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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.

Parliament Hill security boosted after reports of harassment

OTTAWA - The security service charged with protecting Parliament Hill says it has stepped up its presence in the area following several recent reports of harassment against politicians and others.

The Parliamentary Protective Service said it would not comment on specifics for security reasons, but the federal NDP said it reported one such incident on Friday.

Ups and downs: Library succeeds with reopening, but loses Trunk or Treat

In the middle of a global pandemic, you have to take the good news with the bad, and local libraries are no exception.

So it is that even as the Fort Frances Public Library Technology officially reopened to the public in a limited capacity last week, word has come from above that it will have to cancel the annual Trunk or Treat celebrations due to COVID-19.

Three new COVID-19 cases in the northwestern region

The Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) reports three new symptomatic COVID-19 cases in the past week - two in Sioux Lookout and one in the Dryden Red Lake area.

Dr. Kit Young-Hoon, medical officer of health at the NWHU, said these cases include cases on First Nation communities, as well as cases in schools. One of the three cases is travel-related.

New case in NWHU region

Northwestern Health Unit has received a report of a new positive COVID-19 test result in the Dryden / Red Lake area. According to the provincial school portal, the case has been confirmed as a student in the Golden Learning Centre, in Balmertown. Follow up with the person involved and their contacts has started according to NWHU protocol.

Fort Frances Nursery School opens for registration

The Fort Frances Nursery School is accepting registration for the new school year after the Ministry of Education gave them the green light to do so last week. The decision comes after they had to close in March because of COVID-19.

Laurel Basaraba, supervisor and a resource teacher, said they went back to original license capacity after it was cut to half due to COVID-19.