Category Archives: Science

Don’t get ‘casual’ about COVID, Ontario’s top doctor warns amid resort outbreak

TORONTO — A COVID-19 outbreak at an Ontario resort earlier this month was the result of people getting "casual" with public health guidelines, the province's top doctor said Thursday. Dr. David Williams said a group of out-of-town reside...

New court date in Saskatchewan’s fight to get teepee off legislature lawn

REGINA — The Saskatchewan government's request to have an Indigenous man's teepee removed from the lawn at the legislature has been put over and will be heard in court a few days before he plans to end his protest. Provincial lawyers hav...

B.C. students to return to school Sept. 10 as part of gradual restart

VICTORIA — Children in British Columbia will return to classrooms two days later than originally planned as part of a gradual restart to schooling, the education minister says. Rob Fleming said earlier this week that students wouldn't be...

Manitoba pushes economic rebound as COVID-19 cluster linked to meat plant grows

BRANDON, Man. — The Manitoba government has launched a campaign promoting a restart to the economy in a city that has seen a large increase in COVID-19 cases connected to a cluster in a meat-processing plant. Premier Brian Pallister said...

B.C. hiring 500 people to help with COVID contact tracing

VICTORIA — British Columbia is hiring 500 health-care professionals to help with its COVID-19 contact tracing efforts ahead of the flu season and a potential surge in cases. The new, temporary jobs will likely be filled by retired health-care prof...

UNDRIP a top priority, says Miller, but won’t rule out delay due to COVID-19

OTTAWA — A Liberal commitment to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is still a top priority, says Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller, but he could not say whether it is still possible withi...

Opposition accuses Saskatchewan government of off-loading mask decision

REGINA — The Opposition NDP is accusing the Saskatchewan Party government of dumping a decision about mask use in schools onto local boards instead of making the call itself. Education critic Carla Beck says she's frustrated by what she ...

Feds commit $305M in additional funds for Indigenous communities during COVID-19

OTTAWA — The federal government has announced an additional $305 million to help Indigenous Peoples combat COVID-19. Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says the money is meant to help Indigenous communities prepare for emergencies and p...

Ontario budget deficit projected to jump to $38.5 billion in 2020-2021

TORONTO — The COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a heavy toll on Ontario, the province's finance minister said Wednesday as he announced the government has nearly doubled its deficit projection in just three months. Rod Phillips said the pan...

Windsor expands mandatory mask order as it moves to Stage 3 of reopening

The City of Windsor, Ont., expanded its mandatory mask policy Wednesday as it moved to Stage 3 of reopening. The new order, issued by Mayor Drew Dilkens, added places of worship, apartment buildings and theatres to the list of indoo...