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North Bay, Parry Sound, Timiskaming and Porcupine districts moving to COVID-19 yellow-protect zone

The regions that fall under the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit, the Porcupine Health Unit and the Timiskaming Health Unit will move into the yellow-protect zone of Ontario’s COVID-19 response framework on Monday, March 22. The Ontario government said the decision to move the three regions to the yellow zone was made…

English language classes for immigrants in Surrey, British Columbia. Picture taken before COVID-19 pandemic

‘Complex barriers’: Spreading COVID-19 messaging to Canada’s non-English speakers

From ever-changing COVID-19 guidelines and new research to misinformation and conspiracy theories, it has not been easy keeping up with the coronavirus infodemic. As most of us attempt to navigate through the scientific jargon and make sense of what a variant is, how mRNA vaccines work, or which mask to wear, getting the right…

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Alberta COVID-19 vaccine booking site experiences ‘very high volumes’ as appointments open to those 75 and older

As anticipated, demand for COVID-19 vaccination appointments for Albertans 75 and older was extremely high when bookings opened Wednesday morning. Alberta Health Services opened its phone lines and online vaccination booking tool for community seniors born in 1946 or earlier at 8 a.m.  Within minutes, Albertans began reporting issues with the site crashing or…

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Coronavirus: Manitoba expands ‘safe at home’ program, launches new ad campaign

The Manitoba government is expanding a program designed to give those stuck at home during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic something to do. Launched in December, the Safe at Home program provides funding to local groups to put together programming that people can watch or use online, including fitness classes, arts programming, mental health courses,…

Travel agents join growing calls for greater financial support amid new restrictions

Travel agents join growing calls for greater financial support amid new restrictions

The travel industry remains one of the Canadian economy’s hardest-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, but over a year after the country’s first cases began appearing, most of its major sectors have received no specialized government support. “This is the worst time in airline history, and they’ve laid off over twenty-five, thirty thousand people in…

Toronto ‘immediately’ pausing COVID-19 immunization clinic due to vaccine shortage

Toronto ‘immediately’ pausing COVID-19 immunization clinic due to vaccine shortage

The City of Toronto says it has been ordered to “immediately” pause its COVID-19 immunization clinic at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre due to a lack of vaccines. The clinic, which began inoculations on Monday, was originally supposed to operate as a pilot project for six to eight weeks with doses, at least initially,…