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Schools in only 7 southern Ont. regions to open in-person Monday, rest stay online

Jan 20 2021 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Schools in just seven public health units in southern Ontario will reopen to in-person learning on Monday while the rest will continue teaching students online, the province announced Wednesday.  The government did not say how long online learning would continue for the remaining public health units, which include Ottawa, London, Ont., Halton Region […]

Labour minister says 25 tickets issued in big-box store blitz, 242 stores inspected

Jan 20 2021 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ontario's labour minister says 25 tickets were issued during a weekend inspection blitz of big-box stores that found the majority were following public health rules. Monte McNaughton says the province ticketed stores for failing to enforce physical distancing and masking rules, and also for failing to have installed some plexi-glass barriers. He says […]

Ford appeals to U.S. president-elect Biden for help securing more COVID-19 vaccines

Jan 19 2021 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ontario's premier appealed directly to U.S. president-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday for help securing more COVID-19 vaccines, a request that came as the province learned it would receive none of the doses expected next week. Premier Doug Ford expressed frustration about a delivery slowdown of the Pfizer-BioNTech shot that means Ontario will receive […]

Doug Ford ousts Tory legislator who called for end to lockdown

Jan 15 2021 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Premier Doug Ford ousted a member of his government from caucus on Friday after the politician voiced his opposition to lockdowns.  In accusing legislator Roman Baber of spreading "misinformation" about the pandemic, Ford also barred him from running for the Progressive Conservatives in the 2022 election. The move came just hours after Baber, […]

Doug Ford ousts Tory legislator who called for end to lockdown

Jan 15 2021 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Premier Doug Ford ousted a member of his government from caucus on Friday after the politician voiced his opposition to lockdowns.  In accusing legislator Roman Baber of spreading "misinformation" about the pandemic, Ford also barred him from running for the Progressive Conservatives in the 2022 election. The move came just hours after Baber, […]