Fully Reopening Elementary Schools Should Be Made ‘Top National Priority,’ Experts Say

Amid the debate over reopening the nation’s schools, a group of education and health experts argued that it is both essential and feasible to allow young children, particularly elementary school students, to physically return to classrooms in fall. In an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine Wednesday, Harvard University’s education professor Meira … Read more

Fauci rebuts Republican claims about hydroxychloroquine in Capitol Hill session

Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci resisted efforts by Republicans to criticize recent protests against racial injustice while pushing back on their continued promotion of hydroxycholoroquine as a possible coronavirus remedy in Congress on Friday. Fauci’s testimony at a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on the coronavirus crisis came at the end of … Read more

Carjacking Suspect Charged in Shooting of 3 Chicago Officers

Chicago Police investigate at the 25th District station on the northwest side, in Chicago, after several officers were shot outside the station, Chicago, on July 30, 2020. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP) CHICAGO—A convicted felon on parole has been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of three Chicago police officers outside a station, … Read more

EI-like benefit for gig, contract workers will be available after CERB ends, Trudeau says

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government plans to move out-of-work Canadians into the employment insurance system and provide parallel support for millions of people who are set to exhaust their emergency pandemic aid, and who don’t have EI to fall back on. The $80-billion Canada Emergency Response Benefit is set to wind down over the coming … Read more

Consumer Spending Rises As Incomes Fall, Giving Mixed Picture of Economic Recovery

American consumers increased their spending by 5.6 percent in June while personal income fell by 1.1 percent, giving a mixed picture of a U.S. economy struggling to sustain recovery momentum amid a surge of reported COVID-19 cases and lackluster jobs data. Consumer spending is a major driver of the U.S. economy, accounting for around 70 … Read more

Ottawa poised to extend commercial rent relief into August

CBC News has learned the federal government will extend Canadian Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA), its rent subsidy program to support small businesses. Michael Smith, co-founder of the grassroots advocacy group Save Small Business (SSB), said a senior official from Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s office told him the government is “committed to extending CECRA for the … Read more

Bankrupt Pier 1 To Become an Online Retail Outlet

Bankrupt Pier 1 Imports is winding down its brick-and-mortar operation, but its brand name will survive online. Retail Ecommerce Ventures (REV), an investment firm that buys beleaguered brands, is paying $31 million for the moribund home goods retailer’s name and intellectual property. The aim is to reboot Pier 1 online and create a “robust ecommerce … Read more

New COVID-19 notification app rolls out in Ontario

Residents of Ontario can download a new app that can tell them whether they have been around someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 over the previous two weeks. But while government officials say the goal is to make the COVID Alert contact notification app available across the country and are in talks with other provinces, … Read more

US National Shot Dead in Pakistan Courtroom During Blasphemy Trial

A United States citizen on trial for blasphemy in Pakistan has been shot dead while appearing in court, in the latest act of violence connected to the controversial legislation. Tahir Ahmed Naseem, 47, died on Wednesday in the northwestern city of Peshawar, after a member of the public walked into the courtroom and opened fire … Read more

Salmonella outbreak in Canada linked to American red onions

Health officials have tracked a salmonella outbreak in Canada reported earlier this week to red onions imported from the United States. According to a release from the Public Health Agency of Canada, there have been 55 additional illnesses in Canada since the outbreak was first announced for a total of 114 cases of salmonella across five provinces.  Sixteen people … Read more