To mask or not to mask? Here’s how each province is preparing for the school year in the age of COVID-19


From physical distancing to kids in ‘cohorts,’ most will be back in class full-time this fall across the country
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Wildfire burning at Marble Point on Shuswap Lake
The wildfire is currently small but crews are monitoring its growth.
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LIVE BLOG: Maple Leafs need to reverse some trends vs Columbus in Game 2
Getting more power plays, getting more shots from the slot and carrying the puck rather than dumping-and-chasing should help vs Columbus
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Trump once more wishes Ghislaine Maxwell 'well,' and says Epstein may have been killed
In an interview with Axios political reporter Jonathan Swan Monday night on HBO, U.S. president Donald Trump once again wished accused child sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell “well.” Maxwell was arrested recently in New Hampshire, and stands accused of facilitating pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse of young women. Trump had already once made headlines by wishing the one-time British socialite well, and on Monday doubled down on those remarks. The latest controversy arose when Swan listed Maxwell’s charges in the interview, to which Trump countered, “I don’t know that.” When Swan asked why the U.S. president would wish Maxwell well, Trump replied: “Her friend or her boyfriend was either killed or committed suicide in jail. She’s now in jail. Yeah, I wish her well, I wish you well, I wish a lot of people well.” Trump again wishes Ghislaine Maxwell well pic.twitter.com/whWhZoO4mC— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) August 4, 2020 He continued: “I do wish her well. I’m not looking for anything bad for her. I’m not looking anything bad for anybody.” The full interview can be found here . Maxwell was arrested on July 2 by the FBI in New Hampshire and charged with enticement of minors, sex trafficking of children and perjury. On July 14, a New York judge denied her bail. Maxwell was for decades an associate of Epstein, the disgraced financier who faced federal sex trafficking charges but killed himself in a U.S. prison in August of last year, before he could face trial. Two weeks ago at a COVID-19 press briefing, Trump told reporters: “I’ve met (Maxwell) numerous times over the years, especially since I lived in Palm Beach, and I guess they lived in Palm Beach. But I wish her well, whatever it is.” Virginia Roberts Guiffre, one of Epstein’s alleged victims, detailed alleged grooming and recruitment by Maxwell in unsealed court documents which were released last week. She said she came into contact with the pair when she worked as a towel girl at Trump’s Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago club. Maxwell’s trial is scheduled for July 2021.
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Coronavirus: Kahnawake hits pause on reopening plans as Quebec numbers remain steady
Officials in Kahnawake say they will stick to a 50-person limit for gatherings and say a plan to open bars and gaming establishments next Monday has been postponed indefinitely.
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Sources: CFL discussing $30 million, interest free loan with federal government
Two sources with knowledge of the situation said Monday the league is now talking with the government about a $30-million, interest-free loan.
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Peterborough Transit to resume collecting fares, smartphone fare app introduced
Peterborough Transit has announced it will resume collecting fares from riders on Aug. 10. A new contactless fare payment app is also available.
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Downbound lanes on Claremont Access to close for trail construction
More lanes near the Claremont Access will close for construction of the Keddy Access Trail on Wednesday.
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Suspect offers ride, victim sexually assaulted in SUV: Norfolk OPP
The victim was able to get out of the vehicle and report the incident at the Norfolk County Detachment.
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Ontario reports more than 400 new cases of COVID-19 over long weekend
Ontario reported 91 cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 419 new infections across the province over the long weekend, and announced Windsor-Essex will continue in Stage 2 until it can get a better handle on local transmission of the virus.
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Colo. police officers draw weapons on Black family in stolen vehicle mix-up
Aurora, Colo. police issued an apology after drawing guns on a woman and four minors after mistaking her car for one that had been stolen.
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Toronto police charge 16-year-old in fatal daylight shooting in Scarborough
Andre Charles, 43, died July 4 after he was shot in a parking lot in the area of Morecambe Gate and Chester Le Boulevard, near Victoria Park Avenue.
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Massive explosion rocks Lebanon's capital Beirut
A huge explosion rocked the Lebanese capital Beirut on Tuesday, shaking buildings, shattering windows and sending a huge plume of smoke into the sky.
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No tickets issued in first weekend of Calgary’s mandatory mask bylaw
The City of Calgary says no tickets were issued during the first weekend in which face coverings were mandatory in indoor public spaces.
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Tornado hits Camden East, Ont. causing severe damage
Environment Canada confirms that a tornado ripped through Camden East on Sunday, leaving severe damage in its wake.
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2-year road closure for 55th Avenue in Dorval as major work begins on Highway 520
A section of 55th Avenue will be closed for a two years as major reconstruction work on Highway 520 is set to begin on Monday, Aug. 10
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Montrealers can have their say on 2021 city budget
The city could end up with a $500-million budget deficit due to the economic slowdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
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Massive explosion shakes Lebanon’s capital, Beirut
A massive explosion shook Lebanon's capital Beirut on Tuesday but there were no immediate reports of damages or casualties
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More than 1 billion students face 'generational catastrophe' due to COVID-19, UN warns
The UN warns students are facing a'“generational catastrophe' thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on global education creating a crisis experts say disproportionately affects students from low income and racialized backgrounds in Canada.
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Six O'Clock Solution: Beat the clock and beat the carbs with scallops, broccolini
Toronto blogger Valerie Azinge presents dozens of flavourful, fast and uncomplicated ideas in 30-Minute Low-Carb Dinners.
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Boy, 16, charged with 1st-degree murder after daylight shooting in Toronto’s east end
Police were called to an apartment complex in the area of Victoria Park Boulevard and Finch Avenue around 1:40 p.m. on July 4. 
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Guelph’s Catholic school board chair resigns following social media posts
The Wellington Catholic District School Board says Marino Gazzola stepped down as board chair after they were made aware of social media posts he made.
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Montreal-based Tristan latest Canadian fashion retailer to seek creditor protection
Tristan joins other Canadian retailers, such as Frank and Oak. Reitmans and Aldo Group, that have filed for some form of creditor protection in recent months.
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‘I’m not nude!’: Acrobat handcuffed after wearing thong to Myrtle Beach
Video shows Sam Panda, a well-known aerialist, being handcuffed for allegedly violating a public decency rule in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
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Fight and win vs. care and connect: How a Canadian is reinventing the way video games are made
As coronavirus lockdowns have seen a rise in people playing video games at home, there is a renewed push for games that do not put danger and adrenaline at the forefront, and one Canadian developer is leading the way in reimagining how they are made.
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Tornado pummels Kinmount, Ont. on Sunday night with winds at 150 km/h
Environment Canada has confirmed that a tornado touched down in Kinmount, Ont., on Sunday night, with winds clocked at 150 km/h.
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Homicide investigation launched after human remains found in Kettle and Stony Point First Nation
The examination showed the death was the "result of a homicide," though police have not released a cause of death.
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PGA Tour aims to be the next frontier for rampant legal gambling despite risks
With sports betting becoming legal in more and more states, the math has PGA Tour executives looking to use gambling as a lure to draw more fans. And the coronavirus outbreak has given them a chance to jump-start this effort.
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NSHA to contact 211 people whose private information was breached
The NSHA says the privacy breach involves two employees, but won’t comment on their employment status.
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Coronavirus: Small business advocate calls for more support during reopening
A director of a national small business group is calling for more efficient and accessible government funding to help reopen after the coronavirus pandemic.
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1 new coronavirus case in Ottawa on Tuesday
Ottawa has reported five new cases of the novel coronavirus over the past two days, a sharp decline from double-digit increases in previous weeks.
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6-year-old injured in Belleville dog attack: police
Belleville police are investigating a dog attack that left a 6-year-old child injured.
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Winnipeg child in hospital after falling through St. James air vent
Officials didn't disclose details on the child's age or the severity of their injuries but said a quick response by rescue crews has them hopeful for a good outcome.
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2-year-old boy, mom die after murder-suicide attempt in Waterloo: police
Waterloo Regional Police say they are investigating the deaths of a mom and two-year-old boy from a home in Waterloo on Friday.
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Pickup in Canadian confidence bodes well for budding recovery
The pickup in household confidence is a welcome development, as economists and policy-makers try to gauge the resiliency of the economic rebound.
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Coronavirus: Nova Scotia reports no new cases Tuesday, 2 active cases remain
To date, Nova Scotia has 64,497 negative test results, 1,071 positive COVID-19 cases and 64 deaths.
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