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International, Society

Millions of Zimbabweans face acute hunger, UN food agency warns

Nearly nine million Zimbabweans, more than half of the country’s population, will face hunger by year’s end due to the combined effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, drought and endemic economic recession, according to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). »

Health

Gatherings of up to 250 people now allowed in Quebec

Starting today, the maximum number of people that can gather indoors and outdoors in Quebec is increasing from 50 to 250 people. The Quebec government originally announced the rule changes for public gatherings on July 23. The new rules apply »

Economy, Politics, Society

Trudeau announces plans to transition from emergency benefits to EI

The federal government plans to transition millions of Canadians who receive the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to the Employment Insurance (EI) program, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday. Trudeau promised that “no one will be left behind” as the »

Politics, Society

Canadian government launches national COVID tracking app

A free mobile app designed to help tell its users if they may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, was launched in Ontario by the Canadian government on Friday.  The COVID Alert app is available »

Economy, Society

Canada’s economy grew by 4.5% in May, set to grow more in June: report

Canada’s economy grew by a healthy 4.5 per cent in May and is set to grow by 5 per cent in June as the gradual lifting of pandemic-induced lockdowns takes the country further away from the economic abyss it was »

Politics, Society

Ontario launches inquiry into COVID-19 spread in long-term care homes

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced on Wednesday the launch of a commission of inquiry into how COVID-19 was able to spread through the province’s long-term care homes leading to more than 1,800 deaths during the pandemic. Ford said the commission »

Health, Society

Canada’s top doctor warns against ‘COVID-fatigue’

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, urged Canadians to remain vigilant and warned against the feeling of “COVID-fatigue,” as the country registered 114,994 cases of the novel coronavirus and 8,912 deaths on Wednesday. On the brighter side, Tam »

Sports

U Sports makes exception to football player eligibility rules

U Sports, the national brand of university sports in Canada, announced that it is making an exception to its age policy so that football players that are currently 24 years old do not lose their final year of eligibility due »

Society

Study offers initial look into how widespread COVID-19 antibodies are in Canada

The initial results of a study has given a glimpse into how widespread antibodies to COVID-19 there is in Canada’s adult population. The Canadian Blood Services and Canada’s COVID-19 Immunity Task Force (CITF) revealed on Thursday that less than 1 »

Economy, Society

COVID-19 could drive up demand for single family houses, says Statistics Canada

As working from home becomes more prevalent due to the pandemic, Canadians seeking to buy new houses are increasingly likely to turn to larger single-family homes and away from condominium units, Canada’s national statistics agency forecasts in its latest report »