Trump plays down virus as he steps up pitch for second term

In the week since he emerged from coronavirus isolation, U.S. President Donald Trump has demonstrated new determination to minimize the threat of the virus that has killed more than 215,000 Americans and complicated his chances of winning another four years in the White House.
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Ontario set to decide on imposing new COVID-19 restrictions on Halton, Durham regions
Premier Doug Ford is expected to announce Monday whether Ontario will impose stricter COVID-19 restrictions on two Toronto-area regions.
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Allison Hanes: Home-schooled kids left more isolated than ever
Homeschooled kids lost access to other children and organized activities when Montreal and other regions of Quebec went into the red zone at the start of the month. Now a pair of home-schooling moms are pleading for an exception so their kids aren't completely isolated.
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Anxiety, confusion for Montreal seniors trying to book a flu shot
The official launch date for flu shots across the province is Nov. 1.
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This RCMP corporal has been on medical leave for 17 years. Could an end to his messy dispute with the force be near?
Depending on whom you talk to, the unusual case represents the RCMP’s mistreatment of members on sick leave, a waste of taxpayer dollars or organizational dysfunction of the highest order.
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Ranked ballots for municipal elections matter and why Doug Ford should care
Ranked ballots give more choice to voters, and produces outcomes that are more reflective of voters’ preferences. They open our elections up to more voices, more perspectives, and wider representation. Ranked ballots don’t benefit groups who rely on the status quo to win elections.
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What’s in a slogan? MAGA exemplifies puffery
Ironically, the MAGA slogan appeals to nationalistic sentiment yet suggests the country is no longer great, even though it once was.
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Halloween spike in anaphylactic reactions reinforces need for food allergy literacy
A comprehensive approach to addressing inconsistencies in public understanding is critical. Given that approximately every 10 minutes there is an emergency department visit for food allergy during non-pandemic times, this should be a priority.
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Heather Mallick: Say no to Halloween and yes to Christmas
Why take a giant risk for two hours of one orange-and-black night and end up with the coronavirus and its long tail of illness just before the bigger, better, redder event?
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My dad is showing signs of dementia, and now I’m worried about his wife’s influence over our inheritance. Ask Ellie
On its surface, this is a legal matter, writes advice columnist Ellie. But deeper, there’s the issue of your past relationship with your father versus the one that it became after he divorced and married
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Need to move fast on a home purchase but aren’t sure how? Try these tips
Looking to take advantage of low interest rates and buy your first home, but feel overwhelmed and unprepared? Here’s how you can get it together.
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Banning plastics is just a start on reducing our mountain of waste
‘As a society we produce an unconscionable amount of waste. That’s been particularly easy to see with so many people staying home during the pandemic and getting ever more things delivered.’
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Five reasons it’s time to relax about the Trudeau government’s huge deficit
Yes, fighting COVID-19 will require big deficits — now and for years to come. That’s not scary: it’s a sign government is doing what it’s supposed to, writes Jim Stanford.
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Today’s coronavirus news: Parliamentary probe examining Trudeau’s handling of the pandemic could be approved; Tougher COVID-19 restrictions expected for two Toronto-area regions
Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Canada has publicized their concerns regarding the probe.
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Armenia, Azerbaijan accuse each other of truce violations
Armenia and Azerbaijan on Monday accused each other of violating the new ceasefire announced the day before in a bid to halt the fighting over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh that has killed hundreds, and possibly thousands, in just four weeks.
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‘Massive blunder’: TTC union turned down a deal in the benefits fraud scheme that could have saved money and jobs. Now everyone is paying the price
Five years after the TTC shut down a scheme that milked its employee benefits plan for millions, scores of employees have been fired and the agency is mired in costly litigation.
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What’s up with Toronto’s whimsical garbage collection rules? Picking up a few oversized items shouldn’t be a two-trip job
Two pieces of wood at the bottom of the pile was the stated reason for the collection driver to leave the rest of it at the curb.
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Shawn Micallef: How a Space Age public toilet went from architectural gem to sad derelict — and back again
The Oculus Pavilion near the south Humber River is getting a new lease on life with a new art installation and restoration.
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Pfizer raises concerns ahead of Commons vote on probe of Ottawa's pandemic response
Opposition parties are poised to approve a parliamentary probe of the Trudeau government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic despite growing objections from industry and experts.
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Suspects in alleged Markham illegal casino mansion linked to B.C. casino suspects
Alleged criminal activities in Richmond, B.C., and Markham, Ontario have come into focus in recent weeks.
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Canadians’ attitudes toward police — ‘True Blue’ versus ‘Defunders’ — split along regional, political lines, survey reveals
Three-quarters of Canadians surveyed agreed there is a problem with the way police interact with non-white people.
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