legislatures. Canadians had mixed reviews for the new federal party name.Do you know why the Maverick Party is a great name? Because it’s not clear about the party is about. Wexit would have made it easier to understand for voters at the ballot box. Please continue to make it harder for people to understand your little pity party.— Sarah Elder-Chamanara (@sarahelder) September 18, 2020Does anyone else think it would be ironic to join a maverick party? And to elect a leader? To support party policy?(It's spelled "ironic" but it's pronounced "stupid.") pic.twitter.com/gE1IB2sUdJ— Jeff Gaye (@jeffgaye) September 18, 2020Genuinely puzzled.What difference does a name make? It's still the Wexit party.And there's only ONE Maverick: pic.twitter.com/IcAZlKzVRR— y knot (@yknot05) September 18, 2020University of Calgary professor Aritha van Herk, whose Twitter handle is @maverickCalgary said the party does not stand for her definition of “maverick.” Wexit--all of them--don't even know what Maverick means or does. I am NOT a western separatist and they can't have my handle. https://t.co/1quDjv1wxd— Aritha van Herk (@maverickcalgary) September 18, 2020No one can patent a name. BUT the Wexit party (whatever they think they stand for) does not fit the definition of "maverick." Not my careful, thoughtful analysis of that concept. Read my book, Mavericks, and you will see how they cannot wear those boots. I am not a Wexit-teer.— Aritha van Herk (@maverickcalgary) September 18, 2020Peoples’ Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier claimed he was “the only Maverick politician in Canada.”Good luck to the new Maverick Party, but everyone knows I’m the only maverick politician in Canada, and the only one who offers solutions that will save our country while bringing fairness to the West. #Wexit#PPChttps://t.co/DDnfh0zDM6pic.twitter.com/Kv59PTI8fm— Maxime Bernier (@MaximeBernier) September 18, 2020And yes, there were “Top Gun” jokes. Lots and lots and lots of “Top Gun” jokes.The Maverick Party has already splintered into the Iceman and Goose parties. https://t.co/x7wvbxkpt4— James "Wash Your Hands" Gemmill (@jamesgemmill) September 18, 2020So the federal Wexit Party is now called the Maverick Party...#abpoli#ableg#cdnpolipic.twitter.com/cpS0y0xzjq— Scott Harold Payne (@scotthpayne) September 18, 2020Anyway, if we’re naming federal parties after ’80s movies now, someone get me a “Heathers” Party ASAP.
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Public Health Agency president stepping down, cites need for a break
Several months into the COVID-19 public health crisis, and with cases on the rise in some regions, the president of the Public Health Agency of Canada Tina Namiesniowski has announced she’s stepping down.
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Public Health Agency of Canada president stepping down
The president of the Public Health Agency of Canada Tina Namiesniowski is stepping down. A replacement will be announced next week, the agency has confirmed.
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A 330-kilometre trek for the love of hockey
Image of the Week: Aries Benuen and his grandfather Sebastian crushed their goal of raising $50,000 so the Innu boy can keep playing at the top of the game The post A 330-kilometre trek for the love of hockey appeared first on Macleans.ca.
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Disability activist Melissa Blake is modelling in her first runway show at New York Fashion Week
This week she’s appearing in the annual Runway of Dreams fashion show featuring clothes designed for people with disabilities. The show, while virtual this year, is part of the glitz and glamour of New York Fashion Week.
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Graduates call for extension to freeze on federal student loan payments
Students and organizations say it's too soon to end the grace period.
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Martha Stewart, blissed out on CBD, is doing just fine
In the world of the 79-year-old goddess of domesticity, cannabis, in its myriad forms, is a societal good. Her friend Snoop Dogg introduced her to its palliative effects at Comedy Central’s 2015 “Roast of Justin Bieber.”
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