Kingston’s Belle Park becomes unofficial campground; city gives campers June 5 move-out date – Kingston

Belle Park in Kingston, Ont., has become an unofficial campground after the city permitted those who are homeless to pitch a tent.Over the last month, the encampment grew to over 40 people, according to one of the initial campers, Nathan Rosevear.The encampment has brought people from around the province to the park, some travelling from as far away as Niagara, Ont.Global News has spoken to...

“That is a surprise”: Doctors still waiting for feared surge of COVID-19 patients in Canadian ICUs

They have been bracing for the worst, a deluge of desperately sick patients who strain resources to the limit and lead to desperate choices over how to ration care.Doctors, nurses and other staff who run the nation’s intensive-care units have feared for their own safety, too, amid shortages of protective equipment.But, perhaps surprisingly, some critical-care physicians in the hardest-hit...

Coronavirus: WestJet to rehire nearly 6,400 workers through federal wage subsidy

WestJet plans to put nearly 6,400 employees who were laid off due to the novel coronavirus pandemic back on the payroll, the airline’s president and CEO announced Wednesday.In a video message posted to social media, Ed Sims credited the federal government’s emergency wage subsidy program, which he said WestJet will apply for after the airline had “substantial” conversations with Ottawa....

GoodLife Fitness closes all locations Canada-wide in response to novel coronavirus spread – National

Well-known gym chain GoodLife Fitness is closing all its locations across Canada effective immediately in an effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.“As the virus continues to spread in communities across Canada we have made the difficult but important decision to close all GoodLife Fitness Clubs across Canada, effective immediately,” said a statement posted online Sunday...

Suicide is preventable, but experts say we need better data and more support – National

Every day, roughly 11 people in Canada die from suicide.Multiply that single day by 365 and the figure swells to more than 4,000 people dying by suicide every year.There is a lot existing research tells us: a close parent-child relationship lowers a person’s risk, cyberbullying raises it, and the risk of suicide is further elevated for people who belong to minority groups or marginalized...

Deputy PM tells Iranian crash vigil ‘we will get justice’

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland vowed to “get justice” while speaking to about 1,700 mourners at a Toronto vigil for the victims of the Iranian passenger jet disaster.Premier Doug Ford and Mayor John Tory were also among those who turned up at the University of Toronto’s Convocation Hall on Sunday for the emotional 2 1/2-hour vigil.Some of the 176 killed when Iran shot down the...

Andrew Scheer steps down as Conservative leader, urges party to ‘stay united’

Andrew Scheer ended weeks of speculation on his future Thursday, announcing he will step down as Conservative leader.Scheer announced his decision at a surprise caucus meeting before heading into the House of Commons to deliver a seven-minute speech ending his quest to one day become prime minister.The Conservative benches were unusually full for what had been expected to be routine debate on...

Jane Philpott forbidden from paid work with Ontario First Nation due to ethics law – National

The federal ethics law has put a crimp in Jane Philpott’s plan to put her experience as a former minister of health and Indigenous services to work for the benefit of a northern Ontario First Nation.Just two weeks ago, Philpott announced that she was taking on a new role as special health adviser to the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, which comprises 49 remote communities in northwestern Ontario.READ...

Chinese ambassador warns Canada against adopting motion calling for sanctions

MONTREAL — China’s new ambassador to Canada is threatening “very firm countermeasures” if Parliament adopts a motion calling for sanctions over alleged Chinese human rights abuses against Muslim Uighurs and pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.China has long warned against what it considers foreign meddling in its internal affairs, but Ambassador Cong Peiwu upped the tone Thursday in...

‘What are you at?’ Donald Trump presses Trudeau over Canada’s NATO defence spending

LONDON — U.S. President Donald Trump put Justin Trudeau on the spot Tuesday over Canada’s NATO defence spending.“What are you at? What is your number?” Trump pointedly asked, referring to how much Canada spends on NATO defence as a percentage of its GDP. The two men met on the sidelines of a major NATO military alliance meeting in London.Prime Minister Trudeau replied, “The number we...