Category "COVID"

26May

Grocery work shifting amid increasing automation and online sales, Ontario report finds

by BBG Hub

A sweeping new report on the state of Ontario’s grocery industry paints a picture of a sector where jobs are rapidly changing as retailers dive deeper into e-commerce and automation gains speed.

With online grocery orders and delivery accelerated by the pandemic, the hiring of warehouse, logistics and order fulfilment workers or “personal shoppers” has started to outpace more traditional supermarket jobs, the report says.

Concerns have also emerged over the possible disruptive impact of automation — changes that could have a lasting impact on the future of food retail work, according to the report.

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The report released Wednesday by the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, an independent economic policy institute based at Ryerson University, highlights changes in e-commerce and automation that are shaping the grocery industry across the country.

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“COVID-19 restrictions and risks have dramatically accelerated Canadian demand for online grocery shopping,” the report said, noting that e-commerce grocery sales have increased 700 per cent since the start of the pandemic.

Rather than a predicted decline in jobs, the 43-page report found that the rise of automation and online shopping is instead shifting the nature of grocery retail work.

Unlike traditional grocery jobs like cashiers, clerks and in-store shelf and produce stockers, which tend to focus on customer service, the report found new e-commerce jobs involve fulfilling online orders, packing groceries, preparing food and delivering orders.

While many of these positions remain in stores, they are also increasingly located at distribution centres and so-called dark stores, which operate exclusively to fulfil online orders.

“What we can expect is for the nature of jobs and the demand for different skills to shift,” said Kimberly Bowman, senior projects manager with the Brookfield Institute and one of the report’s authors.


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Workers in the front end of supermarkets are expected to have good communication and customer service skills, for example, whereas warehouse workers are focused on more independent tasks such as packing orders, she said. Personal shoppers who fulfil click-and-collect orders have a hybrid role, Bowman added.

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While some jobs will indeed disappear or shrink, she said many others will change and new jobs will be created.

“We didn’t find evidence that there was going to be a significant contraction in demand for workers,” Bowman said. “We may see some job reductions, like cashiers being replaced by self-checkouts, but we also see other jobs emerge.”

While the use of automated checkout kiosks is expanding and online grocery shopping is increasingly popular, an employee-free supermarket isn’t likely any time soon, according to the report.

“Despite the public debate about automation potentially disrupting employment for food retail workers, employers are hiring and the pandemic has only increased the need for these positions,” the report said.

Bowman added that human staff are still needed.

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“The customer service component and the human component can actually be a really strong differentiator, especially for premium brands,” she said.

But that doesn’t mean the work available in stores isn’t also changing.

The report, entitled Shakeup in Aisle 21: Disruption, Change and Opportunity in Ontario’s Grocery Sector, said grocery retail jobs are increasingly becoming part-time and weekend work.

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A generation ago, Canadians shopped for food on weekdays and Saturdays, the report said. But now the busiest shopping day is Sunday, with the most popular weekday shopping hours between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., according to the report.

Although cashier and clerk roles are increasing, the report said there was 15 per cent drop in full-time positions from 2006 to 2016.

Indeed, one food retail worker told researchers that while grocery stores used to hire full-time employees, “it doesn’t happen like that anymore. Nobody gets hired full time.”

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Meanwhile, grocery work is low-paid at point of entry, the report said, with cashiers and clerks earning a median wage of $14.25 in Ontario.

Another food retail worker told researchers that with average rents of $2,000 a month for a one-bedroom apartment in the Toronto area, many people worked two or three jobs to stay afloat.

Yet despite low wages, Bowman said that doesn’t mean grocery workers are low-skilled.

“Low wage does not equal low skill,” she said, noting that more than half the grocery store workers the researchers spoke with for the report had some post-secondary training.

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Bowman said food retail requires not just customer service and communications skills but also problem-solving and other valuable skills.

“Customer service remains in high demand,” the report said. “Given challenges associated with pay and job quality, some of these workers may wish to investigate pathways into other occupations.”




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18May

Home Depot sales jump 31% as pandemic-fuelled demand remains

by BBG Hub

Home Depot Inc on Tuesday reported a bigger-than-expected 31 per cent jump in quarterly same-store sales, allaying concerns that the top U.S. home improvement chain would see pandemic-fuelled demand easing as vaccinations gather steam.

The company’s stock rose 2.2 per cent in pre-market trading, set to add to the nearly 33 per cent gain from the last 12 months when sales surged due to stuck-at-home Americans spending more to upgrade their living spaces.

Home Depot also benefited from builders and contractors rushing back to stores to get through a backlog of projects put on pause during the pandemic, as well as consumer confidence in the strength of the U.S. housing market.

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The median existing house price surged a record 17.2 per cent in March, while U.S. homebuilding jumped to nearly a 15-year high.

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“Given the heady performance of last quarter it would have been tempting to say that Home Depot had reached its peak. However, as this morning’s numbers show, Home Depot is still climbing,” said Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData.

Saunders said a fresh round of government stimulus was “the icing on the cake” for the quarter, but warned this level of growth is unlikely to repeat in the second quarter as consumer spending turns to other activities such as travel.

Same-store sales growth was expected to slow in the first quarter to 19.9 per cent from 24.5 per cent in the prior three-month period, as more Americans get inoculated, virus restrictions ease and outdoor activities resume.

Sky-rocketing prices of lumber, which made up nearly nine per cent of Home Depot’s total sales last year, are also expected to have boosted sales in the first quarter.

Overall net sales jumped 32.7 per cent to US$37.50 billion, beating estimates of US$34.96 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

The company’s net earnings of US$3.86 per share, topping estimates of US$3.08.

Shares of rival Lowe’s Cos Inc, scheduled to report first-quarter results on Wednesday, were up 1.5 per cent.

(Reporting by Uday Sampath in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)







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12May

Saskatchewan to begin sending out negative COVID-19 test results via text

by BBG Hub

Saskatchewan residents who have gotten tested for COVID-19 may receive their results, if negative, through an automated text messaging system beginning May 19.

The province says the Saskatchewan Health Authority will introduce data collection through the online requisition form at both drive-thru and static testing sites staring Friday.

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“All patients who have a positive COVID-19 test result will still receive a call from public health, providing them with direction on self-isolation and to complete contact tracing questions,” the province said in a press release Wednesday.

“If your COVID-19 test is negative, you can receive your results by text message to your cell phone.”

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At the time of your COVID-19 test, people will be asked if it is okay to receive their negative test results through text.

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“These text messages will be identified as originating from the SHA and you will be asked to verify if you are the correct recipient for the results,” the province said.

“If you are not the right recipient and an incorrect contact number has been provided, the SHA will use other contact methods to provide those negative test results to the right person.”

The province said nobody will be asked to provide any personal information via text.


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8May

Feds to create new system to help process immigration applications more quickly

by BBG Hub

Ottawa says it will create a new digital platform to help process immigration applications more quickly after the COVID-19 pandemic underscored the need for a faster shift to a new system.

The federal government pledged in the 2021 budget to spend $428.9 million over the next five years to deliver the platform that would gradually replace the existing case management system.

The new platform will launch in 2023 to improve application processing and provide more support for applicants, the government said.

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Alexander Cohen, a spokesman for Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino, said the new system is part of a wider shift towards digital platforms across the department and government.

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“(This new) platform will ensure that our immigration system can efficiently handle the increasing number of cases,” he said. “It will reduce the use of paper applications and be simpler and easier for applicants.”

Robert Falconer, a researcher at the University of Calgary School of Public Policy, said the processing rate of permanent residency applications has been declining over the last six years.

Falconer said an analysis of government data shows that the number of received permanent residency applications was 34 per cent higher than the number of finalized applications last year.

In 2019, he said, that figure was 21 per cent.

Cohen said intake of applications has significantly increased over the past few years.

“There are just more applications than ever before and so we’re only going to process as many applications as there are spaces for in the (immigration) plan.”


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The department has launched an online application portal that allows some permanent residency applicants to apply digitally, Cohen said.

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While the portal will eventually expand to all permanent residency programs, it is now available to a random selection of applicants in seven programs, he said.

Falconer said there are around 120 immigration programs in Canada and close to half of them require applicants to fill out paper-based applications.

COVID-19 restrictions probably made it more challenging for immigration officers to process applications, especially paper-based applications, he said.

He said officers would have to travel to a central receiving location to pick up the applications or find a way to have them mailed securely to their homes.

Falconer added the government has recently created several new programs under the economic immigration class, including one to allow Hong Kong residents to immigrate to Canada and another to enable temporary residents including international students to apply for permanent status.

“Using the economic class as a catch-all, when there’s already a lot of paper-based applicants, I think, can put a lot more stress and confusion and complexity on economic class immigration officers,” he said.

“Each new public policy, there are going to be specific requirements there, and the more requirements we have for officers, the slower it means the applications will (be processed).”

Improving the integration between the federal immigration system with the provincial nomination systems should also be a priority, Falconer said.

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“We have 10 different provinces, each with their own paper-based application processes or electronic systems,” he said.

“Alberta for a long time — my home province here —  their provincial nomination system was purely paper-based. But then, in the past couple years, they decided to integrate their provincial nominee system with the Canadian federal government system.”

He said almost half of all immigrants who arrive in Canada under economic class programs come through sub-provincial programs.

“The actual larger issue here, I would say, is actually federalism, and maybe to align the provincial and federal governments on the issue of immigration,” he said.

Andrew Griffith, a former director of citizenship and multiculturalism at the Immigration Department, said it has tried to simplify the process recently by allowing more online transmission of documents.

“These changes are not that easy to implement overnight,” he said.

Griffith said Ottawa’s promise to spend close to a half billion dollars to put in place a new immigration application processing system will be an interesting one to watch because implementing big IT projects presents challenges for the government.

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The department should find ways to get rid of any duplication and overlap that may exist in the current immigration system, he said.

“Do we need all those steps? Can some of these steps be automated? Can we use (artificial intelligence) to make determinations?”

Cohen said the immigration department launched in 2018 two pilot projects using computer analytics to help immigration officers triage some online visa applications.


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“This computer analytics technology analyzes data and recognizes patterns in applications to help identify routine and complex cases,” he said.

“The goal is to help officers to identify applications that are routine and straightforward for thorough but faster processing, and to triage files that are more complex for a more extensive review.”

He said all decisions on every application are made by a visa officer in all cases and the department’s artificial intelligence tools are not used to render decisions.

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“We’re always looking to leverage technology to improve the process for Canadians and those who wish to come here.”





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30Apr

Calgary Parking Authority cancels more than 1,500 tickets issued at vaccine clinic

by BBG Hub

The Calgary Parking Authority (CPA) is cancelling 1,528 tickets that were handed out at Calgary’s downtown vaccine clinic.

In a statement, CPA said the tickets were handed out between April 5 and 30 at the Telus Convention Centre Parkade.

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Calgarians can get 90 minutes of free parking as long as they register their vehicle through the MyParking app or a pay machine.

“We’d like to thank the more than 23,000 parkers who’ve attended the Telus Convention Centre vaccine clinic and successfully registered their licence plate in our system,” the CPA said in a statement. “This process allows us to accommodate as many parkers as possible in our limited capacity parkade.”

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The CPA said that no action is required for anyone who did receive a ticket, and added that it’s reminding people to continue to register their licence plates when they park to get their vaccines.


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The authority said it is working with Alberta Health Services and the convention centre to monitor the average appointment lengths to make sure tickets are not handed out if there is a longer wait for vaccines.

This comes a day after Mayor Nahed Nenshi was asked about the tickets during Thursday’s update on COVID-19 in Calgary.

“This isn’t meter men and meter maids going wild. There’s an automated enforcement system in the parkade so unless you’re in the system, you’ll automatically be mailed a ticket,” said Nenshi. 

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Those arriving by transit will also get two free tickets when they get vaccinated, one to reimburse their trip there and one for the trip home.




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16Apr

3 Hamilton long-term care homes affected by COVID-19 to get $7M from government for upgrades – Hamilton

by BBG Hub

Three Hamilton-area long-term care homes – the subject of outbreaks amid the COVID-19 pandemic – will receive millions from a one-time combined federal-provincial program for upgrades.

The combined investment of $6.68 million for Idlewyld Manor, St. Peter’s Residence and St. Joseph’s Villa is part of a $100-million project to improve HVAC systems and make retrofits or repairs to fire sprinkler systems in 95 long-term care homes across the province.

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Idlewyld Manor on Sanatorium Road on the Mountain will get just over $2.76 million for a new HVAC system, chiller and boilers.

St. Joseph’s Villa in Dundas will get about $1.34 million to replace a chiller plant and fire sprinklers, while St. Peter’s Residence at Chedoke will receive about $2.58 million, which will also include an HVAC system and building automation.

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Each of the homes has had outbreaks of varying degrees amid the pandemic.

St. Joseph’s Villa closed two of its units in an effort to contain an outbreak in late November. The outbreaks in the South and Birch Unit-North towers combined had 40 infected residents and 25 staff members. There were a pair of deaths among seniors in the outbreaks.

Idlewyld manor has had three outbreaks amid the pandemic, with an early November outbreak accounting for 25 cases among 13 residents and 12 staffers, and one resident death.

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“Our Government is reversing decades of neglect and underfunding by repairing and rebuilding long-term care in Ontario like never before,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, minister of long-term care. “Today’s investment in homes across the province is another part of our government’s plan to ensure our loved ones live in comfort and with the safety, dignity and respect they deserve.”

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The funding is part of a combined federal-provincial investment of up to $1.05 billion to build or renovate health and safety-related projects in long-term care, education and municipalities through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream (CVRIS) of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP).





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12Apr

Consumers expect to return to pre-COVID-19 spending within a year: Bank of Canada – National

by BBG Hub

Canadian household spending will eclipse earnings in the coming months as vaccinations increase and uncertainty from the pandemic recedes, the Bank of Canada said in a report released Monday.

The central bank says the gap between spending and wage expectations has never been so wide in its quarterly survey of consumer expectations.

Officials at the bank suggest that gap is likely the result of households intending to spend some of the billions in savings built up during the pandemic, either because they cancelled purchases or had no place to spend the money due to restrictions on travel and dining out.

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As the survey says, respondents anticipated spending more than one-third of extra savings from the pandemic over the next two years, and one-tenth to pay down debt.

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The survey released Monday morning says consumers expect their spending patterns to return to normal in about one year, with post-vaccination increases on a wide range of goods, especially travel and social activities.

Overall, 75 per cent of respondents said they planned to get vaccinated, a further five per cent said they already had a first dose


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, and the remaining 20 per cent either were unsure or didn’t plan to get vaccinated.

The arrival of vaccines appears to have led to growing optimism, as more respondents expected a return to pre-pandemic life than in previous surveys over the past year.

Still, consumers expect the economic recovery from COVID-19 to be slow and the threat of the virus to diminish no earlier than in the second half of the year.

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Workers said they didn’t expect a return to a normal work schedule for another eight months, which is three months later than responses from the last iteration of the survey in the fourth quarter of 2020.

There was a split, though, in how people viewed the coming months as women and lower-income households expect a slower recovery than men and households with higher income, which the bank said could reflect the uneven impact the pandemic has had in the economy.

There was also a split in the outlook for businesses.

Many high-contact services that remain the most affected by public health restrictions like tourism and pockets of the retail sector don’t expect to see sales return to pre-pandemic levels in the next 12 months.

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Meanwhile, those selling goods most wanted by consumers working from or furnishing their homes _ construction services, appliance sellers – and business service providers are all seeing stronger demand. Many plan to invest in productivity-boosting technology such as automating tasks or consumer-facing digital platforms to meet rising demand, or software and servers to tap into distant pools of remote workers.

Overall, the bank says many firms see the impacts of the pandemic on their activities to be behind them, and many don’t seem preoccupied with pandemic-related uncertainty.

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And that means they expect to raise prices faster than they have over the last 12 months owing to rising demand and a desire to rebuild margins.


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Over half of the approximately 100 firms surveyed by the bank between mid-February and early March – roughly the same time period as the consumer survey – expect inflation to be above the central bank’s two-per-cent target over the next two years, pointing to strong consumer demand along with a promise of low interest rates from the central bank and up to $100 billion in stimulus from the federal government.

For consumers, respondents in that survey told the bank they expect inflation to stay close to or just above the central bank’s target.

Consumers believe that inflation has hovered around two per cent over the last year, even as official measures point to far more muted price increases. Annual inflation in February hit 1.1 per cent, marking a pandemic-era high.

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Statistics Canada’s consumer price index has been affected over the last 12 months as consumers spent more on items that don’t weigh as much in the calculation, and less on things that weigh more in the index.

In a numbers experiment aided by the Bank of Canada, the statistics office reported Monday that annual inflation would have been roughly four-tenths of a percentage point higher in each of the last six months when adjusting for changing spending habits.





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8Apr

COVID-19 vaccine appointment scams popping up in Ottawa, officials warn – Ottawa

by BBG Hub

The City of Ottawa is cautioning residents not to trust unsolicited calls offering COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

The warning comes after reports that “unauthorized callers” have been asking residents for personal information and pretending to arrange COVID-19 vaccine appointments or tests.

Ottawa Public Health will never ask a resident for payment or for their social insurance number when making an appointment, the city says, and bookings can not be traded or sold from person to person.

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In the case of vaccines, OPH will not call residents out of the blue to make a booking unless someone has already requested a call-back.

Some adult recipients of chronic home health care might get an automated call with a recorded message telling them they are eligible for vaccination, however, and some physicians or community partners could call to encourage a resident to make an appointment as well.

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Anyone providing personal information for the purposes of a booking should only do so through the following official sites and phone numbers:

In the case of a COVID-19 test, OPH case managers will call individuals who have tested positive for the virus and ask for their name, date of birth and demographic information provided at the time the test was taken to confirm they are speaking to the right person.


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31Mar

COVID-19 outbreaks in Saskatchewan | Globalnews.ca

by BBG Hub

Since the novel coronavirus pandemic began, the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) had been alerting the public about businesses that have likely been exposed to COVID-19 by an infectious person.

This is done when health officials are uncertain they have identified all close contacts.

The SHA said COVID-19 alerts will now only be issued when self-isolation is immediately required.

According to SHA, these alerts will be issued based on the clinical discretion of the local medical health officer.

“(Alerts will be issued) when the following three key criteria are met: all contacts cannot be notified within 48 hours, there is a resulting increased risk to the public, and the direction is needed for public members in attendance to immediately self-isolate as a result of this increased risk,” the SHA said.

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Here is a list of all the active COVID-19 outbreaks in the province.

Outbreaks

Ahtahkakoop

Feb. 27, 2021: Ahtahkakoop — community outbreak

Allan

Feb. 17, 2021: Nutrien Mine — workplace

Balcarres

Nov. 22, 2020: Senior Balcarres Broncos Hockey — sports team

Birch Hills

March 12, 2021: Capstone Condominiums — retirement home

Carrot River

March 22, 2021: Dunkley Lumber – Edgewood Forest Products — workplace

March 17, 2021: Nutrien — workplace

Emerald Park

March 27, 2021: Prairie Harley-Davidson — workplace

March 7, 2021: Boston Pizza — restaurant

Esterhazy

Feb. 25, 2021: Industrial Scaffold Services, Mosaic K1 Mine Site — workplace

Feb. 10, 2021: Supreme Steel  ( K3 Mine Site Esterhazy) — workplace

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Feb. 10, 2021: Brock Canada Inc., Mosaic K1 Mill Site — workplace

Estevan

March 26, 2021: Western Financial Group Inc. — workplace

March 18, 2021: Sun Country Well Servicing — workplace

Fort Qu’Appelle

March 16, 2021: All Nations Healing Hospital — health facility

Glaslyn

Feb. 28, 2021: JO Glaslyn Daycare — daycare

La Loche

Jan. 19, 2021: La Loche Homeless Shelter — homeless shelter

La Ronge

Feb. 2, 2021: La Ronge Co-operative Marketplace — workplace

Leroy

March 12, 2021: Leroy Town Office & RM — workplace

Lloydminster

March 18, 2021: Orion Dental Group — workplace

March 17, 2021: Koi Etc. — store

March 14, 2021: Guest Control Systems — workplace

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March 11, 2021: Stuart Wright Ltd. — workplace

March 8, 2021: Bea Fisher Ability Development Services (Alberta Home #5) — group home

March 7, 2021: Play & Learn Daycare — child care facility

Marshall

March 26, 2021: Richardson Pioneer — workplace

Martensville

NEW March 30, 2021: Automated Metal Processing Ltd. — workplace

March 28, 2021: We Care Day Care — child care facility

March 28, 2021: Richardson Milling — workplace

March 8, 2021: Fehr Home Daycare — child care facility

Feb. 12, 2021: Nienhuis Contracting — workplace

Meadow Lake

March 4, 2021: Extra Foods — workplace

March 3, 2021: McDonald’s — workplace

March 1, 2021: KFC — workplace

Feb. 26, 2021: Nor’Wester Motor Inn (Bar & Restaurant) — workplace

Feb. 25, 2021: Extra Foods — workplace

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Feb. 25, 2021: Tolko (OSB Mill) — workplace

Feb. 24, 2021: A&W — workplace

Feb. 21, 2021: Home Hardware — workplace

Mistawasis First Nation

March 20, 2021: Mistawasis First Nation — Community Outbreak

Moose Jaw

NEW March 30, 2021: Main Street Strength and Conditioning — workplace

March 21, 2021: Cornerstone Christian School — school

Feb. 20, 2021: Victoria Towers — retirement home

North Battleford

March 22, 2021: O’Neills Classic Carpentry — workplace

March 14, 2021: The Hitching Post Motel — motel

Northgate

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March 26, 2021: Ceres Global Northgate Terminal — workplace

Osler

March 4, 2021: Creative Wood Interiors — workplace

March 2, 2021: Town Office — workplace

Oxbow

March 26, 2021: Oxbow Prairie Horizon School — school

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Pelican Lake

March 25, 2021: Pelican Lake Group Home — group home

Piapot

Feb. 7, 2021: Piapot — community outbreak

Pinehouse

Jan. 16, 2021: Judille’s Place Senior’s Complex — communal living setting

Jan. 1, 2021: Pinehouse — community outbreak

Regina

March 29, 2021: Taco Time (3881 Rochdale Blvd.) — restaurant

March 29, 2021: Regina Motor Products — workplace

March 29, 2021: H & R Block (346 McCarthy Blvd.) — workplace

March 29, 2021: Think Pink Nails — workplace

March 29, 2021: The Stripe Shop — workplace

March 29, 2021: Greg Grill Contracting — workplace

March 29, 2021: Alpine Drywall — workplace

March 28, 2021: William Booth Special Care Home (Regina Wascana Grace Hospice) — special care home

March 28, 2021: Master Feeds/Cowtown — workplace

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March 27, 2021: Bianca Amor’s Liquidation Supercentre — workplace

March 27, 2021: Brandt Tractor — workplace

March 27, 2021: Regina Eastview Daycare — child care

March 27, 2021: Heritage Kids Daycare — child care

March 27, 2021: Avena Foods Limited — workplace

March 27, 2021: Hampton Inn — workplace

March 27, 2021: Office Renovation Project Worksite — workplace

March 27, 2021: Leopold’s Tavern (address not provided) — restaurant

March 27, 2021: Minhas Sask Ventures Inc. — workplace

March 27, 2021: Cre8tive Designs Nail and Spa — workplace

March 27, 2021: Prairie Skies Medical Imaging  — workplace

March 26, 2021: École Harbour Landing School — school

March 25, 2021: Evolution Fitness (358 McCarthy Blvd. N.) — gym

March 25, 2021: Downtown Automatic Transmission — workplace

March 24, 2021: Subway (4738 Gordon Rd.) — restaurant

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March 24, 2021: Wascana Rehabilitation Centre (Mental Health Unit) — special care home

March 24, 2021: Canada Post – Maintenance Department (2200 Saskatchewan Dr.) — workplace

March 24, 2021: Darla Okafor Daycare (625 College Ave.) — child care

March 24, 2021: McKenna Distribution — workplace

March 23, 2021: Sport Clips (4617 Gordon Rd.) — workplace

March 23, 2021: A1 Choice Carpet Cleaning and Janitorial — workplace

March 23, 2021: Chip and Dale Homes — workplace

March 22, 2021: Luther College High School — school

March 22, 2021: Marion McVeety Elementary School — school

March 22, 2021: G and K Day Care (98 Paynter Cres.) — child care

March 22, 2021: McDonald’s (1955 Prince of Wales Dr.) — restaurant

March 22, 2021: Bank of Montreal (3891 Rochdale Blvd.) — workplace

March 22, 2021: Anglican Church of the Redeemer — place of worship

March 22, 2021: Serbian Club — workplace

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March 22, 2021: Finning Canada (2360 Pasqua St. N.) — workplace

March 20, 2021: Pink Rose Nails & Spa (639 Victoria Ave.) — workplace

March 20, 2021: Safeway (2931 13th Ave.) — workplace

March 20, 2021: Shoppers Drug Mart (2028 Park St.) —  workplace

March 20, 2021: Kal Tire (635 University Park Dr.) —  workplace

March 20, 2021: École St. Elizabeth — school

March 20, 2021: St. Gabriel School — school

March 20, 2021: École Du Parc — school

March 19, 2021: Miller Comprehensive Catholic High School —  school

March 19, 2021: Waultten Mechanical Ltd., Susum Road, RM of Sherwood — workplace

March 19, 2021: CN North Regina Yard (1st Avenue North) — workplace

March 19, 2021: Faith Group Home — group home

March 19, 2021: Dr. A.E. Perry School — school

March 19, 2021: Ryko Telecommunications — workplace

March 18, 2021: Grace Within — personal care home

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March 17, 2021: Milu Fresh Rolls & V-Subs (2065 Prince of Wales Dr.) — workplace

March 17, 2021: Scotiabank (2907 13th Ave.) — workplace

March 16, 2021: Extendicare (Sunset) — special care home

March 15, 2021: Allure Nail Bar and Spa — workplace

March 15, 2021: City of Regina Fire & Protective Services – Fire Station #7 (Platoon #4) — workplace

March 14, 2021: Ranch Ehrlo Society — workplace

March 12, 2021: M.J. Caldwell School — school

March 12, 2021: Clean Brite Ltd. 1037 Winnipeg St. — workplace

March 9, 2021: K-Bro Linen Systems — workplace

March 9, 2021: Weston Foods (1310 Ottawa St.) — workplace

March 9, 2021: Rahmah Centre — place of worship

March 9, 2021: Extendicare (Elmview) — long-term care home

March 7, 2021: Continental Engine Rebuilders Ltd — workplace

March 7, 2021: The Cottage Restaurant — restaurant

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March 5, 2021: Regina Discount Bar — workplace

Feb. 24, 2021: Caraway Grill (1625 Broad St.) — workplace

Feb. 18, 2021: Starbucks Grasslands, 4519 Gordon Rd. — workplace

Feb. 18, 2021: YMCA Harbour Landing Childcare — child care

Feb. 8, 2021: Hope’s Home Rosewood — group home

Feb. 7, 2021: Loblaw – Regina Distribution Centre — workplace

Dec. 9, 2020: Regina Provincial Correctional Centre — correctional centre

Nov. 25, 2020: Regina Provincial Correctional Centre (Isolation Unit) — correctional centre

Rocanville

March 7, 2021: DMS Industrial Construction (Nutrien Potash Mine – Mill 1 Refurbishment Project) — workplace

Rosthern

March 27, 2021: Valley Action Abilities Home — group home

Dec. 9, 2020: Mennonite Nursing Home — special care home

Saskatoon

March 29, 2021: Dodge City Auto — workplace

March 29, 2021: Crestline Coach — workplace

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March 27, 2021: Wild Spirit Education — school

March 27, 2021: Centre Éducatif Félix Le Chat — child care

March 25, 2021: Wright Construction (Head Office) — workplace

March 23, 2021: Hub City Iron & Metal — workplace

March 20, 2021: Willowgrove School — school

March 18, 2021: Case New Holland Industrial — workplace

March 18, 2021: CNH Industrial (1000 71 St. E.) — workplace

March 18, 2021: The Associates (Ron Baliski Realty) — workplace

March 16, 2021: Sheraton Cavalier — workplace

March 16, 2021: The James Hotel — workplace

March 15, 2021: Monkey Junction Day Home — child care facility

March 14, 2021: Lawson Heights School — school

March 12, 2021: Saskatoon Police Services Break and Enter Unit — workplace

March 10, 2021: Odla — restaurant

March 10, 2021: Evergreen Early Learning Centre — child care facility

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March 8, 2021: Primrose Chateau — retirement home

March 8, 2021: May Nails & Spa — workplace

March 4, 2021: Green Line Manufacturing Ltd. — workplace

Feb. 27, 2021: City of Saskatoon Waste and Water Maintenance — workplace

Feb. 27, 2021: Montana’s BBQ & Bar (1840 McOrmand Dr.) — restaurant

Feb. 24, 2021: Nutrien Ag Solutions (81 Yellowhead Hwy) — workplace

Feb. 19, 2021: Prairie Pride Natural Foods — workplace

Jan. 27, 2021: ServiceMaster Restore — workplace

Jan. 25, 2021: Private Day Home on Laval — daycare

Jan. 7, 2021: Aquifer Distribution Ltd. — workplace

Dec. 21, 2020: Saskatoon Police Service (Platoon Patrol Level A & Tactical Unit 1) — workplace

Dec. 11, 2020: Idylwyld Centre — workplace

Standing Buffalo

Feb. 12, 2021: Lakeview Lodge — personal care home

Tobin Lake

March 10, 2021: The Shorebird Inn — workplace

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NEW March 29, 2021: Private Day Home — daycare

March 22, 2021: Waldheim School — school

Warman

Feb. 22, 2021: Neu-Care — personal care home

Watrous

Feb. 28, 2021: Quality Plus Construction and associated contractors (Specified Worksite) — workplace

Feb. 26, 2021: The Basement Spin Studio — workplace

Feb. 25, 2021: Coop Food Store — workplace

Weyburn

March 26, 2021: Souris School

Wynyard

March 11, 2021: CP Railyard — workplace

Yorkton

March 23, 2021: Yorkton Regional Health Centre (Unit 2 South) — hospital

March 14, 2021: Dr. Brass School (Kindergarten) — school

Feb. 20, 2021: Kahkewistahaw Gas and Convenience Store — workplace

Feb. 8, 2021: Yorkton District Nursing Home – Skinner Unit — special care home

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Jan. 19, 2021: Yorkton Regional Health Centre (1st East and West Units) — hospital

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March 16, 2021: First Nation Band Office — workplace

 


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‘Rapid tests could be a screening tool’: COVID-19 cases in B.C. care homes continue to rise

by BBG Hub

As the second wave of COVID-19 continues in B.C. some are calling for rapid testing to be implemented in long-term care homes where surging infections come at a great cost.

“We obviously have much more significant community spread than we did and we obviously have many more care homes experiencing an outbreak, more than twice as many are in outbreak right now than at the peak of our outbreaks in wave one,” British Columbia’s advocate for seniors, Isobel Mackenzie, told Global News Tuesday.

She believes they are seeing more spread and more fatalities than they did in wave one earlier this year.

Rapid testing of all staff and residents could be used as a tool to help stop the spread of the virus, she said, with the capacity to turn results around in as little as 15 minutes.

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“We now know about presymptomatic and asymptomatic transmission. We used to think you could only be contagious if you were showing symptoms, we now know that’s not true and the symptoms are so subtle sometimes people don’t recognize them,” Mackenzie added.

“The second thing is, in wave one we focused to a large extent on the transmission from care staff to resident, resident to care staff. I think what we underestimated was transmission from care staff to care staff. And that is some of what we are seeing now.”


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Mackenzie said staff is less attuned to using their PPE and taking preventative measures when they are together, whether that be in the break room or driving to work together.

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She added that rapid tests can be used as a screening tool, just like a health-care questionnaire. It would not replace washing hands, wearing PPE or keeping a distance from others.

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“It’s just another added layer of detection and protection.”

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B.C. resident, Lesley Telford, whose mom Sandy is a resident at Good Samaritan Delta View Care Centre, said she would welcome the addition of rapid testing at the facility.

“I believe that everyone is trying their best, however, there are 20 cases of staff members with the virus in my mother’s care home, there are nine residents. I believe there have been four deaths up to this point and I think we could do better in controlling and asymptomatic testing of staff,” she said Tuesday.

Telford added this is the second outbreak at the care home.

“I’m worried about the quality of life as people are in lockdown,” she said.

“I do believe we can do more testing. I think, within all of this, we do have to pay more attention to their quality of life. We can’t lock people away indefinitely.”

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Telford said she thinks they can be more proactive to try and control the virus within care homes and not just reactive when the cases show up.

“I would love to see staff tested on a once-a-week basis. I would really advocate for regular testing and asymptomatic testing,” Telford added.

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Dr. Victoria Lee, president and CEO of Fraser Health, said they are still seeing cases in communities that are then being translated into COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care homes and other worksites.

She said they are putting additional measures in place in those areas, including enhancing infection prevention control measures, and they can deploy one of the new Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) robots, used to kill viruses and bacteria using UV light.

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“Currently we do carry out widespread testing so when we do have concerns about transmission in a unit, we do a rapid testing of all staff and patients and residents within that unit. So I think we have enhanced our testing strategy as well,” Lee said.


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