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How our minds make lasting memories out of a pandemic haze

THE BIG STORY | posted Wednesday, Apr 21st, 2021

In today’s Big Story podcast, Picture the moment Covid-19 became real to you—when you left to work from home, or sports shut down, or someone you know got sick. How accurate is that memory? Now, what do you remember about the days, weeks and months that came afterward? When you tell these stories to your grandchildren one day, how will you frame them?

The past year has been unbelievably hard, and if you’ve lost something it can often feel like it was needless and hopeless. But what we learn from studying memory is that those aren’t the stories we end up telling ourselves about difficult struggles…

GUEST: Melissa Fay Greene for The Atlantic

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Annual pace of inflation leaps higher in March to 2.2%

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Wednesday, Apr 21st, 2021

Statistics Canada says the annual pace of inflation jumped higher in March due in large part to a plunge in prices a year ago at the start of the pandemic.

The agency says the consumer price index in March was up 2.2 per cent compared with a year ago.

The increase compared with a 1.1 per cent year-over-year increase in February, which was then a pandemic-era high.

The figures for March marked a new high, but one that saw prices compared against a year ago when the first wave of COVID-19 crashed on Canada’s shores.

March gas prices, for example, were up 35.3 per cent compared with the same month last year when prices reached a four-year low at the onset of the pandemic.

Statistics Canada says about one-fifth of the increase in gasoline prices was due to the comparison with prices in March 2020.

A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Tuesday, April 20, 2021

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Tuesday, Apr 20th, 2021

The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 4 a.m. ET on Monday April 20, 2021.

In Canada, the provinces are reporting 269,775 new vaccinations administered for a total of 10,243,418 doses given. Nationwide, 932,807 people or 2.5 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 27,028.004 per 100,000.

There were 4,700 new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 12,667,610 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 80.86 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 26,302 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 136,349 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 260.391 per 1,000. In the province, 1.85 per cent (9,674) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were 4,700 new vaccines delivered to Newfoundland and Labrador for a total of 173,840 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 33 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 78.43 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

P.E.I. is reporting 8,567 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 39,504 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 249.034 per 1,000. In the province, 5.88 per cent (9,325) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to P.E.I. for a total of 53,545 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 34 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 73.78 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Nova Scotia is reporting 57,440 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 207,563 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 212.689 per 1,000. In the province, 3.31 per cent (32,255) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nova Scotia for a total of 316,500 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 32 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 65.58 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

New Brunswick is reporting 48,322 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 200,587 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 257.15 per 1,000. In the province, 2.41 per cent (18,812) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to New Brunswick for a total of 255,205 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 33 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 78.6 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Quebec is reporting 41,177 new vaccinations administered for a total of 2,399,934 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 280.476 per 1,000. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Quebec for a total of 2,836,485 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 33 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 84.61 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Ontario is reporting 66,897 new vaccinations administered for a total of 3,904,778 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 265.829 per 1,000. In the province, 2.36 per cent (346,005) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Ontario for a total of 4,852,885 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 33 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 80.46 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Manitoba is reporting 5,788 new vaccinations administered for a total of 341,926 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 248.312 per 1,000. In the province, 5.07 per cent (69,822) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Manitoba for a total of 479,010 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 35 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 71.38 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Saskatchewan is reporting 7,043 new vaccinations administered for a total of 352,169 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 298.662 per 1,000. In the province, 3.64 per cent (42,893) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Saskatchewan for a total of 396,475 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 34 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 88.83 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Alberta is reporting 18,175 new vaccinations administered for a total of 1,165,223 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 264.70 per 1,000. In the province, 5.30 per cent (233,340) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Alberta for a total of 1,449,695 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 33 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 80.38 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

British Columbia is reporting 98,069 new vaccinations administered for a total of 1,380,160 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 268.954 per 1,000. In the province, 1.72 per cent (88,151) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to British Columbia for a total of 1,696,370 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 33 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 81.36 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Yukon is reporting 1,345 new vaccinations administered for a total of 45,391 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 1,087.705 per 1,000. In the territory, 48.71 per cent (20,326) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Yukon for a total of 59,500 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 140 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 76.29 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

The Northwest Territories are reporting 3,429 new vaccinations administered for a total of 44,646 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 989.517 per 1,000. In the territory, 42.71 per cent (19,271) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to the Northwest Territories for a total of 56,300 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 79.3 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Nunavut is reporting 719 new vaccinations administered for a total of 25,188 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 650.416 per 1,000. In the territory, 28.23 per cent (10,933) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nunavut for a total of 41,800 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 60.26 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 20, 2021.

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The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Tuesday, April 20, 2021

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Tuesday, Apr 20th, 2021

The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4 a.m. ET on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

There are 1,131,773 confirmed cases in Canada.

Canada: 1,131,773 confirmed cases (88,327 active, 1,019,779 resolved, 23,667 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers.

There were 8,317 new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 232.41 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 60,759 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 8,680.

There were 45 new reported deaths Monday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 311 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 44. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.12 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 62.27 per 100,000 people.

There have been 30,041,115 tests completed.

Newfoundland and Labrador: 1,046 confirmed cases (29 active, 1,011 resolved, six deaths).

There were three new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 5.55 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 16 new cases. 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 234,869 tests completed.

Prince Edward Island: 173 confirmed cases (13 active, 160 resolved, zero deaths).

There were three new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 8.14 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of eight 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 134,959 tests completed.

Nova Scotia: 1,822 confirmed cases (63 active, 1,692 resolved, 67 deaths).

There were 15 new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 6.43 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 47 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is seven.

There were zero new reported deaths Monday. Over the past seven days there has been one new reported death. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is zero. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.01 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 6.84 per 100,000 people.

There have been 466,315 tests completed.

New Brunswick: 1,797 confirmed cases (159 active, 1,605 resolved, 33 deaths).

There were nine new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 20.35 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 65 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is nine.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 4.22 per 100,000 people.

There have been 284,651 tests completed.

Quebec: 338,044 confirmed cases (12,852 active, 314,376 resolved, 10,816 deaths).

There were 1,092 new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 149.89 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 10,062 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,437.

There were 15 new reported deaths Monday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 72 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 10. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.12 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 126.14 per 100,000 people.

There have been 7,844,970 tests completed.

Ontario: 421,442 confirmed cases (42,863 active, 370,844 resolved, 7,735 deaths).

There were 4,447 new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 290.91 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 30,433 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 4,348.

There were 19 new reported deaths Monday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 168 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 24. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.16 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 52.5 per 100,000 people.

There have been 13,382,023 tests completed.

Manitoba: 36,267 confirmed cases (1,685 active, 33,623 resolved, 959 deaths).

There were 108 new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 122.17 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 943 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 135.

There were zero new reported deaths Monday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 10 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is one. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.1 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 69.53 per 100,000 people.

There have been 632,455 tests completed.

Saskatchewan: 38,401 confirmed cases (2,626 active, 35,310 resolved, 465 deaths).

There were 243 new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 222.79 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 1,797 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 257.

There were zero new reported deaths Monday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 10 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is one. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.12 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 39.45 per 100,000 people.

There have been 726,692 tests completed.

Alberta: 172,186 confirmed cases (18,424 active, 151,719 resolved, 2,043 deaths).

There were 1,391 new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 416.66 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 10,148 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,450.

There were three new reported deaths Monday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 25 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is four. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.08 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 46.2 per 100,000 people.

There have been 3,925,765 tests completed.

British Columbia: 120,040 confirmed cases (9,583 active, 108,919 resolved, 1,538 deaths).

There were 1,000 new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 186.16 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 7,211 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,030.

There were eight new reported deaths Monday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 25 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 29.88 per 100,000 people.

There have been 2,372,213 tests completed.

Yukon: 76 confirmed cases (two active, 73 resolved, one death).

There were zero new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 4.76 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there has 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 8,799 tests completed.

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

There were zero new cases Monday. 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 16,994 tests completed.

Nunavut: 423 confirmed cases (28 active, 391 resolved, four deaths).

There were six new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 71.15 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 28 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is four.

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

There have been 10,334 tests completed.

This report was automatically generated by The Canadian Press Digital Data Desk and was first published April 20, 2021.

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Canada’s Vaccine Hunters have tips to help you book your shot

THE BIG STORY | posted Tuesday, Apr 20th, 2021

In today’s Big Story podcast, in one week, the @VaxHuntersCan Twitter account has grown from a few thousand followers to more than 85,000. By the time you read this it may be close to 100,000. And that’s because the account has one simple mission: find available Covid-19 vaccination appointments in clinics, hospitals and pharmacies across Canada, and find people ready to take them.

In the middle of a vaccine rollout that has been convoluted and sometimes confusing, the Vaccine Hunters have been a godsend. But what does it say about our government that they’re needed at all? How did this project come together and evolve? And what have they learned while doing it that can help you book your vaccine?

GUEST: Josh Kalpin, Vaccine Hunters Canada

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The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Monday, Apr. 19, 2021

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Monday, Apr 19th, 2021

The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. ET on Monday April 19, 2021.

There are 1,121,498 confirmed cases in Canada.

Canada: 1,121,498 confirmed cases (87,925 active, 1,009,950 resolved, 23,623 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers.

There were 7,593 new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 231.35 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 59,023 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 8,432.

There were 32 new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 294 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 42. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.11 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 62.16 per 100,000 people.

There have been 29,907,670 tests completed.

Newfoundland and Labrador: 1,043 confirmed cases (26 active, 1,011 resolved, six deaths).

There was one new case Sunday. The rate of active cases is 4.98 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there has been 14 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 234,141 tests completed.

Prince Edward Island: 170 confirmed cases (10 active, 160 resolved, zero deaths).

There were three new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 6.26 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of eight 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 134,704 tests completed.

Nova Scotia: 1,807 confirmed cases (49 active, 1,691 resolved, 67 deaths).

There were seven new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is five per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 39 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is six.

There were zero new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there has been one new reported death. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is zero. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.01 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 6.84 per 100,000 people.

There have been 464,263 tests completed.

New Brunswick: 1,788 confirmed cases (154 active, 1,601 resolved, 33 deaths).

There were 10 new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 19.71 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 66 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is nine.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 4.22 per 100,000 people.

There have been 283,622 tests completed.

Quebec: 336,952 confirmed cases (13,449 active, 312,701 resolved, 10,802 deaths).

There were 1,344 new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 156.85 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 10,569 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,510.

There were nine new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 60 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is nine. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.1 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 125.98 per 100,000 people.

There have been 7,813,292 tests completed.

Ontario: 416,995 confirmed cases (41,588 active, 367,691 resolved, 7,716 deaths).

There were 4,250 new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 282.26 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 30,387 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 4,341.

There were 18 new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 164 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 23. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.16 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 52.37 per 100,000 people.

There have been 13,328,247 tests completed.

Manitoba: 36,159 confirmed cases (1,688 active, 33,512 resolved, 959 deaths).

There were 170 new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 122.38 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 946 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 135.

There was one new reported death Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 10 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is one. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.1 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 69.53 per 100,000 people.

There have been 626,901 tests completed.

Saskatchewan: 38,160 confirmed cases (2,742 active, 34,953 resolved, 465 deaths).

There were 289 new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 232.63 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 1,856 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 265.

There was one new reported death Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 11 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is two. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.13 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 39.45 per 100,000 people.

There have been 723,594 tests completed.

Alberta: 170,795 confirmed cases (17,935 active, 150,820 resolved, 2,040 deaths).

There were 1,516 new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 405.6 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 9,893 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,413.

There were three new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 27 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is four. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.09 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 46.13 per 100,000 people.

There have been 3,913,177 tests completed.

British Columbia: 117,080 confirmed cases (10,259 active, 105,291 resolved, 1,530 deaths).

There were zero new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 199.29 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 5,221 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 746.

There were zero new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 21 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 29.72 per 100,000 people.

There have been 2,349,763 tests completed.

Yukon: 76 confirmed cases (two active, 73 resolved, one deaths).

There were zero new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 4.76 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of two 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 2.38 per 100,000 people.

There have been 8,740 tests completed.

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

There were zero new cases Sunday. 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 16,904 tests completed.

Nunavut: 417 confirmed cases (22 active, 391 resolved, four deaths).

There were three new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 55.9 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 22 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is three.

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

There have been 10,246 tests completed.

This report was automatically generated by The Canadian Press Digital Data Desk and was first published April 19, 2021.

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We may have just realized how little we understand about our universe

THE BIG STORY | posted Monday, Apr 19th, 2021

In today’s Big Story podcast, in the middle of a world gripped by plague, a major scientific discovery passed nearly unnoticed. If it’s verified, it means one of the most important models we use to understand particle physics is incomplete. And that would open a doorway to a world of things we can’t explain yet. If you’ve spent that past few days gripped in a cycle of COVID-19 rage and anxiety, come and rediscover the wonder of the universe…

GUEST: Dennis Overbye, Science Reporter, New York Times

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Rogers reports cellphone outage across Canada

NEWS STAFF | posted Monday, Apr 19th, 2021

Rogers is dealing with intermittent service outages, largely affecting cell phone service.

Customers across the country began reporting issues on social media Monday morning. Some say they are experiencing complete service failure and cannot make or receive calls, while other say they can make calls but not use data.

Rogers said the outage is also impacting Fido customers.

The company says it’s aware of some disruptions and it looking into the issues.

There has been no word on when full service will be restored.

NOTE: Rogers is the parent company of this website.

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

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

The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 10:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 15, 2021.

In Canada, the provinces are reporting 308,845 new vaccinations administered for a total of 9,205,307 doses given. Nationwide, 854,586 people or 2.3 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 24,288.872 per 100,000.

There were no new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 12,649,082 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 72.77 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 30,014 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 122,249 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 233.464 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 169,140 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 32 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 72.28 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

P.E.I. is reporting 8,567 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 39,504 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 249.034 per 1,000. In the province, 5.88 per cent (9,325) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to P.E.I. for a total of 53,545 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 34 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 73.78 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Nova Scotia is reporting 53,058 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 182,867 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 187.383 per 1,000. In the province, 3.28 per cent (31,998) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nova Scotia for a total of 316,500 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 32 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 57.78 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

New Brunswick is reporting 38,432 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 174,234 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 223.365 per 1,000. In the province, 2.16 per cent (16,858) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to New Brunswick for a total of 255,205 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 33 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 68.27 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Quebec is reporting 70,117 new vaccinations administered for a total of 2,145,925 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 250.79 per 1,000. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Quebec for a total of 2,834,157 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 33 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 75.72 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Ontario is reporting 105,430 new vaccinations administered for a total of 3,528,404 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 240.206 per 1,000. In the province, 2.31 per cent (339,491) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Ontario for a total of 4,852,885 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 33 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 72.71 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Manitoba is reporting 8,755 new vaccinations administered for a total of 308,576 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 224.092 per 1,000. In the province, 5.02 per cent (69,100) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Manitoba for a total of 479,010 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 35 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 64.42 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Saskatchewan is reporting 7,956 new vaccinations administered for a total of 315,405 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 267.484 per 1,000. In the province, 3.58 per cent (42,225) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Saskatchewan for a total of 396,475 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 34 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 79.55 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Alberta is reporting 39,447 new vaccinations administered for a total of 1,043,570 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 237.065 per 1,000. In the province, 4.61 per cent (202,841) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Alberta for a total of 1,449,695 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 33 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 71.99 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

British Columbia is reporting 45,031 new vaccinations administered for a total of 1,235,863 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 240.835 per 1,000. In the province, 1.71 per cent (87,899) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to British Columbia for a total of 1,684,870 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 33 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 73.35 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Yukon is reporting 571 new vaccinations administered for a total of 43,428 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 1,040.665 per 1,000. In the territory, 44.51 per cent (18,576) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Yukon for a total of 59,500 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 140 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 72.99 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 56,300 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 73.21 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Nunavut is reporting 173 new vaccinations administered for a total of 24,065 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 621.417 per 1,000. In the territory, 26.15 per cent (10,128) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nunavut for a total of 41,800 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 57.57 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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