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Ontario’s nurses say COVID-19 pandemic highlights need for sweeping reforms

May 12 2020 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ontario's health-care system must shift its focus away from hospitals and towards strong community care for everyone if it hopes to stave off future crises like the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization representing the province's nurses said Tuesday as it called for urgent, sweeping reforms. The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario said hospitals were the […]

Pandemic highlights existing barriers for those with communication disabilities

May 7 2020 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted long-standing barriers preventing Canadians with communication disabilities from fully accessing the health-care system, according to advocates across the country who are calling for governments to address the issue. Organizations and individuals point to recent cases in which disabled patients were denied access to crucial communication supports while in hospital, leaving them unable […]

Ontario garden centres frustrated by measures that only allow partial reopening

May 4 2020 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — One of the few industries granted permission to ease pandemic-related restrictions in Ontario voiced frustration on Monday, saying unclear rules around the operation of garden centres do little to offer economic relief. The Ontario government's first tentative steps toward reopening the economy involved releasing a short list of largely seasonal businesses cleared to resume operations. While landscaping and lawn […]

Farmers markets looking for ways to stay afloat during the pandemic

Apr 24 2020 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — Canada's farmers markets, traditionally reliant on bustling crowds paying cash for locally produced food, seem particularly ill-suited to the age of physical distancing. But those in the industry say business is surprisingly robust as they find ways to stay afloat in the present while hopefully modernizing the field for the future. Farmer Dave Kranenburg said he's never […]

Farmers markets looking for ways to stay afloat during the pandemic

Apr 24 2020 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — Canada's farmers markets, traditionally reliant on bustling crowds paying cash for locally produced food, seem particularly ill-suited to the age of physical distancing. But those in the industry say business is surprisingly robust as they find ways to stay afloat in the present while hopefully modernizing the field for the future. Farmer Dave Kranenburg said he's never […]

Canadians can’t relax yet despite progress in curbing COVID-19, officials say

Apr 20 2020 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — Canada's public health measures have helped bring the national COVID-19 outbreak further under control, medical officials said Monday even as they cautioned a return to pre-pandemic life may not be in the offing for some time. A handful of provinces reported stable numbers of new positive cases, while Ontario — one of the provinces hardest-hit by the virus — said community spread has likely peaked. […]

Regional approach to COVID-19 beginning as feds roll out new measures

Apr 17 2020 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — Regional disparities in Canada's COVID-19 crisis emerged with growing clarity on Friday, as some provinces celebrated relative success while the federal government rolled out new measures to help others still grappling with the pandemic. Government and medical officials said different parts of the country are experiencing the outbreak to varying degrees, with central provinces accounting for the […]

RV owners helping essential workers self-isolate, protect their family members

Apr 17 2020 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — The only thing Rick Siewierski finds harder than protecting himself from COVID-19 is keeping his pregnant wife safe from the virus too. The Ontario paramedic is positive he's been exposed to the highly contagious novel coronavirus, but is anxious about the prospect of deserting the family home in the final months before the couple welcomes their […]