Canada east – Scbwi Canada http://scbwicanada.org/ Mon, 19 Jul 2021 02:01:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.2 https://scbwicanada.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-4-125x125.png Canada east – Scbwi Canada http://scbwicanada.org/ 32 32 Aishihik Highway in the Yukon closed due to forest fire https://scbwicanada.org/aishihik-highway-in-the-yukon-closed-due-to-forest-fire/ Sun, 18 Jul 2021 22:54:11 +0000 https://scbwicanada.org/aishihik-highway-in-the-yukon-closed-due-to-forest-fire/ Aishihik Road east of Haines Junction, Yukon, is closed until at least Monday afternoon due to a 24-hectare wildfire burning in the area, according to Forest Fire Management of the territory. The blaze, named HJ-002, began to burn on the west side of the road on Saturday at the 45-kilometer mark, the department said in […]]]>

Aishihik Road east of Haines Junction, Yukon, is closed until at least Monday afternoon due to a 24-hectare wildfire burning in the area, according to Forest Fire Management of the territory.

The blaze, named HJ-002, began to burn on the west side of the road on Saturday at the 45-kilometer mark, the department said in an emailed statement.

The fire did not cross the road, but it is closed to traffic from the junction with the Alaska Highway, he said. The Aishihik Lake Campground is also closed until further notice.

“Teams are at work to hold fire on its northern and southern flanks, and on its eastern flank along Aishihik Road,” the statement said. “No damage has been reported to nearby buildings or infrastructure.”

A helicopter and tanker were called in to help with the containment, as the department said it expected stronger winds on Sunday night and Monday.

Three more crews are expected to arrive on Monday, he said, and the route is passable for those who have to leave the area.

HJ-002 began the day after fire crews and community members responded to a forest fire near Aishihik Road, south of the Alaska Highway, on Friday night.

There have been 54 forest fires in the territory so far this year, which have burned 55,862 hectares of land, according to the Government of Yukon.


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AL East leaders Red Sox beat shorthanded Yankees 4-0 https://scbwicanada.org/al-east-leaders-red-sox-beat-shorthanded-yankees-4-0/ Sat, 17 Jul 2021 02:46:15 +0000 https://scbwicanada.org/al-east-leaders-red-sox-beat-shorthanded-yankees-4-0/ NEW YORK (AP) – Eduardo Rodriguez knocked out the shorthanded Yankees in the sixth inning, Christian Arroyo and JD Martinez hit a home run and the Boston Red Sox beat rivals 4-0 on Friday night with the missing New York slugger Aaron Judge and five others due to a coronavirus outbreak. A day after the […]]]>

NEW YORK (AP) – Eduardo Rodriguez knocked out the shorthanded Yankees in the sixth inning, Christian Arroyo and JD Martinez hit a home run and the Boston Red Sox beat rivals 4-0 on Friday night with the missing New York slugger Aaron Judge and five others due to a coronavirus outbreak.

A day after the opening of the series was postponed for testing and contact tracing, judge, third baseman Gio Urshela and wide receiver Kyle Higashioka were added to the COVID-19 injured list. They joined Yankees pitchers Jonathan Loaisiga, Nestor Cortes Jr. and Wandy Peralta, who also tested positive over the past week.

New York was also without first baseman Luke Voit, who was entered on the injured list on Friday with a bone contusion to his left knee.

Rodriguez (7-5) allowed two hits in 5 2/3 innings, retiring 10 in a row over a stretch and finishing with eight strikeouts. Hirokazu Sawamura got the final in the sixth and Tanner Houck pitched the final three innings, closing the Boston three hitters for his first big league save.

Arroyo hit a two-run drive in a three-run second inning against starter Jordan Montgomery (3-5). He also scored a brace against Domingo Germán in the seventh.

Martinez connected against Justin Wilson in the eighth, fielding his 19th of the season in the right seats of the field for a solo shot that made it 4-0.

The AL East leaders Red Sox improved to 7-0 in the season’s 19-game streak and beat New York for the eighth consecutive time, their best run in the rivalry since winning eight games. consecutive 2008-09.

PADRES 24, NATIONAL 8

WASHINGTON (AP) – Jake Cronenworth struck for his first career cycle, Wil Myers had a grand slam and two-point shot and San Diego beat Washington to set a franchise record for points.

The Padres had 22 hits against seven pitchers. San Diego has scored in every inning except the seventh, as the Nationals have allowed the most runs since the franchise moved to Washington in 2005.

Cronenworth had a two-run double in the second, a RBI triple in the third, a solo homerun in the fifth and an infield single against the quarterback in the sixth. Jurickson Profar replaced him at second goal in the bottom of the seventh.

Tommy Pham had four hits, including a homerun, and scored five runs, and Jorge Mateo had a homerun.

Padres starter Chris Paddack (5-6) allowed four runs in five innings.

Juan Soto had four hits, including two homers, and Gerardo Parra had a three-run homerun for Washington, which has lost five straight games and 10 of 12. Erick Fedde (4-7) allowed six runs in 1 1/3 of a sleeve.

DODGERS 10, ROCKIES 4

DENVER (AP) – Julio Urías became the first winner in 12 games in majors, Will Smith led by four points and Los Angeles beat Colorado compromised by coronavirus.

The Rockies were without manager Bud Black and five other team members due to health and safety protocols and contact tracing.

In addition to Black, first baseman Ron Gideon and four Rockies players were unavailable Friday. Right-hander Antonio Senzatela was due to start but was added to the COVID-19 injured list, along with fellow pitchers Yency Almonte and Jhoulys Chacín, and outfielder Yonathan Daza. Bench coach Mike Redmond served as interim manager.

Mookie Betts had three hits and scored twice, and all-star Chris Taylor hit a three-run homer for the Dodgers. Every starter in the lineup has had at least one hit and has scored.

Chi Chi Gonzalez (3-6) was due to start on Saturday night, but was told on Thursday that he would be moved until Friday. The Dodgers scored five runs against him in the first inning, three on Taylor’s 11th Homer of the season and two more in the fourth.

CJ Cron hit a grand slam for Colorado in the third inning, but Urías (12-3) didn’t allow another run in 5 2/3 innings.

CUBS 5, DIAMONDBACKS 1

PHOENIX (AP) – Kyle Hendricks edged Madison Bumgarner in six effective innings for his 10th straight win and Chicago beat Arizona.

Hendricks (12-4) allowed one run on six hits and struck out four to tie the Dodgers’ Julio Urias for the major league lead in wins. He is the first Cubs pitcher to have made at least 12 consecutive unbeaten starts since Jon Lester in 2016.

Pinch hitter Jason Heyward hit a two-run homer, All-Star Kris Bryant had one solo shot and Patrick Wisdom added another for Chicago.

Bumgarner fell to 4-6.

BLUE JAYS 10, RANGERS 2

BUFFALO, NY (AP) – Vladimir Guerrero Jr. continued his all-star game with two home runs to help Toronto beat Texas.

Stars Teoscar Hernández and Marcus Semien scored for Toronto with Randal Grichuk, and Robbie Ray (8-4) failed to score Texas in 6 2/3 innings.

Guerrero, named All-Star MVP on Tuesday night, joined Texas starter Jordan Lyles (5-6) in the first inning to make it 1-0 and added a three-point explosion in the sixth against Dennis Santana, his 30th. of the season.

This led to chants of “MVP! MVP! ”To the crowd of 10,100 as the Blue Jays opened their final streak of games at their temporary home in Buffalo. They received approval from the Canadian government to return to Toronto for the homestand starting July 30 on Friday. .

ASTROS 7, SOX WHITE 1

CHICAGO (AP) – Lance McCullers Jr. pitched seven sparkling innings and Houston defeated Chicago in the first game of the weekend series between the leaders of the AL Division.

Michael Brantley did a homerun and Myles Straw scored three points to help the Astros climb to a league-best 43-22 record against teams 0.500 or better including a 5 -0 against the White Sox. Yuli Gurriel added three hits and two RBIs.

McCullers (7-2) allowed hits on each of his first two shots: a starting triple for Tim Anderson who extended his hitting streak to 13 games, and an RBI brace for Yoán Moncada. But that was it for Chicago against the right-hander, who struck out 10 strikes and two goals on holds.

Dylan Cease (7-5) suffered the loss.

PIRATES 4, MET 1

PITTSBURGH (AP) – After their first All-Star appearances, Bryan Reynolds hit a homerun and Adam Frazier hit a two-run single to lead Pittsburgh to New York.

Mets star Francisco Lindor’s shortstop started in the fifth inning with pain in his right side – moments before a scrambling game between the teams on the field.

The Reynolds homeroom came in the seventh inning and pushed the lead to 4-1. It was his 17th of the season, setting a career high.

In the bottom half of the fifth, the benches cleared after Mets starter Marcus Stroman (6-8) jumped high in the air as John Nogowski lined up on first base to end the inning. Nogowski started yelling and pointing at Stroman, who walked over to him and barked back. No punches were thrown during a large field scrum, and there were no ejects

Chad Kuhl (3-5) took the win despite walking five walks in five innings. Richard Rodriguez threw a ninth scoreless goal for his 13th save in 15 occasions.

Wilmer Difo also scored for Pittsburgh.

PHILLIES 5, MARLINS 2, GAME 1

MARLINS 7, PHILLIES 0, PART 2

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Jesús Aguilar had a home run and scored four runs, Starling Marte went deep with three runs batted in and Miami beat Philadelphia to split a doubles program.

Jordan Holloway (2-2), recalled from the Jacksonville Triple-A on Friday as the 27th man, didn’t allow a hit in five innings of relief after Ross Detwiler opened with a scoreless first. Holloway stayed six and walked two. Richard Bleier completed both hitters with a scoreless seventh. Zach Eflin (4-7) was the loser.

In Game 1, Travis Jankowski produced four runs and Matt Moore struck out nine while throwing in the fifth inning to lead the Phillies. Archie Bradley (4-1) threw 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, and Ranger Suarez pulled the side out in the seventh for his third save. Sandy Alcantara (5-9) suffered the defeat.

BREWERS 11, RED 6

CINCINNATI (AP) – Willy Adames scored four points in Milwaukee’s victory over Cincinnati.

Adames had a two-run shot in the fifth inning, then doubled two more runs in a five-run eighth. After losing three straight games to the Reds in Milwaukee before the all-star break, the Brewers won the first of a three-game series in Cincinnati and narrowed their NL Central lead to five games.

Luis Urías and Avisaíl García scored for Milwaukee. Aristides Aquini connected for Cincinnati.

Reliever Brent Suter (9-4) allowed an unearned run in the fifth. Amir Garrett (0-3) was the loser.

RAYS 7, BRAVES 6, 10 SLEEVES

ATLANTA (AP) – Austin Meadows hit a 10th inning single to score Brett Phillips for second in Tampa Bay’s win over Atlanta.

With Phillips opening the 10th on second, right-hander Jesse Chavez (0-2) walked Brandon Lowe before recording two strikeouts. Chavez then gave up Meadows’ simple green light to right field,

Ji-Man Choi scored for Tampa Bay.

Freddie Freeman had four hits, including a two-run homer in the fifth for Atlanta. Austin Riley and Dansby Swanson scored for Atlanta.

Matt Wisler (1-1) was the winner and Pete Fairbanks pitched the 10th for his fourth save.

GIANTS 7, CARDINALS 2

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Mike Yastrzemski hit two homers, Logan Webb pitched four solid innings as a starter, and San Francisco beat St. Louis.

Webb was a last-minute starter for the Giants after Kevin Gausman was placed on the family medical emergency list. Gausman, an All Star for the first time this season, left with his wife to Louisiana after being hospitalized with pregnancy complications.

Webb, who was struck out of his departure the day before at Triple-A Sacramento, only allowed a single RBI bloop by Tommy Edman in the fourth.

Jay Jackson (1-0) won the decision with 1 1/3 scoreless relief in his debut with the Giants. San Francisco have won their 19th road game in their last 26 chances.

LaMonte Wade Jr. ‘ hit a three-run home run for the Giants,

Adam Wainwright (7-6) was the loser. Paul Goldschmidt of St. Louis extended his batting streak to 11 games with a first homer in the seventh.

ROYALS 9, ORIOLES 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Nicky Lopez led in four points to lead Kansas City past Baltimore.

Lopez cleared the goals in the second inning with a two-run single and again in the seventh with a two-run double.

Whit Merrifield went 4 for 5 with three RBIs, including a single scoring in the seventh inning. Kansas City finished with 15 hits.

Josh Staumont (1-2) took the relief victory. Keegan Akin (0-5) took the defeat,

Pedro Severino scored for the Orioles.


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Today’s coronavirus news: Ontario lifting mandatory testing for fully vaccinated in LTC; Toronto FC allowed to host this weekend with limited number of fans; Deaths and cases on rise again globally https://scbwicanada.org/todays-coronavirus-news-ontario-lifting-mandatory-testing-for-fully-vaccinated-in-ltc-toronto-fc-allowed-to-host-this-weekend-with-limited-number-of-fans-deaths-and-cases-on-rise-again-glo/ Thu, 15 Jul 2021 04:17:00 +0000 https://scbwicanada.org/?p=171 The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Wednesday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available. 9 p.m.: Black Canadian leaders say governments must do more to help overcome vaccine hesitancy in their communities. Toronto orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ato Sekyi-Otu, leader of the health-care task […]]]>

The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Wednesday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.

9 p.m.: Black Canadian leaders say governments must do more to help overcome vaccine hesitancy in their communities.

Toronto orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ato Sekyi-Otu, leader of the health-care task force of the Black Opportunity Fund, says a new survey confirms unpublished public health data that hesitancy is higher among Black Canadians than among white or non-Black racialized people.

“There’s a 20-point gap with respect to the rate of vaccination in Black Canadians compared to the Canadian average,” Sekyi-Otu said in an interview. “When you look at vaccine confidence, unvaccinated Black Canadians are least likely to say that they’ll definitely get the vaccine.”

Sekyi-Otu said the Black Opportunity Fund partnered with the African Canadian Civic Engagement Council and the Innovative Research Group to try to understand why Black Canadians appeared to be getting vaccinated in lower numbers.

6:15 p.m.: Alberta is reporting one death and 46 new COVID-19 infections for a total of 569 active cases.

The province says 33 of the 113 people in hospital are receiving intensive care.

The seven-day average of daily cases sits at 40.

Some 74.3 per cent of eligible people 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine.

The province has announced outdoor prizes including free fishing and hunting licences to try to get more people vaccinated.

5:15 p.m.: More than 50 per cent of all eligible adults in British Columbia are now fully vaccinated.

The Health Ministry says in a news release that 79.3 per cent of eligible people 12 and older have had their first shot.

The province is reporting 41 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths over the past 24 hours.

Hospitalizations are down to 65 people, 11 of whom are in intensive care.

4:10 p.m.: Toronto Public Health is reporting 30 new infections as of Wednesday at 8:30 a.m., in its daily update.

The health agency reports that there were four new deaths and five new hospital admissions for a total of 65 patients.

4 p.m.: Toronto FC is finally coming home.

Major League Soccer has announced that based both Toronto FC and CF Montreal will host the following games: Toronto FC vs. Orlando City SC on Saturday; CF Montreal vs. FC Cincinnati on Saturday and Toronto FC vs. New York Red Bulls on July 21.

Toronto has not played at BMO Field since Sept. 1 when no fans were allowed. It has played the 31 games since on the road, finishing out last season in East Hartford, Conn., and starting this year in Orlando.

The last time fans were allowed at BMO Field for a TFC game was March 7, 2020, the second game of the regular season.

3:50 p.m.: Manitobans who have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will be able to return to museums and movie theatres in the next step of the province’s reopening.

The province has reached its COVID-19 vaccine goals ahead of schedule with nearly 78 per cent of eligible people receiving at least one dose and more than 58 per cent getting both doses.

The second stage is to begin on Saturday and will include loosened restrictions on public and private gatherings.

Many types of businesses will be able to expand capacity to 50 per cent, and bars and restaurants will be able to stay open later.

Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer, says an upcoming Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ CFL game will be able to fully fill the stands with fans who are fully vaccinated.

There’s been a sharp drop in daily case counts of late — 53 new infections are being reported and no additional deaths.

3:35 p.m.: Saskatchewan is reporting 18 new cases of COVID-19 today, and no new deaths.

Thirty more people have recovered, leaving the province with 363 active cases.

The province is also reporting 54 people in hospital, including nine in intensive care.

Provincewide, 73 per cent of those aged 12 and older have now received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Fifty-six per cent of those 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

According to provincial statistics, of the 2,000 new COVID-19 cases reported in June, over 80 per cent were in unvaccinated people.

3:20 p.m.: Athletes at the Tokyo Olympics will put their medals around their own necks to protect against spreading the coronavirus.

The “very significant change” to traditional medal ceremonies in the 339 events was revealed Wednesday by International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach.

“The medals will not be given around the neck,” Bach told international media on a conference call from Tokyo. “They will be presented to the athlete on a tray and then the athlete will take the medal him or herself.

“It will be made sure that the person who will put the medal on the tray will do so only with disinfected gloves, so that the athlete can be sure that nobody touched them before.”

3:20 p.m.: The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair says it’s cancelling in-person events this year due to the ongoing pandemic.

The Toronto-based annual event, which runs in November, bills itself as the largest indoor agricultural and equestrian event in the world.

Organizers say this year’s event, which will mark the fair’s 99th anniversary, will take the form of an “education-focused online experience.”

They say the fair hopes to resume in-person operations next year, for its 100th anniversary.

The fair was cancelled last year due to COVID-19 and its CEO says international uncertainty due to the pandemic led to the decision not to host the multi-day event in person this year.

Charlie Johnstone says organizers cannot guarantee a plan this year for exhibitors and competitors to compete “at an elite level.”

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair first opened its gates in Toronto in 1922. It includes the Royal Horse Show, an internationally renowned equestrian event.

The Star’s Ashleigh-Rae Thomas has more details.

3:10 p.m.: COVID-19 deaths and cases are on the rise again globally in a dispiriting setback that is triggering another round of restrictions and dampening hopes for an almost normal summer of fun.

The World Health Organization reported Wednesday that deaths climbed last week after nine straight weeks of decline. It recorded more than 55,000 lives lost, a three per cent increase from the week before. Cases rose 10 per cent last week to nearly three million, with the highest numbers recorded in Brazil, India, Indonesia and Britain, WHO said.

The reversal has been attributed to low vaccination rates, the relaxation of mask rules and other precautions, and the breakneck spread of the more-contagious delta variant, which WHO said has now been identified in 111 countries and is expected to become globally dominant in the coming months.

3 p.m.: Ontario is lifting mandatory COVID-19 testing for fully vaccinated visitors, caregivers and staff at long-term care homes even as some facilities continue to battle outbreaks of the virus.

The new policy will take effect on Friday, the same day the province will lift public heath restrictions on other sectors as it moves to the third phase of its reopening plan.

“These changes are made possible because of the incredible efforts of millions of Ontarians who rolled up their sleeves and got vaccinated,” Long-Term Care Minister Rod Phillips said in a statement.

Partially vaccinated or unvaccinated people will still need to be tested for COVID-19 before entering the homes.

Fully vaccinated people will need to show their receipt of vaccination with their second dose administered at least 14 days prior to the visit and have no symptoms.

2:47 p.m.: Alberta has added outdoor activity prizes to its vaccine lottery to get more people in the province immunized.

The province says Albertans can win a lifetime fishing licence or a lifetime hunting licence.

The prizes also include five camping passes, Canmore Nordic Centre season ski passes and Kananaskis conservation passes.

Albertans will have the chance to win the prizes by receiving their first and second dose of COVID-19 vaccine and registering in the Outdoor Adventure Vaccine Lottery by Sept. 10.

The province says the winners are to be announced Sept. 17.

2:35 p.m.: Yukon is expanding the number of people allowed to gather under COVID-19 restrictions with more than three-quarters of residents fully vaccinated.

Premier Sandy Silver and chief medical health officer Dr. Brendan Hanley say organized gatherings of up to 200 people will be allowed immediately with masks, physical distancing and other public health protocols in place.

Hanley is recommending that fully vaccinated people can have personal gatherings of up to 20 people indoors and 50 people outdoors, but the unvaccinated are encouraged to stick with their “safe six” because they are at significantly higher risk of infection.

Hanley also encouraged daycares to return to full capacity beginning Monday now that cases associated with daycares in Whitehorse are under control and most have recovered.

2:25 p.m.: Malta has backed off a new rule that would have allowed only people with proof of having been vaccinated against the coronavirus to enter the country after the European Commission raised concerns that it might impede the right to free movement within the 27-nation bloc.

In a revised regulation issued late Tuesday, the Maltese government said people arriving without a recognized vaccination certificate would have to quarantine upon arrival in the Mediterranean island nation. Currently, Malta only recognizes vaccination certificates from Malta, the EU, the United Kingdom and Switzerland.

The government originally wanted to allow in only vaccinated visitors to curb a rise in COVID-19 cases. The vaccine requirement rule had been due to take effect Wednesday.

2:05 p.m.: Mayor John Tory, speaking at the weekly COVID-19 update from city hall, says so far 3.9 million vaccine doses have been administered in Toronto — more than 60 per cent of adults are fully vaccinated.

At the news conference, Toronto’s chief medical officer of health also reassured people that mixing vaccines is safe and effective. Dr. Eileen de Villa says she got Pfizer for her first dose and Moderna for her second and has confidence that she is well-protected.

De Villa also urged people who have not yet had a COVID-19 vaccine to get one right away.

2 p.m. Daily coronavirus cases in Britain have risen above 40,000 for the first time in nearly six months.

Government figures showed another 42,302 infections, the highest daily figure since Jan. 15 when the country was in strict lockdown following a lethal second wave of the pandemic.

Cases are expected to spike higher, with the government warning an unprecedented 100,000 daily infections may be possible this summer.

The sharp uptick in cases in recent weeks from the more contagious delta variant has prompted concerns about the coming easing of restrictions on Monday in England, which will remove legal limits on social contact and mask-wearing.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan wants mask-wearing required on London’s transport network.

1:50 p.m. Quebec is reporting no deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus for the second consecutive day.

Health officials are also reporting 75 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday. Officials say hospitalizations dropped by six, to 79, and 25 people were in intensive care, unchanged since Tuesday.

Authorities say 91,241 doses of vaccine were administered in the past 24 hours.

The province’s public health institute says 82.5 per cent of residents over 12 have received at least one dose of vaccine and 49.7 per cent are considered fully vaccinated.

1:42 p.m. New Brunswick is once again reporting no new COVID-19 cases.

Health officials have reported no new infections for nine consecutive days.

There are two active reported cases of COVID-19 in the province and no one is in hospital with the disease.

About 53.5 of New Brunswickers aged 12 and over are fully vaccinated and 79.9 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

1:35 p.m.: Manitoba is reporting 53 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths.

However, nine earlier cases have been removed due to data correction, for a net increase of 44.

The five-day test positivity rate has fallen to four per cent provincially and 3.8 per cent in Winnipeg.

1:15 p.m. Montreal emergency room doctors say a shortage of health-care workers that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic is leaving emergency rooms overwhelmed in the eastern part of the city.

They wrote an open letter published in Montreal newspapers earlier this week lamenting how half the nursing positions and three-quarters of the respiratory therapist jobs at Maisonneuve-Rosemont hospital, in eastern Montreal, are vacant.

The doctors, who work for the eastern Montreal health authority, say staff shortages have led to bed closures in other parts of that hospital and at local long-term health facilities, putting more pressure on emergency rooms across the city.

They say that mandatory overtime, introduced to prevent service interruptions, is pushing health-care workers out of the public system and into the private health network, which offers better hours and working conditions.

Meanwhile, Quebec is reporting 75 new cases of COVID-19 today and no deaths linked to the novel coronavirus for a second consecutive day.

The Health Department says the number of hospitalizations dropped by six, to 79, and 25 people were in intensive care, unchanged since Tuesday.

1 p.m. Nova Scotia is reporting no new cases of COVID-19 and three recoveries. As of Wednesday, Nova Scotia has 28 active cases of COVID-19. Of those, two people are in hospital COVID-19 units, including one in intensive care. Since April 1, there have been 4,128 positive COVID-19 cases and 26 deaths.

12:53 p.m. Ontario is reporting another 153 COVID-19 cases and seven more deaths, according to its latest report released Wednesday morning.

Ontario has administered 179,197 vaccine doses since its last daily update, with 17,475,655 vaccines given in total as of 8 p.m. the previous night.

According to the Star’s vaccine tracker, 10,192,127 people in Ontario have received at least one shot. That works out to approximately 78.2 per cent of the eligible population 12 years and older, and the equivalent of 69.2 per cent of the total population, including those not yet eligible for the vaccine.

The province says 7,283,528 people have completed their vaccinations, which means they’ve had both doses. That works out to approximately 55.9 per cent of the eligible population 12 years and older, and the equivalent of 49.4 per cent of the total population, including those not yet eligible for the vaccine.

The seven-day average is at 164 cases daily, or 7.9 weekly per 100,000. Ontario’s seven-day average for deaths is at 5.9 daily.

The province says 29,085 tests were completed the previous day, and a 0.6 per cent positivity rate.

Read the full story from the Star’s Urbi Khan

10:21 a.m. The Bank of Canada is cutting its expectations for economic growth this year as it keeps its key interest rate target on hold at 0.25 per cent.

The central bank says it expects the economy to grow 6.0 per cent in 2021, down from its previous forecast of 6.5 per cent.

However, the bank now expects growth of 4.6 per cent in 2022, up from its earlier forecast of 3.7 per cent.

The bank says economic conditions have improved enough that it will reduce its weekly purchases of federal bonds to $2 billion from $3 billion.

The purchases are a stimulus measure designed to help drive down rates charged on mortgages and business loans.

The Bank of Canada also expects inflation to run above three per cent for the rest of the year because of higher gasoline prices and service businesses raising prices as demand returns.

In a statement, the central bank says the factors pushing up inflation are likely to be short-lived, but will be closely monitored in case they become persistent or grow.

The bank says it will keep its trend-setting rate at near-zero until the economy is ready to handle an increase in rates, which it doesn’t expect to happen until the second half of 2022.

10:18 a.m. (will be updated) Ontario is reporting 153 new cases of COVID-19. Locally, there are 28 new cases in Toronto, 23 in the Region of Waterloo, 20 in Grey Bruce, 19 in Peel Region and 12 in Middlesex-London; nearly 29,100 tests completed.

9:35 a.m. Gyms across Ontario are making changes to the way they operate as they prepare to reopen on Friday.

The fitness facilities, which have been shuttered for months due to the pandemic, will be allowed to resume indoor operations at 50 per cent capacity as the province moves into Step 3 of its reopening plan. The government has said masking is not mandatory during workouts but is required for staff and when clients are moving through the facility between stations or in lobby areas.

Several facilities say clients need to prepare for a slightly different experience.

In addition to capacity limits, customers can expect to answer health screening questions before working out, some gyms will require masks to be worn during workouts, others won’t accept walk-ins, and certain facilities will keep their lockers rooms closed.

9:20 a.m. Toronto is poised to hit the 4-million vaccinations milestone. “To date, 3,959,734 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Toronto.”

9:15 a.m. Health authorities in Thailand said Wednesday they will seek to impose limits on exports of locally produced AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine because the country doesn’t have enough for its own needs.

The proposal comes as new cases and deaths are rapidly increasing along with the spread of the more contagious delta variant of the virus, straining hospital facilities and threatening to set back a recovery of the country’s battered economy.

Limiting exports will pose a problem for Southeast Asian countries that have signed contracts to buy Thai-produced vaccines, though some may be able to obtain supplies elsewhere.

Dr. Nakorn Premsri, director of the National Vaccine Institute, said its vaccine committee agreed in principle to issue an order temporarily limiting exports, but did not give any details. The order would be issued by designating it a matter of national security.

A company owned by Thailand’s king, Siam BioScience, was supposed to supply the country with 10 million doses of AstraZeneva vaccine a month, but acknowledged earlier this month that it can provide only 5 million to 6 million doses.

Siam BioScience was awarded a license by AstraZeneca to be a regional production hub supplying eight other countries despite having no experience in manufacturing vaccines.

Several countries have reported being told by Siam BioScience that they would not receive the contracted vaccines on time, lending weight to speculation that the Thai factory was having production problems. Nakorn said Wednesday that AstraZeneca is supposed to deliver at least one-third of its monthly production at the Thai facility to Thailand’s government.

8:42 a.m. Further changes are expected to travel restrictions to Canada as the latest iteration of the Canada-U. S. border closure deal is set to expire next week.

But two sources told the Star that in the short term, they are expected to be just minor tweaks, and it remains unclear when Canada will throw open its doors to fully vaccinated tourists or business travellers.

It’s been just over a week since Canada relaxed quarantine rules for fully vaccinated Canadians, permanent residents and others who are currently eligible to enter Canada under the terms of travel restrictions that have been in place since the COVID-19 pandemic began in the spring of 2020.

They no longer have to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, but merely require a test before they leave for Canada and one when they get here, provided their vaccines have been approved for use in Canada.

Read the full story from Stephanie Levitz

8:05 a.m. COVID-19 vaccine uptake in Ontario has been high this spring and summer, with 60 per cent of residents now fully vaccinated.

However, some people remain on the fence, mulling over questions that leave room for doubt about vaccine safety and efficacy. One of those questions is how mRNA vaccines like the ones Pfizer and Moderna produce could be developed so quickly and still be safe and effective.

To help clear up confusion, Bill Anderson, professor emeritus in chemical engineering at the University of Waterloo, answers this question and a few others.

8 a.m. A COVID-19 outbreak at a long-term-care home in Hamilton affecting at least nine people is believed to be linked to an unvaccinated hairdresser working in the facility, an insider told the Star.

An outbreak was initially declared Saturday in the part of St. Joseph’s Villa that houses a hair salon catering to residents of the long-term-care home, with four salon workers reported to be infected. On Monday, a home-wide outbreak was declared and non-essential visitors barred. The City of Hamilton website detailing COVID outbreaks was updated Tuesday to list five additional cases at the home — four involving residents and one visitor infection.

The on-site beauty salon and barbershop at St. Joseph’s Villa reopened on June 30, but was closed again after the outbreak was declared.

Read the full story from the Star’s Maria Sarrouh

7:55 a.m. The barrage of “hateful” comments came without warning.

On July 1, as B.C. moved to Step 3 of its COVID-19 restart plan, which included dropping its indoor mask mandate, Punk Rock Pastries — a Burnaby shop that specializes in pastries designed to “shock,” as well as “naughty” and “erotic” cakes and cookies — announced to customers it would still require them to wear masks “as we have immune compromised staff.”

“My shop, my rules,” owner Hollie Deville wrote on Instagram.

It wasn’t long after that post that the business was deluged with angry comments.

“We got messages, phone calls, emails,” she said. “We got really hateful reviews on Google — which we got taken down, thank goodness — and on our Facebook page. To me this was so sad.”

Read the full story from the Star’s Douglas Quan and Kieran Leavitt

7:30 a.m. As businesses move away from handling cash, several large restaurant chains in the Toronto area are adopting a new digital system for paying out tip money to servers. But some restaurant workers are fighting back, saying that the new cards charge them to access their own money — and may not even be legal.

The program, called Tipstoday, is provided to restaurants by XTM Inc., which offers the cards as a way to digitize and streamline the payment of money collected in tips to servers and other restaurant staff.

Tips are traditionally paid out in cash, or increasingly by direct deposit. However, with most diners paying by credit or debit card, many chains are moving to the Tipstoday system, which provides a Mastercard to each server that can be used free of charge for direct purchases, and periodically loads their tips onto the card.

Read the full story from the Star’s Rosa Saba

7:16 a.m. Houses still cost more in Toronto than most places in Canada. But Torontonians haven’t experienced nearly the sticker shock or the injection of capital that baby boomers and an outflux of Toronto-area pandemic house hunters have exported to other, traditionally less expensive, Canadian markets.

Toronto-area home prices rose 18.2 per cent year over year to a median $1.03 million in the second quarter of this year, compared to 25.3 per cent growth nationally in the same period, according to Royal LePage on Wednesday.

Its House Price Survey looked at 62 of the country’s biggest real estate markets and found 89 per cent of them experienced double-digit price gains in the second quarter of this year.

Read the full story from the Star’s Tess Kalinowski

6:16 a.m.: France, which has opened its borders to Canadian tourists, is eager to see Canada reopen to the French.

The Canadian border remains closed to foreigners, with a few exceptions, and will be until at least July 21. Ottawa has extended the closure, month after month, since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.

At the French embassy in Ottawa Tuesday the representative of President Emmanuel Macron’s government argued the Canadian border should be reopened to the French as soon as possible.

“The borders will have to be reopened relatively quickly now for us to put Canada back on our travel plans,” Ambassador Kareen Rispal said. “If not, it’s true that French ministers will go to the countries where they can go.”

Otherwise, the relationship between the two countries will suffer, she warned.

“The consequence of the border closure is that there are no more visits,” Rispal said. “There are no more ministers. There are no more parliamentarians. There are no more manufacturing visits. There are no more visits by artists … relationships need to be worked on every day, to nourish them.”

France permits Canadians who can prove they are fully vaccinated, or who submit a recent negative COVID-19 test and who attest to not having COVID-19 symptoms, to enter its territory.

“We are a green country,” she said, referring to the colour system used by France to designate countries where the novel coronavirus is under control.

“Canada is a green country. We would be very happy if the French could return to Canada without constraints other than being doubly vaccinated, taking tests, etc. We aren’t asking to return to Canada in a haphazard way.”

Rispal said she will be watching what the Canadian government does on July 21.

6:15 a.m.: A year after pandemic precautions all but halted work to raise the world’s most endangered cranes for release into the wild, the efforts are back in gear.

Fourteen long-legged, fuzzy brown whooping crane chicks — one more than in 2019 — are following their parents or costumed surrogates in facilities from New Orleans to Calgary, Canada.

“We are thrilled to have bounced back in the wake of the pandemic,” said Richard Dunn, assistant curator of the Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center in New Orleans.

Adult whooping cranes are white with black wingtips and red caps, and at 5 feet high are the tallest birds in North America. Only about 800 exist, all descendants of about 15 that survived hunters and habitat loss in a flock that migrates between Texas and Alberta, Canada.

Last year, zoos and other places where the endangered birds are bred had to cut staff and reduce or eliminate use of artificial insemination, which requires close work by two or three people, and of having people in shape-disguising costumes raise chicks.

Wednesday 6:13 a.m.: Mask-wearing will be required on London’s transport network even after the legal obligation to wear them in England is lifted on July 19, the city’s mayor said Wednesday.

Sadiq Khan has asked the body that oversees transport in the capital to enforce the use of mask wearing on the subway, buses and trams as a “condition of carriage” — basically contracts between passengers and Transport for London.

Khan said he is “not prepared” to put transport users “at risk” by removing the rules on face coverings after legal restrictions are lifted next Monday despite a big resurgence of the virus across the U.K. as a whole.

Under the new approach outlined by Khan, enforcement officers would be able to deny access or eject passengers not wearing a mask while using the subway, buses and trams. London’s Metropolitan Police and British Transport Police won’t be able to get involved, though, as mask-wearing will no longer be required by law.

“What would have been far better is for the national rules to apply across the country, not just in London but across the country,” he told the BBC. “That would have provided clarity in relation to what the rules are.”

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Blue Jays won’t get federal response to comeback plan by weekend https://scbwicanada.org/blue-jays-wont-get-federal-response-to-comeback-plan-by-weekend/ Thu, 15 Jul 2021 03:15:00 +0000 https://scbwicanada.org/blue-jays-wont-get-federal-response-to-comeback-plan-by-weekend/ TORONTO – The Toronto Blue Jays won’t know by this weekend whether they’ll get permission from the federal government to play in Canada anytime soon, a government official with knowledge of the talks told The Associated Press on Wednesday. A spokesperson for the team said the club continued to work with the federal government to […]]]>

TORONTO – The Toronto Blue Jays won’t know by this weekend whether they’ll get permission from the federal government to play in Canada anytime soon, a government official with knowledge of the talks told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

A spokesperson for the team said the club continued to work with the federal government to play at Rogers Center from July 30 and expected to receive a response by Friday.

But the government official familiar with the talks said the Blue Jays won’t know if they can play in Toronto by the weekend. The official spoke on condition of anonymity as no one has been allowed to discuss the talks publicly.

The Canada-US border remains closed to non-essential travel. Major League Baseball will require an exemption for vaccinated and unvaccinated players and team personnel to play games in Canada.

Another official familiar with the talks reiterated that the team was awaiting a response on Friday based on conversations with the government and said it was the club’s breaking point in terms of time. The official noted that the team have a long stay at home starting July 30 which accounts for more than 25% of the remaining games at a crucial point in the competition. The Blue Jays are tied for third in the American League East standings.

A third official, who spoke on the merits as they were also not allowed to speak in public, said it would be best to have a deadline to move what the club needs from Buffalo and prepare for Toronto operations, including ticket sales, although they’ve already started preparations at Rogers Center in Toronto.

If the Blue Jays do not receive a bye for the 10-game homestand which begins on July 30, the next homestand will begin on August 20. The approval could come in the middle of a federal election set to be called next month. Offering exemptions for travel to Canada is politically sensitive. Fully vaccinated Americans and non-essential foreigners remain barred from entering Canada as the government strives to have a high percentage of Canadians fully vaccinated by the end of July.

The Blue Jays played home games during the shortened 2020 season at Buffalo and started that season in Dunedin, Fla., Before moving to Buffalo. The Canadian government has not allowed the team to play at home in Toronto due to the risk of the spread of COVID-19, citing frequent travel required to the United States during a baseball season

Toronto last played at the 49,000-seat Rogers Center on September 29, 2019, an 8-3 victory over Tampa Bay.

Blue Jays ace Hyun-Jin Ryu signed with the team ahead of the 2020 season and is yet to start a game in Toronto.

The team noted in a statement this week that Major League Baseball has high vaccination rates, with more than 85% of players and staff fully vaccinated. The club said vaccinated players and staff from home and visiting teams will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test without a quarantine requirement and that fully vaccinated people will also undergo weekly testing.

The team said unvaccinated and partially vaccinated people at home and visiting teams will adhere to a modified quarantine during their first 14 days in Canada. They will be allowed to leave their residence only to participate in baseball activities at the Rogers Center.


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Greens discuss revocation of leader Annamie Paul’s membership https://scbwicanada.org/greens-discuss-revocation-of-leader-annamie-pauls-membership/ Wed, 14 Jul 2021 23:52:48 +0000 https://scbwicanada.org/greens-discuss-revocation-of-leader-annamie-pauls-membership/ Already facing a challenge to her leadership, Green Party leader Annamie Paul also faces the prospect of losing her party membership. Several sources told CBC News that the party’s federal council discussed the overhaul of Annamie Paul’s membership in a meeting on Tuesday evening. The sources said they could not confirm whether a formal review […]]]>

Already facing a challenge to her leadership, Green Party leader Annamie Paul also faces the prospect of losing her party membership.

Several sources told CBC News that the party’s federal council discussed the overhaul of Annamie Paul’s membership in a meeting on Tuesday evening. The sources said they could not confirm whether a formal review had been initiated because the Toronto Star first reported.

It is not clear what the revocation of Paul’s membership would mean for the status of his leadership. According to party rules, the leader must be a member in good standing.

Reacting to the latest news, a leading Green Party source supporting Paul called the move illegitimate and undemocratic. Paul still faces a vote of no confidence on his leadership later this month.

CBC has contacted the party and Paul herself for comment. Party spokeswoman Rosie Emery did not confirm that an emergency meeting took place last night.

The letter of “cease and desist”

The party code of conduct states that “the executive director will automatically initiate a membership review if a member takes legal action against the Party.”

As first reported by the Journal of Montreal, Paul’s lawyer recently sent a cease and desist letter to a member of the party’s federal council. The letter accused a board member of defamation, but no further action was taken. The nature of the alleged comments that prompted the letter is unclear.

Members of the Green Party who undergo a review of their membership have 30 days to prepare their defense and have the right to be heard before the federal council of the party. A simple majority of federal councilors is all that is needed to remove a member, although those who have been expelled go to the party appeals committee.

Tuesday night’s emergency meeting immediately followed a presentation to members that showed the party was burning money and its expenses exceed income.

An end to membership?

There are also questions about whether the party will fund Paul’s election campaign in the riding of Toronto Center. A motion was tabled at a federal council meeting on June 29 to withhold $ 250,000 previously allocated to Paul’s own election campaign.

A prominent Green Party source said some party members who were unhappy with Paul’s leadership were attempting to use back door tactics to impeach the party’s elected leader, which the source said was unconstitutional. The source said it also undermines the legitimacy of the upcoming confidence vote, which was supposed to give party members the final say on Paul’s future.

Paul was not invited to attend Tuesday night’s emergency meeting, despite being a member of Federal Council.

Paul is expected to face a vote of no confidence in the Federal Council next Tuesday.

This vote was called after Paul failed to comply with a directive from the Federal Council. This directive ordered Paul to openly condemn the actions of Noah Zatzman, his former political adviser, and to show his support for his MPs.

Fredericton MP Jenica Atwin split from the federal Green Party to sit as a Liberal. (Guy LeBlanc / Radio-Canada)

In May, the member for New Brunswick Jenica Atwin denounced Paul’s position on the Middle East conflict on Twitter, calling it a “grossly inadequate statement.” Atwin then wrote: “The forced evictions must stop. I stand with Palestine and condemn the unthinkable airstrikes in Gaza. End apartheid.

Zatzman turned to Facebook to declare that he had experienced “appalling anti-Semitism and discrimination” within the party and said the Greens would work to “bring in progressive climate champions who are anti-fa and pro LGBT and pro indigenous and Zionist sovereignty !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ! ” The calls then multiplied for Paul to condemn and dismiss Zatzman.

At the beginning of June, Atwin announced that she would cross the floor to join the liberals, citing differences over the party’s position in the Middle East “certainly played a role”. Atwin has since said she regrets her stance on the conflict.

Almost a week later, senior party officials held an emergency meeting to discuss Paul’s dismissal. After the long session, CBC learned that Paul survived attempt.

Instead, members of the federal party council chose to issue an ultimatum declaring that it must publicly support its remaining Green MPs and “repudiate” Zatzman. The consequence of non-compliance would be another vote of no confidence on July 20.

Paul has yet to fully comply with the ultimatum publicly.


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Canada condemns Iran after alleged kidnapping plot in US indictment https://scbwicanada.org/canada-condemns-iran-after-alleged-kidnapping-plot-in-us-indictment/ Wed, 14 Jul 2021 23:03:00 +0000 https://scbwicanada.org/canada-condemns-iran-after-alleged-kidnapping-plot-in-us-indictment/ The Canadian government has said it “strongly condemns Iran for its pattern of intimidation and foreign interference” after US authorities indicted four people in an alleged Iranian plot to lure five people – three of them living in Canada – in Iran. “Journalists and media workers are the cornerstone of any just, strong and vibrant […]]]>

The Canadian government has said it “strongly condemns Iran for its pattern of intimidation and foreign interference” after US authorities indicted four people in an alleged Iranian plot to lure five people – three of them living in Canada – in Iran.

“Journalists and media workers are the cornerstone of any just, strong and vibrant society and should be free to do their jobs without fear. Any violence and intimidation against journalists is completely unacceptable and must be condemned, ”a spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada said in a statement to CBC News.

“We take this issue very seriously and Canada will continue to work closely with its allies and partners around the world to counter foreign interference and protect journalists.

“Canada strongly condemns Iran for its model [of] intimidation and foreign interference, ”the statement read.

US authorities on Wednesday indicted four Iranians in the alleged kidnapping plot. The four defendants are fugitives and are believed to be in Iran, according to US authorities.

The three individuals allegedly targeted in Canada were not identified in the US indictment and no reference was made to their respective professions.

The indictment says that everyone targeted in the kidnapping plot criticized Iran.

The court document identified a US-based target as an “journalist, author and human rights activist” and described a UK-based target as an “expatriate Iranian journalist and political commentator”.

Masih Alinejad was not identified by name in the indictment, but Reuters and Alinejad herself confirmed that she was the Iranian-American target mentioned in the court document.

“It’s like a horror movie,” Alinejad told CBC News Network Power and politics.

“I myself was shocked. I couldn’t believe the Iranian hostage takers were so close to me. And the FBI came to my house eight months ago and they told me you were under surveillance, ”Alinejad told host David. Cochrane.

WATCH: Suspected target of Iranian kidnapping plot speaks out

Iranian-American journalist and human rights activist Masih Alinejad joined Power & Politics on Wednesday to discuss the alleged Iranian kidnapping plot targeting her and three people in Canada who have criticized Iran. 9:05

Alinejad said she only learned of the details of the alleged kidnapping plot when the indictment was released yesterday in federal court in Manhattan.

“The [Iranian] intelligence service hired a private investigator, send him to take pictures of your private life, pictures of my husband, my children, even my travels with my friends, you know, walking around, where I go . That’s why the FBI sent me to safe houses, ”Alinejad said.

Defendants lied to private investigators, indictment says

The indictment says the defendants – who are described as forming an “Iranian intelligence network” – worked to procure the services of private investigators in Canada under false pretenses to locate and monitor three targets.

“The network falsely represented that the purpose of the surveillance mission was to locate the debtors of a private client located in the Middle East, and retained the services of private investigators who took surveillance photographs and videos of the work and residences of the targets and conducted research on their families., occupations and property, “says the indictment.

CBC News has contacted Public Safety Canada for comment.

Former director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Ward Elcock, said he surmised that Canadian authorities would have warned Canadian targets of this network as well.

“It’s not that unusual”

“Office [FBI] and the service [CSIS] would work very closely, over the years, and I’m sure that information would have been passed on to Canadians, to the service, ”said Elcock Power and politics.

WATCH: Former CSIS director on alleged Iranian plot to kidnap US-based journalist

Former CSIS Director Ward Elcock speaks to Power & Politics about the alleged Iranian plot to kidnap a US-based journalist and lure 3 individuals from Canada to Iran. 6:08

“The extreme nature of what they seem to be planning and this one is certainly beyond what I’ve heard before. Having said that, trying to attract people to Iran or other countries, trying to attract their citizens in their country, that’s not all it’s unusual. It doesn’t happen every day, but it does. “

Alinejad called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Canadian government to conduct a “proper and serious” investigation to protect journalists.

“To be honest, it’s not just me. Many journalists live under (…) threats on a daily basis. And many activists, many opposition dissidents, many families,” said Alinejad .

Family members in Canada who have criticized the Iranian government after losing their loved ones in the crash of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 have reported to Canadian authorities in the past year that they have been the target of threats and intimidation – and they blame Tehran.

Families of the victims have reported phone calls, online threats and contact with families, CBC News reported.


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TFC and CF Montreal will play home games in Canada; pending quarantine exemption decision https://scbwicanada.org/tfc-and-cf-montreal-will-play-home-games-in-canada-pending-quarantine-exemption-decision/ Wed, 14 Jul 2021 22:17:00 +0000 https://scbwicanada.org/tfc-and-cf-montreal-will-play-home-games-in-canada-pending-quarantine-exemption-decision/ Toronto FC and CF Montreal were given the green light to play at home this weekend, with a limited number of fans in the stands. Wednesday’s Major League Soccer update on Canadian domestic market games only covers the next few weeks, with two TFC games and one Montreal game affected. “During this temporary window, Vancouver […]]]>

Toronto FC and CF Montreal were given the green light to play at home this weekend, with a limited number of fans in the stands.

Wednesday’s Major League Soccer update on Canadian domestic market games only covers the next few weeks, with two TFC games and one Montreal game affected.

“During this temporary window, Vancouver Whitecaps FC will host their home games on July 17 and 20 at Rio Tinto Stadium (in Sandy, Utah) as conversations continue with the Canadian government regarding the three Canadian teams that will host future games. at home in Canada, ”MLS said in a statement.

Toronto will host Orlando City on Saturday and the New York Red Bulls next Wednesday at BMO Field while Montreal will host FC Cincinnati on Saturday at Saputo Stadium.

“The importance of this homecoming for our team cannot be overstated,” TFC President Bill Manning said in a statement. “It has been a long and difficult time on the road due to the pandemic protocols and the energy and support of our fans at BMO Field has been sorely missed.

“Our return to Canada has given the team an incredible boost this week and we look forward to an emotional night at BMO Field with our fans on Saturday.

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Bill Manning on TFC’s return to BMO

July 14, 2021

The league said clubs in Toronto and Montreal will follow local and regional guidelines regarding attendance.

A TFC spokesperson said 7,000 fans will be allowed on Saturday and 15,000 next week, with Saturday’s crowd consisting of frontline health workers, first responders and members of the season seats. Montreal will allow 5,000 fans.

“After all this time away, we are really happy to finally be able to play at home,” said Montreal President and CEO Kevin Gilmore in a statement. “The last few months have been very difficult for our players and staff, who have had to go into exile, but they have shown tremendous resilience.

“Our supporters have also been remarkably patient throughout this period, and we look forward to seeing them at Stade Saputo on Saturday. We hope this is one more step in the right direction towards a full comeback.

Montreal (5-3-4) and Toronto (2-8-2) both returned home last week after the federal government eased border restrictions linked to the pandemic for fully vaccinated travelers. The Whitecaps (2-7-3) remain in their temporary home in the United States.

Vancouver will host the LA Galaxy on Saturday and the Houston Dynamo next Tuesday at Rio Tinto Stadium in Utah, which is listed as the site of the club’s home games in July. Vancouver will play its first three road games in August before a home game scheduled for August 21 against Los Angeles FC.

Clubs and match officials traveling to Canada will be subject to public health protocols required of all people entering the country, the league said. Only fully vaccinated players and staff will be excluded from Canadian quarantine requirements.

COVID-19 testing will take place before departure and upon arrival in Canada.

After the next two games at BMO Field, Toronto will travel to Chicago on July 24 before a home game on August 1 against Nashville SC. The league announcement Wednesday does not cover the August 1 game.

There was some confusion following Wednesday’s announcement as to whether Canadian teams had a so-called national interest exemption.

The TFC, for example, used him last year, allowing him to come home to train for stretches with changed quarantine rules. A request has been made for another NIE, which would allow players not fully vaccinated to cross the border with a modified quarantine.

This request has not yet been decided.

But TFC and Montreal, with MLS approval, are adhering to current rules for fully vaccinated travelers crossing the border with regards to next week’s games.

After hosting Cincinnati, Montreal visits New York City FC (at Red Bulls Arena), New England Revolution and Inter Miami CF. His next home game after that is August 4 against Atlanta United.

Montreal last played at Stade Saputo on September 9, when it beat Toronto in front of 250 fans. Vancouver’s last outing at BC Place Stadium was a 2-1 win over Montreal on September 16 with no fans in the stands.

Toronto has not played at BMO Field since September 1, when no fans were allowed. He has played all 31 games since on the road, ending last season in East Hartford, Connecticut, and starting this year in Orlando.

The last time fans were allowed into BMO Field for a TFC game was March 7, 2020, the second game of the regular season.

The Whitecaps have not played at home in front of fans since February 29, 2020.

“We just have to come home. We have to be home. Sport shouldn’t be like this. No sports team should go through this,” Vancouver coach Marc Dos Santos told reporters at a report. virtual availability Wednesday.

“When we think about the reality of coming home, we always think, ‘Is this real? Is this really going to happen? Will there be a setback? “, he added.” So I don’t want to throw anything away. I just hope we leave as soon as possible. “

Montreal moved its base of operations to Harrison, NY last year and Fort Lauderdale, Florida this year. The Whitecaps settled in Portland and Utah respectively.

All three Canadian teams have a combined 26-40-12 regular season and playoff record since leaving their home markets.

Montreal is currently eighth overall in the league, while Vancouver is 25th and Toronto is last in 27th.

The Baseball Blue Jays are also in return-to-play negotiations. The American League club started the season at its spring training facility in Dunedin, Fla., Before moving operations to Buffalo.


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Toronto City Council votes to rename Dundas Street https://scbwicanada.org/toronto-city-council-votes-to-rename-dundas-street/ Wed, 14 Jul 2021 22:09:00 +0000 https://scbwicanada.org/toronto-city-council-votes-to-rename-dundas-street/ Toronto City Council voted to rename Dundas Street to promote inclusion of marginalized communities. After a lengthy debate on Wednesday, council voted 17-7 in favor of a motion by city staff to change the name of the street, a main thoroughfare that runs through the city from east to west. The move follows a 2020 […]]]>

Toronto City Council voted to rename Dundas Street to promote inclusion of marginalized communities.

After a lengthy debate on Wednesday, council voted 17-7 in favor of a motion by city staff to change the name of the street, a main thoroughfare that runs through the city from east to west.

The move follows a 2020 petition to remove the name due to Henry Dundas’ association with the transatlantic slave trade. He emerged amid global discussions and protests against racial injustice, inequality and anti-black racism.

“Our reputation is at stake”

Com. Michael Thompson, the only black person on council, said ahead of the vote that renaming the street was the right thing to do.

“History won’t remember so much what it cost us to change the name – it will remember whether or not we took the right steps. Our reputation is at stake,” he said.

The city manager is expected to report with recommendations for new names to the council’s executive committee in spring 2022.

Dundas, an influential Scottish politician, opposed the end of the British Empire’s participation in the transatlantic slave trade when the proposal was presented in the late 18th century.

His opposition served to delay its abolition, which kept hundreds of thousands of people, many of them black, in bondage and allowed many more to be enslaved.

The city will also remove the Dundas name from other public infrastructure, including the Dundas and Dundas West subway stations of the TTC and Yonge-Dundas Square, a central location in downtown Toronto. Other civic assets bearing Dundas’ name include three parks, a branch of the Toronto Public Library, and more than 730 road signs.

The City will hold a public consultation to find a new name for the street and plans to find room in its budget to support people and businesses affected by the change.

WATCH | Why Dundas Street is Renamed:

A brief overview of why Toronto is renaming a key east-west artery. 1:10

“You can never go wrong doing the right thing”

Mayor John Tory said Dundas had never visited Toronto and the city should not be celebrating him and his legacy.

“You can never go wrong doing the right thing,” Tory said.

“All we’re saying is we’re not going to continue to recognize and honor someone who took the actions they took when they did that are so inconsistent with the values. that we’re trying to build and celebrate today. That’s what we’re saying. “

According to the city, a community advisory committee will lead the name change process. This committee will be made up of Black and Indigenous leaders, representatives from various communities that live and work along Dundas Street, and Business Improvement Areas and Residents’ Associations.

The committee will develop potential new names and a “transition plan” to help residents and businesses through the process.

“The adoption of this report strengthens the City of Toronto’s commitment to fighting anti-black racism, advancing truth, reconciliation and justice, and building a more inclusive and equitable Toronto,” the city said in a statement.

According to the city, a community advisory committee will lead the name change process. This committee will be made up of Black and Indigenous leaders, representatives from various communities that live and work along Dundas Street, and Business Improvement Areas and Residents’ Associations. (Giordano Ciampini / The Canadian Press)

“The city is committed to taking action to right wrongs, tackle systematic institutionalized racism and build a more inclusive Toronto for all, in keeping with the city’s motto, ‘Diversity is our strength.’

Calls for more consultations

Councilors Stephen Holyday, James Pasternak and Denzil Minnan-Wong expressed concern over what they saw as a lack of public consultation on the name change.

Cheryl Blackman, the city’s acting executive director of economic development, said city staff consulted about 25 representatives of Toronto’s black and indigenous communities in a series of “discovery sessions.” Representatives of business improvement areas and residents who live on Dundas Street were also consulted, she said.

“We plan in our next steps to conduct a full and in-depth consultation with Torontonians on how we move forward in determining a new name,” said Blackman.

Holyday suggested that the process by city staff did not follow the city street renaming policy, which states: “The request to rename a street requires the documented support of 75% of the landowners adjoining the street. street.

Could cost $ 6.3 million

According to a June 18 report from the city manager to the council’s executive committee, Dundas Street is home to more than 97,000 residents and 4,500 businesses. The total cost of the name change effort is expected to be between $ 5.1 and $ 6.3 million over two years.

“This cost estimate reflects the significant number of changes and the complexity of the work involved in renaming Dundas Street as the main artery, with its direct links to provincial highways, and the impacts on the transportation system. in common and other civic assets, ”the report mentioned.

WATCH | Toronto Council votes to rename Dundas Street:

Toronto City Council voted to change the name of Dundas Street, a major thoroughfare, named after 18th-century politician Henry Dundas who worked to extend the transatlantic slave trade. 2:11

City staff reviewed academic research prepared by historians on Henry Dundas to understand his legacy. Staff members also consulted with more than 20 academic experts in public history, Black Canadian Studies, and public commemoration before making their recommendations.

The municipal staff working group that developed the recommendations included representatives from the Anti-Black Racism Unit and the city’s Office of Indigenous Affairs.

According to the city, the council’s decision requires a bylaw to be passed before the name change can begin.

Council also approved the development of a “commemorative framework” which will include principles on how the city marks public figures and events in monuments, street and place names, and a process for reviewing public figures. existing city assets. This fall, the City will consult the public to have its say on the framework.


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Incorrect signage on Highway 417 puts motorists in the wrong direction https://scbwicanada.org/incorrect-signage-on-highway-417-puts-motorists-in-the-wrong-direction/ Wed, 14 Jul 2021 20:48:45 +0000 https://scbwicanada.org/incorrect-signage-on-highway-417-puts-motorists-in-the-wrong-direction/ Content of the article Motorists hoping to head east from the Pinecrest / Greenbank area can be forgiven for ending up in the wrong direction, as a large traffic sign may have them orientated incorrectly. Content of the article A familiar green and white provincial Department of Transportation sign reading “417 East / East” actually […]]]>

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Motorists hoping to head east from the Pinecrest / Greenbank area can be forgiven for ending up in the wrong direction, as a large traffic sign may have them orientated incorrectly.

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A familiar green and white provincial Department of Transportation sign reading “417 East / East” actually directed drivers to the westbound slip road on the Queensway.

According to a Facebook post from an affected resident, the incorrect sign has been around for about two weeks.

“Two weeks later, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation still has a 417 EAST towards 417 WEST sign, even though it was made aware of the error. Seriously, ”wrote John Hanson, who added in a comment he wrote to the ministry on Monday, but the offending sign was still in place on Wednesday. He also said he had not heard from the ministry, although he asked for a response.

“Anyone who is unfamiliar with could be dismissed,” Hanson said on a phone call Wednesday. “There must be thousands and thousands of cars coming down that ramp, so even if a fraction of a percent goes the wrong way, it would still be quite crowded. If someone panics or is confused, there is a risk of causing an accident.

Ottawa Police were made aware of the issue on Wednesday and notified the city, which added a tab under the sign indicating that the eastbound ramp is another 150 meters further.

MTO also responded on Wednesday evening, “The ministry will direct personnel to this location to investigate the sign in question and take appropriate action to remedy the situation. “

Fixed sign on Highway 417. An earlier sign sent motorists in the wrong direction. Photo by City of Ottawa /jpg


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2 people injured, including 1 seriously, after collision in West Toronto – Toronto https://scbwicanada.org/2-people-injured-including-1-seriously-after-collision-in-west-toronto-toronto/ Wed, 14 Jul 2021 19:48:54 +0000 https://scbwicanada.org/2-people-injured-including-1-seriously-after-collision-in-west-toronto-toronto/ Authorities say two people were injured, one seriously, after a collision in western Toronto on Wednesday. Emergency teams were called to the area of ​​The East Mall and Rathburn Road shortly before 11:30 a.m. A tweet from the Toronto Police Department said a car crashed into a pole in the parking lot of a shopping […]]]>

Authorities say two people were injured, one seriously, after a collision in western Toronto on Wednesday.

Emergency teams were called to the area of ​​The East Mall and Rathburn Road shortly before 11:30 a.m.

A tweet from the Toronto Police Department said a car crashed into a pole in the parking lot of a shopping mall.

Paramedics in Toronto told Global News a man was taken to a local hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries, while a woman in her 60s was taken to a local hospital in a life threatening condition.

There is no word on what caused the collision.

Toronto Police Traffic Services Unit is investigating.

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