A great weekend will lead to another system sitting over the gulf for a couple days. Not as much cold air this time but another 15-30 mm across ATL Canada through Tuesday
A great weekend will lead to another system sitting over the gulf for a couple days. Not as much cold air this time but another 15-30 mm across ATL Canada through Tuesday
New Brunswick Public Health reported 11 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, five of them in the Fredericton region, which also has a third confirmed case at Leo Hayes High School and several new possible exposure warnings. The province now has 118 active cases. The breakdown of the new cases is as follows: Saint John region, Zone 2, three new cases: A person 19 or under Two people 50-59 Two of these are contacts of previously confirmed cases and the other is travel-related. Fredericton region, Zone 3, five new cases: Two people 19 or under Two people 40-49 A person 50-59 All of these cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases. Edmundston region, Zone 4, two new cases: Two people 50-59 Both cases are under investigation. Bathurst region, Zone 6: one new case: A person 30-39. This case is travel-related and the individual is isolating out of province. The 11 new cases of COVID-19 announced Monday and the revised case count put the province's total active cases at 118. (CBC) Six patients are hospitalized in New Brunswick, including two in an intensive care unit. Another four patients are hospitalized out of province, with one in an intensive care unit. New Brunswick has had 2,073 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, with 1,913 recoveries and 41 COVID-related deaths. A total 315,114 COVID tests have been conducted, including 1,126 on Sunday. As of Monday, 324,056 New Brunswickers have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. That's 46.7 per cent of the eligible population. 3rd case of COVID-19 confirmed at Leo Hayes High School A third case of COVID-19 has been confirmed at Leo Hayes High School in Fredericton over the weekend. Two cases of COVID-19 were detected last week, forcing the local high school to close. "Public Health has also confirmed that at this time, there is NO in-school transmission at Leo Hayes High School," David McTimoney, superintendent of the Anglophone West School district, said in a letter to families on Sunday. McTimoney said Monday is a planned non-instructional day as per the school calendar. Students will be learning from home on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. "We will reassess the situation on Thursday and provide you with an update on continued learning at that time," McTimoney said. McTimoney said the high schools is working with Public Health officials to identify any students and school personnel who may have been in contact with the case. Those people will be asked to self-isolate. Latest public exposures Public Health has identified a potential public exposure to the coronavirus at the following locations and dates in the Fredericton region: Fredericton: Montana's, 6 Trinity Ave., on May 2, between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wolastoq Wharf, 527 Union St., on May 9, between noon and 2:30 p.m. McDonald's Restaurant, 1177 Prospect St., on May 14, between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Harvey: Kubbyhole Craft Shop, 1879 Route 3, on May 7, between 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. Nackawic: Cal's Independent Grocer, 135 Otis Dr., on May 14, between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Public Health has identified a potential public exposure to the virus at the following location and date in Edmundston: Jean Coutu, 177 Victoria St., on May 15, between noon and 1 p.m. Public Health has also identified a positive case in a traveller who may have been infectious while on the following flights: Air Canada Flight 314 – from Vancouver to Montreal, departed at 11:24 p.m. on May 11. Air Canada Flight 8902 – from Montreal to Moncton, departed at 1:06 p.m. on May 12. Vaccine appointments today The Horizon Health Network has vaccination appointments available today in the Sussex and Fredericton areas. It posted on social media encouraging people aged 30 or older who are eligible to book an appointment. Appointments can be booked online. Walk-in appointments are not available. Revised case count Public Health has revised the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in New Brunswick. A case previously reported in the Bathurst region, Zone 6, had already been accounted for in another province, according to a news release. Due to confidentiality provisions, the province where the case was previously recorded will not be identified, Public Health said. Previous public exposures Public Health has identified a public exposure in Fredericton. Hilton Garden Inn Hotel and the Pickle Jar Restaurant, 620 Queen St., from May 11 to May 16. The province has also listed another flight with a passenger who has tested positive for COVID-19 on May 7. Air Canada Flight 318 – from Calgary to Montreal, departed at 11 a.m. Public Health is offering COVID-19 testing to anyone who has been in a public exposure area, even it they're not experiencing any symptoms. Residents may request a test online or call Tele-Care 811 to book an appointment. Other exposure notifications Public Health has identified a positive case in a traveller who may have been infectious on May 6 while on the following flights: Air Canada Flight 396 – from Edmonton to Toronto, departed at 6:50 a.m. Air Canada Flight 8898 – from Toronto to Moncton, departed at 8:43 p.m. Public Health has identified a positive case in a traveller who may have been infectious on May 10 while on the following flight. Air Canada Flight 8946 from Toronto to Moncton, departed at 8:47 p.m. Public Health has identified a potential public exposure to the coronavirus at the following locations and dates in the following regions: Moncton region: Pumphouse, 5 Orange Ln., Moncton, on May 4 between 8 and 10 p.m. Staples, 233 Main St., Moncton, on May 5, between noon and 8 p.m. Walmart Supercentre, 477 Paul St., Dieppe, on May 6, between 7 and 10 p.m. Greco Pizza, 311 Acadie Blvd., Dieppe, on May 7, between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. Greco Pizza, 120 Killam Dr., Moncton, on May 5, between 5 p.m. and 1 a.m., May 3, between 5 p.m. and 1 a.m., and May 2, between 5 p.m. and 1 a.m. Greco Pizza, 311 Acadie Blvd., Dieppe, on May 4, between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre emergency department, 330 Université Ave., Moncton, on May 7, between 2-9:30 p.m., and May 6, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saint John region: Foodland, 1 Market Sq., Quispamsis, on May 3, between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Circle K, 309 River Valley Dr., Grand Bay-Westfield, between 11:30 p.m. on Friday, May 7, and 1 a.m. on Saturday, May 8. Fredericton region: My Home Consignment, 5 Acorn St., Fredericton — May 8 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., May 7 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., May 6 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., and May 5 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sobeys, 1180 Prospect St., Fredericton, — May 8 between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Lunar Rogue, 625 King Ave., Fredericton — April 28 between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Fix Auto, 156 Greenview Dr., Hanwell — May 6 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., April 30 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., April 29 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., and April 28 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Lunar Rogue, 625 King St., Fredericton, on April 28, between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Fix Auto, 156 Greenview Dr., Hanwell, on May 6, between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., April 30, between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., April 29, between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and April 28, between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. McDonald's Restaurant, 1177 Prospect St., on May 5, at 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. McDonald's Restaurant in Walmart, 125 Two Nations Crossing, on May 6, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Brainfix Clinic, 56 Avonlea Crt., on May 6. Adica Massage Clinic, 152 King St., on May 6. Williams Chiropractic, 169 Main St., on May 6. Simms Home Hardware Building Centre, 190 King St., on May 6. Costco Gas Bar, 5 Wayne Squibb Blvd., on May 6. Massage Experts, 169 Dundonald St., on May 6, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and on May 7, from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Delta Fredericton, 225 Woodstock Rd., on May 6-12. STMR. 36 Restaurant – Delta Fredericton, 225 Woodstock Rd., on May 6-12. Jack's Pizza, 379 King St., on May 7, at 1 p.m. Mitch Clarke Skate Park, 116 Johnston Ave., on May 7, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Garrison Skatepark, York Street parking lot, on May 7, from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. James Joyce Pub, 659 Queen St., on May 7, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. McDonald's Restaurant, 94 Main St., on May 7, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and May 8, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Princess Auto, 21 Trinity Ave., on May 8, from 8 a.m. to noon. Fredericton Public Library, 12 Carleton St., on May 8, from 10 a.m. to noon. Northside Market, 170 Main St., on May 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Irving Oil, 181 King St., on May 9, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dollarama, 5 Trinity Dr., on May 9, from noon to 2 p.m. NB Liquor, 18 Trinity Dr., on May 9, from noon to 5 p.m. Home Sense, 18 Trinity Dr., on May 9, from noon to 5 p.m. Tim Hortons drive-thru, Regent Street, on May 10, at 1:30 p.m. Atlantic Superstore, 471 Smythe St, on May 10, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and May 11, from 10 a.m. to noon. Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital, 700 Priestman St., on May 10-11. Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation, 800 Priestman St., on May 10-11. Veterans Health Unit, 680 Priestman St., on May 10-11. Shoppers Drug Mart, 1040 Prospect St., on May 11, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Scott's Nursery, 2192 Route 102, on May 8, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. What to do if you have a symptom People concerned they might have COVID-19 symptoms can take a self-assessment test online. Public Health says symptoms shown by people with COVID-19 have included: Fever above 38 C. New cough or worsening chronic cough. Sore throat. Runny nose. Headache. New onset of fatigue, muscle pain, diarrhea, loss of sense of taste or smell. Difficulty breathing. In children, symptoms have also included purple markings on the fingers and toes. People with one of those symptoms should: Stay at home. Call Tele-Care 811 or their doctor. Describe symptoms and travel history. Follow instructions.
While the typical approach for COVID-19 vaccinations is using the same brand for each dose, given at specific intervals, Canada has been exploring mixing doses on top of delaying second shots up to four months — two big bets that could pay off. Before vaccine shipments started ramping up, Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) issued a bold recommendation to delay second doses well beyond manufacturing guidelines to a maximum of four months. The move sparked criticism that Canada was engaged in a "population level experiment," with concerns ranging from a lack of data, to a growing body of research suggesting it's not the safest approach for immunocompromised and older adults. Layered on that controversial move are more recent shifts toward mixing doses — including offering up an mRNA-based option, from Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, to some Canadians who have already gotten a first shot of AstraZeneca-Oxford. According to multiple vaccine experts, these moves may seem unorthodox on the surface, but are rooted in decades of science, backed up by emerging research, and could be preventing COVID-19 deaths at a time when Canada has been struggling to bring in enough vaccines from abroad. "I think having the single dose strategy, which was put forth by our Canadian public health agencies, has really saved a lot of lives and has been really instrumental and will be important for us getting back to a more normal life," said Alyson Kelvin, a vaccinologist with VIDO-InterVac, a vaccine development company in Saskatoon. Mixing doses could also wind up being a useful approach in the months ahead, according to Dr. Christopher Labos, a Montreal-based cardiologist and epidemiologist. "Especially because we want people to get their second doses," he said. "And if supply issues continue to be a problem, we don't want to be pushing second doses back waiting for vaccine supply to come our way." Healthcare workers with Humber River Hospital administer doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at a temporary clinic for member’s of Toronto’s Spanish-speaking community at the Glen Long Community Centre on May 14, 2021.(Evan Mitsui/CBC) Delaying doses can lead to 'better' immune response When it comes to Canada's unique approach to delaying doses, vaccine experts stressed that while it strayed significantly from the shorter schedule of the clinical trials, it falls in line with the broader body of vaccine science. Typically giving a bit more time between a first vaccine dose and the second vaccine dose "really leads to a better overall immune response, and protection from whatever pathogen the vaccine was made against," noted Kelvin. The exact guidelines for various COVID-19 vaccines vary, but one thing is common: the manufacturers' dosing schedules specify tight timelines, including two shots just 28 days apart for Moderna, two shots 21 days apart for Pfizer, and two shots a minimum of four weeks apart and no longer than 12 weeks for AstraZeneca. While the manufacturers recommend sticking with the dosing intervals from clinical trials, those schedules were based on quickly developing safe and effective vaccines during a global health crisis, not to figure out the best-possible time frame between doses, Kelvin said. WATCH | Clinical trials focused on 'shortest path to results' for COVID-19 vaccines, explains vaccinologist: On Friday, news broke that a U.K. study showed the Pfizer vaccine generates antibody responses 3.5 times larger in older people when a second dose was delayed to 12 weeks after the first — offering an early hint that a delay may actually offer more protection. More research is still needed. Dr. Danuta Skowronski of the BC Centre for Disease Control, whose research helped guide Canada's decision to extend the interval between COVID-19 vaccine shots, told CBC News the findings weren't a "surprise"; they underscored scientists' understanding that a longer time frame between doses could be beneficial. The move is also helping Canada rapidly vaccinate more residents, with more than half of all eligible adults getting at least one dose so far. Still, Labos is hoping most Canadians do get their second doses sooner than NACI's four-month maximum timeframe to ensure they develop solid protection, particularly for vulnerable and older populations who could experience waning immunity. "Four months is probably the outside limit; I don't think anybody's going to suggest that we push it much beyond that," he said. "The sweet spot probably is somewhere between that three week to three month interval." A woman walks by a sign advertising for COVID-19 vaccines in Montreal on May 14. (CBC / Radio-Canada) Different vaccines for different doses not 'unprecedented' For Canadians already wary of a potential months-long delay between doses, the notion of mixing brands — again, an approach not studied in the initial clinical trials — might also raise questions. Even so, various provinces are already going that route, or exploring mixed dosing strategies for the future, given the varying levels of supply coming from different manufacturers and ongoing concern over rare-but-serious blood clot risks tied to the AstraZeneca vaccine. The condition, known as vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT), has been reported 28 times across Canada out of more than 2.3 million AstraZeneca doses administered, according to federal public health data, including four deaths. Several experts stressed a mixing-doses approach could be helpful given Canada's situation, and isn't that unusual for other vaccines. "Certainly mixing and matching vaccine types is not unprecedented," noted Matthew Miller, an associate professor of infectious diseases and immunology at McMaster University in Hamilton, who is also affiliated with NACI but not speaking on the advisory body's behalf. "It's just that the nature of the situation here is that we're having to make these decisions based on evolving evidence in the context of an unprecedented public health emergency." WATCH | Dr. Tam discusses second doses, mixing vaccines: Annual flu shots, for instance, can come from a variety of sources, meaning people could be getting a different brand or form of vaccine technology each year. Same with the shingles vaccine, Miller said, which had one formulation in its first generation while a different formulation was used for a later, more effective dose. "Prior to this, nobody would actually ask, 'who made my vaccine,' you would just go for a flu vaccine," said Labos. "And nobody seemed to realize that there were multiple companies making different types of flu vaccines, and they were being used in different segments of the population — people were relatively oblivious to this entire issue." He also noted that preliminary results from a U.K. study suggest using different vaccines for different doses could even offer a "better immune response." The early findings, based on a trial using Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines, showed swapping in one of each for the two doses hiked the chance of someone having mild or moderate reactions like fatigue, headache or a fever. These reactions may bode well for immunity, though further research is needed before drawing any firm conclusions. Deaths, hospitalizations among older adults dropping In recent weeks, despite the questions over Canada's approaches, it's becoming clear that country-wide vaccination efforts are starting to bear fruit. COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths among the oldest Canadians recently began dropping at a faster rate than in younger adults who are less likely to be vaccinated yet, according to a CBC News analysis released in late April. That finding suggests this country is now moving along the same path as the U.S., the U.K. and Israel, where mass vaccination campaigns are further along and deaths are dropping dramatically. Overall, Kelvin said Canada's strategies may raise questions but they're nonetheless in line with a body of vaccine research that existed long before COVID-19. "I think it was definitely a valid concern that all of the evidence we had for COVID-19 vaccines were based on the phase three clinical trials," she said. "Of course, that didn't take into consideration what we understand about vaccines and vaccine immune responses."
Vancouver police have released the names and photos of six known gangsters they believe pose a significant risk to Vancouverites as the Lower Mainland gang war continues to claim victims and play out in busy public places. Vancouver police Chief Adam Palmer said the men are being identified because, according to police intelligence, they are the most likely next targets of rival gangs, endangering anyone who happens to be nearby. "I want to make it clear that today's announcement is not about naming and shaming," he said. "We are providing these photos and names so Vancouverites can know them, and take steps to ensure their own safety and safety of friends and family." The Lower Mainland has recorded 20 gang-related homicides since the new year and 20 gang-related shootings. In the past three weeks alone, seven men tied to gangs have been shot dead in public settings that include Vancouver International Airport, a rec centre, a community park, and outside shops and restaurants. The men identified by the VPD are Garinde Deo, 35, Harjit Deo 38, Damian Ryan, 41, Barinder Dhaliwal, 38, Meninder Dhaliwal, 28 and Ekene Anigbo, 22. None of the six are currently wanted by police. Palmer said the six men are being identified in the interest of public safety, similar to when police release the name and photo of a sex offender who has moved into the community. "We know these violent acts are happening brazenly in public places in broad daylight in crowded areas," he said. "[The six] not only pose a risk to friends, family and acquaintances, but also to people who don't even know them every time they go to the gym, go shopping, to the grocery store, to a restaurant or a bar, when bars are open." Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers announced Monday that it is reviving its gang violence awareness campaign.(CBC) Palmer said he expects other police agencies in other municipalities to follow Vancouver's lead and release names and photos of gang members in their jurisdictions. Earlier Monday, Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers announced it is reviving its gang violence awareness campaign thanks to new funding. The campaign encourages people with information on gangs and illegal guns to report anonymously. "If you see something, say something," said Crime Stoppers executive director Linda Annis. "We only want your information so we can pass it on to police. We do not want to know who you are." The widow of Paul Bennett, who was killed in 2018 in what police believe was a case of mistaken identity, said she is pleased the Crime Stopper guns and gang campaign is coming back. "Every arrest, every gun seized means a threat to an innocent life will be reduced," said Darlene Bennett. "Next month marks three years since Paul's life was so senselessly taken. Our lives will never be the same."
A controversial Quebec singer who used his platform to share conspiracy theories about COVID-19 and HIV/AIDS, has died. Bernard Lachance, originally from Montmagny, Quebec, garnered fame for his ambitious pursuit of performing. He would rent out theatres with his own money and sell his CD and tickets to his concerts on the streets, regardless of not having any representation.
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.
RCMP are asking for the public's help to find two people who have been reported missing. Dakota Opikokew, 18, and Clarissa Martell, 16, are both from Canoe Narrows, Sask., and police believe they are together, according to an RCMP news release. Opikokew was last seen on Saturday around 10:30 p.m. CST getting out of a vehicle at the parking lot of the clinic in Canoe Narrows. He's described as about six feet four inches and weighing about 170 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Officers are still working to confirm a current description of Martell, according to the release, but she was last seen as a passenger in a black Nissan Rogue, heading south on Highway 903 toward Waterhen Lake. Police believe the pair may be in Waterhen Lake First Nation or the Meadow Lake area, but that has not been confirmed. Anyone with information on their whereabouts can contact Beauval RCMP at 306-288-6400, or their local police service or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Police say the pair may be in Waterhen Lake First Nation or the Meadow Lake area, but that has not been confirmed. (Submitted by RCMP)
CBC News sent a questionnaire to thousands of education professionals to find out how they and their students are doing in this extraordinary school year. Nearly 9,500 responded. When the pandemic hit in the middle of Charis Liu's Grade 11 year at Markham District High School, classrooms closed. There would be no more walking down the halls with friends, no more debate club, semi-formal dances or cheering on the Markham Marauders hockey team. "Essentially, I've only had two and a half years of 'traditional' high school," said Liu, who graduates this year. Taking the ongoing pandemic into consideration, she decided it would be best for her to complete Grade 12 online as well. "It's been extremely different." As she heads off to study political science at the University of Ottawa, she admits to feeling less confident she and her classmates are ready for the workload to come. "I just feel like we've all kind of lost the study skills that we've been building up in our early years of high school." Teachers worried students are behind It turns out many teachers are concerned the pandemic and online learning have left students ill-prepared for next year. As part of the Schooling Under Stress series, CBC News invited more than 50,000 educators across the country to fill out a questionnaire voluntarily and anonymously. We received more than 9,000 responses about how they think the school year went for their students. Nationally, more than half of respondents said fewer students are meeting learning objectives this year. In Ontario, 70 per cent of high school teachers who responded said they are grading students more leniently. Liu says her grades have "skyrocketed" this year. "Exams were cancelled, a lot of tests were actually open-book because they can't do much about that since everything is online," said the straight-A student. "Honestly, I am pretty concerned about post-secondary as well because I just feel like we're not very well prepared." A steep learning curve after year of learning loss Nationally, 70 per cent of questionnaire respondents agreed that some students will not catch up academically by the time classrooms and lecture halls are full again. "A significant group of students are significantly behind with potential long term consequences," said researcher Kelly Gallagher-MacKay, professor of educational inequality at Wilfrid Laurier University. She says students would benefit from summer school or tutoring sessions next year for extra help to make up for the learning they've lost. In Ontario, 70 per cent of high school teachers who responded say they are grading students more leniently. (CBC News) Without that kind of intervention we could see higher failure or dropout rates and colleges and universities should be ready to provide extra support for the next crop of first-year students, Gallagher-MacKay said. "I wouldn't underestimate student resilience, but we also need our post-secondary institutions to be ready to meet students where they are to try and be extra engaged." She was more concerned to learn that three quarters of the province's high school teachers who responded to the CBC questionnaire said some students have already stopped attending school altogether. "What I'm worried about is losing a group of people who should be gaining skills and accelerating their learning as they enter young adulthood," she said. "We know that a well-educated workforce is essential for both individual and our collective prosperity." Students slipping through cracks Toronto teacher Jay Williams worries about teens who simply stopped their schooling during the pandemic. Three quarters of Ontario teachers who responded to the questionnaire say they've had students stop attending class altogether.(Submitted: Jay Williams ) Middle school teacher Jay Williams worries about the same thing. "There's always a concern of students falling through the cracks in regular school years." Also during "regular school years" students have access to in-person extra support through guidance counselling or extra attention, all things the pandemic has made more challenging to provide. Williams checks in with many of his former students and says the pandemic has been harder on those who have traditionally not been well served by the school system. "We're talking about racialized students, specifically young Black boys, when it comes to their academics, specifically math and reading comprehension," he said. "I can imagine that that gap is widening." Williams says it will be important to study student success next year to fully understand the impact the pandemic has had and how to help those who are struggling during the pandemic reach their full potential. "I'd love to be a part of a study going forward to see what that gap looks like." The bounce back High school grad Charis Liu, centre, feels 'socially deprived' by the pandemic. Normally, she should have been planning to go to the prom, hanging out with friends and cheering on her school's sports teams.(Submitted: Charis Liu) Gallagher-MacKay says students at all levels will need access to more study support to make up for learning gaps left by the burnout and easier marking. She anticipates more kids in summer school this year to make up credits or build confidence before embarking on their post-secondary education. Charis Liu may have missed out on that classic high school experience but she'll try to make up for it as a university student this fall. "I'm looking forward to joining clubs, meeting new people, even though it might feel a little overwhelming at first." Methodology: CBC sent the questionnaire to 52,351 email addresses of school workers in eight different provinces, across nearly 200 school districts. Email addresses were scraped from school websites that publicly listed them. The questionnaire was sent using SurveyMonkey. CBC chose provinces and school districts based on interest by regional CBC bureaus and availability of email addresses. As such, this questionnaire is not a representative survey of educators in Canada. None of the questions were mandatory, and not all respondents answered all of the questions. Data analysis: Roberto Rocha and Dexter McMillan
A Calgary woman sent an oxygen device to her family in Mexico, who'd been stricken with COVID-19. But it never got to them, and UPS wouldn't take responsibility until Go Public started asking questions.
Schooling Under Stress: CBC News sent a questionnaire to thousands of education professionals to find out how they and their students are doing in this extraordinary school year. Nearly 9,500 educators responded. A pandemic-marred school year is entering its final weeks and for many B.C. teachers the question now is how it will impact students, academically and psychologically. According to responses to CBC News's Schooling Under Stress questionnaire from over 1,500 B.C. educators, including 1,100 classroom teachers, the long-term effects on students are a major concern and teachers badly want help so the pandemic does not limit their students' futures. "Student needs are ever-increasing. There are more students displaying signs of trauma," wrote one B.C. respondent. "I feel overwhelmed and I do not see things improving for next year." Questionnaire sent to Surrey, Nanaimo, Kelowna CBC sent the questionnaire to 52,351 email addresses of school workers in eight provinces, across nearly 200 school districts. Email addresses were scraped from school websites that publicly listed them. The questionnaire was sent using SurveyMonkey. CBC chose provinces and school districts based on interest by regional CBC bureaus and availability of email addresses. As such, this questionnaire is not a representative survey of educators in Canada. None of the questions were mandatory, and not all respondents answered all of the questions. Almost three-quarters of B.C. respondents to the questionnaire — sent to educators in the Surrey, Nanaimo and Kelowna school districts — somewhat or strongly agreed that with the pandemic school year experience in mind, some students will not catch up academically. About half said fewer students are meeting learning objectives. Half said their students were a bit behind schedule and one-quarter said their students were far behind schedule. Nine out of 10 agreed that the challenges of the pandemic year would have a psychological impact on some students. "Worried for my students' well-being, learning and progress," another respondent wrote. "I am doing my best and it is just hard seeing students stressed, their potential hampered with this pandemic, and joy limited." CBC spoke to several respondent teachers who said that while some students may be permanently affected by the pandemic, most will overcome it. They want more support for students and teachers so fewer slip through the cracks. 'Academics and mental health are hugely connected' At Peace Arch Elementary School in Surrey, French immersion teacher Rachael Froese said academic problems were apparent back in September. Most kids had been away from in-person school for about five months and skills like oral French were especially poor. "We really had to work on that, especially at the beginning of the year," Froese said. Most students were able to catch up but stress and anxiety, especially those from less stable homes, was common. "Academics and mental health are hugely connected," she said. Teacher Rachael Froese said the individual situations of kids — especially the stability of their home lives — has influenced how successful they've been during this school year.(Maggie MacPherson/CBC) "They need to feel safe. They need to feel secure. They need to feel respected. They need to feel loved … if they're too busy trying to work out how to get those needs met they're not really able to be present in class." North Surrey social studies teacher Mark Bomba said his focus, more than other years, has been preparing his high school students for university. That and the demands of a sometimes-online, sometimes-in-person school year has meant students have had to mature quickly. "We've seen some amazing students who are ... resilient," he said. "But it's also exacerbated a lot of problems." Teacher Mark Bomba said his biggest concern is for students in grades 10 and 11, who are preparing for university. (Maggie MacPherson/CBC) One of those problems is that he's not seeing some students in person. Over two-thirds of CBC's questionnaire respondents agreed that some students have stopped coming to class entirely, which may lead to learning gaps going forward, especially for post-secondary ambitions. "Some students you just don't hear from and nothing gets handed in," Bomba said. Christina Smith, who teaches English and social studies online at Lord Tweedsmuir secondary, is also concerned about becoming disconnected from her students, especially because it's been more difficult to see who is struggling with their mental health. "A lot of students that I have talked to are feeling overwhelmed with concerns about their family, concerns about their health, concerns about their learning," Smith said. Teacher Christina Smith, who teaches English and social studies online at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary in Surrey, B.C., is concerned students will suffer poorer learning outcomes following the stress of the pandemic.(Submitted by Christina Smith) "They're really struggling to be able to manage a load that is, quite honestly, very difficult for adults to manage right now and that I think is going to have long term effects." She's concerned that for some students, a poorer school experience now could lead to fewer opportunities later in life, less desire to pursue life-long learning and create less engaged citizens. Minister evaluating needs Froese, Bomba and Smith were optimistic most students would overcome this year's challenges but some — likely those already at-risk — might not. The teachers want more support: counsellors to help students' mental health; support teachers to work with them on the gaps in their learning; and training and professional development for teachers. Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside said she is looking at what gaps have emerged or become more pronounced during the pandemic. Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside said keeping schools open during the pandemic has been important for young peoples' mental health.(Belle Puri/CBC) "There were pre-existing needs before COVID and we know that those needs will be likely increased as we try to return to a more normal state in September," Whiteside said. "We're certainly looking at what those needs are." Discussions are ongoing for what summer programs and September will look like, she said. She highlighted $56 million in spending from the latest provincial budget for child and youth mental health teams. Smith believes with more help for at-risk students, more will rise above this challenging year. "It's not going to destroy a generation of children," she said. "Students are really resilient and teachers really care about them." CBC Vancouver's Impact Team investigates and reports on stories that impact people in their local community and strives to hold individuals, institutions and organizations to account. If you have a story for us, email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're experiencing suicidal thoughts or having a mental health crisis, there is help out there: In Quebec (French): Association Québécoise de prévention du suicide: 1-866-APPELLE (1-866-277-3553) Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention: Find a 24-hour crisis centre
PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain routed Reims 4-0 to take the French title race to the last day, as Lille drew 0-0 at home to Saint-Etienne on Sunday for a one-point lead at the top. Both teams are away next weekend, with PSG at Brest and Lille facing Angers. PSG coasted after Reims had defender Yunis Abdelhamid sent off in the 11th minute for a handball, and Neymar converted the penalty with a staggered run-up followed by a typically casual shot which sent the goalkeeper the wrong way. Kylian Mbappe doubled the lead midway through the first half after a mistake from defender Thomas Foket, who sent the ball in his own penalty area straight to Mbappe for a league-leading 26th goal and 40th overall this season. Central defender Marquinhos scored with a trademark downward header midway through the second half and Italy striker Moise Kean completed the scoring in the last minute. Lille struggled to break down an organized Saint-Etienne side but came close to scoring in the 36th when Luiz Araujo's shot sailed just wide after he latched onto striker Burak Yilmaz's astute pass. Lille almost won during injury time but attacking midfielder Yusuf Yazici’s free kick hit the post and Yilmaz’s shot from the rebound was blocked by a defender. CHAMPIONS LEAGUE CHASE Monaco won to keep its title hopes alive. It is one point ahead of Lyon, which is chasing third place and the Champions League qualifying rounds. Monaco beat seventh-place Rennes 2-1 with Russia midfielder Aleksandr Golovin setting up striker Wissam Ben Yedder's 21st league goal of the campaign and adding the second goal with a slightly deflected strike. Brazil midfielder Lucas Paqueta grabbed two goals and star forward Memphis Depay one as Lyon coasted to a 5-2 win at 19th-place Nimes, which was relegated by the defeat. Midfielder Houssem Aouar added the fourth following a fine team move and substitute forward Islam Slimani headed in the fifth from close range for Lyon. EUROPA LEAGUE PUSH Marseille moved into pole position for fifth and a Europa League berth by beating Angers 3-2, but only after the visitors rallied from 2-0 down to 2-2. Poland striker Arkadiusz Milik then netted an injury-time penalty to complete a hat trick and take his tally to nine in 15 games since joining on loan from Napoli. Marseille is three points ahead of sixth-place Lens, which lost 3-0 at Bordeaux. BASEMENT BATTLE CONTINUES Nantes won 4-0 at last-place Dijon for a fourth straight win but remained 18th and in the relegation-playoff position because Lorient won 2-1 at home to Metz to stay 17th. Lorient is level on points with 16th-place Brest, which may need a result against PSG next weekend, and 15th-place Strasbourg with the sides only apart on goal difference. Imposing striker Ludovic Ajorque scored both goals in Strasbourg's 2-0 win at Nice. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Jerome Pugmire, The Associated 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
RCMP in Nova Scotia say they have fined a church and members of its congregation with violating health protection rules forbidding large gatherings for the second time. Officers went to Weston Christian Fellowship Church on Brooklyn Street, outside Berwick, shortly after 11 a.m. Officers had been called to the church on the previous two Sundays and charged the church and those in attendance on May 9. RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Chris Marshall said officers saw people gathered for a faith-based gathering in contravention of the Health Protection Act. Police issued tickets to seven people for $2,422 and the church was fined $11,622.50. Marshall said there were children present at the gathering but only the adults were charged. He said charging an organization a second time is uncommon. "It's incredibly rare that we've charged a person or even an organization multiple times since the pandemic has started," he said. " I can't think of any other circumstances where this has happened." There were 26 fines issued to individuals for the May 9 gathering. The church was fined as well. MORE TOP STORIES
In March 2020, Minakshi thought her journey to Canadian citizenship was coming to a close, as Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada set a date for her test. Then the world changed before her eyes on March 11, exactly a week before her scheduled citizenship exam, as the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. The IRCC cancelled all tests, including hers, except for what it called a few "urgent" exams, held virtually. "We understood, we tried to co-operate," Minakshi said. But several months passed before the department resumed tests, shifting them online at the end of November. Testing backlog grew during pandemic Data obtained by CBC News shows Minakshi is one of hundreds of thousands of people stuck in a waiting pattern. In a series of internal IRCC emails, employees acknowledge that the backlog of those permanent residents who are ready to take a citizenship test grew from 87,000 people in March 2020 to 102,000 by the start of this year. The information also shows there were 311,259 people waiting to go through the entire application process for citizenship at the end of January. Of those, 102,989 had been waiting between 13 and 18 months — and 865 for more than four years. "One hundred and two thousand applicants, that's just like the size of a mid-sized city in Canada," said Ahsan Umar, the head of an ad-hoc advocacy group, Advocates for Citizenship Test. The group lodged the access to information request that revealed the figures and the internal department emails. "We all understand reasonable delays because of this whole situation we are in," Umar said. "But when it gets to lack of transparency and unreasonable delays, that instils a lot of deep sorrow in itself." The cost of waiting For Minakshi, who came to Canada 10 years ago and lives in London, Ont., it also compounded job-seeking issues. She has only a first name, not uncommon for the part of India where she's from. She would like to start a career in real estate in Canada and obtain a surname. But to legally do that, she would first need to pass her citizenship test. Since 2018, she estimates she's paid up to $600 to renew her permanent resident card and an Indian passport — and to get her fingerprints scanned three times to help with the IRCC's criminal background check, which must be periodically redone as a citizenship application is being processed. Although she started her Canadian citizenship application in 2018, Minakshi said she has yet to receive a new test invitation, and she doesn't understand why it's her responsibility to pay for new scans, since her actions haven't caused the delay.. "Every morning, you know, instead of doing my regular work, I'm checking my phone. Everyday, have I got the email yet? Do I need to prepare for my citizenship test?" Ben Mansoura was among the 5,000 applicants to receive an online citizenship test invitation by the end of 2020. He had to submit an access to information request to find out he passed. (Mark Bochsler/CBC) Toronto resident Ben Mansoura, another permanent resident, managed to be among the first 5,000 candidates to receive an invitation to take an online test in December. But the senior IT manager had to file an access to information request about himself just to find out he passed. He's still waiting on criminal background and language eligibility results, with no indication of when those might arrive. "The agents on the phone would almost be like: 'Why are you calling us?'" Mansoura said, whenever he called the IRCC to get updated information. For some permanent residents who thought they were close to becoming Canadian citizens, the prospect of further delays raises the possibility they may be unable to vote in the next federal election, expected later this year.(Tijana Martin/The Canadian Press) In 2019, he didn't have the right to vote in the federal election, and he's worried he may still be unable to cast a ballot in the next election, expected later this year, if delays continue indefinitely. "I do want to take part in the betterment of this country," said Mansoura, who arrived in Canada in 2012 from the Czech Republic. "I feel unwelcome here, I feel like I'm not being treated equally." More digital tests coming 'very soon': minister Some of the internal IRCC emails in the 353-page document obtained by Ahsan Umar's group date back from before the online test launch, with employees settling on what one referred to as an "aggressive plan" to begin the pilot project with 5,000 test invitations by the end of 2020. Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino was unavailable for an interview on the subject, but at a recent news conference, he asked those still waiting to "keep the faith." "More digital testing and citizenship ceremonies are coming to you very soon," he said. Immigration MInister Marco Mendicino, shown at a news conference last June, asks those still waiting for an online citizenship test invitation to 'keep the faith.'(Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press) In a followup statement to CBC News, the IRCC said it had sent out 65,893 online test invitations by the end of April, and 43,697 people had completed their citizenship tests. "Immigration officers have had to scramble for this last year as well," said Raj Sharma, a Calgary-based immigration lawyer. Glimpsing at the numbers obtained by CBC News, he said he had expected the backlog to be worse due to the pandemic. But Sharma said there was no explanation for the large number of people waiting for such a long time. "It appears to be clear there were delays on some applications well before this pandemic, well before the excuse of this pandemic," he said. WATCH | Essential workers, graduates to get new pathway to permanent residency: "It does look like there's some promising signs of spring ahead," Sharma said, referring to the online testing process flowing more smoothly now. But it is little comfort for Minakshi: "If I get the fourth fingerprint request next year, I'm going to withdraw my file," she said.
Singapore warned on Sunday that the new coronavirus variants, such as the one first detected in India, were affecting more children, as the city-state prepares to shut most schools from this week and draws up plans to vaccinate youngsters. "Some of these (virus) mutations are much more virulent, and they seem to attack the younger children," said Education Minister Chan Chun Sing. None of the children who have contracted the virus are seriously ill and a few have mild symptoms, he added.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president presented an apology Monday for a 1911 massacre in which over 300 Chinese people were slaughtered by revolutionary troops in the northern city of Torreón. The apology is the latest in a series of ceremonies in which President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has sought to make amends for the mistreatment of Indigenous and minority people in Mexico in past centuries. López Obrador said the point of the apology was to ensure “that this never, ever happens again,” noting that during the period, Chinese were mutilated or hung from telegraph poles. “The discrimination was based on the most vile and offensive” stereotypes, López Obrador said, adding “these stupid ideas were transferred to Mexico, where extermination was added to exclusion and mistreatment.” Many Chinese laborers had emigrated to Mexico in the 1800s, in some cases to work on the expansion of the nation’s rail network. But many set up businesses, farms and in Torreón, even a bank. The 1911 killings of 303 Chinese men, women and children occurred during the chaotic period of the Mexican Revolution, when revolutionary troops overran Torreón, sealing the fate of long-time ruler Porfirio Díaz. The loss of the city led Díaz to resign and leave for exile. Like most racial killings, it was fed by suspicion, hatred, fear, envy and lies. Torreón was a booming railway town, and control of it was key to rail lines north to the United States. Some Mexicans grumbled that Chinese were taking jobs or depressing wage rates; others were envious of the Chinese community's economic success. Between May 13-15, 1911, the revolutionary troops took control of the city from Díaz's army and once inside the city, slaughtered many of it Chinese inhabitants, though some others hid or were saved by local residents. The victorious revolutionary government of President Francisco I. Madero agreed to pay reparations for the massacre, but Madero himself was overthrown in 1913 and the payment was never made. “It is during the most convulsive moments of history when these (racist ideas) get twisted into genocidal killings," said Coahuila Gov. Miguel Ángel Riquelme. López Obrador, who usually lavishes praise on the 1910-1917 revolutionary movement noted that the movement also expressed anti-Chinese sentiments. Historian Monica Cinco Basurto said the massacre was far from the only anti-Chinese act in Mexico. Looting of Chinese-owned businesses and the expulsion or forced departure of Chinese — often without recognizing their Mexican citizenship or that of their children or wives — extended throughout northern Mexico into the 1930s. López Obrador was accompanied during the apology ceremony by Chinese Ambassador Zhu Qingqiao. Mexico has relied on Chinese brands for about 10.5 million of the 29.1 million coronavirus vaccine doses received so far, or about 36% of all shots. Zhu said the vaccines and medical equipment from China “have left a strong imprint on the history of relations between our two countries.” López Obrador said “we will never forget the brotherhood of the Chinese during the bitter and anguishing months of the pandemic.” As in the United States, racism against Asian Americans has been an ugly thread of Mexican history. In fact, many Chinese came to Mexico because they could not get into the United States. In the U.S., the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 was designed to prevent Chinese American laborers from entering the U.S. as a result of widespread xenophobia. That law made it illegal for Chinese laborers to immigrate to America and limited the Chinese population in the U.S. for more than 60 years. It is part of a series of apologies by the Mexican president to those wronged in the past. In early May, López Obrador apologized to the Maya Indigenous group that inhabits Mexico's southeast, mainly on the Yucatan peninsula. During the 1800s, Mayas were forced to work in serf-like conditions on sisal plantations. Sisal and henequen were fibers used in making rope. Some were even tricked into virtual slavery in sugar cane fields in Cuba. Weary of taxation and exploitation, the Mayas fought an 1847-1901 rebellion against Mexican settlers and the government known as “the War of the Castes”. The rebellion was put down brutally by government troops. López Obrador said he plans to offer a similar apology to the Yaqui Indigenous group of the northern state of Sonora. Perhaps best known abroad for the mystical and visionary powers ascribed to them by writer Carlos Castaneda, the Yaquis stubbornly fought the Mexican government’s brutal campaign to eliminate the tribe in the late 1800s and early 1900s. But they were largely defeated by 1900, and Díaz began moving them off their fertile farmland to less valuable territory or to virtual enslavement on haciendas as far away as the far eastern state of Yucatan. The Associated Press
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte barred his cabinet from talking about the South China Sea in public on Monday after weeks of strong rebukes by his ministers against China's conduct in the contested waters. Tensions between the Philippines and its giant neighbour have escalated since March, with Manila filing daily diplomatic protests over the presence of hundreds of Chinese fishing vessels in disputed portions of the South China Sea. "This is my order now to the cabinet, and to all and sundry talking for the government, to refrain from discussing the West Philippine Sea with anybody," Duterte said in a televised national address.
Tensions ran high at competing demonstrations over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in both Montreal and Toronto this weekend. Police in Montreal confirmed they responded to a conflict that erupted between protesters and counter-protesters at a rally in support of Israel near the city's downtown Sunday afternoon. People were heard shouting "Free Palestine" as they ran from police, who fired chemical irritants into the air. The pro-Israel rally comes one day after thousands attended a pro-Palestinian march in Montreal to demand an end to Israeli airstrikes over the Gaza Strip. Meanwhile, police in Toronto say they've laid charges in connection with a pro-Palestinian demonstration that drew more than 5,000 people to Nathan Phillips Square outside City Hall on Saturday night. A 22-year-old man faces an assault charge, while a 29-year-old man was charged with bringing a weapon to a public meeting. Police say they're also investigating a separate alleged assault outside the square that was circulating on social media. A spokesperson confirmed it was connected to the demonstration but offered no other details. The protests were stoked by five days of mayhem that left at least 145 Palestinians dead in Gaza and eight dead on the Israeli side. The violence, set off by Hamas firing a rocket into Israel on Monday, came after weeks of mounting tensions in contested Jerusalem. Israel stepped up its assault and slammed the Gaza Strip with airstrikes Saturday, in a dramatic escalation that included bombing the home of a senior Hamas leader, killing a family of 10 in a refugee camp and destroying a building that housed the offices of The Associated Press and other media. Several public figures took to their social media accounts to denounce violence and call for calm. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he strongly condemns "the despicable rhetoric and violence we saw on display in some protests this weekend." "Everyone has the right to assemble peacefully and express themselves freely in Canada - but we cannot and will not tolerate antisemitism, Islamophobia, or hate of any kind," he tweeted. Ontario Premier Doug Ford called on police to investigate any acts of anti-Semitism, which he says have no place in the province. "Discrimination or hatred of any kind against any community in our province should never be tolerated," he wrote on Twitter. Toronto police have said that Jewish people were the group most frequently victimized by hate crimes in 2020. The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs alleged both protests included aggressive acts of anti-Semitism, including Nazi imagery, death threats against Israeli supporters and at least one physical assault. Police forces declined to offer details of what transpired. The centre said it was "gravely concerned" with what it described as "a wave of violence and anti-Semitism impacting communities across Canada." "There is absolutely no justification for political violence of any kind in our streets, whatever one's cause may be," it said in a statement. "...Like all Canadians of goodwill, Canada's Jewish community seeks peace and a better future for Israelis and Palestinians alike. At the same time, we urge our neighbours of all backgrounds to join us in condemning these disturbing acts." This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 16, 2021 — with files from Graham Hughes and The Associated Press. The Canadian Press
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Germany goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen ruled himself out of this year's European Championship on Monday so he could get medical treatment on his knee. The Barcelona goalkeeper had been expected to be the backup for Manuel Neuer in Germany's squad, which will face France, Portugal and Hungary in Group F. “I have decided together with the medical team of the club that I will do a complementary intervention on my knee,” ter Stegen wrote on Instagram. “I'm sad that I will miss the Euro 2020 this summer with Germany. For the first time in many years I will be a fan at home supporting my country, I hope we win it!” Ter Stegen's statement came a day after he played in Barcelona's 2-1 loss to Celta Vigo, ending the team's chances of winning the Spanish league title. He has played 25 games for Germany since 2012, mostly friendlies, and his last game was a surprise 2-1 loss to North Macedonia in March in World Cup qualifying. Ter Stegen's only games at a major international tournament came when Germany won the 2017 Confederations Cup while Neuer was injured. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
Recent developments: It gave out its most vaccines ever on Saturday. What's the latest? Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has confirmed another 77 COVID-19 cases Monday and one death. A new daily record of 9,792 vaccine doses were given in the capital Saturday and the wider region has passed the million-dose mark. Ontario is lowering its vaccine booking age to 18 Tuesday morning at 8 a.m., earlier than expected for people age 18 to 29. People who are turning 18 this year are also eligible. Non-essential businesses and secondary schools in Gatineau, Que., and the rest of the Outaouais that had been closed since earlier this spring can reopen as of today. The region is in the red zone, with a curfew that now also starts later at 9:30 p.m. How many cases are there? The region is coming down from a record-breaking peak of the pandemic's third wave, one that has included more dangerous coronavirus variants. As of Monday, 26,111 Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19. There are 1,066 known active cases, 24,509 resolved cases and 536 deaths. The transfer of COVID-19 patients from other regions to Ottawa hospitals continues. As of the most recent update Friday, there were 22 COVID-19 patients from other communities in Ottawa ICUs. Public health officials have reported more than 47,500 COVID-19 cases across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including more than 44,900 resolved cases. Elsewhere in eastern Ontario, 183 people have died. In western Quebec, the death toll is 208. Akwesasne has had more than 680 residents test positive and 10 deaths between its northern and southern sections. Kitigan Zibi has had 34 cases. Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory has had 11, with one death. Pikwakanagan hasn't had any. CBC Ottawa is profiling those who've died of COVID-19. If you'd like to share your loved one's story, please get in touch. What can I do? Eastern Ontario: Ontario is under a stay-at-home order until at least June 2. People should only leave home for essential reasons like getting groceries, seeking health care and exercising in their immediate area. The vast majority of gatherings are prohibited. Exceptions include small activities with households and small religious services. Ontario has moved to online learning. Daycares remain open. WATCH | Educators worry about lasting 'fallout' of pandemic schooling: Golf courses and tennis and basketball courts are among the closed recreation venues. Most non-essential businesses can only offer curbside pickup. Access to malls is restricted and big-box stores can only sell essential items. Gyms and personal care services are closed, while restaurants are only available for takeout and delivery. People shop at a distance at a ByWard Market vegetable stall May 10, 2021. The siges advertises garlic and there are also peppers and tomatoes at the stand.(Brian Morris/CBC) Police checkpoints between Ontario and Quebec are not running 24/7. Officers in Ontario have the power to stop and question people if they believe they've gathered illegally. Local health units and communities can also set their own rules, as Ottawa is doing around playgrounds and the Belleville area is doing for the agriculture industry. Western Quebec Western Quebec is entirely under red zone rules. High schools, gyms, theatres, personal care services and non-essential businesses are now able to reopen across the Outaouais, albeit with restrictions. The curfew is now in place from 9:30 p.m. until 5 a.m. Arrows directing customers around the store space are one of the protective measures at Boutique Moi in Gatineau, Que., May 16, 2021, the day before it was allowed to reopen for in-person shopping under relaxed provincial rules.(Alexander Behne/Radio-Canada) Private gatherings remain banned, except for a person who lives alone seeing one other household. Small religious services are allowed and people can go to theatres. Older secondary school students will be going to classrooms every second day. Distanced outdoor exercise is allowed in groups up to eight people. People can't travel to yellow or green zones or risk a fine. Distancing and isolating The novel coronavirus primarily spreads through droplets that can hang in the air. People can be contagious without symptoms, even after getting a vaccine. Coronavirus variants of concern are more contagious and are now established. This means it is important to take precautions now and in the future like staying home while sick — and getting help with costs if needed — keeping hands and surfaces clean and maintaining distance from anyone you don't live with, even with a mask on. People take photos near the tulips at Ottawa's Commissioners Park Ottawa on May 13, 2021, during the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.(Giacomo Panico/CBC) Masks, preferably ones that fit snugly and have three layers, are mandatory in indoor public settings in Ontario and Quebec. OPH says residents should wear masks outside their homes whenever possible. People have to show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test to enter Canada by land without a fine and have to pay for their stay in a quarantine hotel if entering by air. WATCH | The growing backlog of permanent residency applications: Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should self-isolate, as should those who've been ordered to do so by their public health unit. The length varies in Quebec and Ontario. Health Canada recommends older adults and people with underlying medical conditions get help with errands. Vaccines Four COVID-19 vaccines have been deemed safe and approved in Canada. Ontario and Quebec have both stopped giving first doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine, but plan to give second doses. Canada's task force said first doses offer such strong protection that people can wait up to four months to get a second. About 1,030,000 doses have been given out in the Ottawa-Gatineau region since mid-December, including about 470,000 doses to Ottawa residents and more than 210,000 in western Quebec. Eastern Ontario Ontario's general vaccination age is 40 and older. Other factors such as jobs and health conditions also qualify younger adults. People can book provincial appointments online or over the phone at 1-833-943-3900. That province is lowering the general age to 18 tomorrow at 8 a.m. Appointments are available through the province for people age 18 and up in Ottawa's three "hot spot" postal codes, Indigenous adults and, through the city, Ottawans in more than 20 "priority" neighbourhoods. A handful of Ottawa pharmacies in hot spots are offering a limited supply of Moderna vaccines to people age 18 and up. Ontario is speeding up the second dose for some groups, such as frontline health-care workers and more Indigenous people. It plans to allow everyone over age 12 to make an appointment starting the week of May 31. Individual health units can choose to vaccinate that age group at pop-up clinics as of tomorrow. Local health units have some flexibility in the larger framework, so check their websites for details. Western Quebec Quebec is vaccinating everyone age 18 and older. Teens age 16 and 17 are eligible if they have certain jobs or a chronic illness or disability. The province plans to reach children as young as 12 in June. People who qualify can make an appointment online or over the phone. There are currently no walk-in options. Symptoms and testing COVID-19 can range from a cold-like illness to a severe lung infection, with common symptoms including fever, a cough, vomiting and loss of taste or smell. Children tend to have an upset stomach and/or a rash. If you have severe symptoms, call 911. Mental health can also be affected by the pandemic, and resources are available to help. WATCH | Mike Herzog's pandemic tribute: In eastern Ontario: Anyone seeking a test should make an appointment. Check with your health unit for clinic locations and hours. Ontario recommends only getting tested if you fit certain criteria, such as having symptoms, exposure or a certain job. People without symptoms but who are part of the province's targeted testing strategy can make an appointment at select pharmacies. Travellers who need a test have very few local options to pay for one. In western Quebec: Tests are strongly recommended for people with symptoms and their contacts. People can make an appointment and check wait times online. Call 1-877-644-4545 with questions, including if walk-in testing is available nearby. First Nations, Inuit and Métis: First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, or someone travelling to work in a remote Indigenous community, are eligible for a test in Ontario. Akwesasne has a COVID-19 test site by appointment only and a curfew of 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Anyone returning to the community on the Canadian side of the international border who's been farther than 160 kilometres away — or visited Montreal — for non-essential reasons is asked to self-isolate for 14 days. People in Pikwakanagan can book a COVID-19 test by calling 613-625-1175. Anyone in Tyendinaga who's interested in a test can call 613-967-3603 and in Kitigan Zibi, 819-449-5593. Tyendinaga's council is asking people not to travel there to camp or fish. Inuit in Ottawa can call the Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team at 613-740-0999 for service, including testing and vaccines, in Inuktitut or English on weekdays. For more information
A group of Windsor-area men have been charged after police say they rented a home near Barrie last week. According to a media release on Friday, the OPP received information that a gathering taking place near Parkside Beach in Oro-Medonte was "believed to be in contravention of current provincial restrictions." Officers went to the home and determined that it was a short-term rental booked through a popular service, OPP said. Six men, all of whom live in the Windsor area, are facing charges under the Reopening Ontario Act. Under the current provincial shutdown and stay-at-home order, which is in place until at least early June, gatherings between members of different households are prohibited, except in the case of a person who lives alone. Under the act, the minimum fine for hosting a gathering is $10,000 and attendees can receive a $750 ticket. More from CBC Windsor