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Ontario universities admonish students for massive parties as schools reopen

Sep 8 2021 — Allison Jones — As Ontario college and university students head to campus during a fourth wave of COVID-19, their schools, public health units, cities and police services are grappling with how to keep massive parties at bay. In-person classes are resuming this year at campuses across the province, and videos and pictures posted to social media show large […]

Ontario’s big city mayors call for proof of vaccination system in the province

Aug 13 2021 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Mayors representing the majority of Ontarians are pushing the province to establish a vaccine certification system as a top science adviser says that without one, the Delta variant may overwhelm the health-care system. The Ontario Public School Boards' Association, meanwhile, urged mandatory vaccinations in schools in order to keep them as safe as […]

Ontario emphasizes watching COVID-19 hospitalizations over case counts

Aug 10 2021 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario is facing growing calls to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for non-essential activities and health-care workers as infections rise, but the government is urging people to focus less on daily case counts and more on hospitalizations. Health Minister Christine Elliott held the line Tuesday on her government's staunch opposition to both mandatory vaccinations for […]

Ontario emphasizes watching COVID-19 hospitalizations over case counts

Aug 10 2021 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario is facing growing calls to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for non-essential activities and health-care workers as infections rise, but the government is urging people to focus less on daily case counts and more on hospitalizations. Health Minister Christine Elliott held the line Tuesday on her government's staunch opposition to both mandatory vaccinations for […]

Ontario announces ventilation units for all classrooms without mechanical systems

Aug 4 2021 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — All classrooms in Ontario schools without mechanical ventilation systems will have a standalone HEPA unit upon students' return this fall, the education minister announced a day after his back-to-school plan was unveiled. Stephen Lecce said schools across the province will have improvements in air quality in order to allow kids to return to […]

Court dismisses government’s appeal of ruling that struck down student fee opt-out

Aug 4 2021 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario's highest court has dismissed an appeal from the government after a provincial directive making some post-secondary student fees optional was ruled to be unlawful. A lower court had previously struck down the province's so-called Student Choice Initiative, which allowed university and college students to opt out of paying certain ancillary fees, such […]

Ontario announces ventilation units for all classrooms without mechanical systems

Aug 4 2021 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — All classrooms in Ontario schools without mechanical ventilation systems will have a standalone HEPA unit upon students' return this fall, the education minister announced a day after his back-to-school plan was unveiled. Stephen Lecce said schools across the province will have improvements in air quality in order to allow kids to return to […]

Extracurricular activities back, no masks outside in Ontario back-to-school plan

Aug 3 2021 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario students returning to schools next month will be able to play on sports teams, use instruments in music class, go on field trips and ditch masks outdoors, even if distance can't be maintained. The government released its back-to-school plan Tuesday, which includes extracurricular activities resuming, relaxed rules on using shared spaces like […]

Extracurricular activities back, no masks outside in Ontario back-to-school plan

Aug 3 2021 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario students returning to schools next month will be able to play on sports teams, use instruments in music class, go on field trips and ditch masks outdoors, even if distance can't be maintained. The government released its back-to-school plan Tuesday, which includes extracurricular activities resuming, relaxed rules on using shared spaces such […]