COVID-19 Updates

4:30 p.m. - Friday, July 3rd

A record-breaking 52,300 new cases have been reported in the United States going into Fourth of July weekend. 

Health officials are also worried about another surge in cases after people gather for pool parties, picnics and parades. 

 

The Canadian Armed Forces have ended their deployment in seven of Ontario’s long-term care homes. 

Premier Doug Ford made sure to thank the brave men and women during his press conference this afternoon. 

Meanwhile, Ontario’s emergency management agency has been deployed to a Windsor farm. 

It’s going to help coordinate care for nearly 200 workers who have tested positive for the virus. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Friday, July 3rd

Public Health is reporting two new cases of COVID-19 in Niagara today. 

This means we now have 762 total including 29 active cases. 

Most of the active cases are in Grimsby followed by Pelham, Thorold and St. Catharines. 

 

Ontario is reporting 165 new cases of the virus after completing close to 24,200 tests yesterday. 

We now have more than 35,500 cases total including more than 30,900 resolved cases. 

Two new deaths have also been reported which pushes our death toll to 2,682.

 

The We Charity will not oversee the Canada Student Service Grant after all. 

The Trudeau Government made the announcement this morning, saying it was a mutually agreed upon decision. 

The Conservatives were calling for an ombudsman's investigation into the matter yesterday because Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife both have ties to the organization. 

 

People in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI and Newfoundland and Labrador can now travel between those provinces, without having to worry about quarantining themselves afterwards. 

They’re now part of the Atlantic Bubble which took effect at midnight. 

Tourists crossing the Confederation Bridge into PEI this morning were greeted by Premier Dennis King and they were offered bags of potatoes. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Friday, July 3rd

Two cities in Niagara are considering mandatory masks for indoor public spaces.
St. Catharines City Council will look at the idea on Monday.
Mayor Walter Sendzik supports the idea, saying many businesses are already doing this.
In Niagara Falls, council will talk about it on the 14th.
Mayor Jim Diodati is against the idea, saying it would be too hard to enforce.

People living in the four Atlantic provinces will now be able to travel between them.
It's the beginning of the Atlantic bubble, allowing residents to move freely without a 14-day quarantine.
New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador and PEI are included in the bubble, which could soon reopen to the rest of Canada if things go well.

A record 50,000 new cases of the virus have been reported over two days in the U.S.
It comes as millions of Americans are preparing to celebrate the fourth of July weekend.
Florida hit a new single-day record yesterday, reporting more than 10,000 new cases of COVID-19.

 

4:00 p.m. - Thursday, July 2nd

Premier Doug Ford says migrant workers will not be sent home if they test positive for COVID-19. 

He says the workers in the Windsor-Essex Region have been hiding from getting tested and its effecting efforts to ramp up testing on farms. 

He’s encouraging all workers to participate in the program. 

 

Face masks are now mandatory for all transit riders in Toronto. 

Mayor John Tory is hoping that people will comply with the new rule and there will be no need tickets to enforce it. 

City Council has also voted to make masks mandatory in indoor public settings beginning next Tuesday. 

 

2:00 p.m. - Thursday, July 2nd

We have one new case of COVID-19 in Niagara today. 

Public Health is now reporting a total of 760 including 28 active cases and 61 deaths. 

Most of the active cases are in Grimsby. 

 

Ontario is reporting 153 new cases of the virus today. 

Over 35,300 people have now been infected province-wide and more than 30,700 have recovered. 

Four new deaths have also been reported which pushes our death toll to 2,680. 

Ontarians also won’t be able to download the new COVID-19 tracing app today. 

The Ministry of Health says it’s still a work in progress with the federal government. 

 

The commercial rent relief program for small businesses has been extended. 

This means eligible businesses will be able to apply to help cover their rent for July. 

But a few changes have also been made. Any business showing revenue declines of 70 percent in April, May or June will not have to worry about re-assessment. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Thursday, July 2nd

Even COVID-19 took a break for Canada Day.
No new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Niagara over the holiday.
There are 29 active cases in the Region.
The highest number is in Grimsby, followed by St. Catharines and Thorold.
There are no active cases in Lincoln, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Port Colborne, Wainfleet and West Lincoln.

The new contact tracing app won't launch as planned today in Ontario.
More work is needed on the final details of the COVID Alert App and right now there's no new release date.
Ontario will be the first province to test the app, before it rolls out to the rest of the country.

Starting today, transit riders in Toronto will need to wear a face covering.
The Toronto Transit Commission made the rule last month to stop the spread of COVID-19, but it just came into effect.
Toronto's city council has also voted in favour of mandatory masks in all indoor public spaces.
That starts on July 7th.

 

4:30 p.m. - Tuesday, June 30th

Premier Doug Ford says every region in the province is different. 

He says local officials should be the ones to decide, whether or not to make masks mandatory in indoor public settings. 

Ford says they are two ways to go about it; Public Health could implement it under Section 22 of the Health Act or the municipality’s council could pass a by-law. 

 

The U-S could see up to 100-thousand new COVID-19 infections each day if Americans don’t start following public health recommendations. 

That’s according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. 

A handful of states have had to reimplement COVID-19 restrictions due to a surge in cases. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Tuesday, June 30th

Another six cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Niagara. 

Public Health says we now have 759 total including 33 active cases. 

Sixty-one people have died 

 

Twenty-seven of Ontario’s 34 health units are reporting less than five new cases of COVID-19 today. 

We have 157 new cases of the virus province-wide and seven new deaths. 

More than 35,000 people have been infected with the virus since the pandemic began but more than 30,300 have recovered. 

Our death toll has reached 2,672. 

 

Americans will have to wait at least another two weeks before they can visit the European Union. 

The EU is reopening its borders to 14 countries.

Canada made the list but the U.S, Russia, Brazil and India were not included due to their high numbers of COVID-19 infections. 

The list will be updated every two weeks. 

 

Wearing a face mask could become the new normal in Toronto. 

Mayor John Tory is calling on City Council to make them mandatory in indoor public settings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

It would take effect next week if it's approved. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Tuesday, June 30th

Many areas across Niagara are gearing up for some virtual celebrations.
Canada Day will look a bit different this year as we continue the fight against COVID-19.
Niagara Falls will share a virtual celebration on the city's website and Facebook page, featuring local artists, activities and shows.
The town of Fort Erie has cancelled its fireworks and will also celebrate tomorrow's holiday virtually.

There are 27 active cases of the virus in Niagara.
That number is up slightly over yesterday, after public health reported three new cases of the virus.
The highest number of active cases is in Thorold, followed by St. Catharines and Grimsby.
More than 88 per cent of people with COVID-19 in Niagara have recovered.

Our top public health officer says the pandemic is under control in Canada.
Doctor Theresa Tam says there are some localized outbreaks.
In Ontario, Doug Ford is promising more support for the Windsor-Essex area.
There have been a staggering number of positive tests all linked to a single farm.
Leamington and Kingsville are the only two places in the province held back in Stage One.

 

4:30 p.m. - Monday, June 29th

We could see up to 108,000 cases of COVID-19 and more than 8,865 deaths across the country two weeks from now. 

That’s according to the latest federal modelling numbers which were released earlier today. 

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam says we’ve made great progress in preventing the spread of the virus.

But she adds we still have some hotspots including Toronto and farming communities in the Windsor area. 

 

Twenty-seven people have now tested positive for COVID-19 after going to a nail salon in Kingston. 

Health officials reported five new cases linked to the outbreak earlier today. 

City officials decided to make it mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor public places on Friday. 

 

1:00 p.m. - Monday, June 29th

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting three new cases of COVID-19 today which brings our total to 753. 

Only 27 of those cases are currently active and most of them are in Thorold. 

Sixty-one people have died. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Monday, June 29th

Ontario is reporting 257 new cases of COVID-19 today. 

But a majority of those cases are in Windsor-Essex with a total of 177. 

We now have 34,911 cases province-wide including 30,196 resolved cases. 

Seven new deaths have also been reported which pushes our death toll to 2,665.

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says we’ve made great strides in the fight against COVID-19. 

He says the latest federal models show a lot of progress in containing the virus but with significant hotspots. 

He adds we may have to tighten restrictions again if we see another spike in cases. 

 

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is would like to get his country back on track. 

He would like to set funding aside for schools, housing and infrastructure, but the critics want to know where the money is coming from. 

Johnson says the pandemic has been a total nightmare with more than 43,000 COVID-19 related deaths in the U.K. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Monday, June 29th

There are 24 active cases of the virus in Niagara.
Only one new case was reported by public health over the weekend.
That brings the total number of cases since the pandemic began to 750.
There are no active cases in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Port Colborne, Wainfleet or West Lincoln.

Canada is now up to more than 103,000 cases of COVID-19 since March.
The U.S. reported nearly 43,000 new cases of the virus on Saturday alone.
They are up to more than 2.5-million cases.
That's about a quarter of the 10-million cases across the globe.
India has a record high 20,000 new cases today, causing some areas to reinstate lockdowns.

The global stock markets are down a bit to start the day as some governments are backtracking on COVID-19 restrictions.
Wall Street is starting the trading week after a sell off on Friday, as Texas and Florida begin to reverse course and clamp down again.
Some governments are warning a spike in cases could lead to a backtrack on re-openings.

 

12:00 p.m. - Sunday, June 28th

Niagara now has 750 cases of COVID-19.

Public Health says 24 of those cares are considered active.

Niagara Health is still reporting there are over 22,000 tests administered so far.

There were 178 new cases reported in Ontario today.

 

Vancouver Coastal Health says there have been a number of positive cases of COVID-19 involving people at a Vancouver strip club.

According to the agency, there have been a number of positive cases involving people who had visited the strip club between June 21st and the 24th between 9:00 p.m and 3:00 a.m.

Patrons are being told to monitor themselves for 14 days after possibly being exposed to the virus.

 

Some Prince Edward Island residents haven't been too welcoming to visitors as the province gets set to reopen its borders to other provinces next month.

Several cars with out-of-province license plates have been vandalized or have had notes left for them, with locals calling it "plate shaming."

Premier Dennis King says he believes this is likely caused by fears of COVID-19, and it is not widespread.

 

8:00 a.m. - Sunday, June 28th

Niagara still has 749 cases of COVID-19 after no new cases were reported by Public Health yesterday.

There have been over 22,000 tests administered so far by Niagara Health.

Ontario reported 160 new cases of the virus yesterday.

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada is committed to working with countries across the globe the world to gather procurement efforts and make sure all countries have access to a vaccine for COVID-19.

He made these comments while participating in a virtual fundraiser, which raised close to $9.5 billion in pledges to come up with a vaccine for the virus.

Trudeau announced $300 million in funding and it will go towards the initiative

 

Officials in British Columbia say a hand-sanitizer recalled in the United States has been found in the province.

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control is asking people to check hand sanitizer products made by Eskbiochem S-A de C-Vin Mexico, as they may contain methanol.

It's recommended that the products are thrown out and they say methanol is toxic if it's swallowed and can cause skin irritation.

 

12:00 p.m. - Saturday, June 27th

There are 749 cases of COVID-19 in Niagara.

Public Health says there have been 665 recoveries, while Niagara Health has administered over 22,000 tests to date.

Today there were 160 cases reported in Ontario.

 

The head of the Manitoba Metis Federation David Chartrand says child-welfare agencies have been forgotten in the province's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He says there is no extra money included in Manitoba's block funding model, which could force agencies to cut programs or fall into a deficit.

 

The Premier of Nova Scotia says people in the province, including himself, need get in the habit of wearing masks while outside in public.

Stephen McNeil says he has not always covered his face at times when it's difficult to ensure there is physical distancing among others.

 

8:00 a.m. - Saturday, June 27th

Following one new case reported by Public Health, there 749 cases of COVID-19 in Niagara.

There have been more than 21,000 COVID-19 tests issued by Niagara Health to date.

Yesterday there were 111 cases reported in Ontario.

 

Hundreds of millions of dollars in new funding will be provided by Canada for an international effort to develop and distribute a COVID-19 vaccine.

The effort is sponsored by Global Citizen, which is aiming to raise $42.8 billion dollars.

The money will go to support organizations, health professionals and business in their efforts to come up with a vaccine.

 

Eighty-seven First Nations individuals in British Columbia have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the First Nations Health Authority.

The rate is below the provincial average, which provincial health officer Doctor Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix say is due to the collaboration and the commitment from the community and health leaders to protect communities.

 

4:00 p.m. - Friday, June 26th

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting one new case of COVID-19 today.

We currently have 27 active cases with most of them in St. Catharines.

A total of 749 people have been infected with the virus since the pandemic began.

 

The Premier of Ontario says things are starting to look up in the battle against the pandemic. 

Doug Ford says the numbers are starting to sway in our favour after processing 30,000 tests yesterday resulting in only 111 new cases.

These are the lowest numbers since the end of March.

Ford also said they will continue with a regional approach when it comes to moving towards Phase 3.

 

The Canadian Red Cross is sending 900 people to work in Quebec's long-term care homes until mid-September, replacing Canadian Armed Forces members.

Premier Francois Legault had urged the military to keep at least one-thousand soldiers in the facilities until the fall.

 

Florida has banned alcohol consumption in bars after reporting a record 8,942 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a single day.

That's almost double the previous record high set just two days ago.

 

12:00 p.m. - Friday, June 26th

Premier Doug Ford says we need to keep up the good work. 

We have 111 new cases of COVID-19 and close to 31,000 tests were processed yesterday. 

Ford says 28 of the 34 health units across the province reported five cases or less and some didn’t report any at all. 

More than 34,300 Ontarians have been infected with the virus since the pandemic began. 

More than 29,700 have recovered and 2,644 have died. 

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid a visit to another company that was able to rehire employees thanks to the federal wage subsidy program. 

Big Rock Brewery in Kanata also retooled its operations so it could produce sanitizer during the pandemic. 

Trudeau says Canada now has enough personal protective equipment that it's almost self-sufficient. 

 

The WE charity will be in charge of distributing the Canada Student Service Grant. 

Prime Minister Trudeau says a non-partisan civil service determined that it was the right organization for the job. 

The program will offer eligible students up to $5,000 for their post-secondary education if they volunteer in the fight against COVID-19. 

 

 

9:00 a.m. - Friday, June 26th

We currently have 26 active cases of COVID-19 according to Niagara Region Public Health. 

We had three new cases of the virus yesterday which brings our total to 748. 

Sixty-one people have died. 

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says we’re now producing enough personal protective equipment in Canada to be almost self-sufficient. 

He’s going to stop by Big Rig Brewery in Kanata today which has retooled its operations to make hand sanitizer during the pandemic. 

It also used the federal wage subsidy program to rehire workers. 

 

Britain's Health Secretary has issued a warning to those who have not been practicing physical distancing. 

Matt Hancock says the government has the power to close beaches and public spaces if need be. 

The beaches have been packed and there have also been reports of illegal street parties in London. 

Lots of people also packed the streets of Liverpool yesterday to celebrate the soccer team's first league title in 30 years. 

 

3:30 p.m. - Thursday, June 25th

Public Health is reporting three new cases of COVID-19 in Niagara. 

We now have 748 total but only 26 of those cases are currently active.

Our death toll is sitting at 61 and it has not changed in about three weeks. 

 

Ontario is reporting 189 new cases today and 10 new deaths.

Meanwhile the amount of people in the hospital from the virus continues a downward trend and is currently at 270.

 

Federal health officials are reacting cautiously to news that Quebec is switching to weekly instead of daily COVID-19 updates.

The province reported 142 new cases today -- almost triple yesterday's figure -- and it still accounts for more than half of all cases and deaths in the country.

 

A new federal program launching today will help students pay for their tuition this fall.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says students are facing unique challenges in trying to find a summer job because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Canada Student Service Grant will let post-secondary students and recent grads get a grant of up to five-thousand-dollars, depending on how many hours they volunteer for COVID-19-related community projects. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Thursday, June 25th

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting three new cases of COVID-19 today. 

This brings our total to 748 but only 26 of those cases are currently active. 

Most of the active cases are in St. Catharines. 

 

Ontario is reporting 189 new cases of the virus today and 192 recoveries. 

We now have 34,205 cases province-wide including 29,528 resolved cases. 

Ten new deaths have also been reported which pushes our death toll to 2,641.

 

Air Canada has quietly changed its refund policy. 

Anyone who booked a departure flight from the European Union, Switzerland or Iceland will be able to get a refund if their flight was cancelled due to the pandemic. 

The airline posted the information on its website last week. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Thursday, June 25th

Niagara Region Public Health says we have 25 active cases of COVID-19. 

It reported two new cases yesterday, bringing its total to 745 since the pandemic began. 

Sixty-one people have died. 

 

Ottawa is expected to roll out the new Canada Student Service Grant program today. 

It’s going to offer eligible students grants of $1,000 to $5,000 for their post-secondary education if they volunteer in the fight against COVID-19. 

The program was first announced back in April. 

 

Only two municipalities in the province remain in stage one for now. 

The Ford Government will allow the Windsor-Essex Region to move on to stage two today, aside from Leamington and Kingsville. 

Premier Doug Ford also announced a plan to address COVID-19 outbreaks on farms yesterday. 

 

Those who live on the east coast will soon be able to travel to neighbouring provinces. 

Starting July 3rd Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador will open their borders but only to each other. 

Those who travel within the so-called “Atlantic bubble” will not have to worry about self-isolating themselves afterwards. 

 

3:30 p.m. - Wednesday, June 24th

We have two new cases of COVID-19 in Niagara.

Public Health says we have 745 total but only 25 of those cases are active.

Ontario is reporting 163 new cases and 12 new deaths today.

We now have more than 34,000 cases province-wide.

 

Ontario Premier Doug Ford says he has a three-point plan to address the high number of COVID-19 cases on farms in Essex County, in the southwestern part of the province.

That includes stepped-up testing of workers and allowing asymptomatic positive workers to stay on the job, with safety provisions in place.

 

As of next Friday, people in the four Atlantic provinces will be allowed to travel within the region without having to self-isolate for two weeks.

It's being called the Atlantic Bubble.

Visitors from other provinces and territories will still have to self-isolate for 14 days and adhere to the local entry requirements in each of the four provinces.

 

12:00 p.m. - Wednesday, June 24th

We currently have 25 active cases of COVID-19 in Niagara. 

Public Health is reporting two new cases today which brings our total to 745 since the pandemic began. 

It says 659 people have recovered and 61 others have died. 

 

Ontario is reporting 163 new cases of the virus today. 

More than 34,000 people have now been infected province-wide but more than 29,00 have recovered. 

Twelve new deaths have also been reported which pushes our death toll to 2,631.

 

The Ford Government has decided to extend the state of emergency once again 

This means the ban on public gatherings of more than 10 people will remain in effect until July 15th. 

Toronto and Peel were able to enter stage two of reopening this morning. 

Only one region will remain in stage one for now; Windsor-Essex. 

 

The International Monetary Fund is predicting a 4.9 percent drop in global GDP due to the pandemic. 

It was estimating a three percent drop two months ago. 

The IMF is also predicting that the Canadian economy will shrink 8.4 percent this year. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Wednesday, June 24th

Niagara Health says only one person is being treated for COVID-19 in hospital. 

Meanwhile Niagara Region Public Health is reporting a total of 743 cases, but only 24 of those cases are currently active. 

Sixty-one people have died. 

 

Two of the most heavily populated regions in Ontario will move on to stage two of reopening today 

Hair salons, shopping malls and restaurant patios will be able to open in Toronto and Peel. 

Windsor-Essex will remain in stage one for now.

It’s the only region in the province that has not moved on yet. 

 

A new survey shows that pregnant women have been feeling the mental health impacts of COVID-19. 

It says almost 2,000 expectant mothers have been experiencing anxiety and depression levels three or four times higher than normal during the pandemic. 

They’re worried about their health, their finances and they’re dealing with self-isolation. 

 

4:00 p.m. - Tuesday, June 23rd

We have two new cases of COVID-19 in Niagara.

Public Health says we now have a total of 743 cases, adding 658 people have recovered and 61 others have died.

 

Quebec recorded 49 new cases today and another seven deaths.

Public health officials in New Brunswick are reporting one new case that they say is travel-related, while Alberta has recorded another 32 cases of COVID-19 and one more death.

P.E.I. is getting ready to move to Phase 4 of its re-opening plan on Friday.

 

The federal government was using national security exemptions to quickly buy personal protective equipment needed for health workers on the front lines of fighting COVID-19.

But it now says it will go back to using competitive bid processes to acquire everything from ventilators to masks.

 

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a major loosening of COVID-19 restrictions.

It means millions will be able to go to the pub, visit a movie theatre, get a haircut or attend a religious service starting next Saturday.

 

 

12:00 p.m. - Tuesday, June 23rd

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting two new cases of COVID-19 today. 

We now have 743 total but only 24 of them are currently active. 

Public Health says 658 people have recovered from the virus and 61 others have died. 

 

Ontario is reporting 216 new cases of the virus today. 

We now have more than 33,853 cases province-wide including more than 29,107 resolved cases. 

Ten new deaths have also been reported including a person under 20. 

Our death toll has reached 2,619.

 

The Parliamentary Budget Officer says the total cost of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit could surpass $71 billion. 

Yves Giroux says an eight-week extension of the program could cost almost $18 billion. 

The Trudeau Government’s budget is only $60 billion. 

 

8:30 a.m. - Tuesday, June 23rd

We had two new cases of COVID-19 in Niagara. 

Public Health reported a total of 741 cases yesterday but only 25 of those cases are currently active. 

Sixty-one people have died. 

 

Governor General Julie Payette will not announce the latest nominees for the Order of Canada on July 1st. 

Her office says the advisory council decided to recommend cancelling the nominees during its spring meeting due to the pandemic. 

The council will meet again in November. 

The Order of Canada is the second-highest award in the country. 

 

A new Leger poll suggests that two-thirds of Canadians think we should continue to practice physical distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

About 66 percent of respondents were in favour of staying two-metres apart from others for the time being. 

It also says 43 percent think the first wave of the pandemic is over and 74 percent believe a second wave is on the horizon. 

 

4:30 p.m. - Monday, June 22nd

We have 25 active cases of COVID-19 in Niagara.

Public Health says most of them at in St. Catharines followed by Niagara Falls and Pelham.

We've had 741 cases since the pandemic began.

 

The province confirmed 161 new cases of COVID-19 this morning and another 3 deaths.

Meanwhile the number of people hospitalized from the virus, is the lowest it has been in month at 265.

 

The province of Ontario announced today that Toronto and Peel Region can move into Stage 2 on Wednesday.

This means the only area of the province that will remain in Stage 1 is Windsor-Essex.

 

Following the death of a third migrant worker, the Ontario government says it will work with Ottawa to conduct joint inspections of farms and the living conditions of migrant workers.

Inspections will begin this week.

Officials say it is an absolute tragedy that someone who comes to Canada to work in the agricultural industry and support his family back home lost his life so far from his loved ones. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Monday, June 22nd

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting three new cases of COVID-19 today which brings our total to 741. 

Only 25 of those cases are currently active and 655 have recovered. 

Sixty-one people have died. 

 

Ontario is reporting 161 new cases of the virus today. 

We now have more than 33,600 cases province-wide but close to 29,000 have recovered. 

Three new deaths have also been reported which pushes our death toll to 2,609.

 

Another migrant worker has died in Ontario. 

The latest worked for Scotlynn Group in Haldimand-Norfolk, where 199 workers have tested positive for COVID-19 

Three migrant workers have now passed away in the province. 

 

A quarter of a million federal public servants will receive a 30-page guidebook from the federal government. 

It’s going to outline plans for them to return to the office, but Treasury Board President Jean-Yves Duclos says the re-opening of worksites will vary. 

He says it will be based on local conditions and each department’s requirements. 

 

8:30 a.m. Monday, June 22nd

Niagara Region Public Health reported three new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend. 

This brings our total number of cases to 738, but only 23 of them are currently active. 

Niagara Health will also open a third COVID-19 assessment centre today. 

It’s located in the auditorium of the Welland Hospital and it will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 

 

Mexico will start sending migrant workers to Canada after all. 

It had stopped sending workers north after hundreds fell ill on Canadian farms and at least two died. 

Canada has promised to step up COVID-19 oversight and inspections to prevent the spread of the virus. 

 

Movie theatres, gyms, concert venues and places of worship will be able to reopen in Quebec today. 

Meanwhile, Saskatchewan is giving the green light to camping in national parks and a handful of outdoor sports. 

Manitoba is removing restrictions on bars and restaurants which will allow them to operate at full capacity.  

 

12:00 p.m. - Sunday, June 21st

Niagara Public Health is reporting 738 cases overall following one new case of COVID-19 today.

As of yesterday, Niagara Health says two people are in local hospitals being treated for the virus.

Today there were 175 confirmed cases in Ontario

 

The federation representing administrators of the French school system outside Montreal says the students return to school amid the COVID-19 pandemic went fairly smoothly for the most part.

Quebec was the first province to re-open schools after closures due to the pandemic, with children outside the Montreal region gong back to class in the middle of May.

According to the federation's president, physical distancing on school buses was a challenge, and it's likely to remain an issue when students return in the fall

 

As a result of the pandemic, the ancient stone circle of Stonehenge was empty this morning.

The event pulls in thousands of people to gather at the UNESCO World Heritage site for the dawn of the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

Instead, the sunrise was live-streamed by English Heritage, the body who oversees Stonehenge and watched by over 3.6  million people.

 

8:00 a.m. - Sunday, June 21st

We have 26 active cases of COVID-19 in Niagara after two new cases were reported by Public Health yesterday.

Niagara Health says 19,819 tests have been administered to date.

Yesterday there were 206 new cases confirmed in the province.

 

Newfoundland and Labrador have not recorded a new case of COVID-19 in three weeks.

Meanwhile, Nova Scotia health officials also reported no new cases of the virus yesterday for the 11th day in a row.

There are 27 confirmed cases and 27 recoveries in Prince Edward Island

New Brunswick has just one new case. It is a person in their 50s from the Campbellton area who was linked to an earlier outbreak

 

There are new levels of COVID-19 recorded in Brazil and South Africa

Brazil's Health Ministry says the number of cases increased by more than 50,000 yesterday, while South Africa had a 4,966 new cases and 46 deaths.

Following last week saw a daily high of 150,000 new cases, the head of the World Health Organization warns the  virus' global spread is accelerating.

 

12:00 p.m. - Saturday, June 20th

Niagara Public Health is reporting 26 active cases of COVID-19.

We have had 737 cases of the virus since the pandemic began.

Niagara Health says there are two people are in local hospitals being treated for the COVID-19.

Today there were 206 cases reported in Ontario.

 

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces will receive hazard pay after they've been deployed to long-term care facilities in Ontario and Quebec struggling with COVID-19 outbreaks.

According to the National Defence, troops will be paid an extra $78 per day through the Exceptional Hazard Allowance.

The allowance is retroactive to their deployment start date and remains in effect until September 30th.

 

Cineplex says face masks will be optional as it continues to re-open.

They say masks and personal protective equipment will be required for staff, but it will be up to customers whether they want to wear one.

The company is following guidelines from Canadian health authorities and is stressing other preventative safety measures regarding COVID-19 will be in place.

 

8:00 a.m. - Saturday, June 20th

There are 25 active cases in Niagara, bringing the total to 735.

Public Health says two new cases were reported yesterday, while Niagara Health says two people are in local hospitals being treated for the virus.

Yesterday, there were 178 confirmed cases in Ontario.

 

It's parliamentary business as usual as federal Conservatives are set to return.

However they're opposed to electronic voting amid the pandemic, which is the one thing the Liberals and New Democrats insist is necessary.

Conservative house leader Candice Bergen says there are other options to allow all 338 MP's to vote safely in person

 

Beginning next Tuesday, passengers travelling on Via Rail will be required to wear masks to prevent further spreading of COVID-19.

Via Rail says they're making the change as people are beginning to travel with the economy gradually re-opening.

Their policy is in line with Transport Canada's guidelines for wearing face coverings for planes, trains, ships and public transit.

 

4:30 p.m. - Friday, June 19th

The province of Ontario confirmed 178 new cases of COVID-19 this morning and another 11 deaths.

Meanwhile another 252 people have made a full recovery and the number of people hospitalized by COVID-19 continues to drop every day, today it is 331.

We have two new cases of COVID-19 in Niagara.

Public Health says we’ve had 735 cases since pandemic began but only 25 of them are currently active.

 

The province announced their plan to send students back to school in September today.

School boards will be allowed to take a regional approach and the guidelines will include regular in class learning with public health protocols in place, at home learning or a mix of both with in class sessions capped at 15 students and students attending on alternate days or weeks.

The province will keep at home learning available for every child, so if parents do not want to send their kids to school in the fall, they will not have to.

 

The prime minister says grocery-store workers during the COVID-19 pandemic are ``heroes'' and should be compensated accordingly.

Justin Trudeau today called out three Canadian grocery chains for recently announcing they would end a temporary wage top-up program for front-line workers.

 

12:00 p.m. - Friday, June 19th

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting two new cases of COVID-19 today. 

We have now a total of 735 cases but only 25 of those cases are currently active. 

Most of the active cases are in St. Catharines. 

Sixty-one people have died. 

 

Ontario is reporting 178 new cases of the virus today. 

We now have more than 33,000 cases province-wide including 28,250 resolved cases. 

Eleven new deaths have also been reported which pushes our death toll to 2,564.

 

Rollercoasters are reopening in Tokyo, Japan but you’re not supposed to scream in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Japan is taking a cautious approach to re-opening its economy with social distancing measures still in place. 

Japan’s professional baseball season also kicked off this morning but no fans will be in the stands until at least July. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Friday, June 19th

Niagara has entered stage two of reopening. 

This means hair salons, shopping malls and restaurant patios can now reopen in the Region. 

Hamilton, Haldimand-Norfolk, Durham, York, Halton and Sarnia Lambton County will also enter stage two today. 

Toronto, Peel and Windsor-Essex will remain in stage one for now. 

 

We’ll know more about the future of in-person classes in Ontario. 

There are reports that Education Minister Stephen Lecce will release the Ford Government's plan this afternoon. 

The province decided to close all schools for the remainder of the school year last month. 

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is going to stop by a Quebec café to encourage small business owners to take advantage of the federal wage subsidy program. 

But his government is also delaying the start of another program for small businesses. 

The Canada Emergency Business Account will expand to include small owner-operated businesses but it will not launch today as scheduled. 

 

 

4:30 p.m. - Thursday, June 18th

The province confirmed 173 new cases of COVID-19 this morning and another 3 deaths. 

Meanwhile another 228 people have made a full recovery and the amount of people in the hospital from the virus continues to drop.

Locally We have four new cases of COVID-19 in Niagara confirmed today. 

Public Health says we have 733 cases total including 27 active cases and 61 deaths. 

Canada has officially recorded more than 100,000 cases of COVID-19.

 

Public health experts say measures to flatten the curve of the pandemic and prevent cases from overwhelming health-care systems were largely successful.

But they say the 100,000 cases and more than 5,300 deaths suggest Canada missed out on some crucial opportunities to limit the virus' impact early on.

 

Prime Minister Trudeau announced today that they will be introducing a nation-wide mobile app for COVID-19 contact tracing.

The app will first launch in Ontario.

Premier Doug Ford says the COVID Alert tracing app will quickly test, trace and isolate cases of COVID-19 to stop the spread of the virus and prepare for any potential future waves.

It is completely voluntary.

 

12:00 p.m. - Thursday, June 18th

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting four new cases of COVID-19 today bringing its total to 733 since the pandemic began. 

We currently have 27 active cases in the Region. 

Public Health says 645 people have recovered and 61 others have died. 

 

Ontario is reporting 173 new cases of the virus today. 

We now have close to 33,000 province-wide including more than 28,000 resolved cases. 

Three new deaths have also been reported which pushes our death toll to 2,553.

We now have more than 100,000 cases of COVID-19 across Canada. 

 

The parliamentary budget officer is predicting a federal deficit of $256 billion this year. 

But Yves Giroux says nothing is set in stone, adding this is one of many possible scenarios as a result of the pandemic. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is planning to deliver a snapshot of Canada’s finances on July 8th. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Thursday, June 18th

Niagara Health will allow visitors at its Extended Care facility in Welland starting today. 

But only one person will be allowed to visit a long-term care resident at a time, and they will have to provide proof that they have tested negative for COVID-19 sometime over the past two weeks. 

All visits will take place in the designated outdoor visiting area and they will be scheduled for 15 minutes or 30 minutes. 

 

The Ford Government has passed legislation to protect commercial tenants during COVID-19. 

It temporarily bans commercial evictions and it also prevents them from having their assets seized as a result of the pandemic. 

It’s retroactive to May 1st but the NDP think it should be retroactive to mid-March. 

 

Police are investigating after a man licked his hands and rubbed them against two computers in a Hamilton store. 

Officers say the man also asked an employee about the computers afterwards. 

They’re looking into this incident due to the pandemic and they’re asking for the public’s help tracking the man down. 

 

4:30 p.m. - Wednesday, June 17th

Ottawa will buy tens of thousands of serology tests to see how many Canadians carry COVID-19 antibodies. 

The tests will show if you've had the virus even if you didn’t show any symptoms. 

Health Canada authorized the tests on May 21st but the contract to them was just recently finalized. 

 

The Trudeau Government is planning to deliver a snapshot of Ottawa’s finances on July 8th. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was going to present a full budget for 2020 back in March, but he postponed the fiscal update indefinitely due to the pandemic. 

Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet says the delay shows a lack of respect for Parliament. 

He also says Liberals are hoping Canadians will be distracted by summer activities after months of isolation. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Wednesday, June 17th

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting two new cases of COVID-19 today. 

It says we now have 730 total but only 31 of those cases are considered active. 

Sixty-one people have died and 638 others have recovered. 

 

Ontario is reporting 190 new cases of the virus today. 

We have 32,744 cases province-wide including 27,784 resolved cases. 

Twelve new deaths have also been reported which pushes our death toll to 2,550.

 

The Ford Government has decided to extend Ontario’s emergency orders until the end of the month. 

But Premier Doug Ford says officials will look at each measure to see if they can be adjusted or dropped. 

The province has been under a state of emergency since March 17th. 

 

You will be able to set up camp at one of Canada’s national parks starting next week. 

They will open to Canadians with existing reservations, but all reservations from international visitors have been cancelled until August 7th. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Wednesday, June 17th

Active cases are holding steady in Niagara as we gear up for stage two of reopening on Friday. 

Two new cases were reported, but active cases sit at 32. 

Niagara’s borders will remain closed for another month. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced the Canada-U.S. border closure will stay in place until at least July 21st. 

It has been extended three times since March. 

 

Ontario is extending all of its emergency orders until June 30th. 

Now the emergency orders will expire the same day as the State of Emergency if it’s not extended once again. 

Premier Doug Ford says each of the orders will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and can be adjusted or lifted as the province slowly begins to reopen, will still trying to stop the spread of the virus. 

The emergency order limiting social gatherings to five people was eased earlier this month, upping the limit to 10. 

 

Canadian Aerospace company CAE will start shipping hundreds of ventilators to hospitals across the country each week. 

Health Canada has given the equipment its stamp of approval. 

The company plans to make about 10,000 ventilators. 

 

 

4:30 p.m. - Tuesday, June 16th

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised to improve the working conditions for temporary foreign workers in Canada. 

Mexico’s ambassador to Canada says his country will not be sending any more foreign workers until more details are released about the deaths of two workers in the Windsor area. 

Ontario is ramping up its efforts to contain farm outbreaks of COVID-19. 

Premier Doug Ford says more than 700 migrant workers have been tested for the virus. 

 

Two men have been charged for failing to self-isolate themselves after returning from the United States. 

According to the OPP, the 62-year-old and the 19-year-old returned to Fort Frances on June 1st but they were later seen getting into a boat. 

They have been charged under the Quarantine Act which carries a fine of $1,000 plus a $135 victim-surcharge fee. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Tuesday, June 16th

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting two new cases of COVID-19 today bringing its total to 728. 

Only 32 of those cases are currently active. 

Public Health says 635 people have recovered and 61 others have died. 

 

Ontario is reporting 184 new cases of the virus today and most of them are in Toronto, Peel and Windsor-Essex. 

We now have 32,554 cases province-wide including 27,431 resolved cases. 

Eleven new deaths have also been reported which pushes our death toll to 2,538.

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the Canada – U.S. border restrictions will remain in place for now. 

He says the border will remain closed to non-essential traffic until July 21st. 

The border closed back in March and the restrictions have been extended twice since then. 

 

Prime Minister Trudeau also says the Canada Emergency Response Benefit will be extended another eight weeks for those who still can’t go back to work yet. 

But he’s hoping that fewer people will need the money as more businesses start to reopen across the country. 

CERB carries a budget of $60 billion and the government had already paid out more than

$43 billion as of June 4th. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Tuesday, June 16th

Niagara’s 12 mayors are celebrating alongside the Region as we prepare for stage two on Friday. 

Hair salons, shopping malls and restaurant patios are among the businesses allowed to reopen. 

Active cases are dropping in Niagara, right now there are 32. 

The highest number of active cases in Lincoln, followed by St. Catharines, Pelham, Grimsby and Niagara Falls. 

There are no active cases in the rest of the Region. 

 

Businesses in the U.S. are beginning to reopen and many are getting employees and customers to sign waivers, saying they won’t sue if they get coronavirus. 

They are concerned over lawsuits, even if they are following all the government guidelines and social distancing. 

Enforcement will depend on state law, while worker advocates say the waivers put employees between a rock and a hard place. 

 

New Zealand is no longer virus free. 

Two women flew to England to see a dying parent and have now tested positive for COVID-19. 

They are in isolation and a round of testing is underway for anyone who may have had close contact. 

The funeral of their parent has been delayed until they recover. 

 

4:00 p.m. - Monday, June 15th

Quebec will allow indoor public gatherings of up to 50 people starting next week. 

It's also lowering the physical distancing requirement for kids and youth under the age of 16 to under one metre. 

The province reported 102 new cases today and 11 new deaths. 

 

About 375,000 frontline health-care workers are still waiting for the COVID-19 pay premium. 

Premier Doug Ford unveiled the program back in April. 

It's going to offer a $4 per hour pay premium plus a monthly bonus of $250 for those who work more than 100 hours per month. 

His government says the money will flow in very short order but it hasn’t provided any specific dates. 

 

2:00 p.m. - Monday, June 15th

Niagara, Hamilton, Haldimand-Norfolk, Durham, York, Halton and Sarnia Lambton County will be able to enter stage two of reopening this Friday. 

This means they will be able to reopen hair salons, shopping malls and restaurant patios. 

Only three regions will remain in stage one; Toronto, Peel and Windsor Essex. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Monday, June 15th

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting only one new case of COVID-19 today. 

A total of 726 people have been infected with the virus since the pandemic began; 633 of them have recovered and 61 others have died. 

We currently have 32 active cases in the Region. 

 

Ontario is reporting 181 new cases of the virus today which is its lowest number of new daily cases since March. 

We now have 32,370 cases province-wide including 27,213 resolved cases. 

Eight new deaths have also been reported. which pushes our death toll to 2,527.

 

The federal government will be extending the Canada Emergency Response Benefit for those who can’t return to work yet. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is planning to release more information sometime this week. 

The four-month eligibility period will end for millions of Canadians in early July. 

 

A rural municipality in Nova Scotia is now testing a four-day work week for its employees. 

Barry Carroll, the CAO for the District of Guysborough, says this is all part of a re-organization that was necessary to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

He says 60 employees will have either Monday or Friday off but they will have to work the same hours over a condensed work week for the next nine months. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Monday, June 15th

Active cases continue to drop in Niagara. 

Public Health says there are 46 active cases in the Region, with most of them in St. Catharines. 

Other areas with active cases include Lincoln, Pelham, Grimsby and Niagara Falls. 

Three new cases were reported over the weekend. 

That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Niagara to 725 since the pandemic began in March. 

 

Cineplex will slowly start to reopen its movie theatres across Canada. 

Six locations will reopen in Alberta this month, with movies beginning on the 26th. 

The company is hoping to roll-out openings across much of the country by July 3rd, depending on the government and public health restrictions still in place. 

There will be a number of new measures in place, like reserved seating to ensure physical distancing and staggered showtimes to limit the amount of people in lobbies. 

 

After three months of being shut down, shops selling non-essential goods in England are allowed to re-open. 

Things will look very different along London’s famous Oxford street. 

Shoppers will have to line up, follow one-way traffic and sanitize their hands. 

Borders are beginning to re-open across Europe, though there is still a lot of confusion over each country’s travel restrictions. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Sunday, June 14th

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting three new cases of COVID-19 today.

We now have 725 cases total including 46 active cases, 618 resolved cases and 61 deaths.

Over 17,100 COVID tests have been administered at Niagara Health sites to date.

Today there were 197 cases confirmed in Ontario.

 

B.C. Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson says when politicians return to the legislature next Monday, the co-operation that led the province through the pandemic will be put to the side.

Wilkinson says his team will put pressure on the governing New Democrats to make sure they focus on the economic devastation left behind

He says deep tax cuts and immediate incentive programs to help businesses will be brought forward by the Liberals

 

As of tomorrow, it's mandatory all passengers and staff of the OC Transpo will be required to wear non-medical face cloths in their vehicles and stations.

Ottawa will become the first transit service in Canada to make it mandatory to wear face masks.

It's part of the OC Transpo Transit Service Recovery Plan, as Ottawa eases restrictions on COVID-19

 

8:00 a.m. - Sunday, June 14th

Niagara Region Public Health has not reported any new cases of COVID-19 for the second day in a row.

There are only 60 active cases of COVID-19 and more than 17,000 tests have been issued by Niagara Health to date.

Yesterday 266 cases were reported in Ontario.

 

New Brunswick health officials are reporting the second COVID-19 related death in the province.

They say the victim was in their 80s and from the Campbellton region.

The same region has seen three new COVID-19 cases reported, two of them are employees of the Campbellton Regional Hospital, and the other is a worker from the long-term care residence.

 

Health officials in Newfoundland and Labrador say there are no new cases to report on COVID-19.

However, one person is in hospital due to the virus, while 256 people have recovered.

The province now stands at 261 cases overall with three deaths.

 

12:00 p.m. - Saturday, June 13th

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting no new cases of COVID-19 today.

We still have 722 cases of the virus including 60 active cases, 601 resolved cases and 61 deaths.

There are six people in local hospitals being treated for COVID-19, according to Niagara Health.

Today there are 266 new cases of the virus in Ontario.

 

According to Economic Development Minister Melanie Joly says businesses in cities like Toronto are going to need more help in order to survive the financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Montreal is another city that continues to suffer from the pandemic.

Joly's department is working on the next phase of pandemic-related aid, and regional data is being looked at closely by officials.

 

There are calls for the Liberal government to honour a pledge from 2015 that banned blood donations from sexual active gay men.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the issue is still being looked at and a change will be announced shortly.

 

8:00 a.m. - Saturday, June 13th

Niagara Health is reporting six people are in local hospitals being treated for COVID-19.

There are no new cases of the virus according to Niagara Region Public Health.

Yesterday there were 182 cases reported in Ontario.

 

One Canadian infectious disease expert says he's confident a vaccine for COVID-19 will be ready in months, and not years.

Director of the Research Centre on Infectious Diseases at Quebec's Laval University Dr. Gary Kobinger says there are over 100 possible vaccines developing around the world.

He says things are moving quickly as there are many resources and people working to address the problem.

 

Clinicians and epidemiologists don't know much information on COVID-19 and pregnancy, according to a leading professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of British Columbia.

 

12:00 p.m. - Friday, June 12th

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting no new cases of COVID-19 today. 

We’ve had 722 cases of the virus since the pandemic began.

We currently have 81 active cases and 580 resolved cases. 

Sixty-one people have died. 

 

Ontario is reporting 182 new cases today, which is its lowest daily total since late March. 

We now have 31,726 cases province-wide including 26,187 resolved cases. 

More than 28,300 COVID tests were completed yesterday. 

Eleven new deaths have also been reported which pushes our death toll to 2,498.

 

Two of Canada's major grocery store chains will end their COVID-19 wage premiums starting tomorrow. 

Metro and Loblaw have been paying their front-line grocery store employees an extra two-dollars per hour since mid-March. 

Loblaw is setting aside $25 million in order to provide one-time bonuses to employees. 

Full-time Metro employees will receive a one-time bonus of $200 and part-timers will receive $100. 

 

Barrie is re-opening its waterfront parking lots this weekend but only to local residents. 

Officials are asking visitors to stay away for now. 

Several regions across the province were able to enter into stage two of reopening today but not Niagara, Hamilton or the GTA. 

 

 

9:00 a.m. - Friday, June 12th

Niagara has to sit back and watch today as much of the province moves into phase two of reopening. 

The Region is stuck in phase one, along with the rest of the Golden Horseshoe and places like Haldimand-Norfolk. 

Areas moving into phase two will be allowed to reopen restaurant patios, hair salons and swimming pools. 

Across Ontario, gatherings of up to 10 people are now allowed and daycares can begin to reopen. 

 

Poverty across the globe is set to surge thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

A survey estimates it could jump from 400-million to over a billion people living in poverty. 

Millions of people in middle-income developing countries live just above the poverty line. 

Researchers say it could turn the clock back on efforts to reduce global poverty by 30 years. 

 

Government leaders in Australia are urging protesters not to attend rallies planned for this weekend, over fears of the virus spreading. 

Thousands attended peaceful Black Lives Matter rallies in Australia last weekend and police did not enforce social distancing rules. 

At least one protester has since tested positive for the virus and the government is urging police to charge those breaching pandemic restrictions moving forward. 

 

4:30 p.m. - Thursday, June 11th

The province will start allowing visits to long-term care and retirement homes next Thursday. 

But Premier Doug Ford says it will be a cautious restart because these facilities are still vulnerable to COVID-19 outbreaks. 

Long-term care homes will allow outdoor visits of one person, per resident each week. 

Retirement homes will allow indoor visits in designated areas or residential suites but they must maintain physical distancing. 

 

The federal government is asking a judge for more time to adjust its law for medically assisted dying. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused delays, so the government would like to extend the deadline to pass the legislation to December 18th. 

A Quebec court found parts of the law unconstitutional back in the fall, so the government now has to change a provision saying that someone’s death must be “reasonably foreseeable” to be eligible. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Thursday, June 11th

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting three new cases of COVID-19 today bringing its total to 722. 

This includes 83 active cases and 578 resolved cases. 

Sixty-one people have died. 

 

Ontario is reporting 203 new cases of the virus today. 

We now have 31,544 cases province-wide including 25,885 resolved cases. 

Twelve new deaths have also been reported which pushes our death toll to 2,487.

 

Premier Doug Ford and Health Minister Christine Elliott have tested negative for COVID-19. 

They both missed yesterday’s news briefing after learning that Education Minister Stephen Lecce had been in contact with someone with the virus. 

Lecce attended Tuesday’s news conference with Ford and Elliott, but he has tested negative for the virus since then. 

 

Ottawa is setting aside $133 million to help Indigenous businesses during COVID-19. 

About $117 million will be going to small and community-owned operations.

The remaining $16 million will be going to the tourism sector. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Thursday, June 11th

Much of Ontario will move into phase two of reopening tomorrow. 

But Niagara Region is still waiting, held back from the first wave alongside Hamilton and the GTA. 

Western New York on the other hand is waiting to hear if they will be able to move to phase three of reopening as early as Tuesday. 

This would include indoor dining at restaurants and more personal care services like massages, nails and waxing. 

 

Niagara’s tourism industry is getting some help, to the tune of one million dollars. 

The money is coming from the federal and provincial governments as part of a $13-million investment across Ontario. 

The funding will be used to encourage local residents to visits attractions close to home. 

 

Disneyland in California is gearing up to celebrate its 65th anniversary and its reopening. 

The theme park is slated to reopen on July 17th with restrictions on capacity. 

All reservations will need to be made in advance and the iconic parades and fireworks will be on hold to prevent large crowds. 

 

4:00 p.m. - Wednesday, June 10th

Premier Doug Ford and Health Minister Christine Elliott were noticeably absent from today’s news briefing. 

They will both be tested for COVID-19 today after Education Minister Stephen Lecce came into contact with someone with the virus. 

Lecce attended yesterday’s childcare announcement with Ford and Elliott. 

He has since been tested for the virus and his results came back negative. 

 

Windsor-Essex health officials are seeing an increase in their number of COVID-19 cases as the province ramps up testing for migrant workers. 

They announced 38 new cases of the virus in agri-food workers today, after reporting 34 new cases yesterday. 

More than 200 workers have tested positive for the virus in the Windsor-Essex region since the pandemic began. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Wednesday, June 10th

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting no new cases of COVID-19 today. 

This means we still have 719 total including 84 active cases and 574 resolved cases 

Sixty-one people have died. 

 

Ontario is reporting 251 new cases of the virus today. 

More than 31,300 people have now been infected province-wide but 25,380 have recovered. 

Eleven new COVID-19 related deaths have also been reported which pushes our death toll to 2,475.

 

It looks like Canada’s main opposition parties are against a new bill that would impose penalties for fraudulently claiming the Canada Emergency Response benefit. 

The legislation would also extend COVID-19 aid programs to disabled Canadians and seasonal workers. 

The Trudeau Liberals will need unanimous consent for the bill to be debated in the House of Commons today. 

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered the worst global recession in nearly a century. 

That’s according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. 

It’s predicting a global economic output of 6 percent this year but that number jumps to 7.6 percent in the event of a second wave. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Wednesday, June 10th

The border closure could stay in place until August. 

There’s word it could be extended until the end of July, but no official deal is in place yet. 

The Canada-U.S. border in Niagara and beyond has been closed since mid-March. 

Currently, the deal will expire on the 21st if it’s not extended. 

 

Ontario is letting local medical officers of health set the pace for reopening daycares. 

The province is giving the go ahead for childcare centres to open on Friday. 

But local medical officials can hold off if their area isn’t ready. 

Most of Ontario is moving to phase two of reopening at the end of the week. 

 

The pandemic has triggered the worst global recession in nearly a century. 

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development says the worldwide economy will drop by six per cent in a best-case scenario. 

If there’s a second wave of infections, that number could reach 7.6 per cent. 

No matter what, the impacts will be severe and long-lasting. 

 

4:30 p.m. - Tuesday, June 9th

Premier Doug Ford says a recent spike in COVID-19 cases is to blame, for Niagara’s not being able to start stage two of re-opening this Friday. 

He also says as far as he knew, every region was contacted before yesterday’s announcement. 

He says the situation will be monitored weekly. 

 

Ontario’s child care centres will be able to re-open on Friday. 

But they will have to follow certain guidelines, which include limiting the number of children in each centre and screening everyone before they enter the building. 

Each centre will also have to prepare their own COVID-19 response plan just in case a student, parent or staff member is exposed to the virus. 

 

The federal government is going to launch an online portal for personal protective equipment. 

It’s going to connect buyers with sellers and it’s also going to help Canadians figure out what kind of PPE they should be using. 

 

 

12:00 p.m. - Tuesday, June 9th

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting two new cases of COVID-19 today bringing its total to 719. 

This includes 86 active cases and 572 resolved cases. 

Sixty-one people have died. 

 

Ontario is reporting 230 new cases of the virus today. 

We now have 31,090 cases province-wide including 24,829 resolved cases. 

Fourteen new COVID-19 related deaths have also been reported which pushes our death toll to 2,464. 

 

The Trudeau Government is setting aside $8.9-million in foreign aid to make sure women have access to reproductive health care and abortion services during COVID-19. 

Federal International Development Minister Karina Gould says women in some countries have not been able to access the services during the pandemic. 

 

It looks like Americans are more worried about a second wave of COVID-19 than Canadians are. 

That’s according to a recent poll by Leger and the Association of Canadian Studies. 

It says 44 percent of U.S. respondents fear a stronger second wave, compared with the 37 percent of Canadian respondents who agreed. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Tuesday, June 9th

The wait continues for businesses in Niagara, as we are left out of the first wave of stage two re-openings. 

Doug Ford excluded Niagara Region, Hamilton and the rest of the Golden Horseshoe, saying more time is needed for these areas. 

Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates is calling out the Premier, saying Niagara's public health was not consulted in this decision. 

Gates says Ford doesn’t know what the situation is like on the ground in Niagara. 

 

The World Health Organization says it’s rare to get the virus from someone with no symptoms. 

This is despite many expert warnings from across the globe, saying this type of transmission is more common. 

The WHO says many of these claims come from people with mild cases of the virus, or some with unusual symptoms. 

 

As more and more Canadians are coming out of months of isolating at home, many are wearing some sort of face covering. 

A new poll finds more than half of Canadians feel face masks should be mandatory in public and confined spaces. 

About 53 per cent of respondents want them worn in places like shopping malls and on public transit. 

 

4:30 p.m. - Monday, June 8th

It still going to be a while before hair salons, public pools and restaurant patios can reopen in Niagara. 

The province will allow select areas to move on to phase two of reopening this Friday, but Niagara did not make the list. 

You’ll also be able to gather in groups of up to 10 people this weekend, no matter where you live in Ontario. 

 

The Canada-U.S. border restrictions will be loosened. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the move will reunite families on both sides of the border, but anyone who enters Canada will have to self-isolate for two weeks. 

The border has been closed to non-essential traffic since March. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Monday, June 8th

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting two new cases of COVID-19 today. 

We now have 717 total including 87 active cases and 569 resolved cases. 

Sixty-one people have died. 

 

Ontario is reporting 243 new cases of the virus today. 

We now have 30,860 cases province-wide including 24,492 resolved cases. 

Twenty-four new COVID-19 related deaths have also been reported which pushes our death toll to 2,450.

 

Non-essential stores can now re-open in New York State. 

But they will only be allowed to offer delivery and pickup services, so you won’t be able to browse in-store. 

The state is also giving the green light to the construction and manufacturing industries. 

 

The NHL launched Phase 2 of its return-to-play plan today. 

Teams can now open their training facilities for voluntary small group workouts. 

The league suspended its season back in March due to the pandemic. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Monday, June 8th

Anyone at the rally in Niagara Falls over the weekend should watch for symptoms of COVID-19. 

Public Health says if you think you have it, get tested. 

You don’t need a referral to get tested at the assessment centre in the Falls or in St. Catharines. 

You can book an appointment over the phone, or walk-in daily between 9 and 4:30. 

 

Concern is growing over a lack of testing of long-haul truckers moving goods between Canada and the U.S. 

The federal NDP health critic is sounding the alarm, after a rising number of cases in Manitoba linked to truckers who frequent the U.S. 

Don Davies says long-haul truckers need to be tested and this data needs to be tracked. 

He says the feds need to know all the risks involved with a full reopening of the economy. 

 

New Zealand has beaten COVID-19, at least for now. 

The last infected person has recovered from the virus and it’s been 17 days since the last case was reported. 

The country of five-million people is celebrating the news. 

Across the country, 22 people with the virus lost their lives. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Sunday, June 7th

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting three new cases of COVID-19 today.

It says we now have 716 total including 87 active cases, 568 resolved cases and 61 deaths.

Niagara Health is still reporting 455 positive tests at its sites.

Today there were 415 cases of the virus confirmed in Ontario.

 

Toronto senior litigation lawyer, Michael Smith says Canadian courts could be tied up for years with class action lawsuits related to COVID-19.

He says the law firm has been tracking all of the class action claims whether it's involved or not.

Smith says the many lawsuits involve seniors homes and businesses and airlines are among the others targeted.

 

University of Toronto's Christopher Rutty of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health says the COVID-19 shares some similarities with the polio epidemics in Canada prior to a vaccine being introduced in 1955.

He says there was not much known on the disease, which left thousands of children crippled and created a lot of fear during quarantines.

The illness peaked in Canada in 1953.

 

8:00 a.m. - Sunday, June 7th

Niagara Region Public Health has 713 cases overall after six new cases were reported.

There were also 455 positive tests reported at Niagara Health sites.

Yesterday, Ontario confirmed 455 cases of the virus

 

The Premier of Nova Scotia is asking citizens to "think local'' as businesses start to slowly re-open around the province this weekend.

Stephen McNeil says that as businesses are opening their doors again, they've done a lot of work to make sure there is social distancing and the environment is safe.

 

Drive-in movie operators in Quebec are hoping the pastime returns in a big way this summer.

With the pandemic offering very little options, more of the established drive-ins in the province are hoping they will bring a lot of people out to watch movies.

Movie nights are being organized in some towns, turning open spaces into a place where people can get together to watch a film at a safe distance.

 

12:00 p.m. - Saturday, June 6th

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting six new cases today bringing its total to 713.

This includes 84 active cases, 568 resolved and 61 deaths.

Niagara Health is still reporting 452 positive tests at its sites.

Today there are 455 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario.

 

COVID-19 emergency orders in Ontario are being extended until June 19th.

People still cannot go to bars and restaurants, use public pools or splash pads, as well as gather in groups of more than five people.

The orders were set to expire on Tuesday.

 

There is just one new case of the virus reported by health officials in British Columbia.

Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry say the outbreak is over at the Berkley Care Centre.

The new case is the lowest figure since early March.

 

8:00 a.m. - Saturday, June 6th

Niagara Health was reporting 452 positive tests at its sites as of yesterday.

There are 707 cases being reported by Niagara Region Public Health.

One new death was also reported yesterday, bringing its death toll to 61.

There were 344 cases of the virus in Ontario on Friday.

 

There is concern from the health critic for the federal NDP by the lack of data around long-haul truckers who have tested positive for COVID-19 after they've crossed the border.

Don Davies says cases need to be tracked at a federal level so there's enough data to know the risks involved to reopen the economy.

Infections in long-haul truckers are not being looked at the majority of provinces.

 

Inmates' family members and the union representing prison guards say they're concerned about an outbreak of violence once strict lockdowns due to COVID-19 are lifted in prisons in Canada.

Outbreaks have hit several prisons across the country, and the worst happened in the Mission Institution in British Columbia.

 

4:30 p.m. - Friday, June 5th

Premier Doug Ford will be releasing more details about the next stage of reopening Ontario's economy next week. 

He says stage two will not begin immediately but officials will be giving notices to business owners in Niagara and beyond to start getting ready. 

Ford is also planning to release a phased plan for reopening childcare safely and gradually. 

 

Premier Ford also says the $14 billion in funding announced by the federal government today will not be enough. 

The money will be going to the provincial and territorial governments to help prevent a second wave of the pandemic, once they reach a safe restart agreement with Ottawa. 

Ford says the pandemic could cost up to $23 billion in Ontario alone.  

 

12:00 p.m. - Friday, June 5th

Niagara’s COVID-19 death toll has risen to 61. 

Public Health is reporting one new COVID-19 related death today and no new cases of the virus. 

A total of 707 people have been infected since the pandemic began and we currently have 83 active cases in the Region. 

 

Ontario is reporting 344 new cases of the virus today. 

We now have 29,747 cases province-wide including 23,583 resolved cases. 

Fifteen new COVID-19 related deaths have also been reported which pushes our death toll to 2,372.

 

The Trudeau Government is offering $14 billion to the provinces and territories to help in the battle against COVID-19. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it could provide personal protective equipment for frontline health care workers and support struggling municipalities. 

But the distribution of the money will depend on a safe-restart agreement between Ottawa each province or territory. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Friday, June 5th

Short term rentals are allowed to reopen today in Niagara and across the province. 

The announcement was made yesterday and gets things rolling for places like cottages, B&Bs and condos. 

Owners and operators will need to follow health guidelines for the tourism and hospitality industry. 

There might be hope for your summer vacation plans, but it will take time for places to reopen. 

 

It may be hot and sunny, but different municipalities are warning high school students to stay home. 

Today is the first Friday of June, which is Beach Day or Skip Day for high schoolers in the Region. 

Both Fort Erie and Wainfleet are out with warnings that beaches are still closed from the pandemic. 

Not following the rules will cost you a $750 fine. 

 

Canada’s economy added nearly 290,000 jobs in May. 

Businesses across the country are starting to reopen as public health measures pull back. 

Economists were expecting a loss of half a million positions after the economy shed three million jobs in March and April. 

Stats Can says the jobless rate rose to 13.7 per cent, the highest in about 40 years. 

 

4:30 p.m. - Thursday, June 4th

Cottages, cabins and B&Bs will be able to reopen across Ontario. 

That’s according to Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade Vic Fedeli. 

He says short term rentals will be able to resume operations tomorrow. 

 

The Ford Government has unveiled the new Premier’s Council on Equality of Opportunity. 

Premier Doug Ford says it will consist of experts and young people from different backgrounds and walks of life. 

He says the council will attack the barriers that young people face when it comes to education, skills training and employment. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Thursday, June 4th

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting only one new case of COVID-19 today 

It says we have 707 total. but only 85 of those cases are considered active. 

We also have 562 resolved cases and 60 people have died. 

We had 40 new cases of the virus yesterday, but they’re all connected to the outbreak at Pioneer Flower Farms in St. Catharines. 

 

Ontario is reporting 356 new cases of the virus today. 

We now have 29,403 cases province-wide including more 23,208 resolved cases. 

Forty-five new COVID-19 related deaths have also been reported which pushes our death toll to 2,357. 

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says we’re not out of the woods yet. 

He says new federal modelling shows a decline in the number of COVID-19 cases across the country, but we still need to practice physical distancing and wear masks. 

He says we also need to step up testing and contact tracing to prevent any flare ups. 

 

A handful of casinos are now open in Las Vegas. 

Hotel casinos in suburban areas were able to reopen today after being shut down for 78 days. 

Resorts on the Las Vegas Strip are also reopening and the Bellagio fountain is running once again. 

 

 

9:00 a.m. - Thursday, June 4th

The number of people with COVID-19 in local hospitals is dropping. 

Niagara Health says they are treating eight patients with the virus. 

It was the largest single day increase for Niagara, as Public Health reported 40 new cases yesterday. 

All of these are tied to the outbreak at Pioneer Flower Farms in St. Catharines. 

A total of 60 workers have tested positive for the virus. 

 

Health officials are urging protestors to spread tolerance and respect, not the virus. 

Demonstrations continue on both sides of the border after the death of George Floyd. 

A Justice 4 Black Lives demonstration will be held in Niagara Falls on Saturday and Niagara Regional Police will join in. 

The number of COVID-19 related deaths in the country is expected to surpass 7,500 today. 

 

The second phase of Alberta’s economic re-opening could be coming sooner rather than later. 

The province’s chief medical health officer says the number of new infections is down and hospitalizations are dropping. 

Phase two is scheduled to launch on June 19th. 

 

4:30 p.m. - Wednesday, June 3rd

Premier Doug Ford says he’s considering the possibility of opening restaurant patios on a regional basis. 

He says health officials are currently discussing the details of stage two of the province’s reopening plan and he’s hoping to bring it forward next week. 

Ontario’s state of emergency was recently extended until the end of June, but Ford says that shouldn’t slow down the reopening process. 

 

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland we can’t forget about COVID-19 while attending anti-racism rallies. 

She says protests are an important and useful form of political expression but we still need to take health precautions seriously. 

She says you should wear a mask and bring sanitizer if you’re planning on attending a rally.

Events have been planned across Canada in major cities like Toronto and Ottawa. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Wednesday, June 3rd

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting 40 new cases of COVID-19 today bringing its total to 706. 

This includes 86 active cases and 560 resolved cases. 

Sixty people have died. 

 

Ontario is reporting 338 new cases of the virus today. 

We now have 29,047 cases province-wide but 22,811 people have recovered. 

Nineteen new COVID-19 related deaths have also been reported, which pushes our death toll to 2,312.

 

It looks like COVID-19s impact on the global economy has peaked, according to the Bank of Canada. 

It has decided to keep its key interest rate at 0.25 percent and now it’s expecting a second-quarter GDP decline between 10 and 20 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2019. 

It was originally predicting a 15 to 30 percent decline. 

 

She says Ontario’s long-term care homes need to prepare for a second-wave of COVID-19. 

Donna Duncan, the CEO of the Ontario Long Term Care Association, says the federal government needs to strike a deal with the provinces sooner rather than later, in order to deliver much-needed funds. 

She says the money would help hire more workers and prioritize the delivery of personal protective equipment but she doesn’t have a specific dollar figure in mind. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Wednesday, June 3rd

Active cases are down slightly in Niagara and there are no new cases. 

Public Health is reporting 46 active cases, that’s down from 48 yesterday. 

Niagara Health says there are 10 patients with COVID-19 being treated in local hospitals. 

Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates is calling on the province for better protections and more resources for our migrant workers. 

It comes after an outbreak at Pioneer Flower Farms in St. Catharines, where 20 workers tested positive for the virus. 

 

The federal government is looking to Parliament to approve another $6-billion for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. 

The CERB was supposed to cost about $35-billion this fiscal, but more than 8-million people have applied for help. 

The program has already paid out more than $42-billion in combined benefit payments. 

 

The next meeting in January will be called “The Great Reset”. 

The World Economic Forum will sit down in Switzerland for a twin summit with both in-person and virtual sessions. 

The meeting will focus on the economic and social devastation COVID-19 has had on countries around the world and the continued fight against climate change. 

 

4:30 p.m. - Tuesday, June 2nd

Ontario’s ombudsman has launched another investigation into the province’s long-term care system. 

This one will focus on the experiences of residents and caregivers during COVID-19.

The ombudsman's office has received 150 complaints since March. 

It will be completely separate from the investigation that was announced yesterday, which focuses on systemic issues in long-term care homes. 

 

The Ontario Together online portal has received over 25,000 submissions since March from businesses looking to step up in the fight against COVID-19. 

About 15,000 of those submissions have led to $200 million in purchases of medical supplies and equipment for our frontline workers. 

This includes 121 million masks, 4 million face shields and 100 million surgical gloves. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Tuesday, June 2nd

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting no new cases of COVID-19 today. 

This means we still have 666 cases total, including 46 active cases, 561 resolved cases and 59 deaths. 

We had 23 new cases of the virus yesterday following an outbreak at Pioneer Flower Farms in St. Catharines. 

 

Ontario is reporting 446 new cases of COVID-19 today. 

We now have 28,709 cases total including 22,484 resolved cases. 

Seventeen new COVID-19 related deaths have also been reported which pushes our death toll to 2,293.

A total of 105 outbreaks remain in effect at long-term care facilities province-wide. 

 

Health officials are worried about the spread of COVID-19 as protests continue nationwide. 

They would like demonstrators to take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. 

Some of the larger protests also happen to be in areas where the number of COVID-19 cases are increasing. 

The protests are in response to the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck in Minneapolis. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Tuesday, June 2nd

It was the largest increase in Niagara for quite a while. 

An outbreak at Pioneer Farms in St. Catharines led to spike in active cases in the Region. 

Public Health reported 23 new cases yesterday, bringing the total number of cases to 666. 

There are 48 active cases in the Region. 

Niagara Health says 12 patients with COVID-19 are being treated in local hospitals. 

 

Ontario’s State of Emergency will stay in place until the end of the month. 

Premier Doug Ford is extending the orders for another 28 days. 

This will continue to ban gatherings of more than five people. 

Certain businesses will stay closed, including restaurants and bars, except for take-out and delivery. 

 

Health officials are stressing the importance of hand sanitizer and masks as protests continue on both sides of the border. 

Anti-racism rallies continue after the death of George Floyd. 

Canadian health experts are not suggesting that people should avoid protests but want them to remember we are still in a pandemic. 

Many are wearing masks, but there is little distancing happening in the large gatherings. 

 

4:30 p.m. - Monday, June 1st

The province has decided to extend the ban on all residential hydro disconnections until July 31st. 

The Ford Government is also launching a new COVID-19 energy assistance program to help residents and small business owners who are struggling to pay their hydro bills. 

A new COVID-19 recovery rate is also in effect.

Residents will only have to pay just under 13-cents per kilowatt-hour until October 31st. 

 

Premier Doug Ford also says he welcomes the Ontario Ombudsman's investigation into how the province has handled long-term care homes during the pandemic. 

It will determine if the Ford Government’s oversight has been adequate. 

Ford says we need answers in order to fix the situation. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Monday, June 1st

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting 23 new cases of COVID-19 today. 

It says we now have 666 total, including 48 active cases, 559 resolved cases and 59 deaths. 

This includes the 20 people who have tested positive for the virus at Pioneer Flower Farms in St. Catharines. 

All of the affected workers have been isolated and those showing symptoms or are at risk will be tested. 

Public Health says there is no increased risk to customers or the community. 

 

Ontario is reporting 404 new cases of the virus today. 

We now have 28,263 cases province-wide but 22,153 people have recovered. 

Ten new COVID-19 related deaths have also been reported which pushes our death toll to 2,276.

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says help is on the way for Canadian cities. 

His government is rushing $2.2-billion in infrastructure funding, months earlier than originally planned. 

He says they can use the gas-tax funds for local projects and put people to work. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Monday, June 1st

More than 86 per cent of people with the virus in Niagara have recovered. 

Seven new cases were reported by Public Health over the weekend. 

That brings the total number of cases since the pandemic began to 643. 

There are 29 active cases of COVID-19 in the Region. 

 

Provinces are continuing to slowly re-open. 

Starting today, people are allowed to go backcountry camping in Ontario’s provincial parks with some restrictions. 

Over the weekend, batting cages and drive-in theatres were allowed to reopen in Ontario. 

In B.C., schools are re-opening and parents can send their kids back on a part-time basis. 

They look to re-open schools fully in September. 

Manitoba is lifting many restrictions, including a ban on visiting loved ones in personal care homes. 

 

Health experts are concerned that widespread protests could derail efforts to contain the spread of the virus. 

After months of stay-at-home orders, governments have begun to slowly re-open the economy. 

But, part of the reopening plan is widespread testing, isolating new outbreaks and contact tracing to prevent a possible second wave. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Sunday, May 31st

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting one more case of COVID-19, bringing the total to 643.

Niagara Health is reporting  447 positive tests at its sites and 11 people are being treated for the virus in local hospitals.

Today there were 326 new cases reported in Ontario.

 

Canada will invest $30 million dollars across all provinces and territories to promote holidays at home.

This is due to the country's border closure as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic

Destination Canada, the country's national marketing body that brings in tourists, is expected to announce the new funding later today before an official release.

 

St. Peter's Square saw a few hundred people as Pope Francis gave his first weekly greeting since early March.

He talked about those who have died or been infected by novel coronavirus, saying he prayed that no one in the world was without medical assistance.

 

8:00 a.m. - Sunday, May 31st

After six new cases were reported by Niagara Region Public Health, Niagara's number of cases climbed to 642.

There are 11 people in local hospitals being treated for the virus by Niagara Health.

Also, there were 323 cases of COVID-19 reported yesterday in Ontario.

 

A COVID-19 precaution on prescription medication could be lifted by the end of June for Ontarians.

There was a 30-day limit on prescriptions brought in on March 20th by Ontario to prevent a shortage of drugs amid the pandemic.

Spokespeople for Ontario's seniors community and Ontario's pharmacy industry are expecting the limitation to end within the month.

 

When kids return to class in British Columbia, families will notice some changes.

Schools in the province will re-open tomorrow to the broad student body on a voluntary basis.

Some of the changes will be protective visors for bus drivers and one-way hallways.

 

3:00 p.m. - Saturday, May 30th

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting six new cases of COVID-19 today.

It says we have 642 cases total, including 35 active cases, 548 resolved cases and 59 deaths.

Niagara Health is still reporting 447 positive tests at its sites.

Today there are 323 cases of the virus in Ontario.

 

The Senate will remain closed for another two weeks.

The upper chamber is copying the House of Commons, which doesn't have a sitting scheduled until the day after the Senate and just a handful before September.

Senate Speaker George Furey says all the leaders of the various factions and groups were consulted by him before he concluded it's not in the public interest to start next week as scheduled.

 

Beginning tomorrow, drive-in movie theatres can open in Ontario.

Drive-in theatres have already started opening in other provinces, however health officials in Ontario had concerns about physical distancing which they wanted to see addressed.

 

8:00 a.m. - Saturday, May 30th

Niagara Health is reporting a total of 447 positive tests at its sites as of yesterday.

There were also 636 cases reported by Niagara Region Public Health.

Yesterday, Ontario had 344 cases of the virus.

 

Due to the pandemic,  many international students have been forced to rethink spending thousands of dollars for post-secondary education in Canada in regards to working online.

A spokeswoman for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Nancy Caron says the government is working on accommodating students who finish their studies outside of the country by not deducting that time from their work permit.

More than $20 billio was contributed to the Canadian economy by international students and close to 170,000 jobs were supported in 2018.

 

The Mayor of Pointe-a-la-Croix, Quebec says there is a small sigh of relief among residents.

Pascal Bujold says people have expressed fears that an outbreak of COVID-19 in Campbellton, New Brunswick, which is located just across the river, could spread to their community.

Residents are concerned after they may have been in contact with a health-care professional from New Brunswick who tested positive for the novel virus.

The local health authority announced yesterday it would open a COVID-19 testing unit in the parking lot of the local clinic in the small Quebec town.

 

5:00 p.m. - Friday, May 29th

Premier Doug Ford is now considering a regional re-opening strategy. 

During his press conference this afternoon, he announced that he has asked officials to show him what it would look like in Ontario. 

His government also unveiled a new COVID-19 testing strategy today. 

Ford says community testing will get underway next week in virus hotspots and mobile testing units will be deployed 

More than 18,500 tests were completed yesterday. 

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is trying to figure out, how to reunite families who have been divided by the restrictions at the Canada – U.S. border. 

He says some of the Premiers are all for it and others are worried about the risk of COVID-19 transmission. 

Premier Doug Ford has said in the past that he would like the border to remain closed to prevent the spread of the virus. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Friday, May 29th

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting one new case of COVID-19 today. 

It says we have 636 total but 541 people have recovered. 

We also have 36 active cases of the virus and 59 people have died. 

 

Ontario is reporting 344 new cases of the virus today. 

We now have 27,210 cases province-wide including 20,983 resolved cases. 

Forty-one new COVID-19 related deaths have also been reported which pushes our death toll to 2,230.

 

The federal government is setting aside another $650 million to help First Nations communities affected by COVID-19 

This is on top of the $305 million the government had previously announced. 

The money will help pay for supplies, medical care and services related to the pandemic. 

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says the threat of a second wave is real. 

 

A health care professional in New Brunswick has been suspended after they travelled to Quebec didn’t go into self-isolation after returning home. 

The person went right back to work and another outbreak has been declared in the Campbellton area. 

Six people have been diagnosed with the virus and two are in intensive care. 

Premier Blane Higgs says the RCMP is investigating. 

 

 

9:00 a.m. - Friday, May 29th

Active cases are dropping here in Niagara. 

Public Health says we have 46 active cases in the Region, that’s down from 53 the day before. 

Almost 84 per cent of the people with the virus in Niagara have recovered. 

One new case has been reported, bringing the total number of cases to 635 since the pandemic began in March. 

 

It’s the first new case of COVID-19 in Newfoundland and Labrador in nearly three weeks. 

Contact tracing efforts are in full swing after a man in his 40s tested positive for the virus. 

About 98 per cent of the people with the virus in the province have recovered. 

 

Medical experts are warning you not to get into a car with anyone outside your household. 

An infectious disease researcher from the University of Calgary says problems can come from even a short carpool. 

He says it’s not so much the time spent potentially exposed to the virus, but instead the possible exposure in a small confined space that raises the risk of infection. 

 

4:30 p.m. - Thursday, May 28th

The Ford Government has decided to extend the mandate of the Incident Management System Long Term Care table. 

Minister of Long-Term Care Dr. Merrilee Fullerton says it makes rapid decisions in order to support long-term care homes in need. 

The group was established back in April, and Premier Doug Ford says we have been seeing results since then. 

He says we have completed a round of testing in all long-term care homes and a second round of testing is underway. 

 

The world economy could lose almost $8.5 trillion over the next two years due to the financial fallout related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

More than 34 million people could also be forced into extreme poverty this year. 

This was all discussed during today’s virtual United Nations conference which was co-hosted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Thursday, May 28th

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting one new case of COVID-19 today. 

It says we have 635 total but only 46 of them are considered active. 

We also have 530 resolved cases and 59 deaths. 

 

More than 17,600 COVID tests were completed across the province yesterday. 

Ontario is reporting 383 new cases of the virus today. 

A total of 26,866 people have been infected province-wide but more than 20,600 have recovered. 

Thirty-four new COVID-19 related deaths have also been reported, which pushes our death toll to 2,189.

 

U-S President Donald Trump was noticeably absent from this mornings United Nations teleconference. 

The meeting focused on a global pandemic recovery plan and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was one of the co-hosts. 

Trudeau has stressed the importance of a coordinated response, while Trump has argued in the past that wise leaders put the interests of their own countries first. 

 

Giant circles will be painted in the grass of Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto to show what standing two-metres apart should look like. 

This comes after thousands of people gathered in the park over the weekend, violating Ontario’s social distancing restrictions. 

Premier Doug Ford says they should all get tested for COVID-19. 

 

 

9:00 a.m. - Thursday, May 28th

There are no new cases of the virus in Niagara. 

Public Health says the number of actives cases in the Region is dropping. 

We have 53 active cases, compared to 65 yesterday. 

More than 82 per cent of people with COVID-19 in Niagara have recovered from the virus. 

 

More than two dozen healthcare services will soon start reopening here and across the province. 

Ontario’s Medical Officer of Health issued a new order yesterday afternoon, giving the green light for these services to begin to reopen. 

The order is immediate, but it will take time for things to open. 

You will soon be able to go to the dentist and get an eye exam. 

Midwives, physiotherapists and dieticians are among other allowed to get back to work. 

 

Justin Trudeau is co-hosting a virtual conference today with Jamaica’s prime minister and the UN secretary general. 

The call looks to develop a global recovery plan to deal with the devastating economic and social impacts of COVID-19. 

The UN says without one, the world economy could lose $8.5 trillion over the next two years. 

 

4:30 p.m. - Wednesday, May 27th

The province is taking over five long-term care homes in the GTA. 

Four of them were included in a report from the Canadian Armed Forces that contained allegations of neglect, feeding problems and failing to isolate COVID positive patients. 

Premier Doug Ford also says the establishment of an independent commission into long-term care homes will be expedited and it should begin in July. 

 

History was made in the House of Commons today. 

The first hybrid session of Parliament took place with some M-P's attending in person and others logging in virtually.

They appeared on large screens on either side of the Speaker’s chair. 

This was a meeting of a special COVID-19 committee because Parliament is still adjourned. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Wednesday, May 27th

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting no new cases of COVID-19 today. 

But is reporting one new death which pushes our death toll to 59. 

We have 634 cases of the virus total including 53 active cases and 522 resolved cases. 

 

Ontario is reporting 292 new cases of the virus today. 

We now have 26,483 cases total but 20,372 people have recovered. 

Thirty-two new COVID-19 related deaths have also been reported, which pushes our death toll to 2,155.

Ontario’s emergency orders have also been extended until June 9th. 

 

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh would like the RCMP to investigate a military report on the conditions of five long-term care homes in Ontario. 

Some of the allegations include failing to isolate COVID-19 positive patients, along with cockroach infestations and chronic hygiene issues. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s going to discuss the report with Canada’s premiers tomorrow. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Wednesday, May 27th

More than 80 per cent of people with COVID-19 in Niagara have recovered from the virus. 

Public Health says there are 65 active cases in the Region. 

Niagara Health says 20 people with the virus are being treated in local hospitals. 

One new case was reported yesterday, bringing the total to 634 cases since the pandemic began. 

 

Ontario is extending its emergency orders until June 9th. 

Premier Doug Ford says it’s about keeping people safe and maintain progress in the fight against coronavirus. 

The emergency orders keep public pools and playgrounds closed. 

Bars and restaurants will stay closed except for take-out and delivery. 

Gatherings are still limited to up to five people. 

The province has been in a State of Emergency since March 17th. 

 

Europe is unveiling a massive recovery plan to help the 27 member countries rebuild their economies. 

France and Germany are proposing a 500-billion euro fund focusing on grants, but a small group of countries are protesting the idea, saying loans would be a better choice. 

 

4:30 p.m. - Tuesday, May 26th

The province has launched a full investigation into allegations included in a military report on five of Ontario’s long-term care homes. 

The allegations include failing to isolate COVID-19 positive patients and allowing them to leave their rooms. 

Premier Doug Ford is calling the report horrific and heartbreaking and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it’s deeply disturbing. 

Ford is also calling on the Canadian Armed Forces to extend their mission for another 30-days. 

 

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam says we need to abide by the COVID-19 restrictions during this heatwave. 

Several municipalities across Ontario and Quebec are being forced to re-think how they can offer cooling services. 

Libraries, community centres and pools remain closed at this time, so they may have to consider opening other areas as cooling centres. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Tuesday, May 26th

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting one new case of the COVID-19 today, bringing its total to 634. 

This includes 65 active cases, 511 resolved cases and 58 deaths. 

Close to 170 of Niagara's cases are over the age of 80 and about 160 are between the ages of 20 and 39. 

 

Ontario is reporting 287 new cases of the virus today. 

This is the first time in more than two weeks that the number has been lower than 300. 

We now have 26,191 cases of the virus province-wide including 19,958 resolved cases. 

Twenty-one new deaths have also been reported, which brings our death toll to 2,123.

Over 9,800 tests were completed yesterday 

 

Ottawa has signed a deal with General Motors to produce 10 million face masks. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the masks will help keep people safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

He also says more than 40 flights have arrived in Canada over the past 10 weeks to deliver personal protective equipment for our frontline workers. 

 

They failed to reach a decision yesterday, so the debate will continue over how the House of Commons should go on during the pandemic. 

The Conservatives would like to return to normal operations in order to hold the Liberals accountable for the billions they’ve spent during the crisis. 

The Liberals on the other hand would like to expand the special COVID committee, so MPs can participate in-person and online through video conference. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Tuesday, May 26th

Another free grocery giveaway is coming to Niagara. 

The anonymous grocer is donating another truckload of groceries and this time it’s going to Port Colborne. 

It’s happening at the Vale Health and Wellness Centre starting at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow.

Volunteers from the city and Port Cares will be helping out. 

 

Health officials say Mother’s Day is to blame for the rise in new COVID-19 cases in Ontario. 

The province reported 400 new cases yesterday, for the fifth day in a row. 

Health Minister Christine Elliott says Mother’s Day visits and large gatherings are preventing further loosening of public health measures. 

 

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation is asking for money, instead of handing it out. 

OLG is turning to the province for a loan. 

The lottery organization needs helps covering operational costs and meeting contractual obligations in the short term during the pandemic. 

 

 

4:30 p.m. - Monday, May 25th

Niagara Health is expanding testing at its COVID-19 assessment centres to include self-referrals. 

You can now call and book an appointment at the centres in Niagara Falls and St. Catharines if you’re experiencing symptoms of the virus or believe you may have been exposed. 

The centres will also offer walk-in appointments but you’ll have to stay in your vehicle once you arrive and register over the phone. 

 

Premier Doug Ford says those who gathered in Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto over the weekend should be tested for the virus. 

He says he’s disappointed that these people decided to ignore physical distancing rules and he’s hoping that it won’t affect their family members. 

Health Minister Christine Elliott says the province has decided to hold off increasing the five-person gap on public gatherings due to what happened and an increase in COVID-19 cases last week. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Monday, May 25th

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting only two new cases of COVID-19 today. 

It says we have 633 total including 81 active cases. 

We also have 494 resolved cases and 58 deaths. 

 

Ontario is reporting 404 new cases of the virus today. 

We now have 29,904 cases province-wide but 19,698 people have recovered. 

Twenty-nine new COVID-19 related deaths have also been reported, which pushes our death toll to 2,102. 

Just over 8,000 tests were completed yesterday. 

 

They’re calling on the Ford Government to protect small and medium-sized companies from eviction. 

Five business associations have written an open letter to Premier Doug Ford.

It says lots of companies have had to close their doors or cut back their services due to the pandemic and they’re having a hard time paying their rent. 

The letter is co-signed by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, the Retail Council of Canada and Restaurants Canada. 

It also includes signatures from the Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Monday, May 25th

About 77 per cent of people with the virus in Niagara have recovered. 

Public Health reported seven new cases over the weekend, bringing the total to 631, including 58 deaths. 

Niagara Health says 23 people with the virus are being treated in local hospitals. 

 

Anyone in Ontario can now get tested for COVID-19. 

Premier Doug Ford says testing protocols are expanding and now even people without symptoms can be tested. 

Ford encourages anyone who believes they’ve been exposed to the virus to get tested. 

Assessment centres are not turning people away and you don’t need an appointment. 

 

Boeing is slashing 400 jobs at its facilities in Winnipeg. 

The company says it is part of the economic fallout from the pandemic. 

The cuts will come from voluntary and involuntary layoffs and normal attrition. 

Boeing is adjusting the size of its workforce to adjust to the new market realities after COVID-19. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Sunday, May 24th

The total number of cases for Niagara Region Public Health now stands at 631 after four new cases of COVID-19 were reported today.

Meanwhile Niagara Health is still reporting 440 positive tests as of yesterday afternoon.

Today there were 460 new cases reported in Ontario.

 

More farmers and producers need to tap into the existing aid programs according to Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau.

It is so the government can determine where the gaps are to support the agriculture industry.

The Trudeau government announced an aid program worth $252 million dollars that has been criticized by the Canadian Federation of Agriculture.

They argue the current financial support systems aren't enough, as they were asking for up to ten times that amount.

 

An executive chef at a hotel in British Columbia says much of the time he has been spending in the kitchen focuses on safety protocols instead of a menu, as he prepares to re-open.

Kreg Graham is an executive chef at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel in the Victoria area.

Restaurants and pubs are among the services that had their COVID-19 restrictions lifted by the B.C. government on May 19th.

 

8:00 a.m. - Sunday, May 24th

Following three new cases of COVID-19, Niagara Region Public Health's total has now climbed to 627.

Meanwhile Niagara Health confirmed 440 positive tests as of yesterday afternoon.

More than 11,000 people have been tested at their sites.

And 412 new cases were confirmed in Ontario yesterday

 

Provinces have started to slowly re-open amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but Ontario and Quebec are still drawing concerns.

They have most of the confirmed and presumptive cases of the virus and related deaths.

But the number of resolved cases in Ontario has moved past 75 percent.

 

A potential surge in COVID-19 cases has drawn concern among Toronto city officials after people gathered at a downtown park yesterday.

The City released a statement saying thousands of people packed Trinity Bellwoods Park, not following physical distancing rules.

The City has made it illegal to be within two metres of someone in parks and public squares if they live in a different home.

 

12:00 p.m. - Saturday, May 23rd

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting three new cases of COVID-19 today.

It says we have 627 cases total including 95 active cases, 474 resolved cases and 58 deaths.

Niagara Health is still reporting 438 positive tests at its sites.

We also have 412 new cases of the virus across the province.

 

Environmental policies have been put aside or suspended due to the pandemic and groups like Greenpeace and Environmental Defence are worried.

Retailers are banning reusable packaging due to fear of contamination, plus restaurants serving take-out food have pushed the need for plastic and Styrofoam containers.

Environmental Defence executive director Tim Gray says decisions to suspend plastic-bag bans are a panicked response that may slow down as more information and science on the virus is understood

 

COVID-19 restrictions are a problem for members of a golf course in New Brunswick that shares the border with Maine.

The Aroostook Valley Country Club's pro shop and parking lot are located in the United States while its clubhouse and fairways are in New Brunswick.

As a result, it's prevented Canadians from playing the course.

And even if they could play, they'd have to go into a 14-day self-isolation after finishing their round of golf.

 

8:00 a.m. - Saturday, May 23rd

Niagara Health reported 438 positive tests at its sites yesterday afternoon.

Also, Niagara Region Public Health reported 624 cases of the virus.

In Ontario yesterday there were 441 cases confirmed

 

Federal political parties will resume talks today over how Parliament should function during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The House of Commons is to resume operations on Monday, however what that'll look like depends on the outcome of the negotiations between the party House leaders.

Right now there is a special COVID-19 committee acting as a stand-in for the House of Commons, meeting in person once a week.

 

The president of the Canadian Meat Council says there's likely to be more more changes in the coming months to ensure workers are further protected from COVID-19.

Chris White says $77.5 million, which has been earmarked by the federal government for the food-processing industry, will be used for future changes.

The money will not be used to pay for measures already put in place.

 

4:30 p.m. - Friday, May 22nd

Niagara Health has called off the COVID-19 outbreak on the Trillium Unit of Greater Niagara General Hospital. 

It was declared on May 1st after a worker tested positive and the case was healthcare-associated. 

Niagara Health monitored all patients and staff for two weeks.

Officials found no new cases of the virus and no evidence of further transmission. 

 

All of Ontario’s frontline healthcare workers will be tested for COVID-19 starting this weekend. 

Premier Doug Ford says they will be tested whether they’re showing symptoms of the virus or not. 

He also says there will be a second round of testing at long-term care facilities. 

The province completed just over 11,000 tests yesterday. 

 

 

12:00 p.m. - Friday, May 22nd

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting only one new case of COVID-19 today. 

It says we have 624 total including 96 active cases, 470 resolved cases and 58 deaths. 

Welland has seen the most confirmed cases of the virus since the pandemic began with a total of 206. 

 

Ontario is reporting 441 new cases of the virus today and 28 new deaths. 

We now have 24,628 cases total including 18,767 resolved cases. 

More than two thousand people have died province-wide and more than 11,200 COVID-19 tests were completed yesterday. 

 

Ottawa will be sending money to all the provinces to pay for COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and allow data sharing between different jurisdictions. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says these measures are essential because the virus is a serious health threat. 

He also says the economy can’t recover until we’re confident that the virus is contained in the event of a new outbreak. 

 

Statistics Canada is predicting another steep drop in retail sales for the month of April. 

It’s estimating a drop of 15.6 percent. 

Retail sales fell 10 percent back in March, which was the biggest monthly decline on record. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Friday, May 22nd

More than 74 per cent of the people with COVID-19 in Niagara have recovered from the virus. 

Welland has the highest number of cases at 206, followed by Niagara Falls with 164. 

Public Health reported three new cases of the virus yesterday, bringing the total to 623, including 58 deaths. 

 

Scientists are starting to test wastewater in Canada, as a way to warn public health officials about a possible second wave of the virus. 

A pilot project is getting underway in cities like Ottawa, Montreal and Edmonton. 

This method is already being used by several other countries. 

The hope is this testing could accurately determine new outbreaks in different communities, buildings or even long-term care homes. 

 

Planning is underway even before the start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. 

Forecasters are warning it could be a tough season, with as many as six major storms. 

The pandemic may make things more difficult when it comes to evacuating people to emergency shelters. 

The Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1st. 

 

4:30 p.m. - Thursday, May 21st

Premier Doug Ford says health officials will deliver a plan for expanded testing next week. 

He would like the expansion to also include people who are not experiencing symptoms of the virus. 

He says its the only way we can get a true picture of asymptomatic cases. 

Ontario completed just over 10,500 COVID-19 tests yesterday. 

 

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam is still stressing the importance of physical distancing, hand washing and wearing non-medical masks. 

Health officials are on high-alert looking for signs of a second wave of infections as the provinces start to reopen. 

Tam says they’re also planning for the winter months when we typically see an increase in all respiratory viruses. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Thursday, May 21st

We now have 623 cases of COVID-19 in Niagara including 462 resolved cases. 

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting three new cases of the virus today. 

It says we have 103 active cases and 58 people have died. 

 

Ontario is reporting 413 new cases of the virus today which brings the province-wide total to 24,187. 

But we also have 18,509 resolved cases. 

The province is also reporting 31 new deaths today, which brings our death toll close 1,993. 

Just over 10,500 COVID-19 tests were completed yesterday, which is significantly lower than the province's goal of 16,000 tests per day. 

 

The Trudeau Government is setting aside $75 million for organizations that help Indigenous people living in urban areas and off reserves during the pandemic. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says they deserve services that are culturally appropriate. 

His government had previously announced $15 million in funding for health care, counselling, food and supportive housing. 

 

AstraZeneca has received more than one billion dollars from the U-S Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority. 

The money will be going towards the development, production and delivery of a potential COVID-19 vaccine starting this fall. 

It was developed at Oxford University and it’s still in the testing stage. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Thursday, May 21st

Nearly 74 per cent of the people with COVID-19 in Niagara have recovered from the virus. 

Public Health reported five new cases yesterday, bringing the total number of cases to 620. 

Meanwhile, Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates is calling for better protections for our frontline workers. 

Nearly 23 per cent of the cases are local healthcare workers. 

Gates says more PPE is needed to protect those who are protecting us. 

 

Our Chief Public Health Officer is asking people to not pass judgement on those who don't wear face masks. 

Doctor Theresa Tam says wearing a mask can be difficult for someone with disabilities and anyone who is hearing impaired. 

They can also create the risk of an asthma attack and be uncomfortable for someone with severe allergies. 

Tam is urging Canadians to wear face coverings in public. 

 

The closures of many public washrooms are causing problems for many essential workers. 

Transit and truck drivers and many construction workers and contractors have limited washroom access and relied heavily on coffee shops and other businesses. 

Some cities, like Toronto and Ottawa, have put in temporary portable washrooms and hand-washing stations to help these workers during the pandemic. 

 

4:30 p.m. - Wednesday, May 20th

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer is recommending the use of non-medical face masks whenever you’re in public and can’t stand two metres apart from others. 

But Dr. Theresa Tam says you should still practice physical distancing whenever possible. 

She says you should also wash your hands to prevent the spread of the virus. 

 

Premier Doug Ford says he’s prepared to halt the re-opening of the province if we see a spike in new COVID-19 cases. 

He says there is also a plan to ramp up testing.

The province completed less than 10,000 tests in each of the past three days. 

 

12:30 p.m. - Wednesday, May 20th

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting five new cases of COVID-19 today. 

It says we have 620 cases total including 104 active cases, 458 resolved cases and 58 deaths. 

Long-term care and retirement homes account for almost 28 percent of Niagara’s cases and 81 percent of Niagara’s deaths. 

 

Ontario is reporting 390 new cases of the virus today. 

This means we now have 23,774cases province-wide including 18,190 resolved cases. 

Forty-three new COVID-19 related deaths have also been reported.

Ontario’s death toll has reached 1,962.

 

Ottawa has announced a new loan program for large companies during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Those with an annual income of $300 million or more will be able to apply for loans of at least $60 million that they wouldn’t be able to secure elsewhere. 

Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the funding will help the companies keep employees and avoid bankruptcies. 

 

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says we need to return to a more normal operation of Parliament. 

The House of Commons has been holding two virtual sittings per week along with one reduced in-person sitting. 

Singh says his party is eyeing a hybrid model that would allow MPs to attend online or in person. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Wednesday, May 20th

Schools across Ontario are closed until September, but online learning continues. 

Teachers in the DSBN and Niagara Catholic will continue to support students online until the end of the school year. 

Report cards will be sent home in late June. 

Parents will find out next month what kids can expect when they head back to school in the fall. 

 

Ottawa is encouraging businesses to bring back laid off workers. 

The federal government will announce commercial rent relief for small and medium-sized businesses today. 

There will also be details on a loan program for large corporations. 

The feds have expanded their small business loan program and extended the emergency wage subsidy program until the end of August. 

 

The biggest night in Hollywood could be pushed off because of the pandemic. 

Variety is reporting the Oscars could be postponed next year, but the Academy isn’t commenting. 

Many movie releases have been pushed back, production has been put on hold and theatres all over the world have shut down over coronavirus concerns. 

The Oscars are scheduled for February 28th. 

 

4:30 p.m. - Tuesday, May 19th

Students in Niagara will not be going back to school for the rest of the school year. 

Premier Doug Ford says he’s not going to take an unnecessary risk when it comes to the health and safety of our children. 

He says at home learning will continue and all students will receive reports cards. 

Ford adds childcare centres will be included in phase two of re-opening.

He says day camps could re-open in July and August, as long as they follow strict public health measures and the COVID-19 trends continue to improve. 

 

Ontario has extended its emergency orders. 

All bars and restaurants will remain closed until May 29th aside from takeout and delivery. 

Gatherings will still be limited to five people but drive in religious gatherings will be permitted. 

Each vehicle must park two metres apart and they can only contain members of the same household. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Tuesday, May 19th

We have three new cases of COVID-19 in Niagara today. 

Public Health is reporting a total of 615 cases but only 111 of them are considered active. 

It says we also have 446 resolved cases and 58 deaths. 

 

Ontario is reporting 427 new cases of COVID-19. 

We now have 23,384 cases total including 17,898 resolved cases. 

Fifteen new COVID-19 related deaths have also been reported.

The province-wide death toll has reached 1,919.

 

The Canada-U.S. border will remain closed to non-essential traffic until June 21st. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says this will help protect Canadian and American citizens. 

The border closed back in March.

Trade shipments and essential workers can still cross over. 

 

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer would like to resume in-person sittings of the House of Commons. 

He believes it's possible for Canada’s MPs to do their jobs while respecting public health guidelines. 

The MPs have been meeting through video conference twice a week for about a month now. 

In-person sittings have also been held once a week but in a modified format. 

 

9:00 a.m.  - Tuesday, May 19th

Many are heading back to work in Niagara as the first phase of businesses and services reopen. 

Retail stores are now open for in-store purchases, as long as they have access to the street. 

Seasonal businesses are open, along with animal services like groomers and vets. 

Scheduled surgeries can go ahead and so can some healthcare services like in-person counselling. 

Niagara Falls is opening some outdoor recreational activities like dog parks, tennis and basketball courts and the skate park at the MacBain Community Centre. 

 

Parents will find out the fate of the school year today. 

Ontario’s Education Minister will make an announcement alongside Premier Doug Ford this afternoon. 

We will also learn when daycares and other childcare services might reopen. 

 

B.C. is launching the second phase of its re-opening plan today. 

Organizations and businesses need to have policies in place to follow provincial health guidelines. 

The provincial health officer is asking customers and businesses to take it slow and use caution. 

 

12:00 p.m.  - Sunday, May 17th

There are 15 new cases reported by Niagara Region Pubic Health today, increasing their total to 607.

Niagara Health is still reporting 426 positive cases at its sites as of this morning.

The province reported 340 new cases of the virus today.

 

A research team out of Halifax will be working with a Chinese firm to start on the first Canadian clinical trials for a possible vaccine for COVID-19.

The trials will be at the Canadian Centre for Vaccinology at Halifax's Dalhousie University.

The trial's first phase should begin within the next three weeks.

 

Businesses are preparing to open on Tuesday across several provinces as some restrictions are lifted.

Certain Ontario retail businesses and the province's construction industry will lift restrictions.

Meanwhile, in New Brunswick licensed daycares will re-open on Tuesday and Alberta is allowing up to 50 people for outdoor gatherings as of this weekend.

 

8:00 a.m. - Sunday, May 17th

There were 14 new cases reported by Niagara Region Pubic Health yesterday, seeing its total climb to 592.

Niagara Health also reported a total of 426 positive tests at its sites.

We saw 391 new cases of the virus province-wide.

 

The Canadian Red Cross is getting $100 million from the federal government to help it fight against COVID-19.

Repatriated Canadians who are quarantined at the Canadian Forces Base in Trenton have been receiving support from the organization.

The Red Cross has also reached out and helped deliver food to those who can't leave their homes in Toronto.

 

According to a health researcher from Saskatchewan, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown many Canadians the inequities Indigenous peoples are facing.

Carrie Bourassa says overcrowded living conditions are just one of the factors related to the transmission of the virus.

The federal government has reported there are at least 190 confirmed cases on First Nations.

 

12:00 p.m. - Saturday, May 16th

There are 14 new cases of COVID-19 reported by Niagara Region Public Health, increasing its total to 592.

Niagara Health is still reporting 420 people have tested positive for the virus at its sites as of this morning.

Today there were 391 cases reported in Ontario.

 

Air Canada has announced plans to layoff 22,000 of its employees due to the pandemic.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees and Air Canada are in talks to continue the federal wage subsidy.

Approximately 225 airplanes have had to be grounded and Air Canada has had to slash flight capacity by 95%.

 

According to the World Health Organization's director general making next year's Tokyo Olympics a safe global gathering won't be easy.

Health experts, including in Japan, have raised questions regarding how the event can be run before a global vaccine against the virus is in place.

The Tokyo Olympics were postponed earlier this year.

 

8:00 a.m. - Saturday, May 16th

In a report from Niagara Health, 420 people have tested positive for COVID-19 at its sites.

There were three new cases reported from Niagara Region Public Health yesterday, bringing its total to 578.

Yesterday there were 341 cases reported in Ontario.

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's COVID-19 briefing today will be the only one this long weekend.

He is expected to announce more financial help for families, offering a one-time boost to the Canada Child Benefit.

Families who are entitled to the benefit in April will get up to $300 extra per child starting next week, as part of their regular monthly payment.

 

There are concerns from advocates, government officials and health-care workers in regards to the rising death toll from overdoses in BC amid the pandemic.

According to the BC Coroners Service, 113 people died in March of suspected illicit drug toxicity.

Opioid-related overdoses were declared by the Province as a public health emergency in 2016.

 

12:00 p.m. - Friday, May 15th

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting three new cases of COVID-19 today bringing its total to 578. 

This includes 97 active cases and 425 resolved cases. 

It’s also reporting one new death today, which pushes the death toll 56. 

 

Ontario is reporting 341 new cases of virus today and 27 new deaths. 

The province also under-reported the number of new cases yesterday due to a data glitch. 

It says we had 345 new cases instead of 258. 

We now have 21,992 cases of the virus total and 1,825 deaths. 

 

Ottawa is extending the federal wage subsidy program until at least the end of August. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says this will give employers more time to re-open slowly if they have to. 

The $73 billion program was supposed to expire on June 6th. 

It covers 75 percent of employee wages and it’s for businesses who have experienced a sharp decline in revenues during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

All schools in Newfoundland and Labrador will remain closed for the rest of the school year. 

Education Minister Brian Warr made the announcement earlier today. 

The Ford Government is set to announce the fate of Ontario’s school year early next week. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Friday, May 15th

The COVID-19 outbreak at Henley House is no longer listed on Niagara Region Public Health’s website. 

Only five outbreaks were listed as of this morning the affected facilities include Royal Rose Place, Seasons Welland and Lundy Manor. 

 

Public Health reported 12 new cases of the virus yesterday after a week of only single-digit increases. 

It says we now have 575 cases of the virus in Niagara including 99 active cases, 421 resolved cases and 55 deaths. 

Niagara Health says 414 people have tested positive at its sites and 38 people are being treated in hospital. 

 

We can expect two big announcements from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today. 

He’s set to announce an extension for the emergency wage subsidy program. 

The $73 billion program is currently set to run until June 6th and it covers 75 percent of employee pay, up to $847 per week. 

There have been reports that Trudeau will also announce financial support for medical researchers. 

 

4:30 p.m. - Thursday, May 14th

Ontario is opening campgrounds, marinas, golf courses and private parks this Saturday. 

Premier Doug Ford says we’re also going to enter the first stage of reopening our economy on Tuesday. 

Retail stores with a street entrance will be able to open, scheduled surgeries will be able to resume and all construction will continue. 

 

The rapid COVID-19 tests that were developed in Ottawa still have not been deployed. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says there have been some challenges with them, so they’ve been sent back to the company for repair and improvement. 

The tests should prevent long delays in COVID-19 testing in remote communities. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Thursday, May 14th

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting 12 new cases of COVID-19 today bringing its total to 575. 

This includes 99 active cases, 421 resolved cases and 55 deaths. 

Almost 16 percent of Niagara’s cases have been hospitalized and just over 3 percent have been admitted to intensive care. 

 

Ontario is reporting 258 new cases of the virus today which is only a 1.2 percent increase compared to yesterday. 

This is the lowest growth rate we’ve seen since early March. 

We now have 21,494 cases of the virus province-wid including 16,204 resolved cases. 

Thirty-three new COVID-19 related deaths have also been reported which pushes our death toll to 1,798. 

 

Premier Doug Ford is about to release more details about the first stage of Ontario’s reopening plan. 

He teased that good news was on the way earlier this week.

He says the first stage includes the reopening of more low-risk workplaces, seasonal businesses and essential services. 

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced a new benefit for fish harvesters. 

It's for those who have experienced a 25 percent drop in income during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

It will provide them with up to 75 percent of lost revenue up to $10,000. 

Those who own their own business could also receive a $10,000 non-repayable grant from the federal government. 

 

9:00 p.m. - Thursday, May 14th

It’s a week of single digit increases to the caseload in Niagara. 

Only two new cases of the virus were reported by Public Health yesterday. 

That brings the total to 563, including 55 deaths. 

More than 410 people in the Region have recovered. 

 

Ontario will get more information today on how the province plans to reopen. 

Premier Doug Ford will give an update on phase one this afternoon. 

More essential services are expected to re-open in the first of a three-step plan. 

Some low-risk workplaces and seasonal businesses could also open up. 

Phase one could also lift some outdoor restrictions and allow some non-urgent surgeries. 

 

Federal parks and historic sites across Canada could also re-open soon. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Minister of Environment will announce plans to begin a phased-in plan to re-open. 

National parks and historic sites have been closed since mid-March. 

They are not likely to re-open in time for the long weekend. 

 

4:30 p.m. - Wednesday, May 13th

The Ford Government has passed an emergency order to allow educational workers to help in the fight against COVID-19. 

Those who are not involved in online learning will be able to volunteer in long-term care homes, homeless shelters and other congregate settings. 

An online portal will be up and running later this week and it will match the worker with a placement in their community based on their skill set. 

 

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam says it's a good idea to wear a mask if you’re in an area with community transmission of the virus. 

She says you should also wear them in areas where it’s hard to stay away from others such as stores and on public transit. 

She says making masks mandatory could cause problems for those who can’t afford or access one. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Wednesday, May 13th

We have two new cases of COVID-19 in Niagara today. 

Public Health is reporting a total of 563 cases including 416 resolved cases and 55 deaths. 

It says we only have 92 active cases of the virus in the Region. 

 

Ontario is reporting 329 new cases of COVID-19 today bringing its total over 21,236.

More than 15,800 people have recovered. 

We also have 40 new COVID-19 related deaths today.

The province-wide death toll has reached 1,765.

 

The Ontario government will be able to step in if a long-term care home has a high number of COVID-19 patients or deaths. 

It could appoint any person, corporation or hospital to manage the facility under a new emergency order. 

The province will also be able to intervene if the home is experiencing a staffing shortage. 

 

Students and recent graduates will be able to apply for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit later this week. 

It’s going to provide them with $1,250 per month for up to four months. 

Students with disabilities or dependents will receive an extra $750. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says you should create an account with the Canada Revenue Agency before applications open this Friday. 

 

 

9:00 a.m. - Wednesday, May 13th

The good news continues for Niagara; it’s the sixth day in a row with single digit increases to our caseload. 

Public Health says there are 561 confirmed cases in the Region, including 54 deaths. 

Niagara Health says another person with COVID-19 passed away early yesterday. 

More than 400 people in the Region have recovered from the virus. 

 

Ontario will find out more tomorrow on what the next steps will be. 

The province is gearing up for phase one of our economic recovery. 

It will be a three-step plan, with two to four weeks of declining cases needed between each phase. 

Premier Doug Ford will give more details tomorrow on what’s expected to re-open in the first phase. 

Ontario’s State of Emergency has been extended until at least June 2nd. 

 

Small businesses across Canada will get more details today on a new aid program. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will explain the billion-dollar Regional Relief and Recovery Fund. 

The money will go to six regions, including Southern Ontario. 

We will find out how much each region will get and where the money will go. 

 

4:30 p.m. - Tuesday, May 12th

Premier Doug Ford is planning to share some good news later this week. 

He’s going to release more details about the first stage of reopening Ontario’s economy this Thursday. 

Stage one includes allowing hospitals to resume non-urgent surgeries and increasing the maximum amount of people at certain events such as funerals. 

 

The CNE has is joining the list of popular events cancelled due to COVID-19. 

The Canadian National Exhibition attracts more than 1.4 million people every year. 

It’s been going on for 142 years now and this is only the second time it’s been cancelled. 

It was also cancelled for the Second World War and the Toronto site was turned into a training and recruitment centre. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Tuesday, May 12th

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting two new cases of COVID-19 today bringing its total to 561. 

This includes 95 active cases, 412 resolved cases and 54 deaths. 

More than 150 of Niagara’s cases are over the age of 80. 

 

Ontario is reporting 361 new cases of the virus today which is a 1.8 percent increase compared to yesterday. 

We have 20,907 total including 15,391 resolved cases. 

Fifty-six new COVID-related deaths have also been reported.

The province-wide death toll is 1,725

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced new funding for seniors today. 

He says those who receive old age security will receive a one-time payment of $300. 

Those with guaranteed income benefits will receive an additional $200. 

Trudeau says seniors have always been a priority in his government’s COVID-19 response. 

 

A handful of Canadian universities are planning to offer their fall classes online if the pandemic continues. 

This includes the University of Ottawa, the University of British Columbia and McGill University in Montreal. 

Colleges and universities across the country shut down their campuses back in March and they shifted their classes online. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Tuesday, May 12th

It’s some good news in Niagara; only one new case of the virus was reported by Public Health. 

That brings the total number of confirmed cases to 559, including 54 deaths. 

Almost 400 people across the Region have recovered from COVID-19. 

 

Ottawa is launching talks with the U.S. considering what an increase in border traffic will look like. 

Ontario and B.C. see the most cross-border traffic and both provinces are in the early stages of re-opening their economies. 

A ban on non-essential cross-border travel is set to expire next week. 

Ontario is looking to extend its State of Emergency to June 2nd. 

B.C. is partially re-opening its economy after the Victoria Day long weekend. 

 

The media sector in Canada is seeing a dramatic decline in advertising which is ramping up pressure on companies. 

At least 100 media outlets have made operational cuts in the past six weeks and about 50 community newspapers have closed their doors. 

The Heritage Minister is calling for digital giants like Google and Facebook to pay for the Canadian content they use on their platforms. 

 

4:30 p.m. - Monday, May 11th

We’ll know more next week about what’s in store for our schools and childcare centres. 

Premier Doug Ford says his government will release more information about when they can reopen. 

He says his government will also move to extend the province’s state of emergency until June 2nd once the legislature sits tomorrow. 

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says we must do what we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while we ease restrictions and start to reopen the economy. 

He says leaders across the country have been trying to find a balance. 

But if they make the wrong choices, Trudeau says all of our hard work over the past two months will go up in smoke. 

 

Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu says more needs to be done to protect those living in long-term care homes. 

She didn’t go into specifics, but she did say she’s not against Ottawa opening discussions with the provinces about new operation standards in the homes. 

More than 80 percent of Canada’s COVID-19 related deaths were in long-term care facilities. 

 

 

12:00 p.m. - Monday, May 11th

The state of emergency in Ontario could be extended until June 2nd once the legislature sits tomorrow. 
We have 308 new cases of the virus today which is a 1.5 percent increase compared to yesterday. 

We now have 20,546 cases province-wide but 15,131 of them are resolved. 

Thirty-five new COVID-19 related deaths have also been reported which pushes our death toll to 1,669.

 

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting one new case of the virus today and one new death. 

It says we have 559 cases total including 110 active cases, 395 resolved cases and 54 deaths. 

Six COVID-19 outbreaks remain in effect across the Region including the ones at Lundy Manor in Niagara Falls, Royal Rose Place in Welland and Henley House in St. Catharines. 

 

The federal government is going to offer bridge loans to large companies that can’t access credit. 

But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says they will have to uphold labour and environmental standards, curb executive bonuses and dividends and share their complete financial structure. 

He says this will ensure that the companies are using the money to support their operations and employees. 

 

The partial shutdown of Ontario’s economy will result in the largest budget deficit in the province’s history. 

The Financial Accountability Office of Ontario says it will quadruple to $41 billion in 2020-21 and this will result in sharply increased borrowing and debt. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Monday, May 11th

It’s been four straight days of single digit increases for Niagara’s caseload. 

Only four cases of the virus were reported by Public Health yesterday. 

That brings the total to 558 confirmed cases in Niagara, including 53 deaths. 

Niagara Health says another patient with COVID-19 passed away on Saturday. 

Thirty-six patients with the virus are being treated in local hospitals. 

 

More businesses and outdoor spaces are opening here in Niagara and across Ontario. 

Starting today, non-essential businesses with street access can offer curbside pick-up and delivery. 

Non-operating provincial parks and conservation reserves are also opening. 

This includes Wainfleet Bog and Short Hills. 

The NPCA is also opening some conservation areas starting today, but their flagship parks including Ball’s Falls are still closed. 

 

Some kids are back in the classroom in Quebec. 

The province re-opened daycares and elementary schools today, but attendance is voluntary. 

Many parents are still keeping their kids at home. 

Teachers will need to wear PPE and there will be physical distancing rules in place. 

High schools and junior colleges will return to class in the fall. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Sunday, May 10th

Niagara Region Public Health is still reporting a total of 554 cases of COVID-19.

This includes 118 resolved cases, 383 active cases and 53 deaths.

Niagara Health is also reporting 394 positive tests and 36 deaths.

Today there were 294 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Ontario

 

Using a SWAT-team approach to deal with the coronavirus is helping stop the spread in some long-term care homes, according to BC's provincial health officer.

Testing and looking beyond the classic symptoms such as signs of fatigue and confusion in seniors are among the measures being taken.

Over 400 residents and staff at care homes across the province have tested positive.

 

A First Nations leader in the Northwest Territories says he's seeing many people in Yellowknife return to their traditional ways while taking precautions during COVID-19.

He says people are going to hunt and fish and sharing the bounty with members in the community.

Also, the chief of the Cree Nation in northern Manitoba says band members have brought land-based teachings to families so kids can participate in traditional learning.

 

8:00 a.m. - Sunday, May 10th

Eight new cases of COVID-19 have been reported by Niagara Region Public Health, which brings its total to 554 as of this morning.

Niagara Health reported 394 positive tests and 36 deaths yesterday afternoon.

Meanwhile, 346 cases of the virus were confirmed yesterday in Ontario.

 

A rise in of reports of violence against Indigenous women during the lockdown is raising concerns that a national action plan on missing and murdered Indigenous women could be derailed.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said yesterday that work on a response from the government to the inquiry has been ongoing.

The Native Women's Association of Canada says as stay-at-home restrictions keep families indoors, Indigenous women are facing more violent incidents.

 

While the pandemic may make Mother's Day a little more challenging this year, it's not an impossible feat.

According to event planner Karen Garscadden, things like a photo collage of "treasured mom moments," a spa package she can do from home or arranging brunch and having it delivered from her favourite restaurant are some suggestions.

 

12:00 p.m. - Saturday, May 9th

Niagara Health is still reporting 392 people have tested positive for COVID-19 at its sites.

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting eight new cases today, bringing the total to 554.

Ontario confirmed 346 new cases of COVID-19.

 

Twenty-one recommendations have been released by the Canadian Labour Congress, which are designed to improve conditions for workers in long-term care homes following the end of the pandemic.

After thousands of deaths of people in long term care homes, governments vow to fix the system.

Among the recommendations includes higher wages and full-time status for care home workers and the end to private care homes.

 

Canada Post says six cases of COVID-19 were confirmed at their main plant in Calgary.

They're all unrelated and they occurred at separate times within three weeks.

According to Canada Post, the employees were asymptomatic when they were last in the plant.

 

8:00 a.m. - Saturday, May 9th

392 people have tested positive for COVID-19 at Niagara Health sites.

Also, it was reported by Niagara Region Public Health yesterday there were four new cases of the virus, bringing its total to 546.

As of yesterday, Ontario confirmed 477 new cases of COVID-19.

 

The economic impact of COVID-19 is becoming clear as multiple provinces begin to ease restrictions on their lockdowns.

The country's unemployment rate climbed to 13 per cent yesterday.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday the federal government will provide more support to assist certain sectors of the economy, but there were no further details.

 

The provincial gallery and archive in Newfoundland and Labrador is collecting stories and artifacts from residents' regarding their experience with COVID-19.

The exhibit will be online but it may move to the physical museum in St. John's eventually.

Handmade masks and sanitizer for public service workers made by the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation are among the items collected so far.

 

4:30 p.m. - Friday, May 8th

Premier Doug Ford did pay a visit to his cottage over the Easter long weekend. 

He says it was his first day off in two months.

He wanted to check on his property because he was worried his pipes bursting. 

Ford says he drove there and back without stopping. 

He says any criticism he’s facing is fair because he had urged other cottage owners to stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

 

There are no active cases of COVID-19 on Prince Edward Island. 

It had 27 cases of the virus but PEI’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Heather Morrison, says all of those patients have recovered. 

 

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil is pulling the plug on the rest of the academic school year. 

He says students will not be going back to school and teachers have until the end of June to complete assessments. 

The province will decide whether to reopen daycares by June 8th. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Friday, May 8th

Ontario is reporting its highest number of new COVID-19 cases in almost a week. 

We have 477 new cases of the virus today which brings our total number of cases to 19,598. 

We also have 13,990 resolved cases. 

Sixty-three new deaths have been reported which pushes our death toll to 1,540. 

 

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting four new cases of COVID-19 today. 

It says we have 546 total but only 114 of them are considered active. 

We also have 379 resolved cases and 53 deaths. 

 

Ottawa is extending the emergency wage-subsidy program beyond its early-June endpoint. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says more details will be released next week. 

The program helps employers keep their employees on the job. It covers 75 percent of worker pay up to $847 a week. 

Canada’s economy lost nearly two-million jobs in April and the unemployment rate jumped to 13 percent. 

 

The Toronto Raptors will be allowed access to their training facility but they will have to follow strict safety guidelines. 

Only one player will be allowed in the OVO Athletic Centre at a time. 

The NBA suspended its season two months ago due to COVID-19. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Friday, May 8th

Niagara Health is reporting another outbreak at the St. Catharines Hospital. 

This time it’s in the ICU, after a healthcare worker tested positive for the virus. 

The transmission happened within the hospital. 

Niagara Health is taking all necessary measures to contain the virus. 

 

The Canadian economy lost almost two million jobs in April. 

The record high is in response to non-essential services closing their doors to slow spread of COVID-19. 

It’s on top of the more than one million jobs cut in March. 

Stats Can says the national unemployment rate soared to 13 per cent as the country began to feel the full force of the pandemic. 

The unemployment rate stood at 7.8 per cent in March. 

 

Livestock producers across Canada are suffering from a backlog in processing. 

Several COVID-19 outbreaks have led to closures and slow-downs at meat processing facilities. 

The Canadian Meat Council says it’s costing producers more to maintain their animals while they wait for processing. 

There’s a backlog for both cattle and pork and things won’t improve until all the plants are running at full capacity. 

 

4:30 p.m. - Thursday, May 7th

Hospitals across the province will soon be able to resume surgeries and procedures that were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Premier Doug Ford says the most urgent surgeries, including cancer and cardiac procedures, will go first. 

His government has released a framework for hospitals today. 

It says they must have a 30-day supply of personal protective equipment on hand and they should reserve 15 percent of their beds for COVID-19 patients. 

 

More than one million people have been tested for COVID-19 in Canada. 

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam says only six percent of them have tested positive and almost half of them have recovered. 

We have more than 64,800 confirmed and presumptive cases of the virus across the country and more than 4,200 people have died. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Thursday, May 7th

Ontario is reporting 399 new cases of COVID-19 today which is a 2.1 percent increase compared to yesterday. 

We now have 19,121 of the virus province-wide including 13,569 resolved cases. 

The province is also reporting 48 new deaths today.

Our death toll is 1,477. 

 

Niagara Region Public Health is only reporting two new cases of COVID-19 today 

This brings its total to 542 including 118 active cases, 371 resolved cases and 53 deaths. 

It says 83 percent of Niagara’s deaths were in long-term care or retirement homes. 

 

Ottawa is setting aside $4 billion to top up the wages of essential workers. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it’s for people who are risking their health by working for minimum wage during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

He says the provinces and territories will decide how the money is spent and some of the details still need to be worked out. 

 

Greyhound Canada is planning to shut down all of its bus routes and services next week. 

The buses will stop running on Wednesday and 400 employees will be affected. 

Ridership has dropped by 95 percent during the pandemic and the buses won’t run again until passenger demand recovers. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Thursday, May 7th

More businesses will open their doors in Niagara, starting tomorrow. 

Premier Doug Ford has given the greenlight for garden centres and nurseries to fully re-open tomorrow. 

They will operate much like grocery stores and pharmacies do now. 

Hardware stores and safety supply stores will re-open for in-store sales on Saturday. 

Non-essential businesses with street access can re-open for curbside pickup and delivery on Monday. 

 

Winemakers across Ontario are struggling after government restrictions during the pandemic have crippled their industry. 

The costs of making wine are the same, but wineries have lost on-site retail sales and direct sales to restaurants. 

Niagara and the province’s two other wine-making regions make up a $4-billion industry and support about 18,000 jobs. 

 

Health officials say wearing cloth masks can be helpful as we start going out in public more. 

Experts say even cloth masks can keep virus droplets from travelling from a person’s nose and mouth into the air, limiting the chance of infection. 

It’s important to clean the masks with hot water and soap, or in the washing machine. 

 

4:30 p.m. - Wednesday, May 6th

Garden centres in Niagara and across the rest of the province will be able to fully open this Friday. 

The Ford Government will also allow hardware and safety supply stores to reopen on Saturday, but they will have to follow the same workplace safety requirements as grocery stores and pharmacies. 

Non-essential retail businesses with a street entrance will be able to start offering curbside pickup as of Monday. 

Premier Doug Ford says all public health measures remain in place and they will be strictly enforced. 

 

Canada will issue its one-millionth COVID-19 test before this time tomorrow. 

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam says testing suspected cases and tracing all of their contacts in order to prevent another spike in cases, is fundamental when it comes to learning to live with COVID-19. 

We have more than 63,400 confirmed and presumptive cases of the virus across the country and more than 4,000 people have died. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Wednesday, May 6th

Ontario is reporting 412 new cases of COVID-19 bringing its total to 18,722. 

We also have 13,222 resolved cases. 

The province is also reporting 68 new deaths today which pushes our death toll to 1,429. 

 

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting 11 new cases of the virus today. 

This brings its total to 540 but only 142 of them are considered active. 

We also have 345 resolved cases and 53 deaths. 

 

More than 970,000 people have been tested for COVID-19 in Canada so far. 

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam says about six percent of those tests were positive. 

Ontario completed less than 13,000 tests yesterday. 

The Ford Government had set a goal of conducting 16,000 tests per day by May 6th. 

Premier Doug Ford is blaming half of Ontario’s regional medical health officers for not ordering enough tests. 

 

A clinical trial is now underway in the U.S. in hopes of finding a vaccine for COVID-19. 

Healthy volunteers will be injected with four vaccine candidates from Pfizer and a German partner. 

They have already received their first injection. 

Researchers at the University of Maryland are trying to identify which components of the virus are most recognized by the human immune system. 

Their plan is to train the immune system to attack certain microbes once someone is infected with the virus. 

 

 

9:00 a.m. - Wednesday, May 6th

If you want to get outside, do it in your own community. 

That message is coming from Niagara Parks, after hundreds of people came to the Region over the weekend to enjoy the nice weather. 

Public spaces owned by Niagara Parks are only open for walk-through access. 

People are reminded to enjoy the outdoors in their own neighbourhoods. 

 

You will get relief on your hydro bill for a bit longer. 

Ontario is extending its freeze on hydro prices. 

Rates will be locked at off-peak for homes and small businesses until the end of May. 

The province is also extending its emergency orders currently in place until May 19th. 

This will keep non-essential businesses closed, along with places like daycares and private schools. 

 

The European Union is predicting a recession of historic proportions this year. 

The economy of the 27 nations is expected to lose 7.5 per cent over the impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The first official forecast also shows a predicted growth of about six per cent in 2021. 

 

4:30 p.m. - Tuesday, May 5th

Premier Doug Ford is calling out 34 chief medical officers for not ordering enough COVID-19 testing. 

He didn’t drop any names but he’s blaming them for the province’s inconsistent rate of testing. 

More than 10,600 tests have been completed over the past 24 hours which is our lowest total over the past five days. 

 

The daily increase of COVID-19 cases across Canada has slowed to about three percent. 

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam says that signifies that the epidemic is slowing down. 

She also says the pediatric network in Canada is monitoring children for signs of Kawasaki disease. 

It’s an illness that causes inflammation and some countries have found it in children with COVID-19. 

Tam says there are no firm conclusions about the links between the virus and inflammatory diseases in Canada. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Tuesday, May 5th

We’re still seeing a downward trend in the number of new COVID-19 cases in Ontario. 

We have 387 new cases of the virus today which is only a 2.2 percent increase compared to yesterday. 

We now have 18,310 cases province-wide and 12,779 of them are resolved. 

The province is also reporting 61 new deaths today which pushes our death toll to 1,361. 

 

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting six new cases of the virus today bringing its total to 529. 

This includes 133 active cases, 344 resolved cases and 52 deaths. 

Over 16 percent of Niagara’s cases have been hospitalized and just over 3 percent have been admitted to intensive care. 

 

The Trudeau Government is setting aside $252 million for the agri-food industry. 

Officials say $77 million will benefit food processors, $125 million will be going to cattle and pork producers and $50 million will go towards a food surplus purchasing program. 

It’s going to buy food that would otherwise spoil and send it to food banks and other organizations. 

 

Britain now has the highest COVID-19 death toll in Europe with more than 30,000. 

Over 29,000 have been reported in Italy. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government is working on a safe plan to get everyone back to work. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Tuesday, May 5th

The outbreak at a hospital in Niagara Falls is getting worse. 

Niagara Health says a staff member at the Greater Niagara General Hospital first tested positive for the virus on Friday. 

Since then, at least 21 patients and staff have been infected with COVID-19. 

Niagara Health says Trillium, Rainbow and Unit D are impacted. 

Public Health says there are 523 confirmed cases in Niagara, including 52 deaths. 

 

Help is on the way for struggling Canadian farmers. 

The federal government is expected to announce some financial aid for farmers to get through the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Some farmers were eligible for previously announced funding, or got support through existing farm income stabilization programs. 

 

Doug Ford will talk to the other premiers this week about create a national contact tracing strategy. 

Ontario’s premier says right now, the provinces are handling their own contact tracing. 

But, he says a national plan is essential to contain further waves and outbreaks of the virus as restrictions are lifted. 

Ford had a call about the issue yesterday with Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland. 

 

4:30 p.m. - Monday, May 4th

Premier Doug Ford says more than 342,000 COVID-19 tests have been completed in Ontario so far. 

His government promised last month to ramp up testing to 16,000 tests per day by May 6th. 

Ford announced this afternoon that the province hit 17,000 tests per day as of May 1st. 

 

Nunavut’s only case of COVID-19 turned out to be a false positive. 

It’s Chief Public Health Officer says the patient was tested again after no other cases emerged in Pond Inlet. 

Dr. Michael Patterson says the territory’s public health emergency remains in effect. 

 

Dr. Theresa Tam says it’s becoming clear that temperature taking is not an effective screening measure for COVID-19. 

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer was responding to reports that Air Canada is going to start to take passengers temperatures before they board. 

 

The Treasury Board President says 7.3 million Canadians have received funding from the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. 

Jean-Yves Duclos also says 1.7 million workers are being helped by the wage subsidy 

 

12:00 p.m. - Monday, May 4th

We have more than 17,900 cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, but more than 12,500 of them have been resolved. 

The province is reporting 370 new cases and 84 new deaths today. 

Our death toll has reached 1,300. 

More than 14,500 COVID-19 tests have been completed over the past 24 hours. 

 

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting five new cases of the virus today. 

It says we have 523 total including 332 resolved cases and 52 deaths. 

Long-term care and retirement homes make up for more than 30 percent of Niagara cases and more than 82 percent of Niagara’s deaths. 

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pledged $850 million to help international efforts to develop a COVID-19 vaccine and treatment. 

The European Union hosted a pledge drive over video conference this morning to help fill the World Health Organization’s funding gaps. 

 

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is calling on the Trudeau Government to support provincial efforts to slowly reopen their economies. 

He says we need to make sure they have enough COVID-19 testing kits and personal protective equipment. 

Scheer also says he’s looking forward to sending his kids back to school. 

But during a press conference in Ottawa, he would not say if he trusts the advice of Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer when it comes to reopening schools across the country. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Monday, May 4th

Some seasonal businesses are re-opening in Niagara today. 

Landscapers and lawn care companies are getting back to work. 

Garden centres will offer curbside pick-up and delivery and car washes will re-open. 

Premier Doug Ford says we need another two weeks of positive results before restrictions can be lifted further. 

 

Four other provinces are also taking steps to re-opening their economies today. 

Quebec is opening most retail stores today. 

Those in Montreal will re-open in a week. 

Manitoba is going even further than that, re-opening places like museums, libraries and restaurants patios. 

Those will be restricted to half capacity. 

Saskatchewan and Alberta are letting some non-essential medical professions to re-open, like dentists and physiotherapists. 

 

Justin Trudeau is joining other world leaders for a video conference summit today, raising money for vaccine research. 

Global leaders are aiming to raise about four billion dollars to fund COVID-19 vaccine research, development and more efficient tests. 

More money will be needed once a vaccine is developed, to scale up production and distribution. 

People across the world are slowly returning to work, but officials warn of a possible second wave of the virus. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Sunday, May 3rd

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting 10 new cases of COVID-19.

It says we have 518 total including 173 active cases, 300 resolved cases and 45 deaths.

Niagara Health is reporting 356 positive tests at it's sites.

Today there were 434 new cases reported in Ontario, bringing its total to 17,553.

 

High school seniors will miss out on once-in-a-lifetime memories due to the pandemic.

In addition to having finish up their studies online, many of them won't be able to celebrate their academic accomplishments together as graduation ceremonies have been cancelled by the school boards.

Some students questioning whether they'll be able to live in dorms at university or forced take their first classes online in the fall, as there is uncertainty about a second wave.

 

The chief of a First Nation in northwestern Saskatchewan is worried about the mental health impacts on his community due to COVID-19.

The Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation at Loon Lake declared a state of crisis in November 2019 after three suicides over three weeks, followed by another eight suicide attempts.

Chief Ronald Mitsuing says a deep sense of grief remains within the community, which is just over just over one thousand people.

 

8:00 a.m. - Sunday, May 3rd

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting a total 508 cases of COVID-19.

Niagara Health is also reporting 356 cases of the virus at its sites.

Yesterday there were 511 new cases reported in Ontario, bringing its total to over 17,000.

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will resume his COVID-19 briefings today.

People have brought down the rate of infection collectively, according to Canada's Chief Public Health Officer Dr.Theresa Tam.

Ontario and Quebec continue to be the epicentres of the pandemic, as most of the deaths from the virus have occurred in both provinces.

 

Some restrictions will be loosened tomorrow in several provinces to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The provinces include Manitoba and Quebec.

But according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, some businesses may not open back up until safety measures are in place for them.

 

12:00 p.m. - Saturday, May 2nd

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting 14 new cases of COVID-19 today.

It says we have 508 total including 169 active cases, 294 resolved cases and 45 deaths.

Niagara Health is still reporting 33 COVID-19-related deaths and 343 positive cases.

Ontario had 511 confirmed cases of the virus today, bringing the province's total to over 17,000.

 

Doctors throughout Canada say the COVID-19 pandemic is causing problems for people's mental health, in addition to their physical health.

More publicly funded psychotherapists are being called for by several medical organizations to help meet the demand for treatment for conditions that include anxiety and depression, which risen amid the pandemic.

The Canadian Mental Health Association is praising federal online programs offering mental health support during this time, but says a boost in funding to community services is needed so people can learn ongoing coping strategies.

 

Privacy watchdogs are speaking out after as several provinces are looking into using smartphone apps to allow health officials to track people infected with COVID-19.

According to the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, it says it wants independent oversight of the data government collect, plus how it's used long term.

However, a University of British Columbia infectious disease expert says balance is needed between privacy and the substantial benefits of public health apps.

 

8:00 a.m. - Saturday, May 2nd

There are 33 deaths related to COVID-19 along with 343 positive cases being reported by Niagara Health.

In addition, 11 new cases were reported by Niagara Public Health yesterday.

Ontario saw 421 new cases of the virus yesterday.

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will not hold his daily COVID-19 briefing today, as he, his ministers and top public health officials will take a rare break today.

Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam will post her regular update online, showing the number of Canadians who are infected with the virus, in addition to the number of COVID-19-related deaths.

Over 55,000 Canadians had tested positive for the novel coronavirus as of last night and close to 3,400 had died.

 

According to federal officials, the next two weeks will be crucial in trying to determine the severity of the spread of COVID-19 in Indigenous communities.

This comes after the first case in Nunavut.

The Dene village of La Loche in northern Saskatchewan saw an outbreak of the virus, prompting rapid testing and sending health workers to the area to help contain the spread.

 

4:30 p.m. - Friday, May 1st

Landscaping companies and garden centres with curbside pickup in Niagara and across the rest of the province will be able to open next week. 

The province has released a small list of businesses that will be allowed to safely open on Monday. 

The list also includes community gardens and automatic car washes. 

Auto dealerships will be available by appointment only. 

 

We have close to 55,000 confirmed and presumptive cases of the virus across Canada but Dr. Theresa Tam says that’s just the tip of the iceberg. 

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer says we’ll have a better idea as to how many people have contracted the virus once good blood tests for antibodies become available. 

She says we’re doing a good job at containing the pandemic and we need to keep up the good work so our health system doesn’t become overwhelmed. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Friday, May 1st

We have 421 new cases of COVID-19 across Ontario which is a 2.6 percent increase compared to yesterday. 

We now have 16,608 cases of the virus including 10,825 resolved cases. 

The province is also reporting 39 new deaths today which pushes our death toll to 1,121. 

 

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting 11 new cases of the virus today. 

It says we have 494 total including 188 active cases, 261 resolved cases and 45 deaths. 

Long term care and retirement homes account for 32 percent of Niagara’s cases and more than 84 percent of Niagara’s deaths. 

 

Canada has entered a recession, according to the CD Howe Institute’s Business Cycle Council. 

It says we entered a recession in the first quarter due to the economic devastation caused by COVID-19. 

It reviewed our GDP and employment data.

This is not an official declaration. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Friday, May 1st

Another person in Niagara has lost their battle with COVID-19. 

Niagara Health says the patient passed away on Wednesday. 

Public Health says there are 483 confirmed cases in Niagara, including 44 deaths. 

Almost 250 people have recovered from the virus. 

 

Canada is now in a recession after the economic devastation of the pandemic. 

The C.D. Howe Institute released its report today, saying the economy peaked in February before it ground to a halt. 

The C.D. Howe council says a recession is a pronounced and persistent decline in economic activity. 

It looks at both employment and the GDP as main measures. 

 

Essential workers in the U.S. are striking to mark May Day. 

They are demanding safer work conditions during the Coronavirus outbreak. 

Workers will walk off the job or call in sick. 

They want things like unpaid days off, hazard pay, protective gear and cleaning supplies. 

Employees at places like Amazon, Target and FedEx have become unexpected frontline workers. 

 

4:30 p.m. - Thursday, April 30th

The Ford Government has released its guidelines to help businesses reopen across the province. 

They include marking the ground to promote physical distancing and installing plexiglass barriers. 

The guidelines cover more than 65 sectors including healthcare, manufacturing, retail, tourism and hospitality. 

 

The Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto is now using snorkel masks in the fight against COVID-19. 

It’s running low on N95 surgical masks so it's now using masks that are meant for underwater use. 

They’re using 3D printers to create an adaptor and a filter to catch hazardous particles. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Thursday, April 30th

Ontario is reporting its largest single-day increase in COVID-19 related deaths. 

Another 86 people have died across the province which pushes our death toll to 1,082. 

The province is also reporting 459 new cases of the virus today. 

This means we now have 16,817 cases total but we also have 10,205 resolved cases. 

 

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting five new cases of the virus today. 

It says we have 483 total including 248 resolved cases and 44 deaths. 

More than 15 percent of Niagara’s cases have been hospitalized and over 3 percent of them have been admitted to intensive care. 

 

We have 460 confirmed cases of the virus on the other side of the border in Niagara County. 

The Department of Health is also reporting 219 resolved cases and 24 deaths today. 

The City of Niagara Falls, New York has the most cases with 119 total. 

 

The Parliamentary Budget Officer is predicting a federal deficit of more than $252 billion due to COVID-19. 

He’s basing that on the almost $146 billion the government has set aside for aid packages, estimated declines in gross domestic product and low oil prices. 

More than seven million Canadians have received funding from the Canada Emergency Response Benefit so far. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Thursday, April 30th

Another two people with COVID-19 have lost their lives in Niagara. 

Public Health is reporting six new cases, bringing the total to 478. 

This includes 44 deaths. 

Across Niagara, 242 people have recovered. 

 

We will find out more today on the federal government’s $145-billion in promised aid. 

The parliamentary budget officer will take a close look at the two biggest programs. 

The wage subsidy is being called the largest economic policy in Canada since the Second World War. 

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit was forecast to cost about $35-billion but has since expanded to cover more Canadians. 

 

The B.C. government will soon outline how it plans to re-open its economy. 

The roll-out will be different than some provinces, since B.C. kept some sectors of its economy open. 

Premier John Horgan says it will be a slow, phased-in approach focusing on health guidelines. 

Meanwhile, Saskatchewan will launch its first phase in relaxing COVID-19 restrictions on Monday. 

 

4:00 p.m. - Wednesday, April 29th

Hotel Dieu Shaver is reporting its first positive case of COVID-19. 

It says a worker in Unit 1 West has tested positive for the virus, but officials say they did not go to work while they were symptomatic and they’re now self-isolating at home. 

The worker had also not gone to work for a considerable time before their diagnosis. 

An outbreak has not been declared. 

 

The Ford Government is expanding emergency child care once again to include more essential workers. 

Those who work in retirement homes, grocery stores and pharmacies will be elidible for child care 

The province is opening another 37 daycare centres to accommodate this. 

 

 

12:00 p.m. - Wednesday, April 29th

Ontario is reporting its lowest COVID-19 growth rate in weeks. 

We have 347 new cases of the virus province-wide which is only a 2.3 percent increase compared to yesterday. 

We now have 15,728 cases of the virus total and 9,612 resolved cases. 

Forty-five new COVID-19 related deaths have also been reported which pushes our death toll to 996. 

 

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting six new cases of the virus today. 

This brings its total to 478 including 242 resolved cases and 44 deaths. 

More than 86 percent of Niagara’s deaths were residents in long-term care or retirement homes. 

 

The Trudeau Government's Canada Student Services Grant would provide between $1,000 and $5,000 for students who decide to volunteer during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government would also help graduate students and researchers by extending research grants and other supports. 

This in addition to the $9 billion in student support that Trudeau announced last week. 

 

The Snowbirds aerobatics team will be flying across the country during the pandemic. 

Prime Minister Trudeau says they will boost morale during these uncertain times. 

The American military’s flight demonstration teams have also been flying over cities to honour frontline healthcare workers. 

 

 

9:00 a.m. - Wednesday, April 29th

Niagara Health says a patient from Welland has passed away. 

It happened on Monday. 

Public Health says we have 472 confirmed cases in the Region, including 42 deaths. 

There are eight outbreaks in healthcare facilities and long-term care homes in Niagara. 

The most recent was reported over the weekend at Bethesda Community Services in Lincoln. 

 

The federal government is hoping for the quick passage of an aid package aimed at students. 

The Trudeau Liberals are hoping for unanimous support in a House of Commons vote today. 

The $9-billion in federal aid would help students who face little to no summer job opportunities. 

The Conservatives want incentives for students to take available jobs, instead of a hand-out. 

Meanwhile, the NDP and the Greens want international students to be included as well. 

 

Two provinces are gearing up to relax COVID-19 restrictions in the coming weeks. 

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says his province is doing better than expected and a re-launch plan is coming later this week. 

Restrictions will begin lifting in Saskatchewan on May 4th. 

Medical services like dentists, optometrists and physical therapists will be allowed to re-open. 

 

4:30 p.m. - Tuesday, April 28th

The Ford Government will release clear, sector-specific labour guidelines later this week. 

Premier Doug Ford says it’s the next step towards reopening Ontario’s economy and it will make sure that businesses can operate safely. 

 

Premier Ford also says he does not want to put children at risk so all schools will remain closed until at least the end of May. 

He adds that’s when they will decide whether to open the schools, or keep them closed for the rest of the school year. 

Quebec is going to start reopening schools and daycare centres in two-weeks. 

 

1:00 p.m. - Tuesday, April 28th

We could have up to 66,835 cases of COVID-19 in Canada by May 5th and up to 3,883 people could die. 

That’s according to the latest federal modelling data. 

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam says the previous data released on April 9th under predicted the number of deaths. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Tuesday, April 28th

Ontario is reporting 525 new cases of COVID-19 today which brings its total 15,381. 

This is a 3.5 percent increase compared to yesterday, but we also have 8,964 resolved cases. 

We also have 59 new COVID-19 related deaths which pushes our death toll to 951. 

 

Public Health is reporting 11 new cases of the virus in Niagara today. 

It says we have a total of 472 including 226 active cases, 204 resolved cases and 42 deaths. 

More than 32 percent of Niagara’s cases live in long-term care or retirement homes and more than 21 percent work in the health care system. 

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the curve has flattened in many parts of Canada. 

He says the measures we have taken so far to prevent the spread of the virus are working but we can’t let up. 

Ottawa is will release the latest modelling numbers this afternoon. 

 

Prime Minister Trudeau also says making sure workers have protective equipment is essential to helping businesses reopen. 

He says six million surgical masks will be shipped to all of the provinces and territories this week. 

He adds 100,000 face shields will also be on the way soon. 

 

 

9:00 a.m. - Tuesday, April 28th

There are ten new cases in Niagara, and another five people have passed away. 

Public Health says there are 461 confirmed cases, including 42 deaths. 

Across Niagara, 174 people have recovered from the virus. 

Niagara Health has had 323 positive tests at its sites in the Region. 

 

Canadians will get an updated look at the impacts of COVID-19. 

The federal government will release the latest projections today for cases and possible deaths. 

The number of cases across Canada is closing in on 50,000, more than 2,700 have lost their lives. 

MPs are holding a virtual session of the House of Commons today. 

They are expected to pass legislation to help post-secondary students. 

 

A new poll shows about 60 per cent of Canadians feel a vaccine for COVID-19 should be mandatory, once it’s developed. 

Most of those surveyed says they would feel comfortable going back to work, or the mall, once restrictions are lifted. 

But, many are less comfortable with the idea of going to bars, gyms and restaurants. 

 

4:30 p.m. - Monday, April 27th

The Ford Government has released its plan to reopen Ontario’s economy. 

The framework consists of three stages, but officials would like to see a consistent two-to-four week decrease in the number of new COVID-19 cases before anything happens. 

Stage one includes opening parks and select workplaces, stage two allows for larger public gatherings and stage three includes opening all workspaces. 

Premier Doug Ford says he won’t release any hard dates until we’re ready. 

 

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam says there is a lot we don’t know when it comes to COVID-19 immunity. 

She says those who have recovered from the virus may be slightly immune but she doesn’t know how strong that protection would be and how long it would last. 

Health Minister Patty Hajdu says it’s too early to say whether immunity passports should be issued to people who have recovered from the virus. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Monday, April 27th

We have 424 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario which is a 2.9 percent increase compared to yesterday. 

This means we now have 14,856 cases of the virus province-wide. 

Fifty-seven new COVID-19 related deaths have also been reported, which pushes our death toll to 892. 

 

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting reported 10 new cases of the virus today, bringing its total to 461. 

This includes 245 active cases, 174 resolved cases and 42 deaths. 

More than 85 percent of Niagara deaths were residents in long-term care or retirement homes. 

 

The Liberal government is working on establishing support mechanisms for students. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has hinted that this could be up for discussion, when Canada’s MPs meet for the first virtual House of Commons sitting tomorrow. 

A special in-person sitting will also be held on Wednesday. 

 

Canadian businesses can now apply for the federal government’s wage subsidy program. 

They could receive up to $847 weekly for each employee. 

Prime Minister Trudeau says about 10,000 businesses have submitted applications so far and the money should start flowing May 7th. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Monday, April 26th

The number of confirmed cases of the virus is up to 451 in Niagara. 

Public Health say that includes 37 deaths. 

Niagara Health is reporting 309 positive tests at its sites across the Region. 

Nearly 87 per cent of the deaths in Niagara have been residents of long-term care homes. 

 

Ontario will find out more this afternoon about what could re-open first. 

Premier Doug Ford will lay out the province’s plan for re-opening the economy, once it’s safe to do so. 

We could get an idea on what will open in different phases of the gradual plan. 

Ontarians should also find out what needs to happen before things can start to re-open. 

Ford says health and safety will be top priorities. 

 

Starting today, businesses will be able to apply for wage relief funding. 

Applications are open for the federal government’s $73-billion wage subsidy program. 

Companies that qualify can get up to 75 per cent of an employee’s wage, to a maximum of about $850 a week. 

The payments would be retroactive from March 15th to June 6th. 

The first payments are expected by the end of next week. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Sunday, April 26th

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting 10 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing it's total to 451.

This includes 246 active cases, 168 resolved cases and 37 deaths.

Niagara Health is still reporting 303 positive tests and 29 deaths at it's sites.

Today there were 437 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario.

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada should stay focused on preventing the spread of the virus by practicing physical distancing and through personal protective equipment.

Some provinces and territories are coming up with ways to lift COVID-19 restrictions.

Saskatchewan and New Brunswick are among those who have suggested how they can begin loosening lockdowns.

Ontario and Quebec are expected to unveil their plans this week.

 

Ryan Reynolds, Celine Dion, Justin Bieber will be among the dozens of Canadian artists taking part in `Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble.'', which airs tonight.

The event is designed to support Food Banks Canada's efforts during COVID-19.

The special will be aired on TV, streaming and radio platforms.

 

8:00 a.m. - Sunday, April 26th

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting 14 new cases of the coronavirus.

Its total now climbs to 441, while 303 positive tests and 29 deaths were reported by Niagara Health.

Meanwhile, Ontario confirmed 476 cases of COVID-19 yesterday.

 

Provinces across Canada are planning to begin cautiously reopening their economies currently on lockdown.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to the premiers on Friday on their recovery strategies.

He says none of their plans are based on people being immune to catching the virus a second time.

An immunity task force been set up by the federal government to investigate how people's immune systems are responding to COVID-19.

 

Scientists around the world are looking to come up with a safe and effective vaccine to fight against COVID-19.

Richard Hatchett for the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness (CEPI) was on a call with the U-S National Academy for Sciences yesterday.

Hatchett's organization is working with the World Health Organization and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to monitor research for the vaccine.

 

12:00 p.m. - Saturday, April 25th

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting 441 total cases of COVID-19.

This includes 241 active cases, 163 resolved cases and 37 deaths.

Niagara Health is still reporting that 300 people have tested positive for COVID-19 as of this morning.

Today there were 476  confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario.

 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many communities throughout the country face financial crisis and essential services are in danger according to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

Federation president Bill Karsten told the House of Commons finance committee yesterday that nearly 25,000 municipal jobs have been lost as a result of the pandemic.

The federation is asking for at least $10 billion in emergency operating funding for local governments.

 

Newfoundland and Labrador's Health Department warns people not to consume or inject cleaning products into their body.

The warning comes after US President Donald Trump suggested earlier this week about using disinfectants to treat COVID-19.

 

8:00 a.m. - Saturday, April 25th

As of this morning, 300 people have tested positive for COVID-19 according to Niagara Health.

Also 427 cases were reported by Niagara Region Public Health yesterday.

Yesterday the province of Ontario reported 640 new cases of COVID-19.

 

An update on the developments of COVID-19 will be given today by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

According to government figures, seven million people have applied for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).

Over 2,300 people throughout Canada have died from the virus and more than half of them in assisted living or care.

 

An outbreak of COVID-19 has grown among the homeless in Toronto in the last 10 days with at least 135 cases.

Toronto Public Health says there are 88 residents at the shelter who have tested positive for the virus.

Officials say the majority of the cases are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms.

 

4:30 p.m. - Friday, April 24th

Premier Doug Ford has announced rent relief for small businesses in Niagara and across the rest of the province. 

The Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program will allow them to save 75 percent on rent. 

Commercial property owners will be able to apply for forgivable loans but they also have to agree not to evict their tenant for three months. 

 

We will know more about how the Ford government plans to re-open Ontario’s economy once the framework is revealed next week. 

Premier Ford says it will include a gradual and measured approach towards lifting restrictions. 

Recent modelling data has suggested that Ontario appears to be in its peak period for COVID-19 community spread. 

 

12:30 p.m. - Friday, April 24th

Ontario is reporting 640 new cases of COVID-19 today which is it’s largest single-day increase so far. 

This brings the province-wide total to 13,519 but we also have 7,087 resolved cases. 

Fifty new COVID-19 related deaths have also been reported which pushes our death toll to 763. 

 

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting 15 new cases of the virus today bringing its total to 427. 

This includes 229 active cases, 161 resolved cases and 37 deaths. 

It says more than 83 percent of Niagara’s deaths were residents in long-term care homes. 

 

Trudeau government has announced more relief for small businesses affected by COVID-19. 

Ottawa is going lower their rent by 75 percent and this will be provided in partnership with the provinces and territories. 

 

Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment has turned Scotiabank Arena into a giant kitchen. 

Chefs and other employees have been providing more than 10-,000 meals per day for Toronto’s front-line health care workers, community agencies and shelters. 

They’re planning to run the program until at least the end of June. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Friday, April 24th

Niagara Health is reporting another death of a patient with COVID-19. 

It happened on Wednesday. 

Public Health says there are 412 confirmed cases of the virus in Niagara, including 34 deaths. 

More than 88 per cent of those deaths have been residents in long-term care and retirement homes. 

 

The crisis unfolding in our long-term care homes across the country will be the topic of discussion today. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is holding a conference call with the premiers this afternoon. 

Trudeau says sending in military help is only a temporary solution; we are failing our parents and grandparents. 

More than half of Canada’s over 2,100 deaths have happened in long-term care homes. 

 

The U.S. President is now facing widespread criticism after suggesting patients with COVID-19 could be treated by injecting them with disinfectants. 

Warnings are coming from disinfectant producers and health officials, saying these products are highly toxic and should never be injected or ingested. 

Donald Trump is also confident the virus will weaken in the summer heat, but scientists point to the spread in warmer climates. 

 

4:30 p.m. - Thursday, April 23rd

Premier Doug Ford’s mother-in-law has tested positive for COVID-19. 

She’s 95-years-old and she lives in a Toronto long-term care home where an outbreak had been declared. 

Ford says the federal government has also approved his request for military personnel in long-term care homes. 

 

All non-essential workplaces, restaurant dining rooms and parks will remain closed in Ontario until at least May 6th. 

The province has decided to extend several emergency orders for another two-weeks. 

It’s also extending a ban that prevents long-term care staff from working in more than one facility. 

 

 

12:00 p.m. - Thursday, April 23rd

Ontario is reporting a 5.2 percent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases compared to yesterday. 

We have 634 new cases of the virus province-wide which brings our total to 12,879. 

We also have 6,680 resolved cases.

The province is also reporting 54 new deaths today which pushes our death toll to 713. 

 

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting seven new cases of the virus today. 

It says we have 412 cases total but only 220 of them are considered active. 

It says we also have 34 COVID-19 related deaths. 

 

The Trudeau Government is planning to spend $1.1 billion to develop, test and manufacture a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says researchers will also try to determine how widely the virus has spread through Canada. 

Ottawa had already announced $275 million in research funding last month. 

 

It’s only April but Canada Post has been experiencing Christmas-level parcel volumes due to COVID-19. 

Lots of people have been shopping online while they’re self-isolating at home. 

Canada Post delivered 1.8 million parcels on Monday.

It says we can expect delays due to the heavy parcel volumes. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Thursday, April 23rd

There are 20 new cases in Niagara and another person has died. 

Public Health says the total number of cases is up 405, including 34 deaths. 

Meanwhile, Niagara Health says one of the outbreaks at the St. Catharines Hospital is over. 

Unit 3A was monitored for two weeks after a healthcare worker tested positive for the virus. 

There are no signs of further transmission. 

 

The federal government will announce more support for researchers to develop quick and reliable testing in fight against COVID-19. 

Several provinces are under mounting pressure to restart their economies and these tests will be vital to find out who has the virus and who has developed immunity. 

Canada is testing about 20,000 people a day and health officials want that number closer to 60,000. 

 

China is ramping up contributions to the World Health Organization. 

The country is adding $30-million, meanwhile the U.S. is suspending its funding to the U.N. agency. 

There are allegations China initially delayed reporting on the outbreak and Australia is calling for an independent investigation into the cause of the outbreak. 

 

5:00 p.m. - Wednesday, April 22nd

Niagara Health has called off the COVID-19 outbreak on inpatient unit 3-A at the St. Catharines hospital. 

The Infection Prevention and Control Team has been monitoring the unit over the past two weeks and they have found no evidence of further transmission. 

There have also been no new cases of the virus in the unit. 

Niagara Health declared the outbreak after one of their healthcare workers tested positive. 

 

Premier Doug Ford is calling in the Public Health Agency of Canada and the military to help battle COVID-19 in five long-term care homes. 

He says the federal reinforcements will provide operational and logistical assistance. 

Ontario is also expanding testing to every resident and staff member in the homes. 

 

12:30 p.m. - Wednesday, April 22nd

We have 510 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario and 37 new deaths. 

This means we now have 12,245 cases of the virus province-wide but about half of them are resolved. 

The province says 659 people have died

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting 20 new cases of the virus today. 

It says we now have 405 cases total; 217 of them are active and 154 have been resolved. 

It’s also reporting one new COVID-19 related death today, which raises our death toll to 34 

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced a $9 billion emergency benefit for post-secondary students. 

It’s for those who are currently in school, those getting ready to start in September and anyone who graduated after December 2019. 

The payments will be at least $1,250 per month from May to August. 

 

More than 2.5 million people have been infected with COVID-19 worldwide, according to John Hopkins University. 

It believes the virus has also killed about 180,000  including more than 45,000 deaths in the United States. 

 

9:00 p.m. - Wednesday, April 22nd

There are fewer cases and more people recovering from COVID-19 across Niagara. 

Public Health reported only one new case yesterday, bringing the total to 385 cases, including 33 deaths. 

There are now three outbreaks of the virus at St. Catharines Hospital. 

A patient has tested positive in unit 2-A. 

 

Ontario will find out in a few days how and when some restrictions might be lifted. 

Premier Doug Ford isn’t going into details yet, but says outdoor activities could be one of the first. 

Ford is urging for patience to avoid a resurgence of the virus. 

All sides having been pushing for a plan to return to normal after projections suggesting community spread is peaking in the province. 

 

Air pollution levels are plunging around the globe, as people stay home during the pandemic. 

NASA says air pollution in March has been nearly cut in half in Rome, when compared to the last five years. 

It has dropped 46 per cent in Paris and 35 per cent in India. 

Some are saying it shows what a mess humans are making of the planet. 

Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. 

 

4:30 p.m. - Tuesday, April 21st

Premier Doug Ford says we’ll know more about how his government plans to go about easing restrictions in the next few days. 

He says his government should release a framework and he hinted that one of the first areas to re-open could be outdoor activities. 

 

3M has filed a lawsuit against an Ontario based company. 

It alleges that Caonic Systems claimed false affiliation with 3M in order to sell N-95 masks at high prices. 

The lawsuit also says Caonic kept selling the masks online after 3M complained. 

 

The federal government is not changing its June 30th deadline for bids to supply Canada’s new fighter jets. 

It’s still expecting Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Saab to submit their proposals on time despite the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Ottawa is replacing the Royal Canadian Air Force’s CF18s with 88 new fighter jets and the estimated cost is $19 billion. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Tuesday, April 21st

We now have 11,735 cases of COVID-19 in Ontario and our death toll has reached 622. 

The province is reporting 551 new cases of the virus today and 38 new deaths. 

Meanwhile Niagara Region Public Health is reporting only one new case of the virus today. 

That brings our total number of cases to 385 with 147 resolved cases. 

Public Health is also reporting 33 deaths in the Region. 

 

Ottawa is setting aside $350-million to help Canadian charities during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Lots of charities have been struggling because they can’t hold fundraising events and their donors are financially hurting as well. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the money will benefit small independent organizations and national groups such as United Way and Canadian Red Cross. 

 

It’s going to be a while before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice resumes normal operations. 

All civil and criminal matters were suspended or adjourned until June, but now the court says jury selection and trials will be on hold until September at the earliest. 

It’s going to reassess the situation in May. 

 

9:00 p.m. - Tuesday, April 21st

We are up to 33 deaths connected to COVID-19 across the Region. 

Niagara Health says a local patient passed away early yesterday. 

According to Public Health, we have 384 cases of the virus in Niagara. 

At least 140 people have recovered. 

 

More help is on the way for the most vulnerable Canadians. 

The federal government will announce new measures today, aimed at helping the homeless, poor, disabled and seniors. 

These groups have been hit hard by the pandemic. 

The feds will also give more details for businesses looking to access the $73-billion wage subsidy program. 

 

Ontario may be hitting its peak, but the number of cases in long-term care homes continues to rise. 

Health officials say there are outbreaks in 127 facilities across the province. 

But, the hope is, new measures will start driving down the numbers. 

This includes increased testing and a ban on employees working at more than one centre. 

 

4:30 p.m. - Monday, April 20th

Health officials are now predicting less than 20,000 cases of COVID-19 in Ontario during the pandemic, according to the latest modelling numbers. 

It also looks like the number of cases linked to community spread has peaked.

But the spread in long-term care homes and other crowded spaces appears to be on the rise. 

 

Premier Doug Ford has asked the jobs and recovery committee to develop a framework for a gradual, measured and safe reopening of the province. 

But he says it must have strict criteria and key benchmarks that must be hit before we can start to ease restrictions. 

 

Sixty inmates and eight staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at a jail in Brampton. 

The jail is temporarily closing and it will undergo a deep cleaning. 

The staff members have been told to self-isolate for two weeks. 

The inmates are being transferred to the Toronto South Detention Centre, where they will be housed separately. 

 

12:30 p.m. - Monday, April 20th

We have 606 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, which is our largest single-day increase so far. 

This means we now have 11,184 cases province-wide, but we also have 5,515 resolved cases. 

The province is also reporting 31 new deaths today, which pushes our death toll to 584.

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting 18 new cases of COVID-19 today, which brings its total to 384. 

It says we also have 140 resolved cases and 33 deaths. 

 

Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet is accusing the Conservatives of holding Parliament hostage for partisan reasons. 

He’s continuing to support a tentative deal with the Liberals, which calls for one Parliament sitting with a reduced number of MPs and two virtual committee of the while meetings each week. 

The NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is also supporting the deal,  but the Conservatives would like to see more in-person sittings. 

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the shooting in Nova Scotia on top of the COVID-19 pandemic is heartbreak over heartbreak. 

Sixteen people were killed in the rampage which started Saturday night and continued into Sunday morning. 

Trudeau says his thoughts are with the families who can’t gather to mourn their loved ones due to social distancing rules and a virtual vigil will be held Friday night. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Monday, April 20th

Only two new cases are being reported in Niagara, bringing the total to 366. 

Public Health says the total includes 30 deaths. 

Niagara Health has had 254 positive tests at its sites, 27 people with the virus are in local hospitals. 

More than 130 people in the Region have recovered. 

 

The House of Commons will be back in session today. 

The four parties weren’t able to reach an agreement over the weekend to extend the adjournment of Parliament due to COVID-19. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is calling the move irresponsible since health experts are telling Canadians to stay at home. 

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was adamant that the House sit for three in-person sessions a week. 

 

Ontario will get some new projections today. 

Health officials will update the numbers and look at the spread of COVID-19 in the province. 

Across Ontario, there are nearly 10,600 confirmed cases, including just over 550 deaths. 

More than 5,200 people in the province have recovered from the virus. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Sunday, April 19th

Public Health says 366 residents in the Niagara Region have tested positive for COVID-19.

It's also reporting 131 resolved cases and 26 deaths.

Yesterday afternoon, Niagara Health reported 248 cases at its sites after 73 patients were admitted and 25 of them received treatment.

 

It is unknown how the House of Commons will continue amid the pandemic.

The federal parties are still debating on how many in-person sittings are necessary to keep both the government accountable and staff safe.

If all four parties are unable to come to an agreement, all 338 MPs will return to work tomorrow.

 

Rules have been updated by the Saskatchewan government for drive-in worship services during the pandemic.

This is after a church cancelled a drive-in Easter Sunday service, which was urged by the provincial health authority.

The new regulations require people to stay in their cars with no contact between worshippers, and only those who live in the same house can be in the same car.

 

8:00 a.m. - Sunday, April 19th

Public Health says 364 residents in the Niagara Region have tested positive for COVID-19.

Thirteen cases were reported by Public Health yesterday with 123 resolved and 26 deaths.

Niagara Health reported 248 cases at its sites yesterday afternoon after 73 patients were admitted, with 25 of them receiving treatment.

 

Politicians continue to fight over how business will be held inside the House of Commons.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is calling for an in-person sitting each week featuring a small number of MPs and extended question period.

Meanwhile, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer calls for three in-person sittings per week.

All 338 MPs and their staff are expected to head back to work tomorrow, if all parties cannot come to an agreement on how a session of parliament would look during the pandemic.

 

Mayor of Toronto John Tory says city officials met yesterday to discuss what the city would look like if it were to re-open.

Tory says officials should be in agreement on how the city will eventually come out of the lockdown.

He also urges residents to continue practicing physical distancing measures.

 

12:00 p.m. - Saturday, April 18th

As of this morning, Niagara Health is still reporting 244 cases of COVID-19.

A new report from Niagara Region Public Health sees 13 new cases of the virus, bringing the total to 364

Meanwhile, Ontario has 485 new cases of COVID-19 this morning bringing the province's total to over 10,000 cases.

 

Pediatric hospitals in Canada are working to support medical facilities that are at capacity by the pandemic.

This week saw two adult patients with the virus treated in a Montreal pediatric intensive care unit, despite the difference in equipment, medical practices, and medicines.

The Montreal Children's Hospital, which had the two adult patients, and the Royal Victoria Hospital started their planning together in early March, as they trained staff, ordered adult-sized equipment and put procedures in place to care for older patients.

 

Trips to the emergency room are dropping throughout the country, as people are putting off going to the hospital amid the pandemic.

The Canadian Federation of Emergency Physicians says the hidden cost of COVID-19 could be a result, noting heart attacks, strokes and other ailments are still happening, however not visiting a doctor for those issues could prove deadly.

Manitoba's chief public health officer had the same concerns this week and he says people are safe in emergency rooms.

 

8:00 a.m. - Saturday, April 18th

Niagara Health is reporting 244 cases of COVID-19 after 72 patients were brought to hospital and 27 of them received treatment.

Yesterday, 31 new cases of the virus were also reported by Niagara Region Public Health.

After the province reported 564 new cases yesterday, Ontario has over 9,000 in total with close to 500 deaths and over 4,500 resolved.

 

The House of Commons is expected to continue on Monday, but an impasse remains over how it should operate during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In-person sittings are being pushed by the Conservatives for up to four days a week.

However, the Liberals propose in-person meetings once a week until virtual sittings can be held.

 

Celebrities are to be featured in new ads making a plea to public health experts for Canadians to stay home to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Astronaut Chris Hadfield and women's hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser will be alongside Canada's Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam in the English advertisement.

The ads will be in French and English and they'll start broadcasting nationally tonight during the ``One World: Together at Home'' concert.

 

4:30 p.m. - Friday, April 17th

Most of Canada’s COVID-19 cases are in Ontario and Quebec. 

That’s according to Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam. 

She says some provinces have not reported any new cases over the past couple of days, but she’s still encouraging the need for social distancing. 

Tam says federal officials are looking into more regional approaches to the virus. 

 

The Ford Government is offering free child care to more essential workers. 

This will cover those working in homeless shelters, power workers, the RCMP and the Canada Border Services Agency. 

The province was already offering child care spaces to health care workers and correctional officers. 

But under the under expansion, Education Minister Stephen Lecce says another 11,300 spaces could be needed. 

 

The province is also teaming up with Rogers and Apple to offer 21,000 free iPads to low-income families. 

This will allow their kids to study at home during the pandemic. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Friday, April 17th

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting 351 cases of COVID-19 and 26 deaths. 

But it says we also have 119 resolved cases. 

Ontario is reporting 564 new cases of the virus which is its largest single-day increase so far. 

We have 9,525 cases province-wide and almost half of them are resolved. 

Fifty-five new deaths have also been reported which pushes our death toll to 478. 

 

The federal government is setting aside $1.7-billion for the oil and gas sector to help clean up orphaned wells. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says this will be great for the environment and for the landowners who have to deal with the abandoned wells. 

He says this will also employ thousands of workers. 

His government is also creating a $700-million fund to cut methane emissions. 

 

The Trudeau government is proposing virtual Parliament sittings during the COVID-19 crisis. 

But Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is not a fan of the idea. 

He says there’s no reason why Prime Minister Trudeau and his cabinet ministers can’t stand in the House of Commons when they meet with the press daily. 

The Tories called for a few sittings of Parliament this week but only with a few MPs sitting at least two metres apart. 

 

9:00 p.m. - Friday, April 17th

There are no new deaths in Niagara, but there are more than 20 new cases. 

Public Health is reporting 320 confirmed cases across the Region. 

More than 16 per cent of them are healthcare workers. 

About 32 per cent are residents of long-term care and retirement homes. 

 

New emergency measures have been announced in Ontario to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in our long-term care homes. 

Premier Doug Ford says staff will be allowed to work in only one facility. 

The government says all homes must have the new rules in place by Thursday. 

Staff working at multiple facilities puts residents at a higher risk of infection. 

 

The federal government is focusing on the resources available to long-term care homes across the country. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is promising the government will offer up some funding to top up the wages of essential workers in nursing homes taking home less than $2,500 a month. 

It’s meant to top up wages for workers impacted by provincial rules banning them from working at more than one facility. 

 

4:30 p.m. - Thursday, April 16th

Premier Doug Ford says the goal is to complete up to 14,000 COVID-19 tests per day by the end of the month. 

The province completed nine-thousand-tests yesterday surpassing the target that was set last week. 

It’s also expanding priority testing to include essential workers, those living with healthcare workers and those who work or live in a homeless shelter or group home. 

 

Canada’s COVID-19 projection models are now predicting between 1,200 and 1,620 deaths by Tuesday. 

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam says this is higher than expected and it’s due to a large number of outbreaks in long-term care homes. 

 

Bombardier is going to produce 18,000 ventilators for the Ford Government. 

The work is set to begin in Thunder Bay on April 27th.

The plane and train maker bringing back about 40 to 50 laid-off employees to get the job done. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Thursday, April 16th

We have 514 new cases of COVID-19 Ontario and 38 new deaths. 

This brings our total number of cases to 8,961 and our death toll is over 423. 

We also have close to 4,200 resolved cases and the province completed 9,000 tests yesterday. 

 

We have over 28,800 confirmed and presumptive cases of COVIID-19 across the country and 1,048 deaths. 

Here in Niagara Public Health is reporting 320 cases of the virus with 110 resolved cases and 26 deaths. 

 

The Trudeau Government is expanding a loan program for small businesses. 

It’s going to apply to businesses that had payrolls between $20,000 and $1.5 million last year. 

It used to only apply to those with payrolls between $50,000 and $1 million. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says another program is in the works which will help businesses cover rent for a least three months. 

 

Trudeau also says the Canada-US border will not reopen to non-essential traffic anytime soon if he has anything to say about it. 

He says it will be many weeks before we can loosen restrictions at the border. 

But the agreement between the two countries is set to expire in days.

U-S President Donald Trump wants to get everything back to normal even though his country is dealing with the largest outbreak. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Thursday, April 16th

Niagara has just under 300 confirmed cases of the virus. 

Another person has died, bringing the total to 26. 

About 78 per cent of those in the Region with COVID-19 are in self-isolation at home. 

Another 12 per cent are in hospital, with just under three per cent ending up in the ICU. 

 

There are different opinions on when to re-open the border between Canada and the U.S. 

Donald Trump is saying the border could re-open sooner rather than later. 

Meanwhile, Justin Trudeau says Canada’s restrictions to fight COVID-19 will be in place for several more weeks. 

The ban on non-essential border traffic has been in place for about a month; it’s set to expire on Tuesday. 

 

Small businesses will get more help from the federal government today. 

Changes are expected to the eligibility rules for the Canada Emergency Business Account program. 

Many businesses had complained they couldn't get the interest-free loans. 

Justin Trudeau will also urge the provinces and territories to boost the wages for essential workers, especially those in long-term care homes. 

 

4:30 p.m. - Wednesday, April 15th

Canada's COVID-19 death toll is now over 1,000.

We also have 28,209 confirmed and presumptive cases of the virus across the country.

 

Premier Doug Ford has announced new measures for staffing and infection control in Ontario’s long-term care homes. 

This includes hiring more staff and enhancing cleaning measures. 

The government has also issued an order that will prevent staff from working in multiple homes but it will only be in effect for two weeks. 

At least 145 long-term care residents have died across the province. 

 

The Bank of Canada says the economic downturn tied to the COVID-19 pandemic will be the worst on record. 

It’s also holding its key interest rate at 0.25 percent. 

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says we’re in it for the long haul. 

He says we’re going to have to live in a state of partial shutdown for weeks to come. 

His government is also expanding the criteria for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit to include seasonal workers, those who earn some income and those who run out of Employment Insurance. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Wednesday, April 15th

We have 51 new COVID-19 related deaths across Ontario which brings our death toll to 385. 

Ontario is also reporting 494 new cases of the virus today. 

This means we now have 8,447 cases province-wide but we also have 3,902 resolved cases. 

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting 299 cases of the virus today and 99 resolved cases. 

It’s also reporting 26 deaths. 

 

The Trudeau Government is expanding the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit. 

Those who earn up to $1,000 per month will be able to qualify. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government will also top up the pay of essential workers, who bring home less than $2,500 per month. 

 

Twenty-seven U-S border crossings will open later than usual after midnight tonight. 

The Canada Border Service Agency is cutting back their opening hours because they’re experiencing lower traffic due to border restrictions. 

This will affect eight crossings in Quebec, six in Manitoba, eight in Saskatchewan, two in Alberta and three in British Columbia. 

 

The Financial Accountability Office will release a report tomorrow on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Ontario’s economy. 

It will highlight the labour market results for the month of March. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Wednesday, April 15th

There are now 25 deaths in Niagara connected to COVID-19. 

Public Health is reporting a total of 263 confirmed cases in Niagara. 

Niagara Health says there’s another outbreak at the St. Catharines Hospital. 

Another healthcare worker has tested positive, this time in unit 4-A, where patients with COVID-19 are treated. 

The staff member is in self-isolation at home. 

 

The virus is spreading like wildfire in Ontario’s long-term care homes. 

There are outbreaks at 93 facilities across the province. 

Premier Doug Ford will announce new measures to clamp down on the spread, like stopping people from working at more than one home. 

More testing and increased infection control are also coming. 

 

Emergency room doctors are calling on health officials to make sure there are enough medical supplies. 

When patients need to be ventilated, it’s a painful process and it causes a lot of anxiety. 

The doctors say the patient needs medication for pain control and sedation. 

The Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians is calling on national authorities to manage the distribution of these important medications and to encourage domestic production.

 

5:00 p.m. - Tuesday, April 14th 

The COVID-19 death toll at Lundy Manor in Niagara Falls has risen to 12. 

Twenty-two residents and five staff members at the retirement home have also tested positive for the virus. 

Oxford Living confirmed the new deaths yesterday. 

 

Ontario’s state of emergency has been extended another 28-days. 

This will order all non-essential businesses and child-care centres to remain closed until May 12th. 

 

Premier Doug Ford says Ontario’s schools will not reopen May 4th. 

But he adds this does not mean the current school year is cancelled. 

 

After midnight tonight, anyone who returns to Canada will have to check into a hotel if they don’t have an acceptable self-quarantine plan in place. 

They also won’t be able to live with anyone over the age of 65 or with a pre-existing health condition. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Tuesday, April 14th

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting 263 cases of COVID-19 and 93 resolved cases. 

It was reporting 250 cases and 87 resolved cases yesterday. 

 

We now have 7,953 of the virus province-wide and our death toll is 334. 

Ontario is reporting 483 new cases of COVID-19 today and 43 new deaths. 

This is a 6.5 percent increase compared to yesterday’s numbers. 

 

The Trudeau Government is setting aside $130-million to help northern communities during the COVID-19 crisis. 

More than half of it will be going to the three territorial governments, so they can put it towards health and social services. 

The money will also benefit subsidy programs to cover the shipping costs for food and hygiene products. 

 

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is calling for an all-party deal so Parliament can resume. 

He says some measure of government accountability is essential.

But he also does not want to see Parliament or the Senate chamber packed with members during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

The International Monetary Fund believes the Canadian economy will shrink by 6.2 percent this year. 

It’s also predicting the global economy will shrink 3 percent and suffer its worst year since the Great Depression. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Tuesday, April 14th

There are no new deaths in Niagara. 

Niagara Health is reporting 221 confirmed cases at its sites, including 22 deaths. 

Public Health says there is a total of 250 positive tests across Niagara. 

About 30 per cent of those cases are in long-term care and retirement homes. 

 

About half of all the COVID-19 deaths in Canada have been residents of long-term care homes. 

Chief Public Health Officer Doctor Theresa Tam says these outbreaks are the most crucial problem our country is facing right now in the fight against COVID-19. 

More than 90 per cent of the deaths in Canada have been people over 60. 

 

Ontario will extend its State of Emergency for another 28 days. 

This will keep current restrictions in place until at least May 12th. 

The legislature will meet for an emergency session to pass the extension today. 

 

Go ahead and order that pizza. 

Experts are saying your chances of getting COVID-19 from takeout food are quite low. 

A professor with the University of Guelph says you are far more likely to get the virus from a person, not a parcel. 

But, frequent hand-washing before and after handling food is important.  

 

4:30 p.m. - Monday, April 13th

The state of emergency in Ontario is going to be extended another 28-days. 

Premier Doug Ford says they’re going to pass the declaration in the legislature tomorrow. 

He says they’re also going to discuss a bill on education, child care and municipal housing. 

 

We could be approaching the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ontario. 

Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Barbara Yaffe says the number of new cases each day has been relatively stable lately.

She says experts believe the province will hit its peak this week. 

 

The federal government has announced $50-million in funding to make sure temporary foreign workers quarantine for 14-days after they arrive in the country. 

Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says farmers and producers will be able to use the money to off-set salaries and make sure they have appropriate accommodations for the workers. 

The funding works out to $1,500 per worker. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Monday, April 13th

Ontario is reporting a six percent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. 

We have 421 new cases of the virus today which brings the province-wide total to 7,470. 

But we also have more than 3,357 resolved cases. 

Seventeen new deaths have been reported, which raises our death toll to 291. 

 

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting 250 cases of the virus and 87 resolved cases today. 

It reports the number of Niagara Region residents who have tested positive for the virus. 

 

Health Canada has approved a new handheld device that could be a game-changer for COVID-19 testing. 

The Spartan Cube is about the size of a coffee cup and it can provide COVID-19 test results in less than an hour. 

It can be used at airports, border crossings, doctors' offices and pharmacies. 

Ontario has ordered close to one million of them. 

 

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is back at home but he’s not planning to go back to work right away. 

He was discharged from the hospital yesterday.

He was being treated for COVID-19 but his office says he has now tested negative for the virus. 

 

Indigo Books and Music is planning to rehire 545 workers thanks to the federal government’s wage subsidy program. 

The company had to lay-off 5,200 workers about a month ago. 

The re-hired workers all have salaried and leadership roles in retail locations.

They’re going to help with online orders. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Monday, April 13th

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is taking a second day off from public appearances. 

Instead, public health officials and cabinets ministers will be updating measures focusing on home care, seniors and temporary foreign workers during the pandemic. 

 

Frontline healthcare workers will be able to get their taxes done for free. 

The Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario is launching a program to remove one area of stress for these workers. 

Ontario healthcare workers can sign up through the CPA Ontario website. 

 

U.S. President Donald Trump is calling for his top infectious disease expert to be fired. 

Trump has been facing criticism that he didn’t do enough early on to fight COVID-19. 

He posted a tweet yesterday calling for Doctor Anthony Fauci to lose his job. 

Fauci says it will be necessary to restart the economy gradually once the numbers ease. 

 

Sri Lanka is getting ready to take a big step towards getting back to normal. 

The government plans to reopen schools and universities next month. 

A country-wide curfew was put in place on March 20th. 

This would be the first step in a gradual exit plan. 

The government is confident the country will be safe from the pandemic based on current trends.

 

12:00 p.m. - Sunday, April 12th

It's expected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will take Easter Sunday off from his usual morning COVID-19 briefings.

Yesterday, he told the House Of Commons the effects of the pandemic could get worse before it gets better even if every possible precaution is taken.

He says Canada's determination to fight the virus and the country's commitment to look out for one another might be tested, but he believes Canadians are up for it.

 

The Alberta government is helping other provinces low on protective gear to guard against COVID-19.

Premier Jason Kenney says the province has more than enough protective masks, gloves and ventilators for its own needs.

Kenney made the announcement yesterday from an Alberta Health Services warehouse in Edmonton.

He says Ontario will receive protective masks, gloves and ventilators, Quebec will get masks and gloves and British Columbia will also receive masks.

 

It was Easter like no other at the Vatican today.

Strict lockdown regulations are in effect, as Pope Francis gave an Easter address at an empty Saint Peter's Basilica.

There are eight COVID-19 infections confirmed by Vatican City, while in surrounding Italy, over 150,000 people have been infected and close to 20,000 have died.

 

8:00 a.m. - Sunday, April 12th

The federal government's wage subsidy program aimed to help businesses and workers during the COVID-19 pandemic has received royal assent.

The program, valued at $73 billion, came late last night after the bill was approved by the House of Commons and the Senate.

The federal government can pay companies 75 percent of the first $58,700 earned by each employee for up to 12 weeks.

 

The death toll from the novel coronavirus continues to climb across Canada.

As of yesterday, 653 deaths had been reported.

There were 23,318 confirmed and presumptive cases of the virus in Canada as of this morning.

A majority of the deaths and infections have come out of Quebec and Ontario.

 

Emergency orders have been extended in Ontario until April 23rd.

This is after health officials in the province reported another 31 COVID-19-related deaths yesterday.

The provincial government added new measures to help stop the spread of the virus, which include easing restrictions on repurposing buildings and erecting tents for homeless shelters and health-care facilities.

However, a backlog of tests that are awaiting confirmation and so far under 100,000 people have been tested for COVID-19 in Ontario.

 

12:00 p.m. - Saturday, April 11th

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be giving his daily address on COVID-19 on Parliament Hill a little later today.

Normally, he holds them in front of his Rideau Cottage home

The reason is for the Easter weekend sitting in order to pass a wage subsidy for Canadian businesses, which is valued at $73 billion dollars.

 

The global death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed 100,000 with more than half of them coming from the three-state metro area around New York City.

Bedroom communities in New Jersey, Connecticut and on Long Island are seeing some of the worst outbreaks in the USA.

This comes even after public health authorities express optimism that the pace of infections appears to be slowing.

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it is too early to use the Emergencies Act to respond to the pandemic.

The Prime Minister's Office sent letters on the issue to all the premiers earlier this week.

Trudeau says emergency acts have already been brought in by the provinces.

The act would give Ottawa power to override the provinces and restrict the flow of people and goods.

 

8:00 a.m. - Saturday, April 11th

Today Parliament will vote on the largest economic measures legislation since the Second World War.

The House of Commons will debate a 73-billion-dollar wage subsidy bill, which will allow companies to get a 75 percent subsidy on each employee's wages.

 

Canada currently has 22,148 cases of COVID-19 with 569 deaths.

Yesterday Alberta had seven deaths and it is the highest one-day death toll from the virus.

The McKenzie Town continuing care centre in Calgary had four deaths where 17 people have died from the novel coronavirus.

Meanwhile, British Columbia reported five more deaths yesterday, bringing its toll to 55.

 

Parking enforcement is the latest tool in Vancouver to encourage residents to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city says it's continuing to enforce permit-parking zones in the West End, in order to discourage visitors to nearby beaches or Stanley Park.

Residents are being asked to stay in their own neighbourhoods to take advantage of local green spaces instead of meeting in popular recreation areas.

 

4:30 p.m. - Thursday, April 9th

Niagara Health is reporting 11 COVID-19 related deaths. 

 

We have more than 20,700 confirmed and presumptive cases of tCOVID-19 across the country. 

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer says the virus could kill at least 4,400 Canadians in a best-case scenario. 

But Dr. Theresa Tam says the modelling data released today is not a crystal ball. 

The Public Health Agency of Canada is predicting 500 to 700 deaths by the end of next week. 

 

Premier Doug Ford says the COVID-19 pandemic is an economic and public health crisis. 

Ontario lost at least 400,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate jumped to 7.6 percent. 

Ford says his government is launching a jobs and recovery committee.

It’s going to create an action plan to re-start Ontario’s economy once the crisis is over. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Thursday, April 9th

The Public Health Agency of Canada is predicting 500 to 700 COVID-19 related deaths by the end of the next week. 

It says we could see between 11,000 and 22,000 deaths in the coming months even with strong control measures in place. 

The agency released its modelling data this morning, but it all depends on how we prevent the spread of the virus. 

 

We have 26 new COVID-19 related deaths in Ontario today which pushes our death toll to 200. 

The province is also reporting 483 new cases of the virus, so we now have 5,759 province-wide. 

But we also have more than 2,300 resolved cases, which is 40 percent of the provincial total. 

 

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting 189 confirmed cases in Niagara Region residents. 

It says we also have 66 resolved cases and 10 deaths. 

 

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer says all health-care workers should be tested as soon as they develop any symptoms of COVID-19. 

Dr. David Williams says anyone recently admitted to a long-term care home should also be tested. 

He is also ordering all long-term care staff and essential visitors to wear masks while they’re in the facilities even if there isn’t an active outbreak. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Thursday, April 9th

More than a million jobs were lost in Canada in March. 

Economists had been expecting a drop of about 600,000. 

That number alone would have been five times the worst single-month drop in employment which happened in January 2009. 

Stats Can says the steep losses pushed the jobless rate up more than two points to 7.8 per cent. 

 

Canadians will get a look at how bad things could get and how long the pandemic might last. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will release national projections for COVID-19 in Canada. 

Canadians will get a look at best and worst-case scenarios. 

But, Trudeau warns the projections aren’t set in stone. 

They are dependent on the everyday actions of all of us. 

You can do your part by staying home and practicing social distancing until the all clear is given. 

 

Canada Goose Holdings is shifting gears and will be making personal protective equipment instead of winter parkas. 

The company announced plans to make medical gear in two of its factories last month. 

Over the next two weeks, they plan to bring all eight locations back on for production. 

 

4:30 p.m. - Wednesday, April 8th

Premier Doug Ford says his patience is running thin when it comes to Ontario’s slow pace of testing for COVID-19. 

He’s calling for more tests to be done starting tomorrow. 

Ontario’s capacity is actually 13,000 tests per day but only about 3,500 are being submitted through assessment centres. 

 

All pharmacy and grocery store workers will have some time off this long weekend.

Premier Doug Ford says his government will make sure they have Friday and Sunday off.

Stores will remain open on Thursday, Saturday and on Monday.

Ford says the workers have been working day and night for weeks, to keep the food and medicine we need on the shelves.

 

The Trudeau Government is planning to cover 100 percent of wages for students hired under the Canada Summer Jobs Program. 

Companies will be able to hire students part-time and the time period for job placements will be extended to the winter. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Wednesday, April 8th

Niagara Region Public Health is now reporting 180 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 55 resolved cases. 

It reports the number of Niagara Region residents who have tested positive for the virus. 

 

Ontario is reporting 550 new cases today, which is our largest single-day increase so far. 

This means we now have 5,276 cases province-wide but we also have 2,074 resolved cases. 

More than 1,100 people are still waiting for their test results. 

The province is also reporting 21 new deaths, which brings our death toll to 174. 

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced looser standards for the federal wage subsidy program. 

Employers will be able to qualify if they show a 15-percent drop in revenue in March and if they can compare it to previous months. 

 

Air Canada is looking to apply for the emergency wage subsidy program so it can re-hire about 16,500 of its employees. 

They were laid off due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. 

 

Three employees at the Maple Leaf Foods poultry plant in Brampton have tested positive for COVID-19. 

The company has decided to suspend operations at the facility.

It’s going to deep clean the plant and conduct an investigation into the matter. 

 

 

9:00 a.m. - Wednesday, April 8th

Justin Trudeau is expected to announce further measures today to help Canadians left without financial help. 

When the Canada Emergency Response Benefit was created, the eligibility requirements left out hundreds of thousands of Canadians. 

An analysis from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives estimates about one-third of unemployed Canadians won’t get help under the new benefit or E.I. 

 

The pandemic is sparking an increase in child sexual predator activity online. 

The head of UNICEF is urging parents, organizations and governments to take the threat more seriously. 

UNICEF is working with internet companies to tackle the problem. 

Kids are at home and online, so they are more vulnerable to online predators. 

 

Talks between the finance ministers in the European Union went late into the night, trying to come up with a response to the economic hardships of COVID-19. 

European governments are trying to find a plan to keep companies and families from going bankrupt and save lives. 

Italy and Spain are two of the hard-hit countries and ones that can least afford the economic costs. 

 

4:30 p.m. - Tuesday, April 7th

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has ordered 30,000 new ventilators from Canadian companies but he’s hoping we won’t need that many. 

His government is also ordered 75-million N-95 respirator masks and 230-million surgical masks from domestic and foreign companies. 

He’s expecting an order of 500,000 surgical-grade masks from Minnesota-based 3M to arrive in Ontario tomorrow. 

 

Premier Doug Ford says the first 1,000 made in Ontario masks have been produced at the Woodbridge Manufacturing facility in Vaughn. 

The company is hoping to eventually produce up to one-million masks per week and to have them certified as N-95 masks. 

 

The Ford Government has also launched a new online portal designed to match anyone with medical training to paying jobs. 

Health Minister Christine Elliot says they’re hoping to recruit retirees, students and others with medical training.

The province is hoping to increase front-line capacity in hospitals, clinics and assessment centres. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Tuesday, April 7th

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting 162 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 43 resolved cases. 

It was reporting 149 cases and 33 resolved cases yesterday. 

Public Health reports the number of Niagara Region residents who have tested positive for the virus. 

 

We have 21 new COVID-19 related deaths in Ontario, which brings our death toll over 150. 

Ontario is also reporting 379 new cases of the virus. 

This means we now have 4,726 confirmed cases province-wide. 

More than 600 people have been hospitalized, more than 230 of them are in intensive care and 187 of them are on ventilators. 

 

A total of 788,510 people applied for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. 

Applications opened for those born in January, February and March yesterday. 

Those born in April, May and June can apply today. 

It offers $2,000 per month for those who have lost their income due to COVID-19. 

It’s available for up to 16-weeks. 

 

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in stable condition in a London hospital. 

He’s being treated for COVID-19 in the ICU.

He’s not on a ventilator but has been put on oxygen. 

A spokesman for his office says he’s in good spirits. 

 

The CFL has decided to postpone the start of its 2020 season due to COVID-19. 

Some CFL cities will not allow sporting events until the end of June, so the Canadian football season is now scheduled to kick off in July. 

It was supposed to get underway on June 11th. 

 

9:00 p.m. - Tuesday, April 7th

The federal government is looking to change the rules, to make a new benefit available to more people. 

Applications for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit launched yesterday. 

More than half-a-million people had applied by late yesterday afternoon. 

People born between April and June can apply today. 

The taxable benefit gives people out of work due to the pandemic about $2,000 a month. 

 

More Canadians are now worried about catching COVID-19. 

A new survey shows 64 per cent of Canadians are scared of getting the virus, up from 57 per cent two weeks ago. 

About three-quarters of those taking the survey are afraid a family member will get infected. 

 

Britain’s Prime Minister is still in intensive care. 

Boris Johnson was taken to hospital in London after his COVID-19 symptoms got worse. 

He’s not on a ventilator, but officials say he’s been given oxygen. 

The Queen remains in self-isolation at Windsor Castle. 

4:30 p.m. - Monday, April 6th

 

Niagara Health is reporting two new COVID-19 related deaths which brings our death toll to nine. 

 

Over 130 people have died across the province. 

Thirteen new deaths were announced earlier today alongside 309 new cases. 

We now have 4,347 confirmed cases of COVID-19 province-wide and 1,624 resolved cases. 

We have 16,504 confirmed and presumptive cases of the coronavirus across Canada. 

 

Premier Doug Ford says we only have one week’s worth of personal protective equipment for health care workers in Ontario.

He’s blaming recent restrictions on shipments at the U-S border. 

He says U-S officials recently released a shipment of 500,000 medical masks after they were held up at the border over the weekend. 

 

Dr. Theresa Tam says those who might have COVID-19 can wear masks to prevent the spread of the virus. 

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer says there is increasing evidence that people with the virus can spread it without realizing they’re sick. 

But she says the masks would protect the people around them, more than protecting themselves. 

 

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is now in intensive care. 

He was admitted to hospital yesterday 10 days after he was diagnosed with COVID-19. 

The 55-year-old is not on a ventilator at the moment but he was moved to the ICU just in case he needs one later. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Monday, April 6th

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting 149 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 33 resolved cases. 

Public Health reports the number of Niagara Region residents who have tested positive for the virus. 

 

Ontario is reporting 309 new cases of COVID-19 and 13 new deaths. 

This means we now have 4,347 cases across the province and our death toll is 132.

We also have 1,624 resolved cases. 

 

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton. 

Officials say three health care workers in the special care nursery have tested positive for the virus, but no babies or parents are symptomatic at this time. 

 

Applications are now open for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. 

Those born between January and March can now apply.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says 240,000 people submitted applications in the first couple of hours. 

It offers 500-dollar per week to those who have lost all their income due to COVID-19. 

 

Students across Ontario will have to log into computers today to start online learning. 

Teachers will be conducting live and pre-recorded classes starting today.

The schools have been closed for over three weeks now. 

Education Minister Stephen Lecce says parents may have help younger students adjust to the change. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Monday, April 6th

Applications are now open for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. 

But, only people with birthdays between January and March can submit applications today. 

The government is splitting up the application days so the system doesn’t get overloaded and crash. 

The benefit is meant to help people out of work because of the pandemic who don’t qualify for traditional E.I. 

The taxable benefit will give people about $2,000 a month. 

 

Online learning is rolling out across the province starting today. 

School boards are touching base with families and make sure kids have access to the technology they need. 

Some school boards have already started to assign work, while others are still getting up and running. 

Schools in Ontario will be closed until at least May 4th. 

 

The Opposition Leader in Saskatchewan is urging everyone to wear cloth masks in public. 

NDP Leader Ryan Meili is a doctor and says when people have to go out, it could help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

He stresses that N-95 and surgical masks should be reserved for healthcare workers. 

 

1:00 p.m. - Sunday, April 5th

A Palm Sunday Mass was held today by Pope Francis, without people.

The traditional ceremony in St. Peter's Square was scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The outdoor mass usually brings in tens of thousands of people.

Pope Francis led the ceremony inside St. Peter's Basilica instead.

 

Close to 100 Canadians aboard another COVID-19 stricken cruise ship should be coming home today.

The Coral Princess arrived in Miami on Saturday with 97 Canadian passengers and two Canadian crew members aboard

Princess Cruises said people who are able to disembark would start today.

According to the company, a dozen people on the cruise ship have tested positive for the virus, while others have flu-like symptoms.

 

According to advocates, if more protections and social-distancing guidelines aren't extended to migrant agricultural workers the federal and provincial governments will face a "potential disaster.''

The warning comes days after 14 migrant workers tested positive for COVID-19 at a nursery in Kelowna, B.C.

Bylands Nursery says it has been "recognized as one of the best employers of temporary foreign workers in B-C."

 

8:00 a.m. - Sunday, April 5th

Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam is continuing to warn people that COVID-19 is not exclusive to people over 70-years-old.

Tam says Canadians must be reminded to take this seriously.

Canada now has over 14,000 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases.

Over 230 Canadians have died from the virus.

 

A dozen of COVID-19 cases on board, including two fatalities, has caused another cruise ship to be docked in Florida.

99 Canadians are among the 1,020 passengers and 878 crew members aboard the Coral Princess.

Princess Cruises says anyone who needs to go the hospital will be able to the leave the ship first.

Those able to fly will start leaving today, while others who are show symptoms of the virus will stay on board until they're cleared by ship doctors.

 

Newfoundland and Labrador's awareness on the coronavirus has jumped after a cluster of cases were linked to a funeral home in St. John's.

About three quarters of the province's cases have been linked to services at Caul's Funeral Home held in mid-March.

The province's first death was also related to the funeral home on the same day funerals were banned.

Public health professor at Memorial University Dr. Catherine Donovan says the large numbers of people and interaction among people at funerals create conditions for contagion.

 

12:00 p.m. - Saturday, April 4th

Every province and territory in Canada has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

People are being encouraged to wash their hands by medical experts, including Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, and to give each other space and wear a mask if they're sick.

Ottawa has put international travel restrictions and is enforcing 14-day quarantines for travellers who are returning to Canada.

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is looking for a way to help people deal with the fallout of COVID-19.

Prime Minister Trudeau's promise came after Finance Minister Bill Morneau said an aid package for the oil industry was "hours, potentially days away."

However when asked to comment on how many hours, Morneau's office did not say. 

 

Some parents are considering putting their children into home school as a result of the uncertainty of the future, along with having kids at homes.

Toronto-based family therapist and author Alyson Schafer says it's not a surprise home school associations have seen a rise in inquiries.

She says increase in online schools could also be possible.

 

8:00 a.m. - Saturday, April 4th

We can expect to hear more information on financial support to help those most vulnerable survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to make an announcement later today.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Trudeau promised $100 million dollars for organizations that assist with providing food to Canadians who either can't afford groceries or have uncertain access to food and other basic needs.

Among them include Indigenous Peoples and remote northern populations.

Food Banks Canada, Salvation Army and Breakfast Club of Canada are among the groups that will receive the money.

 

Many parents are being introduced to home school as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Schools are giving work to the students but the uncertainty has a lot of parents seeking more information about home-schooling.

Principal of the Centre for Learning at Home Paul Byrne has 2,200 students in Alberta.

He says his phone kept ringing once schools began closing and a significant increase in inquiries have been seen for the next school year.

 

Federal politicians hope 3-M defies an order from the Trump administration that would see N-95 masks stopped being sent to Canada.

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says the move has been denounced by Canada.

The masks are critical for health-care workers who are struggling against the COVID-19 pandemic, and 3-M is a major supplier to not only Canada but to Latin America as well.

3-M says there are significant human implications that are denying protective equipment to health-care workers during a global pandemic.

 

5:00 p.m. - Friday, April 3rd

Niagara Health is reporting two new deaths at its sites bringing its total to seven. 

The COVID-19 pandemic could have killed up to 100,000 people in Ontario without any intervention. 

Public Health officials released the province’s modeling projections earlier today. 

They say the virus could kill between 3,000 and 15,000 people and it could last two years. 

 

The Ford Government has decided to pull the plug on industrial projects. 

Only essential projects will be able to continue after midnight tomorrow night.

This includes hospitals and essential transit projects. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Friday, April 3rd

The Niagara Region and the 12 local municipalities have declared a state of emergency. 

They have issued a joint statement that stresses the need for everyone to self-isolate in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

They’re enforcing the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and anyone who violates it could face a $750 fine per offence. 

It’s a $1,000 fine if you’re preventing someone else from abiding by it. 

 

Niagara Region Public Health is now reporting 99 cases of COVID-19 and 19 resolved cases. 

Public Health reports the number of local residents who have tested positive for the virus 

 

We have 462 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario which brings the province-wide total to 3,255. 

Officials are also reporting 14 new deaths which brings the death toll 67. 

We also have 1,023 resolved cases. 

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he has been working with the U-S after the White House ordered 3M to stop delivering N95 respirators to Canada. 

He says it would be a big mistake to restrict staff, products and services from crossing the border in both directions. 

 

Trudeau also says his government will deliver additional aid through the GST credit this month. 

Qualifying low-income adults could receive up to $300 plus an extra $150 for each child. 

The money was supposed to be available in May. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Friday, April 3rd

We will find out at noon today how bad things could get in Ontario. 

Premier Doug Ford will be releasing best and worst-case scenarios. 

These predictions are expected to be pretty grim. 

Ford was hesitant at first to release these numbers, but he says people need to know. 

He’s hoping it will serve as a wake-up call for those who aren’t taking the pandemic seriously. 

 

Ontario is encouraging Ottawa to release national projections on how bad COVID-19 pandemic could get. 

The federal Health Minister says 30 to 70 per cent of Canadians could get the virus. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says more data is needed before any national projections could be released. 

 

More than 10 per cent of mortgages in Canada have been deferred. 

That’s coming from the country’s six big banks, as millions of Canadians are looking for financial help. 

The banks have handled about half a million requests for help in the two weeks since they announced they would allow payments to be deferred for up to six months. 

 

 

5:00 p.m. - Thursday, April 2nd

Niagara Health is now reporting five COVID-19 related deaths. 

Ontario also announced 16 new deaths earlier today, which pushes the province-wide death toll over 50. 

About 130 have been reported across the country. 

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Teresa Tam says at least 50 of them were in long-term care homes.

She says we need to double down efforts to prevent the virus from spreading in vulnerable settings. 

 

Premier Doug Ford says the modelling data released tomorrow will be a real wake-up call. 

He says it’s going to show how many Ontarians could die from COVID-19 in a worst-case scenario. 

We have 401 new cases of the virus across Ontario which brings our province-wide total to 2,793.

Public Health is reporting 82 cases in Niagara Region residents. 

 

Niagara will receive $2.4-million in services relief funding from the Ford Government. 

The Region will decide how the money is distributed.

It could be sent to homeless shelters, food banks and emergency services. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Thursday, April 2nd

Public Health is now reporting 82 cases of COVID-19 in the Niagara Region 

We have 401 new cases of the virus across Ontario and 16 new deaths. 

This means we now have 2,793 across the province and our death toll is now over 50.

More than 400 people have been hospitalized; almost 170 are in urgent care and 112 of them are on ventilators. 

We now have more than 10,000  COVID-19 across the country and 127 reported deaths. 

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is planning to hold a first ministers meeting tonight. 

He says it will be held remotely and they’re going to talk about Canada’s ongoing response to the pandemic. 

This may include discussions about the importance of sharing data. 

 

More than 11-million face masks have arrived in Canada over the past couple of days. 

Prime Minister Trudeau says they’re already being distributed to all the provinces and territories. 

He says his government has also ordered hundreds of thousands of face shields from Bauer.

Bauer is known for producing hockey equipment.

 

9:00 a.m. - Thursday, April 2nd

A new survey says over 300,000 restaurant jobs have been lost in Ontario. 

Restaurants Canada says the COVID-19 outbreak has hit the service industry hard, cutting 800,000 in the sector across the country. 

Nearly one in 10 restaurants in Canada have already closed their doors. 

 

Finance Minister Bill Morneau will face questions from the Opposition today about the federal COVID-19 economic packages. 

He’ll address the House of Commons finance committee this afternoon. 

The Conservatives are calling on the feds to scrap the scheduled increase to the carbon tax. 

The NDP wants the government to give relief to Canadians who can’t afford to pay their rent. 

 

More than a thousand employees from the Canada Revenue Agency have volunteered to help man the phones when applications open for the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit on Monday. 

It’s expected about $300,000 Canadians a day will call to ask questions. 

 

4:00 p.m. - Wednesday, April 1st

Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the new wage subsidy program will cost about $71-billion.

It’s supposed to cover 75 percent of employee salaries for businesses that have lost at least 30 percent of their revenue during the pandemic. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is planning to call parliament back for another sitting to approve the program. 

 

The Ford Government is setting aside $50-million for the Ontario Together Fund. 

It’s going to help businesses retool their operations so they can produce medical equipment and personal protective gear for front-line healthcare workers. 

The money will be going to the most viable, innovative proposals. 

Premier Doug Ford says it’s one of the most ambitious efforts undertaken by the province in generations. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Wednesday, April 1st

Public Health is now reporting 61 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Niagara Region. 

It says we also have 10 resolved cases at this time. 

Niagara Health reported 67 cases of the virus yesterday afternoon and four deaths. 

 

Ontario is reporting its largest single-day increase once again. 

We have 426 new cases of COVID-19., which brings the province-wide total to 2,392 

We also have close to 40 deaths and almost 700 resolved cases. 

Our Chief Medical Officer of Health is now suggesting mandated isolation for anyone with COVID-19 and their contacts. 

 

Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington is going to build a temporary COVID-19 unit. 

It’s going to be located on hospital grounds and it will include 93 beds. 

The Chief of Staff says it will allow the hospital to set aside its critical care beds for the sickest patients. 

 A spokeswoman for Ontario’s Health Minister says there is a critical need for hospitals to maximize their capacity. 

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is planning to call Parliament back once again. 

He would like to pass additional economic measures to help the Canadian economy through the pandemic. 

He says it needs to be a team effort because it’s possibly the biggest social program in Canadian history. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Wednesday, April 1st

Canadians will find out more today about a new federal wage subsidy program. 

The information comes a day later than planned. 

Finance Minister Bill Morneau was supposed release more details yesterday, but that news conference was postponed. 

They needed more time to work out the finer details of the multi-billion dollar plan. 

 

It’s the first of the month and that means rent and mortgage payments are due for millions of Canadians. 

Despite hundreds of thousands of signatures on petitions to cancel these payments during the pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that’s not going to happen. 

The big banks are giving breaks to those who need it and some landlords are offering extensions until federal aid money comes through in the next few weeks. 

 

And a bus driver in Ottawa may have spread the virus, in the days before feeling sick. 

The driver is in isolation after a positive test, and the buses they drove are being deep cleaned. 

 

2:00 p.m. - Tuesday, March 31st

The Ford Government has decided to extend the closure of publicly funded schools until May 4th. 

Private schools, licensed childcare centres and EarlyON programs will remain closed until April 13th because the Declaration of Emergency will only allow those closures to be extended two-weeks at a time. 

Premier Doug Ford says he is prepared to extend the closures further if need be. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Tuesday, March 31st

We now have 47 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Niagara Region.

Public health says we also have seven resolved cases at this time and two deaths.

 

Ontario announced 260 new cases of COVID-19 this morning, which brings the province-wide total to 1,966. 

We also have more than 500 resolved cases and more than 30 deaths.

 

The Ford Government has decided to close all outdoor amenities until at least April 13th to prevent the spread of the virus. 

This will affect playgrounds, dog parks, beaches and sports fields. 

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is allocating $2-billion to buy personal protective equipment from health care workers. 

He says Ottawa is also working with the private sector to purchase equipment for response efforts. 

Trudeau says the production of ventilators, masks and test kits is underway. 

 

The federal government has also decided to waive the monthly rent for 21 airport authorities for the rest of the year. 

This will affect PortsToronto which operates Billy Bishop airport 

 

Officials will meet in Florida today to decide if two cruise ships with multiple cases of COVID-19 should be able to dock. 

They have about 2,700 passengers and crew on board including about 250 Canadians. 

Florida’s Governor says the state's health care resources are already stretched too thin. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Tuesday, March 31st

Parents will find out more today on what the plans are for their children’s learning. 

Education Minister Stephen Lecce is set to speak alongside the Premier at 1:00 p.m. 

Schools could be closed for an extended period and the province is rolling out a way for kids to continue with their education. 

We expect some details on when kids might be going back to class and what this means for post-secondary education. 

The Minister of Colleges and Universities is also expected to speak. 

The State of Emergency has been extended in Ontario until at least April 13th. 

 

A moment of silence was held across Italy, to honour the dead in the country with the highest death toll from the pandemic. 

Italy has lost more than 11,500. 

Flags were lowered to half-mast and a minute of silence was held at noon across the country. 

 

The clocks have been reset and are counting down to a new date. 

The Tokyo Olympic countdown has 479 days to go. 

The opening ceremonies will be held on July 23rd of next year. 

 

4:00 p.m. - Monday, March 30th

Ontario is reporting 10 more deaths related to COVID-19. 

This means we now have more than 30 across the province. 

Health officials also reported 351 new cases of the virus in Ontario earlier today, which brings the province-wide total to more than 1,700. 

We have 34 cases of the virus in the Niagara Region and six resolved cases. 

There are more than 7,300 confirmed and presumptive cases of the virus across Canada. 

 

Premier Doug Ford says the state of emergency in Ontario will be extended another two weeks. 

He adds his government will also re-evaluate it every 14-days. 

 

The federal government has been refraining from using the Emergencies Act to declare a national state of emergency. 

Pablo Rodriguez says it’s not currently on the table at this time. He’s the leader of the government in the House of Commons. 

 

 

12:00 p.m. - Monday, March 30th

We now have 34 cases of COVID-19 in Niagara and six resolved cases.

This is a significant increase compared to yesterday.

Public Health had reported 21 cases of the virus on Sunday.

 

Ontario is reporting 351 new cases of COVID-19. 

This brings our province-wide total to more than 1,700. 

We also have 23 deaths and more than 430 resolved cases. 

 

Canada’s new domestic travel restrictions are now in effect. 

This means anyone who shows symptoms of COVID-19 will not be able to board a domestic flight or intercity passenger train. 

Passengers will be screened for the virus before they board. 

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has released more information about the new wage subsidy program. 

He says it’s going to help businesses whose revenue has dropped by at least 30-percent during the pandemic. 

There’s also no restriction on the number of employees the company must employ.

It also applies to charities and non-profits. 

Ottawa is going to cover 75-percent of salary on the first $58,700 a person earns. 

 

A U-S Navy hospital ship has docked in the New York Habour. 

Several hospitals in New York City have been overrun with patients and the U-S-N-S Comfort is going to provide some relief. 

It was also sent to the city after 9/11.

It’s equipped with one-thousand beds and 12 operating rooms. 

It’s going to take care of non-coronavirus patients. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Monday, March 30th

New restrictions from the federal government go into place at noon today. 

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 will be denied boarding for domestic flights and inter-city passenger rail traffic. 

Staff will be screening passengers. 

Commuter traffic won’t be affected, since that’s a provincial responsibility. 

 

Canadians will find out more today about the newly proposed federal wage subsidy program. 

The federal government announced on Friday that the subsidy would be boosted to 75 per cent, instead of the original 10 per cent. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to give more details later today. 

 

Six Nations of the Grand River is taking steps to protect its people and is restricting access to its territory. 

They are setting up blockades and checkpoints to control the flow of people in and out of its boundaries. 

Two people on the reserve have tested positive for the virus and are self-isolating. 

 

11:30 a.m. - Sunday, March 29th

 

We have 211 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, which brings the province-wide total to 1,326. 

The province is also reporting eight resolved cases. 

We have 21 deaths but two of them have not been lab-confirmed. 

 

8:30 a.m. - Sunday, March 29th

We now have more than 1,000 cases of COVID-19 in Ontario. 

The province announced 151 new cases yesterday. 

Public Health says we have 14 in Niagara and three resolved cases. 

 

The Ford Government has decided to ban public gatherings of more than five people, but there are a few exemptions. 

Child Care Centres caring for the children of front-line workers will still be able to have up to 50 people. 

 

Premier Doug Ford has also announced new penalties for price gouging. 

Retailers who overcharge for essential items could face a fine up to $10,000 and corporations could be fined $10-million. 

 

Anyone showing COVID-19 symptoms will not be able to board a domestic flight or intercity passenger train within Canada, starting tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced new travel restrictions yesterday. 

Pre-boarding checks will be done by airline and rail companies

Officials will ask travellers questions about their health, while looking for obvious signs of the virus. 

 

A Holland American cruise ship with cases of COVID-19 onboard is heading to Florida. 

Foreign Affairs Minister Francois Phillipe Champagne says it will be allowed through the Panama Canal. 

Several passengers have tested positive for the virus on the ship and four people have died. 

Global Affairs Canada says almost 250 Canadians are on board. 

 

8:30 a.m. - Saturday, March 28th

Public Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Seasons Retirement Community in Welland. 

A second case of the virus has been confirmed at the facility. 

The first case was a resident in their eighties and they started showing symptoms on March 18th. 

They remain in hospital in stable condition. 

The second case started showing symptoms this past Monday. 

 

We now have more than 4,700 cases of COVID-19 across Canada and more than 50 deaths. 

Most of the cases are in Quebec, Ontario, B-C and Alberta. 

Canada’s Deputy Chief Public Health Officer believes the pandemic could last months. 

He’s also predicting a second wave of infections. 

 

Health officials in Ontario would like to start conducting 5,000 COVID-19 tests per day by the end of the weekend. 

Lab testing sites have been opening across the province and they’re starting to make progress on a backlog of pending test results. 

The number dropped from nearly 11,000 yesterday to just over 10,000. 

 

4:00 p.m. - Friday, March 27th

Phones, radios and T-V's across Ontario sounded off at 2:00 p.m. this afternoon. 

The province used the emergency alert system to remind all recent travellers to self-isolate for two weeks.

It said they should not visit stores, family or friends.

 

We now have more than 4,600 confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 across Canada and more than 50 deaths. 

Nunavut is the only region in the country without a case so far.

More than 2,000 cases have been reported in Quebec.

Officials believe it's because Quebec's March Break is one week earlier than in other parts of the country.

165,000 tests have been conducted across Canada. 

Canada’s Deputy Health Officer says we have one of the highest testing rates in the world. 

 

1:00 p.m. - Friday, March 27th

Ontario is reporting 135 new cases of COVID-19 which brings the province-wide total to 993. 

Public Health says we have 12 cases in the Niagara Region and two resolved cases. 

We also have our first non-travel related case in Niagara. 

It’s a man in his thirties and he works at Saint Francis Catholic Secondary School in St. Catharines. 

He worked while he was infectious but Public Health says there was limited exposure. 

The Niagara Catholic District School Board is advising all staff and students to monitor their symptoms over the next two weeks. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Friday, March 27th

The federal government will increase payroll subsidies to small businesses to help prevent layoffs due to COVID-19. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ottawa will cover up to 75 percent of salaries. 

This is a significant increase compared to the original 10 percent plan. 

The subsidy will be retro-active to mid-March. 

 

The federal government has also decided to close all Service Canada centres. 

Several employees did not feel safe due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This should not affect those applying for Employment Insurance benefits because a majority of the applications can be filled out online. 

 

The Parliamentary Budget watchdog believes the federal deficit for the next fiscal year could jump from $89.5-billion to $112.7-billion due to COVID-19. 

This doesn’t even include the extra spending the government announced earlier this week to help workers affected by the pandemic. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Friday, March 27th

Hamilton Police have arrested an 18-year-old, after she faked having COVID-19. 

She worked at a McDonald’s, which was forced to close. 

All of the employees were sent home to self-isolate and the restaurant needed to be sanitized by a professional cleaning team. 

The woman was arrested and faces a number of charges after it was found the doctor’s note was a fake. 

 

The U.S. has surpassed China and Italy to become the world leader in confirmed Coronavirus cases. 

The number of cases has skyrocketed to more than 85,000. 

More than a thousand people have died from the virus in the States. 

Meanwhile, the U.S. government is rolling out a $2.2-trillion aid package to help the economy during the outbreak. 

It’s the largest aid package in history. 

 

Britain’s Prime Minister has tested positive for COVID-19. 

Boris Johnson is in self-isolation and working from home. 

He has mild symptoms including a fever and a persistent cough. 

Prince Charles tested positive for the virus earlier this week.  He too has mild symptoms. 

 

4:00 P.M. - Thursday, March 26th

The G20 leaders will be injecting $4.8-trillion into the global economy to counteract the social and financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says they’re vowing to work together to fight the coronavirus. 

We now have more than half-a-million cases of the virus worldwide. 

More than 80,500 people have been infected in Italy. 

About 70,000 people have been infected in the United States

There are more than 3,800 cases of the virus in Canada. 

 

Finance Minister Bill Morneau would like the big banks to take action and help struggling Canadians pay their bills. 

But none of them have offered to cut credit card interest rates. 

 

Ontarians will be able to order alcohol with their food takeout and delivery orders. 

But AGCO says this only applies to bars and restaurants with a liquor licence and they will have to make sure they don’t sell alcohol to anyone underage. 

This is a temporary measure during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Thursday, March 26th

We have 170 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, which brings the province-wide total to 858. 

This is our largest single-day spike in cases so far 

We also have two new cases in Niagara; a woman in her forties and a man in his twenties. 

The woman had recently got back from a Caribbean cruise and the man had recently travelled to Costa Rica, Spain and the United States. 

They’re both self-isolating. 

We now have 10 confirmed cases of the virus in the Niagara Region. 

There are more than 3,500 confirmed and presumptive cases of the virus across Canada and close to 500,000 worldwide. 

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would like banks and credit card companies to lower their interest rates for struggling families during the COVID-19 crisis. 

He says the government is also looking at extending lower interest credit directly to consumers. 

 

A Newfoundland woman is back in police custody for refusing to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The 53-year-old was released from custody yesterday and now she has been arrested a second time. 

She recently returned after travelling outside the province and she has been charged with failing to abide by a provincial order 

 

9:00 a.m. Update - Thursday, March 26th

G-20 world leaders will meet over video conference today. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other global leaders will talk about coordinating international efforts to contain the virus and mitigate impacts to the global economy. 

Trudeau is also expected to give Canadians more details on the newly passed Canada Emergency Response Benefit and the $107-billion dollar aid package. 

 

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers' Association is calling for workable safety rules for migrant farm workers. 

Farm work is an essential service, but at times it’s hard to keep a six-foot distance. 

Every day that passes increases the risk that crops won’t be planted in time and that will impact Canadians at the grocery store. 

 

Nestle Canada is giving its employee a raise. 

It’s for the workers in the factories and the distribution centres across the country. 

The temporary raise of $3 an hour will be retroactive to March 16th. 

If a shutdown happens, Nestle employees will get eight weeks of full pay. 

 

5:00 p.m. Update - Wednesday, March 25th

The Ford Government is planning to spend $17-billion to help deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

It will set aside another $1-billion for hospitals and $75-million to buy protective gear for front line healthcare workers. 

The province is also establishing a $1-billion contingency fund. 

This was all included in today’s fiscal update. 

 

The Federal Government is introducing a mandatory 14-day isolation period for those who recently travelled outside the country. 

This will apply to anyone who arrives in Canada after midnight tonight. 

Essential workers coming from the United States will be exempt. 

 

Ontario is reporting 100 new cases of COVID-19. 

This includes a woman in Niagara. She’s in her forties and she recently visited the United States. 

She is now self-isolating. 

We now have eight cases of the virus in the Region and 688 across the province. 

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his wife has recovered from COVID-19. 

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau contracted the virus while she was un the U-K and she has been in isolation for two weeks. 

The Prime Minister and their two children are still symptom-free. 

 

1:30 p.m. Update - Wednesday, March 25th

The Federal Government is introducing a mandatory 14-day isolation period for those who recently travelled outside the country. 

This will apply to anyone who arrives in Canada after midnight tonight.

Essential workers coming from the U.S. will be exempt.

 

Ottawa is now setting aside $52-billion to help support Canadians feeling the financial impact of COVID-19. 

The government was originally planning to spend $27-billion. 

Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the increase is all thanks to a new approach to benefits. 

It’s going to provide up to $2,000 per month for up to four months. 

 

Ontario is reporting 100 new cases of COVID-19. 

This includes a woman in Niagara. She’s in her forties and she recently visited the United States. 

She is now self-isolating. 

We now have eight cases of the virus in the Niagara Region and 688 across the province. 

Officials are also reporting another death in the province, which brings our death toll to nine. 

 

Niagara Health is reporting the first COVID-19 related death in the Region. 

An 84-year-old man has died and he was the Region’s first case of the virus. 

 

The Ford Government will release it’s next fiscal update today. 

Finance Minister Rod Phillips says it will focus on supporting Ontario’s health care system. 

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his wife is feeling much better. 

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau tested positive for COVID-19 two weeks ago, after a trip to the U-K. 

The Trudeaus have been in isolation ever since. 

 

12:00 p.m. Update - Wednesday, March 25th

Ontario is reporting 100 new cases of COVID-19.

This includes a woman in Niagara. She's in her forties and she recently visited the United States.

She is now self isolating.

We now have eight cases of the virus in the Niagara Region and 688 across the province.

Health officials are also reporting another death in Ontario, which brings the province-wide death toll to nine.

 

The Ford Government will release its next fiscal update today.

Finance Minister Rod Phillips says it will focus on supporting Ontario's health care system.

 

Niagara Health is reporting the first COVID-19 related death in the Niagara Region.

An 84-year-old man has died and he was the Region's first case of the virus.

 

The Liberal Government's 82-billion-dollar emergency aid bill is now on its way to the Senate.

It was approved in the House of Commons earlier today.

It will set aside hundreds of millions of dollars for health care costs and it will also boost employment insurance.

 

Prince Charles has tested positive for COVID-19.

Officials say he's only showing mild symptoms and he is now self-isolating.

His wife Camilla has tested negative for the virus.

The 93-year-old Queen is in good health and she remains at her home in Windsor.

 

 

9:00 a.m. Update - Wednesday, March 25th

The House of Commons has passed emergency legislation to bring federal aid to Canadians. 

The $82-billion aid package includes expansions to E.I. and a boost to the Canada Child Benefit. 

It also gives tax deferrals and support for businesses and families. 

The bill is now off to the Senate. 

 

A new poll says nearly half of Canadians have lost work over the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Almost another 20 per cent expect to lose work soon. 

About half of those out of work aren’t being paid by their employer and are struggling to get support through E.I. 

 

Prince Charles has tested positive for COVID-19. 

The 71-year-old heir to the British throne has mild symptoms and is in self-isolation at an estate in Scotland. 

His wife Camilla has tested negative for the virus. 

The Queen hasn’t seen Charles since March 12th.  She’s in good health at Windsor Castle.

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