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Anxieties over racism heighten for many black Canadians in COVID-19 isolation

Anxieties over racism heighten for many black Canadians in COVID-19 isolation

TORONTO — Casey Palmer's hands were already full keeping his family safe from the COVID-19 pandemic when the killing of George Floyd provoked a flurry of emotions he's still trying to unpack.

Provincial police officer charged with sexual assault, sexual interference

SMITHS FALLS, Ont. — Provincial police in eastern Ontario say one of their officers is facing charges of sexual assault and sexual interference on a minor.
Men convicted in Toronto sexual assault saw women as 'disposable,' judge writes

Men convicted in Toronto sexual assault saw women as 'disposable,' judge writes

TORONTO — A Toronto judge says a former bar owner and his manager who were convicted in a violent, hours-long sexual assault saw women as "disposable instruments" for their sexual gratification.
Quebec seeks to fast-track major projects to stimulate pandemic-affected economy

Quebec seeks to fast-track major projects to stimulate pandemic-affected economy

MONTREAL — The Quebec government is using an opportunity created by the COVID-19 pandemic to fast-track land expropriations, environmental reviews and work permits for public infrastructure projects across the province.
Labour shortages on some Ontario farms threaten crop harvest groups say

Labour shortages on some Ontario farms threaten crop harvest groups say

TORONTO — A worker shortage could threaten the harvest of some crops across Ontario, groups that advocate for farmers said Wednesday, as Premier Doug Ford acknowledged his government has discussed creating incentives to address the issue.

Ford says decision on second stage of reopening could come within next week

TORONTO — Ontario health officials are in discussions about the second stage of the province's economic reopening plan, and Premier Doug Ford said Wednesday he hopes to bring it forward over the next week.
Groups say Ontario emergency orders to fight pandemic violate privacy

Groups say Ontario emergency orders to fight pandemic violate privacy

Advocates and legal experts are raising concerns about potential privacy violations in the emergency orders the Ontario government has implemented to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ontario patient ombudsman starts new investigation into long-term care

TORONTO — Ontario officials have launched four separate probes into the long-term care system amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has seen more than 1,600 residents die and the military and hospitals called in to get outbreaks under control.
Montreal municipality makes masks mandatory in stores, public buildings

Montreal municipality makes masks mandatory in stores, public buildings

MONTREAL — A municipality on the island of Montreal is boasting that it has become the first jurisdiction in Canada to make wearing a mask mandatory for anyone entering a business or a city-owned building.

COVID-19 outbreak at Norfolk County farm grows; 164 people test positive

TORONTO — The number of COVID-19 cases at a farm in southwestern Ontario has nearly doubled in a matter of days, local authorities said Tuesday, as the province's chief coroner's office said it would investigate the death of a migrant worker from the