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Families, experts say long-term care report shows pandemic lessons can't be ignored

The spotlight on Ontario's long-term care sector must not be allowed to dim again, observers said the day after the release of a scathing report outlining the province's neglect of the facilities in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ontario had no plan to address pandemic or protect residents in long-term care, final commission report says

Ontario was not prepared to address a pandemic and had no plan to protect residents in long-term care thanks to years of neglect, according to a final report from an independent commission released Friday evening.

Canada eyes policy on travel from India in response to massive outbreak

Canada's top public health doctor says the federal government is looking into flights arriving from India as a massive surge in the COVID-19 caseload ravages that country.

Ontario's new restrictions on outdoor gatherings raise eyebrows

Public health experts are raising their eyebrows at Ontario's decision to restrict outdoor gatherings, saying the latest evidence suggests the measures won't do much to cut down on COVID-19 transmission.

Third round of pandemic payouts coming for Ontario parents, budget says

Ontario families with children can expect to receive a new round of payments from the government aimed at relieving pressures related to the pandemic.

Ontarians' mental health has continued to deteriorate throughout pandemic: poll

The Canadian Mental Health Association is urging Ontario to prioritize the sector in its upcoming budget as a new poll suggests the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has eroded residents' already fragile emotional well-being.

Ontario's long-term care minister was 'ahead' of top public health doctor on COVID-19, commission reveals

Merrilee Fullerton, Ontario's long-term care minister was aware of the dangers the novel coronavirus posed to the sector long before it was declared a global pandemic, a newly released transcript from the province's commission on the matter reveals.

Ontario will test COVID-19 vaccine booking portal in 6 health units

Ontario's website for booking COVID-19 vaccination appointments will begin a "soft launch" in six public health units this week, two weeks before it becomes available across the province.

Reports of domestic, intimate partner violence continue to rise during pandemic

The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic did not stop a rising tide of reports of domestic violence, experts say, warning that the stress of life in lockdown continues to put victims at risk.

Mandatory online learning leaves single parents with impossible choice

Every day, Jessy Duncombe has to figure out how to put food on the table, help her two school-aged kids navigate the complexities of online learning, and keep her three-year-old daughter occupied and out of trouble.