Tennis player tests positive for virus at WTA Palermo Open


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China sentences fourth Canadian to death on drug charges
China has sentenced a fourth Canadian citizen to death on drug charges in less than two years following a sharp downturn in ties over the arrest of an executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei.
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Could Europe’s Cyprus halloumi dispute derail CETA? Maybe, but solution likely
Cyrpus wants special designation status for its halloumi cheese, and is using CETA as leverage.
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Bruce Arthur: The Maple Leafs’ fortunes turned on a dime. It’s not over, but they can see it from here
Game 4, an elimination game, is Friday night against the Blue Jackets. The best thing you can say is that this Leafs team knows what the formula is, Bruce Arthur writes.
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Remember the lessons from GTA floods in August 2018
As severe flooding storms occur more frequently, the economic importance of disaster preparedness increases, Jim Mandeville writes.
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Ottawa must put data first and tie to health funding
Fiscal federalism is like driving in the dark without lights or a map, Michael Wolfson writes.
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Canada — and the world — need more Canadians
Mass immigration can help solve our country’s most difficult problems, Duncan Melville writes.
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Four propositions on reopening the schools
Rick Salutin questions the rationale for putting elementary pupils back in classrooms this fall.
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Homicide detectives investigate man’s death at south Edmonton home
After a man was pronounced dead shortly after being found seriously injured in a south Edmonton home on Thursday, homicide detectives were brought in to investigate what happened.
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Forecasters predict extra nasty hurricane season this year
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday upped its seasonal forecast, now predicting a far-above-average 19 to 25 named storms.
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Rosie DiManno: Travis Dermott was no Jake Muzzin. Now the Leafs are in trouble
The Maple Leafs blew a 3-0 lead in Game 3, against a team that grinds offence into dust, and lost in OT. With Muzzin hurt, the Jackets showed Dermott no mercy. Friday’s Game 4 could be the end of the road — on “home” ice, Rosie DiManno writes.
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'Things are not good right now': Jordan Peterson battling COVID-19, U.K. paper reports
The controversial Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson has contracted COVID-19, his daughter told the Sun, a tabloid newspaper in the United Kingdom. “He’ll get better, but he’s definitely taken a step back and it’s just really unfortunate … it’s been a disaster,” Mikhaila Peterson told the newspaper. Jordan Peterson, who skyrocketed to prominence over his protests regarding Bill C-16, which added gender identity to Canada’s human rights and Criminal Codes. He has long been a prominent speaker on YouTube, the bestselling author of the self-help book 12 Rules for Life and has been published extensively in the National Post . Peterson dropped from public life earlier this year, travelling to Russia to seek treatment for reliance on benzodiazepines, a class of prescription drugs used commonly to treat anxiety and insomnia; the most common brands are Valium, Ativan and Xanax. Mikhaila Peterson had said he was using them to treat an autoimmune disorder and anxiety. At the time the elder Peterson was flown out of country for treatment, Mikhaila Peterson told the National Post father was put in a medically induced coma because Russian doctors have “the guts to medically detox someone from benzodiazepines.” Jordan Peterson's year of 'absolute hell': Professor forced to retreat from public life because of addiction 'The doctors here have the guts to medically detox someone': Mikhaila Peterson on her father's condition Mikhaila Peterson said her dad caught COVID-19 in a Serbian hospital, where he’d been recovering from treatment, and had also caught pneumonia. “He was put on a whole bunch of, kind of preemptively, he was put on anti-virals and things,” Mikhaila Peterson told the Sun. “I don’t know if that was necessary, because his symptoms weren’t that bad — he didn’t have a cough, he had a mild fever, but they just put him on everything. “And so now we’ve had a step back in his recovery. Life is just not good, things are not good right now,” she said. • Email: tdawson@postmedia.com | Twitter: tylerrdawson
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Winnipeg Blue Bombers unveil Grey Cup championship rings
Production of the rings was briefly put on hold by Canadian jeweller Baron Championship Rings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Last fully intact ice shelf in Canadian Arctic collapses
It lost more than 40 per cent of its area in just two days at the end of July, researchers said on Thursday.
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Video: Montrealers on the Habs' playoff run
Should they have tanked the series to get a shot at the No. 1 draft pick? Do they have what it takes to go deep in these playoffs? Some local Habs fans chime in.
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Migrant workers weigh COVID-19 risks, financial needs on Canadian farms
The pandemic has put a strain on the Ontario's farming industry, revealing cracks that threaten not just the flow of Canada’s food supply, but the rights and health of the migrant workers that keep it going, with workers alleging that their movement is being controlled.
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Lethbridge Hurricanes GM reacts as WHL pushes 2020-21 season start back to December
The Western Hockey League announced on Thursday that the start date for the 2020-21 season has been pushed back by two months.
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Vegas dominates St. Louis, one win from West’s top seed
The team that went to the 2018 Stanley Cup Final and was eliminated after a questionable call in Game 7 against San Jose looks capable of winning it all.
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Calgary rally demands changes to internal investigations of police officers, ASIRT
More than 100 people marched through downtown Calgary Thursday afternoon, calling for changes to how police officers are investigated.
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Toronto police arrest taxi driver in ongoing five-year investigation of stolen debit cards
Harjoban Nahal, 21, of Brampton, is accused of switching customers’ bank cards with a fake card.
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Braves’ Markakis hits walk off HR after opting into season
Markakis was added to the active roster on Wednesday after changing his mind about sitting out the year due to the coronavirus.
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#ICYMI: COVID premiums, Bombardier struggles and home sales up
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Three men arrested after ‘serious’ stabbing at popular B.C. hot spring
Police say Mounties responded to a report that a man had been stabbed at Harrison Hot Springs on Wednesday.
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Coronavirus: Canada adds 374 new cases, 4 deaths on Thursday
The country now has 118,561 cases total and 8,966 deaths.
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Cyclist dead after being struck by vehicle in Mississauga, police say
Emergency crews were called to the area of Dixie and North Service roads, just to the north of the Queen Elizabeth Way, at around 9:30 p.m. on Thursday.
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Summer camps face bleak future without government aid: advocates
Summer camps have been left struggling for funds amid closures and restrictions triggered by COVID-19, and advocates are warning that 40 per cent of overnight camps may have to shut down for good by 2021 without aid from the government, affecting roughly one million children across Canada.
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Trump bans dealings with Chinese owners of TikTok, WeChat
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered an unspecified ban on 'transactions' with the Chinese owners of the consumer apps TikTok and WeChat.
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Trump bans dealings with Chinese owners of TikTok, WeChat
Trump had threatened a deadline of Sept. 15 to “close down” TikTok unless Microsoft or “somebody else” bought it.
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Newborn infant found dead near waterfront trail in Pickering
Durham Region police are investigating after a newborn infant was found dead in the waters of Lake Ontario on Thursday.
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Rosie DiManno: The Leafs would do hockey a giant favour by eliminating Tortorella’s Blue Jackets
Coach John Tortorella’s heretical, talent-squelching brand of retrograde hockey must be stopped in its tracks, Rosie DiManno writes.
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Trump issues executive orders to ban TikTok, WeChat apps in 45 days
The app may be used for disinformation campaigns that benefit the Chinese Communist Party and the United States "must take aggressive action against the owners of TikTok to protect our national security," Trump said in the order.
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Toronto Public Health has ‘concerns’ with Ford government’s schools reopening plan
“The number of students in the classroom should be smaller than usual class sizes,” associate medical officer of health Vinita Dubey said in a letter to the Toronto District School Board.
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Katy Perry Credits 'Hoffman Process' Therapy For Getting Her Motherhood Ready
Katy Perry will soon become a mother — and it’s all thanks to getting mental health help at a $6,000+ week-long retreat.In an August cover story for People, the singer — who is expecting her first child with actor Orlando Bloom any day now — revealed that motherhood had long “terrified” her.“I was really terrified of the idea two or three years ago. It was just like, I don’t know how I’m ever gonna do that. That’s crazy. I can barely take care of myself,” she told the magazine. Going to the retreat a few years ago changed Perry and Bloom’s lives, she said. What she learned there “re-wired” her thinking patterns and is part of the reason she feels ready to start a family. View this post on InstagramA post shared by KATY PERRY (@katyperry) on Aug 5, 2020 at 8:00am PDTPerry elaborated in a 2018 Vogue interview, describing herself as heartbroken by the lackluster public response to her 2017 album “Witness.” Feeling depressed, she decided to attend the seven-day long retreat known as “the Hoffman Process.” “For years, my friends would go and come back completely rejuvenated, and I wanted to go, too. I was ready to let go of anything that was holding me back from being my ultimate self,” she told Vogue’s Derek Blasberg, who noted that Perry sung the retreat’s praises for a large chunk of the interview.  What people say about the Hoffman ProcessBilled as a “personal development course” by the Hoffman Institute and costing over $6,500 to attend, soul-searching celebrities like Justin Bieber as well as regular people going through personal crises are common devotees of the Hoffman Process. It was started by Bob Hoffman in 1967 and is guided by his “negative love syndrome” theory. Essentially, the theory boils down to unlearning the bad habits people develop as reactions to trauma and neglect through self-awareness exercises.As Perry explained to Vogue, much of the process has to do with “re-programming.”“I believe that, essentially and metaphorically, we are all computers, and sometimes we adopt these viruses via our parents or via the nurture that we are given or not given growing up,” she said. “They start to play out in our behaviour, in our adult patterns, in our relationships.”Some have described the retreat as “psycho-spiritual” and intense. In a breakdown of her experience for the beauty outlet Byrdie, one attendee noted that they turned off their phones and spent days listening to presentations by speakers. Another told Elle she faced bitter childhood demons that left her sobbing,  and that she made more progress at the retreat than she did in years of therapy.While not every expectant parent can afford the four-digit price-tag paid by Hoffman Process enthusiasts like Perry, there are plenty of accessible mental health resources that can help people get ready for parenthood. Regular appointments with a therapist may be useful.   Looking for a therapist? Check out our slideshow for tips. Story continues below.Other therapy modalities deal with similar “re-programming” features that Perry advocates for. Cognitive behavioural therapy, or CBT, teaches techniques that help reduce negative patterns like catastrophizing or black-and-white thinking. Whatever route a would-be parent takes, being aware of one’s own flaws and trying to change them can only lead to good outcomes for the next generation. MORE ON PARENTS A Millennial Dad’s Advice To Wannabe Fathers: 'Start Healing' Our Son's Birth Was Going According To Plan. Then The Pandemic Hit. Prince William Says Homeschooling His Kids Is Testing His Patience Also on HuffPost:
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Doug Ford Says Aid Coming For Ontario's Personal Support Workers
TORONTO — Ontario’s overworked and underpaid personal support workers will soon be receiving government assistance, the province’s premier said Thursday as he heaped praise on a group who have been on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 in long-term care homes.Doug Ford said recent conversations with PSWs at his mother-in-law’s long-term care home in Toronto shed light on the conditions many are working under. He said he’s aware that many go unpaid for their overtime hours.“They are grossly underpaid in my opinion,” Ford said at his daily news conference. “We’re going to sit down and we’re going to come up with a solution to support these people.”Ford did not offer an estimate as to when a plan of action might be ready or any measures it could contain.But personal support workers have figured prominently in the fight against COVID-19 since the outbreak shifted into high gear in Ontario, prompting the government to impose new rules as case numbers soared in long-term care homes and other congregate-living facilities.In mid-April, nearly a month after a provincial state of emergency was first declared, Ford announced health-care providers including PSWs would be forced to work in only one long-term care facility at once. At the time, many stated they held multiple jobs at more than one home in order to make end’s meet.Any changes Ford puts into effect must address the precarious working conditions and financial instability that many support workers struggle with on a daily basis, according to one health-care union that includes PSWs among its members.The Service Employees International Union Healthcare welcomed Ford’s pledge of help, adding aggressive, specific measures are needed as soon as possible.“What we need now are historic investments in human resources with more front-line staff, more full-time employment, and increased universal wages, benefits and pensions for all PSWs,” said SEIU Healthcare president Sharleen Stewart.Stewart also called on the government to reverse policies enacted during the COVID-19 crisis, such as wage freezes and a bill that grants the government permission to deny or cancel vacation requests.PSWs need ‘immediate action’: NDPThe province’s official Opposition agreed, with New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath calling on Ford to back up Thursday’s words with immediate action.“PSWs don’t need Ford feigning surprise at how hard they work,” she said in a statement. “Staff are paid barely above minimum wage and they’re often stuck trying to put together part-time jobs without benefits at several homes just to make ends meet. ... we need to do better for all PSWs across the system because it hurts staff and seniors in nursing homes.”But the Ontario Personal Support Workers Association said it was “very encouraged” by the announcement.“The OPSWA is looking forward to continuing our work with the government to ensure all Personal Support Workers are encompassed in this promise,” Miranda Ferrier, the association’s president, said in a written statement.  RELATED Lawsuit Claims $600M In Damages Against Ontario Long-Term Care Homes 'No Stone Will Be Left Unturned' In Ontario Care Home Report: Ford Ford Considers Mandatory COVID-19 Testing For Farm Workers As Cases Surge Meanwhile, Ontario reported 95 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, along with one new death.The number of resolved cases also continued to outpace new ones, with provincial data showing 159 more classified as recovered in the past 24 hours.Ontario has recorded 39,809 total cases of the novel coronavirus, along with 2,783 deaths.Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams said he was encouraged by the recent trend, adding he believes daily case loads could fall below 50 as early as next week.As the provincial tally continued its downward trajectory, however, a southwestern Ontario health unit reported a new cluster linked to a recent boat trip.Chatham-Kent Public Health said it’s identified 12 cases connected to the days-long excursion out of the region, which purportedly involved multiple households.The public health unit said it is currently working on tracing contacts for the infected patients, but noted that the number is “very large.”“We are still in a pandemic, and the potential for rapid spread of COVID-19 is very real,” regional medical health officer Dr. David Colby said in a statement. “Social circles are a maximum of 10 people for good reason; with everyone else we must physically distance.”This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 6, 2020.Also on HuffPost:
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Bruce Arthur: The Leafs are giving Auston Matthews all the ice time he could ever want — and the pressure that comes with it
In theory, the Leafs do have a fourth line, in the same way that some steakhouses have a burger menu. The best forwards have been carrying a heavy load, which has been among coach Sheldon Keefe’s goals and which reflects the team’s star-tilted salary structure, Bruce Arthur writes.
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Crown appeals Theriault brothers’ acquittals in Dafonte Miller beating case
Michael and Christian Theriault were found not guilty in June of aggravated assault and attempting to obstruct justice in the 2016 violent clash.
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Private parties in Vancouver area linked to at least 45 COVID-19 cases, says B.C.’s top doctor
Henry said about 400 people are now in self-isolation. 
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Harassment claims: Regina’s Street Culture Project suspends senior executive
Street Culture executive director Dustin Browne resigned last month after sexual allegations against him surfaced online.
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Crossing over: what to look for in a smaller SUV
The three things crossover buyers care about most when shopping for their new vehicle.
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Nearby residents concerned about crime as Edmonton encampment reaches capacity
A river valley encampment right next to Edmonton's RE/MAX Field is at full capacity.
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