March was the low-point of the Raptors season but April has sprung new life, including buzzer beaters, trolling and most importantly, more wins than losses.
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WASHINGTON — This might make Canadians jealous of their American cousins for the first time in a while: the lineup Friday outside a downtown Washington D.C. Apple Store was longer than at one of the city's largest COVID-19 mass-vaccination sites. Getting the shot at the nearby Walter E. Washington Convention Center — all D.C. residents over 16 are now eligible — took people only about 20 minutes, with some recipients displaying their 'I Got Vaccinated' stickers or telltale Band-Aids as they emerged. Access to the vaccine in the United States is growing by the day. But the country that just months ago was the international poster child for how not to respond to a pandemic still doesn't seem to be in a celebratory — or charitable — mood. "I don't think it's going well," said Wayne Brown, a 45-year-old former pharmacist who has already received two doses of the Moderna vaccine. Brown, who has endured multiple back surgeries, described himself as "terrified" for the bulk of the last 14 months, which he has spent mostly sheltering in place within the safety of his home in the national capital. "Until we all, together, participate in lowering the risk for everybody, it's going to continue." Clad in a black Roots sweatshirt with a Canada badge on the shoulder — "I love Toronto; it's my favourite city," he said — Brown grudgingly acknowledged that the vaccine rollout in the U.S. has been worthy of envy in other parts of the world. "It's better than it was in Toronto, but it's still not where I would like it to be at," he said. In Canada, where the per-capita rate of new COVID-19 cases now exceeds that in the U.S. for the first time, people are getting a first-hand sense of what life south of the border was like in 2020. Canada's most populous province is "on its heels," Ontario Premier Doug Ford said Friday as he extended a provincial stay-at-home order, restricted outdoor gatherings and shuttered recreational facilities, including sports fields and golf courses. Ford, facing projections that new COVID-19 cases could exceed 15,000 a day by June without drastic action, also gave police and bylaw officers the power to stop motorists and pedestrians to ask them where they live and why they're not at home. Furious backlash prompted the province to walk those measures back a day later, saying officers were empowered to stop only those they have reason to believe are taking part in an "organized public event or social gathering." Brown — asked if he supports the White House position of ensuring Americans get vaccinated before the U.S. shares its vaccine supply more generously around the world — was unmoved and unequivocal. "Absolutely. Absolutely," he said. "Without question." That sentiment is striking in a city as liberal as Washington, D.C., and helps to explain the politics behind U.S. President Joe Biden's early 'America First' approach to deploying the country's substantial vaccine muscle. The Biden administration has since started using the rhetoric of vaccine diplomacy. It has shared four million Oxford-AstraZeneca doses — "loaned" is the White House language, reportedly to avoid violating its contractual obligations — with its immediate neighbours, including 1.5 million shots for Canada. Broader U.S. ambivalence about vaccines, face masks and the COVID-19 crisis writ large is also part of the challenge for American public health officials, who confront residents almost daily with a clear, unambiguous message: we're not out of the woods yet. While more than one-third of the U.S. population — some 125 million people, nearly half the country's adults — have received at least one vaccine dose, hospital admissions, hospitalizations and deaths are all on the rise, said Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers of Disease Control. "I am proud of the progress we've made," Walensky told a news conference Friday. "But we must continue to get many more people vaccinated. The increasing trends in cases, hospitalizations and deaths are very concerning, and they threaten the progress we've already made." That progress has been substantial enough that the White House COVID-19 task force is now setting its sights on tackling the dangerous variants of the virus that have opened up several new fronts in the fight against the pandemic. The Biden administration is spending $1.7 billion to expand the ability of the CDC, as well as state and local public health agencies, to use genomic sequencing to more effectively and efficiently identify, trace and track viral mutations. It's a stark contrast with Canada, where just securing vaccine doses has been an uphill climb. Massachusetts-based Moderna Inc. delivered a blow Friday with the news that its promised shipment of 1.2 million doses by the end of the month would be slashed to only 650,000, thanks to ongoing problems with its European supply chain. As many as two million of the 12.3 million doses due Canada in the second quarter of the year may not arrive until the third quarter, the company also said. Supplies of Moderna for the United States are not affected. Ottawa has, however, secured an additional eight million doses of Pfizer's vaccine, to be delivered over the summer, starting with four million shots arriving next month. And 300,000 shots of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine are expected by month's end. "I'm not really sure what's holding up things in Canada," said Jacques Page, a D.C. accountant fresh off his first dose of Pfizer's vaccine. "I was under the impression they would likely be doing better than we were." Perhaps it's time, Page said, that the U.S. was more generous with its AstraZeneca stockpile, a vaccine cleared for use in Canada but yet to receive approval from the Food and Drug Administration. Then again, persistent concerns about an exceedingly rare incidence of blood clots in people who received the AstraZeneca or J&J vaccines, the latter of which is currently paused in the U.S. pending further review, could be a problem. "You know, I had mentioned to a friend a couple weeks ago that we're just sitting on the AstraZeneca; maybe they could send it off somewhere where it could be utilized," Page said. "But now, it's, well, even if you send it off to another country, will they use it?" This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 18, 2021. James McCarten, The Canadian Press
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In Saskatchewan you can book an appointment to get your COVID-19 vaccine, visit a walk-in site or sit in your car at a first-come, first-served drive-thru. The options make getting the vaccine more accessible, according to Nazeem Muhajarine, an epidemiologist and professor at the University of Saskatchewan who has also been part of an advisory committee on the province's immunization program. "The principle is all hands on deck, get as many vaccine doses into people's arms as quickly as possible, all over the province," he said. In Saskatchewan, your eligibility for a vaccine could depend on where you go for the shot. For example, people aged 48 and older could book an appointment on Friday, but the drive-thru site in Regina was open for residents aged 46 to 54 only, until it ran out of doses that night. The Saskatchewan Health Authority said its closure is temporary. Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe receives a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at a COVID-19 vaccination drive-thru clinic at Evraz Place in Regina on April 15. As of Friday, Saskatchewan ranked first among Canadian provinces in vaccine administration per capita.(Mark Taylor/The Canadian Press) Muhajarine knows someone who got their vaccine by bike at one of province's drive-thru clinics. "She asked, 'I'm on a bike … I'm pedaling through, could I get it?' and yes, she got it," he said. The speed with which more infectious coronavirus variants of concern are spreading in Canada is making the need to get people vaccinated more urgent. Now that an increasing number of older people are immunized, provinces are faced with choosing who's next on the priority list. Muhajarine thinks Saskatchewan's COVID-19 immunization campaign has been successful so far. As of April 16, Manitoba ranked ninth among Canadian provinces in vaccine administration per capita, with 23,038 doses in the arms of every 100,000 citizens. Saskatchewan ranked first by administering 27,471 doses for every 100,000 of its residents. Still, Muhajarine said vaccine supply is a challenge. "I think that has really limited the pace in which … vaccines have been delivered to people." And he sees a need to open Saskatchewan's eligibility to include more essential workers and target hot spot areas where people could be more at risk for COVID-19. As of Saturday, in Manitoba, those aged 56 and older, and First Nations people 36 and over, can book an appointment to get a vaccine at a supersite or pop-up clinic. People who fit the criteria for the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine can get it through their doctor or pharmacy. Manitoba has also prioritized certain groups including health-care workers, people with certain medical conditions and those living in care homes. But changes to the province's rollout plan are coming, as Manitoba enters a third wave and more infectious coronavirus variants of concern become more of a threat. The province's vaccine task force said earlier this week there are plans to conduct fewer pop-up clinics in rural and remote areas in Manitoba and instead pump out more vaccines in places like Winnipeg, where the virus is spreading faster. Manitoba also announced it's opening eligibility to provide vaccines to police officers and firefighters, as well as all adults living in and working front-line jobs in certain geographical areas deemed high risk for COVID-19 transmission. More details about what jobs and what areas will be covered are expected on Wednesday. "Certainly what we've seen as far as disease transmission in some way or another will be one of the driving factors, but I expect their will be other factors that get looked at as well," Dr. Joss Reimer, medical lead of Manitoba's vaccine task force, said Friday. Dr. Brian Conway, medical director of the Vancouver Infectious Diseases Centre, said British Columbia's initial vaccine program was largely aged based and focused on protecting those most at risk for hospitalization and death. But there has been a move to target some hot spots such as Whistler. "Vaccine was taken from the supply that was available and reassigned to deal with outbreaks that would be difficult to control without us having vaccinated the population," said Conway. Some Whistler, B.C., residents line up outside the convention centre Monday morning as all adults became eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.(CBC) Vaccines must continue to be administered to those who are at higher risk of hospitalization and death, but the strategy should also include controlling transmission, he said. "The evolution of the pandemic is now more complicated than it used to be and it's making the situation difficult to implement on a daily basis in terms of public health measures, vaccine rollout and the like." The biggest problem in Canada's rollout of vaccine is there's not enough of it, he said. "We need to advocate very strongly for identifying sources of vaccine that could be available to us immediately so that we can start using the vaccine more effectively as a tool to reduce transmission." Conway said people should also be looking at ways to reduce their interactions with others on a daily basis. The variants, he said, have changed the third wave immensely, "We were engaging in behaviours on a day-to-day basis that were just within, or just outside of, the public health regulations and without the variants these behaviours were safe and didn't lead to viral transmissions," he said. "If there's a virus around that's two or three times more contagious, these behaviours now become inherently less safe."
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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — The latest assessment of Atlantic cod stocks, whose collapse crushed the economy of Newfoundland and Labrador, has scientists worried the species will never recover without drastic change within the federal Fisheries Department. The federal government report shows the stock continues to cling for life in what officials classify as the critical zone, meaning "serious harm is occurring to the stock." Population growth has been stagnant since 2017, the document says. "Next year will be 30 years since the original moratorium on this stock," said Robert Rangeley a marine biologist and director of science with Oceana Canada, a non-profit group aimed at protecting the country's oceans. "It's time to do something different." Atlantic cod in the waters off Newfoundland's northeast coast have been in the critical zone since the early 1990s, shortly before the federal government in 1992 announced a sweeping moratorium on fishing the species, instantly eliminating a traditional livelihood for about 30,000 people. There's now a small commercial cod fishery, known as the "stewardship" fishery, with catch limits set at a fraction of the hundreds of thousands of tonnes landed in the late 1980s. The Fisheries Department's latest stock assessment, released this month, recommends a maximum catch of 12,999 tonnes in this summer's fishery. That's up from 12,350 tonnes in the two previous years. In 2018, it was 9,500 tonnes. Oceana says that is too high and is calling for this year's maximum removal to be set at 9,500 tonnes. A "more sustainable level" would be 5,000 tonnes, the level at which the species last showed significant growth, the group says. Asking for less cod fishing in Newfoundland and Labrador is complicated, Rangeley acknowledged. “It's social, it's emotional, it's cultural,” he said in a recent interview from Nova Scotia. “But we need to follow the best available science and stick to it for a few years and allow the stocks ... a chance to rebuild.” Scientists and fish harvesters are used to butting heads over the state of the cod stock, and this year is no exception. But both sides would like Ottawa to heavily revise the long-anticipated cod rebuilding plan it released quietly in late December. The plan's harvest rules determined this year's maximum removals."It's a plan for fishing," Rangeley said. "And we can't fish our way out of this debt." He said the plan ignores the latest science, sets no timelines and lays out only interim goals for lifting the species out of the critical zone. There are always commercial pressures on fisheries management and it's up to the Fisheries Department to plan for future generations by keeping removals low now, he said. Keith Sullivan, president of the province's Food Fish and Allied Workers Union, disagrees. He said the threshold for the critical zone is too high and the stock is in far better shape than the numbers let on. "Harvesters in most areas are seeing more cod now than they ever see seen in their entire lives," he said in a recent interview, adding that he feels the rebuilding plan keeps removal levels extremely low. "We want to rebuild our communities at the same time we rebuild the stock," he said. His sentiments are echoed in the town of New Perlican, known for its speckling of brightly coloured fishing sheds along the harbour, each with a dock in front of it. Before the moratorium, there’d be a boat at every dock during cod season, said Shelley Burrage, the town clerk. Her father was a cod fisherman, until the moratorium, she said. When she was in high school, she'd get a part-time licence, too, just to help out. When harvesters push back against catch limits, "they're fighting for their heritage, for their right to do this," she said. "It's more than just a fish." Dalhousie University biologist Jeffrey Hutchings says he understands that very well. "But one also has to ask the question ... do we want to rebuild, or do we just want a small piddling fishery?" he asked in a recent interview. Hutchings points out that at its core, the Fisheries Department has to decide what its priorities are. The current iteration of the department was established in the late 1970s, before any major environmental disasters like the cod collapse, he said. "The department was really ... an economic department," he said in a recent interview. "It wasn't there for conservation or long-term thinking." Canada's oceans have changed since then, and it may be time for the department to change, too, he said. The Fisheries Department declined a request for an interview to address criticism that it needs a greater focus on conservation. In an emailed statement, spokesperson Carole Saindon said the department's management and conservation decisions are informed by a number of factors, "including science and socio-economic considerations that take into account the well-being of coastal and Indigenous communities." Saindon added that the federal government has made "tremendous advances" in ocean protection in recent years. "As of 2015, less than one per cent of our oceans were protected, compared to nearly 14 per cent today," the statement said. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 18, 2021. Sarah Smellie, The Canadian Press
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