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Province announces mandatory vaccination policies, third doses for vulnerable populations

High-risk settings will need to enforce mandatory vaccination policies, and third doses of COVID-19 vaccines will be made available for those at the highest risk due to the virus, according to the Province of Ontario. The announcement, made by Kingston’s own Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health for

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Premier Ford announces Ontario schools to remain closed

In a news conference at Queen’s Park on Wednesday, Jun 2, 2021, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that schools in the province will not reopen for in-person learning for the remainder of the academic year. Classrooms in the province have been closed since mid-April due to concerns about the spread

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KFL&A Public Health Board members ‘fully endorse’ in-person learning

Members of the Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health Board unanimously approved a motion “fully endorsing” students’ return to in-person learning as soon as possible. “We fully endorse (students) returning to school, in particular in our region where our incidence of disease is low,” said Dr. Kieran

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Ford declares second provincial emergency due to COVID-19 pandemic

Citing the doubling of COVID-19 cases in the province of the past two weeks, Premier Doug Ford declared a second provincial State of Emergency on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. The move is also in response to the “real and looming threat of the collapse of the province’s hospital system and

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More details on Ontario’s Provincewide Shutdown

On Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced a provincewide lockdown to get COVID-19 transmission under control. This article contains comprehensive sector-specific details from the province, but has been abbreviated. Full details can be found here. Lockdown length The lockdown starts on Saturday, Dec. 26 2020. In 27

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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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Opinion: At wits’ end with pandemic of illogic

The following is a submitted opinion piece in response to recent Kingstonist articles. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the Kingstonist. “A positive case at a school does not mean the individual was exposed to COVID-19 at the school. They may have been exposed somewhere

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ALCDSB releases statement on report cards and upcoming school year

The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board (ALCDSB) released information on how report cards are going to work and an update on the upcoming school year in statements made on Thursday, Jun 25, and Friday, Jun. 26, 2020.  According to a letter addressed to parents, they will be receiving

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Opinion: Ontario education replacing ‘3 Rs’ with ‘3 Ss’ – surf, stream, and share

The structure of Ontario’s Kindergarten to grade 12 schools and Ontario public education is in the process of a sea-change, and not just as a result of school site closings and the COVID-19 pandemic. The global influence of technology and the implementation of access to increasingly sophisticated and comprehensive local,

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Local school boards announce plans pending possible CUPE walkout

As Monday, Oct. 7, 2019 draws closer, local school boards have announced their plans for what will happen should the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) take job action. On Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2019, CUPE formally notified the Province, the Council of Trustees Association (CAT), and school boards throughout Ontario

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CUPE job action to impact local schools

UPDATE (Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019): This article has now been The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) of Ontario voted in favour of taking job action this morning, which will begin across the province next week. The CUPE vote took place on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, and

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Five more area schools placed on lockdown following threats

After Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 saw three Kingston schools placed on lock down following threats made over the phone, the threats have continued today. Five schools in the area were placed on lock down today after receiving threats similar to those made towards local schools yesterday. Kingston Police responded to

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