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Jukasa News Update – Monday, February 1, 2021


Ontario says it will allow students in teacher-education programs to work in supply positions this year.
The province says it is making the temporary change to its teacher certification program to address educator shortages and absenteeism due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The teacher candidates must be enrolled in a current program and have successfully completed a portion of it.
They must also be scheduled to complete the program by Dec. 31, 2021.
The province says the temporary certificate changes will expire at the end of the year.
It hopes the changes will mean up to 2,000 additional supply teachers will be available for positions across the province.

Two men are facing charges after police say a church in Aylmer, Ont., held an in-person service this weekend, in violation of provincial pandemic rules.
Police say the men — a 57-year-old and a 26-year-old whose names have not been released — are charged with hosting an event exceeding the number of people permitted.
Investigators say a charge has also been laid against the church corporation.
They say other evidence is being reviewed that could lead to additional charges.
Police say the service was held Sunday at the Church of God.
Last week, police said they had identified 47 people alleged to have breached emergency orders during an indoor and outdoor gathering at the same church on Jan. 24.

Ontario is reporting 1,969 new cases of COVID-19 today and 36 more deaths linked to the virus.
Health Minister Christine Elliott says that there are 886 new cases in Toronto, 330 in Peel Region and 128 in York Region.
Ontario is reporting that nearly 30,400 tests were completed since the last daily update.
The province says 2,256 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered since Sunday’s report.
A total of 341,900 vaccine doses have been administered in Ontario.

Six Nations Elected Council says it is working to bring fibre optic internet cables to all homes on the territory.
The council says it will be applying to the Universal Broadband Fund to acquire financial assistance in updating the community’s infrastructure. The funding would bring high speed internet to all Six Nations homes by 2023.
The announcement is one portion of a three part project to improve local internet access. Internet Towers are being built in three strategic locations across the community and will be completed by this spring.

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