Living in the SARS-CoV-2 era (distancing, wash hands, wear mask to protect others, but OK to go outside)

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There is a good chart on the website, with the number of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 residents, showing BC with only 54. 

http://angusreid.org/premier-approval-may2020/

 

 

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Worst possible approach to the pandemic!

Coronavirus: Trump terminates relationship with World Health Organization

https://globalnews.ca/news/7004071/trump-world-health-organization-china/

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Virus ignited in US no earlier than mid-January, study says

The spark that started the U.S. coronavirus epidemic arrived during a three-week window from mid-January to early February, before the nation halted travel from China

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/virus-ignited-us-earlier-mid-january-study-70958623

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Inch by inch, but moving in the correct direction.

COVID-19: B.C. health officials announce four new cases, no new deaths

https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/covid-19-b-c-health-officials-announce-four-new-cases-no-new-deaths/wcm/f2a4c886-1d47-4ea2-896e-677ae1b8a5fe/

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Canada’s Covid Hot Zone Is Deadlier Than Chicago or L.A.

The city’s death rate has been staggering: higher than those of almost every U.S. state, higher than in greater Chicago, Los Angeles or Toronto.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/canada-e2-80-99s-covid-hot-zone-is-deadlier-than-chicago-or-la/ar-BB14LeqI

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And we think we have problems, eh!

Coronavirus: Monkeys 'escape with COVID-19 samples' after attacking lab assistant

One of the primates was reportedly later spotted up in a tree, chewing one of the sample collection kits.

https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-monkeys-escape-with-covid-19-samples-after-attacking-lab-assistant-11996752

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David Suzuki: Pandemic and climate crises unmask inequalities

https://www.straight.com/news/david-suzuki-pandemic-and-climate-crises-u...

 

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Coronavirus: What attacks on Asians reveal about American identity

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52714804

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This Is the Moment to Shatter the Foundations of Racism in Canada

When traditional power structures are threatened, fear is one byproduct. Opportunity for real change is another.

https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2020/05/29/Shatter-Racism-Foundations-Moment-Canada/

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Fighting ‘the essence of scapegoating’: Facing racist violence during COVID-19, Chinese Canadians launch new website

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2020/05/28/fighting-the-essence-of-scapegoating-facing-racist-violence-during-covid-19-chinese-canadians-launch-new-website.html

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New Website Tracks Anti-Asian Racism

https://www.covidracism.ca/

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Some Nursing Homes Escaped Covid-19—Here's What They Did Right

“Getting an early start was really the most helpful thing we did,” says Cmiel.

As states start to reopen, senior care facilities must balance the needs of residents against the potential for more deadly Covid-19 outbreaks.

https://www.wired.com/story/some-nursing-homes-escaped-covid-19-heres-what-they-did-right/

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Don’t let Big Tech turn the world into a China, Noam Chomsky warns

“If we allow the huge tech companies, the state, to control our life that's what will happen. They'll turn it into something like China, where you have social credit systems and in some cities you get a certain amount of credits, there's face recognition technology all over the place and everything you do gets monitored.

“If you cross the street in the wrong place, you can ... lose some credits, and so on.

“It's not inevitable, just like global warming, that it's going to happen — unless people stop it.”

When asked whether the use of surveillance was justified in combating COVID-19, said “It might be — during the period of threat. There's controls needed during wartime, you have rationing. But it doesn't have to be permanent.... 'Yes, we'll let you have this authority now, but it can be revoked at any time.'"

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/technology/in-other-news/250520/dont-let-big-tech-turn-the-world-into-a-china-noam-chomsky-warns.html

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You can't rent a hotel room in Canada unless a bank or credit union will give you a credit card and they will not give you one unless you get a proper credit score from companies that tracks every single transaction you make. A three day late charge on the phone bill when you have no credit score to start with can mean you don't get to partake in anything this society requires a credit card for until you can prove you are trustworthy.

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Merkel turns down Trump's G-7 invite due to pandemic

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Gotta love these people who think they can defy science

1/2 of new cases in WA state are under age 40

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2020/may/28/half-of-newly-diagnosed-co...

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I wonder how many other countries are learning from the relatively few successful countries' approaches

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/new-zealand-coronavirus-india-pakistan-phi...

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Who do the Real Estate Industry think they are kidding? 

Real Estate Industry Criticizes CMHC’s ‘Irresponsible,’ ‘Panic-Inducing’ House Price Forecast

"We are concerned that some damage may already have been done."

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/housing-forecast-canada-cmhc_ca_5ecfe08bc5b6d44a44b29875

TD Bank charges $30,000 mortgage penalty to woman forced to sell home due to pandemic

Banks poised to profit from customers who must sell in coming months, mortgage expert says

https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/mortgage-penalty-pandemic-1.5588741

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Many New Toronto Condo Investors Losing Money As Rents Drop: Report

Units in some newly-built towers are losing up to $600 a month.

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/condo-investors-losing-money_ca_5ed2b509c5b62634c215be36?utm_hp_ref=ca-news

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Amy Cooper Knew Exactly What She Was Doing

Amy Cooper lost her dog and possibly her job. Christian Cooper, the Black man she called the cops on, could have lost his life.

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/amy-cooper-canada-central-park_ca_5ecd7fbbc5b6658c20605b3f?ncid=other_topvideos_cp1pj3fgmfs&utm_campaign=top_videos

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The right to know? Balancing health risks and privacy rights for landlords during COVID-19

https://rabble.ca/columnists/2020/05/right-know-balancing-health-risks-and-privacy-rights-landlords-during-covid-19

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Universal virus detection platform to expedite viral diagnosis

Reactive polymer-based tester pre-screens dsRNAs of a wide range of viruses without their genome sequences

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200601113324.htm

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COVID-19 world updates: Social unrest could spark spikes in coronavirus cases in U.S. and other locations

The latest news on the novel coronavirus from the U.S. and around the world

https://www.straight.com/covid-19-pandemic/USA-surpasses-China-Italy-most-coronavirus-pandemic-cases

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The Independent Sage

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We are far, far from being out of the woods yet.

Canada: At least 125 migrant workers at one Ontario farm have tested positive for COVID-19

Via CTV News: At least 125 migrant workers at one Ontario farm have tested positive for COVID-19. Excerpt:

TORONTO -- It’s asparagus harvest season, but some of the fields in Norfolk County, Ontario, are all but empty following an outbreak of COVID-19 that has spread to 125 migrant workers from Mexico, temporarily halting production.  

Last Thursday, a worker at Scotlynn Group complained of symptoms; just days later, more than half of the 216 migrant workers tested positive. Seven are hospitalized, including two in intensive care. Health officials have already started contact tracing while dozens more still awaited results. Only 33 are able to work in the field.  

“It doesn’t feel real until it hits us close to home,” said Scott Biddle, the president of the company.   

“People are very concerned because of the numbers.”

The workers arrived from Mexico to Biddle’s farm back in early April - already delayed due to the pandemic and travel restrictions - and underwent a 14-day quarantine before starting work. Everyone came out of the quarantine healthy and nobody showed any symptoms prior to Thursday, according to Biddle. 

“When we think of congregate settings, we think of places where ... a relatively large number of people share the same bathroom, same shower, same kitchen, same dining area. And it can spread very quickly among those people,” said Dr. Shanker Nesathurai, the medical officer of health for Norfolk & Haldimand Counties.

Migrant Workers Alliance for Change (MWAC) say the workers are afraid and scared.

"This is a deadly virus and they don't know what will happen to them. Their family members also don't know what’s going to happen to them here in Canada,” said Sonia Aviles of MWAC.

https://crofsblogs.typepad.com/h5n1/2020/06/canada-at-least-125-migrant-workers-at-one-ontario-farm-have-tested-positive-for-covid-19.html

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Brilliant photography of our times!

Scenes from the Big Shutdown

Joshua Berson’s images record an extraordinary time in BC.

https://thetyee.ca/Culture/2020/06/02/Joshua-Berson-Photographs-Vancouver-Shutdown/

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The Milk, and Human Kindness

Desperate times invite small acts of good will. Here’s what Stella gifted me.

https://thetyee.ca/Culture/2020/06/01/Milk-Human-Kindness/

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Why do you post things with only the misleading headlines? This is a discussion site not just a place for you to repost everything you see in a day. For those who might have gotten the mistaken impression that the housing market is plummeting here are some facts from the article.

Despite the year-over-year plummet, Metro Vancouver home sales were up 33.9 per cent from the 1,109 homes sold in April.

The lack of activity hasn’t had much impact on home prices which have remained stable during the COVID-19 pandemic. May’s benchmark price for Greater Vancouver homes was $1,028,400, up 1.4 per cent over the past three months and 2.9 compared to May 2019.

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Scientist admits Sweden could have battled virus better

Asked if the country's high death toll has made him reconsider his unique approach to the pandemic, Tegnell answered "yes, absolutely."

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/scientist-admits-sweden-could-have-battled-virus-better-1.4967014

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Ranking the global impact of the coronavirus pandemic, country by country

https://www.politico.com/interactives/2020/ranking-countries-coronavirus-impact/

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The Latest: New Zealand on verge of eradicating virus

New Zealand is on the verge of eradicating the virus from its shores after it notched a 13th straight day with no reported new infections

 

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/latest-zealand-verge-eradicating-virus-71061654

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