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Recent articles by Laura:

Doug Ford says he was wrong about migrant workers hiding from COVID-19 tests

A spokeswoman said Ford was referring to comments he made Thursday in which he said only three or four of the farm’s 190 workers were retested for COVID-19, when in fact, they all have been → Read More

Ontario Liberals change rules, lower fees to ensure more women candidates

Leader says party wants at least 50 per cent of candidates in the next election to be women → Read More

Privacy commissioners slam LifeLabs for failing to safeguard health information

The findings said the company’s failure to protect personal health information resulted in thea major cyber attack last year, a violation of privacy laws in both Ontario and B.C. → Read More

Newspaper ads that attacked teachers’ unions violated laws, Elections Ontario says

Ads that were run under the name Vaughan Working Families and were linked to a PC appointee were in 'apparent contravention' of two sections of the Election Finances Act → Read More

‘Where is the justice?‘ Ontario looking at ‘good faith’ immunity from COVID-19 lawsuits

Ford said, however, that it would not absolve 'bad actors' from being held accountable → Read More

Toronto, Peel and Windsor not among Ontario regions reopening on Friday

The regions moving on to Phase 2 on Friday are: Durham, Haldimand-Norfolk, Halton, Hamilton, Lambton, Niagara and York → Read More

Ontario releases ‘social circles’ plan for 10 people to gather without physical distancing

Versions of social circles are already in effect in other provinces, where people are permitted to socialize with several different households → Read More

Ontario to allow family visits to nursing homes that are free of COVID-19

However, the government has not established a program allowing family caregivers to go inside to help with tasks such as feeding and bathing → Read More

Ontario Premier Ford, Health Minister test negative for COVID-19; won’t self isolate

The pair were tested after Education Minister Stephen Lecce said he came into contact with someone who tested positive for the virus → Read More

Ontario child-care centres allowed to reopen on Friday with strict guidelines

The Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario called the announcement vague and said centres were given no notice and no promises of adequate funding → Read More

Doug Ford, François Legault say $14-billion COVID-19 funding for provinces may fall short

Ford said Ontario estimates it will need up to $23-billion to deal with the impact of COVID-19, including more funding for health care, PPE, municipalities and long-term care → Read More

Ontario appoints Jane Philpott to lead pandemic data effort

Dr. Philpott called the data platform ‘a really important initiative,’ and said she is interested in further studying the socio-economic and racial impacts of the virus → Read More

Ontario’s top doctor stands ground on coronavirus response

Dr. David Williams was thrust into the spotlight as Ontario struggled at times to reach its daily testing capacity and the novel coronavirus devastated dozens of long-term care homes → Read More

Ottawa offers help to boost lagging COVID-19 testing

Some 240 employees from Health Canada and the Department of National Defence are already helping Ontario with contact tracing → Read More

Ontario PC caucus pushes for restaurant patio expansion

Ontario reopened parts of its economy this week, but no date has been given on when bars or restaurants will resume dine-in services → Read More

Ontario to keep all schools closed through the end of June

Provincial ministers of education and public-health officials have been wrestling with the reopening of schools because the impact of COVID-19 on children is unclear → Read More

Ontario PC caucus held ‘vigorous debate’ about reopening province, Doug Ford says

Ford acknowledged there is a difference of opinion in urban and rural parts of the province, after the government released details of the first stage in its reopening plan → Read More

Many Ontario businesses allowed to reopen with restrictions on May 19

Golf courses, marinas and private parks allowed to open as early as Saturday → Read More

Ontario must expand testing and tracking ahead of reopening: experts

Ontario’s goal is for local public-health units to trace 90 per cent of the contacts of anyone who tests positive with COVID-19 within one day → Read More

Doug Ford lashes out at Ontario’s medical officers over lagging COVID-19 testing

But local officials blame computer system, lack of required swabs for slow pace → Read More