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New census data shows how commuting dropped during pandemic, labour force aging

New census data shows how commuting dropped during pandemic, labour force aging

OTTAWA — New census data shows commuting levels dropped significantly in 2021 compared to 2016, and while some of that decline has rebounded, transit ridership hasn't fully recovered. According to Statistics Canada, there were 2.

NYC public employees among 19 accused of pandemic aid fraud

NEW YORK (AP) — Nineteen people including 17 New York City and New York state public employees were charged in a federal complaint unsealed Wednesday with submitting fraudulent applications for funds intended to help small businesses survive the coro
Ontario auditor general finds COVID-19 vaccine wastage, unco-ordinated bookings

Ontario auditor general finds COVID-19 vaccine wastage, unco-ordinated bookings

TORONTO — Ontario wasted 38 per cent of COVID-19 vaccine doses between February and June because it overestimated demand for boosters, said the province's auditor, who also found the government ran a disorganized booking system and doesn't fully trac
China vows crackdown on 'hostile forces' as public tests Xi

China vows crackdown on 'hostile forces' as public tests Xi

BEIJING (AP) — China’s ruling Communist Party has vowed to “resolutely crack down on infiltration and sabotage activities by hostile forces,” following the largest street demonstrations in decades by citizens fed up with strict anti-virus restriction
Chinese vaccine plans spark hope for end of 'zero COVID'

Chinese vaccine plans spark hope for end of 'zero COVID'

BEIJING (AP) — A campaign to vaccinate the elderly has sparked hopes China might roll back severe anti-virus controls that prompted protesters to demand President Xi Jinping resign, but the country faces daunting hurdles and up to a year of hard work
EXPLAINER: Why are China's COVID rules so strict?

EXPLAINER: Why are China's COVID rules so strict?

BEIJING (AP) — At the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, China set out its “zero-COVID” measures that were harsh, but not out of line with what many other countries were doing to try and contain the virus.

Western University revokes COVID-19 vaccine mandate, keeps masking requirement

LONDON, Ont. — Western University says it will no longer require students, staff and visitors to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The London, Ont.
Twitter ends enforcement of COVID misinformation policy

Twitter ends enforcement of COVID misinformation policy

Twitter will no longer enforce its policy against COVID-19 misinformation , raising concerns among public health experts that the change could have serious consequences if it discourages vaccination and other efforts to combat the still-spreading vir
Alberta legislature member Thomas Dang sentenced for hacking COVID-19 vaccine portal

Alberta legislature member Thomas Dang sentenced for hacking COVID-19 vaccine portal

EDMONTON — An Alberta legislature member who admitted to hacking the province's COVID-19 vaccine records portal has been ordered to pay a $7,200 fine.
China sends students home, police patrol to curb protests

China sends students home, police patrol to curb protests

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese universities sent students home and police fanned out in Beijing and Shanghai to prevent more protests Tuesday after crowds angered by severe anti-virus restrictions called for leader Xi Jinping to resign in the biggest show of
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