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Microsoft expected to purchase ZeniMax for $7.5 billion

September 22, 2020

On Monday, Microsoft Corp. announced its plan to obtain ZeniMax Media Inc., owner of the video-game publisher Bethesda Softworks, for US$7.5 billion. Based in Rockville, Maryland, ZeniMax owns several other studios across the globe, which will give Microsoft’s Xbox business a mixture of titles and game developers. In November, Microsoft will launch a new generation…

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Airbnb cracks down on house parties by suspending listings

September 21, 2020

As part of an effort to crack down on house parties, Airbnb has suspended more than 40 listings across Ontario.  Airbnb says that the listing suspension is part of their 2019 policy changes to ban parties at properties. The company introduced a pilot project in Canada to restrict anyone under the age of 25 from…

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‘Schitt’s Creek’ dominated the comedy categories at Emmy Awards

On Sunday, Schitt’s Creek, the Canadian show about a fish out of water family, made history with a comedy sweep at the Emmy Awards. Schitt’s Creek won best comedy series, and awards were given to its stars, Catherine O’Hara, and father-son Eugene and Daniel Levy. Eugene Levy tweeted, “What a night for us! And what…

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COVID-19 outbreak in Foothills Hospital has been declared

According to Alberta Health Services, 10 patients and 2 staff members tested positive for COVID-19 at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary.  Testing is being offered for anyone who may have come in contact with the infected individuals. “While it may be difficult for some, visitors to the units are being limited to the only…

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Ontario reports 425 new Coronavirus cases, most in almost 4 months

On Monday, Ontario reported 425 new cases of COVID-19. As the trends keep going up, most of the cases came from Toronto, Peel, and Ottawa.  Health Minister Christine Elliott said 67 per cent of new cases were in people under the age of 40. Additionally, 18 of those new cases are school-related. Ever since the…

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AS COVID-19 cases begin to increase, even small gathering become risky

September 18, 2020

Ever since the pandemic started, Canadians have been bubbling up with close friends and family to socialize safely.  As children go back to school, and more people are returning to work, Covid-19 cases keep rising in many communities.  Health experts say that what worked as a safe approach in the early days of the lockdown…

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Retail Sales Begin to Slow dDown for Canadian Retailers

In July and August, sales drastically slowed down for Canadian retailers.  On Friday, Statistics Canada said that in July, sales grew 0.6 per cent, as opposed to 23 per cent in June and 21 per cent in May.  Brett House, a Scotiabank economist, said, “All in all, the numbers imply that retail activity is normalizing…

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Doctors say people should get the flu shot this year

As new cases of Covid-19 keep rising in many provinces, Doctors say urge people to get the flu shot this year. Many people are interested in receiving the flu shot now that the flu season is on the horizon, and Doctors are warning people to get the shot sooner than later. To learn why getting…

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The U.S. bans the use of WeChat and Tiktok for national security

Starting Sunday, The Commerce Department will ban TikTok and WeChat transactions.  According to Wilbur Ross, the Commerce Secretary, the order, which came into effect on Friday, is to “combat China’s malicious collection of American citizens’ personal data.” Downloading and using the app won’t be a banned transaction; messaging on the app “could be directly or…

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Highest Daily Count of Coronavirus Cases Reported in Ontario

On Friday, Ontario reported 401 new cases of Covid-19. Health Minister Christine Elliott said the province had seen a significant rise in new cases since the middle of August, with Toronto recording 130, Peel 82, and Ottawa 61. Two-thirds of the new cases reported on Friday were found in people under 40.  Premier Doug Ford…

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Canadian border restrictions may allow humanitarian exemptions

September 17, 2020

On Wednesday, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said that Canada’s travel restrictions might soon be adjusted, as they try to find a process to allow some exemptions on a case by case basis. “We want to make sure that there is a very careful process in place where people can apply for those exemptions, that…

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Apple announces a new, more affordable Apple Watch

On Tuesday, during Apple’s one-hour presentation at its massive headquarters in Cupertino, California, CEO Tim Cook did not mention iPhones.  Apple introduced a more economical version of its smartwatch, as they attempt to make the watch more appealing while many customers are forced to cut down during the coronavirus pandemic.  Apple also introduced a new…

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Doctors Across Ontario say Telemedicine is Here to Stay

Across Ontario, doctors believe the coronavirus pandemic has taken the concept of telemedicine from an idea to something that is here to stay.  Patient advocates believe that increased healthcare access that remote care provides has left seniors and disabled Canadians at a greater risk.  President of the Ontario Medical Association and a practicing cardiac surgeon,…

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Provinces witness an increase in Coronavirus cases

Covid-19 cases have gone up in several provinces over the last couple of weeks, and the current health measures in place have raised some concern. In September, B.C, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec have reported an increase in new cases; thus, reopening plans have come to a pause.  In Ontario, health officials believe that indoor…

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Rent Prices in Toronto and Vancouver continues to decline

The rental market in Canada’s largest and most expensive cities keeps declining. Since last year, Toronto and Vancouver, which are popular cities for new Canadians, have seen rents drop in the double digits.  PadMapper, an online rental site, released its Canadian National Rent Report, where it analyzed August listings in 24 Canadian cities to find…

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Ontario School closes due to Coronavirus case detected

On Friday, 3 staff members in an eastern Ontario high school tested positive for COVID-19 causing the school to close.  On Wednesday, the Renfrew County District School Board announced the closure of Fellowes High School in Pembroke, Ontario.  The school will remain closed until public health officials decide its safe to reopen. Read more from…

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Canadian-U.S. border to remain closed through November

September 16, 2020

As coronavirus cases spike once again in some states, the United States and Canada’s borders restrictions will continue until the end of November.  The travel restrictions, which do not include trade or travel by air, started back in March and would run out on September 21. Canadian officials insist that restrictions remain in effect for…

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Consumer price index is 0.1% higher in August

According to Statistics Canada, in August, the consumer price index was up 0.1 per cent compared to last year. In July, the annual inflation rate didn’t change from the year-over-year increase of 0.1 per cent. According to Refinitiv, a financial markets data firm, the economist estimate had been for a year-over-year increase of 0.4 per…

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Ontario reports more than 300 new coronavirus cases

For the second time in the last 3 days, Ontario reported more than 300 new coronavirus cases. Over the last 24 hours, there have been 315 new cases, up from 251 cases on the previous day.  The new cases were the highest daily count since June 6 when there was a total of 387 new…

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Province seeks to downsize public gatherings in Peel, Ottawa, and Toronto

Amid a spike in COVID-19 cases in Ontario, Premier Doug Ford’s cabinet is considering reducing the number of people allowed in social gatherings in 3 regions of the province.  The new limit has yet to be announced, but the province is looking to reduce the size of private and outdoor gatherings in Toronto, Peel, and…

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Lego works tirelessly to look for a sustainable brick

September 15, 2020

On Tuesday, Danish toymaker LEGO announced that it would invest US$400 million to produce its fun, colorful bricks using sustainable materials instead of oil-based plastic.  The investment will allow LEGO to become carbon neutral by 2022 in terms of its production, eliminate single-use plastic in packaging by 2025, and create all bricks from sustainable materials…

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MEC Sold to Private Investment Firm in the U.S.

On Monday, Mountain Equipment Co-op announced that Kingswood Capital Management would be acquiring all of its assets.  MEC explained that the Los Angeles-based private investment firm’s deal was essential to ensure a stable future for the retail chain.  The conversion from a co-operative to Kingswood subsidiary will make MEC’s balance sheet stronger, conserve jobs, and…

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Walmart Canada to begin charging suppliers additional fees

On Monday, Walmart Canada started charging suppliers extra fees, which some say could be the breaking point between food producers and supermarkets.  A big trade organization representing manufacturers said negotiations are still in process as suppliers push back since Walmart announced the new fees earlier this summer. Walmart will be charging a fee of 1.25…

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Toronto Parents are switching their kids over to remote learning

On Tuesday, TDSB Chair Alexander Brown said a rise in COVID-19 cases has caused parents to worry as students go back to school for the first time since March and are switching to virtual learning at the last minute.  The number of students switching to online classes is actively growing as coronavirus cases rise, forcing…

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Ottawa gets ready for Summer-like weather again

Ottawa will have warmer weather on Tuesday after a cold night.  A frost advisory remained active for the region, with conditions expected to continue for a couple of hours before clearing up in the later morning.  The high will reach 18 C, with a mixture of sun and clouds, and a 30 per cent chance…

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ByteDance Partners up with Oracle to Save Tiktok

On Monday, Oracle said it would partner up with China’s ByteDane to keep TikTok operating in the U.S., taking out Microsoft. ByteDance had suggested divesting the U.S. business of its hugely popular short-video app to Microsoft or Oracle after Donal Trump ordered the sale last month. Read more from the News Source HERE

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Nvidia sparks fear of chip dominance with plans to purchase U.K.’s Arm

September 14, 2020

On Sunday, U.S. graphics chip maker Nvidia said it plans to buy U.K.-based Arm Holdings in a deal worth up to $40 billion.  The deal caused some concern about the independence of Arm, which is one of Europe’s most influential technology companies.  The world’s smartphones run on Arm’s chips and are a vital supplier for…

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Amazon says they’re hiring 100,000 more people in the U.S. and Canada

On Monday, for the fourth time this year, Amazon.com Inc. announced that it would be hiring 100,000 more workers to keep with the demands that went up during the coronavirus pandemic. The positions available will be full-time and part-time work in their 100 new warehouse and operations sites opening this month in the U.S. and…

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Weather Experts Predict Longer Fall Season for most of Canada

According to chief meteorologist Chris Scott, Canadians can look forwards to a nice long fall.  On Monday, the Weather Network released its fall forecast, and it looks like people will be able to take advantage of the outdoors for a couple more months.  “We’re expecting a fall to savour across the country this year with…

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Oracle Takes the Lead in TikTok U.S. Deal ahead of Microsoft

TikTok attempts to avoid getting shut down while Oracle Corp. is slowly becoming more successful than rival Microsoft Corp. as they battle for the U.S. operations of TikTok. The deal between TikTok owner ByteDance Ltd. and Oracle is more of a corporate restructure than the sale Microsoft proposed.  One of the many terms discussed is…

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Mortgage Debt in Canada climbs to 3-year high in May

September 11, 2020

Data from the national housing agency reported that Canadian Mortgage debt went up at the fastest annual rate in 3 years due to increased property sales and high levels of payment deferrals due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The CMHC reported that mortgage debt rose 6 per cent year-over-year in May, the fastest since July 2017. …

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Premier Completes Pandemic Fall Plan as liberals ask for ‘Ontario bubble’

The city of Ontario is set to release a “comprehensive fall preparedness plan” to prepare a strategy to deal with the surge of new coronavirus cases.  The plan would help with funding for hospital capacity, and it includes the most significant flu vaccination campaign in Ontario’s history.  Ontario Liberal Leader Del Duca said that the…

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Gloomy skies as more smoke from U.S. wildfires carries slowly toward B.C.

After several days of record-breaking temperatures in British Columbia, Environment Canada’s advisories about wildfires are still in effect.  The advisory says that for the next 24 to 48 hours, there can be a potential transport of smoke from dozens of wildfires in the northwestern United States. According to Environment Canada’s air quality health index, the…

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Toronto to allow portable heaters in bid to continue 2020 patio season

According to Mayor John Tory, Toronto hopes to extend its 2020 patio season by allowing all outdoor patios to have portable heaters.  Back on June 29, the CaféTO program allowed hundreds of restaurants around Toronto to add or expand patios until the end of fall.  The extension would provide additional support to restaurants by allowing…

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Toronto to allow portable heaters in bid to continue 2020 patio season

According to Mayor John Tory, Toronto hopes to extend its 2020 patio season by allowing all outdoor patios to have portable heaters.  Back on June 29, the CaféTO program allowed hundreds of restaurants around Toronto to add or expand patios until the end of fall.  The extension would provide additional support to restaurants by allowing…

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Ontario has not reduced its limits on private gatherings despite new COVID-19 cases

COVID-19 is spreading actively in parts of Ontario due to social gatherings, but there are no plans to reduce the 50 person limit for indoor gatherings.  On Thursday, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams explained that there seems to be some confusion when it comes to social gatherings, “It doesn’t mean you just…

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Toronto to enforce new short term rental rules

On Thursday, new rules will go into effect for short term rentals in the city. The City of Toronto launched a new online registration system for rental operators who rent out their homes for fewer than 28 days.  With the new bylaws coming into effect, people will no longer be able to rent out their…

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Raptors Beat the Celtics in Game 6

September 10, 2020

The Raptors needed to bounce back in order to save their season and This isn’t the first time they go through this; the first time was in Game 3 where Kyle Lowry and OG Anunoby had a perfect pass and scored a three-pointer with only half a second remaining saving the game.  On Wednesday night,…

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Toronto and Cisco partner up to provide free WiFi

Tech company Cisco and the City of Toronto have teamed up to provide free WiFi to low-income residents.  The city’s chief technology officer says this partnership will help provide internet to those most vulnerable after the coronavirus pandemic has intensified its digital divide.  The city announced that the $1 million investment would have up to…

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7 Fatalities in California Wildfires, Pacific Northwest

On Thursday, a Northern California wildfire threatened thousands of homes and killed at least 3 people. Many people have been critically burned, and the fire northeast of San Francisco has destroyed thousands of homes.  The fire has been burning for weeks and was 50 per cent contained, but between Tuesday and Wednesday, it grew six…

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Raptors Beat the Celtics in Game 7 Double Overtime

The Raptors needed to bounce back in order to save their season and This isn’t the first time they go through this; the first time was in Game 3 where Kyle Lowry and OG Anunoby had a perfect pass and scored a three-pointer with only half a second remaining saving the game.  On Wednesday night,…

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GM Partners up with Electric Vehicle Maker Nikola

September 9, 2020

On Tuesday, General Motors announced its $2 billion electric vehicle partnership with startup Nikola.  GM will own 11 per cent of the Phoenix company and build Nikola’s Badger hydrogen fuel cell and an electric pickup truck, which is expected to come out by the end of 2022.  The new deal sets up GM with a…

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$65 Million Winning Lotto Max Ticket Sold in Ontario

On Tuesday, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation announced that a single winning ticket sold in Timiskaming/Cochrane District won the $65 million jackpot.  The second prize-winning ticket sold in Peterborough is worth  $208,034.90, and an Encore ticket sold in Brampton is worth $100,000. If you are a lucky winner, you can claim your winnings at…

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Bank of Canada maintains its target for the overnight rate

On Wednesday, the Bank of Canada released a statement about their interest rate, saying: “The Bank of Canada today maintained its target for the overnight rate at the effective lower bound of 0.25 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 0.5 per cent, and the deposit rate is 0.25 per cent. The Bank is also…

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Amazon to add 2,500 new jobs in Ontario with new fulfillment centres

On Wednesday, Amazon announced that it plans to open 2 new fulfillment centres in Ontario by next year, creating 2,500 new jobs.  Due to an increase in sales due to the coronavirus lockdowns, the e-commerce giant is on an expansion spree.  Amazon hired 175,000 people to keep up with the demand. Read more from the…

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Toronto is providing Free WiFi for over 13,000 people

The Digital Canopy project will give 13,000 Toronto residents free internet in multiple parts of the city for up to a year.  The 1 million dollar investment aims to get internet in multiple low-income neighbourhoods, some towers have already been set up and are working for 2,000 people.  “The first Digital Canopy site is now…

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Porter Airlines pushes back its reopening date

September 8, 2020

Porter Airlines is pushing back its reopening day from October 7th to November 12th. The quarantine is being extended due to the Canada-US border and Atlantic Canada closures.  Michael Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines, said: “Every one of our markets is affected by the Canadian government’s non-essential travel advisory and border closures, we…

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Tesla Shares see its worst daily loss since March

On Tuesday, Tesla Inc. shares slumped in U.S. pre-market trading after they missed out on being included in the S&P 500 Index. In the worst one day loss since March, Tesla shares dropped 18 per cent.  Michael Dean, an analyst with Bloomberg Intelligence, said, “There may be question marks about the sustainability of regulatory emission…

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New Regulation on short-term rentals to take effect this week

To deal with “illegal ghost hotels” and help free up city housing, the City of Toronto is enforcing new rules to ensure that people only rent out their primary residence as a short term rental.  The new regulations will come into effect on Thursday after concerns that homes being used for short-term rentals hurt the…

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Ontario DriveTest Centres Now Accepting Road Exams

The Province announced that Ontario DriveTest centres are now reopening and setting up appointments for Class “G” road tests.  Minister of Transportation Caroline Mulroney said, “Our government has taken great care to ensure the health and safety of staff and customers as DriveTest centres have gradually reintroduced services, the resumption of full driver testing services…

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375 New COVID-19 cases Reported in Ontario within 48 hours

As students return to class for the first time since March, Ontario reported 375 new COVID-19 cases over the last two days. The last time COVID-19 cases approached the 200 Mark was back on July 24.  Over the last two days, reporting shows that most new patients are between the ages of 20 and 39,…

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GoodLife gyms report COVID-19 cases over the past few weeks

September 4, 2020

Toronto GoodLife Fitness locations have been dealing with coronavirus cases, causing five locations to close down for deep cleaning.  The most recent cases happened at two separate clubs in North York.  On Wednesday, GoodLife Fitness confirmed that a worker tested positive for the coronavirus at their Yonge and Finch locations. Tracy Matthews, vice president of operations…

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University in the U.S. says they found Covid-19 in Wastewater

Schools and universities across the U.S. have been monitoring the coronavirus pandemic with constant testing. Utah State University announced that they discovered elevated amounts of the virus in wastewater samples collected from the campus’s resident halls.  On Sunday, school officials issued a safety alert calling all 287 students that live in Rich, Jones, Morgan, and…

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Why Millions of People Have Entered Canada Regardless of Restrictions

Since Canada’s travel restrictions started in March, travelers have found ways to enter Canada, sparking some concern. Although the number of people coming in is fewer than in past years, more than four million people have entered the country. Fines have been issued to Americans ignoring Canada’s travel rules, although according to the Canadian Border…

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246,000 Jobs Added in August Causing Unemployment to Dip

According to Statistics Canada, the economy added 246,000 jobs in August compared to 419,000 jobs added in July. The number of full-time workers rose by 206,000 while part-time workers increased by 40,000.  Full-time employment is now six per cent away from pre coronavirus pandemic levels and 3.9 per cent in part-time work. Read more from the…

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Raptors Epic Buzzer Shot Last Night is Being Compared to Kawhi

OG Anunoby scored the Raptors last-minute win against the Celtics in the final moment of the game. On Thursday, the team was thrilled as they won 104-103 against the Boston Celtics.  Kyle Lowry’s smile after the game stood out the most, “This OG’s moment, man… I’m so happy & so proud of him,” he said. This isn’t…

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Home Sales Hit Record High in August says TREB

September 3, 2020

According to the Toronto Regional Estate Board, home sales went up by 40.3 per cent, in August, in the Greater Toronto Area compared to a year ago. The real estate board reported that last year the MLS system reported 7,682 home sales, and this year it went up, reporting 10,775 home sales.  The increase came after…

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Places Canadians Can Travel Right Now

Canadians can choose from 50 different travel destinations that don’t require travelers to quarantine once they arrive. Due to the coronavirus, travel plans have been postponed for six months now, and it’s still unknown when all these restrictions will end.  A growing list of nations are desperate to overcome the coronavirus pandemic and are now welcoming…

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Learning Online May Not Be Possible in Canadas Remote Areas

The federal government is being asked to help children in remote parts of Canada now that back to school season has officially started. On Thursday, the deputy grand chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation said that children starting school soon in those communities are facing difficulties due to not having internet access.  Derek Fox from Thunder…

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Canadian household debt is creeping up again after COVID pause

After the initial shock of COVID-19, household debt appear to be on the worried minds of Canadians. On Wednesday, data from the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy, consumer insolvencies have begun to creep up again after a dip of 38.3 per cent in April and 8.8 per cent in May.  Mark Rosen, chair of CAIRP,…

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Advertising Watch Dog Says Telus Misled Consumers

Ad Standards Canada, an industry regulator, found that a Telus campaign misled consumers by making a statement that mixed affordability and price issues to make consumers believe wireless prices were lower in Canada than any other country in the world.  Telus based their claim from a 2019 PricewaterhouseCoopers study on wireless affordability, but members of…

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Data Shows this Recession is not what anyone expected

September 2, 2020

If you drive around big cities in Canada, you can see the impact that COVID-19 has had on so many Canadians. According to StatsCan, gross domestic product in Canada went down by 12 per cent, which is the biggest drop to date on record.  Pedro Antunes, the Conference Board of Canada’s chief economist, joined in the…

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Americans trapped with their own health-care system

The coronavirus travel restrictions have cut off access to medicines and healthcare for many Americans that would travel to Canada and Mexico to get healthcare that they can’t afford in the U.S. In December, Stephanie Boland’s nine-year-old son was diagnosed with diabetes. They were one of the families that would travel to Canada to buy insulin…

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Dollarama exceeds expectations as more people shop thrifty

Dollarama Inc. has benefited from consumers spending more money on household and cleaning products during the pandemic. On Wednesday, they reported quarterly results and successfully beat analysts’ estimates.  Although customers reduced the number of times they visited the store due to the pandemic, they spent more money purchasing larger quantities of goods per visit. Read…

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Australia’s economy takes its most significant drop in almost 90 Years

On Wednesday, Australia confirmed the country is in a recession due to the pandemic. The economy went down 7 percent in June, the most significant dip since the Great Depression. “This is a devastating day for Australia,” said Prime Minister Scott Morrison.  The country had a 0.3 percent drop in the first quarter of 2020 and…

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New Samsung Foldable Phone Comes with a Unique Experience

Samsung is releasing a foldable smartphone for a second time that will have a price tag of US$2,000. The phone will have a VIP package that will provide access to fancy restaurants and golf clubs to complement its multipurpose design and price tag.  The phone looks like any other phone when it is folded up, but…

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Uber to Require Mask Selfies From Some Riders

September 1, 2020

Uber announced that it would begin to require some riders to take selfies to prove they are wearing a mask before starting a trip.  Uber will not require all riders to take mask selfies, but if an Uber driver reports that a rider is not wearing a mask, they will be required to do so…

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Wallmart unveils a new membership program in the U.S., Walmart Plus.

On Tuesday, Walmart Inc. unveiled a new membership program called Walmart Plus, which gives subscribers unlimited free delivery, no checkout lines, and discounts on fuel. Walmart’s new program will have a cost of $98 a year or $12.95 a month, and it will be available to U.S. customers on September 15, becoming a rival to Amazon’s…

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Canada’s main index overshadowed by the U.S. S&P 500

In August, although Canada’s main index remains overshadowed by the U.S. S&P 500’s searing performance, it had its fifth straight month of gains.  Compared to the S&P500 index, which is now up 9.74 per cent for the year, the S&P TSX Composite Index stands at 16,514 points.  Brian Belski, a veteran analyst at BMO Capital…

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Coast of Chile hit with a 6.8 Magnitude Earthquake

On Tuesday, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 struck the coast of northern Chile. The Chilean Navy says there were no immediate reports of damages or casualties and no possibility of a tsunami. The earthquake happened at 12:09 a.m. local time, 78 kilometres northeast of Atacama city of Vallenar; a second earthquake occurred a couple…

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12-year-old driving on the QEW caught by Toronto police

A 12-year-old boy is in trouble with authorities after taking a joyride on a QEW. Toronto police received many calls during the night about an impaired driver in a burgundy SUV.  The Toronto Police and the Ontario Provincial Police teamed up together to investigate and look for the vehicle.  After several hours, the police found…

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Special Treatment for COVID-19 Mortgage Deferrals Slows Down

A Federal financial regulator announced it is cutting back on Coronavirus related relief for banks who offer deferred mortgage payments, this coming after lenders begin to offer “business-as-usual alternatives” again. During the Pandemic, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions allowed federally regulated lenders to treat loans where the payments are deferred as performing…

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Alberta Discreetly Removes Classroom Distancing Rules

August 31, 2020

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health signed an order lifting a mandate that requires students to physically distance in classrooms when they return to the new school year.  Dr. Deena Hinshaw endorsed the order stating that “an operator of a school does not need to ensure that students, staff members, and visitors are able to…

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5th day in a row Ontario Reports 100 New COVID-19 Cases

For the fifth day in a row, Ontario reported more than 100 new cases of the coronavirus. On Sunday, the province processed 25,098 tests, and there were 114 new cases of the virus confirmed by The Ministry of Health. This is a slight increase from the cases confirmed on the previous day, but they remain short…

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Amazon’s Prime Air Gets Ready to Launch in the US

The Federal Aviation Administration has given Amazon approval to conduct a drone airline in the U.S., giving Amazon the ability to offer commercial deliveries.  The ruling allows Amazon to deliver packages to customers safely and efficiently.  Amazon’s vice president in charge of Prime Air, David Carbon, said: “This certification is an important step forward for…

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REIT Investors Lose Money Despite Canadian Property Market Soaring

Covid-19 briefly froze Canada’s private real estate market, but now it has gone back up; unfortunately, the stock market equivalent is not. The average selling price for homes went up by almost 17 per cent in July, with the national home price index going up by 7.4 per cent.  On the other hand, investors are having…

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Firefighters in Southwestern Nova Scotia Battle Stubborn Wildfires

August 28, 2020

Firefighters are battling a wildfire in southwestern Nova Scotia, after crews were busy on Thursday evening, fighting fires in the West Pubnico and Argyle areas.  The fire in West Pubnico was contained by late Thursday; however, crews are still battling the wildfire in Argyle, still burning.  Lands and Forest says that the fire is about…

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The Pandemic: Will People Move Out of Big Cities?

The coronavirus pandemic could affect the way we view the biggest cities in the world. Big cities such as New York, Toronto, London, and Tokyo have a significant impact on their economy because of individuals working for some of their most prominent companies.  Unfortunately, their large populations also make them a breeding ground for the…

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Apple blocks Facebook from informing users about their 30% ‘Tax’

Apple blocked Facebook from letting its users know that Apple would collect 30 per cent of in-app purchases. Apple explained that the update would violate an App Store rule that doesn’t allow developers to show irrelevant information to their users.  The new feature lets users buy tickets for events directly through the app, but Apple’s…

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WestJet announces a ‘zero-tolerance mask policy’

West Jet is implementing new rules that could have passengers banned for a year from traveling with the airline if they refuse to wear a face mask. The airline is launching its zero-tolerance mask policy on September 1, outlining the potential outcomes for passengers who elect not to wear a mask.  The airline shared that passengers…

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Parents Prepare to Work Around Uncertain School Year

Emma Trousdale, a Toronto mom, wants to send her children to school full time, but she expects they will eventually spend more time at home than school.  “Someone’s going to get a cold or a cough — probably not COVID, but you’re going to be keeping someone home, like, all the time, that’s a big…

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TD and CIBC Delivered Stronger-than-expected Results

August 27, 2020

Soaring capital market earnings alleviated the economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic; as a result, Toronto-Dominion Bank and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce reported that third-quarter results topped analysts’ estimates.  In the 3 months through July, both Toronto based lenders benefited from higher investment banking fees and an increase in trading.  Toronto-Dominion Chief Financial Officer Riaz…

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Canadians Could Vote at the Polls Amid Pandemic

Elections Canada is anticipating an increase in mail-in voting after it announced that they would run a general election even in the middle of a pandemic.  The federal elections agency says that to make voting safe and accessible for everyone, they need to request amendments that will allow them to have a week-long election with…

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Canadians Could Vote at the Polls Amid Pandemic

Elections Canada is anticipating an increase in mail-in voting after it announced that they would run a general election even in the middle of a pandemic.  The federal elections agency says that to make voting safe and accessible for everyone, they need to request amendments that will allow them to have a week-long election with…

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TikTok CEO Resigns After Only 3 Months During Geopolitical Uncertainty

Only 3 months since joining and with only days since suing the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, TikTok CEO, Kevin Mayer has resigned. TikTok announced U.S. General Manager, Vanessa Pappas, will replace Mayer on a provisional basis.  Mayer’s resignation doesn’t come at a good time, as TikTok tries to prove to the U.S. and India…

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HDSB says Students Grades 1-12 Will Have to Wear Mandatory Masks

The Halton District School Board announced the start of the school year would be September 14, with 16,000 students already registered for virtual learning, several health and safety protocols will occur. Director of Education, Stuart Miller, said “The ministry announced a change in some of the health and safety protocols, we now have to take…

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Students May Switch Between Online and In-person Learning says TDSB

The Toronto District School Board says students will have the option to shift from virtual and in-person learning several times during the new school year. The deadline for parents to register their children for either in person or virtual learning for the beginning of the school year is Saturday.  The TDSB says that students from both…

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Bacteria Survives in Space for 3 Years

August 26, 2020

The Tanpopo mission, a Japanese astrobiology experiment that studied the effects of space on simple organisms, is finally getting back samples of colonies of bacteria sent out in a spacecraft from the International Space Station in 2018.  If the microbes survived the experiment, it would suggest that life survived by traveling from planet to planet…

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Alberta Expected Largest Deficit ‘by a country mile’

On Thursday, the UCP government is set to release first-quarter numbers for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.  Premier Jason Kenney announced that Alberta is dealing with the most significant deficit in history; revenue is more than 10 billion lower than anticipated. “It will be well north of the $20 billion deficit mark in part because of…

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Some Parents say Coventional School is Not an Option

6 years ago, Twyla McDougall, a former dental hygienist, started thinking about home-schooling her children but thought you had to be familiar with school curriculums, ridiculously smart, organized, and financially well off. “That’s so not true, and I’m so thankful for that,” she said. As many parents feel anxious about sending their kids to school,…

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Material and Financial Sectors Help Boost Gains

Boosted by gains in material and financial sectors, Canada’s main stock index went up in trading. The S&P/TSX composite index was up 86.91 points at 16,704.39. Dow Jones industrial median was down 71.72 points at 28,176.72, The S&P 500 index was up 11.56 points at 3,455.18, and the Nasdaq composite was up 106.09 points at…

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30 Beaches Just a Short Distance Away from Toronto

As the heat continues, many people are enjoying their staycations, and beaches are busier than ever this summer. Toronto and Ontario are filled with white sand beaches that will relax and make you feel like you’re down south.   View gallery of essential Toronto beaches HERE.

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Volunteers find hundreds of gold coins from a very distant past in Israel

August 25, 2020

On Monday, Israeli archaeologists discovered a trove of early Islamic gold coins while they excavated Yavne’s central city. Israel archaeologists Liat Nadav-Ziv and Elie Haddad said a total of 425 complete gold coins were found dating back to the Abbasid period, 1,100 years ago, a rare find.  Hundreds of smaller clippings from gold coins that would…

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Experts Measure Back-to-school Activities by Coronavirus Risk

Schools all over Canada are preparing to reopen, and they all have different plans on how to deal with the ongoing pandemic. From having smaller class sizes, wearing face masks, and some schools doing remote learning, Canadians are getting ready to have a very unusual school year.  Although schools across the country are adopting new safety…

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Canadian Economy Affected More than Originally Predicted

According to a new Conference Board of Canada report, the recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic will hit Canada twice as hard as initially anticipated. The organization first estimated that Canada was only going to have a 4.3 per cent GDP decrease by the end of 2020, but this was back in April when the country…

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Parents considering ‘Learning Pods’ over sending children back to school.

Elizabeth Mah, a lawyer, is among many Canadian parents taking their children’s education into their own hands this new school year. As a parent, Mah is concerned about her two daughters being able to follow COVID-19 guidelines in their classrooms, so she joined a trio of like-minded families to form an education pod for the…

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Hurricane Laura Causes Thousands to Flee the Coast

As storm Laura strengthens into a hurricane that weather forecasters say could land with deadly winds and flooding, thousands of people were told to evacuate the Louisiana and Texas coasts on Tuesday. Forecasters say more than 11 feet of the storm could submerge entire towns; ocean water could rush into the land along a 450…

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What Learning from Home Will Look Like This Fall

August 24, 2020

The pandemic closed classrooms this spring, forcing teachers to rapidly implement emergency learning at home, causing a rough introduction for many Myriad Canadians. Now that Canadian school districts are reopening, many schools are planning to implement remote learning.  Families all across Canada want to continue with distance schooling, but they are still unsure of what that…

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Erin O’Toole wins the Conservative Leadership Race

Erin O’Toole defeated front runner Peter MacKay on the third ballot and has been elected leader of the Conservative Party. The results were delayed by more than 5 hours after a machine ripped thousands of ballots that had to be checked before counting. The finals results, which were initially expected on Sunday, finally came out after…

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Hong Hoke University says they have proven you can contract COVID-19 twice

Researchers in Hong Kong reported the first confirmed case of a person being reinfected with COVID-19. In April, a 33-year-old man recovered from the virus, but after returning from Spain, he tested positive a second time but was asymptomatic during his second infection.  According to researchers, the genetic sequencing showed the virus strains were different…

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Halton District School Board Urges Cancelation of Back-to-School Plan

The Halton District School Board wrote a letter urging the education minister to stop the provinces confusing back to school plan two weeks before the first day of school. The letter focuses on several concerns, including the use of reserve funds to keep class sizes smaller, explaining that it will not be possible to hire more…

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Ontario Reports 100 New Cases of Coronavirus for 4 Consecutive Days

For the fourth day in a row, Ontario reported more than 100 new cases of COVID-19 during a notable drop in tests. On Sunday, the Ministry of Health confirmed 105 new cases of the coronavirus.  However, that number is low compared to other days; it represents an increase in the positive percentage due to testing hitting…

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Ontario Reports 100 New Cases of Coronavirus for 4 Consecutive Days

For the fourth day in a row, Ontario reported more than 100 new cases of COVID-19 during a notable drop in tests. On Sunday, the Ministry of Health confirmed 105 new cases of the coronavirus.  However, that number is low compared to other days; it represents an increase in the positive percentage due to testing hitting…

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Back-to-school Q & A

August 21, 2020

Parents in most parts of Canada have questions about how to properly prepare their children to wear masks at school now that many of them are heading back to school ever since the coronavirus pandemic started.  Dr. Susy Hota, medical director for infection prevention and control at the University Health Network in Toronto, explained that…

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Covid-19: What is Happening All Around the World

On Friday, city education authorities reported that not even two weeks after schools reopened in the German capital, 41 schools in Berlin have reported students and staff have become infected with COVID-19.  There are a total of 825 schools affected in Berlin; hundreds of students and teachers are in quarantine.  Germany is concerned about the…

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New World Record for Fastest Internet at University College London

Researchers at University College London, have set a new world record for the fastest internet, 178 terabits a second, or 178,000 Gbps. That type of speed would allow us to download all the movies and TV shows on Netflix in less than a second. UCL researchers used a better range of wavelengths than what’s typically used…

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Ford and Trudeau Strike a Deal to Produce N95 Masks

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, alongside Ontario Premier Doug Ford, will announce a deal that makes sure Canada will never have to rely on unreliable foreign suppliers for personal protective equipment. 3M will increase capacity at its Brockville, Ontario facility, producing 100 million medical-grade N95 masks per year.  $23.3 million will be given by the Federal…

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Google Plans to Redefine the College Degree with New Program

Google is launching a program called Google Career Certificates, that teaches how to perform in-demand jobs, an announcement that can change the future of higher education and work.  The new program, which is very different from a traditional university degree, is designed to be completed in six months. It teaches foundational skills that can help…

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Airbnb bans house parties worldwide due to coronavirus mandates

August 20, 2020

Airbnb is cleaning up their reputation and trying to comply with COVID-19 limits on gatherings; thus, they are banning house parties worldwide. The company limits occupancy in their rental homes to only 16 people; they also informed the public that legal action would be taken against guests and hosts who violate the ban.  The company has…

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Home Prices in Canada increased in July but at the slowest pace in years

Quebec City and Ottawa-Gatineau’s home prices went up in July, although it has been the smallest advance in 15 years. On Thursday, data showed that the housing market has slowed down during the coronavirus pandemic. The Teranet-National Bank Composite House Price Index is a tool that tracks information collected from public land to measure changes…

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1/5 of Non-Profits in Ontario could close down by the end of 2020

A Hamilton-based nonprofit Catholic Youth Organization could be closed by the end of the year after 62 years of providing services to the community. The organization has had to let go of staff and is now surviving off reserve funds after COVID-19 cut off the revenue earned by running summer camps and nature programs for the…

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TDSB to complete plan to lower class sizes but unsure when schools will re-open

The Toronto District School Board’s finance committee is meeting this afternoon to create a plan to resume classes this fall, giving parents some clarity about what will happen with their children’s school. The TDSB is considering 3 separate proposals on how to maintain smaller class sizes during the coronavirus pandemic.  All the proposals presented to the…

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Available condos for rent in downtown Toronto increased by 80%

The coronavirus pandemic turned the rental market upside down, stifling demand while boosting supply and lowering rent prices. After years of low vacancy rates around the city, people looking to rent condos in Toronto have had a selection of units for the last three months.  On Wednesday, realtor Andrew Kim said: “Previously, it was rather…

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In the Wake of Anti-Racism Protests, Toronto Police will Receive 2,350 New Body Cameras

August 19, 2020

On Tuesday, the Toronto Police Department Services Board purchased 2,350 body cameras to equip the city’s police officers.  After reports on a pilot found that body cameras would improve community relations, Mayor John Tory voted in favor of the cameras.  “Improved accountability is key to rebuilding trust between police and communities; these cameras will be…

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Researchers Says They Have Found a Cure for Hangovers

Finnish researchers have discovered a cure for hangovers, something that millions of people have spent looking for centuries.  According to a study published in the journal, Alcohol, and Alcoholism, by researchers at the University of Helsinki and Eastern Finland, a dose of 1,200 milligrams of amino acid L-cysteine was found to reduce hangover symptoms, and…

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Prices Growth Slows as Inflation Rate Drops to 0.1%

On Wednesday, Statistics Canada reported that compared to a year ago, in July, the consumer price index fell to 0.1 per cent, and gasoline prices went up almost 15 per cent.  Refinitiv, a financial data firm, reported that the average estimate had been a year over year increase of 0.5 percent for July. A year…

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Feds Suspend ‘Tiger King’ Zoo Licenses, Causing Them to Close Down

On Tuesday, the zoo featured in the Tiger King documentary, lost its federal exhibition license, forcing them to close to the public. The announcement made on a Facebook post informed the public that access to the zoo was closed “effective immediately.” The USDA’s inspection at Wynnwood reported many repeated animal welfare violations. Read more from the…

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Toronto companies ask employees to work from home till the end of 2020

As Toronto continues its battle with COVID-19, thousands of downtown workers won’t be in city subways, and office towers anytime soon.  In the fall, Toronto’s financial district will be a virtual ghost town due to several large firms and banks asking employees to continue working from home.  Colin Furness, an infection control epidemiologist, said: “Office…

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New Sanctions cause ‘lethal blow’ to Chinese Tech Giant Huawei

August 18, 2020

The United States cut off Huawei’s access to advanced computer chips, causing a fatal blow to the Chinese tech company.  The US Commerce Department obtained a license that allows them to restrict any foreign semiconductor company from selling computer chips made with US technology to Huawei. President Trump puts pressure on Beijing, as the US…

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Hackers Breach Canada Revenue Agency Computers

Privacy and cybersecurity experts say Canadians affected by the cyberattacks on the Canada Revenue Agency could be susceptible to other attacks.  The director of the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity at the University of New Brunswick, Ali Ghorbani, said: “They have to be very scared if they have another account with the same password, If it…

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Why Canada Continues to Keep its Borders Closed Amid Pandemic

Canada continues to keep its borders closed for most foreigners, although many other countries are reopening theirs. Canadians are happy with the strict travel restrictions imposed by the government to help stop the coronavirus spread.  Some groups in the travel industry have been affected and have tried to urge Ottawa to relax some of the restrictions,…

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Golf Industry Makes a Comeback Amid Pandemic

On the same day that the Ontario government announced that golf courses would reopen, the website of TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley crashed due to the rush of people trying to book a tee time. Fortunately, the website was quickly fixed because the demand has been up all summer long. The pandemic has not been bad…

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Plans a Big Summer Reset

On Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland will take over the finance minister’s job as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau resets his government. Covid-19 pandemic has altered the government’s plan, and the opposition calls for Trudeau to resign due to the ongoing WE charity student controversy.  Freeland will become the new finance minister after Bill Morneau resigned…

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Finance Minister Resigns after meeting with Prime Minister

Bill Morneau has resigned as finance minister after meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to discuss disagreements over the spending plans around COVID-19. Once it was known that Morneau did not pay the $41,366 in travel expenses provided for him by the WE Charity, he has been under extreme pressure to quit. Read more from the…

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Canadians are optimistic about the economy as confidence continues to build

As COVID-19 cases remain low, now that the economy is open again, Canadian consumerism continues to climb. The Bloomberg Nanos Canadian Confidence Index, a composite measure of financial health and economic expectations, went up for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic started in March.  Although economic data shows a gradual recovery in consumer spending and…

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Record Homes Sold in July as Canada Sees Real Estate Surge

August 17, 2020

As homebuyers came out of the coronavirus lockdowns in July, Canadian home sales hit an all-time record. Canada’s economy is coming out strong from one of the lowest downturns since the Great Depression.  Shaun Cathcart, CREA’s senior economist, said: “What a difference three months makes, from some of the lowest housing numbers ever back in April…

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Saskatchewan Businesses Struggle Amid Pandemic

 Saskatchewan businesses are struggling to keep their doors open with reduced staffing, while others are closing their doors for good due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Larry Tessier, the owner of Regina’s Busy Bee Cleaners, said: “We’re holding up ok, but it’s definitely been a struggle.”  Half of the staff at Busy Bee has had to…

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Cyberattacks Caused Canada Revenue Agency to Suspend Online Services

Hackers stole usernames and passwords to access government services and compromised thousands of Canadians’ personal information, causing the Canada Revenue Agency to temporarily suspend their online services. The federal government called the incident “credential stuffing,” in which hackers use the usernames and passwords from other websites to gain access to Canadians’ accounts with the revenue agency. …

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Artificial Intelligence is becoming a big part of our lives

August 15, 2020

BlueDot Inc., a Toronto based company, knew something was wrong way before the whole world started paying attention to the coronavirus.  Before the World Health Organization raised their concern about the coronavirus, BlueDot found a significant amount of disease outbreaks by applying an artificial intelligence algorithm to analyze ticket information and news reports.  Finally, when…

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Michael Jordan shoes SOLD for $615,000 setting a new record

August 14, 2020

Micheal Jordan’s sneakers sold for an incredible US$615,000.  The pair of Air Jordans were worn during the 1985 game in Italy, where he shattered the glass of a backboard after dunking the ball super hard.  Caitlin Donovan, head of handbag and sneaker sales at Christie’s said: “This is the original shoe with an actual piece…

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U.S. Sanctions could gradually eliminate Huawei’s smartphone business

Huawei has beat Samsung and Apple at their own game by becoming the world’s largest smartphone producer and providing consumers with top-of-the-line phones with spectacular camera settings, at a meager price.  Their success is now at risk after recent US sanctions were placed on the Chinese tech champion, causing a blow to its hardware supply…

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Strip Club Employee might have exposed over 500 people to COVID-19

Public health officials report that more than 500 people have been exposed to Covid-19 after attending an adult club in Toronto.  The Toronto Public Health announced that an employee at Brass Rail Tavern has tested positive for the coronavirus.  On Friday, officials said, “As a precaution, TPH is advising anyone who attended the Brass Rail…

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OLG executives will still receive bonuses despite millions in lost revenue.

Despite the layoffs of thousands of employees and an expected loss of $200 million caused by the coronavirus shutdown, the executives at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation will still receive bonuses this year.  On Wednesday, a first-quarter report was released, where it shows the expected revenue from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation has…

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NASA discovers a hidden ocean underneath a dwarf planet.

August 13, 2020

A hidden ocean has been discovered in our solar system by NASA. The spacecraft Dawn probe orbited the planet Ceres, which is a planet that sits in between Mars and Jupiter.  Dawn has helped scientists learn more about spots found in Ceres, which were made of sodium, oxygen, and carbon that most likely came from…

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Alberta’s oilpatch spending is anticipating a 30% drop

 The spending limits for extracting gas and oil is likely to drop by $7 billion from last year; an estimated 30% says ATB Financial.  The provincial Crown corporation said on Wednesday; this would be the lowest spending since 2006. They also said spending by the oil and gas extraction sector would be 58% lower than…

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Inmates released from provincial jails to reduce Covid-19 spread

As the Federal inmate populations remain flat, the same cannot be said about provincial jails. They have released thousands of inmates in order to slow down the coronavirus spread after concerns grew to help stop the spread.  Between February and April, there were about 6,000 fewer inmates in Canadian institutions. Statistics Canada said, “These month-to-month…

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Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus in Peel Region

Health experts are reminding Peel Region residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites after they found insects carrying the virus in the area. Lawrence Loh, Peel’s medical officer of health, said: “Although the likelihood of getting a West Nile virus infection is low, there are simple precautions that residents can take to protect themselves and…

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Child Attending Day Camp Tests Positive for COVID-19

A child attending CampTO in Toronto has tested positive to the coronavirus. On Wednesday, the city said in a news conference that the child had been sent home to self-isolate after having symptoms of the virus; fortunately, no other campers or staff have tested positive for coronavirus.  While the community centre is being cleaned, the…

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Residents waited for hours to get tested at a site in downtown Brandon.

On Tuesday, one day ahead of schedule, a southwestern Manitoba city tested a group of people who showed coronavirus symptoms after not having any cases for weeks.  Many people waited for hours to get tested at a site in downtown Brandon causing vehicles to stretch out for about 6 blocks. Brandon has become the epicentre in…

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COVID-19 Outbreaks in schools are inevitable. Here are ways experts say we can control them.

August 12, 2020

According to doctors, there are things that parents and teachers should have in mind now that schools are reopening all across Canada. Schools will now have fewer students per class and form new routines around washing hands, wearing masks, and practice social distancing by keeping two meters away from each other.  Dr. Lisa Barrett said,…

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Ontario public servants may not be required to wear face masks when returning to work.

According to Provincial government documents, Ontario employees might not be required to wear face masks when they return to work.  On Friday, August 7, the government announced through the “Guide to Planning for the Gradual Reopening of the Workplace,” that employees will not be required to wear a mask unless they are in an indoor…

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School Reopening Plans do not give students enough time with teachers

A plan created by the York Region District School Board has parents concerned that their teenagers won’t spend enough time face to face with teachers.  Shameela Shakeel formed a Facebook group, Families for Safe Schools in York Region, to help parents talk about their concerns with schools reopening during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Shakeel said parents…

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Joes Biden chooses Kamala Harris as VP Running Mate

On Tuesday, Joe Biden made history by naming Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate.  Biden tweeted, “I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate.” Joe Biden is accepting a former…

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Crawford Lake; Elevated boardwalks and breathtaking views.

August 11, 2020

A visit to a conservation area near Campbellville should be on your list if you’re looking for a beautiful and unique nature hike. Crawford Lake is a beautiful scenic area just an hour’s drive away from Toronto. It has many trails to choose from, but the most memorable part is the 1.4 kilometers raised boardwalk…

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Air Canada’s new loyalty program lets family members share benefits.

Airlines are struggling due to coronavirus travel restrictions and are quickly losing valued customers, Canada’s biggest carrier, Air Canada, is relaunching its loyalty program on November 8. The loyalty program will waive certain fees, share benefits between family members, and other perks starting this winter.  Air Canada’s chief executive, Calin Rovinescu, said the new loyalty…

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Survey says most Canadians and Americans disapprove Trump’s tariff on imported aluminum

The Association for Canadian Studies and the polling firm Leger surveyed Donald Trump’s recent decision to charge tax on Canadian raw aluminum.  The survey was conducted from August 7 to 9 where it received adverse reactions from both sides of the border.  58 percent of Americans and 90 percent of Canadians disagreed with the 10…

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Additional Aid to Lebanon Announced by the Government of Trudeau

To help the citizens of Lebanon, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that an additional $25 million would be donated to help recover from the horrible explosion in Beirut.  Last week, Trudeau’s government was criticized for only promising to help with $5 million in aid, but this brings Canada’s total contribution to $30 million.  The funding…

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Passengers with Covid-19 recently boarded flights to Pearson

Since the beginning of August, 8 flights arriving in Toronto from international destinations carried passengers with Covid-19. The federal government says the flights all carried people who tested positive for the coronavirus after arriving in Canada. Click HERE for the list of international flights.

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Students in Quebec 5th Grade and up will require Face Masks in hallways

As students head back to school, all 5th graders and up will be required to wear face masks, says Quebec Education Minister Jean-François Roberge in his back-to-school plan. The rule will apply to high school students as well as older elementary school students. People in vocational training or adult school will also be required to…

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Trump to Extends Additional Unemployment Payments

August 10, 2020

Additional unemployment payments of $400 have been extended, Trump announced on Saturday, to help with the economic fallout due to Covid-19. Prior to this, Congress had approved payments of $600 per week, but that ended on August 1st since then Congress has not been able to come to an agreement to extend these payments. Some…

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Low-cost Deepfakes are almost Identical to the real thing

There are millions of images of actor Tom Hanks on the internet. Still, none of them are like the images presented on Wednesday at the Black Hat computer security conference.   A researcher created plausible audio and pictures of Tom Hanks using open-source software and less than $100, to see how easily open-source software from artificial…

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Mauritius tries to contain oil spill and protect coastline despite high winds.

In an effort to help with the damage to the Indian Ocean Island from an oil spill, thousands of students, residents of Mauritius, and activists worked around the clock on Sunday.  1000 tonnes of oil has leaked from the Japanese ship’s cargo. Workers have been trying to stop more oil from leaking, but new cracks…

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Leafs end their season with a loss to Columbus in Game 5

On Sunday, the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-0. Columbus will now face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 16-slot playoff bracket. Frederik Andersen prevented 19 shots for the Leafs, who since 2004 have not won a post-season series. Korpisalo began the first three games of the series before getting…

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Fake Canadian company scams people looking for work

August 7, 2020

After losing her job as a French program coordinator due to the Pandemic, Ashley found herself looking aggressively for a new job. The 25-year-old, with experience in sales, marketing, and coordination, sent her resume out and posted it on Indeed, Linked-in, and other career sites. Click HERE to see what happened to her next.  

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Reports find some fast-food wrappers may contain ‘Forever chemicals’

According to a new report, Burger King, Wendy’s, and McDonald’s were some of the fast-food chains that were tested, and contained toxic “forever chemicals.” Environmental advocacy groups found traces of toxic perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) chemicals in the food packaging of McDonald’s Big Mac, French fries, and cookies, Wendy’s cookie bags, and Burger King’s Whopper. The…

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Canada gains 419,000 jobs as unemployment rates fall to 10.9%

As more parts of the economy were allowed to reopen in Canada, we have seen an increase in jobs with over 419,000 last month. That’s more than economists predicted. On Friday, data from Statistics Canada’s latest Labour Force Survey showed the unemployment rate is down to 10.9% in July.  In June, the jobless rate was…

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Canadian housing market comes back strong after lockdown halted 70,000 transactions

TBC Economics estimated that the Coronavirus lockdown delayed up to 70,000 real estate transactions across Canada this past Spring. RBC says local real estate boards across the country reported “supercharged activity” in what is usually a slow month as provincial economies opened back up, and people adapted to buying and selling during a pandemic. Read…

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Trump prohibits any deals with Chinese owners of TikTok

On Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump ordered a ban on dealings with the owners of TikTok and WeChat although, it is unclear if he can ban the app in the United States. The executive orders of each app will take effect in 45 days. The wording of the orders is vague, but some experts say…

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Deutsche Bank turns in Trump records under subpoena

August 6, 2020

Deutsche Bank AG received a subpoena from prosecutors last year, and now they have turned in detailed records related to dealings with Donald Trump’s family business. The subpoena demanded documents that Trump and the Trump Organization had provided to the lender. Deutsche Bank AG complied and turned over records, including financial statements it had received…

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Home sales in Vancouver increased in July as prices rise despite a short supply

Homebuyers took advantage of low-interest rates, and as a result, home sales and prices rose in July, says the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver. 3,128 homes were purchased in the Vancouver metro area last month, an increase from 2,443 in June and up from the 2,557 sold in July 2019.  The 28% sales increase…

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Home sales in Toronto skyrocket in July as demand rapidly increases

On Thursday, the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board said that housing sales in the Toronto area reached a monthly record in July as buyers came in strong after a spring lull amid restrictions caused by the pandemic. The total amount of home sales across the GTA rose 29.5 percent in July from last year and…

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Raptors win 7 games in a row defeating Orlando Magic 109-99

On Wednesday, Fred VanVleet scored 21 points and helped lead the Raptors to their 7th straight win after defeating the Orlando Magic 109-99. Six players of Toronto Raptors scored in double digits. Norm Powell had 14, Pascal Siakam finished with 15 points, Marc Gasol had 13, Norm Powell finished with 14, Serge Ibaka added 11,…

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TSX stock increases in first trading after Mondays Civic Holiday

August 5, 2020

After Monday’s Civic Holiday, TSX Stock rose in its first trading in August. U.S. markets also grew as Nasdaq set another record. S&P/TSX composite index was up 189.03 points at 16,358.23. The Dow Jones industrial average increased by 97.65 points at 26,762.05. The S&P 500 index was up 7.33 points at 3,301.94, while the Nasdaq…

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Canadians show interest in Private Jets during Pandemic

Canadians continue exploring their travel options despite the federal government’s global advisory against all non-essential travel. Charter companies say they have seen an increase in Canadians inquiring about the cost of private jets during the pandemic. The head of private jets for Air Charter Service Canada, Stephanie Ste Marie, says the company noticed a rapid…

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What we know about the Explosion in Lebanon

The explosion that ripped through Beirut with the strength of an earthquake, killing over 100 people and injuring more than 4,000, was caused by the ignition of a large depot of ammonium nitrate in the port of Beirut. The Massive explosion in the Beirut port area occurred at 6:00 pm, causing a fire, several small…

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Landlords and tenants conflict over contentious Bill 184

In Ontario, a recently enacted legislation to regulate landlord-tenant disputes has generated controversy. Opponents of Bill 184 believe it gives unwarranted powers to landlords and can increase tenant evictions.  On the other hand, the Ontario government believes the new legislation gives the authority to landlords and tenants to negotiate a settlement on their own while…

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New Coronavirus Alert App may result in people getting identified

The new federal Covid-19 alert app may not offer 100 percent privacy. It would allow those tested positive to be ID’d, specifically those who don’t socialize with many people and live and small communities. The Government said that users’ privacy is protected because it “has no way of knowing your location, your name or address,”…

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Advocates requesting fair pay for Jurors as trial courts open.

August 4, 2020

According to a national study conducted by the Canadian Juries Commission, Canadians prefer to be poked with needles and donate blood than to sit on a jury. The study also found that the only thing Canadians said would be worse than sitting in a jury was volunteering at a hospital during the pandemic. With almost…

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Cancer discovered in dinosaurs for the first time by a Canadian team

Canadian researchers, including paleontologists and surgeons, have identified what they say is the first known cancer in a dinosaur. The conclusion highlights the history of one of the most feared diseases and shows us how dinosaurs may have lived and protected one another.   “Dinosaurs might seem like these mythical creatures, larger than life and…

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RBC, TD Bank and Shopify among Canada’s largest employers work from home until 2021

Shopify and Scotiabank are some of Canada’s major companies asking their employees to work from home till 2021. A Shift in remote-work in Canada is increasing, with 1/3 Canadians officially working from home during the Pandemic. Although some jobs require employees to be present, such as mail couriers, health workers, and plumbers, many office jobs…

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Baseball Teams Seek Safe Options for Downtime

In addition to disrupting play, Covid-19 has changed many how players get to games and spend their time between them. Where players use to head to the clubhouse after games and share a meal, now they’re having to find different ways to spend their time. After recent outbreaks from the Miami Marlins and St. Louis…

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Trump Sets Conditions For Potential TikTok Sale

After receiving backlash over wanting to ban TikTok, Trump said he would allow an American company to purchase the fast content app but with a catch. On Monday, Trump set a deadline for TikTok to find a buyer in the U.S. to avoid shutting the app down in the U.S. to September 15. Trump also…

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Baseball Teams Seek Safe Options for Trips on the Road

Covid-19 has changed many things, including how players would sit together to relax and unwind from a long game, or support each other after a severe loss. Many teams have tried to find creative ways to mingle safely while keeping in mind the season stalling outbreaks from the Miami Marlins and St. Luis Cardinals. Read…

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100 meters Sand Dunes in Sand Hill Park near Toronto

August 1, 2020

Sand Hill Park, also known as one of Ontario’s natural wonders, is located only 2 hours away from Toronto. It has the tallest and largest sand dunes, on the North shore of Lake Erie, towering 100 meters that offer amazing views. If you have the pleasure of visiting, make sure you go up to the…

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Air Canada Reports Second-Straight Quarterly Loss

July 31, 2020

A decline in travel due to the Covid-19 restrictions has caused Air Canada to report a loss for the second quarter on Friday. Covid-19 cases have increased in Canada and the U.S. and have crushed hopes that we would have a quick recovery for air travel. Countries have reinstated restrictions causing travelers to fear of…

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Big Tech Profits from Pandemic

Some of the biggest U.S. technology companies are flourishing during the Covid-19 pandemic. These big tech companies are causing people to rely on their products and service, while also crushing down the rest of the economy. Quarterly reports released on Thursday show that Facebook Inc., Alphabet Inc., and Apple Inc. are benefiting from the situation as…

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TD Bank & RBC Staff to Work From Home Until 2021

To help stop the spread of Covid-19, TD Bank Group and the Royal Bank of Canada announced that most of their staff would continue to work from home until next year. In a memo sent to staff, RBC’s Chief Human Resources officer Helena Gottschling explained that most employees would work from home until 2021.  Furthermore, she…

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Canadian Retailer DavidsTea to Close Down Multiple Locations

On Thursday, after months of financial troubles, DavidsTea announced the closure of 166 stores in Canada and all U.S. locations. The Tea brand announced it will be focusing on online shopping. DavidsTea will only reopen 18 locations in Canada, permanently closing down a total of 166 stores, and all 42 locations in the U.S. Read more…

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ActiveTO closing major roads due to Covid-19

July 30, 2020

Until the end of September 2020, ActiveTO major road closures will occur every weekend, including long weekends. Due to on-going evaluation by the city, planned construction or maintenance closures, and long weekends, routes and times for each weekend may change.  To get a list of significant weekend road closures happening in most weekends in August, click…

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Due to Covid-19, the Emmy Award ceremony will be held online

Shortly after announcing the Emmy Awards nominations, The Academe informed nominees that the ceremony will be online due to COVID-19. The announcement comes without surprise after restrictions and lockdowns imposed since the pandemic began. The Emmys will take place on September 20th and will be the first major awards show in Hollywood since the Covid-19…

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Camera retailer Henry’s receives court approval to restructure business.

Henry’s, a Toronto based camera store chain, has received court permission to restructure, after being in business for more than a century, to survive during this Covid-19 pandemic.  Henry’s Enterprises Inc. reported that earlier this year, they filed a notice of intention to submit a proposal for creditor protection and was given the green light…

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Pearson Airport makes temperature screening mandatory

In response to Covid-19, temperature screenings will begin in phases at Canada’s airports.  Today screenings will begin in 15 of the busiest airports, including Toronto’s Pearson Airport and three international airports in Vancouver, Montreal, and Calgary.  The next phase of screenings will begin in the following 11 busiest airports: Toronto-Billy Bishop, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton,…

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Back to school plans will be announced today by the Ontario government.

Premier Doug will hold his Covid-19 press conference today at 1 pm at Queens Park, where he will give more information about plans to reopen schools in September.  The information will be announced one week before the provinces’ 72 school boards scheduled to announce their plans for the new school year.  The Ford government has…

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Back to school plans will be announced today by the Ontario government.

Premier Doug will hold his Covid-19 press conference today at 1 pm at Queens Park, where he will give more information about plans to reopen schools in September.  The information will be announced one week before the provinces’ 72 school boards scheduled to announce their plans for the new school year.  The Ford government has…

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Tiger population increases but still faces significant threats.

July 29, 2020

In five countries, the tiger populations are slowly increasing, but the endangered species still face threats such as poaching. India is home to 70 percent of the tiger’s global population, and it is 1 of 13 countries that have pledged to increase its numbers. “From a historic population low in 2010, tigers are finally making…

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Chief public health officer says feds and experts discuss COVID-19 vaccine orders. 

Dr. Theresa Tam says that they have discussed the possibility of potentially pre-ordering COVID-19 vaccine doses for Canadians. She said that the government is being advised on Canada’s choice of vaccine options by an independent vaccine task force. They are also discussing manufacturing a possible cure for the Coronavirus at home. Read more HERE

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CEOs of big tech companies accused of stifling competition

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai of Google, and Tim Cook of Apple are meeting before the U.S. Congress, finally closing a yearlong investigation, to answer for their companies practices. Their industry has connected millions of people worldwide, commercialized users’ personal information, and enraged critics over speech, transforming society. Critics are concerned with…

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NHL returns: Leafs beat the Montreal Canadiens

On Tuesday, the Toronto Maple Leafs head coach, Sheldon Keefe, felt like they played a regular game during a bizarre time. Now that the NHL’s games are back on, The Leafs won against the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 in their exhibition matchup.  “During the anthems is a time when you’re looking at the flag, and you’re…

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Raptors lose final scrimmage 117-106 to the Phoenix Suns

The Toronto Raptors are tired of scrimmages and want the real games to begin. On Tuesday, the exhausted Raptors lost final scrimmage 117-106 to the Phoenix Suns, making it their only loss in a 3 game scrimmage.  Coach Nick Nurse said, “I think I’m glad there isn’t any more of these, right? I think we’ve…

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NordStar to acquire Torstar after receiving approval from the Superior Court.

July 28, 2020

On Tuesday, Canadian company Torstar Corp received approval from the Superior court for its proposed acquisition by private equity firm NordStar Capital LP. Torstar reported that the deal of NordStar’s revised take-private bid of $0.74 per share is scheduled to be completed by July 30, 2020.  Torstar is the publisher of Canada’s largest daily newspaper,…

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Masks Made Mandatory Outdoors in Banff

Starting Friday, masks will be mandatory in both indoor and outdoor public spaces in the town of Banff. A town spokesperson explained in an emailed statement that it is believed that the town is the first in Canada to make masks mandatory in an outdoor pedestrian zone.  A pedestrian zone was created by closing off…

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Barbados Invites North Americans to Apply for VISAs.

The Island nation of Barbados launched a one-year working visa that gives foreigners the right to live and work in Barbados while they ride out the COVID-19 pandemic, calling it the Barbados Welcome Stamp.  Those that wish to apply can do so now at a portal website. The application takes 72 hours to process, at…

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GTA No Longer Leading Ontario in New Covid Cases

Now that many of Ontario’s regions are in Stage 3 of reopening, a trend that has not been seen in months has developed in the last couple of days. There are more new Covid-19 cases found outside the GTA than inside. Most new cases are coming from the Windsor-Essex and Ottawa areas. Previously the virus was…

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Royal Bank of Canada ends relationship with WE Charity

On Tuesday, The Royal Bank of Canada, one of the WE Charity’s most prominent supporters, said it’s ending its long term partnership with the WE organization, after “reassessing” its ties to the charity.  Virgin Atlantic Airways, KPMG Canada LLP, and Telus Corp. are some other major sponsors and donors that have moved away from WE…

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Countries around Asia hit with 2nd wave causing another lockdown

July 27, 2020

Countries around Asia are locking down once again in order to contain the second wave of coronavirus infections. The most aggressive return of Covid-19 since March, confirming 57 new transmitted cases on Sunday, is being battled by Chinas mainland. Local media reported that Hong Kong is said to announce on Monday further restrictions that include…

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Company says they can mine carbon free nickel Elon Musk needs.

A small company in Canada says it can efficiently mine nickel, carbon-free, and would gladly take Elon musk up for his offer. Canada Nickel Co., based out of Toronto, said it’s looking into building a new facility that will process zero-carbon nickel shortly after Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he has a “giant” contract for…

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Child Care Centres to Expand Capacity

As Ontario reopens, restrictions loosen, and the number of kids in childcare centres is allowed to increase. The Ministry of Education previously limited the number of people per room in a childcare centre to 10 to stop the spread of COVID-19. Cohorts are limited to 15 children plus staff. The kids cannot be mixed with…

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Tech Companies Attracting Antitrust Scrutiny

Some of the biggest U.S. tech companies are facing criticism for acquiring other companies in record numbers. Critics say that tech giants like Google, Facebook, & Apple are gaining unlawful advantages over competitors by inflating their high market shares with these purchases. Federal officials are investigating companies including Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon for antitrust…

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Fire Rages Through Hamilton Community

This morning fire crews were still fighting a massive fire that has affected at least 11 units in a townhouse complex in Hamilton’s Stoney Creek nieghbourhood. Hamilton Fire crews responded to the fire at a townhouse complex near Fifty Road and the QEW at 2:40 a.m. The fire started at 49 Edenrock Drive and spread…

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New “Restaurant-Friendly” Food Delivery App Coming to Toronto

July 24, 2020

Since the Covid-19 pandemic made food delivery services essential, a new food delivery service is getting ready to launch in Toronto. It will provide an alternative delivery model that addresses the complaints of Toronto restaurants which have been expressing their frustration about the commissions taken by third-party apps like Uber Eats and DoorDash.  Foodzinga is…

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Netflix Canada: What to Watch in August 2020

NOW critics find the most interesting new and old titles hitting the streamer on the new August 2020 Netflix Canada schedule. You can view the complete list of titles that critics have found the most interesting HERE.

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Disney Postpones of Big-Budget Movie Production

Disney’s big-budget film “Mulan” has been postponed indefinitely. The media giant has also pushed back the latest installments of “Star Wars” and “Avatar” by a year according to statements Disney made on Thursday.  With its release most recently delayed to August 21, the live-action “Mulan” had earlier been postponed twice. Movie fans will have a…

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U.S. Parents Say Canada’s Travel Rules Unfair to 1st-year Foreign Students

The federal government is being asked to relax rules that make parents of students in the United States who hoped to begin their university studies in Canada this fall next to impossible for their kids to enter the country. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has shut the door to students with study permits granted after…

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Study shows: After Covid-19 noise that vibrates Earth dropped drastically.

VANCOUVER – Team of researchers around the world in 117 countries uses seismic station data to learn that COVID 19 restrictions led to an unprecedented drop in noise, NEWS SOURCE.    

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Canada – U.S. Asylum Agreement Infringes on Charter, Federal Court Says

July 23, 2020

Canada’s asylum agreement with the United States infringes upon the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms according to a federal court justice. Federal Court Justice Ann Marie McDonald gave the federal government only six months to respond. McDonald’s says the agreement stops people from asking for asylum and entering either The U.S. or Canada at…

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A Comet is the Closest it will be to Earth in 6,000 Years

A giant “icy snowball” was near Earth Wednesday night before its orbit began to take it out into the solar system and will not make its way back for 6,000 years. The comet’s name, C/2020 F3 NEOWISE, is a combination of when it was discovered and the name of the infrared telescope first used to…

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China Attempts to Land Rover on Mars

In a bold attempt to join the United States in landing a spacecraft on the red planet, China launches its most ambitious Mars mission yet on Thursday.  The rocket called a “Long March-5” rocket, departed under clear skies from Hainan Island, south of China’s mainland. With engines blazing, gathered across the bay from the launch…

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Ontario Hospitals Strive to Clear Surgery Backlog

Hospital officials face a new challenge as they tackle a massive backlog of surgical procedures that were canceled or postponed after the outbreak of the pandemic.  An estimated 100,000 patients across Canada, including many patients in Ontario, had their surgeries delayed earlier this year according to reports from CBC News.  Although it may take months…

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U.S. Labs Struggle With Covid-19 Testing Surge

Laboratories across the U.S. are reporting long processing delays due to a surge of coronavirus tests. Experts say the delays are undercutting the effectiveness of the pandemic response. With a total of 3.9 million infections reported on Wednesday and new cases rising, the delays create problems for nursing homes struggling to keep the virus out….

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Earthquake Near Alaska Causes Small Tsunami

July 22, 2020

A powerful earthquake jolt registered off the southern coast of Alaska late Tuesday. While the region is sparsely populated, some residents briefly fled to higher ground over fears of a tsunami.  Although there was a tsunami warning, it was canceled due to no reports of damage in the Alaska Peninsula after the magnitude 7.8 quake…

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Canadian Military Intelligence Data-Mined Social Media Accounts of Ontarians.

A team that was assigned to a Canadian military intelligence unit collected information from people’s social media accounts in Ontario. The team claimed that the data-mining was necessary in order to help the troops working in long-term care homes during the pandemic. In the majority of cases, data collected included basic information about the long-term…

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MPP Removed From Party Caucus Following COVID-19 Vote

Cambridge MPP Belinda Karahalios has been removed from The Ontario Progressive Conservative Party caucus following her vote against Bill 195 on Tuesday. The Bill would allow the government of Premier Doug Ford to extend some emergency orders a month at a time for up to two years without consulting the legislature. In a statement to CBC…

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Small Businesses Struggling to Stay Afloat in Ontario

Small businesses in Toronto are struggling to reopen, as Phase 3 starts on Friday in parts of Ontario. Managing director of Salad King, Alan Liu, A Thai restaurant near Yonge-Dundas Square, said, “We don’t even know if we will be able to break even with the investment we’re making.” The restaurant has already had to…

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Swarm Of Bees Descends On Manitoba Home.

July 20, 2020

A swarm of bees made a pit stop in the front yard of Manitoba resident Sally Guarino on Friday afternoon. Guarino noticed a strange black crown was surrounding the maple tree in her front yard. When Guarino got closer to inspect the tree, she couldn’t determine whether the cluster of insects were bees or wasps….

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Netflix Drops $19 Billion in Market Value

July 17, 2020

Netflix market value plummeted 8% today, eliminating $19 billion from the company’s market capitalization. After healthy growth in Q2 this year, poorer performance in Q3 may have contributed to a loss of interest among investors. The company saw a subscriber increase of 10 million during Q2, in part due to the Covid-19 lockdown restricting people…

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Edmonton Eskimos Fans Share Nickname Ideas Following Name-change Announcement

They’ve been known as the Edmonton Eskimos since being admitted into the CFL, but over the past few years the team has been receiving criticism for the name. With the label “Eskimo” representing an outdated term for Inuk people, some believe that the name has an insensitive connotation which has no place in the name…

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Union Warns of School Bus Driver Shortage This Fall

Unifor, the union representing many of Ontario’s bus drivers, has announced that it’s concerned there will be a shortage of bus school bus drivers if the Ford Government doesn’t step in. They’re calling for new provisions to protect the health and safety of both bus operators and students.  Unifor claims that action is needed to…

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Lyft Inc. Sends Out 60,000 Partition Shields To Its Drivers.

Lyft has announced that the company will be providing protective shields to active Lyft drivers to offer additional protection during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the new barriers, the company provides drivers with hand sanitizer for their vehicles as well as requiring both drivers and passengers to wear masks at all times.  Since the…

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SpaceX Rocket Prototypes Could Soon Be Flying 12+ Miles Over Texas.

SpaceX is expected to launch its “Starship” rocket prototypes over 12 miles above the earth’s surface within the next seven months according to a filing with the Federal Communications Commission. Founder and CEO, Elon Musk, is urgently racing to develop the Starship. This fully reusable rocket system was designed to land on the moon for…

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The Federal Government has reached a deal with the Provinces concerning relief funding for municipalities.

The Federal Government has reached an agreement with the Provinces for Covid-19 relief funding. Provinces and territories will receive $19 billion from the federal government. Some of that money will be allocated directly to municipalities that have suffered especially hard from the Covid-19 pandemic.  On Thursday, during a news conference in Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin…

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One of the NHL’s restart arenas suffers water damage following a severe storm in Edmonton.

On Thursday night a heavy rainstorm hit Edmonton, causing water damage to Rogers Place. Damage to the foyer and water leaks throughout the facility has hockey fans worried that there may be further delays to the restarting of the NHL season. In a statement, the Oilers Entertainment group assured the public that although it is…

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Stage 3 started in most of Ontario, allowing gyms and cinemas to reopen.

A significant portion of Ontario has officially started the next stage of the government’s COVID-19 pandemic plan to restart the economy.  Stage three will start in 24 out of the 34 public health systems. Although some of the busier jurisdictions will continue to follow Stage 2 regulations, the government informed the public that Stage 3…

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Smaller Class Sizes Could Mean A Shortage of French Teachers

The Toronto District School Board is worried that there won’t be enough qualified French teachers to teach students this fall if class sizes are dramatically reduced. Due to the ongoing Pandemic, the school boards are constructing different plans of action to ensure safety, one option being to reduce class sizes to 15 students per room….

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The City of Toronto Just Gave the Blue Jays the Green Light to Play this Summer

The Toronto Blue Jays are permitted to play this summer, according to Premier Doug Ford. The approval was agreed upon after a discussion with three levels of Government. Players are to abide by strict rules and will be screened for Covid-19 regularly. They’ll also be required to take extra precautions to ensure everyone’s safety during…

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Every school should be a charter school during a pandemic.

July 16, 2020

As the start of the school year inches closer, boards of education across the country are grappling with how to accomplish a safe return for students and staff. And anxious parents wonder how those school board decisions will help or hinder a recovery to the workplace for them. Canada’s biggest board of education, the Toronto…

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One hundred eleven new cases of COVID-19 reported in Ontario, as a Great deal with Ottawa, is celebrated by Ford.

Although 111 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed, parts of the province are ready to move into stage three of reopening the economy this Friday. In the meantime, Premier Doug Ford is celebrating a new deal with the federal government that will provide $7 billion for Ontario. A total of $19 billion will go to…

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One hundred eleven new cases of COVID-19 reported in Ontario, as a Great deal with Ottawa, is celebrated by Ford.

Although 111 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed, parts of the province are ready to move into stage three of reopening the economy this Friday. In the meantime, Premier Doug Ford is celebrating a new deal with the federal government that will provide $7 billion for Ontario. A total of $19 billion will go to…

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Family ties to WE Charity, cause Bill Morneau to face an ethics investigation.

Bill Morneau, the finance minister, is faced with an ethics investigation for the decision that the federal cabinet made to grant a $19.5 million contract to the WE charity. Several of his family members work closely with the charity, including his two daughters Clare Morneau, and Grace Acan. Morneau was part of the deliberation and…

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Ottawa will provide $19 billion to provinces providing relief for COVID-19

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces the news that Ottawa has come to an agreement where provinces are set to administer more than $19 billion in funding to help prepare for the second wave of COVID-19 as well as help with the re-opening of the economy. Trudeau explained that the money will only be accessible to…

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Collapsed Crane Hits Downtown Toronto building, Shutting Down Local Streets.

A construction site near Simcoe and Wellington street are closed due to a crane collapsing. Three buildings have been evacuated as a precaution in case the crane collapses any further.  Precautions are being made to ensure that the crane stays intact until engineers arrive at the scene to safely remove the crane. According to news…

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The Government Of Ontario Are Making Changes To liquor Licenses.

Due to COVID-19, the province of Ontario is modifying its liquor laws to help workers and businesses, allowing them to deliver, sell, and serve alcohol remotely. The delivery services will allow consumers to buy alcohol from companies, such as the LCBO and The Beer Store.  Boats will be able to sell and serve alcohol while…

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Dozens Of High-Profiled Twitter Accounts Hacked, On Wednesday July 15.

In an apparent bitcoin scam, fake tweets were sent out to attract followers into sending money. The bitcoin account was created on Wednesday, gaining 12.9 bitcoins since the tweets were posted, valuing around $114, 000. The bitcoin was later withdrawn from the account. The Hackers hacked into the accounts of politicians, celebrities, and major companies…

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Oil giants create first joint carbon targets.

A group of the world’s best oil companies has set up goals to minimize greenhouse gas emissions. This comes as tensions grow on the sector’s climate stance. The target set up by 12 representatives of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, means absolute emissions can ascend as the productions keep increasing. There’s a possibility that…

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A City passionate about putting wheelchairs closer to beaches.

July 14, 2020

Throughout her life, whenever Delaney Dunlop was asked to go to the beach, she would always say no. Dunlop, 30, owned an old battery powered wheelchair that just wasn’t made for the sand.  Dunlop shared “It took like six people to get it out of the sand,” from a previous attempt to visit the beach….

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Pearson airport in Toronto reduces 1/4 of their staff because of reduced travel due to Covid-19.

Canada’s biggest airport, Pearson, is wiping out 500 jobs due to the striking reductions in demand for air travel because of COVID-19. The Greater Toronto Airports Authority explained that it will not occupy 200 open positions that are currently available. In addition to that 300 positions will be wiped out through voluntary removal and layoffs. The…

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Sarah Steele joins pro hockey in Toronto.

Sarah Steele, 25, of Stratford has officially signed a contract with the Toronto Six of the National Women’s Hockey League. Steele played 3 seasons in Europe. Soon after attending Boston University, she won a gold medal while playing with Team Canada in the IIHF U-18 World Championship. In a news release brought out by the…

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Toronto Mayor asking for provincial federal help due to expected $1.35 billion shortfall.

 Mayor of Toronto, John Tory is once more, asking for federal and provincial government help as the city has a $1.35 billion shortfall.  On Tuesday morning during a news conference, Tory explained a new executive committee report that he said explains a “substantial update” on the shock COVID-19 has had on the finances of the…

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Officials state that Canada-US border closure is expected to extend for another 30 days.

Extensions come even though lobbying by U.S. members of Congress arrange a step by step reopening. The plan to restrain travel across the Canada-U.S. border will be prolonged into August, CBC News confirmed.  Government officials explain that the adjustment reducing border access to essential travel will be extended another 30 days. The arrangement was set to…

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Richmond Hills Firm creates COVID-19 test that gives results in 5 minutes.

Richmond Hill company led the way with a fast, low cost, and user friendly device to detect Covid-19 infection.  Laipac disclosed that the test is scheduled to come out in September. It will be able to recognize the proteins of the new coronavirus from a simple nasal swab sample in just under 5 minutes, with…

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Emergency rooms in Toronto are filling up again.

 Many patients avoided seeking treatment from serious illness during the height of the pandemic and now Ontario emergency rooms are getting busier and busier as most provinces begin to enter Stage 3 of reopening. On average the wait time a patient has to wait in order to be admitted is about 11.2 hours according to…

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Frank Leo Community Profile: Caledon

History What we today call the Township of Caledon began as a small hamlet in Upper Canada that had several names over the years. These included Raeburn’s Corners, Charleston, and finally Caledon.  Caledon Village was carried out in 1820 and the young settlement would receive a post office just 19 years later under the name…

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Limits on group gatherings have expanded intensely in Ontario.

As COVID-19 case numbers decline, government regulations are lifted, and the number of people allowed to gather go from 10 to 100, it looks like life is finally getting back to normal in Ontario.  Premier Doug Ford disclosed the updated group gathering limits will start once Toronto is in stage 3 of the provincial government’s…

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Alberta report states Canada won’t meet Paris climate goals without a large blow to jobs and investments.

Research from Alberta’s energy war room shows that Canada’s economy will contract by $54 billion, with the fall of 300,000 jobs, if the country manages to meet its commitments made under the Paris climate agreement.  Known as the “war room”, The Canadian Energy Centre, organized by Premier Jason Kenney’s government to battle the falsity about…

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Riverdale Farm and High Park Zoo to reopen in Toronto

Although Toronto is one of 10 regions not entering Stage 3 of reopening this week, do not let that discourage you. Residents have a few more outdoor activities to look forward to this summer.  Mayor John Tory has also stated that Allan Gardens as well as the Centennial Park Conservatory will also be reopening this Tuesday.“Riverdale…

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Taking a Glance at the Canadian Job Market. Who’s hiring and who’s not?

Jobs that vanished during the beginning stages of COVID-19 are slowly coming back.  On July 10, The Statistics Canada announced that in June more than 950,000 jobs were added in the country. Although it’s only a small portion of the 3 million lost due to the lockdowns implemented in March and April, the 950,000 added…

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Parents struggle with hybrid school reopening model

April van Ert has been juggling work and her 11 year old sons educations since the Covid-19 Shutdown and was relieved when her sons Vancouver School reopened June 1st but due to strict distancing requirements of hybrid school models of one day in class and online work the rest of the week it is “completely…

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Premier Ford to Announce Stage 3 of Re-opening

July 13, 2020

As COVID-19 spread continues to slow, stage 3 of Ontario reopening plans are expected to be announced by Premier Dough Ford. Ontario has already begun Stage 2 of reopening back in June and Toronto less than a week later. Back in April a document was released that included stage 3 allowing renaming workplaces to reopen…

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Homeowners Motivated by The Benefits of Lower Rates

July 9, 2020

Requests for refinancing and mortgage renewal soar as consumers rush to benefit from historically low rates. Read all about it from the Financial Post.

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Dealerships Across Southern Ontario Seeing Sales Recovery

As restrictions loosen, people are able to test drive vehicles. Without test drives, consumers may have been hesitant to make purchases, according to the National Post.

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Thought To Be The World’s Oldest Desert, The Namib Desert is Believed to Date Back as far as 55 Million Years

Click through to see some of the BBC’s most compelling stories about natural and man made marvels.

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Only 30% of Canadians Were Re-employed at the End of June

According to a News poll by Nanos Research and Bloomberg News, taken at the end of June shows that Canadian job market is stalling. Read report HERE.

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Tesla Inc. Is Close to Achieving the Goal of Fully-Autonomous Vehicles

Tesla CEO, Elon musk had this to say, “I’m extremely confident that level 5 or essentially complete autonomy will happen and I think will happen very quickly.” when it comes to vehicles on the road without a driver, according to news outlets.

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Severe Power Outages & Flash Flooding Reported as Severe Weather Hits Toronto

July 8, 2020

Following the arrival of severe weather in Toronto this afternoon the city is receiving numerous reports of power outages and flash flooding.  For about an hour a heavy thunderstorm slammed the city with gusts of wind up to 100 km/h on the west side of Toronto, according to the weather advisory. Between 50 – 70…

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Toronto Zoo: First Major Attraction To Open In The GTA.

July 5, 2020

Starting July 4th, The Toronto Zoo will be reopening to the general public with some new precautions implemented in accordance with the new regulations. When the Toronto Zoo temporarily closed following the coronavirus pandemic, the zoo implemented a drive-through strategy to allow visitors to access the park without at risk. According to news sources, visitors…

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Moths Cover The Town of La Sarre in Quebec in Spectacular Invasion.

An unexpected turn of events has occurred within a small town in Quebec in a northwest community of La Sarre just a few hours outside of Montreal.  New sources are reporting thousands of Moths swarmed the town taking over streets of La Sarre and local businesses, Citizens had to shovel away the moths to clear…

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Forecast: Intense Heatwave Possible This Summer According To Climatologist David Philips.

A senior climatologist, Dave Philips, indicated that the next couple of days may be the hottest this summer thus far. According to Philips, the hot summer weather may surpass 30° in the coming days but feel more like 40° when humidity is factored in. The duration of this heat-wave may last up to seven or…

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Researchers In Mexico Find Evidence Of Ancient Ochre Mines

July 4, 2020

In Mexico, researchers are deep-diving into the waters of the Yucatan Peninsula to find evidence of ancient ochre mines. Even though the mines underwater are dangerous with low visibility and extremely tight spaces, the divers proceeded with caution to retract any ancient red ochre. Additionally, researchers revealed that humankind frequently visited the mines when the…

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Returning To School During COVID-19

With the school year around the corner, the Toronto District School Board director Carlene Jackson posed some difficulties in coordinating this upcoming school year. Since the start of the pandemic, students were homeschooled and introduced to virtual classes towards the end of the school year. With school board restrictions, Jackson created different possibilities for bringing…

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An Advanced Species Of Bird Changed Its Tune

A recent discovery was found when the white-throated sparrow went viral. The white-throated sparrow made an unusual sound while Most species of birds create or generate a type of tune when defending its territories or attract females. It’s uncommon for them to change their song when most birds aren’t that advanced to do so. Interestingly…

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Week Long Campaign Targets Reckless Drivers

The Toronto police have issued a campaign to unfold continued dangerous acts followed on the road. The main focus of the campaign is to enforce and educate motorists on collision-causing behavior. The campaign started from June 22nd to June 28th, with a week of shocking results of reckless, impaired, and distracted driving. According to news…

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Indigenous Hero Considered For Banknote

Bank of Canada requested recommendations for the new cover for the five-dollar bill. While the Bank nominations are over, the Bank of Canada has Tommy Prince in mind. An online petition has surfaced in making Tommy Price the new face of the banknote. According to news sources Tommy Price, Canada’s most embellished indigenous war hero,…

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Improvisation of Internet Access in North West Territories

July 3, 2020

Businessman and president of tech company in North West Territories — Lyle Fabien, wants to help communities with improving internet access by using fiber optics cables. This method will be used to assist internet connectivity by hiring outside specialists to assist with production and teach Fabians team about fabric optic cables. Doing so will provide…

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Record Breaking Global Infection Cases

The global coronavirus has reached its highest as many countries continue battling this infectious outbreak, while the United states and other parts of latin america are experiencing it majorly. As restaurants, bars, and beaches open Around 160,000 cases are being reported every day and at least 10.7 million people are infected by the virus around…

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Official New Global Geopark In Nova Scotia

After years of preparation in hopes to officially be accepted by UNESCO, and Since the global pandemic, delays were put in place. Starting July 10th, The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially made Nova Scotia’s cliffs of fundy a Global Geopark in hopes of attracting more tourists and boosting their local economy….

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NASA Announces Its 10 Year Time-Lapse Of The Sun

NASAs solar dynamic observatory commemorates its 10 year mark of operations by releasing an incredible time-lapse of the sun. The solar dynamic observatory was created back in February 2010 for researchers to study the solar atmosphere on the sun’s impact on earth. The sun is captured every single day with a collection of 425 million…

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Toronto Blue Jays Are Granted Access To Rogers Centre

On thursday, The city of Toronto gave permission for the Toronto Blue jays to continue their summer training camp at the Rogers Centre. Special guidelines will be enforced to keep the players, their families and the general public safe during the global pandemic. Decisions are still being made as to whether Toronto can host any…

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TTC Making Masks Mandatory Starting Thursday July 2nd

July 2, 2020

Starting TODAY masks are mandatory on TTC transportation according to news outlets

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TREB RELEASES CONDO MARKET FIGURES AS REPORTED BY GTA REALTORS®

April 22, 2018

TORONTO, April 16, 2018 — Toronto Real Estate Board President Tim Syrianos announced that the average selling price for condominium apartments sold through TREB’s MLS® System was up by nine per cent year-over-year to $533,447 in the first quarter of 2018. While the number of condominium apartment sales reported by Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® in the…

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