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Public health officials call for tighter restrictions, warn COVID-19 could spiral out of control

Infectious disease experts say Canadian health authorities must tighten restrictions again or hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 will increase exponentially in the coming weeks.

Echoing comments made Tuesday by Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam, who said Canada is at a crossroads in its pandemic battle, experts in public health are urging governments to take decisive action to prevent the current resurgence of the virus from spiralling out of control.

Canada reported 1,248 new cases Wednesday, and on Tuesday the country’s most populous province, Ontario, reported its highest number of new cases since early May. 

Tam outlined projections that show new cases could climb to 5,000 daily by October if we continue on the current course.

“To date, we’re not moving fast enough t...

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No one likes wearing a mask — but with COVID-19 cases rising, you should put it on more often than you think

Let’s face it: No one enjoys having a mask cover half their face.

They can be scratchy, sweaty, stuffy — all reasons why people quickly ditch them on a restaurant patio, avoid wearing them around friends and family or “forget” them while dashing into a store.

But experts warn that at this point in the pandemic, when the benefits of mask-wearing are growing clear — and COVID-19 cases are rising rapidly, with hospitalizations and deaths expected to follow — Canadians should be donning their masks more, not less.

“Keep wearing your mask, as much as you can, especially with people you don’t live with,” Toronto’s medical officer of health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, stressed on Monday.

Multiple experts who spoke to CBC News this week say that means keeping a mask on in a variety of settings, ...

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Can Florida save the U.S. from an election night meltdown?

If — and it’s a big if — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden delivers a clear win in Florida on Nov. 3, it’s pretty much game over for U.S. President Donald Trump’s chances for re-election. 

If not, many chaotic ballot-counting scenarios and challenges could ensue. 

As Americans face this fall full of uncertainty over questions of election legitimacy and a delayed result, the sunshine state could provide a path to election night clarity. 

Florida is not only the biggest of swing states, boasting more electoral college votes than Michigan and Wisconsin combined, it’s also indispensable to Trump’s re-election. Victory becomes nearly impossible without capturing Florida’s treasure trove of 29 electoral college votes. 

But will the result even be known on election night?

There’s ...

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2-year-olds are getting kicked off planes for refusing to wear a mask. Is that fair?

Some parents are fuming over rules requiring toddlers to wear masks on airplanes — after they were turfed from flights in Canada and the United States, thanks to their non-compliant two-year-olds.

“It’s foolishness,” said Aaron Munn, who was kicked off a WestJet flight on Aug. 24 when his two-year-old son, Emmett, refused to mask-up. 

Transport Canada mandates that air passengers aged two and older wear face coverings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The policy aligns with recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but is stricter than similar regulations in the European Union and other countries.

Despite Canada’s rules, Emmett wasn’t interested in donning a mask when he and his dad boarded their flight from Fredericton to Toronto.

“As soon a...

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Leaked document reveals Ontario’s plan to avoid another COVID-19 lockdown

Ontario wants to avoid imposing lockdown-style measures to combat a second wave of COVID-19, but is prepared to take ‘targeted action” such as closing certain higher-risk businesses, CBC News has learned. 

CBC News obtained a copy of Ontario’s fall pandemic preparedness plan, still in draft form even as Premier Doug Ford’s government is in the midst of announcing some of its elements.

The 21-page draft, provided by a government source this week, acknowledges the recent upsurge in new COVID-19 cases, and lays out three possible scenarios of what the second wave could look like: small, moderate or large.

Whichever scenario plays out, the plan favours responding with targeted restrictions, rather than widespread closures or a lockdown.

“If there is a resurgence of COVID-19, either locally o...

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With Conservatives out, Liberals need Bloc or NDP support to avoid election

The fate of the Liberals’ minority government now hangs in the balance, with the Conservatives saying they can’t support the throne speech and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-François Blanchet setting conditions for their party’s support.

The throne speech will face a confidence vote in the House of Commons. If the government loses that vote, it falls — and a general election is underway. 

The Conservatives made their position known right after the speech, saying that there was no way their party could vote confidence in the government.

“It is another speech that is full of Liberal buzzwords and grand gestures with very little to no follow-up plan,” said Conservative Deputy Leader Candice Bergen...

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Kentucky grand jury indicts 1 officer but not for the death of Breonna Taylor

A Kentucky grand jury brought no charges against Louisville police for the killing of Breonna Taylor during a drug raid gone wrong, with prosecutors saying Wednesday two officers who fired their weapons at the Black woman were justified in using force to protect themselves.

The grand jury instead charged fired officer Brett Hankison with three counts of wanton endangerment for firing into Taylor’s neighbours’ homes during the raid on the night of March 13. The FBI is still investigating potential violations of federal law in the case.

Taylor, a Black emergency medical technician, was shot multiple times by officers who entered her home during a narcotics investigation on March 13...

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2 police officers shot in Louisville, Ky., as protests over Breonna Taylor’s death continue

Hours after a Kentucky grand jury brought no charges against Louisville, Ky., police for the killing of Breonna Taylor and protesters took to the streets, authorities said two officers had been shot Wednesday night during the demonstrations expressing anger over the deaths of Black people at the hands of police.

Interim chief Robert Schroeder said both of the officers suffered non-life threatening wounds and are in stable condition. One is undergoing surgery.

Schroeder said one suspect is in custody, but he gave no further details about the shooting.

Several shots rang out as protesters in downtown Louisville tried to avoid police blockades, moving down an alleyway as officers lobbed pepper balls. People covered their ears, ran away and frantically looked for places to hide...

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Throne speech breathes new life into an old, empty promise: a national child-care program

It has been 50 years since the Royal Commission on the Status of Women made it clear that access to affordable child care is one of the biggest hurdles standing in the way of women’s economic equality, and numerous governments of the five decades since then have claimed to want to tackle the problem head-on.

The Liberals promised it in their famous Red Book in 1993, and 11 years later Paul Martin promised something similar in the 2004 campaign he lost, as did Michael Ignatieff in 2011. And the New Democrats made $15-a-day daycare a campaign pledge in their failed bid for power in 2015.

Wednesday’s speech from the throne suggests the current government wants to be the latest to claim to have taken a crack at it.

“The government will make a significant, long-term, sustained investment to c...

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As caseloads spike in 4 provinces, Trudeau warns that pandemic will be worse this fall

In a rare televised national address, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took to the airwaves tonight to warn that Canada is at a “crossroads” as COVID-19 cases spike in some provinces, and with pandemic conditions in the fall expected to be worse than what the country endured when the crisis was just beginning.

Canada entered an ordered shutdown of economic and social life in mid-March, when there were only a few dozen new cases being reported each day. Now, with 1,000 new cases reported nationwide yesterday, Trudeau said there can be no doubt that four of the country’s provinces — Alberta, B.C., Ontario and Quebec — are in the second wave of COVID-19.

“I know this isn’t the news that any of us wanted to hear...

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