COVID-19 Live Updates: Coronavirus News in Calgary for September 24


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Dogs trained to detect the novel coronavirus began sniffing samples from passengers at Finland’s Helsinki-Vantaa airport this week, authorities said, as part of a pilot project alongside more usual tests at the ‘airport.

The dogs’ effectiveness has not been proven in comparative scientific studies, so passengers who volunteer to be tested and are suspected of carrying the virus should also take a swab to confirm the result.

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Three more Calgary schools report COVID-19 cases

For the third day in a row, three Calgary schools have been added to the list of schools with at least one confirmed case.

Schools that reported new cases on Wednesday included:

  • Light of Christ School
  • Forest Lawn School
  • Saint-Luc school

Thirty-eight Calgary schools have reported at least one case since Aug. 31, according to documents posted on the website of the student advocacy group Support Our Students. The number of Calgary schools at the time of the outbreak or state of surveillance remains unchanged at 10.


Trudeau to expand flagship emergency wage subsidy next summer as larger provinces hit second wave of COVID-19

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives before the Speech from the Throne on Wednesday, September 23, 2020. Photo by Justin Tang / The Canadian Press

The Trudeau government will extend its flagship and costly emergency wage subsidy program for nearly a year as it promises to restore jobs in Canada to pre-pandemic levels.

“The economic impact of COVID-19 on Canadians has already been worse than the financial crisis of 2008. These consequences will not be short-lived. This is not the time for austerity, ”said the Speech from the Throne, delivered a month after the prorogation of Parliament by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.


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