Ontario Now Saying To Take The 1st Second Shot That’s Available – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario officials are urging residents to take whichever vaccine — either Pfizer or Moderna — that is available first. Solicitor General Sylvia Jones says mixing and matching is safe after reports of hesitancy surrounding the Moderna vaccine. She says residents who are concerned should speak with their doctors or pharmacists. Jones says the government will continue to tell the public … Read more

Waterloo Region Dealing With A Delta Variant Outbreak

Yesterday Waterloo Region’s top doctor briefed local officials at a virtual board of health meeting. Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Wang, said the Region is experiencing an increasing number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and outbreaks, believed to be due to the Delta variant. Most cases are associated with close contacts and social gatherings. She believes the percentage of variant cases … Read more

Canada Has Hit 75% Vaccination – Full COVID-19 Update

Canada has hit another milestone in the race to get COVID-19 vaccinations into arms. Shots administered Tuesday pushed the country to the point where 75 per cent of everyone who is eligible has had their first dose. Almost 17 per cent have had their second dose. Recent federal modelling suggested if 75 per cent of eligible Canadians got their first … Read more

The Ontario Borders Are Open Again – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario’s borders with Quebec and Manitoba are fully reopened as of today. An order restricting travel from those provinces through land and water borders expired at midnight. The regulation was introduced in April as the province battled a third wave of COVID-19. It meant people could only enter Ontario for reasons deemed essential and law enforcement could stop and question … Read more

Major-General Dany Fortin Claims He Is Innocent And Blames Trudeau For Political Interference

Major-General Dany Fortin is seeking a judicial review of the decision to toss him from his Public Health Agency job as COVID-19 vaccine logistics boss. Fortin was fired last month, five days before the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service referred a sexual misconduct investigation to the Quebec prosecution service to determine whether criminal charges were warranted. Through his lawyers, Fortin … Read more

Some Have To Travel A Long Way To Get Their Second Shot – Full COVID-19 Update

Residents in COVID-19 Delta variant hot spots are expressing frustration after finding out they can’t get an earlier second dose of vaccine near their homes. Residents of seven regions, including Toronto, Waterloo, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph, Halton, Peel, York and Porcupine, were allowed to move up their second vaccinations starting yesterday, due to evidence that one shot provides less protection against the Delta … Read more

Millions Of Ontarians Can Book An Accelerated Second Shot Today – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario Finally Shortens The Second Dose Wait Time For AstraZeneca:

Ontarians who received a first jab of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine will be able to get a second shot a little bit sooner than expected. The province announced Saturday that it has shortened the minimum interval between doses from 12 weeks to eight weeks. That brings Ontario in line with … Read more

A Scathing New Report On The Liberal WE Scandal

The House of Commons ethics committee has issued a scathing report on the Trudeau government’s now-cancelled deal with WE Charity. It calls on the government not to work with WE again until an audit by the Canada Revenue Agency or an independent group can determine how the company operates. The report also flags what it sees as gaps and weaknesses Read more

It’s Step 1 Reopening Day in Ontario – Full COVID-19 Update

Today is Step 1 reopening day in Ontario. As of midnight, restaurants are now allowed to reopen for outdoor dining only. Outdoor fitness classes can resume and bigger outdoor gatherings are now allowed. Non-essential items at essential stores can be sold again and retail stores deemed non-essential are allowed to open up again. All activities remain subject to capacity limits … Read more

The Bingemans Drive-In Reopens Friday Along With Various Other Attractions

Bingemans has announced that they will be opening the “On the Grand” drive-in theatre this Friday night. Friday will be a double header of Spongebob The Movie & Mission Impossible 6: Fallout. Saturday will feature Monster Trucks & Gemini Man. Tickets for the drive-in start at $25 per vehicle. All visitors are encouraged to purchase online, in advance. The full Read more

Ontario Moves To Step 1 On Friday – Full COVID-19 Update

The Ontario government says COVID-19 health indicators have improved enough to begin re-opening the economy on Friday. Outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people and limited outdoor dining will be permitted and more retail businesses will be allowed to open for in-person sales with capacity restrictions. Premier Doug Ford says the first step in Ontario’s roadmap to recovery is beginning … Read more

Now Doug Says Those Graduation Ceremonies Are Optional – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario’s school principals say the premier’s plan for outdoor graduation ceremonies for all classes is “impractical and unrealistic” so late in the school year. The Ontario Principals Council says schools have been planning virtual ceremonies for weeks or months, and don’t have time to pivot to an outdoor in-person gathering. The council says schools don’t have the budget … Read more

Airlines Preparing for a Rough Summer In The Sky

Airlines in Canada say they’re ready to contend with what could be a turbulent summer season after months of reduced air travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Air Canada and the Air Line Pilots Association of Canada say there has been in increase in disruptive passenger behaviour on flights since the beginning of the pandemic. In the US, Southwest Airlines … Read more

Ford Says Schools Are Staying Closed – Full COVID-19 Update

Premier Doug Ford says the risk of COVID-19 spreading in classrooms is too great to allow schools to re-open for the final month of the academic year. Ford announced the decision yesterday, despite the advice of the province’s top doctor, numerous public health units, scientists and his own Education Minister.  Ford says he understands kids will be losing out on … Read more

All Public Health Measures Will Remain In Place Until June 14 – Full COVID-19 Update

The Ontario government has confirmed that all COVID-19 public health measures will remain in place now that the province-wide stay-at-home order has expired. It says restrictions on social gatherings, businesses, services and activities will continue until the province enters step one of its road map to re-opening. That’s scheduled to happen on June 14th. Emergency orders that enforce the restrictions … Read more

Say Goodbye To Dr David Williams – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott is thanking Dr. David Williams for his leadership in the province’s COVID-19 response. The province’s chief medical officer of health heads into retirement next month. The government will introduce a motion in the legislature today to appoint Dr. Kieran Moore, who has a long record in public health and emergency medicine. He will work alongside … Read more

Premier Ford Now Wants More Opinions On Reopening the Schools – Full COVID-19 Update

Premier Ford has written to more than 50 public health agencies, hospitals and teachers’ unions seeking input on whether it’s safe to re-open schools. Ford says in the letter that his government understands the benefits of having students return to class for the last month of the academic year. But he says the impact of COVID-19 variants and relatively low Read more

NDP Calling For Substantial Help For Small Businesses – Full COVID-19 Update

The Ontario Official Opposition is calling on the provincial government to provide $2.2-billion dollars in additional funding to help struggling businesses survive the long, painful COVID-19 lockdown. The NDP says that includes an additional $1.7-billion dollars for a third round of the Ontario Small Business Support Grant, which provides up to $20,000n dollars to help businesses stay open. The New … Read more

Williams Says He Wants The Schools Open – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario’s top doctor says he’d like to see schools resume in-person learning before the province enters the first step of its reopening plan in mid-June. Dr. David Williams says most public health units have said they’re in favour of schools reopening soon. High schools and elementary schools across the province have been shut to in-person learning since mid-April. Williams says … Read more

Restrictions Loosen In Various Provinces Today But Not Ontario

Parts of Canada have moved to loosen restrictions as their regional COVID-19 situations continue to trend downward and show signs of improvement. Quebec lifted the last remaining emergency lockdown measures imposed on southern hotspots yesterday, meaning non-essential businesses can reopen and the evening curfew will be pushed back to 9:30pm. Saskatchewan will begin to relax capacity limits on retail, personal … Read more

Airlines Want to Fly Again – Calling On The Feds To Develop A Plan For Vaccinated Passengers

Canada’s largest airlines are renewing their call for a clear plan from Ottawa on resuming international travel. The EU has agreed to a plan that would allow fully vaccinated travellers to visit the 27-nation bloc, as well as relax restrictions for all travels from some other countries that are deemed COVID-19-safe. Mike McNaney of the National Airlines Council of Canada … Read more

A Reopening Announcement Is Imminent – Full COVID-19 Update

Various media reports are circulating, claiming that Premier Ford will hold a news conference in the next 24-hours to offer more details about Ontario’s plan to reopen. Reports suggest the ban on outdoor recreational activities may be lifted at some point during, or immediately after the upcoming Victoria Day long weekend. This will be great news for golf and tennis … Read more

The Border May Be Closed For a While But Some Canadians Can Go Get Shots In America

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggests that three-quarters of Canadians will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before the Canada-US border can be re-opened. He says discussions about the border are ongoing, but he’s tamping down any expectations that travel restrictions could be lifted soon. Discretionary travel between Canada and the United States has been prohibited since March of last year. … Read more

Ontario Will Not Return To The Colour Coded System – Full COVID-19 Update

The provincial government says it’s working with Ontario’s top doctor to develop an economic re-opening plan as COVID-19 case counts continue to decline. Ontario’s stay-at-home order was recently extended to June 2nd, but Health Minister Christine Elliott says a sector-specific re-opening strategy will be released very soon. Ontario will not return to its colour-coded pandemic framework when the current stay-at-home … Read more

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

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