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Dogs used to detect coronavirus in pilot project at Helsinki airport

TOPSHOT - The coronavirus sniffer dog named E.T. receives a cuddle from the trainer Anette Kare at the Helsinki airport in Vantaa, Finland, where he is trained to detect the Covid-19 from the arriving passengers, on September 22, 2020. (Photo by Antti Aimo-Koivisto / Lehtikuva / AFP) / Finland OUT (Photo by ANTTI AIMO-KOIVISTO/Lehtikuva/AFP via Getty Images)
The coronavirus sniffer dog named E.T. receives a cuddle from the trainer Anette Kare at the Helsinki airport in Vantaa, Finland, where he is trained to detect the Covid-19 from the arriving passengers, on September 22, 2020. Photo by ANTTI AIMO-KOIVISTO /Lehtikuva/AFP via Getty Images

Dogs trained to detect the novel coronavirus began sniffing passenger samples at Finland’s Helsinki-Vantaa airport this week, authorities said, in a pilot project running alongside more usual testing at the airport.

The dogs’ efficiency has not been proven in comparative scientific studies so passengers who volunteer to be tested and are suspected as carrying the virus are instructed to 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 reporting new cases on Wednesday included:

  • Light of Christ School
  • Forest Lawn School
  • St. Luke School

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


Wednesday

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

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives prior to the throne speech on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Photo by Justin Tang/The Canadian Press

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

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

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