Coronavirus In Canada

‘Complex barriers’: Spreading COVID-19 messaging to Canada’s non-English speakers

English language classes for immigrants in Surrey, British Columbia. Picture taken before COVID-19 pandemic

From ever-changing COVID-19 guidelines and new research to misinformation and conspiracy theories, it has not been easy keeping up with the coronavirus infodemic. As most of us attempt to navigate through the scientific jargon and make sense of what a variant is, how mRNA vaccines work, or which mask to wear, getting the right word out is important. Read more: No Hoax: Fighting COVID-19 has meant tackling conspiracy theories, even within families In Canada, the main languages used for all official communications are English and French. While provinces have made their announcements and public health guidelines available in various […]

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Alberta COVID-19 vaccine booking site experiences ‘very high volumes’ as appointments open to those 75 and older

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As anticipated, demand for COVID-19 vaccination appointments for Albertans 75 and older was extremely high when bookings opened Wednesday morning. Alberta Health Services opened its phone lines and online vaccination booking tool for community seniors born in 1946 or earlier at 8 a.m.  Within minutes, Albertans began reporting issues with the site crashing or not loading, and a busy signal when calling 811 to book appointments. Gary Mason, who lives in Okotoks, was born in 1946 and just met the threshold for this round of vaccine eligibility. He went online first thing Wednesday to try to book his appointment. […]

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Coronavirus: Manitoba expands ‘safe at home’ program, launches new ad campaign

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The Manitoba government is expanding a program designed to give those stuck at home during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic something to do. Launched in December, the Safe at Home program provides funding to local groups to put together programming that people can watch or use online, including fitness classes, arts programming, mental health courses, and cooking programs. Read more: $3 million rapid-grant program aimed at Manitobans’ mental, physical health On Monday Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Cathy Cox said the province is adding $2 million to the program’s original $3-million budget. “This pandemic is far from over, which is […]

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Travel agents join growing calls for greater financial support amid new restrictions

Travel agents join growing calls for greater financial support amid new restrictions

The travel industry remains one of the Canadian economy’s hardest-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, but over a year after the country’s first cases began appearing, most of its major sectors have received no specialized government support. “This is the worst time in airline history, and they’ve laid off over twenty-five, thirty thousand people in Canada — Porter has not flown since last March,” Karl Moore, a professor at McGill University and travel-industry analyst, told Global News. Moore suggested the major reason Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing and Air Transat agreed to suspend their flights to many vacation spots was likely […]

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Toronto ‘immediately’ pausing COVID-19 immunization clinic due to vaccine shortage

Toronto ‘immediately’ pausing COVID-19 immunization clinic due to vaccine shortage

The City of Toronto says it has been ordered to “immediately” pause its COVID-19 immunization clinic at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre due to a lack of vaccines. The clinic, which began inoculations on Monday, was originally supposed to operate as a pilot project for six to eight weeks with doses, at least initially, being given to a select group of health-care workers. On Monday, officials announced that the proof-of-concept clinic was only going to operate until the end of day Friday due to a lack of vaccines, and that has now been shortened further to just two days. […]

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Don’t go to Quebec ERs unless necessary as coronavirus hospitalizations climb, health minister warns

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Quebecers are asked to avoid emergency rooms unless “really necessary” as hospitalizations linked to the novel coronavirus have risen by 50 per cent in the past three weeks and health-care workers say there is “unbelievable” demand on the system. Health Minister Christian Dubé says the province has crossed a line by topping more than 1,000 patients in hospitals to be treated for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, this week. There are about 2,164 beds set aside for coronavirus patients in hospitals, he explained, but the province is now adding beds in “non-traditional locations” such as hotels as […]

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