Canada COVID-19 Update: Feds launch $10B infrastructure plan | 153 new cases, one new death | Another unit under outbreak at Foothills
The latest developments on COVID-19 in Canada
The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern): 4:45 p.m. Alberta Health Services says 14 patients and four staff members have tested positive for the novel coronavirus at the Foothills Medical Centre. One patient has died in the outbreaks linked to the cardiac care and general medicine units. AHS says 57 staff who work in those units are in isolation. Visits aren't permitted on the affected units except in end-of-life situations. AHS says contact tracing is underway and the situation is being closely monitored. --- 3:58 p.m.
With news on COVID-19 happening rapidly, we’ve created this page to bring you our latest stories and information on the outbreak in and around Calgary.
What’s happening now
- The province reported Wednesday 153 new cases on 14,071 tests and one additional death. There are 1,582 active cases in Alberta.
- As of Wednesday, .
- Organizers of the Calgary International Automotive and Truck Show have cancelled the event scheduled for March 2021.
- The worldwide death toll from COVID-19 passed one million on Monday night.
- , the province’s top doctor argued on Monday, while explaining there are too many risks, unknowns and potential burdens on the healthcare system to consider it as a solution.
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Top 10 Martin Scorsese Films
It’s the 30th anniversary of Martin Scorsese’s mobster masterpiece, “Goodfellas.” So with apologies to Joe Pesci’s gangster psychopath, Tommy DeVito, we’re here “to amuse you” with our Top 10 films from America’s greatest living filmmaker.
Canada launches $10 billion infrastructure plan that aims to create 60,000 jobs
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau outlined Thursday how the Canada Infrastructure Bank intends to invest $10 billion in projects meant to create 60,000 jobs and contribute to the fight against climate change.
“We will continue to do what it takes to support Canadians through this crisis, safely get our economy back up and running, and get people back to work,” Trudeau said in a release accompanying the announcement.
The list does not include specific projects — or any new money — but highlights priority areas in which the bank intends to invest. That includes $1.5 billion for agricultural infrastructure in Western Canada and $2 billion for broadband to expand access to high-speed internet service across the country.
The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Sept. 22
The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 1 a.m. EDT on Sept. 22, 2020: There are 145,415 confirmed cases in Canada. _ Quebec: 68,128 confirmed (including 5,804 deaths, 59,131 resolved) _ Ontario: 47,274 confirmed (including 2,829 deaths, 41,146 resolved) _ Alberta: 16,739 confirmed (including 256 deaths, 15,024 resolved) _ British Columbia: 8,208 confirmed (including 227 deaths, 5,972 resolved) _ Saskatchewan: 1,814 confirmed (including 24 deaths, 1,645 resolved) _ Manitoba: 1,608 confirmed (including 18 deaths, 1,227 resolved) _ Nova Scotia: 1,086 confirmed (including 65 deaths, 1,020 resolved) _ Newfoundland and Labrador: 272 confirmed (including 3 deaths, 267 resolv
No clear link between school opening and COVID surge, study finds
Widespread reopening of schools after lockdowns and vacations is generally not linked to rising COVID-19 rates, a study of 191 countries has found, but lockdown closures will leave a 2020 “pandemic learning debt” of 300 billion missed school days.
The analysis, by the Zurich-based independent educational foundation Insights for Education, said 84% of those 300 billion days would be lost by children in poorer countries, and warned that 711 million pupils were still out of school.
“It’s been assumed that opening schools will drive infections, and that closing schools will reduce transmission, but the reality is much more complex,” said IfE’s founder and chief executive Randa Grob-Zakhary.
Avoid trick-or-treating due to coronavirus this Halloween, CDC says
The U.S. CDC recommends finding ways to celebrate Halloween with people in your immediate household.The top U.S. health agency issued a new set of coronavirus safety recommendations on its website late Monday, in what it described as a "supplement" to existing safety measures in various states and cities. The guidelines are some of the first to emerge on a national level ahead of the Halloween season in the United States and Canada.
The vast majority – 92% – of countries that are through their first wave of COVID-19 infections have started to reopen school systems, even as some are seeing a second surge.
IfE found that 52 countries that sent students back to school in August and September – including France and Spain – saw infection rates rise during the vacation compared to when they were closed.
One Calgary school reported a case of COVID-19 on Wednesday
Another Calgary school has been added to the list of schools with at least one case of COVID-19.
A single case was confirmed at Central Memorial High School on Wednesday.
According to advocacy group, at least 54 Calgary schools have reported at least one COVID-19 case.
Alberta Health Services listsof more than five cases.
Liberals, Tories in dead heat ahead of throne speech but neither in majority territory: Ipsos
The Liberals stand at 33 per cent support nationally while Conservatives are at 32 per cent.Neither, however, appear to be in majority territory.
School districts scramble for subs as teachers face fatigue and self-isolation
As more students and staff are forced to self isolate amid rising COVID cases, public schools are still searching for additional substitute teachers in a system increasingly strapped for resources.
The Calgary Board of Education has posted several job openings this week looking for casual teachers and educational assistants at a variety of schools.
Foothills hospital’s COVID-19 cases grow as another unit added to outbreak list
Two more patients and one health-care worker have tested positive for the novel coronavirus at the Foothills Medical Centre, as six units at the hospital now have COVID-19 outbreaks which total more than 60 cases.
Two separate units remain on the province’s watch list, while around 290 health-care workers are in isolation, according to Alberta Health Services.
Braid: The UCP’s anti-CERB member also rips into masks, Nenshi, Iveson and Trudeau
Columnist Don Braid writes: Shane Getson of the UCP, otherwise known as the Cheezie MLA, appears to love the microphone.
COMMENTARY: Justin Trudeau doesn’t have much to gain from an election right now
Sure, campaigns matter and standings can change, but Darrell Bricker says the data shows it would be difficult for the Liberals to justify risking an election right now.Yet there's only one reason for prime ministers to call early elections, and that's if they think they can win.
For two hours and 10 minutes on Sept. 24 he talked to a small group of constituents about many things, from masks to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, COVID-19, dog poop in the park, and, infamously, CERB and its impact on Cheezie sales.
We will get to the dog poop in the park.
153 new cases, one new death
The— Sammy Hudes (@SammyHudes) -related death being reported today was that of a man in his 70s from Alberta Health Services’ Edmonton zone.
As of today, 16,213 people in Alberta have recovered from— Sammy Hudes (@SammyHudes) . That represents approximately 89.8% of the province’s total confirmed cases (18,062) since the pandemic began.
Everything you need to know about the Canada Recovery Benefit, the new program replacing CERB
Bill C-4 introduces a replacement for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), which is no longer available as of Sept. 26. The new Canadian Recovery Benefit (CRB) will provide financial relief for Canadians who don’t qualify for an updated Employment Insurance (EI) program or one of the two accompanying benefits.
Here’s what you need to know about how to claim CRB, and who’s eligible.
COVID-19 Update: 160 new cases, one new death | Five more Foothills patients, two visitors test positive | Calgary company fined for selling PPE at inflated prices .
With news on COVID-19 happening rapidly, we’ve created this page to bring you our latest stories and information on the outbreak in and around Calgary. What’s happening now The province reported Tuesday 160 new cases on 16,187 tests and one additional death. There are 1,571 active cases in Alberta and 574 in Alberta Health Services’ Calgary zone. A Calgary company was fined $1,500 for selling PPE at marked-up prices during the pandemic. More Are your children enrolled in online learning programs? We’d like to hear your stories. Has it been a positive experience? Do you have concerns about how programs are going? Send us an email at reply@calgaryherald.