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Canada Covid-19 Updates English Featured News Updates Ontario

Ontario schools report 286 active COVID-19 cases; up 97 from 24 hours earlier

TORONTO – Infections are rising and schools are closing. As expected, the return to school is not spinning as smooth as oil. Today the school boards of the province reported 286 active cases of Covid, an increase of 97% compared to the day before while entire classes were given the order to stay at home in quarantine. (more…)

Canada English Featured Interviews News Updates Quebec

Italian tourist sent back to Italy from Montreal. “Treated like a criminal at the airport, that’s a shame”

MONTREAL – Is Canada the most multiethnic and multicultural country in the world? Yes, at first glance. But then, if you don’t live here and try to enter, legally, you realize that the “Welcome to Canada” is just a beautiful fairy tale, especially in Quebec where you clash with harsh reality as happened to Giovanni Liotti, 23, student from Avellino who left Italy yesterday to visit a friend in Montreal and today was forced to leave for Italy after a seventeen-hour odyssey at the airport. (more…)

English Featured News Updates World News

Afghanistan, the new Islamic government: among the ministers a ‘wanted’ from the FBI. Italy: “We will return to Kabul”

KABUL – Italy and Afghanistan: faraway, so close. After the “Taliban” opening in recent days, with the invitation of the spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid to reopen the tricolor embassy in Kabul, today the Italian Foreign Minister, Luigi Di Maio, declared that Italy wants to guarantee a government presence in the Islamic Emirate. “With the countries of the area and with our partners we are reflecting on the creation of a joint presence in Afghanistan with mainly consular functions and which serves as an immediate point of contact”, said Di Maio in the briefing on Afghanistan in the Parliament. (more…)

Canada English Featured News Updates World News

More than 3,000 evacuees arrived now in Canada from Afghanistan

OTTAWA – Canada evacuated over 3,700 people from Afghanistan: more than 3,000 evacuees have now arrived in Canada, which includes more than 900 passengers who arrived on four flights since Sunday, August 29. “We expect more to arrive here in the near future”, said today Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs.  (more…)

English Featured News Updates World News

The US leaves Kabul, the Taliban: “We are free from the invaders”

KABUL – The image of the American general who, lastly, boarded the plane which, with its take-off, marks the end of twenty years of mission in Afghanistan, went around the world. He is Christopher Donahue: 17 US military missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, North Africa and Eastern Europe. And the image, tweeted by the U.S. Department of Defense, was taken at night: the commander of the 82nd Airborne Division (which is part of the 18th Airborne Corps based in Fort Bragg, North Carolina) walks alone, with his weapon in his right hand, ready to board C-17 with the Kabul airport hangar in the background, just before the deadline set by the United States for evacuations (and the ultimatum of the Taliban).  (more…)

Canada Covid-19 Updates English Featured News Updates Ontario

It is alarm: political interference in science. David Fisman resigns from the Ontario Advisory Science Table

TORONTO – Dr David Fisman’s resignation from Ontario’s Covid-19 Science Advisory Table has sparked furious controversy: parties – from the NDP to the Liberals and Greens – are asking Prime Minister Ford to clarify his claims that politics “would seem to influence the final recommendations of the table”. The epidemiologist of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, publicly announced his resignation from the scientific committee on Monday with the publication of a notification letter on social media. “It is with mixed emotions that I decided to resign from the scientific and modeling committees of Ontario – tweeted Fisman (in the pic) – I wish every success to the colleagues who remain. Ontario needs a public health care system away from politics”. (more…)

Canada English Featured News Updates Sport

Adriana Leon and her gold medal from Tokyo to Toronto

TORONTO – Not every day you have the pleasure of shaking hands and congratulating an Olympic champion. Adriana Leon, striker of the Canadian women’s football team, just back from the Tokyo Olympics where the girls won the gold medal by beating Sweden, wanted to visit the old neighbors and friends of Maple where she was born and who since she was a young girl there they saw her grow up with the ball on her foot.  (more…)

Canada English Featured Interviews Politics

From one competition to another: Canadians anticipate the imminent call of the federal election

Canada is gearing up for another type of competition following the end of the Tokyo Olympics. A political race so to speak. With campaign plans at the ready, speculation mounts that the imminent election call could be days away.

Many Canadians have concerns about holding an election in the middle of a pandemic. With that in mind, the Corriere Canadese spoke with Francesco Sorbara, Member of Parliament for Vaughan-Woodbridge and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue to discuss how Canada has managed the pandemic so far. (more…)

Canada English Featured News Updates Ontario

Lecce, via racist language from text accompanying math curriculum. But it’s controversy

Controversy, disbelief and confusion. One can describe with these three words the reaction generated by the removal by the Ontario government of a section of the mathematics curriculum that makes “reference to racism and colonialism”. The government did not want to confirm when the changes were made but it seems that these followed the publication of recent articles in newspapers that highlighted a section that refers to the content, context and importance of mathematics as subjective. (more…)

Canada Covid-19 Updates English Featured News Updates Ontario

Nursing homes, from Friday no tests for asymptomatic immunized

TORONTO – With phase 3 in Ontario will also come a relaxation of restrictions in long-term care homes in the province. From Friday, in fact, the Covid test that is performed at the entrance of LTC homes will no longer be a requirement for staff, health workers and visitors completely immunized and asymptomatic. The decision was made by the government in consultation with Dr Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health, and is based on the latest scientific evidence and expert advice. (more…)

English Featured News Updates World News

The Pope at Angelus from the hospital: “Healthcare free for all, like in Italy”

“A free health service that ensures a good service accessible to all”. Pope Francis’s appeal started from the tenth floor balcony of the Gemelli Hospital in Rome, where the Pontiff is still hospitalized after the surgery a week ago. Despite the surgical operation he underwent, Bergoglio did not want to give up the Sunday Angelus and therefore went to the balcony (in the photo, taken from the video of the Vatican News YouTube channel), accompanied by some sick people, including three children, to talk in front of a crowd of faithful gathered for the occasion in front of the hospital. (more…)

English Featured News Updates World News

Mainenti: “Explosives from the sea for the massacres, law enforcement actions need to be intensified”

Palermo, 8 July 2021 – “A few days before the commemoration of the massacre in via D’Amelio, in which judge Paolo Borsellino was killed, the words of the Italian President, Sergio Mattarella, through the Vice President of Csm, David Ermini, weigh like boulders in expressing solidarity in the face of the news (leaked from the detention of a ‘Ndrangheta boss) that the model would be ready to assassinate the magistrate Nino Di Matteo in an attack”. This is what Daniela Mainenti (in the pic), professor of comparative criminal procedural law and expert in the fight against illegal fishing, says. (more…)

Canada English Featured News Updates Ontario

Ontario accelerates second dose: from tomorrow all Ontarians Aged 18+ Becoming Eligible

TORONTO – Ontario pushes on the accelerator. Starting at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning, all Ontario residents aged 18 and over who received the first dose of an MRNA vaccine will be able to book an appointment to receive the second before schedule. This will accelerate second-dose eligibility for about 1.5 million Ontario residents. (more…)

Community Covid-19 Updates English GTA News Updates

Covid-19 vaccination pop-up clinic in Davenport with strong participation from Portuguese-speaking communities

Photo by Luís Aparício

The Portuguese-speaking communities in Toronto responded in large numbers to the appeal that Deputy Mayor Ana Bailão, made for residents to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

Throughout Saturday (June 5), many Toronto residents, the vast majority of whom were Portuguese speakers, stopped by the Covid-19 pop-up vaccination clinic at the Davenport Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre to take the vaccine (Pfizer) or, in some cases, clarify doubts about the ongoing vaccination. (more…)

Business & Economy Canada English Featured News Updates

“Is Canada’s Meat Supply Safe from Cyber Attacks?” 

In 52 BC, the Roman Emperor Julius Caesar cut off the food supply of the Gauls led by the “barbarian” Vercingetorix.  By controlling the food supply, he was able to weaken and conquer them (https://www.britannica.com/event/Battle-of-Alesia-52-BCEhttps://www.warhistoryonline.com/war-articles/battle-for-alesia-gallic-war.html(more…)
Education Matters English

Discussion paper identifies crucial educational transition from the COVID-19

Toronto, May 27: As the Toronto District Education Board (TDSB) under the guidance from the Ontario Provincial Education Ministry to resume physical classes from September this year, today the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) has released a new Discussion Paper, Transitioning from the COVID-19 School Experience, which reveals two compelling realities that must be addressed following the COVID-19 pandemic. (more…)

Canada English Technology World News

Is Canada’s Electricity Safe from Cyber Attacks?

Who could forget the Northeast Blackout of 2003? Eighteen years ago, on August 14th,
50 million people in Canada and the USA lost power.

In Toronto, I remember hearing stories of students having to walk from their summer jobs down at Queens Quay to Yonge and Finch, 4 hours to get home, uphill. Along the way, variety store owners were offloading buckets of ice cream to these kids for their freezers had broken down.

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English Featured News Updates World News

Belarus has forced an Irish passenger plane flying from Greece to Lithuania to land in Minsk

On Sunday, an unprecedented situation took place, when – according to international press agencies – an Irish airline Ryanair flight FR4978 flying from Athens in Greece to Vilnius in Lithuania was “forced” to land in Belarus. The plane was in the airspace of Belarus only about 10 km (6 miles) from the border with Lithuania when it changed route and turned towards Minsk, the capital of Belarus. (more…)

Education Matters English Featured Podcasts & Videos Politics

TCDSB management from bad to worse

Who in the heck is running this place?

TORONTO – As organizations, Catholic school boards have a specific Constitutional role to play in Canadian society. The one in Toronto seems to be obsessed with things sexual, be they substantive issues like curricula or symbolic ones like flag-waving. (more…)

English Opinion Podcasts & Videos World News

My Real Israel: A Testimony of an Italian from Central Israel

Article by Lara Baumann

I don’t usually write about politics – especially Italian – and I don’t feel I have what it takes to be able to criticize the choices and votes of the citizens of a country where I haven’t lived for a long time and whose daily reality I no longer know. But these days, Facebook is full of criticisms and judgments towards Israel, also expressed by Jews, non-Jews, Arabs and anyone who thinks they know the facts because they have seen two minutes of the news. (more…)

Filipino Opinion

Is Canada’s Fuel Safe from Cyber Attacks?

We have had to line up for grocery stores.  https://twitter.com/Faiza_AminTV/status/1248328135780769798  

We have had to line up for vaccines.  https://twitter.com/blogTO/status/1387808919561588747  

Will Canada have to line up for fuel too?  

Our friends south of the border waited a staggering 5 hours to fill up their tanks.  Some even reminisced about the Arab oil embargo of 1973 and how that caused long lineups at the gas pump.  While others estimated that the current panic buying was resulting in an average of 125 cars per hour trying to get their fill.     (more…)

Community English GTA Language Ontario

Toronto to purchase dozens of new streetcars from Thunder Bay Alstom plant

A streetcar running on Dundas Street West in Toronto. Photo: Luís Aparício

Toronto will receive $360 million in funding from the federal and provincial governments to move forward with the purchase of dozens of new streetcars. The city had already approved the purchase of 13 new streetcars from the Alstom plant in Thunder Bay in October, but now it will be able to move ahead with the option to purchase another 47, with delivery of the vehicles starting in 2023. (more…)

Editorials Education Matters English Featured News Updates

Symbols of “Progress” from Classrooms to Altars

It was a Shakespearean “et tu Brute” moment. Catholic Archbishop Cardinal’s “guidance” on issues of religion and faith suffered an utter defeat. In the wee hours of Friday morning, the very school board trustees who swore an oath to uphold his [the magisterium’s] teachings in Catholic schools thumbed their noses at him, and by extension at all those who support the Church. (more…)

Canada Community Covid-19 Updates English Family Living Health & Medicine

Toronto, a sanctuary city for immigrants from around the world, will provide vaccination to its residents without Ontario Health Insurance Plan

On April 30, the city of Toronto announced that it was partnering with the FCJ Refugee Center and Access Alliance to bypass the official provincial OHIP card-number based road to receiving the Covid-19 vaccine.

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Until now, it has not been possible for people without an Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) card or those with expired cards i.e., so called “undocumented workers” to register for the vaccination. (more…)

English News Updates Show Biz

Lea Garza hits the International Music Awards, Sabrina Barreto from Toronto awarded too

Two awards out of eight, and she was the youngest participant: Lea Garza (in the pics above ad below), 12, Italian-Mexican, literally won the “Yesports” International Music Awards organized in China and ended in recent days, winning the “Best Solo Artist” awards and “Favorite Talent Award”: practically the most important awards went to her. (more…)

Education Matters English

ETFO: “Vaccinate teachers. Now” Peel Region, all schools closed from today

EnglishItalianPortugueseSpanishGermanDutchFilipinoPolishChinese (Simplified)ArabicBengaliGreekTurkishKoreanJapanesePersianRomanian TORONTO – While the vaccine plan in Ontario is coming to the heart of Phase 2, mayors and doctors are urging the government to rethink the categories to be prioritized to ensure the highest possible safety for frontline workers. (more…)

Covid-19 Updates English Featured News Updates

San Marino, from world “capital” of infections to “Covid-free” thanks to Sputnik

SAN MARINO – From record to record. San Marino, the small Republic nestled between Emilia Romagna and the Marche, in the center of Italy, could soon be a Covid-free state, also thanks to the use of the Russian Sputnik vaccine that was administered here massively, given the delays recorded in the distribution of other vaccines. (more…)

Covid-19 Updates English News Updates

Canada will receive 1.5M AstraZeneca vaccine doses from U.S. next week

EnglishItalianPortugueseSpanishGermanDutchFilipinoPolishChinese (Simplified)ArabicBengaliGreekTurkishKoreanJapanesePersianRomanian TORONTO – New acceleration on the vaccination front. Next week, 1.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine will arrive in Canada as part of the agreement signed between the federal government and the Joe Biden administration in the United States. (more…)

Education Matters English

Laurentian University, hands off from the Italian Studies

EnglishItalianPortugueseSpanishGermanDutchFilipinoPolishChinese (Simplified)ArabicBengaliGreekTurkishKoreanJapanesePersianRomanian TORONTO – Teachers and students from Laurentian University’s Italian Studies program are on the ropes, since the university declared a state of insolvency on February 10th, citing more than 300 million in debt, they have certainly not slept soundly.

“I do not know exactly how this situation will affect us – said Diana Iuele Colilli, president of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures – we fear that, since it is small, the Italian Studies program may be cut.” (more…)


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