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Suspension of Licence Renewal Requirements for Ontario Drivers 80 and Older Raises Concerns

A decision to waive vision tests and other screening typically required to renew driver’s licences for Ontarians aged 80 and over during the pandemic has some in the medical community raising concerns about the risks the move poses to those on the road.

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Ontario Government Expands COVID-19 Inspection Blitz of Big-Box Stores to More Cities

The Ontario government is expanding its “inspection blitz” of big-box stores to ensure they’re following COVID-19 guidelines this weekend. The workplace inspections, which started in the Greater… Read more »

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Tavares Scores Winner on Power Play, Leafs Beat Oilers 4-2

John Tavares scored the winner on a power play in the third period as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 on Friday. Adam Brooks,… Read more »

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Couple Charged After Travelling to Yukon to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

Yukon’s Minister of Community Services, John Streiker, says he’s outraged that a couple from outside the territory travelled to a remote community this week and received doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

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Ontario Recovers $11M Taken by Senior Civil Servant in Alleged COVID Fraud

A former senior employee with the Ontario government has repaid more than $11 million in COVID-19 benefits the province alleges he took fraudulently, his lawyer said on… Read more »

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Federal Public Safety Minister Suspends Sale of Decommissioned RCMP Vehicles

Federal Public Safety Minister Bill Blair has suspended the sale of decommissioned RCMP vehicles, two days after a man in Nova Scotia was arrested for allegedly impersonating an officer while driving a fake police car.

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Blood Thinners Help Moderate COVID Cases and May Reduce Strain on ICUs, Trials Show

Canadian scientists say blood thinners appear to prevent some moderate COVID-19 patients from deteriorating further, offering a “massive” advance in treatment they expect will ease suffering and… Read more »

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Feds Send Mobile Health Units to Ontario to Address Hospital Capacity Crunch

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ottawa is sending two mobile health units to the Greater Toronto Area to help address the strain COVID-19 is placing on hospitals…. Read more »

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New Advocacy Group Launches Pre-Election Ad Campaign Against O’Toole, Conservatives

A new third-party advocacy group is launching an ad campaign aimed at ensuring Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole never becomes prime minister.

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Canadian Olympic Boss Says IOC Plans to Go Ahead With Tokyo Games This Summer

The head of the Canadian Olympic Committee says the IOC remains committed to staging the Summer Games in Tokyo this summer. COC chief executive officer David Shoemaker… Read more »

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‘Almost Non-Existent’ Cold and Cough Season: P.E.I. Lozenge Plant Lays off 30 Workers

A lozenge plant in Prince Edward Island has laid off 30 workers, citing an “almost non-existent” cold and cough season amid COVID-19 restrictions. Island Abbey Foods says… Read more »

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Trudeau Speaks to Pfizer CEO as Delays to Vaccine Shipments Get Worse

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla by phone Thursday, the same day the company informed Canada delays to its shipments of COVID-19 vaccines… Read more »

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Quicks Facts About Julie Payette: Engineer, Astronaut, and Former Governor General

Here are quick facts about Julie Payette, who resigned as governor general on Thursday: Age: 57 Hometown: Montreal Education: Attended primary and secondary school in Montreal and earned an international… Read more »

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The Highlights — and Lowlights — of Julie Payette’s Tenure as Governor General

Oct. 2, 2017: Julie Payette is sworn in as Canada’s fourth female Governor General, taking over from David Johnston. Nov. 1, 2017: Payette takes on fake news… Read more »

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What Happens When the Governor General Resigns?

Some questions and answers about what happens when a governor general suddenly leaves office. Who does the job in the meantime? The usual term for a governor… Read more »

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Julie Payette Resigns as Governor General, Apologizes

Julie Payette resigned as Canada’s Governor General Thursday, saying that to protect the integrity of her office and for the good of the country, it was time… Read more »

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Halal Investing Gives Canadian Muslims Opportunity to Make Money in Line With Religious Values

Ahmed Najar only started investing two years ago after discovering a way to do so that aligns with his Muslim values. The 36-year-old lab researcher turned to… Read more »

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Ontario Opening Two New COVID-19 Isolation Centres in Brampton and Oshawa This Week

Ontario is opening a pair of new COVID-19 isolation centres this week to help people recover from the virus. The centres will open in Brampton and Oshawa,… Read more »

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Yet-To-Be Identified COVID Variant Detected at Ontario Long-Term Care Home ‘a True Concern:’ Public Health

Public health officials say a yet-to-be identified variant of COVID-19 found in a Barrie, Ont., long-term care home is very concerning. The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s… Read more »

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The Grey Tsunami: Number of Atlantic Canadians Over 75 Will Double in 20 Years

A new study says the number of seniors in Atlantic Canada will increase by 32 per cent over the next 20 years, putting added pressure on the… Read more »

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Changes in Indian Farm Laws Could Benefit Canada, Experts Say

Changes in India’s farm laws could potentially open up one of the world’s most populous markets and are being closely watched by Canada’s agricultural and economic sectors, say experts.

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CFIB Says More Than 200,000 Canadian Businesses Could Close Permanently During COVID-19 Crisis

More than 200,000 Canadian businesses could close permanently during the COVID-19 crisis, throwing millions of people out of work as the resurgence of the virus worsens across… Read more »

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Senior Hospital Staffer “Retires” After Family Member Vaccinated Without Appointment

A senior staff member at an Ontario hospital has retired after a relative was vaccinated against COVID-19 at a clinic intended for health-care workers. Headwaters Health Care… Read more »

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Care Home Residents Prioritized: Alberta Begins Second Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health says the province has begun administering second doses of the vaccine.