Registration begins for expanded patio spaces at Toronto restaurants, bars – Toronto

Registration begins for expanded patio spaces at Toronto restaurants, bars - Toronto
The City of Toronto says the first application process is now open for restaurants and bars that want to expand their outdoor dining spaces into curb lanes and onto sidewalks.The registration opened up Friday morning at 9 a.m. and owners will be able to apply for a month until March 26. There will be a second window for applications immediately afterwards, city officials said.“Pending public health orders, approved CaféTO curb lane locations from the first window would be installed as soon as mid-May — almost two months earlier than last year and in time for the May long weekend,” the city said in a news release earlier this week.Those who apply during the second window for registration can expect to have their expanded outdoor dining space installed in June, just before the Canada Day long weekend, the city said. Story...

Alberta budget 2021: Alberta universities eyeing tuition hikes, campus changes as funding model evolves – Calgary

Alberta budget 2021: Alberta universities eyeing tuition hikes, campus changes as funding model evolves - Calgary
The University of Calgary says a third consecutive year of funding cuts from the provincial government will have impacts on campus and community programs.In the budget tabled Thursday, the Alberta UCP said in the 2020-2021 year, own-source revenue for post-secondary institutions is expected to cover 47 per cent of schools’ operating costs.By 2023-2024, the government wants that to reach 52 per cent. Read more: Alberta budget 2021 promises more help for COVID-19 with $18B deficit The U of C said the budget cut the university’s operating budget by $25 million, meaning since 2019, the university’s total budget has been cut by 18 per cent.The school said the reductions bring the operating budget to less than it was in 2011, when, according to the university, it had 4,300 fewer students on its campus. Story...

Nova Scotia Liberal MPs decry NDP ‘political stunt’ after voting down bill on national pharmacare

Nova Scotia Liberal MPs decry NDP ‘political stunt’ after voting down bill on national pharmacare
Ten Liberal members of Parliament from Nova Scotia opposed a bill on Wednesday that, if passed, would have paved the way for national pharmacare, according to the federal New Democrats.Bill C-213, the Canada Pharmacare Act, aimed to establish some ground rules for the public administration, accessibility, and comprehensiveness of pharmacare, which provincial governments would need to follow before accessing federal funds for universal drug coverage in their jurisdictions.The NDP private member’s bill failed to pass its second reading with a total of 295 votes against and 32 in favour, prompting party leader Jagmeet Singh to accuse Justin Trudeau’s Liberals of “looking for an excuse to justify breaking a promise.”On Thursday, Nova Scotia’s Liberal MPs fired back, labelling the NDP as engaging in political theatre, and saying...

Ontario government could have moved faster on COVID-19 vaccine booking site, experts say

Registration begins for expanded patio spaces at Toronto restaurants, bars - Toronto
TORONTO — Ontario’s explanation that ongoing tests are delaying the launch of its vaccine-booking web portal doesn’t carry water for experts, who said Thursday that the province should have begun those trials months ago.The website — set to launch in mid-March when residents aged 80 and older can start getting vaccinated against COVID-19 — has already been piloted, but the government said it won’t go live until the province is sure it can withstand the large volume of requests expected.Experts said, however, that the government should have been able to have the site up and running earlier.Nancy Walton, a professor of nursing at Ryerson University with a specialization in mobile technologies, said the province has had plenty of time to plan its vaccine rollout and could have launched the web portal well in advance of the...

Community of Liverpool, N.S., raises thousands for new fully accessible play place – Halifax

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The community of Liverpool, N.S., and surrounding areas have joined forces to raise thousands of dollars for a new universally-designed play park for children and seniors of all ages.The play place will come fully equipped with features that include wheelchair-accessible sandboxes and picnic tables, dual-facing swings, as well as audio and brail components — all in a fenced-in area to make sure everyone stays safe.“It’s not just for a child with autism, it’s not just for a child in a wheelchair, this is for everybody,” said Elise Johnston, accessibility coordinator for the Region of Queen’s Municipality. Read more: Municipalities, riders have wish lists ready for ‘transformative’ federal public transit funds The idea came to life back in 2016 ahead of the area’s municipal election, when Debbie Wamboldt...

B.C. residents to get priority as provincial camping reservations open March 8

B.C. residents to get priority as provincial camping reservations open March 8
Residents of British Columbia will once again get priority when it comes to booking provincial campsites.The province announcing on Wednesday the annual melee to book a camping spot will open online on March 8 but residents can only book a campsite online two months in advance of their arrival date.People who live in the province will have priority access to campsite reservations throughout the summer and not just in the opening window. Read more: B.C. residents to get preferential access to camping in province’s parks “Our provincial parks have never been as important as they are right now. They provide a special place to safely connect with nature and improve our health and well-being during these difficult times,” Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy George Heyman said. Story continues...

Canada cuts health transfer in response to New Brunswick’s position on abortion outside hospitals

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The federal government has reduced the Canada Health Transfer to New Brunswick by approximately $140,000, saying the province has failed in its obligation to fund out-of-hospital abortions.It’s only the latest event in the dispute over abortion funding between the two levels of government.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. Read more: Civil rights group sues New Brunswick over access to abortion Abortions are only offered in limited locations because previous provincial governments have not repealed a regulation, known as Regulation 84-20, banning the funding of abortions outside of hospitals. Story continues below...

Albertans 75 and older can book COVID-19 vaccine appointments starting 8 a.m. Wednesday

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UPDATE: Alberta COVID-19 vaccine booking site ‘experiencing very high volumes’ as appointments open to those 75 and olderAlbertans 75 and older will be able to start booking appointments for their COVID-19 vaccinations starting on Wednesday at 8 a.m., but there are questions and concerns about how this phase of the vaccine rollout will unfold.The first appointment for seniors will start at 11 a.m. the same day, according to Alberta Health Services. Appointment times will be offered between 8:20 a.m. and 3:40 p.m. seven days a week. AHS said it would extend hours in mid-March when there is more vaccine supply.Anyone born in 1946 and earlier is eligible, Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Tuesday. 2:19 Albertans over...

Ward 7 Calgary Coun. Druh Farrell not running for re-election in October – Calgary

Ward 7 Calgary Coun. Druh Farrell not running for re-election in October - Calgary
After 20 years on Calgary city council, Druh Farrell has announced she will not be running for re-election in the fall.In a blog post about the transformation in the city’s East Village and the struggles of the downtown core, Farrell said she would not be seeking a seventh term as the city councillor representing Ward 7.“I won’t be running for re-election this fall. It won’t be me championing our downtown into the coming decades,” Farrell said in the post.We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform our struggling Downtown and build a Calgary for the next generation. East Village shows transformation is both possible and worth the hard work it will take. #yyccc #yyc https://t.co/v4uXpsJBta pic.twitter.com/kKnPBrCEz2— Druh Farrell (@DruhFarrell) February 23, 2021 Story continues below...