Blue Jays claim infielder Valera off waivers, add three more to training pool
Training is supposed to begin Friday, with the 60-game regular season slated to start July 23 or 24.
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UBC Okanagan developing eco-friendly electric vehicle charging stations
UBC Okanagan engineering students and professors are researching how to improve the efficiency and cost associated with charging electric vehicles.
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Driver in shocking Brampton crash video walks away unscathed
A driver has been charged after a car careened into a Brampton residential neighbourhood, smashing through a fence and rolling several times into a parked car before coming to a stop. Peel Regional Police say the spectacular crash happened on Canada Day at 1:37 p.m. when the driver, who was travelling on Williams Pkwy., appears […]
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Jays claim Valera, add 3 more to player pool
The Toronto Blue Jays continued to re-tool their roster thursday ahead of the upcoming MLB season, claiming infielder Breyvic Valera off waivers from the San Diego Padres and adding three others to its player pool.
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1 facing weapons charges after assault involving knives in Moncton: RCMP
The 35-year-old is facing a weapon-related charge and will appear in court at a later date. 
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Nova Scotia reports single new coronavirus case related to travel for 3rd straight day
The individual is a temporary foreign worker from Mexico who had been self-isolating for a 14-day period since they arrived in the province.
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Prince Harry breaks silence on Black Lives Matter movement during speech at Diana Awards
'Institutional racism has no place in our societies,' he said in his video address.
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Jacques Cartier Bridge to undergo 'major work blitz' through Monday
The work will begin Thursday at 8 p.m. and will leave only one lane open in each direction.
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Face Masks Could Cut COVID-19 Infections In Half, Revive The Economy: Report
A mandate to wear face masks in public could be a partial “substitute” for future COVID-19 lockdowns, sparing the economy billions of dollars in damage, researchers at investment bank Goldman Sachs say.By comparing COVID-19 data from 125 countries, and by comparing U.S. counties with and without face mask mandates, the researchers concluded that a government order to wear face masks in public could cut the virus’s infection rate by nearly 60 per cent, and reduce fatalities by nearly half.To achieve the same result using lockdowns, the government would have to shut down enough activity to cause the economy to shrink 5 per cent, researchers Jan Hatzius, Isabella Rosenberg and Daan Struyven wrote.Watch: How to make a medical face mask at home, according to the CDC. Story continues below. “We find that face masks are associated with significantly better coronavirus outcomes,” they wrote, and this “seems to reflect a largely causal impact of masks rather than correlation with other factors (such as reduced mobility or avoidance of large gatherings).”Looking at the U.S., the researchers found “face mask usage is highest in the Northeast, where the virus situation has improved dramatically in recent months, and generally lower in the South, where the numbers have deteriorated.“For example, only about 40 per cent of respondents in Arizona say that they ‘always’ wear face masks in public, compared with nearly 80 per cent in Massachusetts.”RELATED Canadian Mayors Are Taking Mandatory Mask-Wearing Into Their Own Hands Use This Checklist Before Going To A Reopened Hair Or Nail Salon Canada Almost Ready To Stop Importing PPE, Start Sharing 'With World': Trudeau Via Rail Implements New Policy Requiring Passengers To Wear Face Masks The report noted that an “abrupt shift has occurred in the official view on face masks,” noting that the World Health Organization said as recently as March that there is “no specific evidence to suggest that the wearing of masks by the mass population has any potential benefit.”But the success of countries with a face mask mandate in fighting the coronavirus has changed perceptions. In Canada, health authorities initially described face masks as “counterproductive,” but by April had acknowledged new research showing their effectiveness in preventing the spread of COVID-19.Face mask rules proliferateNow, provincial and municipal governments one-by-one are implementing face mask rules.The City of Toronto announced Tuesday that face masks will be mandatory in all indoor public spaces. The province of Quebec has decreed that face masks must be worn on public transit. Other provinces and cities are looking at following suit.However, some jurisdictions are balking at making face masks mandatory, because not everyone can safely wear them. People who suffer from asthma may have trouble breathing in face masks, while people who suffer from sensory perception challenges, such as the hard of hearing and autistic persons, may also struggle with face masks.The Goldman Sachs report found that government orders are fairly effective in getting people to wear face masks, increasing usage by about 15 percentage points. Recent surveys suggest Canada is closer to the low end of public face mask usage, with a recent Leger survey showing 48 per cent of Canadians have used face masks in public. In East Asia, which has largely avoided large-scale outbreaks, and in Southern Europe, where cases have rapidly dropped off, that percentage is in the 80s and 90s, the Goldman Sachs researchers noted.
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Hordes spend Canada Day at Wasaga Beach, Niagara Falls
What pandemic? Throngs of people gathered at Niagara Falls and Wasaga Beach over the Canada Day holiday, according to videos of the two popular tourist spots posted on 6ixBuzzTV. The first depicts a long line of cars at dusk along with many people gathering to view Niagara Falls and its famous downtown strip, Clifton Hill. […]
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Diamond BMX track taking shape in Warman, Sask.
A world-class BMX track is taking shape in Warman, Sask., with the support of volunteers.
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Armed Intruder Arrested Near Justin Trudeau’s Ottawa Home
OTTAWA — An armed man has been arrested on the grounds of Rideau Hall, where Gov. Gen. Julie Payette and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau live.The RCMP announced the arrest hours after a large number of police officers descended on the sprawling estate Thursday morning.The RCMP said an armed man got onto the grounds around 6:40 a.m. local time. The force said in a tweet that neither Payette nor Trudeau were present at the time.(1/2) At approximately 6:40 this morning, an armed man was able to access the grounds of 1 Sussex Drive. The Prime Minister and the Governor General were not present at the moment of the incident.— National Division RCMP (@Nat_Div_RCMP) July 2, 2020(2/2)The man was arrested shortly after without any incident. He is currently in custody and is being interviewed. We are not releasing his identity at this time as charges are pending.— National Division RCMP (@Nat_Div_RCMP) July 2, 2020“The man was arrested shortly after without any incident. He is currently in custody and is being interviewed,” the RCMP’s national division said in a tweet.The man’s identity hasn’t been released because charges are pending.The Mounties did not reveal further details, but The Canadian Press saw the gate to one side entrance was bent and a police robot examining a black pick-up truck further into the estate.READ MORE A Minority Government Could Put The Governor General In A Tough Spot 24 Sussex Is Crumbling. No One Is Willing To Commit To Fix It. Trudeau Should Finally Tear Down 24 Sussex Drive And Save Us All Money The iconic Rideau Hall has long served as the home to Canada’s governors general, but Trudeau and his family have also lived in a home on the property since he was elected prime minister.The government is still working on whether to renovate 24 Sussex Dr., where past prime ministers have lived.This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 2, 2020.Also on HuffPost:
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1 new coronavirus case announced by Waterloo Public Health
Just one new positive test for the novel coronavirus was reported on Thursday, raising the total number of cases in the area to 1,309.
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Blaze causes $100,000 in damage to Waterloo business: police
A fire at a business in the city of Waterloo late Tuesday night caused $100,000 in damage, according to Waterloo Regional Police.
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Police watchdog called to investigate Guelph arrest
Guelph police say a man suffered serious injuries while being arrested in connection to an ongoing drug investigation.
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Boat operator facing impaired driving charges after collision on Loughborough Lake
A South Frontenac man is facing impaired driving charges after a boat crash on Loughborough Lake July 1.
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Canadian jailed in Egypt returns home, needs medical treatment: family
Yasser Albaz, a Canadian engineer who was arrested at Cairo airport at the end of a business trip in February 2019, has been released and is back in Canada but needs medical treatment, his family said on Thursday.
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Kitten lodged near car engine rescued at Cobourg, Ont., mall
The little critter drew a crowd of rescuers due to its loud meows.
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Meghan Markle felt ‘unprotected’ by Royal Family while pregnant, court documents suggest
The documents are part of an ongoing lawsuit against U.K. tabloid publisher Associated Newspapers.
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Here’s what you’ll need to do to enter each province in the Atlantic bubble
Some provinces have already announced a process visitors will need to follow in order to gain entry as the Atlantic travel bubble begins on July 3.
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Jada Pinkett Smith denies she had an affair with Will Smith’s ‘blessing’
'I actually sat down with Will and had a conversation due to the transformation from their marriage to life partnership,' singer August Alsina said.
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Mississauga man accused of using real estate transactions to commit sexual assaults in Hamilton
A Mississauga man is facing charges in connection with sexual assaults that were allegedly committed through a ruse involving real estate transactions in Hamilton.
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Toronto FC rookie Achara out reminder of season with knee injury
The rookie season of Toronto FC rookie midfielder Ifunanyachi Achara, who made a huge splash in TFC’s season opener on March 7, has been washed away. The club announced on Thursday that the young Nigerian tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee. He will undergo surgery on July 7 and as a […]
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Quebec reports 69 new coronavirus cases for total of 55,593
There are 14 new deaths attributable to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.
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Coronavirus outbreak declared over at Fenelon Court Long Term Care in Fenelon Falls, Ont.
The outbreak was declared on June 11 after one symptomatic resident tested positive for COVID-19.
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One injured in collision in three-vehicle collision involving TTC bus
Police say a 67-year-old man was injured after a TTC bus, a tractor trailer, and a car collided near Glengrove Avenue West and Bathurst Street in North York on Thursday morning.
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Vanilla Ice pushing forward with 4th of July concert despite coronavirus spike in Texas
'The '90s were the best. We didn’t have coronavirus, or cell phones, or computers,' said the 'Ice Ice Baby' hit-maker.
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Ontario’s back-to-school plan ignores a glaringly obvious problem
Kalli Anderson: 'Our government is essentially telling all the parents who are already at the very end of their ropes that the past three months have been fine' The post Ontario’s back-to-school plan ignores a glaringly obvious problem appeared first on Macleans.ca.
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York officers rescue 2 people in wheelchairs from Markham house fire
Police said emergency services were called to a residence on Colborne Street at around 2:20 a.m. for reports of a fire from a neighbour who saw flames coming from a nearby home.
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2 men arrested in Hamilton break-and-enter probe: police
Police allege $10,000 worth of catalytic converters, power tools and riding lawn mowers were stolen from businesses in Stoney Creek.
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Mississauga high school teacher charged with sexual assault of student
Police allege the teacher had an inappropriate relationship with his 17-year-old student that started in June 2016.
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The music industry is wrestling with race. Here’s what it has promised
The nationwide soul-searching in the wake of George Floyd’s death has been felt with particular acuteness in the music industry, which owes much of its wealth to the work of Black artists but has just a handful of Black executives in the most senior jobs
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Ottawa Aces rugby club name former French international Laurent Frayssinous its first coach
Ottawa's new rugby club will take advantage of its new head coach's international experience when play eventually gets underway.
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Great deals to be had at Ontario wineries... and they deliver
Order a box and relax in the backyard or balcony.
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