cold-lake.netia.ca http://cold-lake.netia.ca en-US http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss socportals@mediacolo.com Disaster and bureaucracy leave stateless child stranded despite Canadians’ quest to adopt her W5’s Avery Haines investigates the herculean efforts of two Canadians to bring a stateless child in Dominican Republic, home. Watch the one hour W5 documentary Prisoner in Paradise, airing Saturday night on CTV. http://cold-lake.netia.ca/news/887190-disaster-and-bureaucracy-leave-stateless-child-stranded-desp Sat, 21 2020 11:00:00 GMT http://cold-lake.netia.ca/news/887190-disaster-and-bureaucracy-leave-stateless-child-stranded-desp Cancer patient fears lack of focus with health-care system strained by COVID-19 With the health care system overwhelmed by COVID-19, patients struggling with other life-threatening conditions or illnesses, such as cancer patient Robin McGee, are concerned that they could receive less focused care than they need. http://cold-lake.netia.ca/news/887100-cancer-patient-fears-lack-focus-health-care-system-strained Sat, 21 2020 03:28:00 GMT http://cold-lake.netia.ca/news/887100-cancer-patient-fears-lack-focus-health-care-system-strained Granby: des patients atteints de COVID-19 circulent dans des lieux publics Des personnes porteuses de la COVID-19 ont circulé dans plusieurs lieux publics des régions de Bromont et de Granby, poussant la santé publique de la région à alerter la population et à réitérer l'importance de respecter les consignes d'isolement. http://cold-lake.netia.ca/news/887093-granby-des-patients-atteints-de-covid-19-circulent-dans-des Sat, 21 2020 01:16:00 GMT http://cold-lake.netia.ca/news/887093-granby-des-patients-atteints-de-covid-19-circulent-dans-des Des malades circulent encore dans des lieux publics de Granby Le CIUSSS de l’Estrie appelle les personnes porteuses de la COVID-19 d’arrêter de circuler dans les lieux publics. http://cold-lake.netia.ca/news/887071-des-malades-circulent-encore-dans-des-lieux-publics-de-granb Sat, 21 2020 01:11:26 GMT http://cold-lake.netia.ca/news/887071-des-malades-circulent-encore-dans-des-lieux-publics-de-granb COVID-19: des patients atteints circulent encore dans des lieux publics de Granby Des personnes porteuses de la COVID-19 ont circulé dans plusieurs lieux publics des régions de Bromont et de Granby, poussant la santé publique de la région à alerter la population et à réitérer l'importance de respecter les consignes d'isolement. http://cold-lake.netia.ca/news/887060-covid-19-des-patients-atteints-circulent-encore-dans-des-lie Sat, 21 2020 01:16:00 GMT http://cold-lake.netia.ca/news/887060-covid-19-des-patients-atteints-circulent-encore-dans-des-lie COVID-19 outbreak is ‘like a powder keg’ for child abuse, welfare workers say Child welfare agencies are being challenged to deliver their services while social distancing is required, and many who work with abused children are worried. http://cold-lake.netia.ca/news/887008-covid-19-outbreak-powder-keg-child-abuse-welfare-workers-say Fri, 20 2020 23:09:20 GMT http://cold-lake.netia.ca/news/887008-covid-19-outbreak-powder-keg-child-abuse-welfare-workers-say Foreign affairs minister in self-isolation after being tested for COVID-19 Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne says he has been tested for COVID-19 after experiencing cold-like symptoms upon returning from an international trip. http://cold-lake.netia.ca/news/886392-foreign-affairs-minister-self-isolation-after-being-tested-c Thu, 19 2020 18:05:10 GMT http://cold-lake.netia.ca/news/886392-foreign-affairs-minister-self-isolation-after-being-tested-c ‘Devastating’ Shutdowns During Coronavirus Crisis Hurl Small Businesses Into Uncertainty TORONTO — Dave Auger’s dream restaurant was days away from its one-year anniversary when he had to lay off its entire staff, including himself — more than 20 people.817 Sports Bar Grill in Toronto was already operating on a skeleton crew after all major sports leagues suspended their seasons due to concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus. It was not a good sign, considering many of its patrons came in to watch games and hang out. On Monday morning, Auger got a call that a driver who delivers beer to the bar had tested positive for COVID-19. That, along with the Toronto Public Health recommendation that restaurants stop dine-in service and move to pick-up, take-out or delivery only to minimize community spread of the illness, led Auger to close the bar’s doors on Monday.On Tuesday, Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency. Restaurants and bars are only allowed to be open for delivery and take-out orders, and daycare centres, recreation centres and event venues must shut down.“It’s gonna be devastating,” Auger told HuffPost Canada in a phone interview. “Especially if this is long-term.”He said he wants to see compensation for business owners, since insurance won’t cover their losses. He also wants to see higher Employment Insurance (EI) payments for employees. He had hired six new staff last week who won’t be eligible for EI.“EI doesn’t pay anything ... It’s kind of a joke,” Auger said. “What are we going to do, especially in the city with the cost of living that’s one of the highest in Canada? How are people going to survive?”EI doesn’t pay anything ... It’s kind of a joke.Dave AugerAuger estimated his business will lose at least $20,000 to $30,000 a week, plus expenses. Even when restaurants get the go-ahead to re-open, Auger worries about the impact on his bar if professional sports haven’t resumed by that time — as well as the very likely possibility of a recession.He is not alone. Ontarians who run catering companies, child-care centres and massage therapy practices are fretting over how they’ll stay in business.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised relief is coming. Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced $10 billion in credit will be available to businesses through the Business Development Bank of Canada and Export Development Bank. And the PM hinted Tuesday that a major announcement on economic measures expected on Wednesday could include tax changes.Watch: Prime minister promises economic help. Story continues after video. That’s exactly what Meagan Bowden, the founder of Phancy Food Catering in Toronto, is hoping for. Her company has lost 95 per cent of its clients — and $10,000 in revenue for March — since last week. She’s relying more on delivery services like UberEats and Foodora to drum up orders, but found those orders have also slowed.“So far, what the government has announced is undefined and unclear,” Bowden said. “As a business owner who is already stressed about the loss of sales, it’s very overwhelming to read and try to understand what exactly is being offered.”Bowden started a petition asking the federal government to temporarily exempt independent businesses from paying their 2019 HST and 2020 income tax and to postpone this year’s payment deadline to 2021. The petition has garnered more than 5,000 signatures in four days.“As you can imagine, the volume of patrons in restaurants and all food businesses alike has decreased significantly — lows like we’ve never experienced before,” she wrote on Change.org. “Those who will be most vulnerable to these effects are independently owned businesses that must somehow remain afloat during these times. Rents, insurance, equipment leases, car payments, staff (who haven’t been laid off), and the costs of perishable food that must be purchased in order to remain open are all costs that cannot be avoided or unpaid by businesses. They must also maintain their own costs of living to stay alive.”The petition also asks for mortgage and rent relief for small businesses.Lisa Kessig owns Serenity Kneaded, a massage therapy practice in Cambridge, Ont. She closed the clinic Monday after hearing advice from her colleagues and the province’s recommendation to take steps to “flatten the curve.”The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario emailed its members recommending they suspend all non-essential massage therapy treatments, adding that this aligns with the provincial and federal governments’ social distancing recommendations.Kessig does not qualify for EI and lives paycheque to paycheque. She took three weeks off in January to recover from surgery, and now estimates her clinic will be closed for at least another three weeks. Her husband was laid off from his job in sales three weeks ago for reasons not related to the pandemic. “While Doug Ford and Justin Trudeau have promised small business relief, there has been no indication how that help will come or what hoops we have to jump through to get it,” she wrote in an email to HuffPost Canada. ... I have to choose whether I pay the government or buy groceries.Lisa KessigShe wants to see the government give registered massage therapists breaks on their upcoming HST payments — those who pay quarterly, including herself, have a payment due April 1. “I am not going to be able to pay that because I have to choose whether I pay the government or buy groceries,” she said. Even not-for-profit organizations say they’re feeling the squeeze. Owl Child Care in the Waterloo region has refunded parents for this week and is still paying staff, who are either working from home or off. But the organization, which runs eight child care centres, could lose close to $500,000 in revenue if it keeps that up for the next three weeks, executive director Lori Prospero told HuffPost Canada. “That could get to the point where it’s depleting our reserves,” Prospero said. “We want to make sure when this is over with — because we don’t know, is it only going to be three weeks or is it going to be extended — we want to make sure that we still have viability to run into the future.” Her remote staff is staying in touch with the children they care for, even though they can’t be in the same space, Prospero said. The centres are promoting “virtual story times” on Instagram Live and sending parents activity ideas like a rainbow stew recipe for St. Patrick’s Day.“Our staff is still sending emails out to let the children know we are thinking of them. It’s really heartening to see that connection even through these tough times.”Auger, the Toronto sports bar manager, said he hopes to eventually hold a one-year anniversary party.“Once we are permitted to re-open, and the public feels safe, we will host a big party to celebrate our one year — and maybe how we survived COVID-19.”With a file from The Canadian PressREAD MORE... How To Apply For EI If You Lose Your Job During The COVID-19 Crisis Trudeau Gets Specific About Social Distancing During Coronavirus Crisis World’s Major Airlines Face Bankruptcy Within 2 Months, Report Warns http://cold-lake.netia.ca/news/885581-devastating-shutdowns-during-coronavirus-crisis-hurl-small-b Tue, 17 2020 22:08:29 GMT http://cold-lake.netia.ca/news/885581-devastating-shutdowns-during-coronavirus-crisis-hurl-small-b RCMP investigate fatal fire at mens shelter in Cold Lake A 50-year-old man has succumbed to his injuries after a fire at a mens shelter in northern Alberta. http://cold-lake.netia.ca/news/885534-rcmp-investigate-fatal-fire-mens-shelter-cold-lake Tue, 17 2020 20:40:32 GMT http://cold-lake.netia.ca/news/885534-rcmp-investigate-fatal-fire-mens-shelter-cold-lake Tom Hanks says he, his wife have tested positive for coronavirus Hanks published a note to social media Wednesday saying the couple came down cold-like symptoms while in Australia, prompting them to go and get tested. http://cold-lake.netia.ca/news/883122-tom-hanks-says-he-his-wife-have-tested-positive-coronavirus Thu, 12 2020 01:39:25 GMT http://cold-lake.netia.ca/news/883122-tom-hanks-says-he-his-wife-have-tested-positive-coronavirus