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The Northern Bruce Peninsula in Ontario has been a popular domestic tourism destination during COVID-19. Luke Smith/Unsplash

The COVID-19 pandemic has created regional tourism hotspots as big cities suffer

Large Canadian cities, usually major tourist destinations, have have experienced drastic declines in tourists and tourism spending while some regional hotspots have been overwhelmed with visitors.
Paramedics walk gurneys back to a multi-patient transport bus at Kingston General Hospital on April 30 after dropping off COVID-19 patients from the Toronto area. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Why Ontario had to transfer thousands of Toronto COVID-19 patients to other cities’ hospitals

The need to transfer 2,500 COVID-19 patients around Ontario, and bring in extra doctors from other provinces, exposes two fallacies about Canada’s health-care system.
The Ministry must reallocate funds further embracing decarceration and developing the readiness based framework that would help transform the lives of youth leaving state guardianship. (Shutterstock)

Ontario closes half of its youth detention centres, leaving some young people in limbo

Ontario closed half of its youth detention centres raising concerns around relocating youth from their communities and potential conflicts with current youth justice legislation.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Health Minister Christine Elliott walk to a news conference at Queen’s Park on April 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

How Ontario can recover from Doug Ford’s COVID-19 governance disaster

The pandemic's third wave has brought Ontario to the brink of catastrophe. The best options for controlling the situation are well understood, so why won't the provincial government implement them?
Ontario Premier Doug Ford puts his mask on after announcing new lockdown measures at a press conference at Queen’s Park in Toronto on April 16, 2021. The government later walked back some of the announced restrictions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Doug Ford’s flip-flops: A dangerous failure of risk communication in COVID-19 third wave

As the third wave ravages Ontario, there is public confusion and mistrust. Premier Ford's flip-flops on restrictions indicate not just poor risk communications, but the lack of an informed plan.
A teepee outside the women’s unit of the Saskatchewan Penitentiary in Prince Albert, Sask., Jan., 2001. CP PHOTO/Thomas Porter

Indigenous women, transgender and Two-Spirit people need support when leaving prison

To release anyone, particularly Indigenous women, transgender and Two-Spirit individuals without a plan is irresponsible and dangerous and does not demonstrate a commitment to reconciliation.
Black Lives Matter protesters threw pink paint on a statue of Egerton Ryerson at Ryerson University in Toronto on July 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carlos Osorio

Egerton Ryerson: Racist philosophy of residential schools also shaped public education

Let's not ignore how the racist philosophy behind residential schools shaped mainstream education. Ryerson foresaw Canada's continuing evolution into a "civilized," white, culturally British nation.
According to a recent survey of public servants by the Commissioner of Official Languages, more than 44 per cent of French-speakers are uncomfortable using French at work. CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

A ‘French malaise’ is eroding bilingualism in Canada’s public service

A recent survey reveals a general uneasiness about using French among both francophone and anglophone public servants in administrative regions where bilingualism is required.
Defunding of universities has forced administrators to to seek and secure private donations from wealthy individuals or corporations. Pictured here, the Michael G. De Groote Faculty of Medecine, McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ont.

Half of Ontario’s medical schools are now named after wealthy donors

We should challenge government defunding of universities, and greater reliance on private donations that can affect the transparency, equity and democracy of public institutions, including hospitals.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford announces the government’s plan for reopening schools at Father Leo J. Austin Catholic Secondary School in Whitby, Ont., on July 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Empathetic incompetence? Ontario’s Doug Ford government at 2 years

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has presented an image of deep concern and empathy for the victims of COVID-19. But he's flailing when it comes to delivering proactive measures to fight the pandemic.
Bicycle police officers keep an eye on Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto on Sunday, May 24, 2020. Warm weather and a reduction in COVID-19 restrictions has many looking to the outdoors for relief. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

99% of Ontario’s funding for community safety and well-being pads police budgets

The provincial government has funding to support non-police safety and well-being initiatives — but 99 per cent of it just supplements police budgets.

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