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Toronto Mayor John Tory has joined a chorus of Canadian politicians in urging Pfizer-Biotech to produce more COVID-19 vaccine. Tory followed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford, among others, in speaking directly to executives from the pharmaceutical multinational. Tory said he wanted to make a constructive case after the company said it […]

TORONTO — Residents of Ontario long-term care homes described the devastating impact of the prolonged isolation brought on by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic as they testified before an independent commission earlier this month. A group of residents spoke to the Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission through video conference on Jan. 13, laying out […]

TORONTO — Experts at a leading children’s hospital say schools need to ramp up COVID-19 testing and masking in order to have all kids return safely to the classroom as soon as possible.  The guidance comes a day after Ontario said it would allow just seven public health units in southern Ontario to resume in-person […]

TORONTO — Construction on the long disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline halted Wednesday as incoming U.S. President Joe Biden decided to revoke its permit. Biden’s Day One plans included moving to revoke a presidential permit for the pipeline. The premier of the oil-rich Canadian province of Alberta called it an “insult” and said the federal […]

TORONTO — Declining new COVID-19 case counts in the two provinces hardest hit by the pandemic offer some hope that newly imposed restrictions are working, some experts said Wednesday, while stressing the need to maintain strict public health rules. Quebec and Ontario, which account for the bulk of the country’s COVID-19 cases, have both seen […]

TORONTO — Construction on the long disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline halted Wednesday in anticipation of incoming U.S. President Joe Biden revoking its permit. Biden’s Day One plans includes moving to revoke a presidential permit for the pipeline. The 1,700-mile (2,735-kilometre) pipeline was planned to carry roughly 800,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta […]

TORONTO — North American stock markets rose midweek with U.S. indexes setting record highs, while the loonie reached its highest value in nearly three years . “The underlining mood in the markets today is largely one of optimism and improved appetite for risk, with investors bracing for additional U.S. stimulus that will ultimately revive growth […]

TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays’ brass appeared confident through a quiet off-season that the team was in position to be a player in 2021 and beyond.  It took a deep dive into the wallet, but the Blue Jays finally hit their main free-agent target — in a big way. Outfielder George Springer and the […]

TORONTO — Schools in only seven public health units in southern Ontario can reopen to in-person learning on Monday while the rest will continue teaching students online. Those seven public health units are Grey Bruce; Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge; Hastings and Prince Edward Counties; Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington; Leeds, Grenville and Lanark; Peterborough; […]

OTTAWA — Controversial MP Derek Sloan was kicked out of the Conservative caucus Wednesday, a move party leader Erin O’Toole said was due to a “pattern of destructive behaviour” that had become a distraction.  O’Toole’s acknowledgment that Sloan’s dismissal was not solely over a donation he’d taken from a white nationalist came after hours of […]