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Morning Brief: Ontario weighs stronger measures on grim numbers – iPolitics

Apr 16, 2021

Good morning and happy Friday.

— Ontario’s cabinet is weighing new COVID countermeasures that could come as early as today. Ontario is considering a curfew, among other options. It’s bracing for 18,000 new COVID-19 infections a day by June if trends continue, CBC reports. Premier Doug Ford is asking other provinces to lend any health-care workers they can spare, and will soon make a formal request of the federal government, which has already received a “draft request” for assistance.

— Do you have a right to know if you test positive for a coronavirus variant? Medical ethicists say you do, but that disclosure is not happening in Vancouver. CBC reports that Vancouver Coastal Health doesn’t release that information, frustrating patients who tested positive.

— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with the Queen today, according to his schedule from PMO. It comes a day before the funeral for Prince Philip. CP has this piece on how Canada’s North remembers him. Trudeau also has a media avail this morning.

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