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Office of the Mayor and Council update
March 9, 2021


 

Oakville vaccination clinic opens

 

 
A milestone was marked in Oakville today with the successful opening of our first mass vaccination clinic. Operated by Halton Public Health, the site at St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre at 1280 Dundas Street is now vaccinating Halton residents born in 1941 and earlier by appointment.

Appointments can be booked at Halton.ca where a list of requirements for booking and the appointment is available. To date, 16,777 residents have booked 33,554 first and second dose appointments. A lot of hard work by our Halton Team and cooperation across all levels of government have gone into preparing for this day and I’m confident in Halton Public Health’s ability to vaccinate our residents as quickly as vaccine is supplied.

As we await our 80 plus population completing inoculation and work through Phase Two of Ontario’s vaccine rollout, which will vaccinate populations based on five-year increments, we must all continue to follow the public health advice to slow the spread of COVID-19 and the variants. Stay home except for essentials and if you feel unwell, wash and sanitize your hands frequently, cover coughs and sneezes, maintain a physical distance from anyone outside your household and wear a mask when you can’t, even outside, and where mandated.

When you do go out, remember my three Cs of COVID-caution as well: Avoid crowded places, closed spaces and prolonged close contact.
 

Oakville Beaver - 'Exciting day': Mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic opens in Oakville March 9


 

Oakville Mayor Rob Burton has announced that the town’s first COVID-19 mass vaccination site will open tomorrow (Tuesday, March 9).

The clinic, which is only open to those with pre-booked appointments, is located at the St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre at 1280 Dundas St.

“This is an exciting day for our community, particularly those aged 80 and over who are eligible for vaccination in this part of the Province’s Phase Two rollout,” said Burton.

Halton’s first mass vaccination clinic opened at Georgetown’s Gellert Community Centre on Saturday, March 6.

Over the next two weeks, all of the region’s vaccination clinics will gradually open.

Burton noted there are appointments available for all permanent Halton residents born in 1941 or earlier.

He said if you know someone who is eligible and may need help booking an appointment online, please reach out to them.

Read the full article.


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 105 Active Cases in Oakville and 7 COVID-19 patients being cared for at OTMH (this number includes transfers from facilities outside of Halton Region).

Confirmed cases in Halton increased by +67 from 9474 to 9541, with +26 new confirmed cases in Oakville from 2990 to 3016.

There were +13 new reported recoveries in Oakville, from 2947 to 2960 and + 39 new recoveries in Halton from 9308 to 9347.

Ontario is reporting 1,185 new cases today, bringing the total to 311,112. Of those, 292,806 are resolved with 7,083 deaths. Currently there are 689 patients in hospital, 290 of whom are in ICU with 184 of those on ventilators.

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 recorded more than 890,698 cases of COVID-19 and 22,276 deaths. 838,090 Canadians have recovered from COVID-19.

As of this morning, more than 117.286 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, with more than 66.464 million of those cases considered recovered or resolved, according to a COVID-19 case tracking tool maintained by Johns Hopkins University. The global death toll stood at more than 2.602 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 Tuesday at 11:35 am CST, more than 
2,523,615 doses of approved COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across Canada.

Oakville & Halton

Registration for OPL spring programs now open

 



Spring is right around the corner and OPL is excited for the upcoming spring programs. There are a variety of programs available for all ages throughout each week.

To learn more, or to secure your spot in your preferred program visit opl.ca/programs. Spring programs run from April to June. 

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Halton Region wants your feedback

A new page has been created within the Halton.ca website aimed specifically at providing opportunities for engagement with residents, businesses and community stakeholders. Through online surveys, forms, public information sessions and workshops, the new Opportunities to Participate webpage gives interested participants a chance to not only learn about upcoming projects and plans, but to have a say in how they are planned and adapted.
The page will be updated with new projects as they are available and currently features two Regional initiatives that are accepting feedback:

  • Regional Official Plan Review - Growth Concepts
  • Construction Projects Across the Region

View opportunities: https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Opportunities-to-Participate


 

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Oakville Student Sets Guinness World Record
 


Matteo is an Oakville resident and a student at St. Mary Catholic Elementary School.

Matteo formally applied to the Guinness World Record in August of 2020 to try to set a new record for completing the most sequences in a Simon game. His application was accepted in November and on November 27, 2020; Matteo made his attempt and set the record with 84 sequences completed in a game of Simon.

The submission was approved by judges and three months later Matteo received his certificate and is officially a Guinness World Record holder!


 

Oakville Hydro seeking customer input
 



Have your say!

Oakville Hydro is developing a plan for investing in its distribution system to maintain reliability, plan for future electrification of transportation and accommodate growth in the Town of Oakville. Understanding the preferences of customers is important and Oakville Hydro wants to hear from you.

Help Oakville Hydro prioritize investments over the next five years by completing a brief survey here.

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YourTV Halton - Taking a Stand Matters 

 
MP Pam Damoff joins host Richard Pinnock on "Taking a Stand Matters" Monday, March 8th at 7:30 pm. They will discuss the important Criminal Justice reforms being proposed in Bill C-22. Emily O'Brien from www.ComebackSnacks.com will also share her amazing story. 

Watch episode here.

You can also access the archived program at any time by visiting www.TakingAStandMatters.com

Taking A Stand Matters - Ep. 9

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Join Town and Regional Councillor Pavan Parmar and I, virtually, for the 3rd annual "Women Who Inspire" International Women's Day event on March 11, 2021, from 7 - 8 p.m.

As we celebrate the role of women making real and positive change, we invite you to hear from Oakville MP and Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand. A scholar, lawyer, researcher, and mother of four, Minister Anand has held one of our country’s most instrumental roles throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please register here.
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Ontario

Government of Ontario Announcements

Ontario Building Pathways to Careers in Corrections

TORONTO — The Ontario government is offering compensation for new correctional officer recruits while they are undergoing training. The province is also partnering with Mohawk College to offer the virtual delivery of the corrections foundational pilot training program. Both initiatives are designed to remove barriers to employment in corrections and create job opportunities for those who want to pursue a rewarding career in public safety.

"Our government continues to make progress on our commitment to hire more staff, increase access to training and strengthen Ontario's correctional system," said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. "Compensating new recruits and leveraging technology for training will help encourage more people to consider a career that contributes to the safety and well-being of our communities."

New correctional officer recruits began receiving compensation in January to cover eight weeks of online and in-person training. Compensating new recruits and providing more opportunities for training reduces the financial and geographic barriers to recruitment. It also helps to increase diversity and access to correctional officer employment across the province, including Northern Ontario.

The 18-month pilot project with Mohawk College, the first comprehensive training partnership between the province and an Ontario community college, begins this week and covers topics such as human rights, communication, de-escalation, mental health, and anti-racism. The Correctional Services Recruitment and Training Centre in Hamilton will continue to provide the skills-based practical and experiential training components. This new partnership will leverage Mohawk College's expertise in curriculum design and virtual learning, alongside the ministry's strength in experiential, skills-based training to effectively deliver the program and increase access to participation.

"Mohawk College has significant experience in the successful delivery of accessible, rapid skills training across a number of sectors and throughout a number of jurisdictions," said Alison Horton, Mohawk College Vice President, Academic. "We are eager to support the Correctional Services Recruitment and Training Centre to provide new recruits across the province with foundational skills training that will assist them in dealing with sensitive and complex situations in their work. This pilot project represents an opportunity to help public safety employees gain important professional development skills that can serve them well as they pursue their challenging careers."

These initiatives are part of Ontario's strategy to invest more than $500 million over five years to transform correctional services and improve health and safety through new hiring and infrastructure improvements.

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Ontario to begin bookings for AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine this week, health minister says

Some Ontarians will be able to book appointments for a shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine starting later this week, the health minister says, as 194,500 doses became available to the province Tuesday.

Speaking during question period at Queen's Park, Christine Elliott said a list of pharmacies that will be administering the AstraZeneca vaccine should be publicly available on Wednesday.

The pharmacies are part of a pilot project to get COVID-19 vaccines to the general public. The project will be run in three public health units: Toronto, Kingston and Windsor-Essex. 

Last week, the CEO of the Ontario Pharmacists Association said more than 300 pharmacies have been identified as possible participants.

Elliott said that agreements with some individual pharmacies are still being finalized, but that online bookings are set to begin Friday. 


Read the full story.

 

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Proof of pre-existing illness not required for COVID-19 shot, Ontario health minister says

Ontarians won’t be asked to provide proof of their pre-existing health conditions to access a COVID-19 vaccine during the second phase of the province’s immunization effort, the health minister said on Monday.

Christine Elliott said she believes most people will come to clinics when they are permitted and not take advantage of the honour system. Vaccinations in the broader public are expected to ramp up in the coming weeks following the approval of a fourth vaccine and larger shipments coming into the country.

Vaccines will be offered starting in April to people with specific health conditions, like organ transplant recipients, those living with obesity and those receiving treatments that suppress the immune system.

Elliott said local public health units will screen people as they arrive at the clinics and may be able to check with a person’s family physician, but that will not be mandatory.

“We haven’t run into very many of those situations,” she said. “People are following the rules, they are coming in at the appropriate time, they’re being very patient, and they want to make sure that people who are the most at risk are going to be given their vaccinations first.”

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Pressure mounts on Doug Ford’s Conservatives to bolster Ottawa’s sick leave program

Pressure is mounting on the Progressive Conservative government to mandate a provincial paid sick leave program to complement a federal pandemic initiative criticized as inadequate.

With Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy to table a budget before the end of the month, Tories privately admit the government is feeling heat on the issue even though Ottawa recently bolstered its effort.

“There’s reluctance to put an added burden on businesses that have already been hit hard by the pandemic,” confided one senior government insider, speaking confidentially in order to discuss internal deliberations.

But the official said the federal Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit, doubled last month from two to four weeks of paid sick leave, is neither straightforward nor easy to navigate. The $500-a-week benefit works out to $450 weekly after taxes are withheld and workers are forced to reapply each time they need it.

Labour Minister Monte McNaughton, who worked with federal Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough to improve Ottawa’s program, insisted Monday that Ontarians are embracing it.

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Ontario 'nowhere near' loosening rules for fully vaccinated people despite new guidelines in U.S.: Yaffe 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new guidelines that will allow fully vaccinated people in the U.S. to forgo masks and physical distancing in some instances but one of Ontario’s top public health officials says the province is “nowhere near” loosening restrictions to that extent yet.

The guidelines released by the CDC today would allow fully vaccinated people to visit indoors with unvaccinated people from a single household without masks or physical distancing, provided those people are at low risk for severe disease.

That means, for example, that grandparents who are fully vaccinated could once again hug their grandchildren but only south of the border.

In Canada, federal officials are yet to release any sort of guidelines for fully vaccinated people and on Monday Ontario’s Associate Medical Officer of Health Dr. Barbara Yaffe said that “everybody needs to keep following the basic precautions for now” even if they have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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Canada

Government of Canada Announcements

Remarks from the Chief Public Health Officer on COVID-19, March 9, 2021  

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the World Health Organisation’s declaration of the COVID-19 global pandemic. As we update the latest numbers, let’s not forget that the impacts have gone far beyond the numbers, during this long and difficult journey we are continuing on together. To date, there have been 890,698 cases of COVID-19 in Canada, including 22,276 deaths. There are now over 30,300 active cases across the country. Over the past week, an average of over 2,900 new cases and 37 deaths were reported daily. During the same time period, over 2,080 people with COVID-19 were being treated in our hospitals each day, including almost 550 in critical care.

This weekend, as I reflected on the week ahead, I felt a mix of emotions that I am sure most of us are feeling in one form or another. First, in looking back at the year behind us, it is a time of solemn remembrance of the cherished lives we have lost. At the same time, it is clear that our work is not done. To honour the memories of those we have lost and appreciate the progress that our sacrifice has afforded us, it is a time to pause to remember, gather our strength and commit to our future, by sustaining our efforts until the crisis phase of the COVID-19 pandemic is behind us.

In remembrance, the Government of Canada has designated this Thursday, March 11, 2021, as a National Day of Observance to commemorate those who lost their lives and the significant impacts we have all endured because of COVID-19.

As we reflect, it is also a time for great hope, given many important advancements. Not only have we all learned more about the public health measures and individual precautions that work to reduce the spread of rapidly spreading respiratory diseases like COVID-19, but our efforts have held the force of infection at bay long enough to buy time for research on vaccines and treatments. It would be very easy to take for granted the incredible worldwide, and population-wide, effort that has brought us, not one but multiple, safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines. In fact, the timeliness, safety and effectiveness of these vaccines was not a given and I would say it has in many ways exceeded the hopes we dared to have a year ago.

We have all experienced loss and I know we are all tired, but let’s also recognise some of our achievements, and the good things that we want to carry forward. We can have renewed faith in ourselves coming together during a crisis, sticking it out longer than any of us might have guessed we could do, and doing it with enduring kindness. Though there have been stumbles, we have adapted and we have endured and I know we have what it takes to see things through.

Lest I leave you without a public health reminder – as we continue to accelerate vaccinations, having the fewest interactions with the fewest number of people, for the shortest time, at the greatest distance possible – and wearing the best fitting mask, will continue to serve us well.

Read my backgrounder to access COVID-19 Information and Resources, including information on vaccination and ways to reduce your risk of infection and spreading the virus to others.

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Trudeau says Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine is facing some production delays

Canada is set to receive 910,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses this week as pharmaceutical companies ramp up deliveries to make good on their contractual obligations by the end of the month.

The Public Health Agency of Canada says the country will receive nearly 445,000 shots from Pfizer-BioNTech for the second week running as the companies settle into a rhythm following a lengthy lull in January and much of February.

The remaining 465,000 shots are expected from Moderna, as the pharmaceutical firm steps up its delivery schedule from once every three weeks to once every two.

Read the full story

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One year from Canada’s first COVID-19 deaths, what do the numbers tell us?

As the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic approaches, Canada's health minister says requiring a vaccine passport to travel internationally is a "very live" issue as more Canadians receive shots and countries consider loosening border restrictions. 

"It's being discussed around the world. I'm a member of the G7 health ministers, we meet every couple weeks. This has been on our agenda," Patty Hajdu said Sunday on Rosemary Barton Live.

She said Transport Minister Omar Alghabra is also discussing the concept with international partners.

Some jurisdictions are looking to use proof of immunization against COVID-19 as a way to allow travel within and between countries. 

 Read the full story

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Quebec to go against advice from national vaccine panel and give AstraZeneca to seniors

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada has been warned of manufacturing problems plaguing the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The viral vector vaccine developed by J&J’s subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, was authorized by Health Canada as safe and effective last week.

Canada pre-ordered 10 million doses of the vaccine, which is the first and only one in Canada’s vaccine plan that requires only one dose.

But Trudeau says Canada still doesn’t have a date for when it should receive the first deliveries.

He says several conversations with the company indicate they are facing some production delays.

The revelation follows reports in several European countries that they expect smaller deliveries of the J&J vaccine in April, and announcements by the company that deliveries to the United States this month will be smaller than hoped.

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B.C. gets 1 million calls within 1st hour of opening phone lines to vaccine appointments for elderly

Call centres in British Columbia received a million calls in the first hour after they opened to receive COVID-19 vaccine appointments for some of the province's oldest residents, according to the doctor in charge of the province's rollout plan.

Dr. Penny Ballem, who is also chair of Vancouver Coastal Health, spoke on CBC's The Early Edition just after 8 a.m. Monday morning and said while call agents were hit with a "massive onslaught" the minute the lines opened, it was not unexpected and should not worry eligible residents who have not yet secured an appointment.

"Everyone's going to get their vaccine," said Ballem, adding it's a big job, but the province is prepared.

The call centres opened at 7 a.m. at the Fraser, Island, Interior, Northern and Vancouver Coastal health authorities to allow appointments for people 90 years and older and Indigenous people who are 65 and older or identify as elders.

In less than three hours after they opened, 1.7 million calls came in.

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International news

World economy bouncing back from COVID-19 faster than expected, OECD says

The world economy is bouncing back from the pandemic crisis faster than expected, thanks in part to successful coronavirus vaccines and U.S. stimulus efforts, but the improvements are uneven and joblessness remains a big concern, according to a new forecast.

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on Tuesday raised its expectations for global GDP growth to 5.5 per cent this year and four per cent next year. That is up from a December forecast of 4.2 per cent growth in 2021 and 3.7 per cent for 2022.

After the virus plunged the world economy into crisis last year, the OECD now expects global output to surpass pre-pandemic levels by the middle of this year.

However, it warned of a divergence in progress, with faster growth in China and the U.S., while some other regions are expected to continue struggling until the end of 2022.

Read the full story

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Coronavirus latest: India vaccinates 2m in single day

India vaccinated over 2 million people in the past 24 hours, the most in a single day since it launched its inoculation drive on Jan. 16.

The total number of anti-COVID shots administered now stands at more than 23 million. India reports 15,388 new cases for the past 24 hours, down from 18,599 the previous day.

Read the full story

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German mask profiteering scandal rocks Merkel’s party as elections loom

Two lawmakers from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition resigned Monday in a scandal over pandemic profiteering, the latest blow to her party in a major election year as a once-lauded coronavirus response faces increasing criticism.

Nikolas Löbel, a member of parliament with Merkel’s Christian Democrats, said he would resign with immediate effect Monday after German media reported his company had earned the equivalent of $297,000 in commissions for mask contracts.

As the furor grew over the weekend, he initially said he would not stand for reelection in the September elections, admitting he had made a “mistake” in the way he had handled the commissions.

Georg Nüsslein, a lawmaker from the Christian Democrats’ sister party, said he will not run for reelection as he is investigated over allegations that he received $712,000 in lobbying fees from a mask supplier. He resigned from the Christian Socialist Unionon Monday, but not his seat in parliament, despite calls for him to do, including from the party’s leader.

Read the full story

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In other COVID news

Canadians shouldn't shop around for vaccines with higher efficacy rates, experts say

The approval of a fourth vaccine in Canada should not give Canadians the green light to hold off on getting inoculated in order to wait for other doses with higher efficacy rates, medical experts say.

That attitude will end up lengthening the time it takes to get the pandemic under control, said Dr. Peter Juni, scientific director of Ontario's COVID-19 Science Advisory Table.

"If people start to do that, they actually prevent Canadians from moving slowly back to normal," he said.

On Friday, Health Canada approved the use of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine. This is the fourth vaccine approved along with shots from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-Oxford.

Read the full story

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Women Report Worse Side Effects After a Covid Vaccine

On the morning that Shelly Kendeffy received her second dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, she felt fine. By afternoon, she noticed a sore arm and body aches, and by evening, it felt like the flu.

“My teeth were chattering, but I was sweating — like soaked, but frozen,” said Ms. Kendeffy, 44, a medical technician in State College, Pa.

The next day, she went to work and surveyed her colleagues — eight men and seven women — about their vaccine experiences. Six of the women had body aches, chills and fatigue. The one woman who didn’t have flu symptoms was up much of the night vomiting.

The eight men gave drastically different reports. One had mild arm pain, a headache and body aches. Two described mild fatigue and a bit of achiness. One got a headache. And four had no symptoms at all.

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Many ‘Long Covid’ Patients Had No Symptoms From Their Initial Infection

Many people who experience long-term symptoms from the coronavirus did not feel sick at all when they were initially infected, according to a new study that adds compelling information to the increasingly important issue of the lasting health impact of Covid-19.

The study, one of the first to focus exclusively on people who never needed to be hospitalized when they were infected, analyzed electronic medical records of 1,407 people in California who tested positive for the coronavirus. More than 60 days after their infection, 27 percent, or 382 people, were struggling with post-Covid symptoms like shortness of breath, chest pain, cough or abdominal pain.

Nearly a third of the patients with such long-term problems had not had any symptoms from their initial coronavirus infection through the 10 days after they tested positive, the researchers found.

Read the full story.

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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 

Upcoming events

United Way Women United campaign runs through March

In honour of International Women’s Day, United Way Halton & Hamilton is hosting a month full of events. Visit https://www.uwhh.ca/womenunited/
 
Have your say on new $5 bill

Sign the petition to have Terry Fox as the finalist for the next great Canadian to be honoured and featured on the back of the newly proposed $5 bank note.

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