Majority of Canadians worry new COVID-19 wave will prompt return of restrictions

More than half of Canadians are worried a fall wave of COVID-19 will prompt the return of significant restrictions to public life such as mask mandates, social distancing and reduced gathering sizes, a new Nanos poll suggests. Nanos Research found that 55 per cent of Canadians are worried or somewhat worried about a fall upswing in COVID-19 transmission prompting a return to restrictions to public life that largely ended in Ontario in early 2022. Among 1,002 randomly selected Canadian adults, 16 per cent told Nanos they were worried about a fall wave prompting a return of restrictions, while 39 per...

COVID-19 data: Ontario reports another week-over-week rise in hospitalizations

Ontario is reporting another week-over-week increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations amid suggestions that the province has now entered a new wave of the pandemic driven by the more contagious BA.5 subvariant. The latest data released by the Ministry of Health on Thursday afternoon shows that there are now 712 people in Ontario hospitals testing positive for COVID-19, including 110 individuals who are being treated in intensive care units. The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 is up nearly 22 per cent from this time last week and 46 per cent from two weeks ago. It is the highest number of COVID...

China orders new mass COVID-19 testing in Beijing and Shanghai

BEIJING (AP) -- Residents of parts of Shanghai and Beijing have been ordered to undergo further rounds of COVID-19 testing following the discovery of new cases in the two cities, while tight restrictions remain in place in Hong Kong, Macao and other Chinese cities. Shanghai has only just emerged from a strict lockdown that confined most of its 24 million residents to their homes for weeks and the new requirements have stirred concerns of a return of such harsh measures. The latest outbreak in China's largest city, a key international business center, has been linked to a karaoke parlor that...

2 trailers, 1 boat: Docs. reveal ‘very comfortable’ lifestyle of Ont. youth home operator

Three days before his Grade 8 graduation, Liam Smith received devastating news – his mother had died in a car accident.“To have mom back and be living all the time with my brother … I would do anything to have that,” said Smith, who was just 13 when his mom died.With his father out of the picture, he attempted to live with his extended family but ran into problems. He said relatives couldn’t or didn’t want to take care of him.At 15, he entered Ontario’s child welfare system and was eventually placed in a group home run by Connor Homes....

Ontario emergency rooms are closing amid health worker shortages

Jordan Omstead, The Canadian Press Published Tuesday, July 5, 2022 5:31AM EDT Last Updated Tuesday, July 5, 2022 5:31AM EDT The recent temporary closures of two Ontario emergency rooms and consolidation of staff at another have renewed concerns over the province's health-care worker shortage, with doctors and nurses calling on the government to tackle the problem. A hospital in Clinton, Ont., temporarily closed its emergency department Saturday through Monday and a Kingston, Ont., hospital reduced its urgent care centre hours over the weekend to...