Are Ontario’s measures enough to save thousands of lives the province knows will be lost if COVID-19 response is too weak?

Are Ontario’s measures enough to save thousands of lives the province knows will be lost if COVID-19 response is too weak?

The COVID-19 crisis in Ontario has created a new level of fear across the province, after health and government officials revealed the devastation that will be caused by the virus. If the current isolation measures are not increased there will be 80,000 cases and 1,600 deaths in Ontario by the end of April.



If province moves to a lockdown, this is what it could mean for you

If province moves to a lockdown, this is what it could mean for you

As the province releases alarming projections for the impact of COVID-19 in the coming weeks and months, the premier has resisted pressure to implement stricter measures on individuals and companies. Instead, Doug Ford has further limited the number of essential businesses operating in the province and is begging people to stay home.

In Europe, many countries have had severe mobility restrictions in place since March, with residents told not to leave the house. For Ontario, questions remain about whether similar rules will be applied and what exactly they would look like.



After Mississauga firefighter tests positive for COVID-19, emergency system braces for an influx of patients

After Mississauga firefighter tests positive for COVID-19, emergency system braces for an influx of patients

In Mississauga, more than half of the fire service’s calls are for medical incidents, with many patients experiencing shortness of breath and respiratory issues. 

Now, with a positive COVID-19 case confirmed in its own ranks, Mississauga Fire is preparing for staffing issues and a rise in call volume.



21 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Brampton Friday; region apologizes for mailing incorrect virus test results to Peel residents

21 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Brampton Friday; region apologizes for mailing incorrect virus test results to Peel residents

An unfortunate error led a number of Peel residents to receive negative results to their COVID-19 tests when in fact they were positive. The error comes as cases in Brampton more than doubled in four days. 



30 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Mississauga Friday; province invests millions to expand access to mental health resources

30 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Mississauga Friday; province invests millions to expand access to mental health resources

In an effort to protect the mental health of those doing the right thing and staying home, the province has announced millions of dollars to expand online and virtual mental health resources for Ontarians. The investment comes amid the frightening release of projections for the number of new cases that could cripple the province by the end of the month.



University students worried by spiralling COVID-19 infection rates develop online tool to track local spread of virus

University students worried by spiralling COVID-19 infection rates develop online tool to track local spread of virus

Mississauga resident Shrey Jain and a team of fellow university students are working on an online mapping app to track the local spread of infection caused by novel coronavirus. The group hopes its work can assist public health investigators frantically working to identify and contain the spread of COVID-19 as the numbers get worse by the day.



‘Our opportunity to flatten the curve is coming to an end,’ Peel warns as 200 total COVID-19 cases confirmed in Mississauga Thursday; Ontario reports 827 new cases over past two days

‘Our opportunity to flatten the curve is coming to an end,’ Peel warns as 200 total COVID-19 cases confirmed in Mississauga Thursday; Ontario reports 827 new cases over past two days

The Region of Peel has released strong recommendations and new penalties in an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19 as 26 new Mississauga cases of the novel coronavirus were reported Thursday. 

For the second consecutive day, the province of Ontario recorded more than 400 new cases, and a surprising number of people below the age of 60 being infected.



20 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Brampton Thursday as local firm pledges to make 10,000 ventilators; almost 70% of those infected in Ontario are below the age of 60

20 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Brampton Thursday as local firm pledges to make 10,000 ventilators; almost 70% of those infected in Ontario are below the age of 60

It will be a crucial week ahead for Brampton and the rest of the country as Peel Public Health announces new instructions to stay home and the city cancels some weekend bus services. 

Despite harsh penalties for breaking physical distancing rules, municipal an ld provincial cases are spiking.



Province will find hospitals for patients if Mississauga or Brampton become overwhelmed by COVID-19

Province will find hospitals for patients if Mississauga or Brampton become overwhelmed by COVID-19

Mississauga and Brampton had strained healthcare systems well before COVID-19 turned everything upside down. As the pandemic continues and the number of positive cases in Peel grows, pressure on hospitals will only increase.

Instead of encouraging cities to build temporary treatment spaces, Ontario is hoping to coordinate care between different health networks and alleviate pressure on those hit hardest.



Ontario should mimic international examples of how to stop the spread of COVID-19 before it’s too late

Ontario should mimic international examples of how to stop the spread of COVID-19 before it’s too late

Peel’s healthcare systems were already struggling to keep up with patients before the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, as rates of infection spike and after Mississauga’s Credit Valley Hospital just declared an outbreak, the region and province can follow international examples of how to slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent it from reaching the tipping point.



Rent is due but Peel tenants are still unsure where they stand

Rent is due but Peel tenants are still unsure where they stand

With the turn of the calendar page, thousands of Peel tenants now owe their landlords rent. Job loss and income disruption as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic have left many without the funds necessary for shelter.

Tenant advocates want definitive assurances from the provincial government there won’t be serious consequences for not paying rent.



11 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Brampton Wednesday

11 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Brampton Wednesday

The City of Brampton has signed a new bylaw that allows officers to fine individuals not following physical distancing measures. Meanwhile, Peel Public Health has confirmed 11 new cases of the novel coronavirus in Brampton Wednesday.



20 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Mississauga Wednesday

20 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Mississauga Wednesday

On Tuesday, Trillium Health Partners announced an outbreak at Credit Valley Hospital with four patients in one unit testing positive for COVID-19. Peel Public Health confirmed 20 new cases of the novel coronavirus in Mississauga Wednesday. Meanwhile, the city has enacted new measures to ensure residents practice physical distancing.



‘It feels like the calm before the storm’: local MPP moonlights as nurse to fight COVID-19

‘It feels like the calm before the storm’: local MPP moonlights as nurse to fight COVID-19

There’s a lot of fear, uncertainty and risk for those on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19, and one local politician has thrown herself into the middle of it. 

Natalia Kusendova, a registered nurse, and Mississauga Centre MPP, talks about her transition from Queen’s Park to the emergency room, and how healthcare providers and the PC government are preparing for a looming wave of infection.



Peel’s taxi industry running on ‘bare bones’ as physical distancing decimates demand

Peel’s taxi industry running on ‘bare bones’ as physical distancing decimates demand

Politicians at all levels of government have told Canadians one thing: stay inside. The advice hopes to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the strain on limited hospital resources.

One side effect of this shutdown is a near total lack of demand for private transit. The federal government has rolled out a series of aid programs for different workers that could help the taxi industry, with drivers and companies facing a bleak future.



With places of worship closed, religious leaders find virtual ways to help others keep the faith

With places of worship closed, religious leaders find virtual ways to help others keep the faith

Hundreds of religious groups in Peel were forced to close their doors to stop the spread of COVID-19. Leaders of different faiths are doing their best to connect with community members hurting during a time of need. In-person services, online sermons, digital classes and prayers and check-ins over the phone are now becoming routine for those who help take care of our spiritual well-being.



COVID-19 prevalence in Mississauga exceeds Toronto as 29 new cases confirmed Tuesday

COVID-19 prevalence in Mississauga exceeds Toronto as 29 new cases confirmed Tuesday

Social and physical distancing measures are becoming increasingly significant in Mississauga as new numbers show COVID-19 is more prevalent in the city than Toronto on a per capita basis.

As the pandemic continues, the city has launched a new online resource directing local business owners to provincial and federal aid programs. Taxes have also been deferred for residents and businesses that have lost work or been forced to close as a result of the novel coronavirus.



28 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Brampton Tuesday; city’s total nearly doubles in three days

28 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Brampton Tuesday; city’s total nearly doubles in three days

Brampton continues to see an unsettling spike in new cases of the novel coronavirus. As the infection spreads, the city has shuttered outdoor recreational facilities and its transit system is limiting peak service hours.



COVID-19 outbreak declared Tuesday at Mississauga’s Credit Valley Hospital

COVID-19 outbreak declared Tuesday at Mississauga’s Credit Valley Hospital

As Peel saw its largest single-day increase of new cases of COVID-19 so far, including its first death, Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga has declared an outbreak after four patients in one unit tested positive for the novel coronavirus.



Teacher-led online learning to begin next week as Ford tells Ontario parents schools will remain closed at least till May

Teacher-led online learning to begin next week as Ford tells Ontario parents schools will remain closed at least till May

Parents in Peel will have their children at home for at least another month, the province has announced. Education Minister Stephen Lecce and Premier Doug Ford confirmed the extended shutdown of Ontario schools as a measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. During the announcement, more details were also shared about how teachers will begin educating students at home, as many parents question why online learning has not been better integrated. 



Is the Conservative Party of Canada ready for Leslyn Lewis?

Is the Conservative Party of Canada ready for Leslyn Lewis?

She’s a Black woman who wears her pro-life convictions on her sleeve. She wants to bring social conservatism out from the closet, where the party has completely botched efforts to hide many of its central values, according to her. And Leslyn Lewis tells The Pointer she wants to put the needs of cities like Mississauga and Brampton at the top of her agenda. 



The economic consequences of COVID-19 could grip Peel’s cities long after the pandemic ends

The economic consequences of COVID-19 could grip Peel’s major cities long after the pandemic ends

With public facilities shutdown and people working from home, physical distancing measures are having a big impact on city budgets.

Free transit, closed recreation centres and deferred property taxes are just a few of the financial pressures facing Brampton and Mississauga. While officials maintain public optimism that major projects will continue as planned, a bailout could be required in the long run.



Update: Fivefold increase in Peel COVID-19 cases in one week, 29 confirmed Monday; Ontario has largest single-day increase by far, 351 new cases

Update: fivefold increase in Peel COVID-19 cases in one week, 29 confirmed Monday; Ontario has largest single-day increase by far, 351 new cases

In Peel, the rise in new COVID-19 cases shows no sign of slowing down. In its daily report, Peel Public Health revealed Monday the number of cases has risen by double digits for the seventh consecutive day. With more than 1,700 cases of the novel coronavirus now confirmed in Ontario, the provincial rate is spiking too.



'Crime doesn't take a vacation': Vital police work must continue, despite risks to officers posed by COVID-19

'Crime doesn't take a vacation': Vital police work must continue, despite risks to officers posed by COVID-19

Keeping your distance from other people is the number one tactic for limiting the spread of COVID-19, but what happens when you don’t have a choice?

The dynamic nature of a police officer’s duties can put them at particular risk of coming into contact with infected individuals. The Peel Regional Police are taking a number of steps to keep their officers and the public safe.



Thousands of Canadians stranded in India and Pakistan could be headed home soon

Thousands of Canadians stranded in India and Pakistan could be headed home soon

Tens of thousands of Canadians are unable to return home after sweeping border and travel restrictions were enacted by the Indian and Pakistani governments to halt the spread of COVID-19.

On Monday, some of those stranded received good news: the federal government has announced special flights for Canadians will begin this week.



Truckers eat up millions of kilometres of asphalt to keep us safe in the time of coronavirus

Truckers drive millions of kilometres to keep us safe in the time of coronavirus

There are many unsung heroes in the war against COVID-19, like the road warriors in our trucking industry who keep our store shelves stocked with the goods we need to survive and the medical supplies moving to keep us safe. Mississauga and Brampton are the epicentre of this industry, often looked down on by many in our society.



211 new Ontario cases of COVID-19 reported Sunday, largest single-day increase; Peel confirms 33 new infections

211 new Ontario cases of COVID-19 reported Sunday, largest single-day increase; Peel confirms 33 new cases

It has been a troubling weekend across Peel and much of the world, as COVID-19 cases continue to climb. Peel Region now has 187 confirmed positive cases while Ontario reports a total of 1,355 cases. Meanwhile, a senior health expert in the U.S. is now warning of a devastating worst-case scenario there, projecting as many as 200,000 deaths.

In India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi apologized for the poorly managed nationwide lockdown he ordered a week ago, which has left millions in chaos.



Is India the world's next COVID-19 ticking time bomb?

Is India the world's next COVID-19 ticking time bomb?

Crowds over the past 24 hours continue to gather in India, after a nationwide lockdown was ordered at the start of the week. The country of almost 1.4 billion people officially reports less than a thousand confirmed COVID-19 cases.

But experts fear the number represents just a tiny fraction of actual infections because of woefully low testing rates and more than a million could be dead from the virus in a year.



More than a quarter of Ontario’s 151 new COVID-19 cases confirmed Saturday are in Peel

More than a quarter of Ontario’s 151 new COVID-19 cases confirmed Saturday are in Peel

As new cases of COVID-19 infection continue to rise daily in Peel and across the province, the potential impact on our local healthcare systems continues to loom. 

Efforts are now underway at all levels of government to stave off a crisis in local hospitals and a potential shortage of critical personal protective equipment (PPE).



COVID-19 worrying homeowners, renters and sellers in Peel

COVID-19 worrying homeowners, renters and sellers in Peel

Before COVID-19 sent Peel — and the rest of the world — spiralling, Mississauga and Brampton’s housing markets were among the hottest in the country. Sales were up dramatically, rates of price increases over the last four years outpaced most cities across the country and thousands of new units were coming online annually.

Now, suddenly, the real estate market in one of Canada’s fastest growing regions is drying up. Drastic moves by the country’s central bank might not be enough.



Peel families with loved ones stranded in India frustrated by lack of federal help; government says some of the 21,000 Canadians there won't get assistance

Peel families with loved ones stranded in India frustrated with lack of federal help

Along with almost 1.4 billion Indians locked down as part of the world’s most severe isolation measure, are thousands of Canadians, including many from Brampton and Mississauga. With the Indian government’s sweeping three-week clamp down on all movement within its borders, and strict international travel restrictions around the world, Canadians stuck there are trying to figure out how to get home, but the federal government warns that some will not get help.



As Brampton considers punishment for ignoring physical distancing, police urge residents to report businesses flaunting rules

As Brampton considers punishment for ignoring physical distancing, police urge residents to report businesses flaunting rules

As COVID-19 continues to spread through Brampton and Mississauga, people are failing to follow the rules of physical distancing.

Brampton residents and officials are asking if more can be done and won’t rule out the possibility of giving local officers the power to fine rule breakers.



32 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Peel Friday, as region’s figures grow at dangerous rate

32 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Peel Friday, as region’s figures grow at dangerous rate

In Peel, the novel coronavirus continues to spread, with new cases confirmed nearly every day since the first reported local infection on March 5. 

With concerns over the economy and rising unemployment, the spike in infections raises the spectre of a significant outbreak in a region whose healthcare systems were already broken.



Timely, localized data is vital in vanquishing COVID-19

Timely, localized data is vital in vanquishing COVID-19

In Brampton and Mississauga, hallway healthcare and long wait times plague already struggling hospitals. Without localized data, healthcare systems will have a hard time managing an increase of patients and dwindling medical resources.

Meanwhile, in daily updates about new confirmed cases of COVID-19, Peel Public Health and the Ontario Ministry of Health report different numbers, a discrepancy that can’t be ignored.



Peel's overflowing shelter system at great risk if COVID-19 outbreak occurs

Peel's overflowing shelter system at great risk of COVID-19 outbreak

For years, the Region of Peel’s shelters have operated in overflow, without enough beds for people experiencing the hardships of homelessness. 

Now, with the rapid spread of COVID-19, there are fears the disease could wreak havoc on those without anywhere to call home, in turn putting the general population at risk.



Peel sees 15 new COVID-19 cases as infection spikes across the province; Ontario launches $17B pandemic aid package for residents and businesses

Peel sees 15 new COVID-19 cases as infection spikes across the province; Ontario launches $17B pandemic aid package for residents and businesses

For the second straight day, the province has confirmed its largest, single-day increase in new COVID-19 infections, placing ever-increasing significance on the need for physical distancing to limit the spread of the disease. 

To help Ontario’s strained healthcare system, as well as residents and employers amid mass business closures, the province has announced a $17 billion aid package.



Mississauga and Brampton businesses plead for government support to avert bankruptcies

Mississauga and Brampton businesses plead for government support to avert bankruptcies

Ontario’s decision to shutter non-essential business by midnight Tuesday to help slow the rise in COVID-19 infections has created unease and confusion for hundreds of Peel business owners fighting to stay afloat during the pandemic. Calls for delaying the move and businesses seeking clarity about their status have created an air of confusion for many owners.



Brampton Transit bus driver diagnosed with COVID-19

Brampton Transit bus driver diagnosed with COVID-19

A Brampton Transit bus driver has tested positive for COVID-19, the city has announced. On Wednesday morning, Peel Public Health reported the number of cases confirmed in the city has risen to 22.



Update: 100 new COVID-19 cases in Ontario, largest single-day increase amid steep trend; 13 new Peel cases Wednesday

Update: 100 new COVID-19 cases in Ontario, largest single-day increase amid steep trend; 13 new Peel cases Wednesday

Both a Brampton MP and bus driver have tested positive for COVID-19. The rate of infection is increasing, with Ontario experiencing its largest single-day increase to date. Meanwhile, the province is increasing measures to protect public health and wallets, including hydro relief and the closure of all non-essential businesses.



Province tells cities to stop sprawl, focus on intensification in new rules to be rolled out in May

Province tells cities to stop sprawl, focus on intensification in new rules to be rolled out in May

New regulations, released by Ontario, outline how cities should plan to grow. Contained in the rules are measures that will change the futures of Mississauga and Brampton, encouraging them to build in areas where communities already exist, instead of continuing sprawl.



After registering to return to her roots as a nurse, Brampton MP tests positive for COVID-19

After registering to return to her roots as a nurse, Brampton MP tests positive for COVID-19

Kamal Khera, a registered nurse and Liberal MP for Brampton West, has tested positive for COVID-19. The politician will be self-isolating and monitoring her symptoms, following guidance from Peel Public Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada.



PDSB inflicted ‘trauma and hurt’ on Black students, board admits

PDSB inflicted ‘trauma and hurt’ on Black students, board admits

After years of mounting animus between Peel’s Black community and many who lead the country’s third largest school board, it has been forced to acknowledge the deep scars created by an organization described in a scathing provincial review as having a “terrible state of affairs”. The board of trustees vowed Tuesday to turn things around after Queen’s Park handed down a harsh mandate for change.



Safety concerns for frontline workers over COVID-19 went unheeded by MiWay, transit union says

Safety concerns for frontline workers over COVID-19 went unheeded by MiWay, transit union says

MiWay has implemented emergency measures to reduce the amount of contact between bus drivers and transit riders to stop the spread of COVID-19.

But MiWay’s transit union, which called for action weeks ago, wants the company to better address workers’ concerns over safety.



Update: 13 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Peel Tuesday, the largest single-day increase to date

Update: 13 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Peel Tuesday, the largest single-day increase to date

The Region of Peel saw a spike in new cases of COVID-19 confirmed Tuesday morning, less than 24 hours after Premier Doug Ford mandated the closure of all non-essential businesses.



Peel’s small business owners face dire reality after mass closures ordered

Peel’s small business owners face dire reality after mass closures ordered

In Peel, small businesses are grappling with how to weather the economic toll of COVID-19 and avoid layoffs. Thousands of Brampton residents are low income earners and more than 500,000 Ontarians have less than a month of savings. 

Government measures are set to keep staff on payrolls and stop permanent closures in uncertain times, but they won’t come into effect until April, leaving people reeling in the meantime.



Balancing development interests and worker safety, construction sites will remain open in Peel

Balancing development interests and worker safety, construction sites will remain open in Peel

In Mississauga and Brampton, tens of thousands of families rely on people working in construction and development to put food on the table. With strict measures in place — and under the watchful eye of the province — these sites will remain open for now, though some in the industry have pushed back.



Scaling back Sikh langars after COVID-19 threatens to increase food insecurity across Peel

Scaling back Sikh langars after COVID-19 threatens to increase food insecurity across Peel

Community meals, or langar, provide an invaluable source of relief for impoverished people in Mississauga and Brampton who turn to Sikh Gurdwaras for a warm, nutritious meal every day. No one in need, regardless of faith, culture or creed, is turned away. 

But the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic are forcing langars in Peel Region and the rest of the country to shut down or scale back, at a time when the vulnerable face even greater risks.



Six new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Peel Monday, part of biggest single-day increase in Ontario; parents unsure of online learning options

Six new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Peel Monday, part of biggest single-day increase in Ontario; parents unsure of online learning options

New cases of COVID-19 continue to spike in Ontario, including a number of confirmed infections in the Region of Peel. 

All levels of government continue to implement measures to help citizens and businesses weather the storm while urging everyone to stay home in an effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.



Brampton and Mississauga find new ways to drive home the importance of social distancing

Brampton and Mississauga find new ways to drive home the importance of social distancing

The mayors of Mississauga and Brampton are trying everything to get people to stay home, including the mandated closure of indoor and outdoor public spaces, alongside non-essential businesses.

But to connect with the public, diverse in age, language and culture, the cities are moving past using social media alone to disseminate critical health information.



For recovering addicts and vulnerable groups, social distancing could be deadly

For recovering addicts and vulnerable groups, social distancing could be deadly

Staying away from our fellow humans is a necessary tactic to halt the spread of COVID-19. For many, it is a minor inconvenience and maybe a case of cabin fever.

However, for those who rely on human presence and connection to keep their bodies and minds healthy, the elimination of crucial support groups could have drastic consequences.