With NHL season resuming, some fans say the lure of parties will be strong: ‘I can’t say no to a good time’
As hockey fans gear up for a truncated season to begin next month, some in Canada's two "hub cities" say the temptation to celebrate — and flout physical distancing guidelines — may prove too great.
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Barbados is introducing a visa that will allow foreigners to work remotely on its beaches
Is working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic keeping you cooped up and restless at home? Barbados’s prime minister might have the solution you’re looking for. Introducing the Barbados ‘ Welcome Stamp ‘ — a one-year work visa for foreigners looking to trade in their four walls for an island getaway. The visa, which is in its final stages of development, according to Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley last week, would “allow people from the United States, Europe, and Latin America to come and do their jobs digitally for a couple of months and then go back home, if they feel they can work better in a more relaxed atmosphere such as next to a beach.” Motley noted that current travel restrictions has made short-term travel more difficult due to testing requirements, but thanks to this visa, tourists could come and go as they please in the allotted time. “You don’t need to work in Europe, or the US or Latin America if you can come here and work for a couple months at a time; go back and come back,” she was quoted by the country’s government website . According to data compiled by the Barbados hotel and tourism sector, tourism accounts for 12 per cent of the country GDP and 40 per cent, indirectly, for its economic activity. Motley said the country will reopen to international travellers on July 12, including a twice weekly Air Canada flight from Pearson International on Thursdays and Saturdays. New COVID-19 protocol will require tourists to either present proof of a negative COVID-19 test on arrival or be subjected to testing and quarantining on arrival, if no proof is presented. Barbados has reported 98 cases of COVID-19 in total as well as seven deaths. The government has relaxed restrictions, allowing restaurants to re-open and permitting social events with up to 500 people. Physical distancing of three feet minimum is required by both tourists and residents. Re-opening the tourism sector “means that what we offer has to be world-class and what we continue to offer is world-class,” Motley added in her speech.
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La Ronde to start reopening on July 25 with new COVID-19 safety protocols
Access will be limited to members and season pass holders for the first week. La Ronde will gradually increase attendance levels throughout August.
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Northern Ontario schools face additional challenges for reopening — and staying closed
Teachers in Ontario's northern school boards are sounding the alarm about back-to-school plans, saying the region's vast geography and sparse population present challenges not considered in southern parts of the province.
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Northern schools face additional challenges for reopening — and staying closed
While teachers say reopening will be hard for everyone, they note that the general guidelinesdon’t take into account the lack of resources in the Far North.
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U.S. ⁠— particularly Florida ⁠— grapples with worsening coronavirus outbreak
Meanwhile, two World Health Organization experts went in China for a mission to trace the origin of the pandemic.
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Guelph, Kitchener teens taken to hospital after taking drugs from strangers at Turkey Point: OPP
The incident has caused police to issue a warning to parents to speak to their kids about the dangers of drugs and consumption of things provided by people they do not know.
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Deputy Conservative leader stepping down to 'engage more actively' in leadership race
The Conservative Party’s deputy leader is resigning from her post citing the need to "engage more actively" in the final stretch of the party’s leadership campaign.
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Expect both sunshine and rain this week as Toronto heads into a hot, sunny weekend
According to Environment Canada, Monday will see a high of 27 C and a low of 16 C, with a chance of rain in the morning and thunderstorms late in the afternoon.
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Coronavirus: Airshow London to go ahead as drive-in event
On Monday, Airshow London announced its 2020 event will go forward but with a bit of a twist.
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Boucherville man charged with advocating genocide of Muslims
The RCMP says it's the first time one of its investigations has resulted in such a charge being laid in Quebec.
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Man injured in Halifax brawl with knives and bats
Police said they responded to the incident near the intersection of Brunswick Street and Cornwallis Street at 6:09 p.m.
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Quebec to make masks mandatory in public indoor spaces as of Saturday, reports say
Owners of shops and other enclosed public spaces would be responsible for ensuring the new regulations are respected.
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Bill Kelly: WE fiasco didn’t have to happen this way
When the WE proposal reached the cabinet table, the prime minister and the finance minister should have recused themselves from the vote, Bill Kelly says.
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Trump and coronavirus task force official turn on Fauci: ‘He’s made a lot of mistakes’
WASHINGTON — Trump administration officials turned their fire over the weekend on Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House’s own coronavirus task force who has been critical of the U.S. handling of the pandemic. Several administration officials publicly challenged Fauci’s assessment that the U.S. was not “doing great” when compared to other countries’ handling of the virus. On Sunday, Brett Giroir, a health and human services official and member of the same task force, rejected Fauci’s assessment, along with his recommendation that states experiencing a new spike in cases should shut down their economies. “I respect Dr. Fauci a lot, but Dr. Fauci is not 100 per cent right and he also doesn’t necessarily, and he admits that, have the whole national interest in mind,” Giroir told Meet The Press on Sunday. “He looks at it from a very narrow public health point of view.” In two separate television interviews during the week, President Donald Trump also took aim at Fauci, telling the Fox News host Sean Hannity that he was “a nice man, but he’s made a lot of mistakes” and adding to Gray TV’s Greta Van Susteren that he disagreed with Fauci’s assessments. Fauci is both the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and, until recently, the public face of the administration’s coronavirus response. In a podcast interview with the FiveThirtyEight website on Thursday, he said some cities had done well in controlling the outbreak: “But as a country, when you compare us to other countries, I don’t think you can say we’re doing great. I mean, we’re just not.” The U.S. has a quarter of the almost 13 million coronavirus cases around the world and is experiencing a surge of infections in many states. On Sunday, White House officials provided U.S. news outlets with a list of past comments Fauci had made about the virus and its spread that they said had proven to be wrong. These included remarks he made in January in which he declared that coronavirus was “not a major threat for people in the U.S.” and that asymptomatic carriers of the virus were unlikely to be spreaders of the disease. The White House also seized on a remark by Fauci in March when the doctor played down the benefits of wearing face coverings. Fauci seemed to acknowledge tensions with the White House in a Lunch with the FT published over the weekend, in which he revealed that he had not met the president in person since June 2 and had not briefed him in more than two months. Fauci told the FT that his remarks in a March interview with Science magazine — in which he declared: “I can’t jump in front of the microphone and push (Trump) down” — had caused “a tussle”. However, the doctor said he was “sure” his messages to the president were being passed on. “I have a reputation, as you probably have figured out, of speaking the truth at all times and not sugar-coating things,” he said. “And that may be one of the reasons why I haven’t been on television very much lately.”  
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Benjamin Keough, grandson of Elvis Presley, dies at 27
Lisa Marie Presley's representative says she was 'heartbroken' after learning about the death of her son.
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Most riders comply but signs are missing on first commute of mandatory mask era
"Of course it's a good idea," one commuter said, "because we need to stop the spread of the virus."
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Blue Jays to honour Tony Fernandez with No. 1 jersey patches
The club’s career leader in games played, hits and triples, Fernandez died on Feb. 16 at age 57.
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'Everyone is lying': Trump retweets game show host Chuck Woolery's baseless claims about COVID-19
The White House is making a concerted effort to discredit Dr. Anthony Fauci as he becomes increasingly vocal about his concerns over reopening the country amid a national surge in coronavirus cases. The moves to undercut Fauci come just days after he gave an unvarnished look at his relationship with U.S. President Donald Trump, including that they have not spoken in weeks.
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Brighton, Ont., businesses getting mandatory face mask requirement
Customers entering stores and other commercial establishments in Brighton and other areas of Ontario are now required to wear a mask or face covering.
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WE Charity tries to ‘set record straight’ over contract in full-page newspaper ads
The program is aimed at helping students having a hard time finding summer work amid the coronavirus pandemic, but Trudeau's personal and family ties to the organization drew questions and criticism. 
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Coronavirus live updates: Masks mandatory on transit, will soon be for indoor venues
Check this post throughout the day for up-to-the-minute Quebec-related pandemic news
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Police charge Quebec man with advocating genocide of Muslims
The RCMP said it was the first time the advocating genocide law had been used in the province.
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5 songs you must hear this week: 13 July 2020
80% of this week's picks have something to do with mental health and substance abuse issues. Is music trying to tell us something?
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Marmora man arrested after shots fired during domestic incident north of Madoc: OPP
Central Hastings OPP launched a search for a man who allegedly discharged firearms during a domestic dispute.
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Weekly survey: Who would make a better president than Kanye West?
Kanye's running for president? Fine. But what if he had a rock'n'roll opponent?
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Making the most of summer staycations
As the COVID-19 pandemic turns summer vacation plans upside down, many Canadians are making the most of their staycations and investing money they planned to spend on a holiday in their homes and especially their outdoor spaces. “As we moved into the recovery phase, you may have noticed an increase in contractor trucks and renovations […]
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Man shot outside Scarborough Town Centre dies
A man shot outside the Scarborough Town Centre late last week has died. Toronto Police were called around 1:35 p.m. Friday to the mall and found a wounded man near the entrance. Jordon Marcelle, 26, of Toronto was taken to hospital, where police on Sunday said he died. No arrests have been made. Marcelle is […]
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Police suspect Old Montreal attack was a robbery attempt
Police are searching for three suspects, all of whom were wearing hoods when the assault took place.
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Blue Jays honouring Fernandez with patch
The Toronto Blue Jays will honour Tony Fernandez by wearing a uniform patch with the former infielder's longtime No. 1 this season.
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