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Door handles Allegedly removed from seniors’ rooms

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Police say they’re investigat­ing a retirement home in Courtice, Ont., following allegation­s that handles were removed from some residents’ doors. Durham Region police say they received a complaint on Friday regarding the White Cliffe Terrace Retirement Residence. The force says it also received complaints of threats being made against the retirement residence and its staff over the weekend. The retirement home’s operator said on Friday that it’s launched an investigat­ion into a senior staff member at the facility. A statement from Verve Senior Living said door handles were removed from “a small number” of suites belonging to assisted living residents. The statement did not specify why the handles were removed, but several media reports allege the residents involved had tested positive for COVID-19.

The Trudeau government is expected to introduce gun-control legislatio­n this week that gives owners the choice of keeping recently outlawed firearms under strict conditions instead of turning them in for compensati­on. However a gun-control expert who has studied buyback initiative­s says optional programs, as opposed to compulsory ones, have a greater chance of missing the mark of making communitie­s safer. Philip Alpers at the university of Sydney in Australia, says the evidence shows a voluntary buyback is the most likely to fail. Alpers points to gun buyback programs in Australia and New Zealand that not only prohibited certain guns but included stiff penalties for not turning them in. He said it was the threat of a penalty that helped these programs work.

Adults from racialized communitie­s disproport­ionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic should be prioritize­d for shots in the second stage of the vaccinatio­n campaign, says new guidance from Canada’s national advisory committee on immunizati­on. The advice also would see all essential workers who can’t do their jobs from home moved into the second stage. The second stage is expected to start this spring after provinces get COVID-19 vaccines into the arms of all the staff and residents of long-term care homes, adults aged 70 or older, front-line health workers and adults in Indigenous communitie­s. The committee added a third stage to its immunizati­on recommenda­tions that includes people between 16 and 59 years old with underlying conditions, those who are between 50 and 59 years old with no underlying conditions, and health workers and essential workers who are didn’t got shots in previous rounds. The new recommenda­tions prioritize racialized adults from groups disproport­ionately affected by the pandemic.

Enhanced safety measures will be in place when in-person learning resumes at Toronto-area schools on Tuesday. Six school boards in Toronto, york region, and Peel region will be restarting in-person classes after a stretch of online learning that began in January as part of a provincial lockdown. The three COVID-19 hot spots are the last to have students return to physical classrooms — the government allowed other regions to reopen shuttered schools in phases over the last few weeks. A more detailed COVID-19 screening form must now be filled out by students or their guardians every day before coming to school. Students in Grade 1 and above will also be required to follow provincial health guidelines and wear a mask whenever they’re indoors and during outdoor recess when physical distancing is not possible. The province is also expanding asymptomat­ic COVID-19 testing at schools.

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