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Today’s coronavirus news: COVID-19 pandemic looms over final stretch of federal election campaign

The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Sunday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available. 10:50 a.m.: Ontario is reporting another 715 COVID-19 cases and 6 more deaths, according to its latest report released Sunday morning.

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Today’s coronavirus news: COVID-19 pandemic looms over final stretch of federal election campaign

Travel news: ‘Bridgerton’ invites you to the ball, more outdoor foodie events in Ontario, where to find the fanciest jet-lag cure

“Bridgerton” soirées Did binge-watching “Bridgerton” spark a desire to time-travel to Regency-era London? Coming in early 2022, “The Queen’s Ball: A Bridgerton Experience” aims to take you there, at least in spirit. The event, co-produced by Netflix, Shondaland and Fever, will tour worldwide, with Montreal, Chicago and L.A. among the first cities.

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Travel news: ‘Bridgerton’ invites you to the ball, more outdoor foodie events in Ontario, where to find the fanciest jet-lag cure

Quebec judge refuses request for fully vaccinated jury at Montreal trial

MONTREAL - A Quebec Superior Court judge has ruled a juror doesn’t need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in a Montreal fraud trial. Justice Mario Longpré wrote in ruling released Friday that full immunization wasn’t necessary and cited privacy concerns and jury representativeness in his ruling.

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Quebec judge refuses request for fully vaccinated jury at Montreal trial

13 of the week’s best long reads from the Star, Sept. 11 to 17, 2021

From anti-vaccine protests to COVID-19 in the fourth wave, we’ve selected some of the best long reads of the week on thestar.com. Want to dive into more long features? Sign up for the Weekend Long Reads newsletter to get them delivered to your inbox every Saturday morning.

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13 of the week’s best long reads from the Star, Sept. 11 to 17, 2021

Snail’s pace on vaccine app, and bless the child

Today, deep in Hamilton’s fourth wave, some weekend thoughts. Ontario’s vaccine passport system comes into force Sept. 22. Considering the unfolding disaster in Alberta, this cannot happen soon enough. It won’t be a panacea, but it should help keep us safer (not safe) and encourage vaccination.

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Snail’s pace on vaccine app, and bless the child

‘Do not enter’: Why are migrant worker bunkhouses not part of workplace safety inspections?

In some provinces, they’re known as “captive workers”: those who, because of the circumstances of their job, have no choice but to live in employer-provided housing. In Ontario, roughly 20,000 workers fall into this category — living and working on local farms after arriving each season from Mexico and the Caribbean.

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‘Do not enter’: Why are migrant worker bunkhouses not part of workplace safety inspections?

Today’s coronavirus news: Ontario reporting 821 new cases of COVID-19, 10 deaths; TIFF co-heads say despite COVID case, it was ‘an incredible festival that was safe’

The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Saturday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available. 4:50 p.m.: Quebec reported 821 new COVID-19 cases and three further deaths in its latest data on Saturday, as authorities expanded plans to use rapid tests in elementary schools to more regions of the province.

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Today’s coronavirus news: Ontario reporting 821 new cases of COVID-19, 10 deaths; TIFF co-heads say despite COVID case, it was ‘an incredible festival that was safe’

Plan to swim at a city pool? Bring your proof of vaccination

City hall is gearing up to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for some recreation programs and facilities, part of the province’s new vaccine certificate regulations for indoor public spaces. People 12 and older will have to provide proof of vaccination for select services and programs at community centres, arenas and indoor pools starting Sept. 22, the day Ontario’s vaccine certificate program comes into effect.

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Plan to swim at a city pool? Bring your proof of vaccination

Federal election riding profile: Sarnia-Lambton

The pandemic and the economy have different twists in the region's lone border-city seat: The pandemic and the economy have different twists in the region’s lone border-city seat: THE RIDING A blue-collar riding, it’s home to Ontario’s Chemical Valley and border-city Sarnia and includes a large rural component.

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Federal election riding profile: Sarnia-Lambton

‘The world is on fire:’ How should Hamilton residents vote in a climate emergency?

The climate emergency finally burned through Hamilton’s pandemic preoccupation this summer — just in time for an election. Maybe you saw the heartbreaking televised images of the deadly “heat dome” and blaze that destroyed the B.C. village of Lytton in June. Or puzzled over a late July pall of smoke hanging over Hamilton — a lung-busting haze caused by wildfires raging more than a 1,500 kilometres away in northwestern Ontario.

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‘The world is on fire:’ How should Hamilton residents vote in a climate emergency?

Federal election riding profile: Huron-Bruce

Infrastructure and agriculture are top of mind for many in the two-county riding: Calvi Leon • Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Sep 17, 2021 • 8 hours ago • 2 minute read • Infrastructure and agriculture are top of mind for many in this two-county riding THE RIDING Home to the world’s largest nuclear plant and some of Ontario’s most productive farmland, the riding combines Huron and Bruce counties to take in several municipalities, including Goderich, Kincardine and Bluewater.

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Federal election riding profile: Huron-Bruce

Mohawk College faculty and administration hopeful for new contract

Union officials representing faculty at Mohawk College are looking for some good news to come out of the contract talks between the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) and the College Employer Council. “We remain cautiously optimistic that we’re going to have an offer come that our team will be able to endorse and that our members will be happy to accept,” said Heather-Giardine-Tuck, president of OPSEU local 240 that represents close to 1,000 full-time professors, instructors, counsellors and librarians at Mohawk.

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Mohawk College faculty and administration hopeful for new contract

We need national standards for long-term care in Canada

Elections should be about more than just candidates. They should also be about issues that matter to Canadians. There are plenty of issues in this election vying for attention. Like the candidates, some will be winners, others will lose. Unfortunately, the urgent need for national standards in long-term care — a matter of life and death — has been pushed aside, and Canadians will be the losers.

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We need national standards for long-term care in Canada

About 17 per cent of HWCDSB staff either unvaccinated or haven’t disclosed their status

About 17 per cent of Hamilton Catholic board teachers aren’t fully immunized against COVID-19 or haven’t disclosed their vaccination status. Under current rules, all Ontario school board staff are required to disclose show proof of vaccination or get tested regularly. Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board (HWCDSB) chair Pat Daly said the policy applies to 4,004 staff — including teachers, educational assistants, early childhood educators, administrators and lunchroom supervisors — and trustees.

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About 17 per cent of HWCDSB staff either unvaccinated or haven’t disclosed their status

Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole making first London campaign stop

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole will be stopping in northwest London's Hyde Park Friday afternoon as the federal election campaign enters its final weekend. Free Press staff Sep 17, 2021 • 9 hours ago • 1 minute read • Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole will be stopping in northwest London’s Hyde Park Friday afternoon as the federal election campaign enters its final weekend.

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Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole making first London campaign stop

Alberta’s meltdown finally made the pandemic an election issue. It should have been the focus from the start

Alberta is burning, and it is one of the worst kinds of tragedy. On Wednesday, Premier Jason Kenney said ICUs could be as few as 10 days from being overwhelmed, and so, he had to act. Saskatchewan, next door, is not far behind.

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Alberta’s meltdown finally made the pandemic an election issue. It should have been the focus from the start

At least 20% of Ontario PPC candidates have participated in hostile anti-vaccine protests. Why some say their attendance legitimizes dangerous beliefs

People’s Party of Canada candidates are participating in and organizing increasingly rancorous protests targeting hospitals and politicians, a strategy that coincides with the once-fringe party’s rapid rise in public support. At least 20 per cent of Ontario PPC candidates have attended the often vitriolic protests where attendees push a kaleidoscope of conspiracies and vaccine misinformation, Torstar has found.

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At least 20% of Ontario PPC candidates have participated in hostile anti-vaccine protests. Why some say their attendance legitimizes dangerous beliefs

Campaign race for home has main federal party leaders in Eastern, Central Canada

With just three days now until the federal election, the main party leaders will be keeping the campaign throttle wide open today as they chase any still undecided votes in Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is to begin his day with a scheduled announcement this morning in Windsor, Ont.

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Campaign race for home has main federal party leaders in Eastern, Central Canada

‘I’m here but my mind is always there:’ Ontario woman returns home from Afghanistan

Heartbreak and guilt are all Zakia Zarifi has been feeling since she returned to her home in Ontario from Afghanistan. “I’m happy to see my family here, but it’s torture for me because I couldn’t bring my parents with me,” the real estate agent from Brampton said over the phone.

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‘I’m here but my mind is always there:’ Ontario woman returns home from Afghanistan