Canada Coronavirus live updates: Trick-or-treating rules vary from province to province
Trudeau hands out advice on Halloween, saying 'sacrifice' necessary for many
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is urging Canadians to stick to local health guidelines when considering how to celebrate Halloween next week. The question of how to handle the spooky evening is top of mind for many parents who are trying to assess a patchwork of regional health advice, guidance and stern warnings against trick-or-treating. Health authorities in Ontario have advised against it in the hot spots of Toronto, Peel Region, York Region and Ottawa. But Quebec Premier François Legault has said the pastime can go ahead if participants wear face masks and head out with family rather than friends, even though the province is Canada’s viral epicentre.
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Trick-or-treating rules vary from province to province
From The Canadian Press:
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Officials across the country have said that those who want to celebrate Halloween will need to make sacrifices — of varying degrees, depending on location — in order to keep their loved ones safe.
Those in some COVID-19 hot spots have been urged to forego trick-or-treating altogether, while others in regions with few cases are being told to keep their parties small.
For instance, in Quebec — Canada’s COVID-19 epicentre — children will be permitted to trick-or-treat with members of their own household, but adults can’t celebrate in groups.
British Columbia’s top doctor has also ruled out massive Halloween bashes, saying families need to keep gatherings to their immediate households and their “safe six,” though trick-or-treating is still a go.
COVID-19: Ontario reports 821 new cases, 78 new cases in Ottawa
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was asked by reporters about the public health messaging on how to celebrate Halloween in pandemic hot spots like Ottawa and Toronto.
Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador have given trick-or-treating the green light as well, so long as people keep a physical distance from those not in their household.
Meanwhile, Ontario and New Brunswick are taking a regional approach to holiday regulations, barring trick-or-treating in hot spots.
Feds to unveil more pandemic support for Indigenous communities
More federal financial support is on its way to help Indigenous people and communities cope with the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Canadian Press is reporting this morning.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to announce today additional funding, targeted specifically at child care, education and infrastructure.
The new money is on top of more than $2.2 billion the federal government has already allocated to help Indigenous and northern communities get through the health crisis.
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Among other things, the government has committed $685 million for the Indigenous Communities Support Fund, which includes funding to address food insecurity, education and other support for children.
It is spending another $650 million to help Indigenous communities respond to the pandemic and for income support.
And it has devoted $122 million to help ensure a safe return to schools on reserves.
Opinion: Let’s use universities to restart Montreal
“Sooner or later, Montreal’s university campuses will come back to life, along with the rest of the city. Part of what makes Montreal so vibrant is the energy imparted by our universities and their 200,000 students, including 35,000 international students. Let’s take advantage of them. Let’s use our universities to restart Montreal.”
by the heads of Montreal universities.
Quebec ‘discouraged’ offer of high-dose flu vaccine to seniors: pharmacists
Quebec seniors who don’t live in a nursing home are being deprived of the option of paying for a high-dose flu vaccine designed for people over 65 because of a legal imbroglio, says the association representing owner-pharmacists in the province.
Fewer Canadians to hand out Halloween candy, trick or treat this year, poll says
A new Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of Global News found just 19 per cent of Canadians said they will be handing out Halloween candy this year, with many choosing to forego other holidays such as Christmas and birthdays altogether. "One of the things that we see consistently in the polling is whenever anybody is going to be confronting a stranger, their fear goes up when it comes to dealing with COVID-19," Bricker said.
Here’s where Montrealers can get tested today
Montrealers can be screened atacross the island.
The situation across Canada
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Halloween proceeds in frightening times with public health measures in place .
TORONTO — As spooky season reaches its climax in a particularly frightening year, some historians argue the COVID-19 pandemic offers an opportunity to explore a different side of Halloween. The holiday has no fixed meaning and has been celebrated differently over the centuries, so there's a deep well of traditions to draw from -- including some that honour the dead, said Nick Rogers, a professor at York University who wrote the book on the history of Halloween. The holiday is linked to Mexico's Day of the Dead, which has some of Halloween's celebratory spirit but is also a day to remember loved ones who have died.