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<b>ONTARIO:</b> Province confirms first case of South African COVID-19 variant

ONTARIO: Province confirms first case of South African COVID-19 variant

The province's chief medical officer says the case was found in Peel Region and the local public health unit is investigating
<b>COVID-19:</b> Ramp up Canadian vaccine manufacturing, says task force health adviser

COVID-19: Ramp up Canadian vaccine manufacturing, says task force health adviser

'We need domestic vaccine production capacity in the country for the next pandemic, and also for this pandemic,' Dr. Alan Bernstein says, adding that the pandemic should be viewed as a 'wake-up call for Canada'
<b>COVID-19:</b> Chief public health officer urges provinces to keep restrictions in place

COVID-19: Chief public health officer urges provinces to keep restrictions in place

Even though daily cases are trending down, Tam says it's 'still too soon to lift lockdowns and ease other protective measures if the country hopes to bring the pandemic under control'
<b>COVID-19:</b> Questions remain over Canada's vaccination drive amid delays and fresh applications

COVID-19: Questions remain over Canada's vaccination drive amid delays and fresh applications

Federal government facing strong criticism as it struggles to ensure there are enough doses to go around
<b>ONTARIO:</b> Extended online learning could broaden so-called 'performance gap,' experts say

ONTARIO: Extended online learning could broaden so-called 'performance gap,' experts say

Evidence suggests that while remote learning works well for some, it can broaden the so-called "performance gap" for others and affect students for years to come
<b>COVID-19:</b> Establishing public trust central to decisions about inoculation of children, peds prof says

COVID-19: Establishing public trust central to decisions about inoculation of children, peds prof says

Prof weighs in on whether or not children should get the COVID-19 vaccine
<b>CANADA:</b> Crime down in first eight months of pandemic, but mental-health calls rise, StatCan says

CANADA: Crime down in first eight months of pandemic, but mental-health calls rise, StatCan says

The total number of service calls rose eight per cent, particularly for wellness checks and calls for domestic disturbances and mental health
<b>COVID-19:</b> Discarded PPE a new and growing issue, says university study

COVID-19: Discarded PPE a new and growing issue, says university study

The study found PPE concentrated in areas such as grocery stores, parking lots, areas around hospitals, residential streets and trails
<b>CANADA:</b> New travel restrictions the 'nail in the coffin' for airlines, experts say

CANADA: New travel restrictions the 'nail in the coffin' for airlines, experts say

The experts' comments came as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that airlines have reached an agreement with the government to halt flights to the Caribbean and Mexico until April 30
<b>COVID-19:</b> In January, Ontario's provincial offence officers have inspected over 1,000 stores

COVID-19: In January, Ontario's provincial offence officers have inspected over 1,000 stores

Campaign designed to ensure businesses are properly protecting staff and customers