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While Taurus and Sagittarius are believed to be incompatible, a couple can romantically reap the rewards of these traits. This is because Sagittarius is attracted to the sensual qualities of Taurus. While Taurus in turn is enchanted by the alluring energy of Sagittarius.

Taurus, however, may want to settle down, which its restless counterpart Sagittarius may find restrictive.

Venus in Taurus and Jupiter in Sagittarius will give hope to couples experiencing relationship problems that they can overcome them.

Astrologer Marina of MarStars Astrology Insights believes Taurus will also affect more tangible matters.

Marina said: “Today the transit Moon is in Taurus, which is an able, practical and grounded sign, allowing us to focus on concrete tasks.

“We may see things slow things down, Tuesday is not as dynamic as yesterday.

“We should therefore be more patient and focus on more tangible tasks.

“This is a positive day for dealing with financial and work-related matters.”

It is also positive that the transit Moon makes trine with Saturn, which is in Capricorn, meaning we have a trine with Earth’s signs.

Because one of these signs is Capricorn, we should be focusing on practical issues, organisation and achieving more visible results.

Astrologer Marina said: ”Saturn can help us focus on concrete issues and means we should take a logical stance in our interpretation of issues and our approach to plans made.

“Saturn also supports us in making sensible business decisions.

“We need to be careful when the transit Moon makes opposition with the planet Venus.

“Venus is not a negative planet, so even this transit is not so challenging.

“But Venus may create misunderstandings related to relationships and overtly emotional situations.

“In terms of communicating with those closest to us, this aspect may require some adaptation.

“So, be careful with how you communicate with others, don’t hurt people’s feelings and be kind.”

Keep in mind that Venus is in Scorpio, when people tend to be at their most dramatic.

People may be over-sensitive or over-emotional.

Try to show your support and care for people, and in this way we will solve any possible challenges.

Click here to read more about your daily  from astrologer Russell Grant.


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Ottawa families give mixed reviews for online schooling





So, how’s it going with online school? Families reached by CBC Ottawa seem to have mixed reviews. 

Masuma Khan is a mother of two. Her seven-year-old, Hana Wyndham in Grade 2, is attending French immersion virtual school. Masuma is grateful it’s an option, but can’t help notice a lot of down time.

“There’s a lot of, ‘are you on mute?’ In terms of the amount of learning that’s actually happening, it does seem to be not that high,” said Masuma.

Parents who kept their children at home this fall are in the minority, but they still form a significant chunk of families in Ottawa.

In the city’s largest school board, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB), about 27 per cent of elementary students and 22 per cent of high school students chose online learning. The Ottawa Catholic School Board says roughly a quarter of its students are online.

For Masuma, the decision to keep her daughter home was complex: extended family members are immunocompromised and she worried the in-person learning environment would be unpleasant because of precautions. She also felt her daughter might benefit from being supported at home.

“She doesn’t necessarily enjoy school. I also found out during the pandemic that she was being bullied [last year],” said Masuma. “So I thought, why not try from home?”

To help her daughter socialize face-to-face with other kids, Masuma enrolled Hana in Baxter Forest School, an alternative education program where kids spend most of their time outside, one day a week. Hana also attends virtual Arabic classes two days a week after school. 

Masuma’s husband and Hana share the living room work space, and Masuma admits he does the lion’s share of helping their daughter stay on task. There is a possibility that he’ll be required to return to his office in the new year.

“When he goes back to work … it’s probably going to be a little bit more difficult.”

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No school closures after Christmas holiday break, says Ontario education minister





Ontario elementary and secondary schools will not close for an extended winter break, says Education Minister Stephen Lecce.

Closures aren’t needed given Ontario’s “strong safety protocols, low levels of (COVID-19) transmission and safety within our schools,” Lecce announced Wednesday afternoon. He said he had consulted with Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams and the province’s public health measures advisory table.

That ended speculation about school buildings remaining closed in January for a period of time after the Christmas break.

Earlier in the week, Lecce told reporters the government was considering having students spend “some period out of class” in January, perhaps switching to online learning.

In a statement, Lecce said that even though rates of community transmission of COVID-19 are increasing, “schools have been remarkably successful at minimizing outbreaks to ensure that our kids stay safe and learning in their classrooms.”

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Windy start to the week in Ottawa





OTTAWA — It’s a blustery Monday in the capital with wind gusts of up to 50 km/hour expected throughout the day.

Environment Canada is forecasting a high of 4 C with a 60 per cent chance of showers or flurries before the wind dies down later this evening.

There’s a chance of flurries on Tuesday as well with a high of -1 C. The overnight low will dip to an unseasonal -9 C.  

Wednesday’s high will be just -5 C with lots of sunshine.

Seasonal temperatures return for the rest of the week..

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