Four wagons of a passenger train bound for Cairo ran off the railway at the city of Banha in Qalyubia province this afternoon, killing at least 11 people and injuring scores of others.
Four wagons of a passenger train bound for Cairo ran off the railway at the city of Banha in Qalyubia province this afternoon, killing at least 11 people and injuring scores of others.
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas man who authorities say fatally shot an 87-year-old neighbor was trying to lure residents of his apartment complex outside before someone shot and killed him, according to witnesses. “He was yelling and screaming: ‘You guys get out here, come out here, everyone get out of this building right now,’" Janey Peugh, who lives at the complex, told KFSM television station. Police in Fort Smith, Arkansas, located on the border with Oklahoma, say that after Zachary Arnold, 26, fatally shot Lois Hicks on Saturday morning, he continued to shoot at neighboring apartments with a semi-automatic rifle. Another resident, who has not been named, retrieved a hunting rifle and shot and killed Arnold, police said. Resident Amber Lane told the television station that Hicks and Arnold lived in the same building. She said Hicks and another neighbor had gone outside before running back into their apartments. “There were two older women, both had come out," Lane said. “One of them had ran back in, and the other one ran back in, but she didn’t close her door, then he walked in and did what he did." Police said that Hicks was shot multiple times inside her apartment. Lane said she was grateful for the neighbor who shot Arnold. “If he didn’t do that, who knows how much worse it could have gotten,” Lane said. The Associated Press
OTTAWA — Canada is set to receive a large infusion of COVID-19 vaccines this week, even as questions swirl around how the immunization drive will be affected by the sudden departure of the man tasked with overseeing it. The federal government says it expects around 4.5 million doses to arrive this week thanks to planned deliveries from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. Pfizer and BioNTech had been scheduled to deliver around 2 million doses this week as their vaccines continue to flow into Canada on a regular basis after early hiccups in February and March. But the federal government says the two companies will ship an additional 1.4 million shots, which were originally slated to land next week but are now expected to arrive before the upcoming holiday weekend. Moderna is also expected to deliver 1.1 million doses this week. The large influx comes as the Liberal government faces questions about who will now lead the vaccination campaign after Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin was sidelined suddenly on Friday and reassigned from his role presiding over the national inoculation effort. The Department of National Defence has said Fortin is under military investigation, but otherwise refused to provide any details. The government, meanwhile, has yet to name a replacement. There are also ongoing questions about the government's plans for the Oxford-AstraZeneca or Johnson and Johnson vaccines. More than 655,000 shots of AstraZeneca arrived through the global vaccine-sharing initiative known as COVAX on Thursday, but most provinces have temporarily paused their use for first doses amid supply issues and the potential risk of rare blood clots. As a result, the federal government has yet to distribute those shots to the provinces, though Ottawa says it expects to still receive another 1 million doses by the end of June. About 2.16 million Canadians had received one dose of AstraZeneca as of May 8, and those additional doses could be used to give those people a second jab. Health Canada also continues to review the quality of 300,000 Johnson and Johnson shots that were delivered last month, but have yet to be distributed. The doses have been held back over concerns of possible tainting at a Baltimore production facility. Health Canada chief medical adviser Dr. Supriya Sharma told CTV on Sunday that it could be weeks before the review is complete. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 17, 2021. Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press
Ontario is reporting 2,199 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday as well as 30 deaths. That's down from 2,584 new cases reported on Saturday, but up from 24 deaths. The new case count includes 633 cases in Toronto, 547 in Peel Region, 172 in York Region, 143 in Durham, and 129 in Hamilton. The seven-day average continues to decline and is now sitting at 2,576. As of 8 p.m. on Saturday, 7,064,815 vaccine doses have been administered across the province to date, according to Health Minister Christine Elliott. Friday's vaccination tally marked a milestone for Ontario. With 154,104 doses administered, the number is the highest single-day total to date, according to Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious diseases doctor who is a member of the province's COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force.
TAIPEI (Reuters) -Much needed COVID-19 vaccines should be coming to Taiwan soon, the GAVI Vaccine Alliance said on Monday, as the chip-producing island's limited supplies run short during a spike in cases that has left the government scrambling for supplies. A surge of coronavirus infections in Taiwan, one of the world's COVID-19 mitigation success stories, has led to its stock of 300,000 doses rapidly running out, with only about 1% of its 23 million people vaccinated. Taiwan has been a model of how to control the pandemic since it began but over the past week it has reported more than 700 domestic cases, out of a total of 2,017 infections recorded in all, triggering panic-buying at supermarkets as the government tightened curbs in the capital, Taipei.
Vancouver police say they deployed an RCMP Air One helicopter and a marine unit to disperse people gathered on downtown beaches Saturday night. According to a statement from police, thousands of people gathered on Vancouver's beaches Saturday to enjoy the warm May weather. The statement said officers patrolled the beaches to ensure people were not drinking, and began asking people to leave at 10 p.m., when the beaches officially close. Police said while most complied, some people refused to leave, and a small group threw bottles at officers, prompting more police to be called to the scene. Police then used spotlights from the helicopter and marine unit to disperse people. No arrests were made. B.C. health officials are currently encouraging people to socialize outdoors only, as the risk of COVID-19 transmission is significantly reduced outdoors compared to indoors.
Saskatchewan's premier wants to see the province cheering on "North America's greatest football team" in person when the season kicks off in August. Both Premier Scott Moe and Minister Jeremy Harrison said as much as the most recent session of the legislature concluded on Friday. When questioned about tax implementation, Harrison touted — among other things — the government's work in creating a robust vaccination strategy which he said led to the creation of the provincial roadmap to reopening that would see the province return to normal including a "full Mosaic Stadium." "I'm not certain that we will get it right full, but we most certainly do want people to get into Mosaic here this summer," Moe said after Friday's question period. "We'll achieve that in the same way that we're achieving our reopening plan here in Saskatchewan, and that is very similar to turning up the lights with a dimmer switch." Moe said the province was looking into a plan that would see some fans return to the stadium in a limited capacity before essentially "turning up" the restricted capacity. Randy Ambrosie, commissioner of the Canadian Football League, announced in April that he intended to get the league back in action in 2021 and set a "target date" of August 5 for the 14-game season. Ambrosie's April statement said two things need to happen before the season can start: approval from public health officials across the country and permission from governments to allow fans in stands. "We know [those fans] will come from far and wide, across western Canada and from North America, to cheer on what we believe is the greatest football team in North America," Moe said. The commissioner's statement said contingency plans were in place and the league was open to the idea of a flexible schedule that would see teams play in front of fans in either eastern or western Canada, when they're able to.
The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has broken ground on a controversial park being built on land it originally acquired to be turned into an arena. The Franklin and Main Park Project will take up the majority of a block in downtown Fort McMurray. Featuring a basketball court, playground and community event space, the $4.92 million park is expected to be completed in the fall. Its completion will also mark the end of an eight-year journey that featured big civic dreams, hard economic realities and mixed emotions among downtown businesses that were affected by the municipal expropriation process. The municipality purchased the land in 2013 as part of a plan to build a downtown arena. The municipality expropriated five properties at a total cost of $34.1 million, which includes associated costs like legal fees and tearing the buildings down. The municipality backed away from the idea in 2015, after oil prices crashed and it faced public backlash. One of the buildings acquired by the city housed Longshots, a downtown bar co-owned by Gord Pederson. When he opened the bar in 2006, he knew there was a possibility the land would be wanted by the municipality. He said he's not bitter about the land deal but he is bothered that the building sat empty for about 18 months. "It's just another scar on Fort McMurray that I don't think it deserves." Pederson wasn't against the idea of the arena, but thought the municipality had "excess and grandiose plans." "Downtown Fort McMurray needed that little bit of a boost," said Pederson. Since then, the land has been a parking lot. Draw for downtown? In 2018, council decided make downtown revitalization a priority, then in March of this year, council voted in favour of the Franklin and Main Park Project in an 8-3 vote. Mayor Don Scott and councillors Claris Voyageur and Keith McGrath were opposed. Steven Niehaus, owner of Stacs Fine Food, said he is excited about the park, as it would be across the street from his restaurant. "I know it might not be ideal for everybody, but the park is an exciting thing for us because it's going to give a chance for people to hopefully congregate downtown," said Niehaus. In the winter, the park will have skating trails, he said. Workers during construction should also be good for business. Jon Tupper, former president of the Chamber of Commerce, has been to half a dozen symposiums to talk about downtown revitalization. He said the municipality's strategy for downtown in recent years hasn't been successful. The park is expected to be completed in fall of 2021.(Jamie Malbeuf/CBC) "We razed more structures than we've brought up and that's kind of where we're at today," he said. He said doing something with the space is better than doing nothing, but he doubts it will be an ongoing draw to bring people downtown in a municipality that already has many parks. "Yes, a park is better than a parking lot, but I don't think it fills the gaps and the needs that the city created through their own overzealous expropriation," he said. Pederson agrees with Tupper's assessment. Downtown has been empty ever since expropriation, he said, and a park isn't likely to be the solution. Frances Squire, 82, used to frequent one of the pubs that was torn down during the expropriation. She said the municipality should be spending money on more important things, like flood mitigation. "It's a waste of money," said Squire.
Two people are dead and a suspect is in custody following a shooting in Listuguj First Nation Saturday morning, according to Quebec's police watchdog. Officers from the Listuguj Police Department were called to a residence on Riverside Road after reports of gunfire. They arrived around 11:30 a.m. and found a person barricaded inside, before hearing more gunshots. A 28-year-old man inside the home refused to co-operate with police, but eventually came out of the house and surrendered. Listuguj Police said Sunday morning a suspect is in custody, but did not provide details about the person's identity. Police found two people injured inside the home. They later died of their injuries in hospital. Quebec City police confirmed Sunday a girl and man in his twenties were killed. The Listuguj Mi'gmaq Government confirmed the incident on their website Saturday evening. "On behalf of myself and Council, our hearts are with you. Our government will continue to make every effort to provide support for those in need through these difficult times," Chief Darcy Gray said in a statement. "In the coming days, LMG will have services available to those impacted." Gray said community members are asked to stay clear of the area as the investigation by Listuguj police and the Quebec City Police Department is ongoing. Quebec's Bureau of Independent Investigation will also look into the circumstances of police intervention during the incident.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A league of Muslim nations on Sunday demanded that Israel halt attacks killing Palestinian civilians amid heavy fighting between it and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, even as fissures between countries over their recognition of Israel emerged. A statement by the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation hewed closely to previous ones issued by the Saudi-based group, including backing the decades-old call for Palestinians to have their own nation with East Jerusalem as its capital. However, recent normalization deals between Israel and some nations in the group — as well as their own concerns about Hamas — saw diplomats at points instead criticize each other. “The massacre of Palestinian children today follows the purported normalization,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said. “This criminal and genocidal regime has once again proven that friendly gestures only aggravate its atrocities.” The past week has seen some of the worst violence across Israel and the Palestinian territory since the 2014 war in Gaza, with militants launching missiles and Israel pounding the blockaded coastal strip home to 2 million people with heavy fire. At least 188 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza with 1,230 people wounded. Eight people in Israel have been killed. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation statement called on Israel to respect Muslims' access to Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third-holiest site in Islam, as well as stop settlers from forcibly evicting Palestinian families from their homes. “The plight of the Palestinian people is the bleeding wound of the Islamic world today,” Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar said. But the videoconference meeting saw some delegates instead turn their fire toward countries like Bahrain, Morocco, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates, Muslim nations which reached normalization deals last year to recognize Israel. While Egypt and Jordan earlier reached peace deals, supporters of the Palestinians criticized the new countries for recognizing Israel before the formation of an independent Palestinian state. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu joined Zarif in criticizing the normalization, though Israel maintains diplomatic ties with Ankara. “There are a few who have lost their moral compass and voiced support for Israel,” he said. “If there are half-hearted statements within our own family, how could we criticize others? Who will take our words seriously?” Zarif also accused Israel of “genocide and crimes against humanity.” “Make no mistake: Israel only understand the language of resistance and the people of Palestine are fully entitled to their right to defend themselves,” Zarif said. Hamas, which seized power in Gaza in 2007, didn't take part in the meeting, which came before consultations at the United Nations over the crisis. Across the Arabian Peninsula, reactions to the fighting similarly has been mixed. In Qatar, home to the Al-Jazeera satellite network, hundreds turned out late Saturday night to listen to a speech by Hamas’ top leader Ismail Haniyeh. Kuwait's parliament speaker reportedly spoke with Haniyeh on Saturday, as did Qatar's foreign minister. Meanwhile, in Bahrain and the UAE, government-linked media hasn't been covering the current flare-up of violence nonstop like other networks in the region. There are murmurs of dissent though. In Bahrain, civil society groups signed a letter urging the kingdom to expel the Israeli ambassador. In the UAE, where political parties and protests are illegal, Palestinians have expressed their anger quietly, worried about losing their residency permit. Some Emiratis also have expressed concerns. “The region’s only democracy," tweeted the Emirati writer and political analyst Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi in writing about Israel's strike on a Gaza building that housed the offices of The Associated Press and Al-Jazeera. Hussein Ibish, a senior scholar at the Washington-based Arab Gulf States Institute, said most Gulf Arab leaders fear Hamas' rocket fire as "cynical, dangerous, unnecessarily provocative and endangering Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza alike.” That takes the pressure off those Gulf leaders to respond, unlike in other confrontations involving the Al-Aqsa Mosque or when Israeli settlers force Arab families out of their homes, he said. “There won’t be much sympathy for what is widely viewed in the Gulf as Israel’s heavy-handed and disproportionate retaliation," Ibish wrote, "but it will be much easier for Gulf leaders and many citizens to regard the exchange as a tragic conflagration at the expense of ordinary people brought about by two leaderships over which they have neither control nor responsibility.” ___ Associated Press writers Aya Batrawy and Malak Harb in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Bassem Mroue in Beirut contributed to this report. Jon Gambrell, The Associated Press
Two more ransomware operators appear to have disappeared from the web, a cybersecurity researcher said on Sunday, in another potential aftershock following this month's hack of U.S. fuel transport company Colonial Pipeline. The sites, run by groups dubbed "AKO" and "Everest", appear to have become unreachable over the weekend, according to Allan Liska, a researcher with cybersecurity firm Recorded Future. Other ransomware groups - who make money by scrambling companies' data and demanding hefty payments in digital currency to unlock it - have said they were shutting down or scaling back operations as the U.S. government ramped up pressure.
Procurement Minister Anita Anand tells guest host of The West Block Mike Le Couteur that conversations are happening right now about what to do with millions more doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine set to arrive over the coming months. Those arrivals come as some provinces have paused the use of the vaccine over extremely rare blood clots that can occur in some individuals after getting the shot, but as global demand for vaccines remains high and cases continue to soar around the world. “We have committed to donating excess doses,” Anand said. “Our prime minister has mentioned this, I have, and [International Development Minister Karina] Gould and [Health Minister Patty] Hajdu are all on the same page in terms of the need to donate excess doses that Canadians aren’t using, so we are thinking of all of the options relating to any excess doses.”
Some Islanders have been booking COVID-19 vaccine appointments through a bot on Twitter, but few seem to know who is behind the mysterious service. P.E.I. reported one new case of COVID-19 on Saturday, a close contact of a previous case connected to a Charlottetown daycare. The new case is an individual in their 20s. People between the ages of 20-39 have accounted for about 60 per cent of P.E.I. 's overall number of cases. Some veterans on P.E.I. say holding a protest — any protest — in front of a cenotaph dishonours the veterans who fought to give them that very freedom. Masked-up shoppers browse items at the flea market at the Charlottetown seaport. The flea market runs Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.(Shane Ross/CBC) The province announced it would be extending border restrictions for another two weeks on seasonal residents, family connections and for some moving to P.E.I. An Island woman who was recently escorted out of a store by police is asking Islanders to be more understanding of people like her who can't wear masks. Charlottetown restaurants have started gearing up for patio season and many see patios as a solution to their COVID-19 problems. P.E.I. continued to be a leader among the provinces in population growth during the pandemic, but not at the pace it was previously. P.E.I. has 10 active cases of COVID-19. There have been 191 positive cases in total over the past 14 months, with two hospitalizations and no deaths. Elsewhere in the Atlantic region: Also in the news These Islanders are currently eligible for a vaccine People over 16. Islanders over 40 can book an appointment for a Moderna vaccine at a pharmacy. You can find more information about how to get a vaccine here. Further resources Reminder about symptoms The symptoms of COVID-19 can include: Fever. Cough or worsening of a previous cough. Possible loss of taste and/or smell. Sore throat. New or worsening fatigue. Headache. Shortness of breath. Runny nose. More from CBC P.E.I.
A Petit-Rocher, N.B., man says a staffer at the Chaleur Regional Hospital in Bathurst reprimanded him and made him feel unwelcome after going to the emergency room in search of care. Now he wants the staffer to be held accountable for discouraging him from trying to access care for what he felt was a medical emergency. "I don't want anybody else to go through the same thing," said Jordan Aubie. "I don't think that's right at all." Aubie works as a rotational worker just north of Fort McMurray, Alta. On April 27, he tested positive for COVID-19 at his worksite. As per the company's protocol, he was quarantined in a designated building on the site, where he spent five days, followed by an extra eight-day stay at an Edmonton hotel. On May 8, he flew back to New Brunswick, where he's been self-isolating in a friend's trailer in Beresford. He's awaiting results of a test he took on Friday to find out if he still has the coronavirus. Chest pain, discomfort Just days into his isolation, however, Aubie said he began to experience chest pain and discomfort. At the advice of a Tele-Care 811 nurse, he drove himself to the Chaleur Regional Hospital to get checked out. Upon arriving, he told staff he'd recently tested positive for COVID-19 and was in self-isolation. He was put in an isolated room to wait to be seen. "Then the nurse came in, and the first thing that came out of her mouth was, 'Don't take this the wrong way, but we don't want you here,'" Aubie said. "My reaction to that was kind of stunned at first. And I basically told her, I said, 'I don't want to be here either, but I need medical attention. That's why I'm here.'" Aubie said after a few hours, he was seen by a physician. As he was about to leave the hospital, Aubie said the same nurse spoke to him and told him that he wasn't "supposed to be here. You're supposed to be on quarantine." Aubie said he told her he called 811 and they told him to go to the hospital. He said the nurse also discouraged him from seeking treatment at any other area hospital ERs. Health Department says 811 right to refer Aubie to ER Gail Harding, a spokesperson for the Department of Health, said in an email that Tele-Care 811 did the right thing by telling Aubie to seek medical attention at the nearest ER. "Anyone experiencing a medical emergency should seek medical attention by calling 911," she said. "Emergency rooms in the province are equipped, and have processes in place, to admit patients who are COVID-19 positive, and potentially COVID-19 positive." Thomas Lizotte, spokesperson for Vitalité Health Network, said in an email it does not recommend that anyone who's self-isolating go to the ER, unless they need to. "However, staff are trained and equipped with PPE to take care of all patients at arrival," he said. Lizotte said Vitalité doesn't comment on specific cases regarding patients. As the pain got worse, Aubie said he went back to the Chaleur Regional's ER a day later, at a different time of day and encountered different staff. He said they treated him much better.
The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. ET on Monday May 17, 2021. In Canada, the provinces are reporting 317,066 new vaccinations administered for a total of 18,415,536 doses given. Nationwide, 1,410,762 people or 3.7 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 48,590.732 per 100,000. There were 21,060 new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 20,376,264 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 90.38 per cent of their available vaccine supply. Please note that Newfoundland and Labrador, P.E.I., Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the territories typically do not report on a daily basis. Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting 33,429 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 235,651 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 450.033 per 1,000. In the province, 1.89 per cent (9,881) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Newfoundland and Labrador for a total of 279,010 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 53 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 84.46 per cent of its available vaccine supply. P.E.I. is reporting 8,000 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 67,758 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 427.148 per 1,000. In the province, 7.20 per cent (11,429) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to P.E.I. for a total of 84,915 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 54 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 79.8 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Nova Scotia is reporting 58,592 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 415,570 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 425.833 per 1,000. In the province, 3.98 per cent (38,830) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were 21,060 new vaccines delivered to Nova Scotia for a total of 519,550 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 53 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 79.99 per cent of its available vaccine supply. New Brunswick is reporting 53,192 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 355,454 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 455.687 per 1,000. In the province, 4.21 per cent (32,838) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to New Brunswick for a total of 415,935 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 53 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 85.46 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Quebec is reporting 92,520 new vaccinations administered for a total of 4,323,040 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 505.226 per 1,000. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Quebec for a total of 4,578,079 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 54 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 94.43 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Ontario is reporting 139,583 new vaccinations administered for a total of 7,064,815 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 480.957 per 1,000. In the province, 2.92 per cent (429,636) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Ontario for a total of 7,843,825 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 53 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 90.07 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Manitoba is reporting 11,022 new vaccinations administered for a total of 649,264 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 471.505 per 1,000. In the province, 5.89 per cent (81,151) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Manitoba for a total of 759,870 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 55 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 85.44 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Saskatchewan is reporting 18,995 new vaccinations administered for a total of 590,952 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 501.166 per 1,000. In the province, 4.12 per cent (48,609) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Saskatchewan for a total of 637,115 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 54 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 92.75 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Alberta is reporting 45,719 new vaccinations administered for a total of 2,189,999 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 497.496 per 1,000. In the province, 7.46 per cent (328,414) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Alberta for a total of 2,355,255 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 54 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 92.98 per cent of its available vaccine supply. British Columbia is reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 2,393,265 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 466.38 per 1,000. In the province, 2.43 per cent (124,880) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to British Columbia for a total of 2,740,590 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 53 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 87.33 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Yukon is reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 50,652 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 1,213.774 per 1,000. In the territory, 56.73 per cent (23,673) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Yukon for a total of 57,020 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 140 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 88.83 per cent of its available vaccine supply. The Northwest Territories are reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 49,811 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 1,103.992 per 1,000. In the territory, 49.87 per cent (22,501) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to the Northwest Territories for a total of 60,000 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 130 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 83.02 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Nunavut is reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 29,305 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 756.727 per 1,000. In the territory, 33.26 per cent (12,879) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nunavut for a total of 45,100 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 120 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 64.98 per cent of its available vaccine supply. *Notes on data: The figures are compiled by the COVID-19 Open Data Working Group based on the latest publicly available data and are subject to change. Note that some provinces report weekly, while others report same-day or figures from the previous day. Vaccine doses administered is not equivalent to the number of people inoculated as the approved vaccines require two doses per person. The vaccines are currently not being administered to children under 18 and those with certain health conditions. In some cases the number of doses administered may appear to exceed the number of doses distributed as some provinces have been drawing extra doses per vial. This report was automatically generated by The Canadian Press Digital Data Desk and was first published May 17, 2021. The Canadian Press
TORONTO — Ontario's COVID-19 vaccine effort shifted into high gear on the weekend, administering its seven millionth dose as it prepared to accelerate immunization efforts even further in the coming week. Premier Doug Ford, meanwhile, offered hope that the province's summer camps would be given the green light to operate this season, though without providing any details. Ford stated camps would be able to open for the coming summer, though did not specify whether he was referring to day or overnight facilities. A spokesman from his office later said details would be revealed before the provincial lifts if current stay-at-home order, which was recently extended to June 2 in a bid to help combat the pandemic's third wave. Ford's remarks came at a large vaccine clinic held west of Toronto that operated overnight in a bid to provide shots to those who could benefit from extended hours. Organizers of Doses After Dark, which they dubbed the first mass overnight vaccination clinic in Canada, said it was well attended but may not have achieved the goal of vaccinating between 4,500 and 5,000 people through the night. Paul Sharma, co-lead of Peel Region's mass vaccination program, said the overnight clinic aimed to attract a wider range of people from across a region that's long been one of the province's most active COVID-19 hot spots. "This was really targeted toward essential workers who are working non-traditional hours," he said in an interview on Sunday. "Shift workers, taxi drivers, truck drivers … but also to the younger age group, you know, the 18 to 39 (demographic), which we opened up a few weeks ago." Although a formal count of shots administered at the clinic was not immediately available, Sharma estimated that it reached 60 to 70 per cent of its target. Despite the shortfall, however, Sharma said there was only a brief stretch between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. when the clinic wasn't operating at full capacity. "People are interested in getting their vaccine. They're willing to come in all different hours," Sharma said. In addition to essential workers, Sharma said international students without provincial health cards and people aged 65 and above who had been eligible for some time also attended the clinic. It took place ahead of the latest effort to speed up Ontario's broader vaccination program, which is set to begin including all residents 30 and older later this week. Monday will also see the province revert back to a per capita model of vaccine allocation after diverting half its supply to hot spots with high daily case counts over the past two weeks. The province announced last week that it aims to have all willing adults in Ontario fully immunized with two doses by Sept. 22. All adult residents should be eligible to register for their first jab by the end of May. Vaccine expansion efforts were already reaching new heights over the weekend, according to Health Minister Christine Elliott, who reported the province had delivered more than seven million doses as of Sunday morning. More than 139,000 of those were injected on Saturday alone, she added. The province also reported 2,199 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, including 30 more virus-related deaths. Those figures were based on 33,142 tests administered over the previous 24 hours. There were 1,292 COVID-19 patients in Ontario hospitals as of Sunday morning, a decline of 254 from the day before. Of those patients, 714 were in intensive care and 509 were on ventilators. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 16, 2021. David Paddon, The Canadian Press
Dr. Manuela Joannou is stepping down from her role as the medical director of a trauma program for military veterans and first responders in eastern Ontario amid public anger over her decision to place a registered sex offender as a peer mentor for a group of sexual assault survivors. CBC News revealed last week that Joannou failed to tell a group of 12 female first responders and Canadian Forces veterans with post traumatic stress disorder that they spent a six-day trauma retreat in July 2018 with a retired soldier who had recently been convicted in two different sexual assault cases. Seven participants who came forward publicly said they felt betrayed, violated and retraumatized to learn about retired major Jonathan Hamilton's criminal past on their own and were appalled that Joannou defended her decision when confronted. Joannou announced on Facebook Saturday she was leaving her role as medical director, but did not say if she would still be involved in running Project Trauma Support in another role. "I acknowledge that I made mistakes and fully take responsibility," wrote Joannou. "I am very sorry that this mistake has caused upheaval and I wish everyone well." "My sincerest wish for you all is that all will continue on in a path to recovery." Past participants told CBC News they are curious to see what role Joannou plays moving forward since she is the founder and operates the retreat on her own property in Perth, Ont. CBC News has sent Joannou a request for more information. WATCH | Sexual assault survivors stunned to learn peer mentor was convicted sex offender: Retired brigadier-general Paul Rutherford resigns The chair of the charity's board of directors also resigned Saturday. Retired brigadier-general Paul Rutherford issued an internal letter stating he was submitting his resignation "in light of the recent media reporting concerning the integrity" of the program. Rutherford came under fire by past participants for signing a letter with Joannou in response to CBC's original story that did not contain an apology for what happened. The letter also said that participants should not be speaking publicly about the program since it's confidential. "I sincerely apologize for any hurt that any program participants have felt," said Rutherford in a letter obtained by CBC News. "It was not my intention to cause any feelings of distress." Rutherford wrote he personally would have never allowed a convicted sex offender to be a peer mentor. He is now recommending new screening measures, including criminal background checks, he said. "With profound empathy and support for victims and survivors of any sexual harassment or abuse, PTSD, or moral injury, I resign my position as Chair," he wrote. Canadian Forces chief of rehabilitative medicine apologizes The Canadian Armed Forces' (CAF) chief of rehabilitation medicine, Lt.-Col. Markus Besemann, also left his role with Project Trauma Support in the wake of the story. Besemann had been volunteering with the charity since 2016 mainly by holding 2.5-hour lectures about physical emotional pain and suffering, CAF said. He had also suggested some of his patients take part in the program as part of their efforts to heal, said CAF. "I am deeply saddened to learn that in the process of attempting to help those most in need of healing, we may have contributed to their pain," said Besemann in a statement to CBC News. "I want to personally apologize to those impacted. I am truly sorry." Besemann said he has been treating survivors of sexual trauma for 32 years as a clinician. Donors cut ties with charity The series of apologies and resignations come days after the charity lost its funding from several large donors. The Mood Disorders Society of Canada severed ties completely and Veterans Affairs Canada said it will not provide future support. The Royal Canadian Legion also said it was astounded by how the situation was handled by the program's leadership and will no longer consider future funding. Female participants of Project Trauma Support in Perth, Ont., join in a group hug at the centre of a labyrinth. The charity is not funded by the Canadian Armed Forces.(Hallie Cotnam/CBC) True Patriot Love Foundation, another donor, said that the program has helped many people dealing with severe trauma and it will look for ways to continue to support it. "I am hopeful that True Patriot Love can explore ways to help the program move forward in order that it can continue to provide care to those who need it, while avoiding the significant errors your story refers to," True Patriot Love Foundation's CEO Nick Booth said in an email to CBC news. Joannou said family physician and ER doctor Dr. Rebecca Van lersel who has an interest in mental health will be taking over as medical director. "As we listen, reflect and work toward reconciliation over the coming months, I look forward to regaining the trust of our alumni, prospective cohort participants, and funders," wrote Van lersel in the social media post. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) investigated a complaint into the matter and determined in 2019 it was inappropriate that a convicted sex offender was peer mentoring sexual assault survivors. The CPSO said it had concerns about Joannou's judgment in this case and advised her to be mindful of her hiring practices in the future.
One Vancouver man decided to beat his pandemic boredom by starting a new art project, where he draws 'COVID cards' to represent the number of days it's been since the pandemic began. David Laird is a land development planner and engineer, but in his free time he paints and draws. Laird says he's had an interest in art ever since he was a child. When the COVID-19 pandemic forced everyone into their homes in March 2020, Laird decided to pick up the old hobby to fill his time. "It was just purely just to, you know, amuse myself and distract myself from the world," Laird told CBC Vancouver. Laird said he started drawing the COVID cards on the day B.C. first began lockdown last March, and has continued making them nearly every day since. Laird says every card has a number on it to represent how many days it's been since the pandemic started.(Ben Nelms/CBC) "I didn't know how long I was going to do it, but, you know, COVID continued on and obviously still is. And with the help of my neighbour, I decided to go 150 days," he said. Laird says every card has a number on it to represent how many days it's been since the pandemic began. He says the design pictured on the front of the card changes every day, depending on his mood. In a previous interview with CBC, Michelle Winkel, an art therapist in Victoria said she believes art can help people cope with the anxiety many face from the pandemic. "Obviously with COVID, life is pretty stressful," Winkel said, "I believe that art-making is therapeutic," Winkel said. Winkel says she has seen first-hand through her patients, the success art therapy can bring in relieving stress and anxiety. As for Laird, he says he uses his art as a way to escape from negative news and the current reality the world continues to face. Laird says he uses his art as a way to distract himself from distressing news. (Ben Nelms/CBC) "These were starting to take three, sometimes four hours in the morning because I have nothing better to do. They're completely whatever comes into my mind." Laird said. Laird says after 150 days passed and the pandemic still wasn't over, he decided to continue on with his drawings. His neighbour assisted him in making little boxes to stores the cards. He says the art has become a habit and something he'll continue to do until the pandemic is over. "Hopefully you won't come back to see me in a year because we'll all be well."
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The first court test of whether local governments can ban police from enforcing certain gun laws is playing out in a rural Oregon county, one of a wave of U.S. counties declaring itself a Second Amendment sanctuary. The measure that voters in the logging area of Columbia County narrowly approved last year forbids local officials from enforcing most federal and state gun laws and could impose thousands of dollars in fines on those who try. Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions have been adopted by some 1,200 local governments in states around the U.S., including Virginia, Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Illinois and Florida, according to Shawn Fields, an assistant professor of law at Campbell University who tracks them. Many are symbolic, but some, like in Columbia County, carry legal force. The movement took off around 2018, as states considered stricter gun laws in the wake of mass shootings, including a high school shooting near Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people and made survivors into high-profile gun control activists. After President Joe Biden took office, conservative lawmakers in several states proposed banning police from enforcing federal gun measures, and at least one proposal in Arizona has been signed into law. The movement hasn’t yet faced a major legal challenge. The Oregon case was filed by Columbia County under an unusual provision in state law that allows a judge to examine a measure before it goes into effect. No timeline has been set for a court hearing. “This will allow the court to tell us whether the county can actually decline to enforce certain state laws, and it will tell us how to abide by the will of the voters to the extent that we can,” said Sarah Hanson, who serves as counsel in the conservative-leaning county in deep-blue Oregon. Supporters of the ordinance include the Oregon Firearms Federation, which said in a November statement that “extremists” and “big city radicals" were trying to curtail gun rights. The group referenced Portland protests opposing police brutality that occasionally turned violent last summer and called the ordinance a “common sense” step that would “ensure your right and ability to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones.” The ordinance would ban the enforcement of laws like background check requirements and restrictions on carrying a gun, though it would have exceptions for others, including keeping firearms from convicted felons. The Oregon Firearms Federation didn’t respond to a request for comment on the court case. Sheriff Brian Pixley has expressed support, saying in a March statement that one of his responsibilities is to uphold people's Second Amendment rights and that he's eager to “move forward with the will of the voters.” The measure is divisive locally, though, and four residents filed court documents opposing it. One, Brandee Dudzic, referenced the strict gun safety drills she learned in military medic training, saying she values the right to own a gun but believes it should come with safety measures like background checks and secure storage. A gun shop owner in Columbia County said he supports background checks and believes that “state law trumps the county law." But he voted in favor of the Second Amendment measure on principle. “We need to make sure that people are safe. We need to make sure that people are responsible," he said. “But as more rules are in place, we just need to make sure that we’re not overregulated.” He spoke on the condition he not be identified because some of his customers take a hard line against gun restrictions and he didn't want to lose their business. The group Everytown for Gun Safety is pushing for the measure to be overturned. Managing director Eric Tirschwell said it would be the nation’s first court test of a Second Amendment sanctuary law. Everytown argues that the ordinance violates the U.S. Constitution, which says federal law supersedes state law, as well as the state Constitution and an Oregon law that gives the state power to regulate firearms. The decision won't have a direct effect outside Oregon but could send a message. “This case is important and should send the message that where state or local jurisdictions attempt to unconstitutionally or unlawfully nullify gun safety laws, we are prepared to and will go to court,” Tirschwell said. Other laws trying to blunt the effect of federal gun restrictions haven’t fared well in court, including a 2009 Montana measure that made guns and ammunition manufactured in the state exempt from federal law and a similar 2013 measure in Kansas. Many of the latest wave of measures, though, take a different tack by focusing on the actions of local police, including punishments like fines. In terms of federal law, gun rights advocates may have a successful legal argument under the so-called anti-commandeering doctrine, which says the U.S. government can’t make state and local officials enforce federal law, said Darrell Miller, a professor of law at Duke Law School and co-faculty director of the Duke Center for Firearms Law. He agreed that the Oregon case is the first of its kind. Local enforcement of state law, meanwhile, is another matter. Most states don't have similar provisions in their own legal codes, and Oregon's attorney general said in court documents that the Columbia County ordinance is “incompatible” with criminal law and the duties of county officials. “To the extent the local government is trying to say, ‘We’re also not going to enforce state law either’ .... that’s a much more difficult and complicated position,” Miller said. “The authority of the state over localities is much, much stronger.” ___ Whitehurst reported from Salt Lake City. Lindsay Whitehurst And Andrew Selsky , The Associated Press
An Ottawa woman who fled to Canada in 2019 wants immigration authorities to get her three children out of Gaza as fast as possible as the situation in that region becomes increasingly dangerous. Jihan Qunoo, an aid worker whose claim as a refugee from that region was approved last fall, is now waiting for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to approve her permanent residency application — one that includes her three little girls, aged six, 10, and 11. Delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic slowed her application process, and now her lawyer says efforts to bring the children to Canada are being stymied by long wait lists, with even processes designed to expedite urgent cases more than a year behind. Qunoo says her efforts to bring the children to Canada became more urgent last week, when she heard Israeli bombings of nearby apartment buildings while in the middle of a call with her 10-year-old. Jihan Qunoo (above) and her six-year-old daughter say good night through video phone apps. She is in Ottawa and her children are in Gaza where an escalating conflict with Israel has led to the deaths of at least 188 Palestinians.(Jihan Qunoo) "While I'm talking, the bombing started," said Qunoo through tears during an interview. "She starts screaming and crying and running. I said, 'It's going to be OK! It's going to be OK!" But Qunoo said her heart was pounding — and her own terror over the girls' safety grows each day. Wait list nearly 2 years The escalation in fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza had, as of Sunday, led to at least 188 deaths among Palestinians, including 31 children. Eight people in Israel, including a child and a soldier, have also been killed. More than 1,200 people have been wounded. In Canada, the wait list for applications for permanent residency now stretches 23 months, according to the IRCC. Qunoo's lawyer, Jacqueline Bonisteel, says in the past, cases involving children — particularly those who face risk — could qualify for an expedited process to get kids reunited with parents within a few months. But Bonisteel said she's been told by IRCC officials they are only now considering fast-tracking urgent cases from December 2019 — a year before Qunoo's application was accepted. "The urgent processing submissions that we made with her application haven't even been looked at by IRCC at this point, because her application is sitting in an envelope in a processing centre," she said. Mental health of kids at risk Qunoo said she and her family had been the target of threats by the Hamas government in Gaza because of her work as the senior financial officer for a non-profit funded through American agency USAid. After she fled Gaza in 2019, the kids have had to travel the region and have had very little schooling, she said. They are currently under the care of her 70-year-old mother, who is disabled with rheumatoid arthritis. Qunoo hasn't hugged her girls since she left, and said their mental health has been deteriorating. She said her six-year-old has been diagnosed with depression which includes inconsolable crying episodes that last hours. Medical reports from doctors documenting the children's vulnerable mental state are included in her submission asking for an expedited process to bring them to Canada. Palestinians flee their homes after overnight Israeli heavy missile strikes on their neighborhoods in the outskirts of Gaza City, on May 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)(Khalil Hamra/The Associated Press) Canadian immigration officials have the ability to issue temporary visas pending approval when cases involve children facing higher risks — particularly for kids who are not in the care of a parent. The guidelines state "officers must be aware of the risks to which these children may be exposed if there are delays in finalizing the application in Canada for permanent residence." But the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) director Janet Dench says the provision is rarely used. The CCR is asking the federal government to set a six-month limit on the wait to reunite separated children with a parent in Canada. "What is our responsibility as a country towards these children?" - Janet Dench It's also been trying to fast-track cases for 35 children, but delays can still last years. Dench said for children, in particular, the wait can cause irreparable emotional and physical harm, set them back in their education, and impair their ability to succeed as a contributing member of a Canadian family. In some cases, Dench said, children have died waiting. "What is our responsibility as a country towards these children?" Dench said. "And can we allow ourselves to let them continue to be in these situations of risk?" A spokesperson for the IRCC said the agency required more time to examine Qunoo's application, but did not directly address any of CBC's questions about the delays involving permanent residency applications and separated children. "Where there are compelling humanitarian circumstances, IRCC staff abroad will consider options to facilitate early entry consistent with existing policy guidance," the statement said. Canadian missions responsible for service to residents of the Gaza Strip "are working under difficult conditions to respond to inquiries from clients affected by the current conflict," it added. As for Qunoo, it may be until late 2022 before she sees her girls again. "I can't stay for another two years waiting. There is no way," Qunoo said. "I came here to give them a better life and a better future and to save their lives. But I feel like if I decided to stay another two years, I will lose everything."
Angelina Jolie's survival action thriller "Those Who Wish Me Dead" didn't do much to revive the North American box office. The Warner Bros. film, which debuted simultaneously on the streaming service HBO Max, took in a paltry $2.8 million in its opening weekend. The movie's hybrid release on HBO Max likely isn't the reason "Those Who Wish Me Dead" sold hardly any tickets; "Godzilla vs. Kong" and "Mortal Kombat" were both recent Warner Bros. films that were able to generate decent box office revenues despite being released concurrently on a streaming service.