Coronavirus news and updates for Friday, May 27, 2022

The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Friday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available. 7:20 a.m. A Toronto physician has vaccinated hundreds of children under five — some as young as six months old — against COVID-19, despite the vaccine not being authorized … Read more

Toronto Star wins one award, three finalist nominations for SABEW business reporting awards

Toronto Star business reporter Jacob Lorinc has earned an award as best young journalist in the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing annual awards program. Lorinc won the Jeff Sanford Best Young Journalist Award in the SABEW awards program. Lorinc’s reporting on how Air Canada agreed to refund customers for canceled flights for a … Read more

Ottawa rejects internet rates appeal, sets new CRTC policy

Ottawa says it will direct the country’s telecom regulator to take a stronger stance to spur more competition, lower prices and improve services. The federal department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) on Thursday announced a proposed new policy direction for the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). The government said the new directive … Read more

Closed for business? Ontario loses out on LG Chem plant. Business groups blame Ford’s cancellation of renewable energy contracts

The Ontario government’s decision to scrap hundreds of renewable energy projects early in Premier Doug Ford’s tenure may have cost the City of Windsor a major chemical plant and more than a thousand jobs, business groups say. In May, local business association Invest Windsor-Essex said the city is losing out on a $2.5-billion plant from … Read more

Trudeau cancels appearance after protesters seen with noose

OTTAWA — Trucks with horns blaring and a noose dangling from a hand-held prop resembling a gallows were the backdrop of a protest outside a Liberal party fundraiser in Surrey, BC on Tuesday night that grew so ugly Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was forced to cancel his appearance. Tensions amid a group of protesters estimated … Read more

Toronto investigating new suspected, probable cases of monkeypox

Toronto Public Health is investigating two new suspected cases and one probable case of monkeypox, the agency announced Wednesday. “All three individuals are men (two in their 30s and one in their 20s) and are doing well,” said a spokesperson in an email. “One of the three individuals had traveled to Montreal and was a … Read more

Coronavirus news and updates for Wednesday, May 25, 2022

The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Wednesday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available. 7:38 a.m. Several years ago in Hamilton, a number of city workers were fired for alleged time theft and in some cases, alleged asphalt theft. You probably remember. It … Read more

Canada urges farmers to grow more grain as global food crisis deepens

OTTAWA — The Canadian government is urging farmers to increase production of wheat, barley and other grains this year in response to global food insecurity problems caused by Russia’s war in Ukraine. But farmers now in the midst of planning or planting their crops are warning that weather conditions, the high price of fertilizers, seed … Read more

Cabinet to rule on CRTC internet rates this week

A letter to the federal cabinet late last summer was blunt about the fate of small internet providers: “This chapter … rings the death knell on competition.” EBOX, which billed itself as the largest independent internet service provider (ISP) in Quebec, with almost 100,000 customers, was arguing that Canada’s telecom regulator went seriously wrong in … Read more

Coronavirus news and updates for Tuesday, May 24, 2022

The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Tuesday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available. 6:15 a.m.: An extensive study of thousands of COVID-19 patients in Ontario hospitals has found links between the severity of their infections and the levels of common air pollutants … Read more