Since its infancy, Instagram has been a social media forum where people post highly edited images and curate their feeds ‘just so’ in attempts to be aspirational and to showcase how #blessed they are. She waited six months to “come out” with her divorce announcement on social media. Friends saw the post and started sharing their support and commending her for her honesty, which is exactly what she needed. Spira says that so much of our personal lives are shared on social media, that followers often feel a deep personal connection to someone, even if they’ve never met you in person. “Having social media as your crutch and comfort zone during a difficult time in your life can be cathartic and healing.
March 31, 2020 09:56 UTC
Religious service, steeped as it is in community, is one area where people are finding it hard to avoid gathering amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Pastor Tony Spell, right, has continued to hold services with hundreds of congregants at the Life Tabernacle Church. Life Tabernacle wasn't the only church to defy public orders and open their doors to parishioners on Sunday. A statement released by religious leaders across Canada on Monday urged people to follow public health officials' guidelines. "What we see pastor Spell doing is giving way to this ancient tradition of linking faith in God with healing in the body," said Storin.
March 31, 2020 07:52 UTC
A small-town Alberta mayor has a message for people who defy public health guidelines during the pandemic: "get your heads out of your rectum and think about what you're doing." Raymond says he was compelled to write the editorial last week after a number of locals reportedly endangered public health and local businesses by breaking self-isolation orders. Much has changed since then, as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rise and the province clamps down on public health orders. - Thorsby Mayor Rod RaymondThe Alberta government granted police and peace officers on Wednesday the power to enforce public health orders with $1,000 fines. The mayor expects compliance with public health orders will improve given the new punitive measures.
March 31, 2020 03:45 UTC
"Some important religious observances are coming up including Easter, Passover, Vaisakhi, Ramadan," Dr. Theresa Tam said at her daily news conference Monday. This Easter, that means Catholics should check with their local churches to see what events will be broadcast online or on television. The Ottawa Archdiocese will be recording Easter mass and broadcasting it live through its website and YouTube channel. Catholics who want to follow those events can do so virtually, providing they are willing to watch them live. Other religious organizations, including the Anglican Church of Canada, have also closed their doors and are offering a variety of ways for parishioners to stay connected online through Easter.
March 31, 2020 02:14 UTC
The economic impacts of COVID-19 are expected to last months and cost millions of dollars for the City of Edmonton, city council heard Monday. That figure jumps to $61.1 million if businesses remain closed until mid-June, and $112 million if the physical distancing measures continue until mid-September. A six-week closure would mean the city loses $8.5 million, which would rise to about $38 million if the closure lasts until mid-September. Tax delaysAlso Monday, council agreed to amend tax bylaws to give property owners in business improvement areas until August to pay. Deferring tax payments will mean less cash flow for the city so Laughlin encourages anyone who can, to pay.
March 31, 2020 01:41 UTC
But her family has used FaceTime to talk to her every day; her father, Neil Calver, said modern technology has kept them connected. For Marie Calver, it's been important and reassuring to be able to see her daughter's face. And I guess we've become rather adept at being able to notice that," Marie Calver said. When Erin Calver is eventually released, it is likely that she will be quarantined again — this time at home in Cochrane — for another two weeks. When they finally can see each other, Marie Calver described what she and her husband will do: "Oh, hug her and kiss her.
March 31, 2020 01:39 UTC
A Montreal homeless man who was allowed to wander the city's streets after he was believed to have tested positive for COVID-19 last week was not actually infected with the novel coronavirus. On March 23, a homeless man was intercepted by Montreal police officers outside of the Old Brewery Mission. Shelter staff and the man were informed that public health authorities were looking for him because he had tested positive, and he was taken to hospital. The public health agency did not confirm the case that day but said it was conducting an investigation into the matter. But when contacted by CBC News, neither Montreal's public health agency nor the police service would explain what had happened.
March 31, 2020 00:45 UTC
Alberta's energy war room will have its budget slashed for the next three months because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government announced Monday. Current spending to the Canadian Energy Centre (CEC) will be cut to "subsistence operations" because most of its budget was intended for paid advertising campaigns that can no longer proceed. But Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage said in Monday's statement the provincial government still sees a need for the centre. "The CEC will continue to be required to promote and defend Canadian energy." NDP Opposition energy critic Irfan Sabir said these temporary budget reductions to the CEC are nothing to celebrate.
March 31, 2020 00:00 UTC
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland appeared Monday to reject a request by a group of First Nations in Manitoba for Canada to allow Cuban doctors into their communities to bolster their health care services in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. "Canada's health care system, which is staffed by outstanding health care professionals, has the capacity to deal with this extraordinary challenge," said Freeland, during the daily federal government news conference on the country's pandemic response. Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer, said she is working with the chief medical officer at Indigenous Services Canada. "What our communities need is more health care workers on site in our communities." "Without an increase of health care workers on site in communities and appropriate medical equipment and supply, our patients will have to be sent outside of their communities for urgent medical care."
March 30, 2020 23:48 UTC
Tim Petros, a former CFL running back turned restaurateur, has died at age 58. Petros played for the Calgary Stampeders from 1984 to 1990. 🏈 The Dinos send our sincere condolences to the Petros family after Tim's passing.<br><br>Tim was the first Vanier Cup MVP at UCalgary, setting a rushing record in 1983 that still stands today. He originally sold the pizzas around Calgary at farmers markets, before opening Tim's Gourmet Pizza in Cochrane in 2013. Calgary filmmaker Jaimie Stewart turned his lens on former CFL running-back Tim Petros' pizza business and philosophy, turning it all into a short film that's screening at The Calgary International Film Festival.
March 30, 2020 23:47 UTC
A little more than a week after Dr. Denis Vincent died at his Vancouver home, the B.C. Vincent, a dentist who practised on the North Shore, was diagnosed with COVID-19 after attending the Pacific Dental Conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre in early March. His family's lawyer, Bettyanne Brownlee, confirmed Monday that the coroner's investigation had concluded Vincent's death was the result of COVID-19. "I can tell you that Dr. Vincent is going to be greatly missed. "Dr. Vincent was a dedicated health-care professional who made patient care and safety his top priority for more than 40 years.
March 30, 2020 23:36 UTC
It's been far from business as usual at University of Saskatchewan and University of Regina over the past two weeks. They can take the traditional numeric grading method. They can choose between two pass/fail options — Credit COVID-19 or No Credit COVID-19 — either of which will not impact their overall average and will preserve their academic standing. Students choosing Credit COVID-19 (CRC) will be recognized as passing that course, but will not affect the student's GPA. "So let's say I'm a student in biology and I've done well and I want the numeric grade," Chase said.
March 30, 2020 22:39 UTC
The first night Rory Richards applauded health-care workers from her Vancouver apartment window, some of her neighbours actually shut theirs. 'I thought it would be a great place to get the ball rolling,' said Richards about Vancouver's West End neighbourhood, which is near one of the city's major hospitals. Residents of the West End now not only come out in droves to show their gratitude for health-care workers with riotous enthusiasm, but the movement has grown across the province. A family shows its support for those on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic from their home in the West End on March 25. Residents in Vancouver's West End applauded health-care workers from their windows Friday evening to recognize their efforts battling <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#COVID19</a>.
March 30, 2020 22:07 UTC
Dozens of small business owners in Nova Scotia say the emergency measures put in place to help them weather the COVID-19 crisis will only drive them deeper into debt and eventually out of business for good. The province has announced a rent deferral program, but Lara Cusson of Café Lara on Halifax's Agricola Street is giving it a low rating. (CBC)On Friday the province announced a three-month rent deferral program. (CBC)"It really does seem that — for the small business owners — the only way out is to take a loan out from a bank. "[The rent deferral program] was to ensure that landlords walked in and treated their tenants with understanding," the premier said.
March 30, 2020 21:11 UTC
Five people died Monday from COVID-19, bringing the total in the province to eight so far. The woman in her 70s was a resident at the McKenzie Towne Continuing Care Centre in southeast Cgy, where 36 residents and five staff are probable or confirmed cases. There were also two new cases reported at Shepherd's Care Kensington Village in Edmonton. Last week, Alberta switched its testing priorities from people returning from travels outside Canada to people in high-risk populations, such as seniors and health-care workers. The rules apply to quarantined people who are feeling well and those who have symptoms of COVID-19.
March 30, 2020 20:32 UTC