‘Inspire a nation’: What winning gold at Tokyo Olympics means for Alliston soccer player Deanne Rose

Heading into the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Alliston native Deanne Rose and her Canadian women’s soccer teammates all shared the same goal: change the colour of the medal they brought home five years ago. Mission accomplished. “I think that’s something that we were talking about from the beginning, and just speaking about it with that positivity,” Rose told Simcoe.com after returning to Canada. “It gave us the confidence to go and win gold.” Canada defeated Sweden in the Aug. 6 gold-medal game, winning 3-2 on penalty kicks. The pressure ratcheted up about 34 minutes into the first half after Sweden scored, making it 1-0. “Every goal mattered and we didn’t score a lot of goals this tournament, so getting scored on in the first half, it definitely made us nervous and put us on our backs a little bit,” she said. A goal by Jessie Fleming late in the second half on a penalty kick, evening the score at 1-1 and forcing the game into extra minutes, rallied the entire squad. “That was the moment when we knew we could do it and that we could come back into the game,” Rose said. “And then going into the PKs (penalty kicks), it gave us the confidence we needed.” When it was Rose’s turn at the spot, she delivered, sending the ball into the top corner of the net and evening the score at 2-2. After a huge save by Canadian goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé, Rose’s teammate Julia Grosso went on to score the […]

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How are Canada’s federal party leaders promising to handle COVID-19?

Canadians will be heading to the polls Sept. 20 for a snap election, amid a fourth wave of COVID-19 and rising case numbers across the country. In a news conference announcing the early election on Aug. 15, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau called this a “pivotal, consequential moment” and said “Canadians need to choose how we finish the fight against COVID-19.” Here’s where each party stands on hot-button COVID-19 issues: MANDATORY VACCINATIONS Liberal: The Trudeau government recently announced that federal public servants and all employees and travellers in the federally regulated air, rail and marine transportation sectors . On Aug. 17, Trudeau said his government is “unequivocal that civil servants must be vaccinated“” and that “if anyone doesn’t have a legitimate medical reason for not getting fully vaccinated, or chooses to not get vaccinated, there will be consequences.” Conservative: Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole has opposed the mandatory vaccinations. In a news release on Aug. 15, he said rapid testing of federal employees on a daily basis is a sufficient measure, and that unvaccinated Canadian passengers would need to show proof of a recent negative test, or pass a rapid test, to board planes, trains and ships. NDP: NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has criticized Trudeau’s lack of clarity on the consequences that would result from a federal employee refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19. In a […]

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COVID and kids: What we know and what to expect in September

Listen here or subscribe at , , , or wherever you listen to your favourite podcasts, including , where Closed Captioning is available. Stay updated on episodes via our . If you would like to support the journalism of the Toronto Star, you can at . Guest: Dr. Karina Top, pediatrician, vaccine researcher and associate professor at Dalhousie University In what is increasingly being called a pandemic of the unvaccinated, the largest cohort that cannot receive vaccines yet are children under age 12. With the Delta variant spreading rapidly and the fourth wave accelerating, there has been a surge in cases and hospitalizations of children with COVID-19 in the U.S. There are fears something similar could occur in Canada, just as kids go back to school. Experts predict that cases will rise when school starts, but with Canada having one of highest rates of vaccination in the world and the enforcement of other precautions, the goal is to keep kids as safe as possible. Raju Mudhar is a co-host and producer on the Star’s podcast team. He is based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter:

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Two women seriously injured near 5th Line of New Tecumseth: OPP

Two women were seriously injured and one man arrested after a ‘disturbance’ at a property on the 5th Line of New Tecumseth on Aug. 10, said Nottawasaga OPP. Police were called to the address around 4:48 p.m., OPP said. The exact location was not provided.  According to police, when officers arrived, they located two women with serious injuries. Both women were taken to hospital and later one of them was transferred to a Toronto area trauma centre for further treatment where she remains at this time, police said in a media release Aug. 11. Numerous police units attended the scene and located one man, who was arrested without incident in connection to the ‘disturbance,’ police said.  The man was arrested and is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 12. The name of the accused is being withheld to protect the identity of the victims, police said. Police said there is no concern for public safety.  Jenni Kate, a resident who lives in the area, said the incident happened near the 5th Line and 20th Sideroad. She said the property houses a two-level home with multiple residential units that are rented to tenants.  Kate said there was a large police presence at the property last night (Aug. 10) and throughout today.  Earlier today, officers could be seen walking up and down the road checking the ditches, she said.  Officers began going door to door at some point today, asking neighbours questions, Kate added. Anyone with information r […]

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Erin O’Toole has put the Conservatives on the wrong side of the vaccine debate

Job One for Canada’s political leaders — election or no election — is containing the fourth wave of COVID-19 and finally ending the pandemic. Without that, all the grand visions pushed by campaigning party leaders will come to nought. And yet within minutes of Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole had already put himself and his party firmly on the wrong side of that issue. The debate over the past few weeks has come down to this: since we know the key to defeating COVID is getting the greatest number of people possible vaccinated, is it enough to just keep pleading with the vaccine laggards to finally do the right thing? Or, with ample supplies of vaccines now on hand, is it time to force the issue by requiring people to get vaccinated if they want to do things like travel or work in key areas such as education and health care? The Trudeau government (now campaigning for re-election) joined the mandatory vaccine side of the argument last week by saying federal workers must get vaccinated, and anyone who wants to get on an airplane or travel by train must do likewise. This is what Canadians want. The vaccinated majority is fed up with being held back by the minority who can’t be bothered to protect themselves and everyone else against this pernicious disease. They’ve lost patience with the hesitant and the plain lazy. Yet as of Sunday O’Toole has thrown his party in with those still arguing that the unvaccinated few should effectively exer […]

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Innisfil man charged with impaired driving, open alcohol

An Innisfil man was charged with impaired driving after police spotted a vehicle with no tail lights driving erratically, police say.  On March 7, at about 12:45 a.m., a South Simcoe Police Service officer saw the vehicle near Webster Boulevard and Innisfil Beach Road. The vehicle pulled into the rear parking lot at the South Simcoe Police Service North Division, and the officer stopped the vehicle.  After an investigation, police say the driver, a 28-year-old Innisfil man, was arrested and charged with operation while impaired, excess blood alcohol, and driving with open liquor. His licence was suspended for 90 days and his vehicle impounded for seven days. He was released with a future court date.

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Transit workers union vows to fight TTC vaccine mandate

The TTC’s largest union is vowing to fight the transit agency’s new policy requiring its employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. TTC CEO Rick Leary announced Thursday vaccinations would be mandatory for all 16,000 of the organization’s workers unless they can show proof of a medical exemption. The announcement came soon after the city would require its workers to get their shots. Leary said in a statement the transit agency “has been a leader throughout the COVID-19 pandemic with respect to safety” and requiring employees be inoculated “is one more thing we can do for ourselves and each other to limit the spread.” The TTC is an arms-length agency of the city, and was not automatically covered by the vaccine policy Tory announced. But at a press conference Thursday morning the mayor said his administration had been in touch with municipal agencies and expressed “a strong desire” for them to follow the city’s lead. The mayor cited figures that indicate 95 per cent of hospitalizations and deaths Toronto is experiencing in the fourth wave of the pandemic are in people not fully vaccinated. While unions representing Toronto’s more than 37,000 municipal employees made no sign Thursday they would oppose the city’s vaccine mandate, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113, which represents about 12,000 TTC workers, was swift to condemn the move. “Local 113 supports the right of every member of Local 113 […]

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