Hamilton’s public and Catholic school boards last week reported 112 COVID-19 cases and six new outbreaks — including three in which cases screened positive for variants of concern. School boards reported 129 cases of the virus the previous week. As of Monday, Hamilton students — with the exception of some special needs learners — are again learning remotely after the province closed Ontario schools to in-person learning. The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, which has a student population of approximately 50,000, reported 83 probable and confirmed cases — 79 students and four staff — between April 12 and 18, when schools were closed for spring break. In the same week, the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board, which has a student population of approximately 29,000, reported 29 confirmed and probable cases of the virus — 27 students, one staff and one third-party employee. Six new outbreaks were declared at Hamilton schools last week, as well as one at a before- and after-school program. Four of them — Cootes Paradise Elementary School, Cathedral High School, Lawfield Elementary School and St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Elementary School — ended the same week. With two cases each, Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Elementary School and R.L. Hyslop Elementary School are still in outbreak. Hamilton public health told The Spectator delays in testing for cases that cropped up before spring break can impact when an outbreak is declared. An outbreak was also declared at the Boys and Girls Club of Hamilton at Strathcona Elementary School. It, along with the outbreak at Our Lady of the Assumption, screened positive for a variant of concern, as did an ongoing outbreak declared April 6 at Mount Albion Elementary School, which has grown to six cases — three students and three staff. Since schools reopened to in-person learning on Feb. 8, there have been a total of 38 outbreaks at Hamilton schools. Kate McCullough, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator
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EDMONTON — Alberta is allowing people as young as 40 to get the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine starting Tuesday. Tom McMillan, a spokesman for Alberta Health, says there are about 170,000 doses available and appointments will be booked for as long as supplies last. He says it's not clear when the next AstraZeneca batches will arrive. AstraZeneca is one of a number of COVID-19 vaccines being administered, but the only one Alberta is making available to people as young as 40. More than 70 pharmacies are offering AstraZeneca, including 26 allowing for walk-in appointments. Alberta Health Services also has specific sites across the province, including two walk-in clinics. Lowering the age eligibility means 575,000 more Albertans have a chance at being vaccinated — for a total of 2.3 million. Ontario and Manitoba have made the same age change with AstraZeneca. McMillan said Alberta reduced the age eligibility to 40 from 55 based on health data and earlier concerns that higher-age groups have been hesitant about taking it. There have been reports of thousands of AstraZeneca appointments going unused in recent days. Alberta has received 270,800 doses of AstraZeneca and as of Sunday had administered just over 100,000 shots. "We're making the decisions based, obviously, on the evidence available. That said, there has been some hesitancy in some groups to book appointments for this vaccine," McMillan said Monday. "By opening up to (age) 40, we are balancing the evidence around safety as well as the goal of getting doses into people's arms as quickly as possible." Vaccine hesitancy around AstraZeneca is due to reports of an extremely rare blood clot disorder in some people who have received the vaccine. There have been two cases in Canada -- one in Quebec and one in Alberta. In question period, Health Minister Tyler Shandro told the house that while the "adverse reaction" in the Alberta case reported on Saturday "is unfortunate, it doesn’t change the risk assessment." “I was happy to hear that the patient was treated and is now recovering at home. It’s important for us to remember this blood clot disorder is extremely rare globally.” He said AstraZeneca has been shown to reduce COVID-19 infections by 60 to 70 per cent, and severe outcomes such as hospitalization by 80 per cent. Alberta currently has the highest rate of active COVID-19 cases in the country with more than 400 infections per 100,000 people. Premier Jason Kenney has said the situation has become a race between the spread of COVID-19 variants and getting a critical mass of Albertans vaccinated. The variants, now the dominant strain in Alberta, are far more contagious and have sent case rates and hospitalizations spiking in recent weeks. Alberta has almost 18,000 active cases. There were 451 people in hospital, 103 of whom were in intensive care. Kenney highlighted concern over the spread last week by twice reporting a cautionary tale of a child’s birthday party in Athabasca, Alta., that turned into a super-spreader event. Health officials could not confirm such an outbreak occurred and Kenney’s office later said he “misspoke. Facing questions from the Opposition NDP in the house Monday, Kenney said he had been given bad information. “I was simply repeating information upon which I was briefed,” he said. “I have to assume, the Opposition should as well, that our senior public health officers speak accurately about these things.” Also Monday, thousands of students in Calgary and in northern Alberta shifted to online learning because of rising infection rates. Education Minister Adriana LaGrange said last week that Calgary students in Grades 7 through 12 would make the move to remote classes. School divisions in Fort McMurray also announced Friday that students in those grades would be learning from home. LaGrange said soaring infection rates have put schools under "operational pressures," sometimes resulting in severe staff shortages. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 19, 2021. Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press
The Program Hosts Its Seventh AcceleratorCOLORADO SPRINGS, April 19, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nine small businesses will come together virtually from across the country for the Catalyst Accelerator’s cohort focused on On-Orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing. The Catalyst Accelerator, powered by the Air Force Research Lab Space Vehicles Directorate (AFRL/RV), was developed to promote technology advancement for the warfighter and guide technology transfer for the government to industry and vice versa. The implications for in-space manufacturing are seemingly limitless. Therefore, the US Space Force, in conjunction with AFRL/RV, is seeking bold and disruptive technologies enabling on-orbit servicing and manufacturing. The On-Orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing cohort will meet virtually every other week for 3 months beginning April 27th. Each company will collaborate with subject matter experts, work with government and commercial Sherpas, complete an intensive customer discovery process, and receive funding sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton. The cohort will conclude with a Demo Day in July where companies will pitch their technology to government and industry partners. KiMar Gartman, Program Director for The Catalyst Accelerator, stated, “The competition for entrance into this Accelerator was very intense! We read many amazing applications and listened to numerous pitches on various OSAM technologies. From these, we have chosen the top eight innovative companies. The technologies being developed by these small businesses will greatly increase the United States’ ability to expand its reach into space and explore regions previously off limits to previous generations.” The Catalyst Accelerator team, with evaluators from the military and industry sectors, selected the following small businesses to participate in the upcoming On-Orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing cohort: Atomos Nuclear and Space Corporation (Denver, Colorado) is building and operating Orbital Transfer Vehicles (OTVs) to reduce the cost of access to space. OTVs allow greater ridesharing, expand the capabilities of existing launch vehicles, and allow repositioning to new orbits for new missions without affecting satellite lifetime. Atomos uses electric propulsion in a scalable architecture to allow variety in thrust and efficiency depending on the mission need. Their autonomous, ubiquitous rendezvous approach allows capture of nearly all unmodified client satellites, in any orbit or gravitational environment. https://www.atomosspace.com/ Benchmark Space Systems (Burlington, Vermont) has a mission to enable the next phase of on-orbit operations by building the most comprehensive lineup of in-space mobility products and services. With a strong foundation in green propellant thrusters from 10 mN to 500N, the Benchmark team has been adding several layers to their technology stack that result in mobility solutions that are responsive to a multitude of OSAM objectives. By combining state of the art green propellants with innovative thruster technology, a flexible avionics system and bus-agnostic software, their products and support services can be applied to any size spacecraft from 3U through OTV, ESPA, and Landers. https://www.benchmarkspacesystems.com/ Neutron Star Systems (Cologne, Germany) mission is to enable the next generation of space markets. They aspire to grow and expand the high-power space market by commercializing and standardizing the use of High-Temperature Superconductors in space systems. They apply superconductors to Electric Propulsion, Re-Entry Shielding, Power Management and Distribution, and Radiation Shielding Systems. Their products will drastically reduce the mass and volume of spacecraft systems for high power and maximize their efficiency and power. Ultimately, Neutron Star Systems goal is to allow both new and existing mission scenarios to be delivered in more economically and technically feasible ways. https://www.neutronstar.systems/ NovaWurks (Los Alamitos, California) advances building blocks and tools for a new era of space security, safety, commerce, and exploration. Their vision is to democratize and enable space activities, for them to be as ubiquitous to everyone as similar activities are on earth. NovaWurks provides a way for satellites to be rapidly configured at lower cost through use of platform technology that conforms to customer Payloads, not the other way around, in an easy to interface, adapt, and configure manner. NovaWurks continues to build systems using biomimicking stem-cell-like modules with software-definable capabilities that include control, communications, sensors, actuators, pointing, power, data handling/processing, assembly/docking, and propulsion. With their unique heritage and expertise at the forefront of aggregation, NovaWurks offers next-generation architecture for on-orbit assembly and reconfiguration services across a diverse set of markets. https://www.novawurks.com/ Obruta Space Solutions Corp. (Ottawa, Ontario) is creating the foundational infrastructure to support the emerging on-orbit services economy. They envision a future in which satellites sustainably occupy the orbital environment and no longer operate under a single-use mentality. To achieve this, Obruta is equipping satellites with their Puck interface for both terrestrial and in-space servicing. Additionally, Obruta is providing the necessary services to extend and enhance their mission lifespans. https://www.obruta.com/ Orbit Fab, Inc. (San Francisco, California) is building "Gas Stations in Space™", a supply chain for propellant in Earth orbit. Every year $10B worth of satellites get destroyed because they run out of fuel. Orbit Fab’s customers realize capital cost reductions up to 75% and net savings over 50%, and Orbit Fab captures gross margins of 90%. Key to the ecosystem is the company's RAFTI fueling port and docking interface, which is being widely adopted in the industry around the world with over $2M in contracts with companies in North America, Japan, and Europe, as well as the US Air Force, NASA, and NSF, and received $3M worth of launches and other support from the US International Space Station National Lab. Their hardware has already flown to space in 2019, when they became the first private company to supply the International Space Station with water and in June of 2021, they will launch the world's first satellite fuel tanker. https://www.orbitfab.space/ Orbital Composites, Inc. (San Jose, California) is developing Additive Manufacturing of electronic composites enabling on-orbit manufacturing of large, precise, and resilient space structures like solar arrays, RF antennas and segmented optics. On-orbit manufacturing capability will provide increased reliability, reduced cost and accelerated deployment of large space structures compared to conventional launch systems. OC’s patented 3D printable quantum field antenna can be manufactured in pieces and assembled in-space or can be directly printed in-space. Incredibly large (>100m) antennas are possible at the fraction of the cost of current unfurlable antennas. Stealth communication is also possible. To reduce the production, transportation cost and mission system build rate, OC proposes manufacturing the entire structure of antenna array in the required orbit from its raw prefabricated material stock. OC can also 3D print the entire composite support structures. The technology can also be extended to make pressure vessels capable of supporting human-rated systems. All OC technology is dual use to reduce commercial risk. https://www.orbitalcomposites.com/ Skycorp Inc. (Santa Clara, California) is building the Orbital Logistics Vehicle (OLV). This is the world’s first fully reusable spacecraft, through propulsion system “reprovisioning” which eliminates refueling and the ability to easily swap out payloads as customer needs and markets change. The OLV’s operational range is the inner solar system and its diverse payloads include RF, Optical, tug, and robotic servicing. http://www.skycorpinc.com/ About Catalyst Accelerator The United States Space Force’s Catalyst Accelerator is a NewSpace-focused defense and national security industry accelerator, headquartered on the Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation (CCTI) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. CCTI is a collaborative ecosystem where industry, small business, entrepreneurs, startups, government, academia, and investors intersect with Colorado’s aerospace and defense industry to create community, spark innovation, and stimulate business growth. The Catalyst Accelerator is a collaborative program hosted by Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation (CCTI, a Colorado 501(c)3) in partnership with the United States Space Force, and the Air Force Research Laboratory to provide a robust, mentor-driven curriculum for accelerator teams. CONTACT: Mrs. KiMar Gartman Catalyst Accelerator Program Director 719-394-0606 KiMar.Gartman@CatalystCampus.Org
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Hamilton residents 40 years old or older will soon be able to get their COVID-19 shot at a pharmacy or through their primary care office. Ontario announced Monday that the province is lowering the age limit on the AstraZeneca vaccine from 55 years to 40 years on Tuesday, meaning anyone born in 1981 or earlier can book an appointment at a participating site. At a board of health meeting, Hamilton’s medical officer of health welcomed the news and emphasized the vaccine’s safety. “We do have three very safe vaccines that are out there,” said Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, noting that blood clots associated with the vaccine are “very, very rare.” “We all live a life that has some risks and they’re more common than the risk we see with the AstraZeneca vaccine.” On April 14, Health Canada approved the vaccine for anyone 18 years and older, after a safety review of the vaccine in response to “very rare” blood clots experienced by some patients. (Provinces may limit the age in their own jurisdictions.) After reviewing data from Europe, the U.K. and AstraZeneca, Health Canada found that the condition “may be” linked to the vaccine. However, the department maintains that the potential risk is “very rare, and the benefits of the vaccine in protecting against COVID-19 outweigh its potential risks.” Health Canada subsequently updated warnings about the vaccine to provide information about the possible side-effects, their signs and symptoms and when to get medical help. “In the very rare event that someone experiences unusual blood clots with low platelets, there are treatments available,” said the department. Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is also reviewing whether to change its current recommendation not to give the vaccine to people younger than 55. More than 50 local pharmacies were previously selected to administer the vaccines in Hamilton. You can get an appointment by calling the locations or visiting their websites. A list of participating pharmacies is available at covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations. Not all the pharmacies were offering appointments right away, but more of them received vaccines in recent days. Axis HealthCare Plus Pharmacy was “inundated” with calls at its locations on Barton Street East and Garth Street. Shafiq Lavji, the pharmacist on Barton, said he received 200 doses on Friday but was waiting for supplies, such as syringes and Band-Aids, before he could begin administering them. He expected to receive the supplies on Monday and book appointments for later in the week. His daughter, Alysha Lavji, also a pharmacist, received both the vaccines and supplies last week at the Garth location. She administered one dose on Monday to prepare for the appointments she has booked all Tuesday afternoon. Her challenge came with navigating the COVaxON system that allows the province to collect data on vaccines administered. “I wasn’t able to figure it out,” she said, calling the system “confusing.” Alysha tried to call for help and was on hold for 35 minutes before the call was disconnected from the Rogers outage, she said. “I just wish we had a little bit more guidance.” The countrywide Rogers outage also affected Amit Patel’s access to the COVaxON system on Monday. The system has two-step authentication, and the Rexall pharmacist wasn’t receiving notifications to his phone. While Patel began giving shots at his Main Street East location on Friday evening, on Monday he asked people to book appointments for Tuesday onward and collected contact information in case the system was available later in the day. Muhammad Ishfaq, pharmacist at a Shoppers Drug Mart on Upper James Street, said he has at least 80 people booked for an appointment on Tuesday. His pharmacy on Wilson Street in Ancaster has already vaccinated between 800 and 900 people, he said, and besides occasional “issues” with the online system, it had been a good experience so far. “The majority of people are very motivated,” he said, noting only a few have expressed concern about the vaccine’s safety. Health Canada says it will “continue to monitor the use of all COVID-19 vaccines closely and examine and assess any new safety concerns. “Should any safety issue be confirmed, the department will take appropriate action.” “The health and safety of Ontarians is always our top priority,” said a statement from the province. “Only COVID-19 vaccines that Health Canada determines to be safe and effective are approved for use in Ontario.” In a release, Mayor Fred Eisenberger asked residents to follow public health measures while waiting for their vaccines. “Please get vaccinated as soon as your turn comes up or if you live in a COVID-19 hot spot,” he said. — With files from Joanna Frketich Maria Iqbal, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator
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It was a whirlwind weekend for Doug Ford after an announcement of controversial new COVID-19 lockdown measures led to a rollback of several aspects of the announcement less than 24 hours later. On Monday Ontario's Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Christine Elliott, said that limiting mobility was the guiding principle for last week's announcement. "The changes we made were based on the medical advice that we received from Dr. [David] Williams and the public heath measures table...and we were advised that we need to limit mobility to stop the transmission of the COVID variants in Ontario," Elliott said.
SALT LAKE CITY — Ferocious tyrannosaur dinosaurs may not have been solitary predators as long envisioned, but more like social carnivores such as wolves, new research unveiled Monday found. Paleontologists developed the theory while studying a mass tyrannosaur death site found seven years ago in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah, one of two monuments that the Biden administration is considering restoring to their full size after former President Donald Trump shrunk them. Using geochemical analysis of the bones and rock, a team of researchers with the University of Arkansas determined that the dinosaurs died and were buried in the same place and were not the result of fossils washing in from multiple areas. Kristi Curry Rogers, a biology professor at Macalester College, said this research is a “good start” but more evidence would be needed before determining that the tyrannosaurs were living in a social group. “It is a little tougher to be so sure that these data mean that these tyrannosaurs lived together in the good times,” Rogers said. “It’s possible that these animals may have lived in the same vicinity as one another without travelling together in a social group, and just came together around dwindling resources as times got tougher.” In 2014, Bureau of Land Management paleontologist Alan Titus discovered the site, which was later named the Rainbows and Unicorns quarry because of the vast array of fossils contained inside. Excavation has been ongoing since the site's discovery because of the size of the area and volume of bones. “I consider this a once-in-a-lifetime discovery for myself,” Titus told reporters during a virtual news conference. “I probably won’t find another site this exciting and scientifically significant during my career.” The new Utah site is the third mass tyrannosaur grave site that's been discovered in North America and provides even more evidence that tyrannosaurs may have lived in groups, Titus said. The social tyrannosaurs theory began over 20 years ago when more than a dozen tyrannosaurs were found at a site in Alberta, Canada. Another mass death site in Montana again raised the possibility of social tyrannosaurs. Many scientists questioned the theory, arguing that the dinosaurs didn't have the brainpower to engage in sophisticated social interaction, Titus said. “Going that next step to understand behaviour and how animals behave requires really amazing evidence,” Joseph Sertich, curator of dinosaurs at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, said at the news conference. “I think that this site, the spectacular collection of tyrannosaurs but also the other assembled pieces of evidence ... pushes us to the point where we can show some evidence for behaviour.” In addition to the tyrannosaurs, researchers have also found seven species of turtles, multiple fish and ray species, two other kinds of dinosaurs and a nearly complete skeleton of a juvenile Deinosuchus alligator. These other animals do not appear to have all died together. Paleontology groups have been among those pushing the federal government to restore the Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante to their original sizes to protect the region’s rich paleontological and archaeological record. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland visited southern Utah earlier this month as she prepared to submit recommendations on whether to reverse Trump’s decision to downsize the monuments. Titus said he showed Haaland some of the fossils at his lab during her visit and said she “appreciated getting to see the material.” “The (Bureau of Land Management) is protecting these fossils as national treasures.” Titus said. “They’re part of the story of how North America came to be and how ultimately we came to be.” ___ Eppolito is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a non-profit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues. Sophia Eppolito, The Associated Press
PASCAGOULA, Miss., April 19, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has received a fourth contract modification from the U.S. Navy for $107 million to provide long-lead-time material and advance procurement activities for amphibious assault ship LHA 9. This modification brings the total advance funding for LHA 9 to $457 million. “The amphibious warship production line is a critical component of our nation’s defense industrial base,” Ingalls Shipbuilding President Kari Wilkinson said. “This funding will strengthen our suppliers and sustain jobs across the country in support of LHA 9 construction.” Ingalls is the sole builder of large-deck amphibious ships for the Navy. The shipyard delivered its first amphibious assault ship, the Iwo Jima-class USS Tripoli (LPH 10), in 1966. Ingalls has since built five Tarawa-class (LHA 1) ships, eight Wasp-class (LHD 1) ships and the first in the new America class of amphibious assault ships (LHA 6) in 2014. The second ship in the America class, USS Tripoli (LHA 7), was delivered to the Navy in early 2020. Bougainville (LHA 8) is under construction. Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division supports national security missions around the globe with unmanned systems, defense and federal solutions, and nuclear and environmental services. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs more than 42,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, please visit www.huntingtoningalls.com. HII on the web: www.huntingtoningalls.comHII on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HuntingtonIngallsIndustriesHII on Twitter: twitter.com/hiindustriesHII on YouTube: www.youtube.com/huntingtoningallsHII on Instagram: www.instagram.com/huntingtoningalls Contact: Teckie Hinkebeinteckie.firstname.lastname@example.org(228) 935-1323
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Ferocious tyrannosaur dinosaurs may not have been solitary predators as long envisioned, but more like social carnivores such as wolves, new research unveiled Monday found. Paleontologists developed the theory while studying a mass tyrannosaur death site found seven years ago in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah, one of two monuments that the Biden administration is considering restoring to their full size after former President Donald Trump shrunk them. Using geochemical analysis of the bones and rock, a team of researchers with the University of Arkansas determined that the dinosaurs died and were buried in the same place and were not the result of fossils washing in from multiple areas.
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LEEDS, England — Liverpool and Leeds players spoke out against the formation of a Super League after the teams drew 1-1 in the English Premier League on Monday. Leeds defender Diego Llorente's 87th-minute header denied Liverpool a place in the top four, which might not even matter given the club is one of the 12 behind the creation of a controversial breakaway league that is threatening to split the historic structure of European soccer. The Super League could be launched as early as next season, rendering meaningless the race for Champions League qualification that currently involves Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham — three of the six rebel English clubs. James Milner, Liverpool's captain for the game, became the first player from one of the so-called founding clubs to criticize plans for the Super League. “I don’t like it and hopefully it doesn’t happen," Milner said. Leeds striker Patrick Bamford said players were “in shock” at the developments. “From what I have seen, I haven’t seen one football fan who is happy about the decision, and football is ultimately about the fans," Bamford said. "Without the fans, football is pretty much nothing and it is important we stand our ground and show football is for the fans and try to keep it that way.” Liverpool stayed in sixth place, outside the Champions League places, after Llorente's goal earned Leeds a point the team’s second-half fightback might have deserved. Sadio Mane stroked the ball into an empty net in the 31st minute from a squared pass from Trent Alexander-Arnold to give Liverpool the lead and put the deposed champion on course for a fourth straight victory. A win would have lifted Liverpool above West Ham and into fourth place. Liverpool came in for lots of criticism ahead of the game — from its own fans and those of rival clubs — for being greedy and damaging the integrity of the English and wider game because of its role in the Super League plans. The club’s American ownership bore the brunt of the criticism but the players were jeered and verbally abused as they arrived at Elland Road. Leeds’ players wore T-shirts during the warmup, which had the words “Earn it” on the front and “Football is for the fans” on the back — seemingly a message to the rebel clubs. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
There was a little good news for CFL teams in the federal government's spring budget Monday. Ottawa extended the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program until Sept. 25. It had been scheduled to expire in June. The CFL cancelled its plans to stage an abbreviated 2020 season last August due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision came after the league was unable to secure an interest-free $30 million loan from the federal government. Despite not playing last year, the CFL was projected to receive more than $10 million in wage subsidy from Ottawa between March and December 2020. That figure would've surpassed $15 million had an abbreviated season been played. It's unclear, though, what — if any — subsidies the league has received so far in 2021. Shortly after the CFL shelved its plans for the '20 season, the CFL Players' Association told its members that those under contract to league teams would be eligible for wage subsidy from July through December. The union added the benefits could go beyond that if CEWS was extended, which it was to June 2021. Last year, the CFL approached Ottawa on multiple occasions for financial assistance it maintained was essential in order to stage an abbreviated season. CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie had said the league lost around $20 million in 2019 and a source familiar with the situation told The Canadian Press that not playing last year cost the CFL between $60 and $80 million. In its budget Monday, Ottawa said the subsidy rate would gradually decrease starting July 4. It will be replaced eventually with a new Canada Recovery Hiring Program, which is proposed to span from June to November. Last November, the CFL unveiled its plans to stage a complete 18-game season in 2021 that was supposed to kick off June 10. However, with much of Canada currently dealing with a third wave of the novel coronavirus, the league is expected this week to push back the start of the '21 campaign. Other factors are the CFL's return-to-play protocols still remaining before the various provincial governments as well as the slow vaccination programs nationally. When the CFL unveiled its '21 schedule, Ambrosie left the door open to the league possibly altering those plans. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 19, 2021. Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press
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