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OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called two byelections less than a day after the Liberals named their candidates in each of the Toronto ridings. A short notice from the Prime Minister’s Office says the votes in York Centre and Toronto Centre will take place on Oct. 26. The Liberals are hoping to hold […]

OTTAWA — New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh says he’s not interested in forcing a federal election with a second wave of COVID-19 looming, if he can work with the Liberals to bring much-needed help to struggling Canadians. Singh’s comments Friday were his clearest yet on whether the NDP plans to support the minority Liberal government’s […]

TORONTO — North American stock markets dipped to close a relatively flat week on signs of slowing U.S. recovery and weakness in the technology sector. The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 47.75 points to 16,198.97. In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 244.56 points at 27,657.42. The S&P 500 index was down […]

TORONTO — Premier Doug Ford says newly announced restrictions on social gatherings in three provincial virus hot spots will be expanded to other areas of Ontario. Ford says some mayors and regional medical officers of health have indicated they would also like to see the rules applied to their municipalities. Ford says he will be discussing the further tightening of […]

Rapid increases in new COVID-19 cases could quickly spiral out of control, public health officials said Friday as some provinces continued to impose new and tougher public health measures. Canada’s top public health official, Dr. Theresa Tam, said it’s too soon to declare a second wave of the pandemic across Canada, but daily case counts are increasing […]

A medical officer of health in eastern Ontario says the slow lab turnaround time for COVID-19 tests is hampering the ability of local public health officials to do effective contact tracing and control outbreaks. Dr. Robert Cushman, acting medical officer of health with Renfrew County and District Health Unit, says universal testing for COVID-19 has led to major problems such […]

MONTREAL — Quebec is reporting 297 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death from the virus. The province has now reported 66,653 cases and 5,792 deaths linked to the novel coronavirus. Authorities say that 58,218 people are considered recovered. The number of people in hospital remained stable at 136, with one more patient in intensive care, bringing the […]

OTTAWA — The federal minister overseeing key aid programs for workers during the pandemic says there could still be changes to a proposed package of income-support benefits as the country faces renewed pressure from COVID-19. That includes caregiver payments for anyone who can’t go to work because their child’s school or daycare is closed, or […]

TORONTO — Shares in Kinross Gold Corp. rose by more than 10 per cent on Friday after it announced it would introduce its first dividend in seven years in view of growing gold production. The news comes as gold prices continue to hover at near all-time record heights above US$1,950 per ounce. Kinross last paid […]

TORONTO — The organization that regulates the nursing profession in Ontario was hit by a ransomware cyber-attack in which personal information might have been compromised, a spokeswoman said on Friday. The College of Nurses of Ontario, which oversees about 188,000 members, offered few details about what it had previously referred to only as a “cybersecurity incident” […]