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A First Nations woman is refusing to accept an apology from a non-Indigenous woman for comparing the trauma of residential schools to requests to wear a face mask.
Savannah George, of B.C.’s Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ First Nation, said Angie Roussin has no right to use the traumatic legacy of residential schools for her own purposes.
“I think she did this for her own personal agenda of anti vax and anti mask. I think she did this to serve her own white privilege.”
George said she regularly speaks out on issues to help educate non-Indigenous people.
She tried again when Roussin, a small business owner in coastal B.C., used the oppression of Canada’s former Indian residential school system to illustrate what she feels are the dangers of wearing face masks.
Roussin admits she made a mistake.
“I should never have put the residential schools comment because it’s way too triggering,” she said of her April 2 Instagram post.
“And I made such a big mistake because I tagged it with our towns because I’m so upset.”
Roussin, an entrepreneur who owns Pina Styles, an art and clothing store with outlets in Tofino and Ucluelet, describes herself as “a conspiracy theorist.”
She said she is anti-vaccination and anti-mask, and believes the global COVID-19 pandemic was manufactured to thin the human race.
That’s why she said she used the atrocity of residential schools to push back against pandemic restrictions.
“I’m trying to stand up for these things and I’m trying to sound the alarm,” she said in a telephone interview with APTN News where she broke down in tears several times. “This is a planned pandemic.
“As a person who is very white and very privileged I don’t mind risking things.”
Roussin has since posted an apology on Facebook that George rejects.
“She told me she had zero experience with residential school,” George said in an interview Tuesday.
Alberta authorities have physically closed a church that was flagrantly breaking COVID-19 regulations.
GraceLife Church in Edmonton has been one of the places of worship at the centre of a holy war waged by a group of pastor’s against the protocols put in to reduce the pandemic’s death count. Early Wednesday morning health authorities and RCMP officers went to church, blocked off the roads surrounding it, and erected a steel fence around it.
This is the first time during the pandemic that Canadian authorities have stepped in to forcibly close a place of worship. The province first ordered the church to close on January 19 but GraceLife Church paid no heed.
GraceLife church’s pastor, James Coates, has gained infamy for his steadfast refusal to acquiesce to COVID-19 safety measures. Coates was held behind bars for several weeks after he surrendered to authorities for breaking COVID-19 protocols and refused to agree to the bail conditions that would lead to his release. The conditions were that he merely follow the rules already in place that would have allowed him to keep preaching but only allow his church up to fill to 15 percent capacity.
The Vancouver Canucks confirm a variant of the COVID-19 virus is responsible for the outbreak that has ravaged the team.
"As of today, 25 individuals have tested positive and the source infection is confirmed a variant — full genome sequencing by [B.C. Centre for Disease Control] will be required to determine which specific type," reads the statement from the team.
VANCOUVER — B.C.'s provincial health officer says the COVID-19 outbreak sweeping through the Vancouver Canucks is a "cautionary tale."
Dr. Bonnie Henry told reporters Tuesday that what's happening with the team is a reminder that the virus spreads "very, very easily."
"It just tells us that once this virus gets hold, it can spread very quickly, despite having routine testing protocols, having protocols to try and protect people as much as possible," she said.
Right-winger Jake Virtanen was the latest Canuck placed on the NHL's COVID protocol list Tuesday. Eighteen of the 22 players on the team's active roster are currently on the list.
Officials with Vancouver Coastal Health have been working with the team to make sure players and their families are being tested and getting the health care they need, Henry added.
She also disputed multiple reports that the Canucks' outbreak is linked to the P. 1 variant first identified in Brazil.
"I’m not aware that any of the cases in the Canucks organization are related to P. 1," she said. "I don’t know where that started, but not that I’m aware of."
A 16-year-old Quebecer died of complications from COVID-19 at a Montreal pediatric hospital last week. The teenager is the youngest person in the province to have died of the disease.
Eight months after mild COVID-19, one in ten people still has at least one moderate to severe symptom that is perceived as having a negative impact on their work, social or home life. The most common long-term symptoms are a loss of smell and taste and fatigue. This is according to a study published in the journal JAMA, conducted by researchers at Danderyd Hospital and Karolinska Institutet in Sweden.
Since spring 2020, researchers at Danderyd Hospital and Karolinska Institutet have conducted the so-called COMMUNITY study, with the main purpose of examining immunity after COVID-19. In the first phase of the study in spring 2020, blood samples were collected from 2,149 employees at Danderyd Hospital, of whom about 19 percent had antibodies against SARS-CoV-2. Blood samples have since then been collected every four months, and study participants have responded to questionnaires regarding long-term symptoms and their impact on the quality of life.
In the third follow-up in January 2021, the research team examined self-reported presence of long-term symptoms and their impact on work, social and home life for participants who had had mild COVID-19 at least eight months earlier. This group consisted of 323 healthcare workers (83 percent women, median age 43 years) and was compared with 1,072 healthcare workers (86 percent women, median age 47 years) who did not have COVID-19 throughout the study period.
The results show that 26 percent of those who had COVID-19 previously, compared to 9 percent in the control group, had at least one moderate to severe symptom that lasted more than two months and that 11 percent, compared to 2 percent in the control group, had a minimum of one symptom with negative impact on work, social or home life that lasted at least eight months. The most common long-term symptoms were loss of smell and taste, fatigue, and respiratory problems.
A six-month neurological and psychiatric study released by The Lancet Psychiatry found that 33.62 percent of ex-COVID-19 patients had a neurological or psychological disorder in the following six months after COVID-19
BUDAPEST: Hungary expects to have more than 4 million of its 10 million people vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of April and to further ease lockdown measures in five or six days, when it has inoculated 3 million people, a senior official said on Thursday (Apr 8)
ZURICH: Students in the Swiss city of Basel falsified positive COVID-19 results in a bid to skip school, resulting in the entire class being put in quarantine, and now disciplinary measures against the perpetrators after the hoax was discovered.
Three students in Basel's Kirschgarten High School falsified SMS messages from Switzerland's COVID-19 contact tracing app, the Swiss newspaper Blick reported.
That forced about 25 classmates to be confined to their homes for about 10 days. Several teachers were also affected by the incident just before spring break in March.
The European Medicines Agency has concluded there is a link between AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine and “very rare” but dangerous clotting events reported in a number of countries where the vaccine has been used, events which in some cases have been fatal.
The federal government has asked Australia’s medical and vaccine regulators to urgently consider the European Medicines Agency’s finding of a possible link between the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID vaccine and rare blood clots.
This follows reports over recent weeks of blood clots in a small number of people around the world who had received the AstraZeneca vaccine, including one man who was hospitalised in Melbourne.
Scientists have termed the condition “vaccine induced prothrombotic immune thrombocytopenia” (VIPIT). But what does this actually mean, how significant is the risk, and what are the implications for Australia’s vaccine rollout — which is currently relying predominantly on the AstraZeneca jab?
Germany is about to start bilateral negotiations with Russia to obtain its Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, a source told Reuters on Wednesday (Apr 7), adding that any final agreement depended on Russia providing key data to the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
Немецкая земля Мекленбург-Передняя Померания вслед за Баварией заявила о намерении заключить меморандум о поставках российской вакцины от коронавируса "Спутник V"
The German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, following Bavaria, announced its intention to conclude a memorandum on the supply of the Russian vaccine against the Sputnik V vaccine
Indonesia announces internal travel ban during Eid al-Fitr over COVID-19
Cambodia's Angkor site shut for 2 weeks to curb COVID-19
China's response to the COVID-19 pandemic is impressive, and it has once again fared well in a major crisis, said an International Monetary Fund (IMF) official on Tuesday.
"They have cracked down on the pandemic very aggressively, very early," Tobias Adrian, director of the IMF's Monetary and Capital Markets Department, was quoted by CNBC as saying.
The Chinese economy "really already came back to normal levels at the middle of last year, so way ahead of any country in the world," Adrian told CNBC.
Faced with a major crisis, China has once again "fared very well," said the IMF official.
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Billionaire Elon Musk's tweets make apps popular, stocks soar and provides fodder to countless Twitter discussions. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO interacts with his social media followers on subjects ranging from aliens to cryptocurrencies. This time, Mr Musk weighed in on the COVID-19 vaccine, again, getting mixed reactions from his 50.3 million Twitter followers.
Clearing his stance on vaccines, he wrote, "To be clear, I do support vaccines in general and Covid vaccines specifically. The science is unequivocal. In very rare cases, there is an allergic reaction, but this is easily addressed with an EpiPen."
On March 20, Kyle Niemer and Mallory Raven-Ellen Backstrom had the wedding of their dreams: intimate (around 40 guests), in a spacious venue with a dance floor, great food — and PCR tests on demand to check unvaccinated guests, administered by a doctor and nurse in the bridal party.
For two weeks, the couple was on edge. Niemer said he had “CNN dreams, where we were that wedding party with a covid outbreak.” “I was afraid,” agrees Backstrom, who announced she was pregnant at the wedding. “We had literally gone to every length to protect our guests. It was nerve-racking.”
While 2020 was marked by canceled or postponed weddings, 2021 is seeing a resurgence — albeit with ones that are smaller than pre-pandemic bashes. Couples like Niemer and Backstrom are navigating a tricky quagmire of ethics and etiquette to ensure the safety of their big day. While some are hosting on-site rapid testing, others — who can afford it — are requiring proof of vaccines, along with bouncers and “covid safety officers.”
The relaxation of state restrictions has helped weddings return, along with the widespread use and accessibility of PCR tests, considered the gold standard in detecting covid-19. Socially distant weddings were the first to emerge in the wake of lockdowns last spring and summer, along with “microweddings” and “minimonies” (pandemic-ese for small weddings of about 10 guests). Now vaccinations are offering the possibility of making weddings bigger, but they are also complicating the planning. The question remains: how do you keep guests safe? And how do you navigate the tricky etiquette around the topic of vaccination and testing with your guests?