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Third major COVID-19 vaccine shown to be effective and cheaper

Third major COVID-19 vaccine shown to be effective and cheaper

LONDON — Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca said Monday that late-stage trials showed its coronavirus vaccine was up to 90% effective, giving public health officials hope they may soon have access to a vaccine that is cheaper and easier to distribute
Long-awaited federal rent subsidy program for businesses hurt by COVID-19 opens today

Long-awaited federal rent subsidy program for businesses hurt by COVID-19 opens today

OTTAWA — Businesses struggling to pay the bills because of the COVID-19 pandemic will be able to start applying today for a long-awaited new commercial rent-relief program offered by the federal government.
BC Ferries to replace mask image after everyone has their laugh

BC Ferries to replace mask image after everyone has their laugh

A B.C. Ferries sign reminding passengers to wear a mask has gained far more attention than anticipated, even earning a mention on U.S. late-night television.
American leaves $3K tip for a beer as restaurant closes for COVID-19

American leaves $3K tip for a beer as restaurant closes for COVID-19

A customer left a $3,000 tip for a single beer as a restaurant voluntarily closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The man walked in Sunday, ordered the beer and asked for the check, which came to $7.
'Hardship is not a new thing': Nunavut fights COVID-19 as cases continue to rise

'Hardship is not a new thing': Nunavut fights COVID-19 as cases continue to rise

It has been just over two weeks since Nunavut declared its first case of COVID-19, but it's still unknown how 84 people were infected so quickly in the territory. Nunavut is home to about 39,000 people.
VIDEO: BC Ferries' viral mask signs make it to the Late Late Show screen

VIDEO: BC Ferries' viral mask signs make it to the Late Late Show screen

 "I mean, talk about graphic design," quipped host James Corden.
Normal Christmas is 'right out of the question,' says PM Trudeau

Normal Christmas is 'right out of the question,' says PM Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered an urgent plea to Canadians today warning that if social contacts are not reduced, and reduced now, the transmission of COVID-19 could reach overwhelming levels.
'Hardship is not a new thing': Nunavut fights COVID-19 as cases continue to rise

'Hardship is not a new thing': Nunavut fights COVID-19 as cases continue to rise

IQALUIT — It has been just over two weeks since Nunavut declared its first case of COVID-19, but it's still unknown how 84 people were infected so quickly in the territory. Nunavut is home to about 39,000 people.
Raptors won't start NBA season in Toronto, plan to call Tampa Bay home

Raptors won't start NBA season in Toronto, plan to call Tampa Bay home

TORONTO — Masai Ujiri and the Toronto Raptors boast about having one of the best fan bases in the league. But due to COVID-19, it's going to be a long-distance love affair for now. The Raptors will start their season playing home games in Tampa, Fla.
WestJet, Air Canada reach deal to avoid COVID-19 quarantine in Hawaii

WestJet, Air Canada reach deal to avoid COVID-19 quarantine in Hawaii

As British Columbians adjust to the sweeping new restrictions announced by B.C. health officials on Thursday, an escape plan has presented itself thanks to two of Canada's largest airlines .