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National pandemic fines top $13 million, study finds

TORONTO — Authorities in some provinces ramped up often arbitrary law enforcement to help curtail the COVID-19 pandemic rather than rely on a purely public health approach, according to a report out Wednesday.

The main problem, the report finds, is that marginalized or other vulnerable groups tended to bear the brunt of police and bylaw action.

Ontario reports 216 new COVID-19 cases

TORONTO — Ontario is reporting 216 new cases of COVID-19 today, and 10 more deaths. It’s the highest number of daily new cases in 10 days, but Health Minister Christine Elliott says it’s too early to draw any conclusions.

Today’s new cases bring the provincial total to 33,853 - an increase of 0.6 per cent over the previous day - including 2,619 deaths and 29,107 resolved cases.