Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Canada hits new daily COVID-19 case record


CBC News has the updates. Canada reported 5,713 cases of COVID-19 on Monday, a new single-day record. Both Ontario and Manitoba broke provincial records. Infectious disease specialist Dr. Isaac Bogoch says that's a very large number of cases for Canada's health-care system to absorb.

The Canadian federal government will not be repatriating any more travelling Canadians as the novel coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc around the world, the country’s foreign affairs minister said.

Francois-Philippe Champagne made the remarks ahead of Question Period on Monday, saying that the government’s "travel advisory is very clear."

"You know you see COVID around the world, you see second waves in many places and we’ve been very clear to Canadians. I think the (Prime Minister) has spoken, (and) has been very, very clear: We are not going to be doing another repatriation," he said.

Champagne said people should "be thinking twice [about] whether they have insurance coverage, where they’re going," and what the COVID-19 situation is at their destination of travel.

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Alberta has reached a "precarious point" in the coronavirus pandemic, the province's top doctor said Monday upon reporting 1,549 new cases and five more deaths.

Read more here: Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Nov. 23: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/coronavirus-covid19-canada-world-november-23-1.5812272

Ontario could hit 6,500 new COVID-19 cases daily by mid-December without further action, certain modelling shows.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Coronavirus: New restrictions across Canada as COVID-19 cases continue to skyrocket


English:

Provinces across Canada are seeing new restrictions as COVID-19 cases continue to skyrocket throughout the country of Canada. 

Newfoundland and Labrador as well as PEI are pulling out of the Atlantic "bubble" temporarily, while in Ontario, Toronto and Peel Region are under lockdown as of Monday. Alberta has broken its own record for the most novel coronavirus cases reported in one day: more than 1,500 on Sunday.

Français:

Les provinces de tout le Canada voient de nouvelles restrictions alors que les cas de COVID-19 continuent de monter en flèche dans tout le pays.

Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador ainsi que l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard se retirent temporairement de la «bulle» atlantique, tandis qu'en Ontario, Toronto et la région de Peel sont bloquées à compter de lundi. L'Alberta a battu son propre record du plus grand nombre de nouveaux cas de coronavirus signalés en une journée: plus de 1500 dimanche.

Prioritizing access to COVID-19 vaccines in Canada


English:

Keep up with Canada news about vaccines. As G20 leaders, including Canada, vow to ensure equitable global access to COVID-19 vaccines, there are greater calls for a national vaccine rollout strategy in Canada.

French:

Tenez-vous au courant des nouvelles du Canada sur les vaccins. Alors que les dirigeants du G20, y compris le Canada, jurent d'assurer un accès mondial équitable aux vaccins COVID-19, il y a de plus en plus d'appels pour une stratégie nationale de déploiement des vaccins au Canada.

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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Canada is the world's second best country to live in: report


CTV News has the interesting story. USA News and World Report editor Kevin Drew discusses a new report that lists Canada as a top country to live in. 

According to the 2020 Best Countries report by USA News & World Report, Canada is the second best country in the world. The Great White North is second only to Switzerland, which has been ranked #1 in the report for the past four years, and jumps ahead of Japan (which was #2 last year) in the rankings.

Here is what the report says: 25 Best Countries in the World, 2020:

01 Switzerland
02 Canada
03 Japan
04 Germany
05 Australia
06 United Kingdom
07 United States
08 Sweden
09 Netherlands
10 Norway
11 New Zealand
12 France
13 Denmark
14 Finland
15 China
16 Singapore
17 Italy
18 Austria
19 Spain
20 South Korea
21 Luxembourg
22 United Arab Emirates
23 Russia
24 Portugal
25 India

Hard realities from Canada’s COVID-19 2nd wave


CBC News: The National: Take a look at Canada's second Coronavirus COVID-19 wave taking a toll on some of the country's most vulnerable.

Many people might wonder: Why is there a Coronavirus Covid-19 Second Wave? The coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic began early in 2020. At that time, experts wondered if there would be waves of cases, a pattern certainly seen in other virus pandemics.

The overall pattern so far has been one of increasing cases of COVID-19. There is a surge in the summer and a larger one in the fall. Some places that saw a large number of coronavirus Covid-19 infections early on, followed by a decrease, are having a "2nd wave" of increased cases.

The future could have various outcomes. Numbers of infections sure seem to increase during certain times.

Human behavior could cause a spike in coronavirus cases. State and local governments, as well as individual people, are different in their response to the Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic. Some follow COVID-19 precautions, such as physical distancing, hand-washing and mask-wearing. Some people don't follow those rules as much. The importance of those precautions is clear: In areas where fewer people are wearing masks and more are gathering indoors to eat, drink, celebrate and socialize, even with family, cases are on the rise.

Herd immunity is a public health term that refers to the fact that, when enough people in a community have immunity from a disease, the community is protected from outbreaks of that disease.

Infectious disease experts at The Johns Hopkins University explain that about 70% of the population needs to be immune to this coronavirus before herd immunity can work. People might be immune from the coronavirus, at least for a while, if they have already had it. However, experts don’t know this, yet.

Without a vaccine, most doctors and scientists agree that a herd immunity approach of letting the virus "take its course" is not acceptable. That is too dangerous.

The following information is according to the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

Total Global Cases of Coronavirus Covid-19: 58,615,834

Countries with most cases:

012,229,265 USA
009,139,865 India
006,071,401 Brazil
002,191,180 France
002,071,858 Russia
001,556,730 Spain
001,515,802 United Kingdom
001,408,868 Italy
001,370,366 Argentina
001,248,417 Colombia
001,025,969 Mexico
000,948,081 Peru
000,932,367 Germany
000,861,331 Poland
000,854,361 Iran
000,767,679 South Africa
000,642,215 Ukraine
000,558,779 Belgium
000,540,640 Chile
000,535,321 Iraq

Lynx spotted at Canada post office


A wild cat is seen skulking on the snow banks by the Terrace Bay, Ont, Canada Post office, to the amazement of Beth-Ann Colebourne For the full story: http://www.cbc.ca/1.3008823

A lynx is any of the four species (Canada lynx, Iberian lynx, Eurasian lynx, bobcat) within the medium-sized wild cat genus Lynx. The name lynx originated in Middle English via Latin from the Greek word λύγξ, derived from the Indo-European root leuk- ('light, brightness') in reference to the luminescence of its reflective eyes.

The definition of "skulk" - verb

gerund or present participle: skulking

keep out of sight, typically with a sinister or cowardly motive.
"don't skulk outside the door like a spy!"

move stealthily or furtively.
"he spent most of his time skulking about the corridors"

shirk one's duties or responsibilities.
"we were accused of skulking"

Similar words:
lurk
loiter
hide
conceal oneself
lie in wait
keep out of sight
creep
sneak
slink
move furtively
sidle
slope
pad
prowl
tiptoe
pussyfoot

Canada's 2020 throne speech in under five minutes


National Post shows the top nine highlights from the 2020 Speech from the Throne you need to know.

Read more about the Canada Speech from the Throne here:

In Canada, the Speech from the Throne opens every new session of Parliament. The Speech introduces the government’s direction and goals, and outlines how it will work to achieve them.

On September 23, 2020, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, delivered the Speech from the Throne to open the second session of the 43rd Parliament and outline the government’s agenda.

The goal is to have a stronger and more resilient Canada.

Protecting Canadians from COVID-19
It is the job of the federal government to look out for all Canadians and especially our most vulnerable. We need to work together.

Helping Canadians through the pandemic
The Government is using its fiscal firepower so that Canadians, businesses, and our entire economy have the support needed to weather the storm.

Building back better - a resiliency agenda for the middle class
As we fight for every Canadian and defend everyone’s ability to succeed, we also need to focus on the future, and on building back better.

The Canada we’re fighting for
This is a fight for Canadians today and Canada tomorrow. So we must never forget the values that make us who we are.