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24 Ontario health units to enter stage 3 COVID reopening — not Hamilton and Niagara

A total of 24 health units in Ontario regions will enter Stage 3 of reopening on Friday, July 17 but Hamilton is not among them.

COVID-19 restrictions making it tougher for kids to get the exercise they need, study finds

A new study has found restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 have led to a significant decline in the amount of exercise children are getting, and that is having a significant impact on their sense of well-being.

Chemist breaks down food flavours with sidewalk science at the Kitchener Market

University of Waterloo chemistry instructor Leanne Racicot will be sharing the science behind the food we eat, using nothing more than a spot on the sidewalk and a piece of chalk.

Hamilton housing prices up nearly 10 per cent despite pandemic

Hamilton home prices are up nearly 10 per cent despite the COVID-19 pandemic, a new survey by Royal LePage has found.

Hamilton's mandatory mask bylaw would take effect July 20 if council approves it

Hamilton's board of health is set to vote Friday to enact a new bylaw making it mandatory to wear masks or face coverings in enclosed public settings, as members of the public once again frequent businesses and other facilities as part of the COVID-19 reopening process.

Your dog may be having a hard time with the heat too, says the OVC

An emergency and critical care specialist at the University of Guelph is warning pet owners to be cautious when exercising their pets outdoors, as the region continues to experience sweltering temperatures.

Prolonged drought 'significantly' affecting local agriculture production

As the region’s farmers settle into the typically dry and warm summer months, a prolonged drought and lack of moisture are starting to affect production.

Brace yourself, 'It is going to be hot hot hot' for the next 7 days

If you have been complaining about the heat over the last few days, then brace yourself. Environment Canada says it’s going to be another week or so before you get some relief.

New pedestrian, cycling provisions cheered by advocates

Curb lanes on a number of regional roads will be closed until late fall to allow for more cycling and pedestrian use — a move that has thrilled cycling advocates.

COVID-19 outbreak at Kitchener's Forest Heights care home declared over

The COVID-19 outbreak at Kitchener's Forest Heights Revera, one of the region’s long-term care homes hardest hit by the virus - has been declared over.

New options for pedestrians and cyclists during COVID-19 pandemic

A number of bike lane infrastructure initiatives were approved for the region recently, with new options for pedestrians and cyclists during the COVID-19 pandemic.

People miss seeing others but fear of COVID-19 will slow hospitality industry recovery, professor says

Summer is here and people who have endured months of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic are longing to socialize with others. But the desire to hit restaurants and outdoor amenities is also mixed with some trepidation over the deadly novel coronavirus.

Family doctor from Stratford, Ont. is YouTube hit with COVID videos

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned Stratford-based family physician Sean Blaine into an internet sensation of sorts — as a YouTube commentator with health tips.

'A welcome respite,' Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory reopens Tuesday

Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory is set to reopen Tuesday and the director of the privately owned attraction is hoping it will serve as a source of relief from the weeks of lockdown due to COVID-19.

Coronavirus has left some people scared to go outside

The COVID-19 pandemic has left some people scared to go outside even as more areas of the province move into the second stage of reopening after months of lockdown to stop the spread of the virus.