Today’s coronavirus news: Worrying number of pregnant individuals remain unvaccinated

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. 8:07 a.m.: Dr. Mariam Hanna noticed an uptick in requests for allergy assessments in her Burlington, Ont., clinic after the province began implementing COVID-19 vaccine certificates last month. Whether … Read more

Kingston police declare homecoming gathering ‘aggravated nuisance’

KINGSTON, ONT. — Kingston called in the OPP’s riot squad on Saturday to help clear an illegal university homecoming party that saw 8,000 people, and a crowd-surfing sofa, swarm a storied section of the University District. What started as a rather tame gathering of a few hundred hanging out on the lawns and porches of … Read more

Today’s coronavirus news: New Zealand administers record number of vaccines at ‘Vaxathon’; Russia’s daily death toll from COVID-19 exceeds 1,000

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. 10:20 a.m.: Ontario is reporting 486 new cases of COVID-19 with 329 cases in individuals who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status and 157 are … Read more

‘They’re gagging people’: New Brunswick orders halt to Indigenous land acknowledgments — and faces a national backlash

Julianna Peter-Paul says it’s “just one more thing” the government of New Brunswick has done to her people “that will have to be reconciled later.” The 27-year-old from the Metepenagiag Miꞌkmaq Nation, who works part-time for the provincial archives, was stunned this week when the province ordered all government employees to stop giving land acknowledgments … Read more

TTC to fire employees who don’t get vaccinated

The TTC has confirmed it will suspend and ultimately fire employees who don’t comply with the agency’s mandatory vaccination policy, setting the stage for possible labour shortages and cuts to transit service next month. In a press release Friday, the TTC announced it had revised its policy on COVID-19 vaccines for employees, pushing the deadline … Read more

The Weekend Playlist: A sprawling epic from Toronto jazz trio BadBadNotGood, a shot of nostalgia from synth-pop revivalists Magdalena Bay and more

Keeping up with new music releases can be a difficult task. Your Weekend Playlist offers a brief introduction to a broad range of the most interesting new tracks and emerging artists. This week’s playlist features new music from BadBadNotGood, Magdalena Bay, Bizarrap and a collaboration between Hamilton Leithauser and Kevin Morby. Plus, new music from … Read more

‘My wife can’t even go out to get food’: Afghan refugees here appeal to Ottawa to expedite reunification with their families as Taliban threat escalates

Even before the Taliban took over their country in August, these women were already in hiding with their young children, waiting to join their husbands in refuge in Canada. Now, without a man’s escort, these wives and mothers can’t even leave their homes and move around to take care of themselves and their children. The … Read more

General Motors Canada announces it will require all workers to be fully vaccinated by December

General Motors Canada says its employees have two months to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19. In a statement released Thursday, the company said that all personnel, including visitors, at General Motors facilities across Canada must have two doses of a government-approved COVID-19 vaccine as of Dec. 12. “We are joining many other companies, from multiple … Read more