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Office of the Mayor and Council update
April 26, 2021


 

One third of Halton residents have received at least first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

 

As of today, Halton Public Health’s vaccination dashboard shows that just more than one-third of Halton residents have received at least their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

It’s a step in the right direction as our combined efforts will contribute towards slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our community, including:
  • Staying home except for essentials and if you’re unwell
  • Washing and sanitizing your hands frequently
  • Covering coughs and sneezes
  • Keeping a physical distance of at least two metres from anyone outside your household
  • Wearing a mask when distance can’t be maintained and where mandated
  • Sign up for a vaccine when you’re eligible
 
As we hear more about the Variants of Concern spreading in the province, the ICU capacity in our hospitals and tragic death of a young resident it’s more important than ever to do our part and it is my hope, and that of Halton’s Mayors and Chair, that the Province will implement a paid sick policy soon to discourage ill Ontarians from going to work out of necessity.

To see today’s updated COVID-19 statistics for Oakville from Halton’s Public Health Unit CLICK HERE
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Halton COVID case counts

There are currently 245 Active Cases in Oakville and 39 COVID-19 patients being cared for at OTMH (this number includes transfers from facilities outside of Halton Region).
 
Confirmed cases in Halton increased by + 145 from 13,901 to 14,046 with + 40 new confirmed cases in Oakville from 4,427 to 4,467
 
There were + 58 new reported recoveries in Oakville from 4,252 to 4,310 and + 139 new recoveries in Halton from 13,288 to 13,427

Ontario is reporting 3,510 new cases today, bringing the total to 448,861. Of those, 400,340 are resolved with 7,935 deaths. Currently there are 2,271 patients in hospital, 877 of whom are in ICU with 605 of those on ventilators.

Comparing Halton to GTHA - Case Numbers

Source: Public Health Ontario
Halton COVID-19 Monitoring Dashboard
The indicators are based on the Ontario Public Health Unit Core Indicators for COVID-19 Monitoring, with targets adapted to the local Halton context and population. Together the indicators are intended to provide an overall snapshot of current local data on the COVID-19 pandemic, to keep the community informed and assist with local decision-making.

Canada COVID case counts

As of this morning, Canada had reported 1,183,470 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 85,247 considered active. A tally of deaths stands at 23,997.

As of early Monday morning, more than 147.2 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. The reported global death toll stood at more than 3.1 million.

COVID-19 vaccine tracker

Halton's COVID-19 vaccination program

COVID-19 vaccines for Ontario

Source: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-vaccines-ontario

As of Monday at 8:45 am CST, more than 12,116,410 doses of approved COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across Canada.

Oakville & Halton

Town of Oakville Announcements

Oakville celebrates virtual Youth Week from May 1 to 7

 

The Town of Oakville and community partners are offering seven days of fun, educational and free virtual programming for youth aged 11 to 19 as part of National Youth Week celebrations from May 1 to 7, 2021. Highlights of Oakville’s virtual Youth Week include:

Saturday, May 1
Kindness Bingo: April 29 to May 6
The Halton Youth Initiative (HYI) and North Oakville Youth Development Council invite youth aged 9-17 to participate in acts of kindness for a chance to win an Amazon gift card. Participants will get a Kindness Bingo card with a random activities to complete.

True Stories from Around the World with the Global Majority from 3 to 5 p.m.
The YMCA of Oakville's Youth Peace Committee invites youth of all ages to hear the voices, experiences and perspectives of diverse young leaders in Halton Region. Engage and discuss lived experiences of racism, cultural biases and social change.

Sunday, May 2
Online Youth Watercolour Workshop from 11 a.m. to noon

Join Oakville Galleries staff on Zoom and celebrate the colours of spring! Participants ages 11+ will explore techniques to create beautiful landscape paintings or still life masterpieces featuring blossoms. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required.

Monday, May 3
ConnecTions with PSN (Positive Space Network) from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Enjoy games, activities, and conversation online! This virtual group gives youth ages 6-12 and 12-24 who identify as Trans, non-binary, and gender diverse the opportunity to connect with peers and community resources. Register online and learn more.

Tuesday, May 4
Project Autism Presents: Art from the Heart from 5 to 6 p.m.

Get creative in this colour-infused Abstract Space workshop with teen artist Aiden Lee. Grab an old book and your pencil crayons, watercolours, or acrylic paints, then join Aiden and Project Autism for an hour of creative fun.

Town of Oakville Presents: Mental Wellness Workshop from 4 to 5 p.m.
Learn ways to enhance your mental wellness in light of the COVID-19 pandemic with registered social worker Nabeel Rahman. Topics include stress management, wellness activities, coping strategies, and creative expressions to feel empowered and engaged.

Wednesday, May 5
Oakville Fire Virtual Station Tour at 6 p.m.

Join members of the Oakville Fire Department for an in-depth online tour of one of our fire stations.

Thursday, May 6
Oakville Youth Action Committee presents Trivia event from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Play a Trivia Kahoot game with fun questions about pop culture for a chance to win a $25 Starbucks gift card. Join us on Instagram live @Oakvilleyouth.

Comic Book 101 from 6 to 7 p.m. with the Oakville Public Library
Do you enjoy comics? Do you like to draw? Youth 13+ will delve into the history, creation and fun that comes with a good graphic novel.

Friday, May 7
Consent, Sex & Sexuality Workshop with PSN from 6 to 7 p.m.

Positive Space Network and LGBT Youthline invites youth aged 12-16 to this workshop on Consent, Sex, and Sexuality! Participants will learn more about consent, including how to navigate it for pleasure and empowerment.

Youth Virtual Game Night with the YMCA of Oakville from 7-9 p.m.
Join YMCA staff and community youth for a fun evening of online games! It starts at 7 p.m. with the fun strategy game Among Us. At 8 p.m. fun brain-challenging trivia covering diverse topics. Email jerodha@oakville.ymca.ca to register.

Visit oakville.ca for a complete list of Youth Week activities including links and details to get involved. Follow @OakvilleYouth on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for more information. Please share Youth Week photos using #OakvilleYouth.
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Pregnant individuals living in Halton can book COVID-19 vaccination appointments today

 

Starting today, pregnant individuals living in Halton can book an appointment through Halton’s online booking system to receive their COVID-19 vaccine at a Halton Region COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic.
Pregnant individuals are now part of the “highest risk health conditions” category identified in Phase 2 of the Province’s vaccine distribution plan. It is recommended, but not required, that pregnant individuals consult with their health care provider, who is familiar with their medical history, about the benefits and risks of vaccination before booking their appointment.  One caregiver of  a person with a highest risk health conditions (such as pregnancy) is also eligible if the person requires direct, frequent and sustained in-person personal care and/or assistance with activities of daily living.  Those who do not meet this definition are asked to wait until they are eligible so more vulnerable priority groups can be immunized.

Halton Region continues to follow Provincial direction on prioritization and does not have the authority to grant exceptions. The availability of appointments continues to be contingent on supply available from the Provincial and Federal governments. Residents who are 40 years of age and older are also encouraged to book an appointment at one of 73 participating pharmacies in Halton as another way to gain protection from COVID-19 as soon as possible.
Important information & instructions:
  • On Monday, April 26, pregnant individuals who live in Halton can book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment through Halton’s online booking system. For a complete list of who is eligible and who will soon be eligible, please visit halton.ca/COVIDvaccines.
  • While booking online is the fastest way to schedule an appointment, residents can also call 311 if they require booking support. Residents who are not currently eligible to receive the vaccine are asked not to call 311 or visit the online booking system to ensure eligible residents have access.
  • Vaccinations at Halton’s clinics are by appointment only (no walk-ins) and must be booked through Halton Region’s online system or through 311. Please do not contact clinics directly. Bookings for Halton residents are not available through the Provincial booking system; residents who access the Provincial booking system will be guided back to Halton’s system.
  • Eligible residents can book appointments at any one of Halton’s six COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics located in Burlington (including Joseph Brant Hospital), Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville (including Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital). Residents are reminded that parking is free at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and Joseph Brant Hospital for those with scheduled appointments at these clinics.
    • Vaccinations at a participating pharmacy are by appointment only (no walk-ins) and must be booked directly through the pharmacy. Please do not call 311 for pharmacy appointments. If you are 40 or older, please visit ontario.ca/PharmacyCovidVaccine to find a location and information on how to book.
  • Residents who have already scheduled an appointment through Halton Region can now verify or reschedule their appointment details directly online.
  • All appointments are contingent on the availability of vaccine supply.
To maintain physical distancing and safety measures, please arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment (not earlier) and remember to wear a non-medical mask.
 
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Employee at Oakville Fortinos infected with COVID

 
An employee at an Oakville Fortinos has tested positive for coronavirus, parent company Loblaw Companies Ltd. Reported Sunday (Apr. 25).
The individual last worked at the 173 Lakeshore Rd. W. store on Apr. 19.
Read the full story

 
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‘It’s a scary time’: How the COVID-19 pandemic has made violence in Halton homes worse

 

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has added additional stress to family life. For families who already had unhealthy relationships, things have gotten significantly worse.
 
Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services of Halton (SAVIS) and the Halton Women’s Place received $90,000 and $35,000 in support from the Federal government in April. The funding will go toward supporting the work these organizations do responding to gender-based violence.
 
Those working in the field say the pandemic has created extra challenges for women in dangerous relationships.
 
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Ontario legislature passes Oakville North-Burlington MPP motion to expand Greenbelt

 

Ontario’s legislature has reportedly passed a motion brought forward by Oakville North-Burlington MPP Effie Triantafilopoulos to expand the Greenbelt.

Triantafilopoulos said her motion, which passed Wednesday, April 21, calls on the Ontario government to expand the Greenbelt surrounding the GTA.

This would include protecting the Paris Galt Moraine, as well as many environmentally-sensitive river valleys in urban areas.
Read the full story

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Applications for Camp Molly now open

Camp Molly is now accepting applications until June 15th to attend a once in a lifetime experience for girls aged 15-18 who want to explore a career in the fire service.
 
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Ontario

Government of Ontario Announcements

Ontario Legislature Passes Budget Bill to Protect Health and Jobs

 

Ontario investing $1 billion to support province’s vaccination plan

As provinces across the country continue to battle the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the introduction of more contagious variants of concern, the Ontario legislature has passed Bill 269, Protecting the People of Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2021 and enacted into law the next phase of the province’s ongoing response.

The government’s total investments in protecting people's health have grown to $16.3 billion, including $1 billion to enable and support COVID-19 vaccinations, which has seen Ontario administer more vaccines than any other province or territory in the country. As soon as the province receives more vaccines from the federal government, it will be able to further accelerate its rollout to protect more people from COVID-19.

“The 2021 Budget makes good on our government’s promise to do whatever it takes to protect people’s health and support our economy,” said Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board. “Right now, vaccines are the light at the end of the tunnel. We have the infrastructure to get Ontarians vaccinated with boots on the ground to get vaccines into arms as they arrive in the province. What we need now are more supply of vaccines.”

In addition to historic investments in the province’s health system, the Ontario government is providing $23.3 billion to protect the economy. Ontario's COVID-19 action plan support now totals $51 billion.
Additional highlights of Ontario's plan include:
  • Making it safer to re-engage with workplaces, businesses and communities with $2.3 billion for testing and contact tracing.
  • Protecting frontline heroes and vulnerable people with $1.4 billion for personal protective equipment, including more than 315 million masks and more than 1.2 billion gloves.
  • Investing an additional $5.1 billion to support hospitals since the pandemic began, creating more than 3,100 additional hospital beds. This includes $1.8 billion in 2021-22 to continue providing care for COVID-19 patients, address surgical backlogs and keep pace with patient needs.
“We will continue to invest in our health care system today and for the long term, building on record investments since the start of the pandemic to create more hospital beds, build and improve hospitals, increase testing and fix long-term care,” said Minister Bethlenfalvy.

Protecting the economy
The 2021 Budget provides tax relief that will help families with the cost of childcare, help workers with the cost of training and encourage regional investment and job growth.
Bill 269 includes the following three changes to the Taxation Act, 2007 that will bring direct relief to people and businesses in the midst of this crisis:

Ontario Jobs Training Tax Credit
The new Ontario Jobs Training Tax Credit is a temporary, refundable Personal Income Tax credit for 2021, helping workers get the training they may need for a career shift, to re-train or to sharpen their skills. The credit will provide up to $2,000 in relief for 50 per cent of eligible expenses, for a total of an estimated $260 million in support to about 230,000 people in 2021.

Childcare Access and Relief from Expenses (CARE) Tax Credit
To support parents with the cost of child care and help them get back into the workforce, the government is providing a 20 per cent enhancement of the CARE tax credit for 2021. This will increase support from $1,250 to $1,500 per family, on average, providing about $75 million in additional support for the child care expenses of over 300,000 families.

Regional Opportunities Investment Tax Credit
To encourage business investment in certain regions of the province that have lagged in employment growth in the past, Ontario is temporarily doubling the Regional Opportunities Investment Tax Credit rate to 20 per cent from 10 per cent, resulting in total tax credit support of about $155 million by 2022–23.

Bill 269 also includes the following changes:
  • Enacting the new Securities Commission Act, 2021 to make the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) – the province’s capital markets regulator – more effective. This includes expanding the mandate of the OSC to include fostering capital formation and competition in the markets to boost economic growth and create a level playing field for all market participants, as well as other changes that reflect corporate governance best practices.
  • Strengthening the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario’s (FSRA) capabilities to enforce compliance with rules in the insurance sector and to move forward in the establishment of an oversight framework for financial planners and advisors.
  • Build capability for Invest Ontario, a new provincial agency that will promote the province as a key investment destination and act as a “one-stop shop” for businesses and investors. It will move at the speed of business and drive greater economic growth, support strategic domestic firms, and attract business from around the world to create good jobs in Ontario.
  • Amending the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade Act, 1990 to require that the outcomes of business support programs be accessible through an annual Ontario Investment Prospectus report. This will improve transparency and accountability and help ensure that funds are used to benefit businesses and communities across Ontario.
Included in the $23.3 billion in investments to protect our economy through COVID-19 and beyond is unprecedented support for families and workers, jobs and Ontario's small businesses. It also builds on a solid foundation for economic growth to help Ontario emerge from the pandemic positioned for job creation and long‑term prosperity.

Healthy people are essential for a healthy economy. With vaccines being distributed, hope is on the horizon. Ontario's Action Plan: Protecting People's Health and Our Economy provides the resources necessary to finish the battle with COVID-19, building on the government's record investments to protect health and jobs during the global pandemic.
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Ontario Introduces Legislation to Take Action Against Stunt Driving and Street Racing

Proposed legislation would also strengthen provincial oversight of the towing sector

The Ontario government is taking strong action to protect road users against unsafe and aggressive driving with the introduction of the Moving Ontarians More Safely Act, 2021, also known as the MOMS Act. The proposed legislation will introduce new measures to combat high-risk driving and improve road safety, including longer driver’s licence suspensions and longer vehicle impoundment periods for drivers who engage in stunt driving, street racing and aggressive driving.

The Ontario government introduced the MOMS Act in the legislature earlier today.

“Both as Minister of Transportation and a parent to driving-aged teens, I am extremely concerned by the rising numbers of young drivers in Ontario caught stunt driving, street racing and driving aggressively,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “By increasing driver’s licence suspensions and vehicle impoundment periods, the MOMS Act sends a clear message to drivers – driving is a privilege and those who threaten the safety of others have no place on our roads.”

If passed by the legislature, the MOMS Act would also introduce measures to protect vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and highway workers, improve truck safety and strengthen the province’s oversight of the towing sector by creating the Towing and Storage Safety and Enforcement Act, 2021. This Act would require tow operators, tow truck drivers and vehicle storage operators to be certified, and set new standards for customer protection and roadside behaviours, including penalties for non-compliance.

“The MOMS Act targets the worst actors on our roads by creating escalating suspensions for repeat offenders and setting a lower speed threshold for stunt driving charges on municipal roads,” said Kinga Surma, Associate Minister of Transportation (GTA). “With this Act, we are taking concrete action to protect people and families on our roads.”

“Stunt driving and street racing are serious threats that have posed a greater risk to our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. “The increased penalties and sanctions proposed under the MOMS Act, along with the creation of the new Towing and Storage Safety and Enforcement Act, will ensure police services across the province have the tools they need to combat high-risk driving on Ontario’s roads.”
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Province Takes Further Measures to Expand Hospital Capacity and Health Human Resources

 

Ontario supporting transfers to long-term care homes


The Ontario government is responding to the recent rapid rise in hospitalizations with measures that will add capacity to the health care system.

"The third wave of COVID-19 is putting unprecedented pressure on Ontario's hospitals, requiring immediate action," said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care. "My ministry is working with our partners at the Ministry of Health and Ontario Health to help create more critical care capacity in hospitals — while protecting the safety and security of long-term care residents and staff."

The province is making changes to encourage alternate level of care patients in hospitals who are waiting for a long-term care home placement to accept a placement in a home that may not be their preferred choice. Ontario is waiving co-payments for these patients until they can be transferred to a home of their choice. In addition, patients who accept these placements will maintain priority status on the waitlist for their preferred home.

Rules regarding admissions and transfers have also been updated in Directive 3 for Long-Term Care:
  • For fully immunized residents with a negative laboratory-based test at the time of admission or transfer, no isolation is required.
  • For partially immunized or unimmunized residents, a laboratory-based test is required at the time of admission or transfer, and the resident must isolate for a minimum of 10 days (reduced from 14 days) subject to a negative laboratory test taken on Day 8.

To help ensure appropriate levels of care for current and new or returning residents, the government has amended orders O.Reg 158/20 Limiting Work to a Single Retirement Home and O.Reg 146/20 Limiting Work to a Single Long-Term Care Home to exempt fully immunized long-term care home and retirement home employees from restrictions that prohibit them from working in more than one home, or in another heath care setting. The government is also providing Ontario Health and Home and Community Care Support Services (HCCSS) the authority to redeploy staff to long-term care homes and retirement homes to facilitate and support placements.

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COVID-19: Canadian military preparing to send ICU nurses, medics after Ontario’s request for help

 

A Canadian Armed Forces warning deployment order obtained by Global News says critical care nursing officers and crews to assist with 24-hour medical transports could be coming.
Read the full story
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Ontario detects 36 cases of COVID-19 variant first identified in India all within 'last few days'

 

Ontario has detected 36 cases of the B1617 COVID-19 variant first identified in India, the province's public health agency says.
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These doctors — and nearly 2,000 of their peers — are demanding urgent action to get the third wave under control. Listen to what they have to say

 

Nearly 2,000 doctors from Toronto, Peel and York have joined together to send an urgent message to Ontarians — it’s time to raise your voice.

An open letter signed by 1,800 doctors called on Ontarians to write to MPPs and demand the province protect workplaces, ensure accessible vaccine clinics and disseminate clear, consistent public health messaging to the public.

Read the full story

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Ontario’s Science Table recommends immediately shifting half of province’s vaccines to the hardest hit neighbourhoods

 

A new brief from Ontario’s Science Advisory Table recommends immediately shifting half of the province’s COVID-19 vaccine supply to everyone 16 and up in the 74 hardest hit neighbourhoods to dramatically cut case counts, hospitalizations and deaths.
Read the full story

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N.L. health-care workers likely heading to Ontario Tuesday


Newfoundland Premier Andrew Furey says he spoke with Ontario Premier Doug Ford over the weekend about sending health-care workers and supplies to help the province deal with a worsening COVID-19 situation.
Read the full story

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Canada

Government of Canada Announcements

Statement from Health Canada on AstraZeneca and Janssen COVID-19 vaccines produced at Emergent BioSolutions

 

Health Canada is aware of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent inspection of the Emergent BioSolutions facility in Baltimore, Maryland, which noted multiple areas of concern. Health Canada would like to reassure Canadians that all AstraZeneca vaccines imported into Canada from this facility are safe and of high quality. Janssen vaccines produced at this site have not entered the country.

Health Canada has verified that the 1.5 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine imported into Canada from this facility meet quality specifications. The Department reviewed test results of all vaccine lots that came into Canada, as well as the company’s quality control steps implemented throughout the manufacturing process to mitigate potential risks of contamination.

Janssen vaccines anticipated to come into the country next week do not come from this facility.

Whether a drug or vaccine is manufactured domestically or abroad, Health Canada verifies that both the formulation and the facilities that make them comply with Canada’s high standards before approving them for the Canadian market.

Health Canada continues to work with the FDA and to further review the report in detail to determine whether any further actions are required to protect the safety of Canada’s future vaccine supply from this facility.

Canadians can be assured that Health Canada is taking all necessary steps to ensure that any products coming from this facility will only be used if they are safe and effective.

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Deaths, hospitalizations dropping among oldest Canadians as COVID-19 vaccinations ramp up

 

After a sluggish start, Canada's vaccination efforts are starting to pay off, with COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths among the oldest Canadians now dropping at a faster rate than in younger adults who are less likely to be vaccinated yet, according to a CBC News analysis.
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Canada to get 1.9M vaccine doses this week, including first Johnson & Johnson shots

 

The federal government says it expects Canada to receive around 1.9 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine this week, including its very first shipment of single-dose shots from Johnson & Johnson.

Canada is set to receive about 300,000 doses of the J&J vaccine, which will come in addition to more than 1 million Pfizer-BioNTech shots and around 650,000 jabs from Moderna.

Read the full story

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Canada to see 1st Johnson & Johnson shipments next week, but no more until June


Officials say Canada is also facing a setback with its deliveries of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine made in India.
Read the full story

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1.9M vaccine doses coming next week, but Canada could administer 3.1M: PHAC head

 

Canada could be administering 3.1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses a week, but well into what the federal government has coined the ‘ramp-up’ phase of Canada’s vaccine rollout, the number of shots coming into Canada most weeks is still below what provinces and territories are capable of putting into arms, according to the head of the Public Health Agency of Canada.
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Canada on 'solid footing' in negotiations for more AstraZeneca vaccines from U.S.: Anand


Procurement Minister Anita Anand says she is in continuous communication with her American counterparts about securing more doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine manufactured in the U.S., following an initial loan of 1.5 million.
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Some health restrictions could be lifted ‘this summer’ if 75 per cent of Canadians get vaccinated, top doctor says

 

Health restrictions could be safely lifted “this summer” if at least 75 per cent of Canadian adults get their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 20 per cent have the recommended two doses by then, according to the federal government’s latest pandemic modelling data.
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Why we need to get it right: Inside the country’s hardest-hit ICUs

 

What if the hospitals are overwhelmed? That has been the question haunting health authorities since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic more than a year ago. Now, a punishing third wave has pushed them to a breaking point. In the country’s critical-care units, patients, their families and medical staff are suffering the worst of the virus, and issuing dire warnings about the threat of deadlier and more contagious variants.
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Emily Victoria Viegas, 13, is one of the youngest people in Canada to die from COVID-19

 

When Emily Viegas started exhibiting some of the same COVID-19 symptoms that had put her mother in hospital – difficulty breathing, an inability to stand – her father, Carlos, faced an agonizing situation.
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Here’s how B.C. plans to keep people from travelling outside their health regions

 

B.C.’s Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General has announced a legal order to restrict travel of people outside their own health regions.
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International news

Coronavirus: India's crematoriums overwhelmed as virus 'swallows people'


With life-saving oxygen in short supply, family members in India are left on their own to ferry coronavirus patients from hospital to hospital in search of treatment as the country is engulfed in a devastating new surge of infections. Too often their efforts end in mourning.
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U.S., France to send COVID-19 aid to India as country sees record-breaking cases


Dr. Fauci said the U.S. would review how to help increase India’s COVID-19 vaccine supply, such as by sending them doses or helping them “to essentially make vaccines themselves.”
Read the full story

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U.S. to resume use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine


The United States will resume use of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine, top health regulators said on Friday, ending a 10-day pause to investigate the vaccine's link to extremely rare but potentially deadly blood clots.
Read the full story

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In other COVID news

Compassion fatigue making people numb to daily COVID-19 case counts: experts

 

Nearly 25,000 people in Canada have died from COVID-19 and more than one million people have been infected by the virus, but experts say people have lost sight of what those numbers mean: Canadian lives.
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Canadian-made COVID-19 antibody treatment sitting on shelves due to lack of administration plan

 

A Canadian-made COVID-19 antibody treatment is sitting on hospital and pharmacy shelves amid the country’s third wave of the pandemic because doctors say a plan on how to administer the drug was never made.
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Food Banks experiencing record demand


Oakville's food banks are in record-breaking demand. If you can donate anything, please do. Your help is needed.

Fareshare Food Bank Oakville:
905-847-3988
oakvillefoodbank@gmail.com

Kerr Street Mission
905-845-7485
kerrstreet.com

The Salvation Army Oakville
salvationarmy.ca

 


Oakville Meals on Wheels continues to operate 


During the COVID-19 pandemic, Oakville Meals on Wheels continues to operate under increased safety measures.
Learn more 

Oakville Fare Share Food Bank new hours

The demand for service at the Oakville Fare Share Food Bank have almost doubled over the last nine months and as a result, hours will increase to serve everyone.

The new hours are:
Monday 9.30 am to 2.30 p.m.
Thursday 2 to 7 p.m.

This is an increase of two hours per week and will continue until at least the end of February 

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The daffodil is a symbol of hope, strength and courage for Canadians affected by cancer.
 
Donate today and honor someone you love by dedicating a digital daffodil – a virtual badge you can print or share online. Become a Daffodil Champion and use your digital daffodil to spread positivity and share hope – because we’re all in this together.
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