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Biden’s $1.9T bet that a COVID-19 relief fund can help cure America

President Joe Biden wants America to know that he’s from the government and he’s here to help.That sentiment became a well-worn punchline under Ronald Reagan and shaped the politics of both parties for four decades. Democrat Bill Clinton declared the era of big government over in the 1990s, Barack Obama largely kept his party in the same lane and Republican Donald Trump campaigned on the premise that Washington was full of morons, outplayed by the Chinese and others.But Biden is now staking his presidency on the idea that the government can use his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan not only to stop a pandemic and jobs crisis but also to catapult the country forward to tackle deep issues of poverty, inequality and more. Story continues below advertisement “When I was elected, I said we ...

Systemic discrimination against Indigenous women magnified during COVID-19, Bennett says

COVID-19 has magnified the effects of systemic discrimination against Indigenous women in Canada, said Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett at a virtual summit the federal government organized to discuss a feminist response to the pandemic.Bennett said Canada’s colonial legacy has played a role in worse outcomes for Indigenous women.She said that includes more layoffs, a lack of child care and a spike in family violence.“We know that equality cannot be achieved by simply ensuring everyone has the same opportunities,” she said.“We speak of income gaps between men and women, but those gaps exist between different demographics of women as well. That’s why any economic recovery plan for women must consider different lenses and perspectives in Canada.” Story continues below adver...

Coronavirus: 121 new COVID cases, 1 additional death confirmed in Simcoe Muskoka

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit confirmed 121 new COVID-19 cases and one additional death since Friday, bringing the local total number of cases up to 6,737, including 190 deaths.Local public health also confirmed eight new cases of the COVID-19 B.1.1.7 variant, which was first discovered in the U.K. and is believed to be up to 70 per cent more contagious than earlier coronavirus strains, and 39 additional cases of a “variant of concern.”Testing is still underway to determine the exact strain of the variant of concern.This brings the total number of B.1.1.7 cases up to 225 and the total number of variant of concern cases up to 430. Story continues below advertisement Forty-six of Monday’s new COVID-19 cases are in Barrie, while 14 are in New Tecumseth, 13 are in Bradford and 11 are...

Life after the pandemic: What advocates say women need to regain lost ground

As women reckon with what many have dubbed the “she-cession” — the fallout of a pandemic that has disproportionately affected women’s livelihoods and pocketbooks — experts say the government must consider the unique realities women face as it begins to look towards economic recovery.“It’s been very, very difficult for women, and women have been disadvantaged,” said Clare Beckton, former deputy head of Status of Women Canada, in an interview with Global News.“More women have lost their jobs than men, because a lot of women were in lower-paying jobs and many of them (were) in the hospitality industry or in tourism, where many of the jobs have been lost.”Women have assumed much of the additional childcare that came along with having kids home from school, Beckton added, forcing them to either...

Here’s how Ottawa health workers will get their COVID-19 vaccines

Ottawa Public Health will start pre-registering thousands of health-care workers on Wednesday in hopes of a more seamless rollout of COVID-19 vaccines when each sector comes up in the queue.The local public health unit said Monday that COVID-19 vaccine supplies in Ottawa will allow health-care workers deemed “very high priority” under the province’s coronavirus vaccine sequencing plans to start getting their jabs in the next few days.To make sure OPH’s vaccination system is ready to accommodate the “tens of thousands” of workers in Ottawa that fall into this high-priority category, the health unit will sign up workers via an online portal set to launch on Wednesday. 2:31Should essential workers be given COVID-19 vaccine priority? Should essential workers be given COVID-19 vaccine priority?...

COVID-19: 4 new cases, 78 variants for Peterborough, outbreak ends at Empress Gardens

Peterborough Public Health reported four new cases of COVID-19 on the first day of its red-zone status on Monday.According to the health unit’s COVID-19 tracker website, there are now 84 active cases its jurisdiction of Peterborough, Peterborough County, Curve Lake First Nation and Hiawatha First Nation. Over the weekend there were 20 new cases reported (12 on Saturday, eight on Sunday) with 86 active cases reported on Sunday, up three from Saturday.There are now 78 presumed variant of concern cases, up from 56 reported on Friday. The health unit’s first variant of concern was the B.1.1.7, first detected in the United Kingdom, which was reported on Feb. 23.Most of the new cases are Fleming College and Trent University students, linked to the evolving outbreak declared Feb. 20 at the privat...

Interior Health’s COVID-19 vaccine phone line jammed Monday morning

Callers to Interior Health’s phone line to book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment reported frustrating delays and disconnections on Monday morning.At 7:00 a.m., the phone lines opened for the first time to an age cohort involving the general public.Seniors over the age of 90 and Indigenous people over the age of 65 can call to book an appointment for their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic next week.Laurie Postill said she and her brother have spent a combined 11 hours trying to get through to book their 90-year-old father a vaccination appointment, but to no avail as of 1:00 p.m.“I think that is pretty poor use of resources,” she said, as the phone number is the only way to currently book an appointment in the B.C. Interior. Story continues below advertisement 2:38Vaccine ap...

Residential home sales on the rise across Saskatchewan: SRA report

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on many aspects of everyday life.That hasn’t been the case for housing sales in Saskatchewan through the month of February. According to the Saskatchewan Realtor Association‘s (SRA) monthly report, sales were up roughly 74 per cent in Saskatchewan compared to the same month in 2020.The average price for a home went up nearly three per cent as well, from $265,000 to $272,000.Inventory of available homes fell in all 19 markets tracked by the SRA.Saskatoon and Region Builders’ Association CEO Chris Guérette says there are three factors leading to the current state of the market: people are at home now more than ever with work, PST rebates for purchasing a home and interest rates at very low levels. Story continues below advertisement “There is d...

Ontario Tech drive provides laptops to seniors at Bowmanville Older Adult Association

Staying connected is now more important than ever, and Ontario Tech University is helping older adults do just that.On Monday, laptops and tablets were dropped off at the Bowmanville Older Adult Association.The past 12 months have been isolating for Joanna Bowman. The retired teacher gets out for walks, but still feels disconnected from the world.“Not going places, for me sewing was my passion and no sewing classes anymore, and just staying at home,” said Bowman.On Monday, the 66-year-old received a laptop to help her reconnect with friends.“It’s eye opening; it’s going to make things a lot better. The best thing would be to be able to out doing what we used to do, but this will help remove some of that isolation,” said Bowman. Story continues below advertisement It’s part of an initiative...

Coronavirus: 1 death, 27 cases in London-Middlesex as health officials note creeping case rates

Jump to: Hospitalizations – Outbreaks – Schools – Vaccinations and Testing – Ontario – Elgin and Oxford – Huron and Perth – Sarnia and LambtonOne person has died and 27 others have tested positive, health officials in London and Middlesex reported Monday in a COVID-19 update.The update brings the region’s pandemic case total to 6,310, of which 5,978 have recovered, an increase of 16 from the day before.At least 185 people have died, including at least two so far this month. The death reported Monday involved a woman in her 70s who was not associated with a long-term care or retirement home.It leaves at least 147 active cases in the region, the health unit says. Story continues below advertisement The region is currently in the orange-restrict level of the province’s COVID-19 response frame...

Guelph reports 38 new COVID-19 cases from the weekend, active cases at 106

Guelph’s public health unit reported 38 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing its total case count to 2,780.The data encompasses the entire weekend as active cases increased by one to 106.Another 37 people recovered from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus over the weekend, as resolved cases reached 2,637.Guelph’s death toll of 37 has remained unchanged since Feb. 24.Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (WDG) Public Health reported 42.3 cases per 100,000, which puts the region in the red level of the province’s framework.There are also three cases being treated in an intensive care unit somewhere in WDG Public Health’s jurisdiction, but it wouldn’t reveal which hospitals they are being treated at. Story continues below advertisement Wellington County [ Sign up for our Health IQ newslette...

B.C. health officials to provide Monday COVID-19 update

B.C. health officials are scheduled to provide a COVID-19 update on Monday afternoon.Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry will speak at a 3 p.m. press conference, which will be carried live on BC1, on our website, the Global BC Facebook page and CKNW. 3:30Seniors over 80 can book vaccines in some B.C. communities this week Seniors over 80 can book vaccines in some B.C. communities this week The update comes after the opening of British Columbia’s call centre to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments. Story continues below advertisement Dix said the appointment booking line received 1.7 million calls as of 9:40 a.m. Monday despite the fact that only about 82,000 people — those born in 1931 or earlier and Indigenous people born in 1946 and earlier — are e...

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