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Immigration Application System Set for Massive Revamp in Wake of COVID-19

The federal Immigration Department says the “new normal” that will emerge after the pandemic requires a revamp of the technology used to handle millions of applications a year.

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Box’d: Canada’s First Fully Automated Restaurant to Open in Downtown Toronto

Paramount Fine Foods is opening Canada’s first fully automated restaurant, Box’d in Toronto. Creators of Box’d teamed up with Chef Tomer Markovitz to build an innovative Middle… Read more »

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Ontario Recommends Wearing Masks on Public Transit to Curb COVID Spread

Ontario is recommending passengers wear masks on public transit to fight the spread of COVID-19. It also urges commuters to practice physical distancing and hand washing, and the… Read more »

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Feds Won’t Release Report on Carbon Tax Costs for Grain Dryers on Prairies

The federal government will not release the data it relied on to decide against exempting fuels used in grain dryers from the national price on pollution — even though it appears to vary wildly from what Prairie farm groups say their producers are actually paying.

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CampTO: Toronto to Offer Summer Camps From July 13th; Registration to Start on June 24

The city of Toronto will begin to offer summer camps as part of its CampTO initiative, across the city starting on July 13 following the Province of… Read more »

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SwimTO: Toronto Beaches to Open For Swimming on June 22

The city of Toronto has launched SwimTO plan, a quick-start program that will expedite the opening of the City’s beaches, outdoor pools, wading pools and splash pads. Mayor… Read more »

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Beaches, Washrooms and Camping to Reopen at Ontario Provincial Parks

Select regions of Ontario are moving into Stage 2 allowing many businesses including outdoor dining at restaurants, personal and personal care services to reopen. As part of… Read more »

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Health Canada Expands Hand Sanitizer Recalls to Products From Ten Companies

Health Canada has updated the hand sanitizer recall it issued last week to include five more companies. The hand sanitizers are recalled because they contain industrial-grade ethanol…. Read more »

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Liberals Hunting for Support for Bill Reforming COVID-19 Benefits

The Trudeau Liberals’ push for changes to a key benefit for workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic hit political roadblocks as the New Democrats withdrew support for… Read more »

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Cautious Canadians Increasingly Wearing Masks, Fear Second Wave of COVID: Poll

Canadians are increasingly wearing protective face masks as they emerge from months of isolating at home to curb the spread of COVID-19, a new poll suggests. And… Read more »

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Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders Announces Resignation Effective July 31

Toronto’s police chief surprised many in the city on Monday by announcing plans to step down from the force’s top job months before his contract was due… Read more »

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List of Activities Allowed and Regions in Ontario (Map) That Can Move to Stage 2 From June 12th

Government of Ontario has announced that effective Friday, June 12, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., select public health regions in Ontario can move to stage 2 of reopening…. Read more »

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Troops Could Be Called to Testify in Lawsuits against Long-Term Care Homes

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces working inside long-term care homes could find themselves testifying about the state of those facilities in relation to lawsuits against the… Read more »

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Health Canada Recalls Hand Sanitizers From Five Companies

Health Canada says some hand sanitizers are being recalled because they contain industrial-grade ethanol. The agency says industrial-grade ethanol contains chemicals that may not be approved for use… Read more »

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Toronto Public Library to Allow Curbside Pickup Plan at 67 Branches From June 8

The Toronto Public Library has announced that 67 of its branches will be accepting online reservations for curbside pickup starting Monday. A spokeswoman for the library system… Read more »

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Ontario Extends Emergency Orders to June 19

Ontario is extending its emergency orders for another 10 days, including banning people from dining in bars and restaurants, and gathering in groups larger than five. The… Read more »

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Trudeau Takes a Knee at Anti-racism Protest on Parliament Hill

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau knelt on the ground as part of a crowd gathered on Parliament Hill Friday afternoon, in solidarity with anti-racism demonstrators protesting police killings of black people.

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Canadians with Disabilities to Get $300 to $600 One Time Tax-Free Payment

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced support to help Canadians with disabilities deal with extra expenses during the pandemic. This support includes a one-time payment to certificate holders… Read more »

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Toronto Chief of Police Mark Saunders Took a Knee in Solidarity with Anti-racism Demonstrators Marching In Toronto

The head of Toronto’s police service took a public knee on Friday in solidarity with marching anti-racism demonstrators protesting police killings of black people, with similar demonstrations planned in… Read more »

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Minister Says Reckoning on Police Violence against Indigenous People Needed

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says Canada needs a reckoning over a repeated and disgusting pattern of police violence against Indigenous people. Miller says he “watched in… Read more »

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Endangered Massassauga Rattlesnakes Born at the Toronto Zoo

Toronto Zoo has announced the birth of four massasauga rattlesnakes, an endangered species in the Carolinian population of southern Ontario. Eastern massasauga rattlesnakes are a challenging species to… Read more »

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May 2020 Unemployment Rate Hits New Record Even as Economy Adds Jobs

Statistics Canada reports a record high unemployment rate as the economy added 289,600 jobs in May, with businesses reopening amid easing public health restrictions. The unemployment rate rose to 13.7… Read more »

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Sail to Close Six Stores in Ontario and Quebec, Affecting 500 Employees

Outdoor retailer Sail is shrinking its footprint by a third with the closure of four stores in Quebec and two in Ontario that will affect about 500 workers. The… Read more »

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Nature Conservancy of Canada Releases List of 308 Animals and Plants that Only Exist in Canada

For the first time, Canadian biologists have come up with a list of plants, insects and animals that live only in this country and say many of them are… Read more »