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Coronavirus: Winnipeg churches reopen amid loosened restrictions
The Church of the Rock, a charismatic evangelical church in Winnipeg's south end, held its third in-person service this Sunday since restrictions on gathering sizes were increased June 21.
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LEVY: Spotlight on the long-term care home ‘warriors’
Over the past three months during the COVID-19 crisis, adult offspring with parents in retirement and long-term care homes (LTC) in Ontario have been forced to turn from being essential caregivers to family watchdogs. They’ve had to connect from afar — on FaceTime, Skype or through a glass window — with their loved ones. They’ve […]
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Iran confirms damaged nuclear site was new centrifuge facility
Iranian officials had previously sought to downplay the fire, which erupted early on Thursday, calling it only an "incident" that affected an "industrial shed."
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Americans Charged For Breaking Quarantine Rules In Canada
Two American citizens were arrested for breaking quarantine rules after entering Canada through an Ontario border town.Ontario Provincial Police said the pair came in through Fort Frances, a town that borders  Minnesota. Canada Border Services officers told them to drive directly to their destination and self-isolate for 14 days, as is required under federal regulations, but police said the Americans were spotted making stops in Fort Frances on June 24.David and Anee Sippell, from Excelsior, Minn., have been charged with failure to comply with an order prohibiting of subjecting to any condition the entry into Canada. The charge comes with a $1,000 fine. Any travellers entering Canada have to quarantine themselves for 14 days, regardless of whether they show symptoms of COVID-19. They are responsible for having a place to self-isolate, including a way to get there, get groceries and access essential medical services. Penalties for breaking mandated quarantine orders can range from a maximum fine of $750,000, six months of jail time and a year-long ban from Canada.I would just like to emphasize to all Canadians, to all Americans, that these restrictions are there for a reason.Chrystia Freeland, deputy prime minister The U.S.-Canada border has been shut down to non-essential visitors since mid-March. Prime Minister Trudeau has extended the order three times since then, given the growing number of cases of COVID-19 in the United States. It is set to expire on July 21, but the Canadian government reviews the agreement every month.Only Americans who are essential workers, have an essential reason to visit, or hold dual citizenship are currently allowed into Canada. But the government of Canada has warned that even dual passport holders can be denied entry.Watch: Trudeau says he’s being ‘very careful’ about opening the U.S.-Canada border. Story continues below. In June, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland had to warn Americans to stop using the Alaskan border as a loophole to enter Canada. The response came after Americans were spotted in Banff, where they were allegedly allowed to enter after telling border agents officers that they were driving to  Alaska.“I would just like to emphasize to all Canadians, to all Americans, that these restrictions are there for a reason,” said Freeland at a press conference. “They are there to keep us all safe.”Canada isn’t the only country Americans are trying to sneak into during pandemic travel restrictions. On Sunday, five Americans were turned back from the Italian island of Sardinia, when they tried to fly there in a private plane.An American FedEx pilot was arrested and jailed in Singapore in May after he left his hotel room to buy medical supplies, instead of following his mandated two-week quarantine. RELATED Canada's Saying 'Sorry' To Most Foreign Travellers Until July 31 Canadian Expats Consider Moving Home For Good As U.S. Infections Surge Canadians Could Be Allowed Into European Countries By July 1
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Summerland converting part of campground for seasonal workers
The district said the campsite is part of its ongoing plans to provide safe accommodations for seasonal agricultural workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Rosie DiManno: COVID-19 could shape MLB rosters as much as the managers
David Price and Felix Hernandez won’t play. Mike Trout and Buster Posey are uneasy. And the list of positive tests will only get longer. But the Blue Jays will forge ahead with their first Toronto workout Monday.
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Eight left homeless after Oshawa rooming-house fire
Six residents of an Oshawa rooming house ended up in Lakeridge hospital with “burns and smoke inhalation” following an early morning fire Sunday, says an Oshawa fire official. Two other inhabitants of the home escaped without injuries. Platoon Chief Warren Lesser confirmed to the Toronto Sun that eight residents are now homeless as a result […]
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Conservative MP urges Trudeau government to increase auditor general funding
Poilievre said the office was doing 28 audits a year during Stephen Harper's leadership 10 years ago with a budget of $250 million, but now only does 14 — despite doubling its budget.
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Thousands watched the Theriault decision and city council’s police debate online. Is livestreaming the future of democracy?
COVID-19 has forced the courts and municipal governments to adopt new ways of allowing public access, which could help accountability in the future say experts.
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Blue Jays prepare for quick, safe preparation at Camp Quarantine
Providing there isn’t a snag in health and border issues adding another delay, the Blue Jays hope to hit the Rogers Centre field on Monday to begin preparations for the 2020 MLB season. And when pitchers take the mound and batters get behind the plate, it will end the longest drought of the team’s inactivity […]
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The Jolly Green Giant's Decades-Long Evolution Raises Some Questions
If you’re a gigantic green farmer wearing a one-shoulder mini romper, will a scarf really do much to keep you warm? That’s one of many questions raised by a photo series depicting the different iterations of the Jolly Green Giant — that mascot of frozen and canned vegetable fame — that circulated over Twitter this weekend.Check out the graphic shared by Tales from Weirdland, a Twitter account run by animator Jeronimus Dekker:The evolution of the Jolly Green Giant. pic.twitter.com/VNvLiOnkd9— Tales from Weirdland (@WeirdlandTales) July 4, 2020You’ll notice the icon went through some pretty significant changes over the years, and not with his costumes. In 1928, he was a white man carrying a gigantic pea. (Given that he’s a giant, the pea-to-man ratio raises some questions about how big those vegetables are. Yes, they’re giant vegetables, but he’s a giant, and they’re still nearly as tall as him. Are the peas the size of bowling balls? Armchairs? Asteroids?)He was also a little meaner in his earlier days, according to Ad Age. Inspired by Grimms’ Fairy Tales, the original giant had an intimidating scowl, which apparently failed to attract great sales for the Minnesota Valley Canning Company.In the 1930s, the same company that came up with Tony the Tiger, the Pillsbury Doughboy and Toucan Sam rehabilitated the giant’s image, giving him a smile and a less threatening demeanour. That’s also when he got the name the Jolly Green Giant, according to Mental Floss, along with a backstory: he’s the protector of Jolly Green Giant Valley. In the ’50s, when he made the move to TV commercials, the giant once again scared people. Nothing worked, Ad Age reported: not puppets, not animation, and definitely not men painted green.“When you try to move the Giant around and really show what he looks like, he comes off a monster,” a writer from the ad agency Leo Burnett told the outlet. “The baby cries and the dog goes under the bed.” Their solution? To never to show too much of the giant at once.That’s when he was assigned the catchphrase “Ho, ho, ho!” If you’re wondering if he ever had to defend that line from Santa Claus ... he sure did. The much-discussed scarf from the ’80s actually has a marketing purpose: it was added to keep the giant warm when the company introduced frozen vegetables. His crossed-arm stance, too, was apparently meant to keep the chills away.As much information as we have about the Jolly Green Giant — and clearly, we have a ton — there are a lot of unanswered questions about the look. Why did he get so deliberately cartoony in 1970, and why didn’t it stick? What exactly was the nature of his relationship with a normal-sized woman in 1945?Why did his outfit keep getting shorter — did he feel pressure to be sexier, in order to keep up with the objectively very hot Captain High Liner? And most pressing of all, why didn’t he get to keep his kicky red scarf?the jolly green giant appears to have briefly gained a human wife in 1945. what happened to her. https://t.co/QrdSzk62hB— Brandy Jensen (@BrandyLJensen) July 5, 2020the first two make it look like he was a normal boy who was cursed by some powerful peas https://t.co/s3WcsRCPCp— fregley (@visaliahateclub) July 5, 2020On a long enough timeline everyone will have a Scarf Phase https://t.co/x0rk0lR7Gj— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) July 5, 2020We may never know. If you need more of the giant in your life, consider a visit to Blue Earth, Minn. once the pandemic is over. It’s home to an 18-metre high statue of the Jolly Green Giant himself. The scarf, sadly, is not included.RELATED There's A New Captain High Liner, And He's A Total Silver Fox Has Caillou Been A Giant This Whole Time? Mr. Peanut Is Dead. Which Canadian Mascot Should Be Next?
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Three sent to hospital with serious burns after explosion at Ontario campfire site
Police are investigating to try to determine what caused a propane cylinder to explode at the campground in the township of Tay.
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Toronto registers its 35th homicide of 2020
A Toronto man gunned down in a brazen daylight shooting in a Scarborough parking lot has become the city’s 35th homicide of this year. Police discovered 43-year-old Andre Charles with gunshot wounds at around 1:37 p.m., on Saturday in the area of Morecambe Gate and Chester Le Boulevard (in the Victoria Park and Finch Ave. […]
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Montreal cinemas reopen under strict new health protocols
Movie theatres in Quebec reopened on Friday with strict new health and safety protocols due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Discussions around a potential mask mandate in N.S. ongoing as province opens
Dr. Robert Strang urges Nova Scotians not to become complacent with public health protocols as province reopens.
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Winnipeg boy, 9, found dead in Red River after search that lasted nearly two days
Police say Darius Bezecki has been located deceased in the Red River, following a search that began late Friday afternoon.
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Illegal weapons seized following traffic stop, 1 suspect makes a run for it: Regina police
The weapon seizure included a sawed-off shotgun and ammunition, police allege.
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Trump plans to hold an outdoor campaign rally in New Hampshire
White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway said last week that Trump may more frequently opt to turn to outdoor venues to host his campaign speeches.
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How Lethbridge baseball, BMX organizers are working to keep their members active amid COVID-19
"Our membership is down about two-thirds because of COVID."
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‘You have to show up’: NDP MP questions virtual attendance of Alberta Tories
Alberta's only non-Conservative member of Parliament says she's disappointed some of the province's Tory MPs haven't been participating in virtual House of Commons special COVID-19 committee meetings.
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Syrian Refugee Trains To Work At Long-Term Care Home In Quebec
MONTREAL — George Chabo was just a teenager when the Syrian refugee arrived in Montreal in the winter of 2016, met first by Canadian Red Cross volunteers who supplied him and his family with boots and winter jackets to brave the Quebec cold.Chabo never forgot that initial encounter and now he’s determined to give back to the humanitarian organization and the province that welcomed and helped his family.Recently, Chabo, 21, sat attentively in a classroom — a converted hotel room where the Red Cross has been training people to do humanitarian work in long-term care homes as support aides and other tasks.These aides are being trained to replace Canadian Armed Forces personnel, most of whom have recently left the homes.The Red Cross is training up to 900 people to fill a variety of tasks while Quebec completes training for more than 10,000 people to work full-time as orderlies by mid-September in long-term care homes.People like Chabo will be pressed into service in the coming weeks to fill that void and give workers some reprieve after a difficult spring on COVID-19′s front lines.Chabo is a student, but instead of taking the summer off, he raised his hand to help the most vulnerable.During a break last week during his intensive training session where he’s learning to take care of the elderly, Chabo explained why he answered the call.“We went through difficult situations in our country, in Syria, we know what crises are,” Chabo said. “We understand, we have empathy.”He wants to help those most vulnerable during a pandemic.“It’s a difficult moment for us, but especially for them,” said the soft-spoken Chabo.He’s convinced the job will be a good experience.“The elderly have a great life experience ... they have a lot to talk about,” said Chabo, no stranger to helping out as his own family takes care of his paternal grandparents.“It is enriching to help them.”RELATED ‘I Feel That I Belong’: Refugee Chocolate Maker Becomes Canadian Citizen Refugees Face Plenty Of Barriers. This Hiring Fair Takes Away Some. Protesters Across Canada Rally For Migrant Workers To Be Given Full Status Canada Among Worst Countries For Care Home COVID-19 Deaths: Study He hasn’t forgotten the impression the Canadian Red Cross made during his arrival to Canada.He first came to know the organization in Syria, ravaged by war since 2011.It was also the Red Cross that helped his family in Lebanon, providing the medical exams needed ahead of their arrival in Canada in February 2016.Chabo was just 17 when representatives provided them with the winter clothes and helped to fill out their immigration documents. His family — his parents, sister and brother — were sponsored by Quebecers.So when Chabo caught word of the recruitment drive, he jumped at the opportunity.Isn’t worried about contracting diseaseHe wasn’t even in need of work — he already had a job. But he was determined to give back.“In exchange, I feel it’s a good idea to help the community like this,” he said. “I want to give back to society for its warm welcome.”Speaking last week, Chabo said he wasn’t worried about contracting COVID-19 in long-term care residences.The novel coronavirus has hit Quebec the hardest of all provinces, with long-term care homes and seniors’ homes accounting for more than 80 per cent of deaths.But the situation has stabilized somewhat since the spring, he said. And Chabo is confident the measures in place and his Red Cross training will keep him safe.The first group of trainees — about 150 people — are scheduled to start working Monday in a variety of long-term care residences.The rest are expected to be deployed by July 29.This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 5, 2020.Also on HuffPost:
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338Canada Quebec edition: Legault holds a jaw-dropping lead as the lockdown lifts
The CAQ is in landslide territory despite the province's severe outbreak—and Quebecers are feeling as good as ever about being Canadian The post 338Canada Quebec edition: Legault holds a jaw-dropping lead as the lockdown lifts appeared first on Macleans.ca.
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Game developer Ubisoft sees executive shake-up, begins process to deal with harassment
Ubisoft chief executive Yves Guillemot says in a public letter posted online that he has decided to "revise the composition" of its editorial department and transform its human resource processes.
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Tories won’t try to force election over WE Charity controversy: Poilievre
Federal ethics commissioner Mario Dion announced a probe Friday into whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau contravened the Conflict of Interest Act with regards to the deal.
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Injured climber rescued after falling 65 feet near Squamish
The rescue was the third for the Squamish team this weekend, prompting a warning to backcountry users to ensure they're well prepared.
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Canada reports 219 new coronavirus infections as two-thirds of overall cases recover
Sunday's numbers raises the country's total lab-confirmed infections of COVID-19 to that of 105,516, while 8,864 have since died
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Ontario Back To School Plans Bring Concern, Uncertainty To Parents
TORONTO — Andrea Moffat can’t decide what will be worse for her five-year-old son in September — keeping him at home or allowing him to make a partial return to school.The 42-year-old college professor said her boy has struggled with feelings of neglect over the nearly four months since schools across Ontario closed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Once, as his mother tried to juggle parental and professional responsibilities, he asked her whether he or the phone was more important.But Moffat doesn’t believe the situation will improve when classes resume in the fall, especially since government instructions make it clear that students won’t be welcomed back full-time.‘Extremely concerned’The mix of in-person and remote learning most boards are contemplating, she said, leaves her with concerns about how the school year will play out for parents and kids alike.“I’m obviously extremely concerned,” she said in an interview. “What am I going to do without some kind of a consistent model of school?”That will be compounded, she said, should she have to return to the workplace.“How do you survive if you don’t have a grandparent that can take them or a neighbour that’s safe?” she said. “Whatever happens, I’m gonna have to figure out where is the least likely place that he will get COVID for me to drop him at.”School boards across the province are still in the process of developing contingency plans for September based on general instructions provided by the government on June 19.At that time, Education Minister Stephen Lecce said boards would be expected to prepare plans for three scenarios: regular in-class instruction with physical distancing measures in place, full-time remote learning, and a hybrid model blending both approaches.Lecce said he expects all students to start the 2020-21 school year with the blended model, which will see no more than 15 students in class attending on alternating days or weeks.Several school boards contacted by The Canadian Press said their plans are still in flux as they work through the various scenarios.But in a recent letter to parents, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board laid out a tentative proposal for the coming academic year.“Current discussions about this model would have ... half the students attending school on Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday would be a day for deep cleaning of schools, and on Thursday and Friday, the other half of the students would attend school,” the letter reads. “This model looks and feels very different, but is an important step towards the return to a regular school day.”Such a plan is also under consideration at Canada’s largest education provider.Ryan Bird, spokesman for the Toronto District School Board, said models under discussion include options that would see students allowed into class during staggered days or even weeks. He said the TDSB is also considering implementing “quadmesters” of high-school students, which would see the academic year divided into four sections of two courses apiece.“Staff have also been considering (personal protective equipment) requirements, the ability to physically distance students and staff, the ability to switch between remote and in-person learning, and transportation, among a number of other items,” Bird said in a statement. “We will be further refining our plans in the weeks ahead and will be working with the Ministry of Education and public health officials to finalize them in August.”One area some feel has received short-shrift is child care, where rules for the coming school year remain unclear.Kerri Whitaker, President of Sunshine Child-Care Centres, which operates several in-school day cares in the Toronto area, said many of the hybrid models will prove untenable for parents.Child-care providers are already operating at limited capacity, she said, leaving them poorly equipped to take on new children on a potentially erratic schedule.Whitaker said having one full day out of the week when schools are closed for all would complicate matters much further.“It’s the Wednesdays that’s the problem,” she said. “We just won’t be able to take most of the kids that need us.”RELATED Ford Says Ontario Beaches To Stay Open Despite Crowds Protesters Across Canada Rally For Migrant Workers To Be Given Full Status Canadian Medical Students Demand Change After ‘Inhumane’ Exam Conditions Whitaker said having a system based on alternating weeks would be more sustainable from a child-care perspective, but fears that message may not reach decision-makers in time for the coming school year.Several school boards, including Ottawa-Carleton and the Peel District School Board, are sending surveys to parents in the coming weeks to allow them a say in reopening plans.A spokeswoman for the education minister said that regardless of how school boards choose to proceed, safety is the government’s top priority.“We are preparing for all scenarios to ensure whatever challenge emerges in the fall, Ontario is ready to keep students learning,” Alexandra Adamo said. “While our aim is to get students in class on a daily basis, it must be safe to do so.”This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 5, 2020.Also on HuffPost:
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Lewis Hamilton, other F1 drivers take a knee at Austrian Grand Prix
Hamilton, a six time world champion and the sport's only Black driver, said it was an "important moment."
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Montreal’s Camillien-Houde Way closed to cars every Sunday morning throughout the summer
Not having to worry about competing for space was a relief for many enjoying the car-free morning.
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Semi-truck flips over at Ring Road ramp, 1 person sent to hospital: Regina police
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New tablet games use immersive media to reduce stress levels in kids
A new game from Shaftesbury represents groundbreaking work in immersive media and children’s health. Bubble Bloom is a free tablet game designed to help kids cope with stress and anxiety through the power of play. It offers what’s called ‘positive distraction’, a particular boon in these COVID-19 days of school and daycare closures. The company […]
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Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona favours nickname change for team
“I think it’s time to move forward,” Francona said Sunday, two days after the club released a statement taking an initial step toward a possible name change amid a nationwide movement to erase racially insensitive symbols.
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Montrealers take to the streets to protest racial profiling
Montreal protesters took to the streets Sunday to protest racial profiling ahead of a new Montreal police street check policy set to be unveiled on Wednesday.
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First-degree murder charge laid in death of woman in Warman, Sask.
The suspect was known to the victim, say police.
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Tornado warnings in effect for Steinbach and Morden areas
Environment Canada has issued tornado warnings for the areas of Morden, Winkler, Altona, Morris, Steinbach, St. Adolphe, Emerson, Vita and Richer.
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ELDER: Random thoughts while not out ‘protesting’
At a time in America when one’s race has never been less important, the left has taught an entire generation of the most privileged Americans ever to view the world through race-tinted glasses. There were 13 Baltimore high schools where, in 2017, 0% of students could do math at grade level, and another half-dozen high […]
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POLL: Ontarians miss their cars, reviving the day trip amidst pandemic
Day tripping, yeah. A new national survey conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Toyota Canada reveals 49% of Canadians are planning a day trip — staying within 100 km of their home — this summer with 74% having changed their summer plans due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of that same poll’s findings closer to […]
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Allison Hanes: Rolling up welcome mat an unfortunate consequence of COVID-19
People visiting small towns and more distant communities in Quebec and elsewhere should be on their best behaviour. But we have to resist the temptation to be suspicious of each other.
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Carriage operator says Stanley Park lane closure an ‘accident waiting to happen’
"More often than not, some of the vehicular traffic overtakes the bike lane and this is just an accident waiting to happen," said horse-drawn carriage operator Gerry O'Neil.
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