Judge certifies class-action lawsuit against Guelph dental clinic

An Ontario judge has certified a class-action lawsuit against a Guelph dental practice.

The lawsuit stems from incidents that allegedly occurred at Guelph Dental Associates between Jan. 21, 2015, and June 21, 2017.

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In 2017, the practice, which operated under the name Growing Smiles), was forced to temporarily close by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (WDG) Public Health after it was discovered that dental instruments may not have been sterilized properly.

WDG Public Health then issued letters to 3,600 patients of the clinic, suggesting that they get tested for hepatitis B, C and HIV due to the sterilization concerns.

A spokesperson for WDG Public Health confirmed to Global News that there have never been any actual infections connected to the dental clinic.

The dental clinic would reopen later that year after getting approval from WDG Public Health but has since been shuttered.

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In his ruling from July 19, Justice Paul Perell of the Ontario Superior Court found that “the Plaintiffs move for certification of the action as a class proceeding for settlement purposes” and said he was satisfied the requirements for certification were met.

The defendants in the case are Dr. Meikle Dentistry Professional Corp., Dr. Katherine Zettle, Dr. Kanisha Campbell, Dr. Ladan Mansouri and Dr. Andrew Meikle.

Global News has reached out to the lawyers for both parties for comment.

— with files from Global News’ Andrew Russell and The Canadian Press

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Driver killed after pickup truck rolls over off Highway 417 in Ottawa: OPP

Provincial police in Ottawa closed off the eastbound lanes of Highway 417 on Tuesday afternoon after a fatal single-vehicle crash near Carp Road.

Ottawa OPP officers responded to the collision at 12:49 p.m.

Police said a pickup truck appears to have left the roadway, struck a guard rail and rolled over.

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A 59-year-old woman, the driver and lone occupant of the vehicle, was transported to hospital where she was pronounced dead, OPP said.

The deceased has not yet been identified while police inform her next of kin.

Eastbound lanes in the area will be closed for “several hours,” OPP said. A traffic detour is currently in place.

OPP collision investigators will probe the cause of the crash. Any witnesses are asked to call 613-270-9171.

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Human Rights Watch accuses Israel, Palestinian militants of war crimes in May conflict

Human Rights Watch on Tuesday accused the Israeli military of carrying out attacks that “apparently amount to war crimes” during an 11-day war in May against the Hamas militant group.

The international human rights organization issued its conclusions after investigating three Israeli airstrikes that it said killed 62 Palestinian civilians. It said “there were no evident military targets in the vicinity” of the attacks.

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The report also accused Palestinian militants of apparent war crimes by launching over 4,000 unguided rockets and mortars at Israeli population centers. Such attacks, it said, violate “the prohibition against deliberate or indiscriminate attacks against civilians.”

The report, however, focused on Israeli actions during the fighting, and the group said it would issue a separate report on the actions of Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups in August.

“Israeli forces carried out attacks in Gaza in May that devastated entire families without any apparent military target nearby,” said Gerry Simpson, associate crisis and conflict director at HRW.

He said Israel’s “consistent unwillingness to seriously investigate alleged war crimes,” coupled with Palestinian rocket fire at Israeli civilian areas, underscored the importance of an ongoing investigation into both sides by the International Criminal Court, or ICC.

The Israeli military has repeatedly said its attacks were aimed at military targets in Gaza. It says it takes numerous precautions to avoid harming civilians and blames Hamas for civilian casualties by launching rocket attacks and other military operations inside residential areas.

The war erupted on May 10 after Hamas fired a barrage of rockets toward Jerusalem in support of Palestinian protests against Israel’s heavy-handed policing of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, built on a contested site sacred to Jews and Muslims, and the threatened eviction of dozens of Palestinian families by Jewish settlers in a nearby neighbourhood. During the fighting, Hamas fired over 4,000 rockets and mortars toward Israel, while Israel has said it struck over 1,000 targets it says were linked to Gaza militants.

In all, some 254 people were killed in Gaza, including at least 67 children and 39 women, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. Hamas has acknowledged the deaths of 80 militants, while Israel has claimed the number is much higher. Twelve civilians, including two children, were killed in Israel, along with one soldier.

The HRW report looked into Israeli airstrikes. The most serious, on May 16, involved a series of strikes on Al-Wahda Street, a central thoroughfare in downtown Gaza City. The airstrikes destroyed three apartment buildings and killed a total of 44 civilians, HRW said, including 18 children and 14 women. Twenty-two of the dead were members of a single family, the al-Kawlaks.

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Israel has said the attacks were aimed at tunnels used by Hamas militants in the area and that the damage to the homes was unintentional.

In its investigation, HRW concluded that Israel had used U.S.-made GBU-31 precision-guided bombs, and that Israel had not warned any of the residents to evacuate the area ahead of time. It also found no evidence of military targets in the area.

“An attack that is not directed at a specific military objective is unlawful,” it wrote.

The investigation also looked at a May 10 explosion that killed eight people, including six children, near the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun. It said the two adults were civilians.

In a statement Tuesday, the Israeli military said the casualties were caused by errant rocket fire launched by militant groups, not Israeli airstrikes. It released aerial photos of what it said was the launch site, some 7.5 kilometers (four miles) away, and the landing area.

“This incident demonstrates the blatant disregard for civilian life on the part of terror organizations in the Gaza Strip,” it said.

But based on an analysis of munition remnants and witness accounts, HRW said evidence indicated the weapon had been “a type of guided missile.”

“Human Rights Watch found no evidence of a military target at or near the site of the strike,” it said.

The New York-based group said that Israel refused to allow its investigators to enter Gaza. Instead, it said it relied on a field researcher based in Gaza, along with satellite images, expert reviews of photos of munitions fragments and interviews conducted by video and telephone.

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The third attack HRW investigated occurred on May 15, in which an Israeli airstrike destroyed a three-story building in Gaza’s Shati refugee camp. The strike killed 10 people, including two women and eight children.

HRW investigators determined the building was hit by a U.S.-made guided missile. It said Israel has said that senior Hamas officials were hiding in the building. But the group said no evidence of a military target at or near the site and called for an investigation into whether there was a legitimate military objective and “all feasible precautions” were taken to avoid civilian casualties.

The May conflict was the fourth war between Israel and Hamas since the Islamic militant group, which opposes Israel’s existence, seized control of Gaza in 2007. Human Rights Watch, other rights groups and U.N. officials have accused both sides of committing war crimes in all of the conflicts.

Early this year, HRW accused Israel of being guilty of international crimes of apartheid and persecution because of discriminatory polices toward Palestinians, both inside Israel as well as in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Israel rejected the accusations.

In Tuesday’s report, it called on the United States to condition security assistance to Israel on it taking “concrete and verifiable actions” to comply with international human rights law and to investigate past abuses.

It also called on the ICC to include the recent Gaza war in its ongoing investigation into possible war crimes by Israel and Palestinian militant groups. Israel does not recognize the court’s jurisdiction and says it is capable of investigating any potential wrongdoing by its army and that the ICC probe is unfair and politically motivated.

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3 new COVID-19 cases in Ottawa, no deaths

COVID-19 levels in Ottawa are holding steady so far this week, according to the local public health unit.

Ottawa Public Health reported three new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths related to the virus on Tuesday. That’s down from the seven new cases reported on Monday.

The incidence rate for new infections stands at 3.9 cases per 100,000 Ottawa residents in the past week.

The number of active COVID-19 cases in the city held steady at 42 in the latest report.

There remains one person in hospital locally with COVID-19, according to OPH.

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There are no active COVID-19 outbreaks in the city as of Tuesday.

The latest vaccination update showed that 70 per cent of adults aged 18 and older in Ottawa had received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Monday.

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Man charged with assault after 2 women taken to hospital with injuries in Barrie, Ont.

A man has been charged with numerous offences after two women were taken to the hospital with serious injuries on Monday night, a Barrie police spokesperson confirmed.

Just before 11 p.m., officers were called to the area of Steel and Johnson streets for an assault that was in progress, police spokesperson Jennett Mays said Tuesday.

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According to Mays, a 30-year-old Hamilton woman and a 26-year-old Barrie woman were sent to the hospital. A 31-year-old Barrie man was arrested.

The man was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, mischief under $5,000, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and breaking and entering, Mays confirmed.

She said the suspect is known to the victims and that there aren’t any other suspects.

The accused was held for a bail hearing.

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Businesses damaged in south Calgary commercial building fire

One person was taken to hospital following a fire at a south Calgary commercial building Tuesday.

Just after 9 a.m., multiple 911 calls came in reporting heavy smoke and flames coming from the first floor of a commercial building in the 5700 block of 3 Street S.W.

When fire crews arrived, they began an aggressive offensive attack and quickly brought the fire under control, said Innes Fraser, Calgary Fire Department battalion chief.

Two businesses were affected by the blaze, one of which will not be able to return to the building, Fraser said.

Smoke had to be ventilated out of the rest of the building.

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One person was inside one of the businesses when the fire broke out. They were able to get out on their own but were then taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, Fraser said.

There were two cats in the building at the time, one of which was found dead. The search continues for the second cat.

A massage business and karaoke rental business appeared to be affected by the blaze.

A fire investigator was at the scene Tuesday morning to determine how the fire started.

The cost of the damages is not yet known.

Calgary firefighters work to battle a blaze at a commercial building in the 5700 block of 3 Street SW Tuesday, July 27, 2021.

Calgary firefighters work to battle a blaze at a commercial building in the 5700 block of 3 Street SW Tuesday, July 27, 2021.

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Calgary firefighters work to battle a blaze at a commercial building in the 5700 block of 3 Street S.W. Tuesday, July 27, 2021.

Calgary firefighters work to battle a blaze at a commercial building in the 5700 block of 3 Street S.W. Tuesday, July 27, 2021.

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Calgary firefighters work to battle a blaze at a commercial building in the 5700 block of 3 Street SW Tuesday, July 27, 2021.

Calgary firefighters work to battle a blaze at a commercial building in the 5700 block of 3 Street SW Tuesday, July 27, 2021.

Tom Reynolds, Global News

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COVID-19: Middlesex-London Health Unit reports 8 cases, 5 recoveries

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On Tuesday, the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) reported eight new COVID-19 cases, bringing the local total to 12,752.

That follows three cases on Monday, five on Sunday, and seven on Saturday.

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The health unit also recorded five more recoveries, for a total of 12,473. There are at least 50 active cases in the region.

The number of deaths is unchanged at 229, the most recent reported July 15, while the number of cases with a variant of concern climbed by seven to 3,569.

The breakdown of known variant cases is as follows:

  • 3,379 cases of the Alpha variant (B.1.1.7), first identified in the U.K.
  • 110 cases of the Gamma (P.1) variant, first identified in Brazil
  • 74 cases of the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant, first identified in India
  • 2 cases of the Beta (B.1.351) variant, first identified in South Africa
  • 1  case of the Kappa (B.1.617.1) variant, first identified in India
  • 1 case of the Zeta (P.2) variant, first identified in Brazil

There is also one case listed only as B.1.617 and one case listed as B.1.617.3.

A total of 11,530 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in London since the pandemic began, while 374 have been in Middlesex Centre and 334 in Strathroy-Caradoc.

Further information can be found on the health unit’s Summary of COVID-19 Cases in Middlesex-London page.


The London Health Sciences Centre says it is caring for eight inpatients with COVID-19, up from six Monday, with five or fewer of those patients in the intensive care unit, as of Monday.

In an effort to protect the privacy of patients, LHSC only provides specific numbers when there are more than five.

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LHSC is not reporting any patients from outside of the region.

Fewer than five LHSC employees have tested positive for COVID-19, an increase from zero on Monday.

At St. Joseph’s Health Care London, the organization is reporting no cases involving patients, residents or health-care workers.

Institutional outbreaks

LHSC reported an outbreak at Victoria Hospital’s B7-200 Adult Inpatient Mental Health/PICU unit on Monday involving fewer than five cases.

Vaccinations and testing

The MLHU released updated vaccination data on Tuesday as of the end of day, July 24.

The health unit says 643,013 doses have been administered in the region.

Of residents age 12 and older, 80.1 per cent have had at least one dose while 62.8 per cent are fully vaccinated.

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The health unit is also now accepting walk-ins for first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine at its mass vaccination clinics from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Hours and days of operation at many of the mass clinics will reduce starting next month. Full details can be found on our website.

Information on how to book and cancel appointments can be found on the health unit’s website.

Information on local pharmacies offering COVID-19 vaccines can be found on the province’s website.

Several pop-up walk-in clinics are scheduled throughout the region. A full list can be found on the health unit’s website.

Anyone looking to be tested for COVID-19 can find information about locations of testing sites on the health unit’s website.

Ahead of the holiday weekend, officials say the Carling COVID-19 Assessment Centre will operate as usual on Monday, Aug. 2, but telephone booking will be unavailable that day.

The test positivity rate in the region was 1.1 per cent for the week of July 11, up from 1.0 per cent for the week of July 4.


Ontario added 129 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the provincial case total to 549,576.

According to Tuesday’s report, 37 cases were recorded in Toronto, 22 in Peel Region and 12 in Hamilton. All other health units reported fewer than 10 cases.

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The death toll in the province has risen to 9,321 as five more deaths were recorded.

Roughly 66.7 per cent of those age 12 and older are fully vaccinated, while 79.8 per cent have had at least one dose.

Elgin and Oxford

Southwestern Public Health reported two new cases and one recovery on Tuesday.

The total case count stands at 3,937 with 15 active cases, 3,838 recoveries and 84 deaths.

Of the 15 active cases, nine are in Woodstock and four are in St. Thomas. Per-municipality case counts can be found on the health unit’s dashboard.

One person is currently hospitalized with COVID-19, according to SWPH, but is not in the ICU.

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The number of variant of concern cases increased by one to 865, with 762 of those listed as the Alpha variant, 52 the Delta variant and 51 the Beta variant.

There are no active institutional outbreaks reported in the region.

The region’s test positivity rate was 1.1 per cent for the week of July 11, down slightly from 1.2 per cent for the week of July 4.

As of July 25, SWPH says 78.2 per cent of its residents aged 12 and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 59.7 per cent have had two doses.

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As of July 19, walk-in appointments are available at all of SWPH’s mass vaccination clinics.

Appointments can be booked or re-booked through the online booking portal or by phone at 1-800-922-0096 ext. 9.

Anyone who re-books an earlier appointment should make sure they cancel their existing appointment. Appointments at SWPH’s Tillsonburg, Woodstock or St. Thomas mass immunization clinics can be cancelled online.

The health unit is also still encouraging people to add their names to a same-day vaccination list.

Several pharmacies in the region are also continuing to offer COVID-19 vaccine shots.

Huron and Perth

Global News is awaiting Huron Perth Public Health’s COVID-19 data for Tuesday.

On Monday, HPPH added one new case and seven recoveries since its last update Friday.

The region’s total case count stood at 1,937 with eight active cases, 1,872 recoveries and 57 deaths.

There were 345 cases confirmed to involve a variant of concern.

Of the eight active cases, three are in Stratford. Case counts by municipality can be found on the health unit’s dashboard.

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HPPH reported that one person was hospitalized with COVID-19.

There were no active institutional outbreaks reported in the region but one unidentified workplace outbreak is ongoing.

The region’s test positivity rate was 0.9 per cent for the week of July 11, up from 0.6 per cent for the week of July 4.

HPPH’s vaccine dashboard showed that as of Tuesday, 77.2 per cent of those aged 12 and older have had at least one vaccine dose, while 62.4 per cent are fully vaccinated. Among those 18 and older, 78.4 per cent have had at least one dose while 65.4 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Information on vaccine eligibility and booking an appointment can be found on HPPH’s website.

Sarnia and Lambton

Lambton Public Health reported no new cases on Tuesday.

The total case count stands at 3,633 with two active cases, 3,563 listed as recovered and 68 deaths.

The most recent death was reported Monday and involved someone in their 70s.

The number of confirmed variant of concern cases remains unchanged at 675.

According to Bluewater Health, there are currently no patients hospitalized with COVID-19.

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Lambton Public Health is not reporting any active outbreaks in the region.

The region’s test positivity rate was just 0.34 per cent for the week of July 11, down from 0.95 per cent for the week of July 4.

As of Tuesday, 75.6 per cent of adults have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine while 64.9 per cent are fully vaccinated.

LPH is asking everyone who has already received a first dose to book their second dose appointment as soon as possible as the region prepares to wind down mass immunization clinics next month.

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Residents who are able to get vaccinated on short notice are encouraged to sign up for Lambton Public Health’s daily Vaccine Standby List.

Residents can book and re-book COVID-19 vaccine appointments using the health unit’s registration page. People can also call the vaccine call centre at 226-254-8222.

Some pharmacies are also continuing to offer Pfizer or Moderna shots.

— with files from Global News’ Kelly Wang and Gabby Rodrigues

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Calgary girl diagnosed with leukemia summiting mountains for kids cancer fundraiser

Kananaskis has truly been healing for 10-year-old Auralia Reid. Her parents, Ryan Reid and Trinda Hassel, bring their daughter out on hikes every chance they get, knowing the Alberta Rockies are nature’s medicine.

“Nature is our church. We don’t go to church. This is our church, where we find peace,” Hassel said.

Auralia hiking with her parents.

Auralia hiking with her parents.

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It’s the quiet that lures the family there — but it’s Auralia’s courage that’s moving mountains. She was diagnosed with leukemia nearly three years ago.

“I felt hollow, like my whole world shattered. In that moment I was like, you got to save my baby,” Hassel said.

Auralia during treatment.

Auralia during treatment.

Courtesy: Trinda Hassel

Auralia’s father Ryan said it was the scariest time in his life.

“It was heartbreaking, like a nightmare,” Ryan said. “That was my seven-year-old daughter in that bed and that diagnosis, I don’t have words.”

But they stayed positive encouraging their daughter.

Auralia hiking.

Auralia hiking.

Courtesy: Trinda Hassel

“We never talked about, ‘you’re sick.’ We talked about, ‘you’re healing,'” Hassel said.

Through it all, Auralia always longed for the mountains, especially during her treatment.

“It’s peaceful, regenerating and healing,” Auralia said.

Even while she was undergoing chemotherapy every day for 912 days, she still conquered summits.

Auralia on one of her hikes.

Auralia on one of her hikes.

Courtesy: Trinda Hassel

“Dad would carry me if I wasn’t able to do what I wanted to do — he would pick me up and put me on his shoulders,” Auralia said.

“She’s powered through a lot. She’s a tough girl, she’s inspiring,” Ryan said.

“I’ve told her she’s my hero.”

“She has taught me strength comes from within,” Hassel said.

Auralia and her parents on a rock lookout at Widowmaker Trail.

Auralia and her parents on a rock lookout at Widowmaker Trail.

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The little girl is now in remission and her hikes have a much bigger purpose, she wants to reach the top of Wasootch Ridge in Kananaskis by the end of July or early August.

“It’s a big hike. It’ll be the biggest one ever,” Ryan said. “It’s going to be motivating for her to know she gave back.”

It was Auralia’s idea to make the hike a fundraiser for Kids Cancer Care.

“For Camp Kindle and peer support group. It’s a group where kids with cancer can be just kids and not the kid with cancer,” Auralia said.

Auralia at Camp Kindle.

Auralia at Camp Kindle.

Courtesy: Trinda Hassel

“She’s unbelievable. We try to let her know she is but I don’t think she gets it,” Ryan said.

“I am so proud of her, so proud, she is a champ,” Hassel said.

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16-year-old girl stabbed, 14-year-old arrested in Quinte West, OPP say

A 14-year-old girl has been charged after another teen was brutally stabbed in Quinte West, OPP say.

Police say they received reports Saturday that a 16-year-old had been stabbed in the chest and stomach.

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The girl was rushed to hospital in stable condition, and police later arrested the 14-year-old.

OPP say the two know each other.

The 14-year-old faces assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and uttering death threat charges.

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16 injured, three critically, after bus and two vehicles collide in Abbotsford

Three people were rushed to hospital in critical condition Tuesday morning when two vehicles and a small bus collided in the 3000-block of Maclure Street in Abbotsford.

BC Emergency Health Services said six ground ambulances and an air ambulance were immediately dispatched to the scene.

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In total, 16 patients were treated.

One of the three critically injured was airlifted to the hospital, BCEHS confirmed.

Two others were taken by ground ambulance in serious but stable condition.

Paramedics treated 11 others at the scene who did not need hospitalization.

Abbotsford police said the cause of the crash is still under investigation at this time.

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