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 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. 

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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.

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.

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Adoptions are on hold and pet shelters across Canada are scrambling to make ends meet to take care of their animals due to COVID-19.

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Ontario is reporting the first death related to the COVID-19 virus.

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The premier of Ontario has declared a province-wide state of emergency because of the coronavirus pandemic.


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As a means to slow the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, Canada is closing its border to most foreigners beginning March 18, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday. U.S. citizens, however, are exempt.

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The Buffalo-Niagara region is home to the busiest land border crossings between the U.S. and Canada. With no current travel restrictions in place amid the COVID-19 pandemic, WBFO’s Kyle Mackie reports on precautions at the border and the atmosphere on either side.


Wife Of Canada's Trudeau Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Mar 13, 2020
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Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has tested positive for novel coronavirus, becoming the latest in a string of high-profile individuals to become infected with the potentially deadly pathogen.

In a statement on Thursday, the office of the prime minister said that Grégoire Trudeau began experiencing a low-grade fever and other mild flu-like symptoms the previous day and was subsequently tested.

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On both sides of the Niagara Gorge, tourism promoters are expecting a drop in overseas tourists because of COVID-19 and more domestic tourists arriving by car.


Canada's Prime Minister has created a new coronavirus committee to oversee the nation's response. PM Justin Trudeau said the cabinet-level committee will look at economic disruptions and health impacts of the new threat.

The number of coronavirus cases in Ontario has more than doubled in the past week, with the greatest number of new cases coming over the weekend. As of Tuesday, there were 20 confirmed cases in the province.


Public health officials in Ontario have confirmed a new presumptive positive case of coronavirus in Toronto. The patient is a woman in her twenties who is now recovering in isolation at home.


Ontario's public school teachers are planning a massive protest at the legislature Friday, as they're set to hold a joint, provincewide strike.

Ontario's newly-designed license plates just hit a speed bump. Call it plate-gate.

A little background: The Canadian province's new design was unveiled by the provincial government — led by center-right Ontario Premier Doug Ford — last year.

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Anti-pipeline protesters brought the Thousand Islands Bridge near Alexandria Bay and Clayton to a standstill for several hours on Monday afternoon.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced New York is suing the federal government over the decision to ban state residents from travel services programs to expedite travel across borders, including Global Entry and NEXUS cards.


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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced it will no longer let New York residents enroll in its "trusted traveler" cross-border programs, including Global Entry and NEXUS, because of concerns raised by New York State's new "Green Light" law.

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Ottawa says it is moving forward with a ban on single-use plastics across Canada, but the legislation won’t likely come into force until 2021.

Canadian health officials say more cases of the coronavirus north of the border would not be unexpected. On Monday morning, a second presumptive case was reported: the Ontario wife of the first man diagnosed with the respiratory illness. Still, health authorities insist the risk to Canadians remains low.

Hundreds of tech workers pack an auditorium for a recent networking event in Toronto. The evening's host glides around the room on a hoverboard, equal parts game show host and techie.

"Who here is new to Canada?" asks Jason Goldlist, the co-founder of TechToronto, an organization that helps newcomers navigate the city's fast-growing tech ecosystem.

Canada's Conservatives seeking new leader

Jan 19, 2020
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The race is on for Canada’s next top Tory. The Conservative Party of Canada, which presently forms Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition in the House of Commons, will select its new leader at a convention in Toronto on June 27.

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All four of Ontario's major teacher unions have now announced job action over what they say are stalled contract talks with the province.

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Lots of drugs, some jewelry and furs and a celebrity rapper made the list of Top 10 unique seizures and arrests by the Buffalo Field Office of U.S. Customs and Border Protection in 2019. The seizures represent the array of threats encountered in passenger and commercial traffic.

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