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Coronavirus News Updates

 

A Supplement to the Municipal World Daily

To help our clients and partners in their efforts to #FlattenTheCurve across Canada, Municipal World is curating this special #COVID19 news update page. The response to the outbreak is rolling out differently across the country, as appropriate for local circumstances, so our team is working to collect those items most relevant to local governments, including changes related to conferences and events. Also, you can listen to our special podcast episode on the coronavirus and the impact on communities. Check back for updates as they are posted.

Coronavirus Municipal Conference Updates

Last updated: September 20 at 10:30 a.m.

September 20

Montreal, Quebec City to face new restrictions to fend off second wave of COVID-19
The Quebec government is expected to announce it is reducing the size of private gatherings and imposing new restrictions on bars and restaurants in the province’s two biggest cities. Read more…


Overcrowded buses worry Toronto commuters as COVID-19 cases rise, weather turns colder
As COVID-19 cases rise and colder weather looms, there are growing concerns about bus overcrowding in certain parts of Toronto. Read more…


Preparations underway for pandemic election in Saskatchewan and maybe B.C.
Election administrators in British Columbia are ready with hand sanitizer for voters and personal protective equipment for polling station workers as part of a pandemic plan. Read more…


Vancouver council approves quarter-billion dollar capital budget cut amid COVID-19
Vancouver city council has approved cuts to its four-year capital plan that the city says will save more than a quarter-billion dollars. Read more…


Quebec municipalities prepare to hold first by-elections of COVID-19 era
Quebec electoral authorities are preparing for the first polls opening during the COVID-19 era. Residents of nine municipalities in the province will be called to the polls on October 4. Read more…


Calgary restaurateurs say anti-maskers are causing social media headaches
Anti-maskers are causing a headache for local restaurants that are facing online harassment and in-person aggression for upholding COVID-19 safety measures. Read more…


Nunavut reports first confirmed COVID-19 cases, saying both are mine workers
Nunavut is reporting its first confirmed cases of COVID-19, but a spokeswoman for the premier says that since they didn’t originate in the territory they’ll instead be counted in other jurisdictions. Read more…


Remote learning difficult for rural Manitoba students with poor internet
Students across Manitoba finished up their first full week of classes but not all kids have spent the entire week physically in school. Read more…


North American Indigenous Games postponed again due to COVID-19
Council organizing the North American Indigenous Games, which was supposed to be held in Halifax in July, stated on Friday that the 2021 event will be further postponed. Read more…


Ottawa Senators open pop-up COVID-19 assessment centres outside home arena
Two parking lots at the Ottawa Senators’ home arena are being converted into pop-up COVID-19 assessment centres. Read more…


September 19

Ottawa offering more municipal facilities as COVID-19 testing sites, Mayor Watson says
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson told Premier Doug Ford on Friday there needs to be a “pivot” in messaging to keep asymptomatic people away from the long lineups. Read more…


Rise in traffic creates concerns at Winnipeg school drop-off zones, COVID-19 test sites
Some pandemic restrictions at Winnipeg libraries will soon loosen, the city’s mayor says, and drivers are being asked to be extra cautious around schools and COVID-19 test sites. Read more…


At least 1,000 Edmonton students and school staff now in isolation due to COVID-19
In the two weeks since classes resumed across the province, at least 1,000 students and staff in schools across Edmonton have been ordered into isolation after potential exposure to COVID-19. Read more…


Toronto considering additional measures to limit spread of COVID-19, including expanded mask bylaw
Mayor John Tory says City of Toronto officials are discussing additional restrictions that could be put in place to help limit the spread of COVID-19, including expansion of the mask bylaw. Read more…


Vancouver, B.C. extend patio permits and alcohol delivery for food and beverage establishments
Both the City of Vancouver and the B.C. government have granted extensions for measures designed to help food and beverage establishments facing COVID-19 restrictions. Read more…


COVID-19 testing volumes have “gone way up” in Thunder Bay
The COVID-19 assessment centre at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre conducts approximately 2,500 tests per week and hospital officials expect that number to rise. Read more…


Weekend police operation to target 1,000 Quebec bars and restaurants for COVID-19 infractions
Deputy Premier Geneviève Guilbault announced Friday that police across Quebec will be visiting licensed establishments over the weekend to ensure COVID-19 rules are being followed. Read more…


Health experts shoot down London councillor who’s challenging COVID-19 science
Public health experts say a London councillor doesn’t have his facts straight in a letter to council that and suggests science isn’t being properly used to battle the coronavirus pandemic. Read more…


Former superintendent says he’s hearing from B.C. teachers at wits’ end
B.C. teachers are already tired, confused, and afraid, according to a former superintendent who says he’s been hearing from educators about their concerns, days into the school year. Read more…


Open Atlantic bubble or loosen restrictions within it says Halifax Chamber of Commerce
With the province announcing no new cases or active cases of COVID-19 being reported in the province, the president of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce says it’s time to loosen things up. Read more…


September 18

N.B. municipalities look for guidance on trick-or-treating in a pandemic
Some municipalities are already considering whether it’s prudent to allow trick-or-treating this year. Councillors in Woodstock have decided to ban door-to-door trick-or-treating for Halloween 2020. Read more…


New Brunswick council vacancies pile up with no clear municipal vote date
With municipal council vacancies piling up, there’s still no definitive word from the New Brunswick government when it will reschedule general elections delayed this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…


Montreal public transit still suffering effects of COVID-19 pandemic
It’s been six months since Montreal was first locked down amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, and new measures are being phased in to encourage commuters to return to using public transit. Read more…


City of Edmonton cancels mask exemption card program
The City of Edmonton is cancelling a mask exemption card program introduced in early August, interim city manager Adam Laughlin told council Thursday. Read more…


September 17

“Safe restart” plans include crucial support for municipalities
Federation of Canadian Municipalities President Bill Karsten issued a statement following the publication of new details on the Safe Restart Agreement between Ottawa and provincial and territorial governments. Read more…


Mississauga officially extends mask bylaw and restaurant restrictions until 2021
Mississauga city councillors have voted unanimously to extend the city’s mandatory face-covering by-law and COVID-19-related restrictions on bars and restaurants until Jan. 20, 2021. Read more…


Council asks government to support regional airports
Regional airports haven’t received assistance from the federal or provincial government since the pandemic began. A resolution from Sault Ste. Marie council is designed to change that. Read more…


Montrealers must follow COVID-19 measures after city put on alert, mayor says
Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante is calling for vigilance and for citizens to follow public health measures amid an upward trend of novel coronavirus cases in the city. Read more…


City of Edmonton exploring options to support winter patios amid COVID-19
The City of Edmonton is exploring ways to help businesses bundle up their outdoor patios and keep them running as a COVID-19 winter looms closer. Read more…


September 16

Chatham-Kent to start reopening more arenas next week
Five more rinks could be back in business next week after Chatham-Kent councillors voted to reopen all municipal arenas. Read more…


Ontario reporting 251 new COVID-19 cases; Ford says targeted measures coming
Ontario’s top public health doctor told CP24 that Ontario labs detected 251 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, and Premier Doug Ford says people in Ottawa, Peel Region and Toronto should prepare for new restrictions. Read more…


Mississauga could extend restrictions on bars and restaurants until 2021
A report from the City of Mississauga’s lead solicitor is recommending that the city extend its mandatory face-covering bylaw and COVID-19-related restrictions on bars and restaurants beyond October 2020. Read more…


Delta approves new COVID-19 mask policy
Delta council unanimously approved a new policy requiring masks to be worn in all civic facilities as part of the city’s overall COVID-19 reopening plan for city hall as well as parks, and recreation and culture facilities. Read more…


Feds to help cities buy vacant properties for affordable housing initiatives
Federal officials are “ironing out” the details of a plan that will help municipalities purchase building put up for sale due to the financial impact of COVID-19 and use them for their affordable housing initiatives. Read more…


September 15

No exemption for mask use in Chatham-Kent church services
Believing that now isn’t the time to make exceptions, Chatham-Kent councillors voted against a motion to exempt churches and other religious facilities from the mandatory indoor mask bylaw. Read more…


Mayors press Ontario to work with casinos on reopening plans
The 25 mayors who make up the Casino Host Municipalities Group are expressing concern about the “significant job losses and economic impact” caused by the ongoing closure of casinos in Ontario. Read more…


P.E.I. communities planning for Santa Claus parades in COVID-19 era
Municipalities across P.E.I. are trying to figure out what this year’s Santa Claus parades will look like because of COVID-19. Read more…


Oxford County council nearing return to in-person meetings
Following on the heels of some of its townships, Oxford County council is now making plans to gradually return to in-person meetings this fall after being forced to hold virtual sessions by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…


Calgary’s mask mandate likely to stay until there’s a COVID-19 vaccine
Calgary’s mandatory mask rules will likely be in effect until a vaccine for COVID-19 is available, city council heard Monday. Read more…


Mayor Plante says anti-mask protesters disrespect victims of COVID-19
Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante says Saturday’s large anti-mask protest showed disrespect to the 3,500 Montrealers who have died of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic six months ago. Read more…


B.C. businesses hit hard on first weekend of new COVID-19 liquor restrictions
Calls are growing for B.C. health officials to loosen new liquor service rules, after businesses recorded major losses on the first weekend they came into effect. Read more…


September 14

Organics Recycling Conference goes virtual
The 30th Annual Organics Recycling Conference of The Compost Council of Canada, originally scheduled to be held in Moncton in late September this year, has taken on the challenges of COVID-19 and headed online. Read more…


Survey shows Peace River residents generally split on mandatory masks
Residents are split when it comes to a possible mandatory mask bylaw, according to recent survey conducted by the Town of Peace River. Read more…


Montreal food drive aims to help people in need during COVID-19 pandemic
Montrealers are leaving non-perishable items on their doorsteps on Sunday as part of a citywide food drive to help people in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…


City of Calgary report shows 89 percent of residents following mask bylaw
According to a survey of 500 Calgarians, 89 percent of the city’s population said they wear a mask in public and confined indoor spaces like grocery stores and shopping malls. Read more…


September 13

No masks, no distancing: Schools in Denmark defy COVID-19 – with success so far
Students in Denmark must sanitize their hands every time they enter the school and the grades aren’t supposed to mingle with each other. But there isn’t a mask in sight. Read more…


Time to “up the ante” on following COVID-19 public health guidelines, doctor says
A top public health official in Guelph, Wellington County and Dufferin County says now is the time to “up the ante” to curb the spread of COVID-19. Read more…


Edmonton charity groups, foundations get creative during COVID
Many charity groups and foundations in Edmonton have been working around COVID restrictions for months, forcing them to be creative in how the get donations and hold events. Watch more…


Ottawa Tourism will pay Canadian visitors $100 just to visit Ottawa
To encourage visitation to Ottawa from nearby cities like Montreal and Toronto, Ottawa Tourism is giving $100 to people in order to encourage room bookings and spending in Ottawa. Read more…


First Nation on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast extends lockdown as COVID-19 cases rise
Around 700 members of a First Nation along the Sunshine Coast remain under lockdown this weekend with more than 20 COVID-19 cases confirmed in the community. Read more…


Doors Open Winnipeg finds a way through COVID-19
On Saturday, Winnipeggers lined up outside of Vaughn Street Jail, one of the venues participating in Open Doors Winnipeg, and the only time of year the building is open to the public. Read more…


City of Penticton continues to feel fallout from COVID-19
The City of Penticton is still down eight percent of its workforce as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…


Manitoba First Nations on high alert after three probable COVID-19 cases identified
Manitoba First Nations are ramping up their safety protocols to help mitigate the risk of community COVID-19 spread, after three presumed cases of COVID-19 were identified. Read more…


Montreal food drive aims to help people in need during COVID-19 pandemic
Montrealers are being asked to leave non-perishable items on their doorsteps today as part of a city-wide food drive to help people in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…


An election without rallies or baby-kissing: New Brunswick vote a pandemic first
Voters in New Brunswick head to the polls in the country’s first provincial election since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and lessons learned may provide a template for future campaigns. Read more…


September 12

COVID-19 presents challenges for many small-town schools
As schools reopen across Canada, most of the attention has focused on how boards in big cities are coping. But the pandemic has presented unique challenges for country schools, too. Read more…


Toronto to open first-of-its-kind centre for those with COVID-19 who can’t self-isolate at home
Toronto will soon open a centre for those with COVID-19 who cannot self-isolate at home, a service the federal government said is open to other cities across the country. Read more…


Vast majority of people following Calgary’s mask bylaw: report
Calgarians have overwhelmingly donned masks in public since city council mandated face coverings, according to new city data. Read more…


Ontario launches website tracking number of COVID-19 cases in schools
Parents can now access data on COVID-19 outbreaks in Ontario schools and child-care centres through a website launched by the provincial government on Friday. Read more…


Montreal study indicates young people less likely to follow COVID-19 rules
A new study out of Quebec City’s Laval University indicates young people are less likely to follow COVID-19 health guidelines, although they are well aware of the increased consequences. Read more…


Task force forecasts tough economic recovery in Kamloops from pandemic
The City of Kamloops and its community partners have come up with a series of recommendations to help facilitate a local economic rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…


City council must find a day shelter location before winter, say concerned Yellowknifers
A group of concerned Yellowknife residents are urging city council to work with the territorial government to open an emergency day shelter before winter. Read more…


Calls grow for easier access to COVID-19 testing in Ottawa
Downtown councillors wrote in a letter to the CEO of The Ottawa Hospital that the opening of a new drive-thru COVID-19 test site doesn’t help people without cars access testing. Read more…


Sechelt council OKs rental discount for COVID assessment clinic
A Vancouver Coastal Health clinic established to assess people with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 has received the go-ahead from Sechelt council to operate at a public venue in the district. Read more…


Antarctica is still COVID free. Can it stay that way?
Antarctica is the only continent without COVID-19. A global effort wants to make sure incoming colleagues don’t bring the virus with them. Read more…


September 11

B.C. deficit forecast is $12.8 billion after first three months of COVID-19
The impact of COVID-19 on the B.C. government’s finances has been as devastating as expected, but there have been signs of a stronger recovery in employment, real estate and retail sales. Read more…


City of Ottawa extending patio season to December 31
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson says the “toolbox is limited” when it comes to the city helping small businesses fight their way through a COVID-19 winter, but leaving patios open as an option for restaurants is one of those remaining tools. Read more…


Toronto mayor calls on province, feds to protect city’s downtown core
Mayor John Tory is urging the federal and provincial governments to take further action to protect Toronto’s downtown core, which he says has been “devoid of activity” in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…


Napanee lifts state of emergency while other areas not quite ready
The Town of Greater Napanee council has decided to lift its state of emergency, while other municipalities under the local public health umbrella plan to uphold the measure until at least the end of September. Read more…


September 10

Saskatchewan municipalities about to receive federal funding
Saskatchewan municipalities that meet the required criteria will be paid a total of about $70.32 million under the federal government’s Safe Restart Canada Plan. Read more…


Ford urges local mayors to change gathering limits if they are concerned
Premier Doug Ford says that he won’t stand in the way of local officials rolling back the limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings amid the recent rise in COVID-19 infections. Read more…


How drive-thru coronavirus testing will work in Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan’s first drive-thru coronavirus testing site has now opened in Regina on a first-come, first-serve basis with the public not needing a referral from their family doctor. Read more…


FCM urges rapid housing solutions amid pandemic
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is proposing a federal initiative and partnership to rapidly repurpose on-sale private buildings as permanent, non-profit housing for vulnerable Canadians. Read more…


September 9

No-win situation for Medicine Hat when it comes to masks, says mayor
Medicine Hat’s mayor says Alberta should take the lead on the issue of mandatory masks rather than municipal governments more accustom dealing with water lines, sewers, and roads than healthcare. Read more…


Ontario says COVID restrictions won’t be loosened for at least four weeks
On the same day the province reported more than 350 new cases over a two-day period, Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said residents should not expect COVID-19-related restrictions to be loosened for at least four weeks. Read more…


Grande Prairie city council passes face covering bylaw
Grande Priarie city council has passed a temporary mandatory face covering bylaw that will come into effect if a total of 100 cases of COVID-19 were active between both the City and County of Grande Prairie. Read more…


Testing sewage for COVID-19 could be “early warning” system, researchers hope
A nasal swab isn’t the only way to detect the virus that causes COVID-19 – scientists around the world have been able to track the presence of the novel coronavirus in sewage. Read more…


Montreal-area mayors, cabinet ministers go into isolation
Five Quebec MNAs – three of them ministers – went into isolation Tuesday, as did the mayors of three of the province’s biggest cities, including Montreal’s Valérie Plante. Read more…


September 8

No need to conduct mock emergency exercises in 2020, province says
Thanks to the actual crisis now gripping the planet, Ontario’s municipalities won’t have to conduct a mock emergency exercise in 2020. Read more…


Parry Sound residents weigh in on the good and bad of electronic meetings
Some municipalities have reported higher ratepayer participation during COVID-19, thanks to the option of remote or electronic council meetings. Read more…


Health care and COVID-19 pandemic top of mind at Atlantic Mayors Congress
Health care, the pandemic, and how municipalities are coping with COVID-19 were top of mind for officials at an annual Atlantic Mayors Congress in Summerside, P.E.I. Read more…


Local COVID-19 strategies more effective than province-wide, researchers find
Provincial lockdowns aren’t as effective as local strategies when it comes to handling the COVID-19 pandemic, according to research from the University of Guelph. Read more…


September 6

As COVID-19 pandemic drags on, public messaging becomes more challenging, experts say
As time wears on, risk communications experts say it becomes increasingly difficult to effectively reach the public, even if the risk of infection and transmission continue to be present. Read more…


B.C.’s largest school district to get $26M in federal COVID-19 classroom funds
The Surrey school district, the province’s largest school district, is expecting to receive $26.4 million between now and January through a federal fund. Read more…


New Edmonton group wants to use positive online messaging to support COVID-19 guidelines
A new group in Edmonton plans to use positive and engaging messages to help convince the public to buy into measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read more…


Canada’s nuclear industry rolled with the COVID-19 pandemic punch, documents show
As the COVID-19 pandemic rolled across the country, Canada’s nuclear industry rapidly put in place business contingency plans developed nearly 20 years ago after the SARS epidemic. Read more…


American family sent back to U.S. after caught vacationing in Vancouver
An American family of four was caught last month vacationing in Vancouver after using the Alaska loophole to travel through Canada despite the border being closed to non-essential travel. Read more…


Experts say pooled COVID testing could help in safe return to school
With students and teachers preparing to return to classrooms across the country this month, experts say ramping up testing protocols is one way to help provide a safe transition back to school. Read more…


New COVID-19 exposures dotted around province: Sask. Health Authority
The Saskatchewan Health Authority is warning of multiple exposures in a few cities and towns around the province with alerts in Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, and Coronach. Read more…


Teachers say stress, anxiety dominate back-to-school experience in Manitoba
Just days before Manitoba students and teachers head back to class on Tuesday, some educators still don’t know what to expect on the first day of school. Read more…


Wave of new boaters making Ontario’s waterways unsafe during COVID-19, police and experts warn
Boating in Ontario has apparently experienced a boom in popularity this summer, raising questions about safety with so many novice boaters on the province’s waterways. Read more…


Colder weather and holidays bring new COVID-19 concerns, Tam warns
The fall will bring new risks in the COVID-19 pandemic, along with colder weather and indoor family holiday gatherings, Canada’s chief public health officer has warned. Read more…


September 5

Health care and COVID-19 pandemic top of mind at Atlantic Mayors Congress
Health care, the pandemic, and how municipalities are coping with COVID-19 were top of mind for officials at an annual Atlantic Mayors Congress in Summerside, P.E.I. Friday. Read more…


Mandatory masking issue has scientific and political aspects: Lambton’s top doctor
The debate over mandatory masking across Sarnia-Lambton amid the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t going away, this after a push to reconsider a county-wide bylaw. Read more…


Drive-thru coronavirus testing being rolled out in Saskatchewan
The provincial government announced on Friday that drive-thru testing for the novel coronavirus is coming to Saskatchewan’s two largest cities next week. Read more…


Rural families given little choice when it comes to schooling, parents say
Some parents in rural eastern Ontario say they’re being forced to send their kids back to school this fall because online learning simply isn’t an option due to where they live. Read more…


West Vancouver Police hand out one COVID-19 fine at party attended by hundreds
Police in West Vancouver spent about three hours clearing out a house party attended by hundreds of young people last weekend, handing out one relatively small fine. Read more…


Local COVID-19 strategies more effective than province-wide lockdowns, Guelph researchers find
Provincial lockdowns aren’t as effective as local strategies when it comes to handling the COVID-19 pandemic, according to research from the University of Guelph. Read more…


Passenger flying from Vancouver fined $1,000 for not wearing a mask
Two airline passengers each face fines of $1,000 for refusing to wear face masks on board a flight, the first time Transport Canada has imposed a financial penalty for COVID-19 safety rules. Read more…


Haldimand suspends its COVID-19 state-of-emergency
Haldimand County is the latest municipality to suspend the local state-of-emergency it declared in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in March. Read more…


Ski resorts prepare for winter season with new COVID-19 restrictions
The upcoming winter season at Alberta’s Rocky Mountain ski resorts will see a number of new measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. Read more…


Minor hockey in Quebec cautiously returns under the cloud of COVID-19
With enrolment down, some leagues say they aren’t sure they’ll be able to handle pandemic’s financial burden. Read more…


September 4

City of Kamloops receives donation for vulnerable during COVID-19
The Canadian Medical Association Foundation and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities has donated $46,000 to the City of Kamloops which will go toward meals and support at the not-for-profit’s Kamloops branch. Read more…


Province providing $2 billion for transit systems in 110 Ontario municipalities
The province is providing comprehensive health and safety guidance documents, as well as funding, to cover lost revenue, enhanced cleaning, and other costs incurred by Ontario municipalities because of COVID-19. Read more…


Lambton’s top doctor responds to request for more specific COVID-19 info
Sarnia’s mayor was disappointed this week when his motion to instruct Lambton public health to report regularly on which local municipalities have had confirmed cases of COVID-19 was postponed until October. Read more…


Calgary partners with Google Canada to help artists and businesses sell online
A project designed to help artists and small businesses sell their wares online is coming to Calgary with the help of Google Canada’s ShopHERE program. Read more…


Newfoundland and Labrador encouraging residents to use COVID-19 tracing app
Newfoundland and Labrador has signed on to use the federal government’s new smartphone app that notifies users when they have been in close contact with someone infected with COVID-19. Read more…


September 3

Medicine Hat chamber survey collects thoughts on mandatory mask use
Masks have turned out to be a must-have in many communities and stores. And the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce has a survey out now to see what the community is feeling about wearing them in public indoor spaces. Read more…


Lambton County holds firm on face mask stand
Lambton County council is sticking with leaving decisions about mandatory face mask bylaws to its 11 municipalities, voting down an attempt by Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley to reconsider the direction. Read more…


Feds won’t bail out B.C.’s coronavirus-beleaguered PNE, suggests Trudeau
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said there will be no federal bailout of Vancouver’s COVID-19-beleaguered Pacific National Exhibition. Read more…


September 2

Safety protocols in place for reopening of city facilities in Brampton
In-person city council meetings will resume in Brampton on Wednesday, September 16, with city hall’s council chambers reopening to the public as well. Read more…


Montreal mayor calls for provincial, federal help to rebuild from COVID-19
Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante is highlighting the need for the city to have help from both the provincial and federal governments to see its residents and businesses out of the crisis caused by COVID-19. Read more…


Police calls for domestic violence, mental crises rise during pandemic
New data from some of Canada’s biggest police forces show major COVID-19 lockdowns across much of the country in the spring led to a sharp uptick in calls to police for domestic violence and people in a mental health crisis. Read more…


September 1

Fredericton prepares for second wave of COVID-19
With school starting soon, and some university students returning to the community, the City of Fredericton is preparing for a potential second wave of COVID-19. Read more…


City of Brockville’s COVID centre staying put
There had been talk about relocating the city’s COVID-19 assessment centre from the Brockville Memorial Centre come the fall, but it appears the centre is staying put. Read more…


Why Manitoba keeps Winnipeg’s COVID-19 geography under wraps
As the number of COVID-19 cases soars to unprecedented heights in Manitoba, it’s clear some parts of the province are getting hit harder by the pandemic than others. Read more…


North Battleford plans drive-in movie night with COVID-19 precautions
The City of North Battleford’s drive-in movie night will follow the province’s COVID-19 precautions, with cars parked two metres apart, for the September 11 showing of the film Abominable. Read more…


Pandemic pervades finances in Nelson as second quarter financial update delivered
COVID-19 has affected nearly every area of the City of Nelson’s operation and administration this year and has tainted and adjusted normally consistent budgetary figures. Read more…


New York City delays school start to address unions’ coronavirus safety concerns
New York City’s public school system will delay the opening of classes by 11 days under an agreement with unions that pressed for stronger coronavirus safety measures. Read more…


Saint John’s 2021 budget $8 million less than 2020
Saint John councillors have approved the city’s $158 million 2021 budget, one that is $8 million less than the city’s 2020 budget and reflects $6 million in cuts to the city’s workforce. Read more…


Kingston plans for second round of COVID-19 social housing funding
City staff are recommending more than $2 million from Queen’s Park be spent buying properties for affordable housing projects and funding the drop-in centre for Kingston’s homeless. Read more…


Queue curbside selfies: Uber launches mask verification protocol
Uber riders may soon be asked to upload a quick selfie showcasing your masked mug after the company announced it would be rolling out a new mask verification protocol. Read more…


“Northern wall” between U.S., Canada could stay up longer than anyone expected
The U.S. and Canada mutually agreed in March to shut down the border to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. There is still no specified date for its reopening. Read more…


Regina city council softens stance on mandatory mask bylaw
Regina city council took a step back when it comes to enforcing masks in indoor spaces as some councillors said the focus should be on educating the public on safety precautions rather than making masks mandatory. Read more…


Winnipeg council approves money for masks and extension of tax program
City council voted unanimously on Monday to provide $325,000 to pay for the purchase of free non-medical masks, which would then be made available at facilities across Winnipeg. Read more…


Toronto prepared to modify services in the event of coronavirus resurgence
The City of Toronto is prepared to modify services in the event of a coronavirus resurgence, something Dr. Eileen de Villa, the city’s medical officer of health, said is to some degree “inevitable.” Read more…


City of Moose Jaw will not mandate masks
Moose Jaw council voted not to make masks mandatory for city facilities and transit buses, choosing instead to recommend residents use a mask on buses when physical distancing isn’t possible. Read more…


Edmonton projecting $23.8 million shortfall due to COVID-19 pandemic
The City of Edmonton is facing a $23.8-million shortfall by the end of December because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…


City of Guelph extends the downtown dining district pilot project
The City of Guelph has extended the downtown dining district until September 21. The pilot project was initially supposed to end September 7. Read more…


Here’s what it will be like returning to pools in some B.C. municipalities this fall
Swim lanes will be open, but there will be no lessons or classes, and people will have to pre-register for swim times to ensure there are no more than 50 people in the building at a time. Read more…


WiFi coming to homeless shelters in Durham thanks to COVID-19 fund donation
Some shelters in Durham Region are going to be getting free public Wi-Fi to help their clients thanks to a $32,500 donation from the COVID-19 Community Response Fund for Vulnerable Populations. Read more…


August 31

Winnipeg votes to extend coronavirus tax deferrals, buy masks at emergency meeting
Winnipeg city councillors voted unanimously in favour of two motions at an emergency council meeting about COVID-19 issues Monday morning. Read more…


Vancouver Aquarium to close indefinitely due to COVID-19 pandemic
The Vancouver Aquarium will be closed to the public starting September 8, and it’s unclear when it will reopen. The animals will continue to receive care from a team of 75 specialized staff. Read more…


COVID-19 fuels “retail apocalypse”
When the pandemic shut down the country, retailers, restaurant owners and thousands of other small businesses saw their livelihood vanish overnight. Read more…


Fight against single-use plastics sidelined by COVID-19, report finds
Support for a ban on single-use plastics is dwindling in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, with more Canadians favouring the protections of plastics, according to a recent study. Read more…


What you need to know about B.C.’s return to school amid COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the province to implement a suite of new practices and protocols to prevent the coronavirus from spreading in public schools. Read more…


Global COVID-19 cases top 25 million
The world has reached a new milestone in the fight against coronavirus, as cases topped 25 million this weekend. Watch more…


Feds sign agreements with two more American suppliers of potential coronavirus vaccines
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ottawa has signed agreements with two more American suppliers to reserve millions of doses of their experimental COVID-19 vaccines for Canadians. Watch more…


Hundreds of Kelowna residents could be homeless this fall when COVID-19 funding ends
There are about 400 “chronically” homeless people living in Kelowna right now but that number could change dramatically in the coming months as two COVID-19 programs wind up. Read more…


Police called to break up large, COVID-19 regulation-violating party in Montreal
Montreal police broke up a large outdoor party being held in violation of the city’s COVID-19 restrictions on Sunday night. Read more…


Detroit honours COVID-19 victims with public park memorial
An island park in Detroit has become an extraordinary memorial garden, with cars packed with families slowly passing hundreds of photos of city residents who have died from COVID-19. Read more…


COVID-19 stalls City of Ottawa study on traffic patterns
The City of Ottawa has decided to put the brakes on a major study of how people move around the National Capital Region because the COVID-19 pandemic has sent normal travel patterns into a spin. Read more…


High River will bring the library outdoors with new book bike
If you can’t go to the library, let the library come to you. High River will soon do just that, with the purchase of a book bike that will bring library services outdoors to the community. Read more…


City says temporary midtown Toronto homeless shelters to be vacated this week
The City of Toronto says two midtown apartment buildings that have been leased to the city for the past few months as emergency housing for the homeless will be completely vacated this week. Read more…


Winnipeg city council mulling extending property and business tax deferrals
Winnipeg’s city council is set to discuss the possible extension of property and business tax deferrals for two more months at an emergency meeting on Monday in light of ongoing challenges surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…


Cancelled cruise season hits Corner Brook economy hard
The suspended cruise ship season is a major money loss for the city’s tourism sector, according to Jennifer Hartley, the Corner Brook Port Corporation’s business development manager. Read more…


Vancouver mayor calls for federal financial support for PNE
Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart paid a visit to the PNE on the last day of its socially-distanced summer fair and said federal funding is needed to make sure it comes back in 2021 and beyond. Read more…


From masks to cohorting, a guide to back-to-school rules across the country
Plans are being made across the country for how to safely send students back to school in the fall as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Read more…


August 30

Canada, Europe grapple with protests against COVID-19 restrictions
Despite rising infections of COVID-19 around the world, protesters have taken to the streets in Canada, and across Europe, rallying against public health measures meant to stem the spread of the deadly coronavirus. Read more…


Canada’s COVID Alert app is a case of tech-driven bad policy design
The July 31 release of Canada’s COVID Alert app was greeted with almost universal praise. Despite this, when you focus on the actual purpose of the app, rather than on its elegant design, red flags start popping up everywhere. Read more…


India records highest single-day spike of COVID-19 cases globally
India on Sunday registered a record new 78,761 coronavirus cases, the highest single-day spike in the world since the pandemic began, just as the government began easing restrictions to help the battered economy. Read more…


How B.C. Hydro kept the lights on in early days of pandemic
From control centres to the front lines, B.C. Hydro staff adopted new COVID-19 protocols, with some living on site in 10-day shifts to prevent an outbreak. Read more…


Fluoride interruption to 280,000 homes in Edmonton region extended into late fall due to COVID-19
A fluoride interruption to about 280,000 homes in Edmonton and surrounding communities is being extended until late fall as a result of COVID-19. Read more…


Victoria, Australia sees new COVID-19 cases back in triple digits
Victoria, Australia posted 114 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, a day after they fell to 94 which had put them below triple digits for the first time in nearly two months. Read more…


Squamish Nation offices temporarily close due to positive COVID-19 cases in community
The Squamish Nation has announced that its offices are temporarily closed due to multiple positive COVID-19 cases among its members. Read more…


Hit hard by COVID-19, Filipino Canadians grapple with added pressure to send money abroad
The economic downturn triggered by the novel coronavirus pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on workers of racialized backgrounds, newly released data from Statistics Canada has shown. Read more…


Low oil prices, COVID-19 predicted to cause dip in migration to Alberta
The throes of a “deteriorating” economy and COVID-19 pandemic are expected to slow migration to Alberta in the coming years before the numbers stabilize over time, according to Government of Alberta projections. Read more…


COVID-19 raises the stakes for Mounties policing Sask. Border
“I thought for sure we’d be trying to hold back in the crowd from coming across the border, but that’s not the case,” said Sgt. Bob Thomas, as he tries to stay ahead of smugglers in the age of COVID. Read more…


August 29

Health care workers prepare for possible “twindemic” this fall
Some have called the prospect of duelling epidemics a Dickensian disaster. Others are taking comfort in the Southern Hemisphere’s freakishly mild flu season. Read more…


Kamloops MLA feels new city-specific COVID numbers will help bring realistic picture to health crisis
When COVID-19 first hit B.C. in March, the message was assume it was in your own community. First categorized by health authority, the province will now be communicating city-specific COVID-19 numbers every month. Read more…


Montreal maintains state of emergency amid uncertainty over second COVID-19 wave
Uncertainty over what form a potential second outbreak of COVID-19 could take led the City of Montreal to maintain a five-month-old state of emergency until municipal council meets in September. Read more…


From job losses to mental health, COVID-19 has hit N.L. youth particularly hard: report
A new report details how disruptive COVID-19 has been to youth across Newfoundland and Labrador, detailing widespread unemployment, struggles with online learning, and pervasive mental health issues. Read more…


More frustration as Island callers report long waits for COVID tests; province reacts
After three days of phoning to get a COVID-19 test through Island Health’s call centre, Al Morgan of Nanoose Bay jumped in his car and drove to Parksville in search of help, finally getting a nasal swab at the Oceanside Health Centre. Read more…


COVID-19: Long-term care residents will be allowed to leave facilities under new guidelines
After months of lockdown in their homes, Ontario long-term care residents are now being allowed to leave for short outings and overnight absences. Read more…


Homelessness is a life or death issue during a pandemic
In Canada and many other countries, housing has become the frontline of defense against the virus. Read more…


Saskatchewan headed for austerity as it deals with $2.1B COVID-19 deficit
Spending restraint is on the horizon in Saskatchewan as the province begins to dig itself out of a deficit Premier Scott Moe’s government blames on the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…


More than 1,000 coronavirus cases diagnosed at University of Alabama campuses
The University of Alabama reported Friday that an additional 481 students have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total to more than 1,000 infections since students returned to campus for the fall. Read more…


Canada extends COVID-19 restrictions on international travel until Sept. 30
The federal government is extending travel restrictions by one month to limit the spread of COVID-19. Read more…


August 28

Will the pandemic lead to a migration out of the world’s biggest cities?
“Cities such as New York and London, whose economies are founded on inward migration of the more highly qualified, could find their economic dynamism go into reverse if the migration flows do the same.” Read more…


Health officials looking into whether airport COVID-19 tests can replace quarantine measures
Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam says officials are looking into whether it’s practical to test people for COVID-19 when they enter Canada instead of requiring them to quarantine. Read more…


Coronavirus: Canada’s migrant farm workers face fatal COVID-19 outbreaks, alleged mistreatment
Between fatal COVID-19 outbreaks and allegations of food insecurity as well as cramped living conditions, advocates say there is a national emergency for migrant farm workers in Canada. Read more…


Quebec begins trying out saliva tests for COVID-19
Quebec could soon be using saliva testing to detect COVID-19 cases, a method that has been praised as less intrusive and more comfortable than the current nasal swab tests used. Read more…


Canadians could join clinical trials for new COVID-19 vaccine, says researcher
A Hamilton infectious disease doctor says Canadians may soon be a part of a clinical trial for a new coronavirus vaccine being developed overseas. Read more…


COVID-19: Children hospitalized with rare disorder linked to coronavirus
Eight children were hospitalized in British Columbia with a rare inflammatory disorder that has been linked to COVID-19. Read more…


Ajax nursing home faces $20 million lawsuit
The daughter of a 93-year-old woman who died after contracting COVID-19 at an Ajax nursing home has launched a $30 million lawsuit against the facility. Read more…


COVID-19 taking financial toll on Canadians with disabilities: survey
More than half of Canadians with disabilities who participated in a crowdsourced survey are struggling to make ends meet because of the financial fallout of the COVID-19 crisis, a new report suggests. Read more…


Small businesses struggling for survival in Ottawa’s downtown “ghost town”
Small business owners in Ottawa’s downtown core say with most federal public servants now working from home, the number of customers walking through their doors has slowed to a trickle. Read more…


Cape Breton region to hold in-person elections, and you keep the pencil
Richmond County voters will be visiting a polling station and putting pencil to paper in this fall’s general elections, despite the COVID-19 pandemic and a strong recommendation from the Nova Scotia government urging municipalities to consider electronic voting. Read more…


Edmonton mayor requests help from feds to end homelessness before winter
Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson said there is additional urgency to end homelessness as a result of the economic downturn and the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…


Small Nova Scotia university towns grapple with big COVID-19 concerns
Nova Scotia’s measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are about to be tested by an influx of university students from outside the Atlantic bubble. Read more…


Canadians say pandemic has unified their country, new survey suggests
Canadians believe the COVID-19 crisis has brought their country together, while Americans blame the pandemic for worsening their cultural and political divide, a new international public opinion survey suggests. Read more…


August 27

Up to $22 billion in COVID aid may have gone to high-income Canadians
Up to a quarter of the payments that went to Canadians during this pandemic could have gone to people in families with six-figure incomes, says a study from the Fraser Institute. Read more…


FDA-approved rapid $5 (USD) coronavirus test doesn’t need specialty equipment
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday authorized the first rapid coronavirus test that doesn’t need any special computer equipment to get results. Read more…


China refuses to ship COVID-19 vaccine for Canadian trials, ending partnership
A COVID-19 vaccine-development partnership between China’s CanSino Biologics and Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia has been abandoned. Read more…


Volume of calls for COVID-19 tests continue to overwhelm Island Health
As complaints continue about hours-long waits to book COVID-19 tests through its call centre, Island Health is making changes. Read more…


24 Nunavut residents had “low risk” contact with guard with COVID-19 at Ottawa isolation hub
Several Nunavut residents have been identified as having “low risk” contact with the security guard that tested positive for COVID-19 while working at an Ottawa hotel where Nunavut residents are isolating. Read more…


Low energy prices, COVID crisis leave Alberta with $24.2B deficit
Alberta’s first-quarter fiscal update says the double blow of collapsing oil prices and the COVID-19 crisis have pushed the province into a historic deficit of $24.2 billion. Read more…


New Cape Breton restaurant finds its legs amid COVID-19 pandemic
As a global pandemic forced many businesses to downsize or simply close, but a new takeout spot in Cape Breton turned a simple business model and some family recipes into a successful business. Read more…


Blaine Higgs admits New Brunswick opted out of federal bailout funding for transit
Premier Blaine Higgs said that the province opted out of federal funding designed to bail out municipal transit systems affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, before the details of the agreement were finalized. Read more…


Thousands of Quebec students return to school in shadow of COVID-19
For the kids, an unusual first day of classes; for the government, a crucial test of the health measures it has put in place. Read more…


More New Brunswickers consider tiny houses during pandemic
There’s growing interest in lifestyle changes amid the economic uncertainty of the pandemic. In New Brunswick, it’s prompting more people to consider tiny houses. Read more…


Town of Oliver standing strong
For the small South Okanagan Town of Oliver, the COVID-19 pandemic remains a challenge, but it has also brought the community together in something of a common cause and mutual success. Read more…


Province, City of Brandon rely on honour system to self-enforce mask mandate
The province and City of Brandon are hoping to rely on the honour system and the good will of the public, instead of enforcement and penalties, when it comes to mask use in Prairie Mountain Health. Read more…


Edmonton facing $565-million lawsuit over COVID-19 mandatory mask bylaw
An Edmonton man is suing the City of Edmonton for $565 million, citing nuisance and a public health hazard created by the temporary mandatory mask bylaw. Read more…


Manitoba boosts back-to-work wage subsidy program amid COVID outbreak
The Manitoba government is again expanding a back-to-work program designed to push employers to bring back workers amid COVID-19. Read more…


August 26

Immunity discovered on fishing vessel overcome with COVID-19 infection
In an effort to keep its crew safe from the novel coronavirus, a Seattle fishing expedition may have inadvertently proven the power of COVID-19 antibodies after the virus swept through the ship. Read more…


Misinformation online plays role in COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy: Tam
Canada’s chief public health officer is warning against the spread of online untruths about vaccines, as a new survey suggests some Canadians are worried about getting inoculated against COVID-19. Read more…


London-area paramedics turn old LTC bus into roving COVID test centre
The London-area paramedic service unveiled the latest addition to its fleet Tuesday: a decommissioned London Transit bus turned into a multi-patient unit. Read more…


Home COVID-19 tests could help find people while they’re contagious, Health Canada isn’t convinced
Cheap, rapid COVID-19 tests simple enough to use anywhere could help us climb out of the pandemic disaster, but Heath Canada says the risks of home or self-testing kits outweigh the benefits. Read more…


Extension of COVID-19 spending programs until 2021 a “credibility risk” for Canada, economists say
A recent move by the federal government to extend its major COVID-19 assistance program well into 2021 risks turning Canada’s deficit into a structural shortfall, several economists and fiscal experts warn. Read more…


How pooling samples could impact COVID-19 testing in Alberta
Alberta Health Services is piloting a new way to test COVID-19 samples: by pooling together four samples taken from asymptomatic Albertans into a single specimen. Read more…


Quebec’s COVID-19 death toll is Canada’s highest, and one of the worst in the world
There is no province in Canada that has done a perfect job of limiting the spread of the COVID-19 virus, but there is one province that stands out as having done the least perfect job of all, and that is Quebec. Read more…


Victoria party host calls $2,300 fine for breaching COVID-19 rules “a bunch of BS”
A Victoria man says he will fight the $2,300 fine he received this weekend for hosting a party in his one-bedroom apartment that police say was so packed the windows fogged up. Read more…


Ottawa City Council votes to extend, expand temporary mask bylaw
Ottawa city council has voted to make mask use mandatory in common areas of condo buildings and apartment buildings, including lobbies, elevators, laundry rooms, and gyms. Read more…


Sudbury woman calls on city to reopen bus terminal toilets
Washrooms at the bus terminal in the City of Greater Sudbury are closed to the public “until further notice” due to COVID-19, making it challenging for people who need urgent access to toilets. Read more…


Ucluelet businesses begin mandating masks
Encouragements and endorsements are failing to convince Ucluelet’s tourists to follow COVID-19 protocols, leading local businesses to start requiring customers to wear masks in order to shop. Read more…


Yarmouth: COVID-19 makes verifying voters list difficult
The returning officer for the Town of Yarmouth, N.S. believes COVID-19 has made it more difficult to verify the voters list for this year’s municipal election. Read more…


Humboldt breaking even after pandemic costs, savings calculated
When it comes to the effect COVID-19 has had on Humboldt’s finances, the city has pretty much broken even. Read more…


Face masks amid the art: New York City’s museums to reopen
New York City was by far the hardest-hit U.S. city by the pandemic, but it’s also home to world-class cultural institutions that has for decades – city leaders hope will once again – draw millions. Read more…


Support for women entrepreneurs in southern Ontario
The federal government is investing in women entrepreneurs to help them overcome systemic barriers and challenges – amplified by COVID-19 – and to position them for a stable, successful future. Read more..


August 25

Ottawa giving $82.5M for Indigenous mental health support during COVID-19
The federal government is pledging $82.5 million to improve access and address growing demand for mental health services in Indigenous communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…


U.S. FDA chief apologizes for overstating plasma effect on virus
Responding to an outcry from medical experts, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn on Tuesday apologized for overstating the life-saving benefits of treating COVID-19 patients with convalescent plasma. Read more…


Starbucks cafe’s COVID outbreak spared employees who wore masks
After a woman with the coronavirus visited a Starbucks cafe north of Seoul this month, more than two dozen patrons tested positive days later. But the four face mask-wearing employees escaped infection. Read more…


Quebec declines to use federal COVID-19 notification app for now
Quebec will not ask its citizens to download the federal COVID-19 notification app for the time being, the minister responsible for digital transformation, Éric Caire, announced. Read more…


Georgina facing $3.5M COVID-19 debt, town “not in a horrible position”
Based on the town’s existing “strong financial health,” coupled with established long-term strategies, Georgina “is not in a horrible position,” said the town’s treasurer and director of corporate services. Read more…


Hawkesbury police building possible new location for food bank and COVID-19 testing
A food bank, COVID-19 testing and assessment centre, and municipal storage space are three of the possible future uses for the soon to be vacant OPP building on Cartier Boulevard in Hawkesbury. Read more…


Fear of contracting COVID-19 keeps hundreds of Quebec teachers home
Quebec’s largest school service centre has granted medical exemptions to 420 teachers who fear they could contract COVID-19 if they return to the classroom during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more…


Masks will be mandatory on YK transit, but not in city facilities
Face coverings will be mandatory on Yellowknife buses from August 31, city council ruled on Monday, but a similar proposal for city facilities has been dropped for the time being. Read more…


“Sad and chaotic time” for drug users as COVID disrupts illicit supplies
Overdoses and forced withdrawal are becoming common in Nova Scotia as travel restrictions brought on by the pandemic disrupt the supply of illegal drugs entering the province, say people with knowledge of the situation. Read more…


Union wants city to get to bottom of COVID-19 case spike amongst OC Transpo drivers
The head of OC Transpo’s union is hoping the city is able to get to the bottom of what’s behind a recent COVID-19 outbreak among drivers. Read more…


Manitoba Hutterites encouraged to “respond with grace” over COVID stigma
As the number of COVID-19 cases reported on Manitoba Hutterite colonies continue to climb, community members are being encouraged to respond to any discrimination met while off the colony with grace. Read more…


Yellowknife city council passes bylaw requiring masks on public transit
Yellowknife city council has passed a bylaw to make it mandatory for people to wear masks on public transit while the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Read more…


Enderby, B.C., city councillors, staff self-isolating after COVID-19 exposure
All staff and city councillors who attended a council meeting last Monday in the tiny North Okanagan community of Enderby, B.C. are self-isolating following COVID-19 exposure. Read more…


Manitoba pledges $52M in funding to divisions for back to school amid pandemic
The Manitoba government has committed $52 million in new funding to help school divisions welcome students back during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…


SARM’s 2021 convention going digital
With the uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and out of an abundance of caution, the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) will be hosting its first ever digital convention in 2021. Read more…


August 24

Scientists confirm first official case of coronavirus re-infection in a Hong Kong man
A man was infected with the coronavirus after recovering from an initial bout in April in what scientists said was the first case showing that re-infection may occur within a few months. Read more…


Canada’s top doctor open to opioid decriminalization as COVID threatens to worsen crisis in Alberta
A nationwide discussion on decriminalizing hard drugs is needed as opioid-related deaths spike across Canada amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada’s top doctor said. Read more…


Flu, COVID-19 circulating at the same time will be a “public health concern,” says doctor
Health experts don’t know exactly what it will look like having two viruses – the flu and COVID-19 – circulating at the same time this fall, but it could be “dangerous.” Read more…


Retooling of local brewery to combat COVID-19
Ontario is providing New Ontario Brewing Co. with $294,000 from the Ontario Together Fund to invest in the retooling and new purchases of production equipment to help in the fight against COVID-19. Read more…


Your guide to new benefits for Canadians during COVID-19
The Federal Government is revamping its relief programs for unemployed Canadians affected by COVID-19. Read more…


B.C.’s economy poised for quicker recovery from coronavirus downturn
The Conference Board of Canada suggests that the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic will take longer than originally expected, with British Columbia among the provinces that is best positioned to rebound. Read more…


Trump considering fast-tracking UK COVID-19 vaccine before election
The Trump administration is considering fast-tracking an experimental COVID-19 vaccine being developed for use ahead of the November 3 elections. Read more…


$52M promised for COVID-19 back-to-school costs in Manitoba
Manitoba schools will have an extra $52 million to draw from to fund safety measures as students prepare to head back to class amid rising COVID-19 case numbers. Read more…


Centralized virtual schools and synchronous delivery: How remote learning is shaping up for fall
With the number of students in Ontario choosing online learning in the fall seemingly exceeding expectations, a model called centralized online education promises to be more effective than what was hastily prepared in the spring. But some are concerned that it could leave students feeling isolated from their school communities. Read more…


B.C. banquet halls say they want the government to shut them down
Banquet halls in British Columbia say the pressure they face from patrons wanting to break COVID-19 rules and from health officials demanding they uphold them is too much to bear. They’re asking for the government to order them to close. Read more…


COVID-19 fallout in Wheat City
The provincial government has declared Brandon – and the surrounding Prairie Mountain health region – as “code orange,” the second-worst risk assessment it has at its disposal during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Read more…


Urban job growth outpacing rural for first time amid pandemic
Employment in rural Ontario grew at a slower rate than in urban centres in July, marking the first time urban job growth has outpaced rural since the pandemic began. Read more…


Why aren’t Kawartha Lakes councillors wearing masks at meetings?
While neighbouring municipalities continue to meet virtually on Zoom, Kawartha Lakes councillors choose to sit among each other during the global pandemic. Read more…


August 23

City of Vancouver rolls out online system to catch COVID-19 rule-breakers
The City of Vancouver has launched a new online system that allows people to report violations of B.C.’s public health orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…


City of Ottawa to consider requiring masks in designated outdoor zones, apartments, condos
City council will consider amendments to the mandatory mask bylaw to create designated outdoor “zones” where they must be worn. Read more…


Brandon families, businesses hunker down again as COVID-19 outbreak grips city
Some parents and business owners in Brandon aren’t waiting for the province to raise the COVID-19 risk level in the city to take action. Read more…


Debate continues over opening Nova Scotia to the rest of Canada
COVID-19 cases in Atlantic Canada remain relatively low, prompting continuing discussions about whether the Atlantic travel bubble should open to the rest of the country. Read more…


Toronto communities hit hardest by COVID-19 need more long-term support, advocates say
With concerns about a second wave of the novel coronavirus in the fall, advocates are saying the City of Toronto needs to make further commitments to tackle long-standing health inequities. Read more…


Edmonton’s active COVID-19 cases more than double Toronto’s
With Edmonton’s active COVID-19 cases more than double Toronto’s, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health says the city’s continuing surge should be a wake-up call. Read more…


Mask violators and partiers among Brampton’s recent COVID-19 fine recipients
City of Brampton bylaw officials remain busy answering calls from residents about people violating the city’s COVID-19 physical distancing and mask bylaws. Read more…


American Airlines halts flights to 15 U.S. cities due to weak demand because of COVID-19
American Airlines will drop flights to 15 smaller U.S. cities in October when a federal requirement to serve those communities ends. Read more…


With summer nearing an end, everything has gone swimmingly for Barrie lifeguards
COVID-19 hasn’t had as much of a health effect on the local beaches as anticipated, but the City of Barrie’s lifeguards aren’t letting their guard down. Read more…


Cities of Leduc, Spruce Grove vote on COVID-19 case trigger before masks mandatory
Like several other municipal governments in the capital region, Leduc and Spruce Grove decided to only require residents to wear masks in public if they’re at a certain threshold. Read more…


August 22

Mandatory masks needed on Saskatoon buses, city administration says
City of Saskatoon administration recommends that non-medical face masks be required when traveling on Saskatoon Transit beginning September 1. Read more…


B.C. police can now enforce COVID-19 orders
Police officers and other provincial law enforcement officials in B.C. will now be allowed to issue fines to people and businesses violating public health orders related to COVID-19. Read more…


How Edmonton became a COVID-19 hotspot
Edmonton remains a hotspot for COVID-19 as the rate of active cases continues to surpass other major cities. Watch more…


Ottawa sees highest daily tally of new COVID-19 cases in a month
Ottawa has recorded the highest daily number of new COVID-19 cases since July 21, bringing the total number of active cases in the city to 147. Read more…


City of Vancouver outlines plan for penalizing COVID rule violators
In response to the provincial government’s enhanced measures to monitor and enforce COVID-19 public health orders, the City of Vancouver has outlined how they will be asserting their authority. Read more…


AHS receives nearly 20,000 complaints of Albertans not following COVID-19 guidelines
Alberta Health Services has received nearly 20,000 reports of alleged infractions of COVID-19 guidelines since the start of the pandemic. Read more…


City of Dauphin ready for restricted level to take effect
Starting Monday, masks are mandatory at indoor public places and outdoor gatherings in the City of Dauphin. Public gatherings, both inside and outside, are also limited to 10 people. Read more…


New staggered schedule among updates to Regina Public Schools return plan
The Regina Public School Division released an update to its Return to School Plan on Friday, in response to additional measures announced by the province on August 10. Read more…


Halifax businesses still struggling as pandemic drags on
This time of year would typically be the height of the cruise ship season and a busy time for businesses in downtown Halifax, but this year things are different. Read more…


Canada Post reports second-quarter loss of $378 million due to COVID-19
Canada Post is reporting a second quarter pre-tax loss of $378 million, a figure the service says was largely driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…


August 21

B.C. to bring in tougher enforcement of COVID-19 rules
As B.C. continues to see inflated COVID-19 infection numbers, the public safety minister is expected to announce tougher enforcement for those not following public health orders. Read more…


Masks mandatory, group sizes limited in southwestern Manitoba after rise in COVID-19 cases
Manitoba’s top doctor says he’s using new powers to crack down on the spread of COVID-19 “before things get out of hand” in the southwestern part of the province. Read more…


Movie theatre trade group establishes COVID-19 protocols
As movie theatres come back to life across the country, the National Association of Theater Owners is helping to take the guess work out of safe operating practices in the era of COVID-19. Read more…


City of Summerside will try to mitigate $450k deficit
Officials with the City of Summerside say the municipality is dealing with a $450,000 deficit after the first quarter of the 2020-21 fiscal year. Read more…


New York City ahead of curve on COVID-19, but faces risks going into fall: experts
New York City, once an epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, has managed to contain the virus as it reopens, but faces risks of an uptick in cases in the fall, public health experts say. Read more…


Guelph boasts AA+ credit rating for 8th straight year despite COVID-19
The City of Guelph says its credit rating remains strong at AA+ for the eighth year in a row, despite the financial pressures imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…


St. Albert substantially reduces its projected deficit to $500K
The financial outlook for the City of St. Albert is less hair-raising than originally thought, according to the latest financial forecast. Read more…


COVID-19 sparks drive-through food drive in Coquitlam
On August 29 and August 30, volunteers will be setting up in the southwest parking lot of Coquitlam Centre for a drive-thru food bank donation effort. Read more…


Connected city streets mean healthier residents and communities
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, cities around the world are rediscovering the value of walkable and bikeable streets. Read more…


Via Rail restores some daily services along Quebec City-Windsor corridor
Via Rail is increasing the number of trains running between several cities in Quebec and Ontario starting September 1. Read more…


Calgary needs to better cater to those unable to wear face masks: report
City officials need to help exempt Calgarians who can’t wear protective face coverings and find themselves increasingly isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a University of Calgary report. Read more…


Sturgeon County warns of potential 11 percent tax hike
St. Albert and Sturgeon County taxpayers could see double-digit education and property tax hikes, respectively, if proposed changes to the way the province taxes oil and gas properties are approved, say local leaders. Read more…


Cineplex to fully reopen theatres and entertainment venues
Toronto-based Cineplex says its 164 theatres, 1,687 screens, and 10 entertainment complexes will reopen, but in municipalities with mandatory mask policies, customers will be required to wear masks in the theatres. Read more…


Masks to be mandatory for Regina city bus passengers
The City of Regina is making masks mandatory for people using city buses beginning on August 31. While riders not wearing masks will still be allowed on the bus, the city said they will be asking for compliance and working with passengers. Read more…


Los Angeles mayor cuts off utilities at TikTok stars’ party mansion
The mayor of Los Angeles cut all utilities at TikTok star Bryce Hall’s rented home in the Hollywood Hills, in a move meant to punish him for throwing a large party in defiance of coronavirus rules. Read more…


August 20

Toronto considering using TikTok to warn young people about risks of COVID-19: Tory
Mayor John Tory says the city is considering using more social media platforms, including TikTok, to remind young people that COVID-19 is still very much a threat. Read more…


COVID-19 website to track people of colour is launched in Quebec
A new website seeking to get an accurate reading on how people of colour are being affected by COVID-19 in the province of Quebec is taking shape. Read more…


Manitoba unveils “flexible” colour-coded COVID-19 response system
Manitoba unveiled a new colour-coded system that will allow the government to roll out COVID-19 restrictions targeting specific regions, communities, or industries. Read more…


New COVID-19 testing centre opens in Vancouver, more coming to other cities soon
As British Columbia’s coronavirus caseload continues to surge, health officials are setting up new testing sites in several cities across Metro Vancouver. Read more…


Despite COVID-19, City of Brockville projects surplus
Despite the economic devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic, Brockville’s operating budget is projecting a surplus this year of nearly $660,000. Read more…


Brandon families, businesses hunker down again as COVID-19 outbreak grips city
Some parents and business owners in Brandon aren’t waiting for the province to raise the COVID-19 risk level in the city to take action. Read more…


Mask violators and partiers among Brampton’s recent COVID-19 fine recipients
City of Brampton bylaw officials remain busy answering calls from residents about people violating the city’s COVID-19 physical distancing and mask bylaws. Read more…


Calgary needs to better cater to those unable to wear face masks: report
City officials need to help exempt Calgarians who can’t wear protective face masks and find themselves increasingly isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report. Read more…


COVID-19 outbreak could stop New Brunswick election, says PC leader
PC Leader Blaine Higgs says he now has a legal opinion from provincial lawyers that the New Brunswick government could stop the provincial election if there were a serious COVID-19 outbreak. Read more…


Timmins lifts state of emergency imposed because of pandemic
The mayor of Timmins has ended the community’s state of emergency, which was declared April 3 to “raise public awareness regarding the gravity of the current pandemic situation.” Read more…


Lambton Shores implements bylaw mandating face coverings
Politicians in Lambton Shores have voted to implement a bylaw mandating the use of face coverings in enclosed public spaces within the municipality as the coronavirus health crisis continues. Read more…


City of Red Deer mandates mask use only on City Transit for now
Red Deer council has passed a bylaw for mandatory face coverings in city transit vehicles, but decided against extending masking to public spaces. Read more…


City-centre businesses mount slower recovery than rural areas, CFIB says
Data released by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business indicates that 22 percent of businesses polled in urban cores are at normal levels of sales compared to 37 percent in rural areas. Read more…


You could get fined $500 for not wearing a mask indoors in London
The City of London is reminding people about the importance of wearing face masks indoors, after its bylaw officers spoke to about 80 people who weren’t abiding by the municipal rule. Read more…


August 19

Indonesia puts $33 billion move of capital city on hold to tackle pandemic
Indonesia has put on the backburner President Joko Widodo’s ambitious $33-billion project to relocate the capital city to the island of Borneo as it grapples to rein in the coronavirus pandemic, the planning minister said. Read more…


P.E.I.’s Farm Day in the City 2020 cancelled due to pandemic
An annual one-day festival and open-air pedestrian market, Farm Day in the City, won’t be taking place in Charlottetown this fall due to the coronavirus pandemic. Read more…


Emergency funds for cash-strapped municipalities welcomed
Cash-strapped municipalities struggling with massive revenue losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic will receive some financial relief from the provincial and federal governments beginning this fall. Read more…


Notre Dame cancels classes for 2 weeks after COVID-19 spike
Notre Dame University on Tuesday cancelled in-person undergraduate classes for two weeks after a spike of coronavirus cases that occurred since the semester began August 10. Read more…


Manitoba unveils colour-coded COVID-19 system to allow restrictions by community, region, business
Manitoba unveiled a new colour-coded system Wednesday that will allow the government to roll out COVID-19 restrictions targeting specific regions, communities, or industries in the province. Read more…


Maple Leaf temporarily suspends pork exports to China after COVID-19 case
Maple Leaf Foods Inc. says it has temporarily suspended pork exports to China after a few dozen workers at one of its plants tested positive for COVID-19. Read more…


New COVID-19 testing site opens in Vancouver
A new COVID-19 testing site has opened in a parking lot in Vancouver. Read more…


City taking “wait-and-see approach” on mask bylaw
Medicine Hat has no plans to implement a mandatory mask bylaw, preferring instead to leave it to citizens and businesses to decide on mask-wearing and requirements. Read more…


City of Brandon, Maple Leaf Foods to distribute thousands of free masks
The city has partnered with Maple Leaf Foods Inc. to provide a bag of 25, three-ply disposable masks to every household. Read more…


City of Kawartha Lakes 2020 summer tourism season “better than expected”
While there have been no international visitors, the season has actually exceeded expectations amid the global coronavirus pandemic. Read more…


Edmonton’s active COVID-19 cases more than double Toronto’s
With Edmonton’s active COVID-19 cases more than double Toronto’s, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health says the city’s continuing surge should be a wake-up call. Read more…


City of Toronto identifies facilities for potential TDSB, TCDSB back-to-school use
The City of Toronto has identified numerous facilities for two Toronto school boards to use this upcoming school year as the boards continue to explore options to address coronavirus concerns in the classroom. Read more…


August 18

City of Windsor to Honour COVID Community Champions
The City of Windsor is looking to honour those who have gone above and beyond to help others during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…


Stricter enforcement coming as B.C. hits among highest case numbers during pandemic
Even though a second wave was predicted for the fall, the summer isn’t even over and B.C. has already been hitting high numbers of COVID-19 cases, some ranking among the highest recorded during the pandemic so far. Read more…


Why Canada is keeping its international borders shut tight during COVID-19
While many countries are reopening their international borders, Canada continues to keep its doors firmly shut to most foreigners. Read more…


YK moves closer to mandatory masks for city buildings, transit
Wearing masks on Yellowknife public transit and in city facilities could become mandatory as soon as August 31. Read more…


Some Canadians are getting COVID-19 tests before cottage getaways and visits with grandma
Despite having no symptoms or concerns of exposure to COVID-19, healthy Canadians are visiting assessment centres and enduring nasal swabs for peace of mind. Read more…


Air Creebec resuming flights grounded during COVID-19
Air Creebec said it is increasing disinfection protocols on its aircraft and offices, as well as implementing mandatory mask-wearing and physical distancing, as it brings back passenger flights. Read more…


P.E.I. reports 3 new COVID-19 cases involving essential workers; public gathering limits increased
P.E.I. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison provides an update on COVID-19 during a news conference in Charlottetown. Read more…


Quebec’s COVID-19 second-wave action plan includes more oversight at CHSLDs
Health Minister Christian Dubé says he wants the province on war footing if the number of coronavirus cases starts to grow this fall. Read more…


Ontario ends police access to COVID-19 database after legal challenge
Ontario has ended police access to a COVID-19 database after a legal challenge was filed by a group of human rights organizations. Read more…


Masks mandatory in Leduc if city reaches 10 active cases
Like several other municipal governments in the capital region, Leduc decided Monday night to only require residents to wear masks in public if there is 10 active cases of COVID-19 in the city. Read more…


B.C. city offering free rent for new businesses to revive downtown core
Several boarded up storefronts along the main street in Grand Forks, B.C. have prompted a unique initiative offering free rent to those opening up new business in the city’s downtown. Read more…


Masks to be mandatory indoors in public starting Aug. 24 in N.L.
Non-medical masks will be mandatory for people in indoor public spaces in Newfoundland and Labrador, starting August 24. Read more…


Post-secondary groups calling on city to reduce transit fares
Four participating schools and the City of Edmonton decided to suspend the Universal Transit Pass program this fall as many classes will be moving online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But with many students still relying on transit for their daily commute, student unions are advocating for cheaper options than the regular adult fare. Read more…


Toronto deploying public health nurses to schools
The health department will deploy 70 public health nurses to help open schools in a safe manner as concern builds over students returning to classes next month. Read more…


Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) long-term survival at risk without federal help
The 110-year-old British Columbia institution is at risk because it does not qualify for federal emergency COVID-19 funding. exhibition. Read more…


August 17

COVID-19: One in five Canadians make no efforts to curb viral spread
A recent Angus Reid poll asked Canadian respondents to identify their habits and attitudes toward the pandemic, categorizing respondents into one of three categories: the infection fighters, the inconsistent, or the cynical spreaders. Read more…


Businesses now able to apply for City of Regina’s economic recovery grant
Businesses impacted by COVID-19 can now apply for matching grant funding to help with expenses related to the pandemic and short-term business recovery. Read more…


Windsor and Tecumseh receiving $19M in COVID-19 relief funding
City of Windsor and Town of Tecumseh are getting COVID-19 relief funding from Canada’s Safe Restart Agreement. Read more…


Lack of Canadian customers in Maine’s mom and pop shops “sad and scary”
With the latest extension of U.S.-Canada border closure expiring September 21, border towns are concerned for small business vitality. Read more…


Non-profits issue plea for masks for city’s most vulnerable
Two Winnipeg organizations that work with the city’s most vulnerable have put out pleas for reusable masks for their clients. Read more…


COVID-19 impact on Hamilton’s homeless population unclear
Tent encampments have sprung up around the city during the COVID-19 pandemic, but officials say without an annual survey that takes stock of homelessness numbers, there’s no real way of knowing how many people are living on the street right now. Read more…


Northern Alberta event linked to over a dozen positive COVID-19 cases in B.C.
A faith-based event in northern Alberta has been linked to more than a dozen positive COVID-19 cases in B.C., prompting an alert to be issued to residents. Read more…


N.B. doctor accused in COVID-19 outbreak to face charge under Emergency Measures Act
A doctor accused of being at the centre of the COVID-19 outbreak in the Campbellton region in May that claimed two lives, infected dozens, and forced that northern part of New Brunswick back into the orange phase of recovery is facing a charge under the provincial Emergency Measures Act. Read more…


London’s weekend COVID-19 spike a lesson for schools, parents
The biggest one-day jump in cases in more than three months was an important development just weeks before school reopen and, Chris Mackie says, reflected “the reality that there is a lot of randomness in how this virus spreads.” Read more…


Churches linked to rise in COVID-19 infections in South Korea
A fresh cluster of infections from giant churches in South Korea is reviving concern the country could again become a coronavirus hotspot due to its religious organizations. Read more…


Ventilator supply increases as Dr. Tam warns of possible surge of COVID-19
The promise of new ventilators comes as Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer warned a fall surge of COVID-19 cases could overwhelm the health care system. Read more…


Some Sask. cities mull mask bylaws, others don’t want patchwork approach
Communities are divided on whether they would be willing to pass bylaws mandating mask use, but many agree they would support a provincewide policy. Read more…


August 16

Windsor mayor seeks nominees for “COVID Community Champions”
Do you know someone local who has demonstrated care and compassion to others in these trying pandemic times? Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens would like to know that person too. Read more…


Vancouverites party on the streets, in spite of celebrity messaging
Framed as a voicemail left for Premier John Horgan, actor Ryan Reynolds has posted a voice recording on Twitter warning B.C.’s younger residents of the dangers of COVID-19. Read more…


Ventilator supply starts to increase as Tam warns of possible surge of COVID-19
Only a small fraction of the 40,000 new ventilators Canada ordered for hospitals last spring have already been delivered but several companies involved say that will change in the next few weeks. Read more…


St. John’s pilot project aims to bring newcomer mothers back into the workforce
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disproportionately take its toll on working women, a new program in St. John’s hopes to help some of the most marginalized create their own jobs. Read more…


Regina bike thefts down 49 percent amid pandemic crime slowdown
It’s prime bike-stealing season in Regina right now, but there are considerably fewer thefts than last year — about 49 per cent fewer, according to the latest statistics from the Regina Police Service. Read more…


Alberta Teachers’ Association demands meeting with education minister over school safety
The union representing Alberta teachers is demanding a meeting with Education Minister Adriana LaGrange over returning to school safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…


New study examines how small biz is coping with COVID-19
Bring Back Main Street. That’s what a new study of the same name on the impact of COVID-19 on small businesses in Ontario and B.C. hopes to do. Read more…


Alberta had hundreds of “excess” deaths as COVID-19 struck province: Stats Canada
Alberta’s death toll from COVID-19 through the first three months of the pandemic may be higher than previously thought. Read more…


From masks to cohorting, a guide to back-to-school rules across the country
Plans are being made across the country for how to safely send students back to school in the fall as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Read more…


There’s optimism, but hardly any time left, for CFL to launch a 2020 season
It is still a matter of if, not when the Canadian Football League plays a game in 2020. However, it comes down to if Ottawa approves the league’s request for a $30 million, interest-free loan. Read more…


August 15

Federal government expands COVID-19 support funding for Indigenous peoples
The federal government has announced an additional $305 million to support Indigenous peoples during the COVID-19 pandemic, through the Indigenous Community Support Fund. Read more…


Burlington mask bylaw now includes condos and apartments
Next week, Burlington residents will be required to wear masks in common areas of condominiums and apartment buildings, according to the city. Read more…


How Saskatoon and Regina handled COVID-19
While other cities urged people to get outside and gave them space to do so, Saskatchewan’s largest cities resisted calls to do the same. Read more…


City of Ottawa fires bylaw officer who hit man in park
The City of Ottawa has fired a bylaw officer for using excessive force in dealing with a man in a park who’d been fined for violating COVID-19 restrictions. Read more…


Where is B.C.’s COVID contact-tracing technology?
Two months after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau revealed a voluntary contact-tracing app, the national COVID Alert has not been deployed beyond Ontario’s borders. Read more…


Sudbury library to open six of its locations on Monday
The Greater Sudbury Public Library will welcome patrons back to six of its locations starting August 17 under a phased reopening plan that balances public health with resident services. Read more…


L.A. mayor embraces shift in COVID-19 testing strategy: simplicity and speed
The mayor of the second-largest U.S. city has joined a growing clamor among health experts and politicians for a radical shift in the nation’s coronavirus testing strategy. Read more…


Province secures new Edmonton isolation shelter for homeless residents exhibiting COVID-19
The Alberta government has found a new site to serve as an isolation shelter in Edmonton, but isn’t disclosing the location, citing privacy reasons. Read more…


Quebec opposition parties says COVID-19 tracing app is a non-starter
The three opposition parties are calling on Quebec to scrap plans for a COVID-19 detection app because the technology is flawed and there are unanswered questions about security and privacy. Read more…


Atlantic Canadians against lifting travel restrictions next month, survey finds
A new survey indicates Atlantic Canada is largely opposed to lifting travel restrictions for Canadians who live outside the region. Read more…


August 14

Canada-U.S. border will remain closed until September 21
The federal government will extend the Canada-U.S. land border closure for another 30 days until September 21, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said Friday. Read more…


Saskatoon’s mayor recommends mask use in public spaces and on transit
Saskatoon’s mayor, like his counterpart in Regina, is recommending people wear masks in public spaces and on public transit and says the Bridge City will be considering a mask bylaw. Read more…


New funding will help avoid layoffs at Ottawa city hall: Mayor Watson
Mayor Jim Watson suggests a $124 million financial lifeline from the federal and Ontario governments will help the City of Ottawa avoid layoffs in 2021. Read more…


Young people not immune to long-term effects of COVID-19, B.C. top doctor warns
As the British Columbia warns partygoers to expect crackdowns on large gatherings, younger people are reporting more long-term symptoms after catching COVID-19. Read more…


City of Edmonton considering a fine for mask exemption card misuse
Following the “unanticipated abuse” of the contentious mask exemption card program, the City of Edmonton says it may consider a fine for those who falsely claim to be exempt. Read more…


COVID-19 outbreak at Quebec City Costco sparks rush on local testing centre
The line outside a Quebec City COVID-19 testing centre was long on Friday morning after an outbreak at a local Costco outlet saw eight employees test positive for the virus. Read more…


Hamilton’s new physical distancing bylaw “needed” to continue fight against COVID-19, says EOC
The director of Hamilton’s emergency operations centre says the city’s new physical distancing bylaw is not “a crusade to find people” less than two meters apart from one another. Read more…


COVID-19 spurred greater cooperation between organizations in Burnaby: advocate
A Burnaby homeless advocate says she’s seen exceptional levels of cooperation between service providers, as the pandemic adds more and more pressure on the organizations. Read more…


City of Toronto warns hundreds may have been exposed to COVID-19 at Brass Rail strip club
The City of Toronto says about 550 people may have been exposed to COVID-19 at a downtown strip club earlier this month. Read more…


Expected fall peak of COVID-19 in Canada could overwhelm health systems: Tam
Federal health officials are preparing for surges in new cases of COVID-19, including an expected peak of the outbreak this fall that could exceed the ability of the health-care system. Read more…


City of Regina encouraging public to wear face masks, hints at passing bylaw
Earlier this summer Regina rid itself of active COVID-19 cases. It’s since gone from zero to 40, making the city Saskatchewan’s current coronavirus hot spot. City council is now pleading with the public to mask up. Read more…


City of Toronto, collection agencies chasing down nearly $600M in unpaid tickets
The City of Toronto has contracted a team of debt collection agencies to track down more than $500 million as it struggles to deal with a budget hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…


CNIB wishes Higgs had thought of visually impaired before rejecting transit aid
An advocate for the visually impaired is pushing back against New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs’s rejection of federal money to improve public transit. Read more…


City may change exemption rules for Edmonton’s mandatory mask bylaw
The City of Edmonton is reviewing its mandatory face covering bylaw less than two weeks after it went into effect. Read more…


Mandatory mask bylaws a positive move, says Windsor-Essex health unit CEO
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has announced its support for local municipalities creating mandatory mask bylaws, calling it a good move for public health amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…


COVID-19 continues to have an effect on City of Moose Jaw finances
The COVID-19 pandemic continued to have an effect on the City of Moose Jaw’s finances with tax collections at the end of June down by about $7.3 million from 2019. Read more…


City of Brantford says “not enough” with $6.3 million bailout
It’s a measure of the impact of COVID-19 on the community as Brantford’s city council already can see a $6.3 million helping hand from the provincial government isn’t going to be enough. Read more…


Brampton council wants people to stop littering city with masks and gloves
Brampton council amended the city’s public nuisance bylaw to designate discarded masks and gloves as hazardous materials rather than typical litter, but that hasn’t stopped some people from continuing to throw them on the ground. Read more…


Lethbridge chamber asks city to help childcare facilities through pandemic
The Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce presented to council it’s “Economics of Childcare” report, which asks the city for funding of childcare facilities during the pandemic. Read more…


Province expects extra $3M in Halifax Convention Centre costs due to COVID-19
The Nova Scotia government is planning to spend twice what they were expecting to cover Halifax Convention Centre costs during COVID-19, and one expert says these significant losses are bound to keep happening. Read more…


August 13

Feds earmark money to help communities adapt to realities of COVID-19
The federal government is offering $31 million to help communities find ways to adapt to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…


Regina mayor, council encourage residents to wear face masks
Mayor Michael Fougere and city council members are encouraging Regina residents to wear face masks when visiting indoor spaces or when riding public transit. Read more…


B.C. Premier John Horgan threatens escalated enforcement as COVID-19 cases surge
British Columbia could soon be cracking down on people still partying in large numbers despite the threat of COVID-19. Read more…


Mandatory masks rejected by local politicians in lone-holdout Lambton County
Politicians in the Lambton County community of Plympton-Wyoming have voted to reject making face masks mandatory in all indoor public places. Read more…


Most Atlantic Canadians staying home despite COVID-19 bubble
Reducing the risk of COVID-19 exposure appears to be much more important than the freedom to travel for Atlantic Canadians. Read more…


Winnipeg restaurant fined more than $10K over alleged COVID-19 violations
A Winnipeg restaurant has to pay more than $10,000 in fines for allegedly breaking public health orders a second time. Read more…


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


Toronto to receive $404M in emergency coronavirus pandemic transit funding
Toronto’s mayor said he was told $404 million will be committed to helping the TTC, but added he remains unsure about how much more the city will get from the Safe Restart Agreement. Watch more…


Saskatoon Public Library reopening branches in phases
Library branches in Saskatoon will slowly reopen to the public from the coronavirus pandemic lockdowns in multiple phases. Read more…


Relief, anxiety following unveiling of N.W.T. school boards’ reopening plans
The association that represents more than 800 teachers in the Northwest Territories says while many teachers are “excited” to get back to work, there’s still anxiety about how it will all work. Read more…


Edmonton ends mask-exemption card distribution five days after launch
The City of Edmonton announced its mask-exemption cards would no longer be available at city recreation facilities, just five days after it was launched. Read more…


Ontario providing municipalities $1.6 billion in first round of emergency funding
Ontario’s 444 municipalities will be provided with up to $1.6 billion as part of the first round of emergency funding under the Safe Restart Agreement. Read more…


August 12

More than $50 million in COVID-19 aid for Hamilton, Burlington
Under the first phase of the federal-provincial Safe Restart program funding, Hamilton will receive almost $45 million while Burlington’s support will be more than $6 million. Read more…


Race-based data must be collected to help fight COVID-19, advocates say
Alberta Health says it is looking at ways to “effectively report” the demographic data on race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status of COVID-19 patients. Read more…


Waterloo Region to receive $43M to help during COVID-19 pandemic
The Region of Waterloo will receive more than $43 million in funding from the provincial and federal governments to help manage the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…


Manitoba government launches ‘restart’ ad campaign amid coronavirus
The Manitoba government has launched an ad campaign touting the province’s “roadmap to recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.” Read more…


Pressure growing on Lambton for mandatory mask bylaw
As more municipalities pass mandatory mask bylaws, there’s growing pressure on Lambton County to do the same. Read more…


Masks now in Saskatchewan school reopening plan, but divisions still decide
The Saskatchewan government added mandatory masks to its plan to reopen schools in a few weeks, but school divisions can choose to opt out. Read more…


City of Guelph to receive $12 million in emergency funding
The City of Guelph’s first installment of emergency funding will be $12,007,634, essentially eliminating a projected $10 million budget deficit due to the pandemic. Read more…


Montreal’s wastewater could track the next COVID-19 wave
Scientists about to test samples of Montreal’s wastewater say it could potentially detect community spread even before people are symptomatic. Read more…


$8M for Peterborough in first round of emergency funding
The City of Peterborough will receive more than $8 million as part of the provincial and federal first round of emergency pandemic funding relief. Read more…


Halifax Transit bus service to return to regular schedule on August 31
Halifax Transit’s bus service will return to regular schedules on August 31 after nearly five months of reduced service due to COVID-19. Read more…


City of Edmonton defends mask exemption cards and honour system approach
Edmonton’s mask exemption card program will forge ahead despite stiff opposition from local businesses. Read more…


Penticton parents scramble to find child care as city develops action plan
The City of Penticton has hired a consultant to conduct surveys gathering feedback from local parents, guardians, and care providers about the child care crisis in the city. Read more…


Some Maritime businesses remaining closed during COVID-19 pandemic
By now, most Maritime businesses that were forced to closed due to COVID-19 have been permitted to reopen. However, not all businesses have returned to full operations. Read more…


Saint John transit union wants province to take federal money
The Saint John transit union is calling on the New Brunswick government to reverse its decision to turn down federal transit funding. Read more…


Regina schools will see students and staff wearing masks to start school year
When the school bell rings in a couple of weeks to get classes going in Regina elementary and high schools, students in Grades 4-12 will be wearing masks. Read more…


Yellowknife schools release pandemic reopening plans
After approval by the chief public health officer, Yellowknife’s three school districts released on Tuesday the general points of their reopening plans for the 2020-2021 school year. Read more…


August 11

Chatham-Kent approves mandatory mask-wearing bylaw
Chatham-Kent residents will now be required to wear masks in some indoor public spaces after city council passed a mandatory masking bylaw Monday. Read more…


Lethbridge city council debates mandatory mask bylaw
The City of Lethbridge is debating a new bylaw that would make masks mandatory in all indoor public spaces. A final decision could come on August 24. Read more…


Free rides on London buses to end on August 19
The London Transit Commission has announced it will resume front door boarding and fare collections beginning Wednesday, August 19. Read more…


More than 500 COVID-19 infections in Canada linked to public places, new data suggests
New data suggests that more than 500 COVID-19 infections in Canada have been linked to public venues including stores, bars, restaurants, daycares, and schools since the beginning of July. Read more…


Guided tours return to Kingston city hall, with COVID-19 guidelines
The City of Kingston has announced the restart of the volunteer-led tours of its historic city hall, but they will be limited to six people in order to maintain physical distancing. Read more…


New Zealand locks down biggest city after first local case of coronavirus in 102 days
New Zealand announced on Tuesday it was shutting down its largest city, Auckland, after four new cases of COVID-19 were discovered in the city, the first cases in 102 days. Read more…


Windsor mayor says city will proceed with Stage 3 of reopening cautiously
The mayor of Windsor says his city will proceed cautiously to Stage 3 of reopening and will ask for additional resources if local cases increase in the coming weeks. Read more…


BC Ferries set for COVID-19 bailout to help with lost revenue
It looks like BC Ferries is being tossed a life preserver from the federal and provincial governments to help with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…


Can Sault Ste. Marie’s outdoor patios continue operating when it turns cold?
The question of whether cold-weather pandemic patios are actually viable arose at Monday night’s meeting of Sault Ste. Marie city council. Read more…


Montreal public transit enforcing front-door boarding, fare payments, mandatory masks
Public transit users in Montreal now have to board from the front the bus to pay their fares and exit from the back. Read more…


Brandon residents need to “refocus” on fighting COVID-19: Mayor
Mayor Rick Chrest said people in the city need to follow the advice of public health officials as Brandon grapples with a cluster of cases that on Monday had grown to 64 people. Read more…


City of Edmonton facing backlash over mandatory mask exemption cards
Edmonton businesses are pushing back against mask exemption cards being offered by the city, concerned they will lead to increased non-compliance. Read more…


Mandatory mask bylaw issued in Beaumont
Beaumont city council has approved a mandatory mask bylaw in all publicly accessible indoor locations and public vehicles. Read more…


Grande Prairie staff asked to do preparation work on possible mask bylaw
Grande Prairie city council is asking administration to develop a bylaw on mandatory face coverings in indoor public places for future discussion. Read more…


August 10

COVID-19 lays waste to entry-level job market and young people will pay the price for years
COVID-19 has thwarted hopes of landing first jobs – important for jump starting careers – as employers cut back graduate recruiting plans or even revoke job offers. Read more…


Patrick Brown responds to video alleging he broke Brampton’s COVID-19 bylaws
Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown says he did not violate COVID-19 bylaws when he was visiting friends at an arena in Brampton, dismissing a video report from Rebel News. Read more…


Nelson’s American sister city faces COVID-19 culture war
Nelson and Sandpoint, Idaho aren’t strangers having had an official sister city relationship since 2013. But the difference in the number of COVID-cases in could not be starker. Read more…


Quebec registers 98 new cases; children can receive distance learning
Mask will be mandatory in common areas for Quebec students from Grade 5 until the end of high school, as well as for students at trade schools and universities, and for personnel. Read more…


U.S. schools consider outdoor classes amid coronavirus, ventilation worries
Concerns about school infrastructure are adding momentum to plans in some districts, even in colder climates, to take classes outdoors for the sake of student and teacher health. Read more…


The premature pandemic holiday ends in Manitoba
Less than a month ago, Manitobans could look at the local pandemic situation and feel fairly smug. Now, the pandemic is back and worse than ever in Manitoba, by a couple of measures. Read more…


Pandemic-impacted programming in City of Kamloops Fall Activity Guide
Residents looking to get active during the COVID-19 pandemic can look to the City of Kamloops’ Fall Activity Guide, which includes programming adapted with safety protocols. Read more…


More than 97,000 U.S. children tested positive for COVID-19 in the last two weeks of July
More than 97,000 children in the U.S. tested positive for coronavirus in the last two weeks of July, a new report says. Read more…


Nearly 200,000 people sign petition slamming Ontario’s “shameful” back-to-school plan
An online petition slamming Ontario’s “disturbing” back-to-school plan has gained nearly 200,000 signatures but the government still won’t budge on reducing elementary class sizes. Read more…


Done properly, night curfews can be helpful in curbing coronavirus outbreaks, experts say
Night curfews have been implemented in various countries around the world to help curb novel coronavirus outbreaks. Read more…


City of Edmonton offering mask bylaw exemption cards to those with conditions
The City of Edmonton has launched a new program meant to help those with conditions that make it difficult to wear a mask identify themselves as being exempt from the city’s mandatory mask bylaw while in public spaces. Read more…


Vaughan temporarily lays off about 1,100 city employees amid COVID-19
The City of Vaughan announced it has “temporarily” laid off about 1,100 employees due to “shortage of work in some departments” after declaring a state of emergency due to COVID-19. Read more…


Saint John Cycling group calls for changes to make city more bike-friendly
The non-profit group Saint John Cycling plans to propose a $2.5-million project to make some streets in the city safer for cyclists and pedestrians. Read more…


Sudbury patios causing accessibility challenges, advocate says
The executive director of Independent Living Sudbury Manitoulin says the city should be doing more to ensure patios – and the walking paths around them – are accessible for people with disabilities. Read more…


Campaign launched to support Richmond business during COVID-19
Richmondites are being encouraged to share and embrace the “Rediscover Richmond” campaign to explore new things in the city and support local businesses which have been hit hard by the pandemic. Read more..


Montreal transit returning to mandatory front door boarding on Monday
Public transit in Montreal is returning to its usual ticket validation and boarding through the front doors on all bus lines as of Monday. Read more…


Mask use debate at the forefront as COVID-19 cases rise in Regina
After Walmart announced masks will be mandatory in its stores starting August 12, Global Regina looked at the potential impacts the move could have on the mandatory masking movement in the Queen City. Watch more…


August 9

Calgary post-secondaries follow city lead on mask policy
With masks officially required in indoor public spaces in Calgary, the city’s post-secondaries are crafting their own policies for face coverings amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…


Ontario’s largest school board commits to shrinking elementary class sizes
A Toronto District School Board trustee says the province’s largest school board will prioritize shrinking elementary class sizes in neighbourhoods hit hardest by COVID-19. Read more…


Parents, teachers press Quebec to revise back-to-school plan amid COVID-19
Scores of parents across Quebec are voicing their concerns around the government’s intention to get all students from pre-school through Grade 9 to physically return to schools. Read more…


Alberta to adopt national COVID-19 tracing app
Alberta will adopt the federal government’s COVID-19 notification app after months of struggles with its provincial version. Read more…


Saint John Cycling wants to make streets safer by creating two-way bike lanes
Saint John Cycling is proposing a $2.5 million project to help make some streets in Saint John safer and more accessible for bikers and pedestrians. Read more…


Anchorage, Alaska, wins court ruling to stop indoor dining at defiant diner
As COVID-19 cases spike and hospital bed space dwindles in Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage officials on Friday won a key ruling in favour of a ban on indoor restaurant dining. Read more…


COVID-19 cases among Vancouver police raise question of mandatory PPE for officers
The question of mandatory PPE for the province’s police officers is being raised again after three officers contracted COVID-19 when breaking up a party. Read more…


Shop local campaigns aim to inject millions of dollars into Quebec economy
To help local and independent businesses struggling to survive the pandemic, campaigns across the province are urging Quebecers to buy local in an effort to increase business. Read more…


New Zealand records 100 days without domestic COVID-19 case but warns against complacency
New Zealand marked 100 days without a domestic transmission of the coronavirus on Sunday, but warned against complacency as countries now battle a resurgence in infections. Read more…


U.S. response to the virus is met with incredulity abroad
The United States’ failure to contain the spread of COVID-19 has been met with astonishment in Europe, as the world’s most powerful country edges closer to five million infections. Read more…


August 8

Markets flourishing in Saskatoon as people support local
“Support local” has become an increasingly popular slogan during COVID-19. Many people in Saskatoon seem to have answered the call by shopping at local markets. Read more…


City of Lethbridge requires face coverings in over a dozen city-owned facilities
The City of Lethbridge is now requiring staff and visitors to wear a face covering when entering its public facilities, although it won’t be turning anyone away or fining them if they refuse. Read more…


City of Guelph sets budgetary impact of COVID-19 at $24.3 million for 2020
The financial impact of the pandemic on the City of Guelph this year is now expected to be $24.3 million, says the latest city update. Read more…


Yukon announces new case of COVID-19, first in territory in months
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brendan Hanley confirmed Friday that a Whitehorse resident who travelled to Dawson City has tested positive for COVID-19. Read more…


COVID-19 deals City of Brantford a bad hand
Brantford councillors begin the difficult task this week of figuring out how to fulfil significant financial commitments without the nearly $5 million it annually receives from Elements Casino. Read more…


Private parties in B.C. linked to spike in COVID-19
Private parties continue to be a source for spreading COVID-19 in B.C., with at least 45 cases this week linked to private parties in the Metro Vancouver area. Read more…


Adjustment to mandatory masks in Nova Scotia continues
Business owners across Nova Scotia say mask use has been a big adjustment for everyone, but they’re practicing patience as everyone adapts to new COVID-19 safety protocols. Read more…


Quebec festivals organizers look to innovate as restrictions loosened
The Quebec government’s decision this week to once again OK festivals — with a new 250-person limit and social distancing rules — has some organizers cautiously moving forward. Read more…


Majority of people in Edmonton heeding mask rule, city says
It’s been nearly a week since Edmonton passed a face covering bylaw and the city says the majority of people are following the new rule, with a few exceptions. Read more…


CFL gets boost in bid for federal funding to stage shortened season
The CFL received a huge boost Friday in its bid for federal funding in order to stage an abbreviated season cut short by COVID-19. Read more…


August 7

Burlington transit users will be asked for name, phone number as services resume
Burlington Transit’s Downtown Terminal will reopen on August 19 with customers required to wear a mask, use hand sanitizer, and give staff their name and phone number for contact tracing. Read more…


Police warn of fraudulent phone calls targeting seniors
Halifax Regional Police is advising the public of a recent increase in fraudulent phone calls targeting seniors in relation to topping up government benefits due to COVID-19. Read more…


Toronto Public Health urges city’s largest school board to keep class sizes down
Toronto Public Health has raised red flags with Ontario’s school reopening plan and is urging the Toronto District School Board to keep elementary class sizes smaller than normal. Read more…


Surrey Board of Trade creating COVID workforce playbook
The Surrey Board of Trade has announced plans to assist local employers in navigating their response to COVID-19 workforce needs and to help workers connect to employment. Read more…


New COVID-19 cases high in Aylmer as town imposes mask bylaw
A mandatory mask by-law will take effect in the southwestern Ontario community of Aylmer this week as authorities struggle to contain a growing coronavirus outbreak in the community. Read more…


Walmart to require masks at stores starting next week
Walmart is instituting a mandatory mask policy for all customers in Canada starting Wednesday in a move that has been welcomed by some local shoppers. Read more…


City of North Bay expects deficit to hit $1.7 million
There is no COVID-19 budgetary vaccine and so the virus is expected to hit the City of North Bay’s finances hard, to the tune of $1.7 million. Read more…


Kelowna’s response to COVID-19 uptick earns praise
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix said the City of Kelowna and Interior Health’s response to July’s spike in cases can be used as a model for other communities. Read more…


Kingston city council to consider moving COVID-19 testing centre
Kingston Health Sciences Centre is seeking a permanent site for the COVID-19 assessment centre and city council is to consider again providing the Memorial Centre as a location. Read more…


Manitoba announces second highest daily jump in new COVID-19 cases since pandemic started
There are 30 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba on Thursday – the second-highest single-day jump since the start of the pandemic – including 18 connected to a cluster in Brandon. Read more…


ByWard Market grocers feel forgotten as Ottawa prioritizes patios over parking
Some ByWard Market grocers say the City of Ottawa’s strategy to help restaurants and bars survive the COVID-19 pandemic is also deterring customers from visiting their shops. Read more…


City of Burnaby $5.6M grant will fund 160 new child-care spaces at schools
Burnaby city council is chipping away at an ambitious promise made six years ago with the school board to triple child-care spaces in the city. Read more…


Lethbridge mandating face masks in city-owned and operated indoor facilities
The use of non-medical face masks or other face coverings is now required upon entering any publicly accessible indoor spaces owned or operated by the City of Lethbridge. Read more…


London city hall’s climate action plan delayed by pandemic “reality”
Close to half of London city hall’s climate action plan is delayed, including a key “screening tool” meant to help politicians size up projects and policies for their environmental impact. Read more…


Quebec parents willing to go to court to keep kids out of classrooms
A group of parents have engaged a constitutional lawyer to issue a letter to the Quebec minister of education, outlining the need for an online schooling option for families uncomfortable with sending their children back to school. Read more…


Saint John gives masks to neighbourhoods in need
The City of Saint John is trying to boost the use of masks in some of the so-called vulnerable neighbourhoods, where poverty is high but the use of masks may not be. Read more…


Outdoor library services now available through EPL on the Square
EPL on the Square services are meant to support the homeless and vulnerable Edmontonians during the COVID-19 pandemic, but everyone is welcome. Read more…


August 6

Alberta government announces $48M to support homeless during pandemic
The Alberta government has announced $48 million in funding for shelters and community organizations that have been serving homeless people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…


Hamilton residents in their 20s make up more than half of recent COVID-19 infections
More than half of recent Hamilton COVID-19 infections are in people in their 20s according to public health. Read more…


Vancouver business closures doubled at outset of pandemic: StatsCan
Lockdown measures at the outset of the COVID-19 crisis appear to have shuttered Metro Vancouver businesses at nearly double the rate recorded a year earlier, according to Statistics Canada. Read more…


COVID result cuts short first Alaska cruise of stunted season
The first cruise in an already decimated southeast Alaska cruise season came to a devastating end when a small ship carrying 36 passengers had one of the guests test positive for COVID-19. Read more…


NHL and its labs say COVID-19 testing doesn’t overlap with public’s
The NHL says the laboratories hired to conduct daily COVID-19 tests on players in Edmonton and Toronto keep their supply chains separate from the public’s. Read more…


COVID-19 straining Toronto’s shelter system
The pandemic is putting increasing pressure on Toronto’s emergency shelter system, with the number of beds required for COVID-19 programs increasing by 117 percent since April. Read more…


City of Delta supports getting COVID-19 race-based data
The City of Delta is supporting New Westminster’s call for the provincial and federal ministers of health to collect disaggregated COVID-19 data, including race, socioeconomic class, and disability. Read more…


Maritime schools plan for unusual academic year amid COVID-19
If there’s one thing the school experience will be for students in Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick in 2020, it’s new. Read more…


Fewer than 4,500 apply for Manitoba back-to-work benefit
A provincial government initiative Premier Brian Pallister once said could bring “tens of thousands” of Manitobans back to work has received only 4,459 applications. Read more…


Masks now mandatory in Jasper to limit the spread of COVID-19
The Town of Jasper has joined the growing list of municipalities across Alberta making masks mandatory to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in public places. Read more…


City of Ottawa mistakenly charges 2,000 people rec fees during pandemic
The City of Ottawa is apologizing after incorrectly charging about 2,000 people this week for four months’ worth of recreation memberships while facilities were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…


S&P keeps Edmonton’s credit score at AA as it faces pandemic challenges
A major international credit rating agency is maintaining the City of Edmonton’s credit score as it continues to grapple with the new challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…


N.L.’s top doctor to testify in court during hearings on travel ban order
Newfoundland and Labrador’s chief medical officer of health is set to take the stand today in a legal challenge of a travel ban limiting entry to the province she ordered in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…


Back to school pandemic plans vary in Saskatchewan’s big city school divisions
Catholic and public divisions in Regina and Saskatoon put out their division-level school reopening plans even as the government revealed a provincial strategy that did not make masks mandatory. Read more…


Saskatchewan funding to help Moose Jaw complete projects
The City of Moose Jaw has received approval for about $4.8 million in funding for three projects under the Province of Saskatchewan’s Municipal Economic Enhancement Program. Read more…


Festivals and events allowed again in Quebec with safety measures in place
After being cancelled for months amid the COVID-19 crisis, festivals and events in Quebec will now be able to resume, under certain conditions. Read more…


City of Kitchener hopeful provincial relief will help with projected deficit
City of Kitchener officials say recently announced provincial funding for municipalities will help them tackle a projected deficit of nearly $6 million. Read more…


August 5

New York City to enforce traveler quarantine with COVID-19 checkpoints
New York City will put up COVID-19 quarantine checkpoints at key entry points to ensure travelers from 35 states with outbreaks comply with the state’s 14-day quarantine mandate. Read more…


B.C. doctors call on province to mandate mask wearing to slow spread of COVID-19
Calls for B.C. to make masks mandatory amid the COVID-19 pandemic are growing, with more than 80 doctors in the province now publicly supporting the idea. Read more…


Canada signs deals with Pfizer, Moderna to get doses of COVID-19 vaccines
Canada is signing deals with pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and U.S.-based biotech firm Moderna to procure millions of doses of their experimental COVID-19 vaccines. Read more…


Saint John continues program to “pedestrianize” uptown streets
The City of Saint John will continue a program that temporarily closes uptown streets to encourage pedestrian use as part of a COVID 19 economic recovery plan. Read more…


Most Canadians support second lockdown if COVID-19 caseloads spike
Most Canadians support a second round of shuttering businesses and self-isolating at home should the country see a spike in COVID-19 cases. Read more…


$364,000 in taxes waived during COVID-19 for Windsor hotel converted to hospital worker residence
Windsor councillors have unanimously waived taxes worth as much as $364,000 for a downtown hotel converted into a residence for front-line hospital workers during the COVID-19 crisis. Read more…


COVID-19 has drastically affected Canadian travel spending
In 2019, Canadians were passengers riding the tide of a decades-long global travel boom. In 2020, we are watching the world go by. Read more…


Londoners urged to keep masking as new coronavirus cases stay low
London’s yo-yoing corona case numbers flattened again Tuesday after a recent spike, but politicians and health officials renewed their calls for Londoners to stay vigilant and mask up. Read more…


CFL would use federal government loan to cover hub, player costs
If successful in securing a $30-million, interest-free loan from the federal government, the CFL would use the money to cover operating costs during a shortened 2020 season. Read more…


Hamilton Chamber of Commerce says LRT key to economic recovery in post-COVID-19 blueprint
An economic recovery blueprint from Hamilton’s Chamber of Commerce says moving forward with LRT is one of several ways that the city can bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…


Saskatoon city council changes mail-in voting rules
Saskatoon residents will be able to apply online for mail-in voting after city councillors approved changes, in a move designed to keep voters safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more…


City of Winnipeg reopens recreation facilities, pools amid coronavirus
The City of Winnipeg is reopening several recreational facilities – including some wading pools – and says all community services staff laid off due to the novel coronavirus outbreak are now back to work. Read more…


Edmonton residents 80 percent compliant with mask bylaw, city says
The City of Edmonton said about 80 percent of Edmontonians wore face masks at indoor public spaces over the August long weekend. Read more…


Montreal turns to residents for input as city officials prepare 2021 budget
A new online survey has been launched by the City of Montreal, requesting input from residents on the island as officials prepare the 2021 budget. Read more…


City of Lethbridge details face mask rules starting this week
Effective Friday, August 7, non-medical masks or face coverings will be mandatory for all individuals visiting or working in publicly-accessible spaces in city-owned or operated indoor facilities. Read more…


Victoria prepares for deficit up to $17.5M
The City of Victoria is considering reallocating tax dollars in its 2020 budget to address an estimated deficit of up to $17.5 million due to COVID-19. Read more…


City of Ottawa to reopen museums and historic sites Wednesday
The City of Ottawa is getting set to reopen its museums and historic sites with COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Read more…


Halifax privacy lawyer supports government rollout of COVID-19 alert app
A Halifax-based internet and privacy lawyer says he has downloaded a new COVID-19 exposure notification app being rolled out by the federal government, and encourages others to do the same. Read more…


No tickets issued in first weekend of Calgary’s mandatory mask bylaw
The City of Calgary says no tickets were issued during the first weekend in which face coverings were mandatory in indoor public spaces. Read more…


August 4

Poll shows majority of Canadians would get a vaccine to protect family
While most Canadians would get a vaccine to protect their families from the coronavirus, some are still hesitant, according to a new poll. Read more…


Local governments “overwhelmed” in race to trace U.S. COVID contacts
The soaring number of COVID-19 cases in the United States has far outstripped many local health departments’ ability to trace the contacts of those infected. Read more…


P.E.I. to see how COVID-19 app fares in Ontario before final decision on use
Prince Edward Island won’t make a final decision on adopting the federal government’s COVID-19 contact tracing app until data is available from Ontario. Read more…


NHL reports no positive coronavirus tests from active teams
The National Hockey League says there have been zero positive coronavirus test results since 24 teams entered quarantined bubbles in Edmonton and Toronto. Read more…


Orillia council meetings will remain virtual sessions – for now
In-person council meetings are permitted but “given limitations,” the health unit suggests Orillia continue virtual meetings for the duration of the pandemic. Read more…


Masks mandatory for all staff, students from Grades 4 to 12, says Alberta education minister
Masks will be mandatory for all school staff and almost all Alberta students when they return to school in September, Education Minister Adriana LaGrange announced Tuesday. Read more…


Greater Sudbury mayor calls for changes to film production insurance
The mayor of Greater Sudbury is asking the insurance sector to provide coverage for the film and television industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…


Teachers, parents have “mixed feelings” about returning to schools
Saskatchewan is the only province that has not yet released a more fulsome plan around the reopening of schools this fall. Read more…


More services available to Welland residents
Welland residents can now book appointments for city staff to perform several services as a part of its phase-three recovery plan. Read more…


COVID Alert app a help even if it works only on newer phones: Tam
Answering criticism that the federal “COVID Alert” app only works on newer smartphones, Dr. Theresa Tam says it’s one of many tools in fighting the novel coronavirus. Read more…


Parents start petition against “full” B.C. school return
A collection of parents have started a petition to keep the return to B.C. schools on optional or voluntary basis in September. Read more…


Winnipeg riders, transit union praise increase in bus schedule
The City of Winnipeg is recommending passengers maintain a reasonable distance from others on the bus whenever possible now that Winnipeg Transit has returned to a regular summer schedule, with full weekday service. Read more…


Calgary’s new Prairie Sky cemetery delayed until 2021 by COVID-19 supply issues
Prairie Sky cemetery will be the city’s first new cemetery in 80 years. However, the pandemic and the health restrictions it’s caused have delayed the flow of supplies for the cemetery. Read more…


Rollout of COVID-19 Alert app faces criticism over accessibility on older phones
The federal government’s COVID-19 contact tracing app is facing criticism for its download requirements, which restrict some Canadians from using it. Read more…


Toronto’s COVID-19 housing project winds down, but residents hope for change
COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on some of Toronto’s most vulnerable communities, but for residents of a new housing project in the city’s midtown area, the pandemic has been an unexpected blessing. Read more…


Hard hit Montreal neighbourhood address COVID-19 misinformation
In the Montreal neighbourhood of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, a group of “info ambassadors” are handing out fliers to address the misinformation of COVID-19 and help people dealing with the social issues of the area. Read more…


Nova Scotia premier says province not ready to open up to Canada yet
Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil says the province still hasn’t determined when it will open up to the rest of Canada. Read more…


Court challenge of Newfoundland and Labrador’s COVID-19 travel ban to begin
A challenge of Newfoundland and Labrador’s COVID-19 travel ban is scheduled to be heard before the province’s supreme court beginning Tuesday. Read more…


August 2

Quebec City tourism suffering due to COVID-19 pandemic
Quebec City is normally a tourist hub, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visits to the captitale-nationale are at an all-time low. Read more…


COVID-19 not expected to affect budget for Nova Scotia’s municipal election
Nova Scotia’s minister of municipal affairs and housing says there will be civic elections in this province in October. Read more…


Face mask bylaw now in effect in Calgary
It’s now August and that means a controversial bylaw that requires all residents and visitors in Calgary to wear face masks inside public buildings and on transit vehicles is in force. Read more…


Pandemic could cost City of Victoria up to $17.5M this year, report says
The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to cost the City of Victoria $12.5 million to $17.5 million this year due to revenue shortfalls and numerous increased costs. Read more…


Montreal’s tourist heart a ghost town in pandemic summer
Stripped of the crowds of visitors that usually flock to its sights, Montreal is trying to reinvent itself during the coronavirus pandemic and salvage what is left of its summer. Read more…


Pool noodles and “airplane arms”: New rules for London’s city-run day camps
Some parents might be surprised to learn that City of London day camps are operating, although with new safety protocols aimed at keeping kids safe from COVID-19 transmission. Read more…


Kelowna struggles to balance tourism and COVID-19 sense
Kelowna is known for its beaches, wineries, golf courses, and stunning views, but this long weekend, there is also apprehension about welcoming tourists during the COVID-19 outbreak. Read more…


Markham encourages residents to explore city by bike, share photos to win prizes
The City of Markham has co-created Markham Cycles More, an initiative designed to get people outside and active while practising physical distancing this summer. Read more…


Restaurants taking personal info to trace COVID-19
As COVID-19 restrictions ease and restaurants start to welcome customers back, Canadians may soon have to get used to providing their personal information before they grab a bite. Read more…


ICU doctor runs 35 kilometres wearing face mask to disprove false claims
An ICU doctor in the United Kingdom decided to prove that it’s possible to do most activities while wearing a face mask, even going on a 35-kilometre run during a humid summer day. Read more…


August 1

COVID-19 putting pressure on small-town rents
Rental bidding wars were routine in markets like Toronto and Vancouver before the pandemic. But as government-imposed restrictions lift, some of that frenzy is coming to smaller towns. Read more…


Kelowna ambassadors spreading COVID-19 safety and education practices at public beaches
Kelowna’s Safety Education Ambassadors are spreading awareness for COVID-19 social distancing procedures at parks, beaches, and sports fields. Read more…


Local surge in COVID-19 cases postpones reopening of some Greater Sudbury municipal facilities
Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the community, the reopening of some City of Greater Sudbury facilities is being postponed for around two weeks. Read more…


COVID-19 has worsened Vancouver residents’ mental health, savings, outlook: poll
With COVID-19 continuing to impact daily life for most Vancouver residents, a recent survey suggests mental health, future outlook, finances, and overall comfort levels are getting worse. Read more…


Automatic walk signals will remain in place as Saskatoon reopens
About 260 of Saskatoon’s nearly 300 traffic signals have been automated as a COVID-19 precaution, with no timeline for when they’ll be changed back as the city reopens. Read more…


Grants still available for Fort St. John’s COVID-19 Business Support Program
Grants are still available for Fort St. John businesses that are looking to safely re-open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…


City of Yellowknife expects to miss out on $2.5M in revenue this year
The City of Yellowknife says COVID-19 is set to leave a $2.5 million hole in its revenue for 2020 compared with initial forecasts. Read more…


St. Albert mayor welcomes $7.8 million in provincial support
St. Albert’s mayor is welcoming news the city will receive $7.8 million in capital stimulus funds to use for infrastructure, though it’s not yet known how much more money the city will receive. Read more…


City of Montreal reverses on Notre-Dame St. after outcry from business owners
In the face of opposition from business owners, the City of Montreal’s plan to create space on Notre-Dame St. for outdoor cafes, bike paths, and pedestrian areas has been reversed. Read more…


Most Canadians, Americans unwilling to travel until COVID-19 vaccine: poll
A new survey suggests a full rebound of the tourism industry won’t be possible until there is a COVID-19 vaccine. Read more…


 

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