Farms faring well so far amid post-tropical storm Teddy: N.S. Federation of Agriculture
'It would be significantly less than in (hurricane Dorian) last year,' said Victor Oulton, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture.
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Parking issues cropping up at Ottawa’s main COVID-19 testing site
Ottawa bylaw officers are issuing tickets and warnings to people who are parking improperly while getting a COVID-19 test at the Brewer Assessment Centre.
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Prince Edward Island reports 1 new travel-related case of COVID-19
Health officials said Wednesday the new case involves a woman in her 20s who arrived to the Island on Sept. 20 from outside the country.
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Five key takeaways from the Throne Speech
The Throne Speech laid out a laundry list of priorities (and catch phrases) including promises for jobs and continued aid through the pandemic The post Five key takeaways from the Throne Speech appeared first on Macleans.ca.
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New Brunswick’s swearing-in ceremony for majority PC government set for Sept. 29
Higgs has yet to name his new cabinet, with less than a week until the swearing-in ceremony.
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O'Toole, Blanchet throne speech response complicated by COVID-19 infections
With Erin O’Toole, leader of the Conservative party and Yves-François Blanchet, leader of the Bloc Québécois, in isolation because of COVID-19, staff were scrambling on Wednesday to figure out how they were going to respond to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s televised address to Canadians. Trudeau, in an unusual step, will speak to Canadians just hours after his government gives its Speech from the Throne. The speech represents a new parliamentary session, and is a time for a government to lay out its priorities and promises to Canadians. Broadcast networks have offered slots to Opposition politicians to respond to Trudeau’s statement, which is expected to rehash details from the Throne Speech — delivered mid-afternoon in Ottawa by the Governor-General, Julie Payette — and discuss the ongoing pandemic. News reports indicate NDP leader Jagmeet Singh will deliver his party’s response in person. But, it’s somewhat more complicated for the Conservatives and Bloc. O’Toole, the party’s new leader, is self-isolating at home after a positive test for COVID-19. His is the largest cohort of Opposition seats in Parliament. The Toronto Sun reported Wednesday morning that the broadcast pool organizing tonight’s televised event asked O’Toole to come out of his house and speak to a camera — a move that, the Sun said, may break Ottawa Public Health’s strict new guidelines about self-isolating. “As you know Mr. O’Toole and his wife have COVID-19 and they will not risk exposing other people to the virus. As such, he will not be responding live to the Prime Minister tonight,” said a party spokesperson. Blanchet, the Bloc leader, is in similar straits, but The Canadian Press reported he’d speak outside of his home. Both may delay their official responses to the Throne Speech because of their COVID-19 infections. • Email: tdawson@postmedia.com | Twitter: tylerrdawson
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Uncle Ben's rice gets new name after outcry over racial stereotypes
Uncle Ben’s is to be renamed Ben’s Original after the rice range’s owner Mars acknowledged that the label promoted racial stereotypes, the latest example of corporate America ditching longstanding symbols in response to concerns about injustice and inequality. While innocuous elements of the brand — the font, the blue-orange colour scheme and half of the name — will live on, Mars is dropping the image of an elderly African-American man that has promoted Uncle Ben’s for more than 70 years. “It’s time for him to retire,” Fiona Dawson, head of Mars’ food business, said in an interview, presenting the results of a three-month review. She noted that the term “Uncle” had sometimes been used pejoratively in the U.S. to refer to a black man, and the term had connotations of servility. “Clearly that’s something we would not want to be associated with.” Aunt Jemima will get a new name as PepsiCo admits 'racial stereotype' origins These Canadian things may sound offensive, but aren't The Uncle Ben’s brand was adopted in 1947, five years after Mars acquired the rights to easy-cook parboiled rice during the second world war. Whether “Ben” existed in real life is unclear, yet the image of the character was based on Frank Brown, a maître d’ in a Chicago restaurant. More recently, Mars had sought to refresh the image of Uncle Ben’s. A shortlived brand campaign in 2007 restyled him as a successful businessman. About a decade ago, he lost his bow tie. But calls to scrap the brand have grown louder, especially as the Blacks Lives Matter movement gathered momentum this year following the killing of George Floyd. Several other consumer goods groups are also changing racially contentious images. ConAgra Brands is reviewing the future of its Mrs Butterworth’s line of syrups and pancake mixes, which come in bottles shaped as a figure of a matronly woman — another image linked with servitude. PepsiCo has said it will ditch the Aunt Jemima character who promotes its baking ingredients and whose origins are connected with minstrel shows. Mars had considered more radical alternatives to Ben’s Original but ultimately decided to “keep what we can of the past” while adopting a more “equitable iconography”, Ms Dawson said. “‘Ben’ is clearly associated with the brand. People don’t see anything with any negative qualities with the name Ben, so that’s why we’ve chosen to keep it.” Alongside the rebrand, Mars also said it was taking steps to “enhance inclusion and equality”. The company said it was developing culinary scholarships to support aspiring black chefs, and was also investing to improve education and access to fresh food in Greenville, Mississippi, where the rice product is produced in the U.S. © The Financial Times Limited 2020. All Rights Reserved. Not to be redistributed, copied or modified in anyway. 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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B.C. teacher wasn’t told of COVID-19 case in cohort, later tests positive
The principal at Sentinel Secondary notified staff and parents on Saturday that someone had tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the West Vancouver Teachers' Association. 
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Coronavirus: Toronto cancels events through Dec. 31, Santa Claus parade to go virtual
The City of Toronto says the 115th Santa Claus Parade is among the events that will be cancelled or altered because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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EIA relaunches direct flight to Amsterdam, travel expert unsure of success amid COVID-19
Starting the end of October, travellers will once again be able to fly direct to Europe from Edmonton.
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Man charged in drug dealer’s gruesome Okanagan killing dies in prison
The Correctional Service of Canada says Grant Fralic died on Monday of apparent natural causes following an illness.
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Parties agree on hybrid House of Commons meetings through autumn
The House of Commons will sit this fall with most MPs participating by video link so they can stay physically apart during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Appointment bookings in the works for October amid massive COVID-19 testing demand in London, Ont.
In the meantime, the team is hoping to improve 'lineup management.'
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Supreme Court reserves judgment in Canada’s carbon tax cases
A decision by the Supreme Court of Canada on the constitutionality of the carbon tax could take several more months.
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First Nations take Ontario government to court over environmental protections
Several Indigenous groups are taking the Ontario government to court over recently rescinded environmental protections, arguing the province's move violates their constitutional rights.
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Suspicious incidents reported by two women in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood
The first happened on Sept. 20, just before 1 p.m. when a woman walking her dog in the area of Main Street and East 1st Avenue when she noticed two men were following her.
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Coronavirus: Hinshaw gives green light for indoor children’s play areas to open
In a tweet on Wednesday, Alberta's chief medical officer of health gave the green light for indoor play centres to re-open across the province.
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40 people had a BBQ at an Ottawa park. Days later 105 people are quarantined for coronavirus
Forty people gathered in a park for a BBQ and there was no social distancing and no masks worn for several hours, according to Ottawa health officials.
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Trudeau dangles national childcare system in throne speech with few hints of fiscal restraint
Canada stands at a "crossroads" as the coronavirus pandemic surges, the throne speech said.
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Peterborough County council strikes working group for service review
In a widely-questioned report, a document commissioned by a consultant includes a recommendation to cut down council from 16 members to 8.
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Christopher Labos: New study is no reason to stop wearing masks
There is a lot of data on mask use, but not specifically on mask use in the wider community setting. That doesn't mean they aren't useful.
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Hearing scheduled ahead of inquest into fatal 2018 Manitoba train derailment
In February Manitoba’s chief medical examiner called an inquest into the death of a train operator in 2018. The hearing will decide the participants of the inquest.
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Pregnant woman saves husband from shark attack in Florida
A nearly 3-metre-long bull shark did 'severe' damage to the man's shoulder, according to Florida authorities.
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Coronavirus: Most MPs to participate in House of Commons via video this fall
The Conservatives have argued for in-person sittings only, with limited numbers of MPs in the chamber.
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Church seeks to take Mount Cashel abuse ruling to Supreme Court of Canada
The archdiocese says in a release that its lawyers today petitioned for leave to appeal the July decision from the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal.
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The Raptors’ future will be defined in an off-season of uncertainty. This is where Masai Ujiri and Bobby Webster earn their money
The Raptors’ president and general manager, still on contracts that expire after next season, face a mountain of challenges this coming off-season. They know what they have to do. But, like all NBA teams, they don’t quite know the ground rules.
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Montreal health official clarifies remarks comparing COVID-19 with seasonal flu
"I was taken out of context and misinterpreted," Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg said after a public rebuke by Health Minister Christian Dubé.
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Raptors Uprising GC retains three star players for 2021 NBA 2K League season
All three played their part in a historic campaign that saw the Raptors win all 16 regular-season contests and two in-season tournaments before losing to eventual champion Wizards District Gaming in August in the semifinals of the NBA 2K League playoffs.
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Opinion: Quebec shouldn't treat places of worship like karaoke bars
Beyond economic needs, could we finally acknowledge people’s spiritual needs?
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Construction underway on YWCA affordable housing project in Banff
The three-storey YWCA Banff Courtyard will offer 33 affordable rental units for Banff-area residents.
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London, Ont., citizens speak out against City’s mandatory mask bylaw
Londoners opposed to the city's mandatory mask bylaw had their say at the Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee meeting at City Hall on Tuesday night.
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Toronto’s Steven Diez closes in on French Open berth with qualifying win over Chris Eubanks
Diez will next face France’s Enzo Couacaud for a spot in the main draw, which begins Sunday.
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Church seeks to take Mount Cashel abuse ruling to Supreme Court of Canada
The archdiocese of St. John's said that the decision was not made lightly, but the Appeal Court ruling set a precedent with "profound implications" for its future operations.
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Gale Sayers, Bears Hall of Fame running back, dies at 77
Nicknamed “The Kansas Comet” and considered among the best open-field runners the game has ever seen, Sayers died Wednesday, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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‘A treat’: Golf Ontario happy to hold Mid-Amateur championship at Bath’s Loyalist Country Club
Players could not ask for nicer weather for the Ontario Mid-Amateur golf championship at the Loyalist Club in Bath.
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Payette to detail Liberal's response to COVID-19 surge and support for Canadians, businesses in throne speech
Liberals are set to lay out their approach to the incoming second wave of the COVID-19 in a hotly anticipated speech from the throne, delivered by Governor General Julie Payette, which will set the agenda for Parliament in the coming months. In what’s expected to be an address lasting as long as an hour, Payette will detail the government’s plans in three areas: dealing with the urgent crisis of the current surge in cases, continuing and changing support for Canadians and businesses still not back on their feet, and what will come once the economy is better able to stand on its own. Trudeau is expected to reinforce the plans laid out in the throne speech during a nationally televised address scheduled for tonight, in order to underscore the threat of the incoming second wave and urge Canadians to stay resolute. When he prorogued Parliament in August, Trudeau said his government would present a bold, ambitious agenda and needed the opposition parties to weigh in before moving ahead. Reports indicated the speech would have a climate focus with big potential investments in childcare and pharmacare as well. He said the speech the government introduced last year didn’t contemplate the pandemic and his government has to get Parliament’s support for a new path forward. The Liberals will face a confidence vote on the throne speech soon after it is introduced and will need to get support from at least one of the major opposition parties. Certain political leaders have not been exempted by the pandemic. After staffers succumbed to infection, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole and the BQ’s Yves-Francois tested positive for the virus and reman in isolation at their respective homes, where they will watch the speech. Both are hoping to deliver their official replies on Sept. 29, when they’re both out of quarantine. Earlier today, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer said the country saw an average of 1,123 new COVID-19 cases each day over the past week, compared to 380 cases reported daily in mid-August. She added that the increase is cause for real concern as the country is now on track for what she describes as a “big resurgence” in several provinces. Daily laboratory testing for the virus has risen to almost 70,000 over the past week, with 1.4 per cent of people testing positive for the illness. Public health officials have warned a return to strict lockdowns might be required to curb a pandemic resurgence. Stringent lockdowns implemented in the spring caused unprecedented economic disruption, prompting the federal government to spend tens of billions of dollars on wage and other business supports as unemployment skyrocketed. Some of those spending programs, however, are set to end but the government has promised replacements. Both are hoping to deliver their official replies on Sept. 29, when they’re both out of quarantine. How do big deficits and ballooning debt impact Canadians? Here's a breakdown Liberals to lay out three-pronged approach to COVID-19 second wave in upcoming throne speech With files by Ryan Tumilty and the Canadian Press
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Brantford police offer reward for information regarding murder of Hamilton man
A joint investigation is offering a $50,000 reward for information on the 2019 murder of a Hamilton man in Brantford.
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Kingston COVID-19 assessment centre moving, drive-thru testing to be tried this weekend
Kingston's COVID-19 assessment centre will be moving from the Leon's Centre to the Beechgrove Complex this weekend.
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