Chronically ill facing challenges accessing COVID-19 vaccine

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There is ongoing confusion in Quebec surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine and the chronically ill. As Global’s Elizabeth Zogalis reports, there appears to be some miscommunication between patients, doctors, pharmacists and the Health Ministry.

Americans in D.C. not feeling celebratory or charitable despite COVID-19 vaccines – National

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This might make Canadians jealous of their American cousins for the first time in a while: the lineup Friday outside a downtown Washington D.C. Apple Store was longer than at one of the city’s largest COVID-19 mass-vaccination sites.Getting the shot at the nearby Walter E. Washington Convention Center — all D.C. residents over 16 are now eligible — took people only about 20 minutes, with some recipients displaying their ‘I Got Vaccinated’ stickers or telltale Band-Aids as they emerged. Read more: Over 3 million people have now died of COVID-19 worldwide Access to the vaccine in the United States is growing by the day. But the country that just months ago was the international poster child for how not to respond to a pandemic still doesn’t seem to be in a celebratory — or charitable — mood. Story...

Federal government announces $12.5M in funding for seniors’ housing complex in Calgary – Calgary

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The federal government announced up to $12.5 million in funding on Wednesday to construct an affordable housing complex for seniors in Calgary.The project, located at 9 Templemont Circle, is comprised of two buildings: Templemont Care Centre, a 70-unit supportive living facility for seniors and others with specialized housing needs, and Templemont Place, a 50-unit complex for seniors with low incomes. Read more: Calgary’s Bridgeland Place affordable housing complex to be decommissioned The project, funded by the National Housing Co-Investment Fund, is being developed by the Trinity Place Foundation of Alberta, a non-profit seniors’ housing provider.“The cost of living continues to rise for seniors, and most housing was not built to accommodate the changing needs of seniors over an extended period of time,” said...

Accessibility advocates raise serious concerns with new policy allowing dogs on Nova Scotia patios – Halifax

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One day after the Nova Scotia government announced a new policy allowing dogs on outdoor patios, some accessibility advocates and guide dog users are raising concerns that the presence of pets could compromise their safety.While service animals are well-trained, any barking or play from dogs at other tables may still distract them, interfering with their ability to keep their owner safe, said guide dog user Shelley Adams.“I’m just worried about the extra distraction it’s going to bring,” said Adams, sitting next to her own guide dog, Rookie.“I don’t want to have to be sitting there worrying that another dog is going to try and engage with him, or I don’t know, hurt him in any way … He is my mobility aid.” Read more: Bone appetit! Dogs now allowed on Nova Scotia restaurant and cafe patios Story...

Accessibility advocates raise serious concerns with new policy allowing dogs on Nova Scotia patios

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This week, Nova Scotia announced a new policy giving restaurant and bar owners the option to allow dogs on outdoor patios. It’s a decision meant to include pet owners, but as Elizabeth McSheffrey reports, accessibility advocates are concerned it could end up excluding service dog users.

‘Folks are dying’: Community rallies for depopulation of Ontario jails after COVID-19 outbreaks

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One year after the first cases of COVID-19 were detected from Canadian jails, community activists say those behind bars are still not being protected from the virus.With signs reading “Free them All,” roughly 50 people rallied outside of Maplehurst Correctional Complex in Milton. Through a car caravan, the group then made their way to the Toronto South Detention Centre, where they further protested against prisoners’ current conditions. The event was held by the Toronto Prisoner’s Rights Project, a collective of individuals with lived experience, prisoner’s loved ones and those who have been impacted by carceral violence.“Folks are dying inside. Folks are being severely impacted by the virus, by the pandemic. Their loved ones on the outside are also being impacted,” said Gabby Aquino, a member of the group.“It’s not...

Town Park Recreation Centre in Port Hope receives $2.2M in government funding for expansion project – Peterborough

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The Town Park Recreation Centre in Port Hope, Ont., will receive $2.2 million in government funding as part of a $3-million expansion project, officials announced on Thursday.In a joint announcement by the federal and provincial governments, the funding will expand the centre, which was constructed in 2002 and hosts many of the town’s recreational programs, activities, the youth centre, day camps and the annual Port Hope Fair.The project involves the expansion and rehabilitation of the existing centre on McCaul Street, with the addition of three multi-purpose rooms, a large gathering area and storage space, as well as rehabilitating the existing kitchen, increasing room sizes and creating a new parking lotThe government of Canada is investing $1.2 million through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the...

Halifax wheelchair user could wait 6 weeks for apartment elevator fix; company offers $50 rent rebate

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After a Halifax woman spoke out about her son being stuck in a building with a broken elevator, she found out the repair could now take even longer.The family says it is looking for a new place to live.Tracy Denney told Global News in a story posted on March 11 that her son Adam, a wheelchair user, hasn’t been able to leave his apartment for more than two weeks due to an out-of-order elevator.As of Tuesday, it has been 20 days since the elevator at 16 Caxton Close broke down.Tracy Denney said on Tuesday that on March 12, the day after Global News published their story, a notice posted on their door advised of repair plans and compensation. Read more: Halifax wheelchair user ‘trapped’ in apartment due to 15-day-long elevator repair Story continues below advertisement “Unfortunately,...

Sidewalk debate: London, Ont., Civic Works Committee grants no exemption for any street – London

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London, Ont., city council’s Civic Works Committee has voted against exempting any street that’s set to receive a new sidewalk this summer.The debate, which took place during a virtual meeting Monday afternoon, heard both sides from members of city council as well as 31 delegates.Eleven streets were set to get new sidewalks installed once underground infrastructure reconstruction takes place, but this didn’t sit well with some homeowners. Read more: London petition demands improved sidewalk maintenance in winter Speaking at the meeting, more than 10 homeowners brought up the issue of tree removal that comes with installing new sidewalks.“It appears that there are 14 trees on 13 properties slated for removal,” said a resident of Bartlett Crescent, one of the streets on the city’s sidewalk installation...