Weather blamed for school bus, tractor-trailer crashes in Northumberland County: OPP

Fifteen students were aboard a school bus when it slid into a ditch on Monday morning.
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Ontario reports 1,250 new coronavirus cases, 22 more deaths
According to Friday's provincial report, 337 cases were recorded in Toronto, 167 in Peel Region and 129 in York Region, 74 in Hamilton, 63 in Ottawa and 55 in Durham Region.
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Experts say lower vaccine efficacy shouldn’t be deterrent
Experts stress that when it comes to preventing COVID hospitalization or death, data from trials showed all four vaccines were perfect.
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All Manitobans may possibly get first shot by May 18
The numbers say if vaccine supplies continue to flow in and those on the horizon are approved swiftly by Health Canada, it will move up first-dose vaccinations by months.
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Coronavirus live updates: Health Canada to authorize Johnson & Johnson vaccine
It's already been authorized in the United States and an EU decision is expected this month.
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Sweet relief: How Quebecers can bring the cabane à sucre home this season
It’s a difficult time for the iconic sugar shacks, but many are boxing up their feasts for takeout and delivery.
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What you need to know about Johnson & Johnson’s approved single-dose vaccine
Canada has already secured up to 38 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine through previous negotiations with the company, however it’s not expected that any will flow to Canada until at least April.
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Judge to decide if Edmonton-area pastor accused of violating public health orders will receive bail
James Coates with GraceLife Church, west of Edmonton, has been in jail for over two weeks and is appealing his bail conditions.
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Midland mayor urges residents to register, even if vaccine dose isn’t immediately available
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In defence of Canadian ship building
Jeffrey F. Collins: It would be nice if there were an off-the-shelf ship Canada could acquire, but none exist. Nations build ships to meet their own operational demands. The post In defence of Canadian ship building appeared first on Macleans.ca.
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Conversations That Matter: Did four pillars drug plan fail?
Real change is still needed in Downtown Eastside, says SFU Prof. Julian Somers
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Newmarket doctor charged with multiple sexual assaults, including one involving 14-year-old girl
Police said after the first incident involving the Newmarket doctor, nine more victims came forward reporting sexual assault incidents including one involving a 14-year-old girl.
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York Region police lay 10 more sex assault charges against Newmarket doctor
Dr. Sam Naghibi, 68, has worked at the Davis Drive clinic since 2012.
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Health Canada Approves Johnson And Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine: Sources
OTTAWA — Health Canada is to announce approval of the COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson and Johnson on Friday morning, according to multiple sources aware of the decision but not authorized to discuss it publicly.The federal regulator has found the evidence shows the vaccine is both safe and effective against the virus that causes COVID-19.It is the fourth vaccine to be approved in Canada and the first and only one Canada has purchased that requires just a single dose.Canada has pre-purchased 10 million doses, with options to buy another 28 million.Joelle Paquette, the director general for vaccines at Public Services and Procurement Canada, says the 10 million doses are to arrive by September.However it’s not expected that any will flow to Canada until at least April.Also on HuffPost:READ MOREDon't Be Picky About Which Vaccine You Get Based On Efficacy Rates: ExpertsOntario COVID Vaccine Pilot To Start At Some Pharmacies Next WeekTrudeau Optimistic Canada’s September Vaccination Goal Can Move UpMost Canadians Optimistic About Federal Vaccine Rollout Plan, Poll Suggests
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Investigation launched after body found in home that was visited five times by police
According to the BEI, Montreal police met the woman during the first visit, and she told them she was self-isolating because of her fear of being infected with COVID-19.
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Cities asking Liberals for $7B to create affordable housing
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) estimates the money could create up to 24,000 permanent affordable housing units in urban and rural communities.
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Europe Unites Behind Italy After Blocking Vaccine Shipment To Australia
BRUSSELS ― Europe’s vaccine solidarity got a shot in the arm Friday as France rallied to support Italy, saying it could follow suit in blocking exports of coronavirus vaccines outside the European Union if necessary to enforce its own contracts with drugs manufacturers.The European Union defended the Italian authorities’ decision to stop a large shipment of doses destined for Australia as part of a longstanding feud with drug manufacturer AstraZeneca, and Germany.The EU’s executive commission said the decision was not targeting Australia but had been taken to ensure that AstraZeneca delivers the number of doses it committed to dispatch to EU countries.“The fact is that the European Union is a major exporter of vaccine doses,” EU commission chief spokesman Eric Mamer said Friday.Watch: Australia appeals to EU over Italy’s vaccine block. Story continues below. Faced with a shortage of doses during the early stages of the vaccine campaign that started in late December, the EU announced the export control system for COVID-19 vaccines in late January, in a bid to force companies to respect their contractual obligations to the bloc first.Since the mechanism entered into force on Jan. 30, the Commission said that 174 authorizations of vaccine exports to 30 different countries outside the EU have been approved.But the EU has been particularly upset by AstraZeneca because the company is delivering far fewer doses to the bloc than it had promised. Of the initial order for 80 million doses to the EU in the first quarter this year, the company will be struggling to deliver half that quantity. “We believe that this vaccine is an important element of our portfolio and we therefore are expecting the delivery of the agreed doses,” Mamer said. “We are working with the companies in order to ensure that they deliver the doses that are foreseen for the European Union. For all those companies that are doing that, there are no problem with exports.”As serum supplies remain scarce in the 27-nation region amid delays in deliveries and production issues, European countries have shown signs of divisions recently, with several countries expressing their frustration over the slow rollout of doses and looking for extra supply of vaccines outside of the joint procurement set up by the EU.But Italy’s decision to block the shipment of more than 250,000 AstraZeneca doses destined for Australia closed ranks between member states. French health minister Olivier Veran said he “understood” the Italian’s government decision and indicated France “could do the same.”“Believe me, the more doses I have, the happier I am as health minister,” Veran said in an interview with BFMTV channel, adding that France and its European partners are determined to have their contracts with drugmakers enforced.Highlighting the role of the EU in the research, development and production of vaccines, the German government also justified the export restriction.“In general, vaccine exports aren’t stopped as long as the contracts with the EU are abided by,” German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said. “A lot of vaccines go from the EU to third countries, while nothing or almost nothing is exported from the United States and Great Britain.”Delivery delaysThe EU thought it had made excellent preparations for the rollout of vaccines to its 450 million people. It has signed deals for six different vaccines. In total, it has ordered up to 400 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine and sealed agreements with other companies for more than 2 billion shots.But only 33 million doses have been given so far, and only 11 million Europeans have been fully vaccinated. Despite the current difficulties, the EU’s goal remains to vaccinate 70 per cent of the adult population in the bloc by the end of summer.The Italian’s government move marked the first use of the export control system. It frustrated the Australian government, which is seeking assurances from the EU’s executive arm that future shipments of vaccines will not be blocked.“The world is in uncharted territory at present, it’s unsurprising that some countries would tear up the rule book,” Australian Finance Minister Simon Birmingham told Sky News Australia on Friday. Birmingham acknowledged, however, that Australia received 300,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine last week, and “that will see our current distribution plan work.”Australia’s immunization program began last month and the government expects the vaccine will be made available to anyone who wants it by October. The country has secured 53.8 million doses of the vaccine made by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, 50 million of which will be made in Australia in a partnership with Melbourne-based biopharmaceutical company CSL.RELATEDOntario COVID Vaccine Pilot To Start At Some Pharmacies Next WeekAstraZeneca Vaccine Lands In Canada With Questions Around Who Should Get ItTrudeau Agrees To Boost Vaccine Funding For Lower-Income Countries
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Canada to announce approval of Johnson & Johnson’s 1-shot COVID-19 vaccine
The vaccine adds to Canada's growing arsenal, becoming the fourth official COVID-19 vaccine to get Health Canada's seal of approval.
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COVID-19 update for March 5: Four more deaths | Dr. Henry hints at post-pandemic world by summer
Here's your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C.
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Fact or Fiction: Are Black people more likely to get dismissed when seeking medical care?
Advocates and experts say the pain of Black individuals is often not taken seriously.
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Canada posts first trade surplus since May 2019 as exports surge
Statistics Canada says January saw the country post its first trade surplus since May 2019 as exports surged higher.
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Canada spent $24M on COVID-19 vaccines received in January: StatCan
Canada spent $24 million on the hundreds of thousands of vaccines the country received in January, according to newly released estimates of trade data from Statistics Canada, arare look into the cost of the immunization effort.
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Court to hear arguments on delay in Humboldt Broncos lawsuit for proposed class action
Lawyers for a proposed class action lawsuit hoping to be certified are asking the court to delay a suit filed shortly after the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.
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Health Canada approves Johnson and Johnson vaccine
Health Canada is to announce approval of the COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson and Johnson this morning, according to multiple sources aware of the decision but not authorized to discuss it publicly.
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How The Pandemic-Stressed Teens I Work With Got Their Sleep Back On Track
It’s 7 a.m. on my alarm clock. But while the rest of us are getting ready to face a new day, Liam (name changed for confidentiality) is in bed facing his bedroom wall. He’s been staring at it for hours, exhausted, but unable to fall asleep.Liam is 16. He’s been struggling with insomnia for weeks. He’s anxious, frustrated and just can’t cope anymore. Like many of the teenagers I work with as a registered social worker specializing in sleep counselling, Liam feels like he is living his life in slow motion during the day, only to have his mind jump into overdrive at night. Liam explains he’s struggling with the nuances of online learning. He doesn’t have structure to his day and he feels isolated from his social circle. He barely leaves the house, has no motivation to exercise and sleeps in whenever he doesn’t have an early morning class. This year has been catastrophic for our mental health and sleep health. Nearly all of my clients, from children to adults, call out COVID-19 as a major source of stress that contributes to their inability to sleep. I’d be lying if I said that this pandemic has not brought some panic-filled nights into our household, as well. With so much uncertainty and constant change, everyone’s sleep has been affected at some point. When our sleep suffers, we’re less patient, more anxious and end up creating stress and tension in our home for all family members. Essentially, we are all carrying collective family stress, increased by the pandemic. This shared stress that we pass back and forth to one another makes it difficult for all of us to sleep at night. But it’s teenagers who may not have the tools to cope with these changes, like adults with more experience do. It breaks my heart to think of how quickly our children’s mental health can spiral out of control without the proper supports.Liam’s case isn’t unusual. Teenagers have a natural shift in their circadian rhythm that makes them want to go to bed later at night and wake up later in the morning. For many teens, the pandemic has eliminated daily consistencies that help them regulate and cope with this circadian rhythm shift. These consistent practices include waking up at the same time every day, eating breakfast and getting sunlight and fresh air in the morning, as well as having bedtime rituals and not spending all day in their bedroom. How can parents support sleepless teens?Ditch black-and-white rules, embrace the grey A 14-year-old’s parents noticed that her sleep was poor whenever she was on her phone before bedtime. They did what many parents do: they implemented a device-free policy in her bedroom. Unfortunately, she was already struggling with feeling isolated from her friends — the strict rule made her feel antagonistic towards her parents and only pushed her further away from them. The teen insisted that she be part of the process to set limits and boundaries for herself. She and her parents came up with a plan for her to stay up 30 minutes later each night, as long as those 30 minutes were spent winding down for bed, screen-free. We took time to discuss some relaxing rituals, like reading, practising yoga, colouring and journaling. She explored a few of these options and identified that drawing while listening to relaxing music was most effective for her. Ditching the black-and-white rules and embracing the grey gave the teen agency and helped this family strike a healthier balance.Take the lead on healthy changesI recently worked with a 17-year-old whose entire sleep schedule was delayed by several hours, and he was struggling to get it back on track. It turns out that, during the pandemic, his family collectively shifted its lifestyle and sleep schedule. The entire household would be bustling until 1 or 2 a.m., rather than their usual 10 p.m. The teen needed a return to normalcy, and what helped most was engaging his parents in the effort. His parents committed to reducing noise and being in their room by 11 p.m. They also set up a study space for him so that he was not spending his entire day stressing about schoolwork in the same space in which he was trying to sleep. Telling children — especially teens — what to do and how to improve their sleep is not as effective as showing them. Get outside with them during the day. Have a set routine for yourself and help them create their own. It’s for us parents to create the space and set the tone for what happens before bedtime.Check in on your teen’s mental healthThey might not say it, but teens need their parents. Such was the case of a 15-year-old I recently worked with. He seemed to be coping well all day, but when his head hit the pillow, his thoughts were racing.What he found helpful was having his parents acknowledge their stress, thus normalizing his own. They also learned breathing and stress-reduction techniques as a family, so that they could practise together when he was anxious at night. “I’m stressed, too — let’s try to breathe together.” is much more empowering than “Go work on your breathing.”Now is the perfect time for parents to start a conversation with their teen about mental health, because we are all stressed. It helps if we process our emotions during the day so we don’t bring them to bed with us. Check in with your teen. Check in often. Let them know that there is an open line of communication.I wish I could help all the Liams out there. Liam doesn’t need to lie there all night, staring at his wall. Now is the time to work with teens, not against them. Being a teen is hard. Experiencing a global pandemic makes it even harder. Allow healthy sleep habits to be a work in progress.Julia Glowinski is a registered social worker specializing in sleep counselling and consulting at Straight Up Health.Have an opinion you’d like to share on HuffPost Canada? You can find more information here on how to pitch and contact us. Also on HuffPost:RELATED5 Weird Ways The Pandemic Is Messing With Your SleepDon’t Tell Me The Isolation Of Online Learning Is Worth A Full University TuitionLockdown Gave Me A Chance To Really Get To Know My Kids. I’ll Miss It.
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Quebec’s Caisse strikes deal with DP World to invest US$1.2B in container port facility in Indonesia
Commercial operations expected to begin in 2023.
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The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 912: The Post Punk Explosion, part 1: New Wave
Once punk rewrote the rules for rock in the middle 70s, it set off a change reaction that lasted for years after that original explosion died down. And it started with New Wave.
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The icon Steve Konchalski gets a night to celebrate a wonderful coaching career
One of the tops to do the job in Canada gets send off at St. F.X.; he's a prime example of the country's coaching excellence
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India's top diplomat touts improved relations with Canada, open to sending more vaccines
India's top diplomat to Canada says relations between the two countries are in a 'much better space' and that improvement could open the door to more AstraZeneca vaccines, should Canada request them.
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Dave Feschuk: Nobody taught the game like Canada’s hockey dad, Walter Gretzky
The Great One’s father had a theory that the tennis ball would bounce a little more than the puck, so if you could control the tennis ball you were going to be so much more comfortable with the puck.
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