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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 »

Politics, Society

Spooked by COVID-19 variants, Ontario moves March Break to April

Students and teachers in Ontario will get their March Break in April as Canada’s largest province is seeking ways to limit community transmissions of COVID-19 and its new more contagious variants. The week-long break, which was originally scheduled for March »

Health, Society

Ontario doctors, nurses, hospitals alarmed at loosening restrictions

Case counts of COVID-19 infection are dropping in much of Canada and some provinces including Ontario are relaxing restrictions put in place to slow the spread of the virus. That has Ontario health professionals, hospitals and Canada’s Chief Public Health »

Society

Early spring predicted as Groundhog Day announcement goes online

An early spring is coming! Ontario’s Wiarton Willie did not see his shadow today on Groundhog Day and is predicting an early spring in 2021. “Well folks, my prediction is official,” the groundhog said in a tweet. “With cloudy skies »

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 »

Health, Society

Schools in Ottawa and some other parts of Ontario will reopen next week

Elementary and secondary students in Ottawa and some other parts of Ontario will be returning to the classroom starting next week. According to a press release from the Ontario government, 280,000 students will resume in-person learning on Feb. 1. “On »

Health, Society

Practical nurses report experiencing ‘a breaking point’

A recent study found that while 67 per cent of practical nurses in the province of Ontario have never been more proud to be a nurse, 71 per cent also say they have experienced a breaking point over the past »

Health

Health Canada recalls hand sanitizers distributed to schools in Quebec

Health Canada has recalled some hand sanitizer products labelled as “Anti-Microbe” that were distributed to various schools in Quebec because they contain a higher concentration of benzalkonium chloride which may pose health risks. According to an advisory published on Jan. »

Health, Society

Doctors warn of looming drug shortages

Doctors in the province of Ontario say COVID-19 cases are skyrocketing and that the province may again face “serious drug shortages.” Early in the pandemic there were concerns about getting enough supplies of active pharmaceutical ingredients from China and India. »

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 »