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Ontario is in a COVID-19 second wave: Ford

TORONTO - Ontario is experiencing a second wave of COVID-19, Premier Doug Ford declared Monday, saying his government was looking at all options to combat an alarming surge in cases.

Ford said the 700 latest cases reported by the province - the highest daily increase since the start of the pandemic - were extremely troubling and called on the public to help fight the latest spike.

Hospitals call for new COVID-19 restrictions as new cases surge

TORONTO - Ontario's hospitals are calling on the government to reinstate restrictions in COVID-19 hot spots as the province reports its highest daily case increase since the start of the pandemic.

The government recorded 700 new cases on Monday, most of them in the Greater Toronto Area and Ottawa.

Efforts to prevent spread of COVID-19 curtail pomp in throne speech ceremony

OTTAWA - COVID-19 has left little of normal life untouched and Wednesday's speech from the throne will be no exception.

Throne speeches are typically a pageantry of ceremonial grandeur.

But many of the traditional flourishes are being pared back this time around to respect public health protocols to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Canadian company invents biodegradable mask filter, aims for full mask by Christmas

OTTAWA - A Quebec-based forestry innovation organization says it has figured out how to make a single-use face mask filter out of fully-biodegradable wood products.

Stephane Renou, the president of FPInnovations Inc., says it could be a game-changer for the environment and for a made-in-Canada supply of masks.