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Experts call for community sacrifices to ensure COVID-19 safety in schools

Experts call for community sacrifices to ensure COVID-19 safety in schools

TORONTO — Schools shuttered by fears of a post-holiday pandemic surge reopen in many parts of the country Monday, but experts say keeping kids safe will depend on stepped-up control measures beyond the learning environment.
Duck, Duck, Loose! Mandarin duck escapes Newmarket farm, becomes hit in town

Duck, Duck, Loose! Mandarin duck escapes Newmarket farm, becomes hit in town

NEWMARKET, Ont. — A picturesque scene of a few dozen ducks navigating the icy sun-splashed river along Fairy Lake Park in Newmarket was interrupted by the sudden arrival of the southern Ontario town's newest celebrity.
Father struggles, seeks answers, one year after son's death in police shooting

Father struggles, seeks answers, one year after son's death in police shooting

Derek Francique's mind races all the time with thoughts of his son, who was shot dead by police a year ago. He doesn't know why police tried to arrest the young man as he sat in a car in Mississauga, Ont.
Man remains in hospital after police shooting and car chase in Gatineau, Que.

Man remains in hospital after police shooting and car chase in Gatineau, Que.

GATINEAU — A man is in hospital with a gunshot wound today after a police chase that allegedly turned into a hostage-taking in Gatineau, Que.
Ontario expands list of essential workers cleared to receive free child-care

Ontario expands list of essential workers cleared to receive free child-care

TORONTO — RCMP officers, custodial and clerical education workers and postal staff are among the expanded list of essential workers cleared to receive free child-care while thousands of Ontario students attend school remotely in the coming weeks, the

Belle Grove brand mushrooms recalled due to possible contamination

OTTAWA — Monaghan Mushrooms Ltd. is recalling its Belle Grove brand Whole White Mushrooms. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the product may be contaminated with the bacteria that causes botulism.

Military helping northern Ontario First Nation deal with COVID-19 outbreak

FORT ALBANY, Ont. — Members of the military are helping a remote First Nation in northeastern Ontario deal with a COVID-19 outbreak.

Halton police chief apologizes for Florida travel; says he'll be back in Canada soon

A police chief in the Greater Toronto Area apologized Friday for travelling to Florida during the pandemic, saying he regretted the decision.

Ontario teachers' unions want government to develop benchmarks for school plan

TORONTO — Ontario's four major teachers' unions say they want the government to establish specific benchmarks that would trigger moves to in-person or virtual learning.
Quebec defends decision to reopen schools despite imposing provincewide 8 p.m. curfew

Quebec defends decision to reopen schools despite imposing provincewide 8 p.m. curfew

MONTREAL — Quebec on Friday defended its decision to reopen schools despite soaring COVID-19 infections and related hospitalizations, with one public health official saying classrooms aren't the primary drivers of transmission.