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Yesterday — 21 October 2021Main stream

Alberta Inquiry Says it Has Confirmed ‘Significant’ Foreign Funding of Anti-Energy Campaign

21 October 2021 at 16:28
The final report of an Alberta government-commissioned inquiry into campaigns against the province's energy industry says it confirms the existence of "well-funded foreign interests" spreading "misinformation" to landlock Alberta's oil and gas sector. The report, compiled by forensic and restructuring accountant Steve Allan, was submitted to the provincial government in July, and was made public on Oct. 21. Announcing the release of the report, Alberta's Energy Minister Sonya Savage said Albertans "have the right to be upset" about the campaigns that have helped counter fossil fuel projects and led to negative consequences for the economy. "People lost their jobs, businesses went under, families were hurt, government revenues from royalties were impacted. We lost billions of dollars in royalties," she said at a press conference on Oct. 21. The report says that between 2003 and 2019, Canadian-based environmental initiatives received $1.28 billion in foreign funding, while noting that the estimate is likely understated.  Of ...

Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage in a file photo. (The Canadian Press/Greg Fulmes)

Vaccine Mandates Backfire on Employers

21 October 2021 at 12:54
Commentary Vaccine mandates are being imperiled as intransigent workers ignore approaching deadlines. Labour unions are pushing back against vaccine mandates in some cases, while informal employee organizations are standing up for unvaccinated workers when unions won't. Companies and governments are facing a choice between firing thousands of workers or backing off on their vaccination deadlines. Many are backing off. It's easy for employers and governments to talk tough and draw lines in the sand with vaccine mandates. It is proving much more difficult to enforce these mandates in reality. Very few industries can suddenly dismiss five or ten percent of their workforce without serious disruptions to their operations. Canada is in the midst of a labour shortage already. Finding skilled replacement workers after having fired thousands will prove difficult for employers, if not impossible, and they are re-evaluating vaccine mandates in light of this. The most notable Canadian example is ...

Following a mandate for hospital staff to be vaccinated, a group of protesters gather outside of New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City on Sept. 1, 2021. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

With Hours Before Deadline, Liberals Reshape Pandemic Aid to Businesses, Workers

21 October 2021 at 12:43
OTTAWA—Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland says the federal government is reshaping a suite of pandemic aid programs for businesses and individuals starting this weekend. The federal wage and rent subsidies are scheduled to expire on Saturday, along with benefits for some unemployed workers. Freeland says the measures were always designed to be temporary to get through the crisis. She says the country is now in a very different phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, noting the labour market has recovered all the jobs lost last year and vaccination rates are rising. In place of the broad wage and rent subsidies for businesses will be more direct subsidies to still-hurting sectors of the economy. Mark Agnew, senior vice-president policy with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, says the retooled government support programs would allow businesses that continue to be impacted by public health restrictions to survive until they can recover. "This is the fair ...

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland meet with doctors at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, in Ottawa, on Oct. 21, 2021. (The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick)

Pornhub Settles California Lawsuit Brought by 50 Women, Including Canadians

21 October 2021 at 12:38
MONTREAL—Pornhub and several affiliated companies have settled a lawsuit brought by 50 women who alleged it profited from pornographic videos published without their full consent. "The parties reached a mutual resolution to resolve the dispute and the terms are confidential," Brian Holm, the lawyer for the plaintiffs, wrote in an email. The lawsuit filed last December in U.S. district court in California alleged that MindGeek, parent company of Pornhub, knew or should have known that one of its commercial partners regularly used fraud and coercion to get women to appear in videos. The lawsuit initially involved 40 women, including three Canadians, but it was later expanded to include 10 additional women and other businesses connected to MindGeek were added as defendants. The original court filing alleged that MindGeek did not end a partnership with GirlsDoPorn until that company’s operators were charged by U.S. authorities in November 2019. Earlier this month, ...

The Pornhub website is shown on a computer screen in Toronto on Dec. 16, 2020. Pornhub and several affiliated companies have settled a lawsuit brought by 50 women who alleged it profited from pornographic videos published without their full consent. (The Canadian Press)

Trudeau Announces New Federal Standard for Vaccine Passports, Pfizer Vaccine Deal for Children

21 October 2021 at 11:52
Canada is introducing a standardized national vaccine passport for domestic and international travel, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Oct. 21. The proof-of-vaccination certificate, which Canadians will need to travel both within the country and internationally, is based on an international standard for Smart health cards and uses the provincial vaccine certificate already in place as its framework. “Today I’m happy to confirm that all provinces and territories have confirmed that they will be moving forward with a standardized national proof of vaccination,” Trudeau said at a press conference on Oct. 21. He said Saskatchewan, Ontario, Québec, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and all three territories have already put this national standard for proof of vaccination into use. The digital vaccine passport will include the holder's name and date of birth and a QR code that includes their vaccination history. It will also show the number of doses received, the ...

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a press conference as he visits the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa on Oct. 21, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

Before yesterdayMain stream

Vikings Were in the Americas Exactly 1,000 Years Ago

20 October 2021 at 10:46
By studying tree rings and using a dash of astrophysics, researchers have pinned down a precise year that settlers from Europe were on land that would come to be known as Newfoundland.

Vikings Were in the Americas Exactly 1,000 Years Ago

20 October 2021 at 10:46
By studying tree rings and using a dash of astrophysics, researchers have pinned down a precise year that settlers from Europe were on land that would come to be known as Newfoundland.

Canada’s Inflation Rate Hits 18-Year High, Puts Focus on Central Bank Rate Policy

20 October 2021 at 10:11
By: Reuters
OTTAWA—Canada's annual inflation rate accelerated to an 18-year-high in September, driven by high gas prices, soaring housing costs, and rising food prices, data showed on Wednesday, putting the focus on the Bank of Canada ahead of a rate decision next week. Inflation increased to 4.4 percent, beating the average analyst estimate of 4.3 percent, to reach its fastest clip since February 2003, Statistics Canada data showed. It was the sixth consecutive month in which headline inflation topped the central bank's 1–3 percent control range. "It suggests there is still momentum at the margin in terms of inflationary pressures that can't be just dismissed on base effects and other factors. So it's still a sustained overshoot," said Derek Holt, vice president of capital markets economics at Scotiabank. Governor Tiff Macklem has said the Bank of Canada sees hot inflation as temporary, though last week he predicted supply chain bottlenecks meant it ...

People shop at a Walmart Supercentre amid coronavirus fears spreading in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on March 13, 2020. (Carlos Osorio/Reuters)

How to get hired as a budtender in Canada

20 October 2021 at 04:20

Budtenders are there to help consumers explore different types of cannabis products—but who educates them?

The post How to get hired as a budtender in Canada appeared first on Leafly.

‘Unprecedented’ Federal Spending Exceeds Amount During 2009 Global Recession, World War II: Report

19 October 2021 at 17:41
“New normal” federal program spending has reached unprecedented levels in Canada, with per-person spending in 2021 expected to exceed $13,000—a 34.8 percent surge from pre-COVID levels in 2019, according to a new report. The report, published by the think tank Fraser Institute, notes that the federal government’s spending, adjusted for inflation, would have hit a minimum of $12,695 per person before the 2021 election was called. If the Liberals carry through with the promises they made to increase spending while on the campaign trail, the per person spending would go up to $13,032 in 2021-22. If the NDP’s “even higher spending” proposal is included, it would result in the per-person spending reaching $13,735.  “These levels of per-person spending are unprecedented in Canadian history even when compared to recessions and wartime, excluding the recent COVID crisis,” said Jake Fuss, senior economist at the Fraser Institute and co-author of the report, in ...

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland delivers the federal budget in the House of Commons as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on in Ottawa on April 19, 2021. (The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick)

Parliament Requires MPs to Be Vaccinated to Enter House of Commons

19 October 2021 at 17:17
When the Parliament resumes on Nov. 22, only those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be allowed to enter the House of Commons precinct, the Parliament's Board of Internal Economy has decided. Exceptions will be allowed for those with valid medical reasons, but they have to present proof of a recent negative COVID-19 antigen test result. The restriction applies to members of Parliament, their staff, political research office employees, administration employees, journalists, parliamentary business visitors, contractors, and consultants. The Board of Internal Economy is the governing body of the House of Commons and decides on administrative matters for the House. The board consists of nine MPs from all parties with official status, including five Liberal MPs, two Conservative MPs, one Bloc Québécois MP, and one NDP MP. The precinct will remain closed to the public, and those entering need to wear a mask, unless they are at a work station ...

The House of Commons in Ottawa on April 8, 202. (The Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld)

Canada Must Exclude Huawei From 5G Networks and Align With Allies: Former Liberal Justice Minister

19 October 2021 at 11:37
Canada should align with its allies to exclude Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies from its 5G network, says former Liberal justice minister Irwin Cotler. “We should be in the company of our democratic partners in the 5G, and not take a different position where that different position is in no instances warranted here,” Cotler said in an interview. Canada remains the only country among the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance that hasn't made a decision regarding Huawei and 5G, despite the intelligence community's warnings about the company's threats to national security. The other four countries have banned or taken steps to ban Huawei from their 5G networks. Huawei was founded by a former officer of the People's Liberation Army and has close ties to Beijing. The U.S. government has urged its allies to exclude the company from the West’s next-generation communications, saying Beijing could use it for spying. In late September, ...

Then-Liberal MP Irwin Cotler rises during question period in the House of Commons in Ottawa, on Dec. 15, 2011. (The Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld)

Silencing Open Debate on Vaccines Fuels Mistrust

18 October 2021 at 15:57
Commentary A new poll confirms that Canadians distrust their unvaccinated fellows. Whatever happened to faith in one another? Or skepticism about authority? Do we expect to flourish as a nation of angry sheep? Baaaa humbug. I probably must repeat the disclaimer that I am vaccinated. Despite qualms about the massive use of untested mRNA technology and skepticism about the wisdom or honesty of those in power, I figured the risk was probably lower than from COVID. But it doesn’t mean I think the vaccines are magic. Indeed, while I was writing, newswires reported that former U.S. secretary of state Colin Powell died from COVID complications. The stories hurried to assure us he was fully vaccinated, not some angry loser kook who didn’t believe the science and then died. That COVID killed him anyway was apparently not relevant. Not to me. My second thought, after RIP, was I guess the vaccines ...

Protesters march against Quebec’s decision to impose a vaccine passport system across the province starting Sept. 1, in Montreal on Aug. 14, 2021. (The Canadian Press/Peter McCabe)

Canadian Firms Face Labour Shortages as Expectations of Inflation Rise: Bank of Canada Survey

18 October 2021 at 15:08
Even with the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian businesses are recovering at a slow pace due to labour shortages and supply chain disruptions, which is leading to higher expectations of inflation, a new Bank of Canada survey says. The bank’s business outlook survey for the third quarter of 2021, published on Oct. 18, shows close to half of roughly 100 firms surveyed now anticipate inflation to remain above 3 percent for the next two years, citing factors of supply chain disruption, fiscal and monetary policy stimulus, and the recent increase in food and energy prices. A separate Bank of Canada survey of consumers for the same quarter in 2021, also found that Canadians expect short-term inflation, with expectations for inflation one year from now rising to 3.72 percent—a survey high that exceeded expectations at longer horizons for the first time. Longer-term inflation expectations of 2 years and 5 years were around ...

A sign on a shop window indicates the store is closed in Ottawa, March 23, 2020. (The Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld)

Antisemitism in Canada at Levels Not Seen Since World War II: Former Justice Minister

18 October 2021 at 13:35
Canada has been experiencing some of the worst outbreaks of antisemitism not seen since the end of the Second World War, says former justice minister Irwin Cotler, Canada's special envoy on preserving Holocaust remembrance and combating antisemitism. “What we're witnessing has been a global escalation in antisemitism, but Canada has not been free from that international dynamic,” Cotler said in an interview. Cotler was named special envoy last November, a role that was made permanent by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his virtual appearance at the concluding plenary session of the Malmo International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism on Oct. 13. Trudeau said Cotler's office will also be supported by increased resources. Since 2017, Statistics Canada has consistently reported the Jewish community as the most frequently targeted religious minority when it comes to hate crimes. In 2019, out of 608 cases, antisemitism accounted for nearly half of them, with 296 cases. Jewish advocacy ...

Then-Liberal MP Irwin Cotler holds a press conference in the foyer of the House of Commons on March 26, 2015. Cotler, Canada's special envoy on preserving Holocaust remembrance and combating antisemitism, says antisemitic hate crimes are on the rise in Canada and around the world. (The Canadian Press/ Sean Kilpatrick)

Canada's Government Bans The Expression 'Let's Go Brandon' In All Government Correspondence

17 October 2021 at 18:30

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WNU Editor: This is why Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau's government wants to ban the expression "Let's Go Brandon" (see tweet below).

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‘Unprecedented’ Supply Chain Problems Hit School Cafeterias Across US

17 October 2021 at 14:53
A growing number of school districts have said that supply chain bottlenecks have forced them to suspend services or food items. A spokesperson for Denver Public Schools (DPS), Theresa Hafner, said Sunday that the district is “struggling to receive enough milk to serve to every child at breakfast and lunch every day,” saying that parents should provide reusable bottles for children. "When the milk is available, we are prioritizing serving milk at breakfast at all schools and at our elementary schools for lunch," Hafner told Business Insider. "I think the milk company is trying its best to give most schools at least some milk, but not a complete order," she added. Earlier this month, DPS told parents that it was experiencing "unprecedented supply-chain challenges with food and milk this fall." As a result, some of the food served to students may differ than what's on the menu. And Shonia Hall, ...

This Sept. 11, 2012, file photo shows a healthy chicken salad school lunch, prepared under federal guidelines, sitting on display at the cafeteria at Draper Middle School in Rotterdam, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)

Canadian Among Kidnapped Missionaries in Haiti, Organization Confirms

17 October 2021 at 14:03
By: Reuters
PORT-AU-PRINCE—A missionary group including 16 Americans and one Canadian were kidnapped in Haiti on Saturday while on a trip to an orphanage, the Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries group said on Sunday. "We request urgent prayer for the group of Christian Aid Ministries workers who were abducted while on a trip to visit an orphanage on Saturday, October 16," it said in a statement, saying seven women, five men and five children were taken. Gang members kidnapped the group after they left an orphanage in the Caribbean nation, where violence has surged since the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in July and an earthquake in August, CNN and the New York Times reported earlier. Christian Aid Ministries provided no information about where the group may have been taken or on efforts to free them, beyond saying "we are seeking God’s direction for a resolution, and authorities are seeking ways to help." U.S. Congressman Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican, told CNN ...

A sign marks the entrance of the home office of Christian Aid Ministries in Millersburg, Ohio, on Oct. 17, 2021. (Reuters/Aaron Josefczyk)

Mandatory Vaccine Deadlines for Health Workers Loom in Other Provinces After Quebec Extended Deadline Amid Staffing Shortage

17 October 2021 at 13:26
When Quebec Health Minister Christian Dube announced a one-month extension to the Oct. 15 deadline imposed on the province’s health-care workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, he cited the risk of an urgent staffing shortage if the ministry maintained its original mandate. With several other provinces having set deadlines of their own, Canadians are watching to see whether similar extensions will be added. British Columbia has mandated its health-care workers to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 26. In Alberta, Oct. 31. New Brunswick has set Nov. 19, the Yukon and Nova Scotia Nov. 30, and Newfoundland and Labrador Dec. 17. Saskatchewan and Manitoba have also created mandates, but have added testing options for staff unwilling to be vaccinated. Ontario has also allowed unvaccinated workers to submit to regular COVID testing, although some hospitals have had the authority to craft vaccination policies without provincial endorsement, and several employees have been ...

A health-care worker demonstrates against mandatory vaccination mandates as a vaccine supporter looks on in front of a hospital in Montreal, on Sept. 13, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)

Mayor Wanted: Some Quebec Towns Struggle to Find Municipal Candidates

17 October 2021 at 09:14
MONTREAL—There’s nobody running for mayor in St−Éloi, a small Quebec municipality that offers panoramic views of the St. Lawrence River. The 300−person community about 210 kilometres northeast of Quebec City will have to launch a second appeal for candidates after nobody threw their hat in the ring ahead of the Nov. 7 municipal election — and it isn’t alone. While cities such as Montreal are fielding up to 10 candidates for mayor, many smaller communities in the province are hunting for takers. As the nomination period closed across the province, 11 towns were still looking for a mayoral candidate, while 109 councillor positions were unfilled. A further 608 mayors and 4,291 councillors have already been declared elected due to a lack of opposition. In 2017, when the last municipal elections were held, five towns had no mayor and 77 councillor positions were vacant. The number of vacancies is higher this ...

While cities such as Montreal are fielding up to 10 candidates for mayor, many smaller communities in Quebec are hunting for takers. (The Canadian Press)

Cannabis legalization year 3—welcome to the Hunger Games

17 October 2021 at 01:20

For many entrepreneurs, working in Canada's cannabis industry is a mix of passion and uncertainty. Who will survive another year of legalization?

The post Cannabis legalization year 3—welcome to the Hunger Games appeared first on Leafly.

Investors Will Continue to Favour US Oil and Gas Sector Over Canada’s: Study

16 October 2021 at 14:53
The Canadian oil and gas sector will likely see investors continue to head south to the United States due to Canada’s higher taxes, more restrictive regulatory regime, and lack of pipeline capacity, a Fraser Institute study suggests. “Financial capital is mobile, so policy-makers in Canada must understand that government policies have helped facilitate the flight of oil and gas investment from Canada to the U.S.,” said study co-author Steven Globerman, a professor emeritus at Western Washington University and a Fraser Institute resident scholar, in an Oct. 13 press release. The study, titled “The Investment Outlook for the Canadian and US Oil and Gas Sectors,” noted that despite a recent recovery in crude oil prices in both countries, Canada’s economic activity in the upstream segment—exploration and production—continued to decline while U.S. activity in that segment increased with a modest recovery in crude oil prices in 2017 and 2018. Survey results and reports prepared ...

Pumpjacks in the Kern River oil field in Bakersfield, Calif., in a file photo. (Reuters/Jonathan Alcorn)

1,000 Quebec Front-Line Workers, First Responders Hold Silent Rally to Protest Vaccine Mandates

16 October 2021 at 13:29
About 1,000 workers from a variety of professions held a silent rally in Quebec City on Oct. 15 to protest against the province’s COVID-19 vaccination mandates. Using the rallying cry “Code White,” an emergency colour code send out by health-care staff when they face a violent situation and need backup, the event called on front-line workers and first responders to stand together in solidarity and reject the Quebec government’s vaccine passport.  Attendees including nurses, policemen, teachers, and military veterans locked arms and stood solemnly in silence for 10 minutes on Dufferin Terrace, a long wooden sidewalk next to the Château Frontenac hotel on the St. Lawrence River.  https://twitter.com/IsaacTeo9/status/1449433789453803521 "So the goal for the Dufferin Terrace is to form a human chain of professionals, a doctor, a firefighter, a nurse, a policeman, all in a column to make a line of protection for the people who are going to lose their ...

Front-line workers and first responders stand in silence in front of Château Frontenac in Quebec City on Oct. 15, 2021. (The Epoch Times/Sonia Rouleau)

Did Canada’s Elites Learn Nothing From the Two Michaels Fiasco?

16 October 2021 at 10:59
Commentary If there’s anything for which members of Canada’s elite deserve any sort of distinction, it is their phenomenal inability to learn from experience and see reality as it is. In our relationship with China, this is displayed to a degree that’d be comical if it wasn’t so dangerous. A poll done by Nanos following the dramatic release of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor concluded that 76 percent of Canadians want Chinese tech giant Huawei banned from participating in Canada’s 5G infrastructure. Regarding a free trade agreement, once the main focus of the Trudeau government’s foreign policy, 69 percent of Canadians think Ottawa should delay negotiations with Beijing due to the current state of affairs. When it comes to China-related policies going forward, 56 percent support and 31 percent somewhat support joining with our democratic partners the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia to contain Beijing. In addition, 43 ...

Canada's Ambassador to China Dominic Barton waits to appear before the House of Commons Special Committee on Canada-China Relations, in Ottawa on Feb. 5, 2020. (The Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld)

Aaron Gunn’s Leadership Bid Fires Up Ideological Battle Within BC Liberal Party

16 October 2021 at 08:10
Commentary As the BC Liberals mull over whether to allow conservative activist Aaron Gunn to enter its party leadership race, one has to wonder if there is a home for true blue conservatives in any mainstream parties anymore. For those unfamiliar with B.C. politics, the British Columbia Liberal Party is not affiliated with the federal Liberal Party in any way. The Social Credit Party of B.C. represented conservatives until it collapsed in a scandal-plagued wreck at the beginning of the 1990s. This led to an NDP majority government in 1991. The Conservative Party of B.C. has been insignificant since the 1970s and was unable to capitalize on the Social Credit implosion. The B.C. Liberals took a turn to the right under Gordon Campbell's leadership in 1994 and became a big-tent party. It took two elections, but the party won in a landslide under Campbell in 2001, taking 77 out of ...

Conservative activist Aaron Gunn launched his leadership bid for the B.C. Liberal Party on Oct. 9, 2021. (Courtesy Aaron Gunn)

Government Bracing for Surge in Passport Renewals

16 October 2021 at 08:10
OTTAWA—Pierce Schoel thought he might be able to avoid a long wait at the passport office in Kitchener, Ont. by going in the middle of the day. He was surprised to discover lineups out the door. The security guard told people they'd likely be waiting two, even three hours. But with a long-awaited trip to Mexico on the horizon—his first overseas trip since the pandemic began—he stuck it out. "I've been waiting to travel for quite a long time," Schoel said after applying for his passport Friday. "I'm ready to get back out there and start travelling." He's not the only one. Schoel and his fellow travellers in line may be part of the deluge of passport applications Canadian officials are braced for. Urgent passport services have been available throughout the pandemic, but with borders closed and public health measures in place most people had little use for them. Service ...

A Canadian passport is displayed in Ottawa on July 23, 2015. (The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick)

BC Liberals Leadership Hopeful Goes to Bat for Fellow Candidate Targeted for His Opinions

16 October 2021 at 07:49
Ellis Ross, a candidate in the BC Liberal Party leadership race, is coming to the defence of a fellow candidate who is being targeted for his conservative opinions, saying the party should maintain its "big tent" and not shun the candidate. That candidate, political outsider Aaron Gunn, declared his intention to run for leadership of the party on Oct. 8 and received immediate flak from the ruling B.C. NDP, which accused him of expressing “harmful views.” A few days later, a rival in the leadership race, Michael Lee, took a similar position, seeking to prevent Gunn from competing. “Aaron Gunn has the right to express his views, but the BC Liberal Party has a responsibility to not give a platform to intolerant views like those he's shared. I urge candidates to affirm inclusive values & join me in calling for his candidacy to be rejected,” Lee, MLA for Vancouver-Langara, said on Twitter. ...

Ellis Ross, BC Liberal MLA for Skeena, in Vancouver in 2016. Ross, who is running for the leadership of his party, is standing up for fellow candidate Aaron Gunn. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

Upcoming Reopening Plan Will Provide Ontarians With ‘More Certainty,’ Ford Says

15 October 2021 at 14:41
Ontario Premier Doug Ford says his government is finalizing plans to exit the final stage of the COVID-19 pandemic reopening roadmap and will "cautiously lift more public health measures." "The work began months ago and we're finalizing the plan now, including where and when we may need to reapply measures should they be required to stop a surge in transmission," Ford said in a press conference on Oct. 15. "The chief medical officer of health has been clear. The objective is to avoid further lockdowns, and if additional measures are necessary they will be localized, tailored, and aimed at limiting disruption to businesses and families because this is not just a plan for the short term, but for the long term as well.” Ford said the exit plan will be rolled out sometime next week and will provide Ontarians with "more certainty and a better idea what to expect in ...

Ontario Premier Doug Ford attends a press briefing at the Queens Park legislature in Toronto on Oct. 15, 2021. (The Canadian Press/Chris Young)

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