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Fancy shawl dancer to showcase talent with Toronto Raptors basketball team

A fancy shawl dancer from Esgenoôpetitj (Burnt Church) First Nation in New Brunswick has been chosen for a creative mentorship program with the Toronto Raptors.  Kyana Kingbird, 29, who is Mi’kmaw and Ojibway, will be part of the NBA team’s Welcome Toronto creators program, now in its second year. The program’s aim is to spotlight emerging Black, Indigenous, non-binary or female …

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Province easing current public health measures starting January 31

On Thursday, the province announced that some current public health measures will be lifted on January 31. The announcement comes as Ontario students return to in-person learning. It’s still unclear what impact the return to school will have on COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations. Despite the uncertainty, Premier Doug Ford is optimistic about the plan. …

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COVID-19: Ontario’s top doc suggests parts of Niagara’s back to school plan not in line with province

Ontario’s chief medical officer is accusing Niagara Region’s acting medical officer of health of not taking on proper consultation in formulating a back to school plan amid the current wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter, Dr. Kieran Moore suggested Dr. Mustafa Hirji’s approach to the return of in-person learning and child care …

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Northern Cree in spotlight on NPR’s Tiny Desk for globalFest series

Drum group Northern Cree is being spotlighted as one of this year’s online performances in NPR’s Tiny Desk meets globalFest series.  “I think it’s huge in terms of people seeing what kind of music we have and what we have to offer,” said Steve Wood, one of Northern Cree’s founding members. NPR’s Tiny Desk video concert series has …

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Extreme cold weather alert issued for Durham Region

Another extreme cold weather alert has been issued for Durham Region. It will be in effect from Wednesday evening until Thursday evening. Extreme cold weather alerts are issued by the health department when Environment Canada forecasts a temperature of -15 or colder, and/or a wind chill of -20 or colder. Click here for more information. If …

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Toronto launches pilot project to collect COVID-19 data from wastewater

Toronto is hoping wastewater will be used as an additional tool to track the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Earlier this week, the city’s top doctor said staff would be collaborating with academic partners to launch a pilot project to understand more about this method of surveillance. “What we have figured out thus …

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Why Gold and Silver Stocks Skyrocketed on Wednesday

Image source: Getty Images What happened? The shares of most gold and silver mining companies skyrocketed on Wednesday. While First Majestic Silver (TSX:FR)(NYSE:AG) had a company-specific, positive trigger, most other top-gaining stocks, like New Pacific Metals, Silvercrest Metals, and Endeavour Silver, also surged by at least 10% each today. By comparison, the main Canadian market …

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