Highlights / pandemic

Health, Society

One-in-five Canadians making little to no effort to stop COVID-19 spread: poll

Six months into the COVID-19 pandemic and with parts of Canada gearing up for the second coronavirus wave, public health messages like wearing masks and regularly washing hands are being ignored by nearly one-fifth of Canadians, according to a new »

Immigration & Refugees, Politics, Society

Ottawa offers pathway to permanent residency to some asylum seekers

The federal government is granting a pathway to permanent residency to some asylum seekers who worked on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, caring for patients in hospitals and long-term care homes in Canada. Under the ad hoc measure announced »

Society, Sports

Defending champion Bianca Andreescu pulls out of U.S. Open

Defending champion Bianca Andreescu says she will not return to New York this year to defend her title at the U.S. Open because the COVID-19 pandemic has compromised her ability to prepare for the tournament. The 20-year-old Canadian made the »

Health, Society

COVID-19 in Canada is ‘under manageable control,’ says top doctor

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam says the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic is “under manageable control,” but warns Canadians to not let down their guard as the virus is still circulating in the country. There have been »

Health, Indigenous, Politics

Ottawa pledges $305M for Indigenous communities to tackle coronavirus crisis

The federal government has announced an additional $305 million to help Canada’s Indigenous Peoples battle the COVID-19 pandemic. Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says the money can be used for a wide variety of measures such as supporting vulnerable community »

Indigenous, International, Society

COVID-19 poses ‘critical threat to Indigenous Peoples,’ says UN rights chief

The COVID-19 pandemic that has infected nearly 20 million people worldwide and has claimed over 730,000 lives, poses a critical threat to Indigenous Peoples, says the United Nations top human rights official. In a statement released on Sunday, on the »

Economy

Ontario Hockey League 2020-2021 season to start in December

The Ontario Hockey League (OHL) is planning to start its 2020-2021 season on Dec. 1 to ensure that its players, staff, fans and community are able to play and attend games safely. “We are looking forward to getting back to »

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 »