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Hospital director given discretion to allow unescorted outings for Schoenborn

COQUITLAM, B.C. — The director of a psychiatric hospital in British Columbia has been given the discretion to allow unescorted outings in the community for a man who was found not criminally responsible for killing his three children.

Two Nunavut hamlets ask visitors to stay away to keep COVID-19 out

Two Nunavut hamlets are asking visitors to stay away to help keep COVID-19 out of the remote communities with limited public health resources.
Parliament suspends for five weeks over COVID-19 concerns

Parliament suspends for five weeks over COVID-19 concerns

OTTAWA — The House of Commons and Senate are shutting down for five weeks to help prevent parliamentarians from contributing to the spread of COVID-19, after an extraordinary unanimous agreement among the federal parties.
Feds restrict global flights to fewer airports following Trump Europe ban

Feds restrict global flights to fewer airports following Trump Europe ban

The federal Liberal government imposed its own limits on incoming flights from overseas Friday — nothing as severe as Donald Trump's ban on foreign nationals arriving from Europe, but enough to signal to the United States that it need not erect a vir
Bank of Canada cuts rate target to 0.75 per cent in response to COVID-19

Bank of Canada cuts rate target to 0.75 per cent in response to COVID-19

OTTAWA — Canada's central bank cut another half-point off its key interest rate in an emergency move that comes ahead of what the federal Liberals say will be a "significant" stimulus plan to cushion the economic blow from COVID-19.
Quebec to shut schools, daycares, universities in response to COVID-19 outbreak

Quebec to shut schools, daycares, universities in response to COVID-19 outbreak

Quebec is closing all schools, junior colleges, universities and daycare centres in the province for two weeks beginning Monday to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Chinese allow Michael Kovrig telephone call to sick father amid COVID-19

Chinese allow Michael Kovrig telephone call to sick father amid COVID-19

OTTAWA — Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese Embassy in Canada says Michael Kovrig has been allowed to have a telephone conversation with his father, who is very ill.

Universities prepare for possibility of moving online as pandemic spreads

Eliano Rexho spent years planning for a semester abroad in Italy, but watched helplessly as a global pandemic wiped out his efforts in days.
Manitoba closing schools March 23 due to COVID-19 pandemic

Manitoba closing schools March 23 due to COVID-19 pandemic

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government says it is closing schools for three weeks because of COVID-19. Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen says classes will be suspended starting March 23.

Power outage leaves East Bench residents without water

Residents of East Bench in the Osoyoos Irrigation District were left with little to no water on Wednesday afternoon and most of the day Thursday after a planned power outage this week.
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