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Status update of Covid-19 cases worldwide

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Here we provide a daily update of the data available for select countries and jurisdictions as of January 25, 2022, at 4:30 pm EST.

On Monday, health officials in Ontario logged 4,790 new infections, pushing the total number of confirmed positiv4e cases passed 1.0 million. Of the cumulative total number of cases, 92.4% are considered recovered. In the last 24-hours, authorities have reported 37 Covid-related deaths for a total of 11,004 fatalities attributable to Covid-19.

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Canada Covid-19 Updates English Featured News Updates Ontario Toronto

In 337 Ontario schools absence rates of 30% or more

TORONTO – That in the midst of the Omicron wave absence rates in schools would be high was to be expected. The numbers, made public today, did nothing but confirm the high percentage of absences among both students and teachers. Of the 3,451 Ontario schools for which data are available, 337 reported a 30% absence rate last Friday, 111 recorded an absence rate of more than 50%. 

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Business & Economy Canada Economy English Featured News Updates Ontario

Province Appoints Members to U.S. Trade and Industry Competitiveness Council

TORONTO — Today, the Ontario government announced the ten members of the Premier’s Council on U.S. Trade and Industry Competitiveness. “The creation of this council comes at a critical time for the Ontario economy as certain players in the U.S. bang the drum of protectionism,” said Premier Doug Ford. 

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Status update of Covid-19 cases worldwide

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Here we provide a daily update of the data available for select countries and jurisdictions as of January 23, 2022, at 5:20 pm EST.

On Sunday, health officials in Poland logged 34,088 new infections, pushing the total number of confirmed positive cases passed 4.5 million. Of the cumulative total number of cases, 85.2% are considered recovered. In the last 24-hours, authorities have reported 25 Covid-related deaths for a total of 103,844 fatalities attributable to Covid-19.

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Canada Covid-19 Updates English Featured News Updates Ontario Toronto

Staffing shortage at Headwaters Health Care Centre

TORONTO – From the kitchen to the aisles the step is short. At least that’s how it seems. The shortage of staff is there and it is serious to the point that the Headwaters Health Care Centre (HHCC) in Orangeville has asked its staff to work overtime last Saturday, Sunday and tomorrow and to do them where there is most need. 

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English Featured News Updates Politics World News

Blinken stresses countering ‘ISIL and Daesh’ in Bangladesh

The U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken has remarked about Islamic terrorist groups like ISIL and Daesh can potentially take root in Bangladesh in a U.S. Congressional hearing on his recent rebalance visit to the sixth Asia Pacific region held on Friday as questioned by the House Small Business Committee Chair and State of Ohio’s first congressional district representative from the Republican Party, Steven Joseph Chabot. 

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Canada Covid-19 Updates English News Updates Ontario Quebec Toronto

Covid-19: another 56 dead in Ontario, but hospitalizations are still dropping

TORONTO – The total number of hospitalizations for Covid-19 in Ontario falls, but the number of victims remains high: today 56 were registered (a boy under the age of 19 also died during the weekend in Toronto), bringing the total deaths in Ontario, since the beginning of the pandemic, to 10,968. On the other hand, hospitalizations drop – we said – to 3,797, compared to 4,026 on Saturday, even if it should be remembered that not all hospitals provide the data on weekends. There was a slight increase in the number of beds occupied in intensive care, from 600 on Saturday to 604 today. 

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Status update of Covid-19 cases worldwide

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Here we provide a daily update of the data available for select countries and jurisdictions as of January 22, 2022, at 5:15 pm EST.

On Saturday, health officials in Russia logged 57,212 new infections, pushing the total number of confirmed positive cases passed 11.0 million. Of the cumulative total number of cases, 90.5% are considered recovered. In the last 24-hours, authorities have reported 681 Covid-related deaths for a total of 325,433 fatalities attributable to Covid-19.

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Status update of Covid-19 cases worldwide


Here we provide a daily update of the data available for select countries and jurisdictions as of January 21, 2022, at 5:45 pm EST.

On Friday, health officials in Mexico logged 50,373 new infections, pushing the total number of confirmed positive cases passed 4.5 million. Of the cumulative total number of cases, 78.8% are considered recovered. In the last 24-hours, authorities have reported 278 Covid-related deaths for a total of 302,390 fatalities attributable to Covid-19.

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Ban demanded for Bangladesh from UN Peacekeeping

A coalition of 12 human rights organizations have appealed in a letter to the UN under Secretary General Jean-Pierre Lacroix about the United Nations Department of Peace Operations should ban Bangladesh’s paramilitary Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) from its deployment, made public on January 20 through the Human Rights Watch (HRW) website. 

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Status update of Covid-19 cases worldwide

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Here we provide a daily update of the data available for select countries and jurisdictions as of January 20, 2022, at 6:15 pm EST.

On Thursday, health officials in Poland logged 32,835 new infections, pushing the total number of confirmed positive cases passed 4.4 million. Of the cumulative total number of cases, 86.5% are considered recovered. In the last 24-hours, authorities have reported 315 Covid-related deaths for a total of 103,378 fatalities attributable to Covid-19.

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Community English Featured The Environment

Record snowfall in Mississauga, city plows leave residents “walled in”

Mississauga residents are still recovering after digging out of the first major snowfall in 2022. During the weekly press conference, Mayor Bonnie Crombie confirmed that many parts of the city experienced an accumulation of 45 cm of snow, the most in a single day since 1944. While residents went straight to work digging out their driveways and walkways, many would have to wait days until city plows dug out their street. (more…)

Canada English Featured News Updates Ontario Toronto

Ontario: children at school but teachers are absent

TORONTO – The students returned to the classrooms on Wednesday but a large number of teachers remained at home. It is an emergency in the school boards of the GTA that are rushing to hire substitutes to replace absent teachers due to, they say, “the high number of infections or contacts with people infected with Covid-19”. 

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English Featured News Updates The Environment World News

Bangladesh among most polluted countries in the world

Relying on Swiss IQAir’s information platform, the 2020 World Air Quality Report shows, South and East Asian locations emerge as the most polluted globally. Among them Bangladesh, China, India, and Pakistan share 49 of the 50 of the most polluted cities worldwide, Dhaka as second worst ranking, while wildfires and dust storms linked to increasing global temperatures as part of climate change as well as agricultural practices. 

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Canada Covid-19 Updates English Featured News Updates Ontario Toronto

Ontario’s reopening plan: restaurants, gyms, cinemas at 50% capacity on January 31

TORONTO – “The worst is behind us”. Word of Doug Ford. With this ‘motto’, Ontario’s premier today announced the reopening plan: first step on January 31, when restaurants, gyms, cinemas and other indoor environments will be able to reopen with 50% capacity, as part of a broader plan to gradually lift most of the Covid-19 restrictions by mid-March.  (more…)

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Status update of Covid-19 cases worldwide

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Here we provide a daily update of the data available for select countries and jurisdictions as of January 19, 2022, at 7:45 pm EST.

On Wednesday, health officials in Portugal logged 52,549 new infections, pushing the total number of confirmed positive cases passed 2.0 million. Of the cumulative total number of cases, 81.2% are considered recovered. In the last 24-hours, authorities have reported 12 Covid-related deaths for a total of 19,412 fatalities attributable to Covid-19.

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Canada English Featured News Updates Ontario Toronto

School, today the return in presence

TORONTO – Students from the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) and the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) returned to class today. After taking online classes for two weeks, Monday was supposed to be the day of the big comeback but a massive winter storm forced them to stay home for another two days. The reopening of schools took place – said the TDSB – following the “significant progress” that the city has made in clearing the main roads and secondary roads. 

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Education Matters English Featured News Updates Ontario

Oakville trustee treats Hamilton courts with “extreme disrespect”

If it appears that time drags on with little to no change, that may be an accurate observation. At least when it comes to legal matters before the courts. Specifically, the matter in which a Halton Catholic District School Board trustee is concerned.

On January 18, nearly one year to the date of arrest (January 21, 2021), Oakville trustee, Nancy Guzzo was scheduled to appear (for the ninth time) with her Counsel in the Hamilton courts before a judge to dispose of criminal fraud charges – twelve in total. Unfortunately, neither she nor her counsel appeared to take the issue seriously. (more…)

Covid-19 Updates English News Updates

Status update of Covid-19 cases worldwide

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Here we provide a daily update of the data available for select countries and jurisdictions as of January 18, 2022, at 7:00 pm EST.

On Tuesday, health officials in Italy logged 228,179 new infections, pushing the total number of confirmed positive cases passed 9.0 million. Of the cumulative total number of cases, 70.0% are considered recovered. In the last 24-hours, authorities have reported 434 Covid-related deaths for a total of 141,825 fatalities attributable to Covid-19.

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English Featured News Updates Opinion World News

Nobel Peace Prize: A Feel-Good Moment

A Feel-Good Moment as We Enter the Third Year into This Pandemic. Last month, as Canada was hearing about omricon for the first time, I had a moment of pause from all the COVID 19 stories and reports which were unsettling. I was up at seven in the morning of December 10, 2021 to watch the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway. Recipients of this award went jointly to Dmitry Muratov of Russia and Maria Ressa of the Philippines for “their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace”. 

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Canada Covid-19 Updates English Featured News Updates Ontario

Ontario: another 38 dead and over 4 thousand in hospitals. 4-year-old girl dies of Covid-19 in Quebec

TORONTO – Hospitalizations on the rise, but there are only two more patients in intensive care. Today, in Ontario, the number of patients in hospitals increased by 296 units: now they are 4,183, of which 580 in intensive care, even if for the latter the increase is very slight (on Monday the people present in the hospital were 3,887, of which 578 in intensive care).  (more…)

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Status update of Covid-19 cases worldwide

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Here we provide a daily update of the data available for select countries and jurisdictions as of January 17, 2022, at 4:30 pm EST.

On Monday, health officials in Germany logged 53,916 new infections, pushing the total number of confirmed positive cases passed 8.0 million. Of the cumulative total number of cases, 87.0% are considered recovered. In the last 24-hours, authorities have reported 143 Covid-related deaths for a total of 116,411 fatalities attributable to Covid-19.

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Canada Covid-19 Updates English Featured News Updates Ontario Quebec

Ontario, hospitalizations stabilize. Another 54 dead in Quebec

TORONTO – Another 23 died today in Ontario from Covid-19, while hospital admissions and transfers to intensive care seemed to give the first signs of stabilization: the Ministry of Health has in fact announced that the people present in the hospital are 3,887, of which 578 in intensive care. The employment level of today is therefore relatively similar to that of Sunday, also in light of the fact that some hospitals do not report employment related to Covid-19 on weekends (and Saturday, last day of reporting before the new week, they were 3,957 against 3,595 of Monday without the total number of the province). (more…)

Education Matters English Featured Ontario

Holding trustees accountable to the public they serve

The moral and ethical debate pertaining to trustee accountability appears to be an ever-present issue. The job is not an easy one. They are publicly elected officials with a job to represent the interests of their constituents. For Catholic school board trustees in Ontario, they are accountable to those they serve, while at the same time, advocating for the protection, preservation and promotion of the Catholic education system.

Parents have free will to decide where their children will be educated. While several factors may influence that choice, those who chose to enrol their children in the Catholic School System, do so with purpose. (more…)

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Status update of Covid-19 cases worldwide

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Here we provide a daily update of the data available for select countries and jurisdictions as of January 16, 2022, at 4:50 pm EST.

On Sunday, health officials in the Philippines logged 37,154 new infections, pushing the total number of confirmed positive cases passed 3.2 million. Of the cumulative total number of cases, 89.4% are considered recovered. In the last 24-hours, authorities have reported 50 Covid-related deaths for a total of 52,907 fatalities attributable to Covid-19.

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Canada Covid-19 Updates English Featured News Updates Quebec

The tax for no vax continues to divide

TORONTO – The Quebec government’s decision to impose a tax on no vax continues to cause controversy. For now, no other province seems oriented to follow the same path as the executive led by Francois Legault. Too many problems of a legal nature – there are those who hypothesize the evident unconstitutionality of the measure – or of simple political gain: it is a highly divisive measure and no other prime minister has decided to risk. Yet, the debate over the appropriateness and feasibility of the measure goes on. 

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Canada Editorials English Featured News Updates Ontario Politics

Minister Phillips’ Explanation for Retiring: “Ma Chi Ca*** Me Lo Fa Fare?”

TORONTO – That sums up the reason(s) why now former Minister Phillips called it quits. There is no elegant way to translate this idiomatic Italian expression of frustration with what is taking place. But one can fill in the blanks with readily available pedestrian/coachman expletives and probably “be on the money”. 

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Canada Covid-19 Updates English Featured News Updates Ontario Quebec

Ontario and Quebec, over 300 deaths over the weekend

TORONTO – The attention of the world of science is now entirely focused on hospitalizations and deaths. Counting infections from Covid-19 has become impossible, both due to the consequences of the limitations on access to molecular tests (now reserved for the “risk” categories, at least in Canada), and due to the fact that the vast majority of cases are asymptomatic: the virus circulates and, fact, we no longer know where, how, when and how much. (more…)

Education Matters English Featured News Updates Ontario

HCDSB revisits motion to fly the Pride flag this June


Trustees will gather to vote again on whether to fly the Pride flag at Halton’s Catholic schools this June. The matter will re-surface for discussion (January 18) at the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) meeting. The issue of hoisting the Pride flag outside Catholic schools has been a controversial topic throughout Catholic schools in Ontario. The HCDSB is not exempt from such debate. (more…)

Covid-19 Updates English News Updates

Status update of Covid-19 cases worldwide

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Here we provide a daily update of the data available for select countries and jurisdictions as of January 15, 2022, at 5:30 pm EST.

On Saturday, health officials in Mexico logged 44,293 new infections, pushing the total number of confirmed positive cases passed 4.3 million. Of the cumulative total number of cases, 79.0% are considered recovered. In the last 24-hours, authorities have reported 195 Covid-related deaths for a total of 301,107 fatalities attributable to Covid-19.

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Status update of Covid-19 cases worldwide

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Here we provide a daily update of the data available for select countries and jurisdictions as of January 14, 2022, at 7:00 pm EST.

On Friday, health officials in Spain logged 162,508 new infections, pushing the total number of confirmed positive cases passed 8.0 million. Of the cumulative total number of cases, 64.9% are considered recovered. In the last 24-hours, authorities have reported 139 Covid-related deaths for a total of 90,759 fatalities attributable to Covid-19.

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