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Malls say visits with Santa will be different this year, but still magical

Shopping centres say meeting Santa will be just as magical for children this Christmas, even if it has to be at a distance of two metres - or via webcam.

At some malls, like Carrefour de l'Estrie in Sherbrooke, children will have a virtual connection to Santa Claus so they can tell him what they want for Christmas.

Throne speech leaves Liberals scrambling for confidence votes

Yesterday millions of Canadians watched the 150th throne speech given from the Senate chamber in Ottawa. This is the second throne speech after the last one given in December to open the 43rd parliament session.

The minority government promised to tackle almost every sectorial problem in Canada, in a proposal also know as the “ambitious plan for an unprecedented reality.”

Series of COVID information sessions again launched for Indigenous peoples as pandemic numbers rise

Beginning on Thursday, Sept. 24, the non-profit First Nations Health Managers Association (FNHMA) is launching a series of 12 weekly virtual town halls that will provide up-to-date COVID-19 information across the Indigenous population in Canada.

The meetings are for “frontline health workers, health managers and Indigenous communities nationally”, read a media advisory.

Powlowski announces support for seniors impacted by COVID-19

Thunder Bay-Rainy River Liberal MP Marcus Powlowski, on behalf of Deb Schulte, Minister of Seniors, announced an investment of $81,230 in Thunder Bay-Rainy River last week. These funds will be dedicated to support projects organized and delivered by community groups to help seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Three new COVID-19 cases in the northwestern region

The Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) reports three new symptomatic COVID-19 cases in the past week - two in Sioux Lookout and one in the Dryden Red Lake area.

Dr. Kit Young-Hoon, medical officer of health at the NWHU, said these cases include cases on First Nation communities, as well as cases in schools. One of the three cases is travel-related.