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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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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…)

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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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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…)

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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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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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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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…)

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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…)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tourism Hard Hit by Pandemic

MANILA – The Philippines which relies on tourism to boost its economy is hit hard by the pandemic. Tourism-related employment in this Far East country shrank by 28 percent, while average hourly wage declined by 38%. I was in the Philippines last March 2020 when the pandemic broke out. And I noticed the absence of tourists in Metro Manila. The perception seemed to be that with the source of Covid 19 being in Asia, no one wanted to be in that continent. 

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Mandatory vaccine: Minister Duclos in pressing on the Provinces

TORONTO – Since Covid vaccines became available, here in Canada the idea of mandatory vaccination has remained taboo. Now, faced with the surge in infections caused by the Omicron variant, with the vertical increase in hospitalizations, hospitalizations in intensive care and deaths, the idea of making vaccination mandatory begins to be a topic of debate. 

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Money Can Buy Me Love: Beatles 1964, Doug Ford 2022

TORONTO – The original Beatles title contained a negative. Ford is trying to correct that. The next provincial election is June 2, 2022. Between now and the end of May, any Provincial Government announcements or statements by Opposition leaders and their parties (Liberal and NDP) will have this date as a focus and purpose. Barring any egregious scandal, the incumbent government – Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives – already look and act like the eventual winners. They shouldn’t be. 

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Insigne to Toronto is a done deal: the video message to the new fans

TORONTO – It’s official: from next July 1st, Lorenzo Insigne will play for Toronto Fc. The agreement was announced on Saturday by the Canadian company which also published a short video greeting the attacker to Toronto Fc fans on its social networks, writing “See you soon! We’ll see you soon, Lorenzo!”

The now former captain of Napoli has signed a four-year contract plus option for the fifth year worth 7.75 million euros including bonuses, plus benefits.

On social media, the president of the Canadian club, Bill Manning, expressed satisfaction with the agreement: “This is a historic and exciting day for our club. Lorenzo is a world-class forward at the height of his career. He was champion of Europe with Italy and has performed on the biggest stages during his club career with Napoli. Lorenzo has the talent to change the game. He plays with joy and passion and our fans and supporters will love to see him as a member of our team”.

(Photos and videos from Toronto Fc socials)

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Experts: “Schools must be reopened safely”

TORONTO – The Canadian school system looks like a boat at the mercy of the waves. Since the beginning of the pandemic what has been missing is a minimum of stability, a coherent line of the Ministry of Education and the commitment to make all schools safe places for children who are paying dearly for the protracted pandemic that since March 2020 has come to count four waves. 

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Pandemic stirs changes in international migration

Usually, most people leave their native country for better opportunities. Some migrants leave for work, for study, or to join family. In fact, several factors may determine population movements which include poverty, political unrest, violence, natural disasters or conflict. According to the United Nation’s latest estimates on international migration (mid-2020), nearly 281 million (M) migrants live outside the country of their birth.

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Ottawa: Half-Masting in memory of former minister Joe Comuzzi

OTTAWA – Tribute to Joe Comuzzi, former minister who passed away on New Year’s Eve. As per the Rules for Half-masting the National Flag of Canada (Section 7), the flags on all Government of Canada buildings and establishments in the City of Thunder Bay were flown at half-mast since yesterday until sunset on January 5, 2022, the day of the funeral of Hon. Comuzzi. 

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Ontario, hospitalizations doubled in 24 hours. The Minister: “Explosive growth”

TORONTO – An “explosive” growth, as the office of the Ontario Minister of Health, Christine Elliott, defined it: today provincial health officials recorded the presence of 2,081 people hospitalized for Covid-19 (288 are in intensive care), with an impressive jump, in just 24 hours, from the 1,290 patients of which 266 in the intensive care unit) on Tuesday – numbers moreover partial, given that the minister herself reported that about 10% of hospitals did not report the number of their patients. Anyway a worrying figure, as well as that of deaths, as many as 14 in a single day, which bring the total of victims in Ontario, from the beginning of the pandemic, to 10,252. (more…)

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Schools closed, parents increasingly frustrated

TORONTO  – Here we go again. The Ontario government’s ostentatious security about the reopening of schools after the Christmas holidays has melted like snow in the sun. After a timid two-day postponement announced last week, the bad news arrived on Monday: schools will remain closed at least until January 17. Ford suddenly reversed course and ordered schools to switch to virtual learning. 

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Omicron alarm in Ontario, from the 5th new measures

Starting the 5th of January, students will return to virtual learning and Ontario will return to a modified Phase Two of its reopening plan, with the closure of indoor restaurants, gyms, theaters and with lower capacity limits in other settings. The high to the roadmap was announced today by Prime Minister Doug Ford in response to the Omicron variant that in recent weeks has been causing a record number of cases. 

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The Good Lord Called a Good Friend to His Side

TORONTO – The Honourable Joe Comuzzi (in the pic above), my friend of thirty-three years from 1988 (when we were both elected to serve in Canada’s Parliament), passed away on New Year’s Eve. For twenty years, until he retired in 2008, he also served as my self-described “older brother”. We were not related. Luckily, I did not protest too vigorously. 

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English Featured Ontario Travel & Tourism

“Staycation Tax Credit” urges Ontarians to vacation locally

The ups and down of the last two years may have many of us thinking it’s time to take a break and get away. However, the rise in Covid infections, the constantly changing requirements for travel and fears of getting stuck in a foreign country have many of us opting for a vacation destination closer to home. This year, Ontario has made the “staycation” more attractive for residents. (more…)


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