The Science Table Recommends Vaccine Passports – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario’s COVID-19 science advisory table has released its recommendations on whether the province should be issuing a vaccine certificate to those who have been fully vaccinated. The 21-page brief suggests a passport would allow for reopening high-risk settings sooner and at increased capacity. It says the certificate could be used to regulate entry into high-risk locations, including gyms, restaurants, cultural … Read more

The US Border Will Remain Closed Until Late August – Full COVID-19 Update

Canadian travellers are restricted from entering the US by land as the US Department of Homeland Security has extended its pandemic restrictions on non-essential travel until August 21st. The move comes despite the Canadian government’s decision to begin easing its own restrictions on fully vaccinated US citizens and permanent residents as of August 9th. The news was met with outrage … Read more

Ontario Is Now In Step 3 – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario has now entered Step 3 of the reopening plan. That means gyms, cinemas, theatres, museums and other venues can reopen for indoor service. Dining inside restaurants is also allowed and night clubs can reopen with capacity limits. Social gatherings of up to 25 people indoors and 100 people outdoors are also permitted. The province has said that if vaccination … Read more

Waterloo Region Is Jumping Right To Stage 3 On Friday – Full COVID-19 Update

Waterloo Region says it will enter Step 3 of Ontario’s reopening plan with the rest of the province on Friday. The region delayed entering the second step of reopening due to a surge in Delta variant cases. Its top doctor says public health indicators have stabilized and vaccination rates have increased rapidly. Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang says residents are strongly encouraged … Read more

Canadians Are Confused About Vaccination Status And International Travel

Canadian travel agents say their phones are buzzing with questions from clients about how their vaccination status will affect their travel plans. Travel industry professionals say some clients looking to book vacations have said they’d be more comfortable at a resort or on a cruise if they knew fellow travellers were vaccinated. Some cruise lines require proof of COVID-19 vaccination … Read more

Pfizer Plans To Seek Authorization For Their Booster Shot

Pfizer is about to seek US authorization for a third dose of its COVID-19 vaccine. The company says that another shot could dramatically boost immunity and maybe help ward off the latest worrisome coronavirus mutant. Research from multiple countries shows the widely used COVID-19 vaccines offer strong protection against the highly contagious Delta variant. Virus-fighting antibodies naturally wane, but public … Read more

Sick Kids Hospital Reports Lockdown Had A Devastating Mental Impact On Kids

The COVID-19 crisis appears to be having a sustained and significant impact on the mental health of young people in Ontario. Researchers at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children released preliminary findings Thursday indicating the majority of children and teenagers saw their mental health decline during Ontario’s second wave of the pandemic that began late last fall. Responses from 1,500 parents … Read more

Canada Could Be Dealing With A Rental Car Shortage

An industry group is warning Canadians to book well in advance if they need to rent a car for summer travel plans. The Associated Canadian Car Rental Operators says many operators downsized their fleets when demand dropped during the pandemic. Now that demand has improved, they are having trouble getting new cars and trucks due to a global shortage of Read more

The UK Says They Open Now Or Not This Year

The UK is switching strategy when it comes to battling the pandemic. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says COVID-19 social distancing and indoor mask requirements should be lifted in two weeks and all businesses will open. Johnson has confirmed plans to reopen the UK despite rising coronavirus cases due to the Delta variant. He says government rules will be replaced … Read more

GTHA Mayors Want Clarity On Step 3 – Full COVID-19 Update

Mayors from the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area are urging the province to provide clear guidance ahead of Step 3 of reopening. The mayors say more information is needed to prepare businesses to reopen once Step 3 arrives. They ask the province to include guidance on gathering limits for larger outdoor events and concerts. The earliest Ontario could enter Step … Read more

Will Upcoming Weddings Require Guests Be Vaccinated?

As COVID-19 restrictions ease and larger weddings are made possible, wedding planners say the vaccination status of attendees is becoming an important factor for clients. Alexandra Slawek of Boutiq Weddings and Events in Calgary said some of her clients only want attendees who are at least partially vaccinated. She expects more people will specify that requirement on invitations and wedding … Read more

Step 2 Begins Wednesday In Most Places – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario is moving to the second stage of its COVID-19 reopening plan next Wednesday, a few days ahead of schedule. Hair salons and similar facilities will reopen with mask requirements and capacity rules, and limits on gatherings will be rolled back further. Outdoor attractions like water parks can reopen, outdoor performances and team sports can resume and small indoor gatherings … Read more

Ford Says An Announcement On Stage 2 Will Happen Soon – Full COVID-19 Update

Premier Ford says an announcement will come soon on whether the province will move up the next phase of re-opening from July 2nd. Ford says Ontario may move into Phase Two earlier than scheduled following discussions with the province’s top doctor. The province has already met its COVID-19 vaccination targets for further rolling back restrictions on gatherings and retail shopping. … Read more

More Second Shot Eligibility Opens Today – Full COVID-19 Update

More Ontarians living in designated hot spots for the Delta variant of COVID-19 can move up their second vaccine dose appointments today. Health units covering Toronto, Peel, Halton, Porcupine, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph, Waterloo and York, Hamilton, Simcoe-Muskoka and Durham are considered hot spots for the more infectious variant. People living in those areas who receive a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine on or … Read more

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

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

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

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