Category: COVID19

The latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic

Ivy League Schools And 52 Other U.S. Universities Back Harvard And MIT’s Lawsuit Against Trump’s Illegal Ban On Visas For Foreign Students Whose Classes Will Go Online Due To COVID

Fifty-nine U.S. universities have filed a brief supporting a lawsuit by Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology over the Trump administration’s plan to strip international students of their visas if all their classes move online.  In the original lawsuit, filed on Wednesday in a federal court in Boston, Harvard and MIT asked a judge to temporarily block the rule … Read more

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UK Pub Installs Electric Fence At Bar To Ensure Social Distancing

A pub in the United Kingdom has put up an electric fence at the bar to make sure that patrons continue to social distance amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Management at The Star Inn, located in Cromwell, said its staff got tired of some patrons ignoring social distancing guidelines. So the bar installed the wired electrified fence to shock locals into … Read more

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Trudeau Issues An Apology Ahead Of His Third Ethics Investigation

Yesterday Prime Minister Trudeau addressed the allegations of conflict of interest that he faces over the WE affair. He apologized for creating a perceived conflict over the government’s decision to award a massive contract to the WE Charity to manage a major student-volunteering program. Trudeau says he made a mistake by not knowing how much WE had paid his mother … Read more

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Most Of Ontario Moving To Stage 3 On Friday – Full COVID19 Update

The Ontario government is sticking with a regional approach in rolling out the latest stage of the pandemic reopening plan. Premier Ford says it’s great news that much of the province can move to Stage 3 this Friday. In the regions moving ahead, gyms and movie theatres will be allowed to reopen, as well as dining inside restaurants and bars. … Read more

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Leafs Training Camp Opens Today

It promises to be a training camp like no other for six Canadian NHL teams. With the NHL’s restart in Edmonton and Toronto around the corner, training camps open today for the 24 teams reporting to the hub cities later this month. The Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks all will take … Read more

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Ontario Will Announce The Details On Stage 3 Today – Full COVID19 Update

The Ontario government is set to announce details about Stage 3 of its re-opening plan later today as the spread of COVID19 continues to slow. But a spokeswoman did not say whether the province will take a regional approach. Most but not all of Ontario entered Stage 2, which included allowing patios and hairdressers to reopen, on June 19th. Stage … Read more

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Toronto To Start Cracking Down On Late Night Beach Parties

Toronto is restricting parking at three popular beaches after 7pm on the weekends to try to crack down on late night partying where people aren’t physically distancing. The restrictions are being imposed at Marie Curtis, Humber Bay West and … Read more

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Bloc Leader Says Trudeau Needs To Put Chrystia Freeland In Charge While The PM Is Investigated For A Third Time By The Ethics Commissioner

The leader of the Bloc Quebecois is calling for Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland to take the country’s reins as the ethics commissioner continues an investigation of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his close ties to the WE Charity. The call comes as new revelations surface, showing the organization paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees to members … Read more

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[Video] Racist Customer Rant Sparks Hate Investigation At Mississauga Grocery Store

Police are investigating after a man who refused to wear a mask in a Mississauga grocery store went on a racist tirade. Video taken at T&T Supermarket last Sunday shows the man telling employees they can wear masks and die because when you wear them, it’s science that you get sick. He also refuses to believe one worker who says … Read more

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Canada Is Not Ready For A Second Wave – Full COVID19 Update

A report from a committee of senators says despite all we’ve learned about COVID19, we are still not prepared for a second wave. The Senate’s social affairs committee says the federal government needs to pay urgent attention to seniors in long-term care homes where outbreaks and deaths in the pandemic have been concentrated. There are also concerns in the report … Read more

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Going To A Bar Or Attending Church Poses Higher Chance Of Catching Covid19 But Opening The Mail And Getting Takeout Is Low

Going to a bar or attending a church with more than 500 people poses a much higher risk of contracting coronavirus than opening the mail or getting takeout, according to a list of activities ranked by Texas doctors.   The Texas Medical Association, which is made up of 53,000 physicians and medical students across the state, released the list that ranks … Read more

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The Debt Will Go Over One Trillion Dollars – Full COVID19 Update

The COVID19 pandemic is pushing the federal deficit to a level not seen since the Second World War. The government’s fiscal snapshot yesterday forecasted Canada’s deficit climbing to $343-billion dollars, with the Finance Department estimating the federal debt is set to exceed $1-trillion-dollars Finance Minister Bill Morneau told the House of Commons that all the money the government spent over … Read more

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Today The Government Will Only Provide A Fiscal “Snapshot” – Full COVID19 Update

Yesterday Ontario reported only 112 new COVID19 cases. That is the lowest total since June 26th, when we had 111.  Majority of the new cases came in three areas: Toronto, York and Peel made up 70% of the new cases. However, 28 of the province’s 34 public health units reported five or fewer cases, with 23 of them reporting no … Read more

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Germany Hopes Body Odor Will Force People To Wear Masks

Public transportation officials in Berlin issued a cheeky recommendation for riders last week to stop wearing deodorant, and let their natural odors waft through the shared air, so others can have their masks fully cover their mouths and noses.  “given that so many people think they can wear their masks under their noses, we’re getting tough,” the BVG … Read more

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When Are We Moving To Stage 3? Full COVID19 Update

Ontario only reported 154 new cases of COVID19 yesterday, along with 160 resolved cases and zero new deaths. It was the first day with no new deaths from coronavirus since late March. The province completed roughly 17,000 tests over the previous 24 hours.

When Will Ontario Move to Stage 3?

The province’s health minister isn’t ready to say when Ontario … Read more

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Ontario Courts Reopen Today – Full COVID19 Update

Trials and preliminary hearings will resume at many Ontario courthouses today. The courts were closed on March 16th due to the COVID19 pandemic. Now they’re reopening, with plexiglass barriers in place and a rule that everyone must wear masks. But the process will be gradual, with the Ministry of the Attorney General saying it plans to have all of the … Read more

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[Video] STOP! Collaborate And Listen: Vanilla Ice Has Cancelled The 4th Of July Concert

Remember that time Vanilla Ice said he wasn’t afraid of Coronavirus? Yeah… he admits now that he didn’t realize how bad the numbers were and has cancelled a concert that was… Read more

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Active Cases In Ontario Drop Again But American Numbers Are Exploding – Full COVID19 Update

Ontario reported 153 new cases of COVID19 yesterday along with four new deaths. There were another 204 cases marked as resolved so the curve is still flattening. The number of people in intensive care units and using ventilators also continues to drop.

Rent Relief Extended:

A joint federal-provincial program designed to help small businesses weather the COVID19 pandemic is being … Read more

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This Is The Best Fabric For DIY Face Masks, According To Science

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted a heated debate over the efficacy of DIY masks made of materials commonly found at home. Now, a new study published in the journal Physics of Fluids yesterday claims to have found the optimal homemade mask design.  Researchers compared four makeshift face-mask styles, which they considered accessible options for most: a bandanna tied over the … Read more

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The COVID19 Tracking App Will Not Launch Today After All – Full Update

Yesterday Ontario did not release updated new COVID19 numbers because of the Canada Day holiday. In Quebec, another 24 COVID19-related deaths were reported, pushing their provincial death toll to… Read more

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Could Pigs Be The Source Of The Next Pandemic?

A strain of the swine flu virus has become prevalent in pigs in China and has the potential to spread to humans and become another pandemic, researchers claim.  Experts from the Chinese Academy of Sciences say pigs are a key intermediate host or “mixing vessel” for viruses spreading from wild animals into humans.  The Chinese research team have … Read more

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New Infections Are Way Down In Most Of Ontario – Full COVID19 Update

Ontario reported 257 new COVID19 cases yesterday and seven new deaths. That number is somewhat misleading though. Health Minister Christine Elliott says nearly 70 per cent of the 257 new cases of COVID19 reported were just in the Windsor-Essex region. Elliott says 177 of the new cases were the result of extensive testing over the weekend of temporary foreign workers … Read more

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Ontario Sees A Slight Increase In Active Cases – Full COVID19 Update

New cases of COVID19 in Ontario outpaced the number of new resolved cases yesterday. That’s the first time that has happened in recent days. There were 178 new cases of the illness reported on Sunday, compared with 175 new resolved ones.  The province is now at 34,654 total cases, which includes 30,107 considered resolved and 2,658 deaths. Six of those … Read more

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More Regions Enter Phase 2 Today – Full COVID19 Update

More regions of Ontario are moving into the second stage of the province’s reopening plan today, including parts of the Greater Toronto Area. York, Durham and Niagara are among the areas allowed to further open their economies, though Toronto, Peel and Windsor-Essex will remain in the first stage until at least next Friday. In the second stage, restaurants can open … Read more

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The Juno Awards Will Be Handed Out Virtually On June 29th

The Juno Awards were cancelled back in March due to COVID-19… so what about the awards themselves? It’s been announced that The Junos will… Read more

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Ontario Numbers Still Trending In The Right Direction – Full COVID19 Update

Again yesterday, Ontario reported less than 200 new COVID19 cases. The number was 190 and again, the bulk of the new infections were in Toronto, Peel and Windsor-Essex. The number of people in hospital dropped to 383 yesterday, which is the lowest number since the province started reporting that figure in early April. The numbers of people in intensive care … Read more

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The CERB Has Been Extended – Full COVID19 Update

The federal government will provide eight extra weeks of benefits for people whose jobs or earnings have vanished because of COVID19. It comes with the requirement that people must look for work and take a job when it’s reasonable to do so. The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will continue to pay out $500-dollars a week — but now for up … Read more

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Seven More Regions Moving To Phase 2 – Full COVID19 Update

Toronto, Peel and Windsor-Essex are still being held back from moving to Stage 2 of the province’s phased COVID19 re-opening plan. Premier Ford says Durham, Haldimand-Norfolk, Halton, Hamilton, Lambton, Niagara and York can move to Stage 2 this Friday. That will allow restaurant patios and hair salons to re-open among other easing of restrictions. Premier Ford is asking Toronto, Peel … Read more

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CDC Threatens Another US Lockdown If Coronavirus Cases Spike

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has threatened that another U.S. lockdown will be on the cards if coronavirus cases spike.  “If cases begin to go up again, particularly if they go up dramatically, it’s important to recognize that more mitigation efforts such as what were implemented back in March may be needed again,the CDC’s deputy … Read more

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[Video] New York Woman Is Caught On Camera Coughing Over A Customer In A Bagel Shop

Another “Karen” was caught on camera deliberately coughing over a fellow customer at a bagel shop in New York City after being called out for not wearing a face mask during the coronavirus pandemic.  The customer was picking up her order in the Manhattan bagel bar when she appeared to lose her temper after being told that she was putting … Read more

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NYC Salon’s Lockdown Waiting List For $1,000 Dollar Haircuts Is Booming

As clients’ hair grows in lockdown, so does this shuttered Manhattan salon’s waiting list.  But the $1,000 price tag for a cut hasn’t budged, despite the pandemic and the recession.  “We have over 1,000 people on a waiting list,” Julien Farel tells Bloomberg News of his tony Julien Farel Restore Salon, Spa & Fitness.  Many customers will … Read more

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More Regions Will Learn Today If They Are Moving To Phase Two – Full COVID19 Update

On Friday many regions outside the G.T.H.A. made the move to “Phase 2” of the COVID19 reopening plan. Restaurant patios, hair salons, nail salons, shopping malls and more opened their doors for the first time in nearly 3-months. Today the government will announce which, (if any) more regions are moving to Phase 2 this Friday.

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Today Is The Beginning Of Phase 2 For Much Of Ontario – Full COVID19 Update

It’s a big day in much of Ontario — with the exception of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area, the province is moving into phase two of its COVID19 reopening plan. That means places including restaurant patios, malls, hair salons, childcare centres and swimming pools will be able to welcome clients back. Provincewide today, the limit on social gatherings will … Read more

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More Than 80 Percent Of Ontario COVID19 Cases Are Now Resolved – Full Update

More than 80 per cent of COVID-19 cases in Ontario are now resolved. The announcement was made yesterday when the province announced just 251 new cases and only 11 more deaths. The number of resolved cases was up by 551 to 25,380. Most of the new cases reported yesterday were in the Greater Toronto Area — which is not being … Read more

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Most Of Ontario Enters Phase 2 On Friday – Full COVID19 Update

Premier Ford has announced a regional approach as the province moves to the next stage of COVID19 reopening on Friday. Ford says more businesses including restaurant patios, hair salons and tattoo parlours will be allowed to re-open in most regions. Restrictions will not be eased in the golden triangle from Durham right around Lake Ontario to Niagara, which has a … Read more

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New Ontario Cases Down As Ford Prepares To Announce Phase Two – Full COVID19 Update

Ontario reported 415 new cases of COVID19 yesterday, more than half of which are from a previous reporting delay. There are now a total of 30,617 cases and 24,252 of them are marked as resolved. The province also recorded 19 more deaths related to the virus, for a new toll of 2,426. The number of people in hospital for the … Read more

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The Drive-In Reopens Tonight: Mustang Is Showing Trolls World Tour And Back To The Future

Now that they are allowed to open again, the Mustang Drive-in in Guelph is reopening tonight. Due to COVID19 restrictions, the concession stand won’t be open so they are allowing people to bring their own snacks and drinks.  There will also be marked spots where people should park their cars, and guests must stay inside of their forward facing vehicles … Read more

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It Will Soon Be Harder To Get A Mortgage And New Federal COVID19 Models Predict Many More Deaths – Full Update

Yesterday Ontario reported 356 new COVID19 cases and 45 deaths. By the end of the weekend, the province will mark it 30,000th case. Over 23,000 are resolved. Yesterday was particularly encouraging because … Read more

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Some Areas May Open Bars And Patios Before Others – Full COVID19 Update

Yesterday the province reported 338 new COVID19 cases and 19 more deaths. That brings the total in the province to 29,047, including 2,312 deaths. The testing numbers were solid.  More than 17,500 tests were done on Tuesday, which is well over the 16,000 the province pledged.

Ontario May Reopen Regionally:

Premier Ford says he’s looking at the possible reopening of … Read more

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Ontario’s COVID19 Case Count Climbs Again – Full Update

Yesterday Ontario reported 446 new COVID-19 cases, a 1.6 per cent increase over the previous day. There were also 17 more deaths, bringing the total to nearly 2,300. Of the 28,700 cases in the province, roughly … Read more

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