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Majority of gun-related deaths in Ontario are suicides, new report shows

Over a 15-year period, more than two-thirds of gun-related deaths in Ontario were suicides and the majority of injuries caused by guns were classified as self-harm, according to a report published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Toronto's top doctor announces 350 new COVID-19 cases, says new restrictions give city chance to curb spread

The City of Toronto announced Friday that it is suspending some recreation programs as the city had 350 new COVID-19 infections in the past day. 

A second wave of COVID-19 has hit Toronto, but here's why the first wave never ended in some neighbourhoods

While Toronto is reporting an alarming resurgence of COVID-19 infections following a summer of eased restrictions — the first wave never ended in some neighbourhoods. Community workers are concerned about a number of factors fueling the spread of the novel coronavirus in York University Heights.

Multiple provinces are seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases. What needs to be done now?

Several provinces including B.C., Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec are seeing a resurgence of the novel coronavirus, with new daily average cases at least doubling since last month in many regions.

Hospitalizations steady despite rising COVID-19 cases. But this could change quickly, experts say

Despite a spike in COVID-19 cases across Canada, hospitalization rates in most provinces have remained steady. Younger people bear the brunt of new infections in the country, but the virus will likely spill over to other demographics if cases continue to increase, according to infectious diseases specialists.

Canadian university students use Instagram to reveal racism on campuses

More than a dozen Instagram accounts have emerged to allow students and alumni to post publicly about experiences with racism at universities across Canada.

Do we need a 14-day quarantine for the novel coronavirus? New study at Pearson Airport aims to find out

A new study launched Thursday at Toronto's Pearson International Airport launched aims to determine whether a two-week quarantine is necessary, and if it can be made shorter.

Defund the police protests held in Toronto as demonstrators point to government inaction

In Toronto and across the country, marches are being held to call for the defunding of police forces nationwide. Protests in the city come just days after the SIU cleared officers following an investigation into the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet.

Council to push for ban on conversion therapy

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson is asking city council to formally denounce conversion therapy and demand the federal government reintroduce a bill criminalizing the controversial practice.

Bus crash survivor Marcie Stevens is walking again and eager for the next challenge

Marcie Stevens is one step closer to reaching her goal of boarding an OC Transpo bus again, nearly 19 months after losing both her legs in the horrific double-decker crash at Westboro station.

Culturally relevant dementia care system's missing piece, advocates say

Exposing seniors with dementia to the language, food and customs they know can delay the progress of the disease. But advocates say too often, it's not happening in the traditional long-term care setting.

Malians in Ottawa-Gatineau optimistic about country's future after coup

Members of the Malian diaspora in Ottawa and Gatineau say Tuesday's military coup that ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta is a sign their homeland is now in the hands of its citizens, who can chart a new course for the nation that has endured years of instability.

Communities hit hardest by COVID-19 need more long-term support from city, advocates say

Nearly a month after the city released data showing 83 per cent of Toronto's COVID-19 cases affect Black people and other people of colour, community associations say they are concerned about a lack of long-term investment by the city in the hardest hit neighbourhoods.

Help us out of internet 'Dark Age,' rural municipalities plead

A network representing dozens of municipalities in eastern Ontario is calling for a major investment in high-speed internet for rural communities where poor connectivity is hampering residents' ability to work from home or take part in online learning during the pandemic.

Dozens of organizations condemn OPP for no charges laid in the death of a mentally ill man

The OPP announced earlier this month that no one will be held accountable in the death of Soleiman Faqiri, who was found lifeless and cuffed on a jail cell floor with multiple injuries.