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Friday, May 29, 2020.

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    Region makes ask for cash to help with COVID costs

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    The Niagara Region is taking the lead on asking the provincial and federal governments to pony up some cash to help the Region and its 12 municipalities offset the costs incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    A recent letter to Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Ontario’s Finance Minister Rod Phillips, signed by all 12 mayors and the Regional Chair, outlines the measures the Region and municipalities have taken to trim costs as well as where spending has increased as a result of the pandemic. The letter points to Niagara’s heavy reliance on tourism and agri-food industries as one reason its economy has been hit particularly hard.  The letter states that, “Without the dedicated and urgent assistance from the federal and provincial governments, Niagara area municipalities will continue to experience budget shortfalls as they implement policies to guide the economic and social recovery of their communities.”

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    An abrupt end

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    The first year of university is perhaps one of the most important years of a student’s academic experience.

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    Irresponsible government … no oversight, we might as well have a president

    Opinion

    Canada has the most responsible government in the world, not only can we give the Prime Minister the finger, he can give it to us right back.

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    Canada’s big banks see quarter results plummet

    Business

    The Royal Bank of Canada and the Bank of Montreal said earlier this week that their fiscal quarter profit was cut in half.

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    New rules on the links as golf courses open in Niagara

    Sports

    It was a welcome announcement from Premier Doug Ford a couple of weeks back – ‘golf courses can reopen.’

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    The Long Term Care Tragedy

    Provincial

    What can be said about the horrible crisis in long term care (LTC) facilities that has been revealed by the COVID-19 crisis?

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    Butts is Back to Have Canada “Build Back Better” (Part 2)

    National

    Gerald Butts has resurfaced in Ottawa as a member of the Task Force for a Resilient Recovery.

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    The Green Reaper

    Opinion

    In early May of this year, as the world grappled with the fallout from COVID-19 and stayed hunkered down in place, soon to be former federal Green Party Leader Elizabeth May

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    COVID-19 & Economic Development: Reaction, Response, Recovery

    Economy

    Canadian communities are now about two months into the COVID-19 crisis, and the passage of time has started to give us some insights into the pandemic’s impact on the economy – and what we can do to prepare for economic recovery.

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