National Newswatch

Child-care providers say Ontario government’s efforts to help falling far short

Jun 30 2020 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The Ontario government risks gutting the child-care sector if it doesn't begin funnelling promised funds to beleaguered daycare centres that were shut down due to COVID-19, the organization representing the industry said Tuesday as the province's premier pledged to look into the matter. An open letter from the Association of Day Care Operators of Ontario, which represents the […]

New transport rules for disabled travellers a step forward but not enough: advocates

Jun 26 2020 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — New rules aimed at making travel within Canada safer and more accessible for people with disabilities mark a welcome step forward but don't yet go far enough to removing long-standing barriers, advocates said Thursday as the new regulations officially came into effect. The reforms drafted by the Canadian Transportation Agency spell out rules governing most […]

Police launch investigation after racist flyers appear in Waterloo, Ont., mailboxes

Jun 24 2020 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — A criminal investigation got underway on Wednesday after racist flyers openly attacking Black people were anonymously distributed to local homes, according to a southern Ontario police force. Waterloo Regional Police said the force's hate crime unit launched the probe hours after first learning of the pamphlets, which they alleged were left in mailboxes and on front steps […]

Education minister pledges to make changes at Peel District School Board

Jun 8 2020 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — Ontario's education minister says he's prepared to make changes at a Toronto-area school board struggling with allegations of systemic racism if the organization can't take action on its own. Stephen Lecce says a recently completed report on the Peel District School Board, serving ethnically diverse municipalities west of Toronto, suggests the organization is not committed […]

Groups say Ontario emergency orders to fight pandemic violate privacy

Jun 3 2020 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — Advocates and legal experts are raising concerns about potential privacy violations in the emergency orders the Ontario government has implemented to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The orders, which are currently in place until June 9 but will likely be extended further, allow first responders to access personal health details of residents who have tested positive […]