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A comprehensive testing program has found no traces of SARS-CoV-2 in Canberra’s sewage system. The testing program, carried out by experts from The Australian National University (ANU), examined Canberra’s sewage water for traces of the coronavirus which causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2. Testing sewage is a rapid and inexpensive way of tracking the coronavirus and potential community...

James defends controversial cash cow, a tax geared to beef up rentals

Finance Minister Carole James was unable to provide rental numbers, but the NDP's controversial speculation and vacancy tax is expected to swell the provincial treasury by $185 million a year, or more than half a billion dollars over the three-year fiscal plan. Don Craig VICTORIA — With the NDP approaching the second anniversary of its speculation tax, Finance Minister Carole James decided it...