Ontario’s new COVID-19 restrictions include increased police powers, restricting gatherings

The Ontario government has unveiled several new COVID-19 restrictions aimed at curbing record-high cases in the province, including increased police powers, provincial border checkpoints and restricting outdoor gatherings. Premier Doug … Read More

COVID-19: Peel police officer accuses Global News journalist of agitating protesters, hugs attendees

A Peel Regional Police spokesperson says the service is looking into the conduct of an officer who accused a Global News journalist of “agitating” protesters by filming those in attendance … Read More

Peel officer suspended after hugging COVID-19 protesters, accusing journalist of agitating attendees

The Peel Regional Police service has suspended an officer who accused a Global News journalist of “agitating” protesters by filming those in attendance who are pushing for a Mississauga gym … Read More

Doctors say COVID-19 variants put pregnant women at greater risk, cite ‘urgent’ need for vaccines

Ariane Chang is in her last trimester of being pregnant and with less than five weeks to go, she says she has been fortunate to have had a healthy and … Read More

Feds receive ‘draft’ request from Ontario for assistance as COVID-19 cases soar, spokesperson says

A spokesperson for Canada’s public safety minister says the federal government has received a “draft” request for assistance from the Ontario government as the province continues to grapple with record-high … Read More

COVID-19: Vaccine Hunters Canada volunteers working to eliminate booking appointment barriers

During the day Joshua Kalpin works as a software engineer, but by night he is hunting online – hunting for COVID-19 vaccine appointments on behalf of Vaccine Hunters Canada. “This … Read More

Amid pleas for paid sick day program in Ontario, Doug Ford tells people to stop ‘playing politics’

Despite pleas from many in the medical community and from community advocates for the Ontario government to enact a paid sick day program to help workers who need to stay … Read More

Amid pleas for Ontario paid sick day program, Doug Ford tells people to stop ‘playing politics’

Despite pleas from many in the medical community and from community advocates for the Ontario government to enact a paid sick day program to help workers who need to stay … Read More

Hotels taking advantage of Canada’s COVID-19 quarantine rules, some travellers allege

When Natalia Pinzón boarded the flight for her trip to Toronto in March to start a first-year college program in the city, she was fully aware of Canada’s new quarantine … Read More

Ontario government moves to activate 4-week, provincewide COVID-19 ’emergency brake’

The Ontario government is moving to activate an “emergency brake” for four weeks across the entire province in response to rising COVID-19 cases and strained capacity at intensive care units, … Read More

What should be done with leftover vaccines at Ontario clinics? Experts push for a plan

On Saturday, thousands of people swarmed a Toronto hospital’s website that was believed to be offering leftover vaccines at the end of each day to anyone between the ages of … Read More

48-year-old Toronto man who spent 110 days in hospital due to COVID-19 shares vital warning

Vini Silva describes being back home after nearly four months at Humber River Hospital in Toronto battling COVID-19 like coming back from a long flight or journey. “You just have … Read More

Ontario Hospital Association declares 3rd COVID-19 wave, cites sharp rise in variant cases

The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) is warning the province has entered the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, citing a sharp increase in new variant-of-concern (VOC) cases and rising admissions … Read More

Ontario Hospital Association, science advisor say province in 3rd COVID-19 wave amid spike in variant cases

The key member of the provincial COVID-19 Science Advisory Table and the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) are warning the province has entered the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, citing … Read More

Senior Canadian scientists question government plans to delay 2nd dose of COVID-19 vaccine

A joint letter from senior scientists from a number of major health institutions is raising questions about a plan to delay second doses of COVID-19 vaccinations by four months. A … Read More

Coronavirus: Police say several travellers arriving at Toronto Pearson airport violating Quarantine Act

Several international travellers arriving at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport have refused to comply with a new rule requiring a three-day hotel quarantine, local police said Wednesday. Peel Region police said … Read More

Coronavirus: Some travellers through Toronto Pearson airport violating Quarantine Act

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Police say several people have refused to comply with new COVID-19 restrictions after arriving at Toronto Pearson International Airport. Peel Regional Police say most cases were resolved … Read More

Ontario reports 1,054 new coronavirus cases, 9 more deaths

Ontario is reporting 1,054 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, bringing the provincial total to 296,173. Wednesday’s case count is higher than Tuesday’s, which saw 975 new infections. On Monday, 1,058 … Read More

New variants spark fears of turmoil at Scarborough hospitals after 11 straight months of battling coronavirus

After 36 hours in a Scarborough hospital caring for COVID-19 patients, Dr. Martin Betts will get to go home to his 15-month-old son Max. “My day started at 5:45 this … Read More

Investigations underway after door handles removed to residents’ rooms at Ontario retirement home

Investigations by multiple entities are now underway after the operator of a Courtice, Ont., retirement home confirmed “a small number” of door handles were removed to the suites of residents … Read More

Ontario government reports 945 new coronavirus cases, 18 new deaths

The Ontario government is reporting 945 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, but issues with data in Toronto means there is an underreporting of cases. Thursday’s case count is lower than … Read More

Coronavirus: Several small business across Canada pledge to defy lockdown restrictions

Tucked in the back end of a small commercial lot on Bloor Street West in Oshawa, One Stop Training sits empty. But for its owner and operator, Jada Curry, she … Read More

Ontario confirms 1st case of South African coronavirus variant, no known link to travel

The Ontario government has announced the province’s first known case of the South African coronavirus variant and officials say there is no known link to travel. Dr. David Williams, the … Read More

Ontario confirms 1st case of South African coronavirus variant with no known link to travel

The Ontario government has announced the first known confirmed case of the South African coronavirus variant and officials say there is no known link to travel. Dr. David Williams, the … Read More

Ontario to start mandatory traveller coronavirus testing at Toronto Pearson airport on Monday

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Ontario closer to requiring all arriving international travellers at Pearson airport to get coronavirus tests

The Ontario government is closer to requiring all international travellers arriving at Toronto Pearson International Airport to be tested for coronavirus if the federal government fails to take “action,” a … Read More

Advocates call for targeted approach to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Canada

While many health-care workers eagerly wait for their turn to get the COVID-19 vaccine, not everyone is enthusiastic. Medical experts say vaccine hesitancy is an issue that is playing out … Read More

Current coronavirus lockdowns in Ontario not as effective, relaxing measures could mean higher cases

The Ontario government’s current coronavirus lockdown restrictions in areas like Toronto and Peel Region are not as effective as the previous provincial lockdown, officials say, leading to concerns about higher … Read More

Ontario’s current coronavirus lockdowns not as effective, easing measures could mean higher cases: officials

The Ontario government’s current coronavirus lockdown restrictions in areas like Toronto and Peel Region are not as effective as the previous provincial lockdown, officials say, leading to concerns about higher … Read More

Auditor general highlights Ontario’s ‘confusing,’ indirect communications on COVID-19 in new report

As part of an in-depth look at the Ontario government‘s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, provincial auditor general Bonnie Lysyk says local officials and entities were impacted by “confus[ing]” messaging … Read More

Health experts push for ‘aggressive’ strategy called #COVIDZero to stamp out coronavirus

Health experts who have been critical of Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s approach in curbing the spread of COVID-19 are now banding together to push for a more ‘aggressive’ strategy that … Read More

‘Staff are in shock’: Documents reveal chaos inside Ontario nursing home during COVID-19 outbreak

Part 1: March 17-22 At 9:29 a.m. on March 17, a nurse identified in records as Yan Anonymous phoned York Region Public Health to report that six residents at the … Read More

Coronavirus: Toronto, Peel Region enter stage 3 of Ontario’s reopening plan

The city of Toronto and Peel Region have joined a large majority of the province with entering stage three of the Ontario government’s reopening plan on Friday amid the ongoing … Read More

Coronavirus: Experts wary of ‘out-of-towners’ as Ontario starts second phase of reopening

Ontario’s shift to regionally reopen the province has its benefits, experts say, but they’re concerned that messaging about who can do what — and where — might cause issues down … Read More

Toronto hairstylist launches petition, calls for Ontario to reopen salons, barber shops

A long-time Toronto hairstylist has launched an online petition calling on the Ontario government to reopen hair salons and barber shops, months after closing amid the COVID-19 lockdown. Norm Wright, … Read More

Too fast, too soon? How we’ll know whether Ontario reopened at the right time

Just over a week into the reopening of Ontario’s economy after months of lockdown over COVID-19, there is an eagerness to see if the moves made were the right ones. … Read More

Lockdown 2.0? Case spikes could lead to more coronavirus restrictions

About a week ago, one of Canada’s most-watched novel coronavirus charts — new infections in Ontario — started to head definitely, unmistakably, in the wrong direction. Canada’s most populous province … Read More

Could the public be to blame for the lack of coronavirus testing in Ontario?

The Ontario government has been under fire for not reaching its daily benchmark for coronavirus testing often enough, but health officials have now hinted that the public may also share … Read More

Coronavirus: Cancellation of CNE, festivals leaves vendors struggling to make ends meet

Festival vendors were dealt another huge blow during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic when it was announced the 2020 edition of the Canadian National Exhibition was cancelled. “The CNE is the … Read More

As Ontario reopens, ‘robust’ coronavirus testing and tracing needed: experts

After a two-month, near-total shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ontario government announced on Thursday that it would be kicking off the first phase of its reopening plan on … Read More

Coronavirus: Toronto man concerned about lack of testing of at-home personal support workers

A man who lives in an assisted living condo in downtown Toronto says he has concerns about the lack of coronavirus testing for his personal support workers (PSWs). A spinal chord … Read More

Woman with Down syndrome in critical condition as Markham, Ont. care home sees COVID-19 surge

Patty Baird’s health deteriorated quickly once she tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday — and now her family says doctors told them the very next day that she won’t survive. … Read More

Coronavirus: Ontario government orders shutdown of all outdoor recreation amenities

The Ontario government has ordered the shutdown of all outdoor recreation amenities in the province as part of its response to the coronavirus pandemic. The order is part of the … Read More

Ontario woman climbs Mount Everest, now stranded in Nepal due to coronavirus pandemic

Brianna Wolters has been spending every waking hour outside her shifts as a nurse at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital, desperately trying to help her mother who is stranded in Nepal … Read More

Coronavirus: Up to 3,250 ventilators ready to be deployed in Ontario, officials say

The Ontario government says up to approximately 3,250 ventilators are ready to be deployed across Ontario in response to the coronavirus outbreak. During a media update Friday afternoon, Ontario health … Read More

COVID-19: Officials say avoid cottage country to limit resource strain

Rural health-care providers and small-town politicians are pleading with snowbirds and city-dwellers to stay at their primary homes during the COVID-19 pandemic rather than self-isolating in more remote locales and … Read More

Coronavirus: Ontario government unveils $17B aid package in response to COVID-19

The Ontario government has unveiled a $17-billion aid package aimed at helping residents, businesses and the health care sector in response to the worsening coronavirus pandemic. Finance Minister Rod Phillips … Read More

Ontario government set to unveil major fiscal update in response to coronavirus outbreak

The Ontario government is set to unveil how it will spend billions in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Finance Minister Rod Phillips is scheduled to deliver the province’s economic and … Read More

Coronavirus: Kitchener educational tech company now making protective equipment for health care workers

Jeremy Hedges started a technology company called INKSmith four years ago selling educational toys for design thinking and coding to schools. He said he never imagined he would be using … Read More

Coronavirus: Oshawa, Ont., grocery store employee tests positive for COVID-19

The parent company of Real Canadian Superstore has confirmed an employee has tested positive for COVID-19, marking the first publicly confirmed case for the corporation since the coronavirusoutbreak began. Galen … Read More

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