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Ontario Premier Doug Ford says a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic is coming. On Wednesday, Ford unveiled the first steps in his plan to prepare for it.

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A spike in the number of coronavirus cases in Ontario is leading some experts to say the province is close to a second wave of the pandemic. The upward trend began more than a week ago and the Ontario government is scrambling to introduce measures to combat the spread, including hefty fines for people who refuse to follow the health guidelines.

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Some of Ontario’s hospitals are sounding the alarm bells after the province recorded its highest number of COVID-19 cases in several months. Premier Doug Ford has not ruled out another shutdown after what he described as a disturbing spike in infections.

  

No more reopening in Ontario for another 28 days

Sep 9, 2020
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Ontario Premier Doug Ford said the province is putting the brakes on its reopening plans until October. The announcement comes after officials announced a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases over the long weekend.

Provincial prisons expanding in Eastern Ontario

Aug 31, 2020
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While the State of New York continues attempts to reduce the number of prisons, Ontario is increasing the size and number of correctional facilities in the eastern region of the province, neighboring New York.

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The Canadian federal and Ontario provincial governments are pouring billions of dollars into local governments buried in the financial turmoil of COVID-19 to prevent catastrophic effects on local governments.

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The Ontario government has unveiled its plan for how it will handle a possible COVID-19 outbreak in schools. Premier Doug Ford said his government is prepared to do whatever it takes to protect children.

Indigenous demonstrators have returned to the site of a housing development at the center of a land dispute in southern Ontario, the day after nine people were arrested following a violent clash with police.

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Canada’s largest school board has released plans for students returning in September. But there are concerns about the provincial government’s decision to keep classes the same size.

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While the numbers aren't huge, new COVID-19 cases in Ontario's Niagara Region are showing one trend: the cases are turning up in young people.

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford has announced that most of his province will move to the next stage of reopening at the end of the week. Toronto and a few other areas will have to wait.

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Ontario is set to introduce new legislation to enable the extension of some pandemic emergency orders over the next year.

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There was sharp criticism from Ontario Premier Doug Ford of the United States' handling of the coronavirus pandemic, with Ford describing some states' quick reopening as "reckless."


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The pandemic has been a lesson in how governments can be effective, or completely incompetent during a crisis. It has also been a big example of the need to balance rights and responsibilities. The past few days have made that apparent, as we are seeing the number of cases increase in the southern and western part of the United States.

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The debate over whether to wear masks as a protection against the coronavirus is heating up across Canada. There are growing calls to make masks mandatory, but that is not going to happen in Ontario.

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Following the many protests around the world against racism and police brutality in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, protests have also gained momentum to remove names and symbols associated with slavery or racism in history, and it has been having an impact in two eastern Ontario counties.

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Ontario's Niagara Region is included in areas of Ontario that will move on to Phase Two of the province's economic reopening plan this Friday. They will join the 24 regions that moved to Phase Two last Friday, which allow hair salons, malls, restaurant outdoor patios and other amenities to reopen. But singing is another story.

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Beginning Friday, more restrictions put in place in Ontario because of COVID-19 will begin to be relaxed. The province's premier has also announced a cautious restart of family visits to long-term care and retirement homes.

Ontario enters Phase 2 of reopening, except for the GTA

Jun 12, 2020

Ontario is finally entering Phase 2 of its reopening plan, meaning more businesses can open and the limit on gatherings is doubled. But the Toronto area will have to wait.


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Governments have been urging us to shelter at home to stop the spread of COVID-19. For the most vulnerable people that’s a challenge. But it's also an opportunity for human sex traffickers.


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Ontario has again extended the state of emergency because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The four-week extension follows another spike in coronavirus cases.


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Ontario is loosening some more of its COVID-19 restrictions.

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Four of the five Ontario long-term care homes that were the subject of a Canadian Armed Forces report detailing cockroach infestations, aggressive feeding and bleeding infections are being taken over by the provincial government.

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There was shock and anger in Ontario Tuesday after a Canadian military report threw a spotlight on deplorable conditions at five long-term care homes in the province during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Usually, this would be the time when there are bonfires on the beaches on the Canadian shore of Lake Erie, traffic building on the Peace Bridge and people talking about Sherkston. Not this year.

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The U.S. and Canada have extended an order closing their shared border to nonessential traffic. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the decision Tuesday, prolonging for a second time an agreement was initially reached in March.

The move delays the border's reopening by another 30 days, until June 21. The prime minister also made clear that another delay after that may well be in the cards.

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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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.

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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.


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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.

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