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Ford addresses ‘disturbing’ anti-maskers at his home; Alberta sees lack of cooperation with contact tracers

On Tuesday, Oct. 13, Justin Trudeau announced that Canada has secured 28.4 million rapid COVID-19 tests, which can deliver results in less than 20 minutes.

The chief medical officer of health, Dr. Theresa Tam, said the tests will be deployed possibly by the end of the week or early next week to provinces and territories.

In Ontario, Premier Doug Ford asked people to support take-out initiatives at restaurants in the province’s three hotspots where new restrictions are in place. In addition, he pleaded with Uber Eats to reduce the commission rates it’s charging, in order to help restaurants amid the pandemic.

To finish his press conference, Ford called out those who are spreading disinformation about COVID-19, especially the “anti-maskers” who have been showing up at his house.

As COVID-19 continues to spread nationwide, Quebec announced more restrictions for three regions, Saskatchewan limited gathering sizes at households, and British Columbia health officials pleaded with citizens to get their flu shot amid influenza season. In Alberta, health officials said they’re seeing an increasing number of people who are refusing to share information with contact tracers.

For more on today’s top stories and the spread of the novel coronavirus across the country, please refer to our live updates below throughout the day, as well as our COVID-19 news hub.

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‘There’s no hidden agenda’: Doug Ford shares frustration over those discrediting the COVID-19 pandemic

As the second wave of COVID-19 makes its mark on Ontario, Premier Doug Ford addressed those who are trying to discredit the reality of the virus, such as by calling it fake. 

“There’s no hidden agenda … it’s sheer facts,” said Ford. “What I get from the chief medical officer, I will put it right on the table good, bad or ugly. …

“I’m going to repeat this again, there is no agenda. I’m the last guy in the world that would put up with that. I just, it just wouldn’t happen under my watch. I’m here to protect the people of Ontario, keep them safe.”

Ford credits the media, who he called “phenomenal,” for helping deliver the government’s message on protocols throughout the pandemic. 

It’s a contrast compared to what the premier describes has been occurring in front of his home. 

“We have the anti-maskers showing up to my house again,” said Ford.

“You know, flying the flag upside down. That’s disturbing to say the least. You don’t like our country, want to disrespect the people of this country and the flag; go on, take off, leave, find another place you can fly your flag upside down.”

Ford announcements funding for Ontario businesses impacted by latest restrictions, calls out Uber Eats

Ford announced $300 million to provide relief for local restaurants and other businesses that have been impacted by the province’s latest health measures. 

The news comes after Ford announced on Friday that indoor dining will have to close for restaurants and bars in the province’s three hotspots of Ontario, Peel and Ottawa. These venues will

This Smart Home Gym Is The Future Of Fitness

JaxJox, which makes a smart personalized home gym that uses AI to track and improve your performance and give you a wellness score, just scored itself. The Seattle-based fit tech company announced today that it has raised $10 million to bring its JaxJox “interactive fitness studio” to market.

The company also announced an exclusive retail partnership with Best Buy, and customers can get the fitness studio installed by Best Buy’s Geek Squad.

The system consists of a 43” touchscreen TV that can display fitness classes as well as data about your performance. The screen rotates both horizontally and vertically, and tilts if you’re doing floor exercises. Crucially, however, JaxJox isn’t just about cardio: the system has integrated smart dumbbells and a smart kettlebell — both configurable for different weights — that also report performance data. There’s also a “smart push-up device” and a vibrating, massaging foam roller.

All integrate with Apple’s HealthKit and will integrate with GoogleFit in a few months.

“The InteractiveStudio is the first home gym that includes connected free-weight equipment with AI performance tracking and interactive live and on-demand coaching for a personalized workout experience,” the company says. “Interactive Studio has a substantially richer training experience with personalized, real-time data including repetitions, power and a proprietary Fitness IQ score.”

That Fitness IQ score is generated by AI, the company says, and includes data on peak and average power, heart rate, workout consistency, steps, body weight, and the fitness level you’ve chose to attain.

“Beyond fitness-tech products, my vision is to close the gap between fitness and health,” says JaxJox CEO Stephen Owusu. “By monitoring performance metrics and using AI, we can give users a more holistic view of their health and provide recommendations on improving their wellbeing. We know working out is only one aspect of wellness and will continue to enhance our platform to provide an unparalleled experience.”

This type of home gym, that enables smart workouts either solo or with others — JaxJox has a gym friends feature that lets you work out with a few friends — is the future of home fitness. Along with a few other video-centric competitors (notably Peloton, which of course lacks the weights component) something like this feels like the future of gyms.

At least for those of us who aren’t planning to return to a public gym anytime soon.

I asked Owusu for a few more details via email:

John Koetsier: How close is the full hardware/software package to release?

Stephen Owusu: The InteractiveStudio will be released by the end of this year.

Koetsier: Is there a vision to eventually add a cycle and/or treadmill? Would you build it yourself or integrate with existing players?

Owusu: We always look for opportunities to simplify a consumers experience and allow them to integrate other fitness tech into our platform. That way they can bring all their data to one centralized location.

The Best Amazon Prime Day Deals on Home Fitness Equipment

2020 has been the year of at-home fitness what with gyms closed, classes cancelled and even many sports on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus the year has seen a surge in sales of exercise bikes, free weights, TRX bands, yoga mats and more workout gear — which is precisely why it’s a great time to take advantage of some of the best Amazon Prime Day deals on home fitness equipment now.

If you are looking to take your own home gym to the next level or seeking the perfect gift for your fitness enthusiast friend or family member, Amazon Prime Day is the time to get the gear. With deep discounts on fitness equipment and apparel, you can save hundreds on high quality exercise equipment so you can get gains without feeling the burn in your bank account.

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But if the trends from the past few months have taught us anything, these Prime Day deals on home fitness equipment will sell out quickly, so be sure to partake while supplies last.


VIGBODY Exercise Bike

A solid alternative to some of the pricier exercise bikes out there, this VIGBODY bike has a multi-functional monitor to display your time, speed, distance and calories burned. At over $130 off today, this could be a great option for at home workouts.


TheFitLife Exercise Resistance Bands

Ultra lightweight and easy to carry, you can easily pack these resistance bands on the go. Each one is 48 inches long and is marked with its equivalent weigh, and with attachable handles, ankle straps, door anchor, you can choose different training methods for building strength.


Gorilla Mats Premium Extra Large Exercise Mat

This large, dense mat can transform any space with a hard floor into the prefect space for exercise. It can be used like an oversized yoga mat, for HIIT exercises, or to protect wood or tile floors from weights. If you have limited free space in your home, this mat is perfect for creating temporary workout areas. On the other hand, if you have an entire home gym, it will also be a welcome permanent fixture in that space. And at 40% off, it’s a great buy.


Yes4All Premium Adjustable Slant Board

This slant board can be used for stretching, squats, for working on balance, and can be used with exercise bands or weights. And equally as notable is the fact that it can be folded flat and stored just about anywhere when not in use. It’s a great addition to the smaller home where staying in shape is of big importance, and it’s more than a quarter off its usual price during Prime Day sales.


Yes4All Slam Ball Medicine Ball

Medicine balls are surprisingly versatile training tools. They can be used during squats, for shoulder exercises, cradled during crunches or sit-ups, or tossed back and forth with your workout buddy. And unlike with a