The N.S. Loan Forgiveness Program has forgiven approximately $8 million in student loans for over 1,000 Nova Scotian students who graduated from a university in the province this year
The province says that since Aug. 1, eligible students at NSCC can also have all N.S. student loan debt eliminated.
“We want to set our young people up to succeed in our province, to set down roots and establish careers here,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis in a news release.
“This program puts money back into their pockets so they can focus on next steps after their post-secondary education.”
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The province says it provides one of the best student-assistance programs in Canada.
“Provincial loans are interest-free and there are upfront grants, loan forgiveness and the Nova Scotia University Student Bursary. Combined, an eligible student can receive more than $40,000 they do not have to repay,” read the release.
According to the release, loan forgiveness now also includes certificate and diploma programs at universities and NSCC.
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Coronavirus: Latest developments in the Greater Toronto Area on Sept. 27 – Global News
Here are the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic in the Greater Toronto Area for Sunday:
Ontario reports nearly 500 cases
Ontario reported 491 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 49,831.
It’s the biggest single-day increase in cases since May 2 when 511 were reported.
“Locally, there are 137 new cases in Toronto with 131 in Peel, 58 in Ottawa and 58 in York Region,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter.
“Sixty-three per cent of today’s cases are in people under the age of 40.”
Elliott said more than 42,500 additional tests have been completed, which is among all-time highs.
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Around 600 people possibly exposed at Toronto bar
Toronto Public Health says around 600 people may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus after three staff members at a bar tested positive.
Officials said the possible exposure period is from Sept. 13 to Sept. 22 at the Regulars Bar on King Street, near Bathurst Street.
All known close contacts of the individuals who tested positive have been contacted, officials said. Anyone not contacted is viewed as low risk.
People who attended the bar are being advised to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days since their last visit and if symptoms develop, self-isolate and get tested.
Toronto restaurant closed after employee tests positive
Reyna on King, a restaurant located near Parliament and King streets, is temporarily closed after an employee tested positive.
In a social media post, the restaurant said the employee last worked mid-week.
Neighbouring Reyna Bazaar is also closed for deep cleaning while employees are tested, the post said.
“Unfortunately, we have had to cancel all reservations for the next few days and will re-open as soon as we have the green light that our team has a clean bill of health and it is safe to re-open,” the restaurant said.
“We feel confident that this is a one-off incident as nobody else on the team was showing any symptoms and our health and safety procedures are very strict.”
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1 new COVID-19 death, 58 new cases in Ottawa – CBC.ca
Ottawa Public Health is reporting 58 new COVID-19 cases Sunday and one new death.
The city’s death toll now stands at 281. There have been 4,063 cases of COVID-19 recorded in the nation’s capital since the start of the pandemic — and of those, 3,207 are considered resolved, approximately 79 per cent.
There are now 575 confirmed active cases in the city, up eight since yesterday and an increase of 90 since the same time last week.
There are also 39 ongoing outbreaks at city institutions like long-term care facilities, child-care centres and schools.
Ontario reports 491 new cases, highest since May
The reports from OPH don’t necessarily reflect how many people tested positive for COVID-19 on the day they’re made public; rather, they indicate the number of new cases OPH is notified of as of 2 p.m. the previous day.
Provincewide, another 491 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Sunday, the highest number since May 2, and two new deaths.
As of 10:30 a.m., there had been 2,839 deaths in Ontario from COVID-19, according to provincial figures.
In western Quebec, meanwhile, health officials have confirmed 14 new cases since yesterday.
The region has had 1,265 cases of COVID-19 and 34 deaths since the pandemic began.
Three employees of Regulars Bar on King Street West test positive for COVID-19 – Toronto Star
Three staff at the restaurant Regulars Bar on King St. West have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Toronto Public Health.
The period for the potential exposure for those visiting the bar, 668 King St. W., is between Sept. 13 and Sept. 22, according to TPH’s news release issued Sunday. According to TPH, about 600 people may have visited during that span.
TPH said it has followed up with individuals that have been in close contacts with three employees that tested positive and have been asked to self-isolate for 14 days and get tested. Individuals that have visited Regulars Bar during Sept. 13 and Sept. 22 are considered as low risk, said TPH, but should monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days after their visit.
Meanwhile, Reyna on King, a restaurant on King Street East, announced via Instagram Sunday that a staffer had tested positive for COVID-19. The employee last worked on Wednesday, Sept. 24. In the post, the restaurant said it will be closing down its doors until further notice and has since cancelled all reservations for the next couple of days.
On Saturday, the city of Toronto said it had shut down three King Street restaurants after COVID-19 violations.
Those restaurants include MARBL, Mexican eatery Caza Mezcal, and sprawling craft-beer purveyor King Taps.
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