Hundreds of protesters marched in the streets of Taipei City on Saturday to mark international labour day and to ask for better salaries and more secure pensions. (May 1)
Hundreds of protesters marched in the streets of Taipei City on Saturday to mark international labour day and to ask for better salaries and more secure pensions. (May 1)
PARIS — Canadian international Jonathan David scored a milestone goal Friday as French league leader Lille won 3-0 at Lens to move four points ahead of Paris Saint-Germain. It was David's 12th goal of the season, moving him out of a tie with Tomasz Radzinski for the most goals by a Canadian in a top men's league in Europe. Radzinski scored his 11 for England's Everton in the 2002-03 season. David, a 21-year-old from Ottawa, made it 3-0 with a sharp finish on the hour mark. Lens goalkeeper Jean-Louis Leca could not control the rebound of a Jonathan Bamba shot and the ball went to David who controlled it and then pivoted, firing a hard left-footed shot over Leca. PSG must beat Rennes on Sunday to stay within one point of Lille. But even if defending champion PSG wins at Rennes, which is chasing fifth place and a Europa League spot, Lille can seal a first title in 10 years by winning the last two games. Burak Yilmaz scored an early penalty and added a superb long strike for Lille, taking his total to 15 league goals since joining from Istanbul side Besiktas last summer. He struck with a penalty in the fourth minute and spun outside the penalty area to clip a brilliant dipping shot into the top corner in the 40th, moments after Lens midfielder Clement Michelin was sent off for a second yellow card. Lens dropped to sixth place to trail fifth-placed Marseille on goal difference, and is only two points ahead of seventh-placed Rennes, having played one game more than both sides. Marseille is at Saint-Etienne on Sunday. ___ With files from The Associated Press The Canadian Press
BANGKOK — A U.S. citizen charged with killing his pregnant Thai wife in Thailand was accused of attempting to kill what appears to be the same woman while living in Colorado in 2019. Jason Matthew Balzer, 32, was arrested Thursday in the northern city of Chiang Mai and confessed to killing Pitchaporn Kidchob, 32, Maj. Gen. Weerachon Boontawee, chief of Provincial Police Region 5's Detective Department, said Friday. It is not clear whether he had a lawyer representing him. The name of the woman Balzer was accused of attempting to kill while living in Longmont, Colorado, was redacted from court records. However, a spokesperson for the 20th Judicial District Attorney's Office, Shannon Carbone, said the victim in the domestic violence case and the woman killed in Thailand have the same name and appear to be the same person based on photographs of her in the media. The office has not received any official information about the victim in Thailand, she said. According to court documents, the victim met Balzer around 2017 and later left Thailand to live with him in the United States. In 2019, after the victim rebuffed Balzer's attempt to have sex, he allegedly grabbed her arms, hit her in the face and slammed her head repeatedly into a headboard in the bedroom of their apartment before pointing a gun at her and saying “I will kill you," an arrest affidavit said. According to the document, the victim pushed the gun away, and it fired a shot next to her head. She escaped while Balzer tried to cover up bullet holes in the wall. She also told police that Balzer strangled her two weeks before during an argument in which he accused her of cheating on him. While Balzer was charged with attempted second-degree murder, he was able to plead guilty to a lesser charge of third-degree assault because the victim went back to Thailand and did not want to return to Colorado to testify, Carbone said. He was sentenced to probation, including domestic violence treatment, she said. “This murder highlights the danger of domestic violence as well as the potential for lethality that can often exist for victims. Our hearts go out to the victim’s loved ones; it is a very tragic case. We hope that he will be held fully responsible for the murder,” she said. Balzer was also arrested in Colorado in December after police allegedly found 73 guns in his van, a violation of his probation that prohibits him from having any firearms. An attorney listed as representing Balzer in that ongoing case as well as in the domestic violence case did not return a telephone call seeking comment. Police in Thailand said Balzer was interrogated Friday in the northern city of Nan, where he had lived with Kidchob, police Lt. Col. Somkiat Ruam-ngern said. The murder charge carries a maximum penalty of death. According to Weerachon, Balzer said Pitchaporn had “given him hope,” so he married her and bought her a house in Nan, her home province. Balzer said he became enraged when she tried to chase him out, so he stabbed her with a knife, the police officer said. He said Balzer put her body in a rubbish bin that he sealed and buried in the woods about 5 kilometres (3 miles) from their home. Balzer then drove on a motorbike to Chiang Mai, where he was arrested, Weerachon said. Police had been alerted to a possible crime when Pitchaporn’s mother, who was unable to reach her daughter by phone, went to the couple’s house and found blood stains. Balzer, a programmer, met Pitchaporn in Thailand and they were married in the U.S., after which Balzer quit his job, sold all his property and moved to Nan, the newspaper Thai Rath reported, citing Provincial Police Region 5 commander Prachuab Wongsuk. Balzer said he did not know his wife was three months' pregnant, Prachuab said. ____ Associated Press writer Colleen Slevin contributed to this report from Denver. Chalida Ekvitthayavechnukul And Grant Peck, The Associated Press
Public health officials on Prince Edward Island reported one new case of COVID-19 and three new possible exposure sites in a news release issued late Friday afternoon. The person is in their 30s and had recently travelled outside Atlantic Canada, the release said. The person tested positive through routine testing and is self-isolating. Contact tracing is underway. The release also listed three sites linked to the new case where Islanders may have been exposed to the virus. They are: Pilot House restaurant in Charlottetown on Monday, May 3, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. (seek a test on Saturday, May 8). Montana's restaurant in Charlottetown on Thursday, May 6, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 pm (seek a test on Sunday, May 9). Home Hardware at 115 St. Peter's Road in Charlottetown on Thursday, May 6 from 10:30 am to 11:30 a.m. Officials are asking anyone who was at Pilot House or Montana's during those times to get tested on the date noted above and self-isolate until a negative result is received. The dates of testing are based on the time between when you are potentially exposed to a case of COVID-19 and when a test would detect any viral material in your body. Anyone who was at Home Hardware during the noted times on Thursday does not need to be tested, officials said, but should monitor closely for symptoms. If any develop, people should visit a drop in testing site and self-isolate until a negative result is received. In an email to CBC News on Friday, the Chief Public Health Office said warnings issued about sites in such cases "are based on a risk assessment conducted by CPHO in consideration of the type of exposure, length of exposure and other precautions in place in the exposure location. "If the risk of exposure is considered low, then individuals are asked to monitor for symptoms for the next 14 days and get tested if symptoms develop," the email said. "If the risk of exposure is considered to be higher, individuals who were in the public place at specified times are asked to proactively seek testing." Prince Edward Island currently has 10 active cases of COVID-19. The province has had 186 positive cases since the pandemic began. 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.
VICTORIA — British Columbia's minister of mental health and addictions said a suspected overdose death of a 12-year-old girl from Vancouver Island is driving the government "to do more and do better." But Sheila Malcolmson said she needs to learn more details about the case of Allayah Thomas, who went by Ally and died April 14, before commenting specifically on what the government can do. Malcolmson made the comment during a news conference to announce the new Foundry BC app, a free portal for people ages 12 to 24 to access counselling, primary care and peer support. "This is a terrible story that just re-strengthens our commitment as a government to build the kind of addictions and mental health-care system that anybody can access," Malcolmson said. Ally's mother, Adriana Londono, said her daughter had overdosed three times before her fourth fatal "cry for help." The family tried to get her support but was only given a list of counsellors, an avenue Ally wasn't willing to take, Londono said. She said the family was told by government staff that Ally was too young to qualify for rehab because she was under 14. "It was extremely frustrating, there was nothing we could do," Londono said in an interview on Friday from Saanich, B.C. "Ally was frustrated, too. She was crying for help but she didn't get the help she needed." The Children's Ministry said in a statement that it cannot comment publicly or confirm ministry involvement with any individual or family for legal reasons. However, it said there are a number of treatment options available, including 25 youth treatment beds on Vancouver Island, walk-in treatment at hospitals or urgent primary care centres and community-based services. The ministry said age requirements for support can be waived, a message echoed by Malcolmson. "If anybody needs access to life-saving support, age is not a barrier," Malcolmson said. Londono said that wasn't offered to the family. Ally is believed to be the youngest victim of British Columbia's overdose crisis since it was declared a public health emergency in 2016. More than 7,000 people have died from toxic drugs since then. The death rate had begun to ebb in 2019 until officials said the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic and disruption of illicit drug supply chains made 2020 the deadliest year on record. Youth overdose deaths have tended to rise and fall in line with overall deaths. Since 2016, those under 19 have comprised a steady one or two per cent of total illicit overdose deaths in B.C. The BC Coroners Service said it's still investigating the cause of Ally's death. The youngest confirmed fatality in the crisis was a 13-year-old who died in 2017. Londono said she was told that preliminary evidence suggested a fentanyl overdose but that a full report would take months. Londono said she wants to encourage people not to be scared or embarrassed to talk openly about addiction. "It's a disease and it's not something we choose to do, it's not something we should be ashamed to talk about as children or as parents," she said. Trevor Halford, B.C. Liberal critic for mental health and addictions, called on the province's NDP government to ensure youth have rapid access to comprehensive addictions services, including treatment. The government proposed amendments to the Mental Health Act last summer that could have forced youth under 19 into treatment for up to one week after an overdose. The bill was defeated after Indigenous and civil liberties groups raised alarms about a lack of consultation. Halford said the NDP used the failed bill as an example to justify an election call last fall, but the government has yet to reintroduce the bill or anything similar. "There is just no more time to wait," Halford said in a statement. Malcolmson said the government is working "as hard as we can" to build a system of care that offers a variety of different supports. She said she sees a role for involuntary admission in treatment, but the government also heard "quite strongly" from advocates for a broader system of voluntary treatment that would ensure a recovery system is available to youth after they stabilize from an overdose. Those "complex conversations" will continue as the government expands mental health supports for youth, she said. Other efforts include doubling the number of youth treatment beds in the province, which she said will be open to all ages, and expanding the ways youth can access support. "There's much for us to do, but we are continuing to build that system and will continue to be informed by the families and peers and young people for whom that system should be built," Malcolmson said. — By Amy Smart in Vancouver. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 7, 2021. The Canadian Press
China has urged United Nations member states not to attend an event planned next week by Germany, the United States and Britain on the repression of Uyghur Muslims and other minorities in Xinjiang, according to a note seen by Reuters on Friday. "It is a politically-motivated event," China's U.N. mission wrote in the note, dated Thursday. China charged that the organizers of the event, which also include several other European states along with Australia and Canada, use "human rights issues as a political tool to interfere in China's internal affairs like Xinjiang, to create division and turbulence and disrupt China's development."
WINNIPEG — Manitoba's top doctor told a court challenge of the province's public health rules Friday that restrictions on faith-based gatherings had to be imposed because health care was being overwhelmed during the pandemic's second wave. Seven churches are fighting public health orders meant to stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus. “We could not be wrong," Dr. Brent Roussin testified in Court of Queen's Bench. "We had to limit places we knew transmission was going to occur because our hospitals were full.” Roussin, chief public health officer, told court there were numerous clusters of infections linked to faith-based gatherings before churches were closed down last November. At the time, non-essential stores were also shuttered and group gatherings banned as cases surged and a deadly wave of infections swept through long-term care homes. "Our hospitals were full of COVID-19 patients. Our ICUs were full of COVID-19 patients," Roussin testified. "We had to act on the trends we were seeing. We were in crisis." Roussin, who has a medical and a law degree on top of a master of public health, has been the face of Manitoba's response since the beginning of the pandemic. The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, a Calgary-based group representing the churches, has said Manitoba's public health rules are unjustified violations of charter-protected freedoms. The churches are arguing their right to worship and assemble has been violated by the restrictions, which has led to "a crisis of conscience, loneliness and harm to their spiritual well-being.'' Public health orders targeting churches were loosened in January. Worship services are currently restricted to 10 people or 25 per cent capacity, whichever is less, and everyone is required to wear a mask. Government lawyers have told court it's within the bounds of the legislature to grant the chief public health officer authority to impose reasonable rules. Jared Brown, a lawyer for the churches, questioned if the application of public health orders was fair, whether enforcement was applied evenly and if the restrictions were successful. “Shutting down churches has not stopped community spread," Brown said. Roussin said cases dropped after the restrictions came into place. But he agreed that community transmission is still taking place and added the more infectious variants have brought new challenges. The Manitoba government reported 502 new COVID-19 cases Friday, the highest one-day count since the pandemic's second wave. Health officials said they are adding intensive care beds to prepare for a surge of hospitalizations. Brown spent much of his cross-examination asking Roussin about studies, data collection and the efficacy of the PCR test, one of the main ones used to detect the virus. Roussin said PCR tests have been important to understand what is happening in the community. Seven per cent of positive cases show up in hospital about 10 days later. He told court there would be severe economic and societal consequences if COVID-19 were allowed to spread unchecked. Roussin testified that hospitals fill up and more health-care workers are out sick when there's significant community infection. It can mean serious problems even for people who don't have the virus but need health services. He said that the goal with public health orders is to keep people safe, avoid deaths as much as possible and minimize social disruption. The province is still studying some of the unintended or unexpected consequences of the orders, he added. Roussin told court many physicians and nurses have called for even tighter restrictions. "I’m bound by using the least restrictive means." The constitutional challenge is one of the latest attempts by churches across the country to quash pandemic restrictions on faith gatherings. The Justice Centre has filed similar challenges in Alberta and British Columbia. In Alberta, a pastor accused of violating public health orders was on trial earlier this week. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 7, 2021. Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press
Nineteen people have been charged after Ontario Provincial Police busted several large cannabis production facilities in southwestern Ontario. The OPP carried out five search warrants at three greenhouses and two residences Wednesday morning in the areas of County Roads 31 and 34 in Kingsville, and Seacliff Drive West in Leamington. Authorities said they seized more than 20,000 cannabis plants, more than 1,400 pounds of processed cannabis, some Canadian currency and equipment. They said the cannabis is likely worth more than $18 million. Eighteen people, with ages ranging between 19 and 72, have been charged with: Possession of cannabis for the purpose of selling. Cultivating, propagating or harvesting cannabis plants at a place that is "not their dwelling-house." The same two charges have been laid against a 19th individual — a 34-year-old man from Mississauga — but he's also charged with possessing "proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5,000." Those accused will appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Leamington at a later date. OPP say their investigation is ongoing. "To those individuals or groups who continue to profit from these illegal grow operations, the OPP will relentlessly pursue your interests, seize your property and introduce you into the criminal justice system," said OPP Insp. Glenn Miller.
Doctors working for the Saskatchewan Health Authority meet virtually once a week on Thursdays to discuss the latest COVID-19 key indicators for the province. The health authority then posts the presentations online. As Saskatchewan aggressively lowers the age eligibility for booking vaccine appointments and gets closer to relaxing or lifting some public health measures under its "reopening roadmap" plan, here are four notable observations physicians made Thursday about the current COVID-19 situation in the province. COVID-19 hospitalizations are decreasing, but not in Saskatoon or the north Physicians warned about a month ago that hospital capacity was being stretched due to an increase in infected patients. Those pressures appear to be easing — at least in some places. The rate of daily COVID-19 hospitalizations in Regina and rural Saskatchewan has decreased since mid-April, held steady in Saskatoon and increased in the north. (Saskatchewan Health Authority) Officials say they are doing a "cautious review" of Saskatoon's capacity, including preparation for surges if required. Provincewide, demand for intensive care beds has yet to reach a point where a significant amount of triage is needed. ICUs in Regina had recently housed patients two to a room. That has now ceased. Schools themselves are not leading transmission sites While there have been outbreaks in schools, the schools themselves have often not been the site of transmission. Instead, contact between household members has accounted for the majority of exposures. (Saskatchewan Health Authority) "Acquisition of COVID-19 among school students, staff and teachers has mainly occurred outside of school," according to the presentation given by Dr. Lanre Medu, a medical health officer with the health authority. Variants dominate in some areas Data shared among doctors illustrates starkly how coronavirus variants of concern have transformed the COVID-19 landscape in Saskatchewan. (Saskatchewan Health Authority) In Saskatchewan's southeast, 25 new variant of concern cases were identified during the week of April 19 to April 25 — a number that was actually higher than the 23 new COVID-19 cases announced in the region that week (cases are typically identified as a variant through screening after they're officially reported as COVID-19 cases). Regina was not far behind, with 77 variants cases identified that week and 87 new COVID-19 cases reported. The far northwest, where the total population is small, led regions in both test positivity and the average case rate per 100,000 people. Health workers are feeling the public's anger According to one presentation slide, there has been an increase in people taking out their frustrations against public health staff. This includes abusive verbal and written threats, with some workers being personally targeted. "Income security" was cited as the main reason for public concern or abuse heaped on workers, after people are told they have to self-isolate after becoming infected with COVID-19. (Saskatchewan Health Authority) Earlier on Thursday, the health authority told CBC News it's increasingly challenged in identifying all close contacts of infected people. It cited people's reluctance to seek testing as one reason. "We encourage anyone who attended [events] to get tested if they have any symptoms, and to support contact tracing to reduce the risk of community transmission," a spokesperson said via email. Thursday's health authority virtual town hall also included a section on the importance of civility between health workers. Read the May 6 physician town hall slides in their entirety below. On mobile? Click here.
LOS ANGELES — Aubrey Plaza has married her longtime boyfriend, director and screenwriter Jeff Baena. The “Parks and Recreation” actor called Baena “my husband” for the first time publicly Friday in an Instagram post. Her publicist confirmed the two had married but gave no details. Plaza, 36, and Baena, 43, have been a couple for about a decade. She has appeared in two of his films, 2014's “Life After Beth” and 2017's “The Little Hours,” and is slated to appear in his forthcoming “Spin Me Round,” which was the subject of her Instagram post. “So proud of my darling husband @jeffbaena for dreaming up another film that takes us to italia to cause some more trouble,” Plaza said alongside a photo of the couple. She also appears in the new Showtime anthology series “Cinema Toast,” which he created. Plaza is best known for playing April Ludgate from 2009 to 2015 on the NBC comedy series “Parks and Recreation.” In addition to his films with Plaza, Baena directed the 2020 Netflix drama “Horse Girl” with Alison Brie, who also co-wrote “Spin Me Round” with Baena and will co-star with Plaza. The Associated Press
Friday's Saskatchewan COVID-19 case numbers illustrate the unpredictability of the province's pandemic curve. Just a day before, on Thursday, health officials reported 156 new cases of COVID-19 — the lowest daily bump in nearly a month and a half. But the numbers surged on Friday, with the Ministry of Health reporting 295 new cases based on 3,652 tests — the highest single-day increase since 294 new cases were reported on April 15. One new death was reported: a person their 70s from the southwest region. Saskatoon leads in new cases Saskatoon surpassed Regina as the region reporting the highest new daily crop of cases for the third time in the last week and a half. Saskatoon led all areas with 98 new cases Friday, with the Regina area coming in second with 68 new cases. The rest of the new cases were found in the following regions: far northwest (two), far northeast (five), northwest (33), north central (17), northeast (nine), central west (one), central east (10), southwest (nine), south central (seven) and southeast (32). Two regions, the central east and northeast, reported their first cases of the highly transmissible P1 variant. (Government of Saskatchewan) Saskatchewan's seven-day average of daily new cases stands at 221, or 18.0 new cases per 100,000 people. There are 174 infected people in hospital provincewide, including 38 people under intensive care. Vaccine deliveries continue to happen at a strong pace, with 10,530 doses administered on Thursday. Saskachewan is getting closer to its first threshold for beginning to relax or lift COVID-19 public health measures. As of Friday, 69 per cent of residents aged 40 and above have received one dose of vaccine. That's just one percentage shy of the province's Step One reopening target of 70 per cent of people 40 and over receiving a single dose. However, three weeks need to elapse after that threshold is met and vaccine eligibility must be lowered to people aged 18 and over by that time for Step One to be initiated. (Government of Saskatchewan) Currently, only residents in the general population aged 35 and over can book an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine. On Friday, the province announced that age requirement will be lowered to 32 starting on Saturday. In a scrum with reporters, Health Minister Paul Merriman was asked whether slower first-dose vaccine uptake among people in the 50-to-59 and 60-to-69 age brackets has him concerned about vaccine hesitancy. As of Thursday, 65 per cent and 79 per cent of people in those age groups, respectively, had been inoculated once. One week earlier, on April 29, the percentages stood at 59 per cent and 76 per cent. Meanwhile, despite being eligible for vaccination for a shorter period of time, 47 per cent of people aged 40 to 49 had received one dose by Thursday, up from 28 per cent the previous week. "No, I don't think there's that much vaccine hesitancy out there," Merriman said. "I think some people were waiting and seeing and I respect that. But now that their neighbours or their family members have been vaccinated, we're seeing people in that higher age range that are coming in for the first time." (Government of Saskatchewan)
Chief public health officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, announced stringent health restrictions Friday evening as a means to stem the spread of COVID-19. The updated health orders take effect Sunday.
Manitoba braced for tougher COVID-19 public health measures and Nova Scotia announced it would restrict entry amid a surge in infections, as Ottawa introduced new ways for small and medium businesses to access rapid tests to thwart workplace outbreaks. Manitoba was set to tighten restrictions later Friday amid an "alarming" rise in cases, said Dr. Jazz Atwal, the province's deputy chief public health officer. The province has already banned most social visits in homes and outdoor public gatherings are capped at 10.Churches, stores and gyms must operate at reduced capacity and restaurants can only allow members of the same household to sit together at indoor tables.New infections are up 25 per cent over the last week. Friday's daily case count of 502 was the highest the province has seen since the middle of the pandemic's second wave last winter and intensive care beds are in higher demand.Also in Manitoba, fines for COVID-19 rule-breakers that currently range from just under $300 to $5,000 are being doubled for subsequent offences. In Atlantic Canada, Nova Scotia reported a new daily high of 227 new cases and Premier Iain Rankin said overwhelmed staff had yet to enter another 200 positive cases into the province's database. Starting Monday at 8 a.m., the province's boundaries will be closed to all non-essential travel. That includes anyone intending to move to the province or parents from outside Nova Scotia hoping to pick up or drop off students. "There's no coming in or out unless it's absolutely essential," Rankin said. "If you want to spend your summer here or go to your summer home, you can't do that right now."Under the new rules, rotational workers returning home from so-called outbreak zones — such as the oilsands hub of Fort McMurray, Alta. — must self-isolate for 14 days. As of Saturday, all Nova Scotia households must also designate one shopper. In Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced rapid tests, which screen for the virus in as little as 15 minutes, can be ordered from 40 Shoppers Drug Mart locations in Ontario hot spots. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce's network is helping distribute kits to enterprises across the country.Tests can also be ordered directly through a new federal online portal. "More screening and testing means safer workplaces and less community transmission," Trudeau said Friday. "That will help us reopen our economy faster."The federal government has received nearly 42 million rapid tests. Of those, 26.7 million have been sent directly to provinces and territories, but have in many cases been slow to roll out from there. So far, another one million have been given directly to organizations and workplaces. Perrin Beatty, CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the move. "Rapid testing will play an important role in keeping workers safe and helping many businesses reopen and stay open," he said in a news release. "That’s the only path to real, sustainable economic recovery." The federal Conservatives accused Trudeau's Liberals of dragging their feet on rapid tests and said Friday's announcement came only after months of Opposition pressure. Back in the west, some 2,000 Alberta truck drivers who transport goods across the border will, as of Monday, be able to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at a rest stop in Montana at no cost and without appointments. Saskatchewan and Manitoba have similar deals with North Dakota.Alberta Premier Jason Kenney urged Ottawa to push the United States to relax its ban on shipping doses over the border. Alberta leads Canada in COVID-19 cases and has a seven-day new infection rate twice that as the next highest province, Ontario. It tightened restrictions this week on retail, dining, personal services and gatherings so as to avoid pushing its health-care system beyond capacity. It reported 1,980 new infections and 659 COVID-19 patients in Alberta hospitals, including 150 in intensive care.Elsewhere on the Prairies, Saskatchewan reported 295 new cases and one more death. The province said all residents 12 and older will be eligible for their first vaccine shot by May 20. To the east, Quebec reported 919 new infections and five more deaths, but six fewer hospitalizations and five fewer intensive care patients. Ontario recorded 3,166 new cases of COVID-19, but cautioned that number may be under-reported due to a technical issue. It had 23 more deaths linked to the virus and said hospitalizations there have dropped by 40.This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 7, 2021 Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press
Jennifer Coffman didn't expect to get hit with a double whammy at her restaurant in the tiny community of Field just west of the Alberta-British Columbia boundary this year. Coffman has been running the Truffle Pigs Bistro and Lodge for the last 12 years. Field, with a population of just under 200, sits along the Trans-Canada Highway, about 10 kilometres from the Alberta boundary, and relies pretty much on tourism. COVID-19 seriously cut into international visits last year, so Coffman shut down for a couple of months. She expected things would improve this year. But things are tough again with closure of a nearby section of the Trans-Canada for construction this spring and fall, and Albertans being urged by the B.C. government not to travel to the province as the pandemic continues. "I just keep going back to the Monty Python (movie scene) 'Not dead yet' and the guy's got his arms and his legs all cut off," Coffman said. "I don't know how many legs and arms that I can have cut off before I just close down, take a deep breath, and gear up when it's time." Coffman said Albertans accounted for about 80 per cent of business last year and about 50 per cent before the pandemic. "We rely on Calgarians so heavily, right? Especially through this. Albertans are a huge, huge part of why we survive," Coffman said. "Last summer was OK. I thought, 'I've got to count my lucky stars. I can stay open.' But ... this second one is hard." A B.C. RCMP spokeswoman said technically the boundary isn't closed and there won't be any checkstops. "There are no restrictions that preclude people from coming from Alberta," said Staff Sgt. Janelle Shoihet. "If people are coming from Alberta and travelling to a health region, then they're required to stay within that health region and can go no farther." Shoihet said any travel within B.C. has to be deemed essential. "Please do not come to our province. Stay in your own province unless it's for essential travel. "Stay home. We love you, but stay home." The picturesque resort town of Fernie in southeastern B.C., less than an hour from the boundary, is hoping Albertans will continue coming this summer. Brad Parsell, executive director of the Fernie Chamber of Commerce, says the community is reliant on Alberta visitors. "Fernie might as well be in Alberta for all intents and purposes. We're that reliant on Albertans, obviously in the tourism industry, but in our economy at large," he said. "It's been incredibly challenging for the tourism industry to not have the welcome mat out to those folks at the moment." Parsell said visits from Alberta probably account for 70 to 80 per cent of total business. "It's a huge chunk ... for sure," Parsell said. "This isn't just about arbitrary numbers. These are people's livelihoods and their lives." Business remains slow at the Fernie Hotel and Pub, but manager Alicia Dennis said part of that can be blamed on poor weather and restrictions on indoor dining. She said visitors from Alberta and Saskatchewan were a saving grace last summer. "We definitely noticed a huge spike in people from Saskatchewan and Alberta coming here for vacations. It was definitely one of our busiest summers I've seen so far." In Montana, the border closure between Canada and the United States is hurting the economy in Browning, a town on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. "A lot of our revenue for the local casino comes from folks in Lethbridge (Alta.), ... because we are a border town right next to the Canadian border," said spokesman James McNeely. "I think the state of Montana has seen some impact from the lack of Canadian visitors. We don't see those plates anymore." This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 8, 2021. — Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press
The defendant in a first-degree murder trial in central Newfoundland has fired his legal aid lawyers — the day before jury selection was to get underway. Kirk Keeping's move in Supreme Court on Friday morning means his murder trial is now delayed indefinitely. Keeping is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Chantel John, a 28-year-old woman from the Miawpukek First Nation in Conne River in January 2019. He is accused of killing John in her family home, and is also charged with the attempted murder of her biological mother. In a written statement, Chantel John's adoptive mother, Jennifer John, said the delay has inflicted more pain on the family. "It's really frustrating having to deal with this every day," Jennifer John wrote. "We want justice for Chantel, we are reliving this nightmare over and over, our lives will never be the same again." Until Friday morning, Keeping was represented by Derek Hogan and Derek Ford, experienced legal aid lawyers. But Keeping told Justice Glen Noel he did not have confidence in either of them just minutes before a jury pre-screening process was set to begin Friday. Keeping told the court he did not know what his lawyer's strategy was, did not receive a list of witnesses and evidence, and could not meet with his lawyers enough while he was being held at Her Majesty's Penitentiary in St. John's. "I am charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder and facing life in jail," he told Noel. "My lawyers have spent two or three hours with me in 28 months." Hogan told Noel he disputed those comments and had only heard about Keeping's desire to ditch his lawyers 15 minutes before the court hearing had begun. Noel accepted that Keeping's lawyers could no longer represent him if Keeping had no confidence in them, but told Keeping he should have made his intentions clear well before the trial was set to start. He concluded that the trial could not continue while Keeping had no lawyer, something Crown attorney Karen O'Reilly agreed with. Noel said Keeping has put the court in an unfortunate and difficult condition, and warned him that a delay would not be granted again. Keeping is charged with the first-degree murder of Chantel John.(Facebook) Keeping, who will now return to Her Majesty's Penitentiary, must report to the court next month to update the justice on his search for new lawyers. Similar delay in high-profile 2018 murder trial There was similar last-minute delay in a recent high-profile murder trial, also involving lawyer Derek Hogan, albeit in a different way. Trent Butt was accused of the first-degree murder of his five-year-old daughter, Quinn, and then setting his house on fire back in 2016. In 2018, one week before his trial was set to begin, Butt fired his lawyers. Hogan ultimately became Butt's lawyer. . Butt's trial was delayed a year. He was convicted of first-degree murder in 2019. Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
There's a "dirty little secret lurking under the ocean of Newfoundland and Labrador" and the documentary, "Hell or Clean Water," tells the story of the one man who is trying to fix it, part of the 2021 Hot Docs festival.
YELLOWKNIFE — A health official in the Northwest Territories says a recent outbreak of COVID-19 cases in Yellowknife is mostly affecting children and youth. There are 47 active cases in the northern city and all are linked to an outbreak declared at N.J. Macpherson School last week. Dr. Kami Kandola, who is the territory's chief public health officer, says 90 per cent of those cases are among children and youth while the rest are in adult household contacts. Kandola says there are also more than 1,000 contacts associated with the school outbreak. On Thursday, the territory started offering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to children ages 12 to 17 in Yellowknife. Kandola says there is no evidence of community transmission in Yellowknife. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 7, 2021 The Canadian Press
Saskatchewan's Opposition is calling on the province to waive a family's $300,000 COVID-19 hospital bill. Narcisa Carranza is visiting on a tourist visa. Carranza had come to Canada to see her grandchildren with plans to return home to the Philippines in January 2020. Then the pandemic hit. Carranza and her husband had booked a flight home for April 22 of this year. Then in March, Carranza started coughing and vomiting, and had a fever. She had contracted COVID-19 and was taken to the ICU in Saskatoon. After two weeks on a respirator, she was sedated into a coma. "She was stuck in Saskatchewan, where this premier did nowhere near enough to protect people from COVID-19 ... And she found herself in one of our overwhelmed ICUs," NDP Leader Ryan Meili said during a legislative session on Friday. "These are extraordinary times. Times when we've been asked to be all in this together. A global fight against a global pandemic. Will the premier commit today to help Mrs. Carranza and waive those fees?" Official Opposition Leader Ryan Meili called on the Saskatchewan government to waive a family's COVID-19 hospital bill during a legislative session Friday. (Michael Bell/The Canadian Press) Today Carranza is in recovery. The family is asking strangers for help financially after the family was hit by the bill. The stay in the hospital is $300,000, but the travel insurance Carranza had is only able to cover $50,000. The family is hoping for community or government help. As of Friday afternoon, Carranza's family has only been able to raise slightly more than $12,000 of their $50,000 goal on GoFundMe. Health Minister Paul Merriman said he could not comment specifically on Carranza's case. "These individuals that [the Opposition are] just throwing around in this House and using as political footballs is just un-classy," Merriman said in response to Meili's call. "We provided health care to any individual that comes into our province no matter where they're from, their country of origin ... and we will continue to do that ... We will continue to work with any families that have that have received an invoice from the Saskatchewan Health Authority. We'll continue to work with them to make sure that they are able to provide payment." Narcisa Carranza had to be put into a coma while struggling with COVID-19. (GoFundMe)
Alberta's COVID-19 vaccine rollout is picking up speed with nearly 60,000 doses administered on Thursday, the same day the province opened bookings to anyone over 30. Alberta Health confirmed 57,716 doses were distributed, the highest total recorded in a single day. With adjustments to previous days, there have now been 1,792,312 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in Alberta in total. It comes as Alberta contends with the highest provincial case rate in the country, up to 561 per 100,000 people, more than double Ontario's rate. The province reported 1,980 new COVID-19 cases and four additional deaths on Friday. Hospitalizations increased to 659, including 150 people in intensive care beds. The province's test positivity rate was just over 10.4 per cent. Alberta rolled back testing for coronavirus variants this week, citing a rapid increase in positivity rates and test volumes. Variant testing is now limited to hospital patients, health-care workers, recent travellers and people involved in outbreaks. Here are the province's 24,850 active cases broken down by health zone: Calgary zone: 10,859 Edmonton zone: 5,969 North zone: 3,772 Central zone: 2,901 South zone: 1,335 Unknown: 24 The next slate of COVID-19 restrictions will come into force Monday, including the closure of patios and personal services, such as hair salons and tattoo shops. As of Monday, Albertans 12 and older will be eligible to book a vaccine appointment.
A man from the North Battleford area has been charged in connection with a death of Damian Moosomin about a year ago. Denver Roy, 36, is charged with indecent interference with a dead body and accessory after the fact to homicide. Roy is from Sweetgrass First Nation, about 30 kilometres west of North Battleford. Moosomin, 20, was found dead in the backyard of a North Battleford home on May 16, 2020, five days after he was reported missing. A second person who was recently charged was under 18 at the time of the offence and cannot be named in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act. As of May 7, 2021, six people in total have been charged in connection to Moosomin's death. The other four people, charged in April after the Saskatchewan RCMP's 11-month investigation, were: Tye Partridge, 23, from Moosomin First Nation is charged with first-degree murder. Jannay Blackbird, 32, from Saulteaux First Nation is charged with second-degree murder. Stormy Wapass-Semaganis, 23, from Edmonton, Alberta is charged with accessory after the fact to murder. Melissa Semaganis, 41, from Poundmaker Cree Nation is charged with accessory after the fact to murder. The RCMP didn't say when the two most recently charged people are scheduled to appear in court.
New Brunswick Public Health reported eight new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, including two New Brunswickers who travelled and are isolating outside the province. There are now 140 active cases of the respiratory disease. Eight people are in hospital, including two in an intensive care unit. The new cases break down in this way: Moncton region, Zone 1, three cases: Two people 20 to 29 A person 30 to 39 All three cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases. Saint John region, Zone 2, one case: A person 50 to 59. This case is travel-related. The eight new cases of COVID-19 announced on Friday put the total number of active cases at 140.(CBC) Bathurst region, Zone 6, three cases: Two people 50 to 59 A person 60 to 69 One case is travel-related, one is a contact of a previously confirmed case, and the other is under investigation. Miramichi region, Zone 7, one case: A person 50 to 59 This case is travel-related. New Brunswick has had 1,988 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. There have been 1,807 recoveries so far and 40 deaths. A total of 302,136 tests have been conducted, including 1,520 on Thursday. Out-of-province COVID cases New Brunswick residents who are in another Canadian jurisdiction at the time of being diagnosed with COVID-19 are recorded in New Brunswick statistics, as long as they have a valid medicare card and a New Brunswick home address, Public Health said Friday. These cases, including out-of-province hospitalizations, are counted in the health zones of their home communities, it said in a news release. "This is the practice in most Canadian jurisdictions," according to the release. Brazil variant travel-related New Brunswick's first case of the COVID-19 variant first detected in Brazil is travel-related, Department of Health spokesperson Bruce Macfarlane confirmed Friday. The person is self-isolating, he said. On Thursday, Public Health announced a previously reported case of COVID-19 in the Bathurst region, Zone 6, had been identified by the Moncton lab as the P.1 variant first detected in Brazil. Macfarlane declined to confirm if the person was already self-isolating because of their travel when the COVID-19 test was done or if their isolation only began after the test came back positive, citing confidentiality. The P.1 variant is thought to be at least twice as transmissible as the original coronavirus causing COVID-19. Macfarlane also declined to say whether the person had been vaccinated. Asked whether mass testing will be conducted in the Bathurst region, he said none is planned at this time, based on a review of the details of the case. In an interview with CBC News last week, Memorial University immunologist and virologist Rodney Russell flagged the P.1 variant as particularly concerning in terms of vaccination efforts. While existing vaccines "should be" effective against several variants, including the variant first identified in the U.K., Russell said the P.1 variant was a wild card. Russell noted he has seen numbers that suggest 10 times the antibodies strength is needed to neutralize the virus with that variant. Hotel quarantine exemptions The Department of Public Safety has released more information about the criteria non-essential travellers must meet in order to qualify for an exemption to the mandatory quarantine at a designated hotel. Department spokesperson Geoffrey Downey said people are able to isolate at a location other than an isolation facility if: They have access to a location that is used only by them and the people with whom they travelled. No one else will be present for 14 days. The location has an entrance not used by anyone else and it isn't within two metres of a similar entrance. The location has its own "adequate and safe" bathroom, kitchen and sleeping quarters. The location has capacity and is configured to allow no contact within two metres. There is no shared circulating air or heating system between their space and any space occupied by others. They have necessary support arrangements in place, such as sanitization, laundry, delivery of food, medications and essential goods. They understand that a peace officer will follow up and will require access to the location. "If you meet this criteria, a peace officer will visit you on Day 1 or Day 2 to ensure compliance," Downey said in an email. "If these conditions are not met, you will be required to isolate at an approved facility." The Delta Fredericton is one of New Brunswick's designated self-isolation hotels.(Shane Fowler/CBC) On April 23, the province announced all leisure travellers, business travellers, and people moving had to self-isolate at a hotel for at least seven days. The stay costs about $1,300 and is managed by the Canadian Red Cross. But on May 2, following public outcry, the province said it was easing up on the rules, allowing some travellers to stay at a stand-alone private residence with government approval. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis, Downey reiterated, without providing any other criteria that will be considered, other than their living arrangements. Travellers with questions on whether they have a situation that may qualify should email TravelRegistration.EnregistrementVoyage@gnb.ca, he said. People granted exemptions will still be required to have a COVID-19 test on Day 5 and Day 10 of your isolation, Downey noted. Appointments can be booked online. As of May 4, there are 413 travellers isolating in hotels that are designated isolation facilities, said Downey. Outbreak over at special care home A COVID-19 outbreak at Murray Street Lodge, a special care home in Grand Bay-Westfield, in the Saint John region, Zone 2, has been declared over. Staff and residents were retested several times to confirm the end of the outbreak, Public Health reported Friday. The outbreak had been declared on April 21 after a positive case was confirmed at the home. Tourism rebates not enough to help industry, says expert A program designed to keep New Brunswickers travelling in the province this summer isn't enough to help the tourism industry, the president and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of New Brunswick says. The province has initiated the Explore NB 2021 Travel Incentive Summer Program, to help offset the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism industry. "Only having the New Brunswick traffic is just not going to be enough," said Carol Alderdice, "Especially after a summer like last year." The government hasn't released any further information about this summer's travel incentive program. "We are monitoring COVID-19 case numbers and the details of the program will be shared when we are in a position to do so," Department of Tourism spokesperson Morgan Bell said in an emailed statement. "This program has supported many tourism operators throughout the province by encouraging New Brunswickers to safely explore their province," Bell added. Mulholland Lighthouse, by the bridge between Campobello Island and the United States.(Submitted by Holly Waltz) Last year, the province had brought in more than $17 million in claims — more than expected when the program was launched in July. There was also an incentive program for New Brunswick staycationers over the winter months. But Alderdice said the summer program isn't enough to sustain businesses and that every region reported 50 to 100 per cent less revenue last year. "You can't continue a business like that two years in a row," she said. "It's just impossible." The Atlantic bubble was supposed to open April 19, but that date was later pushed back to May 3. Premier Blaine Higgs has said he's still hopes the bubble will reopen sometime this summer. The delay in the Atlantic bubble, which opened in July last summer but closed when cases began to mount again, will make it more challenging for tourism operators, Alderdice said. Grand Manan is typically a busy tourist spot for visitors across Atlantic Canada.(Eyeforthis/Instagram) But she's hopeful COVID-19 wage subsidy programs will continue until the end of the year to help tourism operators survive another year. The recent federal budget extended wage subsidies to Sept. 25, with plans to start gradually reducing support payments beginning in July. However, subsidies could be further extended to Nov. 20 if pandemic conditions demand it. Tourism across Atlantic Canada generates about $5 billion in revenue each year, according to Lisa Dahr, director of industry relations with the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia. Alderdice said even a partial Atlantic bubble would help tourism operators. "Tourism needs people moving around and that's just not happening right now," she said. The tourism department is "taking advantage of this time" to work with the tourism industry to prepare for "when things return to normal," said Bell. "We are providing partnership opportunities to improve their online presence, sharing our research so they can better understand their guests and make decisions about how they could improve or change their product offering and also reach them through the best marketing channels." Atlantic roundup Nova Scotia announced 227 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, as well as the death of a woman in her 70s, bringing the province's overall toll to 70. Nova Scotia now has 1,464 active cases. Also on Friday, Nova Scotia cracked down further on who can enter the province and what people can and cannot do within its borders. Newfoundland and Labrador has seven new COVID-19 cases, and there are 63 active cases in the province. Prince Edward Island announced one new case, putting its total active cases at 10. Pharmacist sees reluctance about AstraZeneca, but not other vaccines While most people are relieved to get their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, a New Brunswick pharmacist says that's not always the case. Greg MacFarlane, owner of Ryan's Pharmacy in Nackawic and co-owner of the Medicine Shoppe pharmacy in Fredericton, said there are people who have expressed concerns about the AstaZeneca vaccine. He and his team receive a lot of questions around the AstraZeneca vaccine, but he said they assure those with concerns that the risk is low. "There are people who will take Astra and there are people who are dead against taking it," he said. "If they don't want to take Astra, they simply have to wait." MacFarlane pointed to England, which primarily used AstraZeneca vaccines. He said life is getting back to normal a lot faster there. He said the supply for vaccines in New Brunswick has also been improving since the rollout started. "Most people are extremely happy just to get a vaccine. It's very fulfilling when we are actually administering the vaccine and see their relief," MacFarlane said. Earlier this week, the province announced that a New Brunswick resident died after developing blood clots after getting a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. The resident, who was in their 60s, was the first to die in the province from a vaccine-related cause, and this was the second serious case of adverse effects from the vaccine, according to Public Health. "There's always been a bit of a question around Astra, but in general the rollout's going excellent," MacFarlane said. Bloomfield border crossing closes The Canada Border Services Agency has announced the temporary suspension of service at the Bloomfield port of entry on the Canada-United States border, effective Saturday at 11:59 p.m. The change at the border crossing about 20 kilometres west of Hartland is the result of low traffic volumes linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency said in a news release Friday. During the 2020-21 fiscal year, the Bloomfield port of entry processed only 69 travellers — a 96 per cent decrease compared to the year before, it said. Travellers seeking entry to Canada must now use an alternate port of entry, such as the Centreville border crossing, which is approximately 17 km north of Bloomfield and open seven days a week from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m., or the Woodstock Road border crossing, which is about 32 km south of Bloomfield and open 24 hours a day, seven days per week. The Canada Border Services plans to resume operations at the Bloomfield port of entry on Oct. 1. Bloomfield has been operating Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. New exposure notifications Public Health has identified new possible exposures to the coronavirus in Saint John and Moncton. People who have been in a public exposure location can be tested, even if they're not experiencing any symptoms. Residents may request a test online or by calling Tele-Care 811. Saint John: Irving Big Stop, 783 Fairville Blvd., on May 2 between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Moncton: Tim Hortons, 85 Harrisville Blvd., on May 3, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Previous exposure notifications Fredericton: Monday, April 26 to Sunday, May 2 – Delta Fredericton (225 Woodstock Rd.) Moncton: Monday, May 3, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. – Costco Wholesale (140 Granite Dr.) Flight exposures: April 25 - Air Canada Flight 396 – from Calgary to Montreal, departed at 1:07 a.m. April 25 - Air Canada Flight 8898 – from Montreal to Moncton, departed at 8:29 a.m. April 28 - Air Canada Flight 318 – from Calgary to Montreal, departed at 12:03 p.m. April 28 - Air Canada Flight 8906 – from Montreal to Moncton, departed at 7:08 p.m. April 30 - Air Canada Flight 170 – from Edmonton to Toronto, departed at 1:56 p.m. April 30 - Air Canada Flight 8918 – from Toronto to Moncton, departed at 8:56 p.m. Public Health is now offering COVID-19 testing for all New Brunswickers who have been in a public exposure area, even if they are not experiencing any symptoms. Residents may request a test online or call Tele-Care 811 to get an appointment at the nearest screening centre. Other possible exposures Moncton region: April 29 between 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – Papa John's Pizza (555 Dieppe Blvd., Dieppe) April 29 between 4:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – Shoppers Drug Mart (320 Elmwood Dr., Moncton) Saint John region: April 28 between 6:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. – Atlantic Superstore (195 King St., St. Stephen) April 26 between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – Save Easy (232 Water St., Saint Andrews) April 24 between 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – Birch Grove Restaurant (34 Brunswick St., St. George) April 20 between 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – Dr. Michael Murphy's Office (6 Queen St. W., St. Stephen) Fredericton region: April 23 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., and April 22 between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – Winners (9 Riocan Ave.) April 23 between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. – Pizza Hut (1180 Smythe St., Fredericton) April 23 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. – Petsmart (1124 Prospect St., Fredericton) April 23 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. – Charm Diamond Centres (Regent Mall, 1381 Regent St., Fredericton) April 23 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. – La Senza (Regent Mall, 1381 Regent St., Fredericton) April 23 between 10:30 a.m. and noon – Costco (25 Wayne Squibb Blvd., Fredericton) April 23 and April 22 – Radisson Kingswood Hotel & Suites (41 Kingswood Way, Hanwell) April 22 between 2 and 3 p.m., Habitat for Humanity Restore (800 St. Mary St., Fredericton) April 22 between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. – Unplugged (418 Queen St., Fredericton) April 22 between 1 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – Bed Bath & Beyond (15 Trinity Ave., Fredericton) April 21 between 5:30 and 8 p.m. – Jungle Jim's (1168 Smythe St., Fredericton) April 21 between 1 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – Old Navy (Regent Mall, 1381 Regent St., Fredericton) April 21 between 12 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – Chapters (Regent Mall, 1381 Regent St., Fredericton) April 21 between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – Moffitts Convenience (1879 Rte. 3, Harvey Station) April 22 between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. – The Snooty Fox (66 Regent St., Fredericton) April 23 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., and April 22 between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. – HomeSense, (18 Trinity Dr., Fredericton) April 23 between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. – Save Easy Independent Grocer (135 Otis Dr., Nackawic) April 23 – Canada Post (135 Otis Dr., Nackawic) April 22 and April 23 – Jolly Farmer (56 Crabbe Rd., Northampton) April 24 between 10 a.m. and noon – YMCA (570 York St., Fredericton) April 23 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. – Walmart Supercentre (1399 Regent St, Fredericton) April 23 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. – Princess Auto (21 Trinity Ave., Fredericton) April 23 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. – Home Depot (Corbett Centre, Fredericton) April 23 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. – Swiss Chalet (961 Prospect Ave., Fredericton) April 22 between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. – Canadian Tire (1110 Smythe Ave., Fredericton) April 22 between 10 a.m. and noon. – Digital World (524 Smythe Ave., Fredericton) April 22 between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. – Tim Horton's (1713 Woodstock Rd., Fredericton) April 22 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. – Costco (25 Wayne Squibb Blvd., Fredericton) From April 19 to April 22 – Canada Post (135 Otis Dr., Nackawic) April 21 between noon and 4 p.m. – Shoppers Drug Mart (1040 Prospect St., Fredericton) Edmundston region: May 1 between 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., April 30 between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., April 27 between noon and 12:30 p.m. – Legresley Esso (15 Notre-Dame Rd., Kedgwick) May 1 between 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. – Rossy (344 Canada Rd. Unit K, Saint-Quentin) May 1 between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. - Ameublement Milix (344 Canada Rd., Saint-Quentin) May 1 between 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. – Boutique du Dollar 12345 (116A Notre-Dame Rd., Kedgwick) April 29 between 11:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. – Familiprix (116A Notre-Dame Rd., Kedgwick) May 1 between 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., April 29 between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., April 28 between 8:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. – Bonichoix (4 Camille Rd., Kedgwick) April 28 between 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. – Irving (272 Canada Rd., Saint-Quentin) April 25 between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – St. Patrick Church (2154, Rte. 130, Grand Falls) April 27 between 5:15 a.m. and 5:45 a.m., April 28 between 5:15 a.m. and 5:45 a.m., April 26 between 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. – Hill Top Motel & Restaurant (131 Madawaska Rd., Grand Falls) April 28 between 5 a.m. and 5:15 a.m. – Irving Big Stop (121 Route 255, Grand Falls) April 27 between 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. and on April 26 between 3 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. – Walmart, (494 Madawaska Rd., Grand Falls) April 27 between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. – Grand Falls General Hospital April 26 between 2:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. – Blue's Printing Shop, (182 Portage St., Grand Falls) April 26 between noon and 12:15 p.m. – St-Onge Industrial Supplies (Belanger St., Grand Falls) April 26 between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. – Canadian Tire (383 Madawaska Rd., Grand Falls) April 26 between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. and April 24 between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – Atlantic Superstore (240 Madawaska Rd., Grand Falls) April 26 between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. – Foodland Grand Falls (535 Everard H. Daigle, Grand Falls) April 26 between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and April 25 between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. – Toner Home Hardware (445 Broadway Blvd., Grand Falls) April 26 between 9:45 a.m. and 10 a.m. – Merritt Press (208 Main St., Grand Falls) Flight exposures: April 28 - Air Canada Flight 396 – from Calgary to Montreal departed at 1:05 a.m. April 29 - Air Canada Flight 8898 – from Montreal to Moncton, departed at 8:24 a.m. April 24 - Air Canada Flight 8918 – from Toronto to Moncton, departed at 9:04 p.m. April 22 - Air Canada Flight 396 – from Calgary to Montreal departed at 12:52 a.m. April 22 - Air Canada Flight 8898 – from Montreal to Moncton, departed at 8:27 a.m. April 20 - Air Canada Flight 318 – from Calgary to Montreal, departed at 11:45 a.m. April 20 - Air Canada Flight 8906 – from Montreal to Moncton, departed at 7:01 p.m. What to do if you have a symptom People concerned they might have COVID-19 symptoms can take a self-assessment test online. Public Health says symptoms shown by people with COVID-19 have included: Fever above 38 C. New cough or worsening chronic cough. Sore throat. Runny nose. Headache. New onset of fatigue, muscle pain, diarrhea, loss of sense of taste or smell. Difficulty breathing. In children, symptoms have also included purple markings on the fingers and toes. People with one of those symptoms should: Stay at home. Call Tele-Care 811 or their doctor. Describe symptoms and travel history. Follow instructions.