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Looking to buy local? Small Business Saturday could be your best chance – Global News

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A new retail shopping event has arrived, encouraging consumers to support local, independent businesses during the holiday season.

Small Business Saturday, wedged between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, is the latest sales campaign aimed at holiday shoppers.

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But unlike its larger retail counterparts, which tend to shine a spotlight on big box stores, Small Business Saturday suggests consumers support their neighbourhood mom-and-pop shops.

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The day comes during the critical holiday shopping season as many small businesses struggle to survive the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Laura Jones, executive vice-president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, says 2020 has been one of the toughest year’s ever for many businesses.

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She says the retail event is urging people to support small businesses online, using curbside pick-up or in-person shopping where possible.

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Heavy snow hits parts of Nova Scotia Friday – CBC.ca

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Parts of Nova Scotia were hit with wintry weather Friday during a system that dumped up to 25 centimetres of snow in some areas before tapering off in the evening.

RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Lisa Croteau said the RCMP has responded to accidents in areas including Lower Sackville, Fall River and Windsor.

“Everybody needs to just take it slow,” she said. “When the roads can be covered in snow and ice, it can lead to collisions.

“So we’re asking people to just slow down, take their time, be patient. We just want everyone to make it home at the end of the day.”

Croteau said she did not know of any significant injuries that came as a result of any of the collisions.

Several Halifax Transit bus routes were on snow plans due to slippery road conditions. Updates are being posted to the Halifax Transit Twitter page.

A Halifax Transit bus got stuck at an intersection due to heavy snow on Friday. (Craig Paisley/CBC)

Friday evening, a vehicle crash knocked out electricity for some Nova Scotia Power customers in Cole Harbour. At one point, more than 2,000 customers were in the dark in the Forest Hills area.

As of 10 p.m., most of the power was restored, according to the utility’s outage map.

A picture posted to Nova Scotia Power’s Twitter account showed a Halifax Transit bus on Merrimac Drive with a power pole on top of it.

CBC meteorologist Jim Abraham said only some parts of Nova Scotia were affected by the system.

“As the sun goes down, it’s clear in Digby and clear in much of Cape Breton, but in between there’s this heavy band of snow that has plagued parts of southwestern and central Nova Scotia all day,” said Abraham.

However, Abraham said most of the snow was supposed to taper off by about 7 p.m.

“It should end early enough that we can tidy it up before we go to bed,” he said.

In a tweet, the city of Halifax said the winter parking ban will be enforced from 1-6 a.m. Saturday.

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The New Reality: Ontario's troubled vaccine rollout, and the science behind mRNA vaccines – Global News

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  1. The New Reality: Ontario’s troubled vaccine rollout, and the science behind mRNA vaccines  Global News
  2. I’m immunocompromised. Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?  Maclean’s
  3. Cruise line says only vaccinated passengers can sail  CTV News
  4. Not only anti-vaxxers will resist the rollout  Courier Mail
  5. COVID more severe with blood cancer  WWLTV
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Alberta adds 12 COVID-19 deaths, falls under 10K active cases for first time since mid-November – CTV Edmonton

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EDMONTON —
Alberta’s active COVID-19 case count fell below 10,000 on Friday for the first time in more than two months as the province reported 643 new cases and 12 more deaths. 

The deaths bring the number of coronavirus fatalities to 1,512. Active cases total 9,987, the lowest count since November 14.

Hospitalizations continue a general downward trend as the number of COVID-19 patients fell by 40, to 691. The number of patients in intensive care units fell by four to 115. It’s the first time the province has had fewer than 700 coronavirus patients in hospital since Dec. 7.

The province administered 13,019 tests with a 4.97 per cent positivity rate. 

More than 97,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given to Albertans.

Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, will return for an in-person update on Monday. 

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