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Alberta sees five COVID-19 related deaths in last 24 hours

There are now 7,397 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada including 1,932 from B.C. to Manitoba.

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Alberta has suffered its worst day of the coronavirus crisis, reporting five new deaths.

“I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of these individuals,” Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw said during Monday afternoon’s COVID update.

“This news is heartbreaking for all of us… their lives mattered as much as any of ours.”

The latest news brings the death total to eight in the province and 86 in Canada

Dr. Hinshaw said the five COVID-related fatalities, two women from Calgary – one in her 70’s from the Mckenzie Towne Continuing Care Centre and one woman in her 50’s from the zone – two men from the Edmonton zone both in their’80’s, one of whom was from Edmonton’s Rosedale facility, as well as a man in his 30’s from the north zone.

All patients had higher risk factors such as older age or chronic medical conditions, Hinshaw said.

There are 36 positive and presumptive positive cases from the Mckenzie Towne Continuing care centre as well as five staff from the same location.

There are also two cases at the Shepherd’s Care centre in Edmonton.

Hinshaw said it is believed 65 of the current cases are from community transmission and that the number is worrisome.

Hinshaw also said that AHS has decided to stop testing returning travellers and that has reduced the number of new cases in the province.

Alberta

Alberta announced 29 new cases bringing the province’s total to 690.

Additional information for Alberta residents can be found here.

British Columbia

The province announced 86 new cases over Saturday and Sunday, bringing its total to 970.

There were also two more deaths in the province, bringing the total COVID-related deaths to 19.

106 individuals have been hospitalized and 60 of those are in critical care.

Additional information for B.C. residents can be found here.

Saskatchewan

The province announced an additional 20 cases Monday bringing its total to 176.

There have also been two COVID-related deaths in Saskatchewan both people were in their 70’s.

Additional information for Manitoba residents can be found here.

Manitoba

The province announced 24 new cases bringing its total to 96.

There are four people in hospital in Manitoba and one person is in the intensive care unit.

Additional information for Saskatchewan residents can be found here.

Provincial tallies:

  • Quebec: 3,430 confirmed and presumptive cases, including 1 recovered and 21 deaths
  • Ontario: 1,706 cases including 5 recovered and 33 deaths
  • British Columbia: 970 confirmed cases including 186 recovered and 19 deaths
  • Alberta: 690 confirmed cases including 94 recovered and 7 deaths
  • Saskatchewan: 176 confirmed cases including 3 recovered and 2 deaths
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: 148 confirmed and presumptive cases
  • Manitoba: 96 confirmed and presumptive cases and 1 death
  • Nova Scotia: 90 confirmed and presumptive cases
  • New Brunswick: 68 confirmed and presumptive cases
  • Prince Edward Island: 18 confirmed cases, and 1 recovered
  • Yukon: 4 confirmed cases
  • Northwest Territories: 1 confirmed case

There are now 7,397 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada including 1,932 from B.C. to Manitoba.

Deirdre Mitchell-MacLean is a Senior Reporter with Western Standard
dmaclean@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter @Mitchell_AB

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UPDATED: Saskatchewan election called

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe will send the province into an election Tuesday.

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Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe will send the province into an election Tuesday.

Moe took to twitter Monday night to tell voters they would be going to the polls in the middle of a COVID-19 pandemic.

“Tomorrow, I will ask Lt. Gov. Russ Mirasty to dissolve the Legislature,” Moe tweeted.

“This will be quite a different #skvotes campaign –but a very important one that will ask Saskatchewan voters one question: Who do you trust to lead Saskatchewan’s economic recovery?”

When the legislature was dissolved, Moe’s Saskatchewan Party held a 46-13 lead over the NDP.

Moe was sworn in as premier in 2018.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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CORY MORGAN WEBCAST: Wild goose hunt, Alberta style

An interview with Jason Siliker of Canadian Premier Hunts on the multiple times that the RCMP interrupted his goose hunt.

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B.C. Liberals vow to cancel PST for one year; return at 3 per cent

“Everybody pays the PST, so everybody saves under the B.C. Liberal plan,” said Andrew Wilkinson

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B.C. Liberals say, if elected, they will help the economy recover by removing the 7 per cent provincial sales tax for one year.

After a year, a Liberal government would set the PST at 3 per cent until the economy recovers.

The federal GST is currently 5 per cent.

“British Columbians have lost confidence in the direction of the province and the weak economic record of the NDP. B.C. families and small businesses need help now, which is why a B.C. Liberal government will immediately eliminate the PST for one year — saving you money right away, getting more people working, and bringing investment back to B.C.,” said B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson.

“Countless people are still out of work, small businesses are facing bankruptcy, and the public health threat from COVID-19 is still very real.

“Eliminating PST puts more money in people’s pockets, stimulates growth for struggling small business, and helps British Columbians who are struggling to get by. This is a vital step to rebuild our economy.”

The Liberals say a family of four earning $60,000 per parent will save $1,714 in the first year, followed by an additional $979 in the second year. 

“Everybody pays the PST, so everybody saves under the B.C. Liberal plan,” said Wilkinson.

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is applauding the pledge.

“We pay the PST on everything from used cars to toilet paper so this would save everyone a lot of money,” said Kris Sims, B.C. Director of the CTF.

“The best way to save people money is for governments to stop taking so much of it in the first place.

“We hope all of the parties can match or beat this promise so we can get serious about tax cuts during this election.”

In the 2019-20 budget year, British Columbians paid more than $7.5 billion in the PST.

“We need to do all we can to jolt our economy back to life and eliminating the PST would clear a lot of hurdles for working people and struggling businesses to get things rolling again,” said Sims.

“People know how to spend their money much better than the government does.”

B.C. residents go to the polls Oct. 24.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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