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Some long-term care homes can’t get insurance, could be force to close: association

Ontario’s long-term care homes are having trouble securing liability insurance for COVID-19, a situation that could force some of them to close, a group representing more than 70 per cent of the province’s homes says. The Ontario Long-Term Care Association says its homes are being offered new policies without a key provision: coverage for infectious...

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Fake news creates serious issues for battling pandemic, chief public health doc says

OTTAWA — Canada’s chief public health doctor is worried about the amount of false information being floated about the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Theresa Tam says when false information is spread — either intentionally or not — it does not help public health officials ensure the public has the information they need to make the right...

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Officials in Toronto and Montreal strike differing tones on COVID-19 in their cities

Health officials in Toronto and Montreal struck vastly different tones on the state of COVID-19 in their cities on Wednesday, with Toronto’s medical officer of health warning the Ontario capital could be following in the footsteps of hard-hit Europe. Dr. Eileen de Villa said she was concerned with a  one-day, 21-person rise in hospitalizations and...

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Travel restriction exemptions for international students take effect on October 20.

Amended travel restrictions will take effect on October 20, allowing international students to enter Canada if their designated learning institution (DLI) has an approved COVID-19 readiness plan in place. With primary responsibility for education and health care, provincial and territorial governments assess COVID-19 readiness plans that schools are putting in place. As part of their...

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City of Toronto supports strengthened restrictions to stop COVID-19 resurgence

“Toronto is at a critical moment in our battle against COVID-19. We need everyone to take action to help stop the spread of this relentless virus. We are following public health advice to confront this resurgence. We have worked with the federal and provincial governments to secure financial support for the businesses and residents who will be impacted by these measures. And I am making sure the City government does everything we can to help. If we all do the right thing during this 28-day pause, I am confident we can avoid a larger and longer lockdown, keep our schools open, and protect vulnerable residents including those in our long-term care homes.”

– Mayor John Tory