Category Archives: Ontario/Quebec

If COVID vaccines ‘essential,’ Canadians could get shots in U.S. and no quarantine

TORONTO — Canadian residents should be able to head to the United States for COVID-19 vaccinations and be exempt from mandatory quarantine on return if health authorities here deem the shots medically necessary, a hospital CEO said on Friday. Although ...

Toronto cancels major in-person events through Labour Day, including CNE

Toronto has cancelled major in-person events through to Labour Day in an effort to protect against the spread of COVID-19, a move the Canadian National Exhibition says could put its future in jeopardy.  The CNE took a financial hit of $6

Ontario’s full vaccination target may be hard to reach: experts

TORONTO — Medical experts say Ontario will have to significantly scale up its vaccination effort to achieve its goal of fully inoculating all willing adults against COVID-19 by the end of the summer. They say the province will need far more

Ottawa and Ontario to spend $3.4 billion to build Hamilton light-rail transit

TORONTO — Ottawa and Ontario say they will spend $3.4 billion to build a light-rail transit line in Hamilton. The federal and provincial governments announced they will each contribute $1.7 billion to the 14-kilometre line to advance the "shovel-ready"...

Audit flags issues with tracking Ontario pandemic pay program, other COVID costs

TORONTO — The Ontario government failed to properly track billions of dollars in COVID-19 relief funds, including for high-profile programs like pay increases for front-line workers, an audit of pandemic-related health spending has found. The report, t...

Ontario to spend $340,000 to tackle anti-Asian hate in schools

TORONTO — The Ontario government is putting up $340,000 to help tackle anti-Asian racism in classrooms. The province says the pandemic has sparked a surge in discrimination and hate crimes against people of Asian descent in Canada. It says the money wi...

Mental health hospitalizations involving young people in Quebec rise during pandemic

MONTREAL — The number of Quebecers aged 12 to 17 admitted to hospital for mental health reasons following an emergency room visit increased 40 per cent in January and February over the same period last year. That's according to a new

Ontario could reopen more outdoor spaces, science table adviser says

TORONTO — Ontario could safely reopen many outdoor recreational facilities even if it extends a stay-at-home order next week, the province's science advisers said Tuesday. The scientific director of Ontario's COVID-19 Science Advisory Table said outdoo...

Feds invest $12B in Ontario public transit projects in GTHA

TORONTO — Ontario and the federal government have struck an agreement that will see Ottawa kick in $12 billion to help build several transit projects in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area over the next decade.  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said

Hospital in Windsor, Ont., applies to access surplus COVID-19 vaccines from Detroit

TORONTO — A hospital in the border city of Windsor, Ont., has asked the federal government for special permission to access surplus COVID-19 vaccines in neighbouring Michigan, its CEO said on Tuesday. The application under an existing program allows He...