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

Kevin O’Leary Testifies At His Wife’s Trial

Businessman Kevin O’Leary has told an Ontario court he doesn’t recall if his wife consumed alcohol in the hours before a boat crash that killed two people and injured several others. Linda O’Leary has pleaded not guilty to one charge of careless operation of a vessel under the Canada Shipping Act. Kevin O’Leary says he does not recall his wife … Read more

Porter To Accept New Forms Of Payment

Travellers will be able to use PayPal and WeChat to pay for flights on Porter Airlines when it resumes service in September and adds jet services next year. The airline says it’s partnering with Ingenico to provide the alternative secure payment methods for passengers who book through the airline’s website. Purchases of $300-dollars or more can also be financed using … 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

TSA Officer Finds A Missing Ring And Returns It To The Very Appreciative Newlywed

The Durranis were ticketed to fly out of John F. Kennedy International Airport for their pandemic-delayed honeymoon to Guam and after passing through JFK’s Terminal 7 Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint, the Flushing, New York, couple decided some coffee was needed. But when they got to the coffee shop, the new bride shouted when she realized that the newly purchased … Read more

Ontario Investing In Great Lakes Cleanup

The province has announced $1.9-million dollars to support community-based projects that protect and restore the Great Lakes. The funding through the Great Lakes Local Action Fund is going to 44 projects selected following a competitive review process. They include a project to restore land throughout the Long Point Watershed in Norfolk County to reduce agricultural impacts on Lake Erie and Read more

Competition At The Olympics Is About To Begin

The opening ceremony isn’t until Friday, but Canadian athletes will be out on the softball pitch early tomorrow morning for Canada’s first event of the Tokyo Olympics. Canada will face off against Mexico on Wednesday afternoon Tokyo time — the wee hours of the morning Eastern Time. The Canadian roster includes four players who were on the team for the … Read more

Air Canada Preparing For The Border To Reopen

Air Canada is adding dozens of routes to the United States as part of its summer schedule, with the change coming after the federal government loosened border restrictions. The airline says the 55 routes to 34 destinations will add up to 220 daily Air Canada flights between the two countries. Fully vaccinated US citizens and permanent residents will be able … Read more

Trudeau Not Opening The Border To Fully Vaxed Americans Until Next Month

A week after Canada began exempting fully vaccinated Canadians from a 14-day quarantine requirement upon entry comes word that COVID-19 travel restrictions might ease at the Canada-US border next month. Prime Minister Trudeau says the government is aiming to allow fully vaccinated Americans into Canada by mid-August for non-essential travel. A readout from by the Prime Minister’s Office of his … 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

Twitter Is Already Ditching Fleets

Twitter is doing away with its disappearing tweets, called fleets, after they didn’t catch on. The company began testing tweets that vanish after 24 hours last March in Brazil. Fleets were designed to attract new users who might be turned off by the public and permanent nature of normal tweets. But that didn’t happen, so Twitter says it is moving … Read more

Big Recall On Sunscreen

Johnson & Johnson says it is recalling five of its sunscreen products after some samples were found to contained low levels of benzene. The chemical can cause cancer with repeated exposure. The affected products are all packaged in aerosol cans. They are Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen, and four Neutrogena aerosol sunscreen versions: Beach Defense, CoolDry Sport, Invisible Daily … 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

Linda O’Leary Blew An Alert On The Breathalyzer

An OPP officer has told the trial of Linda O’Leary that she initially denied she had consumed any alcohol after a fatal boat crash on Lake Joseph in 2019. Constable Michelle Ingham testified O’Leary repeatedly said the other boat didn’t have any lights on and she didn’t see it. Ingham said the wife of celebrity businessman Kevin O’Leary later said Read more

The WHO Says Forget About Booster Shots – Full COVID-19 Update

Top officials at the World Health Organization say there’s not enough evidence to show that third doses of coronavirus vaccines are needed. Appeals were made yesterday for the scarce shots to be shared with poor countries who have yet to immunize their people instead of being used by rich countries as boosters. The WHO’s director-general says the world’s grotesque vaccine 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

The Pay Equity Act Comes Into Effect On August 31

The federal government says the Pay Equity Act will come into effect on August 31st and be phased in over the next three years. The legislation requires federally-regulated employers to ensure workers receive equal pay for work of equal value and is meant to reduce the gender wage gap. Statistics Canada’s latest data shows that for every dollar earned by … 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

Owner Charged After Leaving Dog In Hot Car In Vaughan

A 20-year-old Toronto woman has been charged with causing an animal to be in distress after police rescued a puppy locked in a hot car at a mall parking lot. York Regional Police say they got a call from a concerned citizen regarding a dog in distress last Wednesday. They say an officer found a small dog panting heavily inside Read more

Meet Canada’s New Governor General

Mary Simon is Canada’s new Governor General and she is promising to work on healing the many divides between people and regions across the country, but also to set and maintain the highest standard of work ethics in all aspects of her position. Many Indigenous leaders are applauding the appointment of Simon as Canada’s first Indigenous governor general. Outgoing Assembly … 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

York Region Cop Was Selling Real Estate On The Side

York Regional Police say they have charged one of their officers with fraud after they learned he was allegedly moonlighting as a real estate agent. An internal investigation was begun this past spring and it found that the officer was allegedly working as a realtor during his scheduled police work hours. The officer from Markham has been charged with fraud Read more

The Big Splash Waterpark Opens Tomorrow At Bingemans

Bingemans in Kitchener is excited to finally open Big Splash Waterpark in a limited capacity on Wednesday, July 7th! We are excited for the long-anticipated opening of Big Splash, albeit in a limited capacity while The Region of Waterloo remains in Step 1 of the Province’s 3 Step Reopening Plan. Which is just in time, since the weather outlook for … 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

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