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Council to decide on mandatory masks in Waterloo Region Monday – Kitchener

Waterloo Region Council will hold a special council meeting on Monday afternoon to decide on whether face masks will be mandatory on public transit or in closed public spaces. Council will be asked to consider separate bylaws for transit riders on buses, LRT vehicles and bus shelters as well as enclosed spaces such as stores […]

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How to watch the ‘Global Goal: Unite for our Future’ concert

TORONTO — Months after the “One World: Together at Home” concert sought to bring unity to the millions of people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, a second concert is slated to highlight the inequalities facing marginalized communities as the virus spreads further. Saturday’s “Global Goal: Unite for Our Future” concert will see celebrities like Justin […]

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Bogus ‘contact tracing’ apps deployed to steal data: researchers

WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES — At least a dozen bogus “contact tracing” apps designed to look like official software to track coronavirus infections have been deployed globally to spread malware and steal user data, security researchers said Wednesday. The researchers from California-based firm Anomali said the apps, once installed on a device, “are designed to download […]

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What to look for in a cloth face mask and how to get one

TORONTO — Face masks seem to be emerging as an important accessory to any outfit as Canadians start to settle into ‘the new normal.’ Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, is now recommending that Canadians wear non-medical face masks if they are unable to maintain a distance of two metres from those around […]

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What it’s like to travel on a plane in the era of COVID-19

CALGARY — The one small pleasure of flying during the ‘Time of COVID’ is immediately evident just after checking in. Gone is the Bataan Death March that normally snakes around the dividers at security screening. One simply walks directly up to the bored Canadian Air Transport Security Authority screeners for inspection. Hand sanitizer was scanned […]

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Funerals by Zoom: How COVID-19 is changing death, as well as life, in Canada

Fr. Dominic Barber stood on the sidewalk, outside the care home in Markham, Ont., and shouted the prayers through the glass. “God have mercy,” he yelled, his hand held up in a blessing. He could not lay hands on the woman, as she neared death. He could not anoint her with oils. All he could […]

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This is why you don’t need to be productive during a pandemic

TORONTO — While it may seem like everyone else is re-organizing their homes, creating at-home workout routines, or perfecting the art of baking sourdough bread during the quarantine, there are many others who are sleeping in, binge-watching shows, or just taking each day as it comes. And that’s OK. That’s according to Toronto-based clinical psychologist […]

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Congressman positive; malls, census, Canada

Dozens of malls are closing, a U.S. congressman tested positive, the U.S. Census suspended field operations and stocks took another hit Wednesday as the coronavirus tightened its grip on the globe. The U.S. death toll reached 118, and America’s sense of normal continued to evolve. President Donald Trump’s promise of financial assistance did provide hope to […]

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How well are women represented on your local city council? Search hundreds of cities in our exclusive database to find out

One hundred years ago, on a winter day in 1920, Constance Hamilton, a suffragist, social activist and talented pianist, took her seat on Toronto city council, making history as the first woman elected to municipal office in Ontario. A century later, and despite a decades-long push to get more women into municipal politics, gender parity […]

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Indigenous leaders divided over proposed oil sands mine in northern Alberta

FORT CHIPEWYAN, ALTA. — As the deadlock between a group of Indigenous chiefs and a northern B.C. pipeline brings rail traffic to a standstill, the future of another energy project in northern Alberta is hanging in the balance. The proposed Teck Frontier oil sands mine project, estimated at $20 billion, would be about twice the […]

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