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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There have been 29,907,670 tests completed.

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

There was one new case Sunday. The rate of active cases is 4.98 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there has been 14 new case. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is two.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 1.15 per 100,000 people.

There have been 234,141 tests completed.

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

There were three new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 6.26 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of eight new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is one.

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

There have been 134,704 tests completed.

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

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

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

There have been 464,263 tests completed.

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

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

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

There have been 283,622 tests completed.

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

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

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

There have been 7,813,292 tests completed.

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

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

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

There have been 13,328,247 tests completed.

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

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

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

There have been 626,901 tests completed.

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

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

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

There have been 723,594 tests completed.

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

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

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

There have been 3,913,177 tests completed.

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

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

There were zero new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 21 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is three. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.06 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 29.72 per 100,000 people.

There have been 2,349,763 tests completed.

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

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

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

There have been 8,740 tests completed.

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

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

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

There have been 16,904 tests completed.

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

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

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

There have been 10,246 tests completed.

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

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

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

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

GUEST: Dennis Overbye, Science Reporter, New York Times

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

You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.

Rogers reports cellphone outage across Canada

NEWS STAFF | posted Monday, Apr 19th, 2021

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

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

Rogers said the outage is also impacting Fido customers.

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

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

NOTE: Rogers is the parent company of this website.

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

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

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

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

There were no new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 12,649,082 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 72.77 per cent of their available vaccine supply.

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

Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting 30,014 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 122,249 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 233.464 per 1,000. In the province, 1.85 per cent (9,674) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Newfoundland and Labrador for a total of 169,140 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 32 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 72.28 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Northwest Territories are reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 41,217 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 913.518 per 1,000. In the territory, 36.51 per cent (16,471) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to the Northwest Territories for a total of 56,300 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 120 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 73.21 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Nunavut is reporting 173 new vaccinations administered for a total of 24,065 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 621.417 per 1,000. In the territory, 26.15 per cent (10,128) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nunavut for a total of 41,800 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 110 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 57.57 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

*Notes on data: The figures are compiled by the COVID-19 Open Data Working Group based on the latest publicly available data and are subject to change. Note that some provinces report weekly, while others report same-day or figures from the previous day. Vaccine doses administered is not equivalent to the number of people inoculated as the approved vaccines require two doses per person. The vaccines are currently not being administered to children under 18 and those with certain health conditions. In some cases the number of doses administered may appear to exceed the number of doses distributed as some provinces have been drawing extra doses per vial.

This report was automatically generated by The Canadian Press Digital Data Desk and was first published April 15, 2021.

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Prince Philip remembered as calm presence during Queen’s visits to the North

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

There’s a road in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, that stretches all the way around Williamson Lake, a small body of water in the centre of town.

But, unlike a lot of the roads in the community then, this one was smoothed over with fresh asphalt in 1994. It’s still paved today.

Most people in town know the story of why Rankin’s “ring road” was paved: a visit from the Queen and Prince Philip that year.

Manitok Thompson, who lived in Rankin Inlet at the time, said organizers knew the royal couple would take that road from the airport.

“They were going to drive down to the hotel and so (the road) had to be smooth,” Thompson said.

Philip, the Queen’s husband of 73 years, died last week at the age of 99. A royal ceremonial funeral is to be held Saturday at Windsor Castle in the United Kingdom.

The royal couple also visited Canada’s North in 1970 and 2002.

Thompson said organizing their visit to Rankin Inlet in 1994 meant ensuring every detail was thought about ahead of time, right down to how many steps the Queen would take when she got out of the airplane.

“Every second, every minute had to be planned.”

Thompson, who was a teacher back then, said Canadian officials swept through the town a week before the visit.

“I was teaching at the high school when two (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) guys came into my classroom with their Inspector Gadget outfits,” she said.

And when the Queen’s team asked for a car to drive the royal couple around town, Thompson volunteered her Jeep, but was told it was too tall for the petite monarch.

“I said, ‘Look, I can just lie on the ground and she can just step on me.”

Instead, a car was flown up on a charter plane. The vehicle was later auctioned off in the community.

When the Queen and the prince arrived, they were greeted by crowds of children. Thompson said she remembers people yelling out the Inuktitut name for Elizabeth.

“The little kids were yelling ‘Hi Elisapee!’ with their little hands waving at her.”

Despite fond memories of the visit, Thompson noted the difficult relationship between the Crown and Inuit.

“They took over our land, which wasn’t good for our country or our people,” she said.

Thompson remembers Prince Philip as a peaceful man who stood at the Queen’s side during her visits to the North.

“He was not overwhelming. It was like all the attention was on the Queen. He was just a constant person, right there with her.

“He was very gentle and calm.”

Bill Belsey, also a teacher in Rankin Inlet at the time, photographed the royals in 1994.

“Prince Philip had quite a quick wit. But he would also notice children or elders who weren’t in the Queen’s view in the crowd and would bring them forward to meet her,” Belsey said.

Belsey said his favourite photograph is one in which the Queen and prince, sitting next to each other, are wearing jackets made by a local seamstress. Their smiles beam out at the crowd.

“Their staff said it was one of the most natural smiles they’ve ever seen on the two of them. They just seemed so relaxed and completely at ease in the North.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 16, 2021.

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This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook-Canadian Press News Fellowship

Emma Tranter, The Canadian Press

The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada

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

The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern):

9:30 a.m

The Canadian Medical Association is calling for “extraordinary” measures to address the COVID-19 crisis unfolding in several provinces.

The CMA says it wants the federal government to consider re-prioritizing its vaccine distribution strategy to focus on urgent areas instead of distributing to provinces on a per-capita basis.

The organization also says provinces should be sharing their health-care resources with areas that are especially hard-hit, including Ontario and Quebec, where intensive care capacity is overwhelmed.

The CMA says further restrictions “must also be considered” in provinces experiencing rapid rates of COVID-19 transmission.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 16, 2021.

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

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Thursday, Apr 15th, 2021

The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 4 a.m. ET on Thursday, April 15, 2021.

In Canada, the provinces are reporting 298,192 new vaccinations administered for a total of 8,896,462 doses given. Nationwide, 840,602 people or 2.2 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 23,473.962 per 100,000.

There were 19,918 new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 11,431,120 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 77.83 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 23,163 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 115,398 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 220.38 per 1,000. In the province, 1.85 per cent (9,674) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Newfoundland and Labrador for a total of 144,700 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 28 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 79.75 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

P.E.I. is reporting 7,645 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 35,093 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 221.227 per 1,000. In the province, 5.52 per cent (8,764) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to P.E.I. for a total of 44,265 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 28 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 79.28 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Nova Scotia is reporting 46,685 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 169,851 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 174.046 per 1,000. In the province, 3.24 per cent (31,583) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nova Scotia for a total of 264,790 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 27 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 64.15 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

New Brunswick is reporting 37,830 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 167,147 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 214.28 per 1,000. In the province, 2.08 per cent (16,252) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to New Brunswick for a total of 211,545 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 27 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 79.01 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Quebec is reporting 70,702 new vaccinations administered for a total of 2,075,808 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 242.596 per 1,000. There were 19,918 new vaccines delivered to Quebec for a total of 2,660,185 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 31 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 78.03 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Ontario is reporting 112,817 new vaccinations administered for a total of 3,422,974 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 233.029 per 1,000. In the province, 2.30 per cent (337,206) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Ontario for a total of 4,506,495 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 31 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 75.96 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Manitoba is reporting 8,669 new vaccinations administered for a total of 299,821 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 217.734 per 1,000. In the province, 4.99 per cent (68,718) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Manitoba for a total of 409,470 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 30 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 73.22 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Saskatchewan is reporting 8,682 new vaccinations administered for a total of 307,449 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 260.737 per 1,000. In the province, 3.56 per cent (41,992) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Saskatchewan for a total of 341,785 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 29 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 89.95 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Alberta is reporting 33,851 new vaccinations administered for a total of 1,004,123 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 228.104 per 1,000. In the province, 4.41 per cent (194,012) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Alberta for a total of 1,208,955 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 27 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 83.06 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

British Columbia is reporting 41,839 new vaccinations administered for a total of 1,190,832 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 232.06 per 1,000. In the province, 1.71 per cent (87,820) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to British Columbia for a total of 1,498,430 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 29 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 79.47 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Yukon is reporting 503 new vaccinations administered for a total of 42,857 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 1,026.982 per 1,000. In the territory, 43.36 per cent (18,095) 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 83.38 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

The Northwest Territories are reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 41,217 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 913.518 per 1,000. In the territory, 36.51 per cent (16,471) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to the Northwest Territories for a total of 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 79.88 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Nunavut is reporting 323 new vaccinations administered for a total of 23,892 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 616.95 per 1,000. In the territory, 25.86 per cent (10,015) 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 63.71 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

*Notes on data: The figures are compiled by the COVID-19 Open Data Working Group based on the latest publicly available data and are subject to change. Note that some provinces report weekly, while others report same-day or figures from the previous day. Vaccine doses administered is not equivalent to the number of people inoculated as the approved vaccines require two doses per person. The vaccines are currently not being administered to children under 18 and those with certain health conditions. In some cases the number of doses administered may appear to exceed the number of doses distributed as some provinces have been drawing extra doses per vial.

This report was automatically generated by The Canadian Press Digital Data Desk and was first published April 15, 2021.

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Is in-person worship an essential service?

THE BIG STORY | posted Thursday, Apr 15th, 2021

In today’s Big Story podcast, last weekend, protesters clashed with police over the closing of GraceLife Church in Alberta. It’s not the first time that houses of worship have been a flashpoint for anti-lockdown action. Why has religion, and in particular evangelical and fundamentalist Christianity been so opposed to restrictions on in-person gatherings, even in provinces run by conservatives? How have churches of all denominations handled a year of virtual worship? How do you keep faith in a time of plague, when some of your fellow Christians seemed determined to spread it?

GUEST: Michael Coren, Anglican cleric, author, broadcaster

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 the lives lost in the April 2020 Nova Scotia mass shooting

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Thursday, Apr 15th, 2021

HALIFAX — The victims in one of Canada’s worst mass killings included an RCMP officer, a teacher, health-care workers, retirees, neighbours of the shooter and two correctional officers killed in their home.

Here is a look at the 22 lives lost on April 18-19, 2020:

Elizabeth Joanne Thomas and John Zahl

Thomas and Zahl died in Portapique, N.S., where their home was among those set on fire. Thomas was in her late 50s and was known as Joanne to friends and family. She hailed from Winnipeg and fell in love with Nova Scotia on a trip during her teenage years, her son Justin Zahl said. After raising two sons in Albuquerque, N.M., Thomas and her husband retired to their dream home in Portapique about three years ago. John Zahl, in his late 60s, was originally from Minnesota and worked for FedEx before retiring and later working as an educational assistant with special needs students. After moving to Nova Scotia, Thomas threw herself into volunteering with her local church. She had worked on charity projects providing food and laundry service for the homeless, her son said, describing her as a “living, walking angel.”

Peter and Joy Bond

Social media accounts, including by relatives and a New Brunswick church, shared sadness at the news that the Bonds, a couple who “were loved by their family, friends and community,” were among the dead. A death notice in the Halifax Chronicle Herald said Peter Bond, 74, would be remembered “for his sense of humour and his stories of the past” while his wife Joy, 70, would be remembered “for being the life of the party, her beautiful smile, her contagious laugh and her ability to always keep it together for everyone.” The retired couple lived in Portapique, N.S., and had two sons.

Lillian Campbell

Campbell, 65, was killed while out for a morning stroll in Wentworth Valley, N.S. on the morning of April 19, a neighbour and fellow walker Heather Matthews said. A death notice placed by her family described her as “a true adventurer” who “lived, worked, and explored Canada from sea to sea to shining sea.” It said she was “courageous, generous, determined, quick-witted and gave the best hugs.” Campbell had one child and retired with her husband Michael Hyslop to Nova Scotia from Whitehorse in 2014, embracing her new home, garden and neighbours “with her usual vitality.”

Dawn and Frank Gulenchyn

The couple lived in the Durham region in southern Ontario before moving to Nova Scotia. Dawn worked at the Hillsdale Terraces long-term care home in Oshawa for decades before retiring in 2019. Jon Farrington, a resident of Oshawa, said his stepfather had carefully renovated the couple’s retirement home in Portapique over the past decade, while his mother continued working in order to obtain her pension, using her vacation time to travel to Portapique for time with her husband. Farrington said the couple had finally settled in together in the renovated home in the summer of 2019, and had prepared a room for family visits. They were killed on the first night of the rampage, and their home was set on fire.

Joe Webber

Webber, 36, had gone on a family errand toward the Shubenacadie, N.S., area, about 50 kilometres northwest of Halifax, when he was killed. Coun. Steve Streatch, who lived four houses away from Webber in the rural community of Antrim, said he was “a fine young man who lived in the community of the Musquodoboit Valley, and it’s a tragic loss.” Streatch said Webber worked in the woods, often using traditional methods, and he had three young daughters. “He had a good outlook. He always had a big smile, and a lot of times that’s hard to find in people,” Streatch said.

Tom Bagley

Bagley died while “trying to help,” his daughter Charlene Bagley says. His neighbours in Wentworth, N.S., say Bagley, a military veteran and retired firefighter, was killed on April 19 as he walked toward a burning home on Hunter Road. “If you knew him, you knew that was just who he was all the time,” Charlene Bagley wrote in a Facebook post. Bagley, 70, served as a firefighter at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport from 1975 to 2006 and his military career included a stint on the aircraft carrier HMCS Bonaventure.

Corrie Ellison

Ellison, 42, was remembered as a thoughtful, kind friend who went out of his way to help others. Ellison lived in Truro, N.S., but was visiting his father in Portapique when he was killed. Ashley Fennell says she was good friends with Corrie Ellison for almost a decade and described him as “a beautiful soul.” She said Ellison was on disability support because of an old injury, and he would join Fennell and her son for swimming in the summer. She added that on Christmas 2019 he offered some money for her son’s gifts.

Jolene Oliver, Aaron Tuck and Emily Tuck

The family members were neighbours of the gunman and were killed in their Portapique home. Oliver was 39 and her husband was 45. Their daughter, Emily, was 17. The family spent their early years in Calgary before moving to Nova Scotia. “No matter how much they went through in life they always stayed together, and there was times that they had nothing,” Oliver’s sister, Tammy Oliver-McCurdie, said soon after the killings. She said her sister loved working as a waitress, which she did for most of her life. “She was such a great listener.” Emily, who played the fiddle, had plans to continue her education but couldn’t decide whether to pursue art or welding, her aunt said. Tuck was described in his death notice as having a big heart and being mechanically inclined. “Aaron loved and was known in communities for fixing up cars and was also experienced in leather work,” the notice said.

Sean McLeod and Alanna Jenkins

The Wentworth, N.S., couple were correctional officers. Jenkins, 37, worked at the Nova Institution for Women in Truro and McLeod, 44, worked at the Springhill Institution for more than 20 years. “They would have done anything for anybody and they always made sure people were welcome in their home,” said McLeod’s daughter, Taylor. Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, issued a statement about the couple after their deaths. “They worked hard to protect their communities and the inmates under their care,” Blair said. “Alanna and Sean will be remembered for their commitment to public safety.”

Greg and Jamie Blair

The couple ran a firm that provides service, sales and installation of natural gas and propane units in the area where the shootings happened. They had two small children, and Greg Blair, 45, also had two older sons from an earlier relationship. Judy MacBurnie said her nephew was a “wonderful person who was always laughing and was the funniest person you ever met ….You couldn’t be around him too long because your face and belly hurt so bad from laughing.” Alec Gratto, the younger brother of Jamie Blair, said his 40-year-old sister was born and raised in Masstown, N.S., and married Greg in 2014. The family had a cottage in the Portapique area as the three children grew up, and her brother said his sister loved the outdoors and the beach.

Heather O’Brien

The Victorian Order of Nurses said O’Brien, 55, was a licensed practical nurse and had worked with VON for nearly 17 years. O’Brien’s daughter, Darcy Dobson, posted on Facebook about her mother shortly after her death. “She was kind. She was beautiful. She didn’t deserve any of this,” Dobson wrote, pleading with friends and family not to let the shooting define her mother. “I want everyone to remember how kind she was. How much she loved being a nurse,” she wrote. Portapique resident Lucille Adams remembered O’Brien for her compassion. “She was a very loving person. She was always out there to help somebody,” she said.

Gina Goulet

Goulet, a 54-year-old Shubenacadie, N.S., resident, beat cancer — twice. Her daughter, Amelia Butler, said Goulet was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2016. Goulet was warned that her prospects didn’t look good, but she beat the odds. Goulet was diagnosed with cancer a second time late last year, and had almost fully recovered when she died. “She fought so hard for her life,” Butler said. Goulet was a denturist for 27 years and was an avid angler who would often retreat to her cottage with her two dogs to go bass fishing. Goulet was also a salsa dancer who would travel to Cuba whenever she had the chance.

Kristen Beaton

Beaton, who was pregnant with her second child, had worked for the Victorian Order of Nurses for nearly six years. Her husband Nick Beaton says she cared so much for others, she sometimes forgot to take care of herself. Beaton says he and their nearly two-year-old son, Daxton, were the greatest beneficiaries of the 33-year-old’s nurturing nature. “She loved her son more than I’ve seen anyone love anything ever,” he said. She similarly doted on her clients as a continuing care assistant with the VON. She was en route to visit a client when she was killed.

Lisa McCully

McCully, 49, was a teacher at the elementary school in the community of Debert, N.S., and the mother of two children. Paul Wozney, president of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, said McCully was known as a passionate teacher and “a shining love” in the lives of her friends and family. A death notice in the Halifax Chronicle Herald described McCully as a gifted teacher. “Lisa was always teaching and constantly had creative pursuits on the go, whether it was baking bread, harvesting mushrooms or playing music,” it said. “To know Lisa was to know life in full colour.”

Const. Heidi Stevenson

Stevenson, 48, had been with the RCMP for 23 years and was a mother of two. “Heidi answered the call of duty and lost her life while protecting those she served,” Nova Scotia RCMP Assistant Commissioner Lee Bergerman said. Investigators determined Stevenson’s cruiser was rammed by the gunman’s replica RCMP vehicle on the morning of April 19, near Shubenacadie, N.S., and she died following an exchange of gunfire. Stevenson graduated from Acadia University in 1993 and took on a number of roles with the force, including community policing, communications, drug recognition expert and representing the RCMP as part of the Musical Ride.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 15, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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