By Willow Fiddler
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

People flying to more than a dozen remote First Nations in Northern Ontario are being screened for COVID-19 with rapid antigen testing prior to boarding as one airline ramps up its safety protocols on passenger flights. North Star Air provides passenger, cargo and charter service to 54 remote locations in […]

THE CANADIAN PRESS

Schools in Peel Region are closed for in-person learning starting today. Dr. Lawrence Loh, the region’s medical officer of health, has ordered schools in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga to move classes online. The closure will remain in place until April 18 and Loh says it may be extended if necessary. […]

BRUSSELS – Despite its flagging vaccination drive, the European Union said Tuesday it is still on target to reach what it calls “sufficient community immunity” by the end of June. The European Commission has said it wants to have vaccinated a minimum 70% of the entire adult population by the […]

By David Friend
THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Ontario concert venue owners are facing another setback after the provincial government outlawed live streaming shows for the second time this year under the latest COVID-19 restrictions. Doug Ford’s “emergency brake” plan, introduced on Thursday, prohibits virtual shows in empty concert halls for the next four weeks, even […]

By Natali Trivuncic
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
ntrivuncic@fortfrances.com

Variants of concern continue to spread and pose a risk in the community according to a statement issued by the Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) on Sunday. Cases of the COVID-19 UK variant have been found in both the Dryden and Kenora regions. The statement did not provide the number of […]

Press release

As we approach spring break, the northern Medical Officers of Health are asking all community members in northern Ontario to work together to prevent another surge in COVID-19. In many parts of northern Ontario, COVID-19 infection rates have been at some of the highest levels since the pandemic began. COVID-19 […]

By Denise Paglinawan
THE CANADIAN PRESS

Shutdown impacing salons, retaurants and gyms as province tries to tame rising variant numbers Ontario’s daily COVID-19 case count surged back up over the 3,000 mark on Saturday, hours after a new provincewide “shutdown” took effect in a move meant to bring soaring infection rates back under control. The measures, […]

TORONTO —The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is imposing a provincewide emergency brake as a result of an alarming surge  in case numbers and COVID-19 hospitalizations across the province. The provincewide emergency brake will be effective Saturday, April 3, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. […]

THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – The Canadian Press has learned that Ontario is expected to announce a 28-day provincewide “shutdown” today to stop the spread of COVID-19 as an alarming spike in cases threatens the critical care system. A source with knowledge of the restrictions discussed at an hours-long cabinet meeting Wednesday night […]

As we approach the Easter holiday and spring break, the northern Medical Officers of Health are asking all community members in northern Ontario to work together to prevent another surge in COVID-19. In many parts of northern Ontario, COVID-19 infection rates have been at some of the highest levels since […]

Have a laugh and take it easy, it’s good for your health. A study by the National Joke Institute (NJI) found that exposure to jokes, like those found on April Fool’s Day, can be beneficial to general health, especially in the midst of a year-long pandemic and the associated lockdowns […]