2-Million Pfizer Shots Arrive This Week

As COVID-19 vaccine supplies ramp up across the country, most provinces and territories have released details of who can expect to receive a shot in the coming weeks. The military commander handling logistics for Canada’s vaccine distribution program says there will be enough vaccine delivered to give a first dose before Canada Day to every adult who wants one. Maj.-Gen. … Read more

Today Apple Goes To Trial Over Their App Store Fees

Apple is facing one of its most serious legal threats in recent years. A US federal court trial opens today in California that threatens to upend the tech giant’s iron control over its app store, which brings in billions of dollars each year while feeding more than 1.6-billion iPhones, iPads, and other devices. The court case is being brought … Read more

We Know Where Doug Ford Is

Today: Ontario now has some paid sick days, It’s weird that so many people want to know where Doug Ford is, Some Johnson & Johnson shots have arrived, Joe Biden talked about jobs and climate change last night, A neighbourly dispute in Michigan, Uber is allowing you to book a vaccine now, and a few random stories that we had … Read more

Ontario Introduces Pandemic Sick Days – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario has announced a program to provide workers with three paid sick days. Labour Minister Monte McNaughton says the measure will help workers take time off to self-isolate, monitor symptoms, get tested or get a vaccine. The program will be administered by the province’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and will last until the end of September. McNaughton says the … Read more

Confusion About Whether The CDC Actually Recommends Pregnant Women Get The COVID-19 Vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now say that pregnant women should simply consider the risks and benefits of COVID-19 vaccination – walking back its own director’s recommendation that expectant mothers get the shot.  “CDC recommends that pregnant people receive the COVID-19 vaccine,” director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a Friday White House press briefing.  She … Read more

Trudeau Wants Ontario Businesses to Pay For Sick Pay – Full COVID-19 Update

Some health providers and the union leaders are denouncing the Ford government’s proposal to provide paid sick days for workers by enhancing the federal sick-leave benefit. The provincial government is offering to double the federal benefit for essential workers who contract COVID-19, if Ottawa can administer the program. Prime Minister Trudeau says Ottawa is in talks with Ontario, but stresses … Read more

The NDP Plan To Tax Excess Profits Would Generate Billions

The parliamentary budget officer says a tax proposed by the NDP last year on excess profits at big corporations would generate $7.9-billion dollars. The New Democrats asked budget officer Yves Giroux to calculate a hypothetical tax on companies whose profits exceeded their 2020 expectations. The NDP proposed a 15 per cent tax on those extra earnings — calculated based on … Read more

Penalties For Speeding And Stunt Driving Are About To Get More Harsh In Ontario

The provincial government has introduced legislation to impose harsher penalties for speeding and stunt driving. It says stunt driving offences have been on the rise since 2015, with a large spike seen last year. The legislation would double roadside vehicle impoundment times from seven to 14 days and increase roadside driver’s licence suspensions to 30 days from a week. The … Read more

Ford Considering Moving 50% Of All Vaccines To Hotspots Like Peel And Toronto – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario is weighing a shift in its COVID-19 vaccination strategy that would allocate 50 per cent of doses to hot-spot areas. Health Minister Christine Elliot says the province expects to make a decision very shortly on the recommendation from its COVID-19 science advisory table to bring down surging cases. Elliott says the province has been held back by its limited … Read more

SpaceX Had A Close Call With A UFO After Launching Into Orbit On Friday

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endeavor spacecraft had a close call with an unidentified object before successfully reaching the International Space Station.  US Space Command warned the crew aboard the spacecraft of a possible collision with an unknown object after launching into orbit on Friday.  “The possibility of the conjunction came so close to the closest approach time that there wasn’t Read more

Public Health Confirms The India Variant is Here – Full COVID-19 Update

Late Friday night Public Health Ontario confirmed 36 cases of a COVID-19 variant first reported in India have been detected in Ontario. Of those, the agency says six were identified through its genomics surveillance program — all of them linked to international travel. It says the remaining 30 cases were detected through airport and border screening efforts. Public health officials … Read more

[Video] Premier Ford Issues An Emotional Apology Over Last Week’s Announcements

A visibly emotional Premier Doug Ford apologized yesterday morning for new COVID-19 restrictions that sparked a furious backlash last Friday. Fighting tears, Ford apologized for increasing police enforcement powers and closing playgrounds. He admitted that his government moved too fast and got it wrong. The government had announced the new restrictions amid soaring COVID-19 cases and an alarming rise in … Read more

Some International Flights To Canada Suspended, But Not All – Full COVID-19 Update

For the next 30 days, no flights from India and Pakistan will be allowed into Canada, as the two countries deal with a surge of COVID-19 cases. To discourage people from getting around the flight ban by booking flights through other countries, Canada will require passengers transiting through a third nation to go through customs in that country and remain … Read more

Bernie Sanders Introduces Bill To Make College Free And Will Fund It Using A Tax On Wall Street

Sen. Bernie Sanders Introduced A Bill Yesterday To Make College Tuition Completely Free For Families Earning Less Than $125,000 Per Year – Paid For By A Tax On Wall Street Transactions That Would Haul In $2.4 Trillion Over A Decade.  Sanders Has Introduced Similar Legislation For Years, And Touted It As A Presidential Candidate For The Democratic Nomination. This Time, … Read more

Ford Government To Supplement Federal Sick Days Program – Full COVID-19 Update

The Ford government has indicated a paid sick-leave program for essential workers is coming in a matter of days. House Leader Paul Calandra says the government is acting now because Ottawa failed to deliver important changes to the federal sick benefit program in Monday’s budget. Calandra also says the situation is different in the third wave of the pandemic than … Read more

15-Year Old Girl Shot Yesterday By Columbus Police

Following the verdict in the Derek Chauvin murder trial, police in Columbus, Ohio, were involved in another fatal shooting. Officials say police shot and killed a Black teenage girl who was allegedly trying to stab two people with a knife. The incident was caught on the officer’s body camera. Columbus Interim Police Chief Michael Wood says state law allows police … Read more

Rogers To Issue A Bill Credit For All Customers

Rogers says a credit will be automatically added to a future bill after Monday’s countrywide outage. The outage left millions without voice calls, texting and data service for several hours. Experts say the nearly day-long outage had deep economic repercussions, as many people work from home during the pandemic. Rogers says the root cause of the intermittent wireless service was … Read more

The US Border Closure Has Been Extended But International Flights Continue – Full COVID-19 Update

Through at least May 21st, all travellers flying into Canada from other countries are going to have to quarantine at a designated hotel for three days pending a negative COVID-19 test. The federal government is extending the quarantine rules and have also extended the border closure of non-essential travel between the US and Canada. The governments of Manitoba and North … Read more

People 40-Plus Can Get Vaccinated Starting Today – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario will begin to offer the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to people aged 40 and older at pharmacies and primary care offices starting today. The province announced the change Sunday after the federal health minister told a news conference the move was well within the provinces’ jurisdiction. The province had previously stuck to the National Advisory Committee on Immunization’s recommendation to … Read more

Federal Budget Full Of New Spending And Massive Deficits

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland is predicting Canada’s economy will bounce back this year and next from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. The forecast is contained in the government’s massive 739-page budget. The federal government posted a $354-billion-dollar deficit for the pandemic year just over, and the budget projects a deficit for 2021-22 of nearly $155-billion. Freeland says … Read more

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