Within3 CEO Lance Hill joins Yahoo Finance’s Zack Guzman and Anjalee Khemlani to discuss the latest on the life science company as it looks to expand globally amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Within3 CEO Lance Hill joins Yahoo Finance’s Zack Guzman and Anjalee Khemlani to discuss the latest on the life science company as it looks to expand globally amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In the viral video, the SPO can be heard accusing the security personnel of harassing her and her ailing parents.
Astrology is the belief in and study of universal territory. The sky, its expanse, and the dark mystery beyond it are ungovernable. No matter how many shuttles and satellites compete to make a claim, the planets claim themselves. In astrology, we write the story of their relationships over and over. Because one body is near another, because one planet is illuminated by a grouping of stars. On Earth, our relationships are just as valuable but, on the only planet that sustains life, we destroy it. We say we love each other, but what good is what we say compared to what we allow? This week the police killed yet another unarmed person, a 13-year-old Latino boy. This month, 33 states have introduced over 100 bills against rights of transgender people. Bills that ban trans people from participating in sports, bills that keep trans kids from accessing affirming healthcare, bills that want to remove trans kids from their supportive families. A people policed to death is a people for whom the carceral state is a past life. What if we began our new life now, and agreed that there will be abolition? We, who can feel the rumble and pulse of it begging beneath the concrete. What if we refuse the law of the land when it means to harm the people of the land? What if we are to become ungovernable, like planets, we who know another way is not only possible but inevitable. If you feel small, if you feel far from it, take a look at Pluto’s distant influence. If we are to believe that the planets and asteroids and stars have their power, then imagine what the influence of all our bodies might be. While Pluto works on our values, pitting fear against faith, Saturn and Uranus continue to square off. A minor trine between Mars, Jupiter, and the Sun plus Mercury is our weekly reminder that our actions and rituals have a far-reaching impact, especially for the younger ones who will survive us. Each step we take presses down a new path. Aries Sun & Aries RisingWhen the world gets heavy, people reach for something big to believe in, but you don’t have to believe in God, if God doesn’t suit. You don’t even have to believe in The Universe or anything invisible above or below you. You just have to believe in yourself — in what you see for yourself, and what you want badly enough for yourself to go hard. You have to believe that you have what it takes to raise the child in you and that you’ve earned the right to let the protector rest. What some think of as divine is no bigger, no more sacred, than the work of loving your whole self.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoTaurus Sun & Taurus RisingYou are allowed to feel like one of the lucky ones and still be unsatisfied. You’re allowed to want something more for yourself, even if you can’t articulate what that something is quite yet or how you’re gonna get it. What if dissatisfaction is a sign of life? What if it’s proof of all the pleasures waiting for you on the other side of complacency? It’s better, Taurus, for you to be honest than be humble, better for you to be human than a hero. Otherwise, you might find yourself subconsciously bulldozing what you have to make way for something that you don’t. Illustration by Stefhany LozanoGemini Sun & Gemini RisingIt’s not all a crapshoot, even if it feels like one on days when nothing plays out like you’d rather it did. While it might not be evident right away, there are always a few stakes in the game and consequences to your actions. It’s like Neko Case sang, “time’s a revelator” — eventually, we come to the end of a thread we’ve been holding without realizing it. Don’t let this stop you in your tracks, Gemini, let it give you perspective. Yes, the hurt matters, the mistakes you’ve made matter and they won’t pass unnoticed. But so does the good you’ve done and want to do.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoCancer Sun & Cancer RisingIt can feel selfish to trust your gut instincts and make decisions about what’s right for you — not what you wish felt right, or what someone else needs you to feel. In fact, when someone else’s feelings are in the mix, prioritising your own viewpoint and values can feel like discounting theirs. But, it isn’t. No one benefits from your decisions to do things that don’t feel good or right to you. No one gets to experience you at your best that way. Besides, you should know by now to trust your intuition and never underestimate it. It’s a tool that works better the more you use it. Illustration by Stefhany LozanoLeo Sun & Leo RisingIf healing isn’t linear then neither is the path we take toward it. If we can fall off the wagon and get back on, if we can cut ties with people who cause us harm and then hastily sew those ties together in a moment of desperation before remembering why we left to begin with, we can forgive ourselves for losing faith in our ability to learn a new way to live and relate to others. When you get angry at yourself for all the ways you wish you could show up, slow down and find one way. You don’t have to be all in all at once, but when you’re up for it, your ride is here to pick you up.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoVirgo Sun & Virgo RisingIt’s only natural that what felt good to you once might no longer do the trick. Human beings are agents of change and under certain world-defining and delaying circumstances, only more so. With all that time for introspection, some personal shifts might have experienced an acceleration process. But, it takes a while for the mind to catch up with the body, to put into language what might have at first seemed like a hiccup in the spirit. It can feel like the body knows something that we don’t. What you feel is more trustworthy and valuable than what you want to feel.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoLibra Sun & Libra RisingA body needs to use or release what it stores. The materials are easy enough to identify: tears, mucus, waste. But the body is full of systems that produce responses harder to see, like the endocrine system, the sympathetic nervous system, and our immune systems. Like Libra people, these systems work as mediators, communicating between stimulus and stimulated. But, unlike Libra people, these systems want to process and let go, because when they can’t release, they suffer. When you’re wondering whether to hold on or let go, look to your body for guidance. Illustration by Stefhany LozanoScorpio Sun & Scorpio RisingLike the dream of a past life, hopeful buds are showing up along the wintered tree of you. A week full of beautiful reminders, that relationships and projects you thought dead were simply dormant, germinating under the cover of darkness. It’s enough to welcome what returns, to regard the cycling nature of all things — including the patterns of others. A budding tree will come to bloom whether you watch it or not and after its bloom, it will shed and go on about the business of greenness. If certain absences hurt you, if opening again scares you, just hang back and let time do its work.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoSagittarius Sun & Sagittarius RisingOf course you know how to stay busy, how to lend your time to whatever problem crops up. And, it’s true that staying busy can do wonders for those of us who, left to leisure, are also left with an emotional state we’d rather let alone. But busying oneself with whatever is furthest from the spirit is a fool’s errand, you know that. You will never stay busy enough. This week might be full of people and places demanding you make good on your work, and you will. But if you don’t make time to keep the promises you’ve made to yourself, your word won’t be worth very much to you.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoCapricorn Sun & Capricorn RisingIt’s time for you to express yourself, Capricorn, to stand in the light of the golden hour. So much of this month has been about setting your limits and figuring out what you don’t want. Don’t you think it’s time for you to not only figure out what you DO want, but actively set out after it? Of course the time between invocation and reception can be slower than some might like, but you know how to be patient if the reward is good enough. You’ve been putting the pieces in place for everyone else long enough, set the dominoes to spell your own name and give the first one a push.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoAquarius Sun & Aquarius RisingThere are months that ask you to rest and months that show you what that rest was for. Rest is a process necessary for both body and mind. Rest can be sleeping in or declining invitations or taking trips to the seaside for salt air. Rest is, no matter how you come to it, a gathering of strength, and it can be taken alongside the daily grind or outside of it entirely. My hope for you, Aquarius, is that you’ve taken your rest seriously and sacredly, because within it were lessons for the work you’re endeavouring upon now. The work comes from that rest; it’s possible because of it.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoPisces Sun & Pisces RisingWe shouldn’t have to choose between what makes financial sense and what makes sense collectively and, in a perfect world, our lives could be easily built in service to the communities we love and care for. But, because this isn’t a perfect world and because some resources are finite, it’s important to approach long-term plans as if they are exactly that — long term. While some situations require immediate response, your present day solutions need not define your vision for the future. You can take care of yourself now without jeopardising your big beautiful dream.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Charge Your Vibrators: Venus Is In TaurusObsessed With Astrology? Thank TikTok — & COVIDHow Important Is Your Roommate's Zodiac Sign?
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VICTORIA — British Columbia's finance minister says her professional training as a family therapist helped her develop the New Democrat government's first budget during the COVID-19 pandemic, which she will table Tuesday. Selina Robinson said her skills as a good listener and relationship builder were valuable and necessary to help put together a budget during the ongoing period of pandemic upheaval. Robinson released a fiscal update last December stating the pandemic's impact on B.C.'s economy remained uncertain, but the budget deficit was projected at $13.6 billion. The last budget, tabled in February 2020 just as B.C.'s first COVID-19 cases were being diagnosed, forecast three years of modest surpluses, including a surplus of $227 million for 2020-21. "What I can say is it is going to be a deficit budget," Robinson said Saturday in an interview. "We've been very mindful about how to make decisions for British Columbians so that we can have a path forward that gets us through and over the next number of years back to balance. We're committed to getting back to balance." Robinson, who has a master's degree in counselling psychology, said she leaned on her experience working with families to prepare a budget that reflects the concerns and future wishes of B.C. residents during the pandemic era. "I'm trained to look at dynamics between people and to build relationships," Robinson said. "I have found that training has helped me considerably in my job. I'm also trained as a listener, which has also helped listening to British Columbians, to various groups, listening to my colleagues." She said listening to business groups, social advocates and families has provided the over-arching focus of the budget, which aims to help the province get through the pandemic and look ahead to economic recovery. "We don't want to leave people behind," Robinson said. "We want to make sure all children have enough food in their bellies. We want to make sure businesses can plan a future that allows them to grow their business. We want people to have health and safety in their communities." The former housing minister was appointed to the finance port folio last fall after the NDP's October election win. Robinson said she immediately realized the budget, delayed from its traditional February release, would have to face the challenge of the pandemic head on. "I thought, 'this has never been done before,'" she said. "How do you build a budget where you're still dealing with the pandemic and needing to take care of people, making sure their health and safety is a priority and start planning and building out for a recovery?" The budget aims to take care of people during the pandemic while preparing for a post-COVID-19 recovery, Robinson said. "If we can hold tight, keep our circles down, get through the vaccination process quickly, then we can move into the recovery phase," she said. "People need the services. They need the medical support. They need mental health support. They need to make sure they'll get through this pandemic." The Opposition Liberals, who have criticized the NDP's pandemic relief efforts as slow and unfocused, say the budget needs an economic recovery plan that includes commitments to major infrastructure projects such as the George Massey Tunnel replacement in Metro Vancouver. "This NDP government has delayed numerous vital infrastructure projects since coming into office, making it clear that despite what they may say, these projects have not been a priority, and it's time for that to change," Liberal transportation critic Michael Lee said in a statement. The B.C. branch of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is also calling for more infrastructure spending on transit, education and housing, but says investments in mental health and care programs for children and the elderly are paramount. Robinson said the budget aims to build strength in order to lay the groundwork for future recovery. "There are absolutely numerous challenges in front of us and we're making sure that we can support people, support businesses, support communities, so that we can all get to where we want to get," she said. "Some might say that's fantasy thinking, but it is why we all work together." This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 18, 2021. Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press
This opinion piece was written by Shannon H. Myers, a writer and photographer (Shannon Heather) who grew up in Saskatoon. Myers has worked with many Saskatoon musicians and has maintained ties to the Saskatoon music community. She currently lives in Squamish, B.C. For more information about CBC's Opinion section, please see the FAQ. Trigger warning for those who have experienced sexual violence or know someone affected by it. Like many women involved in the Saskatoon music community, I have spent the last few weeks muddling through conflicting emotions as several "me too" accounts have surfaced. Reading these stories has helped me to reconcile my own past experiences and forced me to stop denying their damage. One thing that is glaringly apparent as I sift through accounts, opinions and memories, is that this is not a black and white issue where people are either guilty or innocent. We are all part of a larger system that contributes to the pervasiveness of sexual discrimination, harassment and assault. Our actions fall somewhere on a sliding scale. Becoming aware of, understanding and accepting our own contributions are crucial steps toward change. The first step is recognizing the severity of this issue. Damage of microaggressions I'm talking less about the overt damage of a clearly abhorrent trauma and more about the sneaky, insidious, pervasive, everlasting damage of normalizing microaggressions and predatory behaviour. This damage comes from consistently giving women signals that their worth is in their physique, and that "girls" (infantilizing word) who are "relaxed," "laid back," "chill" and "cool" (read: don't speak up) are the most desirable. It makes women ignore red flags and tells us that such behaviour is not only acceptable, it's what we can expect if we want men in our lives. These past weeks have forced me to look at the times I have normalized predatory behaviour. This should not be normalized. I can't stress that enough. I see now that these experiences contributed to a false sense of safety in more serious incidents of abuse later on. What makes all of this especially difficult is that the perpetrators are not strangers or monsters. They are friends, acquaintances and boyfriends. They are our male role models. They have done good things for others. It's important to understand that a person's ability to do and be "good" does not negate their capacity to inflict damage. Action (or inaction) that seems minor can have a building and lasting impact. Trauma continues My most recent assault was not the first, but it was the most damaging. He was a friend. It was a social setting prior to the pandemic. I thought I was safe. He took advantage of that trust. The level of violation has had severe physical and mental repercussions for me, including PTSD. The trauma will never fully leave me. At the time, I would have described him as a "good guy." Some of his friends continue to. There were times in the past where he made advances, sometimes relentlessly, but I played his behaviour off as harmless because that's what I was taught to do. Shrugging it off as no big deal often feels like the safest thing. We feel empathy when rejecting advances, so we minimize our comfort to make space for theirs at the expense of our safety. Looking back, I'm sick at how safe I thought I was. There were so many signs of danger. I have racked my brain, asking how I — a strong woman who loves and respects herself — could have ever allowed this abuse and others. Now, I have clarity. I was trained to allow it. Survivors of assault often express guilt and shame. These emotions are, in part, why many don't speak up. There is a notion that unless every part of the scenario was forced beyond our control, we "should have" done differently. We should have recognized the danger. We should have been firmer. We should have fought. We should have, we should have. But we didn't. The resounding flood of similar stories showcases why. We were taught not to. I am struck by common threads across women's reactions and inner narratives. "Am I being too uptight?" "Do I remember correctly?" Our internal dialogue has us gaslighting ourselves, on top of the denial and normalizing behaviour we use to minimize trauma to our nervous systems. It's becoming impossible to ignore how pervasive these traumas are across most of our female friends, and many of our male friends too. I don't want to live in a world where assault is a guarantee for many. We all have to vow to do better, to do what we can to stop our friends, daughters, sisters, lovers, aunts, nieces, girlfriends and mothers from undergoing the enduring unwanted sexual attention, advances and assault that seem to be a rite of passage to womanhood. I invite you to pause and reflect on how you may have contributed, in any way, to an imbalance of power and safety. Do you share or accept jokes that are harmful? Have you observed something and said nothing? Have you accepted anything less than enthusiastic consent? Do you observe when females are outnumbered and make a conscious effort to ensure their comfort? These are general questions that I think everyone (not just men) should be asking themselves. Being a woman and a survivor of assault does not exempt me from responsibility. I, too, have caused damage. I have ignored, tolerated, brushed off and accepted behaviour that I should have stood up against. I have stayed silent. I have made excuses for "good guys" when I should have been ensuring the women brave enough to speak up felt heard, supported and validated. To those I have hurt (directly and indirectly), I am deeply sorry. I am committed to lifelong work to ensure that I am a better ally. No, "not all men" are transgressors. But it's getting sickeningly close to "all women" who have been transgressed upon. We can't keep believing we are innocent or uninvolved when this affects every woman around us. To find assistance in your area, visit Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan (https://sassk.ca/resources/) for a list of support services throughout the province. In Saskatoon, SSAIC operates a 24/7 crisis line in partnership with Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Service at 306-244-2224. In Regina, the Regina Sexual Assault Centre operates a crisis and information line 306-352-0434 or toll free: 1-844-952-0434. Interested in writing for us? We accept pitches for opinion and point-of-view pieces from Saskatchewan residents who want to share their thoughts on the news of the day, issues affecting their community or who have a compelling personal story to share. No need to be a professional writer! Read more about what we're looking for here, then email firstname.lastname@example.org with your idea.
After nearly a decade together, Lucas de Faria and Jonathan Hobin decided to start a family of their own. They had a fertility doctor and an egg donor, but as a gay couple, they were missing another key part of the equation: that key person who will give birth to their child. "Our fertility doctor said, 'Once you're ready, tell everyone, because that's how you're going to find a surrogate," said Hobin. In March, the couple turned to social media, posting a request on their local Facebook Buy Nothing group. By the next morning, their inbox was overflowing with hopeful surrogates from around the world. The couple is now starting to sort through the applicants. It's illegal to pay for a surrogate in Canada, so they're looking for a unique arrangement. "I've always dreamed about having a child, but being gay from Brazil, I never thought it could happen. Now, it's very real," said de Faria. Finding a surrogate in a pandemic De Faria and Hobin first met online in 2012, and decided to meet in person in Finland, where de Faria was pursuing a nursing degree. Hobin lived in Ottawa, where he's a photographer and head of the Photographic Arts Centre, SPAO. After weathering years of a long-distance relationship, the couple began building a life together in Ottawa in 2016. "We were drawn to each other because we always wanted to have a family, but we weren't established enough to even think about it. Now that we are, it's in the middle of the pandemic," de Faria laughed. "Every step of the way ... there have been barriers that we had to overcome. Now, we have that next challenge — starting our own family," added Hobin. After nine years together, the couple says they want to start a family as soon as possible, despite the pandemic. (Submitted by Jonathan Hobin) Finding a surrogate during COVID-19 is especially difficult because their egg donor has a limited window of time this summer for the process. The couple has learned that pregnancy is more likely to occur if the embryo is immediately implanted into the surrogate. They're working quickly to find one who's available at the same time as their egg donor, taking into account travel limitations and other pandemic restrictions. Hobin said he's touched by the response, and by the reasons people gave for wanting to become a surrogate. One woman told the couple her son had recently come out as gay. She said she wanted to be a surrogate because she hoped someone would want to do the same for her son one day. "It's been amazing to see that people care," said de Faria. Both Lucas de Faria's family in Goiania, Brazil, (top), and Jonathan Hobin's in Ottawa, (bottom), are excited to welcome a new member.(Submitted Jonathan Hobin) 'I can't wait to meet our baby' Hobin says the experience has instilled in him a sense of vulnerability he hasn't felt in a long time. "It's one thing to be accepted for being gay, but another thing to be accepted as a gay parent," he said. "We're finally making progress on the thing most gay couples don't dare dream, because it opens yourself up to some of the most vulnerable parts of who you are." De Faria said he's focused on a day he's always dreamed of. "I can't wait to meet our baby. I think Jon is gonna be the most wonderful dad. It's gonna be the happiest day of my life."
On the road to mass-vaccination, the U.S. is so far ahead that it's detecting new obstacles that remain, for much of the world, an afterthought on a distant horizon. The proportion of the U.S. population who've received at least one dose is almost two times higher than in Canada, and the rate of Americans fully vaccinated is 10 times higher than Canada's. The vaccine supply in most states has ballooned to more than one dose per adult — that's allowed half of adults and nearly 40 per cent of the total U.S. population to have gotten a shot. Nowadays when you text friends to tell them a local clinic has doses available, it's increasingly common to hear the reply: No thanks, I've already got mine. "It's pretty damn good," Paul Goepfert, a University of Alabama researcher who studies vaccines, said of the rollout so far. So he's optimistic, right? Not quite. In fact, Goepfert is worried that the U.S. might never cross that coveted threshold of herd immunity. "I'm skeptical," he said of whether the country will reach herd immunity. "At least not anytime soon." Vaccine hesitancy ranks atop his causes for concern. The increasing abundance of U.S. supply is now shifting attention to that other half of economics' most fundamental model: demand. Whether enough Americans take the vaccine matters not only here but elsewhere, as the world pursues that ill-defined immunity threshold, which most estimates peg at about three-quarters of the population. Blue states, red states The rate of vaccinations is still increasing across the U.S. but there's an emerging gap in how quickly different states are unloading supplies. And the gap is growing. The states seeing the biggest daily increases in vaccinations are churning through their supply — led by New Hampshire, which has now delivered at least one dose to 71 per cent of adults. Other states have used just two-thirds of their supply and the daily increases are smaller: Mississippi and Alabama, for instance, have delivered at least one dose to 38 per cent of adults. There's an eye-catching political trend developing. Of the states with the most doses administered per adult, 14 of the top 15 voted for Joe Biden. As for states administering the fewest doses, 14 of 15 voted for Donald Trump. Wilbert Marshall, 71, looks away while receiving the COVID-19 vaccine from Melissa Banks, right, a nurse at the Aaron E. Henry Community Health Service Center in Clarksdale, Miss., April 7. Nearly half of American adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, but there are some signs that rates are lower in Republican red states such as Mississippi than in Democrat-supporting blue states.(Rogelio V. Solis/The Associated Press) Goepfert's own experiences attest to the trendline in his state of Alabama. Just weeks ago, he was being bombarded with requests from people who hoped that, through his work, he might help them score still-rare vaccines. "I don't get those calls anymore," he said. Meanwhile, he works at an HIV clinic and struggles to convince some patients to take the vaccine, including people with serious pre-existing conditions. He describes a spectrum of vaccine hesitancy. Some skeptics can be convinced to get vaccinated, he says; others flat-out refuse. Some say no out of fear; others have no fear of COVID-19. One patient casually brushed off getting vaccinated, Goepfert said, telling him: "I don't wear a mask. I haven't gotten sick. Why should I get a vaccine?" Blue states are ahead in vaccinations. Atop the list is New Hampshire, seen here with a mass vaccination event last month. A whopping 71 per cent of adults in the state, and 58 per cent of the total population, have received at least one dose.(Elizabeth Frantz/Reuters) Pharmacy slots unfilled Vaccination appointments are going unfilled in certain places. There were vacant vaccination slots in dozens of CVS pharmacy locations on Thursday in Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Wyoming. Yet the slots were all booked at its locations in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Minnesota. One North Carolina county plans to shut its mass-vaccination site after this month because of dropping demand. After an initial rush, the site located in an old K-Mart is getting a fraction of its former use; a lengthy waiting list for vaccines has evaporated, and patients now have more places to get vaccines in Carteret County. Herd immunity? Don't count on it anytime soon, says Paul Goepfert, a vaccine expert and doctor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.(University of Alabama at Birmingham) "I'm worried," said Ralph Merrill, an engineer who sits on the county board. His county has fully vaccinated one-quarter of its population, around the state average but far from the eventual goal. "I'd be surprised if we get much above 50 per cent." He pauses and chuckles in mid-sentence when asked why he's worried: "There's a lot of people around here who … I don't think they want to take the vaccine." Like others, he describes vaccine hesitancy as coming in different varieties. At the Marine Corps base where he works, he said, some friends are cautiously skeptical; others offer wild conspiracy theories. The Trump card Trump won Carteret County, N.C., by 42 points. Merrill is convinced politics is driving anti-vaccination sentiment, especially among people who generally distrust government. The U.S. Congress anticipated that vaccine hesitancy might become a problem and set aside more than $1 billion in its new COVID relief law for a public awareness campaign. Trump's administration funded the vaccine operation. But he hasn't talked much about getting vaccinated. (Tom Brenner/Reuters) But Merrill sees a quicker, easier way to influence public opinion: get Trump to go on TV, talk about how his administration funded the development of vaccines, describe how he got vaccinated, and urge supporters to do the same. "He's like the idol to a group of people," Merrill said. "That would be a good thing for him to do." A wealth of polling data backs up the idea that vaccine hesitancy is highest among Republicans. Three polls released this month put the number of Republicans who don't want a vaccine in the neighbourhood of 40 per cent — that's roughly double the national average and multiple times higher than the ratio of anti-vaccine Biden supporters. Surveys also find higher-than average vaccine hesitancy among African Americans. The tricky math on herd immunity This is the kind of math that has Goepfert worried that herd immunity might prove elusive. Adults comprise 78 per cent of the U.S. population, and because vaccinations are mainly going to adults, he figures that nearly all adults will need antibodies from a vaccine or recent illness to get there. He doesn't see how that could happens with so many people hesitant to get vaccinated. Some U.S. states are now explanding the eligibility pool to include 16-year-olds. Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, seen at a press conference in Jackson, Miss., in January, says he's working to fight vaccine hesitancy and falling demand in his state.(Rogelio V. Solis/The Associated Press) The governor of Mississippi, Tate Reeves, recently tried to convince some of the vaccine holdouts in his state by speaking forcefully about how he and his family have gotten vaccinated and announcing new mobile vaccination clinics in priority areas. "The next million shots are going to be harder to get than the last million. They're going be hard to get because of vaccine hesitancy," Reeves said at COVID-19 briefing in late March in which he announced that one million vaccine doses had been administered in the state. "We've got to get creative to get shots in arms. It was easy early on, in January, because we had a lot more demand than we had supply. We've always said that at some point, we're going to get to where there is as much, if not more, supply than there is demand. We're not there yet, but we're seeing the shift very, very quickly." U.S. President Joe Biden visits a vaccination site at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Va., April 6. Virginia has vaccinated more than half of its adult population.(Evan Vucci/The Associated Press) Politics: Correlation isn't causation One infectious-disease expert and medical practitioner in the U.S. said it's simplistic to attribute vaccine hesitancy entirely to politics. Krutika Kuppalli, a doctor and researcher at the Medical University of South Carolina, said several factors shape your risk assessment, and it so happens these factors might correlate to political preference: the population density of your area, your education level, and whether you have regular access to health care. She agreed vaccination slots are filling more slowly in her area than before, and echoing other experts said hesitancy comes in different forms. Some issues are purely clerical: people struggling to navigate an appointment website, she said. More surprising are the stories that stem from misinformation — like one patient this week who expressed fear vaccines might worsen his unrelated condition. WATCH | U.S. pauses use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine over blood clot reports: What's the long-term outlook "The amount of the misinformation is unbelievable," she said. "It astounds me how much is out there." So what's next? Kuppalli suspects vaccines for adolescents are part of any solution for getting to herd immunity, and even then it won't be easy. She worries about new variants popping up in the many countries where vaccines remain rare, and said it's unclear whether they will be easier or harder to manage. We might need occasional vaccine booster shots to protect ourselves, she said. Goepfert also suspects we'll be getting booster shots, perhaps every couple of years. If things work out, he said, future variants will keep responding to vaccines, and COVID-19 might weaken into yet another form of the common cold. That's his optimistic scenario. WATCH | Being outdoors reduces, doesn't eliminate COVID-19 risk, experts say:
Tenants living in a row of Sandy Hill rooming houses are gearing up to fight their landlord, alleging they're being forced from their homes by a company that let their units fall into disarray. According to affordable housing and homelessness advocates working informally on their behalf, the tenants are facing "renovictions" — a term for using renovations as a chance to bring new tenants in and charge significantly higher rents. "They don't have anywhere to go," said Sloane Mulligan, one of the advocates. "They've stayed because their rents are quite low for those who've been there for a number of years, and anywhere else is double the rent." The Osgoode Street rowhouses were acquired last year by Smart Living Properties. In July 2020, the tenants received N13 notices, issued to end a tenancy so that a building can be demolished, renovated or converted to non-residential use. Most left at that point, but eight residents — several of whom are elderly, live with mental or physical health problems or are on assisted living — refuse to leave. They've stood their ground so long that the initial notices have now expired. "It would be very difficult [to move] because everything I require [is nearby]," said William Weaver, who has lived there since 1978. "Any other place, I wouldn't have all that." "I will be on the street, on the sidewalk," added another tenant named Chander, to whom CBC News has granted confidentiality. Homes in disrepair Advocates say three of the four homes need major upgrades, with tenants reporting broken drywall, cockroach and bed bug infestations, and a general lack of maintenance. They say some don't have heat — although Smart Living says each tenant has base heaters they can control themselves — and one building has rats. In a statement to CBC News, Smart Living said the homes were already in serious disrepair when they acquired them. They must be vacant for the work — which includes deep fumigation and potential asbestos removal — since walls have to be opened up, the company said. "The building was almost unlivable, and it was not possible to complete the renovations while tenants [were] there," the company said in a statement. The homes on Osgoode Street in Ottawa's Sandy Hill neighbourhood have been deemed unsafe by city officials. (Joseph Tunney/CBC) Smart Living said they offered tenants 12 months of rent compensation if they found their own place, plus moving assistance, which "vastly exceeds what the law requires in such cases." Those whom Smart Living helped find new places got three months' compensation, the company said. In February 2021, the City of Ottawa's building code services also ordered the landlord to have tenants vacate the units so that the unsafe living conditions could be fixed, officials confirmed last week. Symptom of housing crisis "This is really part-and-parcel of the affordable housing crisis," said Daniel Tucker-Simmons, who practices tenant law and is involved in the case. "The city has not invested enough in creating affordable housing, and continues to allow affordable housing to be removed from the market in this way." Tucker-Simmons said the landlord's renovations were partly what made the homes uninhabitable, as Smart Living removed key infrastructure that meant they were no longer up to code. Ryan Deacon, a lawyer representing three of the tenants, said the building's tenants have right of first refusal — meaning they should be allowed to keep living there once the renovations are finished. As for Smart Living, it says the renovation work — which began in November — has been done with minimal disruption to the remaining tenants. A new set of notices has been issued, with the standoff scheduled to go before the Landlord and Tenant Board on April 29.
Gordie Howe, Saskatchewan's most famous hockey icon, always said records were meant to be broken, according to his son, Murray Howe. And if Gordie were alive today, Murray said, he'd be excited to see another Saskatchewan native, Patrick Marleau, break his longtime record for most NHL games played — expected to happen Monday night in Las Vegas, barring anything unforeseen. "I think he'd be very thrilled and the first out on the ice to applaud Patrick on this really incredible milestone," Murray said. Gordie Howe, who had the nickname Mr. Hockey, set the record of 1,767 NHL games played before he retired in 1980 at age 52. Howe died in 2016 when he was 88. Marleau tied the record Saturday night in Minnesota. Murray said he's also happy to see his dad's record will be broken by Marleau, someone lauded for the same dedication, passion and humility as Gordie Howe, who "never put himself up on a pedestal." "[Marleau] is a class act," he said. "Just in the same way that Gretzky broke Dad's scoring records, it was great to see it accomplished by someone who was humble and dedicated to the game and grateful for the things that he had." As Monday approaches, Marleau's family is also cheering him on, from the Saskatchewan farm where he first fell in love with the game. WATCH | Brush up on the career of Patrick Marleau in 90 seconds: Shooting pucks by the barn Marleau grew up on his parent's farm near Aneroid, Sask., 250 kilometres southwest of Regina. His mother, Jeanette, a retired teacher, remembers how her two sons, Richard and Patrick, would play mini-stick hockey in the kitchen on her linoleum floor. "If I would wax [the floor], they would use their socks and they would polish it at the same time. They'd be playing hockey and [polishing]," she said. Richard took masking tape and spelled out "NHL" on the back of their jerseys. Denis Marleau and his two sons, Richard and Patrick, right, at their home near Aneroid, Sask. Now in his 23rd NHL season, Patrick Marleau said he still loves the game.(Submitted by Teresa Marleau) "There were a lot of battles on the kitchen floor. It seemed like we'd just get wound up on a Saturday night when Hockey Night in Canada would start playing … and then Mom would say 'Oh no, it's time for bed' just when things got really good," he said, with a chuckle. But Marleau's singular focus on honing his skills began to set him apart from other young players. His father, Denis, who still farms at age 74, remembers how Patrick would haul an ice cream container full of pucks out to the barn and practice his shot off a sheet of plywood. "You'd always knew where he was on the farm. You could hear this bang, bang — the pucks hitting the boards," said Denis. "We didn't have to tell him to do anything about hockey. He just loved it." At Christmas one year, Marleau's parents gave him an instructional video by Mario Lemieux, his favourite player, on VHS and he played it over and over. "I'm sure he wore that tape out. He watched it for hours," said Denis. Marleau grew up playing hockey in small rinks around Aneroid, Saskatchewan, 250 kilometres southwest of Regina.(Submitted by Teresa Marleau) Hard work and a bit of luck Marleau was selected by San Jose in the 1997 NHL Draft. The team's veteran goaltender Kelly Hrudey said he saw something special in the young rookie and so he, along with his wife Donna and three daughters, invited Marleau to live in their guesthouse. Hrudey said he could tell that Marleau was raised by his parents to be kind, and he hasn't changed today. "Very, very humble. For all that he's accomplished, and things he's done in his career and all the money he's made, to me he hasn't changed," said Hrudey. WATCH | Why Kelly Hrudey invited Patrick Marleau to come stay: The NHL analyst for Sportsnet credits Marleau's long career to his unique combination of skill, smarts, and passion, as well as Marleau's intense off-ice training and a bit of luck that have helped him escape injury. "He's had a body that just refuses to break down and that's what's very, very rare," said Hrudey. On Thursday, Marleau spoke to reporters in a virtual press conference. "I just love being out there and playing. Obviously every kid's dream is to hoist that Stanley Cup, so I've been chasing it all this time," said Marleau. He has yet to win a NHL championship. Marleau poses with his parents, Jeanette and Denis, after winning a gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. (Submitted by Teresa Marleau) Marleau, who didn't mention retirement, said he hopes he'll be remembered as a player who loved the game, his team, and winning. "Ya know, I gave it my all," he said. Murray Howe, a physician who now lives in Toledo, Ohio, said his dad Gordie had the same attitude and was never driven or distracted by his statistics or records. "It is more about doing what he loves and feeling fortunate that he could do it as long as he could and do it at the level that he did," he said. "When Dad finally hung up the blades, he knew he left everything out on the ice and I think he's equally proud of anyone who does the same thing out on the ice, including Gretzky and Patrick [Marleau]." San Jose Sharks centre Marleau, left, is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against the Anaheim Ducks during the second period of an NHL hockey game on April 6 in San Jose, Calif.(Tony Avelar/The Associated Press)
The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. ET on Sunday April 18, 2021. In Canada, the provinces are reporting 249,535 new vaccinations administered for a total of 9,775,267 doses given. Nationwide, 908,060 people or 2.4 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 25,792.753 per 100,000. There were no new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 12,662,910 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 77.2 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 19,830 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 125,482 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 239.638 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 74.19 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 56,444 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 194,792 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 199.603 per 1,000. In the province, 3.31 per cent (32,255) 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 61.55 per cent of its available vaccine supply. New Brunswick is reporting 40,354 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 190,460 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 244.167 per 1,000. In the province, 2.29 per cent (17,901) 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 74.63 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Quebec is reporting 73,636 new vaccinations administered for a total of 2,297,411 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 268.494 per 1,000. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Quebec for a total of 2,836,485 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 80.99 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Ontario is reporting 107,278 new vaccinations administered for a total of 3,751,316 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 255.381 per 1,000. In the province, 2.34 per cent (344,244) 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 77.3 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Manitoba is reporting 10,685 new vaccinations administered for a total of 328,515 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 238.572 per 1,000. In the province, 5.06 per cent (69,666) 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 68.58 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Saskatchewan is reporting 10,490 new vaccinations administered for a total of 334,063 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 283.307 per 1,000. In the province, 3.61 per cent (42,523) 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 84.26 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Alberta is reporting 39,510 new vaccinations administered for a total of 1,121,901 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 254.859 per 1,000. In the province, 5.01 per cent (220,472) 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 77.39 per cent of its available vaccine supply. British Columbia is reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 1,282,091 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 249.844 per 1,000. In the province, 1.71 per cent (87,970) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to British Columbia for a total of 1,696,370 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 75.58 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Yukon is reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 44,046 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 1,055.474 per 1,000. In the territory, 45.83 per cent (19,125) 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 74.03 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 zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 24,469 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 631.849 per 1,000. In the territory, 26.94 per cent (10,434) 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 58.54 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 18, 2021. The Canadian Press
TRURO, N.S. — A memorial service is planned for today in central Nova Scotia to honour the 22 people killed by a lone gunman one year ago. The closed service at Truro's First United Church, which will be livestreamed on Facebook and local media, is slated to begin at 3 p.m. local time. A provincewide moment of silence will be observed as the ceremony begins, and the service is expected to feature several musical performances and speeches from spiritual teachers and political leaders. Premier Iain Rankin is scheduled to attend the event, organized by the Nova Scotia Remembers Legacy Society. The anniversary was also expected to be marked by a peaceful march to the RCMP detachment in nearby Bible Hill, where some of the victim's relatives planned to express their dismay with the Mounties' response to one of the worst mass killings in Canadian history. Meanwhile, the flags at the provincial legislature in Halifax were lowered to half-mast at sunrise this morning and will remain that way until sunset on Monday. As well, a series of memorial walks and a fundraising run were to be held in and around Truro today, with money raised going towards a permanent memorial. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 18, 2021. The Canadian Press
The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. ET on Sunday April 18, 2021. There are 1,113,907 confirmed cases in Canada. Canada: 1,113,907 confirmed cases (86,763 active, 1,003,553 resolved, 23,591 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers. There were 7,842 new cases Saturday. The rate of active cases is 228.29 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 60,088 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 8,584. There were 50 new reported deaths Saturday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 295 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 62.07 per 100,000 people. There have been 29,803,243 tests completed. Newfoundland and Labrador: 1,039 confirmed cases (22 active, 1,011 resolved, six deaths). There were zero new cases Saturday. The rate of active cases is 4.21 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 10 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 233,208 tests completed. Prince Edward Island: 167 confirmed cases (seven active, 160 resolved, zero deaths). There were zero new cases Saturday. The rate of active cases is 4.39 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of five 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 133,877 tests completed. Nova Scotia: 1,800 confirmed cases (44 active, 1,689 resolved, 67 deaths). There were eight new cases Saturday. The rate of active cases is 4.49 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 37 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is five. There were zero new reported deaths Saturday. 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 461,926 tests completed. New Brunswick: 1,778 confirmed cases (151 active, 1,594 resolved, 33 deaths). There were 11 new cases Saturday. The rate of active cases is 19.32 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 65 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 282,492 tests completed. Quebec: 335,608 confirmed cases (13,768 active, 311,047 resolved, 10,793 deaths). There were 1,537 new cases Saturday. The rate of active cases is 160.57 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 10,760 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,537. There were eight new reported deaths Saturday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 56 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is eight. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.09 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 125.87 per 100,000 people. There have been 7,774,650 tests completed. Ontario: 412,745 confirmed cases (40,694 active, 364,353 resolved, 7,698 deaths). There were 4,362 new cases Saturday. The rate of active cases is 276.19 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 30,593 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 4,370. There were 34 new reported deaths Saturday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 167 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 24. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.16 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 52.25 per 100,000 people. There have been 13,271,395 tests completed. Manitoba: 35,992 confirmed cases (1,630 active, 33,404 resolved, 958 deaths). There were 183 new cases Saturday. The rate of active cases is 118.18 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 891 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 127. There were three new reported deaths Saturday. 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 0.09 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 69.46 per 100,000 people. There have been 626,901 tests completed. Saskatchewan: 37,873 confirmed cases (2,859 active, 34,550 resolved, 464 deaths). There were 249 new cases Saturday. The rate of active cases is 242.56 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 1,889 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 270. There were two new reported deaths Saturday. 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 39.37 per 100,000 people. There have been 719,971 tests completed. Alberta: 169,279 confirmed cases (17,307 active, 149,935 resolved, 2,037 deaths). There were 1,486 new cases Saturday. The rate of active cases is 391.39 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 9,560 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,366. There were three new reported deaths Saturday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 25 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is four. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.08 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 46.07 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 Saturday. The rate of active cases is 199.29 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 6,257 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 894. There were zero new reported deaths Saturday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 26 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is four. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.07 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 Saturday. 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 Saturday. 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: 414 confirmed cases (19 active, 391 resolved, four deaths). There were six new cases Saturday. The rate of active cases is 48.28 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 19 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 10,163 tests completed. This report was automatically generated by The Canadian Press Digital Data Desk and was first published April 18, 2021. The Canadian Press
For Osob Mohamed, finishing her final semester at Simon Fraser University is bittersweet. Despite feeling the accomplishment of completing her health sciences degree, she's apprehensive what's next for her during the COVID-19 pandemic. "It is feeling a little more bleak, I think, than anything," said the Surrey, B.C., resident. "It definitely isn't what I imagined it would be … particularly now looking at the job market and thinking about what my next steps and my prospects are." The coronavirus pandemic has dealt multiple blows to Canadian post-secondary students, altering their schooling and drastically affecting their job options. Student leaders and policy experts are calling for them to get more help in next week's federal budget, wary of long-term consequences if they are not supported. The bleakness Mohamed described is also what she hears from her peers in her role as president of Simon Fraser's Student Society. They've shared difficulties they're facing, including navigating the dramatic shifts to online learning, paying high tuition fees that have remained steady or risen during the pandemic, worrying about having the funds to continue learning and taking on precarious part-time work in sectors deemed essential. WATCH | Students report precarious finances amid pandemic, says student leader: "We've been doing our best to make sure that our services stay open.… We've put in a lot of funding that we've had into emergency aid," Mohamed said of her group. "But at the end of the day, we just don't have the resources to help students the same way that the university does and the same way that the provincial and federal governments would be able to if they were to make those a priority." On the other side of the country, Bailey Howard is hearing about many of the same challenges, and more. "I do think that post-secondary students have definitely been put on the back burner," said the Newfoundland and Labrador chair for the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS). She cited students' struggles accessing broadband, a lack of mental health and other support services and a significant drop in job prospects. Youth employment has indeed fluctuated greatly this past year. Seasonally adjusted, the jobless rate for Canadians aged 15-24 before the pandemic was 10.4 per cent in January and February 2020, according to Statistics Canada. That figure spiked to 29.1 per cent by May 2020. Though the youth jobless rate gradually fell last summer and autumn, it rose again to 19.9 per cent this January with a fresh wave of lockdowns and closures, StatsCan noted in its March 2021 Labour Force Survey. The agency underlined the extent to which the employment of young Canadians aged 15-24, particularly young women, is affected by public health measures enacted to contain COVID-19. It also said the recent tightening of restrictions in provinces such as B.C., Quebec and Ontario could impact April's results. Youth unemployment rates have always been higher than the national average, but young Canadians are suffering the brunt of job cuts this year, according to Tim Lang, president and CEO of Youth Employment Services in Toronto. "Youth are disproportionately affected during COVID-19," he said. "When organizations have to cut back, they often look at their newer employees or younger employees." Looking to the budget Against this backdrop of uncertain job prospects, student leaders are calling for an extension of the moratorium on repaying student loans in the upcoming federal budget. The measure would allow students to focus on finding work and focusing on getting through the pandemic right now before having to start paying back their student loans, said Howard of the CFS, who is completing a post diploma in journalism at the the College of the North Atlantic. WATCH | What post-secondary students want to see in the federal budget: Grappling with student debt and poor employment options is an ongoing crisis, says David Macdonald, an Ottawa-based senior economist for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. It's key for young Canadians to get back into the workforce as soon as possible. The impact of not having a job for a year or two after college or university graduation can extend beyond just lost income over that period, he said. "Once the job market recovers, now they are competing against a new crop of students who have just graduated and don't have a gap in their resumés, so they've got a lot more competition for jobs," he said. "[It] affects their long-term prospects and long-term earning potential." He worries some new graduates may feel forced into taking any work simply to pay off their school debt. "It puts a lot of pressure on folks," he said. WATCH | Measures that could aid post-secondary students, schools: In the budget, Macdonald wants to see an improved version of last year's Canada emergency student benefit, which fell short and "wasn't very well subscribed to," he said, because it offered substantially less than the more general Canada emergency response benefit. Ideally, he also wants to see a longer-term federal investment in post-secondary so schools don't raise their tuition fees. The federal government remains "committed to supporting students and ensuring youth get the experience and skills they need to succeed," said Marielle Hossack, press secretary for Carla Qualtrough, Canada's minister of employment, workforce development and disability inclusion. She noted actions the federal government has already taken, such as a doubling of Canada Student Grants. "While I cannot comment on what may or may not be under consideration for the upcoming federal budget, our government will always be there for students and will continue to do what it takes to help them get through this extremely challenging economic period," Hossack said. Though Simon Fraser student Mohamed once pondered pursuing graduate studies, she's now planning to take time to rest and recoup before plunging into a job search. Her dream of being financially stable enough to live on her own in B.C.'s Lower Mainland is on hold for now. "I think about what are the differences between the long-term dreams that we have and that previous generations have had," she said. "Sometimes a ceiling almost feels like it's closing in on us in some ways and that we're not able to dream as big as we want to."
Nova Scotia is honouring the victims of last year's mass killing with a memorial race, special ceremony and moment of silence on Sunday — exactly one year after the tragedy. On April 18-19, 2020, a gunman disguised as a Mountie torched homes and killed neighbours, acquaintances and strangers in what would become one of the worst mass killings in Canadian history. Twenty-two people were killed over a period of 13 hours — including a 23-year veteran of the RCMP, a pregnant continuing-care assistant and a 17-year-old girl. The rampage started in the rural community of Portapique, located about 95 kilometres north of Halifax, before the shooter was killed by police at a gas station in Enfield, south of Portapique and about 32 kilometres north of the capital. The tragedy has weighed heavily on Nova Scotians, as questions have gone unanswered as to what happened during that fateful weekend. But on Sunday, Nova Scotians will come together — virtually and in-person — to remember the lives that were lost. The Nova Scotia Remembers Legacy Society, a volunteer group formed in the aftermath of the killings, has organized a memorial race and a private gathering for the families of the victims and special guests on Sunday. The day will begin at 7 a.m. AT with marathons throughout Colchester County. Participants will start their races in either Portapique or Masstown before finishing at Victoria Park in Truro. Proceeds from the marathons will go toward installing a permanent memorial for the victims. Twenty-two people died on April 18 and 19. Top row from left: Gina Goulet, Dawn Gulenchyn, Jolene Oliver, Frank Gulenchyn, Sean McLeod and Alanna Jenkins. Second row: John Zahl, Lisa McCully, Joey Webber, Heidi Stevenson, Heather O'Brien and Jamie Blair. Third row from top: Kristen Beaton, Lillian Campbell, Joanne Thomas, Peter Bond, Tom Bagley and Greg Blair. Bottom row: Emily Tuck, Joy Bond, Corrie Ellison and Aaron Tuck. (CBC) The private ceremony, featuring political leaders, spiritual teachers and musicians, will begin at 3 p.m. AT with a province-wide two minutes of silence. Although the ceremony is closed to the public, a livestream of the event will be available on the CBC Nova Scotia website, CBC Nova Scotia's Facebook page, on CBC Gem and on CBC Radio One and CBC Listen. Coverage will continue with a CBC News special called Stronger Together, which will explore how the people and communities most affected are moving forward after the tragedy. The special will be carried live starting at 6 p.m. AT on CBC TV throughout Atlantic Canada, the CBC Nova Scotia website, CBC Nova Scotia's Facebook page, on CBC Gem and on CBC Radio One and CBC Listen.
The coroner's inquest into how people were treated in Quebec's care homes during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is hearing how things worked — or didn't work — at one residence in the Quebec City region. Manoir Liverpool in Lévis made headlines when reports surfaced that the mixed public and private residence was filthy — its residents neglected, undernourished and dehydrated. Coroner Géhane Kamel has focused on one death that occurred on April 26, 2020 at Manoir Liverpool, as a way of looking at the bigger picture. She was clearly shocked by what she heard about 60-year-old Jacques Levesque's demise during hearings on Wednesday. "It was a preventable death," she said. "It's sad and distressing." Uncharacteristically, the coroner, a workhorse who has the habit of shortening breaks and extending the day, adjourned for lunch early. "I've heard enough for this morning," she said curtly. Shocking testimony An auxiliary nurse — her name is under a publication ban — who was in Levesque's room had just testified about how she had watched him choke to death. She told the coroner she had been too scared to approach Levesque as she watched him choke and change colour. Once he stopped moving, she performed CPR, but later testimony explained the manoeuvres were likely ineffective as he was hanging off the bed, his torso in mid air. Levesque had diabetes and several witnesses testified his blood sugar level was hard to control. An otherwise kind man, Levesque could become aggressive when it dropped and he became hypoglycemic. A co-ordinator at the home testified he once hit her during an episode but said she understood it was involuntary. The nurse who was in his room said she took his blood sugar level and realized he was at risk of falling into a diabetic coma. She gave him sweetened orange juice, a snack including peanut butter on a piece of bread and a prescribed sweet gel. Shortly afterward, he started to rock while sitting in his bed and threw a tissue at her and an orderly who was in the room. They took that as a sign of aggression and the orderly warned the nurse not to approach him. So she didn't. Not when he started to choke. Not when he began to change colour. Jacques Levesque a few days before he died in April 2020, while the first wave of COVID-19 was ravaging seniors' homes in Quebec. A coroner is investigating.(Submitted by Isabelle Levesque) After the testimony the coroner told the nurse she hoped she had found inner peace despite not having helped a man who was agitated, not aggressive, while he choked to death. Staff and managers at Manoir Liverpool testified there was never a debrief after Levesque's death, something the coroner said she found unusual and that "fascinated" her. The owners of Liverpool testified they did not know how Levesque died until months later. The pandemic 'war zone' Several witnesses were called to testify about how the home dealt with the pandemic. At the end of March 2020 the residence received confirmation that four residents had tested positive. Co-ordinators testified as soon as staff learned this, panic swept through the building and several employees abandoned ship. Public health also ordered several staff and managers home because they were symptomatic or had been in contact with someone who was COVID positive. Coroner Géhane Kame is presiding over the public inquiry examining deaths at Quebec's long-term care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.(Ivanoh Demers/Radio-Canada) The general co-ordinator testified that in one day, she lost 75 percent of her staff. She herself was in isolation for a week. In the lead-up to the last weekend of March and again on April 9, management contacted the regional health board, the CISSS, to say they needed reinforcements otherwise there would be a break in service. Starting in April, the health board sent two managers and an army of staff over a nearly three month period. One of those CISSS managers, nurse David Lacombe, said he walked into an institution that was in chaos: sanitary measures weren't in place or were not being followed properly by staff, residents who were COVID-positive were poorly identified. A nutritionist testified many residents were underfed, dehydrated and being fed food textures that were not suited to their ability to chew or swallow. Manoir Liverpool was at the centre of the COVID outbreak in the Chaudiere-Appalaches region during the first wave of the pandemic.(CBC) Several people who were present during those first weeks of the pandemic described the home as a "war zone." Lacombe said the staffing shortages were so crippling corners had to be cut. Witnesses testified several managers and the owners at the Manoir Liverpool worked from home for much of the first wave. The coroner compared the situation to "going to war without a captain." A Radio-Canada investigation which aired in April 2020 brought to light several problems, including severe care and hygiene issues at the home. In response to the media report, the health board launched an internal investigation which corroborated many of the findings. It also said the problems had been present before the pandemic and were made worse by COVID. But early in the week, the CEO and the director of quality, performance and ethics for the health board testified they had not been informed of the problems before Radio-Canada reported on them. Coroner Kamel questioned how the health board could have remained in the dark when its staff had been in and out of the home since 2014. The inquest will now move on to study other residences, including CHSLD Herron in Dorval, and is expected to take months.