The House of Commons could have a new party present soon. Maxime Bernier and his People's Party of Canada are trying to make a political comeback and get a seat in Parliament. He's planning on running in a by-election in Ontario.
With two vacancies in Toronto ridings because of resignations, the leader of the People's Party of Canada is getting ready for an election.
It could be a while before Ontarians are allowed to hit the golf courses and basketball courts again.
On Tuesday, reporters asked Health Minister Christine Elliott about what metrics would be needed to open outdoor activities, to which she said there "isn't an exact rate at this point," but the government is assessing the closures on "a daily basis."
"We have seen a lessening of case rates in the last several days, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's a trend," Elliott said. "We need to see a continued reduction before we can start thinking about opening things up again."
It might be the best news for Ontario's seniors in a full year — it's time to hug again.
According to a statement from the province, vaccination rates are now at the point where long-term care homes in Ontario can resume activities like communal dining, indoor events and gatherings, and hugs — with some caveats.
Ontario's new directive allows fully vaccinated long-term care residents and their fully vaccinated caregivers to have "close physical contact" beyond what is required for caregiving — "such as hugging," the province says.
Masks are still required when residents aren't eating in a communal space, and residents must still physically distance whenever they're gathered in a room for events.
"The high vaccination uptake in long-term care homes means we can take further steps towards bringing social interactions back — supporting the mental and emotional well-being of residents while protecting their physical well-being," said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Ontario's minister of long-term care, in the statement.