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Trudeau shuffles cabinet as Bains plans to retire from politics

 

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has conducted a small shuffle of his ministers before holing up later in the day for a cabinet retreat to plot strategy for the resumption of Parliament.

The shuffle is due to the departure of Navdeep Bains, who stepped down as innovation minister Tuesday and is not intending to run again in the next election.

Ontario Premier warns of ‘turbulent waters’ ahead

TORONTO - Premier Doug Ford warned that “turbulent waters” are ahead in the fight against COVID-19 on Sunday as Ontario set yet another single-day high for new diagnoses.

He said the health-care system is “on the brink” of being overwhelmed as cases of the novel coronavirus continue to soar in swaths of the province.

Ontario expands list of essential workers cleared to receive free child-care

 

TORONTO - RCMP officers, custodial and clerical education workers and postal staff are among the expanded list of essential workers cleared to receive free child-care while thousands of Ontario students attend school remotely in the coming weeks, the province's education minister announced Saturday.

Canadians win first qualifying matches for Aussie Open

 

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Canadians Eugenie Bouchard, Rebecca Marino and Peter Polansky have advanced to the second round of the Australian Open qualifying draw.

Bouchard, from Westmount, Que., beat Australia's Abbie Myers 6-2, 6-3 on Monday in the first round of the women's draw.

Marino, from Vancouver, defeated Jaqueline Cristian of Romania 6-4, 6-4.

Education key in overcoming health-care worker opposition to COVID-19 vaccine

 

TORONTO - A consensus appears to have developed that educating reluctant health-care workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 is better than trying to force them to get the shots.

While most of those on the pandemic front lines are eager to get their doses, a small but significant minority have indicated their opposition to mandatory vaccinations.

Decision on schools coming today as virus rates rise in children: Ford

 

TORONTO - Premier Doug Ford says the province will make an announcement later today on whether schools will reopen for many students next week.

Ford says he received new data Wednesday night that indicates COVID-19 positivity rates amongst children have been increasing.

He says that data has caused concern about the reopening of schools.