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TORONTO — Ontario Premier Doug Ford says he’ll make air conditioning mandatory in the province’s long-term care homes. Ford says he and Long-Term Care Minister Merrilee Fullerton are already looking at how the legislation can be changed, and exploring the possibility of providing money to make it possible. Wednesday’s announcement comes the same day that opposition […]

OTTAWA — Estimated federal deficit for 2020-21: $343.2 billion Direct federal aid to individuals and businesses as a result of COVID-19: $212 billion Number of Canadians who were laid off or had their hours cut as a result of COVID-19 between February and April: 5.5 million Number of Canadians who applied for the Canada Emergency […]

OTTAWA — Nearly two million Canadians could be without jobs this year under forecasts released by the federal government in its long-awaited “fiscal snapshot.” The document released Wednesday details how the Trudeau Liberals see the COVID-19 pandemic dragging down the domestic economy and sending the deficit to a historic $343.2 billion. The economic and fiscal “snapshot” […]

OTTAWA — Fixing the social and economic gaps that left women, young people and racialized Canadians to suffer the biggest economic blows from the COVID-19 pandemic is a top priority in the recovery effort, Finance Minister Bill Morneau says. Morneau delivered a “snapshot” of the federal finances Wednesday, for the first time since the pandemic […]

OTTAWA — The Trudeau Liberals say they expect nearly two million Canadians to remain without jobs this year as the COVID-19 pandemic drags down the domestic economy and federal aid sends the deficit to a historic $343.2 billion. The economic and fiscal “snapshot” from the government today lays out the Liberals’ belief that there will […]

OTTAWA — The federal website advertising volunteer positions for students hoping to earn money for their educations through a $900-million government aid program contains hundreds — if not thousands — of positions that might not actually exist. Among the student-volunteer positions advertised as available on the I Want to Help website are 1,500 spots with YMCA […]

TORONTO — A once-prominent Canadian who strangled his child cannot sue the maker of the antidepressant he was taking because he waited too long to file his claim, Ontario’s top court ruled on Wednesday. In its decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal decided the statute of limitations barred a claim by David Carmichael against GlaxoSmithKline, […]

OTTAWA — A national clinical trial this summer will focus on protecting cancer patients from developing severe COVID-19. Researchers from The Ottawa Hospital say the goal is to strengthen the immune system of a particularly vulnerable population. The trial will explore the potential of IMM-101, a preparation of safe, heat-killed bacteria that stimulates the immune […]

TORONTO — Opposition leaders are calling on Premier Doug Ford to make good on comments criticizing the owners of long-term care homes that lack air conditioning. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says Ford should change the Long-Term Care Act to mandate A/C in long-term care residents’ bedrooms. Green party Leader Mike Schreiner says he would support such […]

TORONTO — Ontario’s private cannabis stores will have to give up offering delivery and curbside pickup next week — and they’re not happy about it. The stores were allowed to start offering both services in April under a temporary emergency order the Ontario government issued during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the province is working on extending its state […]