Canada-U.S. border closure to extend into December as coronavirus cases rise: source (Global News)

Global News: Canada-U.S. border closure to extend into December as coronavirus cases rise: source. “The Canada-U. S. border is set to remain closed well into December. A federal source speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment publicly confirmed the 30-day rollover of the closure that was set to expire on Friday.”

CNN: Christmas celebrations are in jeopardy if Canadians don’t stop gathering with friends and family now

CNN: Christmas celebrations are in jeopardy if Canadians don’t stop gathering with friends and family now. “Canadian Thanksgiving was just last month, and the country has seen consequences as Covid-19 cases reach record highs. Now, Canadian leaders say Christmas celebrations are in jeopardy. Thanksgiving in Canada fell on October 12 this year, and as family and friends gathered, it fueled a widespread surge in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Now, public health officials warned the health care system cannot handle a repeat at Christmas.”

Cultivating Creativity: New hiring database aims to stamp out systemic racism in Canadian film and TV (St. Thomas Times-Journal)

St. Thomas Times-Journal: Cultivating Creativity: New hiring database aims to stamp out systemic racism in Canadian film and TV. “Filmmaker Chanda Chevannes is used to being the only woman of colour in a room of predominantly white men when pitching a documentary. She’s not alone. While change is slowly being made towards increased diversity, Black, Indigenous and creative People of Colour (BIPOC) have for years faced barriers of racism and exclusion. The new… website, an industry-wide roster of Canadian BIPOC creatives and crew working in screen-based industries, including film, television and digital, is out to challenge that.”

CBC: Ottawa’s wastewater suggests COVID-19 levels are plateauing

CBC: Ottawa’s wastewater suggests COVID-19 levels are plateauing. “Scientists measuring the levels of COVID-19 in Ottawa’s wastewater say data suggests the recent surge of new infections in the city may be slowing, even plateauing. Tyson Graber, associate research scientist at CHEO Research Institute and co-lead investigator on the wastewater monitoring project, says the level of SARS-CoV-2 genetic material is levelling off in local samples.”

CTV News: New web tool assesses air quality in Montreal buildings to reduce spread of COVID-19

CTV News: New web tool assesses air quality in Montreal buildings to reduce spread of COVID-19. “As Montrealers head increasingly indoors, concerns over air quality and the spread of COVID-19 is on the rise. A Concordia researcher says a new web-based tool can help determine the safety of the air quality in a building and thus reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

Washington Post: Canada’s post-Thanksgiving coronavirus surge could be a cautionary tale for Americans

Washington Post: Canada’s post-Thanksgiving coronavirus surge could be a cautionary tale for Americans. “As the holiday season approaches amid a surge in novel coronavirus cases across the United States, a Thanksgiving-related spike in Canada could serve as a cautionary tale. Case counts in much of Canada are climbing, even in parts of the country that imposed new autumn restrictions. Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving on the second Monday of October, and both provincial and federal officials have pointed to the holiday as a culprit in the spike.”

University of Calgary: U of Calgary offers a new state-of-the-art home for a massive collection of Western Canadian history

University of Calgary: U of Calgary offers a new state-of-the-art home for a massive collection of Western Canadian history. “Over the past two years, the [University of Calgary’s High Density Library] has welcomed a huge number of new materials as part of a massive, complex relocation of Calgary’s Glenbow Library and Archives – documents and other items reflecting the history of Alberta and Western Canada – to U of Calgary. The transfer of materials, which began in March 2019 and is set to be completed in November 2020, has doubled the university’s archival collection as well as the materials in its rare books and special collections holdings, says Annie Murray, associate university librarian for archives and special collections.”

Global News Canada: Parents fighting for refunds of coronavirus cancelled school trips set to file class-action lawsuit

Global News Canada: Parents fighting for refunds of coronavirus cancelled school trips set to file class-action lawsuit. “As it became clear in March that COVID-19 was spreading around the world, the Canadian government released travel advisories warning against international travel, something that sent many travellers scrambling to cancel trips. Among those being cancelled were hundreds of international trips for high school students over the March break.”

Global News: Canadian publishers call for collective bargaining with Google, Facebook

Global News: Canadian publishers call for collective bargaining with Google, Facebook. “News Media Canada — which represents newspaper publishers including the Globe and Mail, National Post publisher Postmedia, Toronto Star publisher Torstar, La Presse and Quebecor — says the two web giants have established an effective duopoly in the digital ads market that’s starving Canada’s media industry of revenue.”

North Shore News: Group of Seven painter who lived in North Vancouver part of new digital collection

North Shore News: Group of Seven painter who lived in North Vancouver part of new digital collection. “The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, in partnership with Google Arts & Culture, has released an online collection of Canadian art, including pieces from Canada’s Group of Seven, it was announced earlier this week.”

CTV News: UBC students criticized on social media for partying amid pandemic

CTV News: UBC students criticized on social media for partying amid pandemic. “Fraternities at the University of British Columbia are being called out for allegedly partying and breaking COVID-19 rules limiting the size of gatherings. The complaints online are anonymously posted on a Facebook group called ‘UBC Confessions’ and directed at students at the university.”

Radio New Zealand: New Zealand joins call for access to social media encrypted data

Radio New Zealand: New Zealand joins call for access to social media encrypted data. “Andrew Little, Justice Minister and minister responsible for this country’s intelligence agencies, issued the statement alongside Five Eyes partners Britain, the United States, Canada and Australia, as well as India and Japan. They say they support strong encryption that protects privacy, trade secrets and cyber security, but the technology also poses significant risks to public safety.”

MoneyWise: The Stores and Restaurants Closing the Most Locations Across Canada in 2020

MoneyWise: The Stores and Restaurants Closing the Most Locations Across Canada in 2020. “Facing a drastic reduction in income, retailers and chain restaurants nationwide have been forced to file for bankruptcy or shut down many of their locations. Yet COVID-19 has only accelerated what some call the ‘retail apocalypse,’ as brick-and-mortar shops give way to e-retailers like Amazon. Here are the stores and restaurants permanently closing locations in 2020.”

The Eastern Door: Preserving History Through Beadwork Project

The Eastern Door: Preserving History Through Beadwork Project. “The Kanien’kehá:ka Onkwawén:na Raotitióhkwa Language and Cultural Center (KOR) recently launched the Kahnawake Beadwork Oral History Project, which seeks to collect, preserve and share the community’s stories and records related to beadwork. “The purpose of the project is for cultural community enrichment, historical preservation and scholarly research,” said Karonhiióstha Shea Sky, the former cultural development officer at KOR.”

‘We don’t want our history to be lost’: African Nova Scotian organization digitizes, archives lengthy history (The Star)

The Star: ‘We don’t want our history to be lost’: African Nova Scotian organization digitizes, archives lengthy history. “In hopes of filling in gaps of African Nova Scotian history, the African United Baptist Association and the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia are launching a project to archive and digitize historical AUBA records dating back over 150 years. The AUBA was established in 1854 by Rev. Richard Preston, a former slave from Virginia who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1816. Over the years, the AUBA has served as not just a religious organization, but also as a voice for hundreds of Black families throughout Nova Scotia.”