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Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, warned the public that as many areas continue to see high COVID-19 infection rates, local public health, health care and laboratory services are “at risk of being overwhelmed."
Ana Liza Ochotorena didn't know her father's birthday in May would be his last. No one did. Her oldest son, Daniel, even paid for food to be delivered to his grandparents' place in metro Manila for his papa's 74th birthday celebration. The last time Ana Liza saw her father, Manuel Paz, was six years ago when she travelled from Happy Valley-Goose Bay to Manila City for a vacation. She struggles to find words knowing that she can't go back home now. "My father, he's alway on my heart and he's always on my prayer," she said in a Labrador Morning interview.Little did they know that a few months after Manuel's birthday, they would be grieving for a man they say is the reason they're in Canada. It all happened so quickly.Manuel's younger daughter, Khaty Balaan, and her family, who also live in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, are still in shock. "It's hard to believe that my father pass away because of the COVID-19. It's hard to accept, but I'm trying to accept what's going on for that," she said, noting there are thousands of cases in the Philippines. Ana Liza says her father would go to the mall to get food for himself and their mother, Lydia, who isn't able to walk due to health issues. Then Lydia started feeling unwell, and about two weeks later, the couple went to hospital after having difficulty breathing.Ana Liza says her father lost his appetite and his ability to walk. He was admitted into the ICU immediately to be intubated, while Lydia was put into an isolated room as her condition wasn't as severe.Manuel died at hospital about a week later, on Aug. 27.His wife is at home recovering.Grieving far away Daniel, 27, remembers his grandfather being active and always telling jokes.He hadn't seen his grandfather since he left the Philippines to come to Labrador eight years ago, and he was on vacation when he got the call that his grandparents were in hospital. "I was so shocked they got the COVID-19. I just, like, keep on praying both of them survive, they recover," he said.He says his grandfather waved and looked strong on a video call.> I cannot express my sadness. I want her to be strong. To recover from that COVID virus. \- Ana Liza OchotorenaA couple of days later, Daniel heard the sad news. "I thought it was like, 'No, he's not going to pass away. He was strong the last time I seen him.' Like, I don't belive that it's happening, that he's gone," he said.Ana Liza is grateful to doctors and nurses who let them see their father via the video call right up until his final breath. Khaty says the manager of the Canex grocery store, where she works, was supportive."It's hard to work when your mind is over in the Philippines. I'm trying to work, but need to be strong for our family over here," she said, adding that they feel blessed to live in Labrador at a time when COVID-19 is hitting other provinces hard. "COVID is real. It is not a joke. Take the precautions not to spread the virus. Love your family. Be careful," said Khaty's husband, Andreo. The families are trying to stay positive, drawing strength from each other, but it's also difficult being so far away from home, said Ana Liza."We want to go to the Philippines but we're not allowed to go. It's very hard. It's a lot of sacrifice being here in an isolated place," Ana Liza said. About $10,000 in medical expenses is another burden on the family's shoulders, and Ana Liza says they still don't have her father's ashes. The family needs to complete a death certificate and they're waiting for the hospital to provide details so they can settle the bill from a half a world away, and it's all the more difficult because Manila is in lockdown, which means no funeral for their father either.The family has been raising money by selling items online, holding yard sales, even borrowing money from relatives. Kitchen staff at the Manila hospital helped with donations to offset some the costs while their employers in Labrador have also contributed money, much to the family's gratitude.Keeping spirits up Lydia is at her home in Manila, where she's been recovering from the coronavirus in isolation. Ana Liza calls her frequently to make sure she's OK, and buys her much-needed items like Lysol online, because other family members in Manila can't visit her due to the lockdown.> COVID is real, it is not a joke. Take the precautions not to spread the virus. Love your family. - Andreo BalaanHer mother said after she came home from the hospital, people were scared of her. Ana Liza says her mother told her, "'I feel like I'm condemned by the people. I have a great sin because of having that coronavirus,'" she said. "That's why she was crying."Still, their mother is strong and funny despite having lost her husband and is now alone. Ana Liza says she tried to bring her parents to Labrador but her mother was ill at the time and wasn't up for making the move.Ana Liza and Khaty now want to bring their mother to Labrador, especially now that their older sister, who lives in the Philippines, is going to the U.S. and there won't be anyone there to take care of their mother. They say Lydia's last checkup shows that she tested negative for COVID-19, and is now clear of the virus. A loving father One of the hardest parts for Daniel is not being able to keep a promise he made to his grandfather. He told his papa that he wanted to go home to visit him this year, before COVID-19 made that impossible. It's all the more painful for him, because he was raised by his grandparents while his mother was working away from home. "This is like a promise that I'm going to visit him, and spend time with him, but I couldn't do it no more. He's gone. Until now I can't believe he's gone," he said.At one point, Ana Liza worried she wouldn't be able to get passports for her children to travel with her to Canada in time, but her father helped, reassuring her that everything would be OK. "He's a very thoughtful father. We are grateful and thankful for him for everything. That's why we're in Canada because of him," Ana Liza said. "He is our inspiration, a loving father," she said. Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
An estimated $10-billion liquefied natural gas project proposed for Guysborough County is slowly pressing ahead, despite opposition from an international group of environmentalists.This week, Pieridae Energy said it expects to have detailed design and costs for the Goldboro LNG plant by next spring, and it awarded a contract to Black Diamond Group of Calgary for construction of a camp that would house up to 5,000 workers who will build the Goldboro LNG plant, if it goes ahead.That deal includes hiring Nova Scotia Mi'kmaw companies to provide catering and cleaning services at the camp.However, also this week, a gathering of international environmental groups asked the German government to withdraw a loan guarantee backing the plant.Ken Summers of the Nova Scotia Fracking Resource and Action Coalition said the proposal should be scrapped because LNG plants are notoriously large polluters."If this project were to go ahead, Nova Scotia's greenhouse gas emission targets would be gone out the window," he said.Nova Scotia's emission targets have been met since they were first set a decade ago, Summers said, but an LNG plant would reverse any gains in greenhouse gas emissions."If this project were to come online, we would vastly increase them," he said. The province's cap-and-trade system allows large emitters to acquire emission capacity from other companies that are below their targets, but Summers said he doesn't know how an LNG plant would fit into Nova Scotia's plans."There are no offsets available for a company the size of Pieridae, as a new emitter," he said. "It's just not possible."I don't know what the government has in mind. It's a mystery to those of us who watch it closely."Summers also said Pieridae would have to use gas acquired through hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — in order to meet its supply needs.James Millar, director of external relations for Pieridae, said that's not true. In fact, he said, a provision of the German loan guarantee precludes the use of fracked gas.Millar said Pieridae's largest customer is Uniper, a German company looking for a 20-year supply of natural gas to ease the reliance on supply from Russia."The German government has been a great partner since the beginning," he said.Millar said Pieridae is still negotiating with the province to meet potential emission targets under Nova Scotia's cap-and-trade system."It can be something along the lines of a partnership with Nova Scotia Power ... retiring their coal fleet and then there's more room for other companies," he said.Environment Minister Gordon Wilson said making room for a large emitter such as an LNG plant would make meeting emission reduction targets "challenging," but greenhouse gas emissions overall are coming down."It's a moving target, but we'll always look at opportunities to reduce and again hold those targets," he said.Millar also said a recent deal signed with engineering firm Bechtel Corp will provide Pieridae with detailed design and costing next spring that is the last piece of the puzzle needed to make the final investment decision on the project.He said Pieridae has signed a benefits agreement with Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq that will mean the inclusion of Indigenous workers and companies when it comes to construction of the plant.Membertou First Nation Chief Terry Paul said the Mi'kmaq welcome the LNG development.There are always concerns about the potential environmental impacts, he said, but the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaw Chiefs has been working on a deal with Pieridae for a long time."Discussions on that have been going on for a number of years and a lot of the concerns that the chiefs had, and the communities had, have been mitigated, so we look forward to a good relationship with them," Paul said.MORE TOP STORIES
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TORONTO — The Ontario government announced Friday a slate of new measures meant to stem a surge in COVID-19 cases in the province. Here's a look at some of what's coming: FACE COVERINGS EVERYWHERE For the first time, the government is mandating face coverings in public places throughout the province. Such measures had previously been left up to municipalities, with Premier Doug Ford saying a one-size-fits-all approach didn't make sense in such a vast province. The province says masks will be mandatory in places such as businesses, facilities and workplaces, with limited exemptions, including corrections and developmental services. POP THE SOCIAL BUBBLE — MAYBE A news release from the government says it is "pausing social circles" and suggesting that all Ontarians only have close contact with those who live in the same household. It says people should maintain a two-metre physical distance from everyone else. Those who live alone, it says, can consider having close contact with another household. But at a news conference Friday, Ford declined to go that far, saying people should shrink their circles as much as possible. DROP-IN TESTING NO MORE COVID-19 assessment centres will stop offering walk-in testing starting Sunday, and in an effort to cut down on a backlog of 90,000 untested swabs, will start offering tests again by appointment-only on Tuesday. HOT SPOT-SPECIFIC RESTRICTIONS The province is restricting the number of people able to participate in some indoor activities in Toronto, neighbouring Peel Region and Ottawa, which for weeks have been the epicentres of COVID-19 cases. Restaurants, bars and nightclubs will be limited to the number of patrons who can maintain at least two metres of physical distancing from every other patron, with a hard cap at 100. No more than six people will be allowed at a table, and each patron must give their name and contact information for optimal physical distancing. Group exercise classes at gyms will be capped at 10 people, and the total number of people in fitness settings will be limited to 50. At meeting and event facilities — such as banquet halls — there will be a cap of 50 people, with only six people allowed at each table. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 2, 2020. The Canadian Press
Recent developments: What's the latest?Ottawa's medical officer of health told CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning the city's health-care system is in the midst of a crisis because of the growing number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. WATCH | Ottawa's health-care system on the verge of collapse:Ottawa has set another one-day record with 142 new COVID-19 cases, Etches said during an update later Friday morning. The previous high was 105.COVID-19 testing in Ontario is moving to an appointment-only model starting Tuesday.The province is lowering capacity at gyms, restaurants and event spaces in Ottawa, Toronto and Peel, and is repeating the message to limit close contacts to household members, effectively cancelling the previous strategy of social circles.How many cases are there?As of the most recent Ottawa Public Health update on Friday, 4,530 Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19. That includes 767 known active cases, 3,472 resolved cases and 291 deaths.Overall, public health officials have reported more than 6,800 cases of COVID-19 across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, with more than 5,300 of those cases considered resolved.COVID-19 has killed 104 people in the region outside Ottawa: 52 people have died in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark counties, 34 in the Outaouais and 18 in other parts of eastern Ontario. What's open and closed?Health officials are telling people to see fewer people in person or they will be forced to by stricter rules.Ottawa's medical officer of health said Wednesday there's been an "alarming" increase of positive COVID-19 tests, urging residents to cut almost entirely back on close contact with people they don't live with or risk letting the illness spiral out of control.Western Quebec's health unit says residents need to stop gathering until the end of October or, like Montreal and Quebec, it will go into the final level of its alert system and they won't be allowed to see anyone they don't live with.Private, unmonitored gatherings across Ontario are limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.Western Quebec is in orange alert, which means private and organized gathering limits, earlier closing hours for restaurants and recommendations against travelling to other regions.WATCH | What red alert means in Quebec:Ottawa and Kingston, Ont., public health officials are ordering anyone with symptoms or who has been identified as a close contact of someone who's tested positive to immediately self-isolate or face a fine of up to $5,000 per day in court.Kingston has also tightened its distancing rules in city parks and increased fines.Ottawa has closed the McNabb Arena respite centre for people without housing and has expanded services at nearby support centres.As of Monday, visitors to long-term care homes in Ottawa will be restricted to staff, essential visitors and one or two caregivers only.What about schools?There have been nearly 120 schools in the wider Ottawa-Gatineau region with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a staff or student, most of them in Ottawa.Not all of them have had outbreaks, which are declared by a health unit in Ontario when there's a reasonable chance someone who has tested positive caught COVID-19 during a school activity.Many school boards have a list of affected schools.Ontario updated its COVID-19 screening protocols for children Thursday, no longer telling them to isolate and get tested if they have just a runny nose, headache, sore throat, fatigue or diarrhea.They'll still be asked to stay home, but can return after at least 24 hours if they feel better.Some health units tweak the province's guidelines, so check with the unit in your area. OPH says it will use the province's rules.WATCH | How the pandemic is changing school lunch breaks:Distancing and isolatingThe novel coronavirus primarily spreads through droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, breathes or speaks onto someone or something.People can be contagious without symptoms.This means precautions such as working from home, keeping your hands and frequently-touched surfaces clean, socializing outdoors as much as possible and keeping distance from anyone you don't live with, including when you have a mask on.Masks are mandatory in indoor public settings in all of Ontario and Quebec, including transit services and taxis in some areas.Masks are also recommended outdoors when you can't stay the proper distance from others.Health Canada recommends older adults and people with underlying medical conditions and/or weakened immune systems stay home as much as possible. Anyone who has travelled recently outside Canada must go straight home and stay there for 14 days.Most people with a confirmed COVID-19 case in Quebec can end their self-isolation after 10 days if they have not had a fever for at least 48 hours and has had no other symptom for at least 24 hours.What are the symptoms of COVID-19?COVID-19 can range from a cold-like illness to a severe lung infection, with common symptoms including fever, a cough, vomiting and the loss of taste or smell. Less common symptoms include chills, headaches and pink eye. Children can develop a rash.Getting tested any sooner than five days after potential exposure may not be useful since the virus may not yet be detectable, says OPH.If you have severe symptoms, call 911.Where to get testedWait times and lines have been long at many of the area's test sites, though they have been better this week.There have also been delays processing tests at laboratories. Ontario's testing backlog reached an all-time high Thursday.Ontario health officials have said they're trying to add more test capacity and are requiring an appointment for all tests as of Tuesday.In eastern Ontario:The Ontario government recommends only getting tested if you have symptoms, or if you've been told to by your health unit or the province because of your work.Most of Ottawa's testing happens at one of four permanent sites, with additional mobile sites wherever demand is particularly high.A test clinic is expected to open at the Ray Friel Recreation Complex in Orléans, likely by mid-October.People without symptoms, but who are part of the province's targeted testing strategy, can make an appointment at select Ottawa pharmacies.WATCH | The National's At Issue on the second wave:In the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, there are drive-thru centres in Casselman and Limoges and a walk-up site in Hawkesbury that doesn't require people to call ahead.Its medical officer of health says the Casselman centre will be moved to reduce its impact on traffic.Others in Alexandria, Rockland, Cornwall and Winchester require an appointment.In Kingston, the city's test site is now at the Beechgrove Complex near King Street West and Portsmouth Avenue.Napanee's test centre is open daily for people who call ahead.People can arrange a test in Bancroft, Belleville, Picton or Trenton by calling the centre. Only Belleville and Trenton run seven days a week and also offer online booking.The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark unit has walk-in sites in Kemptville and Brockville. There are permanent testing sites in Smiths Falls and Almonte which require an appointment, along with a pop-up site by appointment in Perth today.There is a first-come, first-served site at the Merrickville Community Centre tomorrow.Renfrew County residents should call their family doctor. Those without access to a family doctor can call 1-844-727-6404 for a test or if they have health questions, COVID-19-related or not.People can also visit the health unit's website to find out where testing clinics will be taking place each week.In western Quebec:Outaouais residents can make an appointment in Gatineau seven days a week at 135 blvd. Saint-Raymond or 617 avenue Buckingham.They can now check the approximate wait time for the Saint-Raymond site.There are recurring clinics by appointment in communities such as Gracefield, Val-des-Monts and Fort-Coulonge.They can call 1-877-644-4545 if they have other questions, including if walk-in testing is available nearby.Tests are strongly recommended for people with symptoms or who have been in contact with someone with symptoms. People without symptoms can also get a test.WATCH | Three Quebec regions now in red alert:First Nations, Inuit and Métis:Akwesasne has had 14 confirmed COVID-19 cases, most linked to a gathering on an island in July.It has a mobile COVID-19 test site available by appointment only.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.Inuit in Ottawa can also call the Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team at 613-740-0999 for service, including testing, in Inuktitut or English on weekdays.People in Pikwakanagan can book an appointment for a COVID-19 test by calling 613-625-2259. Anyone in Tyendinaga who's interested in a test can call 613-967-3603 to talk to a nurse.For more information
The man deemed the kingpin of a western Canadian drug-trafficking ring and his "right-hand man" were handed lengthy prison sentences last month, says a judgment filed in Manitoba's Court of Queen's Bench.Mohammed Khan of Vancouver and Mason Burg of Winnipeg both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic cocaine, says Justice Chris Martin's judgment, dated Sept. 24.Khan was sentenced to nine years in prison. When his time in custody is taken into account, that comes out to just over six years.Meanwhile, Burg was given a six-and-a-half-year sentence; with time in custody considered, his remaining sentence is just over three years, seven months.Khan, who investigators said ran the smuggling and distribution operation, also pleaded guilty to extortion. He was handed another nine months for pleading guilty to that charge, which will be served at the same time as the rest of his sentence.The police investigation, which spanned 10 months and involved five forces, determined drugs were flowing into Winnipeg by semi-truck from British Columbia. Deals were then made at truck stops in Headingley, or in the parking lot of a nearby restaurant, police said in late 2018, when they announced the charges against Khan, then 39, and Burg, 24 at the time, along with several others.Khan and Burg were headed to trial on a joint indictment that included other charges that were stayed in a plea deal. Those charges included possession of cocaine and ketamine for the purposes of trafficking, possession of cash knowing it was derived from criminal activity and possession of a loaded restricted firearm, the judgment says. Khan was also charged with additional firearm offences. 13 arrested in drug bustKhan and Burg were among 13 people arrested as part of a 2018 bust police dubbed Project Riverbank, which saw the seizure of nearly $3 million worth of drugs and other property — including a semi-truck — and the interruption of a major criminal network, police said.Ten of those people, including Khan and Burg, were arrested in a single "takedown" day, while three others were arrested shortly after, the judgment says. Of the 13, most of the accused pleaded guilty, Justice Martin's judgment says. One person's charges were stayed, while one other went to trial.Five of those who pleaded guilty, including a pair of Winnipeggers who oversaw a distribution network selling drugs that arrived in the city by semi-trailer, are serving multi-year sentences behind bars.Khan and Burg elected for a provincial court trial in March 2019. But months later, the Crown pursued a direct indictment, which moved the trial process to the higher Court of Queen's Bench.The judgment last month was meant to deal with an application by defence counsel that included three motions.One of those motions asked that prosecutors disclose what materials they sent to the director of public prosecutions, the deputy attorney general of Canada and/or the deputy attorney general of Manitoba to get a direct indictment.A second asked that the direct indictment be quashed, arguing it constituted an abuse of process and violated the defendants' Charter rights.But Martin wasn't swayed by those claims."Essentially, defence counsel accused Crown counsel of deliberate misfeasance or, at minimum, a serious ethical lapse," Martin wrote. "These claims were never justified. Vigorously advocating on behalf of a client is one thing; lightly tossing out irresponsible insinuations is entirely another. It is unacceptable advocacy."Motions dismissedThe defence's third motion asked for a stay of proceedings or bail, saying the defendants' Charter rights to be tried within a reasonable time were breached.Martin noted the "unwieldy" list of roughly two dozen pre-trial or Charter applications brought in by the defence, and said he found the time required to prosecute the case fell within "an acceptable, tolerable range."He dismissed the defendants' applications to get rid of the direct indictment and have a stay of proceedings entered, finding the Crown's actions were justified under the "unique circumstances" of the case, the judgment says.When Martin announced that decision at application hearings on Sept. 14, the court took a break before it was scheduled to hear the 15 pre-trial applications brought by the defence.Twenty minutes later, counsel announced the plea bargain that included a joint sentencing recommendation for the pair, the judgment says.At that point, the remaining pre-trial applications were abandoned, the judgment says, though the plea arrangement leaves open the possibility of appealing the decision.
Edmonton Public Schools is using some of the money received from the federal government for a safe return to the classroom on fast COVID-19 testing for staff. Earlier this month, the division contracted with Aceso Medical to provide mobile testing for teachers, principals and support staff who either have symptoms or who have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. The company can send a tester to someone's home if they live in Edmonton, or provide tests in a mobile unit at Edmonton Public's main office just north of downtown. Results are expected within 24 to 36 hours. The school district hopes the rapid tests will allow staff who received a negative result to return to class once their symptoms subside — if they weren't exposed to a known COVID case. Staff who were exposed to someone with COVID -19 will still have to isolate for 14 days. The cost of this pilot project is estimated to be $500,000 to $1 million dollars depending on how many tests are performed. The district is receiving $37.4 million dollars under the federal Safe Return to Class Fund. "At this stage, it is a pilot project," Edmonton Public Schools spokesperson Megan Normandeau said in an interview on Friday. "The project is being assessed at multiple times throughout the year and in the coming months. Of course, those needs may fluctuate or there may be changes as we see a pandemic roll through but of course, this is quite unprecedented." Jason Schilling, president of the Alberta Teachers' Association, said he understands why the district is using part of its federal restart money for rapid testing. He argues the Alberta government should have stepped up its own testing game so the district wouldn't have to pay a private company out of funds that should stay in the classroom. "The government should be providing a rapid testing system for teachers and all frontline workers who would need this," he said. "The provincial government, should be doing more to ensure that the test turnarounds are happening as quick as possible." Normandeau wasn't able to provide the number of tests Aceso has performed. Schilling said he heard from local ATA members that the company was "overwhelmed" by how many people have taken tests. "I know they were swamped and having some lag time themselves with turning the tests around," he said. Tom McMillan, assistant director of communications with Alberta Health, said in an email that the province is working to expand testing capacity to reduce wait times. He said 400 Alberta pharmacies are offering asymptomatic testing. "We encourage any school board that is considering this approach to follow the guidance provided by Alberta Health," he wrote in an email "All testing must be performed on Health Canada-approved technologies and used in compliance with testing guidelines issued by [Chief Medical Officer of Health] Dr. [Deena] Hinshaw and Alberta Health. This applies to molecular methods, antibody/serology tests, and antigen tests." McMillan said Alberta has also indicated an interest in using the Abbott ID NOW rapid testing device approved this week by Health Canada.
A new disease is suspected to have killed over 60 deer on at least two Gulf Islands off the coast of British Columbia, according to the province.The cause of death is suspected to be adenovirus hemorrhagic disease (AHD), a virus that was initially discovered in California, but has so far never been recorded in B.C.A Friday news release says the dead deer were discovered on Galiano Island in September, sparking an investigation by wildlife professionals and provincial staff. The province's news release did not say where else the dead deer have been found. Samples from the animals were sent to Canadian and United States laboratories to confirm the cause of the disease. There are ongoing AHD outbreaks in California and Oregon. According to the release, there are no known human health risks from the virus, however, hunters are advised not to consume meat from animals found dead, obviously ill or acting abnormally prior to death.It also says the virus cannot be transmitted to livestock and pets.The disease can affect all cervids including mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk, moose and caribou, although black-tailed deer appear to be most severely affected and fawns are far more likely to die if infected.There is no known cure or treatment for the disease.Visible symptoms of AHD include difficulty breathing, foaming or drooling from the mouth, diarrhea, and seizures. Other symptoms include ulcers and abscesses in the mouth and throat.The province asks anyone who sees deer with these symptoms to report them to the Wildlife Health Laboratory at (250) 751-7246.
The Ontario government plans to find out whether people are following COVID-19 prevention measures such as physical distancing and wearing a mask — and if not, why not. It's called "health behaviour surveillance," and while that term might sound like it involves the province spying on you, that's not what will be happening. In this case, surveillance means doing surveys. Premier Doug Ford's government will ask questions about people's compliance with public health guidelines to try to better understand some of the behaviours driving Ontario's upsurge in COVID-19 cases. Experts in the field say health behaviour surveillance is crucial work that can help rein in the spread of infections, provided the government does it right. However, they question why the province has waited until the pandemic's second wave has already hit to commence the research. The government plans to start the work this month by surveying representative samples of the population across the province.Good data could help the province understand what actually influences people's behaviours around preventing the spread of COVID-19, said Scott Leatherdale, a professor at the University of Waterloo's School of Public Health and Public Health Systems. "It would be incredibly important to know what's working and how we can learn from that," said Leatherdale, whose specialty is researching the health behaviours of youth. "You can collect high-level insight on what people are doing, why they may be doing it or why they may not be doing it, and some of the knowledge and beliefs that may underpin those decisions.," Leatherdale said in an interview with CBC NewsPeople under age 40 have accounted for a disproportionate number of new cases of COVID-19 reported in Ontario since the second wave started building at the end of August.While Ford repeatedly condemned young people for "wild parties" as a source of infections, health officials have suggested lack of fear of the virus, fatigue with pandemic restrictions and a growing number of less-than-wild social gatherings contributed to the spread of cases among that age group. The survey work could shed more light on the factors at play, albeit not quickly enough to halt Ontario's expected trajectory toward an average of 1,000 new cases a day in mid-October. "The health behaviour surveillance initiative would involve conducting research on Ontarians' attitudes towards, barriers associated with, and compliance with public health measures," said a Ministry of Health spokesperson in an email to CBC News. The goal of the research is "obtaining a better understanding of people's adherence" to guidelines on physical distancing, face coverings, social circles and rules on gatherings, said the spokesperson. The ministry said it would obtain "third-party support" to conduct the surveys, but did not indicate what methods would be used for gathering responses.The results would inform the advice that public health experts give the government on adjusting pandemic restrictions, targeting prevention measures to certain groups or locations, or strengthening its messaging to improve compliance. Some of Ontario's public health units already participate in what's called the Rapid Risk Factor Surveillance System (RRFSS), a mechanism for collecting and analyzing data on health-related attitudes and behaviours. It has developed 100 survey questions related to COVID-19, including on compliance with prevention measures. "If you have sufficient resources, both human and financial, to ask the questions and process the data quickly, these surveys can be done in a number of days," said Michael King, chair of the provincial steering group for RRFSS. "We have been hearing from public health and governmental leaders for months that the only way that we're going to flatten the curve of COVID-19 is to change our behaviours," said King, who works as an epidemiologist with Public Health Sudbury and District."It's really important that we are monitoring the degree to which our communities are undertaking this behaviour change." Adherence to COVID-19 guidelines has been the subject of some national surveys conducted by the Angus Reid Institute.The polling firm reported in August that the younger Canadians are, the less likely they are to follow recommended protocols. Its survey also found some correlation between how people voted in the last federal election and their adherence to public health measures. The experts say getting valid, reliable data requires care, as the pitfalls of surveying health behaviours can be similar to those in political polling, such as loaded questions that would torque the results. "It's quite difficult to get young males to pick up the phone and answer a survey," said King.. "If you're trying to get a representative population sample, that can be incredibly challenging because getting people to get engaged in survey research is hard enough to begin with," added Leatherdale. He said the precise wording of survey questions is important, adding that the surveys should be repeated as time passes to find out whether behaviours are changing."That would be really important if you really want to understand what's happening, and too often that side of things is overlooked," said Leatherdale. "There are teams in Ontario who have the capacity to run with this nationally right now, where data could be collected in real-time rather quickly."
One person is dead after a single-vehicle collision north of Beiseker, RCMP said Thursday night.According to an RCMP release, a pickup truck travelling between Beiseker and Acme lost control around 7:10 p.m., rolling several times.A 34-year-old male passenger from Calgary was ejected from the vehicle. He was declared deceased at the scene.The driver, a 30-year-old women from Acme, was airlifted to hospital by STARS air ambulance in life-threatening condition, RCMP said. Highway 806 was rerouted for several hours Thursday night as emergency personnel responded to the incident.Beiseker RCMP officers continue to investigate the circumstances that led to the rollover.No other information was immediately available.
The Republican seeking to unseat U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham has outraised the freshman Democrat in the final fundraising quarter before their general election matchup, as both candidates ratchet up their rhetoric in the campaign's closing weeks. Campaign manager Mara Mellstrom told The Associated Press on Thursday that Nancy Mace had raised more than $2.3 million in the fundraising period that ended Wednesday. In a release earlier Thursday, Cunningham's campaign said his third-quarter take brought his overall fundraising to more than $6.1 million in the race.
One person has died and four others were caught in a torrent of water Thursday after a dam on the Capilano River in North Vancouver opened unexpectedly during maintenance.Jerry Dobrovolny, the commissioner of Metro Vancouver, says work was being done on the Cleveland Dam shortly before 2 p.m. when the spillway gate — which controls the water's flow — opened and released a large volume of water into the river. When the water surged down the river, it hit a popular fishing spot where a number of anglers were fishing.Two people were able to swim to shore, according to B.C Emergency Health Services.Another two were trapped on a sandbar and brought ashore by swift water rescue technicians, said District of North Vancouver Fire Rescue Services. The district said it received multiple reports of people trapped along the Capilano River and under the Highway 1 overpass."At the time, there was extreme, fast-moving water," Assistant Fire Chief David Dales said. "The water levels stabilized somewhat after we did our rescue."The two people rescued are in stable condition and no one was taken to hospital, BCEHS said.North Vancouver RCMP said they wouldn't release the victim's name Thursday afternoon as they notified next of kin."It's a very unfortunate and sad occasion," Sgt. Peter DeVries said. "Our hearts and thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends."DeVries said officers and rescue crews were searching the river "out of an abundance of caution" to make sure there were no other victims.RCMP have handed over the investigation to the B.C. Coroners Service, which confirmed it was investigating the death of one person.Dobrovolny said Metro Vancouver was able to resolve the problem with the spillway Thursday afternoon."We are conducting a full investigation into the event," he said.According to a Metro Vancouver Capilano River flow graph, water levels sharply rose by 3.58 meters — almost 12 feet — between 1:15 p.m. and 2 p.m PT.District of North Vancouver Fire Rescue Services asked the public in a tweet to always take caution near the water.
The latest developments from Canada on Oct. 1, relating to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases nationwide.
A COVID-19 outbreak in a remote Manitoba First Nation highlights the vulnerability of those communities. First Nations were mostly spared during the first wave, but if an outbreak happens, resources can fall short.
U.S. President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger in November's presidential election addressed the annual Alfred E. Smith dinner on Thursday. The annual fundraising dinner for Catholic charities was held virtually for the first time because of the COVID-19 outbreak. (Oct. 1)