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OPP warning of potentially lethal substance being mailed across Ontario

Ontario Provincial Police have issued a public safety warning about packages containing a potentially lethal substance being mailed out across the province.Police say the packages contain sodium nitrite, and may have been sent to people at risk of self-harm.Sodium nitrite is a white, crystalline substance used as a food additive and commonly found in processed meats.

Overconsumption of the product can reduce oxygen levels, impair breathing and even result in death.OPP say the packages are labelled as coming from Imtime Cuisine, AmbuCA, Academic/ACademic, Escape Mode/escMode or ICemac.They are asking anyone who may have received or knows someone who has received an unexpected delivery from one of those businesses to immediately contact police.The ongoing investigation has found the packages may have been sent to more than a dozen communities across the province, as well as other parts of the world.On Tuesday, Peel Regional Police laid two counts of counselling or aiding suicide against an Ontario man alleged to have marketed and distributed sodium nitrite to people at risk of self-harm.

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Henry Hildebrandt - Ontario churches look to take COVID-19 battle to Supreme Court of Canada - - Canada - county Ontario - city Elmira
Ontario churches look to take COVID-19 battle to Supreme Court of Canada
Ontario are looking to head to Canada’s highest court in the latest chapter of their battles with the province over the COVID-19 pandemic.The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCFC), which represents the Aylmer Church of God and the Trinity Bible Chapel in Woolwich, says in a release that it has filed the paperwork with the Supreme Court of Canada in its latest appeal bid.The case has made its way through the court system as both of the churches have faced a variety of charges, including findings of contempt, for repeatedly defying restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.The JCFC says Pastor Henry Hildebrandt and the Aylmer Church of God were ordered to pay $274,000 in fines and costs for violating the pandemic rules by holding several drive-in services in 2021.Elders at the church in Elmira were also ordered to pay thousands of dollars in fines while the doors to their building were also locked for several months after several gatherings were held inside in 2021.In March of 2022, the initial appeal by the church was dismissed by an Ontario judge.Lawyers for the churches had argued that both indoor and outdoor gathering restrictions issued by the Ontario government were over-broad, unreasonable, arbitrary limits that violated Charter rights and cannot be justified in a free and democratic society.The JCFC then took the case to the court of appeal in December 2022, where their objections to the March ruling were also dismissed.— with files from Global News
Stephen Lecce - Oakville teacher controversy: Ontario College of Teachers asked to review professional standards - - county Ontario
Oakville teacher controversy: Ontario College of Teachers asked to review professional standards
Oakville, Ont., teacher’s attire.“In this province, in our schools, we celebrate our differences and we also believe that there must be the highest standards of professionalism in front of our kids,” Education Minister Stephen Lecce said Friday when asked about the situation.“And on that basis, I’ve asked the Ontario College of Teachers to review and to consider strengthening those provisions with respect to professional conduct which we think would be in the interest of all kids in Ontario.” School board aware of possible protests over Oakville teacher’s attire as dress code under review Images have gone viral online and in the media in recent days, appearing to show a teacher at Oakville Trafalgar High School wearing large prosthetic breasts in class.Protests were held on Friday and over the weekend regarding the situation.The Ontario College of Teachers website says it “licenses, governs and regulates Ontario’s teaching profession in the public interest.” It is responsible for licencing teachers, setting ethical standards, investigating concerns, among other responsibilities.All publicly funded teachers in the province must be certified by the college.Also last week, trustees with the Halton District School Board (HDSB) met and agreed to review the dress code.The board has said that it is “committed to establishing and maintaining a safe, caring, inclusive, equitable and welcoming learning and working environment for all students and staff.”“We strive to promote and support a positive learning environment in schools consistent with our values and to ensure a safe and inclusive environment for all students, staff and the community, regardless of their race, age, ability, sex, gender identity, gender expression,