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The latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic

17-Year Old Hostess Assaulted By Group Of Women For Attempting To Enforce Social-Distancing Rules

A teenage hostess at a Chili’s in Louisiana was reportedly assaulted by a large group of women after attempting to enforce her restaurant’s social-distancing guidelines.  Kelsy Wallace, 17, claims the large party of women visited the Baton Rouge restaurant on Sunday, but requested a table that could accommodate their entire party. Wallace informed them that this wouldn’t be possible, as … Read more

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Burger King Pre-Printing Face Masks With Food Orders On Them

Droplets produced when a person speaks can spread COVID19, according to the CDC.  That appears to be the inspiration for a new promotion from Burger King aimed at keeping its customers healthy amid the coronavirus pandemic. The fast-food chain has found a way to let them order food without speaking at all – with custom printed face masks with orders … Read more

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Ontario Deficit Projections Have Doubled Due To Pandemic Spending – Full COVID19 Update

Ontario’s finance minister says the province has nearly doubled its deficit projection due to the COVID19 pandemic. Rod Phillips says the deficit is now expected to come in around $38.5-billion dollars at the end of the fiscal year. In March, the government had said the deficit would reach $20.5-billion by the end of 2020-2021. Overall, the government expects to spend … Read more

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Russia Claims To Have Successfully Created A COVID19 Vaccine – Full Update

Russia has become the first country to approve a vaccine against the coronavirus but scientists around the world are alarmed that it cut corners. President Vladimir Putin says it underwent the necessary tests and offers a lasting immunity from the coronavirus. But the Russians skipped Phase 3 trials, which take several months and involve tens of thousands of people. The … Read more

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More Testimony Today At The WE Scandal Hearings As The New CMHC Scandal Creates New Questions

Two federal cabinet ministers and the country’s top public servant will be grilled today about how a charity with close ties to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wound up administering a $912-million dollar student grant program. The House of Commons ethics committee is scheduled to hear from Youth Minister Bardish Chagger, Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough and Ian Shugart, clerk of the … Read more

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Could Your Mask Actually Spread Coronavirus? Scientists Discover Fleece Neck Gaiters Multiply Infectious Droplets While N95s And Cotton Masks Work Best

We’ve all been told to wear face masks to reduce the spread of coronavirus, but it turns out the material your mask is made of may affect your risk, a new study suggests.  An N95 mask, which filters out nearly all particles both large and small, reduced the odds of transmitting COVID19, the disease caused by the virus, the most.  … Read more

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We Now Know More About The Plan For TIFF This Year

The Toronto International Film Festival has offered more details on a hybrid festival that will largely unspool digitally for home viewers but will also feature some in-person screenings. TIFF co-heads Cameron Bailey and Joana Vicente say the cost will be the same whether in-person or online: $19 dollars for regular screenings and $26 for premium. Cars of one or two … Read more

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Alarming Increase In Worldwide COVID19 Numbers – Full Update

The number of COVID19 cases recorded around the world has doubled in the last 45-days, reaching 20-million. According to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University, more than half of those cases are from the U.S., India and Brazil. Health officials believe the actual number is much higher, given testing limitations and the fact that as many as 40 per … Read more

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Ford Promises Pay Increase For Personal Support Workers – Full COVID19 Update

Ontario reported fewer than 100 new cases of COVID19 yesterday for the fourth day in a row. Government numbers showed 95 new cases of the coronavirus, along with one new death. Health Minister Christine Elliott says about 26,000 … Read more

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Feds Claim They Haven’t Decided If The Vaccine Will Be Mandatory – Full COVID19 Update

Provincially, Ontario had fewer than 100 cases of COVID19 yesterday for the third straight day and fifth time in the past week. There were 86 new cases with 146 more resolved and no new deaths. Health Minister Christine Elliott said 29 of the province’s… Read more

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McGill University Explains Why Some People Are More Likely To Believe COVID19 Conspiracy Theories

People who get their news from social-media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are more likely to have misperceptions about COVID19, according to new study led by researchers at McGill University in Montreal. “Those that consume more traditional news media have fewer misperceptions and are more likely to follow public health recommendations like social distancing,” the paper published in … Read more

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Premier Ford Talks About The Back To School Plan – Full COVID19 Update

Ontario reported 91 new cases of COVID19 yesterday, along with four new deaths. The figures for Monday come after an increase of 88 cases on Sunday and no reported deaths. Currently, 78 people are in hospital, 28 of them in intensive care.

Ontario Back-to-School:

Premier Ford is telling parents concerned about sending their children back to school in the fall … Read more

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One Third Admit They Rely On News Sources They View As Unreliable

Many news organizations advertise themselves as trustworthy and or down-the-middle.  According to a recent survey however, it seems many people are just fine listening to news they “kind of” trust.  A third of Americans say they’re getting their news from sources they admittedly know to be less reliable than others.  The RAND Corporation, a global policy think tank, … Read more

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Compatibility Complaints About The New COVID Tracing App – Full COVID19 Update

Yesterday the province did not release an update so staff could enjoy a day off for Simcoe Day. Today’s numbers should be out shortly after 10am.

COVID Tracing App Issues:

Experts say a flaw in the federal government’s new COVID19 tracing app makes it inaccessible to older Canadians and other marginalized groups. The free “COVID Alert” app requires … Read more

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Prime Minister Trudeau Testifies Before The House Finance Committee

The prime minister says he did nothing to influence the government’s decision to hire WE Charity to run a student volunteer program that is now in jeopardy. The question of how the Liberals will use the $912-million-dollars budgeted for a COVID19 student-volunteer program remains unanswered, after Justin Trudeau wrapped up a 90-minute appearance before the House of Commons finance committee … Read more

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Millions More Enter Stage 3 Today And The Back-To-School Plan Is Out – Full COVID19 update

Ontario reported 89 new cases of COVID19 yesterday, marking the second day in a row where the province had fewer than 100 cases. Health Minister Christine Elliott says 17 public health regions had no cases at all, including Waterloo Region. The number of people in hospital, intensive care or on a ventilator all dropped today.

Ontario’s Back-To-School Plans:

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Today We Learn The Back-To-School Plan – Full COVID19 Update

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott says the province has reported its lowest number of new COVID19 cases in a day since late March. Ontario had just 76 new cases of the coronavirus yesterday morning, along with one new death. There were also 174 cases newly marked as resolved. Elliott says the number of people in hospital, in intensive care and … Read more

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CDC Reports One-Third Of Coronavirus Survivors Have Symptoms That Don’t Go Away

A new CDC report reveals that many people who previously recovered from the coronavirus can still experience a range of symptoms weeks and sometimes months after the fact. The report specifically focused on people who, while infected with the coronavirus, did not experience severe enough symptoms to warrant hospitalization.  According to the report, about a third of people who test … Read more

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[Video] Bill Gates Explains Why Kids Should Be Back In Class In September

Bill Gates has sided with President Donald Trump in arguing for the reopening of schools in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, saying the “benefits outweigh the costs for younger students.” Gates rallied for schools to open in an interview with CNBC’s Squawk Box yesterday. “I’m a big believer that for young children, the benefits in almost Read more

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Some Major Corporate Sponsors Have Pulled Their Support From WE – Full Video Of The Kielburger Testimony

The co-founders of WE Charity spoke to the House of Commons finance committee yesterday, as it investigates the $912-million dollar, sole-sourced, student grant program. Brothers Marc and Craig Kielburger say they regret not realizing how the deal to have WE run the Canada Student Service Grant would be perceived, due to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s … Read more

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Another Stage 3 Announcement Is Coming Today – Full COVID19 Update

Across Ontario there were 111 new cases of COVID19 and four new deaths announced yesterday. Health Minister Christine Elliott said Ottawa accounts for 25 of the new cases with 22 more in Windsor-Essex. There were only six in Toronto. 106 more people are now recovered.

Will All of Ontario Move to Stage 3 on Friday?

The last three regions of … Read more

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Today Craig And Marc Kielburger Will Testify Before The House Finance Committee

The House of Commons finance committee will continue its probe of the federal government’s handling of a multi-million dollar student-volunteer program. WE Charity founders Craig and Marc Kielburger say they are ready to testify today about the organization’s now-scrapped contract to run the Canada Student Service Grant program. The finance committee decided yesterday to have the Kielburgers testify for four … Read more

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Billions Going To The Municipalities – Full COVID19 Update

Across Ontario, 119 new cases of COVID19 were reported yesterday with only one new death related to the virus. 76 of the new cases, or 64%, were in people under the age of 40. 16 of the provinces public health units had zero new cases. Of yesterday’s 119, Windsor-Essex had 40 of them with another 28 in Ottawa.

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New Poll Finds 3 Out Of 4 Teachers Are Fearful Of COVID19 In Schools This Fall

A vast majority of U.S. schoolteachers are concerned about exposure to COVID19 in classrooms this fall, a Gallup survey Friday showed.  According to the poll, three-quarters of teachers from kindergarten through high school said they’re either “very” (57%) or “moderately” (18%) concerned about COVID19 exposure in the classroom. That’s an increase of 16% from May.  The … Read more

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Some Beer Varieties May Take A Hit Due To Aluminum Can Shortage

An aluminum can shortage has reportedly started to impact the beer industry. This has prompted some brewers to scale back on the variety of brands being sold.  Molson Coors, Brooklyn Brewery, and Karl Strauss have moved production away from the smaller brands in response to the shortage.  The companies reportedly made this decision to ensure that they had enough cans … Read more

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Charges Laid After Huge House Party In Brampton This Weekend – Full COVID19 Update

The COVID19 numbers this weekend were definitely higher than the province wants to see them. On Saturday 138 new cases were reported and yesterday it was 137 new ones. Both days, nearly 60% of the new infections were in adults under 40-years old. The good news is almost 60,000 tests were processed and Ontario has now surpassed the two million … Read more

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‘A Quiet Place Part II’ And ‘Top Gun Maverick’ Pushed To 2021

We probably all saw this coming, but Paramount has pushed back the release of two of its biggest upcoming films, “A Quiet Place Part II” and “Top Gun Maverick,” … Read more

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We Will Learn Next Week What The Plan For Schools In September Is – Full COVID19 Update

Education Minister Stephen Lecce says he will be announcing a return to school plan next week. With just six week left before students are due to go back to class, Lecce says he’s working with Ontario’s chief medical officer of health and other officials to finalize the plan for students to safely return amid the COVID19 pandemic. He says the … Read more

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Now Pennsylvania Has Told The Blue Jays No – Full COVID19 Update

The Toronto Blue Jays are still without a home this season after the state of Pennsylvania denied their bid to play at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Pennsylvania Department of Health made the announcement yesterday. State Secretary of Health Doctor Rachel Levine said southern Pennsylvania has seen a recent increase in COVID19 cases and taking on extra … Read more

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CDC Says The Actual Number Of COVID19 Cases Is Far Greater Than Thought

The number of people who have had Covid19 is much greater than the official case count, according to data and a new analysis released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday.  Depending on the region, the number of people infected was sometimes six to 24 times the number of reported cases, the CDC team said.  “For Read more

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Texas’ First Drive-Thru Strip Club Has 2-Song Limit

Houston’s Vivid Gentleman’s Club has set up a drive-thru service to offer its traditional form of entertainment — separated from drivers by steel barricades — along with takeout from its bar menu.  The venue installed a massive white tent outside its 2618 Winrock Blvd. location — and inside are steel barriers separating drivers from dancers, neon lights and loudspeakers.  Some … Read more

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Young People Fueling The Sharp Rise In COVID19 Infections – Full Update

Ontario announced more than 200 new cases of COVID19 yesterday, for the first time since late June. The province said there were 203 new cases and one new death. The rate of new infections far outpaced the number of resolved cases, which was only 92.  Health Minister Christine Elliott said 57 per cent of yesterdays new cases came from people … Read more

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Cabbage Could Help Fight COVID19, Study Finds

According to a new study from France, foods containing raw and fermented cabbage may be beneficial against the coronavirus by reducing the levels of a compound that helps the virus infect the body.  The study found that cabbage — whether raw, pickled in sauerkraut or mixed into coleslaw — as well as cucumbers and Kimchi, the Korean delicacy made from … Read more

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Some Ontario Mayors Want The Rules For Gyms And Bars Changed – Full COVID19 Update

Across Ontario 135 new cases of COVID-19 were announced yesterday. More than 33,000 of the Province’s 37,739 are now resolved. Unfortunately, the number of people in hospital, in intensive care and on a ventilator all rose in yesterday’s report, which included 1 new death.

Lots More Regions Moving to Stage 3:

The provincial government is letting 7 more health regions … Read more

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New Case Numbers Ticked Up A Bit This Weekend – Full COVID19 Update

Over the first weekend of Stage 3 reopening for most of the Province, Ontario’s new cases of COVID19 went up a bit, compared to last week’s numbers. The province reported 164 cases yesterday and 166 on Saturday. 37 of yesterday’s cases were from Windsor-Essex with 48 more from the Peel region. Locally, 28 of Ontario’s 34 public health units are … Read more

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Blue Jays Cleared To Play In Toronto – US Teams Will Be Flying In And Out

The Blue Jays are one step closer to coming home. The Ontario government says the MLB team has been given the green light to play at the Rogers Centre. But Ottawa has the final say and has not yet confirmed whether it will approve the plan. Premier Doug Ford says he’s looking forward to the Toronto Blue Jays playing at … Read more

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Most Of Ontario Enters Stage 3 Today – Full COVID19 Update

Here we go. After months of being shut down, 23 regions in Ontario begin stage 3 of the COVID19 reopening plan today. This stage will allow restaurants to resume indoor dining, as well as the reopening of businesses like bars, gyms and theatres. Playground can reopen today as well. Stage 3 also raises the limits on the size of indoor … Read more

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Jewelry Store Owner Buried His Entire Inventory and Is Selling Tickets for a Quest to Find it

Many businesses now have to figure out new ways to reinvent and adapt to survive in the pandemic. This might just be the most fun pivot yet. Johnny Perri owns a jewelry store in Washington Township, Michigan.  When he shut down for the pandemic, it forced him to re-evaluate the entire business. His concept is a modern day treasure hunt. … Read more

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New Calls To Fully Reopen Ontario Daycares – Full COVID19 Update

Yesterday the province reported it’s lowest daily number of new COVID19 infections since March. Only 102 new cases were announced. The number of people in hospital dropped by more than 20, but the number of people on a ventilator and in intensive care increased by one. The number of resolved cases went up by 135.

Calls to Reopen Daycares:

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Ontario Preparing For A Possible Second Wave – Full COVID19 Update

Ontario reported another 111 cases of COVID19 yesterday and one new death from the virus. The number of active cases dropped by 122 so the numbers continue to trend in the right direction.  Ontario completed more than 16,000 tests in that 24-hour span.

Ontario Prepared for a Second Wave:

Premier Ford says his government is making plans to prepare for … Read more

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