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COVID-19: B.C. health officials reopening care homes to visitations

Article content continued Of the 174 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in B.C., 122 have been residents of long-term care or acute care facilities. There are currently 32,000 residents in long-term care. The easing of visitation restrictions does not apply to acute care units in hospitals. While care home visitors must don personal protective equipment and …

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Josh Freed: Montreal’s great COVID roads experiment

Article content Welcome to Covidtown Street Laboratories, a vast new Montreal experiment in how we use our city, after Hurricane COVID-19 ripped through town. With many Montrealers planning summer “staycations” in Kitchenland and Balconville, city hall says it wants to make Montreal a people-friendly summer “laboratory.” IT is  experimenting with everything from “sanitary walking corridors” …

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Prison puts residents’ safety at risk, Metchosin mayor says

Article content continued Inmates at William Head are supposed to be near the end of their sentences, and the possible threat to their pending freedom is what keeps them from escaping, rather than the security system or patrols. The prison is surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean. In 2018, a four-metre-high double fence …

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Montreal police investigate stabbing of delivery man in Rosemont

Article content Montreal police will question a 43-year-old man in connection with the stabbing on Friday morning of a delivery man during an apparent dispute at a residence in the city’s Rosemont district. Police say the incident occurred around 10 a.m. near Bélanger St. We apologize, but this video has failed to load. Montreal police …

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Dan Fumano: COVID to change how Vancouver uses streets, maybe for good

Article content continued But, to some observers, Vancouver has actually been lagging on this front. “Vancouver seems slow out-of-the-gate compared to some other cities … Paris, Portland, (Ore.), Oakland, (Calif.), they were moving on this stuff back in March,” said Kevin Quinlan, chief-of-staff for former Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson, whose legacy will always be intertwined …

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Allison Hanes: The Two Solitudes of COVID-19

Article content Three days after the Institut national de santé publique du Québecreleased dire projections for the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic in Montreal, Premier François Legault sought on Monday to offer reassurance. But Legault’s words of comfort were not directed at alarmed Montrealers. No, his message was aimed at Quebecers in the regions who …

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COVID-19: No registered massage therapists until at least June, says college

Article content continued Registered massage therapist Jeanie Bezdan is concerned with the health of her patients, particularly those who suffer migraines. Bezdan is managing partner at Royal City Health and Manual Therapy in New Westminster, which employs eight RMTs and six physiotherapists. She said that while physiotherapists can provide some online support to clients, massage …

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COVID-19: B.C. government planning online concert to support B.C. musicians

Article content The B.C. government is planning an online concert next week, and offering live streaming grants to B.C. musicians struggling because of the COVID-19 pandemic. B.C. Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Lisa Beare announced Saturday that the government has partnered with Creative B.C. to launch Showcase B.C., an online hub that will provide …

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#ICYMI: National death toll models, longer confinement rules, more

Article content April 9, 2020: Coverage of the coronavirus crisis along with other news. Coronavirus news We apologize, but this video has failed to load. #ICYMI: National death toll models, longer confinement rules, more news Back to video Thousands of Canadians could die, public health officer says Amid crippling job losses across the country, the …

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Retailer New Look Eyewear places priority on healthcare workers

Article content New Look Eyewear, the Quebec-based retailer of glasses and other eyewear, has established a new service placing a priority on serving hospital staff if they break their glasses while working through the COVID-19 pandemic. In a release, the company announced Tuesday it established the priority service to “to ensure the continuity of essential …

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