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<b>BEYOND LOCAL:</b> Prof comments on looming health-care crisis, worker shortage

BEYOND LOCAL: Prof comments on looming health-care crisis, worker shortage

Rates of burnout and stress are high among doctors and other health-care providers
<b>COVID-19:</b> No sign Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine causes blood clots, Canadian health authorities say

COVID-19: No sign Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine causes blood clots, Canadian health authorities say

At least nine European countries hit pause on their use of AstraZeneca's doses pending further investigation of blood clots, though none suggested there is a link between the clots and getting the vaccine
<b>ONTARIO:</b> Opposition leaders demand Ford apologize for saying NDP legislator jumped vax line

ONTARIO: Opposition leaders demand Ford apologize for saying NDP legislator jumped vax line

Sol Mamakwa, who represents the northern Kiiwetinoong riding, had publicly discussed his vaccination when he received his first dose last month
<b>COVID-19:</b> Traveller shocked to learn hotel also used as COVID isolation shelter

COVID-19: Traveller shocked to learn hotel also used as COVID isolation shelter

Warren Boucher, who travelled to Thunder Bay to visit his ailing 86-year-old mother, said he received no advance warning about the situation, from either the hotel or Expedia.
<b>CANADA:</b> COVID-19-related spending set to drop sharply over coming year

CANADA: COVID-19-related spending set to drop sharply over coming year

Part of the decline relates to a projected plunge in relief spending for individuals
<b>ONTARIO:</b> New online system aims to combat delays and case backlogs in tribunals

ONTARIO: New online system aims to combat delays and case backlogs in tribunals

Attorney General Doug Downey says the new system will go beyond simply filing documents online and allow for virtual dispute resolution that could significantly reduce the number of cases that require a hearing
CANADA: Profs say COVID-19 highlights the need for more — and better — public banks

CANADA: Profs say COVID-19 highlights the need for more — and better — public banks

Strong, democratic and accountable public banks in Canada could help reverse the impact of privatizing vital services, according to experts
<b>ONTARIO:</b> Province to spend $255 million to address COVID-19 outbreaks in homeless shelters

ONTARIO: Province to spend $255 million to address COVID-19 outbreaks in homeless shelters

Toronto will receive $94.5 million of the funding to prevent outbreaks in its shelters
<b>CANADA:</b> Strategic antibody tests touted as tool in road to achieving broad COVID immunity

CANADA: Strategic antibody tests touted as tool in road to achieving broad COVID immunity

Occupational and public health expert Thomas Tenkate notes many questions still surround emerging COVID-19 vaccines, including what level of protection is required for immunity
<b>COVID-19:</b> Ontario establishes new task force to help rebuild tourism industry

COVID-19: Ontario establishes new task force to help rebuild tourism industry

"We really want to position Ottawa as a global leader that will re-emerge, post-pandemic," says Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture industries Lisa MacLeod
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