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3 hours ago, Fragile Bird said:

Apparently a curfew was recommended but Ford’s angry rural MPPs vociferously opposed it. Too bad they couldn’t take a lesson from Quebec.

I am someone that has followed a lot of restrictions and taken tons of precautions, but until they close down businesses that are driving infections, and provide the support necessary to let people stay home, I will never endorse nor follow a curfew. Fuck that. We are not slaves. 

This latest announcement is more of the same. Punish people but still expect them to go out there and make money for our overlords. Lets bans public gatherings, close park amenities and threatens regular citizens with tickets, instead of dealing with the actual sources of infections.

Did anyone ever hear of the soccer field outbreak? Or the one at Trinity Bellwoods? No, of course not - because the outbreaks are all happening at countless workplaces across the Province.

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8 minutes ago, Lord of Oop North said:

I am someone that has followed a lot of restrictions and taken tons of precautions, but until they close down businesses that are driving infections, and provide the support necessary to let people stay home, I will never endorse nor follow a curfew. Fuck that. We are not slaves. 

This latest announcement is more of the same. Punish people but still expect them to go out there and make money for our overlords. Lets bans public gatherings, close park amenities and threatens regular citizens with tickets, instead of dealing with the actual sources of infections.

Did anyone ever hear of the soccer field outbreak? Or the one at Trinity Bellwoods? No, of course not - because the outbreaks are all happening at countless workplaces across the Province.

I was actually envisaging what you say plus a curfew.

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4 minutes ago, Fragile Bird said:

I was actually envisaging what you say plus a curfew.

You know as well as I do that if this government implemented a curfew, there is no way they will close those businesses. Because of light switches or something.

Anyway, I don't see what a curfew accomplishes that the public gathering bans does not. The curfew just seems like it is ripe for abuse and harassment of minorities.

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I live in a neighborhood that parties in the park late at night. They’re all white. There’s a fire pit in the park where they’ve built fires pretty well every night and sit around drinking.

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3 hours ago, Fragile Bird said:

I live in a neighborhood that parties in the park late at night. They’re all white. There’s a fire pit in the park where they’ve built fires pretty well every night and sit around drinking.

So then the police can ticket them and disperse under the public gathering ban. We don't need a curfew for that, and the police don't need additional powers to do that.

Edited by Lord of Oop North

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This is just...criminal. 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/covid-19-ontario-april-19-2021-cases-icu-vaccines-1.5992969

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and logged a positivity rate of 10.5 per cent — the highest recorded since in Ontario since the beginning of the pandemic. 

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There are 2,202 people with COVID-19 in hospitals, according to the Ministry of Health. Of those, 755 are being treated for COVID-related critical illnesses in intensive care units. A total of 516 patients require a ventilator to breathe.

 

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Update

Apr        9Fr   10Sa  11Su  12Mo  13Tu  14We  15Th  16Fr  

BC        1262  1283  1036    970     873   1168   1205  1005                       

AB        1521  1293  1183  1136   1081   1412   1646  1616        

SK          358    236    321    300     288     193     293    221               

MB         179    185    112    114     135      86     153    127             

ON       4227  3813  4456   4401  3670   4156   4736  4812     

PQ       1683   1754  1535   1599  1490   1559   1513  1527           

Atl-4        14       31      15      20      11        21      15     24        

North        0         0        0        0        1          1        1     12                                

Total     9244   8545   8658  8540 7549   8596   9562   9338

I think I made enough comments during the week. Everyone moved up sharply. The cases in the North are all in Iqaluit. The numbers in Ontario are horrible. I mentioned that the experts were saying we need to vaccinate 100,000 a day, and while we do more than that during the week, the numbers are lousy on the weekend. Why don't people in Ontario want to be vaccinated on the weekend? We did hit the 100k average from the 10th to the 17th, but we should do better. 66,897 done on Sunday.

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Apr        12Mo  13Tu  14We  15Th  16Fr  17Sa  18Su  19Mo  

BC           970     873   1168   1205  1005  1027   933  1000                      

AB         1136   1081   1412   1646  1616  1486  1516  1391        

SK           300     288     193     293    221    249    296    243               

MB          114     135      86     153    127    183    167    108             

ON        4401   3670   4156   4736  4812  4362  4250  4447     

PQ         1599  1490   1559   1513  1527  1537  1344  1092          

Atl-4         20      11        21      15     24       19       24     30         

North         0        1          1        1     12         6        3       6                               

Total      8540  7549   8596   9562   9338  8869  8533  8317

Looks like the usual pattern last week, highest numbers on Thursday and Friday and a drop to Monday, let's see what happens this week. Restrictions have been going on for more than a week in most provinces, we should start seeing results from that combined with vaccinations, which averaged 281,000 a day this past week.

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On one hand we have some good news in Ontario today, the lowest number of new cases since April 8, 3,469. However, we also had a low number of test results, 42,873, similar to last Tuesday's report, 42,167, when we reported 3,670 new cases. It's the same pattern, week after week, just like we have a pattern of a sharp drop in vaccinations over the weekend every week.

I wonder if there's an overtime issue here. ie the Ford government won't pay enough workers. Or, they could just be burned out, without a lot of back-up workers for the weekend.

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As I expected, yesterday’s Ontario new cases was back up to 4,212, slightly higher than last’s week’s Wednesday number of 4,156, but then it was followed by a Thursday number of 4,736. I expected more of the same today, but the number is lower, 3,682. I had to go look at the test numbers, and we did 54,246 tests, about the same as Apr. 14 when there were the 4,156 new cases. Grasping for any good news here, folks.

I see that Nova Scotia all of a sudden has a hot spot going. There are 38 new cases today, meaning 87 new cases since Monday, which is shocking for the province. Four cases have been related to travel and 19 connected to the travelers. There’s a press conference at 3:30 that might explain more.

On a brighter note, Ontario administered 136,695 and 134,920 vaccines doses the last two days, which came as a pleasant surprise. Almost a third of those over 16 have had their first dose now, we should hit that number at the end of today or tomorrow.

I switched from Rogers to Bell yesterday, and my installer was a young Indian fellow who was very happy that his wife was getting vaccinated while he was at my house, and he was getting vaccinated today. He said he just happened to glance at the registration site for the clinic being held at that temple folks living around here can see from the 427 as you go north. He thought all the spots got taken in about 10 minutes. 
 

Ford apparently has flip-flopped on the idea of paid sick leave. He’s in 14 days quarantine right now because a staff member has tested positive.

 

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16 minutes ago, Fragile Bird said:

I switched from Rogers to Bell yesterday, and my installer was a young Indian fellow who was very happy that his wife was getting vaccinated while he was at my house, and he was getting vaccinated today. He said he just happened to glance at the registration site for the clinic being held at that temple folks living around here can see from the 427 as you go north. He thought all the spots got taken in about 10 minutes.

I assume that's the hotspot clinic located in Etobicoke but meant for my area code in Brampton.   Grrrrrr.   Rumours abound that it was all nepotistically distributed to temple-connected people.

There's also only 8 pharmacies per 100k people offering the AZ vaccine in Brampton, while non-hotspots like Kingston has about 36 pharmacies per 100k.

Something like 22.5% of covid tests are coming up positive here.  It's a bloody cocktail for creating a  "Brampton variant".  It's not a mere "hotspot" it's a wildfire.

Edited by SpaceChampion

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41 minutes ago, SpaceChampion said:

I assume that's the hotspot clinic located in Etobicoke but meant for my area code in Brampton.   Grrrrrr.   Rumours abound that it was all nepotistically distributed to temple-connected people.

There's also only 8 pharmacies per 100k people offering the AZ vaccine in Brampton, while non-hotspots like Kingston has about 36 pharmacies per 100k.

Something like 22.5% of covid tests are coming up positive here.  It's a bloody cocktail for creating a  "Brampton variant".  It's not a mere "hotspot" it's a wildfire.

Can you get a spot in Etobicoke?

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Halifax (and most of the HRM) went back into a four week lock down as of yesterday. Went from single digits up to 150 cases gah. We have community spread now from the few fuckos who didn't isolate when returning from outside the province (or those they live with didn't isolate). I don't think any are in the hospital though, which is good. 

Vaccine rollout is still slow, but I'm sure we won't consider sending our supply to other harder hit (because they didn't lock down like we did) areas now. The premier was against it before anyway. 

I'm still working from home, but I don't know yet how it will affect Mr. Tyr. He travels for work mostly around the HRM and to the South and Western shores. Just have to wait and see, I guess. Blah. 

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The prime minister just announced we’ve ordered 35 M booster shots from Pfizer for delivery next year. I guess Moderna lost out on that one.

And Ontario has announced it’s first case of the rare blood clot after a man in his 60s received the AZ vaccine. Apparently it’s case number 4 already. I heard about the first case in Alberta, but I missed the news about number 2 and 3.

Sadly, after the nice drop in cases yesterday Ontario announced 4,505 today.

eta: actually, we have an order for 35 M Pfizer in 2022 plus an option for 30 M more, 30 M for 2023 and an option for 30 M more, and an option for 60 M in 2024.

Edited by Fragile Bird

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Update

Apr        16Fr  17Sa  18Su  19Mo  20Tu  21We  22Th  23Fr  

BC         1005  1027   933   1000    849     862   1006  1001                        

AB         1616  1486  1516  1391  1345   1699   1857  1690        

SK           221    249    296    243    249     231    254    245               

MB          127    183    167    108    211    164     261    181             

ON        4812  4362  4250  4447  3469   4212  3682  4505     

PQ         1527  1537  1344  1092  1136  1217   1248  1043          

Atl-4        24       19       24     30      12      33       61      61         

North       12         6        3       6        5        2        6       10                              

Total      9338  8869  8533  8317  7276  8421  7251  8736

You can see the climb in the Atlantic provinces pretty clearly now. Most of it is Nova Scotia, as I mentioned in a post above. New restrictions are in place and travelers from out of province are not allowed unless they are essential workers. BC has asked people not to travel between health districts.

I saw that two days ago the number of vaccines the government has went up by 300,000. That must be J&J, no? But I think they come next week. Did we get some AZ in? NACI has recommended the age for receiving the AZ vaccine be dropped to 30.

Edited by Fragile Bird

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Well, Ontario has now, finally, officially, asked for the help of the military. The NDP were demanding to know in Parliament why the federal government hadn’t sent in the troops, I have no idea if they genuinely didn’t know Ontario had to ask for help or if they just wanted to play the same blame game provincial Conservatives have been playing.

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Update

Apr        19Mo  20Tu  21We  22Th  23Fr  24Sa  25Su  26Mo  

BC         1000    849     862   1006  1001    881    847    763                           

AB         1391  1345   1699   1857  1690  1592  1437  1495        

SK           243    249     231     254    245    291    249    245                    

MB          108    211     164     261    181    276    259    210             

ON        4447  3469   4212   3682  4505  4094  3947  3510     

PQ        1092   1136   1217   1248  1043  1106  1014    889          

Atl-4        30       12       33       61      61      63      69      79         

North        6         5         2        6       10        7        8      13                              

Total      8317  7276   8421   7251  8736  8310  7830  7204

I don't want to jinx the country but it looks like the growth of new cases has slowed, except for Nova Scotia, which has been setting new records for 5 or 6 days in a row.

Numbers are doing well on the vaccine front. This week we will have almost 2 M doses delivered, 1 M from Pfizer, 650,000 from Moderna (we hope) and 300,000 from J&J. And then next week we get 2 M doses of Pfizer every week for May and June and perhaps July, and iirc, for part of that time we will get 3 M a week.

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On 4/22/2021 at 2:14 PM, Fragile Bird said:

Can you get a spot in Etobicoke?

I wouldn't think so... It's by where you live, isn't it?  Anyway, booked my appointment at the Brampton Civic Hospital clinic since they lowered the age tonight to 45+ without announcing publicly.  But the Twitter account "Vaccine Hunters Canada" was keeping an eye on the registration site.  I see the first two days of the 5 day time slots that were open are already fully booked.  I'm getting mine on May 5th.  Should be Moderna or Pfizer.

 

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18 minutes ago, SpaceChampion said:

I wouldn't think so... It's by where you live, isn't it?  Anyway, booked my appointment at the Brampton Civic Hospital clinic since they lowered the age tonight to 45+ without announcing publicly.  But the Twitter account "Vaccine Hunters Canada" was keeping an eye on the registration site.  I see the first two days of the 5 day time slots that were open are already fully booked.  I'm getting mine on May 5th.  Should be Moderna or Pfizer.

 

Great news!

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I hear people are announcing on twitter they've driven in from Barrie or Niagara (which are not hotspots) and getting vaccines meant for Peel.  They're suppose to check what postal code you live in so someone is not doing their job properly.

As far as I know they weren't suppose to announce the spots opening up until today, but the mayor tweeted it out and then deleted it. 

Here's an article on Vaccine Hunters Canada

That's all great for the white collar workers who can spend all day on social media, but that info isn't getting to the most vulnerable population, especially the warehouse workers who are risking their lives so people can get their Amazon packages.

Edited by SpaceChampion

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