Look Who Is Back At The White House COVID-19 Briefings

Dr. Anthony Fauci made it clear yesterday he’s happy to be working for President Joe Biden, taking a few pot shots at what it was like operating under Donald Trump. Fauci appeared in the White House press briefing room for the first time since this spring and, in several jaw-dropping comments, revealed his true feelings on Trump.  He didn’t mention … Read more

The Vaccine Shortage Will Hurt More Than We Were Lead To Believe – Full COVID-19 Update

The delivery slow-down of vaccine doses from Pfizer-BioNTech will be bigger than previously thought. Major-General Dany Fortin, who’s overseeing the vaccine rollout, says Pfizer won’t be delivering any doses to Canada next week — and then only a fifth of its promised allotment the following week. Pfizer is expanding its plant in Belgium to produce more vaccines overall.

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Online Learning Will Continue Past Monday At Most Schools In Ontario – Full COVID-19 Update

Many schools across the province are going to remain online-only for the time being. Due to the COVID-19 numbers being so high, only schools in 7 public Health units will be allowed to open on Monday as scheduled. Those include: Grey Bruce; Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge; Hastings and Prince Edward Counties; Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington; Leeds, Grenville and … Read more

Canada To Face A Major Vaccine Shortage – Full COVID-19 Update

The flow of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine into Canada is about to be disrupted — albeit temporarily. The US drugmaker recently told government officials that it’s cutting deliveries in half over the next four weeks as upgrades are being completed at its facility in Belgium. They say the upgrades will eventually allow more doses to be produced. Still, the man in … Read more

The Province Is Opening A New COVID Hospital In Vaughan – Full Daily Update

The province says it will spend $125-million dollars to create 500 additional hospital beds to deal with the latest surge of COVID-19 cases. Premier Ford says some patients from overcrowded hospitals in the GTA will also be transferred to a new facility in Vaughan when it opens next month. The Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital will add 35 new critical care beds … Read more

Charles Barkley Says Pro-Athletes Should Get The Covid Vaccine First – Because They Pay More In Taxes

Charles Barkley thinks professional athletes should be among the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine because, according to him, they pay more in taxes.  Barkley generated buzz with his remarks during Thursday night’s Inside the NBA broadcast on TNT alongside his colleagues Kenny Smith, Ernie Johnson, and Shaquille O’Neal.  “NFL players, hockey players, as much taxes as these players Read more

Rich People Are More Likely To Socially Distance

Wealthy people are socially distancing at higher rates than low-income households.  Economic researchers at Johns Hopkins University have identified a stark metric: People making more than $230,000 per year are up to 54% more likely to engage in pandemic safety measures, such as wearing masks or maintaining distance from others, compared to individuals bringing in around $13,000 annually.  Economists think … Read more

Multiple COVID-19 Related Charges Were Laid This Weekend – Full Update

Toronto Police say two people are facing criminal charges after allegedly organizing large gatherings in the city’s downtown core on Saturday. They say officers broke up the gatherings, which violated pandemic lockdown rules, and charged both organizers with common nuisance. They also laid 18 fail to comply charges. And police say a 22-year-old man who was at one of the … Read more

Arizona Shop Owner With A No Mask Policy Pulls Gun On Customer Who Refused To Remove His Face Covering

The owner of an Arizona gift shop pulled a gun on a customer after the two got into an argument over the store’s “no mask” policy.  Scott Cerkoney, owner of Teeslangers, contacted the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in November to report that a customer had gotten physical in his Cave Creek store.   The altercation spawned after Cerkoney asked … Read more

The Stay-At-Home Order Doesn’t Allow Police To Randomly Pull You Over – Full COVID-19 Update

The provincial government says police don’t have the authority to randomly stop residents to ensure they’re following the stay-at-home order that took effect yesterday. Under the order, Ontarians are to go out only for essential purposes such as health-care, food and exercise, in an effort to bring down soaring COVID-19 cases. But a spokesman for Solicitor General Sylvia Jones says … Read more

The Provincial Stay-At-Home Order Is Now In Effect – Full COVID-19 Update

As of midnight, the provincial stay-at-home order announced earlier this week is now in full force. The new rule requires people to stay at home except for essential activities, but it doesn’t specify what’s considered essential. The province says it left that up to interpretation since different people consider different things essential. Premier Ford has urged people to use their … Read more

U.S. Will Require Negative COVID-19 Tests From All International Travelers

The CDC will start requiring all international travelers coming into the U.S. to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to enter the country, sources close to the decision told the Wall Street Journal.    Global testing requirements would be an expansion on a Trump administration policy barring UK travelers without a negative test from entry, which was announced … Read more

Explaining The New Public Health Measures In Ontario

Effective Thursday, January 14, 2021at 12:01 a.m., the government is issuing a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for permitted  purposes or activities, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for work where the work cannot be done remotely. This order and other new and existing public … Read more

Provincial Stay-At-Home Order Kicks In At Midnight – Full COVID-19 Update

The Stay At Home Order Kicks In At Midnight:

Premier Ford has announced a new stay-at-home order and declared another state of emergency to try to curb soaring COVID-19 infection rates. Ford says residents will be required to remain home starting at midnight, except for essential activities such as grocery shopping or medical appointments. Non-essential stores will also be required … Read more

A Curfew Will Not Be Announced Today In Ontario – Full COVID-19 Update

Senior government sources say an overnight curfew like the one imposed in Quebec will not be among new measures to fight soaring cases of COVID-19 in Ontario. The sources confirm that public health officials have not recommended the provincial cabinet implement a curfew. Premier Ford met with his cabinet yesterday to discuss additional restrictions, as the total number of COVID-19 … Read more

Fatigue, Breathing, Mental Health Problems May Persist For Months After COVID-19

More than 75% of people diagnosed with COVID-19 have at least one symptom of the disease six months after they were infected with the virus, a study published Friday by The Lancet found.  Fatigue and muscle weakness were the most common persistent symptoms, affecting more than 60% of study participants.  In addition, about one in four participants reported sleep difficulties … Read more

The Feds Say International Travel Is Not Fueling COVID19 In Canada – Full Update

The country’s deputy chief public health officer says the biggest problem with COVID19 in Canada now is community transmission. Dr. Howard Njoo says Canadians can’t be stopped from travelling abroad, though the federal government is strongly advising against it. His comments come after Ontario Premier Doug Ford blasted the federal government for not being tough enough at airports. Ford is … Read more

Ontario Goes Into Lockdown Starting Boxing Day – Full COVID19 Update

All of Ontario is going into lockdown starting on Boxing Day, as the province is battling soaring COVID19 cases. The same restrictions will apply across the province that are currently in place across most of the GTA and Windsor-Essex. Those include the closure of non-essential businesses and fitness facilities, no indoor dining and more. The businesses that do remain open … Read more

Ontario To Begin Lockdown On Christmas Eve And Canada Bans Incoming UK Air Passengers – Full COVID19 Update

Today at 1pm, Premier Ford will hold a news conference to announce that all regions in Ontario will be placed into the grey-lockdown stage starting Christmas Eve. The move will restrict non-essential retail, close gyms and prohibit indoor dining right across the province starting at 12:01 am on Thursday. The length of the lockdown will vary depending on region. Full … Read more

All Of The Canadian NHL Teams May Play This Season In America

The NHL is considering having all seven Canadian teams play the upcoming season in the United States, according to multiple media reports. The NHL was reportedly planning to realign its divisions for the 2020-21 campaign with a seven-team, all-Canadian division that would play domestically in Canada with no cross-border travel. However, recent reports suggest that every Canadian team may have … Read more

Ford Says No To A Curfew But Stricter Lockdown Measures are Possible – Full COVID19 Update

Premier Ford says a variety of potential new measures are being considered as COVID19 cases continue to rapidly increase across the province. Ford says the province won’t impose a curfew but needs to weigh how further lockdowns could affect a number of sectors. He says if new lockdowns are imposed, the province will need to give people time to prepare.… Read more

US Senator Calling For Streaming Services To Be Free Over The Holidays To Encourage People To Stay Home

US Senator Angus King came up with an interesting idea to keep people at home during the holidays and to avoid gatherings: free streaming. King has written a letter to all six of the largest streaming services asking them to make their platforms free over the holidays. He’s arguing that if people have complimentary access to Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, HBO … Read more

The GTHA Mayors Are Considering A Full Lockdown Over The Holidays – Full COVID19 Update

Toronto’s mayor says he is looking into creating stricter COVID19 regulations for the city. Mayor John Tory says although the city is already in the lockdown tier of Ontario’s COVID19 framework, more needs to be done. Tory says he and other leaders from the GTHA are discussing using the winter holidays to “lock down even further.” He says people are … Read more

CRA Clarifies Who Can Claim Pandemic Home Office Deductions On Their 2020 Taxes

The Canada Revenue Agency says it is introducing a simplified process to claim up to $400-dollars in office expenses for Canadians working from home during the COVID19 pandemic. The process will allow employees to claim these expenses as deductions on their personal income tax return for the 2020 tax year. Eligible employees can claim a deduction if they worked … Read more

An Emergency Meeting Will Be Held Today To Discuss Ontario Hospital Capacity – Full COVID19 Update

The Ontario Hospital Association’s board of directors will meet today for an emergency discussion about rising COVID19 infections in the province. The OHA says it’s deeply concerned by the worsening pandemic and related pressure on hospitals. The unplanned meeting was called in response to the situation. As of yesterday morning, there were 921 people hospitalized with COVID19 in Ontario, including … Read more

The First COVID Shots Are Now in Canada – Full COVID19 Update

Canada’s first batch of COVID19 vaccines landed in Montreal last night, and the Ontario government says it expects to start administering doses sometime this week. The province has not publicly confirmed when the first shots will be given — but it has said they’ll go to health-care workers on the front lines. Even more doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are … Read more

Health Minister Suggests Restrictions For Those Not Vaccinated Are Possible – Full COVID19 Update

Health Minister Christine Elliot says the provincial government will not make the COVID19 vaccine mandatory in Ontario. But Elliott says the province will issue proof of vaccination that may be necessary to take part in some activities once the worst of the pandemic passes. She says those who opt not to get immunized could face restrictions on travel, access to … Read more

The First COVID19 Shot Has Been Given in the UK – Full Update

The United Kingdom has begun its COVID19 vaccination program with grandmother Margaret Keenan, who turns 91 next week, being the first person to get the shot. Keenan received the injection at University Hospital Coventry at 6:31am local time. She says she feels “so privileged to be the first person vaccinated against COVID19.” Health officials are asking the public for patience … Read more

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