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Finance minister calls for auto insurance breaks during COVID-19 pandemic

TORONTO — Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips said Thursday he wants to see insurance companies giving drivers breaks on their premiums that reflect the "devastating impact" of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Six Nations reports first COVID-19 death on southwestern Ontario reserve

SIX NATIONS RESERVE, Ont. — A First Nation in southwestern Ontario says one of its members has died of COVID-19. Six Nations of the Grand River's elected chief, Mark Hill, says the community is grieving the death.

Limit the number of nursing and retirement homes staff can work in, RNAO urges

TORONTO — Health care workers should immediately be restricted to working for only one long-term care or retirement home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the head of an association representing Ontario's registered nurses said Wednesday.
'Dynamic' physical distancing could help balance COVID-19 fight, economy: study

'Dynamic' physical distancing could help balance COVID-19 fight, economy: study

Dialing physical distancing measures up and down could be a way of sustaining the long-term fight against COVID-19 while not crushing the economy, a new study from Ontario researchers suggests.

Ontario's English Catholic teachers ratify agreement for new contract

OTTAWA — Members of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association have ratified an agreement for a new contract following months of contentious negotiations and four one-day strikes.
Ford says 'patience has run thin' with low numbers of COVID-19 tests in Ontario

Ford says 'patience has run thin' with low numbers of COVID-19 tests in Ontario

TORONTO — Premier Doug Ford vowed Wednesday to immediately and vastly increase the number of COVID-19 tests Ontario performs after the province faced criticism for allowing most of its lab capacity to sit idle for days.
Quebec to test all residents, staff in long-term care homes as COVID-19 cases jump

Quebec to test all residents, staff in long-term care homes as COVID-19 cases jump

MONTREAL — Quebec reorganized its hospitals in anticipation of an influx of COVID-19 patients, only to receive fewer sick people than authorities anticipated.
Bail granted to Quebec man charged in Walmart altercation with security guard

Bail granted to Quebec man charged in Walmart altercation with security guard

MONTREAL — A Quebec man involved in an alleged assault that left a security guard seriously injured and that police initially described as a kind of COVID-19 road rage was granted bail on Wednesday.

Quebec forecasts at least 1,263 COVID-19 deaths, peaking around April 18

Quebec public health officials project COVID-19 will cause between 1,263 and 8,860 deaths in the province by the end of April, according to projections released Tuesday.
Toronto Zoo taking precautions with big cats after tiger in N.Y. gets COVID-19

Toronto Zoo taking precautions with big cats after tiger in N.Y. gets COVID-19

TORONTO — The news that a tiger tested positive for COVID-19 at the Bronx Zoo in New York dropped like a bomb at the Toronto Zoo. Staff traded messages after news broke Sunday night.