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TORONTO — The trial of Jacob Hoggard, the frontman for the Canadian rock band Hedley, has been pushed back to next year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hoggard, who pleaded not guilty at his preliminary hearing to sexual assault causing bodily harm and sexual interference, was initially set to be tried in Toronto this […]

TORONTO — Ontario is pausing COVID-19 vaccinations of long-term care staff and essential caregivers so that it can focus on administering the shots to all nursing home residents amid a shortage of doses. The province is currently dealing with a delay in deliveries of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, with no shots expected to arrive this week. […]

OTTAWA — The federal New Democrats say new rules to close a gender wage gap in federally regulated workplaces will take too long to make a difference. The government’s pay equity regulations require the likes of banks and telecommunications companies to put plans in place to meet the new rules. The rules would give companies […]

TORONTO — Ontario is reporting 1,958 new cases of COVID-19 today and 43 more deaths linked to the virus. Health Minister Christine Elliott says there are 727 new cases in Toronto, 365 in Peel Region, and 157 in York Region.  She says nearly 36,000 tests were completed since Sunday’s report. The province also says that […]

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — A 38-year-old man has been charged in connection with the sexual abuse of a girl under the age of 16 in Niagara Region. Police say they launched the investigation last July and made the arrest on Friday. The suspect, a man from Niagara Falls, Ont., is charged with one count each […]

TORONTO — Gains in the technology sector helped lift Canada’s main stock index even as the heavyweight energy and metals and mining sectors fell in early trading. The S&P/TSX composite index was up 11.80 points at 17,857.71. In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 154.69 points at 30,842.29. The S&P 500 index […]

OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole says it’s not appropriate for former governor general Julie Payette to receive the customary benefits afforded to those who’ve left the post.  Payette resigned last week ahead of the release of a report concluding she oversaw a highly toxic work environment at Rideau Hall.  Former governors general are entitled […]

TORONTO — Great Canadian Gaming Corp. says Rod Baker has stepped down as president and chief executive of the company. Baker has also resigned as a member of the company’s board of directors. Great Canadian says Terrance Doyle, president of strategic growth and chief compliance officer, has been appointed as interim chief executive. The company […]

Police in Waterloo Region say a church allegedly held an in-person service yesterday despite a court order compelling it to comply with provincial pandemic rules. Investigators say they are working with public health officials to ensure “appropriate action” is taken regarding the Trinity Bible Chapel in Woolwich, Ont. They say the church already faces “numerous” […]

TORONTO — Scientists and health experts are launching a nationwide campaign to counter misinformation about COVID-19 and related vaccines. The #ScienceUpFirst initiative is an awareness and engagement campaign that will use social media to debunk incorrect information and boost science-based content. The campaign team says in a news release that it emerged from conversations between […]