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Canada Editorials English Featured News Updates Politics Toronto

Del Grande vs TCDSB: Corruption from within

TORONTO – Del Grande’s lawyer comes to the Court with some impressive academic and professional [experience] credentials. His Resume’ says that, among other things, he has a Doctorate in Law, worked at the Supreme Court in the USA, is licenced to practice in British Columbia and Ontario and has researched and presented cases of renown before the Courts in the USA and Canada. A layman might conclude that he “knows whereof he speaks”. 

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Alberta Canada English Featured News Updates Politics

Danielle Smith UCP’s new leader and Alberta’s next premier. “No longer we will ask permission from Ottawa to be prosperous and free”

Danielle Smith is the UCP’s new leader and Alberta’s next premier. After a night of delays – the vote counts came hard – she won on the sixth and final ballot, defeating her closest challenger Travis Toews, former minister under outgoing UCP leader and premier, Jason Kenney: the result was 53.77 per cent of the votes to her and 46.23 per cent to Toews. Brian Jean, Rebecca Schulz, Todd Loewen, Rajan Sawhney and Leela Aheer were all eliminated in earlier rounds. 

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She is Giorgia: from “the people’s daughter” to prime minister in pectore

ROME – Her political history begins thirty years ago in a Roman section of the Fronte della Gioventù (the Youth Front of the far-right party MSI) where she arrives and, simply, knocks on the door. It is 1992 and she, Giorgia Meloni, is 15 years old and attends the linguistic school “Amerigo Vespucci”. She does not come from any “lineage” of the Roman right but, like so many of the ones who embraced political militancy in those years, she comes from a particular family situation: her mother, Anna, is separated, and also has another daughter (Arianna), and she does the most varied jobs to get by. All three live in a 45 square meter two-room apartment, a spartan home, without a sofa and with a single table where they can do their homework, eat and rest their elbows to watch TV. Giorgia and Arianna sleep on a mobile bed, “one for the head and one for the feet”, located in the corridor.  (more…)

Canada Editorials Education Matters English Featured News Updates Ontario

YCDSB, from the illogical to the absurd

TORONTO – Sometimes our educational, school board “planners” miss the obvious. Put aside the cultural, skills educational environment they are to establish and nurture, if one can – we are talking about children, after all. In the case of Pope Francis in Kleinburg, it is about four-year-olds (12 of them) who should be in a Junior Kindergarten class with their neighbours and friends. Unfortunately, it won’t be the case. 

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Canada Editorials Education Matters English Featured News Updates Toronto

Education issues (2): TCDSB disconnected from reality

TORONTO – If Trustees fulfill their fiduciary duties to parents, they might spend their time analysing and evaluating what the board’s administrative staff – the operational side of the organization – delivers for the investment its clientele infuses in the education of the family’s children. 

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Canada Editorials English Faith & Religion Featured Politics Toronto

‘Woke’ administrators purge catholics from Reports

TORONTO – The TCDSB Student Achievement and Well being, Catholic Education and Human Resources Committee received some annual reports “for the information of the Board of Trustees,” Thursday evening at 7:00 PM. The Committee’s title is a mouthful. The reports, not so much. They are reminiscent of a textbook critique and criticism of Ontario’s failing “progressive” educational system (woke of the era) from three generations ago: So Little for the Mind, 1953, by Hilda Neatby. 

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Ethnic press, the “voice” of real Canada: videos and pics from CNE

TORONTO – 750 publications in more than 65 languages, which exceed 1,000 if one includes radio and television stations (covering 111 languages) set up a display booth at the Canadian National Exhibition: perhaps in no country in the world there is so much variety. And if it’s true that the official languages ​​in Canada are English and French, it is equally true that those really spoken in everyday life is the only growing linguistic demographic among all Canadians. None excluded. 

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Pope Francis in Alberta, Quebec and Nunavut from 24 to 29 July: all the details

 

VATICAN CITY – He had repeatedly expressed his desire to go to Canada where the Church is engaged in an important process of reconciliation with the indigenous people. And this morning the official announcement arrived: Pope Francis will go to Canada, from 24 to 29 July (when we will leave to come back to Rome), and will stop in Alberta, Quebec and Nunavut, “accepting the invitation of the civil authorities, ecclesiastical and indigenous communities” as the director of the Vatican Press Office, Matteo Bruni, said. This is the Pope’s 38th apostolic journey, which will touch the cities of Edmonton, Québec and Iqaluit. (more…)

Canada Economy English Featured News Updates Ontario

Carpenters’ Union: “$ 3.1 billion embezzled from government: no to tax fraud”

TORONTO – The Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario (CDCO) is relaunching its campaign against tax fraud, which began Monday and runs until April 16. “The government is estimated to lose between 1.8 billion and 3.1 billion due to tax fraud in the construction sector – explains Mike Yorke (in the pic above, from https://canada.constructconnect.com), president and director of the Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario.  (more…)

Canada Covid-19 Updates English Featured News Updates Ontario

Covid, boom of children in emergency rooms. From tomorrow fourth dose for the over 60s

TORONTO – This latest wave of Covid-19 seems to be affecting more children. Visits to hospital emergency rooms by children with severe symptoms are uphill since the pandemic began two years ago. In the last two weeks, 89 children have been hospitalized across the province of Ontario. And the pressure on the Ford government to restore the obligation to wear masks, following this recent spike in infections related to children, is growing. “We’re seeing guys who have a high fever. Children for whom it is painful to breathe, others who need oxygen supplementation,” said Dr. Brett Belchetz who serves in a Toronto emergency room. 

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Canada Covid-19 Updates English Featured News Updates Ontario Quebec

Covid-19, positivity from 12 to 18% in 24 hours in Ontario

TORONTO – Sudden leap forward in the positivity rate of Covid-19 in Ontario: from 12.2% on Sunday to 17.9% today. Only at the end of January it was so high. And this despite the low number of tests carried out because of the limitation of swabs to the “at risk” categories only: just over 6,200 tests processed in the last 24 hours, which revealed the presence of 1,741 positive people.  (more…)

Canada Covid-19 Updates English Featured News Updates Ontario

Ontario: from tomorrow masks will be optional in most city facilities

TORONTO – From tomorrow goodbye to masks in Ontario. At least in most facilities including schools and kindergartens. The breakthrough was announced last week by Chief Medical Officer of Health of Ontario Kieran Moore due to the general improvement in the epidemiological situation. To abandon this personal protective equipment in the public transport sector, long-term care, retirement homes and other health facilities, reception centers, prisons and homes for people with developmental disabilities, instead we will have to wait a little longer, to be precise until April 27th. 

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Joint statement from UNICEF, UNFPA, and WHO: “Stop attacks on health care in Ukraine”

GENEVE – NEW YORK – A joint statement from UNICEF, UNFPA, and WHO: “Stop attacks on health care in Ukraine”. The appeal, signed by Catherine Russell (Executive Director UNICEF), Natalia Kanem (Executive Director UNFPA) and Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Director-General WHO), was published today. Here is the whole document. 

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Canada Covid-19 Updates English Featured News Updates Ontario Quebec

Deaths from or with Covid-19? Ontario and Quebec review all data

TORONTO – Another 20 deaths were added today to the tragic “Covid-count” in Ontario. But the total, since the beginning of the pandemic, is not 12,638 (12,618 deaths until yesterday, plus today’s deaths), but 12,149. The provincial health authorities, in fact, have decided to review all the data, removing from the total count the “suspicious” deaths: those not directly attributable only to Covid-19. And from a first analysis, there would be 489 previous deaths not attributable to that category.  (more…)

Canada Covid-19 Updates English Featured News Updates Ontario

From tomorrow Ontario relaxes anti Covid restrictions

TORONTO – Almost all the restrictions launched in Ontario to fight the Covid-19 pandemic have been lifted. From tomorrow the vaccination certificate will no longer be necessary to access indoor environments of non-essential activities. This is the most important change: this means that businesses, for example, will no longer be required to ask customers for proof of at least two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine to allow entry. Stores, however, to ensure the safety of their staff and for the peace of mind it offers to their customers, can nevertheless continue to keep the vaccination certificate in force. 

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Canada Covid-19 Updates English Featured News Updates Ontario Toronto

Ontario, some restrictions removed from tomorrow

TORONTO – Despite everything, there are conditions for a first easing of restrictions. This is what Ontario Premier Doug Ford said when he announced that from tomorrow gyms, restaurants, theaters, casinos – everyone can open at 50% of the capacity – and indoor social gatherings will increase from 5 to 10, outdoors they can reach 25. In addition, it will be possible to consume food or drinks at indoor sporting events, in concert halls, theaters and cinemas: masks will be required when people are not busy drinking or eating. 

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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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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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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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Alberta Canada Covid-19 Updates English Featured News Updates

No updates on Covid in Alberta from 23 December, but there is the ‘black market’ of data

TORONTO – Canada has officially registered more than two million cases of Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic: 2,058,872, to be exact. And they are probably “few”, given that on the one hand health workers are preparing for a possible post-holiday peak driven by the fast-spreading Omicron variant and on the other hand the numbers of the last few days could represent only the tip of the iceberg given the difficulty in processing all tampons. But there is also who doens’t provide the data at all, such as Alberta. (more…)

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Omicron emergency, incoming aid from Ottawa

OTTAWA – In order to help those affected by the measures imposed to cope with the spread of the Covid-19 variant Omicron, the federal government has temporarily expanded eligibility for two economic aid programs. This was announced today by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “We will be there for the most affected regions, for specific sectors such as art and culture, hospitality and tourism – said Trudeau during a virtual press conference – we will be present to protect you and your families”. 

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Canada Covid-19 Updates English Featured News Updates Ontario

Over 30 thousand deaths from Covid-19 in Canada. The experts: “The worst is yet to come”

 

TORONTO – Skyrocketing infections and more than thirty thousand deaths from Covid-19 throughout Canada since the beginning of the pandemic: these are the sad data of today, negative on all fronts. Let’s start with Ontario, which reported the highest daily count of new cases in seven months. The province has in fact registered 2,421 new infections (53% of which of the Omicron variant), with an impressive increase compared to 1,808 new cases. Earlier this week, 1,476 new cases had been registered on Monday, 1,536 on Tuesday and 1,429 on Wednesday.  (more…)

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Ontario, third dose of vaccine to all over 18s as early as Monday after three months from the second one

TORONTO – There is no more time to waste, at least more than that lost so far between hesitations and non-decisions. The provincial government announced today that the third dose of the vaccine will be open to all citizens aged 18 and over from Monday. Not only that: it will be possible to do it three months (and no longer six) from the second one. An acceleration first hoped for and then supported by the Ontario Science Table which just today returned to call for rapid measures to curb the surge in cases due, in all probability, to the Omicron variant, much more infectious than the Delta. But let’s go in order.  (more…)

Canada Covid-19 Updates English Featured News Updates Ontario Toronto

From bad to worse: 47 schools closed in Ontario

TORONTO – The evidence can no longer be denied. Covid-19 entered Ontario schools from the main entrance. Almost one in a hundred public schools is now closed due to Covid-19 outbreaks or operational reasons related to the pandemic. If only two days ago the institutes closed due to outbreaks of the virus were 28, the number today – according to data provided by the Ministry of Education – jumped to 47. As many as 47 schools closed with the transfer of children to distance learning with Covid that continues to create havoc as regards face-to-face lessons.  (more…)

Canada Covid-19 Updates English Featured News Updates Ontario

Long-Term Care homes, from today the vaccination is mandatory

TORONTO – Time is up. Since today, staff in Ontario’s long-term care homes, if they want to continue working in these facilities, must be fully vaccinated. The original deadline set for workers in the sector among the most affected by Covid-19 has been postponed from November 12 to December 13, said LTC ministry spokeswoman Vanessa De Matteis, following the recommendation of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization.  (more…)

Canada Editorials English Featured News Updates Politics

Chaos and accusations: in Ottawa we start again from where we left off

TORONTO – Ottawa starts again exactly as the last legislature ended: accusations, controversies, poisons. The climate of institutional bon ton lasted very little, time to elect the new Speaker of the House – with the reconfirmation of the Italian Canadian Anthony Rota – and to listen to the historic Speech from the Throne of the Governor General Mary Simon – the first in English, French and in the Inuit language – and in the Canadian parliament we returned to the old good manners.  (more…)

Canada English Featured Immigration World News

From Italy to Canada, immigration interrupted

TORONTO – The migration phenomenon from Italy to Canada has slowed down sharply in recent years. To support this thesis, which in the past has been documented by the Corriere Canadese on the basis of the numbers of the Ministry of Immigration of Ottawa, is also confirmed in the data in the latest Migrantes Report, which analyzes not only the numerical consistency of arrivals and departures of individual countries, but also the historical period in which the transfer abroad from Italy took place.  (more…)

English Featured News Updates The Environment World News

From Rome to Glasgow, all the challenges of the international community

TORONTO – All roads led to Italy for the 2-day G20 summit meeting this year. US President Joe Biden had to put on hold domestic issues just to be in Rome for this summit. Top of the agenda was climate change. Prince Charles addressed the leaders of attending countries. From Rome, participants proceeded to Glasgow, Scotland, for the UN COP26 meeting. In both meetings, activists ensured that their voices are heard by world leaders. These meetings are unique because Covid safety protocols are in place. I remember when G8-G20 was held in Toronto having experienced challenges covering the event.  (more…)

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“This is how Denise could be today”: a new appeal from her mother Piera Maggio

MAZARA DEL VALLO (Trapani) – Tomorrow, Tuesday 26 October, Denise Pipitone would turn 21. She would, because no one knows what happened to that little girl who disappeared on 1 September 2004 from Mazara del Vallo, a town in the province of Trapani, in Sicily. Since then, investigations, trials, appeals, searches, all without the desired results: to find Denise or, at least, to know the truth about what happened that day in the small Sicilian village where everyone knows each other. (more…)

Canada Covid-19 Updates English Featured News Updates Ontario

Ontario, fewer cases but 29% of the newly infected are vaccinated. Patients from Saskatchewan are arriving

TORONTO – New cases and active infections continue to decrease in Ontario. Today, provincial health officials recorded 373 infections, down from 443 on Sunday and 458 on the same day a week ago. 108 of the cases involve fully vaccinated people, representing approximately 29% of all reported cases. (more…)

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Green pass in Ontario, from tomorrow everyone can download the app

TORONTO – From tomorrow all Ontario residents vaccinated against Covid-19 will be able to download the new QR code online. Already on Friday the province made it possible to download according to the month of birth: on October 15th it was the turn of those born from January to April, on the 16th of those born from May to August and today, finally of those who celebrate their birthday from September to December. From 6 this morning, finally, everyone – regardless of the month of birth – can download their vaccination certificate with the official QR code. “This is for businesses and organizations to scan the QR code made available to people,” said Ford Premier spokeswoman Ivana Yelich. (more…)

Canada Covid-19 Updates Education Matters English Featured News Updates Ontario

YRDSB prohibits teachers from wearing N95 masks

TORONTO –  What happened to three teachers on the York Region District School Board seems surreal. The teachers who have chosen to buy and wear N95 masks in class say they have been threatened with disciplinary sanctions because only the use of blue surgical masks – the least protective ones, to be clear – supplied to the school board is allowed.  (more…)


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