National Newswatch

Ontario proposes new water bottling policies, more municipal power

Jun 27 2020 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario is proposing to effectively give municipalities veto power over new water bottling permits and set new rules and priorities for taking groundwater. The planned changes come three years after the former Liberal government enacted a moratorium on new and expanded permits to take water for bottling. It came after bottled water giant Nestle […]

Ontario proposes new water bottling policies, more municipal power

Jun 27 2020 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario is proposing to effectively give municipalities veto power over new water bottling permits and set new rules and priorities for taking groundwater. The planned changes come three years after the former Liberal government enacted a moratorium on new and expanded permits to take water for bottling. It came after bottled water giant Nestle […]

Too early to reopen U.S. border after July 21, Premier Doug Ford says

Jun 25 2020 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario Premier Doug Ford doesn't want to see the Canada-United States border opened when the current closure expires July 21, considering the positive trends in the province compared to a COVID-19 resurgence in many states. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has extended a ban on non-essential travel between the two countries until at least that […]

Ontario unveils new elementary math curriculum with coding, budgeting

Jun 23 2020 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario elementary students will be taught a new math curriculum starting in September that incorporates learning to code, expanded learning on financial literacy, and a return to memorizing multiplication tables. Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced the new curriculum Tuesday and defended rolling it out in the middle of a pandemic, which will likely […]

Ontario unveils new elementary math curriculum with coding, budgeting

Jun 23 2020 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario elementary students will be taught a new math curriculum starting in September that incorporates learning to code, expanded learning on financial literacy, and a return to memorizing multiplication tables. Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced the new curriculum Tuesday and defended rolling it out in the middle of a pandemic, which will likely […]

Toronto, Peel to enter Stage 2, Windsor-Essex remains in Stage 1

Jun 22 2020 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario's two largest regions will enter Stage 2 of the province's reopening plan Wednesday, with restaurant patios, hair salons and swimming pools in Toronto and Peel Region able to resume operations. That will leave Windsor-Essex as the only region of the province still in Stage 1, which Premier Doug Ford blamed on farmers […]

Toronto, Peel to enter Stage 2, Windsor-Essex remains in Stage 1

Jun 22 2020 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario's two largest regions will enter Stage 2 of the province's reopening plan Wednesday, with restaurant patios, hair salons and swimming pools in Toronto and Peel Region able to resume operations. That will leave Windsor-Essex as the only region of the province still in Stage 1, which Premier Doug Ford blamed on farmers […]

Ontario schools likely to see mix of in-class, online learning in September

Jun 19 2020 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario students will likely return to school in September with a mix of in-class and remote learning, the government announced Friday, though boards will develop various scenarios, depending on how COVID-19 is spreading at that point. Premier Doug Ford said there won't be a one-size-fits-all approach in schools, but parents provincewide will have the option […]

Ontario schools likely to see mix of in-class, online learning in September

Jun 19 2020 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario students will likely return to school in September with a mix of in-class and remote learning, the government announced Friday, though boards will develop various scenarios, depending on how COVID-19 is spreading at that point. Premier Doug Ford said that with different areas of the province at different stages of reopening, the same […]

Most child-care centres unlikely to reopen Friday, operators and advocates say

Jun 11 2020 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario is allowing child-care centres to reopen as of Friday, but operators and advocates say there is no way most can implement a host of new COVID-19-era rules to open with just a few days' notice. Many centres are also likely to face financial challenges, they say, operating at reduced capacity and with long-promised government […]

Most child-care centres unlikely to reopen Friday, operators and advocates say

Jun 11 2020 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario is allowing child-care centres to reopen as of Friday, but operators and advocates say there is no way most can implement a host of new COVID-19-era rules to open with just a few days' notice. Many centres are also likely to face financial challenges, they say, operating at reduced capacity and with long-promised government […]