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Ontario health issue new COVID-19 recommendations amid rising cases

Several Ontario health units are recommending stronger precautions against COVID-19 as infections rise, including advice to limit indoor holiday gatherings to fully vaccinated guests other than young children.
Give gig workers more rights, transparency, benefits, Ontario committee recommends

Give gig workers more rights, transparency, benefits, Ontario committee recommends

TORONTO — Ontario should develop a worker benefits plan that is not tied to employers, set up a job board for gig work, and force greater transparency in gig work contracts, a new report on the province's changing employment landscape recommends.

Ont. science table recommends weekly rapid tests in schools, workplaces in some areas

TORONTO — Ontario's group of expert advisers on COVID-19 is recommending health officials implement voluntary rapid testing in settings such as schools and workplaces in areas that reach a certain level of infection.
Gone in 30 seconds: Behind the rise of car thefts across Canada

Gone in 30 seconds: Behind the rise of car thefts across Canada

It is a golden time for car thieves. New technology has made it far easier to steal vehicles and a pandemic-driven shortage of semiconductor chips needed for new cars has increased the demand for them, investigators say.

Omicron confirmed in person in Ontario without travel history: public health unit

A public health unit in eastern Ontario says it has detected the Omicron variant in a person who doesn't have a travel history.
Ontario premier defends current approach amid calls for more rapid COVID test access

Ontario premier defends current approach amid calls for more rapid COVID test access

TORONTO — Ontario's premier defended the province's approach to COVID-19 testing on Wednesday as calls grew for expanded access to rapid tests ahead of the holiday season.

Judge upholds Ontario rules limiting third-party election ad spending

TORONTO — An Ontario judge has upheld the province's restrictions on third-party election advertising, ruling the measures do not infringe on voters' right to meaningfully participate in the election process.

First Nation expands search for source of outbreak, confirms 12 cases of infection

A First Nation in northern Ontario has expanded its search for the source of a lung infection that has killed two people and sickened at least 12 others, the First Nation’s chief said Wednesday.

Toronto's top doc taking leave of absence, deputy medical officer to fill the role

Toronto's top doctor says she's taking a brief leave of absence to undergo surgery to remove precancerous cells. Dr. Eileen de Villa, who has become a familiar figure in the city since the pandemic hit, shared the news in a written statement Tuesday.

Omicron variant detected in COVID-19 cluster in southwestern Ontario

LONDON, Ont. — The Omicron variant has been detected in a large cluster of COVID-19 cases in southwestern Ontario.