Ontario Premier Doug Ford on Monday spoke about his decision to keep schools closed as the spring break ends and move students to virtual learning, saying that the province hasn’t ‘hit the peak’ in the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford on Monday spoke about his decision to keep schools closed as the spring break ends and move students to virtual learning, saying that the province hasn’t ‘hit the peak’ in the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
A contractor in Ontario's cottage country already accused of bilking cottagers through alleged renovation scams has been arrested again, provincial police say. Scott "Scottie" Eisemann, who works in the Muskoka region north of Toronto, was already awaiting trial on fraud charges laid last November when he allegedly defrauded more individuals. OPP Const. Ted Dongelman says Eisemann, 51, is facing charges for a handful of new offences. "This past week, the OPP arrested and charged the individual with ... three counts of fraud over $5,000 and two counts of obtaining [money] by false pretence," he told CBC News. They relate to four separate investigations launched between November 2020 and February 2021. Two involve cottagers in southern Georgian Bay and the Orillia area who claim they paid Eisemann for construction work that was never completed. The others relate to a loan police say Eisemann obtained using allegedly fraudulent information, and a subcontractor who claims he was paid with a fraudulent cheque. Police won't say how much money the alleged victims lost, but CBC News has learned one of the charges relates to a deposit of about $17,000 a GTA couple paid Eisemann for work on their Georgian Bay property. 'Buyer beware' Eisemann was previously arrested in November and accused of bilking other cottagers in Parry Sound and the south Muskoka area. Eisemann ran Cottage Life Construction, which filed for bankruptcy last year owing cottagers and contractors more than $316,000. "If you are considering hiring a contractor, I suggest doing your homework, finding a reputable company or contractor and check references, check numerous references, do your homework. and buyer beware," Dongelman said. Eisemann has not responded to emails or calls from CBC News. He's also used the names Scott Evan and Scott Daniels. In July, 2014, Eisemann pleaded guilty to defrauding a 92-year-old, legally-blind Toronto woman out of more than $130,000. Eisemann convinced the woman her home needed urgent repairs. A court ruled the repairs, in most cases, were unnecessary. Eisemann was sentenced to two years in prison as a result. In 2106, he opened Cottage Life Construction. Cottager still high and dry, out $60K Liz Saunders is another cottager who's filed a fraud complaint against Eisemann to the OPP in Bracebridge. For the past 10 months, her modest cottage has been suspended on blocks two metres in the air after she allegedly paid Eisemann about $64,000 to raise it, build a new foundation, and have the cottage set back down. She says she had researched Eisemann's company but only found out later he hadn't given her his real name. Liz Saunders's Bracebridge cottage has been sitting on blocks since last summer. She's filed a police complaint against Scott Eisemann. (John Lancaster/CBC News) She claims Eisemann walked off the job with her money, leaving the cottage her grandfather built in 1931 in a precarious position. "I was devastated because the whole point was to save the cottage for future generations. And he talked a good talk, walked a good walk," she told CBC News. She says the OPP continue to investigate her complaint. "The day I had to go and tell my mom, because my mom and I owned the cottage jointly, was one of the worst days of my life because I had to say, 'You know, all that money you gave me, mom, it's gone.'" Eisemann is scheduled to appear in court later this month on the latest charges.
Two men from Cape Breton have been fined for getting too close while in the process of allegedly stealing a TV. Cape Breton Regional Police responded to a reported theft from the Superstore in Glace Bay on Friday. Officers charged a 41-year-old man from River Ryan and a 56-year-old man from New Waterford with theft. They also issued each man a ticket under the Health Protection Act for failing to self-isolate from one another, which now carries a fine of $2,000. Under current Public Health restrictions, residents can only come in close contact with their household, or allow one or two others in their bubble if they are a small household. Man fined for leaving own municipality On Sunday, officers also responded to a George Street address in Sydney where a woman was complaining of an unwanted male, whom she knew, "causing mischief" at her home. Officers found a 48-year-old man from Victoria County nearby. He was charged with public intoxication and fined $697.50 for failing to comply with the Emergency Management Act, which bans any non-essential travel outside one's own municipality. Two people ticketed in Halifax In the Halifax area, police also issued three tickets last week in two separate incidents. Officers were called to a Bedford apartment building Friday morning after a report that a man was not following provincial regulations while in the public areas of the complex. A 40-year-old Bedford man was ticketed for not wearing a mask, which carries a fine of $2,000. Halifax Regional Police also fined the same teenager twice. On Friday, police ticketed a 17-year-old for not self-isolating as required. The same youth was ticketed again Sunday for the same reason. Both tickets carry fines of $2,000. MORE TOP STORIES
For more than a year now, the state of America's live music industry has been a grim one. The COVID-19 pandemic threw hundreds of thousands of musicians, roadies and other touring industry professionals out of work, according to the Country Music Association. In Tennessee alone, the industry's unemployed number around 50,000. Compounding the problem, the jobs in restaurants and other hospitality businesses that have long sustained out-of-work entertainers were drastically slashed, too. Now, in response to the crisis, the music association is expanding its efforts to help the industry's needy. It's announcing Monday that it will provide 4 million meals in cities with large populations of musicians and music industry professionals in a new partnership with Feeding America. The trade organization’s foundation will also launch a donation challenge to fund an additional 1 million meals throughout all of Feeding America's food banks. And its Music Industry COVID Support (MICS) Initiative will help those in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon. All of that will come on top of $3 million that the CMA has invested in numerous nonprofits that serve music professionals. “Nobody wants to think about their friends or colleagues going without food,” said Sarah Trahern, the association’s CEO. “But I’ve been out at a couple of the food banks that we’ve done work with over the last year, and it’s us. As people, you think, ‘There but for the grace of God go I.’” “I feel like by next year we’re going to be in good stead,” she said. “But a lot of those people will have gone 18 months to 24 months without salaries in their chosen fields. And then you can’t put a roof over your head or put braces on your kids or put food on the table.” The need to help those musicians and music industry professionals make it through the next few months is why the CMA opted to expand its MICS initiative. And it’s why country superstar Blake Shelton said he is proud to have been part of the initiative in helping drum up financial support for the food banks. “There are a lot of people struggling in our country, and COVID has only made that worse,” Shelton said in an interview with The Associated Press. “People are going to bed hungry at night now more than ever, and I just can’t live with that. I’ve been passionate for a long time about helping folks get the food they need.” Since beginning his recording career in 2001, Shelton has never been off the road for as long as he has now, though his work on “The Voice” has kept him busy when he hasn’t been on his Oklahoma ranch with his fiancée, Gwen Stefani, and their families. He said he feels fortunate to have been able to keep paying his band and crew over the past year, allowing his band members to be “busy working on different musical projects, keeping their skills sharp!” “This pandemic has affected people all across the country, working in all different kinds of industries, from restaurants to schools to travel,” Shelton said. “What more can be done? The world is starting to open up again, and tours and shows are being announced daily. So go support your favourite artists, bands, orchestras, theatres. Of course, do it safely, but let’s have some fun again!” That’s what Amberly Rosen yearns to do. Rosen, one-half of the folk-dance duo The Rosen Sisters, has toured with numerous artists. She has played arenas and major festivals with country star Terri Clark and “Late Night with David Letterman” with Maddie and Tae. And she wants very much to get back to entertaining people. "There was a ton of disappointment last year,” said Rosen, a violinist who was trained at the Berklee College of Music and now lives in Nashville. “I can’t wait to have joyful moments with people again, when we can be with each other just a little bit.” Rosen remembers the day early in the pandemic when she received one call after another cancelling concerts, tours and other gigs for months into the future. When even her backup job as a violin teacher slowed to a crawl, she grew worried. “It was totally terrifying,” said Rosen, 34. “I’ve always worked in music. It’s what I do. It’s who I am. All of a sudden, I couldn’t do my job.” As she looked for ways to cut costs, Rosen heard about a program from Musically Fed, one of the initiatives the CMA began supporting in 2020, that would give unemployed musicians $100 vouchers to spend at a local farmers market. “It was so helpful, and I was so grateful to have that,” Rosen said. “But it was a personal struggle because I worried, ‘Am I needy enough for this?’ I’ve always been capable of taking care of myself, but this time there were really no jobs in my field.” That’s a common feeling, especially during the pandemic, when so many found themselves so quickly in need, said Nancy Keil, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, one of the nonprofits that will benefit from the expanded MICS initiative. About 40% of people who visited food banks in the past year, she said, had never come before. Part of her group’s challenge is to educate people to accept help when they need it. “When people just don’t have jobs, you have a need,” Keil said. “You can’t just find food somewhere. You need someone to help. It’s so basic.” Second Harvest, it turns out, needs some help of its own. In 2020, the food bank experienced a 50% increase in demand for its services — which, Keil said, meant that about 450,000 more people in Middle Tennessee became food insecure. Financial donations rose last year. But they didn’t completely cover the costs of increasing staff and buying more supplies because food donations from now-closed restaurants tumbled. “This funding support from the CMA is going to be huge,” Keil said. “When we looked at the numbers from the last recession, it took 10 years to get back to pre-recession numbers. We’re hoping that this time it will take much shorter.” ___ The Associated Press receives support from the Lilly Endowment for coverage of philanthropy and nonprofits. The AP is solely responsible for all content. For all of AP’s philanthropy coverage, visit https://apnews.com/hub/philanthropy. Glenn Gamboa, The Associated Press
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — The debate over Newfoundland and Labrador's troubled, pandemic-delayed election moved to the courtroom today in the form of several challenges of results.Three former candidates have applied to the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador to have the results in their ridings overturned, and one of them — NDP Leader Alison Coffin — is also seeking a judicial recount of her narrow loss.Coffin was defeated in the St. John's East-Quidi Vidi riding by just 53 votes and has asked that the ballots be recounted, alleging issues with the original count.She has also filed a separate application to have the results in her district overturned and a byelection called, as have former Progressive Conservative candidates Jim Lester and Sheila Fitzgerald.Lester lost his seat in the Mount Pearl North district by 109 votes and Fitzgerald lost the race in St. Barbe-L'Anse aux Meadows by 216 votes.The three applications to nullify results will be back in court at a later date, while Justice Donald Burrage said he will rule by Wednesday on the NDP arguments for a recount in Coffin's district.This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 10, 2021. The Canadian Press
Dwayne De Rosario's soccer credentials are well-established. Named one of Major League Soccer's 25 greatest players, MLS MVP (2011) and two-time MLS Cup MVP (2001 and 2007), the Canadian attacker scored 104 league goals in an MLS career that stretched from 2001 to 2014. Internationally, he earned 81 caps for Canada and tops the list of Canadian men's goal-scorers with 22. De Rosario's attempts to play in Europe and his salary-related frustration in his first go-round at Toronto FC have also been well-documented. But there's plenty more to De Rosario's story and the 42-year-old from Scarborough, Ont., (he turns 43 on May 15) delivers in his autobiography "DeRo: My Life," written with Brendan Dunlop. "It's a lot of things that I haven't really opened up to (before)," De Rosario acknowledged in an interview. It's an enjoyable, easy read. And you will know and understand De Rosario much better for it. From being shot in the eye during a somewhat wild youth (it wasn't a real bullet but it caused a torn retina that still affects him) to his difficulties adjusting to life after soccer, De Rosario does plenty of dishing. Toronto FC and Canada Soccer will not like some passages of the book. De Rosario does not spare either, although he makes it clear that both have come a long way in recent years and are worlds ahead of where they were. "There's something special happening right now," he writes of the current Canadian men's team. "There's a hope and a belief among the national team that wasn't always there. (Coach) John Herdman deserves a lot of credit for that." It's a far cry from having to return Canadian jerseys at a national camp "because we're giving them to the youth team." Or the Sony gift card De Rosario got from Canada Soccer for his second Canadian Player of the Year award in 2006. He sees Canada co-hosting the 2026 World Cup as a "unique opportunity." "I hope that we get it right,'" he said. "There are still things that need to be heavily focused on." As for TFC, De Rosario says the club — in his first stint there — didn't deliver on a promise to make him a designated player and screwed him out of a chance to play for Scotland's Celtic on loan. "Bottom line: treat your stars like they're stars. The people in charge at the time didn't do that, and I had to say goodbye to Toronto," he writes. Looking back, he says "it was a learning curve for both parties, myself and for TFC as well, at that time." De Rosario was eventually traded to first the New York Red Bulls and then D.C. United during the 2011 season, a nomadic campaign that amazingly did not stop him from winning MVP honours. Off the field, he details in the book the toll that that string of moves took on his family. "I think that (2011 season) just encompasses my life in a nutshell," he said in the interview. "Just how I was able to use those obstacles, to use those adversities, to fuel my passion and my hunger on the field. "Because at any time I could have said 'Forget this.' Or I could have given up or went to the team with a bag of emotions. But I knew that wasn't going to serve me (well) so I wanted to go there and prove (to) everyone 'You know what? This is what you're losing.'" De Rosario finished out his career in Toronto, painting a vastly different picture of the franchise in 2014 under then-MLSE boss Tim Leiweke. "The only things that were the same when I went back to TFC were the crest on the shirt and the fans in the stands," De Rosario writes. 'It wasn't the same organization that traded me away. They were different from top to bottom. It was like moving back into your old house after somebody else fully renovated it. "All the little things mattered, and all the big things were done big." TFC is now "up there with the best clubs in the world," he added in the interview. De Rosario retired as Toronto's career leader in goals, assists, shots, shots on goal, game-winning goals and multi-goal games. He remains a club ambassador. In the book, he also details the many steps he took on the soccer ladder before finding a home in MLS — he had tryouts at England's Portsmouth, Hungary's MTK Budapest, Italy's AC Milan and Spain's Barcelona, to name a few. The deals or teams weren't right and he ended up with fellow Canadian Jason Bent — now an assistant coach at Toronto FC — at Germany's FSV Zwickau in a nightmarish European experience that saw both players racially abused. He believes the adversity he faced throughout his career helped shape the man and player he became. "I have no regrets," he said in the interview. "Maybe if certain things, if they had gone different, it would have been interesting to see. I realized in life there are no guarantees and you have to continue to find ways to make it happen, regardless of things you sometimes can't control." Today, he focuses on his DeRo Foundation, which among other things, helps inner city kids with after-school programs. He also runs his own soccer school, the DeRo United Futbol Academy. He believes he has more to give to his sport. And he is a proud father of four. One son, 19-year-old Osaze, is a forward who has spent time with both the Toronto FC academy and the New York City FC system and is currently trying out for a team in Spain. Another, 16-year-old Adisa, is a goalkeeper in the TFC academy. He also has a 22-year-old daughter, Asha, and nine-year-old son, Tinashe. De Rosario says the process of writing the book, which started in 2016, was an "emotional roller-coaster." "I realized I was holding onto a lot of stuff," he said. "It was therapeutic too. It was also refreshing to tell my story. Brendan made it easy." "DeRo: My Life," by Dwayne De Rosario with Brendan Dunlop, ECW Press, 208 pages, $34.95 --- Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 10, 2021 Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press
Supercar maker the Gordon Murray Group said on Tuesday it plans a 300-million-pound ($420 million) expansion over the next five years, which includes developing electric SUVs and delivery vehicles for carmakers as it shifts towards an all-electric supercar by 2030. "Electric is what we've been missing and that's where the future is," founder and chairman Gordon Murray, the Formula One design great who oversaw one of the sport's most successful cars to date, told Reuters. The carmaker will make 100 of them next year, selling for around 2.4 million pounds each.
You can always count on Golden Retrievers to bring a smile to your face. He just wanted to go out for a walk!
Regina police have charged a man and two boys with attempted murder after two people were found with apparent stab wounds. On Sunday at about 1:15 a.m. CST police were called to an alley in the 1500 block of Retallack Street. for a report of an injured man, according to a police news release. A member of the canine unit found a 41 year-old man who was bleeding profusely from several apparent stab wounds. Officers provided first aid to the man until EMS could transport him to hospital. Police then found a second man, 49, who appeared to have also sustained stab wounds and was taken to hospital. Additional officers were called in and set up a perimeter around the area. They found two suspects who were arrested without incident. Further investigation led police to a third suspect believed to be in a home in the 3400 block of Dewdney Avenue. Police said they entered the house with a warrant and arrested the suspect without incident. A 37-year-old man and two boys have each been charged with two counts of attempted murder — along with break, enter and commit robbery — as a result. They all made their first court appearance on Monday morning.
TORONTO — Ontario has become the latest province to signal it will likely mix COVID-19 vaccine brands as the country prepares for a flood of Pfizer and Moderna shots while some doctors questioned further use of Oxford-AstraZeneca. Health Minister Christine Elliott said Monday it's likely that Ontarians who have received a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine may get a different shot for their second dose. "We don't have a supply date for more AstraZeneca, so it's very likely that we will need to mix the different products together," she said. Elliott said the province is waiting for the results from a U.K. study on mixing different vaccines and on advice from a federal immunization panel. "I expect that should come very soon, because there are some people who are coming up in terms of times for their second shot." Quebec has also said that it plans to mix vaccines due to supply shortages, substituting the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines for the Moderna vaccines in order to quickly give booster shots to long-term care residents. Dr. Theresa Tam, the country's top doctor, has also said that Canada is closely following the results of the U.K. study on mixing doses. Molecular biologist and science communicator Samantha Yammine said some Canadians who have already received the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine may be comforted to know they have the option of a different dose, given recent attention directed at shot. "It's nice to know that people will have the option depending on what risks they're comfortable to take on," she said in a recent interview. Yammine, who goes by "Science Sam" on social media, said the pandemic has given rise to an "infodemic," with a flood of advice about areas like the low risk of blood clots from viral-vector shots compared with mRNA vaccines. Conflicting advice coming from experts and officials, even if well-intentioned, can overwhelm the public, Yammine said. And Oxford-AstraZeneca's vaccine has been in spotlight in Canada in recent weeks. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization, or NACI, attracted criticism when it recommended that Canadians who aren't at high risk from COVID-19 may want to wait until a dose of Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna is available, calling them the "preferred" vaccines. Since then, the chair of the committee has said people who took the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot did the right thing, and some prominent physicians have suggested on social media that Canada could focus on distributing mRNA shots with millions of doses expected to arrive over the next few weeks. Dr. Andrew Morris, an infectious diseases specialist and a a member Ontario’s COVID-19 science advisory table, argued on Twitter this weekend that while AstraZeneca "was a good vaccine that served its purpose," Canada has enough Pfizer and Moderna shots to avoid using AstraZeneca, removing the risk of rare but serious blood clots. Yammine said the biggest damage from NACI's initial remarks was feelings of remorse among people who took the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot. She stressed that people should not regret taking the vaccine and said it's still advisable for people in virus hot spots to take the first vaccine they can get, but highlighted the importance of local guidance for those in lower-risk areas who are trying to make sense of the advice. "What we really need now, in my opinion, is for the provinces to now do the risk calculation for the people in their province, because it's all a gradient, it's not black or white," she said. Yammine has also shared infographics on social media comparing normal side-effects and possible signs of the rare blood-clotting disorder in some COVID-19 recipients, so people who have received the shots can seek treatment if necessary. "We don't want people to be scared and freaking out, but we want you to know what to look out for, so that you're prepared and you can get the treatment that you deserve," she said. Jessica Mudry, an associate professor in health communication at Ryerson University, said communication about the difference between vaccines has been poorly handled by officials and it may end up hurting Canada's vaccination campaign. She said new government plans to mix doses without preparing the public for that possibility ahead of time may backfire among people who took already one shot and are now caught off guard. "I think that this kind of this concept of the cocktail, you do one, then you do a different one, is actually going to be quite difficult for people, because people don't like surprises," Mudry said. Even with more mRNA vaccines on the way, Yammine noted that Canada should be careful before outright dismissing shots like Oxford-AstraZeneca's because they are important to ending the global pandemic and Canada has a strong health-care reputation on the world stage. "We act locally but we have to think globally," she said. "By us just saying, no, these vaccines are not for Canadians, what message does that send to people in crisis around the world who don't have the luxury of choosing a vaccine." This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 10, 2021. The Canadian Press
MONTREAL — Quebec eased restrictions in the provincial capital area on Monday but increased them in the region east of Montreal, causing surprise and dismay among weary residents and business owners. The Estrie region, composed largely of rolling hills dotted with small cities, moved to the red pandemic-alert level on Monday, under which in-person dining is prohibited, gyms are closed and places of worship are limited to 25 people. Estrie reported 43 cases on Monday, down from 77 on Sunday and 86 on Saturday. Of the region's 512 active reported cases, more than two-thirds are in the Sherbrooke area and the Lac-Mégantic area, declared a red zone last week. Dr. Alain Poirier, public health director for Estrie, said COVID-19 indicators had been slowly rising in different sub-regions for weeks while cases were going down elsewhere in the province. He said the new measures will take a few weeks to have an impact and the Health Department will want to see some stability before easing restrictions. "Two things have me hoping for the best: the increase in vaccination rate and that the red-zone measures have helped all the other regions; you can see the decrease of cases happening while we weren't seeing that," Poirier said in an interview Monday. Anik Beaudoin, owner of Restaurant Auguste and head of a merchants association for downtown Sherbrooke, said restaurant owners were shocked when they learned Saturday of the shift to red-zone rules. Beaudoin said restaurants are safe when health orders are enforced. “There was a wave of exasperation among restaurant owners, along with all the workers we lose each time," she said in an interview Monday. "We have to start at zero each time we reopen." Beaudoin said she hopes the Quebec government presents a comprehensive reopening plan for restaurants across the province in the coming weeks. While restaurants in some regions had been able to open for dining, in Montreal, restaurant dining rooms have been shuttered since October. Vicki-May Hamm, the mayor of Magog, Que., about 125 kilometres east of Montreal, was surprised with the quick turn to red-alert status. "I was surprised, I didn't know ahead of time and I was even more surprised it was effective so rapidly because the local businesses didn't have time to sell their food," Hamm said. "Our summer season starts around the 24th of June, so if we suffer for a month and then have a great summer season ahead of us, we know people will be travelling in Quebec, so we hope to be able to greet people safely." And as Estrie was locking down on Monday, Quebec City and parts of Outaouais, in western Quebec, were opening up — slightly. Those areas joined Montreal in the red pandemic-alert level following several weeks of emergency measures, under which non-essential businesses and schools were closed and the nighttime curfew was 8 p.m. On Monday, Quebec reported 662 new COVID-19 cases and six more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus. Health officials said hospitalizations rose by four, to 543, and 123 people were in intensive care, a drop of one. Montreal led with 189 new infections. Meanwhile, Quebec's minister responsible for seniors said Monday all long-term care residents across the province who had received one dose of COVID-19 vaccine had also received a booster shot. "Good news for our seniors and another milestone in our collective fight against COVID-19," Marguerite Blais tweeted. The province administered 61,768 COVID-19 vaccine doses on Sunday; 42.6 per cent of Quebecers have received at least one dose. The province said it expects 458,640 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine this week. Quebecers age 30 and up are now eligible to book vaccine appointments as the province continues to expand its rollout. Health Minister Christian Dubé urged people to sign up before demand swells again when shots are made available to those 25 and older on Wednesday. The provincial government says that by the end of the week, all Quebec adults who want to will be able to book a vaccine appointment. Quebec has reported a total of 358,796 COVID-19 infections and 10,993 deaths linked to the virus; there are 8,143 active reported cases in the province. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 10, 2021. Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press
Premier Scott Moe has announced that Saskatchewan has now reached the COVID-19 vaccination threshold, and Phase One of the province's reopening plan is expected to begin later this month. On Sunday, Premier Moe announced 71 per cent of people over the age of 40 have now been vaccinated, meeting the criteria the provincial government has set out to begin reopening the province. The reopening date is now tentatively set for May 30, three weeks after the vaccination target is reached. Phase One of the plan will mean household bubbles can expand to ten people and public indoor gatherings will be allowed to be up to 30 people. As well, restaurants and bars will be able to reopen, with a maximum of six people at a table, with two metres between tables. Places of worship will be allowed to open at 30 per cent of capacity, or 150 people, whichever is less, with physical distancing between households. On Sunday, Moe said the province had the highest number of vaccinations in one day, at 13,651 people receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The province noted 59 per cent of adults 30 and older have been vaccinated so far. For Phase Two of the province's reopening plan, 70 per cent of people over 30 will have to be vaccinated. Business plan Business leaders in downtown Saskatoon are ready to welcome back patrons as the province sets a timeline for its reopening plan, but they know they'll have to take it slow and experts say a calm, and cautious approach is needed. "Unless we want to have a resurgence and a fourth wave we're going to have to do so very, very cautiously and very carefully, so I think all businesses need to get that message," said Dr. Cory Neudorf, a professor at the University of Saskatchewan's Department of Community Health and Epidemiology and public-health physician. Neudorf says business leaders need to take care to maintain best practices, similar to what they adapted last spring after Saskatchewan's initial COVID-19 restrictions were lifted, but said with the presence of variants, even more care must be taken. He also noted a more complete reopening won't be able to happen safely until more people get their second dose of the vaccine. "I think we have a bit of work ahead of us yet," said Neudorf. The relaxed restrictions will allow an increase in the number of people who are allowed to sit at a table in a restaurant, climbing from four to six, will see households be able to mingle again and also see gathering numbers climb as well. Brent Penner is the executive director of the DTNYXE Business Improvement District in Saskatoon. He says businesses have been following best practices closely for months and he's confident that work will continue, even as businesses get busier. "We're certainly looking forward to the ability to have more people in restaurants, hopefully more people willing to travel, those sorts of things, but I think the mere fact we've been doing this now for well over a year, people know what to expect." Penner says in his own experiences shopping downtown, he constantly sees people keeping their distance from one another and businesses taking steps to protect themselves like counting customers and offering hand-sanitizing stations. He also stressed its important for people to continue being respectful and patient as businesses see a pick up in patrons. "It's basic," he said. "Treat those employees as you'd like to be treated in that situation." Premier Scott Moe said in a news release on Sunday while the Government of Saskatchewan has reached its first threshold for re-opening, its ambitions around vaccinations are "not slowing down." "In fact, they are speeding up," said Moe in the release. As of Sunday, more than 50 per cent of all Saskatchewan adults have now received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
LIMASSOL, Cyprus — The Islamic State group is using stealth to regenerate its forces by developing its military capabilities underground, and France is deploying its warships and aircraft in the region to help troops on the ground root out the threat, a senior French naval officer said Monday. Rear Adm. Marc Aussedat, who leads a task force centred around France’s nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, said that 18 advanced Rafale fighter aircraft are carrying out reconnaissance flights in Syrian and Iraqi airspace to gauge the actions of IS, and to bring their weapons to bear if necessary. “Why are we doing this mission? ... First of all, is to give to these forces, coalition and Iraqi security forces, the means to fight the regeneration of Daesh on the ground. Daesh is hiding, Daesh is developing its capacity underground,” Aussedat told reporters, referring to the Islamic State group's Arabic-language acronym. France’s regional military muscle-flexing has manifested itself in Task Force 473, a naval force of several warships including anti-submarine frigates and an air defence destroyer that’s centred around the De Gaulle. The country already has a frigate deployed in the east Mediterranean on a permanent basis. The primary mission of the task force’s five-month deployment in the east Mediterranean, the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean is to assist Operation Inherent Resolve, a U.S.-led mission of forces from several countries tasked with eradicating IS remnants following its three-year occupation of large swaths of Syrian and Iraqi territory. Aussedat said the French task force has also helped in the fight against piracy and international trafficking in the Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean where it temporarily took command of Task Force 50, a U.S. naval force led by the aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower, to help build trust and co-operation between the two navies. According to Aussedat, the deployment also aimed to project French power and to “show the French flag” in regions where the country has “strategic interests” including the eastern Mediterranean. French energy company Total, along with Italian partner Eni, is licensed to drill for oil and gas off Cyprus. “The presence in these areas is made to prevent and to fight for stability, for the freedom of navigation, for our freedom of action and of course the interests of France but also of the partners which are linked with us,” Aussedat said. “It’s also a way to ensure our ability to appreciate, to assess the situation on a national basis, but also a European basis or on a NATO basis to prevent crises, but also to intervene if necessary.” Those partners include a Belgian and Greek frigate, as well as a U.S. destroyer that had earlier joined the task force. The French task force will end its deployment with a joint exercise in the western Mediterranean with U.K. aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. The Charles de Gaulle made a similar port of call to Limassol a little over a year ago when reporters were allowed aboard the ship, but this year COVID-19 restrictions prevented that. Cyprus’ Defence Ministry said it would carry joint manoeuvrs with the French task force as part of a bilateral defenceco-operation agreement. Menelaos Hadjicostis, The Associated Press
HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's boundaries were closed to non-essential travel on Monday, as the province reported 121 new cases of COVID-19. But as the new health order took effect — nearly two weeks into a provincewide lockdown — chief medical officer of health Dr. Robert Strang sounded a cautiously optimistic note, saying there are early signs that restrictions are beginning to work. He told reporters the number of virus cases is coming down on a "slow but regular basis." "We are headed in the right direction, but I'm fully aware you don't turn this around overnight," Strang said. "We have to be slow and cautious through this whole process." Health officials said they identified 94 new cases in the central zone, which includes the Halifax area, 16 in the province's eastern zone, six in the western zone and five in the northern region. The province has 1,655 active reported cases of COVID-19 and 58 people in hospital, including nine in intensive care. Strang said progress has been made on a backlog of 200 positive cases that had yet to be entered into the province's database. About 100 cases remained, he said Monday, adding that the system should catch up by mid-week. Monday's new health order, which closes boundaries to previously exempted Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, also applies to anyone moving to the province. Nova Scotia had prohibited non-essential travel from most of the country since April. Premier Iain Rankin on Monday clarified the rules for moving to Nova Scotia, saying there are some exceptional circumstances that require "compassionate exemptions" because the province doesn't want people to find themselves homeless. "There needs to be some flexibility on previously agreed upon (moving) dates," he said. Under the change, people can apply for an exception under the following circumstances: — they have a purchase or sale agreement for a property bought in 2021, with an offer accepted on or before April 21 and a closing date on or before May 20 — they have a minimum one-year lease signed on or before April 21, which is beginning on or before May 20 — they have a letter of acceptance for new employment in Nova Scotia for work that cannot be done virtually or deferred; the letter must be dated on or before May 7 The new restrictions also apply to parents from out of province who were hoping to pick up or drop off students. Under the new rules, rotational workers returning home from so-called outbreak zones such as the oilsands hub of Fort McMurray, Alta., must self-isolate for 14 days. Nova Scotia's travel rules are in force until at least the end of the month and an application process for most travellers will be introduced by May 14. Rankin announced the new restrictions on Friday as part of measures aimed at reining in the worst COVID-19 outbreak in Atlantic Canada since the pandemic began. Meanwhile, the premier also announced $1.3 million in funding for food banks on Monday in order to assist individuals and families in need during the lockdown. The money will go to charity Feed Nova Scotia and its network across the province. Nova Scotia imposed a provincewide lockdown on April 28 when it became clear the virus was spreading at a rapid rate. The majority of the cases have been identified in the Halifax area. "Our numbers are just starting to trend in the right direction, but we are not there yet," Rankin said. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 10, 2021. Keith Doucette, The Canadian Press
Alberta reported 1,597 new cases of COVID-19 Monday and seven new deaths, as the province's COVID-19 vaccine eligibility opened up to everyone in the province age 12 or older. The province has now seen 1,916,957 doses of vaccine administered, an increase of 27,918 from the previous day. So far, 318,841 Albertans have been fully immunized with two doses of vaccine. As of end of day Sunday, about 35.7 per cent of Alberta's population had received at least one dose. In a social media post, Health Minister Tyler Shandro said more than 112,000 Albertans age 12 and older had booked vaccine appointments as of 2:30 p.m. Monday, the first day of the newly expanded eligibility. Labs completed 13,921 tests for COVID-19 Sunday, with a positivity rate around 11.4 per cent. Hospitalizations from COVID-19 continue to rise. Across the province, 690 people were being treated in hospital for the disease, an increase of 22 from the previous day. Included in the total were 158 patients in intensive care. Alberta had 25,438 active cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday. Here's how those cases break down regionally: Calgary zone: 11,539 Edmonton zone: 5,944 North zone: 3,762 Central zone: 2,807 South zone: 1,335 Unknown: 51 The latest R-value information, the number of people infected by each infected person, shows that spread of COVID-19 had slowed across the province last week, except for the Calgary zone. Here are the latest R-value numbers from May 3 to May 9: Alberta, province-wide: 1.00 Edmonton zone: 0.96 Calgary zone: 1.06 Rest of Alberta: 0.94 On Monday, the World Health Organization classified the B1617 variant, first found in India, as a global variant of concern. So far, six cases of that variant have been detected in Alberta. There are currently 10,673 active variant cases in Alberta, though the province recently reduced its variant testing and is no longer screening all positive cases for variants of concern.
A New Brunswick mom whose seven-year-old was hospitalized after eating what he thought were Oreo cookies is calling for a crackdown on cannabis-product packaging. Tobi Russo, who lives on the Eel Ground First Nation in northeastern New Brunswick and is recovering from surgery, says she was having a rest on the couch Saturday morning when her youngest son, Moises, came upstairs to tell her he wasn't feeling well. Russo said it was plain to see he was in distress — his pupils were dilated and he was having heart palpitations — and she asked him what had happened. He told her he'd eaten some cookies, and she asked him to bring her the package. Russo was astonished: the packaging looked strikingly similar to the packaging for Oreo cookies, right down to the distinctive shiny blue cellophane wrap, and the font on the image of a chocolate creme cookie against a splash of white cream in the background. Except that they were in fact Stoneo cookies, by "Dabisco," and contained a total of 500 mg of THC. For comparison, a typical edibles product for sale at Cannabis NB contains between 2.5 and 10 mg of THC. Moises had eaten both of the cookies in the package. Alarmed, Russo called the poison control line and an ambulance. Moises was taken to Miramichi Regional Hospital, where he was diagnosed with an overdose and was hospitalized and monitored for 24 hours. He's home now and safe, and is not expected to have any long-term health issues because of the incident, but it has left Russo badly shaken. Stoneo cannabis cookies are sold in packaging that is almost identical to Oreo cookies packaging. (Weed Deals ) Cookies brought into home without her knowledge Russo said she had no idea the cookies had been brought into the house. "I live a drug- and alcohol-free life," she said, noting she was an addictions counsellor for 10 years before her medical issues forced her to curtail that. "If I would have known they were in the house, I would have destroyed them." There are adult relatives and four children, including teenagers, in the house, and there are friends who come and go, Russo said. But she is quick to point out that she isn't trying to spark a "witch hunt" in her household or in her community. If anything, she said, she blames herself. "I am his mother and I'm responsible for what comes into this house," Russo said. Her real beef is with the companies that appear to directly target children with packaging that is dangerously similar to that of products they love. Stoneo cookies, by Canadian online dispensary Weed Deals, are just one example. There are Stoner Patch Kidz gummies, whose packaging mimics the distinctive packaging of Sour Patch Kids gummy candies, Fruit Gushers medicated gummies, Nerds Rope candy, and others. All of them mimic the original candies, from the packaging colour to the font to the graphic design. "These big corporations should have a responsibility to not make it so inviting" to children, Russo said. "Adults would buy these products whether they had fancy packaging or not, they would buy it for the effect, so there's really no need to make it look all fun and fanciful." CBC News has reached out to Weed Deals, which sells the Stoneo cookies and other edibles, but did not immediately receive a response. A request for comment has also been made to Mondelez International, which owns Oreo and many other snack brands. Oreo cookies packaging. (Mondelez International) First Nation dispensary drops products The sales of cannabis in Canada has had some grey areas from the start. While Cannabis NB is the only legal retailer of cannabis in New Brunswick, First Nation leaders have argued that their communities weren't consulted when the Cannabis Act was being established, and that they do in fact have the right to sell cannabis in their own territories. Federal cannabis laws will come up for a three-year review this fall, giving First Nations an opportunity to make a new deal with the Canadian government that would allow them to sell legally. Cannabis NB does not sell Stoneo or other edibles that do not conform to Health Canada's quality control standards and guidelines, including packaging and THC levels. But such products are available online and at some dispensaries throughout the province, including some First Nation dispensaries, and calls for something to be done about their packaging are mounting. On Monday night, the co-owner of a cannabis dispensary on the Eel Ground First Nation posted a statement on Facebook announcing it will be dropping all products that employ the brand-mimicking tactic in the wake of Moises' accidental overdose. Although we may not be able to convince a company to alter their marketing strategies, we can make a difference by choosing not to offer these products in our store. - Devin Ward, co-owner of Lefty's Canna dispensary Lefty's Canna did not sell the Stoneo product in question, Devin Ward noted in his statement. However, he said, distributors have a responsibility to ensure that "incidents like the one this past weekend are avoided." "Ultimately, we are a collection of families that operates Lefty's. We have kids of our own and really sympathize with this unfortunate situation," he said in the statement. "Although we may not be able to convince a company to alter their marketing strategies, we can make a difference by choosing not to offer these products in our store." In an interview Monday night, Ward, himself a father of young boys, explained that Moises' hospital scare "hit close to home." "Moises is the same age as my son, they were in kindergarten together a few years ago. We know them on a personal level, so it was upsetting," he said. Devin Ward, with wife Kayla and their sons, Dexter, left, and Jackson. Ward co-owns a dispensary on the Eel Ground First Nation and said Monday night that the dispensary will be dropping all products whose packaging mimics brands known to children.(Submitted by Devin Ward) MLA commends Russo for coming forward with story Michelle Conroy, the People's Alliance MLA for Miramichi, also knows Russo and Moises. On Monday, Conroy called Moises' close call "horrifying," and questioned how companies can be allowed to blatantly target children in their marketing of adult products. "We've been seeing posts about Doritos bags, candies and gummies, all of which are pointed towards children's treats. … it's very concerning." Conroy praised Russo for sharing her story, knowing that she would face online trolling and posting hurtful comments. "I really commend her for having the bravery to come forward because it will bring a lot of awareness to people who have no idea this is even happening," Conroy said. "I have two teenage boys here and you never know who's coming and going half the time, they're in the basement, they're bringing in treats and snacks … it can easily happen." Conroy said she'd like to see "stronger rules" around the packaging of such products, similar to the rules around cigarettes, and plans to look into the matter further. "It's really alarming that this can be done on any level," she said. "I don't think they should be able to do this at all."
The ongoing Lower Mainland gangs conflict is increasingly putting the public in danger as brazen killers move to target their rivals in public spaces during daytime hours. In the past three weeks, six men have been shot to death in places like a park, mall or sports facility, a seeming departure from earlier gang-related murders that happened mostly at night and out of sight. Last month, Manny Mann, head of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C. said elements of the increasing violence are related to the historic gang war that dates back 15 years between the Red Scorpions, Independent Soldiers and Wolf Pack versus the United Nations. He also said new players on the gang landscape are contributing to drive the escalation. Below is a list of men and one boy who have been killed in the past five months. Police have either linked the homicides to gang warfare or have said the victim was targeted. May 9 - Karman Grewal, 28 In the latest brazen murder, Grewal was shot to death on the sidewalk outside the international departures terminal at Vancouver Airport around 3 p.m. Suspects in a getaway vehicle fired shots at police as they fled. They remain at large. May 8 - Blerton "Toni" Dalipi, 19 Dalpi died in hospital after being shot in broad daylight as he left a vape store on Sixth Street in Burnaby. An innocent male bystander was hit by a stray bullet and suffered non-life threatening injuries. Ahmed Riyaz Tahir, 20, was charged with one count of first-degree murder. Tahir was previous charged with attempted murder in a 2019 shooting in New Westminster. May 1 - Bikramdeep Randhawa, 29 The B.C. corrections officer was shot and killed in broad daylight in the busy parking lot of the Scottsdale Centre mall on the Surrey-Delta border. Bystander video caught the apparent killer running to a getaway car. Police believe Randhawa was targeted but say the motive is unclear. B.C. corrections officer Bikramdeep Randhawa was shot and killed in a busy Delta mall parking lot on May 1, 2021.(Facebook) April 22 - Todd Gouwenberg, 46 The United Nations gang associate and ex-MMA fighter was gunned down outside the front doors of the Langley Sportsplex around 9 a.m. The facility houses a daycare, four rinks and a fitness centre. April 19 - Bailey McKinney, 20 Shot to death near a skateboard park at busy Coquitlam Town Centre Park around 6:30 p.m. IHIT said McKinney was in conflict with people or a group who were believed to have targeted him. April 17 - Harpreet "Harb" Singh Dhaliwal, 31 The Abbotsford man was shot to death outside of Cardero's restaurant in Vancouver's Coal Harbour at 8:30 p.m. on a Saturday night in the first of a string of brazen daylight killings in public spaces. March 19 - Joban Dhindsa, 23, and Chaten Dhindsa, 25 The brothers were found dead inside a burning building in the 22000-block of Rathburn Drive in Richmond. Investigators said they had suffered injuries consistent with homicide and were likely targeted in the ongoing Lower Mainland gang conflict. Feb. 3 - Chris Kenworthy, 32 Shot to death in his vehicle at 8 p.m. in the 6500-block of Portland Street in Burnaby in what police say was a targeted murder. Kenworthy pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 2006 killing of Surrey drug dealer Kee Woo and was sentenced to nine years in prison. Although 17 at the time of the murder, Kenoworthy's case was raised to adult court. Jan. 26 - Arshdeep Singh, 22 Shot dead in a vehicle in the 5300-block of 207 Street in Langley. A second man in the vehicle was also shot but survived. Singh was known to police and had ties to the drug trade. Jan. 9 - Dilraj Johal, 28 Found shot to death in a condo unit at 8120 Lansdowne Road in Richmond, in what was the third gang-related killing in a four day span. Investigators said Johal was known to police and was targeted. Jan. 7 - Anees Mohammed, 29 Shot several times in the area of Garry St. and Fentiman Place in the Steveston neighbourhood of Richmond. IHIT investigators linked his death to gangs and say he was targeted for murder. Jan. 6 - Gary Kang, 24 Shot several times just after 5 a.m. at his home near 161 Street and 30th Avenue in the Morgan Heights neighbourhood of Surrey. Kang was well known to police who said his killing was connected to the ongoing Lower Mainland gang war. Dec. 28, 2020 - Tequel Willis, 14 The Burnaby teen is the youngest victim of the ongoing violence. He was shot multiple times while getting out of a taxi near 148A Street and 110 Avenue in Surrey at 7:30 in the evening. Police say he was targeted. Dec. 27, 2020 - Harman Singh Dhesi, 19 Shot to death in his vehicle in the area of 137A Street and 90th Avenue in Surrey at 10:30 p.m. Dhesi was known to police who say he was targeted for murder.
OTTAWA — New Democrats have joined forces with the Liberals to cut short initial debate on a bill aimed at ensuring a federal election could be held safely, if need be, during the COVID-19 pandemic. The move ensures that Bill C-19 will be put to a second reading vote Tuesday, allowing it to be referred to a House of Commons committee for greater scrutiny and potential amendments. Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet says the move short-circuits democracy on a bill meant to protect democracy. Conservatives are complaining bitterly that they've had only four hours to debate the bill since it was introduced almost five months ago. But they also ate up the three hours that were supposed to be devoted to C-19 today, using a procedural tactic that forced the Commons to debate instead a committee report on the Line 5 pipeline dispute with Michigan. NDP MP Daniel Blaikie says his party supported time allocation on C-19 after the Conservatives made it clear they're only interested in blocking the bill. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 10, 2021. The Canadian Press
P.E.I. has one new case of COVID-19, public health officials said Monday shortly after the province confirmed someone was fined over public exposures in Charlottetown in the first week of May. The latest case involves a person in their 20s with a recent history of travel outside Atlantic Canada, a news release said. The person is self-isolating. There is a flight alert associated with the case. People are asked to be on high alert for symptoms if they were on Air Canada flight AC8302 from Montreal to Charlottetown on Saturday, May 8. As well, a person in their 30s who tested positive after recent travel outside Atlantic Canada has been charged for failing to obey public health orders, provincial health officials confirmed to CBC News Monday. When that case was announced, the Chief Public Health Office said it was linked to three new public exposure notifications in Charlottetown: Pilot House on Grafton Street, Montana's on Babineau Avenue and Home Hardware on St. Peter's Road. P.E.I. now has nine active cases of COVID-19. There have been 187 positive cases in total over the past 14 months, with two hospitalizations and no deaths. 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.
The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 10:30 p.m. ET on Monday May 10, 2021. In Canada, the provinces are reporting 340,118 new vaccinations administered for a total of 16,257,673 doses given. Nationwide, 1,267,117 people or 3.3 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 42,897.053 per 100,000. There were 112,500 new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 18,154,594 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 89.55 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 24,249 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 205,902 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 393.22 per 1,000. In the province, 1.85 per cent (9,676) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Newfoundland and Labrador for a total of 244,930 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 47 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 84.07 per cent of its available vaccine supply. P.E.I. is reporting 6,556 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 59,758 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 376.715 per 1,000. In the province, 6.78 per cent (10,750) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to P.E.I. for a total of 76,725 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 48 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 77.89 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Nova Scotia is reporting 45,179 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 366,089 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 375.13 per 1,000. In the province, 3.86 per cent (37,699) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nova Scotia for a total of 450,600 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 46 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 81.24 per cent of its available vaccine supply. New Brunswick is reporting 36,324 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 308,215 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 395.127 per 1,000. In the province, 3.83 per cent (29,878) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to New Brunswick for a total of 373,815 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 48 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 82.45 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Quebec is reporting 63,377 new vaccinations administered for a total of 3,781,451 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 441.931 per 1,000. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Quebec for a total of 4,119,439 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 48 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 91.8 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Ontario is reporting 94,093 new vaccinations administered for a total of 6,238,778 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 424.722 per 1,000. In the province, 2.68 per cent (393,884) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Ontario for a total of 7,056,415 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 48 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 88.41 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Manitoba is reporting 7,799 new vaccinations administered for a total of 565,219 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 410.47 per 1,000. In the province, 5.52 per cent (76,060) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Manitoba for a total of 686,160 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 50 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 82.37 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Saskatchewan is reporting 9,124 new vaccinations administered for a total of 527,257 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 447.149 per 1,000. In the province, 3.93 per cent (46,393) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Saskatchewan for a total of 542,935 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 46 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 97.11 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Alberta is reporting 27,918 new vaccinations administered for a total of 1,916,957 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 435.47 per 1,000. In the province, 7.24 per cent (318,841) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Alberta for a total of 2,002,215 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 45 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 95.74 per cent of its available vaccine supply. British Columbia is reporting 116,661 new vaccinations administered for a total of 2,159,103 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 420.749 per 1,000. In the province, 2.07 per cent (106,058) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were 112,500 new vaccines delivered to British Columbia for a total of 2,442,540 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 48 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 88.4 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Yukon is reporting 397 new vaccinations administered for a total of 49,836 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 1,194.22 per 1,000. In the territory, 55.72 per cent (23,253) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Yukon for a total of 55,920 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 89.12 per cent of its available vaccine supply. The Northwest Territories are reporting 1,804 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 58,800 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 84.71 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Nunavut is reporting 201 new vaccinations administered for a total of 29,297 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 756.52 per 1,000. In the territory, 33.25 per cent (12,878) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nunavut for a total of 44,100 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 110 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 66.43 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 10, 2021. The Canadian Press
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