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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: May 7 at 9:15 a.m.

May 7

Trudeau pledges federal supports to Calgary, Edmonton amid 3rd COVID-19 wave
Alberta’s two biggest cities could soon be getting help from the federal government, as cases and case rates in the province reach record levels. Read more…


Municipal leaders preaching kindness as region works to combat COVID-19
Municipal leaders from across the Grande Prairie region have come together urging residents to be supportive of one another as the response to COVID-19 continues across the province. Read more…


City cracks down on Londoners, businesses flouting provincewide restrictions
The City of London is reminding people to adhere to rules set in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 as officers have laid about a dozen fines for violations of the Reopening Ontario Act in the past two weeks. Read more…


Mayor, city manager say most Edmontonians still complying with COVID-19 rules
Edmonton’s mayor and city manager say while there are signs of pandemic fatigue in the city, most citizens continue to comply with public health rules as Alberta’s capital tries to get through a brutal third wave of COVID-19. Read more…


Wood Buffalo declares state of emergency 
The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has declared a state of emergency due to the increasing cases of COVID-19. Several oilsands sites within the region are on Alberta’s COVID-19 outbreak list. Read more…


New Glasgow police charge 11 people for violating public health orders
Police in New Glasgow have charged six men and four women with violating the province’s Health Protection Act and the Emergency Management Acts, following four separate incidents. Read more…


May 6

COVID-19 restrictions “will drag out if people do not comply”: Lethbridge mayor
Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman says he hopes the province follows through on its promise of a greater commitment to enforcing public health orders. Read more…


City of Regina could be tasked with greater enforcement of bylaws
The City of Regina could be taking a more active role in bylaw enforcement following a report from Regina police. Read more…


City of Wetaskiwin waives fees for patios
Wetaskiwin City Council passed a policy for temporary patios to help local restaurants while COVID-19 indoor dining restrictions are in place. Read more…


Mayor urges Red Deerians to “pull together” to limit COVID spread
Red Deer’s mayor says she knows people are frustrated over COVID-19 and the latest round of public health measures aimed at beating it. Read more…


May 5

Kingston City Council unanimously votes to condemn MPP’s actions
Kingston City Council has voted unanimously to condemn a local member of provincial parliament over actions and messaging during the pandemic. Read more…


City facilities, businesses temporarily close in Yellowknife amid COVID-19
The City of Yellowknife’s Fieldhouse, along with City Hall, are the latest facilities to shut down as the city grapples with COVID-19 cases connected to a school outbreak. Read more…


Dual-citizen B.C. mayor asks for understanding after U.S. trip 
A Kootenay mayor is asking the Rossland community for understanding rather than condemnation following an extended visit to the United States. Read more…


Saskatoon mayor applauds tougher fines for breaking COVID-19 rules
Mayor Charlie Clark is welcoming the province’s introduction of harsher fines for people who break COVID-19 rules. Read more…


May 4

Iqaluit declares state of emergency
Iqaluit city council has declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak that arrived in Nunavut’s capital more than two weeks ago. Read more…


Calgary mayor wants courts to uphold COVID-19 measures
The mayor of Alberta’s largest city says he’s frustrated to hear tickets given to people for breaching COVID-19 public health orders are being thrown out in the courts. Read more…


City of Edmonton approves alcohol consumption in select parks
The City of Edmonton has approved a pilot project to permit alcohol consumption at 47 designated picnic sites, in select parks in the river valley. Read more…


Halifax men fined for leaving municipality, breaking public health order
Two men from Halifax have been fined for leaving the municipality for non-essential reasons, landing them fines of more than $2,000 each. Read more…


London mayor promises action after rogue golfers spotted on city-run course
The City of London golf courses remain closed due to provincial order, but a few rogue golfers have been spotted ignoring the rules. Read more…


Sault mayor calls for an end to outdoor restrictions
Sault Ste. Marie’s mayor is calling on the provincial government to reconsider restrictions placed on outdoor activities. Read more…


May 3

All Yellowknife schools close as city’s COVID-19 caseload rises
All schools in Yellowknife, Dettah, and Ndilǫ are closed after six confirmed and 10 probable cases of COVID-19 were identified. Read more…


Calgary’s COVID-19 infection rate double that of India, Nenshi says
With more than 8,800 active cases of COVID-19 in Calgary zone, Mayor Naheed Nenshi is concerned about the rapid rise of cases that he says is outstripping some of the largest crisis areas elsewhere in the world. Read more…


Halifax police issue 17 tickets at three separate gatherings
Police in Halifax ticketed 17 people for failing to follow the Health Protection Act after responding to three separate noise complaints on Saturday night, into early Sunday morning. Read more…


St. Albert mayor advocates for regional approach to COVID hotspot restrictions
St. Albert Mayor Cathy Heron isn’t surprised to see St. Albert surpass the provincial threshold for hotspot COVID-19 health measures and said she would rather see a regional approach to restrictions than a municipal one. Read more…


Declare entire Peel Region a COVID hotspot, urges Mississauga mayor
Two weeks after the entire City of Brampton was declared a COVID-19 hotspot, Mississauga’s mayor is calling on the province to expand the designation to the entire Region of Peel. Read more…


April 30

Banff and Fort McMurray to receive targeted immunizations
Banff and Fort McMurray, two hot spots in Alberta’s swelling third wave of COVID-19, will receive priority for immunizations against the virus, Premier Jason Kenney announced. Read more…


Saskatoon mayor wants more restrictions put in place to combat COVID-19
Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark wants the province to implement more restrictions to ward off ever-rising cases of COVID-19 in the city. Read more…


Peel Region could reach herd immunity before summer, says top doctor
Peel Region has been among the hardest hit municipalities across the country, and while it is still engaged in an ongoing battle with the third wave, the region’s top doctor says he can see a way out. Read more…


Local town-branded mask initiative writes first cheque to charity
The Huntsville branded three-ply mask charity fundraising campaign is writing a $600 cheque for its local and non-profit mental health services provider. Read more…


Vernon considering street closure to bring vitality to downtown
Just like in other Okanagan communities, the COVID-19 pandemic is prompting Vernon, B.C., to rethink some of its outdoor space. Read more…


New York City plans to “fully reopen” on July 1 after year of COVID-19 closures
New York City plans to “fully reopen” on July 1 after more than a year of coronavirus-induced closures and capacity restrictions, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday. Read more…


Barrie mayor attempting to quell anti-lockdown, anti-mask protests
Mayor Jeff Lehman has issued an emergency order to immediately close and fence off one downtown public venue in response to ongoing and illegal mass gatherings. Read more…


Shut down all public schools in Winnipeg, Manitoba teachers’ union says
The Manitoba Teachers’ Society is calling on the provincial government to declare code red and move all public schools in Winnipeg to remote learning. Read more…


Montreal suburb’s plan to charge for picnic table reservations draws backlash
A Montreal suburb’s plan to charge its citizens to reserve picnic tables in city parks is stirring up debate over how best to manage the increased demand for green space brought on by COVID-19. Read more…


Toronto preparing for curbside patios ahead of stay-at-home order end date
Toronto will begin installing the infrastructure needed for curbside patios in early May in an effort to ensure restaurants and bars are ready to hit the ground running when the stay-at-home order and lockdown lifts. Read more…


April 29

Niagara Region recruiting nurses in fight against COVID-19
Niagara Region is asking for a few good men and women to join in the fight against COVID-19 but is facing increased competition for recruits from across the province. Read more…


Anchorage making pandemic business, gathering rules advisory
The Anchorage Assembly has voted to revoke pandemic-related restrictions on businesses and gatherings and to make them recommendations instead. Read more…


Montreal says city on track with vaccination strategy, but more work ahead
Thirty percent of the Montreal population has received its first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, public health confirmed on Wednesday, as the city said it was on track with its immunization campaign. Read more…


City of Ottawa cracking down on gyms flouting public health rules
City of Ottawa officials say they’re already seeing results after introducing new rules for fitness centres open for people with disabilities to exercise. Read more…


April 28

Toronto partnering with Vaccine Hunters Canada to connect COVID-19 shots
The City of Toronto is officially partnering with a volunteer group that helps people navigate Ontario’s increasingly complicated COVID-19 vaccination rollout to connect them with opportunities for shots. Read more…


Montreal, Laval’s curfew will return to 9:30 p.m. as of May 3
Montreal and Laval’s 8 p.m. curfew will return to 9:30 p.m. as of Monday, May 3, Quebec Premier Francois Legault announced Tuesday. Read more…


State of emergency in Fort McMurray, Alta. as COVID-19 cases surge
The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, which includes the oilsands hub of Fort McMurray, has declared a local state of emergency as coronavirus cases surge across northern Alberta. Read more…


Regina police focusing COVID-19 enforcement on rally organizers
As the Regina Police Service continues to deal with people who are breaking COVID-19 related public health orders, it says it is focusing on organizers of large rallies instead of all participants. Read more…


City of Barrie to get tough on anti-lockdown rallies
The City of Barrie plans to get tough on the anti-lockdown gatherings, saying they threaten efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Read more…


Timmins council to honour heroine from the last pandemic over 100 years ago
Laura Keon was a young nurse from the Pembroke area who volunteered to treat patients in Timmins during the Spanish Flu pandemic. She will finally get the memorial plaque the council at the time promised in 1918. Read more…


Winnipeg’s mayor calls for tighter lockdown on eve of new Manitoba restrictions
Before admonishing the provincial government for not going far enough to lock down Manitoba as COVID-19 cases surged, Mayor Brian Bowman gave a finger-wag at Winnipeggers. Read more…


April 27

City of Brampton lowers flags in honour of teenager who died from COVID-19
The flags at Brampton City Hall are being flown at half-mast in memory of Emily Victoria Viegas, 13, who died from COVID-19 on Sunday evening. Read more…


All schools in Halifax Regional Municipality and surrounding area to close
More than 50,000 students will be learning from home for at least the next two weeks, after the Nova Scotia government announced schools in the Halifax area will close due to unprecedented daily numbers of COVID-19 cases. Read more…


Regina public and Catholic schools to return to classroom May 3
Regina Catholic and Public schools will be returning to mostly in person class May 3. Both divisions say the move comes after extensive consultation with public health officers. Read more…


Kootenay city elects new mayor after predecessor quit over holiday travel
Voters in Castlegar, B.C., have chosen a replacement for the former mayor who resigned earlier this year following criticism of his decision to travel over Christmas, contrary to provincial health guidelines. Read more…


April 26

State of local emergency to be declared in Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
In a special council meeting held Sunday evening, councillors in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo passed a motion to declare a state of local emergency in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. Read more…


City of Vancouver commissioning artists to reflect challenges of COVID-19
The City of Vancouver is looking for artists to create works that reflect the challenges of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and they’ll pay you for it. Read more…


Banff, crushed by third wave of COVID-19, calls for targeted immunization
Banff’s head of emergency management says immunizations for workers are needed to help beat back high COVID-19 rates in the tourist town amid the pandemic’s third wave. Read more…


Quebec City tourism industry anticipates busy summer despite COVID-19
Hotels in Quebec City’s core had a 27 percent occupancy last summer, and the regional hotel association anticipates that number could nearly double this year. Read more…


Four tickets issued following Saturday’s “freedom rally” in Regina
Regina Police Service handed out four tickets to participants of a “freedom rally” on Saturday for disobeying public health orders in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the province. Read more…


Halifax police issue more tickets for health order violations
Police in Halifax handed out two more tickets Saturday night, which each carry a $1,000 fine, for violations of Nova Scotia’s public health orders. Read more…


Tillsonburg mayor reacts to local course defying provincial orders
The town of Tillsonburg, Ont. is making national news after the Bridges at Tillsonburg golf course opened for a second straight day against provincial orders. Read more…


April 23

City to triple vaccine efforts in Toronto’s hotspots: Tory
Toronto Mayor John Tory unveiled a new mobile vaccination “sprint strategy” Wednesday which aims to triple the number of vaccine shots available in 13 of the city’s hotspot neighbourhoods during the next two weeks. Read more…


How a town rallied around a quarantined oil tanker off the Cape Breton coast
People in Port Hawkesbury, N.S., have rallied together to make sure crew members of a ship quarantined just off the Cape Breton coast are comfortable while they wait to restart their journey. Read more…


N.S. announces “near full-lockdown” for Halifax area as COVID-19 cases climb
Nova Scotia’s premier has announced tighter restrictions in the Halifax area and some surrounding communities in order to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Read more…


How London hopes to cover $58M in COVID-related costs in 2021
The pandemic will take another massive bite out of London’s budget this year, and the options to fill the financial hole are limited. Read more…


Jasper restaurants find relief with sidewalk seating
The Municipality of Jasper has allowed sidewalk seating earlier than expected due to the province banning indoor dining earlier this month. Read more…


April 22

City of Winnipeg steps toward open summer streets for cyclists
The City of Winnipeg could offer even more open streets for cyclists this year, but it’s unclear if it will find a way to reopen them to pedestrians. Read more…


Calgary actually posted $219M surplus in 2020, city says
The day after posting a $98-million surplus, the City of Calgary says the number it saved last year is actually much higher – $219 million. Read more…


Ottawa’s Paint It Up! program embarks on a “totally COVID” year
Paint It Up! Ottawa, an arts program jointly funded by the City of Ottawa and Crime Prevention Ottawa to encourage youth-led mural projects, is gearing up for its first full-year venture during the pandemic. Read more…


Edmonton earmarks $12M in 2021 for COVID-19 projects
Edmonton will spend $12 million this year on COVID-19 specific initiatives to help the city cope with the pandemic, city council agreed Wednesday. Read more…


Bylaw banning plastic bags in Regina still a year away due to COVID
COVID-19 has messed up an untold number of plans, including the rollout of the City of Regina’s ban on single-use plastics. Read more…


April 21

All 13 Edmonton region municipalities commit to joint COVID-19 recovery
All 13 municipalities in the Edmonton area have signed on to create a new collaborative initiative to advance economic growth in the region and rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…


Ottawa mayor objects to solicitor general quoting him on border closures
Ottawa’s mayor is looking to set the record straight after his words were used in Ontario’s legislature to defend the provincial border checkpoints – a COVID-19 measure he’s been outspoken against in the past. Read more…


City of Calgary finished 2020 with a $98M cash surplus
After a year of hand-wringing that it might wind up with a deficit, the City of Calgary finished 2020 with a cash surplus of $98 million. Read more…


Costs for upgrades to Winnipeg’s sewage plants rise by $81.5M
Two major City of Winnipeg waste projects have blown past their budgets as the pandemic affects bidding and a contractor struggles to meet deadlines, according to a briefing presented to the city’s finance committee. Read more…


Despite pandemic, business licence list grows in Kamloops
The city’s active business licences continued to rise last year, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, and home-based businesses now make up a third of such licences. Read more…


April 20

Federal budget will help Montreal’s post-pandemic recovery, city says
The City of Montreal is giving its seal of approval to the federal government’s 2021-2022 budget tabled Monday afternoon by Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland. Read more…


Federal budget doesn’t go far enough to help Calgary, city’s mayor says
The first federal budget in more than two years aims to pull Canada through the pandemic, but doesn’t go far enough to help Calgary’s post-COVID recovery, Mayor Naheed Nenshi said Monday. Read more…


Ottawa mayor slams border checkpoints, says they won’t last the week
Ottawa’s mayor says he doesn’t think police border checkpoints on the interprovincial crossings between Gatineau and Ottawa will last the week, slamming them as “impractical and unnecessary.” Read more…


Prince Albert Mayor warns future “Freedom” rally organizers will face charges
Prince Albert Mayor Greg Dionne says he is very disappointed in the people who organized and took part in a rally outside Court of Queen’s Bench on Saturday. Read more…


London fines people as it cracks down on public gatherings, organized events
Two women have been handed tickets by the City of London after organizing a protest in March where hundreds of people were seen flouting public health measures to protest the provincial health measures. Read more…


B.C. will soon restrict non-essential travel outside of health regions
The provincial government is working on regulations that will restrict the non-essential travel of British Columbians outside their own health regions. Read more…


April 19

Banff council declines bringing COVID-19 rapid-testing pilot to town
Banff will not pilot a municipality-wide COVID-19 rapid-testing program after the town’s council voted against the proposal 4–3 on April 12. Read more…


Large gatherings prompt mayor to contact police chief about enforcement
With beautiful weather comes beach days in Vancouver and Kitsilano Beach was a hotspot this weekend, with people taking soaking up the sun on the first hot days of the year. Read more…


Southwestern Ontario city’s mayor blasts protesters who targeted his home
Brantford Mayor Kevin Davis says he regrets running for public office after protesters took their anti-lockdown messages to his home this weekend. Read more…


Border checkpoints go into effect between Quebec and Ontario
Police checkpoints were set up Monday morning on both sides of the Quebec/Ontario border to limit non-essential travel between the two provinces. Read more…


April 16

Petition to remove Taber’s mask bylaw legally “not sufficient”
A petition signed by 528 people asked the Town of Taber to rescind its Temporary Mandatory Mask Bylaw. In the end, the petition was deemed “not sufficient” under the regulations of the Municipal Government Act. Read more…


Health minister urges Iqaluit residents not to hoard as city enters lockdown
Despite the mostly calm response of Iqaluit residents to the COVID-19 imposed lockdown, some early pandemic habits have returned. Read more…


Kincardine to close municipal facilities for a few days
In addition to the existing closures, and to protect staff, council, and the community, the Municipality of Kincardine has decided to close all municipal facilities until Monday April 19, at the earliest. Read more…


Council pens open letter to COVID-19 lockdown protesters
Barrie city council has penned an open letter to people who are planning on attending an in-person demonstration on Saturday that protests the province-wide COVID-19 lockdown. Read more…


Mississauga boxing gym remains open as city pursues maximum fine
Huf Gym in Mississauga is set to stay open in defiance of provincial lockdown for the third straight day, despite mayor Bonnie Crombie’s announcement Wednesday that the city would pursue the heftiest fines possible under the Reopening Ontario Act. Read more…


NCC opening up Ottawa parkways for active use as city plans park restrictions
The National Capital Commission is opening up its parkways in Ottawa for pedestrians and cyclists even as the city hammers out the details of new COVID-19 restrictions coming to municipal parks. Read more…


Drouin hoping latest restrictions will help Montreal avoid lockdown
Montreal’s top health official said she’s hopeful the latest round of COVID-19 restrictions will help the city steer clear of another full lockdown over the coming weeks. Read more…


Saskatoon hits “tipping point” with COVID-19 variants
Civic leaders in Saskatoon are urging people to renew efforts to work from home and limit social interaction as COVID-19 variant cases climb in the city. Read more…


April 15

Halifax restaurants receive $40,000 break from patio fees
Restaurant owners who plan to operate their patios or sidewalk cafes this sunny season just got a fee break from the Halifax Regional Municipality. Read more…


No blanket curfew for City of Ottawa parks, but some could start closing early
The City of Ottawa won’t pursue a uniform 8 p.m. closing time for its parks, but “certain problematic parks” could be closed by 9 p.m. or earlier if the local councillor approves. Read more…


Calgary seeing surge in demand for pop-up patios, with indoor dining ban
The current ban on indoor dining has some Calgary restaurant owners rushing to set up an outdoor space. The city has received 140 applications for patio permits on top of the 70 requests already approved. Read more…


First case of COVID-19 confirmed in Iqaluit as city locks down
Nunavut has confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in Iqaluit, the territory’s largest community. All non-essential businesses, government offices, and schools in Iqaluit are being closed. Read more…


Mayor John Tory nixes Toronto COVID curfew
Mayor John Tory said he has no plans to follow the lead of his counterpart in Ottawa, Mayor Jim Watson, who called for an 8 p.m. curfew in city parks after reports of large gatherings over the weekend. Read more…


April 14

Vancouver pushes province to prioritize police, firefighters COVID vaccine
Police and firefighters in Surrey and White Rock are being vaccinated against COVID-19, but the same can’t be said for their counterparts in Vancouver. Read more…


West Lincoln mayor removed from emergency ops post after COVID-19 protest
The mayor of West Lincoln has lost his seat on the city’s emergency operations centre after council removed him from the position following his participation in an anti-COVID-19 lockdown protest. Read more..


Moncton launches survey to make city more inviting for cyclists, pedestrians
The City of Moncton has posted an active transportation survey on its website as it looks for ways to make navigating the city more attractive to cyclists and pedestrians. Read more…


City of Ottawa eyeing 8 p.m. curfew in parks
The City of Ottawa is looking at imposing an 8 p.m. curfew in city parks after concerns about crowding last weekend during the provincial stay-at-home order. Read more…


Quebec City opened an overnight COVID-19 vaccine clinic
Quebec City has done what Toronto says is not yet possible – opened an overnight clinic to get more people vaccinated. Read more…


Surrey officers, city to ensure locals follow COVID rules as warm weather arrives
City officials say they don’t want to see B.C.’s pandemic hot zone get any worse just because of warmer weather and so RCMP, bylaw officers, and park ambassadors will be out in full force patrolling Surrey parks and beaches. Read more…


Burlington calls for kindness to city staff: “We are all human”
The City of Burlington has issued a call for civility in a statement that recognized the stress new COVID-19 restrictions have placed on residents, while adding that doesn’t mean people should stop being considerate. Read more…


April 13

Montreal mayor calls destructive protests against COVID-19 curfew “stupid”
Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante condemned an anti-curfew protest that turned violent on Sunday, telling reporters what happened was “not acceptable” and describing the vandalism as “ridiculous” and “stupid.” Read more…


City of Cold Lake to allow temporary outdoor dining
The City of Cold Lake will allow temporary outdoor dining areas in an effort to ease the stress placed on restaurants by the COVID-19 restrictions. Read more…


COVID-19’s toll leaving firefighting in the city understaffed
COVID-19 infections and isolations are stretching the capabilities of Calgary firefighters, who need to be prioritized for vaccinations, according to their union and city officials. Read more…


Winnipeg considers extending active transportation routes, without pedestrians
More routes could be opened for active transportation in Winnipeg this summer, but those streets may not include pedestrians. Read more…


Fort St. John to apply for funding to address pandemic impacts
The City of Fort St. John is applying for COVID-19 Restart Funding to address homelessness and other community impacts due to the pandemic. Read more…


City of Prince Albert asks public to follow COVID-19 protocols at playgrounds
The City of Prince Albert asked visitors to playgrounds, parks, and outdoor facilities to respect the COVID-19 restrictions that are in place or outdoor facilities could be shut down. Read more…


April 12

New Brunswick suspends municipal elections in lockdown areas
New Brunswick’s municipal elections, scheduled for May 10 after being postponed last year due to the pandemic, are being put on hold in some northwest regions that are under lockdown. Read more…


Ajax mayor reaching out to address vaccine hesitancy
In an attempt to combat hesitancy around the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, Ajax Mayor Shaun Collier is holding a series of Live w/ Mayor Talks throughout April. Read more…


Expansion of high-speed internet not speedy enough, say rural Nova Scotians
With many people working from home and moving to Nova Scotia for remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic, some say high-speed internet services can’t come fast enough. Read more…


City of Red Deer expedites patio process for desperate restaurants
In an effort to offer immediate assistance to businesses, the City of Red Deer is modifying its processes to allow for installation of patios prior to permits being issued. Read more….


Is COVID-19 pushing Canadians away from the big cities?
The pandemic has triggered a record surge in Canadians leaving the big cities in favour of suburbs and small towns where house prices are more affordable, recent figures from Statistics Canada has shown. Read more…


City of Brooks helping restaurants establish patios amid restrictions
The City of Brooks is lending a hand to help local restaurants generate revenue while still complying with the latest restrictions that ban indoor dining. Read more…


Vancouver to temporarily close streets to encourage active transportation
The City of Vancouver will be closing the streets in front of three elementary schools starting Monday to encourage parents to use active transportation to pick up and drop off their children. Read more…


Montreal mayor issues 500 day challenge to revive city’s economy
Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante has a challenge for the city’s residents: to take 500 days to revive the city from the economic devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…


April 9

Guelph may revoke licenses of businesses that repeatedly ignore shutdown
The City of Guelph said it could consider revoking business licences of those that repeatedly disobey the provincial shutdown order, but only as a last resort. Read more…


Nova Scotia updates several municipal government operating regulations
Spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, Nova Scotia is revamping the way municipal governments can operate, introducing amendments to the Municipal Government Act and the Halifax Regional Municipality charter. Read more…


Construction on Hamilton Health Sciences field hospital to start next week
The CEO of Hamilton Health Sciences says the hospital network is moving forward with its temporary field hospital. Read more…


Wastewater data suggests COVID-19 cases to soon reach record highs in London
Researchers say wastewater surveillance in London suggests COVID-19 case counts in the coming week will be equivalent to what was seen at the peak of the pandemic’s second wave. Read more…


Kamloops looks at helping businesses with vandalism, graffiti repair
The City of Kamloops is exploring the idea of helping local businesses impacted by vandalism and graffiti during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…


Quebec extends lockdown in COVID-19 hot spots
Quebec Premier François Legault announced an extension of emergency measures in the cities of Gatineau, Lévis, Quebec City, as well as the Beauce region, after a spike in new COVID-19 cases. Read more…


Toronto lowering COVID-19 vaccine age eligibility to 50 in hot spots Friday
The City of Toronto says that residents 50 years old and over living in all hot spot neighbourhoods in the city will be able to book an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine shot starting Friday morning. Read more…


Downtown Vancouver office vacancy rate exceeds level of 2008 financial crisis
Downtown Vancouver’s office vacancy rate is currently at 6.7 percent, putting it above the peak levels that followed the global financial crisis in 2008 when many companies let go of their prime office space. Read more…


April 8

Venezuelan mayor marks homes of COVID patients with red symbol
A mayor in central Venezuela has begun placing red warning symbols on the homes of people with COVID-19 and also threatened to cut welfare handouts for those breaking quarantine. Read more…


Staff recommends Saskatoon use reserves to cover fiscal year-end deficit
Saskatoon city administration is recommending council use funds from reserves to cover a year-end budget deficit for 2020 at just over $700,000. Read more…


City of Grande Prairie reminds restaurant owners of COVID-19 grants
City Hall is reminding restaurant owners they can take advantage of grants offered under the City of Grande Prairie’s Economic Recovery Program. Read more…


April 7

Ontario to enact month-long stay-at-home order beginning Thursday: sources
The Ford government is set to announce a provincewide, month-long stay-at-home order today similar to what was enacted in January in a bid to stem the third wave of COVID-19, multiple sources say. Read more…


Weyburn city council back to Zoom due to COVID
Weyburn city council will be holding its April 12 meeting at its regular time of 5 p.m. via Zoom, due to increased COVID-19 and variant of concern cases in the community and surrounding area. Read more…


Quebec tightens COVID-19 restrictions in Montreal two weeks after easing them
Less than two weeks after easing restrictions, Quebec is reversing its decision to reopen gyms and high schools in the greater Montreal area. Read more…


April 6

Five more Quebec municipalities to enter lockdown
The mayor of a small town that was set to enter lockdown Monday night says the provincial government has been incoherent in its messaging on COVID-19 health orders. Read more…


Proposal to help restaurants pay for temporary patios withdrawn
Owen Sound council didn’t end up voting on a councillor’s proposal to provide matching grants to help downtown restaurants – hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic – with the cost of setting up temporary patios this summer. Read more…


Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph public health to order temporary closure of schools
The medical officer of health for Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph has decided to order the temporary closure of schools in the region effective Wednesday amid a “troubling rise in cases of COVID-19 among children,” officials say. Read more…


City of Toronto will look at more “targeted approach” to vaccinate people: Tory
Vaccinating people in higher-risk neighbourhoods and workplaces, regardless of age, is a targeted approach the city should consider going forward, Toronto Mayor John Tory says. Read more…


Business licenses for two COVID rule-flouting Vancouver restaurants suspended
The City of Vancouver has suspended the business licenses for two restaurants for at least two weeks, after they defied COVID-19 related health orders. Read more…


April 1

Ontario heading back into lockdown starting on Saturday
Sources say the Ford government is triggering an Ontario-wide 28-day emergency break starting this Saturday, this in response to the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Read more…


Legault puts Quebec City, Lévis and Gatineau “on pause”
Premier François Legault slapped additional emergency COVID-19 restrictions on Quebec City, Lévis and Gatineau Wednesday, rolling the curfew back to 8 p.m. and closing non-essential businesses and schools until at least April 12. Read more…


Dawson Creek mayor asks for community-wide vaccinations
The mayor of Dawson Creek is calling on the Northern Health Authority to open a community-wide vaccination clinic to combat dramatically rising infection rates in the region. Read more…


City of Prince George to waive patio fees
In an effort to help local restaurants, cafes, and pubs as they transition to outdoor food services, the City of Prince George is waiving all fees associated with temporary permitting requirements for the use of outdoor patios. Read more…


Moose Jaw mayor urges discipline, NDP calls for tighter rules in zone
Moose Jaw Mayor Fraser Tolmie urged residents to keep following COVID-19 restrictions a day after Saskatchewan’s chief medical health officer said the city was on “red alert.” Read more…


 

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