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Some long-term care homes can’t get insurance, could be force to close: association

Ontario’s long-term care homes are having trouble securing liability insurance for COVID-19, a situation that could force some of them to close, a group representing more than 70 per cent of the province’s homes says. The Ontario Long-Term Care Association says its homes are being offered new policies without a key provision: coverage for infectious...

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Statistics Canada rejigs low-income stats, showing growing poverty gap

OTTAWA — An updated picture of poverty across the country prior to the COVID-19 pandemic is showing that those living well below the low-income threshold had fallen further behind. The figures from Statistics Canada show the average “poverty gap,” which measures how far people on average fall below the official poverty line, grew from 31.8 per...

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No easy way home for seafarers delivering goods to Canadian ports during pandemic

MONTREAL — Resig Calanog’s walk around Montreal’s port is only the second time in nine months he’s been on solid ground. Even for a career ship worker, it’s a lot of time at sea. As for when he’ll be able to walk in his homeland in the Philippines and see his three children, that remains uncertain. “Soon, I hope,”...

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Canadian economy added 246,000 jobs in August, unemployment rate 10.2%

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says the economy added 246,000 in August as the pace of job gains slowed compared with July, when 419,000 jobs were added. The figure marked the fourth consecutive month of gains from COVID-19 related lockdowns this spring, bringing the number to within 1.1 million of pre-pandemic levels. Gains in August were largely concentrated in full-time...

From masks to cohorting, a guide to back-to-school rules across the country
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From masks to cohorting, a guide to back-to-school rules across the country

Plans are being made across the country for how to safely send students back to school in the fall as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Here is a look at what the various provinces have said about getting kids back to classes. — BRITISH COLUMBIA British Columbia has laid out its plan for studies to resume in “learning groups” this fall. School...