National Newswatch

Ontario rejects efforts on paid sick leave, says expanding police power was mistake

Apr 19 2021 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The Ontario government rejected efforts to support essential workers with paid sick leave Monday while admitting its now-reversed moves to close playgrounds and grant police sweeping enforcement powers had been a mistake.  Health experts and advocates have been calling on the government to bring in paid sick days and shut down non-essential workplaces […]

Ontario rejects efforts on paid sick leave, says expanding police power was mistake

Apr 19 2021 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The Ontario government rejected efforts to support essential workers with paid sick leave Monday while admitting its now-reversed moves to close playgrounds and grant police sweeping enforcement powers had been a mistake.  Health experts and advocates have been calling on the government to bring in paid sick days and shut down non-essential workplaces […]

Community groups to organize COVID-19 vaccines for 18+ residents in hot spots

Apr 13 2021 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Community groups and large employers will be enlisted to organize COVID-19 vaccine clinics for residents 18 and older in certain "high risk" neighbourhoods, the Ontario government said Tuesday as it defended its immunization plan.The specifics came days after Premier Doug Ford said all adults in certain priority postal codes would be eligible for […]

Ontario issues emergency orders to bolster hospital capacity as cases soar

Apr 9 2021 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ontario will allow hospitals to transfer patients without their consent and redeploy home-care workers to the facilities as the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units hits new highs.The government issued two new emergency orders Friday evening – which are effective immediately – to address the capacity crunch many hospitals are facing. […]