Canada: Alberta’s oil sands a hot spot for COVID-19 outbreaks

Global News shows the news about COVID-19 in Canada. The good news is the progress on vaccines with more doses arriving and in the pipeline, provinces are ramping up their rollout to younger Canadians. The bad news is the virus is still spreading faster in some provinces than vaccines are arriving. One of Canada’s COVID-19 hotspots is Alberta’s oil sands, where more than a dozen outbreaks have made hundreds of workers sick. Heather Yourex-West looks at the vaccination efforts underway, since the problem goes beyond that province’s borders.

Canada’s 3rd COVID-19 wave creates “zigzag” economy

Global News shows that Canada’s economy is zigzagging through the third COVID-19 wave. Statistics Canada says the country lost 207,000 jobs in April, reversing substantial progress made in March. 
A spike in COVID-19 variant cases led to renewed public health restrictions and raised concerns about longer-term economic consequences from the pandemic.
The unemployment rate rose to 8.1 per cent from 7.5 per cent in March, Statistics Canada reported. It would have been 10.5 per cent had it included in calculations Canadians who wanted to work but didn’t search for a job.

Canada urged to return vaccine shipments as India’s COVID-19 crisis deepens

Global News shows that India has recorded its deadliest day in the pandemic on Sunday, with over 3,600 COVID-related fatalities – the 4th straight day deaths in that country were over 3,000.
The devastating second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India has overwhelmed the country’s hospitals, morgues and crematoriums.
The country added 392,488 new infections on Sunday alone, pushing its total case load to 19.56 million.
As the country continues to reach grim milestones while medical supplies dwindle, more countries are stepping up to help. Canada itself has already committed $10 million in aid through the Indian Red Cross.

India’s COVID-19 crisis: Growing fears that international aid may be too late to avert disaster

Global News shows that International aid has finally arrived in India, as the health-care system grapples with a worsening COVID-19 crisis. 
The world’s second-most populated nation is embroiled in a health crisis, with hospitals and morgues overwhelmed. On Thursday, India’s total COVID-19 cases surpassed 18 million. Over the past week, the country has continuously set new global records for daily infections and deaths.

Canada: Trudeau says COVID-19 vaccine certificates “to be expected” as part of pandemic

Global News shows that while there is no definitive answer on whether Canada will mandate COVID-19 vaccination certificates, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday they are “naturally to be expected” as part of the pandemic.
“As was the case pre-pandemic, certificates of vaccination are a part of international travel to certain regions and are naturally to be expected when it comes to this pandemic and the coronavirus,” Trudeau stated. “How we actually roll that out in alignment with partners and allies around the world is something that we’re working on right now to coordinate.”

Canada sees 1st death from blood clot linked to AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine

Global News in Canada shows that a 54-year-old Montreal woman has died due to developing a blood clot in her brain after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine, making it the first the death related to a COVID-19 vaccine in Canada. But with only 4 cases of rare complications from the 400,000 AstraZeneca shots administered in Quebec, the risk remains very low for getting a blood clot. As Mike Armstrong reports, Quebec’s health officials are not budging on the current vaccine strategy despite new developments, insisting the vaccine’s benefits continue to outweigh the rare risk.

Canada tax season 2021: Filing returns further complicated by COVID-19 finances

Global News shows that despite COVID-19 wreaking havoc on people’s finances throughout the pandemic, many Canadians found relief from the various financial aid programs like the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). But as the personal income tax deadline approaches, Canadians are also facing more complicated rules in filing their tax returns. Being late may not only garner penalties, it can now also withhold those important pandemic benefits. As Anne Gaviola explains, how and when you file your taxes are more important than ever.

Canada pledges $10M in aid to India as COVID-19 crisis deepens

Global News shows India continues to battle a surge of COVID-19 infections that’s overwhelming its hospitals and dwindling much-needed medical supplies like oxygen. The country is now fast approaching over 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus. Amid several countries already promising to send help, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is now pledging $10 million in aid from Canada to India through the Red Cross. And as Redmond Shannon reports, the new promises have not stopped a number of Indian-Canadians from worrying for their loved ones enduring the deepening crisis there.

Canadian Market: 1st-time home buyers being priced out

Global News shows that young people in Canada, who are hoping to buy their first home, are being shut out of the country’s hot housing market as prices for real estate soar.
In addition to a lack of supply, experts say they are not competing on a level playing field. Instead, young couples and families are competing with baby boomers who are downsizing and buying homes that would normally be reserved for the first-time buyer.
Anne Gaviola has more on the calls for politicians to step in and cool the market.
The continuum of affordable housing in Canada includes market (affordable rental housing, affordable home ownership), non-market (affordable rental housing, affordable home ownership), government-subsidized housing (emergency shelters, transitional housing and social housing).
A continuum is a continuous sequence in which adjacent elements are not perceptibly different from each other, although the extremes are quite distinct.

Canada: Ontario’s strategy for vaccinating people in COVID-19 hotspots

Take a look at how Global News shows Ontario’s new vaccine strategy of using pop-up clinics in COVID-19 hot spots, as the province looks to recruit help from Atlantic Canada, which comes with its own complications. Mike Drolet looks at how the strategy is working after Ontario reported 4,000 new cases for a 12th day this month.

Canada faces mounting pressure for greater COVID-19 border restrictions

Global News shows that Canada is banning passenger flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days amid concerns over rising COVID-19 cases and a new virus mutation.
Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said Thursday that in the last two weeks, more than 100 international flights landing in Canada have carried at least one positive COVID-19 case on board. At least 32 of those flights were from India.
The move by the government comes as it faces mounting calls to bring in tougher restrictions at the border to limit COVID-19 variants. Abigail Bimman reports.

Federal Budget 2021: Canada’s debt set to cross $1 trillion as Liberals extend COVID-19 aid

Global News shows that the first federal budget in more than 2 years extends Ottawa’s COVID-19 so-called “lifeline” for workers and struggling businesses another few months as it aims to pull Canada through the pandemic once and for all.
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland‘s first crack at a budget plan is also widely viewed as a pre-election platform with more than $100 billion in new spending over the next 3 years targeting a wide variety of voters, from seniors and their caregivers, to parents and business owners.

Ontario gets federal pandemic aid as Canada preps for budget

Global News shows that the Canadian government is sending emergency aid to Ontario, with the help of provinces and territories across Canada, as it struggles with thousands of new COVID-19 cases each day. 
The news comes as Ottawa prepares to present its first federal budget in two years. 
Mike Le Couteur explains what kind of help Ontario can expect, whether it impacts the upcoming budget, and where else federal spending could be going to in the pandemic.

Canadian doctors call for “extraordinary measures” from feds to fight COVID-19 crisis

Global News shows that the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is calling on the federal government to take a stronger lead in the country’s fight against COVID-19.
In a statement Friday, the national body of physicians and medical experts said Canada was at a “critical juncture” in the coronavirus pandemic and a collaboration between the provinces was needed.
David Akin looks into what doctors and premiers are asking for and the resistance from Ottawa.
Definition of “juncture”:
a particular point in events or time.”it is difficult to say at this juncture whether this upturn can be sustained”
Similar: point; point in time; time; moment; moment in time; stage; period; phase
a place where things join.”the plane crashed at the juncture of two mountains”
Similar: confluence; convergence; meeting; meeting point; conflux; junction

Canada: How the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting immigration to Canada

Global News shows that the Canadian government has pointed to immigration as essential to the country to recover economically from the coronavirus pandemic, but some experts say that’s a misleading argument with high numbers of jobless people in the country.
But the federal government has recently announced a new program to expedite 90,000 immigration applications for essential workers as part of its goal to bring in 1.2 million immigrants in the next 3 years.
Experts say there will be a surge of immigration to Canada as the world recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, but as Mike Drolet reports, the application processing might take months or years to clear.
Immigration to Canada is the process by which people migrate to Canada for the purpose of residing there – and where a majority go on to become Canadian citizens. As of 2019, Canada has the eighth largest immigrant populations in the world, while foreign-born people make up about one-fifth (21% in 2019) of Canada’s population. This is certainly one of the highest ratios for industrialized Western countries.

How Canada’s biggest housing crisis could be solved by the “missing middle”

Global News shows that housing that is bigger than a shoebox condo but smaller than a single-family detached home is referred to as the “missing middle.”
Some observers say Toronto has been plagued with a lack of such housing for decades. They argue supply in this part of the market needs to be addressed, as that’s part of what drives the ongoing march of so-called higher prices.
See how these types of homes might be able to help solve Canada’s housing crisis.

Canada: Trudeau says new agreement with Pfizer to double COVID-19 vaccine doses in coming months

Global News shows the interesting fascinating story that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday that Canada has signed an agreement with Pfizer to provide eight million more COVID-19 vaccine doses on top of what the country was already getting in the coming months. Trudeau said in total Canada will receive approximately eight million doses in May and another 12 million in June. The important agreement doubles what Pfizer was already sending to Canada.

Canada: CSIS confirms director has COVID-19 amid debate over workplace safety at intelligence agency

Global News shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has hit Canada’s intelligence service, including director David Vigneault, who has contracted the virus, the agency confirmed on Wednesday.
Because of its national security role, CSIS has kept its national headquarters in Ottawa, as well as its regional offices across Canada and foreign stations, operational during the pandemic.
A fractious debate has been taking place within CSIS over workplace safety amid the coronavirus pandemic, sources have told Global News.
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS; French: Service canadien du renseignement de sécurité, SCRS) is certainly Canada’s primary national intelligence service. It is responsible for collecting, analysing, reporting and disseminating intelligence on threats to Canada’s national security, and conducting operations, covert and overt, within Canada and abroad. It also reports to and advises the Minister of Public Safety on national security issues and situations that threaten the security of the nation of Canada.

Canada: Top doctor says COVID-19 variants have become dominant strain in Alberta

Global News shows that Canada’s Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced on Thursday that COVID-19 variants have become the dominant strain in the province.  
Variants in the province make up 45 per cent of current active cases. The B.1.1.7. variant, which was first discovered in the U.K., makes up 99 per cent of all variant cases confirmed in the province to date.
The battle with the more dangerous virus variants continues.

Could a post-pandemic Canada lead to another Roaring ’20s?

Global News shows that the roaring 20s swept across America after the deadly 1918 flu pandemic – the similarities then and now are striking. 
Technological advances were drastically changing people’s lives, the stock market was soaring and people were ready to cut-loose and spend money. 
It seems that Canadians have been saving like never before. Collectively, Canadians have stockpiled $200 billion’s worth with a lot of that finding its way into the stock market and to pay down debt or to renovate or buy homes, but economists estimate there’s over $100 billion just waiting to be spent. 
However, supply chain experts say headaches are in store. A flurry of shoppers may mean shortages and economists warn if shoppers are spooked by higher prices they may rush out to buy goods before prices skyrocket, creating shortages and stoking inflation.
In economics, “inflation” is a general rise in the price level in an economy over a period of time. When the general price level rises, each unit of currency buys fewer goods and services; consequently, inflation reflects a reduction in the purchasing power per unit of money – a certain loss of real value in the medium of exchange and unit of account within the economy.
“The Roaring Twenties” refers to the decade of the 1920s in Western society and Western culture. It was a period of economic prosperity with a distinctive cultural edge in the United States and Europe, particularly in major cities such as Berlin, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York City, Paris, and Sydney. This period saw the large-scale development and use of automobiles, telephones, films, radio, and electrical appliances in the lives of millions in the Western world. Aviation soon became a business, as well.

Canada’s NACI reaffirms recommendation of 4-month intervals between COVID-19 vaccine doses

Global News shows that Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) doubled down on its 4-month recommendation between COVID-19 doses on Wednesday, as the country struggles to roll out vaccinations quickly enough to stem the tide of a third wave. 
By allowing for these intervals, 9 out of 10 adults over 50 years of age and 75 per cent of adults aged 16 to 49 will be able to get their first vaccine by mid-June, according to a summary within NACI’s decision.
Despite the recommendation, NACI officials are still calling for second doses to be offered “as soon as possible” after all eligible populations have been offered first doses.
This is the organization for Canada. NACI (National Advisory Committee on Immunization) makes recommendations for the use of vaccines currently or newly approved for use in humans in Canada, including the identification of groups at risk for vaccine-preventable diseases for whom vaccination should be targeted. NACI knowledge syntheses, analyses and recommendations on vaccine use in Canada are published in literature reviews, statements and updates.
New statements are those which have been published within the past 5 years. Previous statements are those which are were published over 5 years ago and have been archived.
NACI recommendations are also published in vaccine-specific chapters of the Canadian Immunization Guide.

A look inside Canada’s hospitals as COVID-19 variant cases surge

Global News shows that as more contagious dangerous coronavirus variants continue to spread across Canada, hospitals are grappling with an increase in intensive care unit (ICU) admissions and wait times in emergency rooms.
With ICU beds occupied at full capacity and a higher number of young patients and staff feeling burnt out, it’s a dire situation, front-line health workers say. Jeff Semple has more from inside a Toronto hospital.
Plus, the Ontario government has declared the province’s third state of emergency amid the COVID-19 pandemic and is issuing a provincewide stay-at-home order effective on Thursday at 12:01 a.m. Eric Sorensen explains what the stay-at-home order means and what officials hope it will lead to.
The flu and COVID-19 are certainly caused by different viruses. This means that the flu shot will not protect you against COVID-19.

Canada: Ontario issuing stay-at-home order, declares 3rd state of emergency amid COVID-19 pandemic

Global News shows that Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced the province’s 3rd so-called state of emergency on Wednesday and issued a 4-week stay-at-home order provincewide effective Thursday at 12:01 a.m. All non-essential retail will be closed apart from delivery and curbside pickup, and big box retailers will only be allowed to sell essential items, Ford added. 
“We just need to hunker down right now, we need to limit mobility… I know this is tough on businesses, but I promise we will continue to have your backs.”
Also, as part of Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, the province has moved up teachers in hot spot regions such as Toronto and Peel Region to be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine next week, said the premier. 
Education workers who support students with special needs will also be able to receive a vaccination.
Schools are able to remain open for in-person learning, other than in areas such as Toronto and Peel Region, where local medical officers of health have ordered their closures.
Big box retailers will only be allowed to sell essential items, which are food, cleaning supplies, pharmaceuticals, personal care items and certain pet care supplies.

Canada: A look at the P.1 COVID-19 variant gaining a foothold in western Canada

Global News shows that as virus cases of COVID-19 variants grow in Canada, so too does concern from disease experts.
The rapid spread of the P.1 variant in British Columbia has added new urgency to the race between variants and vaccines. In just a matter of days, cases have surged from double to triple digits.
Alberta is also currently investigating 2 separate, unrelated COVID-19 outbreaks involving the P.1 variant, which was first discovered in Brazil. 
Heather Yourex-West has more.
Lineage P.1, also known as 20J/501Y.V3, Variant of Concern 202101/02 (VOC-202101/02) or colloquially known as the Brazil(ian) variant, is one of the variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This variant of SARS-CoV-2 has been named lineage P.1 and has 17 amino acid changes, ten of which are in its spike protein, including these three designated to be of particular concern: N501Y, E484K and K417T. This variant of SARS-CoV-2 was first detected by the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID), Japan, on 6 January 2021 in four people who had arrived in Tokyo having visited Amazonas, Brazil four days earlier. It was subsequently declared to be in circulation in Brazil.
It has caused widespread infection in the city of Manaus, despite the fact that the city had already experienced widespread infection in May with a study indicating high seroprevalence of antibodies for SARS-CoV-2. P.1 has also been called ‘B.’, although strictly only three sublevels are permitted in the PANGO Lineage system of nomenclature, hence the designation ‘P.1’.
Manaus is the capital and largest city of the Brazilian state of Amazonas. It is the 7th-largest city in Brazil, with an estimated 2020 population of 2,219,580
P.1 comprises the two distinct subvariants 28-AM-1 and 28-AM-2, which both carry the K417T, E484K, N501Y mutations, and both developed independently of each other within the same Brazilian Amazonas region.

Canada: April 5, 2021 – Rising COVID-19 hospitalizations among younger Canadians

Global News shows that the medical officers of health for Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa have sent a letter to Ontario’s chief medical officer of health Dr. David Williams requesting that the provincial government implement a provincewide stay-at-home order amid the 3rd wave of COVID-19. In Ontario and across much of Canada, a younger demographic is getting sick. Abigail Bimman has more.
There are many cases of COVID-19 in much of Europe. The U.K. is emerging from nearly 4 months in lockdown.

Millions more doses could accelerate Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Global News shows that Canada is expecting tens of millions more doses of COVID-19 vaccine in the coming months, which could mean more Canadians are inoculated sooner. 
Mike Le Couteur explains which company is sending more doses ahead of schedule and how top officials are trying to reassure people about a different brand of vaccine.
Millions more doses could certainly accelerate Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
Coronavirus Covid-19 Cases overview:
Total cases: 1MRecovered: 923KDeaths: 23,062
Total cases: 131MRecovered: 74.3MDeaths: 2.85M