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Ontario’s “slow and cautious” re-opening comes in three stages 21 days apart based on reaching specified vaccination rates. The plan is being imposed province-wide, ignoring low infection rates in the District of Thunder Bay where authorities are advocating a more generous, regional approach.

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U.S.-based Abbott Laboratories’ ID NOW testing device for COVID-19 can produce results from a nasal swab in as little as 13 minutes. So far in Canada, tests have been done at public health clinics, with samples then sent to laboratories for analysis — a process that can take days. A point-of…