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Ford asks Ontario to ramp up COVID surveillance due to new variant

Ford asks Ontario to ramp up COVID surveillance due to new variant

TORONTO — Ontario Premier Doug Ford has asked public health officials to ramp up surveillance and plan for "all outcomes" in light of a new COVID-19 variant that's feared to be more transmissible.

Ontario reports 927 new COVID-19 cases, some health units reintroduce restrictions

Two public health units reintroduced restrictions Friday as Ontario reported its highest daily COVID-19 case count since the beginning of September.

Fashion mogul Peter Nygard has case put over for two weeks

TORONTO — Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard has had his case put over for another two weeks. Nygard, who faces sexual assault charges, did not appear at a routine hearing in a Toronto court on Friday morning.

Ontario police watchdog probing man's death after armed OPP interaction

Ontario’s police watchdog is investigating after a man died in an armed provincial police interaction near Bobcaygeon, Ont.
Ontario still in fourth virus wave, likely to continue through winter, top doc says

Ontario still in fourth virus wave, likely to continue through winter, top doc says

TORONTO — Ontario's rising COVID-19 infection curve is a continuation of the fourth wave that started earlier in September, and not the start of a fifth wave, the province's top doctor said Thursday as he warned that the upward trend would continue.

Holiday virus precautions depend on vaccination status, symptoms, Ontario says

Kids in Ontario should wear a mask when taking photos with Santa Claus this year and should try to visit him outdoors or virtually if possible.
Ontario will send rapid tests to hard-hit regions amid rising virus school shutdowns

Ontario will send rapid tests to hard-hit regions amid rising virus school shutdowns

TORONTO — Ontario is looking to send rapid tests to regions seeing high numbers of COVID-19 cases in schools, but the province's top doctor says they won't be distributed to all areas even as virus-related school dismissals rise. Dr.

First Nation says one person confirmed to have blastomycosis, more services needed

A First Nation in northern Ontario said Thursday that it requires additional services as it grapples with a suspected outbreak of lung infections in dozens of residents, including three deaths.
Mayor defends keeping groundhog weather guesser Wiarton Willie's death a secret

Mayor defends keeping groundhog weather guesser Wiarton Willie's death a secret

The mayor of a small Ontario town defended its decision to keep a famous weather-prognosticating groundhog's death a secret for about a year, saying she was protecting the "Wiarton Willie brand.

Doug Ford to hold housing affordability summit with Ontario city mayors next month

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is inviting municipal leaders to a summit on housing affordability. The meeting with Ford, Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark and the mayors and regional chairs of big cities is set for Dec. 16.
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