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TORONTO — The patient, when he came into the hospital ER with what seemed to be mild pneumonia, wasn’t that sick and might otherwise have been sent home. Except the man had just returned from China, where a new viral disease was spreading like a brush fire. His chest X-rays were also unusual. “We’d never […]

TORONTO — Former Toronto Maple Leafs captain George Armstrong has died. He was 90. The Maple Leafs confirmed the death Sunday. Armstrong captained the Maple Leafs to four Stanley Cups in the ’60s and wore the blue and white his entire career. More coming… The Canadian Press

TORONTO — When COVID-19 swept across Canada last year, Andre Mazerolle’s five-year career in marketing ground to a halt as he was laid off from his job. Gutted, the Oshawa, Ont. man poured himself into his motorcycle hobby while he tried to plot the next phase in his working life. Then a chance conversation with […]

OTTAWA — Canada’s taxpayers’ ombudsperson says his office has seen a steep spike in complaints compared to one year ago, delivering an early warning about how complicated returns should be handled this year. François Boileau says the number of complaints from taxpayers about the Canada Revenue Agency was up 93 per cent in December from […]

OTTAWA — Under fluorescent lights, Wendy Muckle surveys the supervised consumption site that sits in quiet contrast to Ottawa’s peppy ByWard Market nearby. Users filter into the brick building — dubbed “the trailer,” a nod to the service’s former digs — offering up greetings and grins en route to 16 basement booths, each furnished with […]

TORONTO — Two winning tickets were sold for the jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw — one in Quebec and the other in British Columbia. Each ticket is worth $4.2 million. The draw’s guaranteed $1 million prize also went to a lottery player in B.C. The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on […]

TORONTO — The federal government has approved an Ottawa company’s made-in-Canada rapid COVID-19 test, Health Canada confirmed Saturday as the nation’s top doctor warned the virus’s impact on the health-care system showed no signs of abating.  The test developed by Spartan Bioscience is performed by a doctor and provides on-site results within an hour, a […]

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Canada Post employees and contractors who typically work the afternoon shift are self-isolating after a COVID-19 outbreak at a key mail facility in Mississauga, Ont. The postal service says in a statement that Peel Public Health recommended the precautionary measure as the most effective way to control further spread at the Gateway […]

TORONTO — An Ottawa company says it’s received approval from Health Canada for its made-in-Canada rapid COVID-19 test. Spartan Bioscience says it’s now authorized to sell the diagnostic test, which is touted as providing on-site results within an hour. The company originally unveiled a rapid test for COVID-19 last spring but had to voluntarily recall […]

Montreal police say they responded this morning to two large gatherings in the city’s Outremont neighbourhood, their third such intervention in the area in under 24 hours. Service de Police de la Ville de Montreal spokeswoman Veronique Comtois says all three gatherings were held at places of worship and involved more than 10 people, the […]