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Health, Society

More restrictions are announced as COVID refuses to let up

As COVID caseloads rise and more transmissible variants continue to spread across Canada, people in three provinces–Ontario, Quebec and Alberta–are facing increased public-health restrictions to combat the virus’s third wave. Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced this afternoon he was imposing »

Economy, Politics, Society

Facing a growing COVID crisis, Ford shuts down Ontario for the next four weeks

Premier Doug Ford announced today that he is putting Ontario–Canada’s richest and most populous province–under lockdown for the next four weeks. The so-called “emergency break” provisions take effect Saturday across the province.  “We are facing a serious situation and drastic »


Ontario launches online booking system for COVID-19 vaccines

The Ontario government launched the provincial online booking system and customer service desk Monday morning, meaning that individuals who will be turning 80 and older can now book vaccine appointments at mass immunization clinics. In a press release on Sunday, »


Ontario pharmacies to begin offering vaccine as part of pilot program

Starting on Friday, eligible Ontarians aged 60 to 64 will be able to book an appointment to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at a pharmacy as part of the vaccine delivery pilot program in specific regions. The Ontario government announced »


Premiers across Canada call on federal government to increase health funding

Premiers from across Canada have once again called on the federal government to increase health care funding to the provinces and territories by $28 billion. In a joint press conference on Thursday, Quebec Premier François Legault, British Columbia Premier John »


Police investigate alleged threats against Niagara medical officer of health

The Niagara Regional Police Service is investigating alleged threats made against Dr. Mustafa Hirji, the Niagara region’s medical officer of health, over COVID-19 restrictions. “We are aware of the social media posts in reference to Dr. Hirji that have been »

Health, International, Politics

Mandatory COVID-19 testing coming to Toronto Pearson International Airport

All international travellers arriving at the Toronto Pearson International Airport will be required to take a COVID-19 test. Ontario Premier Doug Ford made the announcement on Friday as part of the province’s action plan to stop the spread of new »

Politics, Society

Ontario legislator kicked out governing party for questioning COVID-19 lockdown

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has kicked a provincial legislator from the governing party caucus for posting an open letter that claims that the province’s pandemic lockdown measures are “deadlier than COVID” and calls for an end to restrictions. In a »

Health, International

Looking ahead, Trudeau delivers some numbers on Canada’s vaccine rollout

Following his meeting yesterday with his provincial and territorial counterparts aimed at finding ways to supply more momentum to Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today provided an update of where things stand.  “We agreed that it is »


First ministers meet to try to juice Canada’s lagging vaccine rollout

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his provincial and territorial counterparts were set to meet virtually today. They are expected to focus on how Canada can pick up the pace of its COVID-19 vaccination campaign–a campaign that Trudeau said in December »