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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...

Logan’s Pub, Victoria live music mainstay, shuts for good amid COVID-19

A popular Victoria, B.C. gathering place and live music venue is closing its doors for good due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Logan’s Pub announced this week that it is shutting down permanently after more than two decades in business.Logan’s closed in March for what it described as an “intermission,” but has yet to reopen.The owners said they had explored the possibility of reopening without live music. [ Sign up for our Health IQ newsletter for the latest coronavirus updates ] But they said the cost of health regulations, the inability to open a street patio and a recent public health order banning liquor sales after 10 p.m. meant it wouldn’t be financially viable. Trending Stories Story continues below advertisement 1:59 B.C. pubs closing after health order cuts off liquor sales early B.C. p...

Video shows ‘aggressive verbal argument’ over masks on SkyTrain

Metro Vancouver Transit Police are urging the public not to take it upon themselves to enforce TransLink’s mandatory mask policy.It comes after another video surfaced on social media of a transit confrontation over masking up, this time on SkyTrain.In the video, two men can be seen standing toe to toe, screaming profanities at one another. After the two separate, one of the men can be heard yelling COVID-19 conspiracy theories to other passengers on the train.“It appears an argument between two men over either wearing or not wearing a mask,” said transit police Sgt. Clint Hampton.“It was a pretty aggressive verbal argument, and fortunately, at least from what we’ve seen, there wasn’t any kind of physical assault … but it could have turned into something so much more.” Story continues below...

St. Boniface Hospital intensive care unit officially over capacity

St. Boniface Hospital’s intensive care unit is officially over capacity.The Intensive Care Medicine Surgery (ICMS) unit, where the hospital says it cares for its most critical patients, has all 14 beds occupied.A memo posted to the hospital’s website says they have had to admit a patient to the Intensive Care Cardiac Surgery (ICCS) unit as a result.The ICCS unit is also unable to take any new patients as staff have been furloughed due to exposure from a patient.The hospital says more than half the patients needing critical care are positive for COVID-19. Story continues below advertisement “We know that patients being treated for COVID-19 remain in intensive care for longer periods of time than other critical care patients,” the memo says.“This puts additional pressure on our capacity. Due...

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...

720 Disney World performers laid off due to coronavirus

With many of its live entertainment shows gone dark because of the coronavirus, Walt Disney World on Wednesday laid off 720 actors and singers, according Actors’ Equity Association, the labour union representing the performers.Only 60 Equity performers are working or returning to work at the Orlando, Florida-based theme park resort, the union said in a statement.The performer layoffs were part of The Walt Disney Co.’s plans to eliminate 28,000 jobs in its parks division in California and Florida because of restrictions and costs from the pandemic. Two-thirds of the planned layoffs involve part-time workers.“Our hearts go out to all the cast members at Walt Disney World,” said Kate Shindle, president of Actors’ Equity Association. “Disney has made it clear that our members would face work r...

College Louis-Riel temporarily sending students home after several COVID-19 cases

A Winnipeg school is transitioning to remote learning and closing its doors for two weeks after a rise in COVID-19 cases.The DSFM (Division scolaire franco-manitobaine) is asking students at College Louis-Riel to stay home until Monday, Nov. 9, when classes are scheduled to resume.“There are four cases presently at College Louis-Riel,” DSFM superintendent Alain Laberge told Global News.“Our school board made the decision to send all students home to err on the side of caution.”“We understand this is an unexpected inconvenience, but know that this decision is made in the best interests of students, school staff and community health,” Laberge added in a letter to parents. Story continues below advertisement New rules introduced at schools in the Winnipeg Metro region and Northern region on M...

Liberals continue filibuster at Commons finance committee over WE Charity affair

The House of Commons finance committee — which could be holding consultations on an upcoming federal budget that is expected to contain historic deficits and unprecedented spending to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic — continues to be stuck on the WE Charity affair.Liberal members of the committee have resumed their filibuster of a Conservative motion that calls on the Speaker of the Commons to rule that redactions made to more than 5,000 pages of government documents on the WE affair amount to a breach of the committee’s privileges.The committee had ordered that the documents be released, without any redactions, to the parliamentary law clerk, who would then decide what information needed to be blacked out to protect personal privacy or cabinet confidences. Story continues below advertisem...

‘3D printing and then lots of duct tape’: B.C. dad creates electronic candy dispensers for Halloween

Necessity is the mother of invention, as the old saying goes, and one Ladner, B.C. dad has come up with innovative ways to make trick-or-treating during the COVID-19 pandemic as safe as possible.Matt Reed has been building DIY creations in his garage that involve PVC pipe, a 3D printer, some duct tape and a little ingenuity. 1:59 COVID-19 Halloween safety tips from an expert COVID-19 Halloween safety tips from an expert Among his creations is an automated candy dispenser that shoots treats out of the mouth of a dragon. Another dispenser consists of an elephant that shoots candy out of its trunk. Trending Stories Story continues below advertisement “They both use the same drive mechanism, which is an auger that pushes the candy out,” Reed said. “So that, 3D printing and then lots of duct ta...

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 ...

How will Saskatchewan’s provincial election affect municipal contests?

The lawn signs in Saskatoon and Regina aren’t going away just yet.On Monday, voters in the province handed Scott Moe’s Saskatchewan Party another majority government.In less than two weeks, voters in municipalities across the province will head to the polls again to elect local councils.A public policy professor at the University of Saskatchewan says the biggest effect the provincial contest could have on city elections stems not from policy, but from timing.“I don’t think one can draw any strong conclusions that last night’s vote, which was by all accounts relatively low on historical terms, will lead to a higher turnout in the fall election,” Peter Phillips said. Story continues below advertisement “In fact, it may (be) the opposite.”Phillips said having the provincial election so close ...

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