G20 leaders call for united response to coronavirus pandemic as summit opens – National

The Group of 20 summit opened on Saturday with appeals by the world’s most powerful leaders to collectively chart a way forward as the coronavirus pandemic overshadows this year’s gathering, transforming it from in-person meetings to a virtual gathering of speeches and declarations. In a sign of the times, the traditional “family photo” of […]

‘A pandemic of its own’: How COVID-19 is impacting mental health – Peterborough

There is one symptom of COVID-19 that you don’t test for with a swab and that doesn’t require contact tracing or a 14-day quarantine. Yet it is something many of us have been dealing with since the beginning of the pandemic. “The pandemic has had a profound effect on mental health,” said Heather Holland, […]

Biden outlines plan to ease economic inequity in U.S amid coronavirus pandemic – National

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Monday outlined his plans to alleviate economic inequality and boost the U.S. economy but said any structural reforms depend first on reining in the coronavirus pandemic. “Once we shut down the virus and deliver economic relief to workers and businesses, then we can start to build back better than […]

‘Panicky pandemic publishing’: weak COVID-19 research erodes trust in science, report says – National

OTTAWA — Publishing weak, careless and sometimes fake research on the novel coronavirus is eroding trust in science, leading people to ignore public health advice, a new report from the Royal Society of Canada warns. The society’s COVID-19 task force report says scientists, public health officials, governments and journalists all must do better, and […]

U.S. economy grew by a record 33% in 3rd quarter amid coronavirus pandemic – National

The U.S. economy grew at an unrivaled pace in the third quarter as the government poured out more than $3 trillion worth of pandemic relief which fueled consumer spending, but the deep scars from the COVID-19 recession could take a year or more to heal. Gross domestic product rebounded at a 33.1 per cent annualized rate last […]

Kingston plumber offers free Halloween candy chutes for area residents – Kingston

It was only a few days ago that Kingston plumber Dan Vokey offered on Facebook to install free candy chutes for anyone in the area who wanted one. The question has yet to be answered if public health will encouraging trick-or-treating for Halloween this year in Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington. Yet Vokey says […]

WestJet to start refunding flights cancelled amid COVID-19 pandemic

WestJet is the first Canadian airline to provide cash refunds for all flights cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

U.S. slavery museum reopens for first time since coronavirus pandemic began – National

A museum that’s linked to the national lynching memorial in Montgomery is reopening for the first time since the pandemic began. The Legacy Museum, which tells the story of slavery and its legacy in the United States, will offer free admission for a limited time, but crowd sizes are being restricted and face masks […]

World Food Program wins Nobel Peace Prize as hunger soars amid pandemic – National

NIAMEY, Niger — The World Food Program won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its efforts to combat hunger in regions facing conflict and hardship and at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has driven millions more people to the brink of starvation. The Rome-based United Nations agency has long specialized in getting […]

U.S. election: Harris, Pence debate likely to be dominated by coronavirus pandemic – National

As the coronavirus sweeps through the upper reaches of government, Republican Vice-President Mike Pence and Democratic challenger Kamala Harris face off Wednesday night in a debate highlighting the parties’ sharply conflicting visions for a nation in crisis. The candidates will be separated by plexiglass barriers in an auditorium where any guest who refuses to wear a […]