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Clandestine Haircuts and Manicures: Underground Economy a Pandemic Problem

Public health officials and experts say that an underground economy that’s expanded during Ontario’s stay-at-home order hurts the economy and could be contributing to the spread of COVID-19.

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Canada’s Mandatory Three-day Hotel Quarantine: List of Government-Authorized Hotels

The federal government has released a list of 11 approved hotels in the four cities where international flights are permitted to land. The federal government says more… Read more »

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Cost of Canada’s Mandatory Three-day Hotel Quarantine Stay

The cost of the mandatory three-day hotel quarantine that goes into effect on Monday appears to be well below the $2,000-per-person price tag cited by officials when… Read more »

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A Quick Look at Some of the COVID-19 Variants That Have Been Identified

Scientists say it’s normal for viruses to acquire small changes or mutations in their genetic alphabet as they reproduce. Just a couple of months after the novel… Read more »

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Canada Aims to Double Genomic Surveillance for Concerning Variants

A national agency leading a network of labs hunting for variants of COVID-19 is aiming to double its efforts across Canada as part of a global surveillance… Read more »

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‘I’ve Been Pushed to My Absolute Breaking Point;’ Canadian Zoos Struggle to Survive

Last week, Paul Goulet’s 10-year-old daughter quietly went to his wife with worry about her father. “It’s like he’s here, but he’s not really here,” she said…. Read more »

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B.C. Records Uptick in COVID-19 Cases as Officials Issue Reminder About Precautions

Health officials in British Columbia are reminding residents to follow public health orders and restrictions after a significant rise in cases from earlier this week. Provincial health… Read more »

Alberta Health Minister Says It’s Safe to Move Forward With Next Stage of COVID-19 Reopening Plan

Alberta Health Minister Says It’s Safe to Move Forward With Next Stage of COVID-19 Reopening Plan

Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro says he believes it’s safe to move forward with the province’s staged reopening plan as COVID-19 case numbers trend downward. Alberta reported… Read more »

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Ford Suggests Province Will Grant Toronto, Peel Request for Delay Easing Restrictions

Premier Doug Ford suggested Thursday that his government would grant a request from Toronto and Peel Region to remain under a stay-at-home order for two more weeks…. Read more »

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All Yukon Residents Will Be Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccination Starting March 1

Yukon Premier Sandy Silver says all residents of the territory could be immunized against COVID-19 within a matter of weeks, now that an adequate supply of vaccine… Read more »

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Vaccine ‘80% Effective’ Among Quebec Health Workers and Long-Term Care Residents

The single dose of vaccine given to Quebec health-care workers and long-term care residents has been 80 per cent effective at stopping COVID-19 infections, the province’s immunization… Read more »

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Canadian Government Modifies North Atlantic Right Whale Protection Measures for 2021

The federal Fisheries Department will continue efforts this year to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales in Canadian waters, but it is making some changes to reduce… Read more »

Quebec to Compensate Movie Theatres for Lost Snack Revenue After ‘Popcorngate’

Quebec to Compensate Movie Theatres for Lost Snack Revenue After ‘Popcorngate’

The Quebec government will compensate movie theatre owners for lost concession stand revenue, Premier Francois Legault said Thursday, following a disagreement that he dubbed “Popcorngate.” The province… Read more »

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WestJet to Suspend Flights to Four Canadian Cities Until June Amid Low Travel Demand

WestJet says it is suspending service to four Canadian cities amid slumping demand due to COVID-19 restrictions. Starting March 19, the airline plans to suspend all flights… Read more »

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First Bitcoin ETF in North America Debuts on TSX as Cryptocurrency Prices Surge

North America’s first Bitcoin exchange-traded fund began trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange today. The Purpose Bitcoin ETF, developed by Toronto-based Purpose Investments, was approved for trading… Read more »

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Ontario Loses 355,000 Jobs in 2020, Single Largest Decline on Record: FAO

Ontario’s fiscal watchdog says the province lost more than 355,000 jobs last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Financial Accountability Officer says in a new report… Read more »

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Canadians Face Challenging RRSP Year as Pandemic Continues: Experts

Canadians who experienced pandemic-induced layoffs and wage reductions or saved while working from home are facing a new challenge as March approaches: what to do about their… Read more »

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Canadian Mars Scientist Excitedly Awaits Landing of NASA’s Perseverance Probe

Chris Herd plans to be in his living room in Edmonton today but his heart will be on Mars. The University of Alberta planetary geologist — one… Read more »

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Oilers Star Connor McDavid Reaches 500 Career Points With Assist in 369th Game

Oilers captain Connor McDavid joined an elite club Wednesday night, recording his 500th NHL point. Edmonton’s star centre was quick to minimize the feat, however. “It’s a… Read more »

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Canadian Tire Closing All National Sports Stores Amid Higher-Than-Expected Revenues

Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd. says it’s closing all its National Sports stores to reduce overlap in the company’s sporting goods assortment after an internal evaluation. All 18… Read more »

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U.S. Deep Freeze Weather Boosts Canadian Oil and Gas Producer Profits and Prospects

Canadian oil and gas producers are banking higher profits as unusually severe winter weather sidelines U.S. rivals this week and drives up demand and prices for their… Read more »

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Saskatchewan RCMP Charge Leader of Canadian Nationalist Party With Hate Speech

RCMP in Saskatchewan have charged the leader of the Canadian Nationalist Party with wilfully promoting hate against Jewish people. Police say officers began investigating Travis Patron after… Read more »

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Black Creators Explore ‘the Future of Blackness’ in ’21 Black Futures’ on CBC Gem

From the time Obsidian Theatre artistic director Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu was appointed to her position in January 2020 to when she started it in July, the world… Read more »

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‘Nails on a Chalkboard’: Ford Accused of Directing ‘Misogynistic’ Remark at Opposition Leader Horwath

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is being criticized for directing what’s being called a “misogynistic” remark towards the leader of the Opposition. During a legislative session Wednesday, Ford… Read more »