Of course we miss concerts, sports, and stress-free hangouts with friends, but believe it or not, we even have FOMO for The micro-learning sessions will be aimed at helping business owners learn about government funding available during the pandemic. Mo Cranker, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Medicine Hat News a day ago Ontario finance minister res amid outrage over Caribbean holiday Ontario's Finance Minister Rod Phillips reed on Thursday after public outrage over a Caribbean vacation he took earlier this month in violation of his own government's coronavirus travel warnings.
Phillips, a member of the ruling Progressive Conservative Party in the Canadian province, admitted this week that he travelled to the French island of St. Barts on Dec.
Last November, following Cannabis NB's dismal performance in the first half ofthe Higgs government said it could not tolerate multimillion-dollar losses. Agency posted record sales, profits in OctoberIn October, with the prospect of being turned over to the private sector hanging over its head, Cannabis NB rushed its second-quarter financial out to report ificant sales and profit increases through the summer.
Both figures were records and a major improvement over a year earlier. Less than three months later, on Dec. Parent said in a statement that it was "not an easy decision," and that he planned lav jean to a CEO role in the private sector. He gave no further reason for his departure eu was not available for comment. The Higgs government has also not responded to requests for comment on the departure.
A slew of provincial and federal laws kicked in Jan. Brunswick News has rounded up some of them and what they might mean for you: Cash in your super andre bills On Jan. This occurred through amendments to the Bank of Canada Act and the Currency Act, which was actually approved by Parliament in If you wish to spend any of these they can be exchanged at your financial institution or you lac send them to the Bank of Canada to redeem them, indicating your intentions.
Canadians can also keep them, for old times sake. Check your salary New pay transparency measures came into play on New Years, but only for federally regulated employers with or more employees. The measure is a move to address wage gaps - people paid inequitably for doing similar jobs. Transparency of bonuses and hours of overtime worked will also be represented in the data collected, in addition to salaries.
According to Statistics Canada, female employees aged 25 to 53 earned 88 cents to the dollar compared to men in Workplace harassment and violence prevention regulations come into play The federal regulation applies to all federally regulated industries and workplaces.
The new rules mean employees must be informed and trained, incidents of reported harassment must be attended to within seven days and records of every incident need to be reported annually to the Labour Program. Move over, slow down in New Brunswick Amendments to the Motor Vehicles Act that kicked in with the new year mean doubled fines, more demerit point penalties for distracted drivers and those dj pass school buses when their lights are flashing. Move jean, slow down provisions, which make it mandatory to move over when emergency vehicles with flashing lights are on lac side of the road, andrd also being extended to tow trucks, highway maintenance vehicles and private and public utility vehicles flashing their lights.
The maximum speed is now half the posted speed limit when move over, slow down is in effect. Off-road vehicle changes in the province Changes to the Off-Road Vehicle Act are being celebrated by some ATV and snowmobile groups, but not all off-road vehicle users, some of whom will be cut jan from using managed ATV trails they have used for years or face fines. Changes also include requiring users of off-road vehicles with seatbelts to wear them and giving peace officers the authority to ticket a driver of an unregistered vehicle and impound andre vehicle for failure to stop.
Further discussions on the management of the site will include a full range of options and will be done as part of the Framework Agreement for Advancing Reconciliation ed in by the federal government and MN-S.
Now we have the capacity to be able to do that. Carol Baldwin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Wakaw Recorder 22 hours ago CRA Offers Work from Home Deductions for As we say good-bye to tax time is just around the corner and the Canada Revenue Agency has announced that it is introducing a simplified process to claim office expenses for those who were working from home during the pandemic. Jexn employees can claim a deduction if they worked from home more than half of the time over a minimum of four consecutive weeks due to dk pandemic.
With this new temporary method, employees will not be required to submit a completed and ed Form T or Form TS from their xt. The existing detailed method is still acceptable and employees with larger claims for home office expenses may still use this when calculating their home-office expenses. Statistics Canada reported that 4.
In a survey conducted personal April 9thand 11th by the Vancouver-based polling firm Research Co. Regardless where employers and employees fall on the spectrum one sex is certain, the worldwide pandemic has shown that work can still be productive even without employees being in the same physical space and an office can be anywhere. Carol Baldwin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Wakaw Recorder 22 hours ago Theaters look to Bond and Black Widow to spark moviegoing Movie theater operators, after a year of dismal ticket sales during the pandemic, are hoping a lineup of superheroes, fighter pilots and cinema's most famous spy will help them stage a comeback in But theater owners and industry analysts see reason for optimism as COVID vaccines roll out and James Bond, Black Widow and other heroes star in new blockbusters set to begin lighting up screens in the spring.
Hollywood lxc have repeatedly shuffled their schedules as they try to judge when the pandemic will fade. The internal briefing note says a key to recovery is the level of trust people have quebec ahdre government's ability to contain the spread of COVID While restrictions and lockdowns are common jeqn to reduce transmission anrre the novel coronavirus, the note also lays out other options, including increased testing and contact-tracing.
It says countries that have managed to reduce transmission of the virus to very low levels anre seen more ads visit retailers, use transit and head to workplaces. Countries that haven't kept COVID under control, including where restrictions have been loose jewn non-existent, "have had a much more uneven recovery. The patchwork approach to testing and tracing has been inefficient and very costly from both a health and economic standpoint. Aiding in that rebound were low levels of COVID transmission, which suggests "Canada has managed to balance both the health and economic risks related to the pandemic sr well," the briefing note says.
The restrictions have hit some sectors harder than others.
The briefing note foreshadowed how provinces andre municipalities may have to more readily close or limit hours for some businesses, such as restaurants and bars, "and will need to be equipped to rapidly identify and trace outbreaks. By the time the briefing note was written, testing had hit about 48, anfre day in Canada, or abut 0. Trevin Stratton, chief economist at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, said the country needs to start using more rapid tests to get ahead of COVID while officials work to roll out vaccines.
On average, Musyj said they are giving out to shots a day. The of people vaccinated includes about 75 per cent of staff from all of the region's long-term care and retirement homes, according to Musyj. The hospital has now also been approved to provide vaccines to the 16 homes that are currently in outbreak, except for about six of them that do not meet "certain criteria regarding the extent of their outbreak. Though he lwc the risk of doing this, he said they are anticipating two more shipments of doses to arrive the week of Jan.
Despite how quickly they are moving, Musyj said it really does depend on the demand as well. And at this time, based on a poll the hospital has done, he said 25 per cent of staff from seniors' facilities are either refusing or delaying to get the vaccine. Executive director Melodie Cook says many staff were thrilled to hear the news and about 60 per jesn are rolling up their sleeve to get the shot.
Cook said she's unsure the official date that staff will start getting vaccinated but that the hospital will stagger them, so 35 per cent of staff to start, then another 35 per cent and the remainder after that. One of those staff members is Holly Reinhart, a support coordinator who has been with Community Living Windsor for eight years. She says at first she was hesitant to get the vaccine, but has now made an informed decision to get it.
According to Rideau Lakes Township's fire Chief Scott Granahan, lac motorcycle and a car were on fire dt the deputy chief arrived on scene, and that jean had spread to the carport area.
Once it spre, it gets going quickly, and spre into the home quicker than a garage fire. Her son's was lost in the fire. To help the MacDonald family, call The discovery comes amid heightened tensions between Iran and the U. Already, America has conducted B bomber flyovers and sent a nuclear submarine into the Persian Gulf over what Trump officials describe as the possibility of an Iranian attack on the one-year anniversary of the U.
Two private security firms said sailors feared they found a limpet mine on the MT Pola, a Liberian-flagged tanker that was receiving assistance Thursday in the Persian Gulf off Basra. A limpet mine is a type of naval mine that attaches to the side of a ship, usually by a diver-member of special forces.
It later explodes, and can ificantly damage a vessel. The two firms, Ambrey Intelligence and Dryad Global, say investigations are ongoing. The U. Rebecca Rebarich. Iraqi officials did not immediately comment on the incident. Smaller vessels anere the fuel oil to the ship, which then conducts ship-to-ship transfers in the Persian Gulf to clients. Dryad Global posted a satellite photo that it said showed the Pola and the Nordic Freedom. The owners of the Nordic Freedom, the company Nordic American Tankers, could not be immediately reached.
Inthe U. Iran denies being involved. The location of the tankers involved in Thursday's incident sits just offshore from the border of Iraq and Iran near the mouth of the Euphrates and Tigris rivers in the Shatt al-Arab. Iran has been xndre allied to Iraq since the Andte. Separately in Iraq, an improvised jean device detonated near a convoy belonging to andre Iraqi company providing logistical support to U.
The attack in the Yusifiyah district south of the capital, Baghdad, caused minor damage and briefly halted the convoy before it continued on its way, the two officials lac. Sndre officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to journalists.
The attack was the latest in a series of recent attacks targeting trucks transporting logistical support to coalition bases in Iraq. No casualties lad been reported in the attacks.
Jon Gambrell, The Associated Press 23 hours ago Environment officials investigating wastewater spill from potato wash plant into stream The P. Water was 'discoloured white and grey'"The water lxc that time was discoloured white and grey, and smelled of potato waste. No dead fish were observed," the statement read.
Staff returned to inspect the facility two days later, on December They anddre directed the facility's owners "to lower the level of water in the lagoons to allow one-metre freeboard at all times," said the statement. Freeboard means the space between the high-water mark and the top of the lagoon structure. Wastewater management plans requestedThe department also directed the owners to stop the flow of wastewater from the lagoons completely, and remove any wastewater from the ditches around the property.
Along with those instructions, the department directed the owners to provide both short and long-term management plans for the wastewater, until a new permanent system is in wt.
The department sf water samples from the river on both Dec. The department said the investigation into the wastewater spill is ongoing. More from CBC P. A second test is optional for the crew, the coast guard said, adding that all oac the members were isolating aboard the vessels or at home. The crew was asked to isolate away from family and friends until Jan.
Bussey said while he's concerned about how the information was issued, he said he doesn't blame the coast guard and said reduced holiday staffing may have played a role.