Citizens reflect on Freedom Convoy protests in Ottawa
Canada’s freedom convoy protest first made headlines on Jan. 23 when messages about protesting anti-vaccine mandates for truckers crossing the U.S-Canada border started gaining traction. As a result, various participants from across the country gathered and made their way to the nation’s capital in Ottawa, arriving on Jan. 28.... Read more
More couples finally saying “I do” as Ontario COVID restrictions lift
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced couples to postpone and adjust wedding plans depending on restrictions in place, but things are starting to look up for winter nuptials. Winter brides and grooms are feeling better knowing that restrictions and limits of guests in Ontario have been changed and capacity limits... Read more
Patients worry as provincially-insured eyecare in Ontario remains on hold
Ontario optometrists continue to withhold all services covered by OHIP as they push the government to increase payment after claims of underfunding. In March, 96 per cent of optometrists in the province voted to withdraw OHIP services, according to a statement posted on the website for the Ontario Association... Read more
Provincial vaccine passport causes chaos, confusion for businesses
Since Ontario’s vaccine passport inception last week, it has caused a lot of chaos and confusion for both business owners and patrons alike. Matthew Percy, catering manager at the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, says it’s often the businesses who end up dealing the short end of the... Read more
Employees hoping federal candidates will prioritize small business recovery
During 2020 and into this year, small businesses struggled because of the pandemic. Business owners were forced out of work and thousands of employees suffered unexpected temporary or permanent job losses. “Being out of work for almost a year made it difficult to stay motivated and stay positive and... Read more
Ford gov’t deal in Foundry case upsets activists, city officials
By Krystyna Shchedrina News that the provincial government tried to sell Toronto heritage buildings known as the Foundry last September has community activists and city officials upset about the lack of consultation. The news comes after a month of a contentious battle between Toronto communities who took a stand... Read more
Genealogists work to preserve history
By Nick Barnsdale As provincial registry offices go all-digital, genealogists in Ontario are trying to preserve land ownership documents – and maintain important pieces of history. “We’re really working to preserve the documents and make sure that they are available in as many localities as possible to ensure that... Read more
Life as an “essential worker” in the time of COVID-19
While many people across Canada are staying home, and the government institutes new measures to keep people safe, some employees still have to go to work. The government has indicated that members of essential services must stay and continue their work. These essential services include the LCBO, grocery store... Read more
Ontario government shuts down “non-essential services”
Ontario Premier Doug Ford held a press conference on Tuesday, to give an update on measures the provincial government is taking to prevent the COVID-19 outbreak.  Ford announced that “non-essential” services would be shut down by midnight Tuesday. The government released a list that determines what is considered an... Read more
Public school teachers speaking out after Minister of Education calls on teachers unions
“They haven’t made any concessions.” BY: IRELYNE LAVERY AND SARAH TAHER Bonita Turner, 58, has been teaching for 27 years. She sat on the executive of ETFO (Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario) in York Region for six years and has been a steward for 14. Turner currently teaches in... Read more