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

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

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

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

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

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