80% Of Ontarians 12+ have been Fully Vaccinated – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario has reached a milestone in the fight against COVID-19. Health Minister Christine Elliott says more than 80 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have now received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.  Loosened capacity limits have now taken effect at certain venues where proof of vaccination is required, including arenas, stadiums, concert halls and theatres.… Read more

Calls to Add New Restrictions In Universities – Full COVID-19 Update

A union representing workers on university campuses in Ontario is calling for the government to put classroom capacity limits and distancing requirements in place. Ontario announced earlier this month that it wouldn’t need distancing or class caps when post-secondary institutions resume in-person learning. CUPE President Fred Hahn says the universities’ proof-of-vaccination and mandatory masking policies are not enough to stop … Read more

Ford Pleads For Calm And Kindness With The Vaccine Passports – Full COVID-19 Update

Premier Ford is asking residents not to take out their frustrations with the province’s new proof of vaccination system on businesses and their staff. He says business owners and front-line workers deserve people’s support because they’ve gone through so much during the pandemic. Ford repeated during a briefing yesterday that vaccine certificates are a temporary measure that will help avoid … Read more

Ontario’s Vaccine Certificate Program Kicks In Today

Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine certificate system goes into effect today and businesses say they are ready for it.  James Rilett, Restaurants Canada’s vice-president for Central Canada, says restaurants are as prepared as they can be, but are expecting confrontations with some patrons. Ontario’s vaccine certificate system certificate program will force patrons at dine-in restaurants, nightclubs, gyms, sports facilities and other venuesRead more

Tam Is Warning Of Never-Before-Seen Infection Rates – Full COVID-19 Update

Federal health officials warn Canada could soon face never-before-seen COVID-19 infection rates. Chief public health officer Doctor Theresa Tam says infection rates are exploding, with unvaccinated Canadians making up the vast majority of new hospitalizations. Infections from the Delta variant of COVID-19 have skyrocketed in some parts of the country, including Alberta, where a health emergency was declared. Tam warns … Read more

Alberta Introduces Tough New Restrictions – Full COVID-19 Update

Facing a COVID-19 crisis threatening Alberta’s health system, Premier Jason Kenney has declared a state of public health emergency and reinstated restrictions he lifted on July 1st in a new attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. His United Conservative government has reintroduced limits on gatherings, along with elements of a vaccine passport system. Alberta has over 18,000 active COVID-19 … Read more

The Plan For Vaccine Certificates In Ontario – Full COVID-19 Update

The province says businesses and patrons could be fined if they don’t follow new vaccination requirements taking effect next Wednesday. Patrons will initially be required to show a paper or digital receipt of vaccination along with a form of government-issued ID to enter settings that include restaurants, theatres and gyms. Businesses will have to ensure the name and date of … Read more

The Plan For Unvaccinated Ontario Teachers

Ontario school boards have received more details from the province around protocols for unvaccinated staff who must take twice-weekly rapid COVID-19 tests. The deputy education minister says testing is to be done at home, at least three days apart, and no more than 48-hours before coming to work. The province has instructed all boards to implement the vaccination rules no … Read more

Scientists Say It’s Way Too Soon For A COVID Booster Shot – Full COVID-19 Update

An international group of scientists is arguing the average person doesn’t need a COVID-19 booster yet. Two of those scientists are top US vaccine regulators, raising questions about whether White House plans for booster doses are getting ahead of the government’s own experts. The group analyzed a long list of worldwide studies and concluded the shots still work well despite … Read more

The Science Table Warns Ontario Needs To Tackle The Opioid Crisis – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario’s science table says new strategies are needed to tackle the opioid crisis. The group of independent scientists that advises the province during the COVID-19 pandemic says fatal overdoses are up 60 per cent since March 2020. The science table says the province, service providers, researchers and those with lived experience should be collaborating on the issue. It says marginalized … Read more

All Of Ontario’s Schools Are Now Fully Ventilated – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario’s education minister says all 72 publicly funded school boards have achieved the goal of a stand-alone HEPA filter be installed in every learning space that wasn’t mechanically ventilated. Stephen Lecce had made that a mandate for the upcoming school year. The Toronto District School Board says that it has actually exceeded that goal, with many classrooms having both a … Read more

Starting Today International Travellers Can Come To Canada Without Self Isolating – Full COVID-19 Update

Despite Canada being in a fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government has allowed the border to reopen to international travellers. As of midnight, travellers can come to Canada for non-essential reasons, without having to self-isolate on arrival. The visiting travellers must be fully vaccinated with a Health Canada approved vaccine to be eligible to enter the country. Read more

Public Health May Go With Regional Vaccine Certificates If Ford Doesn’t Step Up – Full COVID-19 Update

A group representing Ontario’s public health units is the latest to call for a provincial vaccine certificate system, restricting access to non-essential activities to those who are fully immunized. The head of the Local Association of Public Health Agencies says the province needs a standardized system as more businesses and institutions are requiring vaccination for access. Dr. Paul Roumeliotis says Read more

With No Leadership From The Province, Peel May Create Their Own Vaccine Certificate

Peel Region’s Dr. Lawrence Loh says he’s looking into what could be done locally to create a vaccine certificate program if the province doesn’t implement one. Vaccine certificates can help to reduce transmission of COVID-19 and limit risk for those unvaccinated in settings where precautions can’t be maintained, Loh says. Health Minister Christine Elliott’s spokeswoman said on Wednesday that Ontario … Read more

Dr Moore Says Testing And Vaccinations Will Keep Schools Safe – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario’s top doctor says frequent COVID-19 testing and high vaccination rates among staff and eligible students will keep schools safe when they open in two weeks. Schools are being monitored in the coming weeks, Dr. Kieran Moore says, to see if higher vaccine rates are needed among staff. Moore says he hopes the province’s vaccination policy in the education sector … Read more

MPP Leaves The Ford Caucus Saying He Won’t Be Coerced Into Getting The Shots – Full COVID-19 Update

An Ontario politician says he made a personal choice not to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and he won’t be coerced into getting the shots. Chatham-Kent-Leamington MPP Rick Nicholls is now facing removal from the Progressive Conservative caucus. Nicholls was one of two Tory MPPs facing a deadline to show proof of vaccination or a medical exemption or be ousted.  “… Read more

Teacher Unions Demand A Mandatory Vaccination Policy – Full COVID-19 Update

Unions representing Ontario teachers are calling for a mandatory vaccination policy for schools ahead of students’ return to class next month. Unions representing elementary, high school, Catholic and French teachers say the provincial policy requiring unvaccinated staff to get regular COVID-19 tests is not strict enough. The unions say a mandatory vaccination policy would provide greater protection against the spread … Read more

MLSE Will Require Vaccinations

The company that owns Toronto’s professional hockey, basketball, football and soccer teams is making proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test mandatory for employees, event staff and guests. Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment says the policy will take effect in the middle of next month at its sports facilities and restaurants. MLSE owns the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, … Read more

Ontario Just Threw Over 2 Billion More Dollars Into The COVID Slush Fund – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario is topping up the COVID-19 coffers by putting an additional 2.2-billion dollars toward virus-related spending. Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy says it’s important to have resources available to prepare for potential future surges in the pandemic. He did not say how the money would be spent. Bethlenfalvy also says revenue projections are 2.9-billion dollars higher than in the budget due … Read more

Canada Will Issue Vaccine Passports – Full COVID-19 Update

Fully vaccinated Canadians will soon be able to get a government document that will certify their COVID-19 vaccine history for the purpose of international travel. Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc says putting the passports together will involve the provinces and territories handing over information about people who have been vaccinated. The document will include data on the type of vaccines … Read more

Again Elliott Says No To Secure Vaccine Receipts – Full COVID-19 Update

Health Minister Christine Elliott held the line yesterday on her government’s staunch refusal to make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for health-care workers or for non-essential activities. The province is facing growing calls to mandate vaccinations as cases rise, including from the Ontario Long-Term Care Association. Elliot is urging people to get vaccinated but says the Progressive Conservative government won’t mandate vaccinations … Read more

Ford Facing Mounting Calls to Implement a Secure Vaccine Certificate – Full COVID-19 Update

Business groups are urging Premier Ford to consider a COVID-19 vaccine certificate system as a way to avoid another lockdown. The call comes as COVID-19 infections appear to be on the rise again in Ontario, with 325 new cases reported yesterday following more than 400 on Sunday. Ford has refused to consider a vaccine certificate system for non-essential activities, saying … Read more

Trudeau Considers Mandatory Vaccines For Federal Employees – Full COVID-19 Update

Airlines, railways, broadcasters, and other federally regulated workplaces could be subject to new rules mandating that workers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed support for the move yesterday at a news conference. He says the government is in discussions with the federal public service about whether there are some categories where vaccination should be made mandatory. … Read more

Students Are Going Back To School – Read The Full Set Of Rules Here

Ontario’s back-to-school plan says students can ditch their masks outdoors even if they can’t keep a six-foot distance, play on sports teams, use instruments in music class and go on field trips this fall. The plan that was released yesterday includes guidance on resuming extracurricular activities, loosened restrictions for shared spaces like libraries and cafeterias, and indoor mask requirements for … Read more

The Plan For Back-To-School Has Been Released – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario’s back-to-school plan says students can ditch their masks outdoors even if they can’t keep a six-foot distance, play on sports teams, use instruments in music class and go on field trips this fall. The plan that was released yesterday includes guidance on resuming extracurricular activities, loosened restrictions for shared spaces like libraries and cafeterias, and indoor mask requirements for … Read more

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