Coronavirus Christmas: Canadians should celebrate outdoors, virtually, experts say

As Canada continues to struggle to contain the second wave of the novel coronavirus pandemic, experts say the holiday season is going to look very different this year. “We know that it’s going to be a modified Christmas, it’s pretty clear that that’s going to be the case,” Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious diseases faculty… Continue reading Coronavirus Christmas: Canadians should celebrate outdoors, virtually, experts say

5 non-U.S. election stories you may have missed

The world’s eyes are on the United States as Americans head to the polls to elect their new president. Republican President Donald Trump is seeking another four years in office. He is up against Democratic challenger and former vice-president Joe Biden. You can follow our live blog for minute-by-minute updates and also keep track of… Continue reading 5 non-U.S. election stories you may have missed

Ottawa says coronavirus disability grant will be paid Friday after months-long delay

A long-delayed, one-time payment to Canadians with disabilities to help them financially during the coronavirus pandemic will finally be delivered starting Friday. The federal government says the tax-free payment up to $600 will arrive that day for Canadians who were deemed eligible by the end of September. Payments to other recipients may arrive in January… Continue reading Ottawa says coronavirus disability grant will be paid Friday after months-long delay

Budget officer seeks more transparency on $422B in loans distributed by Crown corporations

OTTAWA — The parliamentary budget officer says Crown corporations have handed out an estimated $422 billion in “liquidity support” to businesses since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Four Crown corporations account for roughly $236 billion in loans or deferrals handed out since the start of the pandemic to make it easier for businesses to… Continue reading Budget officer seeks more transparency on $422B in loans distributed by Crown corporations

How Western University’s largest COVID-19 cluster happened

Three households, one night at a club and a few other gatherings are responsible for the majority of the 28 novel coronavirus cases identified so far among Western University students, according to the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU). At a media briefing Thursday afternoon, medical officer of health Dr. Chris Mackie walked through the series of… Continue reading How Western University’s largest COVID-19 cluster happened

Canada accused of coronavirus vaccine ‘nationalism’ by health experts

More than 100 Canadian heath and policy experts say the federal government has succumbed to “vaccine nationalism” because it has pre-purchased tens of millions of vaccine doses from private companies. They are also critical of the government for not yet giving financial support to an international fund to help poor countries receive a COVID-19 vaccine… Continue reading Canada accused of coronavirus vaccine ‘nationalism’ by health experts

Developing coronavirus treatments ‘extremely important,’ experts say

As Canadians and the rest of the world await a vaccine for the novel coronavirus with bated breath, experts say it is imperative that other treatments for the respiratory illness also be developed. It is “extremely important” that good treatments for COVID-19 are developed because it’s unclear when a vaccine could be ready for public… Continue reading Developing coronavirus treatments ‘extremely important,’ experts say

Montreal company supplying North American markets with safety barriers

Operating with only half its staff, Montreal manufacturer IVC has managed to double its production during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Rivière-des-Prairies factory has sold over 50,000 units of its new clear protective safety guards across Canada. “Demand is huge and they want things in 48 hours,” IVC president Nick Vardaro said. Since mid-March, the… Continue reading Montreal company supplying North American markets with safety barriers

Hamilton reports 21 COVID-19 deaths, second outbreak at Heritage Green

Hamilton, Ont., reported its 21st death connected to COVID-19 on Monday. The latest death was an 82-year-old man in the community with no connection to a long-term care home or retirement residence, according to public health. Meanwhile, the city’s medical officer of health said a second outbreak has been declared at Heritage Green Nursing Home… Continue reading Hamilton reports 21 COVID-19 deaths, second outbreak at Heritage Green

Coronavirus: What we know about Quebec’s plan to reopen elementary schools, daycares

The Quebec government has unveiled its long-awaited education plan after all establishments were closed to slow the spread of COVID-19. The progressive reopening comes after the province ordered all academic institutions to close in the middle of March. Here is what we know about how that will work. Who is going back to school and… Continue reading Coronavirus: What we know about Quebec’s plan to reopen elementary schools, daycares

Hamilton, Ont., city staff to begin framework for relaxing coronavirus restrictions: mayor

Mayor Fred Eisenberger says city staff are “turning” their minds to the relaxing of current emergency orders that have shut down much of Hamilton amid the coronavirus pandemic. In an interview on Global News Radio Friday morning, Eisenberger said public health and the province will guide many of the decisions for the city when it… Continue reading Hamilton, Ont., city staff to begin framework for relaxing coronavirus restrictions: mayor

Kingston academics, health professionals join forces for ‘Code Life’ ventilator challenge

It’s an undertaking with plenty of meaning, especially during these times. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, faculty and students at Queen’s University have joined forces with health professionals from Kingston’s Health Sciences Centre to take on the “Code Life” ventilator challenge. The challenge is a two week-sprint created by the Montreal General Hospital… Continue reading Kingston academics, health professionals join forces for ‘Code Life’ ventilator challenge

Rick Zamperin: Coronavirus pandemic has sports fans crying ‘uncle!’

Just over three weeks ago, the NBA became the first of North America’s four major professional sports leagues to announce the suspension of its season due to the coronavirus pandemic. The NHL, Major League Baseball, the MLS, the PGA Tour, Wimbledon and a litany of other leagues and events have all followed suit in an… Continue reading Rick Zamperin: Coronavirus pandemic has sports fans crying ‘uncle!’

Coronavirus: Oshawa, Ont., grocery store employee diagnosed with COVID-19 dies in hospital

A man in his 40s who worked at an Oshawa Real Canadian Superstore location has died after becoming ill with coronavirus. Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Ontario’s associate medical officer of health, confirmed the news during an update at Queen’s Park on Thursday. The employee’s diagnosis was first announced by Galen Weston, the executive chairman of Loblaw… Continue reading Coronavirus: Oshawa, Ont., grocery store employee diagnosed with COVID-19 dies in hospital

Coronavirus: New city tipline looks to crack down on Londoners violating COVID-19 orders

Are you a non-essential business defying government orders to close amid the COVID-19 pandemic? How about a Londoner going to the grocery store despite recently testing positive? Or maybe a traveller failing to self-quarantine for two weeks after returning from south of the border? If you’re any or all of these things, the city has… Continue reading Coronavirus: New city tipline looks to crack down on Londoners violating COVID-19 orders

Coronavirus: Hydro One announces further support for customers, suspends late payments

Hydro One announced additional support for its customers amid the worsening coronavirus pandemic on Friday. The company said it would be suspending late payments for customers as well as returning almost $5 million in security deposits to over 4,000 businesses. In line with the Ontario government relief program, Hydro One said late payments would be… Continue reading Coronavirus: Hydro One announces further support for customers, suspends late payments

Western University epidemiologist outlines lack of supply, delay in results for COVID-19 tests

Western University professor and epidemiologist Greta Bauer, who herself has been waiting 11 days for the results of her COVID-19 test, is urging everyone who has any symptoms to act as though they are already infected. “We’re not, at this point in the epidemic, going to have enough tests for everybody.” “It’s really important that… Continue reading Western University epidemiologist outlines lack of supply, delay in results for COVID-19 tests

First positive COVID-19 case confirmed in Oxford County, Ont.

Ontario’s Southwestern Public Health has confirmed a second positive case of COVID-19 in the region, the first in Oxford County. Public Health says the Oxford County man, who is in his 30s, had been in close contact with someone outside the region who also has the virus. “We are following up with any contacts of… Continue reading First positive COVID-19 case confirmed in Oxford County, Ont.

New app, website developed to help Hamiltonians fight spread of coronavirus

A Hamilton-based technology company has developed an app and website in hopes of helping to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. In partnership with the Hamilton Academy of Medicine, Lumedi Inc. has developed Community Watch, an app and website, at no cost to the city or its users. While handwashing and social distancing are… Continue reading New app, website developed to help Hamiltonians fight spread of coronavirus

Coronavirus quarantine at Saskatoon Correctional Centre reaches one week

The Saskatoon Correctional Centre’s novel coronavirus quarantine hit the one-week mark Tuesday as officials considered options to fight COVID-19. On March 10, nearly 160 inmates went into quarantine after one offender said he came into contact with someone who had the virus. Six of the jail’s 13 living areas were quarantined at the time. During… Continue reading Coronavirus quarantine at Saskatoon Correctional Centre reaches one week

Coronavirus: Canadian company announces COVID-19 vaccine candidate

A Canadian company says it has made a breakthrough in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak, claiming to have developed a COVID-19 vaccine candidate that could begin human testing as early as this summer. Quebec City-based Medicago said it has produced a virus-like particle of the novel coronavirus, a first step towards producing a vaccine,… Continue reading Coronavirus: Canadian company announces COVID-19 vaccine candidate