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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 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 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…)

Community English Featured Travel & Tourism

Destinations to avoid, for reasons other than Covid-19

The year is drawing to a close and so too is the holiday season and all the craziness of 2021. From Covid-19 infections and its multiple mutations to catastrophic heat waves and deadly floods, it has been a tumultuous year. With 2022 around the corner, people are hoping for better days ahead and dreaming of that much needed getaway to escape all the mayhem.

Last Friday’s publication featured some of the most visited countries in the world. So, assuming you pass the Covid clearance having been fully vaccinated, having received a negative Covid-19 test prior to departure and successfully booked a flight, the following is a list of countries you may want to avoid. (more…)

English Featured The Environment

The world’s wealthiest are responsible for nearly 50% of carbon emissions


There has been a concentrated international effort to combat climate change. One main focus is on the cutting of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), carbon dioxide (CO2) being one of main culprits. But where do these emissions come from and who is responsible for the majority of carbon emissions?

According to the World Inequality Report 2022 (December 2021), data analysis by a team of world-leading economists suggests that the richest 10% of the global population produces close to 50% of GHG. (more…)

Canada Covid-19 Updates English Featured News Updates Ontario

Ontario, new restrictions and third doses for everyone: but the wait is endless

TORONTO – Today, in Ontario stricter public health measures returned, with lower capacity limits in restaurants and social gatherings. Premier Doug Ford announced the new restrictions on Friday, saying the Omicron variant is so contagious that it threatens to “overwhelm the healthcare system.”  (more…)

Covid-19 Updates English News Updates

Status update for 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 December 11, 2021, at 4:00 pm EST.

On Saturday, health officials in Italy logged 21,042 new infections, pushing the total number of confirmed positive cases passed 5.2 million. Of the cumulative total number of cases, 92.2% are considered recovered. In the last 24-hours, authorities have reported 96 Covid-related deaths for a total of 134,765 fatalities attributable to Covid-19.

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English Featured News Updates Politics World News

Why Pakistan opted out of Prez Biden’s Summit for Democracy?

As China and Bangladesh were not invited to the US President Joe Biden’s Summit for Democracy, Pakistan did not join being invited. Apparently Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan did not receive any phone call since President Biden has taken office. The Pakistan government has chosen not participate, but Wednesday Islamabad said that it was “thankful” to the US government for the invite. This summit is being held for the first time on 8-10 December, with countries participating virtually.  (more…)

Covid-19 Updates English Featured News Updates Ontario

Is Ontario’s critical care system prepared for a surge in cases?


The Covid-19 pandemic has presented challenges for Ontario’s critical care system. As infections trend upward, the scientific community cautions that hospital admissions will likely climb in the weeks to come.

On December 6, the Ministry of Health reported 168 patients in the province’s Intensive Care Units (ICU) due to Covid-related critical illness. That is the highest number of Covid-related ICU patients in more than two months, when the number reached 171 Covid ICU patients on September 30.

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Covid-19 Updates English Featured News Updates World News

Celebrations for the 75th anniversary of the Fulbright Program

Washington, D.C. – On Friday December 3, 2021 at 11 am, the Embassy of Italy in Washington D.C. and the United States Department of State will join to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Fulbright Program worldwide with a panel discussion titled “Fulbright Fellows’ Contribution to the Fight against Covid-19,” in the year that marks the 160th anniversary of Italy-US diplomatic relations.  (more…)

English Featured Health & Medicine Ontario

Optometrists resume eye exams for OHIP-insured patients

Negotiations resume between Ontario optometrists and the provincial government following failed attempts to arrive at a resolution in the eye care crisis. As a “sign of good faith” during the negotiation process, the Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) have resumed eye care services for OHIP-insured patients, including children and seniors.

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Canada English Featured Politics World News

The roadmap for the Government between times restricted and full agenda

TORONTO – Tight deadlines, a busy agenda and tension between the parties: these are the three boxes of a government puzzle that as the days go by takes on the appearance of a real puzzle. Justin Trudeau, after the Summit of the Three Amigos with US President Joe Biden and his Mexican counterpart Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Thursday, is preparing to turn the page and face the House of Commons for the first time since the vote on September 20th. The first two tasks, starting from November 22, are represented by the election of the Speaker of the House and the Speech of the Throne.  (more…)

Canada English Featured News Updates Politics World News

Climate, energy, Covid in agenda for the “Three Amigos”

TORONTO – Ottawa, June 29, 2016. Justin Trudeau, along with U.S. President Barak Obama and his Mexican counterpart Enrique Peña Nieto, chairs the North American Leaders’ Summit (NALS), better known as the Three Amigos Summit. Since then, the leaders of the three countries have not met again. The break, which lasted over five years, was wanted by the previous Us administration led by former President Donald Trump and, last summer, by the uncertainties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, we are facing the turning point, with an attempt to normalization relations between Canada, the United States and Mexico.  (more…)

Covid-19 Updates English News Updates

Status update for 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 November 9, 2021, at 4:30 pm EST.

On Tuesday, health officials in Greece logged 8,613 new infections, pushing the total number of confirmed positive cases passed 800 thousand. Of the cumulative total number of cases, 89.2% are considered recovered. In the last 24-hours, authorities have reported 53 Covid-related deaths for a total of 16,414 fatalities attributable to Covid-19.

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Education Matters English Featured

Board Chair position up for grabs at the TCDSB

It is that time of year when the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) decides who will hold the position of Chair and Vice-Chair. Trustees will soon make that decision at the Board meeting on November 25. After serving two years as Board Chair, Joseph Martino confirmed to the Corriere that he will not seek the position.

However, the position is a sought after; several Trustees are vying for the spot. (more…)

Canada Covid-19 Updates English Featured News Updates Ontario

Covid: booster for vulnerable people but Ford won’t mandate vaccines for health-care workers

TORONTO – The long wait is over. The Ontario government has decided that due to concerns about staff shortages in hospitals, it will not make vaccination mandatory for health-care workers. This was announced today by Prime Minister Ford himself, sparking endless controversy: both the Ontario Science Table and doctors and experts in the field had asked to make the vaccine mandatory for health workers. “The issue is complex. After reviewing the situation our government decided to maintain its flexible approach by leaving the decision to individual hospitals,” he said.  (more…)

Canada Editorials English Featured News Updates Politics

No honeymoon for Trudeau, Tory base in revolt against O’Toole

TORONTO – Justin Trudeau’s European tour was a breath of fresh air, but now it’s time to tackle the internal grit. Today the Prime Minister left Glasgow, Scotland, and reached Ottawa in the late afternoon. After the official visit to the Netherlands, the G20 Summit in Rome, the bilateral meetings – including the one with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi – and the climate summit in Glasgow, Trudeau is preparing to face a series of commitments at Parliament Hill that promise quite challenging. First of all, the liberal leader has to deal with an extremely fragmented political context, with a honeymoon with the electorate that basically never began and with a long series of knots to be solved in the coming months. (more…)

Canada Editorials English Featured News Updates Politics

Government, to three women for the main tasks

TORONTO – Nineteen ministers and nineteen ministers, with the three most important ministries entrusted to three women. The new federal government led by Justin Trudeau – after those resulting from the electoral victories of 2015 and 2019 – takes on a very specific connotation, where there is a perfect equal balance of gender that becomes the predominant element compared to other factors that have historically characterized the process of formation of the executive in Canada, such as geographical origin or ethnic origin.  (more…)

Covid-19 Updates English News Updates

Status update for 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 October 25, 2021, at 7:15 pm EST.

On Monday, health officials in Spain logged 1,495 new infections, pushing the total number of confirmed positive cases passed 5 million. Of the cumulative total number of cases, 97.1% are considered recovered. In the last 24-hours, Covid-related deaths increased by 18, bringing the total number of fatalities to 87,186.

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Canada English Featured News Updates Politics

Totoministri, everything is ready for the new Federal Government

TORONTO – New faces, confirmations, and surprises. The composition of the new federal government is now done, whose members will be s swear tomorrow morning before Governor General Mary Simon and will immediately get to work after this long break from the vote of last September 20. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, for this third Cabinet, has promised that there will be a substantial gender balance and that, as in the past, all the provinces of Canada will have representation in the government team.  (more…)

Canada English Immigration News Updates Ontario Politics

It will be easier for immigrants to work in their professions

TORONTO – Make it easier for foreign workers to find employment that reflects their professional field. This is the objective of a project presented today in Queen’s Park by the Minister of Labour Monte McNaughton, which if it were to be approved would eliminate the requirement – requested by 23 trade associations – for which a given foreign worker must have work experience in Canada before having his professional qualification equalized. The measure specifically illustrates different job categories that will be affected including architects, engineers, teachers, social workers and accountants.  (more…)

Canada English Featured News Updates Politics

Parliament imposes mandatory vaccination for the MPs

TORONTO – Crossfire on Erin O’Toole. In the last twenty-four hours, two other knots have emerged that will have to be dissolved and that directly concern the leader of the Conservative Party: the decision to make the vaccination obligation mandatory for MPs who want to enter the House of Commons and the analysis of the internal review of the party that will focus on the role of Maxime Bernier and his People’s Party in the defeat suffered last September 20 in the federal elections.  (more…)

Canada English Featured Health & Medicine News Updates Ontario

Ontario investing $9.8 million in planning for a new hospital for Windsor-Essex

WINDSOR – A new hospital for Windsor-Essex: the Ontario government invests $ 9.8 million to support the planning of a state-of-the-art acute care facility in Windsor and Essex County and, once completed, the new hospital will add regional beds and services to ensure resident families have access to high-quality care when and where they need it.  (more…)

Canada Covid-19 Updates English Featured News Updates

Alberta: ‘only’ 652 infections. But the positives are above 14 thousand. Negative record for Saskatchewan

EDMONTON – 652 new cases of Covid-19 in Alberta and, above all, 38 deaths which bring the total number of victims, in the province, from the beginning of the pandemic to 2,901. These are the data from Wednesday, which for the number of deaths represent a negative record: the figure in fact equals that recorded on 12 January for the majority of deaths reported in a single day. (more…)

Culture Italian World News

“Need for Speed” nipponico

Se ci sono due paesi che, pur essendo stati in alcuni momenti storici “alleati”, non si sono mai capiti, questi sono l’Italia e il Giappone. Forse fu colpa di Madama Butterfly, l’opera di Giacomo Puccini, definita nello spartito e nel libretto “tragedia giapponese” e dedicata alla regina d’Italia Elena di Montenegro. Fu certamente una tragedia per Puccini, un disastro totale, almeno la prima rappresentazione al Teatro alla Scala di Milano, nel febbraio 1904… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

Canada Canadian Federal Election Editorials English Featured Politics

‘’Totoministri’’, Italian Canadians eligible for a spot in the Liberal Cabinet

TORONTO – The ‘’totoministri’’ in Ottawa is snapped and the Italian Canadians ask for space in the new cabinet. While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is busy with the delicate task of filling all the boxes of the future Government, the Mps of Italian origin elected in the ranks of the Liberal Party are pressing for a spot in the Cabinet. However, it must be taken into account that at the federal level the formation of a new executive represents a long and troubled birth, a complicated interlocking operation in which the prime minister must take into account numerous factors: geographical representation of the provinces, gender, ethnicity, religious belief and obviously merit, ability and political experience are some of the most important elements that can determine one choice instead of another, in the difficult attempt to achieve a balance between all the components.  (more…)

English Featured News Updates World News

Burma Task Force: “Responsibility for Mohibullah’s murder must not be swept under the rug”

CHICAGO – Today, over a week after the murder of the Rohingya leader Mohibullah, a diverse group of US and international civil society organizations have signed on to a statement linked here demanding a credible and complete investigation by the Bangladesh Government, along with honest monitoring of the investigation by the international community.  (more…)

Culture English Featured News Updates Show Biz

“Palmas de Oro”, nomination for Italian-Mexican singer Lea Garza

MERIDA (Yucatan, Mexico) – Another important recognition for Lea Garza (in the pic), the young Italian-Mexican singer already winner, in recent months, of two awards out of eight at the “Yesports” International Music Awards organized in China. Lea received the nomination for the prestigious “Palmas de Oro” prize, awarded annually by the Circulo Nacional de Periodistas in Mexico, as the best emerging pop-rock singer in English and Spanish. To give an idea of ​​the importance of the event, in the past an award of “Palmas de Oro” was assigned to Andrea Bocelli. (more…)

Canada Covid-19 Updates English Featured News Updates Ontario

Ford government yields: vaccination obligation for LTC staff

TORONTO – The Ontario government is rethinking it. After repeated no to the vaccination obligation for employees of Long-Term Care homes in the province, over the weekend he announced that all LTC operators will have to be immunized against Covid-19 by November 15. Rapid tests, which until now allowed unvaccinated staff to work in these facilities, are being shelved to make way for immunization against Covid-19.  (more…)

Education Matters English Featured News Updates

Alexander returns to YCDSB as Trustee for Markham Area 2


A familiar face returns to the York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB). At a Special Board Meeting on October 4, Frank S.D. Alexander will be officially commissioned by the YCDSB as a Trustee for Markham Area 2. His appointment to the position follows a 6-week application/vetting process to fill the vacancy left by former Trustee, James Ecker.

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Canada English Featured News Updates

The first National Day for Truth: Canada remembers residential schools

TORONTO – Songs, drums, speeches, dances. But also painful testimonies and tears. For the first time in its history, Canada celebrated The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation yesterday. A day, that of yesterday, established by Ottawa last June 3 to commemorate the tragic and painful history of residential schools, to remember the dead children and those who survived, their families and communities.  (more…)

Canada Covid-19 Updates English Featured News Updates Ontario

The mandatory vaccine for some categories sparks outrage

TORONTO – Controversy over mandatory vaccine for certain categories in Ontario and Canada is re-erupted. The issue, thorny and controversial, has been lying under the ashes for some time, covered in recent weeks by the noise of the electoral campaign and the media fury on parties, leaders and their programs. Closed the voting chapter, the issue has re-ebbed in recent days in a disruptive way, causing a trail of controversy, accusations and poisons with uncertain outcomes.  (more…)

Canada Canadian Federal Election Editorials English Featured Politics

Candidates rejected, might as well vote for the “dead” one

TORONTO – On November 3, 2020, Republican David Andahl won the election for a seat in the North Dakota Legislature. Voters gave him 36 percent of the vote, enough for the candidate to win the election. And this despite the fact that Andahl had died of Covid a month earlier, on October 5. The electorate, in order not to vote for the other candidates, preferred to elect the one who had already passed to a better life. In the last federal election in the Spadina-Fort York district we witnessed something similar. (more…)

Canada Covid-19 Updates English Featured News Updates

Mask Mandate While Waiting for Children Age 5 to 11 to Get Vaccinated

TORONTO – Last week, I passed the play yard of an elementary school and saw children, presumably aged five and six, enjoying the pleasant morning’s tail of summer weather, running and playing games they concocted or just enjoying each other’s company. It felt good seeing kids back to school for in-person learning. But, I must admit, it also felt bad to see them all masked up.  (more…)

Canada Education Matters English Featured Ontario Opinion

“TCDSB lays cover for questionable and contrarian behaviour against parents”

We publish a letter by Phil Hornak, a member of the TCDSB Parent Coouncils, which points out a series of issues that worry the families of students attending Catholic Schools in Toronto.

TORONTO – TCDSB staffing and contractors have been added and established to lay the cover deemed required in this less than genuine operation. The Parent Engagement Group, Integrity Commissioner and Social Media Group are excellent examples of these type of initiatives. Look and sound nice but facilitates what? How many parents are actually being reached by the schools or Board?  (more…)

Canada Canadian Federal Election Editorials English Featured Politics

No clear mandate for anything post September 20 election

TORONTO – There are no objective experts to interpret, and more importantly apply, the results of this latest election in Canada. Some observers are more informed about precedent than others. But, this being a political act and not an enforceable decision of a Court, everything is negotiable, within generally accepted boundaries.  (more…)


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