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The Manitoba government says store clerks, child-care workers, jail guards and others will qualify for a wage top-up.

The extra pay is aimed at front-line employees who earn low wages and continue to work during the pandemic.

The program was announced by the federal government last month and three-quarters of the money will come from Ottawa, but the provinces get to determine which workers will qualify.

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Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says unions and business groups helped develop the list, which also include nurses, health-care aides and social workers.

Pallister says the exact dollar amount will be determined later, depending on how many people qualify, but he expects about 100,000 workers will get a one-time payment of about $1,000.

The payment is income-based, however, and will only be available to workers who have made less than $2,500 per month since the pandemic started.

- The Canadian Press


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What is the reopening plan in my province? A guide

1:30 p.m. EDT

New Brunswick reports another COVID-19 case in nursing home outbreak

New Brunswick is reporting another case of COVID-19 in an outbreak at a nursing home in the northern part of the province.

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A news release from the province’s Public Health Department says the person is in their 80s and their case is linked to Manoir de la Vallee in Altholville, where a worker tested positive last week.

There are 13 active COVID-19 cases in the province, all in the health region known as Zone 5.

The cases are linked to a cluster in the Campbellton area that has led to the region moving back a step in the province’s reopening plan.

Provincial officials say five patients are in the hospital due to COVID-19 including one person in intensive care.

Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, says New Brunswickers should be patient as the province monitors how the outbreak unfolds over the next 14 days.

- The Canadian Press

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11:55 p.m. EDT

Quebec records another 52 COVID-19 deaths, 239 new cases of the virus

There were 52 new deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Quebec over the past 24 hours.

That number is more than double the 20 COVID-19 deaths recorded on Monday.

But public health officials have stated that the daily number of recorded deaths isn’t always exact, because some deaths are only attributed to the novel coronavirus days after they occur.

The number of new confirmed daily cases of the virus, however, continued its downward trend today, with 239 cases — the lowest number since March 25.

The total number of confirmed cases in Quebec now stands at 51,593, including 4,713 deaths and 16,803 people who have recovered.

There were 10 fewer patients being treated in hospital for COVID-19, for a total of 1,175.

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- Canadian Press


11:30 a.m. EDT

Ontario reports 446 new COVID-19 cases, 17 more deaths

Ontario is reporting 446 new COVID-19 cases today, and 17 more deaths.

That brings the provincial total to 28,709 cases – a 1.6 per cent increase over the previous day.

It includes 2,293 deaths and 22,484 cases that have been resolved.

There were 15,244 tests completed in the previous day, the second day in a row the province did not meet its goal of 16,000 a day amid a push to increase testing levels.

The number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities dropped from 112 to 105.

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The patient ombudsman’s office announced Tuesday that it is launching an investigation after it received 150 complaints about long-term care homes, coming a day after the provincial ombudsman announced a similar probe.

- Canadian Press


5 a.m. EDT

Opposition urges resumption of Manitoba’s legislature

Manitoba’s two opposition parties want the government to resume regular sitting days at the legislature.

The NDP and the Liberals say in a letter to House Leader Kelvin Goertzen that as the province continues to ease public health restrictions, they believe the legislature can regularly resume.

A spokesman for Goertzen says discussions were held with the NDP and additional sitting time was offered, but they did not accept the offer.

The spokesman says as a result, the Legislative Assembly’s normal fall sittings will resume in October.

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-The Canadian Press


4 a.m. EDT

Canadian health officials urge rally-goers to keep COVID-19 in mind

As protesters keep up their anti-racism rallies on both sides of the border, top health officials are hoping they don’t forget about the risk of COVID-19.

Canadian health officials are not suggesting people avoid protests, but they are stressing the importance of hand sanitizer and masks.

With physical distance being nearly impossible in some of these settings, rally-goers may have to find other ways to try to keep themselves safe.

Protests have taken place in several Canadian cities in the aftermath of a black man dying last week in Minneapolis after a white police officer pressed a knee into his neck.

George Floyd’s death has sent throngs into the streets in several U.S. and Canadian cities to decry systemic racism and police brutality.

-The Canadian Press


4 a.m. EDT

Ontario is expected today to extend its state of emergency

Ontario is expected today to extend its state of emergency until June 30.

The measure bans gatherings larger than five people.

It also orders the closure of some businesses such as restaurants and bars, except if they offer takeout or delivery.

If the vote passes, the measure — which had been set to expire today — will be extended for another 28 days.

Independent legislator Randy Hillier has said he will vote against the measure, saying it gives the government too much authority.

Ontario declared a state of emergency on March 17 as COVID-19 cases began to climb in the province.


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