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Provinces urged to end newcomer waits for public health insurance amid pandemic

Provinces urged to end newcomer waits for public health insurance amid pandemic

TORONTO — Hundreds of doctors, nurses and activists are calling on provincial governments to ensure immediate access to free health care for new arrivals in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
TTC employee working at bus maintenance shop tests positive for COVID-19

TTC employee working at bus maintenance shop tests positive for COVID-19

Toronto's transit agency says one of its employees has tested positive for COVID-19. The Toronto Transit Commission says the employee worked at a maintenance shop for buses.
Ontario shutters provincial parks due to COVID-19 pandemic

Ontario shutters provincial parks due to COVID-19 pandemic

TORONTO — Ontario is closing provincial parks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks says it decided to shutter the parks until April 30 to protect the health of employees and visitors.
Ontario reports 25 new COVID-19 cases, provincial total at 214

Ontario reports 25 new COVID-19 cases, provincial total at 214

TORONTO — Ontario reported 25 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, bringing the total to 214, as the province grappled with difficulties in assessing people as well as a growing backlog of tests.
Canadian transit agencies adjust services due to COVID-19 pandemic

Canadian transit agencies adjust services due to COVID-19 pandemic

TORONTO — Transit agencies across Canada have adjusted their operations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, in some cases by suspending fare collection altogether.
Doctors seek nationwide commitment to permanent virtual care measures

Doctors seek nationwide commitment to permanent virtual care measures

TORONTO — Groups representing doctors, nurses and pharmacists are welcoming a new era of virtual care they'd like to see persist well beyond the COVID-19 outbreak.
Police adjust non-emergency services to deal with COVID-19 pandemic

Police adjust non-emergency services to deal with COVID-19 pandemic

TORONTO — Ontario's largest police services are adjusting how they interact with members of the public in non-emergency situations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with some even closing their facilities.
COVID, law fears fuel spike in firearms, ammunition sales across Canada

COVID, law fears fuel spike in firearms, ammunition sales across Canada

TORONTO — The COVID-19 outbreak coupled with fears about more restrictive gun legislation has fuelled a spike in firearm and ammunition sales, several dealers said this week. Buyers, they say, are stocking up while they can.
Ontario high school teachers' union suspends strikes indefinitely

Ontario high school teachers' union suspends strikes indefinitely

TORONTO — Ontario said it will continue contract negotiations with the province's teachers unions using alternatives to in-person talks in light of COVID-19, a move that came as one union cancelled all further strikes because of the pandemic.
Ontario reports first death linked to COVID-19 in 77-year-old man

Ontario reports first death linked to COVID-19 in 77-year-old man

TORONTO — Ontario health officials confirmed the province's first death in a patient with COVID-19 on Tuesday, hours after Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency.