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Chinese-Canadian community using social media to co-ordinate self-quarantines to prevent spread of COVID-19 – National Post



While a group of 23 Chinese-Canadian doctors are calling on the federal government to require everyone flying in from China to enter a 14-day quarantine to avoid the spread of COVID-19, many in the community are already doing just that.

There’s a network of dozens of WeChat groups run by volunteers across the country that are facilitating self-quarantines, said Nelly Gong, a Mississauga, Ont., insurance agent who came to Canada more than two decades ago.

Volunteers on the Chinese social media app drop off groceries for people under self-quarantine and facilitate “no-touch” pick-ups from the airport, meaning they arrange for a running car to be waiting in the pick-up zone. Sometimes a volunteer will offer up their home for the returning person to stay in, or their family.

I don’t think we prepared enough

Gong said for those who have seen how serious the situation is in China, 14 days in quarantine is a small sacrifice to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to their friends, family members and neighbours.

“I don’t know how this virus will spread — how serious it will be in Canada,” Gong said. “I don’t think we prepared enough at this point.”

Dr. Stanley Zheng, one of the group of doctors calling for the quarantines, shares Gong’s concern. The Toronto family physician told the National Post’s Tom Blackwell on Wednesday that the federal government should make 14-day quarantines mandatory for all people arriving from China and the world’s other COVID-19 “hot spots.” The Public Health Agency of Canada currently only advises people travelling from Wuhan to isolate themselves.

Gong said the WeChat groups could be a model for how to manage more self-quarantines across Canada.

According to the World Health Organization’s daily report, as of Feb. 27 there were 82,294 confirmed cases of COVID-19 around the world, 78,630 of them in China. The coronavirus has killed 2,747 people in China and 57 elsewhere. Canada has identified 13 cases — six in Ontario and seven in British Columbia.

“How are we going to manage if it bursts out?” Gong said.

As a community leader — Gong is a volunteer with United Way and co-chair of Peel Regional Police’s Chinese Advisory Committee — Gong often gets contacted directly by people returning from China who want to know what they should do. She connects them with the appropriate WeChat group and supports the process behind the scenes.

Each group has one or more leaders and a national one comprised of group leaders has 53 members, Gong said. The Montreal group has almost 300 members, Toronto has two groups with more than 200 members combined, and numerous other groups have more than 100 members. People use the app to keep track of how many people are in isolation, and for how long. Once someone exits quarantine, they often stay on as a volunteer, Gong said.

Some workplaces have been supportive, giving people time off, or shipping a laptop to their employees home. Others have been forced to take unpaid leave, Gong said.

A woman wears a surgical mask in Vancouver amid fears over the COVID-19 coronavirus. Seven of Canada’s 13 cases are in British Columbia.

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Han Dong, the Liberal MP for Don Valley North, said he’s heard of the Chinese-Canadian community’s efforts. People are “very concerned” and have experienced racist incidents in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, Dong said. The community’s response has been to do everything they can to ensure the virus doesn’t spread.

“They don’t want to give it to their neighbours,” Dong said. “We see that a lot in Canadian society. People look after each other.”

Dong said that none of the people who have self-quarantined themselves have developed COVID-19 symptoms. But with reported cases of people who have transmitted the virus without showing any signs of being sick themselves, the quarantines may still have prevented additional cases.

“We have done quite well so far, considering the traffic from the U.S. and the world,” Dong said. “In the next couple of weeks we may have a tougher situation.”

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Does your social media profile belong in your will? Why Canadians should plan their ‘digital inheritance’ now –



When you think about drafting your will, what valuable items immediately come to your mind?

Your house? Car? Financial savings?

What about your social media accounts, emails, or search history?

Experts say planning your ‘digital inheritance’ may have never crossed your mind, but its imperative you do it before you pass.

“When I’m doing estate planning and I ask questions about digital assets, I find that my clients are often a little surprised but very pleased to be asked about it,” said Andrew Higdon, senior associate and estate and trusts planning lawyer at KPMG Law LLP.

“There will be a moment of recognition where they’ll realize, ‘Oh, as a matter of fact, that is important to me.’”

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Digital assets need to be considered, included in your will: expert

Digital assets can be anything from your emails, private messages social media accounts, cloud storage, and photos  to things like search histories, cryptocurrency, an online business, loyalty and reward programs, and even digital art.

With the increasing hold that digital technologies have on our lives, and the boom in cryptocurrency, the president of the Association for Media Literacy says the need to plan who gets access to your digital estate after you die has grown exponentially in recent years.

“This is something that I think has crept up on us, as so many things have in the electronic environment,” said Neil Andersen.

“I think it’s a looming problem as people, first of all, accrue a very large collection of electronic assets, and second of all, don’t leave instructions about how they might be disposed of after their death.”

Yes – that means planning your digital inheritance can include instructions on how to get rid of your assets, as opposed to just sharing them.

It may be hard to think of how to begin planning, so experts say a good start is listing all you digital assets, and thinking about which ones you want to pass on “regardless of whether they have large financial value.”

“Think about [your] grandchildren. They may not be generally very interested in the things that you’re doing. But in 20 or 30 years, they may be,” said Andersen.

No – you don’t have to be Mark Zuckerberg or Shakira to think about ensuring your digital assets. You don’t need to have an exceptionally large digital footprint or online presence, either, as Andersen says many individuals who seemed to be leading very “banal” lives were doing anything but.

Something as mundane as tax records, he says, ended up being an incredible resource for historians trying to piece together the past.

According to a 2012 BMO Retirement Institute survey, 57 percent of respondents aged 45 and older who had important digital property didn’t include it in their formal estate plan, mostly because they “didn’t think of it.”.

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But if you’re still skeptical, maybe the dollar value will change your mind.

According to a Deloitte report published eight years ago, the average Canadian would have racked up $10,000 worth of digital assets by 2020. If they’re on the wealthier side? $50,000.

Now think about what would happen to all that money if you don’t leave someone in charge of it. (Hint: it will probably just sit there, collecting virtual dust.)

Which is why your next step, says Higdon, is to be extremely specific about who gets access to what, how they will handle the assets, and where you will leave all that info. (Another hint: probably best to leave sensitive info out of your will, says Andersen, as they are often made public.)

This brings us to social media accounts — which may not be as easy to pass on as they may seem.

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If you die in real life, do you also die on social media?

While some sites like Facebook allow you to memorialize your account after your passing, it’s not the same as giving someone full access to your profile.

For that, you’d need to share the password, which is where things could get tricky.

Higdon says many social media sites have rules that prohibit sharing your password with anyone without the company’s permission, therefore reviewing the terms of service while you’re planning with a lawyer is a good idea.

But Andersen feels this calls for more policy revisions by social media companies to allow users more control of their digital assets after their passing.

So far, he says the the only movement his organization has seen on this issue has been by Apple, which is introducing a legacy contact option in its IOS 15.2 update fir iPhone and iPad OS15.2 beta 

Individuals named as your legacy contacts can access part of your iCloud data after your passing with a security key. The key will only activate once Apple gets confirmation of your death, usually from a death certificate.

Just like you would with your brick-and-mortar estates, Higdon says you need to make sure your digital estate is up to date every three to five years.

But before you run off giving access to every single digital asset you own, Higdon and Andersen say think long and hard about the future privacy concerns you could face.

“It’s important to recognize that digital assets, unlike traditional property, have the potential to reveal all sorts of things about our lives. For that reason, a more focused approach needs to be taken. They need to be considered carefully as their own thing,” said Higdon.

After all, would you really want someone to have access to every single text message you’ve ever sent?

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Media Advisory: Premier Furey and Minister Osborne to Speak at Official Opening of Memorial University's Core Science Facility – News Releases – Government of Newfoundland and Labrador



The Honourable Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Honourable Tom Osborne, Minister of Education, will bring remarks at Memorial University’s Core Science Facility official opening today, (Friday November 26).

The event takes place at Whale Atrium (CSF 1301), Core Science Facility, Arctic Avenue Memorial University, at 2:45 p.m.

NLVaxPass requirements will be in place for attendees.

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Meghan McCabe
Office of the Premier

Tina Coffey
709-729-1906, 687-9903

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Media Release – November 26, 2021 – Guelph Police –



Stolen truck involved in two incidents

The Guelph Police Service is investigating after the same stolen pickup truck was involved in two separate incidents Thursday.

Approximately 2:40 p.m., a Guelph male called police to advise he had been involved in a road rage incident with two males in a blue Ford Ranger pickup. The caller advised he merged onto the Hanlon Expressway in front of the pickup at Speedvale Avenue West. The truck pulled alongside the caller’s vehicle and a passenger in the truck leaned out the window and used something similar to a metal pipe to smash the rear driver’s-side window of the caller’s vehicle.

Investigation revealed the Ford Ranger had been reported stolen from Wellington County. Anyone with information is asked to call Constable Robert Smith at 519-824-1212, ext. 7388, email him at, leave an anonymous message for Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous tip online at

Approximately four hours later, just after 7 p.m., police were called about an incident in the parking lot of a restaurant on Woodlawn Road West near Silvercreek Parkway North. A staff member advised a customer in the drive-through became upset about his order, driving erratically out of the parking lot and almost hitting two employees. The vehicle involved was determined to be the same blue Ford Ranger.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Constable Konrad Babol at 519-824-1212, ext. 7189, email him at or contact Crime Stoppers.

Male arrested in commercial break-in

A Guelph male was arrested Thursday in connection with a commercial break and enter earlier this month.

On November 13, two males forced their way into a business on Wellington Street West after using bolt cutters to remove a lock. Once inside they searched several offices and stole a quantity of electronics.

Investigation led to the identity of both suspects. One male was arrested last week and will next appear in court December 14.

On Thursday the second male was located at an address downtown and arrested. A 35-year-old Guelph male is charged with break and enter and breach of probation. He will appear in a Guelph bail court Friday.

Charges follow drive-through dispute

A Guelph male faces charges following a dispute in a south-end drive-through earlier this week.

Monday morning, approximately 6:35 a.m., there was an altercation between a motorist and a pedestrian at the drive-through window of a restaurant on Stone Road West. During the altercation, the motorist aggressively pulled forward so his vehicle was touching the pedestrian.

He also poured a bottle of water over her head and threatened to run her over. The pedestrian was not physically injured. The motorist was identified through surveillance video and Thursday turned himself in to the Guelph Police Service.

A 41-year-old Guelph male is charged with dangerous driving, assault and uttering threats. He will appear in a Guelph court December 31, 2021.

Copper stolen from south-end business

The Guelph Police Service is investigating the theft of a quantity of copper from a south-end business early Friday morning.

Approximately 2:25 a.m. police were called by an employee of a business on Southgate Drive. The employee advised he was watching live video surveillance of a male on the business property loading copper into the back of a blue Kia Soul.

Officers arrived 10 minutes later to find the gate to the property standing open but the suspect had already left. It is unknown how much copper was stolen.

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Constable Firas El-Ayoubi at 519-824-1212, ext. 7129, email him at, leave an anonymous message for Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous tip for Crime Stoppers at

Total calls for service in the last 24 hours – 218

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