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105.9 The Region

OTTAWA — The day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife was revealed to have COVID-19, cabinet agreed that Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland would be next in line if Trudeau could not perform his duties. The move, usually a formality, has become more significant during the COVID-19 crisis, which is now threatening the life of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Next […]

GUELPH, Ont. — Canadian writer Jean Little, who changed the way kids of all abilities were represented in children’s literature, has died. Her sister Pat de Vries, who shared a home with Little in Guelph, Ont., for 27 years, says she died in a hospice Monday at age 88. Little penned more than 50 books, including many well-loved works for younger […]

TORONTO — Ontario put out a wartime-like plea Tuesday to press anyone in the province with health-care experience into service, as the first Ontario-made personal protective equipment rolled off the lines following a similar call to action to businesses. Premier Doug Ford announced the opening of an online portal through which people with medical training can be […]

OTTAWA — Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand says Canada is working hard behind the scenes on the increasingly challenging logistics of getting critical COVID-19 medical equipment to Canada from foreign countries. She says the fight for surgical masks, gowns, hand-sanitizer and ventilators has become a virtual wild west among countries facing shortages. Anand says the market for personal protective […]

TORONTO — Kaie Kellough is among this year’s Canadian nominees for the $65,000 Griffin Poetry Prize. The Montreal-based, Calgary-raised writer is shortlisted for his third collection, “Magnetic Equator,” a continent-spanning exploration of identity. Also in the running is Doyali Islam, the Toronto-based editor of Arc Poetry Magazine, for “Heft,” which examines rupture and resilience. Rounding out the Canadian short list is Vancouver-based […]

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is raising anew his government’s promise to help hard-hit Canadians more easily access credit. Speaking at his daily press briefing, Trudeau says moves by Canada’s big banks to reduce credit-card costs for those whose finances have been harmed by COVID-19 is a first step, but that they have to do […]

MONTREAL — A long-term care home north of Montreal is reporting that 105 people at its facility have tested positive for COVID-19 and eight have died. A spokeswoman for the regional health authority says the Centre d’hebergement Ste-Dorothee in Laval decided to test all its residents last Friday to learn the size of the outbreak. Judith Goudreau said […]

TORONTO — The CFL is the latest league to postpone play due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The league, which was slated to kick off the regular season on June 11, announced Tuesday that the season won’t start before the beginning of July. “Like our fellow Canadians, we in the CFL are striving to meet today’s challenges […]

TORONTO — When the impact of COVID-19 led Hongwei Liu to temporarily lay off some employees and slash company forecasts, the founder of Waterloo, Ont.-based technology startup MappedIn hoped he might qualify for a helping hand under the federal government’s emergency wage subsidy. Like many other small businesses across the country, the indoor digital mapping developer expects to be hammered by […]

OTTAWA — The federal government fast-tracked the Canadian citizenship process for a University of Manitoba professor, citing an “urgent need” to facilitate his planned research on COVID-19. Adolf Ng, whose focus is on supply chain logistics, became a Canadian citizen in an extraordinary online ceremony last Wednesday. Ng had been scheduled to write the citizenship test in March, […]