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    Date: May 13, 2021
    Posted By: New Room

Saskatchewan’s Opposition NDP proposed a few measures it believes will help to strengthen the local economy, which has been hard-hit in the last round of COVID-19 restrictions.

The proposals include waiving PST for restaurant meals to take some pressure off of local businesses as they reopen, removing gate fees at provincial parks and reintroducing the Gradworks program, which the government cut in 2016.

A Regina restaurant owner, who opened her business in December 2020, said it’s been extremely hard to operate during a city-wide shutdown of dine-in services. She said removing the PST, even temporarily, would make a world of difference for local owners.

If the government could do that for us, it would help so much, just lowering that little percentage,” Elle Grzeda, owner of Elle’s Café said. We’ve paid a lot of PST, it’s ten per cent of every sale, so it’s a lot to pay at the end of the month, and it’s a lot especially when you’re just trying to get through the next day.

The Government of Saskatchewan added PST to restaurant meals in 2017.

Jeremy Harrison, Minister of Trade and Export, called the NDPs proposals “a sign of a party that is not serious”. He said his government is not considering implementing any of the suggestions put forward.

“I mean, we have offered very, very significant and real supports for the restaurant sector through this entire pandemic and they would say the same thing,” Harrison said.

Harrison said his government has “allowed these restaurants and bars to operate” and said restaurants outside Regina have been open for dine-in services.

“Restaurant owners are doing all they can to save jobs, but they’re not getting the kind of support they need,” NDP Critic for Economy and Jobs Aleana Young said.

She said that reopening offers an opportunity to bring change to help “rejuvenate” Saskatchewan.

Harrison also said bookings at provincial parks were “through the roof” last summer and he anticipates the same turnout this year.

“People are fully prepared to pay their 10 to get into the park and take advantage of what is a great opportunity,” he said. “That entry fee pays for stuff that is really significant and important services in the park. Making sure our boat launches are up to speed, all of the different services that exist in parks, thats what the entrance fees pay for.”

He mentioned money brought in at provincial parks is significant to local economies.


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    Date: May 13, 2021
    Posted By: New Room

The Government of Saskatchewan reported five COVID-19 deaths, 223 new cases and 232 recoveries on Thursday.

The five new deaths bring the province’s total to 513. Of the new deaths, one was a person in their 60s from the Far North East Zone, two were people in their 70s from the Far North East and North Central zones; and two were in the 80-plus age group from the North West and Regina zones.

A total of 161 people are in hospital related to COVID-19, including 35 in intensive care.

Saskatchewan currently has 2,032 active cases, as of Thursday. The province’s seven-day average for new cases is 212, or 17.3 new cases per 100,000 population.


VARIANTS OF CONCERN

There were 154 more variants of concern detected. A total of 8,782 variant cases have been identified.

The province reported 172 new lineage results on Thursday. There have been 3,606 B.1.1.7 cases, 53 P.1. cases and nine B.1.351 cases identified.


VACCINES

The government said an additional 8,415 doses of COVID-19 vaccines were given in Saskatchewan. There have been 545,459 total vaccines administered.

The new doses were given in the Far North West (312), Far North East (125), North West (793), North Central (427), North East (315), Saskatoon (1,404), Central West (468), Regina (1,832), South West (452), South Central (538) and South East (983) zones.

Vaccine eligibility will expand to ages 23-plus, as of 8 a.m. on Friday, May 14. The eligibility age remains at 18 and older in the Northern Saskatchewan Administration District.

The age eligibility applies to all immunization clinics, including booked appointments, drive-thruwalk-ins, pharmacies and mobile clinics.


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    Date: May 13, 2021
    Posted By: New Room

The Department of Justice has concluded that recent amendments to Bill C-10 would not restrict the freedom of expression of social media users under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

It comes as the Liberals face scrutiny for removing and refusing to reinstate an exemption from the bill that protected individuals’ online content from its proposed Broadcasting Act, prompting the free speech concerns.

Through Bill C-10, the government is seeking to make changes aimed at ensuring major social media platforms and streaming services such as Netflix, Instagram, Tik Tok, YouTube, and Spotify pay their fair share towards Canadian artists and are held to similar standards as regular broadcasters.

Though, a series of miscommunications from the minister responsible over what amendments to the bill would mean for everyday users of these services and platforms prompted MPs to agree to have justice officials re-examine whether the proposed legislation was still in compliance with the Charter.

In the new analysis, the department states that because a separate regulation exemption for individual users remains intact in the current draft of Bill C-10, people who post to social media or streaming services who are not the province of said service, “would not be subject to broadcasting regulation in respect of the programs they post.”

Further, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s (CRTC) new regulatory powers in the bill “would be limited... and these requirements could only be imposed upon the social media service,” and would have to “be interpreted and applied in a manner consistent with freedom of expression.”

Ultimately, in the justice department’s view, its initial Charter statement findings “remain valid,” and are not impacted by the proposed changes to Bill C-10.

In a statement to CTVNews.ca, David Taylor, a spokesperson for Minister of Justice David Lametti, said the minister “is confident that both the bill as tabled, as well as the proposed amendments, are consistent with the Charter.”

The House of Commons’ heritage committee is studying the bill and has requested the presence of Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault and Lametti, as well as seeking additional expert witness testimony before MPs resume clause-by-clause. Guilbeault is slated to appear on Friday alongside a series of heritage department officials.

Earlier this week, Guilbeault walked back comments that under the bill, the CRTC could impose discoverability regulations on individuals who have a large-enough following online.

In a new statement sent to CTV News late Sunday night, the minister said he used “unclear” language when he referred to people and online channels being subject to federal regulations as part of the government’s updates to the Broadcasting Act.

In the interview on CTV’s Question Period that aired earlier that day, the minister said more than once that while the CRTC isn’t going to be regulating everyday users’ content, the regulator could have powers related to the discoverability of online content for people whose channels have “millions of viewers,” are “generating a lot of money on social media,” and are “acting like broadcasters.”

Specifically, the regulations in question would have implications for the content algorithms that suggest what users should watch or listen to next on social media or streaming platforms such as Instagram, Tik Tok, or Spotify.

“Occasionally these suggestions would include Canadian music or Canadian television or film. It does not mean the CRTC would dictate, limit or prohibit a feed or what you can post, watch or listen to on social media. As the Internet is infinite, discoverability won’t limit the content you see on a feed – it will just add more,” Guilbeault said in his updated comments.

That said, this still would have implications for what everyday users see online.

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole and his caucus continue to oppose the legislation, announcing on Thursday that should Bill C-10 pass as currently worded, he’d repeal it if his party forms the next government.

“[The bill] leaves the door open for infringement on the rights of Canadians…we will oppose this bill vigorously but let me be perfectly clear, if this bill passes a Conservative government will repeal it,” he said. “It’s unfair to trample on the rights of Canadians, to try and mislead them by saying they must accept regulation of their social media in order to help artists.”


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    Date: May 13, 2021
    Posted By: New Room

As the age eligibility to receive a COVID-19 vaccine continues to lower in Saskatchewan, experts are urging young people to get the shot when it’s their turn.

“COVID is dangerous to people of all ages, including our youth,” Premier Scott Moe said during a COVID-19 update on Tuesday.

“Some young people may be thinking that they don’t need to be vaccinated, but you do.”

Right now, people 26 years of age and older are eligible to get their COVID-19 shot, and as that age continues to drop, some people in Saskatoon say they’re ready to roll up their sleeves.

“Just helping everybody, like my mom already got one, grandma got one, so might as well,” said Tullaye Tsongwande, who is 26 years old.

Yash Patel, 20, said he plans on getting the vaccine as soon as he is eligible.

“We are just taking precautions to be safe against the COVID virus. If you’re not taking vaccine, we’re harming ourselves and others too,” he said.

It’s a move epidemiologist Nazeem Muhajarine said is critical, especially as more young people get infected with variants of concern.

He said while many people 40 and older have gotten vaccinated so far, it still isn’t enough to reach herd immunity or collective protection against COVID-19.

“We need to get as many people, eight out of 10 people who are 12 and above, a vaccine dose and hopefully two doses,” he said.

Muhajarine said a lot of young people are more eager to get vaccinated because they have been hard hit by the pandemic.

“They have lost opportunities to work, they have been laid off, their hours have been cut back, they haven’t been able to socialize in the way they would like to.”

Muhajarine said the province’s three-step reopening plan, which is dependent on vaccine rollout, can also work as an incentive for young people who are hesitant about getting the shot.

Step Three of that plan will begin after 70 per cent of people over 18 have received their first dose.

He adds that while it’s good to see the age eligibility dropping quickly, accessibility is also crucial.

“It’s quite important that we get the vaccines into people’s arms, and we have the supply, and we have the capacity and we are organized well enough going to pharmacies, walk-in clinics, mobile clinics, and so on.”

Tasnim Jaisee, president of the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union (USSU), echoes the importance of young people getting vaccinated, adding that it can help things get back to normal on campus.

“So many students are looking forward to being able to return on campus in the fall, and they do want to be as safe as possible when we do return, and that includes being vaccinated,” Jaisee told CTV News.

“A lot of people are excited about getting vaccinated and just hearing about news about more openings and lesser social distancing once it is safe to do so. So, there’s a lot of optimism in the air.”

The age eligibility for the vaccine will move to 23 years of age and older on Friday and 20 and up on Sunday.

Premier Scott Moe reiterates that people who are working can take up to three hours off of work to get vaccinated.



    Date: May 13, 2021
    Posted By: New Room

Greyhound Canada is permanently cutting all bus routes across the country, shutting down the intercity bus carriers operations in Canada after nearly a century of service.

The motor coach company said its remaining routes in Ontario and Quebec will cease permanently on Thursday.

Its American affiliate, Greyhound Lines, Inc., will continue to operate cross-border routes to Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver once the border reopens.

The decision comes a year after Greyhound Canada temporarily suspended all service due to a sharp decline in passengers and mounting travel restrictions amid the first wave of COVID-19.

The bus carrier has struggled for years with declining ridership, increasing competition and deregulation.

But the complete loss of so-called farebox revenue during the pandemic has forced the company to permanently cease operations, said Greyhound Canada senior vice-president Stuart Kendrick.

“Its been a very tough decision and one weve taken with a heavy heart,” he told The Canadian Press in an interview. “Its been a lifeline for many Canadians for more than 90 years. This will have a massive impact.”

The decision is a blow to rural and remote areas that rely on a patchwork of private intercity bus companies for transportation.

The service has long been part of a network linking smaller communities and big cities, offering an affordable and convenient mode of travel for everyone from essential workers and students to the elderly and backpackers.

Yet the rise in car ownership, ride sharing, discount airlines and urban migration has slowly eroded bus ridership, leading Greyhound Canada to gradually reduce the frequency of some services and cut other routes altogether.

“Private carriers are relying on the farebox revenue to maintain these rural routes,” Kendrick said. “When ridership declines, we have a decision to make. We either cut the frequency, exit the rural markets or look for some help.”

Citing declining ridership, deregulation and subsidized competition, Greyhound Canada suspended all operations in Western Canada in 2018.

Yet despite the ongoing challenges with its remaining routes, nothing could have prepared the company for the dramatic 95 per cent drop in passengers at the outset of the pandemic, Kendrick said.

Multiple coach bus companies teamed up and approached the federal and provincial governments for financial aid amid mounting COVID-19 restrictions. But Kendrick said they were referred to existing pandemic supports - what he called “negligible” for the beleaguered passenger transportation industry - prompting Greyhound Canada to temporarily suspend all service last May.

“Theres really been a lack of support,” Kendrick said. “We dont get subsidies.”

Intercity bus carriers are also competing with publicly funded train and transit systems, he said, putting private companies at a disadvantage.

The Ontario government has also promised to deregulate the intercommunity bus industry starting in July, a move that would end Greyhound Canadas control of certain routes.

“We have had exclusive private bus service on certain corridors,” he said, noting that it provided passengers with safe, frequent and affordable service.

“Greyhound Canadas tough decision today is going to have a massive impact on customers, especially those riding in the rural network.”

About 260 employees were laid off after Greyhound Canada temporarily ended its passenger service last May. An additional 45 employees will be laid off as a result of the permanent closure, Kendrick said.

The Amalgamated Transit Union lamented the impact of the shutdown on workers and said it will leave thousands of people without transportation options.

“This is devastating news for the thousands of Canadians, especially those from Indigenous and First Nations communities, who have relied on Greyhound for transportation,” said the unions international president, John Costa, in a statement.

Greyhound plans to sell the bus stations it owns, Kendrick said. As for its leased properties, some of the agreements have expired or have an “out clause,” while it will honour the terms of leases its obliged to continue paying, Kendrick said.

The company said tickets for travel after Thursday will be refunded. Customers with a valid travel voucher can also request a refund.

All Ontario and Quebec routes that were temporarily suspended in May 2020 will permanently end as of midnight on Thursday. The routes are:
- Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal
- Toronto-London-Windsor
- Sudbury-OttawaToronto
- Toronto-KitchenerGuelphCambridge
- Toronto-Niagara Falls
- Ottawa-Kingston

Riders across Canada said they were disappointed by Greyhounds closure, such as 68-year-old Robyn Brown, who used to take the Greyhound bus to travel to Toronto when she lived in Niagara Falls, Ont.

Now living in Vancouver, Brown has also used Greyhound bus routes to visit friends from smaller towns in British Columbia that arent serviced by other forms of public transit.

Before the pandemic, she and her husband planned to take a Greyhound from Vancouver to Winnipeg to save on travel fare.

“Im really sad to see that its going, I really am,” she said, adding that she would now fly to Winnipeg or Toronto if she wanted to travel between provinces.

Lisa Baril in Calgary said she has childhood memories of taking a Greyhound bus to visit her grandparents in Kelwood, Man.

As an adult, Baril said she would pick up her grandmother from the Greyhound station in Calgary whenever shed visit.

“She would say (Greyhounds closure) is a shame,” said Baril about her late grandmother. “She would probably get frustrated and say `well how am I going to see you guys now?”Michael Clark, 35, from Waterloo, Ont., said that in college, he used to take the Greyhound bus almost every month to visit his parents in Kingston, Ont., from Ottawa.

“When I moved back to Kingston, I would take day trips into Toronto on weekends by catching the earliest and latest buses in and out,” he said, adding that he found the train too expensive and the Greyhound bus was an easy direct route for him.

He said the closure is “such a horrible loss” for smaller towns in Ontario, where the only way to travel outside the community is by car.

The pandemic has had a debilitating impact on Canadas struggling intercity bus industry.

Coach bus companies have reduced service frequency or cut routes due to the precipitous drop in ridership, threatening to erode the countrys transportation network.

In January, senators from the Maritimes sent a letter to federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra urging Ottawa to provide financial assistance to Maritime Bus.

The Charlottetown-based company had warned that without funding, it would have to cut routes.

The senators said that with Via Rail service suspended and airlines slashing flights to the region, the bus was needed for essential travel, such as transporting blood products or patients to health appointments across the region.

In January, the New Brunswick government stepped in to provide 720,000 to the private regional bus operator to maintain service to Edmundston and Campbellton in the provinces north.


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    Date: May 12, 2021
    Posted By: New Room

Saskatchewan pharmacies are experiencing a brief delay in their COVID-19 vaccination shipments following a mistake from the provincial government.

Pharmacies were initially told to expect a shipment on Wednesday, but the shipment will arrive on Thursday.

“It’s something that I have to apologize to pharmacists for,” Paul Merriman, Saskatchewans minister of health, said on Wednesday. “They’ve been very good in getting themselves ready for the vaccine process. It was a simple human error.”

Merriman said the incorrect date for the vaccines to be picked up was plugged into their system. It should have been made for the day after.

He said the province is learning from this hiccup and will ensure it does not happen again.

“We’re doing our best to make sure that it is double checked and triple checked next time we ship out,” Merriman said.

Greens Pharmacy co-owner Jeet Patel said he was informed about the delay on Tuesday evening. The one-day delay in vaccines forced him to push appointments back for patients.

“Patients were understanding,” Patel said. “They rebooked their appointments and we’ll be open on Saturday and Sunday for specifically this purpose.”

Patel said the pharmacy would have been closed on Sunday if everything was on schedule.

Despite this mistake, Patel said the vaccine rollout at the Greens Pharmacy has been going smoothly.

“It’s a little bit surprising because we are not that popular, but lots of people are calling – the phones are ringing constantly,” he said, adding that Greens Pharmacy is doing its vaccine appointment bookings online.

On Wednesday, the minister of health also said the province could potentially be receiving a shipment of AstraZeneca vaccinations next week.

“We’re going to be looking at how we’re going to allocate that out. Obviously it would be used for second doses, but how we’re going to do that and when we’re going to do that will depend if and when that shipment arrives,” Merriman said. He added the province will let the public know immediately if the shipment does arrive.

While some other provinces have paused the usage of the AstraZeneca vaccine, Saskatchewan does not plan to do the same.

“If we get vaccines from the federal government, we will be using them,” he said.

Merriman said as far as he knows, there have been no severe reactions to the AstraZeneca vaccine in Saskatchewan.


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    Date: May 12, 2021
    Posted By: New Room

The Saskatchewan government reported 183 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, along with 238 recoveries and two more deaths.

The two people who died were both in their 70s and from the North Central and Central East zones. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 508 people in the province have died as a result of COVID-19.

The new cases are in the Far Northwest (four), Northwest (26), North Central (seven), Northeast (one), Saskatoon (52), Central West (two), Central East (15), Regina (41), Southwest (three), South Central (seven) and Southeast (23) zones. There are two new cases pending residence information.

Active cases in Regina and Saskatoon continue to head in opposite directions – there are 522 active cases in Saskatoon and 460 in Regina.

There are 163 people in hospital across the province; 37 of those people are receiving intensive care. COVID-19 patients are in the ICU in the Northwest (one), North Central (one) Saskatoon (13), Central East (two), Regina (19), Southwest (one) zones.

The seven-day average of daily new cases is 203 – the lowest it has been since the end of March.

There are 2,016 active cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan.


VACCINES

The province said there were 6,373 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered Tuesday. So far, 537,044 shots have been given in the province and 46,700 people are fully vaccinated against the virus.

As on Tuesday, 62 per cent of residents age 30 and older have received their first dose.

Vaccine eligibility dropped to age 26 and older Wednesday morning. Eligibility remained at age 18 and older in the Northern Saskatchewan Administration District.


VARIANTS OF CONCERN

Labs have identified an additional 114 COVID-19 cases to be variants of concern (VoC), according to the province.

The government reported two new lineage results Friday. Of the 3,498 variant cases that have been whole genome sequenced, 3,438 are confirmed to be the B.1.1.1.7 variant first seen in the U.K.; 51 are P.1, which was first identified in Brazil; and nine are B.1.351, the variant first seen in South Africa.


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