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Lincoln Chamber hosts politicians

    By Mike Williscraft NewsNow After a COVID-induced hiatus, the popular Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Politicians’ Breakfast returned last week to a full house. About 100 attendees turned out at the Ramada Beacon Harbo ...

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Comedy Night in Grimsby rebooted

After a successful experiment in Summer 2021, Grimsby’s Downtown Improvement Area board is rebooting its Comedy Night in Grimsby series. Last summer, the series operated in Coronation Park each Wednesday evening in the summer. T ...

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Province lifts restaurants – and others – COVID restrictions

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has released A Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Term, which outlines the province’s gradual approach to lifting re ...

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Opinion: Passports not simple solution

Last week this space was filled with prose suggesting COVID passports are needed. That position is valid. So, too, are concerns about misuse of such a tool. It would be great if we had enough support to justify running four more p ...

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Opinion: Federal COVID passport is needed

In the highly politicized world that combatting COVID-19 has become, love him or hate him, Ontario Premier Doug Ford is 100 per cent correct when he said this week the federal government needs to take the reins and implement a nat ...

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Walk-ins now available at all Niagara Region Public Health COVID-19 vaccination clinics

To help make it easier to get the vaccine, walk-ins for those getting their first and second doses are now welcome at all Niagara Region Public Health COVID-19 vaccination clinics from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Anyone 12 years of age or ...

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Charles Daley Park beach in Lincoln once again safe for swimming

Niagara Region Public Health has confirmed the beach area at Charles Daley Park in Lincoln is re-opened and once again safe for swimming. The beach was closed on June 29 due to the presence of blue-green algae at the beach as well ...

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Ontario moves to Step 3 re-opening next Friday, July 16

Based on the province-wide vaccination rate and continuing improvements in key public health and health system indicators, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontario will move into Step Three of its Roadmap ...

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Splash pads to re-open for Saturday, May 22

The provincial government will add splash pads to the roster of outdoor activities re-opened in adjusted COVID-19 protocols tomorrow, May 22. Splash pads were not initially in the list of amenities announced yesterday some reconsi ...

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Opinion: Front line workers can’t be thanked enough

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow Brave, traditionally, may not be a word one might attach to the nursing profession. These days, that has changed a lot. Brave, mentally tough, dedicated are just a few of the adjectives which can now be ...

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Food banks banding together to deal with COVID-19 impacts

Fourteen months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Niagara’s major food banks and social service agencies are rallying together to raise concerns about the unprecedented need for assistance throughout Niagara Region. Part of coping wit ...

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Vaccine opportunities expanded

With vaccine supply to Ontario seemingly remedied, the provincial government has further expanded eligibility to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment throughout this week. As of Tuesday, May 11, individuals with at-risk health conditions suc ...

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Nursing Week: a snapshot into the highs and lows

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow A nurse’s life is filled with the highest of highs and lowest of lows – none of it they control. These days those extremes are tested on an almost daily basis. For Grimsby’s Danielle Field, her decision ...

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Parks open, skateparks closed

Considerable confusion reigned supreme over the weekend for parents and youth alike over protocols regarding Niagara West skateparks. Many youth populated Grimsby’s Skatepark, while others were upset being turned away from Linco ...

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WLMH ORs shutdown to max COVID capacities

The pressure within Ontario and on our hospital due to COVID-19 is escalating rapidly and Hamilton Health Sciences is feeling it across its system – including West Lincoln Memorial Hospital. “HHS continues to create capacity for cri ...

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More COVID-19 vaccination clinic dates available for booking

To meet the demand for COVID vaccination appointments, Niagara Region Public Health has announced added clinic dates are now available on provincial booking portal: • April 19-20 – Pelham, Meridian Community Centre • April 2 ...

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Province makes vaccines available to ages 75 and up, increases seating for restaurants

Late last week, the Province of Ontario announced a few updates on the COVID pandemic. These included expanding Ontario’s Booking System to individuals aged 75 and older as of March 22, and adjusting indoor dining capacity limits within t ...

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Vaccine sign-ups open for 80-plus

The provincial COVID-19 vaccine registration portal is now open. Anyone turning 80 or older in 2021 and wishes to make an appointment – or an individual entrusted to make an appointment on their behalf – can now book an appointm ...

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Region’s vaccine rollout a bumpy road

By Mike Williscraft NewsNow Many are relieved to see vaccines going into arms and appointments being set as the battle against COVID-19 rages on. While Niagara’s health department announced locations for vaccine clinics around the region ...

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Niagara upgraded to Red on COVID response framework

After a two-week delay from upgrades to other Ontario regions, Niagara will move into Red – Control designation on Monday, March 1. Under that designation there are still significant restrictions on some and closure for other business ...

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