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After 8 Quebec women murdered within 8 weeks, protesters say 'enough is enough' – CTV News Montreal



“Enough is enough. Not one more,” chanted those present at a protest in Montreal Friday, one of many held across Quebec at the same time to protest against femicides and violence against women.

The events were inspired by tragic statistics: since the start of the pandemic, 13 Quebec women have been murdered in cases linked to domestic violence, including eight within the last eight weeks.

“A horrifying tally,” said actress and author Ingrid Falaise, one of the event’s organizers and herself a survivor of domestic violence.

 And for each of these murdered women there are thousands of others who live in fear on a daily basis, said the group that organized the events.

It consists of the Alliance des maisons d’hébergement de 2e étape, la Fédération des maisons d’hébergement pour femmes, L’R des centres de femmes, le Regroupement des maisons pour femmes victimes de violence conjugale, and Falaise.

In Montreal, the participants — most of them women — walked from Park Lafontaine to Mount Royal. Many made the journey in silence.

Several held signs: “We never kill love,” and “More listened to dead than alive,” two read. Others wore a white ribbon on their clothing or masks.

At times, the line of walkers stretched over more than six city blocks.

A woman named Noémie said she was there because she herself was the victim of domestic violence, beaten while pregnant with her daughter.

“I got out of it, but you never really get out of it afterwards, because the justice system is not made for the victims, it is made for the torturers,” she said.

She said that by coming out in cold on Friday, she hoped to help make a difference, in her own way.

“By giving my voice and participating in events like this,” she said, she wants to make them “be talked about. And that we are not afraid to talk about it, that we are not ashamed that it happened.”

One of the men who attended, Eugène Dufresne, said he was there to walk “in solidarity” with women. “We have to be able to stop the violence,” he said. “This must end.”

One of the group’s leaders addressed the crowd at one end of the march.

“We can’t take it anymore. We can’t take it anymore,” said Viviane Michel, the president of the Federation of Native Women of Quebec, in a somber tone.

“We must educate our boys from a young age,” she said.

The rate of violence against Indigenous women is particularly high.

In the middle of the park, the group observed a minute of silence in memory of the 13 women killed. Each of their names was read, then repeated by the crowd.

Events were planned in some 20 municipalities in Quebec, including Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, La Malbaie, Montreal, Baie-Saint-Paul, Victoriaville, Tadoussac, Baie-Comeau, Sept-Îles, Rimouski, Sherbrooke, Gaspé and Joliette, among other cities.

The organizers also challenged the government on the importance of acting now in terms of strengthening the safety net for victims of domestic violence.

The number of cases continues to steadily increase, said Laurence Bitez of the Maison aide aux femmes de Montréal, who was present at Park Lafontaine.

“We have had many more calls since the start of the pandemic, but we lack funding and we lack places”  for them, added the young woman, herself a former victim of violence.

“It’s a problem that concerns us all,” she continued, also pointing to the fact that many more women than men attended the march.

“I have a lot of gratitude for those who are there,” however, she said. “Luckily you see more and more of them at events like this.”

Quebec’s Minister for the Status of Women, Isabelle Charest, participated in the walk on Friday with her two children.

She said she was present as a citizen but also as an elected official, to tell Quebecers that “we are here, we will continue the fight against this devastating problem.”

The demonstration was important because there is a need for overall awareness, Charest said.

About shelters decrying the lack of places to accommodate women — as well as the $22.5 million over five years dedicated to these shelters in the last budget, an amount deemed insufficient by people in the field — she said Quebecers should expect more news.

“The budget is not an end in itself,” she said. “We continue to discuss and work with them.”

Two members of the Parti Québécois, Véronique Hivon and Méganne Perry Mélançon, participated respectively in Montreal and Gaspé.

And Liberals Isabelle Melançon and Maryse Gaudreault showed up to the rallies in Montreal and Gatineau.

   The names of the 13 women killed since the start of the pandemic:

   – Johanne Corriveau

   – Sylvie F.

   – Francine Lussier

   – Mary Saviadjuk

   – Françoise Côté

   – Elisapee Angma

   – Marly Édouard

   – Nancy Roy

   – Myriam Dallaire

   – Sylvie Bisson

   – Nadège Jolicoeur

   – Kataluk Paningayak-Naluiyuk

   – Rebekah Harry

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 4, 2021. Watch the video above to see Billy Shields’s video report from Montreal.

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Is the delta variant of the coronavirus worse for kids? – Delta-Optimist



Is the delta variant of the coronavirus worse for kids?

Experts say there’s no strong evidence that it makes children and teens sicker than earlier versions of the virus, although delta has led to a surge in infections among kids because it’s more contagious.

Delta’s ability to spread more easily makes it more of a risk to children and underscores the need for masks in schools and vaccinations for those who are old enough, said Dr. Juan Dumois, a pediatric infectious disease physician at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Weekly infection rates among U.S. children earlier this month topped 250,000, surpassing the wintertime peak, according to data from the American Academy of Pediatrics and Children’s Hospital Association. Since the pandemic began, more than 5 million children in the U.S. have tested positive for COVID-19.

The delta variant has been identified in at least 180 countries, according to the World Health Organization. In many of them, the spike in infections has also meant an increase in hospitalizations in young children and teens.

In the U.S., the hospitalization rate for COVID-19 was less than 2 per 100,000 children in late August and early September — similar to the peak last winter, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the portion of kids hospitalized with severe disease hasn’t changed significantly.

The sheer numbers can make it seem like children are getting sicker with the delta variant, but experts say that does not appear to be the case. Most infected kids have mild infections or no symptoms and do not need to be hospitalized.

COVID-19 vaccines continue to provide protection against delta. Among children 12 and older — who are eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations — the weekly hospitalization rate in July was 10 times higher for the unvaccinated than those who have had the shots, CDC data show.


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Data from 3 major hospital systems reveals how many COVID-19 patients are fully vaccinated – Bring Me The News



While the COVID vaccines are shown to be effective albeit not bulletproof at preventing infection from the virus, their effectiveness at preventing hospitalization and death is much greater.

Four Minnesota healthcare institutions provided specific data that shows the percentage of hospitalized COVID-19 patients who are fully vaccinated, and how many are unvaccinated or partially-vaccinated.

Allina Health, which has 14 hospitals in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, reports that almost four out of five COVID-19 patients hospitalized through Sept. 20 were unvaccinated.

Its data show that of 176 COVID-19 patients hospitalized on Sept. 20, 32 were in the ICU and 21 required a ventilator. Hospitalized patients who were fully vaccinated represented 22.7% of the total, and just 15.6% of the ICU cases and 9.5% of the cases with a ventilator. 

Credit: Allina Health

HealthPartners, which has nine hospitals in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, told Bring Me The News that it has cared for 338 COVID-19 patients in the past 30 days and 53 of them (15.7%) were fully vaccinated. 

“Of those 53 patients, only six required intensive care, two needed the support of a ventilator and nobody died. Year-to-date, 6.3% of hospitalized patients have been fully vaccinated,” a spokesperson from HealthPartners said. 

Sanford Health, which operates 22 regional hospitals, is reporting that 10.1% of all COVID-19 patients hospitalized on Sept. 21 were fully vaccinated. Only two of 45 in the ICU and one of 34 patients on a ventilator were fully vaxxed,

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More of the same from CentraCare, which operates eight hospitals in the region. The latest data provided Thursday (it changes daily and even hourly) had six of 67 COVID-19 inpatients documented as fully vaccinated. 

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To recap, that’s four major hospital systems that are reporting between 9% and 22% of all COVID-19 patients being fully vaccinated, with even lower percentages of vaccinated patients in the ICU or on a ventilator. 

“COVID-19 vaccines continue to be our best tool in stopping the spread of infection and preventing serious illness and death,” the HealthPartners spokesperson said.

Bring Me The News has requested vaccinated and unvaccinated ratios from other major providers, including Mayo Clinic Health Systems, Hennepin Healthcare and Essentia Health. 

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330 people are in BC hospitals with COVID-19 – MY PG NOW



B.C. is reporting 832 new cases of COVID-19, 117 in Northern Health, 153 in Interior Health.

There are 5,697 active cases in the province, of those cases, 330 individuals are in hospital and 148 are in intensive care.

The north has 977 active cases, and the interior has 1,181.

87.3% of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of a vaccine and 79.9% received their second dose.

The new/active cases include:

* 377 new cases in Fraser Health
* Total active cases: 1,932

* 114 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health
* Total active cases: 909

* 153 new cases in Interior Health
* Total active cases: 1,181

* 117 new cases in Northern Health
* Total active cases: 977

* 71 new cases in Island Health
* Total active cases: 654

* no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada
* Total active cases: 44

There were five new deaths reported, one was in Northern Health.

From Sept. 15-21, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 75.5% of cases and from Sept. 8-21, they accounted for 82.6% of hospitalizations.

Past week cases (Sept. 15-21) – Total 4,417

* Not vaccinated: 2,996 (67.8%)

* Partially vaccinated: 342 (7.7%)

* Fully vaccinated: 1,079 (24.4%)

Past two weeks cases hospitalized (Sept. 8-21) – Total 437

* Not vaccinated: 327 (74.8%)

* Partially vaccinated: 34 (7.8%)

* Fully vaccinated: 76 (17.4%)

Past week, cases per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Sept. 15-21)

* Not vaccinated: 289.0

* Partially vaccinated: 87.9

* Fully vaccinated: 27.0

Past two weeks, cases hospitalized per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Sept. 8-21)

* Not vaccinated: 46.5

* Partially vaccinated: 13.3

* Fully vaccinated: 1.8

After factoring for age, people not vaccinated are 25.8 times more likely to be hospitalized than those fully vaccinated.

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