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Over 200 healthcare workers have tested positive for COVID-19 in Canada

There are currently 8,577 cases in Canada with 2,054 cases from B.C. to Manitoba.

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Alberta reported a total of 77 positive cases for healthcare workers on Tuesday, Ontario has around 59 and B.C. has identified 55, and Montreal has seen 31 individuals who work in healthcare who have tested positive for the virus.

Alberta officials said the majority of those infected contracted the virus outside of a hospital/work setting, and were either related to travel or community gatherings.

A healthcare worker from Selkirk Regional Health Centre Emergency Department in Manitoba has also tested positive for the virus. Potential exposure risks exist for anyone who visited the emergency department on March 19, 20, and 21 between the hours of 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and March 22 between the hours of 11:45 p.m. and 7:45 a.m.

Dr. Mark Joffe, Vice President and Medical Director of Alberta health Services, said AHS would be closely monitoring the health and well-being of health providers who are working, as well as those who were out recovering.

“We need to look after (our healthcare providers),” Dr. Joffe said.

“Because after all… they’re the ones who are going to be looking after you and looking after me and we want to ensure we look after our healthcare workers and they can come back to work.”

Alberta

The province announced 64 new cases bringing its total to 754. Alberta also lost another resident to the virus from Mckenzie Towne Continuing Care Centre.

“Alberta Health is tracking outbreaks in three facilities at the moment” Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health said during Tuesday’s health update.

“Mckenzie Towne Continuing Care Centre and Care West Glenmore Park Centre – both in Calgary – and Shepherd’s Care Kensington in Edmonton.”

Nine people have died from COVID-related illness in Alberta to date.

Of the total number of cases, 75 have been identified as community spread which means they could not be traced either to international travel or known cases.

Additional information for Alberta residents can be found here.

British Columbia

The province announced 43 new cases bringing its total to 1,013 and 507 people have recovered.

B.C. announced an additional five COVID-related deaths, bringing the province’s total to 24.

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

Manitoba

The province announced seven new cases Tuesday bringing its total to 103.

Additional information for Manitoba residents can be found here.

Saskatchewan

The province has identified eight new cases bringing its total to 184.

Nine cases in the province are a result of local transmission.

Additional information for Saskatchewan residents can be found here.

Provincial tallies:

  • Quebec: 4,162 confirmed and presumptive cases, including 1 recovered and 31 deaths
  • Ontario: 1,966 cases including 501 recovered and 33 deaths
  • British Columbia: 1,013 confirmed cases including 507 recovered and 24 deaths
  • Alberta: 754 confirmed cases including 126 recovered and 9 deaths
  • Saskatchewan: 184 confirmed cases including 21 recovered and 2 deaths
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: 152 confirmed and presumptive cases
  • Manitoba: 103 confirmed cases including 4 recovered and 1 death
  • Nova Scotia: 147 confirmed and presumptive cases
  • New Brunswick: 70 confirmed and presumptive cases
  • Prince Edward Island: 21 confirmed cases, and 1 recovered
  • Yukon: 4 confirmed cases
  • Northwest Territories: 1 confirmed case

There are currently 8,577 cases in Canada with 2,054 cases 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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