Jukasa News Update – Friday, October 30, 2020
Charges are possible after more than 100 people attended a wedding north of Toronto that’s linked to COVID-19 infections across much of southern Ontario, health officials said Thursday as they added to the case count.
The wedding, which took place over two days earlier this month at an event centre in Vaughan had been linked to 46 cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday morning, according to York Region Public Health.
As of Thursday, 33 infections related to attending that wedding were identified. The majority of the cases are in Peel Region, west of Toronto. Others were in York Region and Toronto, as well as Waterloo and Simcoe-Muskoka.
York Region’s deputy medical officer of health says the number of attendees was more than the provincial limit in place at the time, and charges are possible.
More federal financial support is on its way to help Indigenous communities cope with the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to announce additional funding, targeted specifically at child care, education and infrastructure.
The new money is on top of $2.2 billion the federal government has allocated to help Indigenous and northern communities get through the health crisis.
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.
Electricity rates are set to rise this weekend in Ontario, with the average customer seeing a nearly two per cent increase to their hydro bill compared to before the pandemic.
Earlier this month, the Ontario Energy Board announced new prices for households and small businesses that take effect on Sunday, Nov. 1.
That’s also the day the provincial government’s COVID-19 rate relief plan, which has been in place since late March, comes to an end.
On Sunday, customers will return to time-of-use billing unless they opt out, with prices varying from 10.5 cents per kilowatt hour during off-peak hours up to 21.7 cents during on-peak times.
Much of Canada is set to turn back the clocks at 2 a.m. Sunday, giving people an extra hour of sleep in exchange for darker evenings as winter sets in.
But experts say the end of daylight time may feel a little different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some professors predict the time-warping nature of the crisis could ease the autumnal adjustment, while one critic says the one-hour shift could exacerbate sleep disruptions linked to the COVID-19 crisis.
Yukon moved to permanent daylight time in March, and lawmakers in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario are considering measures to do away with the twice-yearly time change.
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