COVID-19 Ontario

Coronavirus: Schools in Ontario’s big cities stay the course while New York City closes buildings

Coronavirus: Schools in Ontario’s big cities stay the course while New York City closes buildings

With New York City hitting the three-per-cent threshold in its seven-day COVID-19 test positivity rate, state and city officials made good on promised measures to move all students still participating in in-class learning to remote schooling as buildings across the city are closed. “It’s a tough day, it was …

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Coronavirus: Two-thirds of children at SickKids hospital have missed surgery target ‘window’ – Toronto

Coronavirus: Two-thirds of children at SickKids hospital have missed surgery target ‘window’ - Toronto

SickKids hospital is experiencing a major backlog in pediatric surgeries with approximately two-thirds of its patients on its waiting list missing the target “window” for their operations, an increase of 40 per cent in the last 18 months at Canada’s largest pediatric hospital. Associate chief of surgery, Dr. Simon …

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Opening of state-of-the-art Vaughan hospital to help with surgical backlog caused by coronavirus

One of the emergency department screening terminals inside Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital.

At the northwest corner of Jane Street and Major Mackenzie Drive in Vaughan is a mammoth medical facility years in the making, but the Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital is now just months away from opening. At a time when hospitals across Canada are being overwhelmed by capacity issues brought on …

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Coronavirus: Critics say Bill 218 will shield Ontario long-term care homes from lawsuits

Coronavirus: Critics say Bill 218 will shield Ontario long-term care homes from lawsuits

A controversial piece of legislation allowing for greater protection of Ontario long-term care providers when it comes to liability claims has passed at Queen’s Park. Bill 218 had its third and final reading on Monday and was voted through. It will bar any COVID-19 exposure-related claim against a long-term …

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Health experts push for ‘aggressive’ strategy called #COVIDZero to stamp out coronavirus

Health experts push for ‘aggressive’ strategy called #COVIDZero to stamp out coronavirus

Health experts who have been critical of Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s approach in curbing the spread of COVID-19 are now banding together to push for a more ‘aggressive’ strategy that would see more restrictions for a longer period of time. The #COVIDZero strategy, compared to ‘ripping off a band-aid’, …

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‘Staff are in shock’: Documents reveal chaos inside Ontario nursing home during COVID-19 outbreak

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At 9:29 a.m. on March 17, a nurse identified in records as Yan Anonymous phoned York Region Public Health to report that six residents at the Markhaven Home for Seniors were sick. Three days later, swab tests confirmed the worst: the COVID-19 pandemic that was circling the globe had entered …

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Coronavirus: Many Toronto business owners, employees confused over new colour-coded system – Toronto

Coronavirus: Many Toronto business owners, employees confused over new colour-coded system - Toronto

The province’s new colour-coded system to classify each of Ontario’s public health units is causing more confusion than clarity for many, including a number of business owners like Jim Solomon of Hone Fitness who are struggling to keep up with the ever-changing COVID-19 restrictions. “It was very confusing. I …

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Ontario earmarks $5M for COVID-19-hit agricultural, horticultural societies

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Ontario’s agricultural and horticultural societies are getting a $5-million boost from the province to counterbalance revenue lost as a result of fall fairs being cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The news was announced Monday by Ernie Hardeman, the province’s minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs and Oxford …

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Ontario budget: OLG expected to see $2.1B drop in revenue, cannabis sales jump

Ontario budget: OLG expected to see $2.1B drop in revenue, cannabis sales jump

As the provincial government wrestles with a $38.5-billion deficit in its budget, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is forecast to see a major drop in revenue. According to revenue projections published by the Ontario government on Thursday, OLG is forecast to only make $200 million in revenue …

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Ontario parents launch consultation on Ford government’s coronavirus pandemic education plan

Ontario parents launch consultation on Ford government’s coronavirus pandemic education plan

Parent representatives from two education advocacy groups, Ontario Families for Public Education and the Ontario Parent Action Network, have launched a public consultation on the province’s coronavirus pandemic education plan. The groups are encouraging families across the province to complete an online survey about their experiences since returning to …

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