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Author: Hannah Rivkin


Supreme Court declares federal carbon pricing constitutional and climate change a national concern

The Trudeau government is moving ahead with a national regime to ensure every province and territory has legislation in place to impose minimum carbon pricing standards to limit greenhouse gas emissions after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that a federal law is constitutional. In its decision, the 6-3 majority concluded climate change “poses an existential threat to human life…


City council endorses mandatory mask bylaw

Ottawa City Council has followed up a public health order by passing a bylaw ordering the wearing of face masks in indoor public spaces. The vote was 14 to eight, with dissenting councillors expressing concern that the fines accompanying the bylaw are too steep. The fines would range from $200 for individuals to $400 for stores that break the bylaw,…

Arts & Culture

The show must go on: The Gladstone will host audiences on a Midsummer outdoor patio

Live theatre will be back on in Ottawa July 29. There have been logistical challenges and creative solutions, but The Gladstone in Little Italy is ready to stage a pandemic-adapted, “socially-distanced live-in-person” production of Midsummer [A play with songs] for a 12-day run on its outdoor patio. Midsummer is an acclaimed 2008 play by Scottish dramatist David Greig, punctuated with…


Remote rituals: The Jewish community is sustaining faith, upholding sacred traditions during the pandemic

In a pre-pandemic world, eight-day-old Theo Rapkin would have had his bris ceremony in a Montreal synagogue, surrounded by friends and family, his parents and a rabbi. There would have been prayers and a brunch.  The bris — formally known as the brit malah, or the “covenant of circumcision” — is a ceremony performed on the eighth day of a…

Arts & Culture

Ottawa tattoo parlours approach reopening with caution

As Ontario enters Stage 2 of the reopening of the provincial economy during COVID-19, the long-awaited announcement that “establishments providing personal care services” can now resume operations — with many restrictions — is being met with a mixed reaction. Personal care enterprises such as hair salons, piercing studios and tattoo parlours can open today. But despite getting the green light…