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A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Mar. 18, 2021

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Thursday, Mar 18th, 2021

The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, March 18, 2021.

In Canada, the provinces are reporting 138,091 new vaccinations administered for a total of 3,409,400 doses given. Nationwide, 610,071 people or 1.6 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 8,995.95 per 100,000.

There were 12,870 new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 4,206,780 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 81.05 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 zero new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 33,621 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 64.207 per 1,000. In the province, 1.75 per cent (9,170) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Newfoundland for a total of 54,320 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 10 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 61.89 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

<b>P.E.I.</b> is reporting 1,810 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 15,999 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 100.858 per 1,000. In the province, 3.53 per cent (5,603) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to P.E.I. for a total of 19,055 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 83.96 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

<b>Nova Scotia</b> is reporting 9,796 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 52,352 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 53.645 per 1,000. In the province, 1.83 per cent (17,822) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nova Scotia for a total of 104,580 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 11 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 50.06 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

<b>New Brunswick</b> is reporting 15,040 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 53,523 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 68.616 per 1,000. In the province, 1.56 per cent (12,195) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to New Brunswick for a total of 75,995 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 9.7 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 70.43 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

<b>Quebec</b> is reporting 30,206 new vaccinations administered for a total of 804,806 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 94.056 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 76.62 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

<b>Ontario</b> is reporting 58,202 new vaccinations administered for a total of 1,301,334 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 88.592 per 1,000. In the province, 1.98 per cent (290,659) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Ontario for a total of 1,457,005 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 9.9 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 89.32 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

<b>Manitoba</b> is reporting 3,400 new vaccinations administered for a total of 113,275 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 82.262 per 1,000. In the province, 2.66 per cent (36,663) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were 12,870 new vaccines delivered to Manitoba for a total of 192,590 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 58.82 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

<b>Saskatchewan</b> is reporting 3,499 new vaccinations administered for a total of 112,168 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 95.126 per 1,000. In the province, 2.51 per cent (29,597) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Saskatchewan for a total of 122,685 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 10 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 91.43 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

<b>Alberta</b> is reporting 17,610 new vaccinations administered for a total of 397,492 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 90.297 per 1,000. In the province, 2.09 per cent (92,081) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Alberta for a total of 436,425 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 9.9 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 91.08 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

<b>British Columbia</b> is reporting 19,623 new vaccinations administered for a total of 444,140 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 86.55 per 1,000. In the province, 1.70 per cent (87,093) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to British Columbia for a total of 597,070 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 74.39 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

<b>Yukon</b> is reporting 605 new vaccinations administered for a total of 31,174 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 747.023 per 1,000. In the territory, 25.33 per cent (10,569) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Yukon for a total of 35,000 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 84 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 89.07 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 35,300 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 78 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 90.86 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

<b>Nunavut</b> is reporting 569 new vaccinations administered for a total of 17,442 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 450.395 per 1,000. In the territory, 16.09 per cent (6,230) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nunavut for a total of 26,400 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 68 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 66.07 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 18, 2021.

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Canada-U.S. border restrictions extended until April

NEWS STAFF | posted Thursday, Mar 18th, 2021

Non-essential travel restrictions with the United States have been extended until April 21, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair announced on Twitter.

Blair says Canada will continue to base its decisions on the best public health advice available to keep Canadians safe from COVID-19.

More to come

A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Wednesday, March 17, 2021

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Wednesday, Mar 17th, 2021

The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 4 a.m. ET on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

In Canada, the provinces are reporting 120,004 new vaccinations administered for a total of 3,271,309 doses given. Nationwide, 604,921 people or 1.6 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 8,631.587 per 100,000.

There were 211,690 new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 4,193,910 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 78 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 8,864 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 33,621 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 64.207 per 1,000. In the province, 1.75 per cent (9,170) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Newfoundland for a total of 54,320 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 10 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 61.89 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

<b>P.E.I.</b> is reporting 1,810 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 15,999 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 100.858 per 1,000. In the province, 3.53 per cent (5,603) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to P.E.I. for a total of 19,055 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 83.96 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

<b>Nova Scotia</b> is reporting 9,913 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 50,144 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 51.382 per 1,000. In the province, 1.71 per cent (16,650) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were 6,250 new vaccines delivered to Nova Scotia for a total of 104,580 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 11 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 47.95 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

<b>New Brunswick</b> is reporting 12,871 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 51,354 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 65.835 per 1,000. In the province, 1.56 per cent (12,195) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to New Brunswick for a total of 75,995 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 9.7 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 67.58 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

<b>Quebec</b> is reporting 30,492 new vaccinations administered for a total of 774,600 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 90.526 per 1,000. There were 101,790 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 73.75 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

<b>Ontario</b> is reporting 51,579 new vaccinations administered for a total of 1,243,132 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 84.63 per 1,000. In the province, 1.97 per cent (288,918) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Ontario for a total of 1,457,005 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 9.9 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 85.32 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

<b>Manitoba</b> is reporting 2,944 new vaccinations administered for a total of 109,875 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 79.793 per 1,000. In the province, 2.56 per cent (35,227) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were 20,500 new vaccines delivered to Manitoba for a total of 179,720 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 61.14 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

<b>Saskatchewan</b> is reporting 4,245 new vaccinations administered for a total of 108,669 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 92.158 per 1,000. In the province, 2.48 per cent (29,209) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Saskatchewan for a total of 122,685 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 10 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 88.58 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

<b>Alberta</b> is reporting 11,758 new vaccinations administered for a total of 379,882 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 86.297 per 1,000. In the province, 2.09 per cent (91,868) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Alberta for a total of 436,425 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 9.9 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 87.04 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

<b>British Columbia</b> is reporting 15,414 new vaccinations administered for a total of 424,517 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 82.726 per 1,000. In the province, 1.70 per cent (87,070) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were 83,150 new vaccines delivered to British Columbia for a total of 597,070 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 71.1 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

<b>Yukon</b> is reporting 599 new vaccinations administered for a total of 30,569 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 732.525 per 1,000. In the territory, 25.26 per cent (10,543) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Yukon for a total of 35,000 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 84 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 87.34 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 35,300 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 78 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 90.86 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

<b>Nunavut</b> is reporting 555 new vaccinations administered for a total of 16,873 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 435.702 per 1,000. In the territory, 15.70 per cent (6,079) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nunavut for a total of 26,400 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 68 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 63.91 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 17, 2021.

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Annual pace of inflation edges up in February to 1.1%

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Wednesday, Mar 17th, 2021

Statistics Canada says the annual pace of inflation ticked slightly higher in February, largely driven by higher gasoline prices.

The consumer price index in February was up 1.1 per cent compared with a year earlier, and up from the year-over-year increase of 1.0 per cent recorded in January.

Financial data firm Refinitiv had said the average economist estimate is for a year-over-year increase of 1.3 per cent.

Statistics Canada says driving much of the growth was a five per cent year-over-year increase in gasoline prices, marking the third-straight month of gains.

Excluding gasoline prices, the agency’s consumer price index would have risen by one per cent in February.

The agency also says that homeowner replacement costs, which are linked to the price of new homes, rose seven per cent between February 2020 and last month, marking the largest yearly increase since February 2007.

How a family doctor helped Canadians understand COVID-19

THE BIG STORY | posted Wednesday, Mar 17th, 2021

In today’s Big Story podcast, Dr. Jennifer Kwan is just one of dozens of ordinary Canadians who decided early in the pandemic to spend their free time presenting data on the virus to the masses via easy to understand charts. These unlikely dataviz experts have been integral to the general public’s familiarity with things like waves, exponential growth, positivity percentage and other key indicators.

How and why did they decide to start making these graphs and charts? What has come along with their status as virus experts online? What holes in government communications are they filling? And when, oh when, will they finally make their last chart and get some rest?

GUEST: Dr. Jennifer Kwan

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

You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.

The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Tuesday, March 16, 2021

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Tuesday, Mar 16th, 2021

The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4 a.m. ET on Tuesday, March 16, 2021.

There are 913,047 confirmed cases in Canada.

Canada: 913,047 confirmed cases (31,630 active, 858,922 resolved, 22,495 deaths). The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers.

There were 2,847 new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 83.23 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 22,355 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 3,194.

There were 25 new reported deaths Monday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 220 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 59.19 per 100,000 people.

There have been 25,996,052 tests completed.

Newfoundland and Labrador: 1,012 confirmed cases (54 active, 952 resolved, six deaths).

There were zero new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 10.34 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of three 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 211,856 tests completed.

Prince Edward Island: 143 confirmed cases (16 active, 127 resolved, zero deaths).

There were zero new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 10.02 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 116,710 tests completed.

Nova Scotia: 1,670 confirmed cases (17 active, 1,588 resolved, 65 deaths).

There were zero new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 1.74 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 11 new cases. 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 6.64 per 100,000 people.

There have been 388,121 tests completed.

New Brunswick: 1,471 confirmed cases (37 active, 1,404 resolved, 30 deaths).

There was one new case Monday. The rate of active cases is 4.73 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there has been 12 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is two.

There were zero new reported deaths Monday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of two new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is zero. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.04 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 3.84 per 100,000 people.

There have been 249,333 tests completed.

Quebec: 298,186 confirmed cases (6,881 active, 280,755 resolved, 10,550 deaths).

There were 594 new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 80.25 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 4,976 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 711.

There were 10 new reported deaths Monday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 69 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 10. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.11 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 123.04 per 100,000 people.

There have been 6,654,604 tests completed.

Ontario: 319,374 confirmed cases (12,528 active, 299,684 resolved, 7,162 deaths).

There were 1,268 new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 85.03 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 9,447 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,350.

There were nine new reported deaths Monday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 85 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 12. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.08 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 48.61 per 100,000 people.

There have been 11,608,655 tests completed.

Manitoba: 32,793 confirmed cases (908 active, 30,968 resolved, 917 deaths).

There were 50 new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 65.83 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 509 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 73.

There were zero new reported deaths Monday. 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 0.11 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 66.48 per 100,000 people.

There have been 557,304 tests completed.

Saskatchewan: 30,727 confirmed cases (1,299 active, 29,021 resolved, 407 deaths).

There were 110 new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 110.21 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 922 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 132.

There were zero new reported deaths Monday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of eight 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 34.53 per 100,000 people.

There have been 609,678 tests completed.

Alberta: 138,788 confirmed cases (4,811 active, 132,028 resolved, 1,949 deaths).

There were 364 new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 108.8 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 2,669 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 381.

There were three new reported deaths Monday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 29 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 44.08 per 100,000 people.

There have been 3,520,180 tests completed.

British Columbia: 88,373 confirmed cases (5,076 active, 81,890 resolved, 1,407 deaths).

There were 460 new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 98.61 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 3,804 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 543.

There were three new reported deaths Monday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 16 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is two. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.04 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 27.33 per 100,000 people.

There have been 2,046,787 tests completed.

Yukon: 72 confirmed cases (zero active, 71 resolved, one death).

There were zero new cases Monday. 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 8,340 tests completed.

Northwest Territories: 42 confirmed cases (one active, 41 resolved, zero deaths).

There were zero new cases Monday. 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 15,290 tests completed.

Nunavut: 383 confirmed cases (two active, 380 resolved, one death).

There were zero new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 5.08 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 2.54 per 100,000 people.

There have been 9,118 tests completed.

This report was automatically generated by The Canadian Press Digital Data Desk and was first published March 16, 2021.

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Over half of Canadians say monarchy is obsolete after Harry and Meghan’s interview: Poll

MAAN ALHMIDI, THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Tuesday, Mar 16th, 2021

A new poll suggests just over half of Canadians believe the British monarchy is a relic that Canada should abandon, following Prince Harry and Meghan’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Fifty-three per cent of respondents to an online survey by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies say the British monarchy no longer has its place in 21st-century Canada, while one-third say they would rather preserve this part of our heritage.

Leger executive vice-president Christian Bourque said the interview — and how Canadians are responding to its revelations — should be considered a blow for the monarchy and those who believe in the importance of the role it plays in Canada.

“I think this probably would not have been true a few weeks ago,” Bourque said.

The poll also found that 59 per cent of respondents sympathize more with Harry and Meghan, while 26 per cent say they held more sympathy for the Royal Family.

The online poll of 1,512 adult Canadians was carried out March 12 to 14. It cannot be assigned a margin of error because internet-based surveys are not considered random samples.

Fifty-two per cent say the recent events involving the couple, which included the Duchess of Sussex divulging that she had been driven to thoughts of suicide and that a member of the Royal Family had asked how dark her son Archie’s skin might be, speak about a fundamental problem with the institution.

Forty-three per cent of respondents say the recent events show the Royal Family holds racist views, which Bourque said is damaging to its reputation.

The negative view of the monarchy was higher in Quebec, where 71 per cent of respondents said it is out of date, which Bourque said is not surprising.

“Even if you exclude the Quebec numbers, you still get about half of Canadians who say basically do we really need the Royal Family in Canada,” he said.

An earlier poll of 2,122 adult Canadians carried out from Feb. 5 to 7 had 46 per cent of respondents saying the monarchy is outdated and that Canada should get rid of it, so the numbers are slightly higher after the interview with Harry and Meghan.

In the more recent poll, Canadians appear divided on what could replace the monarchy.

Thirty-six per cent of respondents said they would prefer the prime minister be the head of state, with no other representative such as the governor general. Sixteen per cent said they would like Canada to be a republic with an elected president and 20 per cent said they would like to keep the existing arrangement.

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

Sobeys parent company buys 51% stake in Longo’s for $357M

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Tuesday, Mar 16th, 2021

Empire Company Ltd. says it has signed a deal to buy a 51 per cent stake in specialty grocery store chain Longo’s and its Grocery Gateway e-commerce business for $357 million.

The parent company of Sobeys says the deal adds two high-quality banners to its business and helps it grow in Ontario.

Under the deal, Longo’s and Grocery Gateway will continue to be led by CEO Anthony Longo.

However, Empire says Longo’s will be able to benefit from its infrastructure and capabilities, in areas such as sourcing, logistics and real estate.

Longo’s has 36 locations in the Greater Toronto Area, while Grocery Gateway serves 70,000 customers.

The deal, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to close in the first quarter of Empire’s 2022 financial year.

The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Sunday, March 14, 2021

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Monday, Mar 15th, 2021

The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 8:30 p.m. ET on Sunday March 14, 2021.

There are 909,157 confirmed cases in Canada.

Canada: 909,157 confirmed cases (31,674 active, 855,020 resolved, 22,463 deaths). The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers.

There were 2,957 new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 83.34 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 21,502 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 3,072.

There were 29 new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 215 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 59.11 per 100,000 people.

There have been 25,881,400 tests completed.

Newfoundland and Labrador: 1,012 confirmed cases (56 active, 950 resolved, six deaths).

There were zero new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 10.73 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of six 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 1.15 per 100,000 people.

There have been 211,268 tests completed.

Prince Edward Island: 143 confirmed cases (16 active, 127 resolved, zero deaths).

There were zero new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 10.02 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 zero per 100,000 people.

There have been 116,371 tests completed.

Nova Scotia: 1,670 confirmed cases (18 active, 1,587 resolved, 65 deaths).

There was one new case Sunday. The rate of active cases is 1.84 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there has been 11 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 6.64 per 100,000 people.

There have been 385,665 tests completed.

New Brunswick: 1,470 confirmed cases (38 active, 1,402 resolved, 30 deaths).

There were five new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 4.86 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 15 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is two.

There were zero new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of two new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is zero. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.04 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 3.84 per 100,000 people.

There have been 248,792 tests completed.

Quebec: 297,592 confirmed cases (7,022 active, 280,030 resolved, 10,540 deaths).

There were 674 new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 81.89 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 4,961 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 709.

There were five new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 68 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 10. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.11 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 122.92 per 100,000 people.

There have been 6,631,808 tests completed.

Ontario: 318,106 confirmed cases (12,383 active, 298,570 resolved, 7,153 deaths).

There were 1,747 new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 84.04 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 9,810 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,401.

There were 15 new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 86 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 12. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.08 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 48.55 per 100,000 people.

There have been 11,561,037 tests completed.

Manitoba: 32,743 confirmed cases (891 active, 30,935 resolved, 917 deaths).

There were 44 new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 64.6 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 518 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 74.

There was one new reported death Sunday. 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 66.48 per 100,000 people.

There have been 553,781 tests completed.

Saskatchewan: 30,620 confirmed cases (1,399 active, 28,814 resolved, 407 deaths).

There were 98 new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 118.69 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 911 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 130.

There were two new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of nine new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is one. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.11 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 34.53 per 100,000 people.

There have been 607,926 tests completed.

Alberta: 138,424 confirmed cases (4,697 active, 131,781 resolved, 1,946 deaths).

There were 388 new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 106.22 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 2,583 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 369.

There were six new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 28 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 44.01 per 100,000 people.

There have been 3,502,952 tests completed.

British Columbia: 86,867 confirmed cases (5,145 active, 80,325 resolved, 1,397 deaths).

There were zero new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 99.95 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 2,683 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 383.

There were zero new reported deaths 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 0.03 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 27.14 per 100,000 people.

There have been 2,029,164 tests completed.

Yukon: 72 confirmed cases (zero active, 71 resolved, one deaths).

There were zero new cases Sunday. 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 8,313 tests completed.

Northwest Territories: 42 confirmed cases (one active, 41 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 15,214 tests completed.

Nunavut: 383 confirmed cases (eight active, 374 resolved, one deaths).

There were zero new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 20.33 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 2.54 per 100,000 people.

There have been 9,033 tests completed.

This report was automatically generated by The Canadian Press Digital Data Desk and was first published March 14, 2021.

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