Reading Harry Potter in a new light during the coronavirus pandemic

Reading Harry Potter in a new light during the coronavirus pandemicBy Andrew Deman Professor of English, University of Waterloo This has not been the best year for the Harry Potter franchise, assailed as it has been by the fallout from transphobic comments by J.K. Rowling and an abuse scandal surrounding Johnny Depp, star of the Fantastic Beasts spin-off franchise. Of course, this hasn’t been the…

Technology investments should be a priority for entrepreneurs

BDC Monthly Economic Letter November 2020   Most Canadian entrepreneurs have faced major challenges as they cope with the COVID-19 pandemic this year. While government assistance programs have helped alleviate the cash flow difficulties of many businesses, entrepreneurs must still plan for how they are going to get through the crisis and benefit from the…

Provincial COVID-19 update for Oct. 10

Provincial COVID-19 update for Oct. 10Public health officials advise the 31st and 32nd deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported, a female in her 90s and a female in her 80s, both from Winnipeg. These cases were previously announced. The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is three percent and 97 new cases of the virus have been identified as…

1st World vs 3rd World virus testing

1st World vs 3rd World virus testingThe Editor, I was speaking to my brother, who lives in Zimbabwe, (Africa) about (COVID-19) testing and costs in that "third world" country. If you want a test for COVID-19, taken by Lancet Laboratories, which tests all over Africa, there are  two options: The nasal test swab yields a result in 12-14 hours and costs…

Carbon pricing is like hand washing in a pandemic

Carbon pricing is like hand washing in a pandemic  By David Suzuki Sometimes we need to be reminded of the basics. During the COVID-19 pandemic, public health officials have repeated clear messages about hand washing, physical distancing and mask-wearing. These are relatively simple preventative measures to limit the virus’s spread. Responding to climate change isn’t so simple, yet it’s every bit as urgent.…

Government COVID-19 Sept. 11 update

Government COVID-19 Sept. 11 updatePublic health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.4 percent and 15 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today, bringing the number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 1,393. The data shows: four cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region; three cases in Southern Health-Santé…

Provincial COVID-19 update

Provincial COVID-19 updatePublic health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 3.1 percent.  Twenty-five new cases of the virus have been identified today as of 9:30 a.m. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 1,043. Of the 25 cases, there were: • one in Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority; • eight in the…

Province releases practices and protocols for return to schools

Province releases practices and protocols for return to schoolsTransparency of policies important as safety and health remain priority in classrooms:  Goertzen The Manitoba government is releasing practice guidance and protocols to ensure students, teachers and families know what to expect upon returning to classrooms in September and to provide consistency across schools, Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced today. “The safety and health of…

BBBS sells limited edition t-shirts and hoodies

BBBS sells limited edition t-shirts and hoodiesBig Brothers and Big Sisters has designed a special 2020 t-shirt and hoody that will be for sale for a limited time only between Aug. 20- 31. “These are for anyone, BBBS name does not appear on the clothing,” explains BBBS Executive Director Dawn Froese who is steering the non-profit association into different areas of…