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Holiday virus precautions depend on vaccination status, symptoms, Ontario says

Kids in Ontario should wear a mask when taking photos with Santa Claus this year and should try to visit him outdoors or virtually if possible.
Ontario will send rapid tests to hard-hit regions amid rising virus school shutdowns

Ontario will send rapid tests to hard-hit regions amid rising virus school shutdowns

TORONTO — Ontario is looking to send rapid tests to regions seeing high numbers of COVID-19 cases in schools, but the province's top doctor says they won't be distributed to all areas even as virus-related school dismissals rise. Dr.

First Nation says one person confirmed to have blastomycosis, more services needed

A First Nation in northern Ontario said Thursday that it requires additional services as it grapples with a suspected outbreak of lung infections in dozens of residents, including three deaths.
Mayor defends keeping groundhog weather guesser Wiarton Willie's death a secret

Mayor defends keeping groundhog weather guesser Wiarton Willie's death a secret

The mayor of a small Ontario town defended its decision to keep a famous weather-prognosticating groundhog's death a secret for about a year, saying she was protecting the "Wiarton Willie brand.

Doug Ford to hold housing affordability summit with Ontario city mayors next month

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is inviting municipal leaders to a summit on housing affordability. The meeting with Ford, Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark and the mayors and regional chairs of big cities is set for Dec. 16.

Toronto on track to achieve its reduction in greenhouse gas emissions targets

TORONTO — The City of Toronto says it's on course to exceed its greenhouse gas emissions reduction target. The city says its greenhouse gas emissions in 2019 were 38 per cent lower when compared with 1990.

More kid vaccine bookings as health units prep for child-friendly clinics

TORONTO — More COVID-19 vaccine bookings for children rolled in across Ontario on Wednesday as some regions administered their first pediatric shots and others prepared for a ramp-up of kid-friendly clinics later in the week.
Wiarton Willie dead, to be replaced by brown groundhog at February 2022 festival

Wiarton Willie dead, to be replaced by brown groundhog at February 2022 festival

Wiarton Willie, the groundhog who fictitiously predicts the weather in the Ontario town that relies on him as a major tourist draw, is dead – and has been for some time.

'A lot of anxiety': First Nation grapples with possible blastomycosis outbreak

A wave of anxiety has washed over a First Nation in northern Ontario that's looking to trace the source of a fungus suspected of causing lung infections in dozens of residents, the community's chief said Wednesday.
Provincewide healthcare impacts less likely during current COVID wave: Ontario Health

Provincewide healthcare impacts less likely during current COVID wave: Ontario Health

TORONTO — Modelling suggests Ontario intensive care units could be treating around 200 COVID-19 patients by January, but the head of the agency overseeing the health system says a provincewide reduction in services is less likely to happen during thi