Some parts of British Columbia enjoy better air quality but southern regions still affected


The weather office says wildfire smoke carried north from blazes in Washington state, Oregon and California is expected to continue blanketing southern B.C. at least until later this week.
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Expert says U.S. trends suggest Manitoba’s shoplifting rates also on the rise
Loss prevention expert Stephen O'Keefe told 680 CJOB the shrinkage rate in the United States grew to a record high last year.
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Hamilton’s Forge FC draws El Salvador side in CONCACAF League play
The Canadian Premier League champions will begin on the road against CD Municipal Limeno in October.
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Ottawa affirms Mi’kmaq treaty rights in Nova Scotia lobster dispute
Two ministers say they plan to work with Mi'kmaq leaders on the implementation of the First Nation's treaty right.
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Avoid trick-or-treating due to coronavirus this Halloween, CDC says
The U.S. CDC recommends finding ways to celebrate Halloween with people in your immediate household.
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FC Edmonton coach Jeff Paulus steps down, will stay on in player development role
The club says it has already started the search for a new head coach.
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Manitoba’s neighbour to the south, North Dakota, sees a surge in coronavirus cases
As of Tuesday morning, North Dakota, which has a population of about 760,000, has 3,210 active cases, bumping the state's total to 18,244 since the pandemic began.
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Waterloo enacts noise bylaw ahead of Laurier Homecoming Weekend
The temporary bylaw will see fines handed out if music is playing too loud Friday through Sunday of Homecoming weekend.
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Guelph’s downtown dining district extended through November
The dining district opened in July as a way for 17 restaurants in downtown Guelp to open up and serve diners outside during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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Canada set to announce funds to help with international COVID-19 vaccine procurement
The Canadian government will sign on to a global vaccine procurement program and by week's end hopes to announce how much money it will pledge to the cause.
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‘Battlestar Galactica’ star Michael Hogan injured in serious fall, GoFundMe started for health care
The Canadian actor suffered a serious fall in February, which resulted in a brain injury and partial paralysis.
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Ontario reports 478 new coronavirus cases, largest 1-day jump since early May
According to Tuesday's provincial report, 153 new cases were recorded in Toronto, 95 in Peel Region, 90 in Ottawa, 27 in both York Region and Waterloo, and 16 in Durham Region.
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Canada to join global coronavirus procurement program
The Canadian government will sign on to a global vaccine procurement program and by week's end hopes to announce how much money it will pledge to the cause.
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Ontario reports highest number of new COVID-19 cases since early May
Ontario’s daily COVID-19 case count has risen to numbers unseen since the height of the pandemic in May when more than 500 cases were reported.
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Shaming Young People As Party Animals Ignores Their Actual COVID-19 Risks
Not a week goes by without seeing media coverage and public health messages taking young Canadians to task for partying. Since the COVID-19 pandemic amped up in March, footage of young adults skirting the guidelines for a good time has earned admonishments from everyone, including the World Health Organization, deputy public health officer Dr. Howard Njoo and actor Ryan Reynolds.The latest target? Ontario’s Western University students, as recent coverage of group socializing earned widespread online mockery; a confirmed outbreak this week grounded campus activities to a halt last Thursday.Students from Western University are seen ignoring social distance rules and gathered in large groups -
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2 taken to hospital following 3-vehicle collision in Peterborough
A collision occurred at Rubidge and Wolfe streets in Peterborough on Tuesday morning.
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First It Was Toilet Paper. Now, Paper Towels Are In Short Supply.
The head of Canada’s largest manufacturer of tissue products says he’s concerned about the industry’s supply of paper towel ahead of a potential second wave of COVID-19. Kruger Products CEO Dino Bianco said demand for paper towel has soared as people stay at home and clean more frequently. “Toilet paper was the highlight of the COVID stay-at-home mandates but now we’re seeing the big use of paper towels,” he said in an interview.“COVID doesn’t make you go to the bathroom more, but it does make you clean more.”Bianco said the industry’s paper towel inventory is “very tight” across North America, despite efforts to build up supply. “Paper towel is the big watch out for us,” he added. “We’re trying to build our inventory but we’re very tight.” Consumer demand for paper towels remains high across Canada as consumers are staying at home more and their cleaning and hygiene habits have increased.Geraldine Huse, president of Procter & Gamble CanadaKruger, which makes SpongeTowels paper towels, isn’t the only tissue manufacturer seeing continued strong paper towel sales.Geraldine Huse, president of Procter & Gamble Canada, said demand for the company’s tissue products, including Charmin toilet paper and Bounty paper towels, increased significantly in mid-March.But while toilet paper consumption has returned to normal levels, she said paper towel sales continue to outpace pre-COVID levels. “Consumer demand for paper towels remains high across Canada as consumers are staying at home more and their cleaning and hygiene habits have increased,” Huse said in an emailed statement. She said the company expects strong sales of cleaning products, including its paper towel, home cleaners and dishwashing liquid, to continue in the coming months and that P&G is “producing and shipping 24/7 to meet demands.” READ MORE Forest Industry Running Low On Wood Chips For Toilet Paper, Committee Told Stockpiling Toilet Paper During COVID-19 Pandemic Isn't Necessary: Experts Loblaw CEO Promises Stores Won’t Hike Food Prices During Pandemic Tim Baade, senior vice-president and general manager of Irving Consumer Products, agreed that demand for toilet paper has started to level off while paper towel usage remains strong. “Demand for our towel has remained high,” he said in an emailed statement. “Bath demand is still up from pre-COVID-19 levels, but lower than its peak earlier this year.”Baade said the company, which makes Royale paper towel and other brands under store “house brands” and private labels, continues to maximize its production to help mitigate any supply gaps.Meanwhile, Kruger is pushing to open its new plant in Sherbrooke, Que., to add more capacity in Canada, Bianco said. Initially slated to open in February 2021, he said the company is trying to get the factory up and running faster. Some machines started over the summer, while more are set to come online next month. Bianco said the plant will increase the company’s paper towel and toilet paper manufacturing capacity by 20 per cent.Watch: A reminder that disinfectant wipes do not belong in the toilet. Story continues below.  For now, Kruger has cut back on its stock keeping units — or SKUs — to maximize its production of key products. At the height of the pandemic, the company slashed the number of products it makes in half to about 90,  down from 180 key products. The company is back up to about 110 items, Bianco said. There will be plenty of the company’s Cashmere brand toilet paper, for example, but the recycled sub-brand EnviroCare will be harder to come by. That’s in part because it’s less popular, he said, but also because of issues with the supply of the raw product – recycled paper.“We use recycled paper that comes from white paper used in offices,” Bianco said. “That market has dried up because people aren’t in offices printing, so it’s hard to get the recycled fibers used to produced recycled tissue.”This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 21, 2020.
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It’s Time To Give People The Climate Change Facts About What They’re Buying
My climate angst is something I’ve lived with for nearly a dozen years. In that time I’ve gone from passive despairer to active agitator. I couldn’t look my children in the eyes if I wasn’t doing everything possible to fight the climate crisis. Some days I still can’t.I believe that individual action can lead to systems change. Of course, the burden of fixing the climate has been unfairly heaped onto individuals, by actors both nefarious and oblivious. Over the previous decades, corporations have turned a huge global challenge into "your personal problem." And we know that shifting blame from production to consumption is part of theclimate delay toolkit. But at the same time, if it’s individual action that catalyzes systems change, then my decisions matter. Government and decision makers don’t change unless we force them to change. There’s just one small wrinkle in this plan. Individual action is a full-time job. Constantly weighing up how to live to help ensure our planet will be habitable for future generations takes more time than most of us have. It’s all the more difficult when we’re trying to pay our bills, keep the COVID at bay and, you know, not lose our minds.  If you’re old enough to remember life before food labels, you’ll understand the difficulty of trying to make good choices in a vacuum. These days, thanks to nutritional labels it’s much easier to ballpark whether a food is healthy or not. However, without good information about a product’s environmental impact, it’s almost impossible to determine which choices are the most sustainable. In a recent poll conducted by Leger/Clean Prosperity, ¾ of Canadians said they considered the carbon footprint of their purchases occasionally or less, but 71% supported labelling products with the carbon emissions they generated. Some large consumer packaged goods companies like Unileverhave pledged to carbon label their goods in the coming years, and this information can’t come soon enough.Of course, all of this becomes much easier when the cost of a good or service reflects things like the impact its production and transportation has on air, waterways, wildlife, and people. (The fancy term for this is externalities. Externalities can be both negative — a car produces air pollution that kills people — and positive — education produces well-educated citizens that help grow the economy). If we bake the impacts of all products into their cost, these burdensome consumer decisions become a heck of a lot easier.  This baking-in of the true cost of our emissions is also called a carbon tax. Next week, the Supreme Court of Canada begins hearing the case about the constitutionality of the carbon tax. Politicians with an agenda cite federal overreach as the reason why this tax shouldn’t be allowed. But it will be next to impossible to solve the climate challenge if polluting is free. The overarching argument in support of it is that we need collective national action to solve the climate crisis. Anything less than a collective approach leaves everything up to the individual. Given how much is at stake, that’s a cognitive and emotional load too difficult to bear for most of us right now, however much we care about the environment and our families. It’s also just not fair. It’s like giving people a pop quiz to take every day, in which there are no right answers. In recent years, behavioural scientists have explored decision fatigue and choice overload. We can only make so many decisions before our brains go fuzzy. Making the right decisions upstream, (through carbon pricing, better regulations, etc.) helps clarify and simplify the choices downstream, while not restricting consumer choice itself, when we’re pushing our carts around the grocery store.  Even with carbon pricing, regulation and huge amounts of innovation, our climate challenges are mammoth. The key is to simplify individual actions (with carbon labels, good information, clear incentives), so that we can solve this collective problem at scale, with all the attention it demands of us. RELATED Ontario Parent Draws Brutally Relatable Back-To-School Comic Keanu Is Immortal In Upcoming Comic Book (And Probably Real Life) Youth Activists File To Take Back O’Toole’s ‘Take Back Canada’ Slogan WATCH: Greta Thunberg issues climate warning in trailer for new documentary.  
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Man faces 2nd degree murder charge in Hamilton’s 11th homicide of 2020
Detectives say a female was found in a central Hamilton apartment 'suffering from signs of trauma.'
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Driver, 22, receives ‘traumatic injuries’ after collision with 18-wheeler outside Ottawa
A 22-year-old man was taken to hospital after a collision between an 18-wheeler and a compact car on Tuesday morning outside of Ottawa.
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Canadian auto workers extend Ford contract, delay strike
The union wants product commitments for Ford’s assembly plant in Oakville, Ontario in a new three-year contract. Production of the Ford Edge and Lincoln Nautilus SUVs ends at the plant in 2023.
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Union representing Canadian auto workers says Ford contract extended, strike delayed
The union wants product commitments for Ford's assembly plant in Oakville, Ontario, near Toronto in a new three-year contract.
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Dye & Durham buying U.K. company Property Information Exchange for $52.9M
The result came as Dye & Durham says it cut $4.1 million in costs compared with its third quarter through permanent and temporary measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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HRM ferry service suspended, residents advised to secure property before hurricane Teddy hits
HRM chief administrative officer Jacques Dubé said residents can expect rough winds, high seas and 'potential coastal damage.'
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World shares mixed as Asia tracks Wall St, Europe rebounds
China-U.S. tensions and coronavirus concerns have cast a shadow after months of gains that have taken shares to new record highs after the meltdowns seen during the spring, analysts said.
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New Brunswick Medical Society supports calls for provincial government to fund Clinic 554
A letter signed by the chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Chalmers Regional Hospital called for support and funding of Clinic 554 in Fredericton, New Brunswick’s only facility offering abortions outside of hospitals.
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Could Canada follow Barbados and drop the Queen as head of state?
After Barbados’ government announced plans for the island nation to drop the Queen as head of state and become a republic next year, there has been speculation Canada could follow suit and cut ties to the monarchy too. But could that really happen in Canada and would anything change if it did?
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COMMENTARY: John Horgan’s risky snap provincial election in B.C. will be watched closely
Even though Horgan's New Democrats may be riding high in the polls right now, there's a very good chance his snap-election gamble will backfire, Mike Smyth says.
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Bill Kelly: Carbon tax gets a hearing in the Supreme Court of Canada
The Supreme Court of Canada's decision on the federal carbon tax could have long-lasting implications, Bill Kelly says.
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London man arrested in weapons investigation: London Police
There were no reported injuries, and all other people exited the home shortly after the police arrived.
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Laine Hruska relishes his history-making National Lacrosse League opportunity
Saskatchewan SWAT alum Laine Hruska was drafted 13th overall by the Georgia Swarm in the 2020 NLL Entry Draft on Sept. 17.
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Weather warnings, watches in effect as Hurricane Teddy approaches the Maritimes
Cancellations, closures and delays are piling up and a number of weather warnings and watches are in effect across the Maritimes as Hurricane Teddy approaches the region.
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'Battlestar Galactica' Actor Michael Hogan Recovering From Brain Injury, Wife Reveals
Canadian actor Michael Hogan is recovering from a “life changing” brain injury he sustained in February, according to his wife, Susan Hogan, and their friend, actress Shari Ulrich.Ulrich organized a GoFundMe, created on Monday with a goal to cover the costs of Hogan’s long-term care, medical bills, physiotherapy and other unforeseen bills. As of press time, the fundraiser has raised more than $140,000 of the $150,000 goal.Hogan, 71, originally from Kirkland Lake, Ont. and best known for playing the gruff but loyal Colonel Saul Tigh in the sci-fi series “Battlestar Galactica,” was at a dinner in Vancouver after participating at a fan convention, when he fell and hit his head.According to his wife, Hogan “suffered a brain bleed and had to undergo emergency surgery the next morning, but was still left with health issues.”Former castmates of Hogan rallied to show their support, including “Battlestar Galactica” alum and fellow Canadian Tricia Helfer, who played the Cylon Number Six on the series.Our amazing XO has been fighting for months now. Michael Hogan is one of the dearest, funniest, most talented men I know, and is going through an incredibly challenging time. Here’s where we all can help him and his family #BSGhttps://t.co/WaQaYivmdt— Tricia Helfer (@trutriciahelfer) September 21, 2020Actress Katee Sackhoff, another BSG alum who played fighter pilot Kara “Starbuck” Thrace, took to Instagram to show her support. “This man and his family are so incredibly special. They have touched the lives of so many,” she wrote. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Katee Sackhoff (@therealkateesackhoff) on Sep 21, 2020 at 6:09pm PDTAccording to Susan, the injury left Hogan “with complete paralysis on his left side, memory loss, cognitive impairment and an inability to swallow.”The COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in Canada in March made treatment even more difficult, “with visits by family being restricted then denied and no care team (physiotherapist, OT, speech therapist, etc. ) allowed in.“Needless to say, this life changing injury has sent a tsunami of heartbreak through the family. And with recovery relying heavily on contact with family as critical members of the health care team, the agony of separation is indescribable.”Although progress has been made regarding his recovery — Hogan has apparently regained his speech and is “largely coherent and cognizant” — he still can’t stand and uses a feeding tube.“Though it is hard to imagine, I think it’s fair to say it is unlikely Michael will be able to work again,” writes Ulrich.Hogan currently resides on Bowen Island, B.C. with his wife. The couple have four children together. The actor got his start in plays at the Shaw Festival in Ontario, where his wife, then going by Susan King, worked. His first theatre experience didn’t make him fall in love with acting, however.“I landed a major role at the Shaw Festival, in O’Flaherty V.C.But it wasn’t really that great an experience,” he told the AV Club in 2009. “I was a prospector’s son from Northern Ontario, and at the Shaw Festival, I played these upper-crust British folks.” But Hogan refused to quit, and his career has spanned decades working in theatre, film and television, including “The Man in the High Castle,” “Fargo” and “12 Monkeys.” Never one to sit idle, Hogan always had a project (or more likely, several) on the go.“I’m an old man, and there’s always parts for old bald guys,” Hogan told The AV Club in 2009, when asked what was next for the actor. “I’m in an interesting position where I’m in the twilight of my career.”RELATED It Took 75 Years To Start My Acting Career. I’ve Never Felt More Alive. B.C. Closes Nightclubs And Banquet Halls As COVID-19 Cases Climb Former Cylon Tricia Helfer Returns To Space In 'Ascension' Also on HuffPost:
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Nova Scotia to provide update on COVID-19 Tuesday
The province said that the briefing is scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. AT.
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Quebec officials to provide coronavirus update as cases rise, restrictions tighten
The health crisis has led to more than 68,000 cases and 5,800 deaths in the province to date.
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Waterloo Region District School Board date to change stream moved to Friday
Initially, parents had until Oct. 16 to pick which stream they would have their children in.
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Bancroft woman wins $100,000 on lottery scratch ticket
A Bancroft woman won the top prize in the OLG's Instant Crossword Tripler scratch ticket.
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Alleged Peterborough porch pirate arrested after food items reported stolen: police
A Peterborough woman is accused of stealing food items for a porch delivery on Bethune Street.
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Boris Johnson announces new coronavirus restriction for Britain as cases surge
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson slammed the brakes Tuesday on the country’s return to offices and a normal social life, saying the U.K. was at a “perilous turning point” in its fight against coronavirus.
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While you were sleeping: So summer is officially over
And nobody really knows what to expect from fall.
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Nine Montreal-island factories to test emergency sirens on Thursday
The tests of the siren systems, which are connected to the Montreal fire department and the 911 emergency centre, will take place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
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Persistent fatigue 'significant burden' for more than half of COVID-19 patients: study
A new study out of Dublin has found that more than half of COVID-19 patients have persistent fatigue months after recovery and that women and those with depression were more likely to experience the lingering exhaustion.
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