St. Thomas firefighters extinguish Format Industry fire on Sunday night
St. Thomas Fire responded to a fire that broke out in the ductwork at the Format Industry auto parts manufacturing plant Sunday night.
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Coronavirus: Latest developments in the Greater Toronto Area on March 1
Here are the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic in the Greater Toronto Area for Monday.
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4 stunt driving charges laid on Hwy. 115 in Peterborough County; 1 charge in Kawartha Lakes
The average speed among the four accused drivers on the highway was 156 km/h where the posted speed limit is 100 km/h.
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‘Intense snow squall’ watch in effect for Ottawa: Environment Canada
Winter's not done with Ottawa yet as the city braces for snow squalls Monday afternoon. Environment Canada warns the forecasted snow will greatly reduce visibility.
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Border crossings steady for Saskatchewan truckers through pandemic
March 21 will mark a full year since the federal government closed down non-essential travel across land-based border crossings, in the hopes of curbing the spread of COVID-19.
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Pent up demand for COVID-19 vaccinations means busy weekend for Hamilton hotline
Margaret Bosnyak spent the weekend trying to get through to the hotline to make an appointment for her 85-year-old husband, and will continue trying on Monday morning.
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SIU investigates weekend fatal crash on County Road 18 near Roseneath
A man was pronounced deceased following a crash on County Road 18 on Saturday night.
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Guelph area, Waterloo Region are in for a windy Monday afternoon: Environment Canada
Environment Canada says the strong winds on Monday in Guelph and Waterloo Region may throw loose objects, cause tree branches to break and damage property.
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Townhouse fire deemed suspicious, damage pegged at $1M: London police
London police also say that damage is now estimated at $1 million, up from an earlier estimate from the fire department of $400,000.
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Saudi crown prince ‘should be punished without delay,’ Khashoggi fiancée says
A U.S. intelligence report on Friday found the prince had approved the killing, and Washington imposed sanctions on some of those involved -- but not Prince Mohammed himself.
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How private is your data on messaging apps?
Messaging apps have been a handy way to stay in touch with family, friends and co-workers, especially given the ongoing pandemic. But there are serious privacy concerns associated with many of these apps.
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Calgary firefighters take on large flames, thick smoke at Woodlands fire
Firefighters were called to a multi-family complex in the 500 block of Woodridge Terrace Southwest at around 8:30 p.m.
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Premier Horgan to present details of B.C.'s COVID-19 mass immunization plan
B.C. is expected to launch Phase 1 by the end of February, covering seniors over 80 living at home and Indigenous seniors over 65.
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Ontario reports more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases, 6 more deaths
The death toll in the province has risen to 6,986 as six more were reported on Monday which is the lowest daily increase in virus-related fatalities since the end of October.
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Coronavirus: Toronto’s Porter Airlines sets new tentative reopening date of May 19
The airline suspended its operations in March 2020 due to COVID-19
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Quebec will enjoy a mild spring and a 'nice' summer, MétéoMédia predicts
Even better news: The ingredients for widespread flooding are absent this year.
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1 dead after collision between tractor trailer and SUV in Bradford
Emergency services were called  to County Road 27 between Line 8 and Line 9 for a collision at around 7 a.m.
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Vaccine Boost Coming This Week With Newly Approved AstraZeneca Delivery
OTTAWA — The federal government hopes to start receiving doses of AstraZeneca’s recently approved COVID-19 vaccine this week as the flood of shots that flowed into Canada from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna last week partially subsides.Health Canada announced on Friday that it had approved the AstraZeneca vaccine, the third COVID-19 shot to have received regulatory approval since the start of the pandemic.Canada has ordered 24 million doses of the vaccine, with the majority to be delivered from the United States between April and September.But two million jabs have been ordered from the Serum Institute of India, and Verity Pharmaceuticals, which is facilitating the institute’s application in Canada, has said the first 500,000 would reach Canadian shores this week.A senior government official told The Canadian Press on background Sunday that the first of those doses could start to arrive in Canada as early as Wednesday, though the shipment has not been confirmed.Dr. Supriya Sharma, the chief medical adviser at Health Canada, also told the CBC on Sunday that the regulator had received additional information over the weekend from Johnson and Johnson, which is seeking approval for its own vaccine. Regulators in the U.S. gave it the green light over the weekend.Sharma said Health Canada is hoping to approve Johnson and Johnson’s vaccine in “the next couple of weeks,” but added any decision is contingent on the information presented by the company.As it stands now, the Public Health Agency of Canada is currently only expecting delivery of about 445,000 vaccine doses this week, which is about 200,000 less than last week’s record high of 640,000 doses in a seven-day period.The confirmed doses are all coming from Pfizer-BioNTech, as the two companies settle into a rhythm following a month-long delivery lull in January and much of February due to production upgrades in Europe. The pharmaceutical giants have pledged to deliver four million doses by the end of March.Canada received 168,000 doses of Moderna’s vaccine last week, but the company only delivers every three weeks.AstraZeneca shots not as effectiveClinical trials showed the AstraZeneca vaccine to be less effective at preventing infection than the other two, but it is still keeping people from getting very sick or dying, Sharma said Friday.Pfizer and Moderna both reported their products were 95 per cent effective in preventing COVID-19 infections in immunized patients compared to those who received a placebo. Efficacy of the AstraZeneca vaccine is believed to be around 62 per cent.It’s not entirely clear yet how provinces and territories will incorporate the AstraZeneca vaccine into their inoculation efforts, but the product offers a more flexible option since shots can be shipped and stored in refrigerators rather than freezers.AstraZeneca vaccines are to be given in two doses between four and 12 weeks apart. Sharma said there is some indication that waiting longer for a follow-up jab leads to a better response, but that data is not yet complete.There have been some concerns raised about the AstraZeneca vaccine in recent weeks, including its effectiveness against virus variants of concern and whether there is enough data to show it works on older recipients.Several European countries, including Germany and France, limited AstraZeneca’s vaccine to residents under the age of 65.Sharma said there were a limited number of people over 65 involved in the clinical trials, but that data, coupled with the real-world experience in the United Kingdom, shows strong evidence seniors are protected.Canada’s vaccine program is ramping up after the lengthy slowdown in deliveries.More than 300,000 people were vaccinated in the last week, almost one-fifth of the total doses injected since the first immunizations began Dec. 14.About 700,000 people had received one dose as of Friday afternoon, and more than 500,000 are now fully vaccinated with two doses.Quebec steps up vaccinations Quebec is set to expand its vaccination effort to the general public on Monday by allowing seniors 85 or older to begin booking appointments. The age threshold has been lowered to 80 for seniors in the Montreal area.The AstraZeneca vaccine works differently than the other two already in use in Canada.Both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna use messenger RNA technology, using RNA encoded with the piece of the SARS-CoV-2 virus known as the spike protein. The mRNA trains the body to fight off a COVID-19 infection.AstraZeneca is a viral vector vaccine, which takes a cold virus, modifies it so it can’t reproduce itself, and adds the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein. When injected, it too provokes the body to develop infection-fighting antibodies and cells to combat the virus.This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 1, 2021.READ MOREAstraZeneca's COVID-19 Vaccine Approved By Health CanadaHow The New COVID-19 Variants Are Different From The OriginalSouth Africa Opts For Unapproved J&J Vaccine In Fight Against Variant
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Jason Logan: Mike Weir’s rough back nine at Cologuard Classic, and other bits and bites from the golf world
Weir’s game around the greens let him down in the final round but the good news is that in his 12 PGA Tour Champions events he has proven he has the physical skills to prevail, something that hasn’t been the case for more than a decade.
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Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou back in B.C. court fighting U.S. extradition
Upcoming hearings will focus on former President Trump's alleged interference in the case and outstanding issues from witness testimony.
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Some Humboldt Broncos families angry over request in court to delay lawsuit
Eleven lawsuits were filed after the crash on April 6, 2018, between the Humboldt Broncos team bus and a semi-truck that blew through a stop sign in eastern Saskatchewan.
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EU to propose ‘digital green pass’ as proof a person has been vaccinated
"The aim is to gradually enable them to move safely in the European Union or abroad, for work or tourism," the European Commission said.
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Churches in court to challenge British Columbia's COVID-19 health orders
B.C.'s Ministry of Health has said it is confident all the provincial health officer's orders are in accordance with the law, including the charter.
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