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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 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…)

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 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…)

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 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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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 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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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 13, 2022, at 4:30 pm EST.

On Thursday, health officials in Italy logged 184,615 new infections, pushing the total number of confirmed positive cases passed 8.1 million. Of the cumulative total number of cases, 69.8% are considered recovered. In the last 24-hours, authorities have reported 316 Covid-related deaths for a total of 140,188 fatalities attributable to Covid-19.

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Canada Covid-19 Updates English Featured News Updates Quebec

Thousands sign up for 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Quebec

TORONTO – It is nice to be an anti vaxxer, until they touch your wallet. It is a real boom in first doses of vaccine in Quebec two days after the announcement by Prime Minister Francois Legault on the provincial government’s intention to impose a financial penalty in the form of a “health tax” for Quebec adults who are unvaccinated and are not in possession of a valid medical exemption. 

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Canada Economy Education Matters English Featured Immigration

The pandemic’s impact on immigration and international students

Immigration is the key to economic growth in Canada. With the nation’s fertility rate on a steady decline, the Canadian government maintains that immigration is key to replenishing the population. It estimates that 75% of the country’s population growth is attributable to immigration.

Part of that growth is generated through international students. According to a Statistics Canada report (June 2021), about six in ten first-time study permit holders who worked throughout their duration of study or post graduation become permanent residents.

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English Featured Health & Medicine Science World News

Pakistani-born surgeon leads pig heart transplant in human

The scientist behind the recent landmark success story in the world of first transplanting the pig heart into human in the United States is Dr. Muhammad Mansoor Mohiuddin, a Pakistani-born MBBS doctor of Dow Medical College of Karachi as well as co-founding director of the Cardiac Xenotransplantation Program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. 

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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 12, 2022, at 4:00 pm EST.

On Wednesday, health officials in Russia logged 17,946 new infections, pushing the total number of confirmed positive cases passed 10.7 million. Of the cumulative total number of cases, 91.2% are considered recovered. In the last 24-hours, authorities have reported 745 Covid-related deaths for a total of 318,432 fatalities attributable to Covid-19.

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Canada Covid-19 Updates English Featured News Updates Ontario Toronto

Back in the classroom but everything is as before

TORONTO – Ontario students will receive two rapid antigen tests when they return to class next Monday, but other than that, the government’s plan rests primarily on previously announced measures to keep schools safe during the Omicron wave. The pillars of his plan to return to school on January 17 are updated screenings, new deliveries of quality masks, ventilation improvements, vaccinations, new hires. The vast majority of the measures included in the plan had previously been announced.  In short, nothing new. 

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Canada English Featured News Updates

Now Magazine apologizes to Corriere Canadese

TORONTO – A first step to re-establishing and remedying slanderous and defamatory accusations. This is what NOW Magazine did in publishing its official apology to the Corriere Canadese and its publisher Joe Volpe for an article by Enzo DiMatteo published in the magazine in March 2021. An article in which the newspaper and the former minister were accused of homophobia, of continuous and incessant anti-gay attacks and of having conducted out a campaign of intimidation towards the LGBTQ2 community. All without foundation and with serious commercial damages. 

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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 11, 2022, at 4:25 pm EST.

On Tuesday, health officials in the Philippines logged 28,007 new infections, pushing the total number of confirmed positive cases passed 3.0 million. Of the cumulative total number of cases, 92.3% are considered recovered. In the last 24-hours, authorities have reported 219 Covid-related deaths for a total of 52,511 fatalities attributable to Covid-19.

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Canada Covid-19 Updates English Featured News Updates Ontario Toronto

Ontario: back-to-school on Monday but teachers discontent

TORONTO – The countdown has started for the students of Ontario, who will return to class as early as next week. From January 3 the return had been postponed by the government to January 5 and then again postponed January 17 due to the rapid spread of the variant of Covid Omicron. But this time, according to government sources, elementary and high school children will return to classrooms. 

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Canada Covid-19 Updates English Featured News Updates Quebec

Quebec, a tax on people who are unvaccinated from COVID-19

MONTREAL – Here comes the “health tax” for the unvaccinated. Basically: if you don’t get vaccinated, you end up burdening the health system, so it’s right that you pay. This was announced today by the premier of Quebec, François Legault, in light of the continuous increase in hospitalizations (and deaths, only today: 62 in Quebec) in the hospitals of the province. 

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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 10, 2022, at 4:45 pm EST.

On Monday, health officials in Italy logged 101,762 new infections, pushing the total number of confirmed positive cases passed 7.5 million. Of the cumulative total number of cases, 71.8% are considered recovered. In the last 24-hours, authorities have reported 227 Covid-related deaths for a total of 139,265 fatalities attributable to Covid-19.

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Canada Covid-19 Updates English Featured News Updates

Mandatory vaccine: divisive issue, silence by the political class

TORONTO – Officially nobody is talking about of it. And this is because the issue – very topical – is hot and complicated and difficult to solve: a mix of explosive characteristics for the political class, which in these days has therefore preferred to stay behind the scenes, if not in some small case. Yet, despite the embarrassed silences of those who govern us and those who, in opposition, should sting the executive on its shortcomings and shortcomings, vaccination obligation is talked about. Experts, virologists, trade representatives of the health and hospital sector discuss it. 

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Canada Covid-19 Updates English Featured News Updates Ontario

Ontario, parents boycott distance learning

TORONTO – Alberta and British Columbia – unlike Ontario and other provinces – do not stop in front of the constantly increasing number of Covid cases and continue quickly with their school reopening plan. Since today all the students have returned to their classes. “Experts across Canada and around the world continue to emphasize the importance of face-to-face learning to preserve the overall health of our children and youth,” Alberta Education Minister Adriana LaGrange said at a press conference. 

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Canada Covid-19 Updates English Featured News Updates Ontario Quebec

Ontario, nearly 2,500 in hospital for Covid. 120 deaths in Quebec over the past four days

TORONTO – The number of people in Ontario hospitals with COVID-19 continues to rise, with 438 patients now in intensive care. According to the Ministry of Health, another 26 people have entered intensive care due to the new coronavirus in the past 24 hours. Of these patients, 234 breathe with the assistance of a ventilator. There are now 2,467 Covid-19 patients in hospital, a slight increase from Sunday.  (more…)


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