COVID-19 Update: Parents still have questions about CBE online learning | Canadian restaurants plea for government help

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Restaurants make plea for government support as over half of eateries face bankruptcy in next three months

A survey released on Thursday found that 29 per cent of food service businesses cannot operate under social distancing guidelines, while another 31 per cent will only be able to keep their doors open for another 90 days at most. Photo by Getty Images

Restaurant owners issued a stark warning to federal policymakers on Wednesday, saying that more than half of all Canadian eateries could go out of business in the next three months as the pandemic continues to discourage people from dining out.

Restaurants Canada, a lobby group representing 30,000 firms, has been meeting federal officials and calling for a range of supports for the food service sector, which has been clobbered by COVID-19 lockdowns.

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‘They’ve put parents in a real bind’: Questions linger as 16 per cent of CBE students enrol in online classes

Sarah Bieber poses for a photo in her home. Bieber is the spokesperson for Kids Come First, a parent advocacy group. Photo by Brendan Miller /Postmedia

Around 16 per cent of students at Calgary Board of Education schools are registered for online learning in preparation for the resumption of classes next week, but uncertainty remains surrounding the quality and fit of the program, according to parent advocates.

Parents had until 4 p.m. on Monday to decide whether to enrol their children in online courses or allow them to return to in-person classes. The CBE said Wednesday more than 21,000 students were registered for its virtual alternative, called “hub online learning.”

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Alberta records 127 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr Deena Hinshaw. Photo by Chris Schwarz /Government of Alberta

The provincial death toll remains at 235 as the province marked no additional deaths on Wednesday but reported another 127 COVID-19 cases, bringing the active total to 1,176 in Alberta.

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