Free 2-hour core-area parking in London, Ont., extended to end of year – London

Free 2-hour core-area parking in London, Ont., extended to end of year - London
A free parking pilot project launched in July and extended to September has been once again extended, this time to the end of the year.The City of London announced Wednesday that free two-hour municipal parking in London’s core will last the rest of 2020. Read more: London, Ont., extends free 2-hour core-area parking until Sept. 30 Motorists are eligible to receive two hours of free parking every day at city-owned parking lots and on-street parking meters in the downtown and Old East Village by using the code ‘B2B20’ on HonkMobile. Since the pilot launched in July, free parking has been accessed over 7,100 times.The initiative is part of ongoing efforts to support local businesses impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic, the city said in a release. Story continues below...

New dental clinic open on Big River First Nation

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People living on Big River First Nation will now have better access to dental care.In partnership with the University of Saskatchewan (USask) College of Dentistry, a new dental clinic opened at the Big River First Nation Health Centre this week. Read more: Star Blanket Cree Nation balances pandemic pressures to open new health services centre “Access to care is a barrier in rural and northern communities all across Saskatchewan. We as a college identified it as one of the problems that we decided to focus on,” USask College of Dentistry inclusive community outreach director Dr. Amrinderbir Singh said.Different services will be offered 10 to 12 days a month, with hours potentially expanding based on demand. Story continues below advertisement A USask dentist, dental assistant and aid...

Calgary getting early access to Airbnb data – Calgary

Calgary getting early access to Airbnb data - Calgary
The City of Calgary has a new tool to monitor Airbnbs throughout the city.The popular short-term rental site released “City Portal” on Wednesday, hailing it as a “solution” for governments and tourism organizations.Calgary is one of 15 pilot cities Airbnb is working with. Vancouver is the only other Canadian city in the pilot. Airbnb did not say when it was planning on rolling out the tool in other municipalities. Read more: City of Calgary closer to implementing new rules for home-sharing services The portal will include compliance tools, local and global short-term rental data, and direct access to Airbnb representatives.“[Cities are] interested in the global data, which we’re providing in the portal,” Airbnb spokesperson Nathan Rotman told Global News. “But they’re also interested in how many...

Controversial Stanley Park bike lane to be removed next weekend

Controversial Stanley Park bike lane to be removed next weekend
The Vancouver Park Board is removing a controversial separated bike lane in Stanley Park next weekend.In a Friday media release, the board said the designated lane was being taken out and that cyclists could return to using the seawall as of Saturday, Sept. 26. Read more: Vancouverites upset over disputed bike lane rally to ‘take back’ Stanley Park Stanley Park Drive, which has been separated into a lane for vehicles and a lane for bikes since June 22, will be returned to two lanes of vehicle traffic, though cyclists will still be permitted to use the road as they were in the past.The seawall was closed to bikes in April, in order to allow more room for pedestrians to physically distance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Story continues below advertisement Stanley Park Drive was initially...

Halifax construction leaves some intersections ‘impassable’ for wheelchairs and elderly, advocate says – Halifax

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A Halifax wheelchair user says it’s time that the city starts implementing mitigation measures to ensure people with disabilities can still safely access areas of the municipality that are under construction.“There’s a lot of corners on [Robie Street], right now, that are completely impassable for somebody with a disability, somebody who uses a mobility device, somebody’s who’s blind, partially sighted,” April Hubbard said, a disability advocate in Halifax. Read more: Halifax contractor leaves trailer illegally parked in accessible spot for over 12 hours Story continues below advertisement People with mobility challenges say the intersection of North and Robie street in Halifax is impassable due to construction. Alexa...

Halifax hockey parents create petition to be allowed in the rink amid COVID-19 – Halifax

Halifax hockey parents create petition to be allowed in the rink amid COVID-19 - Halifax
Both Michael Kydd’s children play minor hockey in Bedford, N.S., but he hasn’t been able to see them play on the ice this year.The BMO Centre, like other hockey rink facilities across the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), is closed to spectators. Read more: Halifax Mooseheads return to ice with a plan to compete and keep COVID-19 at bay “What you are actually seeing are parents looking for every opportunity to peer through every window (at the rink),” said Kydd. “It’s what we did at the forum the other day, just to get a glimpse of our kid skating.”Kydd says players are dropped off at the rink, half-dressed in their gear at a specific entrance for the ice pad they are using, and a specified exit to use on the way out, as to minimize interactions with other ice users. Story continues below...

Ottawa must secure rapid test kits, Oxford vaccine for Canadians: expert – National

Ottawa must secure rapid test kits, Oxford vaccine for Canadians: expert - National
The federal government needs to do more to secure access to rapid, at-home coronavirus test kits and the vaccine candidate being developed at the University of Oxford for Canadians, says one epidemiologist.Both are measures that will help limit the impact of some of the early mistakes the government has made, said the University of Ottawa’s Dr. Raywat Deonandan in an interview with The West Block‘s Mercedes Stephenson.“It’s clear now that we probably should have closed the borders earlier, we probably should’ve mandated mask wearing earlier. We should’ve compelled provinces to stop March break travel earlier,” he said.“There are things we could’ve done. But I’m forgiving of those mistakes because that was based on the information we had at the time.”“There are things we can do still to overcome the failures made...

Haligonians get five more weekends of access to George’s Island – Halifax

Haligonians get five more weekends of access to George’s Island - Halifax
Haligonians will be allowed to visit Georges Island for an additional five weekends this year.Parks Canada announced Tuesday that they’ll be extending the visitor season to the national historic site.The news comes after a high demand for tickets to the island which was not open to the public until this August after a $2 million project to build a permanent wharf was completed.The additional weekends will start Sept. 12 and stretch to the weekend of Oct. 10. Trending Stories Throughout August, Ambassatours Grey Line has been using its Harbour Queen to ferry passengers from Cable Wharf to Georges Island. Story continues below advertisement Tickets can be booked on the company’s website.Despite being located in the middle of Halifax harbour the island was largely off-limits to...

Quebec court upholds back-to-school plan requiring in-class attendance

Quebec court upholds back-to-school plan requiring in-class attendance
A group of Quebec parents have been denied a temporary safeguard order in their bid to secure access to online learning for all students during the novel coronavirus pandemic.Quebec Superior Court Justice Frédéric Bachand issued his ruling Tuesday, saying the evidence presented by the plaintiffs did not justify emergency intervention until the full challenge can be heard.”While the restriction is being upheld, the parents will be able to make their arguments against the province’s back-to-school plan in more exhaustive detail before the court during the fall. Trending Stories The group, which consists of mothers from the Greater Montreal area, wants the government to offer distance education for families who don’t want their children to physically attend school to be able to keep them at home without a medical...

PC Leader Blaine Higgs offers shifting answers on abortion funding in New Brunswick

PC Leader Blaine Higgs offers shifting answers on abortion funding in New Brunswick
The New Brunswick election campaign continued on Friday with PC Leader Blaine Higgs shifting goalposts when pressed by reporters on what it would take for him to fund abortions in private clinics in the province.In New Brunswick, abortions are only funded by the provincial government at three locations: two hospitals in Moncton and one hospital in Bathurst, locations that critics say limit accessibility for those who need the procedure.Abortions are only offered in the two locations because previous provincial governments have not repealed a regulation, known as Regulation 84-20, banning the funding of abortions outside of hospitals. Read more: All our New Brunswick election 2020 coverage New Brunswick is the only province in Canada that does not fund abortions outside of hospitals. Story continues below...