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F1: Chinese Grand Prix canceled again over pandemic

F1: Chinese Grand Prix canceled again over pandemic

LONDON (AP) — Formula One confirmed Friday that the Chinese Grand Prix will not take place in 2023, making it the fourth year in a row the race has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Hong Kong divided over China's COVID-19 protests

Hong Kong divided over China's COVID-19 protests

HONG KONG (AP) — The recent wave of protests against China's anti-virus restrictions was a ray of hope for some supporters of Hong Kong's own pro-democracy movement after local authorities stifled it using a national security law enacted in 2020.
Free rapid COVID-19 tests to be available at Ontario stores through to next June

Free rapid COVID-19 tests to be available at Ontario stores through to next June

Ontario is extending a program providing free rapid tests for COVID-19 to the end of June next year. The program provides the rapid antigen tests through venues that include grocery stores and pharmacies.
China eases virus controls amid effort to head off protests

China eases virus controls amid effort to head off protests

BEIJING (AP) — More Chinese cities eased anti-virus restrictions and police patrolled their streets Thursday as the government tried to defuse public anger over some of the world’s most stringent COVID measures and head off more protests .
Pandemic, slower U.S. migration see Canada closing gap with U.S. in workforce race

Pandemic, slower U.S. migration see Canada closing gap with U.S. in workforce race

WASHINGTON — Since the global onset of COVID-19, Canada has been gradually closing the gap with the United States when it comes to attracting and keeping an important economic prize: new permanent residents.
Chinese vaccine plans spark hope for end of 'zero COVID'

Chinese vaccine plans spark hope for end of 'zero COVID'

BEIJING (AP) — A campaign to vaccinate the elderly has sparked hopes China might roll back severe anti-virus controls that prompted protesters to demand President Xi Jinping resign , but the country faces daunting hurdles and up to a year of hard wor
New census data shows how commuting dropped during pandemic, labour force aging

New census data shows how commuting dropped during pandemic, labour force aging

OTTAWA — New census data shows commuting levels dropped significantly in 2021 compared to 2016, and while some of that decline has rebounded, transit ridership hasn't fully recovered. According to Statistics Canada, there were 2.

NYC public employees among 19 accused of pandemic aid fraud

NEW YORK (AP) — Nineteen people including 17 New York City and New York state public employees were charged in a federal complaint unsealed Wednesday with submitting fraudulent applications for funds intended to help small businesses survive the coro
Ontario auditor general finds COVID-19 vaccine wastage, unco-ordinated bookings

Ontario auditor general finds COVID-19 vaccine wastage, unco-ordinated bookings

TORONTO — Ontario wasted 38 per cent of COVID-19 vaccine doses between February and June because it overestimated demand for boosters, said the province's auditor, who also found the government ran a disorganized booking system and doesn't fully trac
China vows crackdown on 'hostile forces' as public tests Xi

China vows crackdown on 'hostile forces' as public tests Xi

BEIJING (AP) — China’s ruling Communist Party has vowed to “resolutely crack down on infiltration and sabotage activities by hostile forces,” following the largest street demonstrations in decades by citizens fed up with strict anti-virus restriction
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