Ontario keeps schools closed to May 31

In a news release received on April 26, Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced that all publicly-funded schools will remain closed until at least May 31, 2020, as part of an effort to keep students, staff and families safe from COVID-19. The extension was based on expert advice from the Chief Medical …

Frontline pandemic workers to receive pay top-ups

On April 25 2020 the Ontario government announced it is providing additional support for frontline workers fighting COVID-19. These workers will receive temporary pandemic pay of $4/hour worked on top of their regular wages. In addition, the government will be providing monthly lump sum payments of $250 for four months …

Ontario extends parks closure to May 31

In a statement released this morning, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, said an extension of parks closures to May 31, 2020 was required to keep people safe and stop the spread of COVID-19. “In order to keep …

Small businesses and landlords get urgent relief

A news release issued today states the Ontario government is partnering with the federal government to provide urgent relief for small businesses and landlords affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The province is committing $241 million through the new Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (OCECRA). The total amount of provincial-federal …

Health experts say Ontario likely past pandemic peak

The Ontario government today released updated COVID-19 modelling, which it says  shows that the enhanced public health measures, including staying home and physically distancing from each other, are working to contain the spread of the virus and flatten the curve. However, the Chief Medical Officer of Health says emergency measures …

Ontario extends Declaration of Emergency until May 12

Citing the need for sustained measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect the public health, a media release just in from the Ontario Newsroom confirms that Ontario is extending the Declaration of Emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act for a further 28 days. All parties supported …

Ontario enhances testing strategy

The Ontario government is expanding and enhancing testing for COVID-19. In addition to the ongoing testing of the general public at any of the 100 assessment centres now established across the province, several priority groups will be proactively tested, including: Hospital inpatients; Residents of long-term care and retirement homes; Health …

OPP enforcing short-term restrictions imposed to combat spread of virus

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) encourages businesses and individuals to voluntarily comply with the short-term restrictions introduced by the federal and provincial governments to combat the spread of COVID-19. While education, awareness and compliance are preferred options, officers will apply discretion to lay charges under the provincial Emergency Management and …

Mayor’s message to residents of Madawaska Valley

As a public service to our readers, The Current publishes the following message which appeared today on Madawaska Valley Township’s website.   Dear Madawaska Valley residents, businesses and community, Last week the Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) confirmed the first laboratory-tested positive case of COVID-19 in a Renfrew …

County of Renfrew declares state of emergency

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, County of Renfrew declared a state of emergency on March 30, 2020 under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. The media release states as follows: At 2 p.m. today, Warden Debbie Robinson declared a state of emergency due to the global COVID-19 pandemic …

Palmer Rapids broomball tournament ends with COVID-19 case

The Palmer Rapids Broomball league held its season-ending playoff tournament on March 15 in the Palmer Rapids arena. It featured the four teams that had competed in the league throughout the season. With players, fans and volunteers in the building, approximately 100 people were gathered at the arena. An individual …