NEW: The ⁦@OntarioPCParty⁩ is buying Facebook ads encouraging people to sign a petition that the federal government ban all non-essential travel to Canada.
(The federal government actually banned foreigners / non-residents from non-essential travel to Canada in March 2020.)
@OntarioPCParty The @OntLiberal Party spotted that @Sflecce ad on Facebook and in a news release said it's "tapping into the cynical Conservative political playbook of sowing division."
@OntarioPCParty @OntLiberal @Sflecce The Star's @robertbenzie reported first yesterday that the PCs have "purchased significant TV and radio time for a blitz questioning ... Ottawa’s refusal to further tighten the borders." #onpoli…
@OntarioPCParty @OntLiberal @Sflecce @robertbenzie With polls showing a sizable majority of Ontarians blaming Premier Ford & his government for the third wave of COVID-19, Ford is trying to shift that blame to Prime Minister Trudeau and the federal Liberals, as I reported yesterday. #onpoli #cdnpoli…
So to sum up, foreign nationals are already banned from travel to Canada, with these exceptions…

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THREAD: Millions of Ontario's supply of #COVID19 rapid tests have not been used, according to Health Canada data.
Story by @jesscheunggg of @CBCToronto…
@jesscheunggg @CBCToronto Last fall, Premier Doug Ford called rapid tests "an absolute game changer" and repeatedly badgered the federal government over the slow pace of Health Canada's approval for their use.…
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THREAD: Puzzling vaccine statement from Premier Doug Ford's office this afternoon:
"The Premier was notified today by our officials to be prepared for delays to two shipments of AstraZeneca expected from the federal government later this month and next." #COVID19ontario
We asked the premier's office for more details: How many doses are delayed? What shipments were these?
The response: "We are still waiting for more details from the federal government."
But less than a week ago, Ontario officials said they had no confirmation of any additional AstraZeneca shipments. #COVID19ontario
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Closed in Ontario: playgrounds, soccer fields and baseball diamonds.
Open in Ontario: workplaces where #COVID19 is spreading.…
I can’t find a single expert who actually thinks closing outdoor amenities like playgrounds and tennis courts is useful in slowing the spread of #COVID19. If you find one, please let me know. Meanwhile, here’s a thread with experts saying it’s anywhere from useless to harmful.
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NEW: Five Ontario 'hot spots' getting vaccine priority are actually less hard-hit by #COVID19 than the average neighbourhood.
I’ve uncovered this by examining the data on rates of infections, hospitalizations and deaths.
Hamilton’s rate of #COVID19 cases is only a bit lower than York Region’s.
Yet only two Hamilton postal code zones (with approx 65,000 people) are designated hotspots.
In York, hotspot status covers more than 600,000 people, giving half its population priority access to vaccines.
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NEW: Vaccinating all adults in hardest-hit neighbourhoods was not in Ontario’s detailed plan released Tuesday. The very next day, Premier Ford declared it was being organized “as we speak.”
Was this just spin? Or an actual strategic shift? #COVID19Ontario…
I’m told public health units and even health ministry staff were caught by surprise by Ford’s declaration Wednesday that everybody aged 18+ in the designated hotspots can get vaccinated. No arrangements had been made for people younger than 50 in those zones to book appointments.
In this phase of the vaccination plan, the province has allocated 920,000 additional doses for what it calls the “hot spot communities.” Using census data, my math tells me there are around 3.3 million adults in the postal codes designated high risk. #COVID19Ontario Image
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Shutdown vs Lockdown: What's the difference???

Ontario has created a new category of COVID19 restrictions called "Shutdown"…

But how different is it really from "Lockdown"?…

Short answer ... not a lot #COVID19Ontario
Retail stores...

Shutdown: essential retail open, 50% of max capacity; non-essential retail open, 25% of max capacity

Lockdown: exactly the same


Lockdown: indoor dining prohibited, patio dining allowed

Shutdown: indoor dining and patio dining prohibited

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