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BREAKING: Elderly woman dies after coronavirus hits Calgary seniors’ home

There are a 57 news cases of the virus in the province in the last 24 hours bringing the total to 358.

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A woman in her 80s has died and two staff members have tested positive for the coronavirus in a southeast Calgary seniors’ home.

Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw made the announcement Tuesday during her daily coronavirus update.

The McKenzie Towne Continuing Care Home is located at 80 Promenade Way. S.E.

Hinshaw said two more residents from the same facility have tested positive for the novel coronavirus and are in stable condition.

And 11 more facility residents have symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

The woman is the second person to die in the province from the virus after an Edmonton man passed away March 18.

There are a 57 news cases of the virus in the province in the last 24 hours bringing the total to 358.

The province has brought in additional measures recently to limit access to continuing and long term care centres in Alberta, including requiring individuals to be registered as visitors.

Hinshaw also announced 12 positive cases related to the curling bonspiel in Edmonton March 14-15 have tested positive. Of those, physicians are from the Edmonton, Calgary and Central zones.

In the central zone, three physicians had returned to work and then self-isolated with symptoms.

Before going into isolation, those doctors had contact with 58 patients and 97 staff who will be contacted by health authorities soon, Dr. Hinshaw said.

B.C. care homes have been hit particularly hard since COVID-19 arrived in that province. There are currently positive cases linked to six care homes in the province; Dufferin Care Centre in Coquitlam, Delta View Care Centre in Delta, Hollyburn House in West Vancouver, Haro Park Centre in Vancouver, and a recent announcement of infections linked to care centres in Little Mountain and Evergreen Heights.

The care home that had Canada’s first COVID-19 death, Lynn Valley care centre, saw eight deaths, another 36 residents and 18 health-care workers infected.

Healthcare aides often work at multiple facilities to help make up full-time hours.

B.C.’s provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Wednesday that a new order was in the works to ensure healthcare workers are only assigned to one facility.

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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