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‘We’re not going to have a Christmas,’ says woman told to repay $18,500 in CERB by year’s end

Christine MacDonald says she did everything possible to make sure she actually qualified for the Canada emergency response benefit (CERB) before she applied in March. Her home-based custom cake business — which relied on people ordering cakes for weddings and birthday parties — was in the process of falling flat thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions being […]

Canada introduces national compensation program for vaccine injuries ahead of pandemic vaccine rollout

People who are vaccinated to protect themselves against COVID-19 and experience an adverse event after the immunization will be eligible for compensation, the federal government says.  The announcement of the no-fault program is part of Canada’s preparations to roll out coronavirus vaccines, beginning with the Pfizer-BioNtech version that will start to be administered next week.  Health Canada […]

2 dead, 4 in hospital after partial building collapse at London, Ont., construction site

Two people have died and four others remain in hospital after a building partially collapsed Friday in London, Ont. Doctors at the London Health Sciences Centre said one individual died several hours after the collapse, having arrived at the hospital without vital signs. Another person was trapped in the ensuing collapse, but police said late Friday evening that […]

Looking for COVID-19 trends: Academic experts and private forecasting company form pandemic partnership

Some of Canada’s top academic experts on pandemics are partnering with a company in the Greater Toronto Area to work on national and provincial pandemic forecasts, including modelling different scenarios to help guide officials on how COVID-19 vaccination programs might be rolled out in the new year.  The University of Toronto’s Institute for Pandemics (IFP) […]

3-digit suicide prevention hotline gets green light from House of Commons

The House of Commons took a step closer to establishing a national three-digit suicide prevention hotline today. MPs voted unanimously in favour of a Conservative MP’s motion calling on the federal government to act immediately to set up a national 988 number that would consolidate all existing suicide crisis numbers. Before the vote, B.C. MP Todd Doherty implored the […]

The pandemic unexpectedly saved thousands from financial ruin. But there’s a reckoning on the horizon

This story is part of The Big Spend, a CBC News investigation examining the unprecedented $240 billion the federal government handed out during the first eight months of the pandemic. As the COVID-19 lockdown ruled the day this spring, Rod Gilroy, a 37-year veteran of the real estate industry in Amherst, N.S., figured bankruptcies in the area […]

Most N.B. special care homes didn’t have required annual inspections this year

New Brunswick’s Department of Social Development hasn’t done annual licensing inspections at most of the province’s special care and memory care homes this year, a CBC News analysis has found. The government’s delay means that most homes appear to have expired certificates of approval, which legislation stipulates is necessary for those homes to operate. It […]

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