Saturday, April 10, 2021

RBC CEO: We need short-term measures to cool Canada's housing market


BNN Bloomberg shows that Dave McKay, CEO of Royal Bank of Canada, joins BNN Bloomberg to discuss his outlook for the Canadian economy and the future of RBC as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

The economy of Canada is certainly a highly developed mixed economy. It is really the 9th largest GDP by nominal and 15th largest GDP by PPP in the world. As with other developed nations, the country's economy is dominated by the service industry which employs about three quarters of Canadians. Canada has the third highest total estimated value of natural resources, valued at US$33.2 trillion in 2019. It has the world's third largest proven petroleum reserves and is the fourth largest exporter of petroleum. It is also the fourth largest exporter of natural gas. Canada is considered an "energy superpower" due to its abundant natural resources and a small population of 37 million inhabitants relative to its land area.

Canada: Small-town real estate heating up in big city way


CBC News: The National shows that with more people working from home and looking for more space, house hunters are looking further outside Canada’s major cities and it’s heating up small town real estate in a way usually seen in big cities.

Real estate is property consisting of land and the buildings on it, along with its natural resources such as crops, minerals or water; immovable property of this nature; an interest vested in this (also) an item of real property, (more generally) buildings or housing in general.

Real estate is different from personal property, which is not permanently attached to the land, such as vehicles, boats, jewelry, furniture, tools and the rolling stock of a so-called agricultural farm.

Canada: 'No choice' but to close Toronto schools, says medical health officer


CBC News really shows that the high community spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, particularly the variants, was the key factor in the decision to close Toronto schools, says Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto's medical officer of health. 'The risk was going up,' she said. Canada has made certain lockdown decisions.

Here's why Canada's real estate market remains 'on fire'


CTV News shows that house sales in Toronto reached a record 15,652 last month, up 97 per cent from 7,945 during the same time last year. Canada's real estate market certainly remains 'on fire.'

Canada: How will Ontario hold up through the latest lockdown?


CBC News certainly shows that as Ontario's new stay-at-home order begins, CEO of the Ontario Hospital Association Anthony Dale says the measures are essential because the province has lost control of the virus and its variants.

Friday, April 9, 2021

When will the Canada-U.S. border reopen for non-essential travel?


CBC News shows that Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc tells Power & Politics that Canada needs more robust advice from scientists before laying out a plan to reopen the Canada-U.S. border.

The Canada-USA border, officially known as the International Boundary, is the longest international border in the world between 2 countries. The terrestrial boundary (including boundaries in the Great Lakes, Atlantic and Pacific coasts) is 8,891 kilometers (5,525 mi) long. The land border has 2 sections: Canada's border with the contiguous U.S. to its south, and Canada's border with the U.S. state of Alaska to its west.

Canada’s worsening 3rd wave


CBC News: The National shows that Canada’s 3rd wave of COVID-19 continues to get worse with surging cases and increasing hospitalizations forcing the provinces to pivot restrictions and vaccinations.

Important Canadian research is looking into why there’s such a range of COVID-19 symptoms.

Most people who are infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus certainly have respiratory symptoms. They start to feel a little bit unwell, they will have a fever, they may have a cough or a sore throat or sneeze. In some individuals, they may have gastrointestinal symptoms. Others may lose the sense of smell or the sense of taste.

Canada: Quebec City gym linked to more than 400 cases of COVID-19, health authorities say


Global News shows that a gym in Quebec City (Canada) has now been linked to 419 cases of COVID-19 after staff and clients got infected and unknowingly carried the virus to grocery stores, homes and workplaces, the regional health authority said Wednesday.

A spokesman for the CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale said that as of Wednesday morning, 195 clients and staff of the Mega Fitness Gym, which authorities shut down last week, have tested positive for the virus.

Those primary cases are believed to have spread the virus to some 36 workplaces, including restaurants, grocery stores, offices, retail stores and construction sites, ultimately infecting another 224 people, the authority said in an email.

A gymnasium (also known as a gym) is a covered location for athletics. The word is derived from the ancient Greek gymnasium. They are commonly found in certain athletic and fitness centres, and as activity and learning spaces in educational institutions. "Gym" is also slang for "fitness centre", which is often an area for indoor recreation. A gym may be open air as well. A gym is a place with a number of equipments and machines used by the people to do exercises. People sure become stronger.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

The Pack A.D. - It Was Fun While It Lasted


Canadian Music: 2020: The Pack A.D. - It Was Fun While It Lasted

This music album was released in 2020.

Tracklist of Songs:

A1 Give Up 3:51
A2 Reprogram 4:22
A3 It's Okay 3:50
A4 Gas Station Food 1:21
A5 Kids 2:44
A6 Wings 3:28
B1 Soul Warden 3:43
B2 Change Kills 3:47
B3 No Good 3:06
B4 Shake 2:27
B5 Check Engine Light 1:18
B6 The Gap 4:02

Odario - Good Morning Hunter


Canadian Music: 2020: Odario - Good Morning Hunter

This music album was released in 2020.

Tracklist of Songs:

1 Peace - Dawn Pemberton, Len Bowen 4:00
2 Reprise - Angelita SB 3:39
3 Midnight: Ghosts - Chad Price 4:23
4 Good Morning Hunter - Adrian X 5:05
5 Good Morning Hunter: Ok Dub - Ofield K 3:19
6 Disastro - Angelita SB 3:28
7 Hot Hot Heat - Kamilah Apong 3:34

David Myles - Leave Tonight


Canadian Music: 2020: David Myles - Leave Tonight

This music album was released in 2020.

Tracklist of Songs:

A1 Leave Tonight 3:40
A2 Cynthia 5:27
A3 For The First Time 3:44
A4 Consider This Goodbye 3:06
A5 Loving You Is Easy 2:39
B1 Home 2:57
B2 Kind Of Like It 2:58
B3 Can't Look Away 3:13
B4 Young Again 3:00
B5 Weight 3:41

MSTRKRFT - Black Gloves


Canadian Music: 2020: MSTRKRFT - Black Gloves

This music album was released in 2020.

Tracklist of Songs:

1 Black Gloves 5:49
2 ALEXYSS 6:35
3 I Am Tired Of Earth 6:03
4 I'm in Love with You 6:58
5 IROC 6:05
6 Mr. Duppymaker 6:14

Alanis Morissette - Such Pretty Forks in the Road


Canadian Music: 2020: Alanis Morissette - Such Pretty Forks in the Road

This music album was released in 2020.

Tracklist of Songs:

Smiling 4:17
Ablaze 3:58
Reasons I Drink 3:37
Diagnosis 4:47
Missing The Miracle 3:33
Losing The Plot 3:57
Reckoning 3:25
Sandbox Love 4:13
Her 4:11
Nemesis 5:56
Pedestal 4:08

Shawn Mendes - Wonder


Canadian Music: 2020: Shawn Mendes - Wonder

This music album was released in 2020.

Tracklist of Songs:

Intro
Wonder
Higher
24 Hours
Teach Me How To Love
Call My Friends
Dream
Song For No One
Monster
305
Always Been You
Piece Of You
Look Up At The Stars
Can't Imagine

Matt Mays - Dog City


Canadian Music: 2020: Matt Mays - Dog City

This music album was released in 2020.

Tracklist of Songs:

1 Prelude & Dugue
2 Dan n' Shaniqua
3 Dog City (A Doggie Boogie)
4 Moondog Matinee
5 Charlie Andrews
6 Ur Not Alone
7 Number Cainine
8 Talking To The Sky
9 Leggy Peggy
10 The Public Gardens
11 Bambina Clementina!
12 New Tricks
13 I Wanna Be Your Dog

Why getting Canadians a first vaccine dose is a priority


Take a look at CBC News and Dr. Caroline Quach-Thanh, chair of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization. She says jurisdictions should maximize the number of people benefiting from the first vaccine dose, before moving to the second.

It is interesting why getting Canadians a first vaccine dose is a priority. A decision needs to be made that benefits all Canadians.

Canada: CSIS confirms director has COVID-19 amid debate over workplace safety at intelligence agency


Global News shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has hit Canada’s intelligence service, including director David Vigneault, who has contracted the virus, the agency confirmed on Wednesday.

Because of its national security role, CSIS has kept its national headquarters in Ottawa, as well as its regional offices across Canada and foreign stations, operational during the pandemic.

A fractious debate has been taking place within CSIS over workplace safety amid the coronavirus pandemic, sources have told Global News.

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS; French: Service canadien du renseignement de sécurité, SCRS) is certainly Canada's primary national intelligence service. It is responsible for collecting, analysing, reporting and disseminating intelligence on threats to Canada's national security, and conducting operations, covert and overt, within Canada and abroad. It also reports to and advises the Minister of Public Safety on national security issues and situations that threaten the security of the nation of Canada.

Canada: Top doctor says COVID-19 variants have become dominant strain in Alberta


Global News shows that Canada's Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced on Thursday that COVID-19 variants have become the dominant strain in the province.  

Variants in the province make up 45 per cent of current active cases. The B.1.1.7. variant, which was first discovered in the U.K., makes up 99 per cent of all variant cases confirmed in the province to date.

The battle with the more dangerous virus variants continues.

Could a post-pandemic Canada lead to another Roaring '20s?


Global News shows that the roaring 20s swept across America after the deadly 1918 flu pandemic - the similarities then and now are striking. 

Technological advances were drastically changing people's lives, the stock market was soaring and people were ready to cut-loose and spend money. 

It seems that Canadians have been saving like never before. Collectively, Canadians have stockpiled $200 billion's worth with a lot of that finding its way into the stock market and to pay down debt or to renovate or buy homes, but economists estimate there's over $100 billion just waiting to be spent. 

However, supply chain experts say headaches are in store. A flurry of shoppers may mean shortages and economists warn if shoppers are spooked by higher prices they may rush out to buy goods before prices skyrocket, creating shortages and stoking inflation.

In economics, "inflation" is a general rise in the price level in an economy over a period of time. When the general price level rises, each unit of currency buys fewer goods and services; consequently, inflation reflects a reduction in the purchasing power per unit of money - a certain loss of real value in the medium of exchange and unit of account within the economy.

"The Roaring Twenties" refers to the decade of the 1920s in Western society and Western culture. It was a period of economic prosperity with a distinctive cultural edge in the United States and Europe, particularly in major cities such as Berlin, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York City, Paris, and Sydney. This period saw the large-scale development and use of automobiles, telephones, films, radio, and electrical appliances in the lives of millions in the Western world. Aviation soon became a business, as well.

Canada’s NACI reaffirms recommendation of 4-month intervals between COVID-19 vaccine doses


Global News shows that Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) doubled down on its 4-month recommendation between COVID-19 doses on Wednesday, as the country struggles to roll out vaccinations quickly enough to stem the tide of a third wave. 

By allowing for these intervals, 9 out of 10 adults over 50 years of age and 75 per cent of adults aged 16 to 49 will be able to get their first vaccine by mid-June, according to a summary within NACI’s decision.

Despite the recommendation, NACI officials are still calling for second doses to be offered "as soon as possible" after all eligible populations have been offered first doses.

This is the organization for Canada. NACI (National Advisory Committee on Immunization) makes recommendations for the use of vaccines currently or newly approved for use in humans in Canada, including the identification of groups at risk for vaccine-preventable diseases for whom vaccination should be targeted. NACI knowledge syntheses, analyses and recommendations on vaccine use in Canada are published in literature reviews, statements and updates.

New statements are those which have been published within the past 5 years. Previous statements are those which are were published over 5 years ago and have been archived.

NACI recommendations are also published in vaccine-specific chapters of the Canadian Immunization Guide.

The advantages of made-in Canada PPE


CBC News: The National shows the head of 3M Canada, Penny Wise, talks with Andrew Chang about expanded personal protective equipment manufacturing in Canada and why it’s so important.

3M Canada Company is pretty interesting. 3M combines science, technology, creativity and innovation to make a real impact, stimulating progress to inspire people and communities across the globe.

A look inside Canada's hospitals as COVID-19 variant cases surge


Global News shows that as more contagious dangerous coronavirus variants continue to spread across Canada, hospitals are grappling with an increase in intensive care unit (ICU) admissions and wait times in emergency rooms.

With ICU beds occupied at full capacity and a higher number of young patients and staff feeling burnt out, it’s a dire situation, front-line health workers say. Jeff Semple has more from inside a Toronto hospital.

Plus, the Ontario government has declared the province’s third state of emergency amid the COVID-19 pandemic and is issuing a provincewide stay-at-home order effective on Thursday at 12:01 a.m. Eric Sorensen explains what the stay-at-home order means and what officials hope it will lead to.

The flu and COVID-19 are certainly caused by different viruses. This means that the flu shot will not protect you against COVID-19.

Canada: Ontario locks down; Adjusting vaccine rollouts


CBC News: The National shows that Ontario has declared a state of emergency over rising COVID-19 cases and implemented harsh restrictions while adjusting who’s eligible for a vaccine. See why Canada is in a unique situation with COVID variants.

Canada, Ontario​ is sure having its struggle to decrease the Covid-19 virus. Good luck, everyone.

Canada facing perilous mix of COVID-19 variants


CBC News: The National shows that the mix of COVID-19 variants circulating in Canada has turned the country into a dangerous petri dish unlike anywhere else.  

It seems that none of the vaccines are 100 percent effective at preventing infections. So even if people don't get very sick with COVID-19, they may still contract an infection and can potentially transmit the virus to others. Be careful.

Canada: Ontario issuing stay-at-home order, declares 3rd state of emergency amid COVID-19 pandemic


Global News shows that Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced the province's 3rd so-called state of emergency on Wednesday and issued a 4-week stay-at-home order provincewide effective Thursday at 12:01 a.m. All non-essential retail will be closed apart from delivery and curbside pickup, and big box retailers will only be allowed to sell essential items, Ford added. 

"We just need to hunker down right now, we need to limit mobility... I know this is tough on businesses, but I promise we will continue to have your backs."

Also, as part of Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, the province has moved up teachers in hot spot regions such as Toronto and Peel Region to be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine next week, said the premier. 

Education workers who support students with special needs will also be able to receive a vaccination.

Schools are able to remain open for in-person learning, other than in areas such as Toronto and Peel Region, where local medical officers of health have ordered their closures.

Big box retailers will only be allowed to sell essential items, which are food, cleaning supplies, pharmaceuticals, personal care items and certain pet care supplies.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Bitcoin Price at April 7, 2021: 56,675 USD


Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency invented in 2008. The currency began use in 2009 when its implementation was released as open-source software.

Bitcoin sure increased in price greatly in 2020 and 2021. For several years, Bitcoin was at around $10,000 in 2018 and 2019.

Bitcoin Price at April 7, 2021: 56,675 USD

So far this year (2021), volumes in bitcoin have been considerably higher than other years.

It seems that in the short term, fluctuations of Bitcoin will happen. The long-term prospects seem to be very good for this investment. It will be interesting to see the price of Bitcoin in the future.

It is indeed possible to buy Bitcoin with E transfer. You could open an account on one of the exchanges supporting Interac e Transfer. You could fund your account with an e transfer.

Canada allows the use of digital currencies, including cryptocurrencies. However, cryptocurrencies are not considered "technically" legal tender in Canada. Canada's tax laws and rules, including the Income Tax Act, also apply to cryptocurrency transactions. Check for updates about Canada Bitcoin rules.

As of February 2020, Bitcoin was legal in the USA, Japan, the UK, and most other developed countries. Even where Bitcoin is legal, most of the laws that apply to other assets also apply to Bitcoin. Keep in mind, the tax laws that have to be followed.

Be careful about Bitcoin. Keep in mind, Singapore has warned the public about the risks of trading cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, a market that while relatively small in the city-state has surged in significance over the past year.

"Cryptocurrencies can be highly volatile, as their value is typically not related to any economic fundamentals," Tharman Shanmugaratnam, the chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, said in response to a certain parliamentary question. "They are hence highly risky as investment products, and certainly not suitable for retail investors."

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Canada: Alberta investigating outbreaks of P1 variant of coronavirus


CBC News shows that Alberta public health officials are investigating 2 certain workplace outbreaks of the P1 variant of the coronavirus first detected in Brazil. Intensive care physician Dr. Darren Markland likens being infected with P1 to 'getting hit with a Mack truck.' 

Mack Trucks, Inc., is an American truck manufacturing company and a former manufacturer of buses and trolley buses. Founded in 1900 as the Mack Brothers Company, it manufactured its first truck in 1907 and adopted its present name in 1922. 

The Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (Canadian Province) is part of an ongoing global pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The Canadian province of Alberta has the 3rd-most cases of COVID-19 in Canada. Alberta is the 4th most populated province in Canada with a population of 4,306,039 representing 11.57%. By April 5, there were 153,194 confirmed cases, 10,582 active cases and 1,998 deaths in Alberta. The national total is 1,012,424 confirmed cases, 59,821 active cases and 23,095 deaths. The largest number of cases by zone have been in the Calgary zone, which has had 59,752 total cases.

Canada: Atlantic bubble return hinges on containing variants, says Russell


CBC News shows that New Brunswick's chief medical health officer, Dr. Jennifer Russell, says it's a critical time for vigilance as the Atlantic provinces grapple with more cases involving new variants of concern.

The Atlantic Bubble is a special travel-restricted area created on July 3, 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada. The area was suspended on November 26, 2020 due to a second wave of COVID-19 cases across Canada. The Council of Atlantic Premiers confirmed the bubble will resume April 19, 2021.

Canada: A look at the P.1 COVID-19 variant gaining a foothold in western Canada


Global News shows that as virus cases of COVID-19 variants grow in Canada, so too does concern from disease experts.

The rapid spread of the P.1 variant in British Columbia has added new urgency to the race between variants and vaccines. In just a matter of days, cases have surged from double to triple digits.

Alberta is also currently investigating 2 separate, unrelated COVID-19 outbreaks involving the P.1 variant, which was first discovered in Brazil. 

Heather Yourex-West has more.

Lineage P.1, also known as 20J/501Y.V3, Variant of Concern 202101/02 (VOC-202101/02) or colloquially known as the Brazil(ian) variant, is one of the variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This variant of SARS-CoV-2 has been named lineage P.1 and has 17 amino acid changes, ten of which are in its spike protein, including these three designated to be of particular concern: N501Y, E484K and K417T. This variant of SARS-CoV-2 was first detected by the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID), Japan, on 6 January 2021 in four people who had arrived in Tokyo having visited Amazonas, Brazil four days earlier. It was subsequently declared to be in circulation in Brazil.

It has caused widespread infection in the city of Manaus, despite the fact that the city had already experienced widespread infection in May with a study indicating high seroprevalence of antibodies for SARS-CoV-2. P.1 has also been called 'B.1.1.28.1', although strictly only three sublevels are permitted in the PANGO Lineage system of nomenclature, hence the designation 'P.1'.

Manaus is the capital and largest city of the Brazilian state of Amazonas. It is the 7th-largest city in Brazil, with an estimated 2020 population of 2,219,580

P.1 comprises the two distinct subvariants 28-AM-1 and 28-AM-2, which both carry the K417T, E484K, N501Y mutations, and both developed independently of each other within the same Brazilian Amazonas region.

Canada: Vaccine milestone: 10 million doses delivered to Canada


CBC News shows that as of Monday, 10 million COVID-19 vaccines were delivered to provinces and territories of Canada, says Health Minister Patty Hajdu, and nearly 2.2 million more doses are expected to arrive this week.

Vaccination is the administration of a vaccine to help the immune system develop protection from a disease. Vaccines contain a microorganism or virus in a weakened, live or killed state, or proteins or toxins from the so-called organism. In stimulating the body's adaptive immunity, they help prevent sickness from a dangerous infectious disease. When a sufficiently large percentage of a population has been vaccinated, so-called herd immunity results. Herd immunity protects those who may be immunocompromised and cannot get a useful vaccine because even a weakened version would harm them.

Canada: April 5, 2021 - Rising COVID-19 hospitalizations among younger Canadians


Global News shows that the medical officers of health for Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa have sent a letter to Ontario’s chief medical officer of health Dr. David Williams requesting that the provincial government implement a provincewide stay-at-home order amid the 3rd wave of COVID-19. In Ontario and across much of Canada, a younger demographic is getting sick. Abigail Bimman has more.

There are many cases of COVID-19 in much of Europe. The U.K. is emerging from nearly 4 months in lockdown.

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Funny squirrel eats and goes mad


This is sure entertaining: Squirrel broke

Squirrel eats and goes mad - Белка ест и сходит с ума

Белочка сломалась

リスが壊れた

Wiewiórka się zepsuła.


Squirrels like to eat the most what: most types of squirrels are vegetarians. They are not picky eaters and will feed on practically any food that's really readily available, but they tend to prefer vegetables and fruit. Favorites of the squirrel diet include corn, mushrooms, squash and broccoli. Squirrels also enjoy apples, oranges, apricots and avocados.

Больше всего любят есть белки: большинство видов белок - вегетарианцы. Они не разборчивы в еде и будут питаться практически любой доступной едой, но, как правило, предпочитают овощи и фрукты. Фаворитами белковой диеты являются кукуруза, грибы, кабачки и брокколи. Белкам также нравятся яблоки, апельсины, абрикосы и авокадо.

Squirrels are really members of the family so-called Sciuridae, a family that includes small or medium-size rodents. The squirrel family includes tree squirrels, ground squirrels, chipmunks, marmots (including groundhogs), flying squirrels, and prairie dogs amongst other rodents. Squirrels are indigenous to the Americas, Eurasia, and Africa, and were introduced by humans to Australia. The earliest (known to humans) fossilized squirrels date from the Eocene epoch, and among other living rodent families, the squirrels are most certainly closely related to the mountain beaver and to the dormice.

Белки являются членами семейства Sciuridae, семейства, которое включает мелких и средних грызунов. Семейство белок включает в себя древесных белок, сусликов, бурундуков, сурков (включая сурков), белок-летягов и луговых собачек среди других грызунов. Белки являются коренными жителями Северной и Южной Америки, Евразии и Африки и были завезены людьми в Австралию. Самые ранние известные окаменелые белки относятся к эпохе эоцена, и среди других ныне живущих семейств грызунов белки, безусловно, тесно связаны с горными бобрами и сонями.

Funny - Squirrel broke


This is sure entertaining: Squirrel broke

Белочка сломалась

リスが壊れた

Wiewiórka się zepsuła.

Очень много вопросов - откуда орехи?
Ответ - рудник Коммунар (Богомдарованный ), республика Хакасия, 78 км от п.г.т. Шира.

Squirrels are really members of the family so-called Sciuridae, a family that includes small or medium-size rodents. The squirrel family includes tree squirrels, ground squirrels, chipmunks, marmots (including groundhogs), flying squirrels, and prairie dogs amongst other rodents. Squirrels are indigenous to the Americas, Eurasia, and Africa, and were introduced by humans to Australia. The earliest (known to humans) fossilized squirrels date from the Eocene epoch, and among other living rodent families, the squirrels are most certainly closely related to the mountain beaver and to the dormice.

Белки являются членами семейства Sciuridae, семейства, которое включает мелких и средних грызунов. Семейство белок включает в себя древесных белок, сусликов, бурундуков, сурков (включая сурков), белок-летягов и луговых собачек среди других грызунов. Белки являются коренными жителями Северной и Южной Америки, Евразии и Африки и были завезены людьми в Австралию. Самые ранние известные окаменелые белки относятся к эпохе эоцена, и среди других ныне живущих семейств грызунов белки, безусловно, тесно связаны с горными бобрами и сонями.

Canada must not 'under-invest' in pandemic recovery, says Duclos


Investing into pandemic recovery is important. Canada must create a greater economy that benefits Canadians.

The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the virus which causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and is responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. The first human cases of COVID-19 were identified in Wuhan, the capital of the province of Hubei in China in December 2019. The most recent country or territory to report its first confirmed case was the Federated States of Micronesia on 8 January 2021.

The dangerous Coronavirus Covid-19 virus certainly exists in the world and North America. The first cases in North America were reported in the United States in January 2020. Cases were reported in all North American countries after Saint Kitts and Nevis confirmed a case on 25 March, and in all North American territories after Bonaire confirmed a case on 16 April.

On 26 March 2020, USA became the country with the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 infections, with over 82,000 cases. On 11 April 2020, USA became the country with the highest official death toll for COVID-19, with over 20,000 deaths. As of 21 November 2020 the total cases of COVID-19 are over 13,942,964 with over 383,084 total deaths.

As of 18 February 2021, Canada has reported 834,182 cases and 21,435 deaths, while Mexico has reported 2,013,563 cases and 177,061 deaths. The most cases by state is California with 3,492,045 cases and 47,916 deaths as of 18 February 2021.

Millions more doses could accelerate Canada's COVID-19 vaccine rollout


Global News shows that Canada is expecting tens of millions more doses of COVID-19 vaccine in the coming months, which could mean more Canadians are inoculated sooner. 

Mike Le Couteur explains which company is sending more doses ahead of schedule and how top officials are trying to reassure people about a different brand of vaccine.

Millions more doses could certainly accelerate Canada's COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

Coronavirus Covid-19 Cases overview:

Canada:

Total cases: 1M
Recovered: 923K
Deaths: 23,062

Worldwide:

Total cases: 131M
Recovered: 74.3M
Deaths: 2.85M

The Outrageous Canadian Housing Market Bubble Explained


Finance Live by LEYA is pretty interesting about the Truth About The 2021 Canadian Housing Market Bubble and possible Crash.

People should be warne. The Canadian Housing Market Could Drop by 14% in 2021. Analysts are expecting a recovery in 2021, but there are still various risks and a lot of uncertainty.

For many years, the Canadian government has tried to deal with housing. They are trying to make housing more affordable while at the same time not crash the market.

Consumer debt levels are increasing to record numbers and real estate prices that have far outpaced the growth of wages.

By helping the Canadian economy with stimulus like the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, the housing market has stayed successful. However, these stimulus programs will not be in Canada forever.

Many experts have expressed concern for the Canadian housing market ahead of 2021. Some of the most interesting predictions came from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

3 months in, Canada’s vaccine rollout is a mixed bag


CBC News: The National shows that more than 3 months after Canada's vaccine rollout began it's still very much a mixed bag. Vaccination rates are picking up, but not nearly as fast as Canadians would like. Some regions are doing better than others, while conflicting news about the AstraZeneca vaccine continues to confuse citizens and health officials alike.

The COVID-19 vaccination programme in Canada is certainly an ongoing, intergovernmental effort coordinated between the bodies responsible in the Government of Canada to acquire and distribute vaccines to individual Provincial and Territorial governments who in turn administer approved COVID-19 vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada. Some provinces have asked local Municipal governments and hospital systems to aid in part, or in full with the time-consuming important vaccination rollout.

Canada: Ontario tops 3,000 new COVID cases, first time since Jan


It seems that on the first day of Ontario's emergency shutdown, the province's daily COVID-19 case count reached a disturbing level not seen since mid-January. As Melissa Nakhavoly reports, ICU numbers are also at an unsettling level.

Following Health Canada's approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and the mRNA-1273 vaccine developed by Moderna, widespread plans for vaccinations began during the week of December 14, 2020. Early vaccination efforts were highly criticized. However, Ontario now leads the nation in doses administered. Due to a shortage of both approved vaccines in late January and early February, vaccinations slowed significantly for a number of weeks. In late February 2021, shipments of the 2 approved vaccines at the time increased significantly, and on February 26, 2021, Health Canada approved the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for use and on March 5, 2021 approved the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for a total of 4 approved vaccines. Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines began to be administered in pharmacies and family health practices March 10, 2021.

The Ontario province is now experiencing a "third wave" of the virus.

2 doctors on how to deal with Canada’s coronavirus 3rd wave


CBC News: The National shows infectious disease specialists Dr. Lynora Saxinger and Dr. Zain Chagla discuss the latest restrictions in several Canadian provinces and how they're feeling about where Canadians are in the third wave.

The COVID-19 pandemic in Canada is part of the ongoing worldwide pandemic of so-called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The dangerous deadly virus was confirmed to have reached Canada on January 27, 2020, after an individual who had returned to Toronto from Wuhan, Hubei, China, tested positive.

Canadian nation-wide cases, hospitalizations and deaths spiked preceding and following the Christmas and holiday season in December 2020 and January 2021. Alarmed by hospital capacity issues, fatalities and new cases, heavy restrictions (such as lockdowns and curfews) were put in place in affected areas (primarily Ontario, Quebec and Alberta) and across the country of Canada, which has resulted in active cases beginning to steadily decline, reaching a plateau in active cases in mid-February 2021. During a "third wave" of the dangerous virus, cases certainly began rising across most provinces west of Atlantic Canada in mid-March, prompting further lockdowns and restrictions in the most populous provinces like Ontario and Quebec.

Canada's mass vaccinations began nation-wide December 14, 2020.

Will Canada's COVID-19 vaccine rollout be able to outpace variants?


Global News shows that just as vaccination drives are picking up steam across Canada, deadlier and possibly more transmissible COVID-19 variants are spiking up infection rates among Canadians.

New variants first detected in countries like Brazil, South Africa, Nigeria and Britain have cropped up spontaneously in Canada over the last year. All share some of the same mutations in the region of the virus used to enter and infect cells.

COVID-19 vaccine supply ramp up is expected in the coming weeks, and as Eric Sorensen reports, that could make a big difference in the race between vaccines and variants.

Many different "coronaviruses" are out there. Six species of human coronaviruses are known, with one species subdivided into two different strains, making seven strains of human coronaviruses altogether.

COVID-19 is an illness caused by a coronavirus. Human coronaviruses are common and are typically associated with mild illnesses, similar to the frequently happening common cold.

The flu and COVID-19 are caused by different viruses. This means that the flu shot will not protect you against COVID-19.

The COVID-19 virus is an enveloped virus, with a fragile outer membrane. Generally, enveloped viruses are less stable in the environment and are more susceptible to oxidants, such as chlorine.

Some people may have thought the temperature numbers change the dangerous virus. From the evidence so far, the COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in everywhere, including areas with hot and humid weather. Regardless of climate, adopt protective measures if you live in, or travel to an area reporting COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by frequently cleaning your hands. By doing this you eliminate viruses that may be on your hands and avoid infection that could occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose. Use hand sanitizer.

How can the Canadian government cool the housing market?


Global News shows that as Canada’s home prices reach the "stratosphere," calls on the government to bring the housing market back to Earth - possibly with a soft landing - are growing increasingly urgent.

The average price of a home in Canada has climbed an eye-watering 25% to a record $678,091. And the housing frenzy shows no sign of cooling off. The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) expects the national average home price to keep climbing fast in 2021.

Mike Le Couteur looks at what options the federal government may have to address the overheating housing market, as they also prepare to unveil its first budget in 2 years.

Here are some interesting numbers of Home Value in USA over the years:

Year Median Home Value
1950 USA $7,400
1960 USA $11,900
1970 USA $17,000
1980 USA $47,200
1990 USA $79,100
2000 USA $119,600
2010 USA $221,800
2020 USA        $334,000

Think deeply and get expert advice about buying a house in 2021. Buying a home in 2021 will take more fortitude than usual. Mortgage rates are likely to stay low, but the pandemic economy has tightened lending standards and locked out buyers with bad credit from the best deals.

Statistics released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales set another all-time record in February 2021. See more details here: https://creastats.crea.ca/en-CA/

Canada surpasses 1 million COVID-19 cases


CBC News shows that Dr. Michael Warner, medical director of critical care at Michael Garron Hospital in Toronto, discusses his concerns about the third wave of the pandemic and his experiences treating patients.

The third wave of the dangerous virus is a problem. It seems that Coronavirus COVID-19 spreads from an infected person to others through respiratory droplets and aerosols created when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, shouts, or talks.

Most people with mild symptoms will recover from the virus on their own.

Adults and children who have mild COVID-19 symptoms are able to stay at home with a caregiver throughout their recovery without needing hospitalization.

It seems that water or swimming does not transmit the COVID-19 virus. The COVID-19 virus does not transmit through water while swimming. However, the virus spreads between people when someone has close contact with an infected person.

Hand sanitizers do not actually claim to kill viruses such as coronaviruses. However, hand sanitizers can help reduce the risk of infection by, or spread of, microorganisms.

The Covid-19 Coronavirus can cause feelings of sadness, distress, worry, confusion, fear and anger. However, signs of severe emotional distress, such as persistent insomnia, interpersonal problems, disabling fear, increased use of alcohol or drugs, indicate you should certainly reach out for help.

Canada: April 3, 2021: More COVID-19 measures with Easter long weekend


Global National shows that Canadian provinces that have been hard-hit by COVID-19 are taking more measures to curb the rapid spread, but new variants are competing with pandemic fatigue. Abigail Bimman has more.

It seems that Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine supply is expected to ramp up in the coming weeks. Highly transmissible variants are a problem for Canada right now.

Global National for Canada on April 3, 2021 is pretty interesting. More Coronavirus COVID-19 measures are coming with the Easter long weekend.

There are many Covid-19  variants out there. All viruses certainly mutate as they make copies of themselves to spread and thrive. SARS-CoV-2, the virus the causes COVID-19, is proving to be no different. There are currently more than 4,000 variants of COVID-19, which has certainly already killed more than 2.7 million people worldwide during the dangerous global pandemic.

Friday, April 2, 2021

Russia and China want to build a space station on the moon


WION shows that the "space race" for space dominance is heating up. Russia and China certainly want to build a lunar space station. NASA wants another space station to orbit the moon. India has its own plans for a space station. Space might have borders in the future.

A so-called lunar outpost is a concept of a permanent or semi-permanent presence of humans on the Moon (a moonbase). Certain space companies want an increase in their budgets in order to make another crewed mission to the Moon. A sustained presence on the Moon is also possible in the future.

The concept of establishing a long-term human presence on the Moon can be traced back to the late 1950s. Plans are out there such as constructing an underground Air Force Base on the Moon, other military bases on the Moon, designs of lunar outposts and lunar rovers for long-duration treks across the Moon's surface.

The Artemis program is from 2017 to Present. The Artemis program is a planned crewed spaceflight program carried out predominately by NASA, USA commercial spaceflight companies, and international partners such as the European Space Agency (ESA), JAXA, and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) with the goal of landing "the first woman and the next man" on the Moon, specifically at the lunar south pole region by 2024. NASA sees Artemis as the next step towards the long-term goal of establishing a sustainable presence on the Moon, laying the foundation for private companies to build a lunar economy, and eventually successfuly sending humans to Mars. One primary target is Shackleton crater. In 2028 NASA plans on launching the Lunar Surface Asset, a small habitat to the surface of the Moon on either an SLS Block 1B or through an Artemis Support Mission on a commercial launcher. This would be certainly the first so-called crewed lunar base.

"Colonization of the Moon" could happen in the future. This is a concept employed by some proposals of establishing permanent human settlement or robotic presence on the Moon (the closest astronomical body to Earth) and the Earth's only so-called natural satellite. Other terms can also be used, such as: "space settlement" or "space habitation."

The Moon is highly likely to be the first permanent human space colony or settlement, because it is very close to the Earth.

Certain water exists on the Moon - "Lunar water." This so-called water was first discovered by India's ISRO Chandrayaan-1 mission in 2008. Diffuse water molecules can persist at the Moon's sunlit surface, as successfully discovered by NASA's SOFIA observatory in 2020. Gradually water vapor is decomposed by sunlight, leaving hydrogen and oxygen lost to outer space. Scientists have found water ice in the cold, permanently shadowed craters at the Moon's poles. It seems that water molecules are also in the extremely thin lunar atmosphere.

The chemistry of water is interesting. Water is an inorganic, transparent, tasteless, odorless, and nearly colorless chemical substance, which is the main constituent of Earth's hydrosphere and the fluids of all known living organisms (in which it acts as a solvent). Water is vital for all known forms of life, even though it provides no calories or organic nutrients. Its chemical formula is H2O, meaning that each of its molecules contains one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms, connected by covalent bonds. Two hydrogen atoms are attached to one oxygen atom at an angle of 104.45°.

Water (H2O), and the chemically related hydroxyl group (-OH), exist in forms chemically bound as hydrates and hydroxides to lunar minerals (rather than free water), and evidence strongly suggests that this is the case in low concentrations as for much of the Moon's surface. In fact, of surface matter, adsorbed water is calculated to exist at trace concentrations of 10 to 1000 parts per million. Inconclusive evidence of free water ice at the lunar poles had accumulated during the second half of the 20th century from a variety of observations suggesting the presence of bound hydrogen.

Keep in mind, if research or evidence is inconclusive, it has not really proved anything. But, it can suggest something.

On 18 August 1976, the Soviet Luna 24 probe landed at Mare Crisium, took samples from the depths of 118, 143, and 184 cm of the lunar regolith, and then took them to Earth. In February 1978, it was published that laboratory analysis of these samples shown they contained 0.1% water by mass. Spectral measurements shown minima near 3, 5, and 6 µm, distinctive valence-vibration bands for water molecules, with intensities 2 or 3 times larger than the noise level.

On 24 September 2009, it was reported that the NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) spectrometer onboard India's ISRO Chandrayaan-1 probe had detected absorption features near 2.8-3.0 μm on the surface of the Moon. On 14 November 2008, India made the Moon Impact Probe onboard Chandrayaan-1 orbiter crash into Shackleton crater and confirmed the presence of water ice. For silicate bodies, such features are typically attributed to hydroxyl- and/or water-bearing materials. In August 2018, NASA confirmed that M3 showed water ice is present on the surface at the Moon poles. Water was confirmed to be on the sunlit surface of the Moon by NASA on October 26, 2020.

The search for the presence of lunar water continues. Lunar missions continue to be made to the Moon. The water's usefulness could possibly help in long-term lunar habitation.

Canada: 'Variants are winning,' Alberta premier says


CBC News shows that Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said for the first time Thursday that the province is in the third wave of the pandemic. He also said in the race between vaccination and coronavirus variants, the variants are winning.

When a virus replicates or makes copies of itself, it sometimes changes a little bit, which is normal for a virus. These changes are called so-called "mutations." A virus with one or more new mutations is referred to as a "variant" of the certain original virus.

Canada: 'Prioritize human lives over the economy': Doctor reacts to new Ontario shutdown


CTV News shows that Dr. Kali Barrett, a critical care physician with University Health Network, says businesses can be rebuilt, but 'once you're dead, you're dead'.

The virus that causes COVID-19 infects people of all ages. However, evidence to date suggests that two groups of people are at a higher risk of getting severe COVID-19 disease. These are older people (that is people over 60 years old); and those with underlying medical conditions (such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer). The risk of severe disease gradually increases with age starting from around 40 years. It's important that adults in this age range protect themselves and in turn protect others that may be more vulnerable.

WHO has issued advice for these two groups and for community support to ensure that they are protected from COVID-19 without being isolated, stigmatized, left in a position of increased vulnerability or unable to access basic provisions and social care.

Pfizer Canada says it's possible for additional doses to arrive


CBC News shows that Pfizer Canada vaccines lead Fabien Paquette says that it is possible additional doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine could arrive in Canada. The company hopes to accelerate its deployment. The company also said Wednesday its vaccine is safe and protective in people as young as age 12.

Pfizer Canada certainly says it's possible for additional doses to arrive.

The virus that causes COVID-19 really infects people of all ages. However, evidence to date suggests that 2 groups of people are at a higher risk of getting severe COVID-19 disease. These are older people (that is people over 60 years old); and those with underlying medical conditions (such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer). The risk of severe disease gradually increases with age starting from around 40 years. It's important that adults in this age range protect themselves and in turn protect others that may be more vulnerable.

WHO has issued advice for these 2 groups and for community support to ensure that they are protected from COVID-19 without being isolated, stigmatized, left in a position of increased vulnerability or certainly unable to access basic provisions and social care.

Canada: COVID-19 vaccines doses wasted in Canada due to missteps


Global News shows that thousands of Coronavirus COVID-19 vaccine doses have gone to waste in Canada. 

Heather Yourex-West explains why and how there's a patchwork of plans to prevent further losses as frustrations grow across the country. 

This comes as Canada hit a new daily record and passed a new milestone for COVID-19 vaccinations this week but will need to up its game to get a single dose to every eligible person by Canada Day.

It’s doable on paper but potential barriers loom. Export controls in Europe and India and the risk of production issues for brand-new vaccines are among them, along with ongoing fears that anxious Canadians will reject the troubled Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

Viruses are really named based on their genetic structure to facilitate the development of diagnostic tests, vaccines and medicines. Virologists and the wider scientific community do this work, so dangerous viruses are named by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV).

Canada: Variants drive 3rd wave across Canada


CBC News shows that a number of provinces are being badly hit by the 3rd wave of the pandemic, and public health officials say highly contagious variants are behind the spike of COVID-19 cases. Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Howard Njoo says Canada can't rely on vaccines alone to get through the current wave.

The Canadian province of Ontario, the country's most populous, will enter another lockdown on the weekend for 28 days, local media reported, as it grapples with rising COVID-19 cases and intensive care hospitalization rates.

Viruses certainly are named based on their genetic structure to facilitate the development of diagnostic tests, vaccines and medicines. Virologists and the wider scientific community do this work, so viruses are named by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV).

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Matthew Tavares & Leland Whitty - Visions


Canadian Music: 2020: Matthew Tavares & Leland Whitty - Visions

This music album was released in 2020.

Tracklist of Songs:

Through The Looking Glass
Woah
Blue
Symbols Of Transformation
Visions Of You
Eyes
Awakenings
Heat Of The Moon
Black Magic
Symbols Of Transformation II
Living Water Assembly

Cory Marks - Who I Am


Canadian Music: 2020: Cory Marks - Who I Am

This music album was released in 2020.

Tracklist of Songs:

1 Devil's Grin
2 Outlaws & Outsiders
3. Good To Be Us
4 Blame It On The Double
5 Another Night In Jail
6 Who I Am
7 Drive
8 Better Off
9 My Whisky Your Wine
10 Keep Doing What I Do
11 Out In The Rain

Bonus Tracks

12 She's Hollywood
13 My Whiskey Your Wine (Acoustic)

Dan Mangan - Thief


Canadian Music: 2020: Dan Mangan - Thief

This music album was released in 2020.

Tracklist of Songs:

1 Losing My Religion 4:06
2 Love You Madly 3:33
3 In The Aeroplane Over The Sea 3:41
4 Waltz, No. 2 (XO) - Performer - Blacksmith*, Zeus 5:20
5 Have A Little Faith In Me 4:09
6 Hang With Me 3:28
7 Ex-Factor 3:56
8 Stairway 4:15
9 Chances Are 4:39

Catherine Major - Carte mère


Canadian Music: 2020: Catherine Major - Carte mère

This music album was released in 2020.

Tracklist of Songs:

1 Bateau bleu 4:19
2 La bouteille 4:31
3 La panique 3:27
4 Ma soeur 5:13
5 Tableau glacé 5:21
6 Claustrophobe 3:46
7 Sanglot orchestral 1:11
8 Moi non plus 3:50
9 L'espace occupé 4:45
10 Unique survivant 3:13

Translations: French - English:

Carte mère - Motherboard
Bateau bleu - Blue boat
La bouteille - The Bottle
La panique - Panic
Ma soeur - My sister
Tableau glacé - Glossy Board
Claustrophobe - Claustrophobic
Sanglot orchestral - Orchestral Sobs
Moi non plus - Me neither
L'espace occupé - Occupied Space
Unique survivant - Sole survivor

Corb Lund - Agricultural Tragic


Canadian Music: 2020: Corb Lund - Agricultural Tragic

This music album was released in 2020.

Tracklist of Songs:

90 Seconds Of Your Time
Old Men
I Think You Oughta Try Whiskey
Raining Horses
Oklahomans!
Grizzly Bear Blues
Dance With Your Spurs On
Louis L'Amour
Never Not Had Horses
Ranchin', Ridin', Romance (Two Outta Three Ain't Bad)
Rat Patrol
Tattoos Blues

Loud Luxury - Nights Like This


Canadian Music: 2020: Loud Luxury - Nights Like This

This music album was released in 2020.

Tracklist of Songs:

1 Aftertaste - Morgan St. Jean, Loud Luxury
2 Gummy - Brando, Loud Luxury
3 Nights Like This - Loud Luxury
4 Cold Feet - Loud Luxury

Gordon Lightfoot - Solo


Canadian Music: 2020: Gordon Lightfoot - Solo

This music album was released in 2020.

Tracklist of Songs:

Oh So Sweet 3:04
E-Motion 3:15
Better Off 3:04
Return Into Dust 3:05
Do You Walk, Do You Talk 3:05
Just A Little Bit 3:47
Easy Flo 2:58
Dreamdrift 3:46
The Laughter We Seek 3:37
Why Not Give It A Try 3:20