Sara Jabakhanji

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Toronto long-term care home grappling with outbreak reports 29 active COVID-19 cases, including 1 death

A long-term care home in Toronto's west end that saw just two COVID-19 cases earlier in the pandemic is now dealing with 22 residents and seven staff members with confirmed cases and one death in the past week.

2 workers at Ripley's Aquarium test positive for COVID-19

Two staff members at Toronto's Ripley's Aquarium tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week, prompting the local attraction to close part of its facility for deep cleaning. 

Ottawa Valley school first to close in Ontario following COVID-19 outbreak

Health officials have shut down an Ottawa-area high school after a third staff member tested positive for COVID-19 — making it the first school in Ontario to close since the new school year began.

Scrap metal crow takes a last tour before landing at permanent home

In May, a scrap metal crow the size of an ATV known as Crowvid19 began popping up across neighbourhoods in Ottawa. Since then, the sculpture has raised nearly $13,000 for the Ottawa Food Bank.

Retired biologist takes a stand against cormorant 'slaughter'

It's early on an overcast Tuesday morning, and retired biologist Buzz Boles stands perched on the branch of a dead tree on an island in the middle of Big Rideau Lake. A sign below beseeches, "Don't Shoot! Protect the Big Rideau Lake cormorant colony."

Province's back-to-school plan failing kids with autism, Ottawa mom says

An Ottawa mother is giving the province a failing grade when it comes to supporting children with autism as they return to school this fall.

Ottawa's labour market down 24,900 jobs since March

The City of Ottawa released a breakdown of recent employment numbers on Wednesday, showing the effect the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the local economy.

Rural families given little choice when it comes to schooling, parents say

Some parents in rural eastern Ontario say they're being forced to send their kids back to school this fall because online learning simply isn't an option due to where they live.

Spike in children visiting ER after consuming edibles, says CHEO

Eastern Ontario's children's hospital is seeing a spike in the number of young people visiting the emergency department after ingesting cannabis edibles they've found at home.

Trustees urge OCDSB to delay start of school year

Some Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) trustees are pleased the board is pushing back the deadline for parents to enrol their children in school, but say the start of the year should be pushed back, too.

Why the idea of social bubbles might need to be re-evaluated

As Ontario moves forward with its reopening plans and more people get together with friends and family, some experts say the province needs to re-evaluate how these supposedly self-contained groups of 10 work in reality.

International student stuck at U of O still waiting to go home to China

Yiou He had plans to return home to China in April, once the school year had ended. But all of that changed when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Rental vacancies could soar as COVID-19 keeps students away

As universities move primarily toward online instruction in efforts to curb further spread of COVID-19, a recent report has found that demand for rental housing in Ottawa this fall has dropped drastically.

Easing up on public drinking laws would be useful as bars reopen, infectious disease experts say

As bars and restaurants begin to reopen across Ontario and other provinces continue to see a significant rise in COVID-19 cases traced back to indoor eateries, some health experts say easing up on public drinking laws may not be such a bad idea.

Ontario movie theatres to allow 50 people per screening

Movie theatres in Ontario will now be able to seat 50 people per screening rather than in an entire building, as was outlined in the province's original guidelines for Stage 3 of its reopening plans.