Hydrochloric acid spill sends 23 St. Catharines factory workers to hospital

A hydrochloric acid spill Tuesday morning sent 23 workers from a St. Catharines industrial plant to hospital, including several who were directly exposed to the chemical. St. Catharines fire Chief Dave Upper said emergency crews responded to THK Rhythm Automotive Canada Ltd. on Louth Street at about 9 am, where five liters of the acid … Read more

The Weeknd fans pack Rogers Centre for the long-awaited return of Toronto’s prodigal son

At least he wasn’t Rogered this time around. After being denied the opportunity to kick off his “After Hours til Dawn” world tour here in July due to a nationwide communications shortage from the communications giant, The Weeknd — one of music’s hottest commodities — more than made up for it with a 100- minute … Read more

Ana de Armas elevates Marilyn Monroe in ‘Blonde,’ but the film doesn’t

blonde Starring Ana de Armas, Julianne Nicholson, Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Xavier Samuel, Garret Dillahunt, Toby Huss, Caspar Phillipson and Lily Fisher. Written and directed by Andrew Dominik, adapted from the novel by Joyce Carol Oates. Opens Friday at TIFF Bell Lightbox. 166 minutes. STC “They say I‘m whistle bait, could be, but I‘m forever … Read more

Charges laid in ‘chaotic’ street fight in downtown St. Catharines

Two men have been charged after a trio of men were stabbed in what police called a “chaotic scene” in downtown St. Catharines early Saturday. Niagara Regional Police said the men charged and the victims were known to each other and there is no ongoing threat to public safety. Officers responded around 2:30 am for … Read more

Elton John pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, confesses love for Toronto in memorable farewell

If this was Sir Elton John’s Toronto swan song in terms of concert appearances, then it was a doozy. Performing in front of a crowd of 45,000 fans for the second night in a row — and for the sixth time as part of his seemingly never-ending “Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour” that has been … Read more

Toronto comes back to reel in Jackfish

Two teams that each spent at least six days waiting to return to the diamond didn’t waste any time putting men on base, runs on the scoreboard and balls over the fence when they finally heard the call, “Play ball!” On Saturday, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Welland Jackfish combined for 35 hits, 25 … Read more

From COVID to the flu, add vaccinations to your back-to-school list

As teachers, children and staff prepare to head back to the classroom next month, they will likely be dealing with more than just COVID-19. With masks no longer required, public officials warn there will likely be, on top of high number of COVID infections during the fall season, a strong return of influenza and more … Read more

Mayoral candidate Mike Britton says he wants to serve the St. Catharines community

Mike Britton says his whole life has been about community service, from being elected to St. Catharines city council at a young age to getting involved with a dozen charitable or not-for-profit groups. He said he loves the city and it’s part of who he is, always trying to give back to it. So when … Read more

Hirji prefers that masks be worn when classes resume

With deaths mounting, elevated COVID-19 cases and concerns about increasing spread of infection in the fall, Niagara’s acting medical officer of health is encouraging people to continue efforts to protect themselves from the virus — including voluntarily wearing masks when classes resume at schools. Although students won’t be required to wear masks when they return … Read more

Niagara Health hopes to mitigate impact of epidural shortage

Niagara Health is working to ensure expectant mothers have access to pain management medications they need, despite a global shortage of epidural catheters. The hospital system issued a public service announcement this week regarding the shortage, saying the organization is “taking steps to manage the supply and are working closely with our health-care partners to … Read more