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Phasing out gas generation by 2030 would lead to blackouts, higher bills: IESO

Oct 7 2021 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Phasing out natural gas generation by 2030 would result in rotating blackouts and higher electricity bills, Ontario's electricity system operator said in a report released Thursday concluding that the move isn't possible on that timeline. The Independent Electricity System Operator examined the idea after 31 municipal councils in the province called for it […]

Ontario willing to discuss optometrist costs, but won’t write blank cheque: minister

Oct 6 2021 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario is willing to discuss optometrists' operating costs, but won't write them a "blank cheque," the health minister said Wednesday ahead of a rally by the eye care professionals. Optometrists across the province withdrew provincially insured eye services, including eye exams for children and seniors, more than a month ago in a funding […]

Ontario announces rapid testing for schools in areas with high COVID-19 transmission

Oct 5 2021 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario is rolling out a rapid COVID-19 testing program for schools in areas of the province with high transmission. The chief medical officer of health said Tuesday that rapid testing can help identify cases and prevent transmission in schools and licensed child-care centres. The tests will only be used for unvaccinated, asymptomatic children […]

NDP, Liberals to propose legislation to create safety zones around hospitals, schools

Oct 5 2021 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Both the Ontario NDP and the Liberals introduced proposed legislation Tuesday to create safety zones around institutions such as hospitals and schools to protect them from anti-vaccine harassment. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said people such as hospital workers and cancer patients shouldn't have to face organized anti-public health harassment. "Health-care workers shouldn't be […]

Ontario announces rapid testing for schools in areas with high COVID-19 transmission

Oct 5 2021 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario is rolling out a rapid COVID-19 testing program for schools in areas of the province with high transmission. The chief medical officer of health said Tuesday that rapid testing can help identify cases and prevent transmission in schools and licensed child-care centres. The tests will only be used for unvaccinated, asymptomatic children […]

Ontario focused on recovery, determined to avoid future lockdowns, throne speech says

Oct 4 2021 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Avoiding future lockdowns is Ontario's "ultimate goal," as laid out Monday in a throne speech that emphasized recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, but made no mention of child care or education. Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell delivered Premier Doug Ford's throne speech, marking the start of a new legislative session and the opportunity to present […]

‘Statistically curious’ that two Ford caucus members have medical exemptions: Horwath

Oct 4 2021 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — It's "statistically curious" that two of Ontario's 70 Progressive Conservative members of the legislature have medical exemptions for COVID-19 vaccines when those are supposed to be rare, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said Monday. The government announced late Friday that Lindsey Park, one of Premier Doug Ford's caucus members, had been stripped of her […]

Ontario focused on recovery, determined to avoid future lockdowns, throne speech says

Oct 4 2021 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Avoiding future lockdowns is Ontario's "ultimate goal," as laid out Monday in a throne speech that emphasized recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, but made no mention of child care or education. Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell delivered Premier Doug Ford's throne speech, marking the start of a new legislative session and the opportunity to present […]

Ontario focused on recovery, determined to avoid future lockdowns, throne speech says

Oct 4 2021 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Avoiding future lockdowns is Ontario's "ultimate goal," as laid out Monday in a throne speech that emphasized recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, but made no mention of child care or education. Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell delivered Premier Doug Ford's throne speech, marking the start of a new legislative session and the opportunity to present […]

Ontario is mandating vaccinations for long-term care staff

Oct 1 2021 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Staff at Ontario long-term care homes must be vaccinated against COVID-19, the government announced Friday, reversing a previous vaccine-or-test policy it defended as recently as a few weeks ago. Long-term care associations and opposition parties have been calling for the move, saying it was needed to protect vulnerable residents of the homes.  In […]

Ontario adding Indigenous curriculum content in early grades

Sep 29 2021 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario is planning to add Indigenous learning to the social studies curriculum for grades 1 to 3, the education minister announced ahead of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The social studies curriculum in grades 4 to 6 already includes Indigenous issues, as does the history curriculum for grades 7, 8 and […]