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Hamilton researchers believe combining samples could speed up coronavirus testing in Ontario – Hamilton

Dr. Marek Smieja and colleagues at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton have developed a testing procedure that could increase and speed up COVID-19 testing in Ontario.

A pair of researchers at St. Joseph’s Hamilton Health Care, who want to help Ontario reach its goal of testing 25,000 people for COVID-19 every day, says combining coronavirus test samples could be the way to go. Dr. Marek Smieja, an infectious disease physician-researcher from St. Joe’s, told Global News …

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Zoom investigating after U.S. church services disrupted by outages – National

Kenney says many Alberta school boards were planning layoffs before his government announced them

Video conferencing service Zoom said Sunday that it was investigating the cause of outages that apparently affected some users’ ability to host and join meetings. Zoom, which has become a staple during the coronavirus pandemic because it allows people to meet online rather than in person, said the problems seemed …

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Coronavirus conspiracy theory linking pandemic to 5G technology sparks cell tower fires – National

Coronavirus conspiracy theory linking pandemic to 5G technology sparks cell tower fires - National

On Friday, May 1, police in Laval, Quebec, received a call that a cellular tower was on fire. One week later, provincial police arrested a couple in their 20s in connection with seven similar fires, all targeting cell towers. And they’re now investigating whether the accused might have been motivated …

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Coronavirus contact tracing app ready for rollout, says Montreal AI institute

Coronavirus contact tracing app ready for rollout, says Montreal AI institute

One of the world’s leading artificial intelligence research institutes is ready to offer governments across Canada a contact-tracing smartphone application for COVID-19 infections that it promises will protect users’ personal data and help predict future viral outbreaks. Montreal-based Mila, the Quebec AI Institute run by computer scientist Yoshua Bengio, says …

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Digital screenings, PPE and no waiting rooms — how COVID-19 is changing dentistry

Digital screenings, PPE and no waiting rooms — how COVID-19 is changing dentistry

Dentistry clinics, like many businesses, shut down operations in mid-March when the coronavirus pandemic took hold of Canada. Two months later, they are wrestling with how to reopen and stay safe — Natalie Archer included. “It’s going to be a gamechanger for dentistry,” said the Toronto-based dentist. “Everything is going …

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South Korea promises more privacy as it tracks contacts of new coronavirus cases – National

South Korea promises more privacy as it tracks contacts of new coronavirus cases - National

South Korean health authorities said on Thursday they would revise their practice of publicizing the travel routes of coronavirus patients due to fears of a backlash against people who attended nightclubs at the center of a new outbreak. After weeks of nearly no new domestic coronavirus cases, South Korea has …

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Hamilton’s Innovation Factory brings virtual office to workers amid COVID-19 pandemic

A Hamilton, Ont. non-profit that mentors local entrepreneurs believes it’s found a way to keep camaraderie amongst office staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to the use of a unique virtual 3D office. Executive director David Carter says staff at Hamilton’s Innovation Factory (IF) have been coming into work virtually …

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Trump administration in talks with chipmakers about building factories in U.S. – National

Trump administration in talks with chipmakers about building factories in U.S. - National

The Trump administration is in talks with semiconductor companies about building chip factories in the United States, representatives from two chipmakers said on Sunday. Intel Corp is in discussions with the United States Department of Defense over improving domestic sources for microelectronics and related technology, Intel spokesman William Moss said …

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Kids are online more than ever during the pandemic, creating ‘opportunity’ for predators – National

Kids are online more than ever during the pandemic, creating ‘opportunity’ for predators - National

With schools closed to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, children across Canada have been at home for weeks ⁠— and they’ve had more time than usual to spend online. As a result, Cybertip.ca, an online sexual exploitation of children tipline, says it saw a 66 per cent spike …

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COVID-19 tracing apps come with privacy risks to Canadians, watchdogs warn – National

COVID-19 tracing apps come with privacy risks to Canadians, watchdogs warn - National

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted May 7, 2020 2:48 pm Updated May 7, 2020 2:50 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Privacy commissioners from across the country are warning of potential risks associated with government …

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