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'Already struggling' Calgary downtown core will be hit hard by job cuts from Cenovus-Husky merger – National Post

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“It’s an unfortunate thing, because, the timing being such, the pandemic has affected everyone in Calgary and certainly in Alberta,” Ball said. “For non-profits it means there’s been an increase in the demands for their services.”

It’s especially acute for the cultural non-profits, most of which are based downtown, she said.

“Of course people working downtown creates a vibrancy 5 to 7 and 7 beyond for bars and restaurants and also live in-person events and so the arts sector is tied to, in some ways, the vitality of the downtown core.”

Still, in spite of the doom and gloom, there are bright spots: On Monday, Suncor announced it would be relocating employees at its branch offices in the Toronto area to Calgary, essentially bringing 700 positions to Calgary.

“Yesterday, Suncor’s leadership spoke with our Downstream employees and let them know that over the course of 2021, we’d be moving our Downstream head office from Mississauga and Oakville to Calgary,” Suncor spokesperson Sneh Seetal said in an email.

Nenshi said that Suncor moving people to the city is good news, evidence of the city’s appealing real-estate market, compared to overheated business markets such as Toronto, something he hopes will bring even more business to the city.

“That’s really the pitch that we’re making to a lot of firms,” said Nenshi.

Woolley, for his part, also remains optimistic: “There is hope, I am a hopeful, optimistic Calgarian, I believe in our city, but it really does speak to the importance of us taking a look at economic diversification,” said Woolley.

With files from Geoffrey Morgan

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80 New Cases Of COVID-19, 1 New Death, 2 New Outbreaks In Windsor Essex As Of Saturday – windsoriteDOTca News

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The Windsor Essex County Health Unit has announced 80 new cases of COVID-19 as of Saturday, bringing the local total to 3,941.

Cases increased from 3,864 on Friday December 4th to 3,941 on Saturday December 5th and 427 cases of COVID-19 are currently active in Windsor-Essex.

Saturday’s 80 new cases is the highest daily increase in cases since June 28th.

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The Health Unit says 9 cases are close contacts of confirmed cases, 2 cases are community acquired, 2 cases are agri-farm workers, 1 case is a healthcare worker, and the origins of 66 cases are still being investigated.

They say 3,431 people locally have recovered (an increase of 73 recoveries today).

There has been one new death from COVID-19 in Windsor Essex as of Saturday bringing the local death toll to 83. The Health Unit says a man in his 80s from the community passed away.

As of Saturday, the Health Unit lists 28 hospitalizations: 21 people in acute care (1 new today), and 7 people in the ICU with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windsor Essex. Thirteen hospitalizations are listed at Windsor Regional Hospital.

Long-term Care / Retirement Home Outbreaks

As of Saturday, there is one new outbreak and five long-term care/retirement homes remain under outbreak:

  • Devonshire Retirement Residence (Windsor) has 0 resident cases and 1 staff case (new outbreak today)
  • Chartwell St. Clair Beach (Tecumseh) has 1 resident case and 0 staff cases
  • Village of Aspen Lake (Windsor) has 0 resident cases and 1 staff case
  • Chartwell Royal Oak Residence (Kingsville) has 0 resident cases and 2 staff cases
  • Leamington Mennonite (Leamington) has 0 resident cases and 2 staff cases
  • Riverside Place (Windsor) has 17 resident cases and 3 staff cases
  • Iller Lodge (Essex) has 18 resident cases and 3 staff cases

Workplace Outbreaks

As of Saturday, there is one new outbreak and eight other workplaces remain under outbreak:

  • 3 outbreaks at agri-farms in Leamington
  • 1 outbreak at a health care and social assistance workplace in Lakeshore
  • 1 outbreak at a health care and social assistance workplace in Windsor (new today)
  • 1 outbreak at a finance and insurance workplace in Leamington
  • 1 outbreak at a manufacturing facility in Windsor
  • 1 outbreak at a manufacturing facility in Kingsville
  • 1 outbreak at a place of worship in Leamington

School Outbreaks

As of Saturday, three schools remain under outbreak:

  • Corpus Christi Catholic Middle School – Central Park Athletics Campus
  • W.J. Langlois Catholic Elementary School
  • Frank W. Begley Public School

Community Outbreaks

As of Saturday, there is one community outbreak:

  • Victoria Manor

Hospital Outbreaks

As of Saturday, there are two hospital outbreaks:

  • Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare
  • Windsor Regional Hospital

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Alberta enters Friday with COVID-19 highs in daily and active cases, hospitalizations – CTV Edmonton

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After setting new records for daily and active cases and hospitalizations multiple times this week, Alberta broke yet another COVID-19 milestone on Friday.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported 1,828 cases of the disease from more than 17,200, equalling Alberta’s highest positivity rate of the pandemic so far: 10.5 per cent.

“This positivity rate is a grim milestone and one that should concern us all,” the chief medical officer said.

“I want to stress the seriousness of the rise in cases numbers we are seeing, and how crucial it is that we reduce the spread and bend the curve back down.”

There are now 18,243 coronavirus cases in Alberta, with 99 of 533 hospital patients in ICU.

The province also reported 15 more COVID-19 deaths, raising the fatal count to 590.

Hinshaw encouraged Albertans to behave this weekend, avoid crowds and opt for curbside pickup, if possible.

 “By resisting the urge to socialize this weekend and limiting your close contact with others, you are not only protecting yourself and those closest to you from the virus, but you are playing a critical role in helping to break chains of transmission, which can save lives.”

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Alberta Health Services is hiring more contact tracers and planning for the scenario of having to open field hospitals in Edmonton and Calgary in case they need more bed space as cases and hospitalizations see a sharp rise.

AHS president and CEO Dr. Verna Yiu, who joined Dr. Hinshaw in Friday’s briefing, said there isn’t a current need for these pop-up hospitals and called it a contingency plan.

“It is clear that Alberta’s healthcare system is under significant stress, given the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in the province and AHS must prepare for all scenarios. This plan is part of our ongoing proactive pandemic response planning and is one of several initiatives that will ensure our healthcare system can meet increased demand caused by COVID-19.”

AHS is also still looking to hire more contact tracers to keep up with new cases. It currently employs 900 and wants to double up that number by the end of the year.

When new infections saw a large increase in recent weeks, Hinshaw did away with contact tracers calling every new case and asked them to prioritize vulnerable Albertans.

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65 New Cases Of COVID-19, 2 New Outbreaks In Windsor Essex As Of Friday – windsoriteDOTca News

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The Windsor Essex County Health Unit has announced 65 new cases of COVID-19 as of Friday, bringing the local total to 3,801.

Cases increased from 3,801 on Thursday December 3rd to 3,864 on Friday December 4th and 424 cases of COVID-19 are currently active in Windsor-Essex. They say four recent cases have been transferred to other health units.

The Health Unit says 5 cases are close contacts of confirmed cases, 2 cases are community acquired, and the origins of 58 cases are still being investigated by the Health Unit’s staff.

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They say 3,358 people locally have recovered (an increase of 54 recoveries today).

There have been no additional deaths due to COVID-19 as of Friday and the local death toll stands at 82.

As of Friday, the Health Unit lists 27 hospitalizations: 20 people in acute care (3 new today), and 7 people in the ICU (2 new today) with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windsor Essex. Fourteen hospitalizations are listed at Windsor Regional Hospital.

Long-term Care / Retirement Home Outbreaks

As of Friday, there is one new outbreak and five long-term care/retirement homes remain under outbreak:

  • Chartwell St. Clair Beach (Tecumseh) has 1 resident case and 0 staff cases (new outbreak today)
  • Village of Aspen Lake (Windsor) has 0 resident cases and 1 staff case
  • Chartwell Royal Oak Residence (Kingsville) has 0 resident cases and 2 staff cases
  • Leamington Mennonite (Leamington) has 0 resident cases and 2 staff cases
  • Riverside Place (Windsor) has 17 resident cases and 3 staff cases
  • Iller Lodge (Essex) has 18 resident cases and 3 staff cases

Workplace Outbreaks

As of Friday, there is one new outbreak and seven other workplaces remain under outbreak:

  • 3 outbreaks at agri-farms in Leamington
  • 1 outbreak at a health care and social assistance workplace in Lakeshore
  • 1 outbreak at a finance and insurance workplace in Leamington
  • 1 outbreak at a manufacturing facility in Windsor
  • 1 outbreak at a manufacturing facility in Kingsville (new today)
  • 1 outbreak at a place of worship in Leamington

School Outbreaks

As of Friday, three schools remain under outbreak:

  • Corpus Christi Catholic Middle School – Central Park Athletics Campus
  • W.J. Langlois Catholic Elementary School
  • Frank W. Begley Public School

Community Outbreaks

As of Friday, there are two community outbreaks:

  • Riverplace Residence
  • Victoria Manor

Hospital Outbreaks

As of Friday, there are two hospital outbreaks:

  • Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare
  • Windsor Regional Hospital

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