Coronavirus: Pandemic highlights need for more public toilets, experts say

TORONTO – The COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting the need for more public toilets in communities across Canada, particularly as softening restrictions encourage people to spend more time outside their homes, advocates and experts say. The health crisis is drawing broader attention to an issue that has long been a barrier for racialized, trans and disabled people, as well those dealing […]

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CANADA FX DEBT-Canadian dollar climbs as investors bet on economic recovery

(Adds dealer quotes and details throughout; updates prices) * Canadian dollar rises 0.4% against the greenback * Canada’s annual inflation rate fell by 0.2% in April * Price of U.S. oil increases 4.8% * Canadian bond yields mixed across a flatter curve By Fergal Smith TORONTO, May 20 (Reuters) – The Canadian dollar strengthened against its U.S. counterpart on Wednesday […]

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CANADA FX DEBT-C$ rebounds as Wall Street mulls potential for negative rates

* Canadian dollar rises 0.3% against the greenback * Loonie touches its weakest intraday since May 7 at 1.4085 * Price of U.S. oil decreases 0.4% * Canadian bond yields edge lower across the curve TORONTO, May 13 (Reuters) – The Canadian dollar strengthened against its U.S. counterpart on Wednesday, rebounding from a near one-week low earlier in the session […]

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Coronavirus: Women in Canada's Quebec hit harder than men

Unlike other countries, women in the French-speaking province account for 59.7 percent of infections. Women in the Canadian province of Quebec have been hit harder by the coronavirus than men, health officials say.       Contrary to trends in other countries where men have been most affected, women account for 59.7 percent of the people infected by the virus in Quebec, […]

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'You deserve a raise': Canada to help fund pay hikes for essential workers

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada and the country’s 10 provinces will boost pay for essential workers such as employees in seniors’ residences, which are linked to 80% of coronavirus deaths, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday. “If you’re risking your health to keep this country moving and you’re making minimum wage, you deserve a raise,” he told a daily briefing. […]

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Discarded needles on Winnipeg’s streets haven’t slowed down during pandemic: Sharp Surgeons

The COVID-19 pandemic has put almost everything on hold in Winnipeg, but there’s one local activity that continues unabated: drug abuse. Eddie Hendrickson, CEO of volunteer community organization Sharp Surgeons, told 680 CJOB his group has picked up between 250-300,000 discarded needles on local streets over a year in operation, and things haven’t slowed down despite the coronavirus crisis. “We’ve […]

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Canadian province of Quebec starts gradually reopening, Trudeau maintains caution

MONTREAL (Reuters) – The major Canadian province of Quebec, among the worst hit by the coronavirus, started gradually restarting its economy on Monday while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau maintained his cautious stance. Quebec is allowing stores with an outside entrance for customers to reopen but this does not apply to Montreal, Canada’s second largest city, where retail establishments must wait […]

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Canada bans assault-style weapons after Nova Scotia mass shooting

PM Trudeau says the country is banning the use, trade of more than 1,500 models and varies of assault-style firearms. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said the country is banning the use and trade of assault-style weapons immediately. Trudeau cited numerous mass shootings in the country Friday, including the killing of 22 people in Nova Scotia on April 18 and […]

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Malls face catastrophic hit in Canada with unpaid rent surging

TORONTO (BLOOMBERG) – Canada’s malls are facing a wave of skipped rents and could see vacancy rates triple by year-end, with the coronavirus poised to leave its scars on a fragile retail sector long after the pandemic ends. In the country’s enclosed regional malls – a category that includes Toronto’s Eaton Centre and Pacific Centre in Vancouver – only 20 […]

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