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The government of Ontario has announced a $10 million plan to identify, investigate and commemorate unmarked burial sites of former residential schools in the province. This comes just two weeks after the remains of more than 200 children were discovered on the site of a former residential school in British Columbia.

Border between Ontario and Quebec reopens Wednesday

Jun 15, 2021
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Effective Wednesday, the border between Ontario and Québec will be open to all traffic again. It was closed on April 19 to prevent the spread of variants of COVID-19.

The attack was horrendous: Three generations of a Muslim Canadian family killed, leaving a 9-year-old child orphaned.

The motive was horrific: Police say the pickup driver who mowed into them targeted them because of their faith.

Friends gathering for the family's janazah, or funeral prayer, on Saturday, say want the Afzaal family remembered as more than just victims of a heinous hate crime.

Fort Erie

On the north side of the Niagara River, the sun is out, the beer is cold and customers will start their weekend on the patios of bars and restaurants. Long-awaited, Ontario lifts months of COVID lockdown restrictions three days earlier than planned.

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The COVID lid comes off Ontario Friday. Three days early, restaurants, bars and tourist attractions can open their doors and outdoor patios again. However, the larger question is, when will non-essential travel start to flow again on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border.

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The remains of hundreds of Native American children were recently found in a mass grave at a residential school site in Canada. The U.S. also sent Native children to such schools and local Haudenosaunee people are still seeking justice.

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The Canada Border Services Agency says it's looking to hire a global technology firm to help develop a biometric strategy in response to evolving cross-border issues, including COVID-19.


Well into the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. border with Canada is still mostly closed, except for essential workers. On Sunday, however, Canada approved an exemption to facilitate the Stanley Cup semifinals.

Pathstone Mental Health

As students limp to the finish line of this school year, many are believed to be mentally beaten down by loneliness, lack of knowledge and problems trying to learn online, potentially in a home where there are siblings in the same fix. That is the result of a new study of 90,000 kids across the Niagara River in Ontario.

Canada's public health agency says people can mix COVID-19 vaccines if they want to, citing cases where local supply shortages or health concerns might otherwise prevent some from completing their two-dose vaccination regimen.

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford said Wednesday that schools will remain closed until September, but the announcement isn’t sitting well with everyone.

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Convicted Canadian teen killer and serial rapist Paul Bernardo is set to have another parole hearing this month.

Canada, California top least affordable housing markets

May 21, 2021
Oxford Economics

Where’s the most expensive place to live in North America? Stay away from Canada and California, according to a new report from Oxford Economics.

Doug Ford / Twitter

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has unveiled the plan for loosening the province’s tough coronavirus pandemic rules. The easing of restrictions will take place in three steps.

Canadian National Exhibition

Toronto has confirmed that all major events summer events for the city are cancelled. That means no Canadian National Exhibition and no Caribbean Carnival.


Greyhound Canada is permanently cutting all bus routes across the country, shutting down the intercity bus carrier's operations in Canada after nearly a century of service.

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People in Ontario will have to stay at home for at least another two weeks. The province has extended the stay-at-home order until June 2.

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COVID-19 daily case counts in Ontario have dropped significantly over the past week, but the provincial government is being advised to keep the stay-at-home order in effect beyond the May 20 expiration date. The pandemic restrictions could continue into June.

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Teachers unions are sounding the alarm bells in Ontario after the provincial government said it’s holding consultations that could lead to online learning becoming a permanent choice for families. The unions said the move would be extremely troubling.

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New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer made his first visit to St. Lawrence County as Majority Leader Wednesday. The Democrat called on the Biden Administration to hammer out a concrete plan with Canada for reopening the border.

Office of the Auditor General

Once again, the coronavirus pandemic has thrown a spotlight on Ontario’s long-term care homes. Two reports criticize the lack of action by the government, as well as existing problems in the homes, which left hundreds of residents and staff easy targets for the pandemic -- and they paid the ultimate price.

Canadians avoid COVID-19 restrictions by crossing border on foot

May 3, 2021
Joe Genco / Niagara Gazette

Canadian are required to follow strict travel requirements due to COVID-19, but not all travelers are following them.

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After weeks of pressure, Ontario has announced a program of paid sick leave benefits. It’s the latest move by Premier Doug Ford’s government to help curb the transmission of COVID-19.

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The premier of Ontario has offered an apology to the people of his province for what he called moving too fast last week in announcing new measures to curb the spread of COVID-19. He also offered hope for a measure that many labour leaders and health care experts have been demanding.

Canada added to U.S. 'Do Not Travel' list

Apr 22, 2021
U.S. State Department

Canada is among more than 100 countries added to the U.S. State Department's "Do Not Travel” advisory list.

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The temporary closure of the U.S.-Canada border to non-essential travel will continue for another month.

Doug Ford / Twitter

Ontario Premier Doug Ford ordered yet another set of restrictions Friday to try to curb the spread of the pandemic, but some of those measures ran into a firestorm of criticism, so much so that he had to reverse them.

Still, COVID-19 daily case counts in Ontario continue to sky rocket, reaching more than 4,000 a day over the weekend, and hospitals are filling up with COVID-19 patients. Ford admitted, the province is on the ropes.

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For the third time in a year, a lockdown was already in effect across Ontario, but on Friday, it became much more severe. The Ontario government announced strict, new enforcement measures of the existing stay-at-home order, travel restrictions and further strengthening of public health measures.

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With COVID-19 cases counts breaking records, Ontario is considering stricter measures. The province had a record-setting 4,736 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.

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The ban on non-essential travel between the United States and Canada is set to expire next week and Congressman Brian Higgins is urging the Department of Homeland Security to develop a comprehensive plan to reopen the border.