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Man in life-threatening condition after being found in water near Ontario Place
Paramedics received a call about a drowning in the area just before midnight, and Toronto Fire assisted in the rescue.
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Ottawa needs to curb CERB as it transitions to wage subsidy
OTTAWA — Business representatives are urging the Liberal government to introduce more flexibility to its key COVID-19 wage subsidy program, warning that a failure to usher people back into the workplace would have staggering fiscal consequences. Finance Minister Bill Morneau hinted on Wednesday that changes would be coming “in the very near term” to the $80-billion Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), one of the major financial aid programs introduced by Ottawa in response to the pandemic. Details of those plans have not yet been released. The changes, whatever their form, will play a crucial role in guiding the Canadian economy back to full capacity in coming months, likely presenting the single-biggest challenge to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this summer as he seeks to wean Canadians off social support programs and back into the workforce. So far, fewer businesses than expected have applied for CEWS, which was designed to pay up to 75 per cent of wage costs in an effort to keep people employed. Ottawa has so far spent just $18 billion out of an expected $73 billion on the program. That low uptake caused millions of people to instead funnel into the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), which provides $2,000 per month to the unemployed. Ottawa now faces the difficult task of channelling workers out of CERB and into CEWS, which industry groups say will require adjustments to incentivize companies to grow while also covering revenue losses. Many have recommended that Ottawa remove a threshold in the program that disqualifies companies whose revenues have fallen by less than 30 per cent since last year, for example — a provision that could ultimately punish companies as they return to full capacity. “They need to be flexible with it,” said Trevin Stratton, chief economist at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. “We don’t want businesses trying to limit their revenue growth simply to have access to the wage subsidy.” Business representatives say the updated CEWS is likely to take on a more scaled structure, in which a company’s losses or gains in revenues would be directly linked to the size of its subsidy. Such a change would ensure companies along the spectrum of profitability would receive government supports that are somewhat commensurate with their losses. “It’s very likely the government will replace the cliff with a ramp,” said one business representative who has been in discussions with Finance officials about the subsidy. The stakes of the CEWS adjustments are high. In his fiscal update on Wednesday, Morneau announced that Canada is likely to run a $343 billion deficit in 2021, or roughly 16 per cent of GDP. The eye-watering number is largely a result of CEWS and CERB, whose combined price tag is now $160 billion. In a statement on Wednesday, the Canadian Chamber said the recent fiscal damage “will undermine Canada’s fiscal capacity for decades.” The Liberal government, as part of an agreement with the NDP last month, agreed to extend CERB until the end of August. But economists have urged Ottawa to unwind the benefit as soon as possible, or risk worsening Ottawa’s fiscal position. “We’d argue that the potential work disincentive of prolonged CERB is a key risk as the economy re-opens, so how Ottawa arranges this program will be key — and there are potentially massive dollars attached to it,” economists at Bank of Montreal said in a research note on Wednesday. Ottawa has declined to provide details on the structure of its updated CEWS. NP View: Crack down on CERB fraud CERB benefit extended by eight weeks; Canada-U.S. border restrictions to last another 30 days John Ivison: The master of political language offers ambiguous reassurances on future of CERB The fiscal update on Wednesday only said that changes to the program could be coming “later this summer.” It said the alterations to CEWS could “stimulate rehiring” and “provide support to employers during reopening,” without offering more information. Industry representatives have called on Ottawa across the board to extend the CEWS program, currently scheduled to end in August. “I think it should be extended to the end of the year at least, but on a ratcheted-down basis,” said Dennis Darby, head of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters. The extension is required, Darby said, because most companies will take months or years to return to full capacity, while also facing higher operating costs as they retool facilities to make them more resistant to viral spread. “What everybody’s started to realize is that there’s no post-COVID-19. It’s all about working with COVID-19.” In a June 23 letter to Morneau, the Business Council of Canada suggested “extending the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to the end of the year or beyond for hard-hit travel and tourism operators.” The Canadian Federation of Independent Business, in a June 10 letter to Morneau, said eligibility for the CEWS could be broadened by “introducing a sliding scale, where firms would be able to qualify for a smaller wage subsidy with smaller revenue losses.”
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Want to learn more about Black art? These Toronto curators can help you find it
There’s not a lot of Black art in major galleries, so check out alternative spaces or the artists’ own websites and Instagram feeds. Here are five artists to get you started.
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Facing surging coronavirus numbers, Trump to hold rally in New Hampshire
Faced with sliding poll numbers and multiple national crises, U.S. President Donald Trump is set to hold his latest rally on Saturday in New Hampshire, a state he narrowly lost to Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 and hopes to flip this year.
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5 things to know for Friday, July 10, 2020
Canada has more than 27,000 active cases of COVID-19 and more than 70,500 cases considered recovered.
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'Glee' actress Naya Rivera is now presumed dead after disappearing at a lake in California, authorities say
"Glee" actress Naya Rivera is presumed dead after disappearing at a lake in Southern California, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Office.
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Supreme Court of Canada slated to rule on constitutionality of genetic discrimination law
The Supreme Court of Canada is slated to rule Friday morning on the constitutionality of a federal law that forbids companies from making people undergo genetic testing before buying insurance or other services.
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Today’s coronavirus news: StatsCan to release June jobs report as restrictions ease; WHO sends experts to China to investigate origin of virus
Meanwhile, Australia’s Victoria state on Friday reported the new daily record of 288 coronavirus cases, which also reflects a record number of tests exceeding 37,500.
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Thrill ride: Lamborghini Huracán EVO packs performance many drivers can only dream about
Jim Kenzie reviews Lamborghini’s exciting Huracán EVO.
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Canadian troops forced to hitch ride with British military to and from Latvia 
Canada has 540 troops in Latvia, where they form the core of a 1,500-strong multinational battlegroup established by NATO three years ago.
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Montreal weather: Hot and possibly stormy
A quick look at the day's weather forecast along with a #ThisMtl picture and a daily quote
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ASK AMY: She wants marriage; he wants a clean shave
Dear Amy: I have been in a relationship with a man for 10 years. He is 71 and lives in another state (50 miles away), and I am 70. I am divorced and he has never been married. We both own our homes. When I had a job in another state, I would come home […]
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Opinion: Memories of the Battle of Britain and of Churchill's courage
For my rapidly diminishing generation, Britain's wartime prime minister, Winston Churchill will always remain a hero.
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Rick Zamperin: Warriors, Redtails emerge as front-runner to replace Redskins
Team owner Daniel Snyder, who has long brushed aside calls to change the controversial name of the team, is now reportedly leaning towards making a change.
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Antonio kept blowing me off, but I still went out of my way to meet him: Dating Diaries
Maybe I’ll bump into him when we start going to bars again, but planning anything? That’s too much to ask, says Gemma.
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It’s time for rude and thoughtless stepson, and his boyfriend, to move out: Ask Ellie
These are not kids, but they’re acting like spoiled teenagers avoiding any responsibilities. They’re old enough to rent a home together.
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Fine-by-mail for speeding near Toronto schools not enough
Norris McDonald discusses speed cameras in Toronto and calls for more enforcement, especially around schools.
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Bike lanes? Do we have to go through this again?
Jim Kenzie says bike lanes won’t be helpful for many of Toronto’s commuters.
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Emma Teitel: Confronting anti-Semitism isn’t merely a moral imperative, it’s a civic one too
If our goal is to erode hate everywhere, we must condemn it everywhere, even and especially in our own communities, Emma Teitel writes.
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Notre Dame Cathedral to rebuilt as before, with no modern twists
Notre Dame Cathedral will be rebuilt just the way it stood before last year's devastating fire after French President Emmanuel Macron came around to the traditionalists' argument, and approved reconstruction plans for the 12th century monument that were presented Thursday.
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Statistics Canada to release June jobs report as pandemic restrictions ease
Statistics Canada is set Friday morning to give a snapshot of the job market as it was last month as pandemic-related restrictions eased and reopenings widened.
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