Ford Government To Supplement Federal Sick Days Program – Full COVID-19 Update

The Ford government has indicated a paid sick-leave program for essential workers is coming in a matter of days. House Leader Paul Calandra says the government is acting now because Ottawa failed to deliver important changes to the federal sick benefit program in Monday’s budget. Calandra also says the situation is different in the third wave of the pandemic than … Read more

15-Year Old Girl Shot Yesterday By Columbus Police

Following the verdict in the Derek Chauvin murder trial, police in Columbus, Ohio, were involved in another fatal shooting. Officials say police shot and killed a Black teenage girl who was allegedly trying to stab two people with a knife. The incident was caught on the officer’s body camera. Columbus Interim Police Chief Michael Wood says state law allows police … Read more

Rogers To Issue A Bill Credit For All Customers

Rogers says a credit will be automatically added to a future bill after Monday’s countrywide outage. The outage left millions without voice calls, texting and data service for several hours. Experts say the nearly day-long outage had deep economic repercussions, as many people work from home during the pandemic. Rogers says the root cause of the intermittent wireless service was … Read more

The US Border Closure Has Been Extended But International Flights Continue – Full COVID-19 Update

Through at least May 21st, all travellers flying into Canada from other countries are going to have to quarantine at a designated hotel for three days pending a negative COVID-19 test. The federal government is extending the quarantine rules and have also extended the border closure of non-essential travel between the US and Canada. The governments of Manitoba and North … Read more

NASA Flies A Helicopter On Mars

NASA successfully flew a helicopter on Mars’ surface early yesterday. The four-pound helicopter is the first powered flight of an aircraft on another planet. The chopper is named Ingenuity and took flight at about 3:30am reaching an altitude of 10 feet where it hovered for a bit and turned before landing softly after a 30-second flight. Read more

People 40-Plus Can Get Vaccinated Starting Today – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario will begin to offer the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to people aged 40 and older at pharmacies and primary care offices starting today. The province announced the change Sunday after the federal health minister told a news conference the move was well within the provinces’ jurisdiction. The province had previously stuck to the National Advisory Committee on Immunization’s recommendation to … Read more

Federal Budget Full Of New Spending And Massive Deficits

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland is predicting Canada’s economy will bounce back this year and next from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. The forecast is contained in the government’s massive 739-page budget. The federal government posted a $354-billion-dollar deficit for the pandemic year just over, and the budget projects a deficit for 2021-22 of nearly $155-billion. Freeland says … Read more

TSA Finds Drugs Inside A Breakfast Burrito

TSA agents caught a traveler trying to smuggle crystal meth inside a breakfast burrito at a Texas airport. The William P. Hobby Airport in Houston agents noticed the burrito during a routine X-ray of the passenger’s luggage on April 2. After seeing a lump inside the burrito that seemed odd, agents asked the traveler to unwrap it to get a Read more

Today The Liberals Will Unveil Their First Budget In Two Years

The federal government will this afternoon unveil its spending plans to manage the remainder of the COVID-19 crisis and chart an economic course in a post-pandemic Canada. The Liberals’ first budget in two years is expected to outline the government’s plans for a national child-care system, including what strings will be attached to any spending. There are also expected to … Read more

AstraZeneca Now Available To Anyone 40 And Older In Ontario – Full COVID-19 Update

Both Alberta and Ontario have lowered the minimum age for receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to 40. The National Advisory Council on Immunization has recommended the shot only be offered to those aged 55 and older. However, federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu says N.A.C.I. is currently reviewing its guidance, with an updated recommendation expected in the near future.

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The Associated Press Have Decreed The Term “Mistress” Is No Longer Allowed To Be Used

In a world where anything you say can be offensive to some, the Associated Press is facing backlash after its style guide got rid of the term “mistress” from the lexicon as the word implies that the woman was solely responsible for the affair. The AP Stylebook instead recommends using more gender-neutral words such as companion, friend, or lover. Last Read more

Mayors Across Canada Come Together To Talk Mental Health

Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic as well as stakeholders and other mayors of Canada’s biggest cities met yesterday to discuss the mental health crisis facing Canadians. The pandemic has affected many people mentally worsening or in some cases creating mental health issues, which already was a major crisis facing communities. Mayor Vrbanovic said, “Mental health issues have serious impacts on Read more

In Brazil Some Patients Are Being Intubated Without Sedatives Because They Are Low On Drugs

Reports are emerging of Brazilian health workers forced to insert tubes into patients without the aid of sedatives. This as hospitals and state governments have run out of critical medicines in some areas. One doctor in Rio de Janeiro told The Associated Press that since its stock of sedatives ran out, nurses and doctors have been using neuromuscular blockers and … Read more

Liberal MP Caught With His Pants Down In Parliament

A Quebec Liberal MP says being caught naked during question period in the virtual House of Commons was an unfortunate error that won’t happen again.  A screenshot of William Amos obtained by The Canadian Press shows him standing behind a desk, his private parts hidden by a cellphone in one hand during proceedings Wednesday. Only people connected to the platform Read more

Several Provinces Team Up To Fight Climate Change By Developing Small Nuclear Reactors

Ontario is among three provinces that has released a feasibility study on the use of small nuclear reactors to meet regional energy demands and fight climate change. The study concludes that development of the reactors would support domestic energy needs, curb greenhouse gas emissions and make Canada a global leader in the emerging technology. It also indicates that Canada’s first … Read more

More Vaccine Delays Mean Some Clinics Will Stay Closed Until Monday – Full COVID-19 Update

Premier Ford says a thrice-delayed shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is to blame for the shutdown of some immunization clinics in Toronto. Ford says the province can’t plan properly if doesn’t know when vaccines are coming through the production lines. The Scarborough Health Network had closed two clinics but says they will re-open when a new shipment of vaccines … Read more

A Popcorn Salad Recipe Has The Internet On Fire

A chef’s recipe has the Internet going crazy. Chef Molly Yeh appeared on her show ‘Girl Meets Farms’ and shared her secret recipe for her “Crunchy Snap Pea Popcorn Salad”, a classic midwestern dish as described by the chef. The dish consists of popcorn, vegetables and mayonnaise and is a hit with Yeh’s fellow churchgoers during potlucks. However, Read more

Americans May Be Concerned About The J&J Vaccine They Got

Over 6.8 million Americans have received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, which is now facing renewed scrutiny after six of those recipients developed a rare, severe type of blood clot that has caused the FDA and CDC to recommend a pause in the rollout. But for those millions who have already received the one-shot vaccine, what does that mean?  … Read more

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