Proposed changes to Ontario's election laws introduced Thursday by the Progressive Conservatives were slammed by the Opposition as an attempt to silence critics amid mounting failures in the province's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ontario's Commission into long-term care tore into the province's top public health official during a hearing this week, where he conceded homes could not evacuate healthy patients to anywhere but a hospital, were not warned of asymptomatic spread early on and sometimes got positive COVID-19 test results by mail.
A Vaughan elementary school will move to remote-only instruction for this week and next week after nearly a quarter of its teachers were ordered to self-isolate following a positive COVID-19 case at the school.
Ontario’s online portal where people from the general population can book their COVID-19 vaccine appointment will be launched on March 15, and will start by allowing people 80 and over to register first.
Ontario Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca says that York Region should have remained under the provincial shut down and stay-at-home orders for another two weeks, after malls and businesses in the region were swarmed with shoppers on the first day of the economic re-opening.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford defended his government’s decision to invest $2.5 million in wearable contact tracing technology that will beep or buzz to notify users if they are too close to another person, saying that the deal should yield a “good return on investment.”
Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination plan is being splintered off into 34 different sets of delivery models, as the province tasks each local public health unit with creating their own strategy for administering the vaccine to residents of their regions.
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said Premier Doug Ford owes an apology to every woman in Ontario for hurling what she calls a sexist remark at her during a heated exchange over the government’s plan to reopen the province.