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Canadians can now pay for purchases of less than $100 in installments

It’s going to be a strange, back-to-school shopping season this year. It’s not just that COVID-19 has retailers advertising kids’ face masks right next to T-shirts, pencils and laptops. There’s another novelty many online shoppers will notice: you can now buy something as inexpensive as a pair of shoes in installments. “These buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) services are new and quickly gaining popularity,” the Better Business Bureau (BBB) said in a press release this week. And while the idea may sound “great,” consumers should “be careful,” the bureau warned. READ MORE: Where to buy kids’ masks in Canada and what to look for The majority of websites where the BBB has spotted the option to pay for small purchases in installments sell clothing and electronics, says Shawna-Kay Thomas, communications...

B.C. unemployment rate improves to 11.1% in July with boosts in hospitality, tourism

British Columbia’s unemployment rate dropped in July from 13 per cent to 11.1 per cent. New numbers from Statistics Canada on Friday show 70,200 new jobs were created in B.C. from June to July, the bulk of which were in service and producing industries. 3:41Statistics Canada release B.C. June job numbers Statistics Canada release B.C. June job numbers Those industries accounted for 60,800 new jobs, including 24,100 in accommodation and food services and 24,200 in wholesale and retail. Story continues below advertisement Unemployment hit a high of 13.4 per cent in May. Trending Stories [ Sign up for our Health IQ newsletter for the latest coronavirus updates ] The restaurant and tourism sector have been especially hard hit during the COVID-19 pandemic because of massive travel restrictions ...

B.C. unemployment rate improves to 11.1% in July with boosts in hospitality, tourism

British Columbia’s unemployment rate dropped in July from 13 per cent to 11.1 per cent. New numbers from Statistics Canada on Friday show 70,200 new jobs were created in B.C. from June to July, the bulk of which were in service and producing industries. 3:41Statistics Canada release B.C. June job numbers Statistics Canada release B.C. June job numbers Those industries accounted for 60,800 new jobs, including 24,100 in accommodation and food services and 24,200 in wholesale and retail. Story continues below advertisement Unemployment hit a high of 13.4 per cent in May. Trending Stories [ Sign up for our Health IQ newsletter for the latest coronavirus updates ] The restaurant and tourism sector have been especially hard hit during the COVID-19 pandemic because of massive travel restrictions ...

Coronavirus: One new case reported in Northumberland County

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit reported one new COVID-19 case in Northumberland County on Wednesday. This brings the total confirmed cases in the municipality to 26, and the total in the entire health unit’s jurisdiction to 216. One less case has been removed from the list of hospitalized individuals, bringing the jurisdiction’s total down to 14. The health unit says the case was not hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment. [ Sign up for our Health IQ newsletter for the latest coronavirus updates ] One hundred and ninety three cases of the 216 confirmed cases have been resolved, about 89 per cent. Trending Stories Fifteen high-risk contacts have been identified in total, seven in the City of Kawartha Lakes, seven in Haliburton, and one in Northumberland. Story contin...

Ontario’s rural, northern boards grapple with back-to-school plan

Ontario’s sprawling northern and rural school boards are working to interpret the province’s back-to-school plan for smaller communities, saying they don’t yet have all the answers for questions that parents are asking. Catherine Shedden, a spokeswoman for the Trillium Lakelands District School Board, said she’s fielded questions from parents about COVID-19 outbreak protocols and busing students to different schools. But with a month to go before classes resume, she said those questions remain unanswered — and they keep piling up given the unprecedented nature of the situation. “We keep having people say, ‘Oh, did you think of this?’ I’m like, ‘No, we did not,’” Shedden said. “It really is an ongoing exercise.” Story continues below advertisement In its plan released last week, the M...

COMMENTARY: Kinder, gentler approach to COVID put to the test in B.C.

British Columbia has been one of Canada’s most successful jurisdictions when it comes to bending down the curve of COVID-19 transmission. Much of the credit goes to Dr. Bonnie Henry. The province’s chief medical health officer has become a beloved figure, celebrated on T-shirts, on coffee mugs and in street murals. Her name and image have been emblazoned on designer shoes and made-in-B.C. specialty wines and craft beers. The secret of her success? Maybe it’s the “soft power” she wields in such a calming and reassuring manner. READ MORE: B.C. urges feds to tighten up coronavirus measures for airlines Unlike other jurisdictions, British Columbia never imposed severe economic lockdowns in its fight against COVID-19. Instead, businesses and public services that did shut down did so on a largel...

Coronavirus security restrictions enforced in Kashmir 1 year after autonomy was stripped

Authorities enforced security restrictions in many parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir on Wednesday, a year after New Delhi revoked the disputed region’s semi-autonomy in a decision that set off anger and economic ruin amid a harsh security clampdown. Officials lifted a curfew in the restive region’s main city of Srinagar late Tuesday, but said restrictions on public movement, transport and commercial activities would continue because of the coronavirus pandemic. Government forces placed steel barricades and razor wire across many roads, bridges and intersections. Shops and businesses remained shut and police and soldiers stopped residents at checkpoints, only letting an occasional vehicle or pedestrian pass. Several residents said government forces stopped them at checkpoints, saying the c...

Nova Scotia reports no new coronavirus cases on Wednesday

Nova Scotia reported no new cases of the coronavirus Wednesday, with only two active cases remaining. The QEII Health Sciences Centre’s microbiology lab completed 253 Nova Scotia tests on Aug. 4 and is operating 24 hours a day, according to the province. To date, Nova Scotia has 64,778 negative test results, 1,071 positive COVID-19 cases and 64 deaths. There are currently no people in hospital as a result of COVID-19. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. [ Sign up for our Health IQ newsletter for the latest coronavirus updates ] The province said 1,005 cases are now resolved. Trending Stories Residents are still encouraged to visit the 811 website if they have two or more of the following symptoms: Story continues below advertisement Fever (including chills, sweats) Cough or worsen...

1 new coronavirus case in London-Middlesex, 6 more in Elgin-Oxford

One new case of the novel coronavirus along with one new recovery were reported in London-Middlesex Sunday. According to the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU), the newest case is from the city of London, it does not involve a health-care worker, and it is not associated with any seniors’ homes. The newest case brings the region’s total COVID-19 case count to 676, of which 587 have recovered. Fifty-seven people have died. The most recent death was on June 12. There are now at least 32 active cases in the region, according to health unit numbers. At least 625 cases have been reported in London, while 25 have been in Strathroy-Caradoc. Elsewhere, 12 have been reported in Middlesex Centre, six each in North Middlesex and Thames Centre, and one each in Lucan Biddulph and Southwest Middlesex. ...

Protests against Netanyahu gain steam, thousands demonstrate in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM — Thousands of demonstrators gathered outside the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday and thronged the streets of central Jerusalem, as weeks of protests against the Israeli leader appeared to be gaining steam. The demonstration in central Jerusalem, along with smaller gatherings in Tel Aviv, near Netanyahu’s beach house in central Israel and at dozens of busy intersections nationwide, was one of the largest turnouts in weeks of protests. Throughout the summer, thousands of Israelis have taken to the streets, calling for Netanyahu to resign, protesting his handling of the country’s coronavirus crisis and saying he should not remain in office while on trial for corruption charges. Though Netanyahu has tried to play down the protests, the twice-a-wee...

Protests against Netanyahu gain steam, thousands demonstrate in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM — Thousands of demonstrators gathered outside the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday and thronged the streets of central Jerusalem, as weeks of protests against the Israeli leader appeared to be gaining steam. The demonstration in central Jerusalem, along with smaller gatherings in Tel Aviv, near Netanyahu’s beach house in central Israel and at dozens of busy intersections nationwide, was one of the largest turnouts in weeks of protests. Throughout the summer, thousands of Israelis have taken to the streets, calling for Netanyahu to resign, protesting his handling of the country’s coronavirus crisis and saying he should not remain in office while on trial for corruption charges. Though Netanyahu has tried to play down the protests, the twice-a-wee...

Protests against Netanyahu gain steam, thousands demonstrate in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM — Thousands of demonstrators gathered outside the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday and thronged the streets of central Jerusalem, as weeks of protests against the Israeli leader appeared to be gaining steam. The demonstration in central Jerusalem, along with smaller gatherings in Tel Aviv, near Netanyahu’s beach house in central Israel and at dozens of busy intersections nationwide, was one of the largest turnouts in weeks of protests. Throughout the summer, thousands of Israelis have taken to the streets, calling for Netanyahu to resign, protesting his handling of the country’s coronavirus crisis and saying he should not remain in office while on trial for corruption charges. Though Netanyahu has tried to play down the protests, the twice-a-wee...

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