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Testing wastewater could give early warning of second wave of COVID-19 - CityNews Vancouver
OTTAWA — Researchers in Canada say the best early warning system for a second wave of COVID-19 could be right beneath our feet — in the sewers. Several other countries have taken to testing wastewater for signs of the novel coronavirus as an indication of fla…
OTTAWA Researchers in Canada say the best early warning system for a second wave of COVID-19 could be right beneath our feet in the sewers. Several other countries have taken to testing wastewater for signs of the novel coronavirus as an indication of flare-ups in their communities. Now researchers are beginning to look at the option in Canada. Given that some people can pass the virus on without even knowing they have it, health officials say testing large portions of the population will be key for detecting and quashing any new community spread of COVID-19. Canada has struggled to keep up with the volume of tests needed to do that. Mike McKay with the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research says scientists across the country are now testing wastewater to see if it could be a viable way to alert public health officials to new outbreaks. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 22, 2020. The Canadian Press
Reitmans files for bankruptcy protection - CityNews Vancouver
Reitmans says it is seeking court protection from its creditors under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act to allow a restructuring of the retailer.
MONTREAL – Reitmans (Canada) Ltd. says it is seeking court protection from its creditors under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act to allow a restructuring of the retailer. The company says the application will be heard by the Quebec Superior Court Tuesday. Reitmans has filed for bankruptcy protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act. It has 576 stores and 6,800 employees. The Montreal-based women's wear retailer says it remains in business (stores closed due to #COVID19). — Richard Dettman (@rwdettman) May 19, 2020 It says the process will allow the company to implement a restructuring plan that addresses the impacts of COVID-19. The pandemic forced the closure of the retailers stores in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus but its e-commerce websites have remained open. In conjunction with its court filing, the company says it has undertaken a process to secure interim financing to allow its stores to continue normal operations following the opening of its retail locations and throughout the CCAA process. Reitmans says it employs approximately 6,800 people and operates 576 stores including 259 Reitmans, 106 Penningtons, 80 RW & CO., 77 Addition Elle and 54 Thyme Maternity. Companies in this story: (TSX:RET)
NewsAlert: Kaie Kellough wins $65K Griffin Poetry Prize - CityNews Vancouver
TORONTO — Kaie Kellough is the Canadian winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize. The Montreal-based writer was virtually awarded the $65,000 honour Tuesday for “Magnetic Equator,” published by McClelland & Stewart. In their citation, jurors said the collection “ne…
TORONTO Kaie Kellough is the Canadian winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize. The Montreal-based writer was virtually awarded the $65,000 honour Tuesday for “Magnetic Equator,” published by McClelland & Stewart. In their citation, jurors said the collection “negotiates survival and revolt as it moves with the surety and complexity of improvisation and collaboration.” The international prize, also worth $65,000, went to “Time,” written in French by Beirut-born Etel Adnan and translated by Sarah Riggs. The Griffin is billed as the world’s largest prize for a first-edition single collection of poetry written in or translated into English. The winners are typically feted at a swanky Toronto gala, but this year’s literary bash was cancelled because of COVID-19 concerns. More to come. The Canadian Press
Coquitlam poultry plant reopens, outbreaks over at three care facilities - CityNews Vancouver
A poultry plant in Coquitlam that had more than 60 cases of COVID-19 has reopened, while outbreaks are over at three care facilities, according to the Fraser Health Authority.
SURREY (NEWS 1130) — A poultry plant in Coquitlam that had more than 60 cases of COVID-19 has reopened, while outbreaks are over at three care facilities, according to the Fraser Health Authority. Superior Poultry Processors was ordered to close last month after an outbreak of the virus. “Fraser Health has rescinded the April 24th closure order, as the poultry plant has met the requirements of the order,” says a release. “The plant has reopened with measures in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.” Employees of Superior also worked United Poultry, a plant in Vancouver with the same owner and where cases surpassed 30. “Fraser Health will continue to work closely with Superior Poultry Processors Ltd. to maintain the health and safety of staff during this pandemic.” #COVID19 updates fr. @Fraserhealth authority:-Apr. 24 closure order for Superior Poultry = rescinded. Reopened w/measures to reduce risk of transmission-Mission Institution: 297 tests for inmates, 120 inmates total positive. Currently 2 active cases. No new cases since May 1. Ria Renouf (@riarenouf) May 14, 2020 The health authority has also provided 297 COVID-19 tests to inmates at the federal prison in Mission, which at one point had more than 130 cases, including inmates and corrections officers. Mission Institution currently has two active cases, according to Fraser Health, which provided infection prevention and control measures to help the Correctional Service Canada manage the outbreak. “Mission Institution has had no new COVID-19 cases since May 1.” In Abbotsford, the outbreak at the Worthington Pavilion Rehabilitation Unit — an acute care facility owned by Fraser Health — has been declared over. Outbreaks at two other assisted or independent living facilities — Swedish Assisted Living Residence in Burnaby and Chartwell Cedarbrooke Retirement Residence in Mission — are also over. “With the implementation of comprehensive strategies to prevent and respond to COVID-19 in care facilities, there are no longer any COVID-19 cases at these sites,” says Fraser Health.