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Alleged Rideau Hall intruder cited need for wake-up call in letter: sources – National

Alleged Rideau Hall intruder cited need for wake-up call in letter: sources - National

The military reservist who allegedly stormed the grounds of Rideau Hall last week with multiple firearms wrote a two-page letter which sources say included personal financial issues and government grievances, including references to his actions sending a wake-up call and fears Canada was falling into communist dictatorship. Corey Hurren, a …

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Trump pushes state, local leaders to reopen U.S. schools in the fall amid COVID-19 – National

Trump pushes state, local leaders to reopen U.S. schools in the fall amid COVID-19 - National

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday launched an all-out effort pressing state and local officials to reopen schools this fall, arguing that some are keeping schools closed not because of the risks from the coronavirus pandemic but for political reasons. “They think it’s going to be good for them politically, …

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McConnell eyes $1 trillion in coronavirus aid as evictions, benefits cuts loom – National

McConnell eyes $1 trillion in coronavirus aid as evictions, benefits cuts loom - National

An eviction moratorium is lifting. Extra unemployment benefits are ending. Parents are being called to work, but schools are struggling to reopen for fall as the COVID-19 crisis shows no signs of easing. With Congress bracing for the next coronavirus aid package, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is outlining Republican …

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Coronavirus: Payments for Canadians with disabilities still in limbo – National

Coronavirus: Payments for Canadians with disabilities still in limbo - National

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promise to provide a $600 payment to disabled Canadians to help with additional costs in the COVID-19 pandemic remains in limbo. The measure was contained in a piece of legislation that failed to pass in June and no replacement is on the agenda for a House …

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Coronavirus: One-time, tax-free payment for eligible seniors coming this week – National

Coronavirus: One-time, tax-free payment for eligible seniors coming this week - National

A long-awaited tax-free payment for millions of seniors during the coronavirus pandemic will be delivered this week, the federal department administering the payment says. Nearly two months ago, the Liberal government announced that seniors receiving the Old Age Security (OAS) pension would get a one-time, tax-free top-up of $300 to …

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Coronavirus: St. Catharines to draft mandatory indoor mask bylaw – Hamilton

Coronavirus: St. Catharines to draft mandatory indoor mask bylaw - Hamilton

St. Catharines, Ont., is a step closer to making face coverings mandatory in enclosed public spaces after Mayor Walter Sendzik and councillors voted in favour of drafting a temporary bylaw for a July 13 council meeting. The move comes after Sendzik laid out terms of the directive at a special …

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Ontario to introduce bill to extend some pandemic emergency measures over the next year

Ontario to introduce bill to extend some pandemic emergency measures over the next year

TORONTO — Ontario is set to introduce new legislation to enable the extension of some pandemic emergency orders over the next year. Solicitor General Sylvia Jones says she will introduce the bill at the provincial legislature today. The proposed law would allow the government to extend or amend some emergency …

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Montreal to make masks mandatory in enclosed public places – Montreal

Montreal to make masks mandatory in enclosed public places - Montreal

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante announced on social media on Monday the city’s plan to make masks mandatory in enclosed public places as of July 27. “We must do everything to protect ourselves,” said Plante in a tweet. Nous devons tout mettre en oeuvre pour nous protéger. C’est pourquoi j’annonce que …

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The New Reality: How COVID-19 could impact the commercial real estate market

The New Reality: How COVID-19 could impact the commercial real estate market

This is the 15th in a series of stories looking at the new reality of life during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Maritimes. You can find the full series here. Even before COVID-19 hit, Halifax’s commercial real estate vacancy rate was at about 20 per cent. While a well-balanced market …

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‘Time is up’: Ontario mayors warn of tax increases, layoffs without coronavirus relief funding

‘Time is up’: Ontario mayors warn of tax increases, layoffs without coronavirus relief funding

Ontario’s mayors are warning of tax increases and layoffs unless they receive emergency COVID-19 funding from the provincial and federal governments to cover costs related to the coronavirus pandemic. Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie, who chairs the Large Urban Mayors’ Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO), said on Monday that municipalities across Canada …

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