CNN: US-Canada border closure to be extended another month, officials say

CNN: US-Canada border closure to be extended another month, officials say. “The US border with Canada border is expected to remain closed until at least August 21, two Canadian government sources with knowledge of the situation tell CNN, extending the ban on non-essential travel between the two countries for another month.”

Artist database released: Database containing three centuries of B.C. artists published (Castanet)

Castanet: Artist database released: Database containing three centuries of B.C. artists published. “Sim Publishing has made its B.C. Artists research project available to anyone; it contains information about nearly 20,000 people who’ve worked as a visual artist in the province. While some are historical, others are current and actively working in the field.”

Globe Newswire: Free Virtual Coding, STEM, Entrepreneurship and Financial Literacy Programs Launch for Youth this Summer (PRESS RELEASE)

Globe Newswire: Free Virtual Coding, STEM, Entrepreneurship and Financial Literacy Programs Launch for Youth this Summer (PRESS RELEASE). (This is for Canada.) “As the school year officially comes to an end, Rogers Communications today announced its national Ted Rogers Community Grant partners have transitioned all youth programming online this summer, offering Canadian families free, self-directed educational experiences to fill the gap with many summer camps being cancelled due to COVID-19. These programs focus on developing critical skills across technology, innovation, financial literacy and education with engaging and empowering programs designed to prepare Canada’s next generation.”

Investment Executive: New tool helps navigate Covid-19 relief benefits

Investment Executive: New tool helps navigate Covid-19 relief benefits. This is for Canada. “Toronto-based Prosper Canada has launched a new tool to help people access government relief benefits related to Covid-19. The Financial Relief Navigator is a bilingual online tool designed to help individuals access pandemic-related financial benefits from governments, financial institutions, utility, telecom and internet providers.”

Aldergrove Star: Royal BC Museum uploads 16,103 photographs depicting Indigenous communities to online database

Aldergrove Star: Royal BC Museum uploads 16,103 photographs depicting Indigenous communities to online database. “The Royal BC Museum has opened up to the public 16,103 historical photographs depicting Indigenous communities from across B.C. that were taken between the late 1800s and the 1970s.”

CBC: Toronto to make face coverings mandatory on public transit, will hand out 1M masks to riders

CBC: Toronto to make face coverings mandatory on public transit, will hand out 1M masks to riders. “Toronto plans to make face coverings mandatory on its public transit system, a rule that could go into effect starting July 2. Mayor John Tory announced the updated regulations for the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) on Thursday.”

RD News Now: COVID pandemic prompts initiative to offer free legal aid to anyone in Canada

RD News Now: COVID pandemic prompts initiative to offer free legal aid to anyone in Canada. “The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a group of young lawyers to launch a project to offer free legal advice remotely to anyone in the country. Dubbed the National Canadian Lawyers Initiative, the aim is to connect people in need with professionals who can offer help and direction.”

Winnipeg Free Press: Jewish Heritage Centre expands online archive

Winnipeg Free Press: Jewish Heritage Centre expands online archive . “People around the world can now access the oral history collection at the centre, consisting of 200 audio clips by rabbis, businesspeople, professionals, politicians, Holocaust survivors and others. They were recorded between 1968 and 2011. Online visitors can also delve into the newspaper collection, which dates back to the early 1900s and includes Der Yiddishe Vort (Israelite Press), a Yiddish-language newspaper published in Winnipeg; the Jewish Post, an English-language weekly founded in 1925; and Western Jewish News, also founded in 1925.”

Complex: A Toronto Hip-Hop Professor Made a Playlist of Canadian Protest Songs

Complex: A Toronto Hip-Hop Professor Made a Playlist of Canadian Protest Songs. “Even as protests against racial injustice and police brutality continue to rage on across North America this weekend, there are still some who like to claim that systemic racism somehow doesn’t exist north of the border. We don’t have to tell you how idiotic that statement is—just ask Maestro, or the many other Canadian hip-hop artists who’ve been speaking out about these issues in their music over the last three decades. Echoing these sentiments, the North Side Hip Hop Archive—an ever-growing digital collection of Canadian hip-hop history and culture, spearheaded by Mark V. Campbell, a Toronto professor—recently shared an incendiary playlist showcasing tunes of resistance by Canuck artists over the years.”

‘More and more claims : ’ Pandemic lawsuits could tie up courts for years (National Post)

National Post: ‘More and more claims : ’ Pandemic lawsuits could tie up courts for years. “Lawsuits involving seniors homes, airlines, universities and ticket providers affected by COVID-19 could tie up Canadian courts for years, says a litigation lawyer. Michael Smith, a partner at the Bennett Jones law firm in Toronto, says it has been tracking all proposed class-action claims related to the pandemic. From the end of March to June 1, the firm recorded 19 such lawsuits across Canada, including eight against long-term care facilities.”

The Guardian: More than 1,100 surgeries cancelled in P.E.I. because of coronavirus

The Guardian (SaltWire): More than 1,100 surgeries cancelled in P.E.I. because of coronavirus. “More than 1,100 surgeries have been cancelled in P.E.I. as the province continues to deal with the fallout of the coronavirus (COVID-19). On Friday, Health Minister James Aylward presented the numbers in the legislature after several days of questioning from O’Leary-Inverness MLA Robert Henderson. Aylward said Health P.E.I.’s service reinstatement team is assessing the situation daily as it makes plans to address the backlog.”

McGill University: COVID-19 Pandemic Uniting Canadians Like No Other Event In Decades

McGill University: COVID-19 Pandemic Uniting Canadians Like No Other Event In Decades. “A new study by researchers from McGill University and the University of Toronto finds a cross-partisan consensus on battling COVID-19 in Canada. Unlike in the U.S., this consensus is fostering broad agreement on the threats posed by the pandemic and the actions necessary to contain it – all of which is crucial to efforts to fight the virus.”

Arts@Home: New Website Offers Free Resources And Activities For Educators And People Of All Ages (Broadway World) (PRESS RELEASE)

BroadwayWorld: Arts@Home: New Website Offers Free Resources And Activities For Educators And People Of All Ages (PRESS RELEASE). “For so many, Toronto is our creative, cultural home. That’s why during the COVID-19 crisis, several local cultural organizations, in collaboration with arts educators and with the support of the City of Toronto, have come together to launch Arts@Home, a shared online space promoting free cultural resources for both educators and the community…. The portal features resources for educators and people of all ages in several diverse and broad-based categories: Art, Dance, Music, Theatre, Media, and More. Subsections include Film and Photography, as well as offerings from Indigenous arts organizations. All tools and activities are free of charge, and available to everyone.”

‘He never got a chance’: B.C. man dies after surgery cancelled due to COVID-19 (CTV News)

CTV News: ‘He never got a chance’: B.C. man dies after surgery cancelled due to COVID-19. “Hospital protocols surrounding the cancellation of surgeries are being called into question after a B.C. man died waiting for surgery that was cancelled due to COVID-19. Chris Walcroft, a 50-year-old father of two, died on April 15 after a scheduled surgery to prepare his kidney dialysis was cancelled. According to his wife, the surgery, which would have given him access to the life-saving treatment, was cancelled without explanation from the hospital.”