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Crafting industry takes hit, but adapting amid pandemic

Crafts designed and created by Bijal Shah.

This time of the year is usually when business picks up for Bijal Shah. Her crafts, BsBowzart, are regularly on display at local Montreal-area fairs and markets, but the pandemic has forced things to work a little differently. Crafts designed and created by Bijal Shah. Felicia Parrillo/Global News “Now we feel more of the impact because all of the fairs are cancelled,” said Shah. Story continues below advertisement “So a lot of people are turning to online, so we’ve started to spruce up our Etsy stores.” Shah has been selling her crafts online for years, but local fairs are […]

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Turning your DIY projects and COVID-19 downtime into cash

Turning your DIY projects and COVID-19 downtime into cash

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought out creativity in many people as a result of being quarantined at home. Global News reported back in March that baking-related search items were popular on Google and grocery stores experienced an increase in flour and sugar purchases. This led flour manufacturers to work overtime in order to keep up with the high demand and keep shelves full. Whether it’s baking, knitting or sewing, some folks have used pandemic time at home to their own advantage to share their crafts — but at a price. Read more: Coronavirus: 3 dos and don’ts when it […]

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Avoid trick-or-treating due to coronavirus this Halloween, CDC says

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The scariest thing on Halloween night will be the invisible threat of COVID-19, and adults and children should change their plans to minimize that danger, according to new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The top U.S. health agency issued a new set of coronavirus safety recommendations on its website late Monday, in what it described as a “supplement” to existing safety measures in various states and cities. The guidelines are some of the first to emerge on a national level ahead of the Halloween season in the United States and Canada. “Many traditional […]

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Halifax airport to implement temperature screenings next week

Halifax airport to implement temperature screenings next week

On Sept. 23, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) will begin temperature screening at Halifax Stanfield as part of its response to COVID-19. According to CATSA, the screenings are for both passengers and airport workers entering the secure area at Halifax Stanfield. A spokesperson for the airport, Tiffany Chase, said the temperature screening is already in place at the four largest Canadian airports — Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver — and is now being launched at the next 11 busiest airports, including Halifax Stanfield, on Sept. 23. Read more: Nova Scotia hits 10th straight day with no new […]

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Winnipeggers get chance to weigh in on Open Streets program with some routes set to close

Winnipeggers get chance to weigh in on Open Streets program with some routes set to close

Some of the City of Winnipeg’s Open Streets active transportation routes are coming to the end of their roads after the long weekend. The 10 roadways were closed to vehicular traffic in the spring in an effort to encourage physical distancing and give Winnipeggers a safe way to get out of the house during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more: Winnipeg to keep sports fields closed, expand cycling routes during coronavirus This week the city said six of the 10 routes will be reopened to vehicular traffic after Monday. 1:19 Cycling advocate, some city councillors support active transportation extension Cycling […]

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Nova Scotia provincial parks helping people affected by water shortage

Nova Scotia provincial parks helping people affected by water shortage

The province announced Monday that provincial parks are welcoming people affected by the water shortage in southwest Nova Scotia to use their showers and access drinking water starting Aug. 31. Parts of southwest Nova Scotia are experiencing drought conditions amid low rainfall this summer. Read more: Maritime farmers say crops threatened by drought According to the province, the following camping parks are making designated facilities available for showers and water access between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. each day until further notice: Graves Island Provincial Park, Lunenburg Co. The Islands Provincial Park, Shelburne Co. Ellenwood Lake Provincial Park, Yarmouth Co., […]

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