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CHARLOTTETOWN — Prince Edward Island entered a 72-hour, provincewide lockdown Monday meant to stop two clusters of COVID-19 cases from spreading. Provincial chief medical officer Dr. Heather Morrison says the clusters don't have a known source, which health experts say is a possible sign of community spread. Morrison said on Monday a total of 6,632 COVID-19 tests were completed over the weekend, adding that health officials received 2,250 test results — all negative — from a clinic in Summerside, P.E.I., where one cluster has been identified. She said 1,600 results from the area are pending. Prince Edward Island has 18 active known cases of COVID-19 and more than 190 people who were identified as close contacts of reported infections have been ordered to isolate for 14 days. Officials said the three-day lockdown will help public health officials contact trace and ramp up testing. Schools and most non-essential businesses are closed until Thursday. The new rules also require Islanders to practise physical distancing with anyone outside their immediate households. Exceptions are being made for people who live alone or require essential support. The CEO of the Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce says many business owners are frustrated and a bit deflated by the new health orders. "P.E.I. was doing so well and our freedoms were different than that of other parts of the country, so it's a tough blow that we find ourselves in this situation, but we recognize the need to manage the cases of COVID-19 and clusters we see in the province," Penny Walsh-McGuire said in an interview Monday. She said while some members feel the measures are overkill, moving quickly has proven effective in slowing the transmission of the virus. "We've seen the results unfortunately in other jurisdictions in our country and globally when that's not done," Walsh-McGuire said. Health officials announced the lockdown order on Sunday after reporting five new COVID-19 infections, for a total of 17 cases over five days. On Saturday, officials announced so-called "circuit breaker" measures, cutting store and gym capacities in half, banning indoor dining and cancelling many sporting events. Those measures are set to be in effect until at least March 14. Morrison said the clusters, which are in Charlottetown and Summerside, appear to be connected. On Monday, Health PEI announced new restrictions for hospitals, allowing patients to have visits from a maximum of three separate people. Exceptions will be made for compassionate circumstances including end of life and in pediatrics, obstetrics and palliative care. Premier Dennis King said on Sunday it's better to "go harder and stronger" with protective health orders than to delay and risk the kind of outbreaks seen in other provinces. "With hard work, with time, and with your continued support we will get through this," King said in a statement. He encouraged anyone with any symptoms to stay home from work. "We don't need work heroes," he said. "We need you to be careful and do your part for your community and our province." Walsh-McGuire said the chamber would be reaching out to the provincial government for emergency support for workers who have been directed to isolate. Health officials on the Island are scheduled to hold a COVID-19 briefing later on Monday. This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 1, 2021. — By Kevin Bissett in Fredericton. The Canadian Press
Chile's economic activity fell 3.1% in January from the same month a year ago, the central bank said on Monday, as a rebound in cases of the coronavirus dragged on the service and manufacturing sectors. The bank's IMACEC economic activity index encompasses about 90% of the economy tallied in gross domestic product figures. The sharp year-on-year fall was more severe than market expectations for a contraction of around 1%, according to a central bank poll in February.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Scorpio Gold Corporation (“Scorpio Gold” or the “Company”) (TSXV: SGN) reports an announcement made by Titan Mining Corporation (“Titan”) on February 26, 2021 regarding the Company’s 100% owned Mineral Ridge project, Esmeralda County, Nevada. Titan Mining Corporation can earn an 80% joint venture interest by spending a total of US$35 million over a staged period of five years. If Titan spends the initial US$7 million of expenditures by January 1, 2022, it will also have the right to acquire a 100% interest by paying Scorpio Gold US$35 million on or before December 31, 2022. The Titan February 26, 2021 press release is quoted as follows: “Titan announced that in satisfying the reporting requirements of the British Columbia Securities Commission Titan commissioned an independent consultant to prepare a technical report on the Mineral Ridge Project. The technical report for Titan was based on a technical report with an effective date of January 2, 2018, summarizing a feasibility study that was prepared for Scorpio Gold on Mineral Ridge. The technical report prepared for Titan differs in some respects to that prepared for Scorpio Gold given the more recent effective date of the report of December 1, 2020, and includes the reclassification of the Measured Mineral Resources within the existing heap leach pad to Indicated Mineral Resources, an addition of a surge pile to accommodate the crusher which modified the capital cost estimate, changes to the power costs that modified the operating cost estimate, review of commodity prices, and review of inputs to the economic analysis including changes to the gold price used in the analysis. The results of the study indicated that approximately 14,000 ounces of gold had been recovered from continued leaching from the existing leach pad since the 2018 technical report. While the independent consultant has confirmed that the volume of material on the leach pad is generally unchanged (outside of the 14,000 ounces of gold recovered from continued leaching), the extraction has made it unclear where the reported Measured Mineral Resources estimated for Scorpio Gold are precisely located on the leach pad. As a result, the independent consultant revised the Measured classification to Indicated. The below updated estimate of Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves reflects the foregoing revisions. Table 1: Mineral Resources Summary Mineral Resource Estimate for Mineralization Contained within the Heap Leach Pad ClassificationTons('000)Gold(opt)Silver(opt)Contained Gold('000 oz)Contained Silver('000 oz)Indicated7,2900.0150.015107.7109.3Inferred780.0140.0231.11.8 Notes: The effective date of the Mineral Resource estimate is December 1, 2020. The QP for the estimate is Mr. Ian Crundwell, P.Geo.Mineral Resources are quoted inclusive of Mineral Reserves. Mineral Resources that are not Mineral Reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.Mineral Resources are contained within the Mineral Ridge leach pad facility with the following assumptions: a long-term gold price of $1,216/oz; assumed process costs of $11/t; and metallurgical recovery for gold of 91%.Silver was not used in the consideration of reasonable prospects for eventual economic extraction. Silver recoveries from heap leach pad material are projected to be 24%.Rounding may result in apparent differences when summing tons, grade and contained metal content. Tonnage and grade measurements are in Imperial units. Grades are reported in ounces per ton. Measured and Indicated Mineral Resource Estimate for Run of Mine Remnant Areas AreaClassificationTons('000)Gold Grade(opt)Contained Gold('000 oz)BrodieMeasured455.70.06328.6Indicated237.90.05613.4Subtotal Measured and Indicated693.60.06041.9CusterMeasured147.80.08312.3Indicated75.40.0886.6Subtotal Measured and Indicated223.20.08518.9Drinkwater HWMeasured527.30.04624.3Indicated209.20.04910.3Subtotal Measured and Indicated736.60.04734.6Mary LC & BunkhouseMeasured721.40.07251.7Indicated403.30.07429.8Subtotal Measured and Indicated1,124.70.07281.5OromonteMeasured235.80.16238.3Indicated169.00.07412.6Subtotal Measured and Indicated404.80.12650.9CombinedMeasured2,088.00.074155.2Indicated1,094.80.06672.6Total Measured and Indicated3,182.80.072227.8 Inferred Mineral Resource Estimate for Run of Mine Remnant Areas AreaClassificationTons('000)Gold Grade(opt)Contained Gold('000 oz)BrodieInferred2.40.0340.08CusterInferred———Drinkwater HWInferred180.10.05910.61Mary LC & BunkhouseInferred0.10.0610.01OromonteInferred0.40.0920.03CombinedTotal Inferred182.90.05910.73 Notes: The effective date of the Mineral Resource estimate is December 1, 2020. The QP for the estimate is Mr. Ian Crundwell, P.Geo.Mineral Resources are reported inclusive of Mineral Reserves at a gold cut-off grade of 0.01 opt. Mineral Resources that are not Mineral Reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.Mineral Resources are constrained to the area within the grade-shell wireframes. The areas outside of these grade shells are assumed to be at zero grade.These Mineral Resource are considered to be amenable to open-pit mining. Conceptual Whittle pit shells used the following assumptions: a long-term gold price of $1,350/oz; assumed combined operating costs of $12.36/t (mining, process, general and administrative); metallurgical recovery for gold of 95%, and variable pit slope angles that ranged from 38–42º.Rounding may result in apparent differences between when summing tons, grade and contained metal content. Tonnage and grade measurements are in Imperial units. Grades are reported in ounces per ton. Table 2: Mineral Reserves Summary Mineral Reserve Estimate for the Heap Leach Pad Mineral Reserve ClassificationTons('000)Gold(opt)Silver(opt)Contained Gold('000 oz)Contained Silver('000 oz)Probable7,2900.0150.015107.7109.3Less material remaining in place due to facility designs(260)0.0150.015(3.8)(3.9)Total Probable7,0300.0150.015103.9105.4 Notes: The Mineral Reserves have an effective date of December 1, 2020. The QP for the estimate is Mr. Jeffery Choquette P.E.Mineral Reserves are contained within the Project leach pad facility with the following assumptions: long-term gold price of $1,300/oz; assumed total ore process costs of $10.59/t; metallurgical recovery for gold of 91%, and 24% for silver, refining and smelting cost of $28.39/oz of gold. Allowance has been made for the facility location which excludes 260,000 t; this material must remain in-place, based on the heap material mining and tailings placement design.Rounding as required by reporting guidelines may result in summation differences. Mineral Reserve Estimate for the Run of Mine Remnant Areas Pit AreaMineral ReserveClassificationTons('000)Gold(opt)Contained Gold('000 oz)BrodieProven510.0422.1Probable120.0270.3Subtotal Proven and Probable630.0392.5CusterProven3140.04714.8Probable1440.0324.6Subtotal Proven and Probable4590.04219.4DrinkwaterProven8360.03832.1Probable3520.03311.7Subtotal Proven and Probable1,1890.03743.7Mary LCProven4700.03516.3Probable2760.0359.7Subtotal Proven and Probable7460.03526.0BunkhouseProven2390.04711.1Probable40.0210.1Subtotal Proven and Probable2430.04611.2OromonteProven5630.07139.8Probable4490.03013.7Subtotal Proven and Probable1,0120.05353.5Total CombinedProven2,4740.047116.2Probable1,2390.03240.1Total Proven and Probable3,7130.042156.3 Notes: The Mineral Reserves have an effective date of December 1, 2020. The Qualified Person for the estimate is Mr. Jeffery Choquette P.E.Mineral Reserves are reported within the pit designs at a 0.01 opt gold cut-off grade. Pit designs incorporate the following considerations: base case gold price of $1,300/oz; pit slope angles that range from 38–47º; average life-of-mine metallurgical recovery assumption of 93%; crushing costs of $1.81/t, process cost of $5.79/t, general and administrative and tax costs of $2.90/t; and average mining costs of $1.42/t mined.Rounding as required by reporting guidelines may result in summation differences. A technical report in support of the Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves in this news release, prepared in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”) titled “Mineral Ridge Project, Esmeralda County, Nevada, USA” with an effective date of December 22, 2020, has been filed on SEDAR concurrently with the issuance of this news release. Readers are encouraged to review the final technical report in its entirety. Data Verification Data verification performed in support of the Mineral Resource and Mineral Reserve estimates for Mineral Ridge included in the technical report prepared for Titan included site visits; review of QA/QC data, sampling analytical data and programs from Scorpio Gold and predecessor company drill campaigns; database verification; review of metallurgical data and metallurgical recovery assumptions including leach pad performance; review of mine and recovery plan assumptions; and review of commodity price, capital and operating cost assumptions. Drilling performed by Scorpio Gold primarily in the period 2014–2017 supports the Mineral Resource and Mineral Reserve estimates. Scorpio Gold employed a QA/QC program of certified reference materials (CRMs), blanks, and field duplicates inserted in the sample stream at the rate of approximately one control for every 20 samples. The same QA/QC program was generally employed for all samples submitted to each laboratory and the Scorpio Gold on-site assay laboratory. QA/QC procedures implemented during the 2014–2017 drill programs are generally acceptable to support the analytical precision and repeatability. The nature, extent, and results of the sample preparation, security, and analytical procedures, and the quality control procedures employed, and quality assurance actions taken by Scorpio Gold provide acceptable confidence in the drill hole data collection and processing to support Mineral Resource and Mineral Reserve estimation, and mine planning. Gold and silver assays can be used to estimate Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves for the heap leach pad. Silver was not routinely assayed for in the remnant area drill programs. As a result, only gold estimation can currently be supported for these areas. Qualified Person The Qualified Persons who co-authored the technical report include Mr. Todd Wakefield, RM SME, Mr. Bruce Genereaux, RM SME, Mr. Jeffrey Choquette, P.E., Mr. Brian Arthur, RM SME, Mr. Ian Crundwell, P.Geo., and Mr. Kevin Lutes, P.E. The Qualified Persons supervised the preparation of the information that forms the basis for this news release.” Brian Lock, Chief Executive Officer of Scorpio Gold commented: “While there are no significant differences in the reconfirmed results in the Titan technical report, it is additional verification of the resources and reserves contained in the Mineral Ridge Project. The Company looks forward to the results of Titan’s ongoing exploration program.” About Scorpio Gold Scorpio Gold holds a 100% interest in the advanced exploration-stage Goldwedge property in Manhattan, Nevada with a fully permitted underground mine and a 400 ton per day mill facility and a 100% interest of the Manhattan Property situated adjacent and proximal to the Goldwedge property. The Company is in the process of finalizing the acquisition of the adjacent Kinross Manhattan property. Scorpio Gold is party to an earn-in option agreement with Titan Mining Corporation whereby Titan can earn an 80% joint venture interest on the Company’s 100% owned Mineral Ridge gold project located in Esmeralda County, Nevada. To maintain the option Titan must spend a total of US$35 million over a staged period of five years. If Titan spends the initial US$7 million of expenditures by January 1, 2022, it will also have the right to acquire a 100% interest by paying Scorpio Gold US$35 million on or before December 31, 2022. ON BEHALF OF THE BOARDSCORPIO GOLD CORPORATION Brian Lock, CEO & Director For further information contact: Brian Lock, CEOTel: (604) 889-2543Email: email@example.com Diane Zerga, General ManagerTel: (775) 401-1637Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Anthony Simone, Investor RelationsTel: (416) 881-5154Email: email@example.com Website: www.scorpiogold.com Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. The Company relies on litigation protection for forward-looking statements. This news release contains forward-looking statements that are based on the Company’s current expectations and estimates. Forward-looking statements are frequently characterized by words such as “plan”, “expect”, “project”, “intend”, “believe”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “suggest”, “indicate” and other similar words or statements that certain events or conditions “may” or “will” occur, and include, without limitation, statements regarding the Company’s plans with respect to the exploration of its Goldwedge project. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from estimated or anticipated events or results implied or expressed in such forward-looking statements, including risks involved in mineral exploration programs and those risk factors outlined in the Company’s Management Discussion and Analysis as filed on SEDAR. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made and, except as may be required by applicable securities laws, the Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and accordingly undue reliance should not be put on such statements due to the inherent uncertainty thereof.
Genesis Energy, L.P. (NYSE: GEL) today announced that it has filed its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020 with the Securities and Exchange Commission. A copy of this 10-K may be found on the Partnership’s website www.genesisenergy.com under "Investors – SEC Reports." In addition, GEL unitholders may receive a hard copy of the Form 10-K free of charge upon request by emailing GELinfo@genlp.com or by calling 1-800-284-3365.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell speak on the chamber floor about President Biden’s coronavirus relief plan.
The S&P 500 surged on Monday and was headed for its biggest one-day gain since June as bond markets calmed after a month-long selloff, while developments on COVID-19 vaccines and fiscal stimulus bolstered expectations of a swift economic recovery. Johnson & Johnson rose almost 1% as it began shipping its single-dose vaccine after it became the third authorized COVID-19 vaccine in the United States over the weekend. U.S. bond yields eased after a swift rise last month on expectations of accelerated inflation due to bets on an economic rebound.
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NEW YORK — The New York Mets will honour the late Tom Seaver by wearing a “41” patch on their home and away jerseys this season. The Mets announced Monday they’ll pay tribute to the Hall of Fame pitcher by putting his number on the right sleeves of their uniforms. Seaver died Aug. 31 at age 75. The right-hander is the Mets career leader in wins, ERA and strikeouts. He earned three Cy Young Awards during his 12 seasons with New York and pitched the Mets to their first World Series championship in 1969. Seaver also played for Cincinnati, the Chicago White Sox and Boston in a 20-year career. Overall, he had 311 wins, a 2.86 ERA and struck out 3,640. The Mets retired his number in 1988 and he was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1992. In 2019, the Mets changed the address of Citi Field to 41 Seaver Way. The team plans to unveil a Seaver statue at the ballpark this year. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
A local Member of Parliament is committed to taking Chatham-Kent-Leamington to Ottawa, not the other way around. Dave Epp is a Canadian politician who was elected to represent the riding of Chatham-Kent—Leamington in the House of Commons of Canada in the 2019 Canadian Federal Election. The Conservative is also a member of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food. As a third-generation Leamington farmer whose farm grows processing vegetables and cash crops, Epp is familiar with farming. When Aaron O’Toole became the Conservative Party leader, Epp was thrilled to be named to the Agriculture Committee. “It is an area that I’ve personally had some experience with. But more importantly than that, agriculture and value-adding to the raw materials that we can produce here is such a bedrock component of our local economy,” said Epp. The Member of Parliament has been busy making Chatham-Kent-Leamington’s voice heard in Ottawa. Most recently, in the House of Commons, Bill C 206 was passed at second reading. It is a bill to exempt farm fuels and eating fuels from the carbon tax. According to Epp, he will be given the direct opportunity to hear from witnesses on the matter and move that through the legislative process. “It’s an honour and a privilege to serve all aspects of the economy, not just AG,” said Epp. “It does feel good to be able to contribute to the national scene in an area that my previous experience, hopefully, adds value, both to Chatham-Kent-Leamington and to Canada.” While agriculture is a topic near and dear to Epp, he understands there is more on the agenda while representing Chatham-Kent-Leamington than just his own agenda. “When I threw my hat into the nomination race to become the candidate, and then into the election campaign, I very much committed to taking my cue from the riding that, yes, agriculture is important, but it’s not Dave Epp’s agenda that we’re going to be furthering here, but it’s Chatham-Kent-Leamington’s,” said Epp. Epp also played a key role in advocating for the access to wireless and internet services for remote parts of the riding. Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) announced it would begin $19.3 million worth of projects, beginning February to November, to bring high-speed fibre-optic broadband services to more than 4,584 homes and businesses across the municipality. Epp said this is a good first step forward, but more work needs to be done. Epp added this would level the playing field for all, including farmers, small businesses, and families. Additionally, Epp is calling for action to stop the practice of bringing in undocumented migrant workers to satisfy the labour needs on farms and greenhouses. Epp said while nobody knows the exact number, he is confident there are more than 2,000 people employed in the Ag-sector that are undocumented. “Obviously, as individuals, as people caring for people, we never want to see people in vulnerable situations,” said Epp. “Unfortunately, when one is undocumented, you become vulnerable, just by your status.” Epp said the question becomes where to go from here? However, that is an ongoing debate. “We can’t set up a process whereby people are jumping the queue to legitimate folks that are standing in our immigration lines or are trying to get into our temporary foreign worker or season leg programs. We simply can’t wave a wand to legitimize the illegal attempts to this country,” said Epp. “Allowing bad behaviour simply leads to more bad behaviour.” While Epp hopes to be a voice for the people, having already accomplished so much, he admits there are several challenges with becoming a Member of Parliament. “One of them is simply adjusting to the sheer volume of information that comes my way, by way of text, by way of messenger, by way of email, by way of phone, hundreds of emails, on all sorts of issues, and on all sorts of perspectives on issues,” said Epp. The Member of Parliament said he is committing to listening and representing his riding in Ottawa. “It doesn’t matter if it’s people that voted for me, didn’t vote for me, or didn’t vote at all. I have an obligation and responsibility to represent. That doesn’t mean I agree with a review, but I have to represent it.” Epp said he is committed to Chatham-Kent Leamington, and that means sometimes working and building relationships with other MPs locally. “I am not ashamed at all of the facts,” said Epp. “In fact, I’m proud of the fact I have a relationship with both my colleague Chris Lewis here in Essex and the two MPs in Windsor, an NDP and a Liberal member, where we address some of these issues.” He added while there are a great number who are blue, they work across party lines when that provides the most benefit back to the riding of Chatham-Kent-Leamington Epp said since he was elected, his number one goal has and will continue to remain consistent. “My number one goal is to take the voice of Chatham-Kent Leamington to Ottawa, and not the other way around.” Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News
TORONTO — Ontario health units that began allowing older residents to schedule COVID-19 vaccinations reported thousands of bookings and high call volumes on Monday, while a provincial website for appointments was tested in six regions. Local units are moving ahead with their vaccination plans for the general population based on their progress immunizing the highest priority-groups, which includes those in long-term care. In York Region – where those aged 80 and older could start scheduling and receiving their shots on Monday – vaccination clinics were fully booked just two hours after they started taking appointments. A spokesman said approximately 20,000 appointments were made across five locations in the region that includes the cities of Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan. "At this time residents are urged to remain patient and will be notified as more appointment bookings become available," Patrick Casey said in a statement. Clinics were also set to offer shots to those 80 and older in Windsor-Essex County, and to those 85 and older at a hospital in Hamilton. The City of Hamilton warned residents of possible long wait times amid high call volumes to its COVID-19 hotline. "If you're calling to book an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine (85+ years old only at this time), please be patient as there may be delays," the city said in a notice posted online. Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph, which has also launched its own booking site to make appointments for adults 80 and older, noted its phone lines were at capacity Monday and encouraged people to register online. The provincial government has said it aims to begin vaccinating Ontarians aged 80 and older starting the week of March 15, the same day it plans to launch its vaccine booking system that will offer a service desk and online portal. It has noted, however, that the vaccine rollout will look different in each of its 34 public health units. When asked about the lack of provincewide cohesion, Health Minister Christine Elliott said Monday that public health units know their regions best and that's why they have been given responsibility to set the pace locally. "Some of them are already vaccinating the over-80-year-old people that are living within their regions. I think that's something that we should be celebrating not denigrating," she said. The government carried out a "soft launch" of its web booking portal in six regions on Monday, ahead of its provincewide launch in two weeks, a government source confirmed to The Canadian Press. Eligible residents in Kingston, Frontenac, and Lennox and Addington; Peterborough County-City; Hastings and Prince Edward Counties; Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark; Grey Bruce; and Lambton would be contacted to participate in the pilot, according to a government source. Monday also saw renewed lockdowns begin in Thunder Bay, Ont., and in the Simcoe Muskoka region in response to rising COVID-19 cases in those areas. Restrictions on businesses and gatherings were to loosen in seven other health units: Niagara Region, Chatham-Kent; Middlesex-London; Southwestern; Haldimand-Norfolk; Huron Perth; and Grey Bruce. The mayor of Barrie, Ont. – which is in Simcoe Muskoka – pushed back against the renewed restrictions on small businesses that took effect Monday. Jeff Lehman wrote to Premier Doug Ford and Simcoe Muskoka's top doctor requesting a revision of public health rules that apply under the province's "lockdown" designation. He argued small businesses like personal care services and gyms should be allowed to open with restrictions. Other municipal officials raised similar concerns about pressure on small businesses during a public meeting with the health unit on Monday. The region's top doctor, Dr. Charles Gardner, said he's heard concerns about the lockdown from residents in areas with fewer cases, and said he'll be in touch with the province's chief medical officer about whether a full lockdown is required for the region. In Thunder Bay, which entered a lockdown after reporting more COVID-19 cases in February than all of 2020, a local hospital reported it was expanding its COVID-19 and intensive care units to meet the community's needs. Meanwhile, a spokesman for federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu said the Public Health Agency of Canada was reviewing a funding application for the city's isolation site after Thunder Bay's mayor called for assistance to keep it running. Cole Davidson said that application would be fully processed "in the coming days." Ontario reported 1,023 new cases of COVID-19 and six more deaths from the virus on Monday. This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 1, 2021. Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press
Your voice matters. Despite being more than a year away, the Municipality of Chatham-Kent is looking to get input from residents regarding voting in the next municipal election. The municipality has launched an 11 question online survey, which will focus on what voting methods residents would prefer to see in the fall of 2022. Options include: - Paper ballots at a polling station. - Internet voting. - Mail-in ballots or voting by phone. Residents are asked general information about age, the ward in which they live and whether they usually vote. Opinions are sought on the respondents’ concerns about the security of various voting methods and whether they feel they will be adequately informed about voting requirements and procedures. “We’re always looking at ways to make it easier for people to participate in municipal elections,” said Judy Smith, Director of Municipal Governance for Chatham-Kent. “We want to present options and see if the public is interested and comfortable with doing things differently or if they’re happy with the current methods.” Those taking the survey do not have to register to do so, and no personal identifying information needs to be provided. Comments will be accepted until March 23. Results of the survey will be presented to council for consideration. A total of 34,722 residents (45 percent of those eligible) voted in the 2018 election. According to Mayor Darrin Canniff, he is hoping to create a simple voting process. “We’re asking for the phone voting and various things like that to give easy access for people,” said Canniff. “We would love to see more people voting. It is one of our democratic rights that a lot of places in the world don’t have. It’s very important we get people voting because it has a lot of influence over a four-year period for someone’s life.” A link to the survey can be found at https://www.letstalkchatham-kent.ca/election-2022?tool=survey_tool#tool_tab. The 2022 election will be held Monday, October 24 of that year. Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News
The New York Mets will honor the late Tom Seaver by wearing a “41” patch on their home and away jerseys this season. The Mets announced Monday they’ll pay tribute to the Hall of Fame pitcher by putting his number on the right sleeves of their uniforms. Seaver died Aug. 31 at age 75.
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— With the U.S. vaccination drive picking up speed and a third vaccine on the way, states eager to reopen for business are easing coronavirus restrictions despite warnings from health experts that the outbreak is far from over and that moving too quickly could prolong the misery. — Senate Democrats are considering reshaping parts of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill passed by the House. As they do so, party leaders who are hoping to salvage a minimum wage increase have abandoned one proposal aimed at pressuring big companies to boost workers’ pay.
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The Biden administration may let separated families reunite inside the U.S., DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced Monday.
Asymptomatic testing is set to begin in local schools in early March. The Directors of Education at the local public and Catholic school boards said the testing is voluntary, and where it will take place is still being determined. Following consultation with the Public Health Units in Chatham-Kent and Sarnia-Lambton, Education Director of the St. Clair Catholic District School Board, Deb Crawford, said GVT Lab and Imaging Services would be doing the testing. While Chatham and Sarnia’s sites are yet to be determined, March 5, 2021, will be the first day of testing. Crawford said the private company has dedicated two teams to test students and staff for seven weeks from March 5, 2021, to April 16, 2021, including conducting targeted testing on Friday evenings and Saturdays. According to the Education Director of the Lambton Kent District School Board, John Howitt, school communities will get all of the information about where the testing sites are and how to register for appointments once the asymptomatic testing plan is complete. “We’re facilitating the testing within our facilities, but we are at an arm’s length from it,” said Howitt. “There will be communication as well to public health on the results so that public health can follow up on any confirmed cases that do come out of the testing.” Public School Board Director John Howitt previously said the plan is to have tests complete on staff and students at three public schools each week. This could include testing on weekends and evenings, but Howitt stressed the testing is not mandatory. “The weekly target is for approximately two percent of the population who are attending face-to-face learning,” said Howitt. Parental consent forms must be signed before the student testing is done. “This is not a School Board initiative, although it’s happening with our students,” said Howitt. “It might happen outside of the school day, including on weekends or in the evening.” According to Dr. David Colby, the local schools have done a great job keeping students and staff safe. “At the beginning of the pandemic, everybody thought the driver for community infection would be school children, and that has turned out absolutely not to be the case,” said Dr. David Colby, Chatham-Kent’s Medical Officer of Health. “That’s not been the experience anywhere. Colby said there has been great success with the planning that has been done with School Boards to avoid transmission within schools. He added the schools are very organized to isolate cohorts if there are any school environment cases. “In almost all cases that have been positive in schools, it has been family contacts that have resulted in students being positive, not transmission in the school environment,” said Colby. The Province of Ontario announced expanded asymptomatic testing in early February to keep schools and child care settings safe. According to the Provincial Government, the tests will offer an additional layer of protection and help keep schools and child care centres safe by identifying cases that might otherwise have gone undetected; reducing transmission of COVID-19 from the community into schools and within schools, and reducing barriers and making it easier to get a test in your community. Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News
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