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New Saskatchewan COVID-19 restrictions good, but more needed: Saskatoon doctor

A Saskatoon doctor called Saskatchewan’s latest restrictions are a good step, but said the province should go further to curb the spread of COVID-19.“I certainly think that some of the more restrictive measures are a really good thing. I think that more could be done and should be done and should be done immediately,” Dr. Hassan Masri told Global News.Masri is one of several hundred doctors who signed an open letter to Premier Scott Moe several weeks ago calling for firmer action and stronger leadership.He renewed that call a day after Moe, speaking remotely from his home in Shellbrook after being potentially exposed to the novel coronavirus, announced the latest restrictions. Story continues below advertisement He criticized the government’s decision to keep recreational facilities open b...

B.C. reports record 887 new COVID-19 cases, another 13 deaths

British Columbia set yet another single-day record, with 887 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.For the second day in a row, the province reported a record 13 deaths.B.C. has now reported 121 COVID-19 deaths in November alone, nearly a third of its 384 total fatalities.Sixty-four of those deaths have occurred in the just last week. As of the province’s Nov. 20 situation report, 84 per cent of the fatalities remained people over the age of 70. Trending Stories Of the new cases, the majority were in the Fraser Health region (612) and Vancouver Coastal Health region (168). Story continues below advertisement Another 18 were in the Island Health region, 65 in the Interior Health region and 24 in the Northern Health region.The number of patients in hospital remained unchanged Thursday at 294, wh...

COVID-19: Dr. Deena Hinshaw calls leaked cabinet meeting recordings a ‘personal betrayal’

Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Thursday she is “profoundly disappointed” that a member of her team leaked secret recordings of cabinet meetings where she regularly gives recommendations to Alberta’s COVID-19 response team.“The confidential, internal conversations have been shared – actions that are a violation of the public service oath and code of conduct. This is a personal betrayal, and a betrayal of the trust that our hard-working team has placed in each other,” Alberta’s chief medical officer of health said ahead of her provincial COVID-19 update.CBC News published the leaked recordings on Thursday, which appear to highlight tensions between Hinshaw and the Alberta government pandemic response team.Hinshaw said the recording referenced in the story was “taken out of context” and showed only a...

Spike in COVID-19 cases renews parent concerns about keeping Halifax-area schools open

As COVID-19 case numbers continue to rise in the Halifax area, some parents say the provincial government should shut down local schools until the worst of the second wave passes.More than 150 people responded to the question from Global News on the Facebook page, Nova Scotia Parents for Public Education. Many said the education department should close schools in the province’s epicentre of the pandemic — the Halifax Regional Municipality — until Christmas or later.Others, however, argued facilities should remain open for children’s mental health, and some called for additional online learning resources that give children the option of staying home.“I don’t think just having them in school a case hits is the right option,” said Bedford parent of two, Heather Yule, in an interview. Story co...

Halifax professor examines harmful role stigma plays during coronavirus pandemic

While the Halifax Regional Municipality settles into a second round of targeted lockdowns, a Dalhousie University professor says people across Canada are experiencing a third wave of COVID-19-related stigma and discrimination.“There’s a lot of talk going around about the 18- to 35-year-olds as being the proponents of this newest lockdown, but in all these cases about trying to blame or identify someone as being the cause of this … where the real harm comes (is) to those communities,” said Robert Huish, an associate professor of international development studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax. Robert Huish is an associate professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax. He’s leading a survey examining the impact of stigma during the pandemic. Alexa MacLean/Global Halifax Huish is leading a...

Coronavirus: London, Ont., company celebrates assembly of 10,000th ventilator

An engineering company in London, Ont., is celebrating its latest effort in the fight against COVID-19.On Thursday, JMP Solutions assembled its 10,000th ventilator, completing its part in a contract with the federal government to supply Canadian hospitals.The other part of the contract sees Vexos, an electronics manufacturer in Markham, Ont., install the electronic components, test the machines, package them and ship them out.At @JMP__Solutions this morning where the #LdnOnt company is celebrating the production of its 10,000th ventilator. The ventilators are part of a federal contract to help Canadian hospitals in the fight against #COVID19. Here’s a video of the finished product: pic.twitter.com/R57DWSLP1X— Andrew Graham (@andrewjwgraham) November 26, 2020 Story continues below advertise...

Coronavirus: Should seniors come to Christmas in Montreal? The experts weigh in

Quebec says you’re allowed to have two different holiday gatherings between Dec. 24th and 27th, with up to 10 people. Given that your elderly loved ones are most vulnerable to the virus, should they be on the guest list?“What we all miss most is being at home with our families,” said Orysia Wywiorka, a senior who lives at the Bayview Centre long-term care home in Pointe-Claire.As much as she would love to, she does not anticipate celebrating Christmas at a family gathering this year.“We were saying that we’re going to celebrate Christmas in July and there’s a nice park across the way and that’s where we’re going to have it,” she said. Story continues below advertisement Quebec has not yet made it clear what seniors in care homes will be allowed to do over the holidays, promising a detailed...

30 new coronavirus cases confirmed in Simcoe Muskoka, local total reaches 1,983

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit confirmed 30 new novel coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the local total number of cases up to 1,983, including 52 deaths.Fourteen of the new cases are in Barrie, while six are in New Tecumseth, three are in Bradford and two are in Springwater.The rest are in Collingwood, Essa, Innisfil and Tiny Township.Twelve of the new cases are a result of close contact with another positive COVID-19 case, while seven are community-acquired. Two of the new cases are related to an educational setting outbreak, while on is travel-related.The rest of the new cases are all under investigation. Story continues below advertisement This week, the health unit has reported 149 new coronavirus cases.Last week, there were 200 new COVID-19 cases in the region, marking the hi...

MPP Randy Hillier charged after hosting anti-COVID-19 lockdown rally

Randy Hillier, a Kingston, Ont.,-area MPP, has been charged under the Reopening Ontario Act after organizing an anti-COVID-19 lockdown rally outside Queen’s Park Thursday morning.Supporters banged pots and carried placards that read “Stop fake pandemic” and  “Lockdowns make the rich, richer” on the front lawn of the legislature.This is the second rally organized by Hillier in as many months to claim that the pandemic restrictions and lockdowns are unlawful and are causing more harm than good.Video of Thursday’s event show almost no one in the large crowd wearing a mask. During Toronto’s lockdown, only 10 people are allowed to gather outside. Hillier’s gathering far exceeded that limit. Trending Stories Story continues below advertisement On Thursday afternoon, Global News learned that Toro...

Coronavirus vaccine could help economy recover faster than expected: BoC

Canada’s economy could rebound faster than expected if consumer spending jumps in the wake of a successful coronavirus vaccination effort, Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem said on Thursday.On the other hand, if the economy weakens amid a second wave of infections, Macklem indicated the central bank could if necessary cut already record low interest rates.In late October, the bank said it assumed a vaccine would not be widely available until mid-2022. Since then, several manufacturers have announced potential vaccines that could be distributed starting early next year.“It is possible, especially when there is a vaccine, that households will decide to spend more than we have forecast and if that happens the economy will rebound more quickly,” Macklem said in response to questions from th...

Less than 5 health workers have tested positive for COVID-19 in N.S.

The Nova Scotia Health Authority says that only a “small number” of health-care workers have tested positive for COVID-19 over the past several weeks.However, the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) will not provide details on how many have tested positive or the locations where they work.“Due to the small number, and the need to protect personal health information, we are unable to report the number as it is less than five provincially,” said NSHA spokesperson Brendan Elliott.All of the health workers who have tested positive were required to “immediately” quarantine away from their workplace, Elliott said.The authority confirmed that there are small number of health workers self-isolating as a result of potential exposures to COVID-19. Story continues below advertisement Elliott said the...

COVID-19 outbreak declared at Edmonton Convention Centre 24/7 shelter

A COVID-19 outbreak was declared Thursday at the temporary 24/7 accommodation at the Edmonton Convention Centre.The venue in downtown Edmonton was converted into a shelter space on Oct. 30 and is run by partner agencies Bissel Centre, Boyle Street Community Services, The Mustard Seed and Bent Arrow Healing Society.In its first week, the temporary homeless shelter was seeing an average of 317 people daily. The facility is expected to remain open until March 31, 2021.Those who tested positive “were immediately taken to an isolation space in the facility, before being moved to the Edmonton Isolation Facility run by Alberta Health Services. Contact tracing was immediately undertaken,” Bissell Centre said in an emailed statement. Story continues below advertisement The agencies have been follow...

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