By Morgan LowrieTHE CANADIAN PRESS Several provinces were preparing to loosen COVID-19 restrictions on Sunday, as Canada’s chief public health officer expressed optimism over vaccines ahead of the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 crisis. The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic last March 11, and Chief Public Health Officer […]

THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA – A new poll suggests most Canadians believe there’s still a long way to go to achieve gender equality in this country. The poll results themselves underscore the challenge, with women far more likely than men to say equality remains elusive in a host of fields. […]

By Bill GravelandTHE CANADIAN PRESS A pork processing plant in central Alberta has announced it has been given the green light to gradually reopen after a COVID-19 outbreak forced it to shut down for two weeks. The Olymel facility in Red Deer, Alta., shut down Feb. 15 due to the […]

Several school boards have already pulled the books from shelves THE CANADIAN PRESS Canadian librarians and educators are reassessing several Dr. Seuss titles that are being pulled from publication because of racist and insensitive imagery. The business that preserves the legacy of Dr. Seuss says it’s ceasing sales of six […]

By Holly McKenzie-SutterTHE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO – Some Ontario seniors braved frigid temperatures Monday to get a COVID-19 vaccine as several regions in the province moved ahead with their plans to vaccinate the general public. With the broad launch of a provincial booking portal still two weeks away, some local […]

THE CANADIAN PRESS BARRIE, Ont. – Highway 400 has reopened in both directions after bring closed for hours due to whiteout conditions and a series of collisions. Ontario Provincial Police announced the lanes had reopened around 9 p.m. Monday. Police shut down the major artery Monday afternoon from Highway 88 […]

By Camille BainsTHE CANADIAN PRESS VANCOUVER – Essential workers who are more likely to contract and transmit COVID-19 should be prioritized for immunization with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine now that a national panel is not recommending it for seniors, two experts say. Caroline Colijn, a COVID-19 modeller and mathematician at Simon […]

THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO – Ontario reached the sobering milestone of 300,000 COVID-19 infections today after reporting 1,062 new infections and 20 more deaths linked to the virus. Today’s figures bring the province’s total case count to 300,816 since the onset of the pandemic. Health Minister Christine Elliott says Toronto […]

CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO – The verdict in Toronto’s van attack trial will be broadcast on YouTube on Wednesday. Alek Minassian has pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 of second-degree murder. He argues he should be found not criminally responsible due to his autism spectrum disorder. […]

By Shawn JeffordsTHE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO – Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout could look different in each of its 34 public health units as the province receives more doses in the coming weeks, the government said Monday. Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said Ontario is “empowering” local health units to draw up […]

THE CANADIAN PRESS A new survey suggests the pandemic has placed significant pressure on principals at Ontario’s schools, with those at virtual schools feeling the most stressed. The advocacy group People for Education surveyed principals at 1,173 schools across the province, including 906 in-person, 226 hybrid, and 41 virtual schools. […]