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Prince Philip remembered as calm presence during Queen’s visits to the North

EMMA TRANTER, THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Friday, Apr 16th, 2021

There’s a road in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, that stretches all the way around Williamson Lake, a small body of water in the centre of town.

But, unlike a lot of the roads in the community then, this one was smoothed over with fresh asphalt in 1994. It’s still paved today.

Most people in town know the story of why Rankin’s “ring road” was paved: a visit from the Queen and Prince Philip that year.

Manitok Thompson, who lived in Rankin Inlet at the time, said organizers knew the royal couple would take that road from the airport.

“They were going to drive down to the hotel and so (the road) had to be smooth,” Thompson said.

Philip, the Queen’s husband of 73 years, died last week at the age of 99. A royal ceremonial funeral is to be held Saturday at Windsor Castle in the United Kingdom.

The royal couple also visited Canada’s North in 1970 and 2002.

Thompson said organizing their visit to Rankin Inlet in 1994 meant ensuring every detail was thought about ahead of time, right down to how many steps the Queen would take when she got out of the airplane.

“Every second, every minute had to be planned.”

Thompson, who was a teacher back then, said Canadian officials swept through the town a week before the visit.

“I was teaching at the high school when two (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) guys came into my classroom with their Inspector Gadget outfits,” she said.

And when the Queen’s team asked for a car to drive the royal couple around town, Thompson volunteered her Jeep, but was told it was too tall for the petite monarch.

“I said, ‘Look, I can just lie on the ground and she can just step on me.”

Instead, a car was flown up on a charter plane. The vehicle was later auctioned off in the community.

When the Queen and the prince arrived, they were greeted by crowds of children. Thompson said she remembers people yelling out the Inuktitut name for Elizabeth.

“The little kids were yelling ‘Hi Elisapee!’ with their little hands waving at her.”

Despite fond memories of the visit, Thompson noted the difficult relationship between the Crown and Inuit.

“They took over our land, which wasn’t good for our country or our people,” she said.

Thompson remembers Prince Philip as a peaceful man who stood at the Queen’s side during her visits to the North.

“He was not overwhelming. It was like all the attention was on the Queen. He was just a constant person, right there with her.

“He was very gentle and calm.”

Bill Belsey, also a teacher in Rankin Inlet at the time, photographed the royals in 1994.

“Prince Philip had quite a quick wit. But he would also notice children or elders who weren’t in the Queen’s view in the crowd and would bring them forward to meet her,” Belsey said.

Belsey said his favourite photograph is one in which the Queen and prince, sitting next to each other, are wearing jackets made by a local seamstress. Their smiles beam out at the crowd.

“Their staff said it was one of the most natural smiles they’ve ever seen on the two of them. They just seemed so relaxed and completely at ease in the North.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 16, 2021.

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This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook-Canadian Press News Fellowship

Emma Tranter, The Canadian Press

The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Friday, Apr 16th, 2021

The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern):

9:30 a.m

The Canadian Medical Association is calling for “extraordinary” measures to address the COVID-19 crisis unfolding in several provinces.

The CMA says it wants the federal government to consider re-prioritizing its vaccine distribution strategy to focus on urgent areas instead of distributing to provinces on a per-capita basis.

The organization also says provinces should be sharing their health-care resources with areas that are especially hard-hit, including Ontario and Quebec, where intensive care capacity is overwhelmed.

The CMA says further restrictions “must also be considered” in provinces experiencing rapid rates of COVID-19 transmission.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 16, 2021.

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A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Thursday, April 15, 2021

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Thursday, Apr 15th, 2021

The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 4 a.m. ET on Thursday, April 15, 2021.

In Canada, the provinces are reporting 298,192 new vaccinations administered for a total of 8,896,462 doses given. Nationwide, 840,602 people or 2.2 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 23,473.962 per 100,000.

There were 19,918 new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 11,431,120 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 77.83 per cent of their available vaccine supply.

Please note that Newfoundland and Labrador, P.E.I., Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the territories typically do not report on a daily basis.

Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting 23,163 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 115,398 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 220.38 per 1,000. In the province, 1.85 per cent (9,674) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Newfoundland and Labrador for a total of 144,700 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 28 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 79.75 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

P.E.I. is reporting 7,645 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 35,093 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 221.227 per 1,000. In the province, 5.52 per cent (8,764) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to P.E.I. for a total of 44,265 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 28 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 79.28 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Nova Scotia is reporting 46,685 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 169,851 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 174.046 per 1,000. In the province, 3.24 per cent (31,583) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nova Scotia for a total of 264,790 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 27 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 64.15 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

New Brunswick is reporting 37,830 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 167,147 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 214.28 per 1,000. In the province, 2.08 per cent (16,252) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to New Brunswick for a total of 211,545 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 27 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 79.01 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Quebec is reporting 70,702 new vaccinations administered for a total of 2,075,808 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 242.596 per 1,000. There were 19,918 new vaccines delivered to Quebec for a total of 2,660,185 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 31 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 78.03 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Ontario is reporting 112,817 new vaccinations administered for a total of 3,422,974 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 233.029 per 1,000. In the province, 2.30 per cent (337,206) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Ontario for a total of 4,506,495 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 31 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 75.96 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Manitoba is reporting 8,669 new vaccinations administered for a total of 299,821 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 217.734 per 1,000. In the province, 4.99 per cent (68,718) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Manitoba for a total of 409,470 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 30 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 73.22 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Saskatchewan is reporting 8,682 new vaccinations administered for a total of 307,449 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 260.737 per 1,000. In the province, 3.56 per cent (41,992) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Saskatchewan for a total of 341,785 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 29 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 89.95 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Alberta is reporting 33,851 new vaccinations administered for a total of 1,004,123 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 228.104 per 1,000. In the province, 4.41 per cent (194,012) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Alberta for a total of 1,208,955 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 27 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 83.06 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

British Columbia is reporting 41,839 new vaccinations administered for a total of 1,190,832 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 232.06 per 1,000. In the province, 1.71 per cent (87,820) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to British Columbia for a total of 1,498,430 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 29 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 79.47 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Yukon is reporting 503 new vaccinations administered for a total of 42,857 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 1,026.982 per 1,000. In the territory, 43.36 per cent (18,095) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Yukon for a total of 51,400 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 120 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 83.38 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

The Northwest Territories are reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 41,217 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 913.518 per 1,000. In the territory, 36.51 per cent (16,471) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to the Northwest Territories for a total of 51,600 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 110 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 79.88 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Nunavut is reporting 323 new vaccinations administered for a total of 23,892 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 616.95 per 1,000. In the territory, 25.86 per cent (10,015) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nunavut for a total of 37,500 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 97 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 63.71 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

*Notes on data: The figures are compiled by the COVID-19 Open Data Working Group based on the latest publicly available data and are subject to change. Note that some provinces report weekly, while others report same-day or figures from the previous day. Vaccine doses administered is not equivalent to the number of people inoculated as the approved vaccines require two doses per person. The vaccines are currently not being administered to children under 18 and those with certain health conditions. In some cases the number of doses administered may appear to exceed the number of doses distributed as some provinces have been drawing extra doses per vial.

This report was automatically generated by The Canadian Press Digital Data Desk and was first published April 15, 2021.

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Is in-person worship an essential service?

THE BIG STORY | posted Thursday, Apr 15th, 2021

In today’s Big Story podcast, last weekend, protesters clashed with police over the closing of GraceLife Church in Alberta. It’s not the first time that houses of worship have been a flashpoint for anti-lockdown action. Why has religion, and in particular evangelical and fundamentalist Christianity been so opposed to restrictions on in-person gatherings, even in provinces run by conservatives? How have churches of all denominations handled a year of virtual worship? How do you keep faith in a time of plague, when some of your fellow Christians seemed determined to spread it?

GUEST: Michael Coren, Anglican cleric, author, broadcaster

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You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.

A look at the lives lost in the April 2020 Nova Scotia mass shooting

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Thursday, Apr 15th, 2021

HALIFAX — The victims in one of Canada’s worst mass killings included an RCMP officer, a teacher, health-care workers, retirees, neighbours of the shooter and two correctional officers killed in their home.

Here is a look at the 22 lives lost on April 18-19, 2020:

Elizabeth Joanne Thomas and John Zahl

Thomas and Zahl died in Portapique, N.S., where their home was among those set on fire. Thomas was in her late 50s and was known as Joanne to friends and family. She hailed from Winnipeg and fell in love with Nova Scotia on a trip during her teenage years, her son Justin Zahl said. After raising two sons in Albuquerque, N.M., Thomas and her husband retired to their dream home in Portapique about three years ago. John Zahl, in his late 60s, was originally from Minnesota and worked for FedEx before retiring and later working as an educational assistant with special needs students. After moving to Nova Scotia, Thomas threw herself into volunteering with her local church. She had worked on charity projects providing food and laundry service for the homeless, her son said, describing her as a “living, walking angel.”

Peter and Joy Bond

Social media accounts, including by relatives and a New Brunswick church, shared sadness at the news that the Bonds, a couple who “were loved by their family, friends and community,” were among the dead. A death notice in the Halifax Chronicle Herald said Peter Bond, 74, would be remembered “for his sense of humour and his stories of the past” while his wife Joy, 70, would be remembered “for being the life of the party, her beautiful smile, her contagious laugh and her ability to always keep it together for everyone.” The retired couple lived in Portapique, N.S., and had two sons.

Lillian Campbell

Campbell, 65, was killed while out for a morning stroll in Wentworth Valley, N.S. on the morning of April 19, a neighbour and fellow walker Heather Matthews said. A death notice placed by her family described her as “a true adventurer” who “lived, worked, and explored Canada from sea to sea to shining sea.” It said she was “courageous, generous, determined, quick-witted and gave the best hugs.” Campbell had one child and retired with her husband Michael Hyslop to Nova Scotia from Whitehorse in 2014, embracing her new home, garden and neighbours “with her usual vitality.”

Dawn and Frank Gulenchyn

The couple lived in the Durham region in southern Ontario before moving to Nova Scotia. Dawn worked at the Hillsdale Terraces long-term care home in Oshawa for decades before retiring in 2019. Jon Farrington, a resident of Oshawa, said his stepfather had carefully renovated the couple’s retirement home in Portapique over the past decade, while his mother continued working in order to obtain her pension, using her vacation time to travel to Portapique for time with her husband. Farrington said the couple had finally settled in together in the renovated home in the summer of 2019, and had prepared a room for family visits. They were killed on the first night of the rampage, and their home was set on fire.

Joe Webber

Webber, 36, had gone on a family errand toward the Shubenacadie, N.S., area, about 50 kilometres northwest of Halifax, when he was killed. Coun. Steve Streatch, who lived four houses away from Webber in the rural community of Antrim, said he was “a fine young man who lived in the community of the Musquodoboit Valley, and it’s a tragic loss.” Streatch said Webber worked in the woods, often using traditional methods, and he had three young daughters. “He had a good outlook. He always had a big smile, and a lot of times that’s hard to find in people,” Streatch said.

Tom Bagley

Bagley died while “trying to help,” his daughter Charlene Bagley says. His neighbours in Wentworth, N.S., say Bagley, a military veteran and retired firefighter, was killed on April 19 as he walked toward a burning home on Hunter Road. “If you knew him, you knew that was just who he was all the time,” Charlene Bagley wrote in a Facebook post. Bagley, 70, served as a firefighter at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport from 1975 to 2006 and his military career included a stint on the aircraft carrier HMCS Bonaventure.

Corrie Ellison

Ellison, 42, was remembered as a thoughtful, kind friend who went out of his way to help others. Ellison lived in Truro, N.S., but was visiting his father in Portapique when he was killed. Ashley Fennell says she was good friends with Corrie Ellison for almost a decade and described him as “a beautiful soul.” She said Ellison was on disability support because of an old injury, and he would join Fennell and her son for swimming in the summer. She added that on Christmas 2019 he offered some money for her son’s gifts.

Jolene Oliver, Aaron Tuck and Emily Tuck

The family members were neighbours of the gunman and were killed in their Portapique home. Oliver was 39 and her husband was 45. Their daughter, Emily, was 17. The family spent their early years in Calgary before moving to Nova Scotia. “No matter how much they went through in life they always stayed together, and there was times that they had nothing,” Oliver’s sister, Tammy Oliver-McCurdie, said soon after the killings. She said her sister loved working as a waitress, which she did for most of her life. “She was such a great listener.” Emily, who played the fiddle, had plans to continue her education but couldn’t decide whether to pursue art or welding, her aunt said. Tuck was described in his death notice as having a big heart and being mechanically inclined. “Aaron loved and was known in communities for fixing up cars and was also experienced in leather work,” the notice said.

Sean McLeod and Alanna Jenkins

The Wentworth, N.S., couple were correctional officers. Jenkins, 37, worked at the Nova Institution for Women in Truro and McLeod, 44, worked at the Springhill Institution for more than 20 years. “They would have done anything for anybody and they always made sure people were welcome in their home,” said McLeod’s daughter, Taylor. Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, issued a statement about the couple after their deaths. “They worked hard to protect their communities and the inmates under their care,” Blair said. “Alanna and Sean will be remembered for their commitment to public safety.”

Greg and Jamie Blair

The couple ran a firm that provides service, sales and installation of natural gas and propane units in the area where the shootings happened. They had two small children, and Greg Blair, 45, also had two older sons from an earlier relationship. Judy MacBurnie said her nephew was a “wonderful person who was always laughing and was the funniest person you ever met ….You couldn’t be around him too long because your face and belly hurt so bad from laughing.” Alec Gratto, the younger brother of Jamie Blair, said his 40-year-old sister was born and raised in Masstown, N.S., and married Greg in 2014. The family had a cottage in the Portapique area as the three children grew up, and her brother said his sister loved the outdoors and the beach.

Heather O’Brien

The Victorian Order of Nurses said O’Brien, 55, was a licensed practical nurse and had worked with VON for nearly 17 years. O’Brien’s daughter, Darcy Dobson, posted on Facebook about her mother shortly after her death. “She was kind. She was beautiful. She didn’t deserve any of this,” Dobson wrote, pleading with friends and family not to let the shooting define her mother. “I want everyone to remember how kind she was. How much she loved being a nurse,” she wrote. Portapique resident Lucille Adams remembered O’Brien for her compassion. “She was a very loving person. She was always out there to help somebody,” she said.

Gina Goulet

Goulet, a 54-year-old Shubenacadie, N.S., resident, beat cancer — twice. Her daughter, Amelia Butler, said Goulet was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2016. Goulet was warned that her prospects didn’t look good, but she beat the odds. Goulet was diagnosed with cancer a second time late last year, and had almost fully recovered when she died. “She fought so hard for her life,” Butler said. Goulet was a denturist for 27 years and was an avid angler who would often retreat to her cottage with her two dogs to go bass fishing. Goulet was also a salsa dancer who would travel to Cuba whenever she had the chance.

Kristen Beaton

Beaton, who was pregnant with her second child, had worked for the Victorian Order of Nurses for nearly six years. Her husband Nick Beaton says she cared so much for others, she sometimes forgot to take care of herself. Beaton says he and their nearly two-year-old son, Daxton, were the greatest beneficiaries of the 33-year-old’s nurturing nature. “She loved her son more than I’ve seen anyone love anything ever,” he said. She similarly doted on her clients as a continuing care assistant with the VON. She was en route to visit a client when she was killed.

Lisa McCully

McCully, 49, was a teacher at the elementary school in the community of Debert, N.S., and the mother of two children. Paul Wozney, president of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, said McCully was known as a passionate teacher and “a shining love” in the lives of her friends and family. A death notice in the Halifax Chronicle Herald described McCully as a gifted teacher. “Lisa was always teaching and constantly had creative pursuits on the go, whether it was baking bread, harvesting mushrooms or playing music,” it said. “To know Lisa was to know life in full colour.”

Const. Heidi Stevenson

Stevenson, 48, had been with the RCMP for 23 years and was a mother of two. “Heidi answered the call of duty and lost her life while protecting those she served,” Nova Scotia RCMP Assistant Commissioner Lee Bergerman said. Investigators determined Stevenson’s cruiser was rammed by the gunman’s replica RCMP vehicle on the morning of April 19, near Shubenacadie, N.S., and she died following an exchange of gunfire. Stevenson graduated from Acadia University in 1993 and took on a number of roles with the force, including community policing, communications, drug recognition expert and representing the RCMP as part of the Musical Ride.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 15, 2021.

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A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The Canadian Press | posted Wednesday, Apr 14th, 2021

The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 4 a.m. ET on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.

In Canada, the provinces are reporting 269,702 new vaccinations administered for a total of 8,598,270 doses given. Nationwide, 829,067 people or 2.2 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 22,687.161 per 100,000.

There were 308,300 new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 11,411,202 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 75.35 per cent of their available vaccine supply.

Please note that Newfoundland and Labrador, P.E.I., Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the territories typically do not report on a daily basis.

Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting 21,762 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 112,337 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 214.535 per 1,000. In the province, 1.85 per cent (9,674) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Newfoundland and Labrador for a total of 144,700 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 28 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 77.63 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

P.E.I. is reporting 7,645 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 35,093 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 221.227 per 1,000. In the province, 5.52 per cent (8,764) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to P.E.I. for a total of 44,265 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 28 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 79.28 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Nova Scotia is reporting 41,154 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 157,590 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 161.482 per 1,000. In the province, 3.21 per cent (31,294) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nova Scotia for a total of 264,790 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 27 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 59.52 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

New Brunswick is reporting 37,541 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 161,663 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 207.25 per 1,000. In the province, 2.04 per cent (15,907) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to New Brunswick for a total of 211,545 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 27 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 76.42 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Quebec is reporting 60,229 new vaccinations administered for a total of 2,005,106 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 234.333 per 1,000. There were 203,580 new vaccines delivered to Quebec for a total of 2,640,267 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 31 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 75.94 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Ontario is reporting 95,692 new vaccinations administered for a total of 3,310,157 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 225.348 per 1,000. In the province, 2.28 per cent (335,262) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Ontario for a total of 4,506,495 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 31 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 73.45 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Manitoba is reporting 6,509 new vaccinations administered for a total of 291,152 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 211.439 per 1,000. In the province, 4.97 per cent (68,502) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Manitoba for a total of 409,470 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 30 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 71.1 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Saskatchewan is reporting 7,846 new vaccinations administered for a total of 298,767 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 253.374 per 1,000. In the province, 3.55 per cent (41,821) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were 9,800 new vaccines delivered to Saskatchewan for a total of 341,785 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 29 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 87.41 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Alberta is reporting 38,014 new vaccinations administered for a total of 970,272 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 220.414 per 1,000. In the province, 4.23 per cent (186,156) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Alberta for a total of 1,208,955 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 27 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 80.26 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

British Columbia is reporting 36,892 new vaccinations administered for a total of 1,148,993 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 223.907 per 1,000. In the province, 1.71 per cent (87,785) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were 94,920 new vaccines delivered to British Columbia for a total of 1,498,430 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 29 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 76.68 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Yukon is reporting 836 new vaccinations administered for a total of 42,354 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 1,014.929 per 1,000. In the territory, 42.30 per cent (17,653) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Yukon for a total of 51,400 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 120 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 82.4 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

The Northwest Territories are reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 41,217 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 913.518 per 1,000. In the territory, 36.51 per cent (16,471) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to the Northwest Territories for a total of 51,600 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 110 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 79.88 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Nunavut is reporting 373 new vaccinations administered for a total of 23,569 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 608.609 per 1,000. In the territory, 25.25 per cent (9,778) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nunavut for a total of 37,500 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 97 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 62.85 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

*Notes on data: The figures are compiled by the COVID-19 Open Data Working Group based on the latest publicly available data and are subject to change. Note that some provinces report weekly, while others report same-day or figures from the previous day. Vaccine doses administered is not equivalent to the number of people inoculated as the approved vaccines require two doses per person. The vaccines are currently not being administered to children under 18 and those with certain health conditions. In some cases the number of doses administered may appear to exceed the number of doses distributed as some provinces have been drawing extra doses per vial.

This report was automatically generated by The Canadian Press Digital Data Desk and was first published April 14, 2021.

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The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Wednesday, April 14, 2021

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Wednesday, Apr 14th, 2021

The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4 a.m. ET on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.

There are 1,078,562 confirmed cases in Canada.

_ Canada: 1,078,562 confirmed cases (78,293 active, 976,877 resolved, 23,392 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers.

There were 7,548 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 206.01 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 57,669 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 8,238.

There were 36 new reported deaths Tuesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 251 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 36. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.09 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 61.55 per 100,000 people.

There have been 29,251,338 tests completed.

_ Newfoundland and Labrador: 1,031 confirmed cases (15 active, 1,010 resolved, six deaths).

There was one new case Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 2.87 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there has been 11 new case. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is two.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 1.15 per 100,000 people.

There have been 228,184 tests completed.

_ Prince Edward Island: 165 confirmed cases (six active, 159 resolved, zero deaths).

There were zero new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 3.76 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of five new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is one.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is zero per 100,000 people.

There have been 131,383 tests completed.

_ Nova Scotia: 1,781 confirmed cases (45 active, 1,670 resolved, 66 deaths).

There were six new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 4.59 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 34 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is five.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 6.74 per 100,000 people.

There have been 452,860 tests completed.

_ New Brunswick: 1,736 confirmed cases (133 active, 1,570 resolved, 33 deaths).

There were four new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 17.02 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 71 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 10.

There were zero new reported deaths Tuesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of three new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is zero. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.05 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 4.22 per 100,000 people.

There have been 277,442 tests completed.

_ Quebec: 329,472 confirmed cases (13,253 active, 305,463 resolved, 10,756 deaths).

There were 1,490 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 154.56 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 10,940 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,563.

There were 12 new reported deaths Tuesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 55 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is eight. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.09 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 125.44 per 100,000 people.

There have been 7,599,386 tests completed.

_ Ontario: 394,679 confirmed cases (35,840 active, 351,257 resolved, 7,582 deaths).

There were 3,670 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 243.25 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 27,077 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 3,868.

There were 15 new reported deaths Tuesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 124 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 18. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.12 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 51.46 per 100,000 people.

There have been 13,045,154 tests completed.

_ Manitoba: 35,459 confirmed cases (1,438 active, 33,070 resolved, 951 deaths).

There were 135 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 104.26 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 912 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 130.

There were two new reported deaths Tuesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of nine new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is one. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.09 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 68.95 per 100,000 people.

There have been 615,454 tests completed.

_ Saskatchewan: 36,892 confirmed cases (2,555 active, 33,880 resolved, 457 deaths).

There were 288 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 216.77 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 1,910 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 273.

There were two new reported deaths Tuesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 14 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is two. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.17 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 38.77 per 100,000 people.

There have been 705,758 tests completed.

_ Alberta: 163,119 confirmed cases (15,087 active, 146,011 resolved, 2,021 deaths).

There were 1,081 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 341.19 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 8,994 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,285.

There were three new reported deaths Tuesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 20 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is three. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.06 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 45.7 per 100,000 people.

There have been 3,851,400 tests completed.

_ British Columbia: 113,702 confirmed cases (9,919 active, 102,268 resolved, 1,515 deaths).

There were 873 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 192.69 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 7,714 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,102.

There were two new reported deaths Tuesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 26 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is four. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.07 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 29.43 per 100,000 people.

There have been 2,308,820 tests completed.

_ Yukon: 75 confirmed cases (one active, 73 resolved, one death).

There were zero new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 2.38 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of one new case. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is zero.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 2.38 per 100,000 people.

There have been 8,690 tests completed.

_ Northwest Territories: 43 confirmed cases (one active, 42 resolved, zero deaths).

There were zero new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 2.21 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of zero new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is zero.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is zero per 100,000 people.

There have been 16,683 tests completed.

_ Nunavut: 395 confirmed cases (zero active, 391 resolved, four deaths).

There were zero new cases Tuesday. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of zero new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is zero.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 10.16 per 100,000 people.

There have been 10,048 tests completed.

This report was automatically generated by The Canadian Press Digital Data Desk and was first published April 14, 2021.

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Canada had a blueprint for an amazing health data system. We never built it.

THE BIG STORY | posted Wednesday, Apr 14th, 2021

n today’s Big Story podcast, in the late 1990s, it became clear that Canada’s health data systems would need to go digital. A thorough report was presented, the first of many to come, laying out what needed to happen for Canada to lead the world in digital health data. A national data system would track everything from outbreaks and symptoms to vaccinations and side effects. But…we never built it. Over the next 20-plus years, little was done—and nothing at all from a truly national level.

Now, when we desperately need to be able to have access to real-time data on what’s happening where, every province relies on a different system, and many of them are duct-taped together from the bones of what was supposed to be a world-leading piece of infrastructure. What happened?

GUEST: Justin Ling (Read Justin’s reporting here.)

You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and Spotify

You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.

 

How J&J and AstraZeneca differ from the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna

MELISSA COUTO ZUBER, THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Tuesday, Apr 13th, 2021

Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose COVID-19 vaccine has hit a stumbling block in the United States as regulators begin investigating reports of blood clots, weeks before the first shipment of the jabs are expected to arrive in Canada.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday they were investigating clots in six women that occurred in the days after vaccination. The agencies are recommending pausing the use of the Johnson & Johnson jab in the country.

It’s the second COVID vaccine to be investigated for a possible link to blood clotting after several European countries temporarily halted use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for the same reason last month.

Canada approved the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in early March, but manufacturing issues have delayed shipments. The country is scheduled to get its first batch at the end of this month.

Johnson & Johnson said Tuesday it was delaying rolling out its vaccine in Europe amid the U.S. investigation.

The reports from Johnson & Johnson recipients appear similar to the rare type of clotting disorder that European authorities said last week is possibly linked to AstraZeneca. The European Medicines Agency has said the benefits of receiving the AstraZeneca jab outweigh the potential risks.

More than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been administered in the U.S., with the vast majority reporting no or mild side effects.

Both Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca use the same vaccine technology, which differs from the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.

Here’s how the four vaccines work:

VIRAL VECTORS

All of the approved COVID-19 vaccines train the body to recognize the spike protein that coats the outer surface of the coronavirus.

Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca use a harmless version of a cold virus as a vector to give our cells the instructions they need to make the coronavirus’s spike protein.

The immune system recognizes the protein and makes antibodies, which then allow us to fend off attack if exposed in the future.

Johnson & Johnson uses a human adenovirus, or a cold virus, to create its vaccine while AstraZeneca uses a chimpanzee version.

Johnson & Johnson’s is the first single-dose vaccine approved in Canada. AstraZeneca, like Pfizer and Moderna, requires two doses.

Experts say it takes a couple weeks for the body to build up some level of immunity with any of the vaccines.

MESSENGER RNA VACCINES

Moderna and Pfizer use messenger RNA (mRNA), a novel technology that essentially teaches our cells how to produce the coronavirus’s spike protein. That triggers an immune response if we become infected with the virus in the future.

All four of the vaccines basically work the same way, but there’s one less component involved with the mRNA versions. Whereas the viral vectors use another virus to give our cells the info they need to make the spike protein, mRNA dumps the genetic code in directly, without using another virus as a vessel.

Pfizer and Moderna use synthetically-produced mRNA that’s packaged in a fat coating. The mRNA is dumped into the cell when the vaccine is injected into the arm muscle and it then translated into protein to make the antibody.

The vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna were the first inoculations approved for humans to use mRNA, but the technology was being worked on for decades before it was adapted to vaccine creation.

Previous research had been done on creating mRNA vaccines against Zika and other viruses, and there were earlier efforts focused on cancer treatments.

Early pitfalls against the mRNA technology was that it was too unstable and fragile, with the mRNA disintegrating upon entering the body. That problem was solved by packaging it in the fat coating, giving it something to help bind onto cells easier.

— With files from The Associated Press

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 13, 2021.

Melissa Couto Zuber, The Canadian Press

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