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Ontario records no new COVID-19-related deaths for first time in months

Date: July 6, 2020

Source: CTV News

For the first time since March, Ontario reports no new COVID-19-related deaths in the province today. To date, the province has reported that a total of 2,689 people have died due to the virus. This news comes as health officials also report a slight uptick in the number of new COVID-19 cases, confirming an additional 154 new cases. […]

Stage 3 of Ontario’s COVID-19 reopening plan looms nearer

Date Published: July 2nd, 2020

Source: CBC

Large parts of Ontario are hoping to soon move towards Stage 3 of the province’s COVID-19 reopening plan. It has been nearly three weeks since most parts of the province have moved to Stage 2 and data from 24 public health units show that the spread of the virus is largely contained […]

Ontario reports 257 new COVID-19 cases, the majority in Windsor-Essex

Date Published: June 29, 2020

Source: CBC

Ontario reported 257 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, 177 of which were confirmed by the Windsor-Essex public health unit following targeted testing of migrant farm workers over the weekend. Premier Doug Ford says that further testing is likely to find more cases at other farms in the region […]

Canada almost self-sufficient in PPE as Canadian businesses step up: PM

Date Published: June 26, 2020

Source: CBC

The amount of personal protective equipment (PPE) being produced by Canadian companies currently is almost at the point of making Canada self-sufficient, according to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Many Canadian companies have taken advantage of the various federal financial support programs to rehire workers and retool equipment to start producing masks, gowns, ventilators, sanitizer, and other PPE..[…]

Quebec Health Ministry to stop publishing daily COVID-19 data

Date Published: June 25, 2020

Source: CBC

The Ministry of Health and Social Services in Quebec announced that it would no longer be releasing daily statistics on new COVID-19 cases and deaths beginning on July 2, 2020. Instead, they will be publishing weekly reports on the ministry’s website along with a press release.[…]

Rising rates of COVID-19 in children, adolescents spark concerns about back to school plans

Date Published: June 23, 2020

Source: The Globe and Mail

There have been rising rates of COVID-19 in children and teenagers in Canada, which has experts worried about young people possibly spreading the virus to vulnerable groups. Individuals younger than 20 years of age usually experience a mild form of COVID-19, however, 105 people in this age group have been hospitalized for COVID-19 in Canada […]

Ontario to allow Toronto and Peel Region to enter Stage 2 this week

Date Published:June 22, 2020

Source: CTV News

Premier Doug Ford announced today that Toronto and Peel Region will enter Stage 2 of Ontario’s 3-stage plan to reopen on Wednesday. In Stage 2, outdoor dine-in services, daycares, select personal care services, shopping malls, drive-ins, and drive-through venues are allowed to open. In addition, outdoor recreational facilities, tour and guide services, beach access, and additional camping at Ontario Parks will be opened. Windsor-Essex will remain held in Stage 1 for at least another week due to an outbreak among migrant workers. This will be the only region in the province that will not move on to Stage 2 of the “Framework for Reopening our Province” plan this week. […]

Canada’s pandemic lockdown worked, says infectious disease doctor

Date Published: 6/19/2020

Source: CTV News

While there are lessons to be learned, Canada’s extreme economic and social lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic was the right move. Canada experienced a fraction of the projected cases and deaths […]

Mandatory mask laws are spreading in Canada

Date Published: June 17, 2020

Source:CBC

As Canada moves towards reopening large sectors of society, many communities are calling for making wearing a non-medical mask in public settings mandatory, and indeed in some jurisdictions, such as Toronto, masks have been made mandatory on public transit. The latest evidence regarding masking does show that masks reduce the distance that droplets can travel from someone’s mouth with a mask, and there is preliminary evidence that countries with mandatory masking policies have seen reduced cases. However, some worry that the evidence around non-medical masks is not strong enough to make wearing them mandatory across the country, and others worry about how such policies will be enforced equitably. […]

Ontario extends all emergency orders

Date Published: June 17, 2020

Source:CTV News

The Ontario government has extended emergency orders from June 19 until June 30. Premier Doug Ford has said,“extending these emergency orders gives our frontline healthcare providers the necessary flexibility to rapidly respond to urgent needs and protect our most vulnerable.” […]

Airline temperature checks to become mandatory for travellers in Canada: Trudeau

Date Published: June 12, 2020

Source: CBC

The Prime Minister has announced today that passengers travelling by plane to, from, or within Canada will soon have to undergo temperature checks as part of the current screening measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This will be rolled out in a phased approach where the first phase will be for those travelling to Canada […]

Ontario introduces ‘social circle’ rules — up to 10 people can be together without physical distancing

Date Published: June 12, 2020

Source: National Post

Effective immediately and province-wide, Ontario now allows for the establishment of social circles of up to 10 people with whom physical distancing is no longer necessary. To navigate this, the province has suggested who to consider as part of this number such as those that the household may already be in contact with, such as a babysitter, and their households […]

Pandemic worsens Canada’s deadly opioid overdose epidemic

Date Published: June 10, 2020

Source: CBC

According to harm-reduction workers and physicians, the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions have increased the toxic supply of drugs, leading to a rising epidemic of fatal overdoses. There has been a 25% increase in fatal overdoses from March 2019 to May 2020 in Ontario […]

COVID-19 cases are on the rise among young adults, but health experts aren’t sure why

Date Published: June 9, 2020

Source: The Globe and Mail

According to public health experts, people in their 20s are contributing to the spread of COVID-19 in Ontario, but it remains unclear whether they are getting infected themselves. In Toronto and Hamilton, the number of people in their 20s testing positive has increased in the last few weeks compared to older groups […]

Ontario doubling limit on gatherings, more businesses to reopen in next stage of COVID-19 recovery plan

Date Published: June 9, 2020

Source: CBC

As Ontario has been taking a much more gradual approach to easing lockdown measures, in comparison to other provinces, on Monday afternoon Premier Ford finally announced Phase 2 of the reopening process. Phase 2 will allow social gatherings of up to 10 people, double of what was previously allowable, it will also allow places of worship to reopen to congregations with a 30% capacity limit. […]

Pandemic, labour disruptions raise questions about 2020 report cards

Date Published: June 7, 2020

Source: City News

Ontario’s teachers have not yet written year-end report cards for students. The Ministry of Education informed teachers that no student’s marks could decline from levels attained at the time school closures occurred in mid-March […]

Ontario records 415 new cases of COVID-19, with more than half from reporting delay

Date Published: June 7, 2020

Source: CBC

Today, Ontario’s health ministry reported 415 new cases of COVID-19. 192 of the cases are new, while 223 were from a lag in reporting between laboratories and public health units. This brings the cumulative provincial total to 30,617 cases, with 2,426 deaths and 24,252 recoveries […]

Provincial border bans during COVID-19 spark lawsuits, anger from Canadians denied entry

Date Published:  June 6th, 2020

Source: CBC

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, and the three territories have temporarily barred Canadian visitors from entering their borders unless they meet specific criteria, such as travelling for medical treatment. The provinces and territories say the extreme measures are necessary […] 

Ontario considering Stage 2 of reopening despite steady stream of new COVID-19 cases

Date Published: June 5, 2020

Source: CBC

Premier Doug Ford signalled that Ontario’s Stage 2 of reopening is being considered by senior officials and that announcements may be made as early as next week. Stage 2 will ease restrictions and allow for the reopening of more office-based businesses and will increase the maximum size of social gatherings […]

Toronto mayor says masks on TTC could be made mandatory

Date Published: June 5, 2020

Source: CTV

Toronto Mayor John Tory says that it may become mandatory for TTC riders to wear face masks. Currently, the Ford government recommends that riders wear face masks on public transit, but there are no emergency orders mandating their use […]

Ontario, Quebec account for more than 90% of national COVID-19 cases: federal data

Data Published: June 4, 2020

Source: CBC

The Canadian Government released new projections today, based on current figures across the country related to the number of COVID-19 cases in different regions. These projections reveal that Canada could see between 97,990 and 107,454 cases and between 7,700 and 9,400 deaths by mid-June. […]

Anti-Black racism demonstrators urged to practise COVID-19 safety

Data Published: June 4, 2020

Source: CBC

Organizers with the anti-Black racism march, “No Peace Until Justice” in Ottawa, posted advice for people on Facebook regarding COVID-19, including making sure they don’t attend the demonstrations if they have a cough, sore throat or other signs of respiratory illness. Gloria Mavambu Rabson, a volunteer with the march, said “I’m making sure I don’t have any of the symptoms listed, because I don’t want to harm anyone else.” […]

‘Nothing is off the table’: B.C. premier on a 4-day workweek following coronavirus pandemic

Data Published: June 4, 2020

Source: Global News

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many people in British Columbia are working differently than they were before. Some are working from home full-time or splitting their time between the office and home. B.C. Premier John Horgan said that a four-day workweek may be possible in the years to come for the province of B.C., further elaborating that “One of the advantages and opportunities we have coming out of a pandemic is nothing should be off the table”.[…]

Op-Ed: COVID-19 response highlights major differences between U.S. and Canada: U.S. profs

Date Published: June 3, 2020

Source: CBC

There is a growing divide between Canada and USA as a result of their respective management of the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to COVID-19, the US has closed its borders to Canada for the first time since 1812. The Trump administration previously announced plans to militarize the border, however this move was ultimately abandoned […]

Ontario extends state of emergency until June 30 after it reports 446 new COVID-19 cases

Date Published: June 3, 2020

Source: CBC

The Ontario government voted on June 2 to extend the state of emergency until June 30 after the health ministry reported 446 additional cases of COVID-19, which represents a 1.6% increase in total cases and brings the total number of cases to 28,709. Around 78.5% cases are now resolved. […]

Anticipating ‘mass vaccinations’, Canada ordering millions of syringes

Date Published:June 2, 2020

Source:CTV News

In anticipation of vaccinations becoming ready in the near future, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that his government has added syringes to the list of necessary items of COVID-19 supplies. There are lessons to be learned from Canada’s response to the initial outbreak in regards to personal protective equipment and the government wants to ensure that the maximum number of Canadians are vaccinated at the earliest time possible. […]

Hospitals failed to flag 700 positive COVID-19 tests to Ontario’s public health units

Date Published:June 1, 2020

Source:CBC

As Ontario and the nation as a whole inches closer to flattening the curve and overcoming the first wave of the coronavirus, accurate reporting and contact tracing of positive cases in the public has become more essential than ever. A failure to detect, report and trace positive cases is detrimental to progress of curbing the viral spread. […]

Changing of the guard at Bank of Canada adds to COVID-19 uncertainty: Don Pittis

Date Published:June 1, 2020

Source:CBC

Newly appointed Governor Tiff Macklem is set to replace Stephen Poloz on Wednesday as the central bank governor, causing economic uncertainty in the unprecedented era of COVID-19. Stephen Poloz, who was appointed 7 years ago, excelled at his role as he rode the shockwaves from the 2008 financial crisis cushioning the economy, albeit cutting rates too aggressively in 2015 in response to the oil crisis. […]

Ontario records spike in COVID-19 cases, reporting highest number in a week

Date Published:June 1, 2020

Source: CTV News

Ontario reported an additional 404 COVID-19 cases on Monday, the highest in a week, bringing the province’s total to 28,263. The majority of these cases are in Toronto and Peel Region. Those 80 years of age and older continue to be the hardest hit group with 1,571 deaths. […]

Coming undone: What COVID-19 pandemic policies have done to our psyche

Date Published: May 30, 2020

Source: The National Post

A national survey conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health suggests that one-quarter of Canadians are experiencing moderate to severe levels of anxiety and felt lonely in the past week, and 20% reported feeling depressed. Significant numbers reported feeling nervous and edgy, having trouble relaxing, and binge-drinking in the past week.[…]

Ontario opens up COVID-19 testing across the province

Date Published: May 29, 2020

Source: Ontario News

On Friday, the Office of the Premier announced in a news release that Ontario is opening up COVID-19 testing across the province. As part of the next phase of the Ontario government’s COVID-19 testing strategy to detect and quickly stop the spread of the virus, testing has been expanded for the general public, frontline workers, first responders, and workplaces across the province. […]

Quebec says 41 students and staff have tested positive for COVID-19 since reopening

Date Published: May 29, 2020

Source:CTV News

Since elementary schools opened outside the Montreal area in Quebec two weeks ago, over 40 students and staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. The Laurentians and Monteregie regions had the highest number of cases, while schools within Montreal have been cancelled for the rest of the school year. […]

Alberta to offer free non-medical masks at fast-food drive-thrus

Date Published: May 29, 2020

Source: The Globe and Mail

Alberta’s health minister Tyler Shandro has announced that the province is planning to distribute 20 million non-medical masks for free at drive-thru fast-food restaurants. Although mask use is not mandatory, this is part of the province’s strategy to keep Albertans safe as the economy reopens. […]

Number of Americans on jobless benefits inches down for first time since pandemic began

Date Published: May 29, 2020

Source: CBC

The number of Americans continuing to receive jobless benefits has been on the decline for the first time since COVID-19 struck. 21.052 million people continued receiving benefits on the week ending May 16. This was a decline from the record 24.912 million people receiving benefits the previous week.[…]

Nurse left homeless by COVID-19 anxiety now working the front lines of the pandemic

Date Published: May 28, 2020

Source: CBC

While healthcare professionals and others on the frontlines are getting praise for working during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of these essential workers are bearing the brunt of people’s anxiety as well. Nurse Kathrine Slinski was kicked out by her landlord because of fears […]

More Canadians are dying of drug overdoses — and coronavirus is to blame

Date Published: May 28, 2020

Source: Global News

New data from across the country shows that opioid overdoses have increased since social distancing measures began in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many support programs have been more difficult to access by people suffering from opioid addiction […]

COVID-19 not very infectious 8 days after symptoms occur, Winnipeg study suggests

Date Published: May 26, 2020

Source: CBC

Researchers from the National Microbiology Laboratory, Cadham Provincial Laboratory, and the University of Manitoba concluded in a recent study that COVID-19 is infectious only for the first 8 days after symptom-onset. The study looked at nasal or throat samples from 90 people in Manitoba who tested positive for COVID-19 […]

Alberta minister says it’s a ‘great time’ to build a pipeline because COVID-19 restrictions limit protests against them

Date Published: May 25, 2020

Source: The Globe and Mail

Alberta’s energy minister, Sonya Savage, made the following comment last week on a podcast hosted by the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors: “Now is a great time to be building a pipeline because you can’t have protests of more than 15 people. Let’s get it built.” The opposition NDP energy critic, Irfan Sabir, has said that Ms. Savage’s comments do not come as a surprise […] 

Ontario long-term care homes in scathing report could face charges, says Ford

Date Published: May 26, 2020

Source: CBC

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has announced a provincial investigation into five long-term care homes with COVID-19 outbreaks in the Toronto area following a report issued by the Canadian Armed Forces. Members of the military have been present at the facilities since April 28, and will continue to provide assistance for another month.[…]

Ontario to maintain group size restrictions amid rising COVID-19 cases, crowded parks

Date Published: May 25, 2020

Source: CBC

Ontario is finding an upward trend of new daily cases with active cases up by about 20% in the last week. This comes as Premier Doug Ford expanded the coronavirus testing guidelines, stating that anyone who feels like they need a test should get one regardless of symptoms […]

‘Dangerous and selfish behaviour’: Trinity Bellwoods crowds spark outrage, mayor to send more officers Sunday

Date Published: May 23, 2020

Source: The Toronto Star

On Saturday, large crowds gathered at Trinity Bellwoods Park despite social distancing bylaws. As Toronto began reopening recreational areas, Mayor John Tory visited different city parks with Councillor Joe Cressy and medical officer of health Dr. Eileen de Villa to see how people were using the public spaces and amenities […]

Liberals propose more COVID-19 sittings, summer sessions in new motion

Date Published: May 23, 2020

Source: CBC

A motion to be debated in the House of Commons on Monday proposes that Parliament’s special committee on COVID-19 meet for an additional day each week, on top of three existing sessions per week. This would involve a limited number of MPs convening in the House of Commons alongside members outside Ottawa, who would join via videoconference […]

Ontario reports 412 new COVID-19 cases as upward trend continues

Date Published: May 23, 2020

Source: CBC

Today, Ontario reported 412 new cases of COVID-19, continuing a worrying upward trend and bringing the total number of cases in the province to more than 25,000. The average number of new cases has been trending upward in the province since May 12th. The province reported a total of 2,048 deaths, with 62.8% being in long-term care homes. […]

Could the public be to blame for the lack of coronavirus testing in Ontario?

Date Published: May 22, 2020

Source: Global News

Ontario has not been meeting its daily goal of conducting 16,000 coronavirus tests. One reason for the shortage in testing is that not enough people are showing up to assessment centres. Some experts have suggested that this may be due to the public being unaware of the loosened criteria for testing.[…]

Quebec plans to have kids physically back in school in the fall

Date Published: May 22, 2020

Source: CBC

The Quebec government is aiming to have children physically back in school at the start of the next school year in September. The province’s working document outlines two different scenarios for primary and secondary school students. Under the first scenario, students will return to class full time. […]

Face masks can be problematic, dangerous to health of some Canadians: advocates

Date Published: May 21, 2020

Source: Global News

The national chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam has recommended that people wear masks in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19, however Dr. Tam has also warned against judging those who cannot wear masks. The Asthma Canada President, Vanessa Foran, has said that wearing a mask can create risk of an asthma attack […]

Police report 2,200 home quarantine checks as Trudeau talks about stricter border measures

Date Published: May 20, 2020

Source: CBC

Police officers in Canada have made 2,200 home visits to Canadians who have returned to Canada during the pandemic in order to ensure compliance with the 14 day self-isolation rules. Anyone arriving in Canada must complete a contact-tracing form to help the Public Agency of Canada (PHAC) enforce the 14 day self-isolation […]

Doctors across Canada seeing a drop in number of routine child vaccinations

Date Published: May 19, 2020

Source: The Globe and Mail

There are concerns that the drop in the number of routine child vaccinations in Canada throughout the pandemic will lead to an increase in preventable diseases. The number of child vaccinations has fallen for various reasons: some parents may fear that going into a healthcare facility could increase COVID-19 exposure risk […]

Ontario orders independent commission into long-term care after more than 1,400 COVID-19-linked deaths

Date Published: May 19, 2020

Source: CB

Ontario’s Long-Term Care Minister Merrilee Fullerton has announced the provincial government will be launching an independent commission in September to evaluate the long term care system. Multiple organizations including the Ontario Long-Term Care Association and the Service Employees International Union, which represents healthcare workers in these facilities, have advocated for a full public inquiry instead of the planned commission. […]

Ontario shuts schools until September because of COVID-19 pandemic

Date Published: May 19, 2020

Source: CBC

Any hope that parents and cooped up youth had of going back to school for at least one month before the summer went out the window today, as Premier Doug Ford confirmed that Ontario schools will not be reopening until September. The province states this difficult decision was made in consultation with the chief medical officer and other medical experts.[…]

Coronavirus: Ontario reports 304 new cases, 23 deaths as total cases hit 22,957

Date Published: May 18, 2020

Source: Global News

Monday morning brought 304 new cases of COVID 19, bringing the provincial total to 22,957 of which 76.8% are considered resolved (17,638 cases). The province has conducted 553,981 tests with 972 hospitalized patients of which 174 in intensive care and 133 on a ventilator.[…]

Long list of businesses set to reopen in Ontario as province hits first stage of restarting the economy

Date Published: May 18, 2020

Source: CTV

Premier Doug Ford announced entry into the first phase of the “Framework for Reopening our Province,” for Tuesday, despite apprehension from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Williams. This means numerous businesses such as automotive dealerships, vets, libraries, sport facilities and so on can open with physical distancing measures put in place. […]

Ontario doctors call for public health measures to stay in place as province begins to reopen

Date Published: May 16, 2020

Source: CTV News

The Ontario Medical Association (OMA), an organization representing Ontario doctors, calls on the government to maintain public health measures in place until a vaccine or treatment for COVID-19 is discovered. As Ontario begins the process of reopening following a 2-month lockdown due to the pandemic, the OMA is urging consideration of the “significant work and loss” that have brought us to this point of readiness, and of the continued efforts and measures required to safely transition to a new normal. […]

Health Canada approves first clinical trial for possible coronavirus vaccine

Date Published: May 16, 2020

Source: Global News

On Saturday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the first Canadian clinical trials of a potential COVID-19 vaccine have been approved by Health Canada. The research will be conducted at the Canadian Centre for Vaccinology at Dalhousie University. […]

Trudeau non-committal on airline bailout as Air Canada lays off thousands

Date Published: May 16, 2020

Source: CBC

The Prime Minister plans to continue to work with Air Canada and other airlines that were significantly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, as Air Canada prepares to lay off about half of its workforce. However, the airline also plans to rehire […]

B.C. students can go back to class part time starting June 1

Date Published: May 15, 2020

News: CTV News

Students in B.C. are being allowed to return back to in-person classroom settings on June 1. However, in-class attendance remains voluntary and most students will attend part-time, typically only 2-3 days out of the week. Additional protocols will be put in place to promote physical distancing such as staggering recesses and lunch breaks, starting a more rigorous cleaning schedule […]

Nurses, lab workers, physicians among ‘alarming’ number of health-care workers with COVID-19

Date Published: May 15, 2020

Source: CBC

Latest provincial data in Ontario shows 3,607 positive cases of COVID-19 confirmed among healthcare workers. This makes up nearly 17% of all cases in Ontario, up from 10% in early April. Dr. David Carr, an emergency physician in Toronto, notes that in many hospital departments, shift-based workers often arrive at the same time. […]

WHO emergencies chief says novel coronavirus may be here to stay

Date Published: May 14, 2020

Source: CBC

Dr. Michael Ryan, the World Health Organization’s emergencies chief, said it is possible that the new coronavirus “may become another endemic virus in our communities” and that it is impossible to predict when the virus will be controlled. He continued to say there remains hope that an effective vaccine will be developed, however, even the production and distribution of the vacine would require a great deal of work.[…]

Some grocery chains now require shoppers to wear a face mask

Date Published: May 14, 2020

Source: CBC

An increasing number of retailers are now mandating or requesting shoppers wear a face mask when visiting their store during the COVID-19 pandemic. For example. The T&T Supermarket chain mandated that the shoppers must wear face coverings in the store. For customers who do not have a mask, they can purchase a disposable one at T&T for $1, with profits going to a children’s charity.[…]

Canada-U.S. border expected to stay closed to non-essential travel to June 21

Date Published: May 13, 2020

Source: The Globe and Mail

According to sources with knowledge of talks between Canada and the U.S, the Canada-U.S. border is expected to stay closed to non-essential travel until June 21 in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The restriction on non-essential travel across the border was first implemented on March 21, then extended until May 21, and is now expected to be extended again […]

Health Canada authorizes serological test for COVID-19 antibodies

Date Published: May 12, 2020

Source: CBC

Health Canada has authorized the first COVID-19 serological test to be used in Canada in order to detect antibodies to the novel coronavirus. The test is called the LIAISON test and was developed by the biotech company DiaSorin […]

Seniors to receive up to $500 in a one-time payment to offset added costs due to COVID-19

Date Published: May 12, 2020

Source: CBC

The federal government has announced financial relief for seniors facing increased costs of living over the past few months due to grocery premiums, delivery fees, and prescription medicine fees. Seniors who qualify for Old Age Security (OAS) will be supplemented with a one-time, tax-free payment of $300 […]

McGill, UBC among universities to offer majority of fall semester online

Date Published: May 11, 2020

Source: The Globe and Mail

Several Canadian universities have recently unveiled plans for a predominantly online Fall semester. The institutions include McGill University, University of Montreal, the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria […]

COVID-19: Ontario education minister wants proms rescheduled, Quebec schools resume

Date Published: May 11th 2020

Source: Ottawa Citizen

Overall rates of new COVID-19 infections continue to remain low with 308 new confirmed cases on Monday (Sunday 294, Saturday 346). Across the province, there have been 1,669 deaths with 1,027 current hospitalizations, 194 of which are in ICU with 147 on ventilators. Long-term care home residents continue to be the hardest hit population in the province, with an additional six outbreaks reported today. […]

More COVID-19 restrictions being lifted across the country

Date Published: May 11th 2020

Source: CTV News

Restrictions started being lifted across the country with Quebec, the hardest hit province, reopening elementary schools and daycares outside the Montreal area. However, the school board does expect that most students will be staying home, with attendance being optional. […]

Provinces begin to address backlog of surgeries in wake of COVID-19

Date Published: May 9th 2020

Source: CTV News

Canadian hospitals are beginning to address a backlog in elective surgeries tha were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In BC, Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick, and PEI, hospitals have released plans to allow elective surgeries to resume. Officials state that it could take up to two years for the healthcare system to catch up and clear the backlog of elective surgical services. […]

Ontario provincial parks will reopen but for day-use only

Date Published: May 9th 2020

Source: CTV News

On Saturday, Premier Doug Ford announced that Ontario’s provincial parks and conservation areas will reopen this week for “day-use only”. This reopening is ahead of the previous anticipated schedule when parks were ordered closed in mid-March and not expected to reopen until May 31. […]

Quebec to launch ‘massive’ COVID-19 screening strategy in Montreal area

Date Published: May 8, 2020

Source: CTV News

An extensive new COVID-19 screening strategy has been implemented in the Montreal area, considered to be one of the hardest hit areas in Canada by the pandemic. Montreal itself has over half of the confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths in Quebec, with outbreaks in 133 of its long-term care facilities […]

Ontario rejects regional phase-outs of COVID-19 restrictions

Date Published: May 8, 2020

Source: CBC

The Ford government is rejecting a region-by-region approach for loosening emergency restrictions and will run the province as a single unit. The latest provincial data on COVID-19 infection rates in Ontario’s public health units showed significant regional differences. […]

Coronavirus: Trudeau rejects ‘oil is dead’ claim from Greens, Bloc Quebecois

Date Published: May 7, 2020

Source: Global News

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he rejects the claim made by Green and Bloc Quebecois leaders that “oil is dead” and should get no further government support amid the coronavirus pandemic. He stressed that the industry is an “essential” partner for the transition towards a cleaner economy […]

Province did inspections by phone at Toronto care home where 21 residents died of COVID-19

Date Published: May 7, 2020

Source: CBC

The Ontario Ministry of Labour, Trade, and Skills Development was asked to fully inspect the Ina Grafton Gage Home in April after 15 residents of the long-term care facility died from COVID-19 and many staff reported lack of infection control processes and personal protective equipment. Instead of performing an in-person inspection, however, the Ontario government merely performed two inspections by phone […]

Canadians have racked up $5.8M in coronavirus fines, a report says

Date Published: May 6, 2020

Source: Global News

In a report recently published by Policing the Pandemic, a mapping project to track COVID-19 enforcements nationwide, over 4,500 Canadians have received tickets or been charged as a result of new COVID-19 restrictions, totalling $5.8 million of fines.[…]

With the swing of a golf club, Alberta begins to open its economy

Date Published: May 2, 2020

Source: The Toronto Star

Alberta, Saskatchewan, Quebec, and Ontario are among the first provinces to reopen the economy after social distancing measures were put in place across Canada in mid-March. Some outdoors activities, including vehicle access to parks and golf, reopened in Alberta this weekend. […] 

Officials say efforts by Canadians to flatten the curve of COVID-19 are working

Date Published: May 2, 2020

Source: CTV

With New Brunswick reporting no active cases of COVID-19 and Ontario’s downward trend of new cases, Canadians are receiving more optimistic messaging about COVID-19. According to Dr. Theresa Tam, a top medical official, the social distancing efforts made from Canadians is successfully flattening the curve […]

Ontario hits new daily high for COVID-19 tests

Date Published:May 1, 2020

Source: The Toronto Star

Ontario has reported a new high in the number of tests done in a single day at 16,532 samples on Thursday. Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer, estimates that Ontario’s capacity allows for the processing of 19,500 samples daily. […]

Ottawa bans window visits at city-run long-term care homes

Date Published: April 30, 2020

Source: CBC

While long-term care homes in Ontario have been restricting in-person visits from families ever since March, the city of Ottawa has recently increased restrictions, no longer allowing families to visit their loved ones from the grounds of LTC facilities […]

Northern Ontario First Nations want pause to mining permits until COVID-19 subsides

Date Published: April 30, 2020

Source: CBC

Northern Ontario First Nations want the province to put a hold on mining exploration permits until COVID-19 emergency measures subside. The Ontario government has designated the mining sector as an essential service, meaning it isn’t under the same lockdown requirements […]

Coronavirus cases in Canada surpass 50,000

Date Published: April 28, 2020

Source: Global News

As of April 28, there have been over 50,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada with Quebec leading in both the number of confirmed cases and COVID-19-related deaths. […]

PM urges Canadians not to drop their guard as officials show progress in COVID-19 fight

Date Published: April 28, 2020

Source: CBC

The strict adherence of Canadians to social-distance and self-isolate has flattened the curve in many parts of the country. Prime Minister Trudeau in conjunction with Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam, have announced today that public health measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 are in fact working […]

Quebec, Ontario take different paths to reopening provinces from coronavirus lockdown

Date Published: April 27, 2020

Source: The Globe and Mail

Ontario and Quebec released plans on Monday, April 27, on how the provinces will re-open their respective economies following the COVID-19 emergency. Both provinces began lockdown measures in the second week of March, which included limiting social gatherings, shutting down non-essential businesses, and closing schools […]