September 30 holiday in Ontario: Who gets the day off?

September 30 holiday in Ontario: Who gets the day off?

The second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is approaching in Canada, and while it is not a statutory holiday in Ontario, there are some things you should know about. Sept. 30 is observed in Ontario only as a federal holiday, which means provincially regulated businesses are not required to give employees the day off … Read more

Half a million Toronto residents in apartments with no air conditioning this summer

Half a million Toronto residents in apartments with no air conditioning this summer

Kiki Jones has spent the past few days taking cold showers, avoiding physical activity, keeping the blinds shut and blasting electric fans in their non-air-conditioned apartment in Toronto. But despite those measures, the 31-year-old hasn’t found much relief from the intense summer heat that’s gripped the city this week. “I’ve lived in Toronto for about … Read more

Mask mandate: Travelers to Canada still required to mask 14 days

Mask mandate: Travelers to Canada still required to mask 14 days

Despite provinces and territories having lifted most of their pandemic restrictions, including mask mandates, the federal government still requires that incoming travelers to Canada wear a mask for two weeks. The federal government’s current rules state that travellers, including children aged five and up, coming to Canada must wear a “well-constructed and well-fitting mask” for … Read more

COVID: How safe is it to fly without a mask?

COVID: How safe is it to fly without a mask?

With US airlines now allowing passengers to fly on domestic flights without wearing masks following a ruling from a Florida judge, experts are still urging air travelers to keep their masks on as the BA.2 subvariant of Omicron continues to spread. The airline and travel industries had been calling for the removal of these mandates … Read more

Masks on planes: Transport minister weighs in on US court ruling

Masks on planes: Transport minister weighs in on US court ruling

Canada’s Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says masking guidelines while traveling still apply, as the US moves to drop its national mandate. Speaking in Calgary on Tuesday, Alghabra said while he won’t comment directly on the US court ruling that impacts plane, train, taxi, and other forms of travel, Canada continues to follow the science on … Read more

COVID: One-quarter in Canada have been infected, poll suggests

COVID: One-quarter in Canada have been infected, poll suggests

OTTAWA — Almost one in four Canadian respondents to a new online survey said they had been infected with COVID-19, while about three in four had not. As the country grapples with its sixth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and less data is shared with the public, the poll by Leger and the Association for … Read more

COVID: Provinces experience rise in hospitalizations

COVID: Provinces experience rise in hospitalizations

REGINA — Hospitals across Canada are facing a resurgence of patients with COVID-19 that some health officials say will likely continue for another month. Latest data from the Public Health Agency of Canada shows hospitalizations due to COVID-19 rose about 18 per cent across Canada between April 4 and April 11 — to 6,020 people … Read more

COVID: Cheers, fear as judges voids US mask mandate

COVID: Cheers, fear as judges voids US mask mandate

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. — A US federal judge’s decision to strike down a national mask mandate was met with cheers on some airplanes but also concern about whether it’s really time to end one of the most visible vestiges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The major airlines and many of the busiest airports rushed to drop … Read more

Toronto subway: Woman charged with attempted murder

Toronto subway: Woman charged with attempted murder

Toronto police say they have arrested and charged a suspect with attempted murder after a woman was pushed onto the tracks at a subway station Sunday evening. Police said officers responded to a call about the incident, which took place at Yonge and Bloor Subway Station, at around 9:03 pm on Sunday. When emergency crews … Read more

Snow in Toronto: Southern Ontario getting spring storm

Snow in Toronto: Southern Ontario getting spring storm

A spring storm hitting southern Ontario, which is expected to bring up to eight centimeters of snow by Tuesday, is causing messy conditions on the roads. Environment Canada issued a winter weather travel advisory on Monday for most of southern Ontario. The Greater Toronto Area is expected to receive between four and eight centimeters of … Read more