MONTREAL - The decision to allow public gatherings of up to 250 people comes with a relatively low risk of COVID-19 transmission compared to other riskier social activities, Quebec's public health director said Monday.
MONTREAL - A survey commissioned by Quebec health authorities on attitudes and behaviours around COVID-19 has found that nearly one-quarter of respondents believe the novel coronavirus was created in a laboratory.
MONTREAL - Quebec reported 141 new COVID-19 cases and three more deaths linked to the novel coronavirus on Sunday as it gets ready to increase public gathering limits.
Who gets to be first in line for a COVID-19 vaccine? U.S. health authorities hope by late next month to have some draft guidance on how to ration initial doses, but it’s a vexing decision.
OTTAWA - The head of the UN World Food Program says the COVID-19 crisis has dramatically increased the number of starving people in Latin America, which could trigger a refugee exodus to North America if not addressed.
MONTREAL - Public health officials north of Montreal launched a "massive" round of testing to contain an outbreak at a local hospital as Quebec reported another increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases Friday.
TORONTO - Restaurants and bars across Ontario must now keep records of their clients to help track any possible spread of COVID-19, officials said Friday as Toronto and Peel Region joined most of the province in allowing establishments to resume indoor service.
NEW YORK - A Georgia overnight camp hit by a coronavirus outbreak took many precautions, but didn’t make campers wear masks or have proper ventilation in buildings, according to a government report released Friday.
TORONTO - Ontario's parents and teachers have begun planning for back-to-school season now that the province has released its plan for September, with some saying they're concerned the strategy doesn't do enough to protect kids from the threat of COVID-19.
As bars, restaurants and house parties continue to play significant roles in spreading COVID-19, some infectious disease experts in Canada think it's time to offer a safer alternative to drinking in public.
TORONTO - Most of Ontario's students will return to traditional classrooms full time in September, the province announced Thursday as it released a back-to-school plan critics argue prioritizes cost-savings over kids' health.
TORONTO - Food insecurity is soaring as a result of COVID-19 leading to a major spike in new food bank clients since the pandemic began, according to a report by a Toronto-based charity.
TORONTO - Ontario's pediatric hospitals have updated their recommendations for a safe return to school full-time, offering guidelines on the logistical challenges facing educators this fall.
TORONTO - Commissioners examining the COVID-19 pandemic's effect on Ontario's long-term care facilities will be able to make recommendations for systemic change, but Premier Doug Ford isn't yet saying whether their directions will be binding.
TORONTO - More businesses and public spaces in Toronto and nearby Peel Region will be allowed to reopen Friday as those areas join most of Ontario in Stage 3 of the government's COVID-19 recovery plan.
MONTREAL - Quebec is reporting 176 new cases of COVID-19 today, but no new deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus.
Amid the chaos of the pandemic’s early days, doctors who faced the first coronavirus onslaught reached across oceans and language barriers in an unprecedented effort to advise colleagues trying to save lives in the dark.
TORONTO - Ontario has no plans to pull any regions back a step in the province's economic reopening process despite new outbreaks in some areas that have moved into Stage 3, Premier Doug Ford said Tuesday.
MONTREAL - Health authorities in Quebec City have taken over the day-to-day care at a private seniors' residence following a COVID-19 outbreak at the facility.
Mini bottles of sanitizer, monogrammed with the newlyweds' initials, lined a table outside the venue of Royston and Rachel Grosjean's July 4 wedding so guests could clean their hands before the festivities began.
An experimental blood test was highly accurate at distinguishing people with Alzheimer’s disease from those without it in several studies, boosting hopes that there soon may be a simple way to help diagnose this most common form of dementia.
MONTREAL - Quebec authorities said Monday the COVID-19 pandemic in the province remains largely under control, but described what they said was a worrying increase of infections among teens and young adults.
Inconsistent funding for licensed child-care centres means facilities in some Ontario municipalities may not be able to reopen or expand capacity even as the province allows them to accept more children, an industry association said Monday.
WINDSOR, Ont. - The mysterious, low-frequency noise that plagued the city of Windsor, Ont., for nearly a decade has finally quieted down after a steel factory just outside neighbouring Detroit halted its operations indefinitely.
TORONTO - Ontario Premier Doug Ford says the hosts of a Brampton, Ont., house party that had upwards of 200 people in attendance over the weekend need to face the "full extent of the law."
TORONTO - Ontario municipalities will receive up to $4 billion in funding to help cover the costs incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with up to half earmarked for public transit, the province said Monday.
BRAMPTON, Ont. - Police west of Toronto say bylaw officers broke up a house party attended by as many as 200 people on Saturday night.
Yukoners are turning to farming to boost self-sufficiency and build the market for local food, a trend local agriculture experts say is being reinforced by the COVID-19 pandemic.
NEW YORK - If Black, Hispanic and Native Americans are hospitalized and killed by the coronavirus at far higher rates than others, shouldn't the government count them as high risk for serious illness?
TORONTO - The Windsor-Essex area now has the highest rate of COVID-19 cases in Ontario, local health officials said Friday as Premier Doug Ford mulled ordering mandatory testing for farm workers in a bid to contain the spread of the surging virus.
Parts of Canada are seeing surges in COVID-19 cases, leading scientists to wonder whether those regions need to shut back down to avoid further outbreaks.
WASHINGTON - Doctors who prescribe opioid painkillers should tell their patients about a potentially life-saving medication that can reverse drug overdoses, according to new federal guidelines issued Thursday.
MONTREAL - Quebec says it will permit indoor and outdoor public gatherings of up to 250 people across the province beginning Aug. 3.
MONTREAL - As Quebec reported four new deaths attributed to COVID-19 and 142 new cases of the disease Wednesday, a Montreal public health doctor encouraged people to remain vigilant and get tested if they think they're sick with the virus.
TORONTO - A sweeping new law enabling the Ontario government to extend emergency orders for as long as two years is not dividing his party, Premier Doug Ford said Wednesday as he defended the decision to oust a member of his caucus over her failure to support the bill.
New research suggests that antibodies the immune system makes to fight the new coronavirus may only last a few months in people with mild illness, but that doesn’t mean protection also is gone or that it won’t be possible to develop an effective vaccine.
TORONTO - Many of Ontario's long-term care homes are able to resume indoor visits on Wednesday, months after closing their doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sharon Robinson scours the house for her shoes, then has to sneak past the guard at her front door before she can leave for work each day.
TORONTO - Premier Doug Ford pleaded with youth across the province on Tuesday to curb their partying and follow public health rules amid a recent spike in COVID-19 cases among the younger demographic.
TORONTO - Ontario Premier Doug Ford has removed a Cambridge, Ont., legislator from the Progressive Conservative caucus for voting against a controversial government bill.
TORONTO - When Bonita Mak went to visit a friend in a country home outside of Toronto, she says she got a COVID-19 test beforehand to make sure she wasn't putting the people around her in danger.
TORONTO - The waitlist for autism services in the province grew to 27,600 children last year according to a new report from Ontario's fiscal watchdog, as opposition critics slammed Premier Doug Ford's government for failing to provide needed help to families.
WASHINGTON - U.S. health officials are cracking down on fruity disposable electronic cigarettes popular with teenagers, saying the companies never received permission to sell them in the U.S.
TORONTO - More regions of Ontario will move into the third stage of the province's COVID-19 recovery plan later his week, the premier announced Monday as municipal leaders signalled they would support more stringent rules for some of the businesses cleared to reopen their doors.
MONTREAL - The COVID-19 situation in Quebec remains stable despite outbreaks at four bars and a health-care facility, deputy premier Genevieve Guilbault said Monday.