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The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Wednesday, March 24, 2021

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Wednesday, Mar 24th, 2021

The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4 a.m. ET on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

There are 942,320 confirmed cases in Canada.

<b>_ Canada: 942,320 confirmed cases (36,310 active, 883,275 resolved, 22,735 deaths).<sup>*</sup>The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers.</b>

There were 3,601 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 95.54 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 26,455 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 3,779.

There were 19 new reported deaths Tuesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 217 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 31. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.08 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 59.82 per 100,000 people.

There have been 26,778,301 tests completed.

<b>_ Newfoundland and Labrador: 1,014 confirmed cases (six active, 1,002 resolved, six deaths).</b>

There were zero new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 1.15 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of one 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 1.15 per 100,000 people.

There have been 215,955 tests completed.

<b>_ Prince Edward Island: 152 confirmed cases (eight active, 144 resolved, zero deaths).</b>

There were two new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 5.01 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 120,529 tests completed.

<b>_ Nova Scotia: 1,691 confirmed cases (21 active, 1,604 resolved, 66 deaths).</b>

There was one new case Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 2.14 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there has been 19 new case. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is three.

There were zero new reported deaths Tuesday. 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 6.74 per 100,000 people.

There have been 403,532 tests completed.

<b>_ New Brunswick: 1,505 confirmed cases (57 active, 1,418 resolved, 30 deaths).</b>

There were seven new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 7.29 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 29 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 3.84 per 100,000 people.

There have been 254,812 tests completed.

<b>_ Quebec: 303,707 confirmed cases (6,742 active, 286,347 resolved, 10,618 deaths).</b>

There were 656 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 78.63 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 4,960 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 709.

There were four new reported deaths Tuesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 61 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 123.83 per 100,000 people.

There have been 6,870,617 tests completed.

<b>_ Ontario: 332,119 confirmed cases (15,017 active, 309,849 resolved, 7,253 deaths).</b>

There were 1,546 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 101.92 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 11,671 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,667.

There were nine new reported deaths Tuesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 80 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 11. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.08 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 49.23 per 100,000 people.

There have been 11,967,383 tests completed.

<b>_ Manitoba: 33,511 confirmed cases (1,247 active, 31,335 resolved, 929 deaths).</b>

There were 93 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 90.41 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 611 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 87.

There was one new reported death Tuesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 12 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is two. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.12 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 67.35 per 100,000 people.

There have been 572,807 tests completed.

<b>_ Saskatchewan: 31,991 confirmed cases (1,472 active, 30,100 resolved, 419 deaths).</b>

There were 149 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 124.89 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 1,108 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 158.

There was one new reported death Tuesday. 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 35.55 per 100,000 people.

There have been 632,360 tests completed.

<b>_ Alberta: 142,855 confirmed cases (6,231 active, 134,653 resolved, 1,971 deaths).</b>

There were 465 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 140.91 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 3,712 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 530.

There were three new reported deaths Tuesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 19 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 44.57 per 100,000 people.

There have been 3,595,428 tests completed.

<b>_ British Columbia: 93,253 confirmed cases (5,508 active, 86,307 resolved, 1,438 deaths).</b>

There were 682 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 107 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 4,324 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 618.

There was one new reported death Tuesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 31 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 27.93 per 100,000 people.

There have been 2,111,072 tests completed.

<b>_ Yukon: 72 confirmed cases (zero active, 71 resolved, one death).</b>

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

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

There have been 8,437 tests completed.

<b>_ Northwest Territories: 42 confirmed cases (one active, 41 resolved, zero deaths).</b>

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

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

There have been 15,596 tests completed.

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

There were zero new cases Tuesday. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 12 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is two.

There were zero new reported deaths Tuesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of three new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is zero. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 1.09 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 10.16 per 100,000 people.

There have been 9,697 tests completed.

This report was automatically generated by The Canadian Press Digital Data Desk and was first published March 24, 2021.

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B.C. Premier John Horgan to announce partnerships in COVID immunization plan

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Wednesday, Mar 24th, 2021

VICTORIA — British Columbia Premier John Horgan and Dr. Penny Ballem, the lead on the provincial COVID-19 immunization team, are to reveal more information today on the vaccine rollout.

A government release says they will be announcing new partnerships for the immunization plan.

Health officials announced yesterday that another 200,000 people who have serious medical conditions would be able to book a shot sooner than expected, starting on Monday.

Health Minister Adrian Dix says “tremendous progress” has been made in the age-based vaccine program, allowing the government to move those who are at increased health risk up in the queue.

People with various forms of cancer, transplant recipients, those with severe respiratory problems, kidney disease and other conditions will get a letter in the mail to take to their appointment.

The age-based schedule is also being accelerated with those age 76 and up able to book starting at noon today.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 24, 2021.

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WestJet restoring suspended flights for Atlantic Canada, Quebec City in June

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Wednesday, Mar 24th, 2021

WestJet says it is restoring flights to several regional destinations in Eastern Canada that were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The airline says it will resume flying to Charlottetown, Fredericton, Moncton, Sydney, N.S., and Quebec City.

WestJet suspended service to the five cities in November.

The flights are to resume over six days beginning June 24.

In addition, service between St. John’s, N.L., and Toronto will resume June 24 — after flights were suspended in October.

A restart of service between St. John’s, N.L., and Halifax will also be moved up to May 6 from the previous target of June 24.

Trudeau calls University of Ottawa professor’s remarks ‘Quebec bashing’

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Tuesday, Mar 23rd, 2021

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s had enough of “Quebec bashing” following controversial remarks from a University of Ottawa professor.

At a press conference Monday, he and Quebec Premier François Legault said they were disappointed the institution’s president opted not to condemn online comments from law professor Amir Attaran, who claims the province is led by “a white supremacist government” and too tolerant of racism.

The two leaders weighed in after the University of Ottawa opted not to apologize to the Parti Québécois for Attaran’s posts.

Jacques Frémont, the university’s president, said in a letter to PQ leader Paul Saint-Pierre Plamondon on Sunday that the institution does not share Attaran’s opinions, but that they were were posted on his personal social media account and thus not subject to sanction, as course lectures might be.

The PQ leader had asked for an apology following recent remarks from Attaran, who on Twitter has called Quebec’s culture racist, dubbed it the Alabama of the north and accused Quebec nurses of “medical lynching” in regard to Joyce Echaquan, a 37-year-old Indigenous woman who died in a Quebec hospital in 2020.

In the House of Commons on Monday, Bloc Québécois MP Alain Therrien said the posts — and the university’s response — demonstrate Quebecers are a minority that remains subject to “hate speech without any consequences.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 22, 2021.

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RCMP breached policy on collection of online information: audit

JIM BRONSKILL, THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Tuesday, Mar 23rd, 2021

An internal review says the RCMP routinely flouted its own policies when gathering information from the internet, potentially endangering investigations and prosecutions.

The newly released audit report says many members across the RCMP use “open source information” in the course of investigations, intelligence gathering, research and engaging with the public.

The national police force’s efforts in the open-source realm range from passive online reading to creation of fake social media accounts.

A section of the Mountie operational manual provides a framework for the collection and use of open source material.

However, the audit found that many employees were unaware that an open-source policy existed or that it applied to their activities.

Overall, the reviewers concluded that internet-related open-source activities conducted across the RCMP “were not consistent nor compliant with” the operational policy.

In a response included in the report, RCMP management agreed with recommendations to improve compliance with policy, training and oversight concerning open-source information.

“We recognize that proper training, support, and in particular the organization’s approach to governance around this function is critical.”

In December, RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki acknowledged the inadequacy of the force’s data-handling practices in her response to a watchdog report on Mountie surveillance of opponents of the now-defunct Northern Gateway pipeline project.

The Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP said the force should provide clear policy guidance on collection of personal information from open sources such as social media sites, the uses that can be made of it and what steps should be taken to ensure its reliability.

The commission also said the RCMP should treat such information from social media sources as a separate category of records — data that should be kept no longer than strictly necessary.

In the latest report, the auditors found that roles and responsibilities related to the police force’s open-source information policy were not well understood by employees.

“Without clearly established and communicated roles and responsibilities, there is a risk that OSI will be inappropriately obtained and used in support of criminal investigations and criminal intelligence gathering, which can expose the Force to liability and potentially impact prosecutions,” the report says.

The auditors found most of the RCMP’s open source research was done passively, involving no interaction with subjects of interest.

But they noticed some exceptions that were contrary to policy, “such as joining closed Facebook groups in a proactive monitoring effort to obtain information on upcoming events such as a protest or demonstration from online discussions, and using personal social media accounts to overtly try to contact a missing person.”

The RCMP devised a standard form for the creation, modification and removal of discreet online identities, such as fake social media accounts.

A key purpose of the form is to allow RCMP to determine if a subject of interest is actually another police officer. It is also intended to help flag cases where an online identity or account has been compromised and should no longer be used.

However, an audit sample of 110 employees determined that only six per cent had properly completed the form with the required approvals.

Employees from various RCMP divisions also told the auditors no consistent process was in place to remove a discreet online identity when an employee leaves a unit.

In addition, the RCMP policy did not include specific information on how to capture, store and retain open source information gathered by the police force.

Canada’s vaccine rollout is slow, and very confusing. Here are some answers.

THE BIG STORY | posted Tuesday, Mar 23rd, 2021

In today’s Big Story podcast, so, now the AstraZeneca vaccine is OK for people over age 65? What about the blood clot risk?! Why are some pharmacies taking walk-ins for people in their 60s right now, but some government portals are only booking for people 75 and up? Why is it suddenly alright to go four months between doses? Why are we leaving so many vaccines in the freezer? Is there enough supply or not? Why do Quebec, Ontario and Alberta have such wildly different priorities when it comes to who gets it?

The first few months of Canada’s vaccination rollout have been slow, and extremely confusing. When supply was limited, perhaps that wasn’t such a huge deal. But with two million doses at least expected every week for the next month, now is when push comes to shove. Is this just about to really get going? Or have our governments dropped the ball?

GUEST: Sabina Vohra-Miller, clinical pharmacologist, co-founder of the Vohra Miller Foundation

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

You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.

Several provinces begin offering COVID-19 vaccines to more groups

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Monday, Mar 22nd, 2021

Several provinces are redoubling COVID-19 vaccination efforts today, offering shots to broader swaths of the population.

Ontario has lowered the age threshold for those who can book vaccines through the government’s online system starting today, from 80 down to 75.

Also starting today, certain pharmacies and family physicians in some regions will be allowed to administer the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot to anyone 60 or older.

Previously, that vaccine was only offered to those between the ages of 60 and 64, but that has expanded now that the product has been approved for use in older adults.

Meanwhile, Quebec is expected to start vaccinating people 65 and up in Montreal-area pharmacies today, a week after the provincial booking system opened for reservations.

And to the east, New Brunswick is stepping up a program to vaccinate high school staff, saying it expects 4,500 such workers will receive a first dose.

As of last night, government figures show 3.95 million doses of vaccine had been administered across Canada, and nearly 630,000 people had been fully vaccinated.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 22, 2021.

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A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Mar. 22, 2021

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Monday, Mar 22nd, 2021

The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. ET on Monday March 22, 2021.

In Canada, the provinces are reporting 91,952 new vaccinations administered for a total of 3,954,285 doses given. Nationwide, 629,956 people or 1.7 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 10,433.669 per 100,000.

There were no new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 4,773,170 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 82.84 per cent of their available vaccine supply.

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

<b>Newfoundland</b> is reporting 12,432 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 46,053 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 87.949 per 1,000. In the province, 1.80 per cent (9,411) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Newfoundland for a total of 66,470 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 13 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 69.28 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

<b>P.E.I.</b> is reporting 1,131 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 16,779 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 105.775 per 1,000. In the province, 3.54 per cent (5,614) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to P.E.I. for a total of 21,925 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 14 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 76.53 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

<b>Nova Scotia</b> is reporting 11,145 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 58,036 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 59.469 per 1,000. In the province, 2.05 per cent (20,050) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nova Scotia for a total of 119,110 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 12 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 48.72 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

<b>New Brunswick</b> is reporting 22,623 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 61,106 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 78.337 per 1,000. In the province, 1.57 per cent (12,219) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to New Brunswick for a total of 93,455 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 12 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 65.39 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

<b>Quebec</b> is reporting 29,140 new vaccinations administered for a total of 944,793 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 110.416 per 1,000. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Quebec for a total of 1,050,355 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 12 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 89.95 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

<b>Ontario</b> is reporting 40,823 new vaccinations administered for a total of 1,521,705 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 103.594 per 1,000. In the province, 2.03 per cent (298,549) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Ontario for a total of 1,780,135 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 12 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 85.48 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

<b>Manitoba</b> is reporting 5,088 new vaccinations administered for a total of 133,687 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 97.085 per 1,000. In the province, 3.13 per cent (43,168) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Manitoba for a total of 193,760 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 14 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 69 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

<b>Saskatchewan</b> is reporting 6,351 new vaccinations administered for a total of 139,827 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 118.582 per 1,000. In the province, 2.64 per cent (31,170) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Saskatchewan for a total of 150,755 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 13 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 92.75 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

<b>Alberta</b> is reporting 7,166 new vaccinations administered for a total of 459,856 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 104.464 per 1,000. In the province, 2.12 per cent (93,236) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Alberta for a total of 528,845 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 12 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 86.95 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

<b>British Columbia</b> is reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 490,022 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 95.492 per 1,000. In the province, 1.70 per cent (87,139) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to British Columbia for a total of 630,860 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 12 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 77.68 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

<b>Yukon</b> is reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 32,350 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 775.203 per 1,000. In the territory, 25.40 per cent (10,598) 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 62.94 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

<b>The Northwest Territories</b> are reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 32,074 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 710.876 per 1,000. In the territory, 27.46 per cent (12,389) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to the Northwest Territories for a total of 48,600 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 66 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

<b>Nunavut</b> is reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 17,997 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 464.727 per 1,000. In the territory, 16.56 per cent (6,413) 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 47.99 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

<sup>*</sup>Notes on data: <i>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.</i>

This report was automatically generated by The Canadian Press Digital Data Desk and was first published March 22, 2021.

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Covid and grief: What happens when we can’t say goodbye?

THE BIG STORY | posted Monday, Mar 22nd, 2021

n today’s Big Story podcast, hundreds of thousands of Canadians have lost loved ones to this pandemic. And most of them lost them without being able to say goodbye or to properly mourn them. Grief over a death is challenging at any time, but how are we coping without the two parts of the process that can offer us comfort.

A last hug or hand squeeze, a wake and a communal gathering have been part of our grief as long as we’ve been human. For the past year we’ve done without them. How will that impact us when all this is over?

GUEST: Dr. Mary Fernando

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

You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.

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