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Ontario science advisory group recommends extra curriculars resume, schools stay open

Jul 19 2021 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario's science advisory table is recommending a much different school year, with the return of extracurriculars, loosening masking, distancing and cohorting rules when risk is low, and closing schools only in catastrophic scenarios. "The physical, emotional, and developmental health of children and youth has been deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions […]

Patchwork of hospital visitor restrictions in place across Ontario

Jul 18 2021 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — The last time Elisha Lemoire saw her father in person, she dropped him off at the hospital for surgery, hugged him and told him, "I love you. You've got this." But that was six weeks ago, and complications that led to a massive stroke have left her father in Kingston General Hospital since […]

Patchwork of hospital visitor restrictions in place across Ontario

Jul 18 2021 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — The last time Elisha Lemoire saw her father in person, she dropped him off at the hospital for surgery, hugged him and told him, "I love you. You've got this." But that was six weeks ago, and complications that led to a massive stroke have left her father in Kingston General Hospital since […]

Ontario removes anti-racism language from math curriculum preamble

Jul 14 2021 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario has removed language about racism and colonialism from text accompanying its math curriculum. The government would not confirm when the changes were made, but they appear to have followed the publication of recent media reports that highlighted a section referring to the content, context and importance of math as subjective. It had […]

Ontario removes anti-racism language from math curriculum preamble

Jul 14 2021 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario has removed language about racism and colonialism from text accompanying its math curriculum. The government would not confirm when the changes were made, but they appear to have followed the publication of recent media reports that highlighted a section referring to the content, context and importance of math as subjective. It had […]

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 […]