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Report urges northern Ontario to focus on attracting, retaining newcomers

Jan 14 2021 — Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Communities in northern Ontario should be inclusive and make newcomers feel welcome if they want to help bolster dwindling populations, a newly released report urges.  The Come North report, which is the product of two conferences held by the Northern Policy Institute last February, suggests the communities develop a "co-ordinated marketing plan" to […]

Report urges northern Ontario to focus on attracting, retaining newcomers

Jan 14 2021 — Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Communities in northern Ontario should be inclusive and make newcomers feel welcome if they want to help bolster dwindling populations, a newly released report urges.  The Come North report, which is the product of two conferences held by the Northern Policy Institute last February, suggests the communities develop a "co-ordinated marketing plan" to […]

Unions call for Ontario-wide extension of online learning

Jan 13 2021 — Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press — Two teachers unions are calling for a provincewide extension of online learning during Ontario's state of emergency, saying the current regional approach doesn't do enough to protect students or teachers from the ravages of COVID-19.  The presidents of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Association say that while they […]

Record-high COVID-19 hospitalizations strain southwestern Ontario health-care system

Jan 6 2021 — Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press — A southwestern Ontario hospital grappling with record-high COVID-19 admissions was cancelling surgeries and transferring patients to other facilities this week while another scrapped procedures to free up staff who could care for the gravely ill. The capacity crunch due to rising cases of the novel coronavirus had the head of a group representing Ontario's hospitals […]

More provinces administer first COVID-19 vaccines as cases mount

Dec 16 2020 — Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press — Canada's vaccine rollout reached four more provinces on Wednesday, with health-care workers being inoculated against COVID-19 as officials warned hospitals in some areas are nearing a breaking point.  Nurses were first in line for the Pfizer-BioNTech shot in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, while Prince Edward Island administered the vaccine first to workers at […]