Ontario reports 3,797 people in hospital with COVID-19, 56 more fatalities

Sean Previl breaks down what 'incidental COVID' means and why medical professionals are saying the numbers don't tell the whole story.

A total of 3,797 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario on Sunday, with 604 individuals receiving care in an intensive care unit (ICU).

That’s according to the latest data released by the province.

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Ontario reports 4,026 people in hospital with COVID-19, 47 more deaths

The latest numbers mark a decrease from the data shared on Saturday, which said 4,026 people were hospitalized with the virus.

The number of people currently on a ventilator also decreased by three from 378 on Saturday to 375 on Sunday. However, the number of patients in an ICU rose from 600 on Saturday to 604 on Sunday.

In a tweet morning, Ontario’s Minister of Health Christine Elliott noted that not all hospitals report data on weekends.

The province also reported 56 new COVID-19-related deaths on Sunday, bringing the total number of fatalities in the province to 10,968.

What’s more, 5,833 new COVID-19 infections were reported on Sunday, bringing the total number of infections to 996,665.

However, experts caution that this is likely an undercount, as more stringent rules have been implemented in the province that limit who is able to access a COVID-19 test.

According to Elliott, to date, 30,056,293 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Ontario.

She said more than 79,999 doses were administered on Saturday alone.

“91.6 per cent of Ontarians 12+ have one dose and 88.9 per cent have two doses,” she wrote in a tweet.

The news of the new cases and fatalities comes just days after the provincial government announced it would start lifting public health restrictions at the end of this month.

More to come.

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U.K. lawmaker says she was sacked from minister role because of her 'Muslimness'

A British lawmaker has said she was fired from a ministerial job in Prime Minister Boris Johnson‘s Conservative government partly because her Muslim faith was making colleagues uncomfortable, the Sunday Times reported.

The allegation added to the turmoil Johnson’s government is facing over parties held at his Downing Street office during COVID-19 lockdowns.

Nusrat Ghani, 49, who lost her job as a junior transport minister in February 2020, told the paper that she had been told by a “whip” – an enforcer of parliamentary discipline – that her “Muslimness” had been raised as an issue in her sacking.

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The government’s chief whip, Mark Spencer, said he was the person at the center of Ghani’s allegations.

“These accusations are completely false and I consider them to be defamatory,” he said on Twitter. “I have never used those words attributed to me.”

Johnson met Ghani to discuss the “extremely serious” claims in July 2020, a spokesperson from the prime minister’s office said on Sunday.

“He then wrote to her expressing his serious concern and inviting her to begin a formal complaint process,” the spokesperson said. “She did not subsequently do so.”

“The Conservative Party does not tolerate prejudice or discrimination of any kind.”

Ghani’s remarks come after one of her Conservative colleagues said he would meet police to discuss accusations that government whips had attempted to “blackmail” lawmakers suspected of trying to force Johnson from office over the lockdown parties.

The scandals have drained public support from both Johnson personally and his party, presenting him with the most serious crisis of his premiership.

Making colleagues ‘uncomfortable’

“I was told that at the reshuffle meeting in Downing Street that ‘Muslimness’ was raised as an ‘issue’, that my ‘Muslim women minister’ status was making colleagues uncomfortable,” the paper quoted Ghani as saying.

“I will not pretend that this hasn’t shaken my faith in the party and I have at times seriously considered whether to continue as an MP (member of parliament).”

In his response, Spencer said Ghani had declined to put the matter to a formal internal investigation when she first raised the issue.

The Conservative Party has previously faced accusations of Islamophobia, and a report in May last year criticized it over how it dealt with complaints of discrimination against Muslims.

The report also led Johnson to issue a qualified apology for any offense caused by his past remarks about Islam, including a newspaper column in which he referred to women wearing burqas as “going around looking like letterboxes.”

The main opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer said the Conservatives must investigate Ghani’s account immediately.

“This is shocking to read,” he said on Twitter.

Intimidation and blackmail

Ghani’s comments about the whips’ behavior echoed allegations last week from another senior Conservative, William Wragg, that some of his colleagues had faced intimidation and blackmail because of their desire to topple Johnson.

“Nus is very brave to speak out. I was truly appalled to learn of her experience,” Wragg said on Twitter on Saturday. He has told the Daily Telegraph newspaper that he would meet the police early next week to discuss his allegations.

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Johnson has said he had neither seen nor heard any evidence to support Wragg’s claims. His office has said it would look at any such evidence “very carefully.”

Johnson, who in 2019 won his party’s biggest majority in more than 30 years, is fighting to shore up his authority after the “partygate” scandals, which followed criticism of the government’s handling of a corruption row and other missteps.

Senior civil servant Sue Gray is expected to deliver a report into the parties next week, with many Conservative lawmakers saying they will await her findings before deciding whether they will take action to topple Johnson.

(Reporting by Michael Holden and Paul Sandle Editing by Daniel Wallis and Frances Kerry)

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Two men arrested at COVID-19 protest that attracted 400 to downtown Fredericton

On Friday, New Brunswick reported its 200th death related to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. Suzanne Lapointe takes a look at how the province's pandemic management compares with its neighboring provinces.

Two men are facing criminal charges after a protest against COVID-19 restrictions turned ugly outside Fredericton City Hall.

The Saturday rally attracted 400 people even though the Fredericton Police Force had urged organizers not to go ahead with the event.

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Police Chief Roger Brown issued a statement saying the protest was peaceful, aside from a small group of people who tried to incite violence.

Brown says the two men who were arrested are facing multiple charges, in addition to fines for failing to comply with the province’s Emergency Measures Act.

Police say several other tickets were issued to organizers and participants, and more tickets will be handed to those identified at the rally.

Brown says those who ignore health protection measures are putting public safety at risk.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 23, 2022.

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1 dead after suspicious car fire: London, Ont. police

London, Ont., police are investigating a suspicious death in the city’s south end.

Police say emergency crews were called around 8:55 p.m. Saturday to Manning Drive between White Oak Road and Wonderland Road South.

A vehicle was on fire and police say a person died on scene.

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The regional coroner’s office and the Ontario fire marshal’s office are assisting with the investigation.

Police say the area will remain closed throughout Sunday morning.

Anyone with information is asked to call the London Police Service at (519) 661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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Russia denies U.K. claim of seeking to install pro-Moscow government in Ukraine

WATCH: U.S. and Russia talks end with no breakthroughs as tensions over Ukraine heat up

Russia‘s Foreign Ministry on Sunday rejected a British claim that Russia was seeking to replace Ukraine‘s government with a pro-Moscow administration, and that former Ukrainian lawmaker Yevheniy Murayev was being considered as a potential candidate.

Britain’s Foreign Office on Saturday also named several other Ukrainian politicians it said had links with Russian intelligence services, along with Murayev who is the leader of a small pro-Russia party that has no seats in the parliament.

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The U.K. government made the claim based on an intelligence assessment, without providing evidence to back it up. It comes amid high tensions between Moscow and the West over Russia’s designs on Ukraine.

“The disinformation spread by the British Foreign Office is more evidence that it is the NATO countries, led by the Anglo-Saxons, who are escalating tensions around Ukraine,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on the Telegram messaging app Sunday. “We call on the British Foreign Office to stop provocative activities, stop spreading nonsense.”

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said the information “shines a light on the extent of Russian activity designed to subvert Ukraine, and is an insight into Kremlin thinking.”

Truss urged Russia to “deescalate, end its campaigns of aggression and disinformation, and pursue a path of diplomacy,” and reiterated Britain’s view that “any Russian military incursion into Ukraine would be a massive strategic mistake with severe costs.”

Britain has sent anti-tank weapons to Ukraine as part of efforts to bolster its defenses against a potential Russian attack.

Amid diplomatic efforts to defuse the crisis, U.K. Defense Secretary Ben Wallace is expected to meet Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu for talks in Moscow. No timing has been given for the meeting, which would be the first U.K.-Russia bilateral defense talks since 2013.

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The U.S. has mounted an aggressive campaign in recent months to unify its European allies against a new Russian invasion of Ukraine. The White House called the U.K. government assessment “deeply concerning” and said it stands with the duly elected Ukrainian government.

“This kind of plotting is deeply concerning,” National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne said. “The Ukrainian people have the sovereign right to determine their own future, and we stand with our democratically-elected partners in Ukraine.”

The assessment came as President Joe Biden spent Saturday at the presidential retreat Camp David outside of Washington huddling with his senior national security team about the Ukraine situation. A White House official said the discussions included efforts to de-escalate the situation with diplomacy and deterrence measures being coordinated closely with allies and partners, including security assistance to Ukraine.

Jill Lawless in London, Jari Tanner in Helsinki, and Matthew Lee and Zeke Miller in Washington, contributed to this report.

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In praise of — and a plea for — better sounding music

A few years ago, I was talking to a high school student about music. “What do you listen to your music on?” I asked.

She pointed at her laptop. “That,” she replied. “Through the speakers.”

I was aghast. “You that’s how you hear all your favourite songs? Through laptop speakers?”

She shrugged. “It’s good enough,” she said.

Good enough? What?

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Alan Cross explains how our music is shaped by technology, part 1

If you’re of a certain vintage (i.e. you grew up before the internet and MP3s,) you may remember spending an insane amount of after-tax dollars on a stereo system, hoping to build the biggest, baddest, loudest, clearest, most accurate audio experience within your budget. At one point, I had something in my bedroom capable of acting as a PA for a Black Sabbath set at Glastonbury. The stereo in my car was only slightly less powerful, but still capable of filling a decent-sized arena.

This kind of audio culture (and, okay, fetishization) was everywhere. All my friends — this was almost exclusively a dude thing — all dove into the deep end. We bought what we could afford and then spent many an afternoon in stores auditioning super-high-end speakers and other gear. It cost nothing and we spent the entire time listening to our favourite recordings played back in their best possible glory.

That all came crashing down with the rise of the MP3. Encoders crushed files to one-tenth of their normal size, making it possible to transmit them down old copper telephone wires. MP3s were also seen as the solution to a storage problem on PCs. Computer hard drives were pitifully small by today’s standards, so ripping an entire CD in its original .wav format was a non-starter. One of my old 1 GB HDDs would have barely held one CD. Instead of just storing a couple of dozen songs in .wav, on such a drive, you could store thousands of MP3s.

We marvelled at the magic of this technology. The selection! The portability! The libraries and playlists we built! The file-sharing! Yes, the sound wasn’t quite as good as our old records and CDs, but the tradeoff between convenience and audio quality was worth it. We were okay with substandard audio. And outside of a niche community of audiophiles, that’s where we’ve been stuck for a couple of decades.

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In fact, today’s music sounds worse than it did in the 1970s or even the 1960s. Too many new CDs feature music that’s compressed in a misguided attempt to make it appear louder, squishing out all the dynamic range. The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Metallica (especially the St. Anger album) are among the worst offenders. When those songs are played over the radio, even more compression is added. If you rip those songs to MP3 — well, it’s like sticking a grape can in a hydraulic press. And yes, the majority of radio stations do play digital files, even MP3s with criminally low (below 320 kpbs) bitrates.

Meanwhile, the audio industry is desperate for a long upgrade cycle when consumers will move from compressed music and the devices that play them to something much better such as Hi-Res Audio and other “lossless” (i.e. no compression) digital formats. Such a movement would send a multi-billion-dollar ripple through almost all areas of consumer electronics.

Oh, they’ve tried. Anyone remember SACDs or HDCD? Both were optical discs with twice the resolution of audio CDs and were capable of delivering music with astounding clarity. They still exist, but you’d never know it.

Sony let me try out a Hi-Res digital player 15 years ago with Bob Marley’s Legend pre-loaded. The difference was so striking, so immediate, that it was like listening to those songs for the first time. But more than a decade-and-a-half later, Hi-Res Audio (and a few similar brand names) is unknown to most music fans outside the audiophile. (If you want to see what you can buy, check out HDTracks, a Canadian store that sells lossless files. Pink Floyd’s The Wall in 96kHz/24-bit can be a life-changing experience.)

And up until recently, streaming music services weren’t helping, delivering audio in the old “lossy” formats. Spotify, for example, has an automatic setting that defaults to four different bitrates depending on the receiving device and the available data pipe: 24 (low), 96 (normal), 160 (high), and 320 kpbs (very high). Even at “very high,” that’s still less than a quarter of the data gush you get from a .wav file (2.4 MB/minute vs about 10 MB/minute).

There has been movement, however. Apple Music says it has upgraded just about everything in its library to lossless audio so subscribers can listen to songs “the way the artists created them in the studio.” (Gee, that’s exactly what my friends and I were looking for back in the day. Huh.)

Tidal has always been preferred by audiophiles who want to stream. Amazon Music HD, Deezer, and a few others are also streaming lossless files. Some charge more for the higher quality while others have just folded it into their regular streams.

Spotify’s version, Spotify HiFi, was supposed to have been released last year, but it’s been delayed indefinitely without explanation. You’d think that they’d be in a rush to offer a tier for which they could charge more or boost subscriber numbers. Nope. At least, not yet.

Yet here’s the thing: Does the average music fan care about higher-quality audio? Not when they spend most of their time listening on portable devices using earbuds or headphones tuned to over-emphasize bass frequencies (I’m looking at you, Beats). As far as the last couple of generations of music fans are concerned, compressed and awful music (my take) is what music is supposed to sound like. What’s more, is that it’s this level of audio quality that they find pleasing and beautiful. They don’t see the need for anything more.

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Yes, data costs are a factor, but that’s only for over-the-air streaming. There’s always Wi-Fi. If you subscribe to a streamer, then you can save tracks onto your device so you can listen even if you’re not connected. And if you’re the kind of person who still rips CDs, there’s no need to compress anything. An 8 TB hard drive can be had for less than $200, and capacities keep going up as prices keep falling.

So far, offerings of better audio have been met with near-total indifference. I’m beginning to fear that the whole concept of CD-quality (or better) lossless audio for streaming will never catch on with the masses. And that would be a crime.

If you’re not convinced, head over to your nearest high-audio dealer and ask them to play a Hi-Res MQA-encoded version of The Doors’ Riders on the Storm on a pair of good speakers. The clarity of Ray Manzarek’s electric piano is frighteningly clear and nuanced, eclipsed perhaps only by Rob Krieger’s drums. I swear I’ve never heard a more accurate representation of a stick hitting a drumhead.

Just heavenly. Why would anyone want to deprive themselves of a glorious listening experience?

Alan Cross is a broadcaster with Q107 and 102.1 the Edge and a commentator for Global News.

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Could talks between the military and sexual misconduct survivors bring change?

WATCH: Senior military leaders went golfing with Gen. Jonathan Vance while under investigation

Royal Canadian Navy commander Vice-Admiral Craig Baines admits he made a mistake by golfing with retired general Jonathan Vance last summer while the former chief of the defence staff was being investigated for alleged sexual misconduct.

But in his first interview since current defence chief Gen. Wayne Eyre’s controversial decision not to fire him, Baines says he has tried to make the most of his second chance by connecting with victims and survivors of military sexual misconduct.

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Those connections have been personal, as Baines has sat down with former service members who experienced inappropriate and illegal sexual behaviour while in uniform to listen and learn why his decision was wrong.

He has also worked to connect senior officers across the navy with It’s Not Just 700, a support and advocacy group specially created six years ago for victims of military sexual misconduct, and pledged to be an agent for change.

Global News first reported on the Canadian Forces’ mishandling of sexual misconduct in February 2021, leading to the forcing out or resignation of several members of the military’s top brass due to allegations of improper conduct.

On Feb. 2, the issue burst into the spotlight after Global News reported that now-retired Gen. Jonathan Vance, the former chief of the defence staff, was facing allegations of inappropriate behaviour from two female subordinates. He has denied the allegations.

Since Global News’ exclusive reporting, the military has been embroiled in what leaders say is an existential “crisis” for the Canadian Armed Forces.

“The biggest thing for me, and what I’ve committed to when dealing with the different groups that I have talked to, is that we’re going to keep this on the agenda,” Baines told The Canadian Press.

“We’re not going to allow this just to be a spike of activity, and then once everyone stops looking, we’re just going to go back to the way it was. That’s not what we’re going to do. We are going to change the navy for the better.”

It’s Not Just 700 co-chair Lori Buchart says while Baines made a bad decision in golfing with Vance, that mistake has since opened the door to a real dialogue between victims and survivors and the military’s top brass.

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And while she acknowledges not everyone will be happy the group is working with Baines and other military commanders, Buchart says the discussions have been healing for some participants. She’s also hoping they lead to real change in the Canadian Armed Forces.

“We really need to find a pathway forward for conversation and for good leaders to reconcile and start a restoration process with those people that are harmed,” Buchart said. “When we start doing that, we’re starting to rebuild trust with the community.”

The birth of the current partnership started with Eyre’s announcement in late June that he had decided to keep Baines on as commander of the Royal Canadian Navy despite his having golfed with Vance and another senior officer, Mike Rouleau.

Baines blames a “blind spot” for his decision to hit the links at Ottawa’s Hylands Golf and Country Club on June 2, saying he was there out of friendship with Rouleau and not to support Vance, who was charged in July with one count of obstruction of justice. Vance has denied any wrongdoing.

Rouleau at the time was vice-chief of the defence staff, the military’s second in command, to whom military police are administratively responsible. He resigned two weeks after the golf game, and took the blame for Baines having been there in the first place.

“There were many different ways I could have supported my colleague, general Rouleau, and that just wasn’t the right way to do it,” Baines said when asked about the golf game. “And I felt terrible that in trying to do that, I caused harm to survivors.”

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In announcing his decision to keep Baines, Eyre said he had consulted a number of people, including victims and survivors, and was giving the navy commander a chance “to redeem himself and show us how to learn, grow, and help the healing process.”

The decision was controversial, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland saying it sent the wrong message to women in the military.

Buchart had similar questions about Eyre’s decision, recalling: “I’m like: `Well, who did you consult in the community? And you’re saying why it’s good for Craig, but you’re not saying why it’s good for the Canadian Armed Forces and the people who served.”’

A former university professor and retired lieutenant-commander who was sexually assaulted on multiple occasions during her 14 years in the naval reserve, Buchart at the time had only recently taken over as co-chair of It’s Not Just 700, known previously as It’s Just 700.

The all-volunteer group was founded in 2015 after the release of an explosive report by retired Supreme Court justice Marie Deschamps that for the first time detailed the extent of the military’s problem with sexual misconduct.

While INJ700 has been at the forefront of calls for accountability and action, Buchart says she arrived with a slightly different mindset: “If we were going to help bring about change, we had to have different types of conversations.”

So Buchart wrote an email to Eyre expressing her questions and concerns. Less than an hour later, Baines messaged back asking if they could talk. Buchart says she agreed only after checking with some other officers she knew who vouched for him.

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When they finally talked by phone a few days later, Baines admitted to having made a mistake.

“I said: `Look, you made a really bad decision,”’ Buchart recalls. “But I’m not the one who has to forgive what you did.”’

Baines agreed to a roundtable between himself and other members of the navy with INJ700’s leadership team, who have since met with senior leaders of the air force leaders as well, with more meetings planned in the coming weeks.

The navy commander also sat down with victims and survivors for two “restorative engagement” sessions to better understand why his decision on June 2 hurt them and others. A similar session has been held with Eyre.

Buchart says those meetings, which were set up with assistance from the military’s internal conflict unit, have proven cathartic.

“One of the individuals got up and said: `I’ve done 25 years of psychotherapy and 25 years of drugs, and that hasn’t done for me what six hours engaged in this restorative session with Admiral Baines has,”’ Buchart recalls.

Baines says his eyes have been opened to the pain he caused, and that he is committed to championing change.

Buchart knows not everyone will approve of INJ700’s work with Baines and the rest of the military, which has a long history of promising to root sexual misconduct from the ranks and then failing in that commitment.

But she says not only does the group continue to press for accountability, she has also seen the benefit to individual victims and survivors – and is cautiously optimistic dialogue will lead to real change.

“To move this train wreck forward, this whole conversation piece, there just had to be some swimming upstream,” she says. “If we can engage in conversation, engage in critical dialogue and get these folks to start chatting … then we can shift what’s happening.”

— with files from Global News 

© 2022 The Canadian Press

2 people taken to hospital after fire at Toronto auto body shop

Two people were transported to hospital after a fire in Toronto on Saturday evening.

In a tweet, Toronto police said officers received reports of a fire in the Warden Avenue and Danforth Avenue area.

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According to Toronto fire, the incident occurred at an auto body shop.

Cars were reportedly on fire both inside and outside the shop.

The fire, which was initially deemed a two-fire alarm, was upgraded to a third alarm due to reports of explosions, Toronto fire said.

Toronto paramedics told Global News two people were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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Ottawa Police Homicide Unit investigating fatal stabbing

The Ottawa Police Homicide Unit is investigating a fatal stabbing in the city this weekend.

Police say officers located a badly wounded man in the 200 block of Hannah Street just before 6:30 a.m. on Saturday.

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They say the man was rushed to hospital where he died of his injuries.

He has since been identified as 40-year-old Jayco Partridge.

Investigators say an arrest warrant has been issued for 28-year-old Devon Wynne on a charge of second degree murder.

Anyone who knows Wynne’s whereabouts, or has information about the case, is asked to contact police immediately.

© 2022 The Canadian Press

Northern Manitoba health centre reopens after closing due to staffing shortages

The Northern Health Region says the Leaf Rapids Health Care Centre will reopen on Monday.

Leaf Rapids Health Centre in Northern Manitoba will reopen to patients on Monday.

Staffing shortages shuttered the northern hospital on Dec. 27. It will reopen despite continued concern over retention of  nurses and doctors.

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs says the health facility’s temporarily closure paints a bigger picture of northern health care.

There’s inadequate care in the north,” Chief Arlen Dumas, Assembly of the Manitoba Chiefs told Global News.

“I think that it was very negligent for the hospitals into the north to be closed.”

Dumas calls the Leaf Rapids centre “instrumental” and a “hub” that many surrounding communities utilize. He’s pleased the health centre is reopening, but not confident that it will stay that way.

“I haven’t seen enough of systemic change to bring me confidence that things are going to get better.”

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Gillam, Leaf Rapids health centres temporarily shuttered over ‘staffing issues’

The Gillam hospital was also closed, but it has since reopened.

The Leaf Rapids Health Centre was supposed to open January 10, but continued issues with staffing pushed the date back farther. That’s something the nurses union expects this to become the new normal.

“I think that’s something we’re going to see more and more common in this province, as we get further into the fourth wave and more nurses leave the industry,” said “Darlene Jackson, President of the Manitoba Nurses Union.

“Staffing shortages have certainly gotten to a more critical level than we’ve seen in the past. In the north there’s some geography that you have to navigate when you’re talking about closing a facility like Leaf Rapids,” she says.

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NDP leader Wab Kinew made calls earlier in the week for the Manitoba PC government to make reopening the health facility a priority.

Global News reached out to the Northern Health Region and the provincial government for comment, but neither responded by time of publication.

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