Thursday, 17 June 2021

Canada’s Housing Market: Developer’s plan to buy $1B in homes

Global News shows that Toronto-based condo developer Core Development Group is under fire for its plan to buy $1 billion worth of single-family homes and convert them into rental properties. This comes as housing prices have climbed rapidly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The company has said it intends to buy 4,000 rental units in Ontario, Quebec, B.C. and Atlantic Canada, as first reported by the Globe and Mail. The company hasn’t provided an overall timeline for its acquisitions, but the idea is to buy homes that can be split into two units (for example, with a second unit in the basement) and turn both over to the rental market.

As Anne Gaviola reports, reducing the supply of homes for sale could make the affordability crisis even worse for those trying to get into the market.

Canada: Delta variant 'growing rapidly' in Ontario, warns Yaffe

CTV News talks about how many people in Ontario need to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity. Dr. Barbara Yaffe isn't sure because of Delta variant.

"Herd Immunity" (also called herd effect, community immunity, population immunity, or mass immunity) is certainly a form of indirect protection from infectious disease that can occur with some diseases when a sufficient percentage of a population has become immune to an infection, whether through vaccination or previous infections, thereby reducing the likelihood of infection for individuals who lack immunity. Immune individuals are unlikely to contribute to disease transmission, disrupting chains of infection, which stops or slows the spread of disease. The greater the proportion of immune individuals in a community, the smaller the probability that non-immune individuals will come into contact with an infectious individual.

Individuals can really become immune by recovering from an earlier infection or through vaccination. Some individuals cannot become immune because of medical conditions, such as an immunodeficiency or immunosuppression, and for this group herd immunity is a crucial method of protection. Once the herd immunity threshold has been reached, disease gradually disappears from a population. This elimination, if achieved worldwide, may result in the permanent reduction in the number of infections to zero, called eradication.

Infectious vs Contagious:

Contagious diseases are spread by contact, while infectious diseases are spread by infectious agents. Something "contagious" is by default "infectious" because contact exposed you to the infectious agent, but something infectious isn't always contagious.

Infectious diseases are caused by microscopic germs (such as bacteria or viruses) that get into the body and cause problems. Some (but not all) infectious diseases spread directly from one person to another. Infectious diseases that spread from person to person are said to be contagious.

"Food poisoning" is a good example of something infectious but not contagious: food can be contaminated with a bacteria that makes you sick, but you can't give your food poisoning to someone else just by shaking their hand or even giving them a kiss.

This U.S. congressman wants border reopened 'immediately'

CTV News shows that USA Congressman Brian Higgins discusses the Canada-USA border closure, and if the Americans would unilaterally open the crossing.

COVID-19: Could the Delta variant derail Canada’s summer reopening plans?

Global News in Canada shows that as provinces are cautiously reopening with some allowing outdoor dining, shopping and other limited gatherings, experts wonder if the more transmissible Delta virus variant of COVID-19 might jeopardize some of those big reopening plans, as cases appear to be growing across Canada.

The variant first found in India is estimated by some to be at least 60 per cent more contagious than the previous dominant strain.

Evidence from the U.K. suggests that the Delta variant spreads much more easily than other variants that have appeared in Canada so far.

Virus cases of this virus variant seem to be increasing.

When will Canada provide COVID-19 safety guidelines for fully vaccinated people?

Global News shows that Canadians who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are seeking federal guidance on what is and isn't safe to do. 

65% of adults in Canada have been given their first dose, the highest number reported by any nation. 

But, Canada still lags behind when it comes to second doses, and some medical experts say clearer COVID-19 safety guidelines may encourage more people to get their shots. 

Eric Sorensen reports.

Sunday, 6 June 2021

Canada: Vaccine injury compensation program accepting applications

CBC News shows that the federal government has begun accepting applications for its vaccine injury support program. Some people diagnosed with rare but serious conditions after their vaccinations aren't sure the compensation goes far enough.

Inside the Canadian lab shining light on long-term COVID-19 side effects

Global News shows that we are starting to learn about the long-term damage COVID-19 wreaks on many vital organs, but what about our blood vessels? There are troubling signs that the impact on our vascular system may leave a lifelong legacy of health problems in its wake. For The New Reality, Dawna Friesen speaks with Jake Pushie, a scientist at the University of Saskatchewan, who's using the most powerful device in the country to look for answers.