Doug Says No To Everything – Full COVID-19 Update

Premier Doug Ford says the stay-at-home order imposed in early April is being extended until June 2nd in an effort to, in his words, “save the summer“. Ford says it’s necessary to keep thousands of businesses and public schools closed to bring down COVID-19 cases while the province ramps up vaccinations. He says the ban on outdoor recreational … Read more

Preliminary Results Are In On Mixing Different Vaccines

Preliminary results of an ongoing study in the United Kingdom suggest alternating the COVID-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca and Pfizer-BioNTech causes mild to moderate symptoms to happen more often. They haven’t yet determined how a combination of shots would affect the immune system’s response compared with using the same vaccine for both the prime and booster shots. Chief investigator Matthew SnapeRead more

Ontario Will Use Next Week’s AstraZeneca Delivery For Second Doses – Full COVID-19 Update

A quarter-million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine are expected in Ontario next week. The province says they will be used to provide second shots to those who’ve already had one, although the timing of that is to be determined. Ontario has decided against giving more AstraZeneca first doses due to a small risk of a rare blood-clotting syndrome. The … Read more

40% Of Canadians Have Now Had At Least One Shot

Canada has hit a major milestone on the road to COVID-19 herd immunity, with 40 per cent of Canadians — 15.2 million people — now vaccinated with at least their first dose. With millions of Pfizer and Moderna shots coming in the weeks ahead, Canada should be able to get to 50 per cent by the Victoria Day weekend and … Read more

The Science Table Says That Outdoor Activities Are Safe – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario’s COVID-19 Science Advisory Table says outdoor activities such as golf, tennis and beach volleyball could safely resume even if the province extends a stay-at-home order set to expire on May 20th. Scientific director Dr. Peter Juni says those activities are low risk. But Juni says public health officials must address activities linked with the sports that pose a greater … Read more

Waterloo Region Opens Vaccine Pre-Registration For Everyone 12+

Starting today, everyone who is 12 years of age or older can pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine in Waterloo Region. Pre-registration is expanding locally as the Province announces a stable and reliable vaccine supply in Ontario.

Health Canada recently approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 12-15 years of age. Individuals who are 12-17 years old will receive the Pfizer … Read more

Ontario Seriously Considering Mixing AstraZeneca With Pfizer or Moderna For The Second Shot

Ontario residents who got a first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine will likely receive a different shot for their second dose. Health Minister Christine Elliott says the province will likely mix and match COVID-19 vaccine doses in light of uncertain future supply of all vaccines approved for use in Canada. It’s unclear when more Oxford-AstraZeneca shots will arrive but Ontario … Read more

Brampton And Toronto Want the Outdoors Open

Toronto’s board of health is calling on the province to reopen outdoor recreational amenities that were shut when the current stay-at-home order went into effect. Board Chairman Joe Cressy says people need ways to get outside and enjoy the outdoors safely. The province shut outdoor recreational facilities — except playgrounds — last month, saying the measure is meant to discourage … Read more

Williams Wants To See Less Than 1,000 Cases A Day Before Any Reopening

Ontario’s top doctor says he would like the province to get well below 1,000 daily cases of COVID-19 before current restrictions lift. Dr. David Williams says the province is bending the COVID-19 pandemic curve, but the numbers are not low enough to lift the current stay-at-home order. Ontario has been under a stay-at-home under since early April, when the government … Read more

Ontario Facing A Catastrophic Backlog of Surgical Procedures – Full COVID-19 Update

New projections suggest it will take Ontario roughly three and a half years to clear the surgical backlog caused by COVID-19. That estimate comes from the Financial Accountability Office, one of the province’s fiscal watchdogs. It says the backlog of cancelled surgeries will reach 419,200 procedures by the end of September. The watchdog says its projections on clearing the backlog … Read more

Man Dead After Shooting At The Vancouver Airport

A shooting at Vancouver International Airport’s departure terminal that left a 28-year-old man dead is believed to be gang-related. Police say it appears yesterday’s incident is linked to the ongoing gang conflict that has gripped British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, including the murder of a prison corrections officer in the parking lot of a Delta shopping mall. Officers were shot at … Read more

New Calls to Fully Vaccinate All Healthcare Workers – Full COVID-19 Update

Groups representing thousands of health-care workers say their members need to be prioritized for full immunization from COVID-19 as they work with patients hospitalized with the virus. The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, Canadian Union of Public Employees, and Service Employees International Union say they have asked the province to accelerate second doses for the workers. Health-care workers were amongst … Read more

Is A Time-Share Worth It Or A Scam

Part 1: Some elderly tourists got suckered on a real estate deal, New research that connects the length of your nose to your penis and engagement rings for men.

Part 2: Kids need to start playing sports again, Vaccine passports, Another AstraZeneca death in Canada, and more. … Read more

Alberta Woman Dies From a Blood Clot Linked to AstraZeneca

On the same day Alberta tightened restrictions to try to stem its record-setting COVID-19 infection rate, the province is reporting its first death related to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, confirmed an Alberta woman in her 50s died from a rare vaccine-induced, blood-clotting disorder after receiving the AZ shot. Hinshaw says it is … Read more

Some Pandemic Rules Are Being Eased in Long Term Care Homes – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario is loosening some pandemic rules in long-term care homes now that almost all residents are fully vaccinated. The changes mean homes and resume communal dining, indoor events and gathering. Residents and caregivers who are fully immunized are also allowed to have physical contact like hugging. The province says direction on social outings for residents will come once the current … Read more

This Starbucks Order Went Viral Due To 13 Modifications

A Starbucks barista named Josie who works in Van Nuys, California tweeted a picture of a customer’s order on Saturday that was loaded with modifications. The customer, named Edward, ordered a Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino with 13 modifications. They included:  Five bananas, extra caramel drizzle, extra whip, extra ice, extra cinnamon dolce topping, seven extra pumps of caramel sauce, extra … Read more

NACI Creates New Confusion About Which Vaccine Canadians Should Get

There’s some confusion over so-called vaccine shopping with the latest recommendation from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization. The committee says the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should be limited to people over 30 who don’t want to wait for Pfizer or Moderna. The advice is almost identical to that issued by the expert panel for AstraZeneca last month. Both risk … Read more

J&J Shot Now Recommended for 30 Plus – Full COVID-19 Update

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization says the Johnson and Johnson single-dose COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective. But it says it should be limited to people over the age of 30 who don’t want to wait for Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna. NACI vice-chair Dr. Shelley Deeks says like AstraZeneca, the J&J vaccine has the potential risk of causing a rare … Read more

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