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Capital Power Corp and Enbridge Inc agreed to partner on a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project, the companies said on Monday, that would aim to capture up to three million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

The proposed project would serve Capital Power’s Genesee Generating Station near Warburg, Alberta, which currently provides over 1,200 megawatts of baseload electricity generation to Albertans.

Alberta, home to Canada‘s oil sands, is aiming to become a hub for carbon storage and hydrogen production as the world moves away from fossil fuel consumption and tries to cut climate-warming carbon emissions.

Enbridge would be the transportation and storage service provider, while Capital Power would be the carbon dioxide provider on the project, which could be in service as early as 2026.

The captured carbon dioxide emissions from the re-powered units would be transported and stored through Enbridge’s open access carbon hub that could also serve several other local industrial companies.

Enbridge is applying to develop an open access carbon hub in the Wabamun area through the government of Alberta’s request for full project proposals process, which is expected to start as early as December 2021.

Companies including TC Energy, Suncor Energy, Royal Dutch Shell also plan to build new CCS storage facilities.

 

(Reporting by Arunima Kumar in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber)

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Canadians flocking to food rescue apps to reduce grocery bills and waste – CP24 Toronto's Breaking News

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TORONTO – When Gillian Pulfer picked up roasted sweet potato soup, flank steak and chicken salad from a Toronto Pusateri’s Fine Foods for $10 last weekend, the deal was too good not to brag about.

“It’s a more high-end, luxury grocery store…so most people don’t necessarily have the budget to go shop there, but you’re saving money and you’re getting good food,” said Pulfer.

After chowing down, she let her Instagram followers in on her secret: She found the haul on Too Good to Go. The app is one of many uniting deal-seekers with restaurants and grocers eager to keep aging food that’s still fit for consumption out of the trash in exchange for a small fee.

Users of apps like Too Good To Go, Flashfood, Feedback and Olio say they have paid anywhere from $3 to $10 for prepared lunches or dinners, a week’s worth of vegetables and fruit, several loaves of bread, pastry boxes and even, entire pizzas or cakes.

The savings often go a long way, said Eric Tribe, Flashfood’s chief marketplace officer.

“Over the holidays, we had a father who wrote in and thanked us because he’d been let go from his job due to COVID-19 and he used the money saved on Flashfood to buy stocking stuffers for his kids,” said Tribe.

The app, which is used by supermarket conglomerate Loblaw Corp., was started by Toronto entrepreneur Josh Domingues in 2016, after his chef sister threw out $4,000 of food following a catered event.

The app offers produce, meat, fish, bread, dairy and pantry staples nearing their best before date and often marked down by at least 50 per cent. Some items last for weeks, if frozen or cooked. Others have a day or two left.

Orders are retrieved in supermarkets, which typically mark items nearing their best before dates down or donate them to charities, food banks and farms for animal feed.

But those methods still leave grocers responsible for a quarter of the country’s food waste, so Flashfood targeted that portion exclusively, said Tribe. (The app does not divert food from charities, he added.)

To date, Flashfood has kept more than 13.5 million kilograms of food out of landfills and saved users a collective $90 million.

However, Second Harvest, a charity redistributing unsold items to people in need, estimates that almost 60 per cent or 35.5 million tonnes of food produced in Canada is wasted annually. About 32 per cent or 11.2 million tonnes of that lost food is edible and could be redirected to people in need.

“Some people claim this food waste can be solved by downloading an app,” said Maria Corradini, the Arrell Chair in Food Quality at the University of Guelph.

“That’s probably not true, but of course they can have a contribution to reducing this burden.”

She believes better inventory planning and use of artificial intelligence would go even further to addressing food waste.

Too Good To Go’s country manager for Canada agrees inventory management is key, but said, “matching supply and demand is very complex” and no restaurant wants to produce less only to find it can’t serve late customers.

Too Good To Go mostly deals with restaurants, bakeries, and butchers, but also partners with grocery and convenience stores.

Users of the app, which was founded in Copenhagen in 2016 and expanded to Canada last July, order ahead before fetching items at designated times.

What they pick up is a mystery because businesses sell “surprise bags,” and while some offer hints about their contents, others don’t.

For example, Italian food purveyor Eataly advertises some $8 bags as having charcuterie ingredients, but McEwan Foods, celebrity chef Mark McEwan’s supermarket, shares no clues about its $8 bags.

Toronto bakery Daan Go Cake Lab’s bags have featured cake slices or its famous character macarons. Some simply weren’t sold that day, but others have cracks or blemishes the bakery’s posh clientele wouldn’t accept.

Signing up for Too Good To Go was a no-brainer, said chief operating officer James Canedo.

“As chefs, you never want to see food wasted. It’s almost sacred for us,” he said.

“So many people out there don’t have the same privileges, so for food to be wasted, that is something we’re trying to prevent.”

Corradini lauds those sentiments and said the apps’ waste reduction goals are noble, but there are risks.

While some apps only deal with reputable vendors staffed with employees trained in handling food, others like Olio allow anyone to prepare food at home or sell items they can’t finish.

“I would never go for something that has been opened because you never know what went on there,” Corradini said.

She added that even food from grocers and restaurants should be examined closely before eating and customers should cook, freeze, prepare or consume anything they buy that is due to go off soon very quickly.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 23, 2022.

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In Surrey, 25% of those aged 12 and up have had their COVID booster shot – Surrey Now-Leader – Surrey Now Leader

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Vaccination rates for five- to 11-year-olds in Surrey have increased by about five per cent, hitting 41 per cent, according to the latest data from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.

The BCCDC breaks Surrey into nine communities: North Surrey, Whalley, Guildford, West Newton, East Newton, Fleetwood, Cloverdale, Panorama and South Surrey.

Rates for first doses for the five-to-11 age group as of Jan. 20 are: North Surrey (35 per cent), Whalley (34 per cent), Guildford (41 per cent), West Newton (31 per cent), East Newton (33 per cent), Fleetwood (43 per cent), Cloverdale (50 per cent), Panorama (46 per cent) and South Surrey (56 per cent).

That’s 41 per cent receiving their first dose, which is up a little more than six per cent (35.4 per cent) from Jan. 10 Vaccine rollout for the five-to-11 age group started Nov. 29.

Since Jan. 10, vaccination rates for Surrey’s five-to-11 age group have nearly caught up to the rest of B.C. and the Fraser Health region. The provincial average is 49 per cent, while 45 per cent in the Fraser Health region have had their first dose.

Meanwhile, rates for fully vaccinated Surrey residents (aged 12 and up) have started to slow down, with only North Surrey, Fleetwood and South Surrey reporting increases.

Rates for second doses for 12-plus as of Jan. 10 are: North Surrey (93 per cent), Whalley (95 per cent), Guildford (89 per cent), West Newton (97 per cent), East Newton (96 per cent), Fleetwood (94 per cent), Cloverdale (91 per cent), Panorama (95 per cent) and South Surrey (91 per cent).

That’s 93.4 per cent of those aged 12 and up who are fully vaccinated, which is up 0.3 (93.1 per cent) from Jan. 10. First doses are at 96.3 per cent, which is 0.1 per cent (95.9 per cent) from Jan. 3. West Newton is the first community in this age category to hit 100 per cent for first doses.

Provincewide as of Jan. 20, it was slightly lower with 89.8 per cent of those aged 12 and up having received both doses, while 92.5 per cent have received one dose.

However, in the 12-17 age group by Jan. 20, 86.8 per cent have received both doses (up from 86.1 per cent Jan. 10) and 91.2 per cent have had a single dose (up from 90.6 per cent).

For second doses for those 18-plus, only North Surrey and Cloverdale reported an increase.

Rates for those fully vaccinated for 18-plus as of Jan. 20 are: North Surrey (94 per cent), Whalley (96 per cent), Guildford (89 per cent), West Newton (98 per cent), East Newton (97 per cent), Fleetwood (94 per cent), Cloverdale (92 per cent), Panorama (96 per cent) and South Surrey (91 per cent).

That’s 94.1 per cent of those who are 18-plus who are fully vaccinated, which is up 0.2 per cent (93.9 per cent) from Jan. 10. Meantime, 96.7 per cent of people aged 18 and over have had one dose, which is up about 0.3 per cent (96.4 per cent).

Both West and East Newton have hit 100 per cent, while Whalley isn’t far behind with 99 per cent.

Provincewide, second doses for adults were slightly lower at 90.2 per cent by Jan. 10, and first doses are at 92.8 per cent.

For those aged 18-49, 97.1 per cent have had one dose (up from 96.9 per cent) – with Whalley, North Surrey and West and East Newton hitting 100 per cent – and 94.7 have received both doses (up from 94.3 per cent). West Newton is the first community to hit a 100-per-cent vaccination rate.

The 50-plus age group, as of Jan. 20, saw a slight increase overall, but only Whalley, Guildford and Panorama recorded individual increases.

When it comes to those who are aged 50-plus and fully vaccinated, the rates are: North Surrey (88 per cent), Whalley (93 per cent), Guildford (90 per cent), West Newton (95 per cent) East Newton (95 per cent), Fleetwood (93 per cent), Cloverdale (93 per cent), Panorama (96 percent) and South Surrey (92 per cent).

That’s about 92.8 per cent of those aged 50 and older who are fully vaccinated, which is up 0.4 per cent (92.4 per cent) from Jan. 10. First doses are at 94.4 per cent, which is the same as the previous reporting period.

The BCCDC currently only shows third-dose vaccination rates by community for the 70-plus age group, broken down between the nine communities, for third doses for 70-plus it’s: North Surrey (63 per cent), Whalley (62 per cent), Guildford (69 per cent), West Newton (61 per cent), East Newton (66 per cent), Fleetwood (71 per cent), Cloverdale (77 per cent), Panorama (71 per cent) and South Surrey (82 per cent).

That’s about 669.1 per cent of Surrey’s over-70 population receiving a booster dose (up from 65.1 as of Jan. 10).

Meanwhile, 25 per cent (up from 18 per cent) of those aged 12 and over in Surrey have had their third dose as of Jan. 18, compared to 38 per cent provincewide.

Meantime, 42 per cent of those aged 12 and over in South Surrey/White Rock have had their booster.



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Using rapid tests? N.S. Health now recommends swabbing both throat and nose – CBC.ca

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Researchers with Nova Scotia Health’s microbiology team have found that collecting samples from both the throat and the nose makes for a more accurate rapid test result than just by nose swab alone. 

The research project was designed after a public discussion theorizing that a combined sample might produce more accurate results.

“But because that’s not currently recommended by the manufacturers, we wanted to actually investigate that possibility before we made those recommendations,” said Dr. Todd Hatchette, chief of the microbiology division in the department of pathology and laboratory medicine for Nova Scotia Health.

 “Based on what we found — if you were worried about Omicron if you have symptoms — if you have an antigen test, swab your throat first and then swab both of your nostrils and use that as your sample.” 

How to swab throat correctly

To swab your throat, it’s best to use the help of a mirror and stick the swab right to the back of the throat, past the tongue and tonsils, and rub it back and forth about five times.

“It may make you gag but that usually means you’re in the right spot,” said Hatchette. 

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The 1,500 people who took part in the study administered the test themselves, under supervision, at the Halifax Convention Centre.

In a news release, Public Health said it’s working to update the current testing instructions because those from the manufacturer suggest just a nose swab.

Public Health also said if people decide to only test from one source it should be a nasal swab, which would give a more accurate result than just a throat swab alone. 

How did they determine the best way to test?

The research compared rapid test results from the following: nasal swab, throat swab, and combined nasal and throat swab. 

All the results were confirmed using PCR testing. 

Compared to PCR testing, the nasal-only and throat-only swabs each detected 64.5 per cent of cases. 

By combining both the nose and throat swab in one test, the swabs were able to detect 88.7 per cent of cases. 

The Nova Scotia team was the first to report research results to support the combined nose and throat collection method for rapid tests.

“A lot of anecdotal evidence suggested that just doing your nose was missing cases,” said Hatchette.

So every time a new variant comes out, we never know if it’s changed slightly and where it likes to grow and … studies like these are important to show that our tests continue to work and how we can improve them.

“No test is 100 per cent perfect, but this will help us recover more cases moving forward.”

Hatchette said his team is now looking at whether combined throat and nose swabs should become a standard practice when performing PCR tests. 

The research project has been submitted for publication.

Tam applauds study

Speaking at a news conference Friday, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, described the project as a “great Canadian study.”

Tam said Hatchette had presented his results to Canada’s chief medical officers recently.

She said she had asked her laboratory experts to take the study into account and see if they can provide further guidance.

Omicron may be behaving differently than previous variants, Tam said, so the new approach to be swabbing might be useful.

“I think that looks like some very sensible advice because rapid tests, we’ve got to make the best use of them,” Tam said.

“So if by some adjustments to the swabbing technique, we can get a high yield, that’s always a great thing to do.”

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