Toronto Public Health Investigates First Omicron Cases; Ontario reports 1,031 new COVID-19 infections

More cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 have surfaced in Toronto’s public health departments today as Ontario registered its highest daily number of cases in six months. 1,031 new cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the province, the first time the daily number has risen above a thousand since May 30. Nearly all … Read more

Toronto area health unit confirms case of Omicron COVID-19 variant

A Toronto-area health unit has confirmed a case of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, the fifth known case confirmed in the province. The Durham region’s health department says the person who tested positive is a close contact of a traveler who recently returned from a southern African country that Canada considers to be at high risk … Read more

Ontario confirms two more Omicron cases, Quebec confirms first case

Passengers wait to be tested at Pearson Airport in Toronto on Feb. 15, 2021. On Monday, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Kieran Moore called on the federal government to demand that all inbound travelers be tested for the Omicron variant. of COVID-19.CARLOS OSORIO / Reuters Two more cases of the Omicron variant have been … Read more

Vaccines will help protect Canadians from Omicron COVID-19 variant as new cases emerge, infectious disease experts say

Health workers wait for airline passengers on Feb. 19, 2021 at a COVID-19 testing center at Montreal’s Trudeau Airport.Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press Canadian infectious disease experts say vaccines will continue to provide some protection against the Omicron variant — that this new threat won’t return the country to the prime of the pandemic. So far, … Read more

BC extends state of emergency, restrictions on fuel and travel as ‘significant weather’ brings more challenges

A man uses an excavator next to a flooded farm in Abbotsford, BC, Nov. 29, 2021.JONATHAN HAYWARD/The Canadian Press British Columbia has extended a state of emergency to support flood recovery efforts, as well as orders restricting fuel purchases for non-essential vehicles and limiting travel along severely affected sections of the province’s compromised highways. Announcing … Read more

Ontario reports 927 new COVID-19 cases, five deaths

Ontario today reports 927 new cases of COVID-19 and five more deaths from the virus. The new figures are based on 33,901 completed tests. Health Secretary Christine Elliott says 494 of the new cases are in people who have not been fully vaccinated and 55 in people with unknown vaccination status. The county says 140 … Read more

Long way to go for BC as repairs to Coquihalla Highway, the main route between Vancouver and Kamloops, begin

A collapsed section of a bridge lies in water after severe flooding and landslides on the Coquihalla Highway south of Merritt, BC, as seen in an aerial view from a Canadian Forces reconnaissance flight on Nov. 22, 2021.DARYL DYCK/The Canadian Press British Columbians were given a sobering verdict on the immensity of the repairs needed … Read more

Ontario school boards will begin to return to a normal high school semester model next week

Ontario school boards are wasting little time reverting to a normal semester model, and some are resuming a normal class schedule starting next week. Starting Monday, both the Halton District School Board and the Niagara District School Board will revert to a traditional high school semester model, meaning they will take four courses a day. … Read more

Ontario optometrists to resume eye exams for children and seniors on Tuesday after months of withholding

Ontario’s optometrists and Prime Minister Doug Ford’s government are entering into formal negotiations over a funding dispute that has dragged on for nearly three months, with eye doctors agreeing to resume government-funded services for seniors and children in the meantime. The Ontario Association of Optometrists will “pause” its operations from Tuesday, the group said in … Read more

Ottawa deploys military to help flood BC

Damage caused by heavy rains and mudslides earlier this week is pictured along the Coquihalla Highway near Hope, BC, on Nov. 18.JONATHAN HAYWARD/The Canadian Press Members of the Canadian Forces are expected to begin construction Friday on a levee in the agricultural center of Abbotsford, BC, much of which is submerged after this week’s catastrophic … Read more