Niagara Falls, ON

There is a big push on both sides of the Niagara River to get economies going, particularly as warm weather starts, when ordinarily millions of tourists would be coming through.

The government of Ontario is asking education workers to voluntarily help fill staffing shortages in the fight against the COVID-19 virus. That includes at hospitals, long term care homes, shelters and other congregate facilities.


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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it is still too early for Canada to confront the challenges that will come with reopening the shared border with the United States.

As restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 persist, a new binational survey suggests more than half of Americans and Canadians find it stressful to venture out in public.

North Central Behavioral Health Services

A new poll from one of Canada's leading mental health organizations says Ontario residents are bracing for a mental health crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Province of Ontario

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has extended the province's state of emergency for another two weeks. At the same time, however, he also announced the slight easing of some restrictions.


Across Canada this week, provincial governments will begin to relax the restrictions from the COVID-19 lockdown. Ontario is allowing some businesses to reopen Monday.

NYS Attorney General's Office

The Canadian government is banning 1,500 assault-style weapons. The cabinet order that takes effect immediately doesn't forbid ownership, but it does ban the trade in military-style weapons.

Niagara Region

The human damage from the COVID-19 pandemic is also hitting our neighbors across the Niagara River, in the Regional Municipality of Niagara. The infection is still rising, approaching 500 cases.

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Ontario's elementary teachers have ratified their new contract with the provincial government.


Ontario Premier Doug Ford has released a three-stage framework to gradually ease some of the restrictions imposed to suppress the coronavirus.

Crisis Services Canada

Despite a surge in demand due to COVID-19, many distress centers across Canada are dangerously close to folding due to major declines in both volunteers and revenue.

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General Motors Canada is ramping up production at its Oshawa assembly plant, east of Toronto. It is not to produce cars, but face masks for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.


Ontario Premier Doug Ford's office confirms his 95-year-old mother-in-law -- who is in a long-term care home -- has tested positive for COVID-19.


Ontario Premier Doug Ford has asked Ottawa to send military personnel to help stop the spread of the coronavirus in the province’s long-term care homes. Ford said in a fight like this, nothing is left off the table.


Ontario Premier Doug Ford said he is facing pressure to ease restrictions in the province and reopen the economy. The pressure comes after new data suggests that the community spread of COVID-19 cases may have peaked in the province.

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Ontario health officials say the community spread of COVID-19 in Ontario appears to have peaked. They say restrictions such as physical distancing have moved up the peak to now, rather than in May, as predicted in earlier modelling.


Ontario has extended its state of emergency for another 28 days. The order closes non-essential businesses and child-care centers until May 12. Premier Doug Ford says Ontario's schools will not re-open on May 4.

Ontario has passed a new law extending the state of emergency from COVID-19, for another four weeks. Premier Doug Ford says his government is taking other actions, as well.

With the number of COVID-19 cases in Ontario passing the 5,000 mark, premier Doug Ford says the province needs to start testing everyone possible. Ontario is last among all the provinces for the number of people tested.


 Ontario premier Doug Ford says half a million N95 masks are to arrive in the province later this week. They were part of a shipment that was blocked from export by a White House order. 


Canadians will get more details Tuesday of the massive emergency wage subsidy program launched by the federal government - including the price tag.

Ontario premier Doug Ford is condemning the practice of price gouging during the COVID-19 pandemic and says individuals or businesses who price gouge could face staggering fines.

Rep. Brian Higgins (D-Buffalo) is blasting proposals in Washington to start sending American military to the U.S. border with Canada to help all of the federal agencies that now patrol the border.

Ontario's and Quebec's premiers are ordering non-essential businesses to close their workplaces by midnight Tuesday, provinces are contemplating closing their borders to each other, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has hinted that harsh measures might be used to keep people from gathering in groups.

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Canadians who believe they are engaged in essential travel but encounter difficulties getting across the Canada-U.S. border can call for help using a new hotline established by the Canada Border Services Agency.

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The number of confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in Canada rose to 1,472 by the end of Sunday, an increase of 141 over the previous 24 hours. And the country's death toll from the new virus rose to 21.

It's Monday, March 16, there are about 4,500 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States. I head to work, attend meetings. My daughter's school is closed for two weeks.

Ontario has launched e-learning for students stuck at home because of COVID-19. As Dan Karpenchuk reports, the e-learning website will include materials for students to continue their studies.

U.S., Mexico Planning To Restrict Border Crossing

Mar 20, 2020
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Originally published on March 20, 2020 3:52 am

U.S. and Mexican officials say that the two countries are working on an agreement to halt non-essential travel across their shared border while keeping vital trade links open, as part of an effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.