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Toronto to open centre for those with COVID-19 who can’t self-isolate at home

Toronto will soon open a centre for those with COVID-19 who cannot self-isolate at home, a service the federal government said is open to other cities across the country. Health Minister Patty Hajdu said Friday the federal government is providing $13.9 million to Toronto Public Health — enough to operate the 140-room isolation centre that opens this weekend...

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ASEAN Committee in Ottawa bids farewell to Philippine Ambassador, Petronila P. Garcia

Ambassador U Kyaw Myo Htut of Myanmar, in his capacity as Chair of the ASEAN Committee in Ottawa (ACO), hosted a farewell breakfast in honour of outgoing  Ambassador Petronila P. Garcia. Chief of Protocol Stewart Wheeler represented Global Affairs Canada in the event. ACO is composed of the heads of mission of the ASEAN resident...

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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,”...