Toronto Airport wants to stop random COVID testing to ease delays

Wait times and flight cancellations persist at Toronto Pearson International due to COVID-19 restrictions and labour shortages, and the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) is asking that the government take further steps to reduce airport delays. In a media release, the GTAA warned that, in a few days, international passenger numbers are set to increase

John Tory ends City of Toronto’s COVID-19 emergency declaration

On Monday morning, Toronto Mayor John Tory officially ended Toronto’s COVID-19 emergency declaration, first declared on March 23, 2020, in response to the pandemic. It was the first official emergency declaration in the history of the modern Toronto, according to a city press release. “While the City of Toronto is no longer operating under an

Toronto Mayor John Tory tests positive for COVID-19

In a statement released this morning, the city of Toronto is reporting that Mayor John Tory tested positive for COVID-19. “I am thankful that I have been fully vaccinated and have the best protection possible against COVID-19. I know this also gives me the best chance at a quick recovery so I can be back

Ontario to expand eligibility for COVID-19 antiviral treatments and PCR testing

Ontario will expand eligibility for COVID-19 antiviral treatments and PCR testing to more high-risk individuals, in an attempt to increase the protection of the most vulnerable individuals and ensure hospital capacity remains stable. Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, made the announcement today at Queens Park (his first public briefing since early

COVID-19 vaccine passport system ends in Ontario today

As of Tuesday, proof of COVID-19 vaccination will no longer be required at most restaurants, gyms, and movie theatres in Ontario, although businesses and other settings may choose to continue to require proof of vaccination. For now, vaccine requirements remain in place at long-term care homes and in health care settings. Capacity limits in all

Ontario to ease COVID-19 restrictions by the end of the month

Effective Jan. 31, at 12:01 a.m., Ontario will begin the process of easing COVID-19 restrictions, while maintaining protective measures (i.e., (enhanced proof of vaccination, and other requirements, which would continue to apply in existing settings). The announcement was made on Thursday afternoon by Premier Doug Ford and his cabinet. Ford stated that the evidence tells

Health Canada approves Pfizer COVID-19 oral treatment Paxlovid for adults

On Monday, Health Canada approved Pfizer’s oral antiviral treatment, Paxlovid, to treat mild to moderate cases of COVID-19 in people 18 and older. Health Canada based its decision on clinical data from the Phase 2/3 trial (Evaluation of Protease Inhibition for COVID-19 in High-Risk Patients), which enrolled non-hospitalized adults aged 18 and older with confirmed

Toronto Public Library closing 44 branches due to COVID staffing shortages

The Toronto Public Library (TPL) announced on Tuesday that it will temporarily close 44 branches as of Monday, Jan. 10, due to COVID-19 related staffing shortages. In a press release, the TPL noted that 52 of the largest and most-used library branches will remain open and staff from closed locations will be reassigned to these

Ontario to investigate and fine those caught reselling COVID-19 rapid tests online

With a scarcity of tests available and Ontarians desperate to get tested before holiday gatherings, a few people have been caught online trying to resell their free COVID-19 rapid antigen tests for a quick buck. After catching wind of the scheme, the Ontario government announced they’ll be “tracking” down individuals, businesses and corporations attempting to

“COVID effect” has led to skyrocketing home prices in Ontario cottage country

The Toronto area real estate market has seen continually higher prices at an alarming rate, and it looks like that demand is extending outside of the GTA. Recent reports from Royal LePage note that prices are skyrocketing in the Southern Georgian Bay area, with median price appreciation more than doubling year-over-year. The Royal LePage Winter

Petition demanding free COVID-19 tests to every household in Ontario gathers steam

A petition urging Ontario Premier Doug Ford to provide free COVID-19 rapid antigen tests to every household in Ontario is gaining traction—as of publication, it has received over 1,500 signatures. The petition, created on Monday by Birgit Umaigba, notes that COVID-19 cases are rising by the day, and that research shows that rapid antigen tests

Ontario reports 959 new COVID-19 cases, 469 in the unvaccinated as Province announces booster plans

Ontario reported 959 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, an increase from the 780 cases reported Wednesday; the cumulative provincial case count now stands at 620,229. The province also reported eight more deaths (up from the 6 deaths reported the previous day), with a cumulative provincial total of 10,012 deaths to date. According to Health Minister

Ontario might soon offer symptomatic COVID-19 testing inside pharmacies

Ontario’s Ministry of Health will soon allow pharmacies to conduct COVID-19 tests on symptomatic individuals for the first time—as early as this week, reports suggest. In a press conference, Premier Doug Ford confirmed that PCR tests could be performed safely without putting other customers at risk, as there would be “protocols in place”, including masking

In a COVID-19 world, is cuffing season still upon us in Toronto?

Does the colder weather have you itching to run full tilt into the arms of another human? For 20 months now, human connection has been precarious, with countless closures and stay-at-home orders thanks to COVID-19, forcing singles to weather the changing seasons alone. Now that vaccinations have introduced some sense of normalcy in our day-to-day

5 reasons why Toronto rush hour might seem worse than it was before COVID

It’s not just you – traffic has gotten worse. According to The TomTom Traffic Index, Toronto’s traffic congestion has been steadily surpassing pre-pandemic levels. While the city is trying to do everything they can to mitigate the amount of traffic clogging our streets, Toronto’s not necessarily known for having clear streets in the first place.

Ontario reports less than 300 new COVID-19 cases for the first time since August

Ontario reported 269 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday—it’s the first time since early August that Ontario has reported under 300 new COVID-19 cases. The new case numbers are also a moderate drop from the 326 cases reported on Monday, 370 cases reported on Sunday and 373 reported for Saturday. The province also reported five new

This new Canadian clothing line claims to kill COVID-19 particles on contact

You’ve got your masks, you’ve got your physical distancing, you’ve got your vaccine, but don’t forget your… trench coat? That’s what Canadian brand NONIE, worn by the likes of Megan Markle, is suggesting with their new antiviral trench coat that has the potential to stop the spread of COVID-19 & SARS viruses. The fully recyclable,