JAN 20 2022-ONTARIO'S PLAN TO EASE ITS COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
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Libby Znaimer is joined by Larry Isaacs, President of The Firkin Group of Pubs and Perry Tucciarone, Board of Directors member of the Fitness Industry Council of Canada and part of its Ontario leadership team.

Today, we hear from business leaders from both the restaurant/bar and fitness industries for reaction to Ontario’s gradual plan to ease public health restrictions that was announced today.

CANADA GRAPPLES WITH RECORD INFLATION RATE

Libby Znaimer is joined by Dr. Talan Iscan,  Professor in the department of economics at Dalhousie University and David Cravit, Vice President of Zoomer Media and Chief Membership Officer of CARP.

In the news: According to Statistics Canada, inflation reached a 30-year high in December and rose to 4.8 percent. So, how does this inflation affect Canadians from a consumer perspective and will inflation continue to rise in the near future? Furthermore, what can we anticipate from the Bank of Canada on its plan to tackle record inflation as it gets set to make an announcement next week?

IS NOW REALLY A GOOD TIME FOR ONTARIO TO EASE ITS COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS?

Libby Znaimer is joined by Dr. Barry Pakes, the Medical Officer of Health for York Region, and Dr. Alon Vaisman, Infectious Disease Specialist at the University Health Network (UHN).

As discussed in the first segment, Ontario announced today that on Jan. 31st certain public health measures will be eased. Indoor dining, gyms cinemas and some other venues will reopen to 50 percent capacity, for example. When it comes to private social gatherings, the max for indoors is ten people and 25 people for outdoor settings. On Feb. 21, you will be able to increase your indoor gatherings to 25 people and 100 people outdoor. On March 14, all capacity limits will be lifted on indoor settings but proof of vaccination will still be required. But the question is: is now a good time to be easing COVID-19 restrictions?

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