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Second province suspends first dose use of AstraZeneca vaccine

One day after the province of Alberta said it would suspend administering the first dose of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine, the province of Ontario said it was also suspending giving AstraZeneca and Covishield as a first dose as a defence »

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Trudeau dismisses Ontario’s call for stricter land border quarantine rules

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is open to stricter penalties for travellers who violate the mandatory quarantine period but will not introduce stricter quarantine measures for people crossing the U.S.-Canada land border as demanded by Ontario. “We’re always »

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Canadian military to deploy in Ontario hospitals to help with COVID-19 surge

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) will deploy up to three medical teams and nine critical care nurses to Ontario to support hospitals overwhelmed by a surge of COVID-19 patients and running desperately short of qualified medical staff, Prime Minister Justin »

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Ontario teen among youngest Canadians to die with COVID-19

A 13-year-old girl from Ontario has become one of the youngest people in Canada to die of COVID-19. Emily Victoria Viegas, of Brampton, Ont., died on April 22, CBC News reported. Ontario Premier Doug Ford said his “heart absolutely breaks »

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Ontario premier apologizes for some of enhanced public health measures

Ontario Premier Doug Ford fought back tears on Thursday as he admitted that his government “got it wrong” when it introduced a number of additional COVID-19 restrictions that were not recommended by health experts last week. Ford’s government faced intense »

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Provinces lower minimum age for AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from 55 to 40

Struggling to cope with the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadian provinces of Ontario, Alberta and Manitoba will start offering the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine and its Indian-produced version, Covishield, to people age 40 and over. In Quebec, where AstraZeneca »

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Ontario seeks help as COVID-19 cases explode

As medical advisors predicted, the number of hospitalizations and admissions to intensive care units is threatening to overwhelm the healthcare system in the large province of Ontario. The situation is so bad that the federal government and other provinces are »


Canadian and Ontario governments invest to improve long-term care homes

The Canadian and Ontario governments are investing over $99.4 million in 95 projects to make long-term care homes within the province safer and more secure, according to an announcement by Infrastructure Canada on Friday. In a press release, Infrastructure Canada »

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Ontario reports 4,227 new cases of COVID-19, 2nd highest daily count

Ontario reported 4,227 cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the second-highest on a single day at any point during the pandemic. Canada’s most populous province logged 4,249 new infections on January 8, but 450 of those were attributed to a delay »


Top doctors in Ontario call for province-wide stay-at-home order

The top medical health officers from Toronto, Peel and Ottawa asked the Ontario government on Monday to impose further restrictions to stop the surge of COVID-19 infections. In a letter, signed by Dr. Eileen de Villa, Dr. Vera Etches and »