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Province extending stay-at-home orders, tightening restrictions

The current emergency declaration and stay-at-home orders will be extend by two weeks, for a total of six weeks under the restrictions, which will now continue into May 2021. The announcement was made by Premier Doug Ford at a delayed press conference on Friday, Apr. 16, 2021. No press release

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Ford declares province-wide ‘emergency brake’ due to COVID-19

With the Easter long weekend hours away, Ontario Premier Doug Ford has announced that all 34 Public Health Regions of Ontario will move into shutdown. Announced on Thursday, Apr. 1, 2021, the so-call province-wide “emergency brake” will come into effect as of Saturday, Apr. 3, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. and

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School boards encourage students to bring home belongings

Out of an “abundance of caution” both the Limestone District School Board (LDSB), and the Algonquin Lakeshore Catholic District School Board (ALCDSB) have released statements encouraging students and families to be prepared to return to remote learning after the Easter long weekend. “Given local public health directives, we know that

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Kingston moving back to ‘Green-Prevent’ Public Health measures Wednesday

The Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health region is one of three in Ontario that will be released from the provincial Stay-at-Home order this week. Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced Monday, Feb. 8, 2021 that the government is moving back to a regional approach for COVID-19 Public Health

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Kingston City services impacted by new COVID-19 emergency measures

A number of services through the City of Kingston will be impacted by the stricter COVID-19 measures being put in place after the Ontario government declared a second state of emergency. The provincial government announced emergency orders as part of that declaration, which will come into effect at 12:01 a.m.

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Ontario, KFL&A Public Health region, go into lockdown on Boxing Day

The Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health region will join the rest of Southern Ontario on Boxing Day in a 28-day COVID-19 lockdown. “This difficult action is without a doubt necessary to save lives and prevent our hospitals from becoming overwhelmed in the coming weeks,” said Ontario Premier

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Provincial government announces new Ontario Health Team for Kingston region

On Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, the Ontario government announced the approval of 13 new Ontario Health Teams across the province, one of which will be serving the Kingston region. The Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Health Team will serve Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, including Kingston, Greater Napanee, and the surrounding rural

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An open letter to Premier Ford on the plight of temporary workers

Editorial note: The following is a submitted open letter to Premier Doug Ford and does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Kingstonist. Dear Premier Ford, The Kingston Faith and Justice Coalition is a group of people of faith who are concerned about matters of Social Justice. We

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Two Kingston pharmacies now offering asymptomatic COVID-19 testing

Update (Friday, Nov. 27, 2020): Two more pharmacies in Kingston and the area are now offering asymptomatic COVID-19 testing: The Med+ Pharmacy at 277 Bath Road, and the Loyalist Pharmacy – Pharmasave at 200 Speers Boulevard. Original article: Kingstonians who do not have any symptoms of COVID-19, but require testing

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Four major Ontario teachers’ unions taking legal action against provincial government

The four largest teacher and education worker unions in the province is filing formal appeals with the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB), the unions announced on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. The Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO), the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), the Ontario English Catholic

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ETFO President says teachers nervous about school reopening

The President of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) local branch says teachers are apprehensive heading into the school year during a pandemic. She also called Premier Doug Ford’s message to teachers unions yesterday ’insulting.’ “It’s time for teachers to step up,” Ford told the media on Thursday, Aug.

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KFL&A region to move into Stage 3 of reopening

The Ontario Provincial Government has released a list of the businesses and activities that can resume operation as part of Stage 3 of the provincial reopening. The Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington(KFL&A) Public Health unit is among the regions in Ontario allowed to move into Stage 3 this Friday, Jul.

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