NO JAB, NO ENTRY: Vaccines required at Ontario Tech University campus in Oshawa

Students, faculty, staff and anyone heading to the Oshawa campus of Ontario Tech University will have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The university announced it will require all people on the campus to be vaccinated starting Friday, Sept. 3. The deadline to receive a second shot is Sunday, Oct. 17, as some people will be coming from overseas, while others have put off getting vaccinated. A list of frequently asked questions will be posted on the university’s website. Anyone who cannot be vaccinated, based on medical or other grounds recognized by the Ontario Human Rights Code, can request an accommodation. Also, existing online learning and working options will continue to be available.   The university noted it will continue to follow all Durham Region public health guidelines, including mask-wearing, handwashing, frequent testing, and other possible measures, as required. The university’s partner, Durham College, is requiring any student living in an on-campus residency to be vaccinated. The college announced in late June that students would need to have their first shot and an appointment for their second shot prior to moving into residence. Exemptions will be permitted for medical reasons or on grounds protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

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Susan Delacourt: By being slow on vaccine passports, Justin Trudeau missed a political opportunity

National are coming to Canada this fall, government is assuring citizens as an election looms. They won’t likely be in Canadians’ hands before the campaign is over, however, which represents a political opportunity lost for Trudeau’s Liberals. The fact that the government moved to offer this reassurance on the eve of the election, though, shows that there may be some dawning recognition that national vaccine ID could be a powerful political tool for a government looking for re-election. At least part of the campaign will be a referendum on how Trudeau has handled the pandemic, as well as whether he’s the right guy to take Canadians out of it. Leaving aside the sound policy and business reasons for instituting a vaccine-certificate system in this country, a national vaccine certificate is smart political marketing. It’s surprising, in fact, how tentative Trudeau has been about a proof-of-vaccination system; ditto for Ontario Premier Doug Ford. They’re both politicians. In Ontario, it’s already possible to get a vaccination “receipt” by plugging your health card information into a web portal. I did just that ages ago and downloaded to various gadgets, just in case anyone needed proof I’d been double vaxxed. No big deal. “Receipt” is actually an apt word to use if we’re talking about the political-marketing potential of the vaccination program. While no one in Ontario actually had to dip into a wallet […]

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Today’s coronavirus news: AstraZeneca vaccine to be available at 325 pharmacies starting Friday; Toronto launches campaign to address vaccine hesitancy; Ontario reporting 1,316 cases

The latest news from Canada and around the world Wednesday. This file is no longer updating. Web links to longer stories if available. 8:34 p.m.: Public Safety Minister Bill Blair is facing harsh questions over security under the federal quarantine program after reports of two incidents of alleged sexual assault. At a parliamentary committee hearing Wednesday, Conservative MP Shannon Stubbs grilled Blair over safeguards for hotel guests and background checks for screening officers who work at the federally mandated hotels and do compliance checks at homes. Blair told the committee that quarantine measures have been effective and that any allegations should be thoroughly investigated. He diverted questions on the hotel quarantine program to the Public Health Agency of Canada that oversees it, saying he has no jurisdiction over it. A government order that took effect Feb. 22 requires anyone entering Canada by airplane to stay in a federally approved hotel for the first three nights of a 14-day quarantine. Police have arrested two men accused of sexual assault related to quarantine measures, including one at a Montreal hotel another involving a compliance check in Oakville. 6:50 p.m.: British Columbia is reporting 531 new cases of COVID-19 and one new death, for a total of 1,394 people who have died from complications of the virus in the province. There have been 51 new confirmed cases that are variants of concern. Of the 627 variant cases, 580 are the strain identified in the U […]

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Alarm scares off stranger at Essa Township building

OPP officers are asking for help identifying a man who was seen around an Essa Township building March 1. The man was in the area of the 8th Line and 20th Sideroad at 2:30 a.m. Police said they believe he was attempting to get inside the building, when an alarm scared him off before officers arrived. The man is described as wearing gloves, a toque, and a mask which resembles a neck-gator pulled up over his face. He was wearing a backpack, camouflage jacket and black pants. Anyone with information can call OPP at .

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‘An all-time low’: Midland-area businesses struggle to find employees

There are a ton of jobs available in Midland – but businesses are struggling to find people to fill them. “The number of job seekers is currently at an all-time low,” said Martina Wahl, team lead at the Midland YMCA Employment Centre. “We have around 40 active job seekers in our system, opposed to 120 to 140 pre-pandemic.” When the province moved to Step 3 in the Roadmap to Reopen, were flooded with new listings as businesses throughout the community looked to expand operations. According to Wahl, there are jobs available in the hospitality/food industry, long-term care, retail, transportation, construction and manufacturing. Employers are looking for servers, line cooks, lab technicians, environmental technicians, digital/marketing specialists, legal administrators and more. But not a lot of people are interested. “There still is hesitation from some job seekers to work in a position where they are exposed to large numbers of people,” said Wahl. “For some job seekers, the time is not quite right, they have children at home over the summer and potentially are still supported by government benefits.” The North Simcoe region lost an estimated 1,264 jobs in 2020, according to statistics provided by the North Simcoe Economic Development Corporation. As of June 2021, the region had only gained 138 jobs back. Many of the local businesses struggling to find employees are in industries that were hit hard during the pandemic and ha […]

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Massive frozen mango recall warning impacting No Frills, FreshCo, Costco, Food Basics, Metro, Sobeys and other grocery stores prompts statement from Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health

A food recall warning that is believed to be behind a Hepatitis A outbreak has promoted Ontario’s top doctor to issue a statement Friday (Aug. 13). Both the Canadian Food Inspection Agency Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada have as a result of the large recall after they continue to investigate an outbreak of Hepatitis A infections occurring in Québec and Nova Scotia. The , the Public Health Agency said. “The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a food recall warning for various frozen mango products from Nature’s Touch Frozen Food Inc. due to a possible Hepatitis A contamination. In addition, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has declared an outbreak of Hepatitis A infections occurring in Québec and Nova Scotia with exposure to frozen mangoes identified as the likely source of the outbreak. The investigation is ongoing, and cases of infection continue to be reported to PHAC,” Dr. Kieran Moore said in an statement. To date there have been no cases identified in Ontario, but everyone is advised to check their freezers to see if they have any of the in their home, the statement reads. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased, Moore added. “If you suspect you have consumed the recalled products within the last 14 days, vaccines are available through your local public health unit. Hepatitis A vaccines are safe, effective, and can protect you from developing an infection […]

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Five things that happened at Simcoe County council Aug. 10

1. At the County of Simcoe’s , the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit was given the green light to use a  from TD Commercial Bank for COVID-19 expenses while it awaits funding from the Ministry of Health for COVID-19. 2. Springwater Township Mayor Don Allen requested an update about the status of trees following the Lymantria dispar dispar (LDD) moth infestation. He wants cost estimates for 2022. 3. Plans , even though a provincial grant application was rejected in June. The county has asked municipalities for potential sites for the centre, and the is still looking for funding opportunities. 4. A blue-box shortage is upon us. There’s an international shortage of plastic resin, and the county doesn’t want to reorder blue bins that . Council agreed to reorder some for new residents or replacements, but encourages residents to use cardboard boxes or clear bags in the interim. 5. Warden George Cornell has been asked to write to Health Canada to share grow permits and a loophole that exists for large-scale medical-marijuana producers.

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What do you know about the Paralympics? Test your knowledge with our quiz

Tokyo, Japan will host its second Summer Paralympic Games this month, with the 2020 Games set to begin on Aug. 24 and run until Sept. 5.  Approximately 4,400 elite para athletes, including 128 Canadians, will strive for medals in 540 events across 22 sports. Because the Games accommodate athletes with a range of physical, visual and intellectual disabilities, events feature a host of exciting and innovative adaptations. How much do you know about the Paralympic Games? Take our quiz below to test your knowledge and learn something new. This article and quiz were informed by and .

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