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    Local school boards eager, ‘well-prepared’ for Monday’s return to in-person learning

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    Monday marks the return to in-person learning for Ontario’s two million elementary and secondary school students.

    And despite some hesitancy on the part of certain parents, educators, and teachers’ unions, the vast majority of affected parties appear to be in favour of the province’s decision to resume face-to-face instruction, including Niagara’s two school boards.

    “Niagara Catholic supports the plan to reopen schools to students. We believe that schools are where students learn best,” said director of education at Niagara Catholic District School Board (NCDSB) Camillo Cipriano.

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    Thorold manufacturer awarded $1 million from province to scale up COVID-19 test kit production

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    With COVID-19 tests becoming scanter across Ontario, a local manufacturer has stepped up to the plate and partnered with the province to create several million more PCR test kits.

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    St. Catharines MP faces backlash after another social media spat

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    A local politician no stranger to social media flubs was back at it again earlier this week.

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    GOJHL teams trying to navigate latest pause in play

    Sports

    They’re ready to play, and wish they could be.

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    At Toyota, be prepared to pay to start your car

    Business

    There has been a lot of attention in the press about the current and future increases to consumer prices across the globe.

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    Ontario ready to open schools

    Provincial

    After an extended Christmas break, Ontario appears set to once again open the schools to in-person learning on Monday, barring some unexpected circumstances that could cause the Ford government to change its plans.

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    An anxiousness concerning PM Justin Trudeau and his divisiveness

    National

    In a Hill Times front page story this week EKOS Research pollster Frank Graves mused that Canadians’ view of their prospects entering a new year was “unsurprisingly quite dark.”

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    Are officials considering reclosing the U.S.-Canada land border?

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    Late last week, high profile Democratic U.S. senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Western New York congressmen Brian Higgins and Chris Jacobs penned a joint bipartisan letter to President Joe Biden and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas “urging” the pair to keep the U.S.-Canada border open to fully vaccinated Canadians.

    “Maintaining an open border to vaccinated travelers has been essential to the functioning economy of New York State and to the wellbeing of New York families,” read the letter.

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    Community comes together to bid farewell to local tourism leader

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    Frigid temperatures and biting winds couldn’t stop hundreds of family members, friends, acquaintances, colleagues, and former employees from lining up along Clifton Hill Monday afternoon to honour local tourism leader Charlie Burland.

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    With scuttled internal audit division, Niagara Region buries another audit report

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    In November, The Niagara Independent reported that regional staff failed to present an audit report on homelessness to members of Regional Council on the Audit Committee.

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    Bills win AFC East, Colts crash, and Raiders-Chargers produce instant classic

    Sports

    The NFL is calling it ‘Super Wild Card Weekend.’

    For the first time the league’s Wild Card Weekend will feature a Monday night game.

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    Ontario readies for first new nuclear build in nearly three decades

    Business

    If you’re an Ontario resident, there is a two in three chance that the electricity used to charge the phone or power the computer you’re currently reading this article on was generated by nuclear energy.

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    Truth at last: Wynne admits electricity mistake

    Provincial

    Perhaps the COVID vaccines have a little bit of truth serum in them, as some painful truths are finally emerging from various quarters.

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    What’s the hold up on Huawei?

    National

    It’s been three years since Chinese technology giant Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was detained by Canadian authorities at Vancouver International Airport.

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