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Foreigners climbed Mount Everest for the first time since Nepal's government reopened the mountain after it was shut last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, despite recent coronavirus cases at its base camp. Thirty-eight climbers including ten Bahraini and two British mountaineers climbed the world's highest mountain on Tuesday, according to hiking companies. It comes as a few climbers were evacuated from the Everest base camp in April after they fell sick with COVID-19 symptoms as Nepal battles a devastating second wave of coronaviurs infections.
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Recent developments: What's the latest? A new program in Ottawa is making the COVID-19 vaccine as accessible as possible to some of the city's most vulnerable, by having a team of health care workers offer them door-to-door in apartment complexes. Vaccine eligibility includes transit and grocery store employees, among other jobs starting today. Ottawa Public Health (OPH) reported 83 new COVID-19 cases and two more deaths Monday. One of those deaths involves another person in their 40s. WATCH | Convenience matters for those who can't travel to vaccine clinic: How many cases are there? The region is in a record-breaking third wave of the pandemic that includes more dangerous coronavirus variants, straining contact tracing and pushing hospitals past their limits. As of Monday, 25,446 Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19. There are 1,374 known active cases, 23,547 resolved cases and 525 deaths. Public health officials have reported more than 46,400 COVID-19 cases across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including more than 43,300 resolved cases. Elsewhere in eastern Ontario, 181 people have died. In western Quebec, the death toll is 205. Akwesasne has had more than 670 residents test positive and 10 deaths between its northern and southern sections. Kitigan Zibi has had 34 cases. Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory has had 11, with one death. Pikwakanagan hasn't had any. CBC Ottawa is profiling those who've died of COVID-19. If you'd like to share your loved one's story, please get in touch. The transfer of COVID-19 patients from other regions to Ottawa hospitals continues. As of the most recent update Friday, there were 32 COVID-19 patients from other communities in Ottawa ICUs. What can I do? Eastern Ontario: Ontario is under a stay-at-home order until at least May 20. Its health minister says that it will likely be extended. People should only leave home for essential reasons like getting groceries, seeking health care and exercising in their immediate area. The vast majority of gatherings are prohibited. Exceptions include small activities with households and small religious services. Golf courses and tennis and basketball courts are among the closed recreation venues. Ontario has indefinitely moved to online learning. Daycares remain open. Most non-essential businesses can only offer curbside pickup. Access to malls is restricted and big-box stores can only sell essential items. Gyms and personal care services are closed, while restaurants are only available for takeout and delivery. Police checkpoints between Ontario and Quebec are not running 24/7. Officers in Ontario have the power to stop and question people if they believe they've gathered illegally. Local health units and communities can also set their own rules, as Ottawa is doing around playgrounds and Prince Edward County is doing around travel. A view of Gatineau, Que., from across the Ottawa River on May 5, 2021.(Christian Patry/CBC) Western Quebec Premier François Legault has said the situation is critical in Gatineau and is asking people there to only leave home when it's essential. High schools, gyms, theatres, personal care services and non-essential businesses are closed in Gatineau, the Pontiac and Collines-de-l'Outaouais. Private gatherings are banned in those areas, except for a person who lives alone seeing one other household. Distanced outdoor exercise is allowed in groups up to eight people. The curfew is from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Vallée-de-la-Gatineau and Papineau are red zones with looser restrictions, meaning a 9:30 p.m. curfew and allowing secondary schools and non-essential businesses to reopen. People are asked to only have close contact with people they live with, be masked and distanced for all other in-person contact and only leave their immediate area for essential reasons — under threat of a fine if they go to a yellow or green zone. Distancing and isolating The novel coronavirus primarily spreads through droplets that can hang in the air. People can be contagious without symptoms, even after getting a vaccine. Coronavirus variants of concern are more contagious and are now established. This means it is important to take precautions now and in the future like staying home while sick — and getting help with costs if needed — keeping hands and surfaces clean and maintaining distance from anyone you don't live with, even with a mask on. Masks, preferably ones that fit snugly and have three layers, are mandatory in indoor public settings in Ontario and Quebec. OPH says residents should wear masks outside their homes whenever possible. People have to show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test to enter Canada by land without a fine and have to pay for their stay in a quarantine hotel if entering by air. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should self-isolate, as should those who've been ordered to do so by their public health unit. The length varies in Quebec and Ontario. Health Canada recommends older adults and people with underlying medical conditions get help with errands. Vaccines Four COVID-19 vaccines have been deemed safe and approved in Canada. Canada's task force said first doses offer such strong protection that people can wait up to four months to get a second. More than 910,000 doses have been given out in the Ottawa-Gatineau region since mid-December, including about 420,000 doses to Ottawa residents and about 180,000 in western Quebec. Eastern Ontario Ontario is vaccinating people age 50 and older at its clinics. People can book appointments online or over the phone at 1-833-943-3900. The province has opened up appointments for people age 18 and up in Ottawa's K1T, K1V and K2V "hot spot" postal codes. Outside the provincial system, Ottawans in the city's priority neighbourhoods above age 18 and Indigenous people above age 16 can check for eligibility and pop-up clinics online with the city. People who are 40 or will be this year can contact participating pharmacies for a vaccine appointment. Pharmacies can offer walk-in vaccines if they wish. Six Ottawa pharmacies in hot spots are offering Moderna vaccines, though supply is limited. Ontario has a staggered expansion plan, allowing everyone over age 18 to make an appointment starting the week of May 24. It expects about two-thirds of adults to have a first dose by the end of May. People as young as age 40 can book through the province starting Thursday. Today, eligibility will include a wider range of health conditions and job types, such as transit and grocery store employees. Ontario is speeding up the second dose for some groups, such as frontline health-care workers and Indigenous people. Local health units have some flexibility in the larger framework, so check their websites for details. Western Quebec Quebec's vaccination plan covers people 30 and older in the Outaouais, along with essential workers and people with chronic illnesses and disabilities, including pregnancy. The province is doing a staggered expansion, reaching down to children as young as 12 in June. The next expansion is slated for tomorrow, when people as young as 25 can get immunized. People who qualify can make an appointment online or over the phone. Pharmacists there have started giving shots with appointments through the province. Symptoms and testing COVID-19 can range from a cold-like illness to a severe lung infection, with common symptoms including fever, a cough, vomiting and loss of taste or smell. Children tend to have an upset stomach and/or a rash. If you have severe symptoms, call 911. Mental health can also be affected by the pandemic, and resources are available to help. In eastern Ontario: Anyone seeking a test should make an appointment. Check with your health unit for clinic locations and hours. Ontario recommends only getting tested if you fit certain criteria, such as having symptoms, exposure or a certain job. People without symptoms but who are part of the province's targeted testing strategy can make an appointment at select pharmacies. Travellers who need a test have very few local options to pay for one. In western Quebec: Tests are strongly recommended for people with symptoms and their contacts. People can make an appointment and check wait times online. Call 1-877-644-4545 with questions, including if walk-in testing is available nearby. First Nations, Inuit and Métis: First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, or someone travelling to work in a remote Indigenous community, are eligible for a test in Ontario. Akwesasne has a COVID-19 test site by appointment only and a curfew of 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Anyone returning to the community on the Canadian side of the international border who's been farther than 160 kilometres away — or visited Montreal — for non-essential reasons is asked to self-isolate for 14 days. People in Pikwakanagan can book a COVID-19 test by calling 613-625-1175. Anyone in Tyendinaga who's interested in a test can call 613-967-3603 and in Kitigan Zibi, 819-449-5593. Tyendinaga's council is asking people not to travel there to camp or fish. Inuit in Ottawa can call the Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team at 613-740-0999 for service, including testing and vaccines, in Inuktitut or English on weekdays. For more information
As some experts continue to warn of very rare side effects associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine, Canadian health officials are now reviewing the research on mixing various COVID-19 shots. A study of a "mismatched" vaccine regimen is underway in the U.K. — but some scientists say there's reason to believe that administering two doses of different products could boost a person's immune response beyond what can be achieved by giving the same shot twice. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) caused some confusion earlier this month when it said the viral vector shot from AstraZeneca is not the "preferred" product given its associated risk of vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT) — a condition that causes blood clots. That warning came out after hundreds of thousands of Canadians had received the AstraZeneca vaccine already. According to the Ontario Science Table, estimates of the frequency of VITT in individuals who have received the AstraZeneca vaccine now range from 1 case in 26,000 to 1 case in 127,000 doses administered. The risk of developing this side effect, combined with an uncertain delivery schedule for future supply, has prompted some provinces to consider pausing AstraZeneca vaccinations altogether. Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba's chief provincial public health officer, said Sunday a temporary suspension "has been discussed at many levels, and certainly discussed at our provincial program right now." Christine Elliott, Ontario's health minister, said Monday that recipients of the AstraZeneca vaccine may receive a different shot for their second dose. While the AstraZeneca product has been deemed safe and effective repeatedly by Health Canada regulators, some people who already have received that vaccine are now looking at their options. What does the research say about mixing vaccines? Researchers at Oxford University in the U.K. launched a study in early February to explore the possible benefits of alternating different COVID-19 vaccines. According to the lead scientists, the study is "looking for clues as to how to increase the breadth of protection against new virus strains." The study — otherwise known as the COVID-19 Heterologous Prime Boost study, or "Com-COV" — is collecting data to determine whether receiving two different types of vaccine generates an immune response at least equal to the response that follows receiving the same product twice. (A "heterologous" vaccination regimen is one that uses more than one product.) Some early results may be available soon; the study team told CBC News it's "anticipating sharing data in the next week or so." People line up outside an immunization clinic to get their Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in Edmonton on April 20, 2021.(Jason Franson/The Canadian Press) All of the shots currently in use in Canada and the U.K. follow the same two-dose schedule, with a "prime" dose followed by a second "boost" dose some weeks later. (The one-dose Johnson & Johnson shot has been approved for use in Canada but it has not yet been administered.) The Oxford researchers are evaluating the effects of vaccine combinations — comparing the results of a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine followed by either the Pfizer vaccine or a second AstraZeneca dose, or a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine followed by either the AstraZeneca or a second dose of the Pfizer. A second study, called Com-COV 2, includes the products from Moderna and Novavax as booster vaccines. Jonathan Van-Tam is the deputy chief medical officer for England and one of the senior officials responsible for this study. He said this research will "give us greater insight into how we can use vaccines to stay on top of this nasty disease." "It is possible that by combining vaccines, the immune response could be enhanced, giving even higher antibody levels that last longer," he said in a statement. "Unless this is evaluated in a clinical trial, we just won't know." Dr. Helen Fletcher is a professor of immunology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the U.K. She said a "mismatched" vaccine program would deliver some practical benefits — vaccine delivery logistics would be greatly simplified — but there could be another good reason to pursue a mixed-dose regimen. The prospect of a 'stronger immune response' "I'm excited about the study because I think it's likely that the immune response will be even better if you mix and match vaccines," Fletcher said in an interview with CBC News. "Mixing vaccines could give you a stronger immune response, or it could give a broader type of immune response — generating a wider range of antibodies, or T cells as well as antibodies. It's also possible that a mix and match regimen could strengthen our immune response against virus variants because of this stronger or broader immunity." Vaccines teach the immune system — which includes both antibodies and T-cells — to recognize part of a virus. A T cell is a type of white blood cell that responds to viral infections and boosts the immune function of other cells. Vials of the COVID-19 vaccine are seen on a filling machine at the Serum Institute of India, Pune, India, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021.(Rafiq Maqbool/Associated Press) A single dose of either the AstraZeneca or Pfizer shots has been found to generate a significant antibody response to the novel coronavirus. But a recent study by the U.K. Coronavirus Immunology Consortium and the University of Birmingham found that the AstraZeneca vaccine may actually induce a stronger cellular immune response than the Pfizer shot. So a combination of the two shots "could lead to a higher quantity of antibody, but it can also broaden the immune response," Fletcher said. Is there any history of mixing different vaccines like this? Yes. Fletcher said people have been combining vaccine types for several decades in an effort to boost immune responses to malaria, tuberculosis, HIV and cancers. A mixed vaccine regimen was approved for Ebola last year. "When we give immunizations to infants, we use several different types of vaccine over a period of months and years with no safety concerns," Fletcher said. Are there any risks associated with a mismatched regimen? Fletcher said there have been no reports of any side effects beyond the ones already reported when the vaccines are administered individually. "The Com-COV study will, of course, be looking very closely at safety and it's great that this is being carefully monitored as part of a clinical trial, but I would not anticipate any safety problem with mixing vaccines," she said. Different vaccines administered as part of a two-dose regime do not directly interact with each other, as the vaccine particles are swiftly cleared by the immune system within days of immunization, Fletcher said. "There's no remaining vaccine mRNA or vaccine viral vector around when you give a second dose," she said. Jorg Fritz, a microbiology and immunology professor at McGill University, said he doesn't see why there would be any additional danger involved in receiving two different vaccines. Fritz said he also thinks it would be better to mix two vaccines that use different technologies than to wait too long to give the second shot. "I think it's more important to get a booster vaccination to have a more robust and more durable immune response against the viral proteins than using the same technology," Fritz told the Canadian Press. What have Canadian officials said about this? Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer, said last week the current guidance is for AstraZeneca recipients to get a second dose of the same product, but NACI is now reviewing the Oxford research on mixing AstraZeneca with an mRNA shot. "There will be further advice forthcoming on that second dose based on the evolving science. We should watch this space," Tam said. "All of the vaccines being used in Canada are targeting the virus' spike protein, so I think the science will look not just at whether the mixed schedule is safe, but whether that's actually an even better approach than using exactly the same vaccine for the two doses. Those questions remain to be answered." Would we have enough mRNA doses for a mix-and-match program? Probably. According to Health Canada, at least 1,540,000 AstraZeneca doses have been administered in Canada as of May 1. Thousands of Canadians have been vaccinated since then. With delivery of millions more mRNA shots expected over the coming months — Pfizer alone will deliver 2 million shots each week in May before ramping up to 2.4 million a week next month — there should be enough shots on hand to vaccinate AstraZeneca recipients with a second dose of a second product. But provinces may have to hold back some Pfizer supply to make this work. Canada has ordered 48 million Pfizer doses — 5.5 million were delivered in the January-through-March period, 24.2 million will arrive in the second quarter of this year and 18.3 million more are to follow between July and September. That's enough shots to vaccinate 24 million people with two doses. If some of that product is earmarked for people who already have doses of AstraZeneca, that leaves less product for first doses. Moderna is also expected to deliver 12.3 million doses of its mRNA product in the April-through-June period, with millions more doses expected in the third quarter of this year. WATCH: Canada will soon have enough doses to offer vaccines to all who want them Maj. Gen. Dany Fortin, the military commander leading vaccine logistics at the Public Health Agency of Canada, said last Thursday that officials are "only starting to do deliberate planning on second doses." "What I would tell you is provinces and territories have a good handle on what they need. They keep tabs on who is getting which vaccine," he said. "Everybody is working on a very deliberate plan making sure people get the right vaccine when they're supposed to receive it." Will Canada shorten the time between shots? Possibly. NACI said in early March that, given the limited vaccine supply, provinces and territories may want to wait up to 16 weeks between first and second doses to give more people at least some level of protection. The provinces have since followed this guidance, with a few exceptions. For example, many long-term care home residents have been fully vaccinated on the timeline recommended by the vaccine makers. Pfizer calls for a second dose 21 days after the first, while Moderna stipulates the second shot should come 28 days later. Ontario announced Monday that it would begin offering second doses to some high-risk groups this week. "As more vaccines come in, that interval can be shorter," Tam said.
OTTAWA — A new Leger poll suggests Canadian confidence in COVID-19 vaccines is holding firm despite swirling confusion and concern about the safety of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. It also suggests Canadians are largely open to the idea of vaccine passports but support them more for travel than for everyday activities like dining out or going to a concert or shopping mall. Leger surveyed 1,529 Canadians online for the poll between May 7 and May 9. It cannot be assigned a margin of error because internet-based polls are not considered random samples. More than eight in 10 Canadian respondents said they are either vaccinated already or plan to be when it's their turn, almost identical to the number who said that in a similar poll taken a month ago. It's up from six in 10 people last October, and seven in 10 in January. "Pretty much every government in the Western Hemisphere would be happy if 82 per cent of adults did get vaccinated," said Leger executive vice-president Christian Bourque. Almost 40 per cent of Canadians have now been vaccinated with at least one dose, and government officials have said at least 75 per cent need to be vaccinated to get close to herd immunity against COVID-19. That overall confidence in the vaccine comes despite the potential link to a rare but serious blood clotting syndrome from AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. In the two weeks before the poll was taken, 12 Canadians were diagnosed with VITT, and three of them died, out of more than two million people vaccinated with AstraZeneca. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization recommended April 23 that people at low risk from COVID-19 wait to get vaccinated until they can access Pfizer or Moderna rather than get AstraZeneca immediately. They said the same thing about J&J on May 3. Confidence in those vaccines is down following those remarks. More than eight in 10 people surveyed said they trust Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, which aren't linked to the clots at all. Comparatively fewer than half those surveyed expressed trust in AstraZeneca or J&J. A month ago almost seven in 10 Canadians had confidence in J&J and a little more than half in AstraZeneca. The vast majority of Canadians won't have to worry about it, however, as about 85 per cent of vaccine doses given out as of May 1 were Pfizer or Moderna, and more than 88 per cent of doses expected in the next two months are the same. All Canadians over the age of 12 should have access to their first dose before the end of June. The poll also suggests almost three-quarters of Canadians want a vaccine passport to be given out for free once they've been inoculated. But support for such passports varies depending on how they are to be used. About eight in 10 support them being required for domestic or international travel, compared to about six in 10 who think it's OK for the government or business owners to require vaccine passports for everything from going out for dinner, to taking in a concert or a hockey game, or getting your hair done. Only half said they think store owners should require them for non-essential retail shopping. Support for vaccine passports overall is lowest in Alberta, at just over 50 per cent, and among people under 55. The Canadian government has said it will align with international allies on a system for providing proof of vaccination status but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been very unenthusiastic about the idea of using vaccine passports for activities within Canada. Bourque said support is also lowest for the idea of governments not allowing people to work in health care or other government jobs unless they get vaccinated. "You can't deprive somebody from making their living ... I think that's where Canadians seem to be setting the limit," he said. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 11, 2021. Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — The federal government is launching a basket of programs to bolster airports with hundreds of millions of dollars in funding first announced back in November. A government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement is not yet public, says Ottawa has laid out the criteria for airports to access $740 million in capital investments over the next six years. Nearly $500 million of that windfall is bound for large airports to put toward critical infrastructure such as runway repairs and transit stations. Most of the rest is en route to smaller airports, whose definition has been loosened temporarily to allow eight more sites to apply, from Prince George, B.C., to Gander, Nfld. The government previously announced $435 million roughly evenly split between airport rent relief and support for regional air transportation. The aviation industry has been among the hardest-hit sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic, with profits and passenger numbers plummeting amid travel restrictions and border shutdowns. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 11, 2021. The Canadian Press
Citi, acting through Citibank N.A., has been appointed by Valneva SE ("Valneva"), a specialty vaccine company focused on the development and commercialization of prophylactic vaccines for infectious diseases with significant unmet medical need, to act as depositary bank for its American Depositary Receipt ("ADR") programme.
Sources who work at Lakeshore General Hospital in Montreal's West Island say no changes have been made to the layout of the Emergency Room since a woman was found dead on the floor in February in an isolation room that staff had warned managers about several times. Candida Macarine died Feb. 27, a few hours after being admitted with respiratory distress. She was found dead beside her bed on the floor of one of three negative pressure rooms in the ER used for suspected COVID-19 patients. Nurses had warned managers several times in the weeks prior to Macarine's death about problems being able to see directly into those rooms, making it difficult to monitor patients there. Two sources who work at the hospital told CBC Monday nothing has changed in the layout of the ER since Macarine's death. CBC isn't identifying the sources because they fear they might be fired for speaking out. "This is of deep concern because patients are still at risk. Visibility is still poor," one of the sources said. "There's minimal visual contact with those patients due to a wall and a door," the second source said. "Depending on how busy it is, it can be difficult to keep a good eye on the patients there," the second source continued. Both sources said that during the first wave of the pandemic, those rooms were equipped with closed-circuit cameras that allowed nursing staff to keep close tabs on patients. They said the cameras had since been removed because, staff were told, it wasn't legal to monitor patients in that way. Lakeshore General Hospital is a designated COVID treatment centre, and the sources said those rooms are still used daily to treat suspected COVID patients. Health agency says changes will be made 'in the coming days' In a statement emailed to CBC Monday, Hélène Bergeron-Gamache, a spokesperson for the West Island health agency, the CIUSSS de l'Ouest de l'Île de Montréal, said those rooms were safe and necessary for the control of infectious diseases. "The teams make frequent rounds of the rooms and pay particular attention to beds or stretchers further back," she said. Despite that, Bergeron-Gamache said changes were coming. "To ensure optimal security, an employee will be completely dedicated to the observation of these rooms," Bergeron-Gamache said. "In the short term, renovations will ensure spaces that are better suited to an organization of work modelled on new practices," she continued. Bergeron said the dedicated employee and the renovations would be implemented "in the coming days." She also thanked employees who came forward for being committed to the quality and safety of care. "We encourage all people to denounce situations that seem worrying to them and invite them to participate in the discussions for the sake of continuous improvement of practices," she said. Family still waiting for answers The Macarine family was initially not told of the circumstances of Candida Macarine's death. Staff at the hospital told them only that Macarine had died of cardiac arrest. The CIUSSS launched an internal investigation into the death without informing the family. Candida Macarine died Feb. 27 a few hours after being admitted to the Lakeshore General Hospital.(Submitted by Placido Macarine) It wasn't until the family noticed a CBC story two weeks after the death that they realized the woman who died was their mother. That prompted the CIUSSS to ask the Quebec coroner's office to investigate to the death, and to admit that its communications with the family had been "incomplete". Last month, the family said it had received next to no information or updates about either investigation. After intially refusing, the family met with the CEO of the CIUSSS, Lynne McVey, on April 26. Candida Macarine's son, Emmanuel Macarine, told CBC in an email last week that he felt the meeting was a "waste of time" and that the family still had many unanswered questions. McVey refused CBC's request for an interview.
TORONTO — People with at-risk conditions in Ontario will be eligible to book their COVID-19 vaccine appointment starting today. The province says that includes people with dementia, diabetes and sickle cell disease. Another group of people who cannot work from home including grocery store, restaurant and transportation workers will also be eligible to book a shot today. The government says starting Thursday, anyone 40 or older will be able to book a shot anywhere in the province. The government says it has been able to expand eligibility to more age groups because it is expecting to receive millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses in the coming weeks. Ontario says it expects 65 per cent of adults to have their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of May. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 11, 2021. The Canadian Press
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As a health-care worker counts down from three, Joey Callaghan braces himself for his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine — not at a clinic or hospital of any kind, but right outside the door to his own apartment. Callaghan was able to get his first dose Friday through a new program from Ottawa Health Team's primary care partners table. The team makes vaccination as accessible as possible to some of the city's most vulnerable, by offering them door-to-door in apartment complexes. "We have identified buildings that have extra barriers to access the vaccine and in areas that are seen rising numbers of COVID," said Raquel De Queiroz, a registered nurse and co-lead of the program. Not having access to the internet or a vehicle and not speaking English could be some factors making it more challenging for some to get vaccinated, she said. Registered nurse and program co-lead Raquel De Queiroz says the program is meant to remove as many barriers as possible for those who might otherwise have difficulties getting the vaccine.(Francis Ferland/CBC) The program began in May and uses a strategy known as the airplane model, based off a practice in Toronto. Health-care workers load up carts with doses of the vaccine and administer them door-to-door to those who want one. "The best thing was just to be able to engage clients one-on-one and be able to have a health professional right there at their door to explain questions, to give them information and be ready to answer," De Queiroz said. Program could expand Callaghan, who doesn't have a car, said he was "elated" to get the vaccine right where he lives in the city's east end. "Just getting the shot is going to make me feel better," he said. Ottawa Health Team members load up carts with doses of COVID-19 vaccines that will be delivered and administered to apartment building residents.(Francis Ferland/CBC) "This is great, you know, them coming to the building," said Blaine Scott who also lives in an apartment in the east end and was recently able to get his first dose through the program. "I was just going to put it off. I was just not going to get the shot at all." Apartment resident Blaine Scott says if it weren't for the program, it's likely he wouldn't have gotten vaccinated at all.(Francis Ferland/CBC) De Queiroz said the plan is to vaccinate residents in at least seven apartment buildings in the city but that the team will expand the program even further as long as resources allow. She said the program could also be helpful in other areas of the country. "As many barriers as we can break down for people you know, I don't see why not."
HALIFAX — Residents of a small town 250 kilometres east of Halifax are fighting to prevent the removal of a hunk of black metal that has been sitting offshore for the past 100 years. “It's just a big, rusty boiler,” Rachel Langley, resident of Drum Head, N.S., said in an interview Monday. “Maybe it is an eyesore, but it means something.” The boiler is an important feature of life in the community of 37 people, Langley said, adding that for years, the metal has been a point of interest for divers and fishers. The boiler is the last remaining piece of the Scotia, a steam-powered vessel that was destroyed by fire in 1921, damaging cargo worth $75,000 at the time. Langley said in an interview Monday she's set up a Facebook group named “Save the Drumhead Boiler” as well as a Change.org petition after hearing the province is planning to pluck it from the water. The boiler was tagged in February to be taken from its resting place by Nova Scotia Lands, the provincial Crown corporation that oversees environmental cleanups and land management. Langley said her efforts to save the boiler have resonated past the small community, and as of Monday afternoon, her petition had more than 300 signatures and the Facebook page had slightly fewer than 100 followers. "It's not in any (shipping) channels, any boat ways, it's not in the way at all,” Langley said of the boiler. “It's going to cause more damage to move it than it would be to leave it.” Nova Scotia Lands spokeswoman Trish Smith said in an emailed statement the removal is scheduled for the summer. She said there are "no glaring impacts" to the environment for the boiler to be removed. "Contractors hired to remove vessels follow all permits and guidance from provincial and federal regulators on any of our removal sites," Smith said. Smith added that vessels that were considered for removal had been brought to the attention of the provincial Lands and Forestry Department via complaints from people who have concerns about such things as safety and esthetics. Langley, however, said she hasn't been able to find out who launched a complaint against the rusty chunk of metal. "You're going to disturb marine life, you're going to disturb whatever's nesting in it," she said, "You're going to drag the bottom — and I'm a lobster fisherman, believe me, I don't want people dragging anything across the bottom." Another Drum Head resident, Martin Theobald, said in an interview Monday community members are attached to the boiler. "It's a nice piece of living history within reach," Theobald said. "It's kind of a big part of local history. (It) ties into the nautical stories of the area." Theobald owns Harbour Island, which sits less than a kilometre off Drum Head. He said the boiler rests just between the mainland and the island and both are visited in the warmer months by locals. "From my perspective, I don't see a reason for a big company disturbing all that area just to remove something that's been there for ages," he said. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 11, 2021. — — — This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship. Danielle Edwards, The Canadian Press