Survivalists or so-called 'preppers' have long been bracing for disaster. It appears that the Covid-19 pandemic has given this secretive community a boost. But is it an outdoor hobby, a fringe discipline or a prudent strategy for self-preservation?
Survivalists or so-called 'preppers' have long been bracing for disaster. It appears that the Covid-19 pandemic has given this secretive community a boost. But is it an outdoor hobby, a fringe discipline or a prudent strategy for self-preservation?
Countries such as China, Russia, India and Cuba are developing and distributing their own COVID-19 vaccines, marking a biotechnology milestone for many of them. Here's a closer look at how they're doing it and what that means for the world, including Western countries such as Canada. Which countries outside Europe and North America are furthest along in developing COVID-19 vaccines? The highest-profile members of this group include Russia and China. The Sputnik V viral-vector vaccine, developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute in Russia, and the inactivated vaccines from China's Sinovac and Sinopharm have already been ordered, donated or used in dozens of countries around the world. On May 7, the World Health Organization approved one of Sinopharm's vaccines for emergency use, paving the way for distribution through UN programmes. India's Bharat Biotech has also developed an inactivated vaccine, called Covaxin, that is in use in India. The company has also signed deals with firms in the U.S. and Brazil to produce versions of the vaccine domestically, pending approval. China, Russia and India all have other vaccines in late-stage clinical trials. Other developing countries with vaccines in late-stage trials include Cuba, Kazahkstan and Iran. Is this a surprise? Yes and no. Most people can't think of any time they've used a vaccine developed and exported by one of those countries, since "there haven't been products like that," said Achal Prabhala, co-ordinator of the accesIBSA project, a campaign to improve access to medicines in India, Brazil and South Africa. But many nations have built up the necessary infrastructure and expertise to develop their own vaccines, and weren't expecting easy access to vaccines developed in Europe and North America, which richer countries have been criticized for hoarding. A man flashes a victory sign after getting a shot of the Sputnik V vaccine for COVID-19 in La Paz, Bolivia, in April. The Russian vaccine and Chinese vaccines are the only ones available in many parts of the world.(Juan Karita/The Associated Press) U.S. economic sanctions against Cuba and the high cost of vaccines would make it difficult for the country to import any, said Helen Yaffe, a lecturer in economic and social history at the University of Glasgow who has studied and written about the development of Cuba's biotechnology industry. She said the country has produced its own vaccines for decades. "They had the capacity," Yaffe said, "but they also, arguably, had the need." Why are some of these vaccines controversial? 1. They were used for mass vaccination before clinical trials were complete. Russia was called "reckless" and criticized by health and science experts in Western media when the country became the first to approve a COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use last August — before Phase 3 trials of Sputnik V had even started. It subsequently gave the vaccine to tens of thousands of health-care workers, teachers and military personnel before Phase 3 trial results were released. WATCH | Growing recognition of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine: But it wasn't the only country to use emergency approval to start vaccinating local populations before Phase 3 trials were complete — China, India, Kazakhstan and Cuba did the same. Prabhala, who is based in India, thinks domestic use by these countries before Phase 3 results may be justified during a deadly pandemic, given that vaccine developers typically know whether a vaccine is safe and whether it shows promise for protecting against a disease by the end of Phase 2 trials. 2. They haven't released or published enough data and ran trials differently. Colin Funk, an adjunct professor with Queen's University in Kingston, Ont., and a biomedical consultant with Vancouver-based Novateur Ventures, co-authored a paper in the journal Viruses earlier this year with another Novateur consultant, Craig Laferriere, comparing all the front-running vaccines around the world. Empty vials of the Sputnik V and Sinopharm vaccines fill a container at Tecnopolis Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in April.(Victor R. Caivano/The Associated Press) Funk said in an interview that it's been hard to get reliable information about the Chinese vaccines because most haven't published the results of clinical trials. Sputnik V's Phase 3 clinical trials were published in The Lancet in February, but results were hard to compare to other vaccines due to differing methods, Laferrière told CBC News. Sputnik V was recently rejected by Brazilian regulators. Meanwhile, the reported efficacy of Sinovac's vaccine varied from 50.4 per cent in Brazil to 91.25 per cent in Turkey. Some experts have said the lower efficacy in Brazil may have to do with the different protocols and virus variants in the population — even participants with very mild symptoms were tested for COVID-19, unlike other trials, and there was a highly transmissible P1 virus variant circulating. WATCH | Few people in China receive COVID-19 jabs despite vaccine development there: Prabhala thinks the fact that the trials were run in different countries under different conditions was actually a good thing. "I think they provide a sort of independent third-party analysis of the vaccine itself, and in a very real way for me, they give me more confidence than having one corporation release one set of data based on one very tightly controlled trial that it ran itself." However, he said, "I wish we could see little more detail of what the data looked like." 3. There may be biases rooted in culture and politics. "In general, there's incredulity at the idea that you could have original science that could work anywhere in the world that comes out of a place not in the West," Prabhala said. This exists even in non-Western countries, he said. He suggested Russia and China may face higher levels of mistrust than other countries "because of the autocratic nature of the state and sometimes the justifiable anger that people feel at the state's human-rights violations." But those aren't relevant to the actual performance of their vaccines, he said. "I think the question with any of these vaccines is: do they work and are they effective?" A nurse prepares to inject a health-care worker with a dose of the Soberana-02 COVID-19 vaccine in Havana, Cuba, in March. (Ramon Espinosa/Pool Photo via AP) How important are these vaccines for global immunization efforts? They've already been a big part of vaccination campaigns in their home countries. Vaccines from China and Russia have also been used in dozens of other countries around the world, many of which have limited or no access to other options. Chinese vaccines have made up tens of millions of doses delivered in Brazil, Turkey and Chile, Nature reported this week. In Brazil, vaccination of the elderly was linked to a quick decline in mortality compared to unvaccinated age groups, local researchers report in a study that hasn't yet been peer-reviewed. Meanwhile, in Europe, Hungary and Serbia have much higher COVID-19 vaccination rates than other countries on the continent. Prabhala said that's because they both ordered, evaluated and approved vaccines from Russia and China. A box of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine is prepared for patients in Saint Margit Hospital in Budapest, Hungary, in April.(Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP) The reach of the Chinese and Russian vaccines could increase with a listing for emergency use by the World Health Organization — something one of Sinopharm's vaccines has already achieved. The WHO recently found Sinovac's vaccine was effective but the company didn't provide enough data, while Sputnik V has been submitted for WHO review. A WHO listing would allow their use by UN agencies, worldwide distribution through the global vaccine-sharing initiative COVAX and use in countries that don't have the capacity to do their own regulatory approvals. Meanwhile, Yaffe says Cuba's vaccines bring hope to populations in the global south. "If they wait for the big pharma companies for vaccines, then it could be many years until they have the possibility of being vaccinated," she said. Prabhala said more options are better for everyone — even richer nations that have secured deals with some manufacturers. He noted that Canada's initial vaccine rollout was off to a slow start compared to countries like the U.S. and the UK, largely due to manufacturing delays at both Pfizer and Moderna. "I would imagine, therefore, that had Canada had a wider choice of vaccines available ... the rollout would have been smoother and faster and would have given the country and its people much more security."
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.
OTTAWA — Canada is scheduled to receive two million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine this week as provinces continue to ramp up their immunization efforts. The two million shots represent the only expected shipments in what should be a comparatively quiet week of vaccine arrivals after Moderna delivered one million doses ahead of schedule last week. The next shipment of Moderna jabs isn't due until next week, while the federal government has not said when Canada will receive more doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca or Johnson and Johnson vaccines. The arrival of more Pfizer-BioNTech shots comes as British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec are set to expand the list of people eligible for vaccines over the next seven days. The expansions are due largely to the steady supply of vaccines from Pfizer and BioNTech, which are slated to deliver two million doses a week through the month of May before increasing the weekly figure to 2.4 million in June. Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, the military officer overseeing the federal government's vaccine distribution effort, said last week that Canada was expecting another 650,000 AstraZeneca shots from the COVAX initiative. The exact delivery schedule, however, has yet to be finalized. Canada has also been in negotiations with the United States for more AstraZeneca doses after President Joe Biden suggested last month that Washington may release some of its unused stockpile. Those talks come amid questions about the AstraZeneca shot, which has been linked to a new and very rare vaccine-induced blood clotting syndrome. Twelve cases had been confirmed in Canada after about two million doses given as of Friday. Three people have died. The AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson vaccines use a similar technology, while the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna shots use a new technology dubbed mRNA. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization last week 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. That prompted allegations that NACI was sowing the seeds of confusion and vaccine hesitancy. Alberta and other parts of Canada remain mired in the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, even as hospitalization rates have started to tick downward in provinces such as Ontario and Quebec. Many parts of the country face tight restrictions, with schools closed across Ontario and Alberta and patios shut down in Montreal, Toronto and — as of this Monday — Calgary. Provinces reported 265,509 new vaccinations administered on Sunday for a total of 15,917,555 doses given. Nationwide, 1,248,931 people or 3.3 per cent of the population had been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 41,999.627 per 100,000. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 10, 2021. Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press
A New York City police officer is being hailed a hero for rushing a wounded 4-year-old girl to safety after the child was shot in the leg in Times Square Saturday. (May 10)
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
A Siberian doctor who treated poisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny last year reappeared on Monday after being reported missing while on a hunting trip, Russian news agencies cited the regional government as saying. A search was launched in the forests of the Omsk region, about 2,200 km (1,370 miles) east of Moscow, after physician Alexander Murakhovsky left a forest hunting base in an all-terrain vehicle on Friday. Murakhovsky exited the forest himself and made contact with residents of the village of Basly, RIA news agency quoted the Omsk regional government as saying.
BEIJING (Reuters) -China's foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Monday the use of the United Nations as a platform for a virtual event on the repression of Uyghur Muslims and other minorities in Xinjiang was an insult to the institution. China has urged U.N. member states not to attend the virtual event, planned by Germany, the United States and Britain.
The city of Saint John has returned two incomplete right to information requests because it cannot access some information in backups after a major cyberattack. The city was hacked on Nov. 13, 2020, which affected email and phone services, its website and parking and building permits payments. City manager John Collin previously said there were "minor disruptions to customer services" in the city, as online services were restored within weeks and alternative measures were found. He said no information was lost, because everything was backed up. But just because the information was safe, doesn't mean it was accessible to the public. North end resident and property owner Carrie Stevenson filed a right to information request to find out how many buildings were removed from heritage protection. She wanted the information to bolster her own heritage exemption application. But the request was denied, and staff told her to check back again "at a later date" to see if the information is available. She said this raised big questions. "A: Why are they not accessing their backups? B: Do they really not have anything even in paper form? And C: Why is it my job as a citizen to follow up with the city to find out when they can meet their legislative requirements?," she said. "All of those things struck me as odd." When the city doesn't provide information, it doesn't fulfil its obligation around transparency - Carrie Stevenson, resident. City spokesperson Lisa Caissie said the city's backups are being restored to the new computers "on a priority basis." She said all the information is safe, it's just not all "searchable," since it needs to be uploaded back onto computers from the backup system." "With terabytes of data to restore and upload, the process expectedly takes time," she said. When asked what kind of information has not been restored and is not searchable, Caissie said "This restoration effort is complex and takes time to complete." Caissie said the biggest impact this has had on operations was that some applications and processes had to be done manually. 'This was done efficiently and without impact to the delivery of municipal services," she said. Caissie said of the two requests that were partially incomplete, one has been completed after the fact. Caissie said the city will review incomplete RTI requests and follow up with the applicant once the requested information is restored and searchable. But, Stevenson said she was not told the city will follow up with her. She said staff asked her to check back at a later date. "As citizens, we have a right to have access to this information and they have an obligation. It's a basic premise of democracy," she said. "They never specified whether they tried to find them on paper. They never specified whether they had a backup. And what shocked me the most was that they made it my responsibility to follow up with them, to see when they might have access to them at a later date." Saint John city manager John Collin previously said there were "minor disruptions to customer services" in the city because of a November, 2020 cyberattack.(Connell Smith, CBC file photo) Stevenson said she sent a complaint to the New Brunswick Integrity Commissioner. "When the city doesn't provide information, it doesn't fulfil its obligation around transparency," she said. "It makes me feel concerned for other people that might have questions and ... don't necessarily have the skills or the desire to really push back and find out why they're not getting the information they're entitled to." New Brunswick ombud Charles Murray said his office is "aware of the issue." "But I cannot confirm if there has been a complaint, or if so, at what stage the investigatory process may or may not be," he said. Cost to the public Hackers asked for bitcoin worth between $17 and $20 million to release the city's network, Coun. David Merrithew previously said. Instead of paying, the city decided to rebuild its network and launch a new website. Merrithew said the cost of doing this and hiring a private firm to investigate the hacking cost about $2.9 million. Insurance will cover 85 per cent of that. The remaining $400,000 came from taxpayers, but that money also went into making some improvements to the network.
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
The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. ET on Monday May 10, 2021. There are 1,286,666 confirmed cases in Canada. Canada: 1,286,666 confirmed cases (80,789 active, 1,181,251 resolved, 24,626 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers. There were 6,698 new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 212.57 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 50,970 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 7,281. There were 58 new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 326 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 47. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.12 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 64.8 per 100,000 people. There have been 32,642,733 tests completed. Newfoundland and Labrador: 1,138 confirmed cases (71 active, 1,061 resolved, six deaths). There were five new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 13.6 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 39 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is six. There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 1.15 per 100,000 people. There have been 249,491 tests completed. Prince Edward Island: 186 confirmed cases (10 active, 176 resolved, zero deaths). There were zero new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 6.26 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of four new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is one. There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is zero per 100,000 people. There have been 148,911 tests completed. Nova Scotia: 3,919 confirmed cases (1,626 active, 2,222 resolved, 71 deaths). There were 165 new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 166.03 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 1,211 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 173. There were zero new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of four new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is one. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.06 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 7.25 per 100,000 people. There have been 668,745 tests completed. New Brunswick: 2,002 confirmed cases (142 active, 1,819 resolved, 41 deaths). There were six new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 18.17 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 63 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is nine. There were zero new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of four new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is one. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.07 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 5.25 per 100,000 people. There have been 313,846 tests completed. Quebec: 358,134 confirmed cases (8,519 active, 338,628 resolved, 10,987 deaths). There were 960 new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 99.35 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 6,254 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 893. There were six new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 45 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is six. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.07 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 128.13 per 100,000 people. There have been 8,572,982 tests completed. Ontario: 492,303 confirmed cases (32,404 active, 451,591 resolved, 8,308 deaths). There were 3,216 new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 219.93 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 21,838 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 3,120. There were 47 new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 206 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 29. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.2 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 56.39 per 100,000 people. There have been 14,312,767 tests completed. Manitoba: 41,953 confirmed cases (3,499 active, 37,461 resolved, 993 deaths). There were 531 new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 253.69 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 2,680 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 383. There were three new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 15 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is two. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.16 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 71.99 per 100,000 people. There have been 709,668 tests completed. Saskatchewan: 43,141 confirmed cases (2,260 active, 40,379 resolved, 502 deaths). There were 177 new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 191.74 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 1,543 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 220. There were zero new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of seven new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is one. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.08 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 42.59 per 100,000 people. There have been 795,232 tests completed. Alberta: 208,790 confirmed cases (25,197 active, 181,483 resolved, 2,110 deaths). There were 1,633 new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 569.83 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 13,892 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,985. There were two new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 24 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is three. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.08 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 47.72 per 100,000 people. There have been 4,272,048 tests completed. British Columbia: 134,341 confirmed cases (6,940 active, 125,799 resolved, 1,602 deaths). There were zero new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 134.82 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 3,353 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 479. There were zero new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 21 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is three. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.06 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 31.12 per 100,000 people. There have been 2,556,533 tests completed. Yukon: 82 confirmed cases (one active, 79 resolved, two deaths). There were zero new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 2.38 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there has been a total of one new case. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is zero. There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 4.76 per 100,000 people. There have been 9,129 tests completed. Northwest Territories: 99 confirmed cases (48 active, 51 resolved, zero deaths). There were zero new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 106.29 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 47 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is seven. There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is zero per 100,000 people. There have been 20,024 tests completed. Nunavut: 565 confirmed cases (72 active, 489 resolved, four deaths). There were five new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 182.96 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 45 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is six. There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 10.16 per 100,000 people. There have been 13,281 tests completed. This report was automatically generated by The Canadian Press Digital Data Desk and was first published May 10, 2021. The Canadian Press
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Shoppers and staff at a New Zealand supermarket were being praised for their bravery Monday after authorities said they managed to stop a frenzied man from hurting others after he stabbed four people in a random attack, severely wounding three of them. New Zealand Police Superintendent Paul Basham said he'd watched CCTV footage of the attack at a Countdown supermarket in the city of Dunedin and the actions of the bystanders in detaining the man until police arrived was “nothing short of heroic.” “What I can say is that those that intervened, some of whom became injured themselves, I think have acted selflessly and with great courage to prevent this man from hurting anybody else,” Basham said. Two of those wounded were supermarket staff members. On Tuesday, authorities said three of the injured had improved to a serious but stable condition, while the fourth person was in a moderate condition. Police said they'd charged a 42-year-old man with four counts of attempted murder. The man, who authorities didn't immediately name, was due to make his first court appearance later Tuesday. The suspect was also injured in the attack and was initially treated for his wounds under police guard before being transferred to a jail. People in the store at the time told local media that it was a chaotic scene as some people began screaming and running toward the exits while others rushed to help. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the motivation for the attack had not been established but police didn't have any evidence to suggest it was domestic terrorism. “Needless to say that such an attack is hugely concerning, and I do want to acknowledge the really early reports of courageous acts by bystanders who have taken action in order to protect those around them,” Ardern said. “Our thoughts are with all those affected by this attack.”. Ardern said five people had been taken to Dunedin Hospital with stab wounds or related injuries. Health authorities said three of the wounded had been admitted to the intensive care unit at Dunedin Hospital. “We are shocked and devastated by the events in our Dunedin Central Store this afternoon,” Countdown said in a statement. “Our priority right now is our injured team members and caring for our wider team in the wake of this extremely traumatic event. We are deeply upset that customers who tried to help our team members were also injured.” Dunedin is home to about 130,000 people, including a large number of students who attend the University of Otago. Nick Perry, The Associated Press
The federal government, province of P.E.I. and Abegweit First Nation are partnering to reconnect the Scotchfort community to the Hillsborough River. The river was an essential transportation route and food source for previous generations of the Abegweit First Nation, but the Scotchfort community is now separated from the river by Route 2, a major highway that runs through the centre of the province. "I think today's step one," said Abegweit First Nation Chief Roderick Gould Jr. "It's important to appreciate where we were historically and where we've come today." In a joint announcement on Monday morning, the province said it would transfer six hectares of land, between the highway and the river, to the band for a nominal fee of $1. The federal government announced $4.4 million for active transportation and social infrastructure on the land, which will link the corridor to the Confederation Trail as well as to the Hillsborough River. "It's very significant," said Gould Jr. "More so than just a monetary value or just an opportunity for future development and economic, it's historically accurate. It's a respect for where we came from, who we are as a community." 'A really big day' According to a government news release, this plan includes building several structures to ensure safe access to the waterfront and multi-use trail. One of those is a tunnel under the highway. "You just kind of have to run across the highway and it's pretty dangerous," said community member C.J. Cleal. "There will be a tunnel going under the ... highway, It'll just link us to our old heritage land and it'll be safe and it's very good." Community member C.J. Cleal says the announcement is welcome news and he hopes it will make the area safer. (Sheehan Desjardins/CBC) Some of the funding announced Monday will go toward the development of the Epekwitk Mena'taqug Centre, a business and retail centre. Initial funding for that project was announced in August 2019. Premier Dennis King said it's "an important day, a big day for P.E.I. and a really big day for the Abegweit First Nation." King said construction on the project is slated to begin this summer and will hopefully wrap up by the fall. "When everyone works together toward the same end we can do really incredible things here in this province," he said. More from CBC P.E.I.
Recent developments: It expands its vaccination program this Tuesday and Thursday. What's the latest? Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is reporting 83 new COVID-19 cases and two more deaths Monday. One of those deaths involves another person in their 40s. Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott suggested Monday the province's stay-at-home order will likely be extended beyond May 20. She also said people who received a first AstraZeneca-Oxford shot will likely get a second shot from a different company if scientific advisers allow it. That province opens up more vaccine appointments Tuesday for health conditions such as diabetes and all cancers and jobs such as transit, restaurant and retail workers. Thursday, the minimum age to book through the provincial system drops to 40. How many cases are there? The region is in a record-breaking third wave of the pandemic that includes more dangerous coronavirus variants, straining contact tracing and pushing hospitals past their limits. As of Monday, 25,446 Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19. There are 1,374 known active cases, 23,547 resolved cases and 525 deaths. Public health officials have reported more than 46,400 COVID-19 cases across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including more than 43,300 resolved cases. Elsewhere in eastern Ontario, 181 people have died. In western Quebec, the death toll is 205. Akwesasne has had more than 670 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. The transfer of COVID-19 patients from other regions to Ottawa hospitals continues. As of the most recent update Friday, there were 32 COVID-19 patients from other communities in Ottawa ICUs. What can I do? Eastern Ontario: Ontario is under a stay-at-home order until at least May 20. Its health minister says that it will likely be extended. 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. Golf courses and tennis and basketball courts are among the closed recreation venues. Ontario has indefinitely moved to online learning. Daycares remain open. 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. WATCH | What food delivery workers say they need: 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 Prince Edward County is doing around travel. Ottawa has introduced mask rules in city parks during Ontario's spring stay-at-home order.(Francis Ferland/CBC) Western Quebec Premier François Legault has said the situation is critical in Gatineau and is asking people there to only leave home when it's essential. High schools, gyms, theatres, personal care services and non-essential businesses are closed in Gatineau, the Pontiac and Collines-de-l'Outaouais. Private gatherings are banned in those areas, except for a person who lives alone seeing one other household. Distanced outdoor exercise is allowed in groups up to eight people. The curfew is from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Vallée-de-la-Gatineau and Papineau are red zones with looser restrictions, meaning a 9:30 p.m. curfew and allowing secondary schools and non-essential businesses to reopen. People are asked to only have close contact with people they live with, be masked and distanced for all other in-person contact and only leave their immediate area for essential reasons — under threat of a fine if they go to a yellow or green zone. 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. An empty parking lot is seen outside an Ottawa big-box store May 6, 202. Provincial COVID-19 restrictions have limited the number of people who are shopping in person.(Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press) 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. 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. Canada's task force said first doses offer such strong protection that people can wait up to four months to get a second. More than 910,000 doses have been given out in the Ottawa-Gatineau region since mid-December, including about 420,000 doses to Ottawa residents and about 180,000 in western Quebec. Eastern Ontario Ontario is vaccinating people age 50 and older at its clinics. People can book appointments online or over the phone at 1-833-943-3900. The province has opened up appointments for people age 18 and up in Ottawa's K1T, K1V and K2V "hot spot" postal codes. Outside the provincial system, Ottawans in the city's priority neighbourhoods above age 18 and Indigenous people above age 16 can check for eligibility and pop-up clinics online with the city. People who are 40 or will be this year can contact participating pharmacies for a vaccine appointment. Pharmacies can offer walk-in vaccines if they wish. Six Ottawa pharmacies in hot spots are offering Moderna vaccines, though supply is limited. WATCH | Ontario's vaccine scavenger hunt: Ontario has a staggered expansion plan, allowing everyone over age 18 to make an appointment starting the week of May 24. It expects about two-thirds of adults to have a first dose by the end of May. People as young as age 40 can book through the province starting Thursday. Tomorrow, eligibility will include a wider range of health conditions and job types, such as transit and grocery store employees. Ontario is speeding up the second dose for some groups, such as frontline health-care workers and Indigenous people. Local health units have some flexibility in the larger framework, so check their websites for details. Western Quebec Quebec's vaccination plan covers people 30 and older in the Outaouais, along with essential workers and people with chronic illnesses and disabilities, including pregnancy. The province is doing a staggered expansion, reaching down to children as young as 12 in June. The next expansion is slated for Wednesday, when people as young as 25 can get immunized. People who qualify can make an appointment online or over the phone. Pharmacists there have started giving shots with appointments through the province. 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. 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 United Nations committee has asked Ottawa to respond to claims it didn't properly intervene in or investigate racist violence against Mi'kmaw fishers in Nova Scotia last fall. The committee on the elimination of racial discrimination outlined its request in an April 30 letter to Leslie Norton, Canada's permanent representative to the UN in Geneva. The committee has penned about a dozen similar letters to Canada on other matters since 2008. Most recently, in 2020, it called for a stop to construction of three major resource projects in B.C. — the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, Site C dam and Coastal GasLink pipeline — until affected First Nations gave their full consent. The call was unsuccessful and work on those projects went ahead. Nevertheless, Pam Palmater, a Mi'kmaw lawyer and one of the authors of a submission made to the UN committee requesting intervention, said she considers the committee's involvement "a significant political lever." DFO reviewing letter At a minimum, Palmater told reporters Monday she hopes it will compel Canada to reconsider its position on the Mi'kmaw fishery. "We know they're not going to send an army in here and take over Canada or anything like that," Palmater said. "It's about calling attention to both Canada and Canadians that something isn't right here, and Canada needs to come to the table in a good way." The Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Global Affairs Canada confirmed Monday that they had received the letter and would respond to the committee's inquiry. Global Affairs Canada added that responses to the committee under its early warning and urgent action procedure are confidential. Sipekne'katik fishery In September, the Sipekne'katik band launched a self-regulated lobster fishery in southwest Nova Scotia to significant opposition from non-Indigenous commercial lobster fishers. Many commercial fishers say no harvesting should happen outside the federally regulated commercial season in the area, which runs from late November to the end of May. Mi'kmaw lawyer Pam Palmater is one of the authors of a request for intervention from the United Nations in Nova Scotia's longstanding lobster fishing dispute.(Submitted by Pam Palmater) Mi'kmaw fishers argue they have a treaty right to fish for a moderate livelihood outside the federally regulated season, based on the 1999 Marshall decision from the Supreme Court of Canada. In mid-October, the conflict reached a fever pitch with the destruction of property and hundreds of lobster caught by Mi'kmaw fishers at a pound in Middle West Pubnico, N.S. A few days later, the lobster pound was burned to the ground. UN letter The UN committee's letter refers to "escalating" acts of racist hate speech and violence between September and December, especially between Oct. 13 and 17, the period during which the pound was vandalized and destroyed. The committee said it was concerned about allegations of a lack of response by Canadian authorities, and it set a deadline of July 14 for Canada to respond with information addressing the following: How Canada investigated alleged acts of racism against the Mi'kmaq. How Canada investigated an alleged lack of adequate response by authorities to those acts. What Canada did to prevent further acts of racism against the Mi'kmaq. What Canada did to respect, protect and guarantee fishing rights and other rights of the Mi'kmaq. In December, Sipekne'katik Chief Mike Sack halted talks with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans after reaching an impasse over the moderate livelihood fishery. The band is planning to launch a new self-regulated fishing season next month. DFO says violence not tolerated DFO said in an emailed statement that it has been "clear from the beginning" that all acts of violence, intimidation, or destruction of property will not be tolerated. "In response to the events in southwest Nova Scotia last fall, both the coast guard and RCMP officers were brought in to support DFO officers. As a result of their enforcement efforts, 34 charges have been laid against individuals for a variety of actions, including an assault against Mi'kmaw fishers and destruction of their property," the statement said. The email noted there is an ongoing police investigation into these matters. "DFO will continue to work with RCMP, the coast guard, and other bodies to ensure that all harvesters and community members are safe and supported, as we work collaboratively to implement First Nations' treaty rights in partnership and through dialogue. We will continue building a more inclusive country, free from racism and discrimination," it said. MORE TOP STORIES
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.
The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 400 a:.m. ET on Monday May 10, 2021. In Canada, the provinces are reporting 265,509 new vaccinations administered for a total of 15,917,555 doses given. Nationwide, 1,248,931 people or 3.3 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 41,999.627 per 100,000. There were 76,725 new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 18,042,094 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 88.22 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 21,916 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 202,222 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 386.192 per 1,000. In the province, 1.27 per cent (6,676) 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 82.56 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 76,725 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 44,485 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 356,978 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 365.794 per 1,000. In the province, 3.86 per cent (37,630) 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 79.22 per cent of its available vaccine supply. New Brunswick is reporting 31,772 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 302,262 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 387.496 per 1,000. In the province, 3.81 per cent (29,688) 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 80.86 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Quebec is reporting 76,166 new vaccinations administered for a total of 3,718,074 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 434.524 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 90.26 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Ontario is reporting 121,075 new vaccinations administered for a total of 6,144,685 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 418.317 per 1,000. In the province, 2.67 per cent (392,835) 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 87.08 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Manitoba is reporting 10,501 new vaccinations administered for a total of 557,420 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 404.806 per 1,000. In the province, 5.51 per cent (75,866) 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 81.24 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Saskatchewan is reporting 13,651 new vaccinations administered for a total of 518,133 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 439.411 per 1,000. In the province, 3.92 per cent (46,277) 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 95.43 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Alberta is reporting 42,485 new vaccinations administered for a total of 1,889,039 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 429.128 per 1,000. In the province, 7.19 per cent (316,357) 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 94.35 per cent of its available vaccine supply. British Columbia is reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 2,042,442 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 398.015 per 1,000. In the province, 1.94 per cent (99,461) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to British Columbia for a total of 2,330,040 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 87.66 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Yukon is reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 49,439 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 1,184.707 per 1,000. In the territory, 55.23 per cent (23,048) 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 88.41 per cent of its available vaccine supply. The Northwest Territories are reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 48,007 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 1,064.009 per 1,000. In the territory, 48.04 per cent (21,674) 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 81.64 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Nunavut is reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 29,096 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 751.33 per 1,000. In the territory, 32.97 per cent (12,768) 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 65.98 per cent of its available vaccine supply. *Notes on data: The figures are compiled by the COVID-19 Open Data Working Group based on the latest publicly available data and are subject to change. Note that some provinces report weekly, while others report same-day or figures from the previous day. Vaccine doses administered is not equivalent to the number of people inoculated as the approved vaccines require two doses per person. The vaccines are currently not being administered to children under 18 and those with certain health conditions. In some cases the number of doses administered may appear to exceed the number of doses distributed as some provinces have been drawing extra doses per vial. This report was automatically generated by The Canadian Press Digital Data Desk and was first published May 10, 2021. The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — New Democrats joined forces Monday 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 means 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. It prompted howls of protest from Conservative and Bloc Quebecois MPs, who accused the minority Liberal government of gagging MPs and short-circuiting democracy on a bill meant to protect it. Changes to election rules "should go forward if and only if there’s a large consensus around it," Bloc Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet said. "One player cannot impose his own rules on every other player on the ice." Among other things, the bill would allow for a three-day voting period, rather than the usual one day, and make it easier for voters to obtain and cast mail-in ballots. It would also allow Elections Canada more flexibility to conduct mobile polls in long-term care facilities. Conservatives accused the government of "rushing" the bill on which they've had only four hours of debate since it was introduced almost five months ago. Cutting short debate on legislation is never acceptable but doing so on a bill concerning "the right to vote of citizens is to add insult to injury," said Conservative House leader Gerard Deltell. They also argued that the move shows Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is planning to pull the plug on his own government in the midst of a deadly pandemic. "If the government does not want a pandemic election, what is the big desire to rush this bill through now?" asked Regina Conservative MP Warren Steinley. Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc noted that the Conservatives are the ones who repeatedly move motions of non-confidence in the minority Liberal government — which would result in an election if all three main opposition parties were to support any of them. "If anybody is rushing to an election, it would certainly appear the Conservatives are willing to play chicken all the time, hoping somebody else swerves," he said. "We do not think that is a very responsible way to to proceed," LeBlanc added, noting that the bill was prompted by the chief electoral officer's urgent appeal last fall for temporary rule changes to allow, if needed, for the safe conduct of an election during the pandemic. While Conservatives maintained they wanted more time to debate the bill, they ate up the three hours that were supposed to be devoted to C-19 Monday, using a procedural tactic that forced the Commons to debate instead a committee report on the Line 5 pipeline dispute with Michigan. New Democrat MP Daniel Blaikie said his party supported imposing time allocation on C-19 debate only after the Conservatives made it clear they're only interested in blocking the bill. "I don't think it's responsible as parliamentarians to wait until we stumble into an election," he said in an interview. Earlier Monday, the NDP had proposed extending Commons sitting hours to allow more time for debating C-19 but Blaikie said the Conservatives rejected that idea. "It's hard not to conclude that the Conservatives are being totally disingenuous when they say they want more time for this bill, that they're not just trying to stop it from moving forward at all," he said. The Conservatives' approach to the bill raises the suspicion that they'd be perfectly content if a pandemic election was held and thousands of voters were not able or were afraid to cast ballots, Blaikie added. "This is the kind of conclusion one ultimately has to draw," he said. "I think we all have to ask ourselves why it is that the official Opposition is so dead set against (moving the bill forward)." This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 10, 2021. Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press
THE LATEST: B.C. officials will update COVID-19 numbers for the first time in three days at 3 p.m. PT. On Friday, B.C. announced 722 new cases of COVID-19 and seven more deaths. There were 6,757 active cases in B.C. on Friday, down 1,000 from last Monday. More than 45 per cent of eligible British Columbians have received at least one vaccine dose. 445 people are in hospital with the disease, 157 of whom are in intensive care. British Columbians hope encouraging signs about the direction the pandemic is taking will continue on Monday when three days of infection numbers are released. Friday, when the last update was given, marked the 19th straight day the province's rolling average fell, signalling that the curve of the province's third-wave is continuing to bend downward. The rolling average now sits at just above 694 cases per day. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, who announced a "circuit breaker"-style lockdown on indoor activities on March 29, says the measures are working to limit the spread of the disease in the province. British Columbians are also not permitted to travel outside three regional zones, under an order in effect until the end of the May 24 long weekend. Mounties in British Columbia have set up checkpoints at various locations on the province's highways, but say that, so far, no vehicles have been forced to turn around and no fines have been handed out. Hot spots While the rolling average of new cases in B.C. continues to decline, certain neighbourhoods across B.C are still experiencing high rates of transmission, especially in the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health regions. Over the weekend Fraser Health officials declared a COVID-19 outbreak at a poultry processing plant in Surrey, B.C. Officials said in a news release that 29 staff at Sunrise Poultry Processors Ltd. have tested positive for the virus, and the facility has been ordered to close for 10 days beginning Friday. There have been no reported cases of food or its packaging being associated with the transmission of COVID-19, and there is no recall of chicken products distributed from the plant. Vaccinations going fast As of Friday, 2,042,442 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered, with 99,461 of those being second doses. The province says 45 per cent of those who are eligible have received at least one dose. Of the total population of British Columbia, including those who aren't eligible for a vaccine, such as children, 39.6 per cent of individuals have received at least one dose. Health authorities have said at least 60 to 70 per cent of the total population should be immunized to achieve herd immunity. 43 and up booking now Currently, anyone 18 and older in British Columbia can register for their vaccination now if they have not already done so. This can be done online through the "Get Vaccinated" portal, by calling 1-833-838-2323, or in person at any Service B.C. location. People in B.C. aged 43 and above can now receive a vaccine by booking an appointment. People living in hot-spot neighbourhoods, people who are pregnant and front-line workers are also being prioritized. Read more: What's happening elsewhere in Canada As of Sunday, Canada has reported 1,286,666 cases of COVID-19, with a five per cent decrease in active cases from the week before. A total of 24,625 people have died of the disease. What are the symptoms of COVID-19? Common symptoms include: Fever. Cough. Tiredness. Shortness of breath. Loss of taste or smell. Headache. But more serious symptoms can develop, including difficulty breathing and pneumonia. What should I do if I feel sick? Use the B.C. Centre for Disease Control's COVID-19 self-assessment tool. Testing is recommended for anyone with symptoms of cold or flu, even if they're mild. People with severe difficulty breathing, severe chest pain, difficulty waking up or other extreme symptoms should call 911. What can I do to protect myself? Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. Keep them clean. Keep at least two metres away from people outside your bubble. Keep your distance from people who are sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Wear a mask in indoor public spaces. More detailed information on the outbreak is available on the federal government's website.
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
Halifax Regional Police have arrested a man for robbery in connection with an incident in March that sparked conversations about racial profiling among law enforcement. Police said the man, Robert Roech Chan, 28, was arrested Sunday night on an outstanding warrant. On March 26, officers were called to the 200 block of Wentworth Drive in Halifax for a weapons complaint. Three men were arrested at the scene, including two who were later released without charges. A fourth man fled on foot and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Videos shared online Hours after the incident, videos surfaced on social media showing an interaction between a white police officer and the fourth man, who is Black. The officer, who could be seen pointing a gun at the man — was heard saying something that sounded like, "I will fill you full of f--king lead." A number of people publicly condemned the language used by the officer, including Premier Iain Rankin, who called the comments "disgusting." The officer in the video was assigned to administrative duties while an internal investigation was carried out. That investigation is now complete and the officer has been returned to active duty. MORE TOP STORIES