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Teacher starts ‘Love Masks’ initiative to collect reusable masks for Toronto students in need [Video]

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TORONTO –For Toronto high school teacher Rachel Thomas, this year’s back-to-school shopping list included something new.

“Every year I buy supplies for my students,” she said, speaking to CTV News Toronto. “So I was stocking up on paper, that sort of stuff, and then I realized that this year my students are going to need masks.” 

Thomas says school boards are providing disposable masks to students, but she felt that was not a good enough long-term solution

“Using new, disposable masks every day is awful for the environment, and then the other part of it is the equity issue,” she says. “How are kids who can’t afford to buy either a reusable mask or multiple reusable masks going to operate in school? Are they going to be too embarrassed to ask their teacher for a new disposable mask every day? Are they going to reuse that disposable mask?” 

Thomas …

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Businesses sound alarm as second wave of coronavirus pulls Montreal into 'red alert' [Video]

Groups advocating for restaurants, bars, venues and other businesses affected by Quebec's new regional COVID-19' red alert' measures are calling for more assistance from the provincial government.

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Ontario is now in the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. How bad will it get? [Video]

Ontario Premier Doug Ford says the province is now experiencing a second wave of COVID-19, and that it may be worse than the first.

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A new "gravity thrill ride" is coming to a North Shore Mountain and with construction underway, the attraction is expected to open next spring or summer.