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Premier Ford speaks as Ontario considers COVID-19 ‘red zones’ amid record-high new cases

Premier Doug Ford holding a news conference beginning at 1 p.m. at Queen’s Park. Notably, Ford is joined by several senior members of the province’s COVID-19 command table, including Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Dirk Huyer, chief coroner for Ontario and co-ordinator of the provincial outbreak response and Mathew Anderson, president and CEO of Ontario Health.


Ontario is introducing a number of stricter public health measures, some provincewide and some more targeted to current hotspots like Toronto, Ottawa and Peel, as the province reported a record-high number of new COVID-19 cases on Friday.

The provincial government is also making significant changes to the process of getting a COVID-19 test, which as of October 6 will be done by appointment-only. Assessment centres will stop offering walk-in tests of October 4, in an effort to allow Ontario’s network of labs to work through a backlog of tests that ballooned to more than 90,500 today. 

Ontario is also pausing social circles and advising that people limit close contact only to people living in their own household and maintain two metres physical distancing from everyone else. People who live alone may consider having close contact with another household.

Further, masks will now be required in all work places where physical distancing of two metres or more is not possible, as well as on all public transit and in shopping centres. 

Any additional reopenings of businesses in the province will be put on hold for at least 28 more days, Premier Doug Ford said a news conference Friday afternoon. 

Test backlog grows to more than 90,500

Meanwhile, Ontario reported 732 additional cases of COVID-19 today.

Toronto saw the most new cases with 323, though Health Minister Christine Elliott noted that some cases confirmed in the spring were included in today’s number due to a data review by Toronto Public Health.

Ottawa recorded 141 more cases and Peel 111.

Other public health units that saw double-digit increases include:

  • York Region: 38
  • Durham Region: 34
  • Simcoe Muskoka: 13
  • Halton Region: 11
  • Niagara Region: 11
  • Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph: 10

About 58 per cent of the newly confirmed infections are in people under 40 years old, Elliott noted, including 30 in students.

The previous record of 700 new cases came just five days ago on September 28. 

The province’s official COVID-19 death toll took a considerable jump, increasing by 76 to 2,927. However 74 of those deaths were “reported for cases that occurred in the spring or summer and are now being recorded as part of a data review and data cleaning initiative,” the Ministry of Health said.

Ontario’s network of labs processed 40,093 test samples for the novel coronavirus yesterday, while the backlog of tests waiting to be completed grew to more than 90,500 — by far the most since the outbreak in late January.

One of the sources told CBC News that Ontario will shut down some COVID-19 assessment centres for one day to give laboratories some extra time to work through the backlog. Assessment centres will also move to an appointment-only system, said the source.  

The number of patients in Ontario hospitals with confirmed cases of COVID-19 continued its slow but steady climb, increasing by seven up to 167. Thirty-eight of those people are being treated in intensive care units, and 21 are on ventilators.

The number of confirmed outbreaks in long-term care homes is now at 44.


Ontario’s network of labs processed more than 40,000 test samples for the novel coronavirus Thursday. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

RNAO calls for tighter restrictions

The Registered Nurses Association (RNAO) called on the provincial government Friday to immediately impose stricter public health measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

“Urgent action is needed to prevent a full lockdown later on. This is something we have implored government officials to do, but their actions are timid and ineffective,” said RNAO CEO Dr. Doris Grinspun in a statement posted online.

Grinspun adding that “the numbers will get much higher unless immediate action is taken to stem the rising tide.”

The letter urges the closure of bars, indoor dining, places of worship and gyms across the province.


Still have questions about COVID-19? These CBC News stories will help.

Will Ontario be able to track down everyone who came in contact with those who have COVID-19?

Doctors are warning the surge in cases will strain the contact-tracing system

Is another lockdown coming in Ontario? What do we know about the Ford government’s fall plan?

CBC Queen’s Park reporter Mike Crawley obtained a draft copy of the plan

What’s the latest on where I should get tested?

It’s confusing, but here’s an explainer complete with a flow chart

What’s happening in Ontario schools and child-care centres?

The province just changed its rules around runny noses, and you see what schools have COVID-19 outbreaks on this provincial site

What’s the most recent guidance on mask use?

Reporter Lauren Pelley took a look at what the experts are advising

Who is getting COVID-19?

CBC News crunched the data from across Canada to get the clearest picture possible

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Jamie Foxx Speaks at ‘Kneel-In’ Protest in San Francisco Following Death of George Floyd

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‘Bachelorette’ Clare Crawley Speaks Out as Her Season Is Postponed Amid Coronavirus Concerns

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Vanessa Bryant Speaks Out on Allegations That Sheriff’s Deputies Shared Photos of Crash Site

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Beyoncé Speaks Out After Kobe Bryant’s Tragic Death: ‘You Are Deeply Missed’

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Juice WRLD’s Girlfriend Speaks Out for the First Time Since Late Rapper’s Death

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NHL commissioner speaks at Board of Governors meeting following allegations against coaches

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is expected to address a potential new code-of-conduct policy for the league tonight, with CBCSports.ca carrying live stream coverage at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Bettman is at the NHL Board of Governors meeting in Pebble Beach, Calif., where he’ll speak publicly for the first time since various allegations surfaced against coaches. 

Bill Peters resigned as Calgary’s head coach after being accused of using a racial slur a decade ago by former player Akim Aliu. Peters was also accused of physical abuse by another former player.

Soon after Peters resigned, the Chicago Blackhawks put assistant coach Marc Crawford on leave while the team investigates allegations of physical abuse made against him by two other former players.

WATCH: Akim Aliu sees big changes coming to NHL

Former NHL forward Akim Aliu issues brief statement after holding a meeting with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly. 0:35
 

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‘The Bachelorette’ Finale: Hannah Brown Speaks Out on ‘Rumors’ in Candid Message to Viewers

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‘I don’t want to disappoint Canada’: Penny Oleksiak speaks ahead of massive competition

When Penny Oleksiak sought reprieve during the 2016 Olympics, she turned to roller-coasters.

After the swim events were complete and the whirlwind of four medals was relegated to the rear-view mirror, there was just one question left: who would be Canada’s flag-bearer at the closing ceremony?

The Canadian Olympic Committee told Oleksiak she was under serious consideration, but she wasn’t buying it, considering what sprinter Andre De Grasse had accomplished on the track with a silver and two bronze medals.

Besides, Oleksiak was ready to be home. So she flew out early. She went to the amusement park Wonderland just outside of Toronto with friends and visited an animal shelter in hopes of adopting a dog. She left with a black cat named Rio.

“And [the COC] called me a day later saying ‘you’re the flag-bearer, you need to fly back [to Rio de Janeiro] tomorrow morning.’ I was like, ‘OK, fine.’ So then I flew back,” Oleksiak recounted.

Fast forward nearly three years, and Oleksiak still has trouble comprehending the gravity of her Olympic accomplishments.

“People always say: ‘do you understand what you did?’ And I’m like, ‘I don’t. Let’s go hang out,'” Oleksiak said.

A refresher: gold in 100-metre freestyle, silver in 100 butterfly, bronze in the women’s 4×100 and 4×200 relays.

Two sides of success

But there are two sides to the coin of Olympic success. The first is the weight of expectations, which Oleksiak called her biggest pressure.

“I think it’s just I don’t want to disappoint Canada, which sounds weird and sounds really cheesy. But going into the next Olympics, I don’t want people to be disappointed in me if I don’t do as well as they think I’m going to do,” Oleksiak said.

On the flip side, being an Olympic champion comes with the confidence you can do it again.

“I think there’s definitely that little voice in the back of my mind that helps me when I’m doubting myself in certain races where it’s just like, ‘OK, you did this at the Olympics and you did this at another meet. You can definitely do it here,'” Oleksiak said.

WATCH | How Oleksiak’s life changed after the Rio Olympics:

The Canadian Olympic champion had to adjust to the pressure that comes with winning gold. 3:31

Oleksiak, now 19, was rightfully showered with praise for her Olympic performance. She won the Lou Marsh Award as Canada’s top athlete and was named CBC Sports’ athlete of the year. But quickly, Oleksiak learned just how difficult it is to have sustained success.

In training ahead of the 2017 season, Oleksiak was dealing with a lingering shoulder injury when a medicine ball struck her head. The injuries didn’t prevent her participation at the 2017 aquatics world championships, but they perhaps hindered her performance. Oleksiak left with zero individual medals.  

At the Commonwealth Games in Australia in 2018, Oleksiak swam days after the death of her grandmother. Once again, she landed no individual medals.

Oleksiak took the rest of the summer off to get back to being a teenager. She went to music festivals, at the Cheesecake Factory in Yorkdale Shopping Centre and finally got a dog, Norman.

“I’m never resting. I’m always doing something all the time just because it keeps my mind off of pressure,” Oleksiak said.

Return to her roots

Oleksiak also returned to Canadian Olympic team coach Ben Titley after a year back with her first swim coach Bill O’Toole.

“She has a lot more distractions around her now than she did previously. I don’t mean that in a good way,” Titley said. “That’s something she has to manage, but she’s also grown as a person. I think she’s more comfortable now in her own skin than she was 12 months ago.”

Over those 12 months, Oleksiak has faded further and further out of Canadian consciousness. She was overshadowed at the Commonwealth Games by teammate Taylor Ruck, who tied the all-time individual Commonwealth record by capturing eight medals. Oleksiak didn’t return to competition until the Canadian national team trials in early April.

Oleksiak’s 2016 experience was her first major senior international meet — she didn’t swim at the previous year’s world championships. And so Oleksiak began at the peak of competition, and she climbed to the top of the podium there.

You can imagine how small ensuing meets would feel when Olympic gold comes so soon. It’s why Oleksiak felt comfortable with the year off. Everything she does is building toward Tokyo 2020.


Actor Jason Priestley, right, leads the crowd to a standing ovation for co-presenter Penny Oleksiak at the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto in 2017. Olympic fame has turned Oleksiak into a national celebrity. (Peter Power/Canadian Press)

Load management

To borrow a term from the Toronto Raptors in their handling of star Kawhi Leonard, Oleksiak is using load management. And just as the NBA’s regular season was deemed “practice” by Leonard, the middle three years of the Olympic quadrennial were cast aside by Oleksiak.

“But unfortunately for Olympic athletes it’s like the seventh game and it’s your last shift and there’s a minute to go and that’s how you’re gonna be rated,” said Byron MacDonald, swim coach at the University of Toronto and CBC Sports analyst. “And then you can’t atone for that for four more years. So it’s really, really hard to be an Olympic athlete.”

Oleksiak’s Olympic successes were the impetus for her increased fame, which she said has simmered down in the last year. Beginning with the world aquatics championship in Gwangju, South Korea, that spotlight will return.

Oleksiak won’t necessarily be judged for her accomplishments at this meet in Korea, but a dip in the pool against her future Olympic competition is at least a measuring stick.

“It’s a long enough time [from the Olympics] that someone new can come and it’s not that long a time that you can’t get away with not doing things right. So we will see,” Titley said.

Oleksiak races on the first day of the swimming events on Sunday. No, it’s not the Olympics. It’s not the top of the roller-coaster, but it’s an important part of the ride, and for her sake, hopefully part of an ascent.

Titley has one key for Oleksiak: focus.

“If Penny Oleksiak works hard every day and minimizes distractions, she’s a fabulous athlete. She can achieve great things.”

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