School closures in Ontario: 15 institutions closed due to COVID-19 outbreak

School closures in Ontario: 15 institutions closed due to COVID-19 outbreak

TORONTO – Fifteen of Ontario’s public schools are now closed due to COVID-19 proliferation – the highest number of school closures seen in the province to date this year, with the number of closures now exceeding what happened at this point in the 2020 school year. The Ministry of Education says 170 new cases of … Read more

Ontario reports 23 new COVID-19 cases in Ottawa

Ontario reports 23 new COVID-19 cases in Ottawa

OTTAWA – Public Health Ontario on Wednesday reported 23 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa. This follows 31 new cases on Tuesday and 24 on Monday. Health authorities in Ontario reported 591 new cases and seven new deaths due to the virus. The province’s rolling seven-day average is now 686, up from 587 at this … Read more

Ottawa clue stumps Jeopardy! participants

Ottawa clue stumps Jeopardy!  participants

OTTAWA – If You Caught ‘Jeopardy!’ Tuesday night you probably knew the answer to the last track. The Final Jeopardy category was the capitals of the world, and the two remaining players got a clue that Ottawa fans were likely shouting on their TV. The clue, as read by host Ken Jennings: “An annual event … Read more

Orleans school closed due to COVID-19

Orleans school closed due to COVID-19

OTTAWA – A Catholic elementary school in OrlĂ©ans is the latest in Ottawa to close due to COVID-19. Chapel Hill Catholic School is closed for personal learning on Wednesday and will be until further notice, the Ottawa Catholic School Board said on Twitter. There are five student cases of the virus, according to OCSB’s COVID-19 … Read more

Ottawa Weather: Sunny skies but cool Wednesday

Ottawa Weather: Sunny skies but cool Wednesday

OTTAWA – There will be plenty of sunshine in the capital on Wednesday. Environment Canada’s weather forecast for a sunny sky and a high temperature of 4 C. It will feel like -13 C in the morning with wind chill. Individual clouds will roll in tonight and temperatures will drop to -2 C overnight. Expect … Read more

Tristan’s triumph: After many years of heartache, a small child brings joy back to his mother’s world

Tristan’s triumph: After many years of heartache, a small child brings joy back to his mother’s world

OTTAWA – Wherever he goes, two-year-old Tristan Lemieux is ready for adventure. “The world is this child’s playground, and I love it,” said Tristan’s mother, Stephanie Pilon. “My mother always called me her wild child. And I think Tristan is my wild child,” she said with a smile. Stephanie credits her son for being the … Read more

Toronto public libraries may soon remove late fees permanently

Toronto public libraries may soon remove late fees permanently

TORONTO – Toronto residents may soon not have to worry about paying late fees for overdue library books. The Toronto Public Library (TPL) has proposed that as part of the city’s operating budget for 2022, overdue fines for adults and teens should be removed. “I think it’s a long way off,” Shawn Mitchell, acting director … Read more

COVID-19 vaccine 5-11: More than 24,000 COVID-19 vaccine appointments ordered in Ottawa first day

OTTAWA – After months of waiting, parents were able to order COVID-19 shots for children ages five to 11 on Tuesday. According to Ottawa Public Health, there were 60,000 vacancies in the capital. Many parents got their appointments about an hour earlier than expected – the provincial booking portal opened before 1 p.m. By 2 … Read more

Toronto housing: First-time home buyers pushed out by investors

TORONTO – At a time when a for sale sign immediately appears to be a sold sign, the biggest driving force in the market may now be investors. According to Teranet, the largest segment of the real estate market is now multi-property owners by 25 percent, higher than first-time buyers by 22 percent. “We are … Read more

Ontario to expand emergency orders under the Reopening Ontario Act

Ontario has extended the power of the government to hold all emergency orders in place under the Reopening Ontario Act until March 2022. The emergency orders, which were set to expire on December 1, will be extended after a motion by Attorney General Sylvia Jones was passed in Queen’s Park on Tuesday. The proposal gives … Read more