Canada reported 386 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, including 41 more deaths.
The total number of cases in Canada now stands at 99,836, while 62,017 of those infected have recovered from the virus.
A total of 8,254 people have died in Canada from COVID-19.
Quebec and Ontario, the provinces hardest hit by the coronavirus, recorded a majority of recently added cases at 117 and 190, respectively — an increase from the 92 and 184 reported on Tuesday.
British Columbia reported 19 new cases of the virus on Wednesday, bringing total lab-confirmed infections in the province to to 2,769.
Alberta, meanwhile, reported 48 new cases, an increase from 35 on Tuesday. The province has seen a slight increase of new cases over the past week.
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Cases in Saskatchewan and Manitoba rose by nine and two, respectively while New Brunswick recorded just one additional infection of the virus.
Despite dwindling numbers of confirmed cases, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an eight-week extension of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit eligibility period on Tuesday and extended U.S.-Canada border closures until July 21.
As of 6:30 p.m. ET, data from Johns Hopkins University said there were a total of 8,282,519 confirmed cases of COVID-19 around the world, while 446,257 people had died from the virus.
According to Johns Hopkins, nearly one-fourth of those deaths occurred in the United States, the epicentre of the disease.
More than two million people in the U.S. have been infected with the virus since the novel coronavirus was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization in March.
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Ottawans reinvent Canada Day celebrations for 2020 – CBC.ca
For the first time in recent memory, Parliament Hill did not host the country’s biggest party on Canada Day.
With no formal celebrations on the hill this year, Ottawans instead turned to their neighbourhoods, city parks and beaches to show Canadian pride.
Here’s what just a few people in the nation’s capital did to celebrate Canada’s 153rd year.
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Jake Kivanc, The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, July 1, 2020 3:27PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, July 1, 2020 6:05PM EDT
TORONTO – All five of Canada’s biggest banks are joining an international boycott of Facebook over concerns that the platform is complicit in promoting racism, violence and misinformation.
Scotiabank, RBC, CIBC, BMO and TD have pledged to stop purchasing ads on the site for the month, aligning themselves with brands such as Lululemon Athletica and MEC in signing onto the #StopHateForProfit campaign.
The initiative, spearheaded by organizations like the NAACP and the Anti-Defamation League, began in response to growing anti-Semitic and anti-Black rhetoric found on the social media platform.
Participating brands will suspend all advertising on the platform for the month of July.
Scotiabank announced its intentions on Tuesday, while the four others confirmed on Wednesday that they would follow suit.
A spokesman for RBC said the company understands that systemic racism has disadvantaged Black, Indigenous and People of Colour and the bank intends to combat that.
“One way we can do that is by standing against misinformation and hate speech, which only make systemic racism more pervasive,” AJ Goodman said.
Facebook has come under fire in recent months for what critics say is an indifference when it comes to policing their platform for individuals and groups espousing hateful ideology.
They’ve also been criticized for a lack of action on disinformation.
For instance, last month, U.S. President Donald Trump posted a doctored video featuring fake CNN footage on both his Twitter and Facebook accounts, in which a CNN logo appears over footage of a Black toddler running away from a white toddler.
The footage is then followed by another clip from a different angle – this time without the CNN watermark – in which it becomes clear the two toddlers are friends.
The parents of the two toddlers later told ABC News that they were “appalled” and “disgusted” by the video.
Initially, only Twitter flagged the video as misleading, with Facebook resisting public pressure to enforce their own labelling system.
However, after numerous brands began pulling advertising from the platform, the company reversed its decision at the end of June and began taking down some political posts deemed to be fake or misleading.
Criticism against Facebook has come from inside the company as well.
At the beginning of June – shortly after Trump threatened via social media to order the military to shoot anti-racism protestors – hundreds of Facebook employees staged a virtual walkout to protest the company’s refusal to label the post as hate speech.
A spokesman for Facebook noted that the company has suspended more than 250 white supremacist groups from the platform but did not specifically comment on the boycott.
More recently, Friends of Canadian Broadcasting called on the federal government to drop hosting its virtual celebration on Facebook.
But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s address to Canadians went ahead on the platform – along with YouTube, CBC, CPAC and Radio-Canada – on Wednesday.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on July 1, 2020.
Facebook and The Canadian Press recently announced a reporting initiative called the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship. Facebook will have no influence over the stories created under the program, which is set to launch in the fall; The Canadian Press will maintain complete editorial independence.
How the country's top doc is spending Canada Day and how she thinks you should too – CTV News
As Canadians celebrate a toned-down Canada Day this year, the country’s top doctor is reminding everyone to continue to follow COVID-19 health guidelines she’s observing while enjoying the holiday.
While she’s spending some of the day at work, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam also hoped to celebrate Canada’s birthday by going outside for a run.
“The thing I love about Canada, when I arrived in Canada, was the great, amazing, and epic outdoors,” she told CTV News Channel on Wednesday. “I’m a runner so I’m going to try and do a little bit of exercise if I can and practise what I preach, really, to maintain all of that good public health advice.”
That “good public health advice” Tam is referring to includes gathering virtually, wearing a face mask whenever it’s difficult to maintain physical distance, frequent hand washing, meeting in social “bubbles,” and staying home when sick.
“Virtual is best, but certainly stay within your household or family bubble,” she said. “Boat together in your bubble, commute within your bubble, barbecue within your bubble. It’s the safest.”
With more than 27,000 active cases of COVID-19 in the country, Tam also took the opportunity to remind Canadians the coronavirus hasn’t been eradicated yet.
“Right now, overall in Canada, we have passed the peak of this first wave and we’re well on our way down the other side of the curve, but the virus is still with us and so we cannot let our guard down,” she explained. “There are hotspots around the country. It hasn’t left.”
Tam said she expects to see more outbreaks as more businesses reopen and some Canadians return to the office in the coming weeks.
“The key is to sort of jump on those cases and find those contacts really fast, do good testing, and keep those numbers down,” she said. “The best-case scenario is a series of these little bumps that we can actually manage to control across the country.”
As for how long Canadians will have to adhere to these guidelines, Tam said there’s no way to know for sure, but the only way to prevent further spread of the virus is for everyone to work together.
“I do want to wish everybody a happy and safe Canada Day, go out as safe as you can,” she said. “This is a marathon and not a sprint.”
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