• Teachers reaching out to students with messages
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    Teachers reaching out to students with messages

    Now in week three of no school, seven-year-old Ryan Haines sure is missing his friends at Dr. A.T. Leatherbarrow Primary School in Hampton.In fact, the list of things he's missing keeps growing — gym, art class, playing outside with his friends, the library, choir, Lego club.  "I miss everything

  • Eastern Health sets up COVID-19 unit with space for 30 beds, finding capacity for more
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    Eastern Health sets up COVID-19 unit with space for 30 beds, finding capacity for more

    Eastern Health has set up one COVID-19 unit in the Health Sciences Centre in St. John's and is preparing to set up a second.David Diamond, president and CEO of Eastern Health, says there are about 30 beds on the unit.The unit is sealed off and only staff who are caring for patients with COVID-19

  • COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know Tuesday
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    COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know Tuesday

    * As of Monday, Quebec had 3,430 confirmed cases and 25 deaths attributable to COVID-19. Montreal has about half of those cases, with 1,612. * Ambulance workers will now be the only ones responding to medical calls on the island of Montreal. * Travel into certain Quebec regions with vulnerable populations

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    Premier Blaine Higgs warns COVID-19 rule breakers of fines over $10K, even confinement

    Premier Blaine Higgs issued a stern warning Monday to any New Brunswickers still ignoring the COVID-19 state of emergency rules."We will continue to ramp this up in terms of enforcement to ensure compliance," he told reporters during the briefing in Fredericton.That could include fines of more

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    2 found dead after Barrhaven row house fire

    2 people were found dead and another taken to hospital after a row house fire on Barnstone Drive in south Ottawa's Barrhaven community early Tuesday morning.Fire crews were called at 2:10 a.m. to the building near the Vimy Memorial Bridge.The fire spread from the unit where it started and firefighters

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    Chinese community group to donate 5,000 surgical masks to Windsor Regional Hospital

    Members of the Chinese Association of Greater Windsor (CAGW) have raised more than $25,000 to help protect front-line health-care workers against COVID-19.Relying on contacts in China, the CAGW were able to purchase approximately 5,000 surgical masks that are expected to arrive in Windsor sometime this

  • City converts hotel into COVID-19 recovery centre for people experiencing homelessness
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    City converts hotel into COVID-19 recovery centre for people experiencing homelessness

    In what the chair of Toronto's Board of Health is calling a first in Canada, the city has converted a 200-room hotel into a COVID-19 recovery centre for people experiencing homelessness. "We have on-site medical staff, as well as shelter staff," said Mary Anne Bedard, the general manager

  • Singing for their sanity: Sackville neighbours meet each day to sing at a safe distance
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    Singing for their sanity: Sackville neighbours meet each day to sing at a safe distance

    A group of friends and neighbours in Sackville meet each day at noon to sing simple songs they all know by heart to build a connection while physical distancing keeps them apart.About 14 people turned up in cars, on the sidewalk and on front stoops on Monday to sing along to songs like She'll be

  • Nunavut government imposes 24-hour security quarantine on northerners holed up in Winnipeg hotel
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    Nunavut government imposes 24-hour security quarantine on northerners holed up in Winnipeg hotel

    A few dozen people waiting to go home to Nunavut are under strict self-isolation orders in a Winnipeg hotel that they aren't allowed to leave unescorted and where they remain under 24/7 security surveillance.Angel Aksawnee, her mother and others from Nunavut are among those under isolation. They

  • Restaurant inspections move to complaint-based model as P.E.I. tries to limit COVID-19 risk
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    Restaurant inspections move to complaint-based model as P.E.I. tries to limit COVID-19 risk

    P.E.I.'s chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison says restaurant inspections in the province are now being handled on a complaints basis, as the food service industry tries to adapt to operating through the coronavirus pandemic and the province tries to limit the virus' spread.On Monday

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    Quebec's would-be Olympians optimistic, with the path to Tokyo now clear

    Joëlle Békhazi had a plan.The 15-year veteran of the Canadian women's water polo team was going to compete in her first Olympic Games, and in 2021, she was going to start a family."I was supposed to retire after these games," said the 32-year-old competitor.On Monday, the International

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    OPINION | Weekend education cuts announcement 'cowardly' and 'hypocritical'

    This column is an opinion. For more information about our commentary section and how you can contribute to the conversation, please read this editor's blog and our FAQ. It acted like a thief in the night.When the Alberta government announced what is surely the largest mass layoff in provincial history

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    COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Tuesday, March 31

    Apartment buildings are making changes to help tenants respect physical distancing guidelines.Restaurant inspections are moving to a complaint-based model, to limit direct visits of inspectors.P.E.I. Premier Dennis King made his first in-person appearance at a briefing on Monday following a period of

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    Musician Martha Wainwright invites Montrealers to another balcony sing-along

    Just over a week after musician Martha Wainwright led a chorus of Montrealers singing Leonard Cohen's So Long Marianne, the famed local folk singer will be heading another sing-along Tuesday night.The event is the second in an series co-organized by POP Montreal and Wainwright's Mile End café

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    A new reality for those who rely on public transit in Windsor

    The suspension of Transit Windsor services due to the COVID-19 pandemic isn't sitting well with those who depend on it to get to work.Stephen Druin works at a convenience store and relies on Transit Windsor to get there because it is too far away from home to ride a bike."We still have an influx

  • Canadian charities say federal aid may not be enough to stay afloat
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    Canadian charities say federal aid may not be enough to stay afloat

    While charitable organizations in Canada say they're relieved to be included in the federal government's wage subsidy program, they also say it may not be enough to get them through the COVID-19 pandemic and recover in the months after it ends.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday

  • N.S. landlords worried about confusion surrounding rent payments amid COVID-19
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    N.S. landlords worried about confusion surrounding rent payments amid COVID-19

    Landlords in Nova Scotia worry renters wrongly think they don't have to pay rent during the COVID-19 outbreak.Stella Van der Lugt owns rental properties and runs a Facebook group for landlords in the province. She said many would "face ruin" if renters don't pay for April and beyond

  • How much should the public know about COVID-19 cases? It depends who you ask
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    How much should the public know about COVID-19 cases? It depends who you ask

    New Brunswickers know how many cases of COVID-19 have been reported in their province, but not how many are linked to community transmission.They don't know how many are male or female — a detail the province stopped releasing last week, following a complaint — or the age of the patient who has been

  • How P.E.I. apartment buildings are keeping tenants apart
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    How P.E.I. apartment buildings are keeping tenants apart

    Some P.E.I. apartment building owners say they've taken measures to ensure their tenants respect physical distancing rules and don't get too close to one another. Mark Kenney, the president of CAPREIT — which rents out 1,000 apartment units in 15 buildings across P.E.I. — said there are obstacles

  • Some licensed child-care centres won't survive COVID-19 closures, industry warns
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    Some licensed child-care centres won't survive COVID-19 closures, industry warns

    Ontario stands to lose many of its licensed child-care centres due to a lack of funding during the COVID-19 crisis, operators and industry advocates are warning.Most of the centres have been closed since March 14, when the province and various municipalities introduced stricter measures to enforce physical

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    Cape Breton boys create own weekly online news program

    Two Cape Breton boys are busting their boredom by making online newscasts.Last Friday, Liam Sakalauskas, 11, and Lucas Sakalauskas, 9, of Sydney River, launched the first of what they hope will be Friday newscasts on their YouTube channel.On their first newscast, dramatic music played as Liam greeted

  • How Nova Scotia's COVID-19 lab more than tripled its testing capacity
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    How Nova Scotia's COVID-19 lab more than tripled its testing capacity

    A rapid training process and assembly line approach have allowed the QEII Health Sciences Centre microbiology lab in Halifax to more than triple its COVID-19 testing capacity in recent days.In the early days focusing on the pandemic, the lab was averaging between 200 and 250 tests a day, more than what

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    Point of View: Patience, please — waiting for cancer surgery during a pandemic

    Five days after the Montreal General Hospital cancelled my surgery, I had questions that needed answers: "Why?" and "What next?"I'm a cancer patient. Last year, I beat throat cancer. This year, about a month ago, I found out I have bowel cancer and need an operation. The sooner

  • Vet care during COVID-19: What N.L. pet owners need to know
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    Vet care during COVID-19: What N.L. pet owners need to know

    Local veterinary clinics are taking extra precautions and changing the way they operate to ensure they can keep their doors open during the COVID-19 pandemic.Maggie Brown-Bury is the president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Veterinary Medical Association, as well as an emergency vet at the Veterinary

  • Disinfect mail boxes and entertainment to 'feed and fuel' the soul; In The News for March 31
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    Disinfect mail boxes and entertainment to 'feed and fuel' the soul; In The News for March 31

    In The News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what's on the radar of our editors for the morning of March 31 ... COVID-19 in Canada ...Governments must be as transparent as possible with Canadians about response measures for COVID-19, says former