Business associations on both sides of the border and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada are issuing a fresh call for a plan to ease travel restrictions at the Canada-US border. Prime Minister Trudeau says Canada will eventually take steps to ease border restrictions for fully vaccinated people — but he’s not saying when. Trudeau is only insisting it will be a science-based decision. He says it’s critically important that Canadians make every effort to get both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available. An expert panel has recommended the current restrictions remain in place for non-vaccinated travellers but ease for those who are partially vaccinated and be very simple for those who are fully vaccinated.
The Porcupine Health Unit is Not Going to Step 1 on Friday:
The Porcupine Health Unit in northern Ontario says it won’t be joining the rest of the province in easing COVID-19 restrictions on Friday. Health officials say the region is battling an ongoing surge of cases, with most of them in Timmins and First Nations in the James Bay and Hudson Bay regions. The local medical officer of health says the more infectious Delta variant has been detected in the region through community transmission, meaning it’s likely circulating already. Dr. Lianne Catton says people should be on the alert no matter where they live in the region.
— Porcupine Health Unit (@PorcupineHU) June 8, 2021
Students Being Hit The Hardest By Ford’s Lockdown:
Students say the summer jobs market remains tight despite plans to re-open economic activity. Marley Gillies of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations says many of the positions students occupy this time of year are in retail, tourism, and other industries still affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. She says federal funding to summer jobs programs should help cushion the blow, but she says there’s a need to expand eligibility criteria to capture older and international students.
Quebec is Allowing Proms:
The Quebec government says it will allow graduating high school students to hold proms this year. Premier Francois Legault says proms can be held as of July 8th, as long as they are outdoors and stick to a maximum of 250 people. Legault says the majority of teenagers will have received a first dose of vaccine by next month. He also says all regions of the province will be either at the green or yellow pandemic-alert levels as of next Monday, allowing indoor private gatherings and team sports to resume.
Manitoba Will Issue Proof of Vaccination Cards:
Manitoba’s premier says the province will issue proof-of-vaccination cards to people who have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. Brian Pallister says the card will will allow people who travel to other parts of Canada to return to Manitoba without having to self-isolate. They will also have more ability to visit loved ones in hospitals and care homes. The province reported 237 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, and two deaths.
Alberta Getting Close to Reaching Vaccine Targets:
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says 115,000 more people need to get their first shot of COVID-19 vaccine if the final stage of the province’s re-opening plan is to go ahead later this month. The province has said Stage 3, which could happen as early as June 24th, would see all health restrictions lifted. That’s as long as 70 per cent of Albertans 12 and over had received at least one shot. Kenney said the province is ready to go ahead with the second phase of re-opening on Thursday.
I've heard from gym and restaurant owners and other businesses wanting certainty on when Alberta will move into Stage 2 of our #OpenForSummer plan.
Here it is: Stage 2 in Alberta will begin this Thursday, June 10.
Get ready to re-open! pic.twitter.com/RtEIP5yv5Q
— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) June 8, 2021
New Brunswick Getting Close to Reaching Vaccine Targets:
New Brunswick’s government says it’s less than 29,000 people away from reaching its target of having 75 per cent of the population vaccinated with one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. The government wanted to reach that goal on Monday. That way, it can begin loosening health orders but decided to delay its re-opening plan until the target is reached. Health officials say 70.8 per cent of New Brunswickers aged 12 and older have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Hamilton Tattoo Shop Shut Down:
A Hamilton tattoo shop has been shut down after officials say it violated the province’s pandemic rules. Officials say the city reached out to the province after exhausting local enforcement options. They say an order to close the shop took effect Monday. Police and bylaw officers had been to the shop on multiple occasions in recent months.
Canadian health officials reported over 1,200 new confirmed COVID-19 infections Tuesday, and 30 new deaths. Eighteen of the new deaths were in Ontario, but the former hotspot reported another dip in new infections with 469. Ontario’s rate of active cases has dropped to 50 per 100,000 people, which is in great contrast with Manitoba’s active-case rate of 278 per 100,000 people. Manitoba reported 237 new cases yesterday, BC had 165, and Nova Scotia logged 14.
1/2 #COVID19 key concerns in Canada: nationally, we continue to make strong and steady progress, with all disease activity and severity indicators trending down; the latest 7-day average case count is down to 1,796 cases reported daily. https://t.co/lcxf15CFPJ
— Dr. Theresa Tam (@CPHO_Canada) June 8, 2021
Ontario’s daily COVID-19 infection rate continues to drop. The province reported 469 new cases of the virus yesterday. It’s the lowest daily infections total for Ontario since September 26th, when the province reported 435 new cases. Health Minister Christine Elliott said 182 cases were in Toronto, 76 in Peel Region, and 40 in the Porcupine Health Unit region. The province said there were also 18 more deaths linked to the virus.
Ontario is reporting 469 cases of #COVID19 and nearly 17,600 tests completed. Locally, there are 182 new cases in Toronto, 76 in Peel, 40 in the Porcupine Health Unit Region and 30 in Durham.
— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) June 8, 2021
Waterloo Region / WDG Numbers:
There were 36 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, according to Waterloo Region Public Health. Again, there were no new deaths. Active cases increased by 2 to 345. Hospitalizations increased by 2, to a total of 27 with 20 in the ICU.
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health confirmed just 3 new cases yesterday. Active cases dropped by 16, down to 119. Hospitalizations now include 14 patients total. 4 of them are in intensive care.
Contains files from The Canadian Press
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