Teacher Unions Demand A Mandatory Vaccination Policy – Full COVID-19 Update

Unions representing Ontario teachers are calling for a mandatory vaccination policy for schools ahead of students’ return to class next month. Unions representing elementary, high school, Catholic and French teachers say the provincial policy requiring unvaccinated staff to get regular COVID-19 tests is not strict enough. The unions say a mandatory vaccination policy would provide greater protection against the spread … Read more

MLSE Will Require Vaccinations

The company that owns Toronto’s professional hockey, basketball, football and soccer teams is making proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test mandatory for employees, event staff and guests. Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment says the policy will take effect in the middle of next month at its sports facilities and restaurants. MLSE owns the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, … Read more

The NHL Is Adding Advertising Patches To Player Jerseys

A source says the NHL is going to allow teams to put sponsor ad patches on players’ jerseys starting in the 2022-2023 hockey season. The league has not announced the results of a vote by the board of governors. The NHL added helmet ads last season and the New Jersey Devils, Washington Capitals and Nashville Predators were the first teams … Read more

Check Out The New Menu Option At Little Caesars

Little Caesars just unveiled their newest concoction. It’s being described as a hybrid called the “Crazy Calzony” that’s half-pizza, half-calzone. A calzone is basically a pizza folded in half with all the toppings on the inside. But the Crazy Calzony is a bit different. It has four mini calzones. They took a normal pizza and cut into the sides to … Read more

The Class-Action Lawsuit To Get Uber Drivers Recognized As Employees Is Moving Forward

Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice has certified a class-action lawsuit against Uber. It advances a fight to get some of the Canadian Uber couriers and drivers recognized as employees. The class action argues that Uber couriers should be entitled to minimum wage, vacation pay and other protections because they meet the definition of employees under Ontario’s Employment Standards Act. Uber … Read more

Wendy’s Is Opening 700 More Restaurants That Are Delivery Only

Wendy’s plans to open 700 delivery-only kitchens by 2025 to meet the growing demand from people who want their fast food brought to them. The kitchens will primarily operate in urban neighbourhoods in the US, Canada and the United Kingdom as part of a partnership with Miami-based Reef Technology. The hamburger chain says it decided to expand its delivery-only kitchens … Read more

Ontario Just Threw Over 2 Billion More Dollars Into The COVID Slush Fund – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario is topping up the COVID-19 coffers by putting an additional 2.2-billion dollars toward virus-related spending. Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy says it’s important to have resources available to prepare for potential future surges in the pandemic. He did not say how the money would be spent. Bethlenfalvy also says revenue projections are 2.9-billion dollars higher than in the budget due … Read more

Starbucks Introduces A New Paper Straw And Brings Back Reusable Cups

In support of Starbucks goal to eliminate one billion plastic straws globally every year, Starbucks Canada is introducing a new paper straw, beginning in late August, for beverages that require one. This is the final step for the company to eliminate all plastic straws from its cafes. Additionally, Starbucks will be reintroducing personal reusable cups across the country beginning August … Read more

Canada Will Issue Vaccine Passports – Full COVID-19 Update

Fully vaccinated Canadians will soon be able to get a government document that will certify their COVID-19 vaccine history for the purpose of international travel. Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc says putting the passports together will involve the provinces and territories handing over information about people who have been vaccinated. The document will include data on the type of vaccines … Read more

Michael Spavor Sentenced To 11-Years In A Chinese Prison – Trudeau Releases A Statement

A Chinese court has sentenced Canadian businessman Michael Spavor to 11 years on spying charges in a case labelled by critics as hostage politics. Spavor and a former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig were detained in China shortly after the Canadian government arrested a Chinese tech company’s chief financial officer in Vancouver in December 2018 at the request of the US. … Read more

Again Elliott Says No To Secure Vaccine Receipts – Full COVID-19 Update

Health Minister Christine Elliott held the line yesterday on her government’s staunch refusal to make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for health-care workers or for non-essential activities. The province is facing growing calls to mandate vaccinations as cases rise, including from the Ontario Long-Term Care Association. Elliot is urging people to get vaccinated but says the Progressive Conservative government won’t mandate vaccinations … Read more

The Air Show Is Happening Labour Day Weekend And It’s Free

The Canadian International Air Show will be back in Toronto on Labour Day weekend, but with some changes to allow for social distancing. Organizers say there won’t be the usual ticketed viewing area — instead a narration will be streamed live. They say there will also be 14 kilometres of public viewing space between the Humber Bridge and Toronto’s Billy Read more

A New Storm Has Been Born In The Caribbean

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for some Caribbean islands for what could soon become the sixth named tropical storm of the new Atlantic hurricane season. The US National Hurricane Center on Monday night upgraded watches to warnings for the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Forecasters believe the disturbance heading toward the Lesser Antilles could become Tropical Storm Fred … Read more

Ford Facing Mounting Calls to Implement a Secure Vaccine Certificate – Full COVID-19 Update

Business groups are urging Premier Ford to consider a COVID-19 vaccine certificate system as a way to avoid another lockdown. The call comes as COVID-19 infections appear to be on the rise again in Ontario, with 325 new cases reported yesterday following more than 400 on Sunday. Ford has refused to consider a vaccine certificate system for non-essential activities, saying … Read more

IKEA Is Giving Away Meatball Scented Candles

IKEA is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its loyalty program by giving away thousands of scented candles that smell like Meatballs. Reports say the candles smell exactly like the Swedish meatballs from the IKEA food court that everyone loves.  The chain is giving away almost 3,000 of them. Just under 2,000 people will win the candles.  And another 1,000 will … Read more

Trudeau Considers Mandatory Vaccines For Federal Employees – Full COVID-19 Update

Airlines, railways, broadcasters, and other federally regulated workplaces could be subject to new rules mandating that workers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed support for the move yesterday at a news conference. He says the government is in discussions with the federal public service about whether there are some categories where vaccination should be made mandatory. … Read more

The New M&M’s Have Cookie In The Middle

Mars Wrigley has introduced a new product for 2022. The new “M&M’s Crunchy Cookie” is the newest flavour of the candy-coated chocolate candies. M&M’s Crunchy Cookies purports to be a combination of M&M’s and chocolate chip cookies. As such, it features a crunchy cookie center covered in milk chocolate and the brand’s signature candy shell. M&M’s Crunchy Cookie … Read more

Students Are Going Back To School – Read The Full Set Of Rules Here

Ontario’s back-to-school plan says students can ditch their masks outdoors even if they can’t keep a six-foot distance, play on sports teams, use instruments in music class and go on field trips this fall. The plan that was released yesterday includes guidance on resuming extracurricular activities, loosened restrictions for shared spaces like libraries and cafeterias, and indoor mask requirements for … Read more

The Plan For Back-To-School Has Been Released – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario’s back-to-school plan says students can ditch their masks outdoors even if they can’t keep a six-foot distance, play on sports teams, use instruments in music class and go on field trips this fall. The plan that was released yesterday includes guidance on resuming extracurricular activities, loosened restrictions for shared spaces like libraries and cafeterias, and indoor mask requirements for … Read more

Kyle Lowry Has Signed With The Miami Heat

Kyle Lowry is headed to the Miami Heat. Lowry put out a social media post saying “Miami Heat X Kyle Lowry” and “Let’s Goo!!” followed by five fire emojis. The post came less than 45 minutes after free agency officially kicked off Monday at 6pm. Deals will not be considered official until noon Friday, with the Read more

New Report Says Police Should Let Prosecutors Pre-Screen Charges Before Police Lay Them

The Ontario Human Rights Commission is recommending the province join other jurisdictions where charges are pre-screened by prosecutors before they are laid by police. That is one of 10 recommendations made by the commission to reduce racial profiling and the over-charging of Black, Indigenous and other racialized people in the province. It says the pre-screening system is already in place … Read more

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