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  • 26 mins Doug Ford Defends Law That Makes It Harder To Sue For COVID-19 Exposure Huffingtonpost
    TORONTO — People who are angry about a proposed bill to protect businesses against COVID-19-related lawsuits should “talk to their lawyer … rather than just read the headlines,” Premier Doug Ford said Wednesday.  “This does not protect the long-term care homes 100 per cent, by any means,” he said. “If there has been gross negligence or negligence, continue suing them. They will be held accountable.”  His government introduced Bill 218 Monday. It shields people who act in “good faith” and without “gross negligence,” from being sued for exposing others to the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. More than ... more
  • 4 hours Federal Election Averted? NDP’s Jagmeet Singh Says He Wants To Avoid Another Vote Huffingtonpost
    OTTAWA — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says his party wants to avoid another general election, but he won’t say if it plans to vote down or abstain on a contentious Conservative motion. Canadians are looking for help right now, Singh told reporters Wednesday afternoon. “They are not looking for an election.”  “New Democrats will not give Prime Minister Trudeau the election he is looking for. We’re not going to be used as an excuse or a cover,” he added. Watch: Singh calls Liberal election gambit ‘ludicrous’
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  • 6 hours 5 Key Facts You Should Know About Nova Scotia’s Lobster Fishing Dispute Huffingtonpost
    HALIFAX — Tensions remain high in the dispute over the Indigenous lobster fishery in Nova Scotia. Here are five things to know about the situation. 1. The dispute has a long history. In September 1999, the Supreme Court of Canada affirmed the treaty rights of the Mi’kmaq, Maliseet and Passamaquoddy bands in Eastern Canada to hunt, fish and gather to earn a “moderate livelihood.” The court decided that a Mi’kmaq fisherman from Cape Breton, Donald Marshall Jr., had the right to fish for eels and sell them when and where he wanted — without a licence. That ruling ... more
  • 7 hours Think Tank Calls On China To Release Canadian Held For Nearly 2 Years Huffingtonpost
    The president of a prominent think tank used a high-level UN Security Council meeting attended by China’s foreign minister Tuesday to appeal for the release of the think tank’s northeast Asia expert, Michael Kovrig, who has been held by Beijing for nearly two years as part of a diplomatic dispute with Canada. At the end of his briefing on security in the Persian Gulf, International Crisis Group president Robert Malley told the council meeting attended by China’s foreign minister that his organization strives to be “an impartial conflict-resolution organization,” and its staff tries to understand the perspectives of ... more
  • 22 hours HuffPost Canada Splash: Oct. 20, 2020 Huffingtonpost
  • 24 hours Jordan Peterson Is Back In Toronto After Year Of Medical Treatments Abroad Huffingtonpost
    TORONTO — Author and psychologist Jordan Peterson says he’s back in Toronto and eager for “something resembling a normal life” after spending much of the past year in and out of hospitals around the world. The controversial speaker and writer has released an eight-minute long YouTube video recounting months spent consulting specialists in Connecticut, Toronto, Moscow and Belgrade for health woes tied to his use of the anti-anxiety medication benzodiazepine. Peterson says he started taking the drug in early 2017 and followed “the prescribed recommendations” without a second thought but that it led to “severe post-use withdrawal and ... more
  • 1 day Prevent Your Own Jeffrey Toobin Zoom-Dick Incident By Doing Literally Anything Else Huffingtonpost
    Like it or not, Jeffrey Toobin’s Zoom-dick incident was inevitable. Nearly eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic in a world of virtual Thanksgivings, work meetings and happy hours, we were due for a high-profile technological gaffe. In 2020, a huge chunk of our lives takes place through a screen, and at some point someone important somewhere was going to do something wrong while the camera was on. But none of us were quite ready for the Zoom-dick and how it played out. A quick recap in case you missed ... more
  • 1 day Trudeau Says He’ll Call Election If Conservative Motion For New COVID-19 Committee Passes Huffingtonpost
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will call an election that “nobody wants” this week if the House of Commons passes a Conservative motion that he says will confirm it has lost confidence in his minority government. “It will be up to parliamentarians and the Opposition to decide whether they want to make this minority Parliament work or whether they’ve lost confidence in this government’s ability to manage this pandemic and continue to govern this country during this crisis,” Trudeau told reporters at a press conference in Ottawa Tuesday. The prime minister was responding to a high-stakes motion ... more
  • 1 day 1 In 4 Canadians Say Mental Health Worse Now Than During 1st Wave: Poll Huffingtonpost
    OTTAWA — Canadians continue to experience mental health difficulties due to the pandemic, with one in four saying their stress level is higher than during the first COVID-19 wave, according to a new poll. The online survey by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies found that only 19 per cent of Canadians say their mental health is better now than in March and April as infection rates tick up and autumn sets in. However, about 54 per cent said their mental state is about the same as when ... more
  • 1 day Doug Ford Pays Homage To Kathleen Wynne After She Says She Won’t Run Again Huffingtonpost
    Ontario Premier Doug Ford made a speech about his predecessor Kathleen Wynne Tuesday after the former Liberal premier announced she wouldn’t run for another term as MPP in the next election.  “I have the utmost respect for you,” Ford said to Wynne at Queen’s Park “We may differ on policies, we may differ on political outlooks, but as a person, I have the utmost respect for you. You’ve walked a mile in my shoes. “During the election … Everyone said, ‘How is Kathleen Wynne as a person?’ I said she is super nice.  “Unlike some other people that ... more
  • 1 day Queen’s University Drops Sir John A. Macdonald’s Name From School Building Huffingtonpost
    KINGSTON, Ont. — A board of trustees has approved Queen’s University’s decision to remove the name of Sir John A. Macdonald from its law school building. The move marks the end of a months-long process that began after a petition to change the name gathered support. Macdonald was the first prime minister of Canada, but also played a key role in setting up the residential school system that ripped Indigenous children from their families in a systematic process of forced assimilation.  The #queensu Board of Trustees has approved the university's decision to remove the name "Sir John ... more
  • 1 day Quebec Town Of Asbestos Has Chosen A New Name Huffingtonpost
    ASBESTOS, Que. — The Quebec town synonymous with the cancer-causing fibre asbestos has voted for a new name: Val-des-Sources. During a livestreamed council meeting Monday night, Mayor Hugues Grimard announced that Val-des-Sources beat five other proposed names with 51.5 per cent of the vote after three rounds. “It’s a name that represents our area, and especially, it’s inspiring for the future,” he said.  The 7,000-person town of Asbestos, located about 130 kilometres east of Montreal, had been looking to shed its association with the toxic mineral. Political and business leaders in the town complained for years the name ... more
  • 2 days Jason Kenney’s UCP Voted To Support Privatized Health Care. Here’s What That Means. Huffingtonpost
    Is American-style health care on the horizon in Alberta? That thought was on some people’s minds over the weekend as premier Jason Kenney’s governing United Conservative Party passed a controversial health policy at the party’s virtual AGM. Fifty-two per cent of the party’s membership voted in favour of supporting “the option of a privately funded and privately managed health-care system.” The phrase “privately funded health-care system” is bound to set off alarm bells for many Albertans, especially as Kenney’s government continues to slash  the budget of the public sector, with doctors leaving the province en masse and the ... more
  • 2 days HuffPost Canada Splash: Oct. 19, 2020 Huffingtonpost
  • 2 days Canada Surpasses 200,000 COVID-19 Cases Huffingtonpost
    The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic pushed Canada’s total case count past the 200,000 mark on Monday as tougher health restrictions took effect in some regions facing a surge in infections. The latest numbers from Saskatchewan lifted the national tally over the bleak milestone as the province reported 66 new cases of the novel coronavirus, though other provinces reported significantly more new cases. The development came just over four months after Canada reached the 100,000-case threshold.  The bulk of the country’s case load has been concentrated in Ontario ... more
  • 2 days RCMP ‘Let Down’ Mi’kmaw Fishers, Indigenous Services Marc Miller Says After Violence In Nova Scotia Huffingtonpost
    Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says the RCMP “let down” Indigenous peoples facing violence amid an intensifying dispute between commercial fishers and Mi’kmaw fishers in southwest Nova Scotia. “The acts of violence we have seen in the past days and weeks are disgusting, unacceptable, and racist in nature,” Miller said at a press conference in Ottawa Monday with Public Safety Minister Bill Blair, Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan, and Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett. “It is a disgrace to see these threats and acts of intimidation and violence take place in this country. We must also recognize that once ... more
  • 2 days Halloween Trick Or Treating Not Recommended In Ontario COVID-19 Hot Spots: Officials Huffingtonpost
    Parents in Ontario’s COVID-19 hot spots should not let their children trick or treat for Halloween this year, the province’s chief medical officer of health said Monday.  “Given the high transmission of COVID-19 in the modified Stage 2 public health unit regions of Ottawa, Peel, Toronto and York Region, traditional door-to-door trick or treating is not recommended and people should consider alternative ways to celebrate,” the Ontario government said in a press release This can include, but is not limited to: Encouraging kids to dress up and participate in virtual activities and parties; Organizing a Halloween candy ... more
  • 3 days Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil Urges Feds To Define ‘Moderate Livelihood’ Amid Lobster Dispute Huffingtonpost
    HALIFAX — Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil is urging Ottawa to define what constitutes legal harvesting in a “moderate livelihood” fishery, after a dispute about Indigenous fishing treaty rights boiled over on the weekend.  In a statement Saturday on Twitter, McNeil said the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans needs to answer the question of what a moderate livelihood looks like before the province can examine its own rules for fish buyers. We are working with the federal government to identify a facilitator to bring the sides together. The way to resolve this issue is through ... more
  • 3 days HuffPost Canada Splash: Oct. 18, 2020 Huffingtonpost
  • 3 days Alec Baldwin’s Trump And Jim Carrey’s Biden Offer Very Different Town Halls On ‘SNL’ Huffingtonpost
    Kate McKinnon played “surprise badass” NBC host Savannah Guthrie in a “Saturday Night Live” redo of the U.S. president’s town hall in which she skewered Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump. Plenty of viewers were furious that the home network of “SNL” set up a town hall for Trump during the same time Democratic rival Joe Biden was on ABC for his town hall. “If you were angry at NBC for doing this town hall, just let me get a few questions in and I think you’ll thank me,” assured McKinnon’s Guthrie. First, she explained to Baldwin’s Trump: “I’d like to start by tearing ... more
  • 4 days Erin O’Toole, Jason Kenney Sit Side By Side Maskless For Livestream Huffingtonpost
    NOBLEFORD, Alta. ― Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole praised Alberta Premier Jason Kenney for his province’s handling of COVID-19 as the two sat side-by-side during a livestream on Saturday, while neither leader wore a mask. “I’m the easiest guy to hang out with because I can’t give it or get it from anyone for four months,” O’Toole said, answering Kenney’s question about how O’Toole was doing after he and his wife got the novel coronavirus last month. Look who dropped in!Welcome @erinotoole to #UCPAGM2020! pic.twitter.com/jW0Ti9I3BO— United Conservative Party of Alberta (@Alberta_UCP) October 17, 2020 Kenney’s ... more
  • 4 days Employment Insurance System Added 1.3 Million People After CERB Ended Huffingtonpost
    OTTAWA ― The employment insurance system absorbed almost 1.3 million people in the last three weeks, new figures show, as a key COVID-19 benefit wound down. A breakdown of applications for the simplified EI program shows that overall there had been more than 1.5 million claims as of late this past week, among them 1.15 million people who were automatically transferred when their emergency benefit ran out. The figures are enormous for a system that in one day this month handled 246,000-plus claims. In the spring, officials worried the 87,000 applications on one March day would make the ... more
  • 4 days Nova Scotia Lobster Pound Destroyed In Fire Amid Conflict Over Indigenous Fishery Huffingtonpost
    A large fire has destroyed a lobster pound in Middle West Pubnico, N.S., amid rising tensions over a treaty right to a self-regulated Indigenous fishery in the province. A Nova Scotia First Nations chief, Mike Sack, issued a statement saying the overnight blaze “further illustrates the need for greater police presence in the region.” This has gone TOO far. Fire crackling woke us up. Middle West Pubnico tonight 🥺 #MikMaq#TreatyRightspic.twitter.com/62M6l5B8o3— Pierrette dEntremont (@PAdEntremont) October 17, 2020 He says the facility is owned “by a friend and ally,” adding that one of their community members ... more
  • 5 days Trudeau Calls For Enough Policing To Quell Violence In Lobster Dispute Huffingtonpost
    HALIFAX — Justin Trudeau called Friday for federal agencies to ensure those involved in an Indigenous-led lobster fishery are safe, a day after a Mi’kmaq chief accused him of offering words rather than action. The prime minister’s comments came in the wake of two violent clashes involving 200 people on Tuesday outside lobster pounds that handle Indigenous-caught lobster in southwestern Nova Scotia. Chief Mike Sack of the Sipekne’katik First Nation held a news conference Thursday to condemn Ottawa’s handling of the situation. He referred to the RCMP as “useless,” saying the force sent too few officers to the ... more
  • 5 days First Nations Elder Says Hospital Ignored Symptoms, Asked About Alcohol Use Huffingtonpost
    WINNIPEG — A First Nations elder says her symptoms were initially ignored and she was questioned about alcohol use during a stay at a Winnipeg hospital. Sadie North, 72, said she was appalled at some of her treatment during a four-day stay at Grace Hospital. She was there for cellulitis, a bacterial infection, on her leg. She said she believes her experience is an example of anti-Indigenous racism in the health-care system. “I wouldn’t want anyone to face what I faced,” she said at a news conference on Friday. Hospital is ‘sincerely sorry’ Kellie O’Rourke, the hospital’s chief ... more
  • 5 days Trudeau: Canada Will Keep Calling Out China For ‘Coercive Diplomacy’ Huffingtonpost
    OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government will not stop standing up for human rights in China — or calling out Beijing for its coercive approach to diplomacy. Trudeau said Friday that includes the situation in Hong Kong, where pro-democracy activists have been protesting a widely criticized national security law imposed on the territory by Beijing. On Thursday, the Chinese ambassador to Canada warned Ottawa against granting asylum to Hong Kong residents fleeing the situation, saying doing so would amount to interfering in China’s internal affairs. Cong ... more
  • 5 days B.C. Liberal Candidate Lorraine Brett Defends Sharing J.K. Rowling’s Transphobic Screed Huffingtonpost
    Another day, another B.C. Liberal candidate controversy as days continue to tick down to the Oct. 24 provincial election voting day.  Less than 24 hours after Laurie Throness resigned as the Liberal candidate for Chilliwack-Kent after comparing free contraception to eugenics, and a week after North Vancouver-Seymour candidate Jane Thornthwaite faced backlash for a sexist joke about a political rival, yet another Liberal is in hot water. This time it’s New Westminster candidate Lorraine Brett. Screenshots of a deleted tweet from Brett surfaced on Twitter Friday morning that showed ... more
  • 5 days There Isn’t A Flu Shot Shortage In Canada. Here’s What You Need To Know. Huffingtonpost
    At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the hottest ticket item was toilet paper. Now, eight months in? It’s the flu shot. On the advice of public health officials, Canadians are flocking to their family doctors and local pharmacies looking to get immunized against seasonal influenza. The annual vaccine is more important than ever this year, as health officials warn we must work to prevent the dual health threat posed by COVID-19 and the seasonal flu. Provincial governments have spent millions on this year’s influenza vaccine, ordering more doses ... more
  • 5 days HuffPost Canada Splash: Oct. 16, 2020 Huffingtonpost
  • 5 days Ontario’s York Region Shifts Back To Stage 2 As COVID-19 Cases Surge Huffingtonpost
    TORONTO — Ontario is imposing stricter COVID-19 measures on York Region as cases there surge. Premier Doug Ford says the region will be moved back into a modified Stage 2 of the province’s pandemic plan, which bars indoor service in restaurants and closes gyms, among other things. The tighter measures take effect Monday and will be in place for 28 days. The premier’s announcement comes a week after Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa were placed under similar restrictions amid rising cases. Ontario is reporting 712 new cases of COVID-19 today, along with nine new deaths related to the ... more
  • 5 days Ontario Long-Term Care Homes Still Facing Severe Staffing Shortages Huffingtonpost
    Long-term care homes in Ontario are dealing with severe staffing shortages and may not be ready to deal with a potential second wave of the pandemic, an independent commission has heard. A dearth of staff was one of the main reasons COVID-19 devastated nursing homes in the spring, the Ontario Long-Term Care Association told an independent commission investigating how the novel virus spread in the long-term care system. “We still have an acute staffing shortage,” said Donna Duncan, the CEO of the association that represents 70 per cent of long-term care homes in the province. The Long-Term Care ... more
  • 6 days Toronto Police Identify Christine Jessop’s Killer As Calvin Hoover Huffingtonpost
    TORONTO — A man who died five years ago was the likely killer of a nine-year-old girl in a 1984 murder that sparked widespread revulsion and led to a notorious wrongful conviction, Toronto police said on Thursday. At a news conference, Chief James Ramer said DNA evidence indicated Calvin Hoover, then 28, had sexually assaulted Christine Jessop and would have been charged with her murder if he were alive. A lawyer for Jessop’s family said they learned from police that Hoover died by suicide in 2015.  Ramer said police were still looking for more information on Hoover, who ... more
  • 6 days HuffPost Canada Splash: Oct. 15, 2020 Huffingtonpost
  • 6 days First Nations Chief Tells Trudeau To Do More Than Tweet About Lobster Dispute Huffingtonpost
    DIGBY, N.S. — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau needs to do more than send tweets to settle an increasingly violent dispute over an Indigenous-led lobster fishery in Nova Scotia, a First Nations chief said Thursday. “Actions speak louder than words,” Chief Mike Sack of the Sipekne’katik First Nation told a news conference Thursday in Digby, N.S., located about 40 kilometres from where a lobster pound was damaged by protesters. “They’re sitting in their offices, safe as can be, saying, ‘We need safety out there.’ Then send enforcement down,” Sack said. ... more
  • 6 days B.C. Liberal Candidate Laurie Throness Resigns After Comparing Contraception To Eugenics Huffingtonpost
    UPDATE: Laurie Throness has resigned as the B.C. Liberal candidate for Chilliwack-Kent. His name will remain on the ballot. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson made the announcement at a campaign stop in Coquitlam. “I’ve accepted his resignation ... we’ll move forward without him,” said Wilkinson.“It’s critical that we all understand that access to contraception is a critical issue in our society.” The B.C. Liberal Party is once again in hot water for controversial remarks made by a candidate, this time comparing free contraception to eugenics. During an all-candidates debate this week, Chilliwack-Kent candidate Laurie Throness accused the ... more
  • 6 days Ontario Ministry Passed Buck To Long-Term Care Homes Ahead Of COVID-19 2nd Wave Huffingtonpost
    While doctors and advocates were calling on Ontario to prepare nursing homes quickly for the second wave of COVID-19, the government was telling homes it was their responsibility to find extra staff — and warning that hospitals might not have resources to help. “Ensuring the provision of required staffing is ultimately the responsibility of the licensee and I ask that you continue to do what you can to address this most pressing need,” Richard Steele, deputy minister of long-term care, wrote to licensed homes in a memo on Sept. 11.  “Please note that going forward, the supply of hospital ... more
  • 6 days Why Indoor Gyms Are Prime Spots For Superspreader Events Huffingtonpost
    A recent COVID-19 outbreak at a southern Ontario fitness studio is illustrating how certain indoor settings can provide a perfect storm for superspreading events. The studio, a downtown Hamilton SPINCO location, has been connected to 69 cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday, despite screening customers, operating at 50 per cent capacity and keeping the recommended two-metre radius around bikes. So how did so many cases originate there? And does it raise concern about how the novel coronavirus can spread in a gym setting? “Certainly this event makes you wonder that,” said Dr. Matthew Oughton, an infectious disease expert ... more
  • 6 days Canada’s Average House Price Soars 17.5% In ‘Very Strange Year’ For Real Estate Huffingtonpost
    Canada’s housing market has come racing out of the pandemic lockdowns this spring, setting a third consecutive monthly record for home sales in September. The association says September home sales were up 45.6 per cent compared with the same month last year. Compared with August, CREA says home sales were up 0.9 per cent on a seasonally adjusted basis. Month-over-month gains in Ottawa, Greater Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Calgary and Hamilton-Burlington, Ont., were mostly offset by declines in the Greater Toronto Area and Montreal. Watch: ‘Velocity’ in U.S. resale housing market is the highest ever. Story continues below. ... more
  • 6 days Calls To Domestic Abuse Helplines Surge As Women Face ‘Shadow Pandemic’ Huffingtonpost
    Several helplines for women experiencing violence at home are reporting dramatic increases in calls since public health measures aimed at fighting the spread of COVID-19 came into effect last spring. The urgency and severity of many callers’ situations have also intensified, said Angela MacDougall, the executive director of Battered Women’s Support Services based in Vancouver. “What women are saying is that it’s like a pressure cooker in the house and there isn’t a valve,” she said in an interview. The United Nations has called violence against women and girls a “shadow pandemic” as the COVID-19 crisis fuels social ... more
  • 7 days HuffPost Canada Splash: Oct. 14, 2020 Huffingtonpost
  • 7 days Transphobic Comic In Toronto Star Prompts Backlash From LGBTQ Advocates Huffingtonpost
    The Toronto Star is facing backlash after publishing a comic strip featuring a transphobic joke and imagery in the national paper this week. The Toronto chapter of PFlag, an outreach and support group for the LGBTQ+ community, drew attention to the comics on Twitter and called on the Star to apologize.  This cartoon in today’s @TorontoStar is transphobic and so offensive. An apology has to be issued at once. And the cartoonist needs to be seriously reprimanded. pic.twitter.com/TqK8AP6lIf— TorontoPflag (@TorontoPflag) October 13, 2020 “The comic perpetuates stereotypes and discriminatory thoughts towards trans folks by ... more
  • 7 days Lobster Catch Destroyed, Van Burned As Tension Rises Over Indigenous Fishery In N.S. Huffingtonpost
    HALIFAX — The chief of a Mi’kmaq First Nation says an angry group of non-Indigenous people damaged lobster pounds holding his people’s catch and burned a vehicle on Tuesday night.  Video being circulated on social media shows a van being set alight in West Pubnico, N.S., during one of the tense encounters. Chief Mike Sack of Sipekne’katik First Nation says damage occurred at two locations, one in West Pubnico and the other in the Weymouth area, and lobster caught by the Indigenous fishers was removed from lobster pounds. “Local fishermen attacked two lobster buying facilities ... more
  • 1 week Butterflies Released At Ontario Nursing Home A ‘Story Of Hope’ For Seniors Huffingtonpost
    Retirement and long-term care homes have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic this year, but residents at one Ontario home experienced a little extra joy this summer releasing monarch butterflies in their courtyard.  Anne MacLean James is a former activation aide at Golden Dawn Senior Citizen Home in Lions Head, Ont., who returned in March after being retired and volunteering for 10 years to help with one-on-one visits and activities during the pandemic. She’s affectionately known by residents as the “monarch lady” because she’s been bringing butterfly enclosures to the home for the past three years. MacLean ... more
  • 1 week Senate To Pay $498K To Harassment Victims After Years-Long ‘Crisis’ Huffingtonpost
    OTTAWA — The Senate announced Wednesday it will pay $498,000 to nine ex-employees for harassment and sexual harassment they experienced while working in the office of former senator Don Meredith. Compensation is the culmination of a multi-year process that has been plagued by delays and secrecy Toronto lawyer Brian Mitchell represented two of the nine former employees. Both participated in an independent evaluation process led by former Quebec Appeal Court judge Louise Otis this summer to determine compensation. They previously asked not to be identified out of fear over negative repercussions at work. “It has been a long ... more
  • 1 week Canadian Economy’s ‘K-Shaped Recovery’: Lower Earners Face Insolvency While Homeowners’ Wealth Soars Huffingtonpost
    As Canada faces a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, an ugly reality is emerging: For some households, the pandemic means the prospect of financial ruin, while for others it means extra cash and soaring property values. In a report issued Wednesday, real estate brokerage Royal LePage said the shutdowns meant many earners have less to spend on ― and so have decided to put that money into real estate. Despite the steepest economic downturn since the Great Depression, Canadian house prices have soared, with the aggregate price up 8.6 per cent over the past year to $692,964, by ... more
  • 1 week WestJet Suspends Flights To Atlantic Canada, Announces Job Cuts Huffingtonpost
    CALGARY ― WestJet Airlines Ltd. is suspending operations to four cities in Atlantic Canada and reducing service to others in the region as the pandemic continues to take a toll on the airline industry. WestJet said Wednesday it will indefinitely halt routes to Fredericton, Moncton, N.B, Sydney, N.S., and Charlottetown, while paring down service to Halifax and St. John’s, N.L. The airline is also suspending operations between Toronto and Quebec City. The cuts eliminate more than 100 flights weekly starting Nov. 2, and remove nearly 80 per cent of WestJet’s seat capacity from the Atlantic region, WestJet said. ... more
  • 1 week Canadian Support For Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccine Drops Dramatically: Poll Huffingtonpost
    OTTAWA — Canadians appear to be turning against mandatory COVID-19 inoculations whenever a vaccine becomes available, with a new poll suggesting the number of people opposed to the idea is growing. The poll by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies is the latest to take the public’s temperature during the COVID-19 pandemic, and comes as governments and scientists around the world are scrambling to find a vaccine. The federal government has also inked a number of agreements with pharmaceutical companies to purchase millions of doses of their vaccine candidates if they prove safe and effective, over fears ... more
  • 1 week The B.C. Leaders’ Debate: 5 Takeaways From Horgan, Wilkinson and Furstenau Huffingtonpost
    British Columbia held its only debate of the snap election campaign Tuesday night, and those looking for the fireworks of the recent U.S. presidential debate were likely disappointed by the relatively polite and calm discourse on stage.  Where the Donald Trump-Joe Biden battle was full of interruptions, outrage and very little substance, Tuesday’s event, broadcast from the University of British Columbia’s Chan Centre, was a civil and comparatively fireworks-free affair from the province’s three main party leaders.  With a hearty lead in the polls, NDP Leader John Horgan was tasked with not rocking the boat too much. Meanwhile, ... more
  • 1 week HuffPost Canada Splash: Oct. 13, 2020 Huffingtonpost
  • 1 week RCMP Union Tells Officers To Proudly Wear Controversial ‘Thin Blue Line’ Symbol Huffingtonpost
    A dispute between RCMP management and its members this weekend over whether officers should be allowed to wear the controversial “thin blue line” symbol points to growing tension within Canada’s largest police force, experts say.  Late last week, the RCMP directed its members to stop displaying the “subdued” black and white Canadian flag with a blue line across the middle of their uniforms and equipment, reported the Toronto Star By Monday, the National Police Federation, which represents 20,000 RCMP members, announced on Facebook it does not support management’s decision and will be ordering new Thin Blue Line patches ... more
  • 1 week Doug Ford Urges Food Delivery Apps To Cut Fees For Restaurants Huffingtonpost
    Ontario Premier Doug Ford says it’s time for food delivery services like Uber Eats to pitch in and cut fees for struggling restaurants.  “We need you to help out these mom and pop shops right now. Please consider reducing the commission rates you charge restaurants impacted by these new health measures,” Ford said Tuesday at an announcement in Etobicoke, Ont. The Ontario government announced Friday it would prohibit indoor dining in Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa for a second time to slow down the spread of COVID-19. “I’ll tell ya, it’s painful doing what we had to do ... more
  • 1 week Trudeau Dismisses Conservative Push For Special Anti-Corruption Committee On WE Charity Controversy Huffingtonpost
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested Tuesday that Conservatives are playing politics by pushing for a special anti-corruption committee to examine the WE Charity controversy while his government focuses on helping Canadians through the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. At a press conference in Ottawa, alongside Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam, Trudeau was asked what he thought about the Tories’ proposal for a new committee to probe the government’s since-scrapped decision to have WE Charity administer the Canada Student Service Grant program. The arrangement fell apart amid questions about Trudeau’s ties to the charity, including speaking ... more
  • 1 week B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson Regrets Not Saying Something After Sexist Video Leaks Huffingtonpost
    As the British Columbia provincial election enters its final stretch, the B.C. Liberal Party is scrambling after a Zoom “roast” video leaked this weekend. The recording, featuring a party candidate engaging in sexist comments, had attendees that included the party leader and other Liberal candidates standing by and laughing along. B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson told reporters Tuesday he regrets not speaking up and was “appalled” by the comments made by Vancouver North Seymour candidate Jane Thornthwaite during a virtual roast of a retiring colleague several weeks ago.  “I was embarrassed to see those remarks made,” he said ... more
  • 1 week Alberta To Slash Up To 11,000 Health-Care Jobs During Pandemic Huffingtonpost
    The Alberta government says it is cutting up to 11,000 jobs at Alberta Health Services to save money. Health Minister Tyler Shandro made the announcement Tuesday at a news conference in Edmonton. He says nurses and front-line workers will not lose their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic.  READ MORE No, The Surge In COVID Cases Isn't Just Because Of More Testing: Experts Kenney Says Alberta Won’t ‘Enforce Its Way Out’ Of Second Wave Ontario Hospitals To Lay Off ... more
  • 1 week China Says It Ran 3 Million COVID-19 Tests In Mere Days After Outbreak Huffingtonpost
    BEIJING — Authorities in the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao said Tuesday that they have completed coronavirus tests on more than three million people following the country’s first reported local outbreak in nearly two months. The city’s health department said no new cases have been found among the more than 1.1 million test results returned thus far. The city said it had a total of 12 cases, six with symptoms and six without, since the new outbreak was first spotted over the weekend at a hospital. The Chinese ... more
  • 1 week Man Charged With Murder After 2 Young Boys Found Dead In Quebec Huffingtonpost
    WENDAKE, Que. — A man has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of two young children in Wendake, Que. Provincial police spokesman Louis-Philippe Bibeau said the 30-year-old man appeared in court by video-conference late Sunday after being interrogated by police. Police were called to Wendake, a Huron-Wendat First Nation near Quebec City, at around 2 a.m. Sunday after two bodies were found in a home. Police said Sunday that the boys were aged two and five, and the suspect turned himself in to Quebec City police. Community left reeling The man appeared in ... more
  • 1 week Focus On Hospital COVID-19 Preparation Left Care Homes Behind, Inquiry Hears Huffingtonpost
    Long-term care homes were neglected as Ontario focused on preparing its hospitals for a potential surge in COVID-19 patients when the pandemic hit, doctors told an independent inquiry recently. But those nursing homes — which had insufficient personal protective equipment, a lack of universal masking policies and physicians refusing to enter facilities over fears of the virus — were in fact where the surge materialized during the first wave, the Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission heard. Doctors from the non-profit Ontario Long-Term Care Clinicians organization testified before the inquiry at the end of September and detailed how ill-prepared the sector ... more
  • 1 week A Canadian Man Being Held In Isolation Only Just Found Out About COVID-19 Huffingtonpost
    A Canadian who has been held in isolation in China since 2018 has only just learned of the coronavirus pandemic, describing it as like a “zombie apocalypse movie”. Michael Kovrig was granted an online consular visit for the first time in 10 months where he learned about the virus, which has caused more than a million deaths globally. His wife released a statement confirming the access, remarking: “We are extremely proud that despite his long confinement, Michael’s spirit, determination – and even his sense of humour – remain unbroken. This is definitely something we can be grateful for.” ... more
  • 1 week Thanksgiving Is Different In 2020. Here’s How Canadians Are Adapting. Huffingtonpost
    Many Canadians are setting new Thanksgiving traditions as the COVID-19 pandemic downsizes family dinners, while some who are separated from their loved ones try to find other ways to be grateful. As the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic washes over the country, Canadians from coast to coast are being asked to limit the size of their Thanksgiving gatherings or keep them entirely virtual. Canada’s chief public health officer said last week’s troubling surge in infections means that some guests may be missing from the Thanksgiving table. WATCH: Feds urge “virtual Thanksgiving” this year. Story continues below.  ... more
  • 1 week Canadian Universities Could Lose Up To $3.4B Due To Pandemic: StatCan Huffingtonpost
    MONTREAL — Canadian universities could lose as much as $3.4 billion this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Statistics Canada has projected, in large part due to a decrease in the number of foreign students. In a report published this week, Statistics Canada tried to estimate university budget losses for the 2020-2021 school year. Tuition fees make up an increasingly large portion of university revenues, the agency said. In 2013-2014, tuition fees accounted for 24.7 per cent of school funding, while they made up 29.4 per cent in 2018-2019. The largest portion of university revenue comes from government ... more
  • 1 week Huron-Wendat Nation Stunned After 2 Boys Found Dead In Wendake, Que. Huffingtonpost
    WENDAKE, Que. — The entire Huron-Wendat Nation is in shock, Grand Chief Konrad Sioui said Sunday, after two children were found dead in Wendake, Que., a Huron-Wendat community near Quebec City. “We have no words,” Sioui said in an interview. “We can’t believe that little angels like this, young children, have been subjected to so much violence.” Quebec provincial police spokeswoman Ann Mathieu said earlier Sunday that the force received a call from Wendake police at around 2 a.m. about the discovery of two bodies. Suspect being questioned Mathieu said a 30-year-old man surrendered to Quebec City police ... more
  • 1 week 29 Million Women And Girls Are Victims Of Modern Slavery, Report Says Huffingtonpost
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new report estimates that 29 million women and girls are victims of modern slavery, exploited by practices including forced labor, forced marriage, debt-bondage and domestic servitude. Grace Forrest, co-founder of the Walk Free anti-slavery organization, said Friday that means one in every 130 women and girls is living in modern slavery today, more than the population of Australia. “The reality is that there are more people living in slavery today than any other time in human history,” she told a U.N. news conference. Walk Free defines modern slavery “as the systematic removal of ... more
  • 1 week Air Canada Will Acquire Transat For Much Cheaper Under Updated Deal Huffingtonpost
    MONTREAL — Air Canada is still looking to take Transat AT under its wing despite the COVID-19 pandemic that has rocked the airline industry, but it will pay far less than originally expected. The two companies announced Saturday they’d agreed on revised terms that would see Air Canada pay $5 a share for the parent company of Air Transat, compared to the $18 per share originally pledged in its takeover bid. That brings the total price of the takeover to $190 million, down from $720 million previously. “This is the worst crisis since the founding of Transat 33 ... more
  • 1 week Your Past Colds Could Help Ward Off Serious COVID-19 Symptoms: Study Huffingtonpost
    That pesky head cold you caught last year? It could now be one of your body’s lines of defence in preventing a severe case of COVID-19, according to new research That’s because seasonal common colds caused by coronaviruses may teach our bodies how to fight similar infections, including the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, according to a study from Boston University published last week.  Scientists found that patients who had experienced a cold caused by a coronavirus in the past five years and who later contracted COVID-19 had less severe COVID-19 ... more
  • 1 week HuffPost Canada Splash: Oct.11, 2020 Huffingtonpost
  • 1 week Toronto, Vancouver Jobless Rates Now Among Highest In Canada Huffingtonpost
    There’s no such thing these days as a “great place to find a job,” but if you need one fast in the pandemic, forget Toronto or Vancouver. You’d be better off in Manitoba or Saskatchewan. The pandemic shutdowns have turned Canada’s job markets upside down, and the previous engines of job growth ― the big cities ― are sputtering while some previously sluggish smaller centres have come out looking surprisingly strong. At 12.8 per cent, Toronto has the highest unemployment rate of any of the 33 metro areas tracked monthly by Statistics Canada, edging out Calgary and Edmonton ... more
  • 2 weeks COVID-19’s Second Wave Shifting To Seniors, Tam Warns Huffingtonpost
    Canada’s chief public health officer says the spread of COVID-19 is shifting towards seniors, adding to the mounting signs suggesting a second wave could hit just as hard as the first. In a statement Saturday, Dr. Theresa Tam said that while the summer saw cases concentrated in the 20 to 39 age range, infection rates are now accelerating in older populations. Reports of outbreaks in long-term care centres and retirement homes have been rising in recent weeks, but seem to be more contained than the eruption of cases that overwhelmed several facilities in April and May, said Tam. ... more
  • 2 weeks Legion Encourages Canadians To Stay Home For Remembrance Day This Year Huffingtonpost
    OTTAWA — The Royal Canadian Legion is taking the unprecedented step of discouraging Canadians from attending Remembrance Day ceremonies this year as COVID-19 upends the traditional ways of honouring those who sacrificed their lives for Canada. Legion branches across the country are scrambling to plan stripped-down versions of the annual sombre ceremonies on Nov. 11 as many local governments restrict large-scale gatherings due to the rising number of new COVID-19 cases. That includes in Ottawa, where as many as 30,000 Canadians gather alongside hundreds of veterans and serving military personnel every year to mark Remembrance Day at the ... more
  • 2 weeks Ontario Got 74% Of National Housing Fund, While B.C. Got Less Than 1% Huffingtonpost
    VANCOUVER — A federal government fund providing financing for affordable housing projects needs to be rebuilt because it doesn’t do enough to help provinces outside of Ontario, advocates say.  The National Housing Co-Investment Fund, administered by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., provides a mix of loans and forgivable debt to those building affordable housing and multi-use projects. Data obtained by federal NDP housing critic Jenny Kwan shows nearly 74 per cent of the financing for loans and grants has gone to Ontario projects from its inception in May 2018 to June 2020. “The application process has been ... more
  • 2 weeks Tucker Carlson’s Pronunciation Of ‘Ottawa’ Has People In Stitches Huffingtonpost
    Fox News’ primetime personality Tucker Carlson had many Twitter users scratching their heads on Friday night with his pronunciation of Ottawa. Carlson pronounced it “Ah-Tah-Wa” in a segment criticizing Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris. The anchor suggested the California senator didn’t know American history because she spent some of her teenage years north of the border. Check out the clip here: I have never heard anyone mispronounce "Ottawa" the way @TuckerCarlson does here. Very odd. pic.twitter.com/8nHEqEJsJk— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) October 10, 2020 Ottawa City Councillor Tim ... more
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