Polio is back on the radar of Canada and other countries. Here’s why

Polio, an infectious illness that was eradicated in Canada almost three a long time in the past, has re-emerged in some Western nations regardless of broadly accessible and efficient vaccines in opposition to the sickness. And though Canadians are largely vaccinated in opposition to the illness that may trigger paralysis or loss of life, the disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic which have led to kids lacking routine immunizations, or vaccine hesitancy fuelled by pandemic misinformation, might go away some susceptible to an sickness that was lengthy regarded as in our rear-view mirror, consultants say. On Thursday, the Public Well being Company of Canada introduced it plans to check wastewater throughout the nation for traces of the polio virus. Different international … Read more

Ford government offered to meet Ambassador Bridge protesters

OTTAWA — Protesters who shut down the very important commerce hall over the Ambassador Bridge to denounce COVID-19 well being measures earlier this yr rejected a proposal from the Ontario authorities to fulfill and focus on their issues in the event that they lifted their blockade, newly launched paperwork say. The paperwork additionally reveal that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and prime officers within the federal authorities thought-about negotiating with so-called “Freedom Convoy” protesters in Ottawa — one thing demonstrators themselves repeatedly demanded throughout their three-week occupation of the streets round Parliament Hill. The revelations come from closely redacted assembly minutes and agendas the federal government filed in Federal Courtroom final week, as civil liberties teams problem Ottawa’s use of the … Read more

Trudeau government was told of ‘potential for a breakthrough’ with protesters a day before it used Emergencies Act, cabinet documents reveal

OTTAWA — The evening earlier than the Liberal authorities invoked the Emergencies Act to take care of so-called “Freedom Convoy” protesters, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s nationwide safety adviser instructed the federal cupboard “there was potential for a breakthrough” with the occupation round Parliament Hill, newly launched paperwork present. In a press release to the Star on Thursday, Public Security Minister Marco Mendicino’s workplace stated the adviser was referring to negotiations with protesters led “principally” by town of Ottawa. However these talks had been in the end unsuccessful, Mendicino’s workplace stated, and their failure was an element within the authorities’s unprecedented choice to invoke the Emergencies Act lower than 24 hours later. The cupboard assembly the place the adviser made the … Read more

Brampton man’s mom fends off son’s machete-wielding attackers

As Joti Singh Mann’s mom, Jasmail, rushed from her Brampton dwelling that morning to confront three strangers on the finish of her driveway, she didn’t understand it was her son’s life within the steadiness. Safety footage exhibits the girl working down the interlocking stone in direction of three assailants in darkish clothes within the Mayfield Rd. and Hurontario St. neighbourhood. One was wielding an axe over her son, one other, a machete. Peel Regional Police supplies an replace on an Try Homicide investigation. This incident occurred on August 4, 2022 at a residence within the space of Hurontario Avenue/Mayfield Street in Brampton. Within the agonizing 66-second lead-up to that second, seen on the widely-circulated footage that has introduced the Aug. … Read more

Ontario school support staff to consider strike vote

The union representing college help workers plans to satisfy later this month to debate holding a strike vote — a transfer Training Minister Stephen Lecce known as “regrettable” and requested it to halt. Particulars in a memo from CUPE’s Ontario College Boards’ Council of Unions, first reported by the Star, cite Aug. 22 for a gathering with native leaders to supply an replace from the most recent talks — held Aug. 8 and 9, with extra on Aug. 15 and 16 — in addition to discussions round “province-wide central and native strike votes and the organizing plan to attain excessive participation.” Laura Walton, president of the council of unions, informed the Star any transfer to carry a strike vote should … Read more

678,000 Conservatives were sent leadership ballots. For the contenders, the final battle is now underway

OTTAWA — Irrespective of what number of clicks a candidate has on social media or {dollars} they’ve within the financial institution, what it’s going to take to win the Conservative management race is votes. However each the likes and the bucks are a part of getting that vote out. Get-out-the-vote efforts on behalf of all 5 campaigns are shifting into excessive gear with only a month remaining within the contest, and even much less time to get ballots again to get together headquarters to be counted. “It takes an enormous quantity of labor,” stated Chris Rougier, a veteran campaigner on the helm of Jean Charest’s effort to guide the get together. “It’s way more tactical than every other degree of … Read more

New Langya virus found in China, dozens infected

Researchers have found a brand new, seemingly animal-borne virus in jap China that has contaminated not less than 35 individuals thus far. The illness, a novel virus named Langya henipavirus (LayV), seems to trigger flu-like signs and is at the moment being monitored by the Taiwan CDC. Specialists say animal-borne viruses like LayV, monkeypox and COVID-19 are on the rise, partially on account of local weather change. LayV was first recognized on Aug. 4 in a report revealed within the New England Journal of Medication. The investigation recognized 35 sufferers contaminated with LayV in China’s Shandong and Henan provinces. In keeping with researchers, there was no clear proof of human-to-human transmission. Of the 35, 26 had been contaminated with simply … Read more

Doug Ford’s new law will give new powers to Toronto and Ottawa mayors

Toronto and Ottawa are getting “sturdy mayors” after the Oct. 24 municipal elections — and different massive Ontario cities may observe quickly after. Below Premier Doug Ford’s new laws tabled Wednesday, the mayors of Toronto and Ottawa would have sweeping new authority over municipal budgets and the hiring and firing of senior metropolis employees. As first disclosed by the Star three weeks in the past, Ford’s Progressive Conservatives are extending the powers to the province’s two largest cities in time for the following civic elections. Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark’s Robust Mayors, Constructing Houses Act lastly spells out the extent and the restrictions of the improved mayoral authority that can be in impact for council phrases starting Nov. 15. The … Read more

Police lay 400 charges in massive cross-border drug bust

Funding for First Nations police providers in communities on or close to the U.S.-Canada border have to be beefed up to be able to cease the stream of unlawful firearms being smuggled by Indigenous territory, says Walpole Island First Nation Chief Charles Sampson. “We desperately want enhanced funding to get this job carried out,” Sampson advised a information convention at York Regional Police headquarters Wednesday. “These unlawful weapons finally help with the dedication of crime in giant city areas reminiscent of Toronto and current an actual hazard to public security and human lives.” Gun violence has been trending upward in Toronto for the final decade, though the variety of deadly and non-fatal shootings dipped through the pandemic. Up to now … Read more

Ontario ombudsman threatens probe into slow pace of changes to police de-escalation training

Annoyed by “painfully sluggish” progress towards standardized and necessary de-escalating coaching for law enforcement officials within the wake of the 2013 Sammy Yatim streetcar taking pictures, Ontario’s ombudsman is threatening a probe into the shortage of provincial motion. “After just a few years, for those who don’t see sufficient motion … you’ve the choice to do one other investigation and shine the sunshine on that subject,” Paul Dubé stated Wednesday. In his annual report, he faulted the Ministry of the Solicitor Normal for not continuing with a selected regulation on de-escalation, and stated different initiatives like a brand new use-of-force mannequin, revised coaching and steerage to police forces on body-worn cameras for officers have “stalled.” Dubé additionally stated he could … Read more

Toronto’s new tool for testing beach water quality under fire

A protected water advocacy group is anxious for the well being of Toronto beachgoers after town’s new water high quality monitoring system seems to have repeatedly allowed contaminated seashores to stay open. This summer season, town quietly adopted synthetic intelligence predictive modelling (AIPM) to forecast water high quality at two key seashores. Quickly after, questions arose round its accuracy after waters that examined excessive for E. coli utilizing conventional means had been marked protected by the brand new system dozens of instances. Isabel Fleisher works for water advocacy group Swim Drink Fish, which publishes swim guides informing individuals when and the place it’s protected to take a dip based mostly on public well being knowledge. She grew involved final month … Read more

‘No easy solutions’ to Ontario’s health-care and inflation challenges, Ford government warns

Going through the dual challenges of hovering inflation and an overburdened health-care system because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Premier Doug Ford’s authorities warns “there aren’t any simple options.” In Tuesday’s speech from the throne — learn within the legislature by Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell — Ford’s re-elected Progressive Conservatives appealed for unity at an unsure time for the province. At Queen’s Park, Ontario Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell delivers a speech from the throne to open the primary session of the forty third provincial parliament. The speech lays out the priorities of Premier Doug Ford and his Progressive Conservative authorities, who’re returning to the legislature with a second majority. “Now is just not the time for partisanship and beliefs to trump the … Read more