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#StarExclusive: The federal government plans to spend more than $1.5B on COVID-19 rapid tests, the Star has learned

Story by @hscoffield
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Canada will spend $1.5B on rapid tests directly and also on helping provinces with the logistics of distributing them, a federal source said on condition of anonymity.
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The federal government aims to respond to growing requests from provinces to make more use of rapid tests to quickly detect the new Omicron variant, which is highly contagious. thestar.com/politics/feder…
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#StarExclusive: Canada’s outgoing ambassador to China revealed new details on the emotional flight that brought the ‘two Michaels’ home.

"When they walked into the room, that’s the first time they’ve seen each other. And … it was just emotional."

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“They were full of vim and vigour,” Dominic Barton said. “They were talking and you know, just like a firehose, just ideas and what they were doing, and talking with each other.” thestar.com/politics/feder…
Barton said Kovrig and Spavor, who had known each other casually before their arrests and were aware of each other’s plight, saw each other for the first time just before the flight.

“Them seeing each other was pretty special." thestar.com/politics/feder…
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#StarExclusive: The Ontario government is making a big push to get young people to consider careers in the trades, dispatching recruiters to some 800 Ontario high schools and holding large fairs across the province to link students with jobs. thestar.com/politics/provi…
The push to promote skilled trades to students is an effort to stave off a looming shortage of workers in the fields, which can pay about $100,000 a year with benefits and pensions.
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Labour Minister Monte McNaughton and Education Minister Stephen Lecce are in Whitby Wednesday morning to announce details of $90 million in funding for the trades, boosting provincial spending in the area to $1.5 billion over the next four years.
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#StarExclusive: Staff on GO Transit and UP Express trains have been allowed to stay on the job without getting their COVID-19 shots, despite the provincial transit agency’s introduction of a vaccine mandate two weeks ago. torstar.co/vIsZ50GOlNn
Metrolinx, the Crown corporation that oversees GO bus and rail lines as well as the airport train service, announced Aug. 20 it would require all staff to get vaccinated against COVID-19. thestar.com/news/gta/2021/…
The policy, which was instituted under the direction of Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney, went into effect Nov. 1 and is supposed to apply to employees, contractors and anyone working on Metrolinx property.
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#StarExclusive: There have been big gains recently in the percentage of Ontario 12-year-olds fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but this cohort still lags behind older age groups and remains far below the provincial average.

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Children born in 2009 have double-dose rates of 68 per cent — the lowest among all Ontario youngsters between the ages of 12 and 17, Ministry of Health data shows.
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This most recent snapshot comes at a time when public health units are preparing to expand vaccine coverage to even younger kids, with Health Canada approval for five-to-11-year-olds expected this month. Experts suggest it may be an uphill battle. thestar.com/news/gta/2021/…
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#StarExclusive: Insiders say Erin O’Toole has no easy way out as Conservatives prepare to meet amid battle over COVID-19 vaccinations. torstar.co/A6Ap50Gyhkc
Conservative MPs now have the power to force a vote on his leadership at any time, a right they granted themselves during their first get-together after last month’s election. thestar.com/politics/feder…
Three Conservative MPs said they have no doubt there are a number of caucus members who would sign on in an attempt to oust O’Toole, but believe it’s unlikely such a vote would succeed. thestar.com/politics/feder…
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#StarExclusive: Edward Rogers fought plans to keep Raptors’ Masai Ujiri, but was thwarted by MLSE head, sources say.

Story by @christinedobby and @SmithRaps.

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New details have emerged suggesting that behind the scenes the former chair of Rogers Communications Inc. tried to sabotage a high-performing executive with whom he had grown disenchanted. thestar.com/business/2021/…
After weeks of negotiations that began in mid-July, both MLSE chair Tanenbaum and Bell were on board with offering Ujiri a sweetened package that included incentive pay tied to a future increase in value of the Raptors. thestar.com/business/2021/…
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#StarExclusive: Ontario labour minister says new temp agency laws will end working conditions he describes as akin to "modern-day slavery"

Story by @SaraMojtehedz
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Temporary help agencies and recruiters will soon need to be licensed and vetted by the province to operate, in an effort to improve accountability and enforcement in a sector known for widespread violations. thestar.com/news/gta/2021/…
New labour legislation expected to be announced Monday will, if passed, give workers “unprecedented protection and security,” Labour Minister Monte McNaughton said. thestar.com/news/gta/2021/…
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#StarExclusive: An Ontario cabinet minister used a controversial new election advertising law to try to handcuff at least three grassroots organizations — including two in his riding that are fighting the province’s decision to build a new prison. torstar.co/gL6150GsJcL
Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Steve Clark filed a complaint with Elections Ontario last month, targeting two small community organizations in Kemptville.
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Clark alleged they were “conducting unregistered third party political advertising” by sending out mailers and putting up lawn signs to bring attention to a proposed prison planned for the eastern Ontario community of 4,000, the Star has learned.
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How did Trudeau turn around his faltering campaign to defeat O’Toole?

“The way the trajectory was going, we were going to lose."

This #StarExclusive by @althiaraj gives an inside look based on interviews with 57 individuals from all five major campaigns
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In addition to the motivations behind the decisions taken during the election campaign, this exclusive story takes a look at the decision to call the election, and the lessons the parties learned in the aftermath of it all. thestar.com/politics/feder…
The Liberals believe they won the election by shifting their messaging and leveraging their strengths in ground game and analytics. thestar.com/politics/feder…
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#StarExclusive: Anyone who wishes to seek asylum from within Canada must now create an online account and file their claims through a computer portal — a change that advocates warn will create chaos and make asylum less accessible.
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According to an email from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to refugee lawyers this week, the Canadian Refugee Protection Portal, or CRPP, has been launched as the only means for people already in Canada to submit a claim, starting Oct. 6.
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Through the system, claimants can create an account, complete a questionnaire and submit supporting documents, including their completed basis-of-claim form — online.
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In a Star Exclusive, @ElizabethMay breaks her silence on the situation inside the Green Party.

"Annamie Paul told me to stay silent. But now I must say something."

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It appears to me that Ms. Paul expected her role to be similar to that of a CEO/chair following the American business model, and that she demanded relatively autocratic powers along those lines. thestar.com/news/canada/20…
The federal council resisted, but in the event were ground down and acceded to almost everything Annamie Paul requested.

She was granted many of those elements of top-down leadership and authority which Green leaders do not customarily get. thestar.com/news/canada/20…
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#StarExclusive: In the wake of a disappointing election result that saw the party’s vote share collapse to its lowest level since 2000, some longtime Greens believe the past year of turmoil has left their party all but dead. torstar.co/QwXt50GkKcX
How did it come to this? In November 2019, the Green party was at a crossroads.

They had won three seats, its best result ever, there was a sense that a golden opportunity had been squandered. thestar.com/politics/feder…
May’s resignation, and the party’s efforts to deal with concerns about diversity — would set the stage for the coming internal conflict. thestar.com/politics/feder…
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#StarExclusive: In a pandemic first, the southern Ontario farm where a massive COVID-19 outbreak claimed the life of a migrant worker and sickened scores more is facing prosecution for a raft of alleged workplace safety violations. torstar.co/BoLq50Ghpns
Scotlynn Growers and proprietor Scott Biddle are charged with 20 offences that allegedly occurred last year, when about 200 migrant workers tested positive for the virus.
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Amongst them was 55-year-old Juan Lopez Chaparro, who died from COVID-19 following the Scotlynn outbreak in June 2020.

He left behind four children in Mexico, as well as his widow, who says there are “no words” to describe losing him.
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#StarExclusive: A survey of 3,010 Canadians by Mental Health Research Canada found that despite some positive signs around COVID-19 this summer, our heightened pandemic anxiety is staying put. torstar.co/eqgS50GeoGx
“[Anxiety] for people hasn’t really changed because the situation hasn’t really changed for a lot of people,” said Michael Cooper, vice-president of development for the national charitable research organization.
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Depression rates have also remained consistent in comparison to earlier this year, hovering around 16% These symptoms continue to affect the lives of 1 in 3 Canadians, who said the decline in their mental health has impacted their ability to function. thestar.com/news/canada/20…
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#StarExclusive: As the fourth wave continues to hit the province, Education Minister Stephen Lecce says he's committed to keeping Ontario schools open amid fourth wave.

“It’s a different reality this September than last." torstar.co/sv3u50G6SlB
But getting back to normal has already taken another hit. In a surprise move on the eve of the return to class, Toronto Public Health told boards to pause all extracurricular sports and clubs, as well as field trips, for at least September.
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About three-quarters of those 12 to 17 have already gotten a shot — there are added measures of daily screening, mandatory masking starting in Grade 1, ventilation upgrades and some 70,000 HEPA units in classrooms, including every kindergarten classroom.thestar.com/politics/provi…
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#StarExclusive by @BenSpurr: A section of Queen Street — between Bay and Victoria streets — may be closed for almost half a decade to allow for construction of a new subway stop in the heart of downtown Toronto. thestar.com/news/gta/2021/… Image
Metrolinx says the proposed closure would last roughly from May 2023 to November 2027, and is necessary for the complex work required to build an Ontario Line station beneath the TTC’s existing Queen subway stop. thestar.com/news/gta/2021/…
The roughly 280-metre stretch is close to major retail hubs like the Eaton Centre and the Hudson’s Bay flagship store, and important institutions like St. Michael’s Hospital and Old City Hall. thestar.com/news/gta/2021/…
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#StarExclusive: The NDP is expanding its definition of “super rich” to include thousands more Canadians who would be forced to pay the party’s proposed wealth tax, the Star has learned. torstar.co/eHzV50FPAGV
Jagmeet Singh will look to impose a 1-per-cent “wealth tax” on Canadian households with assets worth more than $10 million.

It’s in a bid to raise billions of dollars to pay for the expensive programs the party has championed under his leadership. thestar.com/politics/feder…
Until now, the NDP was calling for the special tax only for households worth more than $20 million.

The new promise is part of the New Democrats’ policy platform for the next federal election. thestar.com/politics/feder…
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#StarExclusive: NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is challenging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to recall Parliament and refrain from calling a snap summer election as all parties prepare for a federal campaign that is widely expected to start soon. torstar.co/AMze50FO3Zt
In a letter to Trudeau that was obtained by the Star, Singh pledges his New Democratic Party is “ready to work” with the Liberal minority government on legislation both leaders have deemed important. thestar.com/politics/feder…
“It is within your power to bring your ministers back off the pre-campaign trail, recall the House and get to work,” Singh writes.

“New Democrats are ready to return to Parliament and keep fighting for Canadians.” thestar.com/politics/feder…
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#StarExclusive: Barbra Streisand’s pandemic project was "a walk down memory lane" into a vault of rare and unreleased recordings spanning 1969 to 2020.
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That deep dive into an unheard vault of her music for a new album called “Release Me 2,” available Aug. 6, sent Streisand into a creative déjà vu of sorts, one which had her back to one of her main loves: re-addressing and perfecting past performances. thestar.com/entertainment/…
Jumping eras, genres and styles, “Release Me 2”’s track list moves from bubbly duets with Barry Gibb to beautiful anthems to more obscure cuts. thestar.com/entertainment/…
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“In almost all outbreaks we encounter agency staff.” How Peel — and the province — grappled with a quiet crisis: temp work

#StarExclusive by @SaraMojtehedz:
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The last time Peel’s associate medical officer inquired with the Ministry of Labour about support for temp agency staff in long-term-care homes, Dr. Gayane Hovhannisyan was told the issue was “out of scope” for the ministry, emails show.
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A study by Peel’s health unit now suggests a significantly higher proportion of temp agency staff than other Peel residents caught COVID both through exposures in care settings and other types of workplaces.
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#StarExclusive: A major developer had plans to build an office community in Liberty Village. Now the province wants half his land for the Ontario Line

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Prominent Toronto developer Michael Cruickshank and his business partner Robert Eisenberg had big plans to create a “campus-style” office community in Liberty Village on 12 acres of property they co-own. thestar.com/news/gta/2021/…
Those plans have been derailed.

The province told Cruickshank that it needs a large portion of their property to put in additional tracks and build a new station for the future Exhibition stop. thestar.com/news/gta/2021/…
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#StarExclusive: Despite ridership sinking after COVID-19 hit last spring, service disruptions caused by assaults against employees and customers jumped significantly, according to a Star analysis of publicly available TTC subway delay data. thestar.com/news/gta/2021/…
The number of service interruptions attributed to other troubling behaviour, such as disorderly passengers and people walking on the tracks, also rose. thestar.com/news/gta/2021/… Photo of TTC Subway: Assaults on the TTC jumped dramatically
The union representing subway operators reports incidents that have become more frequent include physical violence, verbal assaults, riders throwing drinks at workers, knife threats and spitting on operators.
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#StarExclusive: Emergency physicians at Humber River Hospital have written a letter to the hospital's administrators calling for the emergency department to be temporarily closed until IT systems are fully restored, citing concerns over patient safety. thestar.com/news/gta/2021/…
The letter, sent late Thursday to administrators at Humber River, was co-authored by a group of emergency physicians.
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The hospital’s information technology system has been shut down since Monday following an early-morning ransomware attack that triggered a Code Grey, or loss of essential services. thestar.com/news/gta/2021/…
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