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Wednesday, July 8, 2020.

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    St. Catharines Readies Bylaw for Mandatory Masks Should Health Bodies Determine Necessary

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    Yesterday, St. Catharines City Council directed staff to prepare a by-law requiring individuals over the age of two to wear masks or face coverings while in enclosed spaces due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

    The mandatory mask requirement, as the motion was passed Monday, would only come into effect once the Medical Officer of Health or the provincial Ministry of Health determines the need to enact a by-law due to an increase in infection rates.

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    Business community, councillors disappointed with dismissal of presentation

    Local

    There has been a significant reaction to the abrupt dismissal of a presentation last week to Regional Council by E.S. Fox president Spencer Fox.

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    Time to revisit employee contracts after recent court decision

    Business

    Labour costs in Canada increased to 112.10 points in the first quarter of 2020 from 110.94 points in the fourth quarter of 2019.

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    The sport of Cricket in Niagara is now world renowned

    Sports

    When you think of sports in the Region, hockey, rowing and even lacrosse may come to mind but what about cricket?

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    Canada’s billion dollar opportunity

    Business

    The COVID-19 outbreak has exposed weaknesses in our global supply chain for critical key industries.

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    Province gets rid of school streaming

    Provincial

    In somewhat of a surprise announcement, Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce stated this week that the Ontario public education system would be abandoning the practice of “streaming”, which entails separating students as they enter Grade 9 into two “streams” – an applied course of study or an academic course of study.

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    WE need a break: Trudeau embroiled in third investigation

    National

    Of course the quote above was when the now prime minister was an opposition critic for youth, a position he no doubt held in part because of his close ties to something called WE.

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    Bisons’ season shut down

    Sports

    While Major League Baseball continues to try and salvage some form of a season, Minor League Baseball announced earlier this week that the 2020 season for all of its clubs, including the Buffalo Bisons, has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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    Looking Good for Stage Three

    Provincial

    Ontario’s recent success in “flattening the curve” of new COVID-19 cases and to date preventing a second wave of infections means that the province can hopefully move to Stage 3 of its plans to further re-open the economy.

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