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Ottawa says coronavirus disability grant will be paid Friday after months-long delay

A long-delayed, one-time payment to Canadians with disabilities to help them financially during the coronavirus pandemic will finally be delivered starting Friday.The federal government says the tax-free payment up to $600 will arrive that day for Canadians who were deemed eligible by the end of September. Payments to other recipients may arrive in January or spring of 2021 if they are confirmed by the end of November and February, respectively.Roughly 1.6 million Canadians are anticipated to receive the payment, which the parliamentary budget office says will cost the federal treasury $792 million. The payment is intended to help offset additional costs during the pandemic, including grocery deliveries, medications and personal protective equipment.The first legislative push to provide th...

Canada posts 2nd-highest total of new coronavirus cases as U.S., world smash records

Canada reported another 2,951 new cases of the novel coronavirus Thursday, nearly hitting the daily record set just days ago.It’s the second-highest number of daily confirmed infections since the beginning of the pandemic, behind the 3,004 reported on Sunday.The new cases account for just over three per cent of the 92,328 tests completed over the past day, according to provincial health data.Canada has now seen a total of 228,301 confirmed cases of COVID-19 to date, of which 191,208 have recovered from the disease. Over 11.5 million tests have been completed. Story continues below advertisement Forty-two new deaths were also reported Thursday, bringing the national death toll to 10,074. Over a third of those deaths were historical and did not occur over the past 24 hours.Out of the 17,043 ...

France, Germany face new round of coronavirus lockdowns as cases surge

A new wave of lockdowns and business closings swept across France, Germany and other places in Europe on Wednesday as surging coronavirus infections there and in the U.S. wipe out months of progress against the scourge on two continents.The resurgence and the resulting clampdown sent a shudder through Wall Street. The S&P 500 fell 3.5 per cent, its biggest drop since June, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 943 points, or 3.4 per cent.French President Emmanuel Macron declared a new nationwide lockdown starting Friday, saying the country has been “overpowered by a second wave.” Many doctors had urged the move, given that 58 per cent of the nation’s intensive care units are now taken up by COVID-19 patients. Story continues below advertisement In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel...

B.C. is cracking down on social gatherings. How will the rules be enforced?

Surrey RCMP say they are prepared to deal with changes to public health orders, after B.C.’s top doctor announced the province is cracking down on the number of people allowed at social gatherings.Following the highest-number of COVID-19 cases recorded yet in a single day, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Monday that she was limiting gatherings in private homes to no more than your immediate household plus your “safe six.” 1:33 Keith Baldrey on new restrictions on private gatherings Keith Baldrey on new restrictions on private gatherings That refers to the six additional people in your household’s bubble, not six additional people per person living in your house. Story continues below advertisement Surrey RCMP said they expect to be busy, especially with Halloween just ...

City of Regina steps up mandatory mask enforcement on buses

The City of Regina says it’s taking steps to ensure mandatory mask use on buses.Since Aug. 31, mask use has been mandatory and Regina Transit has been handing out the personal protective equipment (PPE) at some locations.“The bus drivers are being asked, as part of their function, to remind (riders) to please put a mask on and it is an exceptional circumstance where people don’t have masks on,” Regina Mayor Michael Fougere said on Tuesday.Last week, Regina Transit increased distribution to 10 locations during peak ridership times. The city said it’s handed out just over 5,700 masks.Starting Wednesday, Oct. 28, buses will be randomly checked for compliance and passengers not wearing a mask — except those who are medically exempt and children under five years of age — will be asked to leave....

United Nations cancels all in-person meetings after 5 coronavirus cases reported

The United Nations on Tuesday cancelled all in-person meetings for this week after a U.N. member nation reported five cases of COVID-19 among its staff.General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir sent a letter to the 193 U.N. member nations initially announcing a cancellation of Tuesday meetings on the advice of the U.N. Medical Unit in order to carry out contact tracing.He then followed up with a second letter in the evening saying Secretary-General Antonio Guterres recommended that in-house meetings be suspended for the rest of the week “to allow for a better understanding of the extent of the exposure and for full contact tracing to be completed.”Bozkir said after consulting with the chairs of the assembly’s six main committees, “and in light of the need to safeguard public health,” he was...

Yukon sees 2 new coronavirus infections, bringing total number of cases to 22

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted October 26, 2020 10:40 pm 3:18 Coronavirus: WHO says world is at a ‘critical juncture’ amid pandemic, some countries on a ‘dangerous track’ WATCH: WHO says world is at a ‘critical juncture’ amid pandemic, some countries on a ‘dangerous track’ Yukon‘s chief medical health officer says two more people in Watson Lake have tested positive for COVID-19.Dr. Brendan Hanley says in a statement the two new cases bring the cluster of infections to five in members of the same household.The statement says the origin source of the infections is still being investigated and contact tracing is underway. [ Sign up for our Health IQ newsletter for the latest coronavirus updates ] Watson Lake residents who have any symptoms, even mild ones, are being urged to get tested. T...

Canada adds 2,531 new coronavirus cases, but new data shows record weekend surge

Canada reported another 2,531 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus Monday, but new data from over the weekend reveals the country posted a far higher number a day earlier — shattering the daily record.Backdated cases reported Monday by Alberta and British Columbia, who take weekends off from announcing testing data, show Sunday’s true total of new cases nationwide was 3,004.It’s the first time over 3,000 cases have been reported in a single day across the country.Saturday’s true daily total was nearly as high, at 2,932 new confirmed infections.To date, Canada has reported 219,982 cases of COVID-19, although 184,306 of those patients have recovered from the disease. Story continues below advertisement Over 11.2 million tests have been performed to date. The weekend testing data show...

Patty Hajdu responds to Twitter photo, says she only removes mask to eat, drink

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted October 25, 2020 8:57 pm Updated October 25, 2020 9:14 pm Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu says she took off a face mask at the airport only to eat or drink, following a Twitter post showing her without a face covering at Pearson airport in Toronto.The photo of Hajdu without a mask was posted Sunday evening by a self-described aide to Alberta’s advanced-education minister.It shows Hajdu seated in a chair by herself with a piece of rolling luggage next to her, either speaking or smiling.Hajdu replied by saying that following public health rules is important to her and she removes her mask only when those rules allow it, such as to eat or drink. Trending Stories Story continues below advertisement There’s no food or drink apparent in the image, though th...

Heightened restrictions begin in Winnipeg schools Monday

A Winnipeg parent says the province moving to heighten restrictions in city schools Monday amid rising COVID-19 case numbers while still keeping in-class instruction will be good for her children’s learning.“I have so many friends (who say), ‘oh, they need to shut schools down’ — no, they need to keep kids in school as long as they can,” said mother of two Lilija Tonnellier.“Space it out, hire more teachers, more supervisors, to help spread out these classes to keep the kids in school as long as they can, as long as it’s safe.”Chief provincial public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin said Thursday the new rules coming to schools will include increased physical distancing — up to two metres from one, to the greatest extent possible. Roussin advised schools to adjust classroom space as necess...

New cases of COVID-19 confirmed at 4 Saskatoon, Regina schools

Saskatoon school divisions are reporting cases of COVID-19 in three schools.On Wednesday, the Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools (GSCS) said a case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in an individual in St. Joseph High School.The school division says the individual was in attendance while they were communicable at the beginning of last week.“We are working with public health to ensure necessary measures are in place to protect all students,” said the GSCS division said in a press release.Later on Wednesday, GSCS said the Saskatchewan Health Authority informed it of a positive COVID-19 case at E.D. Feehan Catholic High School. Story continues below advertisement “Risk of exposure for anyone not considered a close contact remains low. (E.D. Feehan) classes will continue as scheduled,” read another GS...

Coronavirus: Barrie-operated provincial offences courts to remain closed until mid-January

All provincial offences courts that are operated by the City of Barrie will remain closed up to and including Jan. 22, 2021, as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic.City officials say all matters scheduled up until and including Jan. 22 have been cancelled, with defendants not required to attend court. Officials say all matters will be rescheduled by court order and that all defendants will receive a new court date in the mail.The order includes the following provincial offences courts and offices:Barrie Provincial Offences Office at 45 Cedar Pointe Dr.Orillia Provincial Offences Office in the Willow Court Plaza at 575 West St. S., Unit 107Churchill Satellite Court at the Churchill Community Centre at 6322 Yonge St. N.Collingwood Satellite Court at 49 Huron St.Penetanguishene Satelli...

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