COVID

Booze and no shoes: Inside the Vancouver ‘makeshift nightclub’ that flouted COVID-19 orders

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When guests arrived at what Vancouver police have described as a “makeshift nightclub” inside a downtown penthouse apartment last month, they were told to remove their shoes to prevent making noise. Exotic dancers were spinning on a stripper pole than ran from the second floor down to the first …

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B.C. COVID-19 recovery funds tagged to hire 200 in battle against invasive species

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Knotweed, “murder hornets” and goldfish beware: B.C. is cracking down on invasive species. The Invasive Species Council of B.C. is using a COVID-19 grant to hire 200 people over the next year to identify, manage and report flora and fauna that don’t belong in the province. Read more: Another …

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Kahnawà:ke community members find comfort in beading challenge – Montreal

Beadwork created by Jessica Hernandez hanging at her craft supply shop Nicia’s Accessories in Kahnawake.

When Kahnawà:ke’s COVID-19 task force mandated the closure of non-essential businesses and barred household visits at the end of December, Jessica Hernandez set out to bring her community together in the best way she knew how — through beadwork. “Beading is a medicine,” said Hernandez, owner of Nicia’s Accessories …

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COVID-19 variants leave less ‘room for error’ in loosening restrictions: experts

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As Canada-wide coronavirus case counts gradually fall, talk of reopening plans has risen again. Quebec is set to loosen restrictions next week, Alberta will ease some restrictions on gyms, restaurants and bars in the coming days, and Ontario is on pace to reopen more schools. But the hope of …

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Canada could get 1.1M more vaccine doses by March through COVAX sharing program – National

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Canada could get more than one million additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine by the end of March through a global vaccine sharing initiative known as COVAX. But as with most things COVID-19, vaccine-related deliveries are mired in the uncertainty of regulatory reviews and potential production delays. The COVAX Facility, …

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Drugmakers partner to develop COVID-19 vaccines aimed at new variants – National

Drugmakers partner to develop COVID-19 vaccines aimed at new variants - National

Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline said Wednesday it will work with a German biopharmaceutical company to develop new vaccines targeting emerging variants of COVID-19 amid concerns that some mutations are making the virus harder to combat. Read more: Tam warns of coronavirus variants as new cases emerge across Canada GSK plans to …

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‘Imperative’ COVID-19 vaccines prioritized for homeless, shelter staff: advocates – National

‘Imperative’ COVID-19 vaccines prioritized for homeless, shelter staff: advocates - National

Advocates say homeless people should get priority to COVID-19 vaccines given how at risk they are to the virus and how much more likely they are to get severely ill if infected. “We as a society set the moral tone by who we provide supports for and who we …

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Experts warned of new COVID-19 variants. Why did Ottawa wait for stricter travel rules?

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When Debbie Grigg found out the highly contagious U.K. variant of the novel coronavirus was tearing through her mother’s long-term care facility, she was terrified. “My mom’s floor is really, really bad right now. It’s very, very scary,” Grigg said. “I feel for all the residents in there and …

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Coronavirus: Okanagan retirement home outbreak declared over, but 51 new cases for Interior Health – Okanagan

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A coronavirus outbreak at an Okanagan retirement home is now over, health officials said on Tuesday as 51 new cases for Interior Health were announced. According to Interior Health, the outbreak at Heritage Retirement Residence in West Kelowna is over. IH says an outbreak is declared over when two …

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Russia’s coronavirus vaccine is 91.6% effective, clinical trial results suggest – National

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Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine was 91.6% effective in preventing people from developing COVID-19, according to peer-reviewed results from its late-stage clinical trial published in The Lancent international medical journal on Tuesday. Scientists said the Phase III trial results meant the world had another effective weapon to fight the deadly …

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