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Black Canadians hit hard by COVID-19, new national study shows

Asli Farah caught COVID-19 from a co-worker whom she carpooled with to her job at an Edmonton warehouse. When health authorities sent Farah to get tested, she had to take two city buses — her only means of transport. Then came self-isolation — holed up in her room for two weeks and unable to get treatment for an infected tooth. "I remember feeling like I was in jail in my own house," Farah recalled in an interview with CBC News. As a recent im..

Trump Hotel in Vancouver closes as company files for bankruptcy

The company that owns Vancouver's Trump International Hotel has filed for bankruptcy, according to documents from the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy Canada. Staff who answered the hotel phone Friday morning said the hotel has closed permanently. Hotel operator TA Hotel Management Partnership Ltd. filed for bankruptcy on Thursday. TA Hotel Management Limited Partnership is a subsidiary of TA Global Berhad. TA Global Berhad&#0..

Canada’s economy shrank at fastest pace on record in Q2 despite sharp bounceback in...

Canada's economy shrank at the fastest pace on record in the second quarter, as consumer spending, business investment, imports and exports all dried up because of COVID-19. Statistics Canada reported Friday that the country's gross domestic product shrank by 11.5 per cent in the three-month period between April and June. That's a 38.7 per cent pace of contraction for the year as a whole, far and away the steepest and fastest decl..

Second day of record daily increases as Manitoba announces 72 new COVID-19 cases

Seventy-two new cases of COVID-19 were announced in Manitoba on Sunday, shooting past the province's previous record of 42 new cases set Saturday, Manitoba's top doctor said. Forty-five of the new cases are in the Prairie Mountain Health region, Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin said at a joint news conference with Health Minister Cameron Friesen on Sunday. That part of southwestern Manitoba will see ramped-up res..

Parliament prorogued until Sept. 23 as Trudeau government reels from WE Charity controversy

Parliament is prorogued until Sept. 23, giving the Liberal government an opportunity to relaunch its agenda and refocus as it reels from an ethics controversy. Parliamentary business, including committees probing WE Charity student volunteer grant controversy, is suspended. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had sought approval to suspend Parliament from Gov. Gen. Julie Payette, who will deliver a speech from the throne on Sept. 23, the same week the..

10 years on, some of MV Sun Sea’s passengers still in limbo after entering...

On August 13, 2010, the MV Sun Sea, a cargo ship carrying 492 Tamils seeking asylum from civil war in Sri Lanka docked in Esquimalt on Vancouver Island. Ten years later, some are still seeking relief. Piranavan Thangavel, 29, a passenger on the ship, says he's still waiting for permanent residency status while other fellow passengers are waiting for their refugee hearings. "We are not terrorists. We are not criminals. We are refugees … We ..

Police make arrest after Indigenous Lives Matter signs torched in possible hate crime

York Regional Police have arrested a man in connection with a hate crime investigation after a small Ontario community's efforts to confront racism were reduced to ash. Residents of Schomberg, a village of 2,700 people about 70 km north of Toronto, have been displaying about 200 signs reading "Black Lives Matter" and "Indigenous Lives Matter" on their lawns and business fronts since the beginning of July — part of a grassroots effort to expr..

Alberta will switch over to federal COVID-19 notification app

Alberta will switch from its provincial COVID-19 notification app to the national app. The move, first reported by the Globe and Mail, was confirmed to CBC News by a spokesperson for the province's health minister on Saturday. Alberta's contact tracing mobile app, ABTraceTogether, was unveiled on May 1. It was the first of its kind to be unveiled in Canada and was based on a similar app used in Singapore. The application uses Bluetoo..

Inmates say they’re not safe from COVID-19 at Edmonton Remand Centre

Inmates say they can't protect themselves from COVID-19 at the Edmonton Remand Centre (ERC) where it's difficult to physically distance, access masks or practice good hygiene. They say some inmates are not reporting symptoms or consenting to tests to avoid the quarantine unit described as "hell," with at least 22.5 hours in lock-up, little time to shower or make calls, and no access to books or the canteen. Concerns around compliance h..

Andrew Furey wins Liberal leadership race, will become 14th premier of N.L.

Andrew Furey poses for a picture with his family — wife Alison, and children Rachel, Maggie and Mark — after winning the Newfoundland and Labrador Liberal leadership election. (Andrew Furey/Twitter)Orthopedic surgeon Andrew Furey is premier-designate of Newfoundland and Labrador, after winning the provincial Liberal leadership race on Monday evening. Furey was the frontrunner from the beginning, with the backing of outgoing Premier Dwight Ball&#..

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