Category Archives: Ontario/Quebec

No ‘marriage tax’ for Ontario despite suggestions to the contrary, government says

TORONTO — Accusations the Ontario government is looking to slap a tax on marriage by shutting down the ability to take on the surname of a spouse is based on misinformation, the province said Thursday. The Ford government's planned amendments to

Ontario seems to be moving away from worst-case scenario in COVID 2nd wave: officials

TORONTO — New projections suggest the growth of the COVID-19 pandemic is slowing in Ontario even though cases remain on the rise, health officials said Thursday as they warned the situation could quickly worsen again.The latest modelling shows the prov...

Ford says Ontario’s COVID-19 numbers ‘moving in right direction’

TORONTO — Ontario's newest COVID-19 projections will show numbers "moving in the right direction," Premier Doug Ford said Wednesday as he warned residents not to ease up on physical distancing and other health measures.  The premier said new model...

Focus on infrastructure, involve community to fix reserve water issues: observers

The evacuation of a remote Ontario First Nation over the latest development in a decades-long water crisis has highlighted the need to focus on reserve water infrastructure systems as a whole and involve community members in managing them, observers sa...

Ontario ponders end to six-month abstinence requirement for liver transplants

TORONTO — A contentious requirement that would-be liver transplant recipients stay away from alcohol for six months could be scrapped, according to a new recommendation before the agency that runs Ontario's organ transplant system.In a letter announcin...

Liberals criticized for suggesting Quebec’s COVID response leading to social unrest

MONTREAL — Opposition parties are being irresponsible for suggesting government efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 could lead to civil disobedience, Quebec's deputy premier said Wednesday. All of Quebec's political parties have the same enemy: the ...

Oosterhoff party was ‘reminded several times’ to follow COVID rules, restaurant says

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — A southern Ontario restaurant says members of a recent private party that included a provincial politician ignored pandemic-related safety guidelines. In a post on its Facebook page this week, Betty's Restaurant in Niagara Falls, ...

Legault defends government against opposition claim that ‘social peace’ threatened

MONTREAL — Quebec Premier Francois Legault defended his government Tuesday against an opposition charge that mixed messaging around public health restrictions is sowing unrest. Governments around the world, he said, are encountering pushback as they li...

Ontario long-term care commission will grant workers anonymity

TORONTO — Staff at Ontario's nursing homes can now be granted anonymity when testifying for a commission examining how COVID-19 spread in the province's long-term care system, the government said Tuesday as it moved to shield the workers from reprisal....

Thanksgiving festivities affecting COVID-19 numbers in Ontario, Manitoba: officials

Health officials in Ontario and Manitoba are pointing to recent Thanksgiving celebrations as they continue to see high numbers of new COVID-19 infections despite strengthening restrictions in hot spot areas. In Ontario, where new cases reached a peak o...