Provincial police have made another arrest in an alleged scheme involving millions in Ontario COVID-19 relief funding. OPP say 41-year-old Manish Gambhir of Brampton is charged with possession of an identity document and possession of property obtained by crime. Police say the arrest is part of the same investigation that previously led to charges against a former bureaucrat, his wife, and a third person. Investigators say they were asked in August of last year to look into alleged fraud related to the Support for Families Program, which aims to help families with children at home due to the pandemic.
New Calls to Ban Hospital and School Protests:
Unifor is calling on Ontario to follow Quebec’s lead and ban anti-vaccine protests near hospitals, schools, daycares and COVID-19 testing and immunization clinics. Quebec passed legislation last week forbidding all protests related to the pandemic within 50 metres of those sites. Unifor national president Jerry Dias says Premier Doug Ford must take immediate action to protect health care workers, educational workers and children in Ontario from hate and intimidation. Dias says in a statement that the anti-vaccine protests also put the health and safety of Unifor members at risk, as well as the entire community.
#Unifor is calling on the @ongov and @fordnation to enact legislation to ban anti-vaccine protests near hospitals, schools, daycares and #COVID19Ontario immunization and testing clinics. https://t.co/aK4EbKuJ3x
— Unifor (@UniforTheUnion) September 30, 2021
Police say they’ve laid charges against a Chatham man for allegedly licking the door handle of a local business. Chatham-Kent police say they were called to the business Wednesday morning after a man was denied entry. They allege he then began licking the door handle and writing on the window. The man faces charges of mischief and assault with a weapon.
Bar Loses Liquor License For Not Requiring Proof Of Vaccination:
A Kingston sports pub accused of refusing to follow Ontario’s new proof of COVID-19 vaccination system has had its liquor licence suspended. The Registrar of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission says it has also issued a notice that it intends to revoke J.A.K.K. Tuesday’s liquor licence for failing to conduct business in accordance with the law. It says signage posted at the pub indicated it would not comply with vaccination requirements that took effect last month, and Kingston’s public health unit has received several complaints. It says inspectors visited after bylaw officers charged the licence holder with violating the Re-Opening Ontario Act last week — and the liquor licence was suspended after they found he was still not complying.
Possible Exposures From Election Day:
Toronto Public Health says they are investigating COVID-19 exposures at two election polling stations. The health unit says the exposures occurred at the Kingston Road United Church and at Presteign Heights Elementary School, both in the city’s east end. Public health says everyone who attended these stations should monitor themselves and get tested if they have COVID-19 symptoms. But they say the risk to the public remains low.
NEWS RELEASE: Toronto Public Health investigating COVID-19 exposures related to two Elections Canada polling stations: https://t.co/9b3xEXke1e
— Toronto Public Health (@TOPublicHealth) September 30, 2021
Air-Rage Is Getting Worse:
The pandemic has prompted some really poor passenger behaviour in the skies. Passenger disobedience, rudeness and aggressive behaviour is on the rise and directly impacting the health and well-being of airline employees. That from unions representing flight attendants at the country’s major airlines. Flight attendants are said to deal daily with hostile passengers who refuse to comply with the federal requirement to wear a face mask on an airplane. Transport Canada data shows a spike in incidences of passenger non-compliance.
Lots of Airline Employees Could be Fired:
United Airlines says only about 300 employees face dismissal for refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19. That’s about half the number that the airline reported earlier this week. United says that many employees facing termination uploaded their vaccination cards and won’t get the chop. That cuts the number of airline workers facing termination from 593 to 320.
Alberta Asks for Help:
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says up to 20 Red Cross medical workers — some with intensive care experience — are to be deployed in central Alberta, as the province struggles to contain a fourth pandemic wave threatening to overwhelm its health-care system. Kenney says the province is finalizing a deal with the Canadian Armed Forces to provide eight to 10 intensive care ward specialists, likely to be based in Edmonton. Newfoundland and Labrador is also set to send a medical team, including five or six intensive care staff, to work in Fort McMurray.
LIVE: Update on COVID-19 and the pandemic response https://t.co/VYSRMe6B4U
— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) September 30, 2021
Quebec Eying Future Infections:
Quebec’s public health director says Thanksgiving gatherings and Halloween parties are among the challenges the province will face to control the spread of COVID-19 this month. Dr. Horacio Arruda says the return to school didn’t lead to as many COVID-19 outbreaks as feared. But he says he expects there will be more indoor contacts as the weather gets cooler. Arruda says people should be careful during the Thanksgiving holiday and ensure that children who may have COVID-19 symptoms are not in contact with older people, even if those older people are fully vaccinated.
COVID numbers were not released yesterday due to the holiday.
Contains files from The Canadian Press
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