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How worried should you be about the new Covid-19 variant?

How worried should you be about the new Covid-19 variant?

In some parts of Canada—especially Ontario—hospitals are close to the breaking point. At the same time, tests are finding a variant of Covid-19 that may spread much faster than the usual virus.
Covid? Rising. Vaccines? Slow. Politicians? Travelling. Inside a bad month for Ontario

Covid? Rising. Vaccines? Slow. Politicians? Travelling. Inside a bad month for Ontario

This past week, Ontario broke its seven-day average Covid-19 case record. Its hospitals are nearly full. Its vaccine rollout is slow.
You’re going to pay more for food this year. A lot more.

You’re going to pay more for food this year. A lot more.

Welcome to 2021! It's going to cost more to eat this year. The unprecedented events of 2020 combined with longer-term issues will lead to a massive spike in the prices the average Canadian pays for most groceries — and restaurant food, too,
How do we learn to be empathetic?

How do we learn to be empathetic?

It's the ability to put ourselves in another's shoes and it's been needed more this year than ever.
What happens when we run out of space to bury our dead?

What happens when we run out of space to bury our dead?

Blink and you could miss it—the Richview Memorial Cemetery sits nestled on a thin slice of land between two of North America’s busiest highways. The cemetery is guarded by one Randall Reid, but not all such places are so fortunate.
“Christmas is a little different this year”: An interview with Santa

“Christmas is a little different this year”: An interview with Santa

Over the past ten months we've been accustomed to seeing our daily routines change in ways large and small. Covid-19 has popularized phrases from "in these unprecedented times" to X "will look a little different this year".
A pandemic makes local news more critical, but also more endangered

A pandemic makes local news more critical, but also more endangered

Ten months into this pandemic, after so many of us rediscovered how vital local news can be, there are even fewer local newsrooms in Canada than when it began. - How did we end up here? What are we losing when small-town papers die?
Is Canada’s new climate plan finally getting serious?

Is Canada’s new climate plan finally getting serious?

It's as ambitious as any Canadian government has been so far—but is it enough? A new climate plan rolled out by Justin Trudeau last week takes aim at some real metrics for change. So how would it directly impact your life, and your wallet? -
‘Tis the season for mass evictions?

‘Tis the season for mass evictions?

A moratorium on evictions in Ontario was once part of Premier Doug Ford's plan to "make sure you and your family can stay in your home during this difficult time.
As vaccination begins, how can we convince hesitant Canadians to take the shot?

As vaccination begins, how can we convince hesitant Canadians to take the shot?

There will always be a group of people who flatly refuse to get vaccinated, and public health messages probably won't convince them. But there are far, far more Canadians who might get vaccinated, but are nervous of what they see as a potential risk.
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