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Online platform helps keep Quebec’s sugar shack tradition alive during pandemic

VIRGINIE ANN, THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Wednesday, Apr 7th, 2021

MONTREAL — Stephanie Laurin slept next to a colossal, simmering pot every night over the last week, supervising the production cycle of pea soup at Chalet des Erables sugar shack, north of Montreal.

Laurin hasn’t welcomed a single diner into her business since 2019 because of the pandemic, and yet she spent hours cooking and shipping hundreds of Easter packages across the region, filled with pea soup, meat pies, baked beans, omelettes, maple syrup and a recipe for maple taffy.

Chalet des Erables and more than 70 other sugar shacks across Quebec are taking advantage of an online platform created by their industry association to keep a beloved tradition alive and their businesses afloat during difficult times.

“We will soon reach more than 2,000,000 visits on our platform,” said Laurin, who is also the chair of the association that represents the province’s sugar shacks, called Association des salles de reception et erablieres du Quebec.

“It’s unbelievable,” she said in a recent interview, “considering the fact that we are eight million people in Quebec and that the website didn’t exist a few weeks ago.”

The website, called Ma Cabane a la Maison (my sugar shack at home), was launched Feb. 22 as a way to reinvent the sugar shack experience and prevent more businesses from closing. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the closure of one-quarter of Quebec’s 200 sugar shacks.

Instead of sitting shoulder to shoulder along a cafeteria-style table eating sticky, calorie-loaded meals, Quebecers can bring the experience home — and they ordered from the platform in droves ahead of the Easter weekend.

“Without Ma Cabane, less than 50 sugar shacks would still be standing,” Laurin said. “It was a plague, what was happening to the industry.”

The province’s centuries-old love affair with maple syrup usually generates more than $300 million in annual revenues for sugar shacks, according to Laurin’s industry association. The industry suffered a drop in income of more than 90 per cent in 2020 because of the pandemic.

The industry association estimates that the online platform will produce $10 million in revenues for participating companies over a period of eight weeks. The platform offers Quebecers a choice between a variety of menus from 70 sugar shacks; the meals can be picked up at one of 196 participating Metro grocery stores.

Laurin said she was initially unsure of the project but was overwhelmed by how quickly people modified their sugar shack tradition.

“When people go to a sugar shack, it’s for the experience, to enjoy a day with your family, we see our uncles, aunts, grandchildren and we all share a meal,” Laurin said. “But Quebecers understood the message that if we want to reopen sugar shacks one day, we need to order online this year.”

For Eve Masse and her family, Easter typically involves a reservation at a sugar shack. In previous years, the family from Quebec’s Monteregie region drove sometimes hours away to spend the day eating and laughing at a “cabane a sucre.”

With Ma Cabane a la Maison, the family, like thousands of other Quebecers, was able to satisfy its craving while staying at home — minus the all-you-can-eat option of a standard sugar shack.

“It tasted delicious,” Masse said, despite admitting she missed the festive folklore ambience. “If the sugar shacks are still closed next year, of course, we will order again!”

Laurin reported that the Easter weekend was by far the most successful period since the initiative was launched. By April 10, Ma Cabane a la Maison will have collected 100,000 online orders, with an average of three meals per order, Laurin estimated.

Ma Cabane a la Maison has been especially lucrative for owners of smaller businesses, who have found themselves preparing more orders this year than they normally would for in-person dining. Patricia Daoust, owner of Bistro La Dent Sucree, a sugar shack west of Montreal, said she’s finding a second wind with the initiative.

Before the pandemic, Daoust’s bistro could sit no more than 100 people per evening, but for the Easter holiday, Daoust and her staff produced more than 300 boxes of a gastronomic, gluten-free feast.

“It brings tears to my eyes to see the support,” Daoust said. “We were about to lose a Quebec tradition and we needed this initiative to move forward.”

For Denise Gregoire, owner of Constantin Gregoire’s sugar shack, east of Montreal, the amount of meals produced for Easter this year doesn’t compare to the 1,200 clients the business normally welcomes each day of the holiday weekend. But the platform, she said, has given her motivation to keep going.

“Last year, we had to shut our doors,” Gregoire said. “So last weekend, we didn’t expect to prepare that many meals. It was crazy!”

After April 18, Metro grocery stores will stop stocking the meals, but Quebecers will be able to pick up Ma Cabane a la Maison’s orders directly from the sugar shacks or have them delivered.

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

Virginie Ann, The Canadian Press

The Line 5 pipeline: A disaster waiting to happen, or necessary to avoid an energy crisis?

THE BIG STORY | posted Wednesday, Apr 7th, 2021

In today’s Big Story podcast, you’ve probably never heard of Line 5. It’s an offshoot of Enbridge’s main pipeline and it moves more than a half-million barrels of crude oil and natural gas from Alberta, through the United States and back across the border to Sarnia, Ont. Unless the state of Michigan gets its way and shuts it down on May 12.

The pipeline is more than 60 years old, and though Enbridge claims it’s safe, a study reports that a spill could devastate the shorelines of Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. So Michigan wants it shut off. But an immediate shutdown would leave Sarnia in economic crisis and hike energy prices across Ontario and Quebec as fuel would need to be moved by truck or train. So Canadian governments want the line to keep flowing. It has all the makeup of at least a legal mess, and possibly an environmental one, too.

GUEST: Hilary Beaumont, freelance investigative reporter (Read Hilary’s story in The Narwhal)

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Toronto home sales up 97% in March, prices up as demand outstrips new listings

TARA DESCHAMPS, THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Tuesday, Apr 6th, 2021

Home prices in the Toronto area continued to climb in March while sales were almost double that of the same month a year earlier, when the rapid spread of COVID-19 led to widespread economic shutdowns, the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board reported Tuesday.

Sales in the area reached a record 15,652 last month, up 97 per cent from 7,945 during the same time last year.

The sales growth was so dramatic because it compares with March 2020, when the first economic effects of the pandemic took hold and both buyers and sellers were wary of the market.

Those fears have long since dissipated. Realtors and housing agencies have reported a flurry of sales — surpassing many of their most optimistic predictions — since the start of the year.

They say the number of people willing to purchase now will likely more than make up for last year’s low periods.

“Confidence in economic recovery coupled with low borrowing costs supported a record pace of home sales last month,” TRREB president Lisa Patel said in a release.

In the first 14 days of March, there were 6,504 sales this year, up 41 per cent from how many were sold during that time period last year.

There were 9,148 sales reported between March 15 and March 31, 2021, an increase of 174 per cent compared to the COVID period of March 2020.

Splitting the month in two is significant: the first half of March 2020 looked relatively average, but restrictions enacted after the pandemic was declared by the World Health Organization on March 11 rapidly sent home sales plummeting.

A year on, available inventory hasn’t caught up to the number of people seeking new homes, putting pressure on prices.

“While the robust market activity is indicative of widespread consumer optimism, it is also shedding light on the sustained lack of inventory in the GTA housing market, with implications for affordability,” she said.

The average price of a home in the region jumped 21.6 per cent to $1,097,565 from $902,787 last year, while listings shot up by about 57 per cent to reach 22,709 from 14,434.

The most dramatic price increases were seen in detached housing, where the average price was up by 26.6 per cent to hit $1,402,849.

The average semi-detached home was sold for $1,045,519, a 17.5 per cent hike, while townhouses spiked by 20.7 per cent at $870,553.

Condos saw the smallest growth in prices. The average condo price climbed by 2.6 per cent to $676,052.

“With sales growth outstripping listings growth by a large margin, including in the condo market segment, competition between buyers in some market segments and the potential for double-digit price growth could continue without a meaningful increase in the supply of homes available for sale,” said TRREB chief market analyst Jason Mercer in a release.

Humboldt Broncos team to be honoured on 3rd anniversary of fatal bus crash

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Tuesday, Apr 6th, 2021

A virtual tribute is planned for Tuesday to mark the third anniversary of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.

Sixteen people died and 13 were injured when a semi-trailer ran a stop sign and into the path of the junior hockey team’s bus near Tisdale, Sask., on April 6, 2018.

The service from St. Augustine Catholic Church is to be livestreamed on the city of Humboldt’s Facebook page.

It’s to involve lighted candles and tolling church bells, followed by a moment of silence at 4:50 p.m., about the time the crash occurred.

The mayor has deemed today as ‘2017-18 Humboldt Broncos Day’ and would like to see that continued every April 6.

Is the third wave really ‘a new pandemic’? A COVID-19 variant FAQ

THE BIG STORY | posted Tuesday, Apr 6th, 2021

In today’s Big Story podcast, we all want this pandemic to be over. But it’s not. And vaccines alone won’t stop the third wave of COVID-19 that’s now rolling over much of Canada.

The third wave is driven by variants, and you’ve probably heard them mentioned many times. But what are they? How are they worse than original COVID? What stops them and what doesn’t? Do vaccines work on them? And what do we need to do in the meantime to keep Canadians alive until this is over?

GUEST: Dr. David Fisman, epidemiologist, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

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You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.

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

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