15 clinics in Toronto vaccinate high-priority groups with appointments this weekend

Toronto is working with city hospitals and community health-care partners to administer doses at 15 clinics to high-priority people with confirmed appointments this weekend. High-priority groups in Ontario include people 80 years and older; high-priority health-care workers; Indigenous adults; adults who get chronic home care; and staff, residents and caregivers at senior congregate settings, such as retirement homes. As of Saturday evening 197,155 vaccine doses had been administered in Toronto. held two clinics Saturday to vaccinate about 1,000 people, including hospital and community-based health-care workers, people 80 years and older, those living in congregate settings and in shelters, and Indigenous adults. It also held two clinics on Friday for these groups. Downtown public research and teaching hospital held a mobile clinic Saturday to vaccinate hospital workers. Between three clinics and a mobile clinic on Friday, it vaccinated 1,100 hospital health-care workers and patients and community members who are 80 years and older. In addition, the mobile clinic vaccinated long-term-care residents and staff, people 65 and older living in congregate settings and people living in shelters. , with East Toronto Health Partners held a clinic Saturday and will hold another on Sunday. Saturday’s plan was to deploy teams to a primary care setting to vaccinate approximately 837 people. Those vaccinated will be from the same priority groups targeted at two clinics held Friday. T […]

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Springwater council highlights – Aug. 4 regular meeting

Midhurst Neighbourhood 1 Subdivisions Following a second Public Meeting, a Zoning By-law Amendment was approved by Council regarding four approved subdivisions within the Midhurst Neighbourhood 1 development. The amendment will allow for an increase to the permitted encroachment of porches and stairs into the exterior side yards of corner lots for the purpose of enhancing their appearance. Resolution re: Capital Gains Tax on Primary Residence Council passed a resolution to support the Town of Fort Erie as they lobby the Federal Government to cease further consideration of eliminating capital gains tax exemptions on primary residences. Similar resolutions have been passed by other Ontario municipalities, such as the Township of South Stormont, the Municipality of Calvin and the City of Sarnia. Resolution re: PSA Test for Men Covered in the National Health System Council endorsed a resolution from the Town of Cochrane petitioning the Federal and Provincial Governments to include the PSA test for men into the National Health Care system. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, though 1.5 million Canadians are not seeking testing. The resolution seeks to remove financial barriers to screening and early detection by making the test available to all Canadian men at no charge. Resolution re: Support for 3-digit suicide and crisis hotline Council endorsed resolutions from the Township of Adjala-Tosorontio and the Township of the Archipelago to support the 9-8-8 crisis line […]

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Simcoe North Conservative candidate Adam Chambers

NAME: Adam Chambers RIDING: Simcoe North PARTY: AGE: 36 OCCUPATION: Assistant vice-president, Canada Life RESIDENCE: Port McNicoll PAST POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Served as a senior adviser to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty for four years. HAVE YOU BEEN VACCINATED? WHY OR WHY NOT?: “I have been double vaccinated. It is a way to protect our loved ones and community. If elected, I pledge to be a local voice for Simcoe North, focused on growing the economy, increasing participation in the trades, the needs of rural Canada and protecting our environment. I believe in hard work, supporting our neighbours and ensuring everyone has an opportunity to succeed. I pledge to reflect these values in Ottawa.”

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Canada to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for all commercial air travellers, federal employees

The Government of Canada has announced COVID-19 vaccinations will be mandatory for all federal employees, as well as employees and travellers in the federally regulated air, rail and marine transportation sectors. Travellers subject to the new vaccination law include all commercial air travellers, passengers on interprovincial trains and passengers on large marine vessels with overnight accommodations, such as cruise ships. Workers subject to the mandate include all federal public service employees and federally regulated transportation employees, though Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Dominic LeBlanc said on Aug. 13 that Crown corporations and other federally regulated sectors are also expected to mandate vaccinations among their employees.  “This is an evolution of the government’s posture in protecting the health and safety of Canadians since the beginning of the pandemic,” LeBlanc said. “We see this as, frankly, a very important step, particularly with the Delta variant being more transmissible.” The requirement for federal public sector employees will take effect as early as the end of September, while the requirement for federally regulated air, rail and marine employees and passengers will take effect no later than the end of October.  LeBlanc said exceptions will be made for people who cannot be vaccinated. He did not confirm whether those who choose not to be vaccinated will be terminated from their jobs, but said th […]

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Today’s coronavirus news: Ontario reports 578 new cases and two deaths; Canada to buy another 40 million doses of Moderna vaccine over the next two years

The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Saturday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available. 7:59 p.m.: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will buy another 40 million doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine over the next two years. Trudeau tweeted about the agreement with the Massachusetts-based drugmaker, saying the deal could be extended into 2024. He says there are also options baked into the deal that would grant Ottawa access to as many as 65 million doses if needed. 3:30 p.m.: Thousands of protesters are marching in Montreal today against Quebec’s decision to impose a vaccine passport across the province in the fall. Premier François Legault has said his government will be implementing a vaccine passport system starting Sept. 1 to control access in settings with a high degree of contact, such as festivals, bars, restaurants and gyms. Protesters gathered in downtown Montreal are calling on the government to hold a public debate and revoke its decision on the vaccine passport. 12:20 p.m.: A young mother had just celebrated her first wedding anniversary and was one of six members of a Jacksonville church to die over a 10-day span. Another Florida woman had just given birth to her first child, but was only able to hold the newborn girl for a few moments before dying. A California man died a few weeks shy of his 53rd birthday while his wife was on a ventilator at the same hospital in Oaklan […]

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Two people charged following alleged assault on multiple people in Barrie

Two people have been charged with assault after police reached out to the public for help identifying two suspects. “Police, through the overwhelming and incredible assistance of the public, have identified these suspects from an assault that happened on Anne St. on July 17,” Barrie Police tweeted on Aug. 8.  Barrie Police issued the photo Aug. 4 asking for the public’s help identifying the alleged suspects. The pair was wanted in connection to an alleged assault on “a number of people” which police say took place on Anne Street, south of Dunlop Street on July 17, 2021 just before 9 p.m.  A woman was charged with assault and a man was charged with breach of probation, police said.

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War, plague, and natural disaster: A preview of what’s to come?

WASHINGTON—The news these days seems positively biblical: floods and droughts, conquest and pestilence. Only half of those are actual signs of the apocalypse from the book of Ezekiel, but the flashing, bright-red warnings this week about all four certainly added a sense of horrifying prophecy to the headlines. Monday, the carried a whiff of fire and brimstone: more than one degree of temperature change “baked in” to the future of our existing environment, meaning still more of the fires and floods and droughts that have become commonplace. And the seas shall rise and the arctic shall melt and the flames shall come upon thee — that is a best-case scenario. Avoiding the worst depends on drastic global action. In response, , “There is no credible way to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuel energy anytime in the foreseeable future.” And the U.S. Senate to prohibit any implementation of a proposed progressive “Green New Deal.” By the end of the week, the news in Washington was dominated by the seemingly inevitable takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban ahead of the final U.S. military withdrawal next month. Kandahar, the country’s second-largest city and the one-time centre of Canada’s combat mission there, ; by Friday two-thirds of the country was in its control. A takeover of the entire country seems imminent, bringing a human rights disaster “all but eliminating women’s rights and conducting public amput […]

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Joe Biden is about to get his first big win. Then the real fight begins

WASHINGTON—U.S. President Joe Biden is expected to sign his “American Rescue Package” COVID-19 relief bill into law Wednesday, marking the first legislative accomplishment of his administration. It’s a big one: $1.9 trillion in spending. That’s trillion, with a “t” — a million millions. The package will send the average family of four $5,600 in the mail this month, and is projected by to cut child poverty in half. But it isn’t quite as far-reaching as Biden hoped, and watching it get through Congress has been fascinating to Canadian spectators for it highlights how differently the U.S. government functions, and reveals the likely road ahead for Biden. Overnight Thursday, a rotating series of clerks had to read the entire 628-page bill aloud, at the request of a Republican looking to stall its passage. For well over 24 continuous hours beginning Friday morning, senators engaged in what’s called “vote-a-rama,” systematically voting down dozens of Republican amendments. To Canadian eyes, the rituals themselves were novel. Heck, just the sight of an upper legislative chamber with actual power is a massive difference. Even more remarkably, the result was not a foregone conclusion. At one point Friday, a vote was delayed nine hours while senators tried to strike a deal on the size and duration of enhanced unemployment benefits. West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin was at the centre of it all, his assent a […]

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Ontario investing more than $1.5 million in Huronia Historical Parks

Huronia Historical Parks will be receiving more than $1.5 million from the Ontario government in order to complete necessary repairs to aging assets. “We have an obligation as the current caretakers of these important landmarks to ensure that Sainte-Marie among the Hurons and Discovery Harbour remain visible, accessible and preserved for current and future generations of Canadians,” said Simcoe North MPP Jill Dunlop. Lisa MacLeod, minister of heritage, sport, tourism and culture, announced the funding at Discovery Harbour on Aug. 6. Sainte-Marie among the Hurons will receive more than $500,000 to help preserve masonry at the site, including the Great Fireplace, which was built in 1639 and is the oldest example of stonework still standing in Ontario. Approximately $100,000 will be used to rebuild Discovery Harbour’s original fixed wharf. “We are investing in our iconic institutions to ensure that not only will they be able to grow after COVID-19, but that they will once again become premier tourism destinations,” said MacLeod. Work at Sainte-Marie has already started. Crews are stabilizing the masonry before beginning repairs. Will Baird, general manager of Huronia Historical Parks, expects the project to be completed by the end of 2022. As for the wharf, sections are currently held up by a beaver dam. A study will be conducted to see how much of the wharf is reliant on this dam, and repairs will be made to ensure it is structurally sound. “ […]

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