Georgian College names new dean, human services and community safety, Orillia campus

Georgian College will welcome Mary Louise Noce as its new dean, human services and community safety, at the Orillia campus beginning Sept. 7. “Mary Louise brings more than 16 years of experience in the Ontario post-secondary sector to Georgian,” said Kevin Weaver, vice-president, academic. “Her career is distinguished by progressively responsible leadership roles and a demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.” As director of research equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives at Sheridan College, Noce led the college’s participation in the national Dimensions pilot ― an initiative of the three federal granting agencies in collaboration with Universities Canada and Colleges and Institutes Canada ― managing and building strategies to integrate EDI practices within the scholarly, research and creative ecosystem. She also launched Sheridan’s inaugural employee self-identification census, led the creation of Foundations of Equitable Practice Training for employees and developed a faculty research mentorship program. Previously, Noce served as associate dean of community studies, where she led the development of Sheridan’s honours bachelor of social and community development degree and advanced program quality enhancements. Most notably, Noce created a quality assurance practice innovation identified by the College Quality Assurance Audit Process as an institutional best practice. This fostered significant community par […]

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COVID-19 news: Simcoe-Muskoka just had its second-deadliest month of pandemic, but 50,000 vaccine shots given

Normally, crossing the 50,000-vaccine threshold could be seen as cause for celebration. But the milestone comes on the back of one of the deadliest months of the COVID-19 pandemic so far. As of March 7, about 49,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine have been administered throughout the Simcoe-Muskoka region, through a partnership between the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and Barrie’s Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre. An additional 1,000 shots have been given by staff from Newmarket’s Southlake Regional Health Centre to health-care workers in southern Simcoe County municipalities. About 15,500 residents have received both required shots through the health unit agreement. The health unit reported an additional 121 cases of the virus March 8, in its first public update of statistics since Friday. And another death occurred recently — a sporadic case (not tied to an outbreak) involving a 69- to 79-year-old Simcoe County man — bringing the total number of residents to succumb to the virus to 190. The health unit says it recorded 31 fatalities in February — the second-highest monthly number over the last year. Eighty-eight deaths were counted in January. There are about 500 known active incidents, including 18 hospitalizations. Of Monday’s cases, 46 are in Barrie. New Tecumseth (14), Bradford (13), Huntsville (11), Essa and Innisfil (seven), Severn, Springwater and Tay (four each), Midland and Wasaga Beach (three each), Peneta […]

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Today’s coronavirus news: Toronto residents 80 and over can register for vaccine at city clinics; Peel orders Amazon to close all shifts at Brampton facility over outbreak

The latest news from Canada and around the world Friday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available. 7:30 p.m. Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, is praising the Government of Ontario for increasing capacity limits for weddings, funerals, and religious services. As of Monday, March 15, weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies, will be permitted to allow for up to 15 per cent total occupancy indoors, or up to 50 people outdoors. Said Collins in a statement: “This is a significant improvement from the hard cap of 10 people that has been in place for several months and it is a more balanced approach in light of the recently relaxed restrictions in other sectors. Stores have been allowed, by the province, to open at a quarter of their capacity. “A week ago, we launched the ‘A Place to Worship’ campaign, inviting the faithful to contact their Member of Provincial Parliament to ask for a fair and balanced approach to restrictions for places of worship,” wrote Collins. “More than 13,000 letters were written, with 80 per cent sent within 48 hours of the request. “Earlier this week, a diverse group of faith leaders had the opportunity to meet virtually with Premier Ford, Minister Elliott and Dr. Williams to discuss our concerns. “As Catholics, the source and summit of our spiritual life is participation in the Eucharist. The faithful have not been able to exp […]

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Why won’t Joe Biden reopen the border with Canada? An email from Donald Trump holds a clue

WASHINGTON—This morning, as thousands of fully vaccinated Americans were crossing the Canadian border for the first time since the pandemic began, I was talking with Americans about why the U.S. hasn’t opened its land border to Canadians yet. Just then, I got a statement about the U.S.-Mexican border in my inbox from former president Donald Trump. That the two topics might be related may not strike you as obvious. Many Canadians are familiar with the often explosive politics in the U.S. regarding the Mexican border — Trump’s longtime cries of “build a wall,” for example, were loud enough to be heard up north. But Canadians considering whether they can vacation in Florida or shop at a Target in Buffalo may not think that has anything to do with them. Yet in conversations with those inside and outside the U.S. government who follow Canadian border issues closely, the subject of the Mexican border frequently comes up. “The issue is always that the U.S. has two borders,” trade lawyer Dan Ujczo said recently. He works on Canada-U.S. trade issues, and previously worked in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and on border issues in the Canadian government. “We can’t do something for Canada that we’re not going to do for Mexico, and the situation in Mexico is awful right now.” He was referring to the pandemic in Mexico, where the government recently put the capital city on COVID “red alert,” as d […]

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