Canada Total number of billionaires up 30% amid COVID-19 pandemic
NHL postpones Canucks' next three games due to COVID
The NHL has postponed three more games for the Vancouver Canucks, shutting them down through April 6 after Travis Hamonic was added to the COVID protocol on Thursday. Hamonic joined Adam Gaudette, who has tested positive for coronavirus and a member of the team’s coaching staff. © Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports The NHL has shut down the Canucks through April 6. The league is hoping that the Canucks will be able to play on April 8 against the Calgary Flames, but games against the Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets in the coming days will have to be pushed. All practices have also been canceled for the time being.
Despite the ongoingpandemic, the total number of in the world grew by an "unprecedented" amount in the last year, and the richest are getting richer.
That's according to the latestanalyzing the world's wealthiest people.
NHL postpones Wednesday's Calgary-Vancouver game
The NHL has decided to ere on the side of caution as a result of Adam Gaudette’s positive COVID-19 test. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports (Twitter link) that tonight’s game between the Canucks and Flames has been postponed. TSN’s Frank Seravalli tweets that the decision was made after more information has surfaced regarding Vancouver’s test results; that information obviously has not yet been made public.
The magazine uses stock prices and exchange rates from March 5 to calculate the net worths of billionaires.
The Forbes report found the total number of billionaires grew to 2,755, with 660 more than a year ago.
A total of 493 were newly added to the list, Forbes reported.
Further, the report said 250 people who had fallen off the list in the past were re-added, and 86 per cent of the billionaires are more wealthy now than they were just 12 months ago.
At the top of the list, for a fourth year in a row is Amazon founder Jeff Bezos who is worth a reported $177 billion.
Elon Musk is now the second-richest billionaire, with a net worth of $151 billion.
Bill Gates sits in the third spot with a net worth of $124 billion, while Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg rounds out the top five with with a net worth of $97B.
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No women are among the top 10, but Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, granddaughter of the founder of L'Oreal and the richest woman in the world, comes in at number 12.
She is reported to have a net worth of $73.6 billion.
Former U.S. Presidentalso made the list, sitting in the 1,299th spot with a reported net worth of $2.4 billion.
All together, the world's 2,755 billionaires are worth $13.1 trillion.
This number is up significantly from the $8 trillion they were worth together in 2020.
Only one Canadian made the top 100 billionaires. David Thomson and family, who control a media and publishing empire Thomson Reuters, sit in the 33rd spot with a net worth of $41.8 billion, according to Forbes.
The United States boasts the most billionaires at 724. China has the second most with 698.
COVID-19: Ontario reports more than 4,000 new cases; Ottawa hospitalizations, ICU cases at record levels
Ottawa hospitals preparing to postpone non-urgent surgeries as COVID-19 cases continue to rise School closure to in-person learning following spring break is more likely than not, Dr. Vera Etches says Ottawa sees 242 new cases, one new death Ontario reported 4,249 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, a high not seen since the peak of the second wave in early January. This total includes 1,218 infections in Toronto, 762 in Peel, 532 in York Region, and 247 in Durham. The seven-day average now sits at 3,256 cases reported daily, provincewide. There have been 378,339 cases of COVID-19 in Ontario since the pandemic began.
The Forbes report draws a stark contrast between the world's wealthiest, and those trying to make ends meet as the pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the world.
In fact,last month found that 35 per cent of 1,000 Canadians surveyed indicated that their overall financial situation had worsened over the past year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The survey found younger people were more likely to report their financial status had become worse.
Forty-two per cent of Canadians between the ages of 18 and 34 said their financial situation had worsened over the past year.
That number dropped to 37 per cent among those aged 35 to 54 and fell further to 29 per cent for those aged 55 and up.
Only 15 per cent of respondents said their financial situation had increased or improved.
Many Canadians also continue to rely on assistance from the government as workplaces and businesses remain shuttered by the pandemic.
To date, the federal government has12,004,240 applications for the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB).
— With a file from Global News' Emerald Bensadoun
A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Thursday, April 1, 2021 .
The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 10:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 1, 2021. In Canada, the provinces are reporting 203,268 new vaccinations administered for a total of 5,892,748 doses given. Nationwide, 695,046 people or 1.8 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 15,548.444 per 100,000. There were 792,979 new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 7,445,648 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 79.14 per cent of their available vaccine supply. Please note that Newfoundland, P.E.I.