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Ontario law to end clock changes will take effect if Quebec, New York follow

 

Ontario has decided to stop changing the clocks twice a year - if Quebec and New York State follow suit.

A bill introduced by Tory politician Jeremy Roberts passed in the legislature Wednesday.

The attorney general will have discretion to enact the legislation if the other two governments make a similar move.

Ontario records 1,478 new COVID-19 cases before releasing updated projections

 

TORONTO - Ontario is reporting 1,478 new cases of COVID-19 today, and 21 more deaths related to the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 572 of those cases are in Peel Region, and 356 are in Toronto.

Both regions are currently in the “lockdown” stage of the province's pandemic plan.

Half of Ontario hospitals in poor state of repair: report

 

A new report finds that almost half of Ontario's hospitals are in a poor state of repair.

That's far worse than the situation involving roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

The Financial Accountability Office estimates the province owns infrastructure worth about a quarter of a trillion dollars.

Overall, it says about one third is in poor repair.

Ontarians should celebrate holidays with own household only: government

 

TORONTO - Ontario residents should celebrate the upcoming winter holidays only with the people they live with, regardless of the COVID-19 situation in their region, the provincial government said Wednesday.

The province issued its initial guidance for the holiday period, saying it knows Ontarians are already making plans.

Champagne warns tough talk on China could hurt efforts to free Kovrig, Spavor

 

OTTAWA - Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne is warning that tough talk about China could hurt efforts to gain the release of two arbitrarily detained Canadians.

Testifying before the House of Commons Canada-China relations committee, Champagne is urging MPs not to give in to the temptation to tough talk that won't help Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig.