Here’s a list of all recent COVID-19 cases in Longo’s, Food Basics, Metro, Sobeys, Foodland and McDonald’s stores across Ontario

COVID-19 cases continue to be declared in some grocery stores and restaurants across Ontario. While there has been a significant decrease in COVID-19 cases from a few months ago, many medical experts say Here are some COVID-19 cases in Ontario stores/restaurants: Longo’s • Confirmed case at Aug. 6, with last day worked July 28 • Confirmed case at Aug. 6, with last day worked July 30 • Confirmed case at Aug. 9, with last day worked Aug. 3 Metro • Positive COVID-19 test of an employee at Aug. 4. The employee’s last day of work was July 30 • Positive COVID-19 test of an employee at The employee’s last day of work was July 29 Sobeys • Postive case at , with employee’s last day worked being July 25 McDonald’s • Confirmed case of COVID 19 at with last day restaurant employee worked being Aug. 10 • Confirmed case of COVID 19 at with last day restaurant employee worked being August 2 • Confirmed case of COVID-19 at with last day restaurant employee worked being Aug. 3 • Confirmed case of COVID-19 at with last day restaurant employee worked being Aug. 2. • Confirmed case of COVID-19. At with last day restaurant employee worked being July 27. McDonald’s and some grocery store chains say they make it a point to make public all COVID-19 cases in their establishments in the interest of transparency. “We’ve also maintained a commitment to remain transparent in our communications, so that […]

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‘We are adjusting the secret trails’: Collingwood trails seeing record numbers of users

A bike, a trike or a hike. With the pandemic lockdown lifted and more than 60 kilometres of trails at their disposal, Collingwood cycling enthusiasts are taking to the myriad of trails in record numbers. A thin shaft of light and phone logs tell the tale of increased usage, said Wendy Martin, the town’s manager of parks. “We gauge how busy the trails are mostly by customer complaints,” Martin said. Riders will complain about the conditions of the trails that have been washed out after a rain or complain about trail etiquette; if people are riding three abreast and they can’t pass safely, they’ll call, she said. The parks department also uses a high-tech beam of light across the trails to count the number of cyclists and walkers, she said. “It doesn’t count every single person if they’re walking beside each other, it just counts every time the beam has been disrupted, but we do have actual trail counts and those numbers have gone up,” Martin said. The increased presence has also been noted by the Trail Captains, 30 volunteers who stroll along the trail daily to ensure the trails are kept clean and note hazards for the Parks department. Collingwood has 7.8 kilometres of on-road bike lanes, another 6.8 kms on paved shoulders and 48 kms off-road trails on a packed-granular surface. Celebrating the May announcement of its Silver Bicycle Friendly Community award by the Share the Road Cycling Coalition and the Canadian Automobile […]

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Ontario gives money to Town of Innisfil to support modernization of services

The Ontario government is providing funding to help improve the delivery of critical programs and services in Innisfil.  The funding is being delivered through the Municipal Modernization Program and will support modernization of Innisfil’s internal services.  “The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the need to deliver programming more efficiently so that people can access the services they need, when they need them,” said Andrea Khanjin, MPP for Barrie-Innisfil. “These projects will ensure that our community will benefit from innovative and streamlined solutions in a way that will positively impact services and save taxpayers’ dollars.”  Ontario is providing up to $24 million to support the modernization of 224 small and rural municipalities across the province. A total of 254 projects will receive funding under Intake 2 of Ontario’s Municipal Modernization Program.  “Today marks another milestone in our government’s commitment to supporting municipalities as they look for ways to improve service delivery in our communities,” said Steve Clark, minister of municipal affairs and housing. “To put it simply, identifying and implementing modern solutions means money is diverted away from wasteful service delivery and stays in the pockets of local taxpayers.”  Municipalities will use the funding to find efficiencies and implement a wide range of initiatives to digitize, streamline and/o […]

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‘Makes no sense’: Archbishop slams COVID restrictions that allow more people inside a liquor store than a church funeral

As Toronto and Peel Region are the Archbishop of Toronto is speaking out against continued limits on religious gatherings and what he calls “the growing inequities facing our faith communities.” As of 12:01 a.m. Monday, strict stay-at-home orders lift in Toronto and Peel Region, a move that will allow all retailers, including malls, to reopen with a 25 per cent capacity restriction. The new phase also allows slightly larger religious gatherings such as weddings and funerals, increasing from five to 10 people for indoor ceremonies, though regular indoor services are still not permitted. But sent to parishioners Friday, Cardinal Thomas Collins said the new reopening plan unfairly caps religious gatherings regardless of church capacity, maintaining a hard limit of 10 worshippers “whether they seat 100 or 1,000 people.” That means that a funeral happening in downtown’s St. Michael’s Cathedral next weekend must be capped at 10 people “while around the corner dozens can enter the local liquor store” or stream into the Eaton Centre, Collins wrote, noting the arrangement “makes no sense.” The cathedral has a capacity for 1,500 people. “I do not believe that our elected officials and medical officers of health consciously intend to suppress religious freedom; I realize that they are in an extremely difficult position. We do, however, ask to be treated equitably,” Collins wrote. “In recent days, it is becomin […]

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Sandycove Acres residents worried County of Simcoe’s garbage carts are too big

Sandycove Acres resident Bill Brocklebank foresees a big problem when it comes to the County of Simcoe’s new automated garbage carts, which officially roll out Nov. 1.  Residents will receive three universal carts — a 360-litre cart for recycling, a 240-litre cart for garbage, and a 120-litre cart for organics — which are emptied using a mechanical arm on the collection vehicle. The cart sizes were chosen based on the average household waste needs in the county. Brocklebank, 74, said those sizes are overkill for the waste he and his wife generate.  “I get half a garbage bag every two weeks. I could put four people’s garbage in to fill one of them up,” he said.  Brocklebank is also worried about storing the carts and manoeuvring them in the winter. Right now, he and many other residents store their garbage bins in small deck boxes to keep their homes in line with community standards.  “I don’t know where they expect me to put these three bins. In front of my house so you can look at them when you drive by?” Brocklebank said. “How do you expect 70-year-olds to drag these bins out?” John Bicknell, 79, president of the Sandycove Acres Homeowners Association, said one of the purposes of the retirement community is for people to be able to age in place.  “It means a compromise of what people are able to do,” he said.  Parkbridge’s property manager for Sandycove Acres sa […]

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Southern Georgian Bay Association of Realtors reports home sales cool off from last year’s record levels

Southern Georgian Bay Association of Realtors home sales have cooled off from last year’s record levels Residential sales recorded through the MLS System for the region totalled 456 units in July. This was down sharply by 39.9 per cent from July 2020. Home sales were 7.3 per cent below the five-year average and 5.1 per cent below the 10-year average for the month of July. On a year-to-date basis, home sales totalled a record 3,456 units over the first seven months of the year. This was an increase of 25.8 per cent from the same period in 2020. The southern Georgian Bay region comprises two distinctive markets. Home sales in the western region, which includes Wasaga Beach, Clearview Township, Collingwood, The Blue Mountains, the Municipality of Meaford, and Grey Highlands, numbered 220 units in July 2021. This was down sharply by 46.5 per cent from July 2020. Sales were 9.9 per cent below the five-year average and 8.8 per cent below the 10-year average for the month of July. On a year-to-date basis, home sales in the Western Region numbered a record 1,761 units over the first seven months of the year. This was an increase of 29.6 per cent from the same period in 2020. Meanwhile, home sales in the Eastern Region, encompassing the towns of Midland and Penetanguishene, and the townships of Tay, Tiny, Severn and Georgian Bay, numbered 236 units in July 2021. This was down sharply by 32.2 per cent from July 2020. Sales were 4.7 per cent below the five-year average and 1.3 per […]

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Motorcycle crash closes Muskoka Road 34 in both directions in Georgian Bay Township

A 43-year-old motorcycle rider is in hospital with life-altering injuries following a motorcycle collision on Muskoka Road 34. The rider, a Midland man, was transported by Ornge to a Toronto trauma hospital after the crash, which occurred Aug. 19 at approximately 7 p.m., according to OPP. Police say his motorcycle left the road surface of Muskoka Road 34 between Art’s Lane and Trillium Lane and struck a rock face. Officers from the Southern Georgian Bay OPP responded to the scene along with Simcoe County paramedics and the Georgian Bay Fire Service. OPP Central Region Traffic Investigators are assisting in the investigation into the cause of the crash, which has closed Muskoka Road 34 in both directions. A detour has been set up for drivers along Simcoe County Road 17 from Coldwater. The investigation is ongoing at this time and updates will be posted as they become available.

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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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Today’s coronavirus news: Vaccine passports for Canadians coming soon; COVID cases spiking in Ontario, B.C. and Alberta; Winnipeg Jets fans must be vaccinated for home games

The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Wednesday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available. 7:30 p.m.: at the same clip as Andrea Horwath, writes columnist Emma Teitel. Last week, the leader of the provincial NDPs said she opposed a vaccine mandate for education workers — a statement that unleashed a world of fury her way. But the very next day, like a robot short-circuiting, Horwath snapped back into the good graces of her party. “I fully support mandatory vaccination in health-care and education workers,” she said. Ontario’s premier, on the other hand, will not walk back his opposition to vaccine passports — at least not until things get really bad. That’s the premier’s MO after all. 6:38 p.m.: The COVID-19 infection rate in , a figure not seen since mid-May. A Health Ministry statement says there are more than 3,500 active cases in the province and more than half of those are in the Interior Health region. The vaccination rate has reached 82.2 per cent for a single shot for those eligible aged 12 and up, while 71.1 per cent are fully vaccinated. New restrictions were introduced last week by provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry in the central Okanagan region as case counts multiplied, spurred by the more contagious Delta variant. 6:30 p.m.: Alberta has recorded — the largest single-day increase since late May. The new infections reported Wednesday increa […]

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