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Why hiring Canadians with disabilities is a competitive advantage

The Big Story | posted Wednesday, Jun 9th, 2021

In today’s Big Story podcast, lots of people, when applying for jobs, hope the people doing the hiring can see them as people, instead of as assets that can deliver value for the company. For job seekers with disabilities or neurodivergence, it’s just the opposite—they wish that employers could see the real value they’ll bring to the business instead of just seeing the atypical applicant they’re interviewing.

So what happens when businesses make a business decision and hire these applicants? They’re often rewarded handsomely and there are many examples of employers who’ve done this. But how can the rest of Canadian employers learn to see these hires as a competitive advantage instead of an act of charity?

GUEST: Katie Lafferty, producer on Employable Me

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A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Tuesday, June 8, 2021

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Tuesday, Jun 8th, 2021

The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday June 8, 2021.

In Canada, the provinces are reporting 403,966 new vaccinations administered for a total of 26,490,531 doses given. Nationwide, 2,994,639 people or 7.9 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 69,897.194 per 100,000.

There were 948,778 new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 29,828,432 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 88.81 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 34,213 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 337,715 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 644.948 per 1,000. In the province, 3.31 per cent (17,355) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were 3,800 new vaccines delivered to Newfoundland and Labrador for a total of 396,830 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 76 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 85.1 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

P.E.I. is reporting 12,909 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 100,770 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 635.256 per 1,000. In the province, 9.02 per cent (14,305) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to P.E.I. for a total of 117,925 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 74 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 85.45 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Nova Scotia is reporting 54,038 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 637,911 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 653.666 per 1,000. In the province, 4.57 per cent (44,567) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nova Scotia for a total of 724,260 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 74 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 88.08 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

New Brunswick is reporting 60,673 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 534,800 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 685.606 per 1,000. In the province, 6.08 per cent (47,392) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to New Brunswick for a total of 591,555 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 76 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 90.41 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Quebec is reporting 68,021 new vaccinations administered for a total of 6,153,771 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 719.18 per 1,000. There were 445,728 new vaccines delivered to Quebec for a total of 6,963,887 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 81 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 88.37 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Ontario is reporting 116,829 new vaccinations administered for a total of 10,109,404 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 688.226 per 1,000. In the province, 7.40 per cent (1,086,805) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were 496,080 new vaccines delivered to Ontario for a total of 11,688,315 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 80 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 86.49 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Manitoba is reporting 7,915 new vaccinations administered for a total of 946,611 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 687.442 per 1,000. In the province, 10.63 per cent (146,383) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Manitoba for a total of 1,041,040 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 76 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 90.93 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Saskatchewan is reporting 8,628 new vaccinations administered for a total of 809,400 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 686.424 per 1,000. In the province, 11.71 per cent (138,040) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were 1,570 new vaccines delivered to Saskatchewan for a total of 903,725 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 77 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 89.56 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Alberta is reporting 26,457 new vaccinations administered for a total of 3,084,119 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 700.611 per 1,000. In the province, 12.40 per cent (545,853) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were 1,600 new vaccines delivered to Alberta for a total of 3,295,695 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 75 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 93.58 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

British Columbia is reporting 146,911 new vaccinations administered for a total of 3,635,795 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 708.514 per 1,000. In the province, 6.12 per cent (314,246) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to British Columbia for a total of 3,912,030 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 76 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 92.94 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Yukon is reporting 372 new vaccinations administered for a total of 54,538 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 1,306.894 per 1,000. In the territory, 60.96 per cent (25,439) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Yukon for a total of 64,520 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 150 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 84.53 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

The Northwest Territories are reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 53,501 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 1,185.775 per 1,000. In the territory, 53.02 per cent (23,922) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to the Northwest Territories for a total of 77,550 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 170 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 68.99 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Nunavut is reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 32,196 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 831.379 per 1,000. In the territory, 38.60 per cent (14,949) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nunavut for a total of 51,100 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 130 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 63.01 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 some approved vaccines require two doses per person. The vaccines are currently not being administered to children under 12 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 June 8, 2021.

The Canadian Press

Canada announces two new permanent residency pathways for Hong Kong residents

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Tuesday, Jun 8th, 2021

Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino says Canada is offering two new paths to permanent residency for Hong Kong residents who work and/or are recent graduates already living in the country.

The federal government says it is “deeply concerned” about China’s imposition of the national security law and the “deteriorating” human rights situation in Hong Kong, adding the country stands shoulder to shoulder with the people of Hong Kong.

In order to be eligible for the new permanent residency pathways, applicants must have valid temporary resident status.

They must also meet the specified language, education and work requirements, and must be in Canada when submitting their application and when their permanent residence is granted.

The applicants are still subject to Canada’s regular immigration application, screening and admissibility requirements, according to the release.

Mendicino announced initiatives to help Hong Kongers come to Canada in November, and the first stream opened applications in February 2021.

Canada to receive 2.4M doses of COVID-19 vaccine this week

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Monday, Jun 7th, 2021

Canada is scheduled to receive 2.4 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine this week as more Canadians get their first and second jabs.

Those shots are the only expected shipments in what should be a comparatively quiet week of vaccine deliveries.

Moderna shipped 500,000 doses last week, with another 1.5 million shots due to arrive next week.

Ottawa is also expecting another one million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine by the end of June, though a detailed delivery schedule has not been confirmed.

The fate of more than 300,000 shots from Johnson and Johnson that were first delivered in April remains unclear as Health Canada continues reviewing their safety following concerns about possible tainting at a Baltimore production facility.

The federal government says more than 60 per cent of Canadians have received at least one dose, and the number fully immunized with two shots is rising.

Beheaded statue of Egerton Ryerson, toppled Sunday in Toronto, won’t be replaced

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Monday, Jun 7th, 2021

TORONTO — The president of Ryerson University in Toronto says a statue of the university’s namesake has been pulled down by protesters and will not be replaced.

A statement from university president Mohamed Lachemi says the statue was felled by demonstrators about an hour after the conclusion of a demonstration protesting the university’s continued use of Ryerson’s name.

Demonstrators splattered the statue with paint, then cut off the head of the statue, carried it to the lakeshore and lowered by rope into the water.

Ryerson is credited as one of the architects of Canada’s residential school system.

His statue had become a rallying point in Toronto following the discovery of what are believed to be the remains of 215 students buried in unmarked graves on the grounds of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C.

The statement from Lachemi says the statue will not be “restored or replaced,” and he is relieved no one was hurt when the statute was brought down.

Toronto police say the removal of the statute is under investigation.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 7, 2021.

The Canadian Press

Downie Wenjack Fund launches 215 Pledge to honour lost children of residential schools

FAIZA AMIN | posted Friday, Jun 4th, 2021

The Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund is launching a new initiative called the 215 Pledge, to honour the lost children of residential schools.

With June being National Indigenous History Month and the recent discovery of the remains of 215 children buried at a Kamloops, B.C. residential school, the pledge is calling for Indigenous Peoples and all Canadians to urge leaders and decision-makers to take action.

Chanie Wenjack died at 12 years old in 1966 after running away from the Cecelia Jeffrey Residential School in Kenora, Ontario. Gord Downie created the Secret Path, a series of poems turned into an album and later an animated film, after hearing Wenjack’s story before launching the Downie Wenjack Fund (DWF).

The 215 Pledge represents a growing coalition for reconciliation and actions so “no missing child who died at a residential school is ever forgetting and the experiences of all affected by residential schools,” read a release from DWF.

“We are all grieving for the families of the 215 children who never returned home. This news reminds us that our work building cultural understanding and creating a path toward reconciliation only becomes more relevant and crucial as more truths are uncovered,” said DWF president and CEO Sarah Midanik.

This week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed the Canadian government will help unearth gravesites at other residential schools across the country, pledging $27 million.

The DWF will be hospital four virtual events this June to raise awareness about the residential school system and honour Indigenous history and culture.

Event Dates/Times:

  • British Columbia – June 9, 2:00 pm EST
  • James Bay Region – June 16, 2:00 pm EST
  • Québec (French subtitles) – June 23, 2:00 pm EST
  • Canada (French subtitles) – June 30, 2:00 pm EST

The events can be viewed on DWF’s Youtube and Facebook channels.

Rogers rebrands 680 NEWS, other Canadian radio stations as CityNews

NEWS STAFF | posted Friday, Jun 4th, 2021

Rogers Sports & Media announced Friday that its news radio stations – including Toronto’s 680 NEWS – will be rebranded under CityNews to “become a powerhouse local news offering in each market.”

The communications and media company says the change is strictly in brand identity only, as loyal listeners will continue to receive the same content from 680 NEWS, NEWS 1130 (Vancouver), 660 NEWS (Calgary), NEWS 95.7 (Halifax), and 570 NEWS (Kitchener).

This includes the latest news, traffic and weather, along with the same beloved local on-air personalities.

“Putting our incredible team and all of our resources behind one brand will help to strongly convey who we are to audiences and advertisers, plus it gives us the opportunity to produce more content for social and digital to better serve each community,” said Julie Adam, Senior Vice President of News and Entertainment at Rogers Sports & Media.

“News plays a pivotal role in our organization, providing an essential service for Canadians and we’re excited to make this move to cement our investment in local news. I am so proud of our News team and grateful for everything they do.”

The rebranding for each station will be taking place in the fall of 2021. Additional details will be shared with each specific market at that time.

In December 2020, Rogers announced a similar rebrand of 1310 NEWS in Ottawa, which became CityNews Ottawa & The Valley, as two local news websites merged into one.

Rogers says the move had a positive effect in the local market, pointing to a 31 percent increase in audience digital listening year-over-year as well as a 37 percent increase in “first preference” choice by local listeners.

“Combining our award-winning news teams builds on the strength and reputation of stations like 680 NEWS and shows our deep commitment to continue delivering the best news to audiences, on any platform, simplifying the choice for consumers with one brand offer,” said Dave Budge, Vice President of News and Information at Rogers Sports & Media.

As part of the rebrand, CityNews will launch a centralized website and app where users can find their local news for Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Halifax, and Kitchener.

680 NEWS in Toronto first launched in 1993. To distinguish itself from CHFI-FM, 680 NEWS changed its call letters to CFTR with the “TR” as a tribute to radio pioneer Ted Rogers Sr.

A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Thursday, June 3, 2021

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Thursday, Jun 3rd, 2021

The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, June 3, 2021.

In Canada, the provinces are reporting 344,941 new vaccinations administered for a total of 24,514,134 doses given. Nationwide, 2,263,622 people or 6.0 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 64,682.326 per 100,000.

There were 256,252 new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 27,984,444 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 87.6 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 33,738 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 313,624 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 598.941 per 1,000. In the province, 2.39 per cent (12,502) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Newfoundland and Labrador for a total of 358,370 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 68 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 87.51 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

P.E.I. is reporting 9,605 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 93,346 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 588.455 per 1,000. In the province, 8.47 per cent (13,441) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to P.E.I. for a total of 105,695 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 67 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 88.32 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Nova Scotia is reporting 73,655 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 594,708 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 609.396 per 1,000. In the province, 4.49 per cent (43,776) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nova Scotia for a total of 651,950 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 67 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 91.22 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

New Brunswick is reporting 59,396 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 489,580 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 627.634 per 1,000. In the province, 5.39 per cent (42,050) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were 49,140 new vaccines delivered to New Brunswick for a total of 583,255 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 75 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 83.94 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Quebec is reporting 70,847 new vaccinations administered for a total of 5,719,839 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 668.467 per 1,000. There were 50,332 new vaccines delivered to Quebec for a total of 6,427,659 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 75 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 88.99 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Ontario is reporting 139,901 new vaccinations administered for a total of 9,342,121 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 635.991 per 1,000. In the province, 5.32 per cent (781,163) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Ontario for a total of 11,009,725 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 75 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 84.85 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Manitoba is reporting 12,019 new vaccinations administered for a total of 874,564 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 635.121 per 1,000. In the province, 8.50 per cent (117,057) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were 81,900 new vaccines delivered to Manitoba for a total of 1,035,190 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 75 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 84.48 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Saskatchewan is reporting 9,299 new vaccinations administered for a total of 740,251 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 627.781 per 1,000. In the province, 7.89 per cent (93,027) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Saskatchewan for a total of 816,475 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 69 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 90.66 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Alberta is reporting 30,611 new vaccinations administered for a total of 2,841,779 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 645.559 per 1,000. In the province, 9.24 per cent (406,712) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Alberta for a total of 2,956,925 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 67 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 96.11 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

British Columbia is reporting 61,952 new vaccinations administered for a total of 3,365,286 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 655.80 per 1,000. In the province, 4.06 per cent (208,145) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were 74,880 new vaccines delivered to British Columbia for a total of 3,847,200 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 75 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 87.47 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Yukon is reporting 426 new vaccinations administered for a total of 53,339 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 1,278.163 per 1,000. In the territory, 60.02 per cent (25,049) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Yukon for a total of 64,520 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 150 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 82.67 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

The Northwest Territories are reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 53,501 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 1,185.775 per 1,000. In the territory, 53.02 per cent (23,922) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to the Northwest Territories for a total of 76,380 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 170 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 70.05 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Nunavut is reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 32,196 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 831.379 per 1,000. In the territory, 38.60 per cent (14,949) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nunavut for a total of 51,100 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 130 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 63.01 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 some approved vaccines require two doses per person. The vaccines are currently not being administered to children under 12 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 June 3, 2021.

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The pandemic’s ending here. And almost nowhere else.

THE BIG STORY | posted Thursday, Jun 3rd, 2021

In today’s Big Story podcast, less than one percent of the 1.8-billion Covid-19 vaccines used so far have gone to low-income countries. And in those countries new variants are emerging that could impact our vaccine efficacy. Canadians spent the first four months complaining about our slow rollout, but we’re soon to be second in the world among countries with the highest percentage of people receiving at least one dose.

This is vaccine inequity in action. And it’s not someone else’s problem. Today, when experts tell you “the pandemic isn’t over until it’s over everywhere” … here’s what they mean.

GUEST: Dr. Ananya Tina Banerjee, McGill University

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