Historic house where former PM John Diefenbaker was born in southwestern Ontario up for sale

For less than the price of a small Toronto condo, you could be the owner of a historic house where John Diefenbaker was born.



a tree in front of a house: John Diefenbaker’s birthplace in Neustadt, Ontario.


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John Diefenbaker’s birthplace in Neustadt, Ontario.

A real estate listing for the four-bedroom, one-bathroom house in Neustadt, Ontario, entreats prospective buyers to “own a piece of history” for just $369,900.

“This lovingly maintained historical home was the birthplace of John Diefenbaker, the 13th Prime Minster of Canada,” the posting says. “The current owners have felt privileged to live here and were careful to maintain the character and nostalgia of this 19th-century home while savouring a peaceful life with gardens and animals and reminders everywhere of days gone by.”

Diefenbaker was born in the house in 1895, which is located about two hours northwest of Toronto, and about 90 kilometres north of Guelph, Ont. His family, though, moved to what would later

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Ontario reports 653 COVID-19 cases as new public health measures take effect

Ontario is reporting 653 cases of COVID-19 today and 41 deaths related to the coronavirus, but Health Minister Christine Elliott says an ongoing data review at Toronto Public Health is at least partly responsible for the spike.

Elliott says some cases and deaths that occurred in the spring or summer are only being reported today.

The same thing happened on Friday, when Ontario reported an all-time high of 732 new cases along with 76 deaths.

There are now 53,633 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, including 2,968 deaths and 45,285 resolved cases.

The province was able to complete 46,254 tests in the previous 24 hours, but nearly twice that number — 91,322 — are still listed as “under investigation.”

Meanwhile, new public health restrictions kick in today in three of Ontario’s COVID-19 hot spots.

The provincial government announced Friday that Ottawa, Toronto and Peel Region would face tighter regulations as

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Ontario reports 30 more students with COVID-19 in latest daily report

The number of new COVID-19 cases in public schools across the province has jumped by 37 from the previous day, to a total of 412 in the last two weeks.

In its latest data released Friday morning, the province reported 30 more students were infected for a total of 237 in the last two weeks; since school began there have been overall total of 263.

The data shows there are two more staff members for a total of 61 in the last two weeks — and an overall total of 84.

The latest report also shows five more individuals who weren’t identified for a total of 114 in that category — and an overall total of 137.

There are 318 schools with a reported case, which the province notes is 6.59 per cent of the 4,828 public schools in Ontario.

Three schools are currently closed, according to the Ministry of

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Two Toronto nursing homes are the hardest hit LTC facilities by COVID-19 in Ontario, according to latest report

Two nursing homes in Toronto appear to be among the hardest hit long-term-care facilities by a COVID-19 outbreak, in the latest numbers released by the province Saturday morning.

The 108-bed Fairview Nursing Home, near Dufferin Street and Dundas Street West, reported 42 residents and 12 staff members testing positive, making it Ontario’s largest active outbreak at an LTC home. Less than five deaths have been reported, although it’s not clear why there isn’t a more exact figure.

The 130-bed Vermont Square nursing home on Bathurst Street, north of Bloor Street West, reported an active outbreak with 35 confirmed cases — 25 residents and 10 staff. No deaths have been reported there.

The province has a total of 45 LTC homes with active coronavirus outbreaks, according to its latest data Saturday morning.

An active COVID-19 outbreak indicates that the home has at least one lab confirmed case of COVID-19 (in resident

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RCMP charge Ontario man with falsely claiming involvement in terrorism

OTTAWA—The RCMP has arrested and charged an Ontario man with falsely claiming to have committed terrorist acts.

The national police force says the criminal charge against Shehroze Chaudhry, 25, stems from numerous media interviews in which he described travelling to Syria in 2016 to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and committing acts of extremism.

The Mounties say the Burlington, Ont., man’s interviews were published in multiple media outlets, aired on podcasts and featured in a television documentary, raising public safety concerns.

Chaudhry is charged with a Criminal Code offence of perpetrating a hoax related to terrorist activity.

He is to appear in court in Brampton, Ont., on Nov. 16. RCMP Supt. Christopher deGale says hoaxes can generate fear and create the illusion there is a potential threat to Canadians.

“As a result, the RCMP takes these allegations very seriously, particularly when individuals, by their actions, cause

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Ontario reports 29 new COVID-19 cases in schools, totalling 238 cases

The number of total active COVID-19 cases in publicly funded schools across Ontario has jumped to 238.

In its latest data released Friday morning, the province reported 29 more school-related cases — 10 more students were infected for a total of 110; 10 more staff members for a total of 50 and 9 more individuals who weren’t identified for a total of 78.

There are 198 schools with an active case, which the province notes is 4.1 per cent of the 4,828 publicly funded schools.

Two schools are closed — Monsignor Paul Baxter elementary school in Ottawa and Fellowes High School in Pembroke.

Epidemiologists have told the Star that the numbers in the schools aren’t a surprise, and that the cases will be proportionate to the amount of COVID-19 that’s in the community.

There is a lag between the daily provincial data at 10:30 a.m. and news reports about infections

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