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A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Apr. 5, 2021

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Monday, Apr 5th, 2021

The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. ET on Monday April 5, 2021.

In Canada, the provinces are reporting 44,982 new vaccinations administered for a total of 6,233,533 doses given. Nationwide, 719,100 people or 1.9 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 16,447.63 per 100,000.

There were 135,100 new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 7,974,970 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 78.16 per cent of their available vaccine supply.
Please note that Newfoundland, P.E.I., Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the territories typically do not report on a daily basis.

Newfoundland is reporting 13,720 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 68,951 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 131.679 per 1,000. In the province, 1.84 per cent (9,654) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Newfoundland for a total of 101,660 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 19 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 67.83 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

P.E.I. is reporting 4,895 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 25,153 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 158.565 per 1,000. In the province, 4.55 per cent (7,212) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to P.E.I. for a total of 31,885 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 20 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 78.89 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Nova Scotia is reporting 28,255 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 111,403 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 114.154 per 1,000. In the province, 3.03 per cent (29,530) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nova Scotia for a total of 186,050 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 19 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 59.88 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

New Brunswick is reporting 33,407 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 120,673 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 154.701 per 1,000. In the province, 3.46 per cent (27,012) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to New Brunswick for a total of 147,685 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 19 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 81.71 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Quebec is reporting 41,194 new vaccinations administered for a total of 1,529,541 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 178.755 per 1,000. There were 135,100 new vaccines delivered to Quebec for a total of 2,127,605 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 25 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 71.89 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Ontario is reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 2,424,063 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 165.025 per 1,000. In the province, 2.19 per cent (321,469) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Ontario for a total of 2,825,795 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 19 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 85.78 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Manitoba is reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 204,107 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 148.225 per 1,000. In the province, 4.39 per cent (60,519) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Manitoba for a total of 343,730 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 25 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 59.38 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Saskatchewan is reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 214,246 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 181.695 per 1,000. In the province, 3.32 per cent (39,119) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Saskatchewan for a total of 232,495 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 20 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 92.15 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Alberta is reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 653,010 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 148.342 per 1,000. In the province, 2.36 per cent (103,926) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Alberta for a total of 848,315 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 19 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 76.98 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

British Columbia is reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 788,249 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 153.608 per 1,000. In the province, 1.70 per cent (87,394) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to British Columbia for a total of 989,250 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 19 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 79.68 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Yukon is reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 35,470 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 849.968 per 1,000. In the territory, 27.78 per cent (11,592) 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 69.01 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

The Northwest Territories are reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 37,655 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 834.571 per 1,000. In the territory, 30.88 per cent (13,933) 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 72.97 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Nunavut is reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 21,012 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 542.581 per 1,000. In the territory, 19.99 per cent (7,740) 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 56.03 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 5, 2021.

The Canadian Press

Almost 2.2M more vaccine doses coming this week as COVID-19 cases spike

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Monday, Apr 5th, 2021

More than two million doses of vaccines are set to arrive in Canada this week as the country scrambles to contain the wildfire spread of more contagious variants of the COVID-19 virus.

That includes the first batch of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines  — 316,800 doses —to be sent to Canada from the global vaccine-sharing initiative known as the COVAX Facility.

Canada has contributed $440 million to COVAX, half to secure up to 15 million doses of vaccines for Canada and half to buy vaccines for poorer countries that can’t afford to purchase their own.

While any member country can draw on COVAX’s supplies for its own use, Canada has been heavily criticized for undermining the spirit of the COVAX initiative, which is to ensure vaccines are equitably distributed to poor countries.

In addition to the COVAX supply, Canada is to receive 1,019,070 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and 855,600 doses of the Moderna vaccine over the next seven days.

That’s almost 2.2 million doses in total, following a peak of more than three million doses last week.

By the end of the first quarter, Canada had received a total of 9.5 million doses — ahead of the 6 million originally promised by the federal government despite production disruptions that slowed vaccine supply to a trickle in February and early March.

In the second quarter, Canada is set to receive at least one million doses of the Pfizer vaccine every week until the end of May, ramping up to two million a week in June.

It is on track to receive a total of 44 million doses of the Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines by Canada Day.

The federal government is promising that every Canadian who wants to be vaccinated against COVID-19 will be fully vaccinated by the end of September.

The vaccination ramp-up comes as COVID-19 cases are skyrocketing across the country.

Canada passed a grim milestone Saturday, recording more than one million cases of COVID-19 since the virus hit the country in January last year.

As of midday Sunday, 23,043 Canadians had died from the disease.

How capitalism profits from an epidemic of loneliness

THE BIG STORY | posted Monday, Apr 5th, 2021

In today’s Big Story podcast, most of us have been isolated for more than a year. Many of us, though, have been isolated for longer than that, and will feel it even more sharply when those of us who do have lots of friends and family can resume seeing them. Before there was a global pandemic, there was an epidemic of loneliness spiking in many countries around the world.

And if there’s one thing capitalism knows how to do, it’s how to take an unfulfilled basic human need and turn a profit on it—hence, the loneliness industry. Would you like to buy a hug, or rent a friend for an afternoon of shopping? Maybe you’ll eventually need your own robot buddy. Have no fear, with enough money you can do all this and more!

GUEST: Brian Bethune

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

You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.

A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Thursday, April1, 2021

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Thursday, Apr 1st, 2021

The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 4 a.m. ET on Thursday, April 1, 2021.

In Canada, the provinces are reporting 218,596 new vaccinations administered for a total of 5,689,480 doses given. Nationwide, 685,974 people or 1.8 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 15,012.107 per 100,000.

There were 147,250 new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 6,652,669 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 85.52 per cent of their available vaccine supply.

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

Newfoundland is reporting 13,720 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 68,951 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 131.679 per 1,000. In the province, 1.84 per cent (9,654) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were 1,000 new vaccines delivered to Newfoundland for a total of 85,280 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 16 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 80.85 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

P.E.I. is reporting 3,080 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 21,712 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 136.873 per 1,000. In the province, 4.04 per cent (6,406) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to P.E.I. for a total of 27,205 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 17 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 79.81 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Nova Scotia is reporting 29,099 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 100,832 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 103.322 per 1,000. In the province, 2.73 per cent (26,599) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nova Scotia for a total of 155,319 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 16 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 64.92 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

New Brunswick is reporting 28,869 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 95,255 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 122.116 per 1,000. In the province, 1.57 per cent (12,225) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to New Brunswick for a total of 123,115 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 16 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 77.37 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Quebec is reporting 43,486 new vaccinations administered for a total of 1,349,326 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 157.693 per 1,000. There were 99,450 new vaccines delivered to Quebec for a total of 1,652,905 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 19 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 81.63 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Ontario is reporting 89,873 new vaccinations administered for a total of 2,192,253 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 149.244 per 1,000. In the province, 2.15 per cent (315,820) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Ontario for a total of 2,353,665 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 16 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 93.14 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Manitoba is reporting 5,282 new vaccinations administered for a total of 183,563 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 133.306 per 1,000. In the province, 4.10 per cent (56,462) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Manitoba for a total of 248,180 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 18 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 73.96 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Saskatchewan is reporting 8,491 new vaccinations administered for a total of 192,927 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 163.615 per 1,000. In the province, 3.16 per cent (37,318) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Saskatchewan for a total of 188,025 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 16 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 102.6 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Alberta is reporting 14,988 new vaccinations administered for a total of 634,997 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 144.25 per 1,000. In the province, 2.30 per cent (101,298) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Alberta for a total of 697,415 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 16 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 91.05 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

British Columbia is reporting 31,887 new vaccinations administered for a total of 756,080 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 147.339 per 1,000. In the province, 1.70 per cent (87,351) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were 46,800 new vaccines delivered to British Columbia for a total of 981,060 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 19 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 77.07 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Yukon is reporting 286 new vaccinations administered for a total of 35,114 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 841.437 per 1,000. In the territory, 27.12 per cent (11,316) 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 68.32 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

The Northwest Territories are reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 37,655 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 834.571 per 1,000. In the territory, 30.88 per cent (13,933) 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 72.97 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Nunavut is reporting 246 new vaccinations administered for a total of 20,815 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 537.494 per 1,000. In the territory, 19.60 per cent (7,592) 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 55.51 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 1, 2021.

The Canadian Press

Canada on track to pick new fighter jet next year despite COVID-19

LEE BERTHIAUME, THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Thursday, Apr 1st, 2021

OTTAWA — Canada’s top military procurement official says he is optimistic the federal government will finally end its decade-long search for a new fighter jet for the Royal Canadian Air Force next year despite challenges and delays from the pandemic.

Three fighter-jet makers submitted their bids last summer to provide the military with 88 new aircraft to replace the Air Force’s aging CF-18s, and government evaluators are now busily assessing those proposals to determine which best fits Canada’s needs.

The government had hoped to finish that evaluation process later this year and sign a contract with one of the bidders in 2022, with the first jet slated for delivery starting in 2025 and the last arriving in 2032.

Despite some recent hiccups in the process thanks to COVID-19, Troy Crosby, the assistant deputy minister of materiel at the Department of National Defence, says officials remain on track to meet that schedule and finally select a winner next year.

“That is a project where COVID has created some challenges,” Crosby said in an exclusive interview with The Canadian Press.

“Despite all of that, I still see the evaluation being completed this year. And that would get us to a point where we could enter whatever the resulting agreements or contracts are next year in 2022.”

The aircraft competing to replace the CF-18 are Lockheed Martin’s F-35, the Boeing Super Hornet and the Saab Gripen.

The successful selection of a new fighter jet next year would mark the culmination of more than a decade of stop-start efforts marked by mismanagement and political controversy under two successive federal governments.

COVID-19 posed the latest threat to that process, with fighter-jet makers asking the government for more time to submit their bids last year as they scrambled to finish their proposals while keeping staff safe and secret information private.

The pandemic has also created problems for those evaluating the bids, Crosby said.

“Quite a bit of the information is classified,” he said. “So that requires bringing people into workplaces. And we have to do that very deliberately and carefully. But the team that’s doing the evaluation has made significant progress, impressive progress.”

That includes recently going back to bidders to offer them an opportunity to clarify some points in their proposals or provide missing information, Crosby said, in much the same way as other military procurement projects.

Officials are on the clock to finish their work sooner rather than later as the CF-18s approach the end of their lives.

The last of the aircraft was supposed to have been retired last year, but Ottawa has been investing to keep them flying for another decade thanks in large part to delays in the purchase of a replacement.

Work is currently underway to upgrade the avionics over the next few years on all 76 CF-18s as well as 18 F-18s that Canada has purchased used from Australia, Crosby said. Thirty-six will receive further upgrades to their combat systems.

The total cost of that effort is expected to run about $1.3 billion.

As for the Australian aircraft, Crosby said 15 of the 18 have been delivered. Three are now flying with the Air Force while the remainder are still going through upgrades and changes to make them compatible with Canada’s needs.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 1, 2021.

Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press

How Canada-China relations became strained to the breaking point

THE BIG STORY | posted Thursday, Apr 1st, 2021

In today’s Big Story podcast, it ramped up with Canada’s detention of a Huawei executive, and China’s retaliatory detention of two Canadian citizens. But it didn’t begin there. And tensions are not likely to end if and when Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, or Meng Wanzhou, are released.

The truth is, the diplomatic relationship between us and the emerging superpower has been decaying for years, and the past six months has only added fuel to the fire. But as Canada stands up to human rights abuses and claims of genocide by China’s government…should we even want to improve them? If we did, what would it take? And can we rely on our allies if China decides to flex its muscles on us?

GUEST: Stephanie Carvin, Assoc. Prof. of International Affairs, Carleton University

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

You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.

General Contest Rules

Kyle Mack | posted Thursday, Apr 1st, 2021

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10. Prize Acceptance. A selected entrant may be required to provide proof of identification when claiming a prize or otherwise in connection with a Contest to facilitate the administration of the Contest and/or to ensure the accurate identification of a Contest winner. Once confirmation of a Contest winner is complete in accordance with the terms of these rules, Rogers and/or any prize supplier(s) will promptly coordinate prize distribution.

11. Odds of Winning. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received for a particular Contest, and any criteria used to describe how to enter the Contest.

12. Privacy. By entering a Contest and for the sole purpose of Rogers’s administration of the Contest, you consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information by Rogers in accordance with the Rogers Media Privacy Policy, available at www.rogersmedia.com/privacy. Online entrants may be given the option to receive commercial emails and/or other communications from Rogers or other parties; however, eligibility to participate in any Contest is not dependent upon an entrant’s consent to receive any such emails and communications, and consenting to receiving such emails and communications will not impact an entrant’s chances of winning. Rogers will not send informational or marketing communications to entrants, unless entrants expressly consent to receive such communications through an opt-in mechanism.Entrants may at any time opt out of receiving such materials by following the unsubscribe instructions provided at the bottom of any of these communications. Please consult the Rogers Media Privacy Policy referenced above for further information on how Rogers collects, uses, and discloses personal information. Any questions or concerns with respect to communications from Rogers may be addressed to the Rogers Chief Privacy Officer, whose contact particulars may be found in the Rogers Media Privacy Policy. Where you elect to receive informational or marketing communications from a party other than Rogers, you understand and agree that your personal information will be shared with such other party for the purpose of facilitating the sending of informational or marketing communications, and you further understand and agree that your personal information, as shared with the other party, will be subject to the other party’s privacy policy and information handling standards and practices.In connection with prize fulfillment, Rogers may be required to provide your personal information to another party, including, but not limited to, any Contest sponsor or prize supplier. By entering a Contest, you consent to such disclosure of your personal information in connection with the foregoing, and you understand and agree that, should your personal information be provided to another party, your information will be subject to that party’s privacy policy and information handling standards and practices. You further acknowledge and agree that, where you enter a Contest by means of a Third Party Service, any personal information that you share with, or by means of, such Third Party Service may also be used by the applicable social networking service in accordance with its own privacy policy.

13. Release of Liability and Consent to Publicity. By entering a Contest, each entrant accepts and agrees to (i) be legally bound by these rules, including all eligibility requirements, (ii) be bound by the decisions of Rogers and its representatives or the independent judging organization, if any, which are final, binding and conclusive (without appeal) on all matters relative to the Contest; and (iii) waive any and all claims against Rogers, its parent and affiliated companies, the Contest prize suppliers, the Contest judges (if applicable), any and all other companies associated with the Contest, and all of their respective employees, officers, directors, agents, representatives, shareholders, successors and assigns (collectively, the “Releasees”) for any injury, damage, or loss that may occur, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from his/her participation or attempted participation in the Contest or from the receipt or use or misuse of any prize or any travel or activity related to the receipt or use of any prize. By accepting a Contest prize, each winner authorizes Rogers and its designees to use in any related publicity the winner’s name, city and province/territory of residence, photograph, image, likeness, voice, and any statements he/she may make regarding such Contest prize for advertising and promotional purposes worldwide in perpetuity, in any form of media including the Internet, without limitation and without additional compensation or consideration, permission or notification, unless prohibited by law; and each winner waives any rights that may exist in respect of materials produced pursuant to the foregoing.

14. Limitation of Liability. The Releasees are not responsible for (i) stolen, late, incomplete, illegible, inaccurate, misdirected, lost, misrouted, scrambled, damaged, delayed, undelivered, mutilated, postage-due or garbled entries, transmissions, email or mail; (ii) lost, interrupted or unavailable network, cable, satellite, server, Internet Service Provider, website, or other connections, including those through and/or by any website; (iii) jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties; (iv) failures or malfunctions of phones, phone lines or telephone systems, any error, omission, interruption, defect or delay in transmission, processing, or communication; (v) non-delivered, misdirected, blocked, or delayed email notifications; (vi) printing, typographical or other errors appearing within these rules, in any Contest-related advertisements or other materials; or (vi) any other errors, problems or difficulties of any kind, whether human, mechanical, electronic, network, computer, telephone, mail, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with a Contest, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the processing of entries, the announcement of the prize or in any Contest-related materials, or the cancellation or postponement of any event. The Releasees are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by Website users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in a Contest. The Releasees are not responsible for injury or damage to participants’ or to any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participation in a Contest or downloading materials from or use of the Website.

15. Laws and Rules. Except as otherwise set forth above, Contests will be run in accordance with these rules, which are subject to amendment by Rogers without notice or liability to you. Contests are subject to all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws and regulations. These rules are governed exclusively by the laws of the province or territory in which you reside, and you submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of such province or territory. Rights and remedies may vary by province or territory.

16. Cancel and Amend. Rogers reserves the right to cancel, modify, or suspend any Contest or to amend these rules at any time and in any way, without prior notice, for any reason whatsoever. Without limiting the foregoing, if for any reason a Contest is not capable of running as originally planned, for example as a result of tampering or infection by computer virus, bug, corruption, security breach, or other cause beyond the reasonable control of Rogers, Rogers reserves the right to cancel or suspend the Contest and/or conduct a random draw from all previously received eligible entries.

17. Conduct. Rogers reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to disqualify without notice any entrant that it finds to be: violating these rules; tampering or attempting to tamper with the entry process or the operation of a Contest or the Website; acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with the intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person; or attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of a Contest. Any attempt by an entrant or any other individual to undermine the legitimate operation of a Contest may be a violation of criminal and/or civil laws. Should any such attempt be made, Rogers reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution, and to ban or disqualify an entrant from the applicable Contest and any future contests.

18. Identity of an Online Entrant. If a dispute arises regarding the identity of any loyalty club entrant, social media entrant, or other online entrant, the applicable entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized account holder of the account provided at the time of entry. An entrant may be required to provide proof that he or she is the authorized account holder of the account associated with a particular entry. The individual assigned by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning the applicable type of account is considered the authorized account holder. Whether or not an individual constitutes the authorized account holder in question will be determined by Rogers in its sole discretion; and, if the name of the authorized account holder does not accord with the full name provided at the time of entry, the applicable entry may be disqualified at Rogers’s sole and absolute discretion.

Ever Given: The stuck boat that was both a crisis and a comedy

THE BIG STORY | posted Wednesday, Mar 31st, 2021

In today’s Big Story podcast, its name is the Ever Given. It will forever be a part of the history of this odd time. And when it lodged itself horizontally in the Suez Canal last week, it launched a thousand memes—but also brought global shipping and supply chains to the brink of disaster.

How could such a simple screwup cause so many problems? What could have gone wrong? What did the Stuck Boat Disaster teach us all about the fragility of both supply chains and human planning? And, uh, why was it so funny?

GUEST: Lori Ann LaRocco Author of Trade War: Containers Don’t Lie, Navigating the Bluster, trade columnist for FreightWaves, reporting on the Ever Given for CNBC

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

You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.

Quebecers to hold events ahead of Easter holiday to honour female victims of violence

VIRGINIE ANN, THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Wednesday, Mar 31st, 2021

MONTREAL — Several events are taking place across Quebec ahead of the Easter holiday to honour the memories of the women who have recently died in the province from domestic assault.

The association of Quebec bishops, Assemblee des eveques catholiques du Quebec, is inviting churches across the province to ring their bells today to remember the seven women allegedly killed by their partners since the start of the year.

Women’s shelters are inviting citizens to gather across Quebec for protest marches on Friday in support of victims of domestic violence and to pressure the government to invest more money into services for domestic abuse victims.

And on Saturday, the family of 29-year-old Rebekah Harry, who died on March 23 from injuries resulting from an alleged attack by her boyfriend, is organizing a march in Montreal to honour her memory.

On Tuesday, the sister of a Quebec woman found dead in a remote village in the province’s northern Nunavik region last week says Kataluk Paningayak-Naluiyuk, 43, was the latest victim of domestic violence in the province.

Provincial police say they are waiting for autopsy results before they release more information.

Sabrina Di Matteo, with the association of Quebec bishops, says the timing is right to take a symbolic gesture and ring church bells.

“There’s currently a lot of pressure, social and politically,” Di Matteo said in an interview Tuesday. “Seven femicides in seven weeks, it deeply shook us.”

Harry’s brother, Teddy Frenette, read the names of seven women killed this year by their partners, during a news conference on Monday.

“No man should ever put their hands on women,” Frenette said. “We hear the stories but we choose to close our eyes and we think it can never happen to me, can never happen to my mother, can never happen to my sister, or my friend.”

Brandon McIntyre, 32, was charged Monday with second-degree murder in connection with Harry’s death.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on March 31, 2021.

Virginie Ann, The Canadian Press

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