‘STOP USING IT IMMEDIATELY’: Major recall of around 43,000 tables sold at Costco and other stores in Canada and the U.S. triggers warning

Costco Canada has issued an “important recall notice” Thursday (March 11) warning customers about a recall involving tables sold by the wholesale giant. Costco said Lifetime Products is voluntarily recalling the Lifetime 6ft Seminar Table (Costco Item 574337)  due to a potential hazard regarding the brace arms. “The brace arms are what connect the table brace to the table legs: these brace arms could potentially rotate past their desired position, which could cause the table to collapse,” the “If you have the Table in your possession, please stop using it immediately. You may contact Lifetime Products for a free repair kit or return the Table to a Costco warehouse to obtain a full refund.” It was sold at a Costco Business Centre between June 2017 and March 2018 (the “Table”), Costco said. As of March 10th 2021, there have been no reported injuries, but Lifetime Products has received one report from a consumer who identified 11 tables with the brace arms not properly locking into place. In the U.S., the tables were sold online at Amazon.com, Costco.com, Samsclub.com and other websites and at Lifetime Stores in Utah and Idaho from August 2016 through November 2020 for about $90. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said the recall there involves about 43,000 units and poses an “injury risk.” It’s not immediately known how many affected tables were sold in Canada. Here is a photo of the product: Lifeti […]

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Doug Ford rejects demand he meet with MPPs to discuss vaccine passports and mandatory shots

Premier has rejected a demand he meet with opposition parties pushing vaccine passports and mandatory vaccinations for health and education workers as cases of doubled in the last two weeks. Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca wrote a letter to Ford on Wednesday requesting an “urgent meeting” to discuss the measures — supported by a growing chorus of — that could blunt a fourth wave and help avoid possible lockdowns and closures of schools and businesses. The groups include the Ontario Medical Association, representing doctors, the Council of Ontario Universities, the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and Toronto Region Board of Trade, among others. “Everybody, it seems can see that it makes sense for Doug Ford to move forward in this direction, except for Doug Ford,” Del Duca told a news conference as the province announced 324 new cases of COVID-19 and three additional deaths. Ford’s office said Ontario’s success in getting 72 per cent of eligible residents age 12 and up fully vaccinated speaks for itself. “Ontarians can download or print an electronic through the provincial portal that contains a watermark and digital signature to deter forgery, should proof of vaccination be required in a certain setting,” spokeswoman Alexandra Adamo wrote in a statement. “No matter how many times the opposition says it, they are misleading the public when they claim to be calling f […]

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Orillia OPP looking for missing 31-year-old woman

Orillia OPP is asking for help to locate  Stephanie Adams, 31. She was last seen Saturday, March 6 near West Street in Orillia.  Police said Adams is known to frequent the Barrie area. If you have any information regarding her whereabouts, call the OPP at .

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Six charts that show what’s been happening in your public health unit — and colour category — since Ontario started easing COVID-19 restrictions

In mid-February, when stay-at-home orders were lifted for most of Ontario, the province described the move as a cautious transition back into a “strengthened” framework for controlling . “We saw what happened before, and we don’t want it to happen again,” Premier Doug Ford said at the time. But three weeks later, there are once again signs of trouble, with many experts fearing a brewing third wave. New variants now account for 42 per cent of all cases, , and most public health units are once again seeing upticks in new infections. “There is still much danger ahead,” said Adalsteinn Brown, science table co-chair and dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. “Twenty-four out of our 34 public health units have seen an increase in case rates over the past two weeks. “This growth sometimes is in very small beginning numbers, and so it does not represent huge numbers yet. But this growth isn’t random; it’s a function of how loosening public health measures, and growth in new variants come together.” Since the fall, the province has hinged its pandemic response on a COVID-19 “framework” that chops up Ontario into different colour-coded zones, each with its own set of pandemic rules: green, yellow, orange, red and grey (lockdown). Health units are moved along the colour spectrum when they hit certain thresholds of COVID-19 risk, with restrictions intensifying accordingly. For areas in green, for […]

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Pressure mounts on Doug Ford’s Conservatives to bolster Ottawa’s sick leave program

Pressure is mounting on the Progressive Conservative government to mandate a provincial paid sick leave program to complement a federal pandemic initiative criticized as inadequate. With Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy to table a budget before the end of the month, Tories privately admit the government is feeling heat on the issue even though Ottawa recently bolstered its effort. “There’s reluctance to put an added burden on businesses that have already been hit hard by the pandemic,” confided one senior government insider, speaking confidentially in order to discuss internal deliberations. But the official said the federal Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit, doubled last month from two to four weeks of paid sick leave, is neither straightforward nor easy to navigate. The $500-a-week benefit works out to $450 weekly after taxes are withheld and workers are forced to reapply each time they need it. Labour Minister Monte McNaughton, who worked with federal Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough to improve Ottawa’s program, insisted Monday that Ontarians are embracing it. “We continue to advocate with the federal government improvements to the sick pay program that they have,” McNaughton told the legislature. “But I am pleased to announce today in the house that 245,000 workers in Ontario have now applied or are receiving sick pay benefits across Ontario,” the minister said. That’s up from 110,000 employees in the province tw […]

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‘It’s sad for the community’: Elmvale Beer Store closing

Kevin Steele has only two words to share at the news the Elmvale Beer Store is closing. “It sucks,” Steele said, after buying a few tallboys on March 5. Steele figures he’s been buying beer at the local retail store for the past 35 years. “Now, I’m going to have to buy my beer in Midland or Barrie; it sucks,” he said. Neither the customers nor the shop clerk know why the store is slated to close April 11. “It sucks,” said store clerk Angela Giffen. “I mean, we’re (the employees) all going to Barrie, which is nice; fortunately, we’re all still employed. “But still, it’s sad for the community. It’s a busy location and we don’t really know why they’re closing.” Giffen said staff were advised three weeks ago of the closure of the retail outlet, which she estimates to have been open for approximately 60 years. “The market has changed across the province,” said Jim Warren from the Beer Store head office in an email. “As a retailer, the Beer Store has to make difficult decisions at times, based on market research and changes in consumer purchase behaviour.” In a press release, head office acknowledged the impact of the closure: “We appreciate that this location closure will impact some customers.” It also advised customers to shop at the Wasaga Beach or Barrie locations. “I think it’s disappointing and a blow to the community,” s […]

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Springwater man charged after police find vehicle in Lake Simcoe this morning

A Springwater man, 23, has been charged with dangerous and impaired driving after allegedly driving a vehicle into Lake Simcoe in Innisfil early this morning (Aug. 19), said  in a According to police, around 2:30 a.m., South Simcoe Police Service officers were called to the end of  because a vehicle was in the lake.  The driver was not injured. He was arrested for impaired driving, police said.  A 23-year-old Springwater man has been charged with dangerous operation, operation while impaired, and operation while impaired – excess blood alcohol. 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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Bradford seeks volunteers for anti-racism committee

The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury is looking for volunteers for its anti-racism advisory committee. Interested residents can fill out an application to serve on the committee for the rest of the 2018-22 term of council. To be eligible to volunteer for the committee, applicants have to be 18 years of age or older and reside in Bradford West Gwillimbury. The committee allows stakeholders in the community to share their views and experiences in advising council on the development, implementation and monitoring of town policies, programs and initiatives that support anti-racism efforts in the municipality. Activities of the committee include making recommendations to council on the implementation of the BWG Diversity & Inclusiveness Action Plan, monitoring the effectiveness of the plan, and making recommendations on necessary adjustments and revisions, and assisting in identifying and building relationships with stakeholders and influencers with the town’s Black and racialized communities. Those wishing to apply for a position on the committee should submit a letter of interest or resumé outlining their lived experiences and why they are interested in serving on the committee, highlighting any work-related community service projects or other volunteer activities they have been involved in. Applications must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 31.  Submit applications to Tara Reynolds, deputy clerk, by email at , by mail to P.O. Box 100, Bradford, […]

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Ontario reports 531 new COVID-19 cases and 17 deaths

Ontario is reporting another 531 cases and 17 more deaths. Fifteen of the 17 deaths being reported are part of a data cleanup, released Thursday morning. Ontario has administered 45,545, with 20,341,063 vaccines given in total as of 8 p.m. the previous night. According to the, 10,670,142 people in Ontario have received at least one shot. That works out to approximately 81.9 per cent of the eligible population 12 years and older, and the equivalent of 71.8 per cent of the total population, including those not yet eligible for the vaccine. The province says 9,670,921 people have completed their vaccinations, which means they’ve had both doses. That works out to approximately 74.2 per cent of the eligible population 12 years and older, and the equivalent of 65.1 per cent of the total population, including those not yet eligible for the vaccine. The province is now including new data that reflects. Ontario is warning that the new process may cause discrepancies between other hospitalization numbers being collected using a different process, and that the data may not match daily COVID-19 case counts. The province’s new data reports 382 COVID-19 cases were confirmed in unvaccinated people, 46 were partially vaccinated, and 75 cases in fully vaccinated people. Again, the province warns the data may not match daily COVID case counts because records with a missing or invalid health card number can’t be linked. The seven-day average is at 498 cases daily, or 24.0 week […]

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