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More rental aid is reaching tenants to stave off eviction

More rental aid is reaching tenants to stave off eviction

Almost a month after a federal eviction moratorium ended , the Treasury Department said Friday that states and cities distributed money for nearly 1.4 million payments in August and the pace picked up from the month before. More than 16.
Tale of two tea houses: Differing approaches to vaccine passport in High River, Alta.

Tale of two tea houses: Differing approaches to vaccine passport in High River, Alta.

CALGARY — Two tea houses in one southern Alberta community have become an example of the uncertainty caused by the government allowing businesses to make up their own minds about what is essentially a vaccine passport.
The Latest: Australian cities move closer to ending lockdown

The Latest: Australian cities move closer to ending lockdown

SYDNEY — Australia’s two largest cities are moving closer to ending lockdowns as vaccination rates climb, but leaders are warning that people should remain cautious with their newfound freedoms and that coronavirus case numbers will inevitably rise.
Elementary school in Chilliwack, B.C., temporarily closed over COVID-19 outbreak

Elementary school in Chilliwack, B.C., temporarily closed over COVID-19 outbreak

CHILLIWACK, B.C. — An elementary school in Chilliwack, B.C., has been temporarily closed due to what the principal says is a spike in COVID-19 cases.
B.C. reports 832 new COVID-19 cases as vaccination numbers slowly rise

B.C. reports 832 new COVID-19 cases as vaccination numbers slowly rise

VICTORIA — COVID-19 cases in British Columbia are trending upwards as the province's vaccination rate slowly rises. The Ministry of Health reported 832 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of active cases to 5,697.
Sad reality: Alberta top doc says COVID deaths keeping hospitals from being overrun

Sad reality: Alberta top doc says COVID deaths keeping hospitals from being overrun

EDMONTON — The head of Alberta's health system says the COVID-19 hospital crisis has become so dire, a key reason the system hasn't collapsed is because patients are dying. "Each day we see a new high (total of critically ill patients)," Dr.
Quebec rapidly passes ban on COVID-19-related protests near schools, hospitals

Quebec rapidly passes ban on COVID-19-related protests near schools, hospitals

QUEBEC — The Quebec legislature rapidly adopted a bill Thursday banning protests related to the COVID-19 pandemic within 50 metres of schools, daycares, and health-care facilities.

Health officials say COVID-19 case linked to Kingston, Ont., polling station

KINGSTON, Ont. — Health officials are asking anyone who attended a Kingston, Ont., polling station on Monday night to monitor for signs of COVID-19 after a positive case was linked to the site.
Quebec offers bonuses up to $18,000 to keep nurses in struggling health system

Quebec offers bonuses up to $18,000 to keep nurses in struggling health system

QUEBEC — The Quebec government is budgeting $1 billion to offer full-time nurses bonuses of up to $18,000 as it tries to prevent more of them from leaving the public health-care system and to entice those who have left to come back.
Canada needs to share more COVID-19 surpluses with world, says UN envoy Bob Rae

Canada needs to share more COVID-19 surpluses with world, says UN envoy Bob Rae

OTTAWA — Canada's envoy to the United Nations says Canada needs to share more of its COVID-19 vaccine surpluses with less fortunate countries.