Canadians want vaccine passports. Why is Ontario’s government saying no?

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: , Toronto Star Queen’s Park bureau chief A say they are in favour of vaccine passports, the documentation proving people who enter a public space, like restaurants, gyms or arenas have a full set of vaccinations. They are the latest tool in the great balancing act of safety measures with reopenings and the fourth wave as The Delta variant continues to spread. The to mandate a passport system of its own, just as jurisdictions such as Quebec, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and other international destinations have already created similar systems. And yet, Ontario Premier Doug Ford has steadfastly in the province. Why is the province going against the calls of Canadians, businesses and health care professionals? Could there be changes soon? This episode was edited to remove a statement about whether a business refusing an unvaccinated customer does or does not violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Adrian Cheung is a co-host and producer on the Star’s podcast team. He is based in Toronto. Reach him via email:

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Fatal house fire under investigation in Ramara

The Ontario Fire Marshal’s (OFM) office has been called in to help determine the cause of a fatal house fire in Ramara Township. The fire took place early morning March 7 according to a tweet from the OFM, but the location was not specified. The OFM has assigned two investigators to work with the Ramara Fire Department and the OPP. Simcoe.com has reached out to the OFM and the local fire chief for more details.

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OPP searching for missing teen who was last seen in Orillia

OPP are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teen who was last seen in Orillia. Terrence Welcome, 15, was last seen near University Street Aug. 18. He is described as being 5-foot-11 with a thin build. He has black hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a red Washington Nationals ball cap, a red Nike zip-up sweater, dark pants and white and blue Air Jordan shoes, OPP said in a press release. He could be in the Mississauga or Scarborough area.  Anyone with information on the whereabouts of this teen should call OPP at .

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Government funding to help protect Severn Sound and the Great Lakes

The Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA) is receiving $50,000 from the Ontario government through the , which has been created to help protect and restore the Great Lakes. The funding was officially announced during a news conference in Tiny Township on Aug. 13. Here are five quotes from the event: 1. “The health of the Great Lakes is closely connected to our province’s health and prosperity — supplying water to our communities, sustaining traditional activities of Indigenous peoples and providing healthy ecosystems for recreation and tourism. This funding allows local organizations and groups to take environmental actions in their own communities — building a better future for clean, green growth.” — David Piccini, environment, conservation and parks minister 2. “Agriculture is a significant part of the landscape of the Severn Sound watershed and, in particular, the rural economy in our member townships. Grants like this one make it possible for farmers and the SSEA to work together to improve soil health and optimize their use of nutrients while protecting ground and surface water.” — Steffen Walma, chair of the SSEA board 3. “This funding allows local organizations like the SSEA to make environmental impacts to protect the group of lakes that makes up Severn Sound. Connecting farming community with soil health experts is essential to improve soil conditions for the future health of Severn Sound.” &m […]

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Gilford resident turns $1 into $100,000 with Encore

Saying yes to Encore paid off for Gary Masters of Gilford.  He matched the last six of seven Encore numbers in exact order in the Jan. 20 Lotto 6/49 draw to win $100,000.  “I play the lottery twice a week and I always play Encore,” said Masters, while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up his cheque. Masters, a 70-year-old farmer, said he checked his ticket using the ticket checker at the store.  “I saw all the zeroes and thought I must have won something. Then I double checked on the OLG Lottery App,” he said. “My son couldn’t believe it. Everyone is happy for me.” The father of four and grandfather of 10 said he plans to celebrate his win over dinner with his family. The winning ticket was purchased at Trotter’s Garage Inc. on Yonge Street in Gilford.

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What you need to know about the new Sept. 30 holiday in Canada

This year, for the first time, Sept. 30 will be observed as a statutory holiday to commemorate the horrific legacy of residential schools in Canada. Here’s what you need to know about the new holiday and the meaning behind it.  What is the name of the holiday? The new stat holiday is called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. It is meant to be a day for Canadians to spread awareness of and reflect on the tragedies experienced by Indigenous people as a result of the country’s former residential school system.  When was the holiday created? The federal government passed in June, to allow for the creation of this stat holiday. The holiday is in line with one of the 94 calls to action of The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which states: “We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, to establish, as a statutory holiday, a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.” What is the significance of Sept. 30? Since 2013, Sept. 30 has been observed as Orange Shirt Day across the country — a day, created by residential school survivor , on which Canadians wear orange shirts to commemorate the Indigenous children who were taken from their homes and placed in residential schools. According to the Oran […]

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