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CFL says eight franchises have met 85 per cent full vaccinated threshold for COVID-19

CFL says eight franchises have met 85 per cent full vaccinated threshold for COVID-19

TORONTO — Eight of nine CFL teams have met the 85 per cent full vaccinated threshold for COVID-19, the league announced Thursday. There was no immediate indication regarding the one team yet to reach the threshold.
Jets centre Mark Scheifele in NHL's COVID-19 protocol, joins captain Blake Wheeler

Jets centre Mark Scheifele in NHL's COVID-19 protocol, joins captain Blake Wheeler

Winnipeg Jets centre Mark Scheifele has been placed into the NHL's COVID-19 protocol, the team announced Thursday. The Jets said he would not play in the evening's home-opener against the Anaheim Ducks.

Quarter of Quebec parents don't plan to vaccinate children against COVID-19: survey

MONTREAL — Twenty-seven per cent of Quebec parents of children aged five to 11 are opposed to getting their child vaccinated against COVID-19, a recent survey by the province's public health institute has found.
'Alarming and heartbreaking': Medical group calls for strict measures in Saskatchewan

'Alarming and heartbreaking': Medical group calls for strict measures in Saskatchewan

The Canadian Medical Association is again calling on Saskatchewan to bring in strict public measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Manitoba churches lose court challenge against COVID-19 restrictions

Manitoba churches lose court challenge against COVID-19 restrictions

WINNIPEG — A judge who ruled against seven Manitoba churches that were fighting public health orders says the restrictions were reasonable and necessary to stem the spread of COVID-19.
New Brunswick surpasses 100 deaths linked to COVID-19 since beginning of pandemic

New Brunswick surpasses 100 deaths linked to COVID-19 since beginning of pandemic

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs said it was a tough day for the province with news of two more deaths Thursday, bringing the number of COVID-19-related deaths to 101 since the start of the pandemic.
With hours before deadline, Liberals reshape pandemic aid to businesses, workers

With hours before deadline, Liberals reshape pandemic aid to businesses, workers

OTTAWA — The federal government has unveiled a $7-billion redesign of pandemic aid for businesses and individuals that kicks in Sunday, which would cut support to almost 900,000 workers and potentially put thousands of jobs at risk in the near-term.
Ontario Hospital Association recommends mandatory staff COVID shots in letter to Ford

Ontario Hospital Association recommends mandatory staff COVID shots in letter to Ford

TORONTO — An organization representing Ontario hospitals wants the provincial government to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for health-care workers, saying current policies don't go far enough.
Moscow closing schools, many businesses as virus deaths soar

Moscow closing schools, many businesses as virus deaths soar

MOSCOW (AP) — Restaurants, movie theaters and many retail stores in Moscow will be closed for 11 days starting Oct.
Israel poised to welcome foreign tourists back to country

Israel poised to welcome foreign tourists back to country

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli leaders on Thursday recommended reopening the country to fully vaccinated tourists beginning on Nov. 1, a year and a half after closing its borders to most foreign visitors due to the global coronavirus pandemic.