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Ontario chamber of commerce issues guidance for businesses on proof-of-vax protocols

Aug 24 2021 — Paola Loriggio — Ontario's chamber of commerce released a framework Tuesday for private sector businesses seeking to develop COVID-19 proof-of-vaccination protocols, a move it said aimed to provide support in the absence of government guidance. The organization – which represents more than 150 chambers of commerce and boards of trade in the province – said implementing proof-of-vaccination would […]

Long-term care residents get green light for social outings starting next week

Jun 3 2021 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — Ontario long-term care residents who have been fully immunized against COVID-19 will be able to go out for day-long and overnight outings starting next week. The province announced it will be relaxing restrictions starting next Wednesday, given the high level of vaccination in the long-term care sector and improvements in other public health […]

Ontario, Quebec lay out pandemic plans for schools

Jun 2 2021 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — Students in the two provinces hardest hit by COVID-19 should be able to experience a "normal" return to school in the fall, officials said Wednesday as other provinces and territories looked to loosen pandemic-related travel restrictions. Ontario and Quebec laid out their plans for schools Wednesday as they stressed the importance of vaccinations […]

Ontario government asks public to report pollution online through website

May 19 2021 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — The Ontario government is asking the public to report suspected pollution online in an effort to bolster enforcement, but critics say the move is a token gesture by a regime that has done little to help the environment. The new website, announced Wednesday, allows users to upload photos, videos and audio clips to […]

Group of police officers files constitutional challenge over Ontario pandemic rules

May 4 2021 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — A group of active and retired police officers from several forces has launched a legal challenge over Ontario's pandemic orders, alleging that enforcing the rules requires officers to breach their oath to uphold the constitution.Notice of the constitutional challenge was filed late last month on behalf of 19 officers, including two Toronto officers […]

Quebec tightens COVID-19 rules, Ontario considers more restrictions as cases surge

Mar 31 2021 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — Quebec moved to place three cities into lockdown and Ontario weighed stricter public health measures Wednesday as the two provinces hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic sought to combat a recent surge in cases. Quebec Premier Francois Legault announced schools and non-essential businesses will close in Quebec City, Levis and Gatineau for at […]

Allowing more people to eat indoors could spur super-spreader events, doctor warns

Mar 20 2021 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — As pandemic restrictions loosened for restaurants in several Ontario regions Saturday, at least one infectious disease expert warned that allowing more people to dine indoors amid the COVID-19 pandemic's third wave could lead to so-called super-spreader events. Dr. Andrew Morris, medical director of the Sinai Health System-University Health Network's antimicrobial stewardship program, said […]