Today’s coronavirus news: Alberta logs almost 2,000 COVID-19 cases over three days; Ontario reporting 639 new cases of COVID-19; B.C. introducing vaccine cards

The latest from Canada and around the world Monday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available. 6:50 p.m.: Almost 2,000 new COVID-19 infections were identified in Alberta over the last three days for an active case count of 7,777. Alberta Health Services numbers show the province recorded 821 cases on Friday, 678 on Saturday and 473 on Sunday. Hospitalizations and intensive care admissions also went up to 244 and 54, respectively. 6 p.m.: More than 148,000 teachers and staff working in New York City’s public schools will have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before the end of next month — a significant ratcheting up of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s push to get more city workers inoculated. De Blasio announced the vaccine mandate for all city schools staff Monday morning, noting that any workers in public schools — including custodians, cafeteria workers and outside contractors — will have until Sept. 27 to show proof of receiving at least one dose of the vaccine. The new mandate — which will be issued in the form of an order from the Department of Health — overrides a previous rule that required all city workers either show proof of vaccination or undergo weekly testing and be required to wear masks indoors. Under the new mandate, teachers and staff will have to upload proof of a first shot, which can include a vaccination card or a state Excelsior Pass, to the Department of Education’s vacc […]

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“It was surreal:” $1 million lottery ticket sold in Collingwood

With a $1 million lottery win, Nottawa’s David Schnurr is dreaming of a post-pandemic vacation The 61-year-old public servant won the prize in the Feb. 26, 2021 LOTTO MAX MAXMILLIONS draw after buying the winning ticket at NH124 Variety on Poplar St., Collingwood. Schnurr told OLG he plays the lottery occasionally and always gets the Quick Picks.  “I stopped at the gas station on my way home from work to pick up pop for my wife and decided to purchase some tickets,” he said. Schnurr’s wife checked his tickets a few days later using the OLG Lottery App.  “I heard my wife scream my name saying we won,” he said. “In her excitement, she thought we won $100,000. I came to see for myself, expecting to be disappointed, then double checked my numbers to those online. It was surreal” Schnurr said this win will enhance his retirement. “When the pandemic is over, we would like to take a nice trip – maybe somewhere tropical or in a camper with our dogs somewhere,” he said. “It feels like I’m in another place. I keep waiting to turn a corner and go back to normal. Seriously – I just won a million dollars?” he concluded. 

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Rogers expands affordable internet program with aim to reach 750,000 households

Rogers has announced a significant expansion of its affordable internet program, Connected For Success, hoping to reach 750,000 households in Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland. The program has already served more than 25,000 households across the three provinces, according to a Rogers spokesperson, and around 250,000 households are currently eligible. It was first available to Toronto Community Housing residents, then later expanded to all Ontarians in rent-geared-to-income housing, and to families receiving the maximum Canada Child Benefit, as well as people in Newfoundland and New Brunswick in similar situations. Now, the program will also be available to Ontarians receiving income support through Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), and for senior Ontarians receiving the Guaranteed Income Supplement, as well as those in Newfoundland and New Brunswick accessing similar programs. The expansion will add around 750,000 new eligible households. Rogers chief communications officer Sevaun Palvetzian said many of the people the Connected For Success program is intended for use the internet to access critical services. “It’s essential for us to be able to help close that digital divide,” she said. The program provides internet for $9.99 a month at a speed of 25 mbps, and is now adding two more tiers for families that need higher speeds. Families can get 75 mbps for $24.99, and 150 mbps for $34.99, according to the spokesperson. &#8 […]

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Today’s coronavirus news: MLSE to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test at arenas; over 80 per cent the TDSB students will return to in-person learning

The latest from Canada and around the world Tuesday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available. 7:10 p.m.: The results of the online registration for the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) show that 86 per cent of students who registered with the board online reported that they will be attending class in-person when school begins in September, according to data released by the TDSB on Tuesday. The board, which required parents and guardians to choose whether their children will attend in-person learning or a virtual option, had a registration deadline of Aug. 12. 5:20 p.m.: Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, according to his office, who said he is in good health and experiencing no symptoms. Abbott, who was vaccinated in 2020, was isolating in the governor’s mansion in Austin and receiving monoclonal antibody treatment, spokesman Mark Miner said in a statement. The governor is the latest Texan to test positive as cases of the virus soar and hospitals around the state are stretched thin. More than 11,500 patients were hospitalized with the virus as of Monday, the highest levels since January. The positive tests comes a day after Abbott tweeted a picture of himself not wearing a mask while speaking indoors near Dallas to a group of Republicans, most of whom were unmasked. 5:05 p.m.: The Saskatchewan government is offering an extra dose of COVID-19 vaccine to residents who may need it fo […]

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West Orillia property sells for more than $5 million

One of Orillia’s largest employers is expanding its footprint with the purchase of a city-owned building that formerly housed a call centre. Polyethics Industries bought the 44,000 square-foot-building, situated on 5.75 acres of industrial land at 2 Hunter Valley Road, for $5.1 million. The building previously housed a call centre operated by Nordia. “Anything the city can do to strengthen and grow an existing business and help them to become more deeply rooted in the community is not only good for the business, it’s also extremely important for our local economy,” Dan Landry, Orillia’s manager of business retention and expansion and industrial development told Simcoe.com. Landry said the city fielded strong interest in the property, with Polyethics’ offer representing the highest and best value and use. A global manufacturer of environmentally-friendly plastic film and bags, Polyethics currently operates out of two other plants on Harvie Settlement Road and Atherley Road. The former call centre building provides Polyethics with much-needed warehouse and distribution space, and increases the company’s presence in Orillia to three locations totalling more than 320,000 square feet. Polyethics’ three buildings currently house approximately 300 employees. Purchasing the site allows the company to further expand its global business and solidify its footprint in Orillia, the municipality said. “This is a great opportunity for a […]

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7 things you probably didn’t know about the Paralympic Games

The Tokyo Summer Paralympic Games will take place from Aug. 24 to Sept. 5 and athletes from around the world will be competing in 22 sporting events, from wheelchair rugby to equestrian. While they officially made their debut in 1960, the Paralympic Games were around in different iterations prior to that inaugural year. A number of the sports played today were introduced to the Games in unconventional ways.  Here are seven things you probably didn’t know about the Paralympics. Sporting events for athletes with an impairment actually began in the 1800s. In 1888, Berlin became home to the first sports facilities for those with hearing impairments. However, Paralympic sports did not become as widely known until after the Second World War.  The Paralympic Games were first known as the Stoke Mandeville Games. The Stoke Mandeville Games first appeared at the 1948 Olympics in London. Introduced by Dr. Ludwig Guttmann, a doctor who helped rehabilitate war veterans at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in England, the event’s first competitors were injured individuals who served in the Second World War. There were 16 competitors in total and they participated in what is now known as Paralympic archery. Tokyo will be the first city to host the Summer Paralympic Games twice.  Tokyo first hosted the Paralympic Games in 1964, making it the first city in history to host the Summer Games more than once.  The world Paralympic means “alongside the Olympics.” […]

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