Indoor dining rooms, gyms, movie theatres and other indoor venues open in Ottawa for the first time in 26 days today, as COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease.
Ottawa and all of Ontario enter step one of the three-step reopening plan to gradually relax public health measures on social gatherings and non-essential indoor businesses.
Premier Doug Ford moved Ontario into a modified Stage 2 on Jan. 5 in a bid to limit the spread of the Omicron variant. The measures included closing indoor dining rooms, gyms, movie theatres and other indoor venues, along with capacity restrictions on businesses.
Starting today, social gathering limits will increase to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, while indoor dining rooms, gyms, cinemas and other venues may open at 50 per cent capacity.
Here is a look at the COVID-19 restrictions in Step One of the three-step reopening plan, effective Jan. 31.  The Ontario government says proof of vaccination is still required in indoor settings.
The following indoor public settings are allowed to open at 50 per cent capacity, effective Jan. 31.
Ontario will allow food and drink service at movie theatres, cinemas, gaming establishments, sporting events and concert venues.
Ontario will allow food and drink service at movie theatres, cinemas, gaming establishments, sporting events and concert venues.
Museums and galleries in Ottawa and Ontario can reopen at 50 per cent capacity.
The Canadian Museum of History will also reopen on Feb. 2 as COVID-19 restrictions relax in Quebec.
The Rideau Carleton Casino will reopen on Jan. 31 at 50 per cent capacity.
The casino says as part of the first stage of reopening, the following will be available:
All visitors must show the enhanced COVID-19 vaccine QR code as proof of full vaccination.
The city of Ottawa says select facilities will open for drop-in activities and facility rentals at 50 per cent capacity starting on Monday.
Access to most activities will require a reservation in advance and proof of vaccination will be required for everyone 12 years and older. 
For more information, check the facilities listed on ottawa.ca.
The city says registered programs will begin on Feb. 5.
The RCMP says it is investigating the verbal harassment of Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland that occurred in Alberta on Aug. 26, saying it 'takes threats against public officials seriously.' After the footage emerged over the weekend, politicians of all stripes have expressed their support of Freeland and condemned harassment.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday the federal government will create 17,000 new homes through additional funding for projects including the Affordable Housing Innovation Fund’s rent-to-own program and launching the third phase of its Rapid Housing Initiative.

As children across the country prepare to go back to school, Canada's top doctor Dr. Theresa Tam advises parents on how to continue to protect their children against COVID-19.

RCMP officers who responded to the 2020 Nova Scotia mass shooting are being linked to the alleged mishandling of a 2017 murder case that is under federal review.

New Brunswick is reporting four new deaths related to COVID-19, as well as an increase in hospitalizations, in its weekly update.

COVID-19 has claimed the lives of two more people on Prince Edward Island, according to data released by the province Tuesday.

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford says he's going to discuss health care, affordable housing and immigration with the prime minister when the two meet later today.

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Party leaders in Quebec are being surrounded by heightened security as they spread out across the province. 'We can't hide the fact that there's been a change in the political climate in Quebec,' said Parti Québécois (PQ) Leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon. 'I was given a bulletproof vest, for example.'

A cold front approaching from Ontario is expected to move into the muggy air mass across Southern Quebec on Tuesday, triggering severe thunderstorms.

Montreal public health officials are investigating a probable case of monkeypox involving a child.

A Sudbury area family is celebrating the arrival of a baby boy after his dramatic entrance on the way to the hospital early Tuesday morning.

Police in Barrie, Ont., continue to investigate a crash that left six young people dead over the weekend. The force says the probe into the 'tragic event' will take time to complete.

The fall semester for post-secondary schools is fast approaching and some international students in Timmins are still struggling to find places to stay.

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Sarnia police have made an arrest after a months long investigation into suspected drug trafficking.

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Registration for Winnipeg's Fall Leisure Guide will reopen Tuesday at noon after technical difficulties forced the city to suspend registration.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Housing, Diversity and Inclusion Ahmed Hussen were in Kitchener Tuesday to make a major housing announcement.

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