When Toronto needed nurses, they raised their hands. With Alberta in COVID crisis, these Newfoundlanders have done it again

The night before they got married, Newfoundland nurse practitioner Jennifer Richard told her husband-to-be she was going to Alberta. “I’m not surprised,” he said, and they proceeded to book her a post-honeymoon flight directly to Fort McMurray. Thus ended a blissful three-week hiatus, her first chunk of serious time off since the beginning of the … Read more

Opinion | Here’s why Doug Ford won’t congratulate the Ontario-born winner of the Nobel Prize for economics

This just in — just not noted by Doug Ford: The Nobel Prize for economics has been awarded to Ontario-born academic David Card. Congratulations came first from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, followed quickly by a public salute from the leader of Ontario’s loyal Opposition, Andrea Horwath. Yet not a peep, as yet, from the premier. … Read more

Not so fast with that trip to Buffalo: The U.S. border may be reopening to Canadians, but ‘the rules are the rules’

WASHINGTON — Plenty of people were celebrating after the U.S. government announced this week it would reopen its land border to Canadian leisure travellers. Among them were Canadian wannabe day-trippers hoping to do some cross-border shopping, dining or sightseeing in places like Niagara Falls, NY. Perhaps even more ecstatic were the restaurateurs, retailers and other … Read more

Doug Ford expected to lift COVID-19 capacity restrictions for restaurants, bars and gyms as part of ‘pandemic plan 2.0’

Premier Doug Ford will lift COVID-19 capacity limits in restaurants, bars, and gyms when he unveils additional benchmarks for further reopening Ontario’s economy. Ford, who is expected to meet with reporters Friday, hopes to deliver encouraging news for restaurateurs and others — such as publicans and fitness centre owners — who are concerned about restrictions … Read more

To serve and protect? A patchwork of penalties means some Toronto public servants face strict rules about vaccination — and some face none at all

As the deadline looms for all city of Toronto employees to get fully protected from COVID-19, a patchwork of penalties means the public won’t know whether key front-line workers are vaccinated or not. While Torontonians might feel reassured by the city’s tough stand — tens of thousands of employees must get vaccinated or face suspension … Read more