Police Warn Of Major Traffic Issues Over The Next Few Days – Full COVID-19 Update

Police are warning Ontario drivers to expect significant traffic delays on major highways when a trucking protest convoy enters the province. Sault Ste. Marie police say they’re expecting delays on Highway 17 in northern Ontario as the Freedom Convoy makes its way to Ottawa for a rally on Saturday. The OPP say delays are expected on the QEW, Highway 400, … Read more

Another Week Of Restrictions Begins In Ontario – Full COVID-19 Update

Today Ontario businesses enter their final week of provincial closure orders. Since January 5th, thousands of small businesses in the province have been under new restrictions that Premier Ford said were necessary to blunt the spread of the Omicron variant. Restaurants, gyms, movie theatres, indoor attractions and more have been ordered closed and retail settings are reduced to 50% capacity. … Read more

Starbucks Drops Their Vaccine Mandate For Staff

Starbucks is no longer requiring workers in the US to be vaccinated against COVID-19 — reversing a policy it announced early this month. Starbucks says it’s responding to last week’s ruling by the US Supreme Court rejecting the Biden administration’s plan to require vaccines or regular COVID testing at companies with more than 100 workers. Starbucks had announced on January … Read more

Ford To Announce When Restrictions Start To Ease – Full COVID-19 Update

Premier Doug Ford is expected to make an announcement today about loosening public health restrictions. Senior government officials have already confirmed that Ford will announce indoor dining can resume on January 31st but only at 50% capacity. Many will also be watching to see when gyms and indoor attractions can resume. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is calling on … Read more

Ford Hints That Good News Is Coming – Full COVID-19 Update

Premier Ford says he expects there will be some positive news soon about easing current pandemic restrictions. Ford told an Ottawa radio station that nobody dislikes COVID-19 lockdowns more than he does and he believes there will be announcements this week about going back to lower levels of restrictions. The province has closed movie theatres and attractions, banned indoor dining … Read more

Canada Has Approved The COVID Drug But Supply Is Limited – Full COVID-19 Update

The Federal Government has announced Canada is getting the new Pfizer drug meant to treat those infected with COVID-19. The Procurement Minister says Canada now has about 30,000 treatments on-hand and another 120,000 courses of the antiviral will be shipped by the end of March. Paxlovid helps to prevent the virus that causes COVID-19 from reproducing in an infected person. … Read more

Businesses May Not Reopen Businesses On The 26th – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario’s top doctor says he can’t yet guarantee that current COVID-19 public health restrictions on businesses will be lifted on January 26th. Chief medical officer Dr. Kieran Moore says he understands that business groups have been calling for greater clarity on the restrictions, with schools re-opening for in-class learning next week. But he says that will depend on when COVID-19 … Read more

Rapid Tests And New PPE Part Of The Back-to-School Plan – Full COVID-19 Update

There are more details about what Ontario’s reopened classrooms will look like in the Omicron era. Education Minister Stephen Lecce provided an update yesterday, ahead of Monday’s return to school. Testing is no longer available to all, so the province will send two rapid antigen tests home with each student, and P-C-R tests will be given to kids who develop … Read more

Quebec Plans To Tax The Unvaccinated – Full COVID-19 Update

Quebec’s unprecedented plan to tax adult residents who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19 is coming under fire. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association says the tax plan announced yesterday amid a surge of virus-related hospitalizations is deeply troubling, noting the Charter of Rights and Freedoms recognizes individual autonomy over our bodies and medical decisions. In a statement, the acting general … Read more

Students Are Going Back To School On Monday – Full COVID-19 Update

A senior government source has confirmed that Ontario students will return to the classroom on Monday January 17th. Schools were shut down right before they were due to resume last week. The government blamed the strain on the health system and pandemic-related staff shortages.  Shipments of N95 masks were sent to school boards and school authorities on Monday, and some … Read more

Judge Orders Novak Djokovic’s Visa For Australia Be Reinstated – Full COVID-19 Update

An Australian judge has reinstated tennis star Novak Djokovic’s visa, which was cancelled last week because he is unvaccinated against COVID-19. However, that doesn’t guarantee Djokovic will be able to play in next week’s Australian Open. A government lawyer says the minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs will consider whether to exercise a personal power of cancellation … Read more

America Will Not Require Boosters To Be “Fully Vaccinated” – Full COVID Update

US health officials are not changing the definition of being “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19 but are advising people to get booster shots when eligible. The decision means that federal vaccination mandates in the US for travel or employment won’t require a booster dose. The move to keep the existing definition to two doses of the Pfizer and Moderna … Read more

Hospital Staff That Are Close Contacts Can Now Test Daily To Keep Working – Full COVID-19 Update

The Ontario government says asymptomatic hospital workers who have been exposed to COVID-19 need not isolate if they test negative for the virus daily. The province has made the recommendation in an effort to safeguard hospital staffing levels as cases surge due to the highly contagious Omicron variant. The government says any hospital worker who develops COVID-19 symptoms should isolate … Read more

Joe Biden Says Vaccinated Americans Can Celebrate Christmas Safely

A stark difference is emerging in how Americans are combatting the Omicron variant, compared to officials in Canada. While Canadians deal with a long list of new restrictions and warnings to avoid holiday gatherings, President Biden has told vaccinated Americans they can enjoy Christmas safely.  His Omicron plan includes sending 1,000 troops to overwhelmed hospitals sending 500 million tests to … Read more

The NHL Shuts Down Until After Christmas

COVID-19 has forced an earlier- and longer-than-expected break in the National Hockey League schedule. The NHL and its Players’ Association jointly announced Monday night the suspension of all operations from Wednesday to Christmas Day amid a rise in positive tests among players and staff. Only two of 10 games scheduled for tonight will be played, and all remaining games this … Read more

Long Waits To Book A Booster Yesterday – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontarians scrambled to get booster shot appointments yesterday as booster eligibility expanded to every adult in the province. The Ontario government said more than 186-thousand third-dose appointments were booked through its portal as of 3 p-m yesterday, but many residents said they had trouble finding shots in their regions in the coming days. Meanwhile, long line-ups were reported at some … Read more

J&J’s COVID Vaccine Produces Virtually No Antibody Protection Against Omicron

A new study found that Johnson & Johnson’s COVID vaccine produced virtually no antibody response to the Omicron variant.  South African virologist Penny Moore found that a key measure of antibody levels fell fell from 303 against the original strain to undetectable levels against Omicron in those with the J&J shot.  Among those who received the Pfizer shot, the antibody … Read more

Ford To Make An Announcement Today – Full COVID-19 Update

Premier Ford is expected to make an announcement today about COVID-19 booster doses. The province’s top doctor says he will recommend Ford’s government take province-wide measures to combat the rapidly spreading Omicron COVID-19 variant. Dr. Kieran Moore says the regional approach to public health restrictions was designed with the Delta variant in mind and Omicron poses a different threat. The … Read more

Recall Announced On Salad Kit

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is reporting a recall of a salad kit from Taylor Fresh Foods. The California-based company is recalling its Taylor Farms brand Maple Bourbon Chopped Kit due to a possible salmonella contamination. The affected salad kit was sold in 315-gram packages with a best before date of December 11th. They were distributed in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, … Read more

Waterloo Region Has 9 Sports Teams With Suspected Omicron Cases

Region of Waterloo Public Health has now confirmed the region’s first four cases of the Omicron variant. There are also now nine sports teams that have suspect or confirmed Omicron cases with high-risk contacts. Health officials put the number of high-risk contacts associated with the teams and clusters, at over 500. They’re finding rapid and extensive spread among contacts. Region … Read more

Auditor General Critical Of Trudeau On Border Enforcement And Protecting Foreign Workers

A report by the auditor general shows Canada failed to adequately enforce border measures designed to keep international travellers from importing cases of COVID-19. The AG says the Public Health Agency of Canada had no idea what became of 59 per cent of travellers suspected of flouting quarantine orders. The auditor assessed enforcement of quarantine and COVID-19 test mandates between … Read more

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