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VANCOUVER —
The City of Langford has decided to revoke the occupancy permit for an award-winning, 90-unit highrise apartment building.

On Wednesday, the city warned residents of the recently completed Danbrook One development – one of the city’s tallest buildings – that their new homes may be unsafe.

At the time, the city said it was unsure of the extent of the safety issues facing the building, but added it was offering support – including temporary hotel accommodations, money to cover moving expenses and assistance finding comparable rental accommodations in the area – for those who wanted to move out immediately.

The decision to revoke the building’s occupancy permit on Friday came after a city council reviewed a report from WSP engineers, an independent company the city hired to inspect the building.

WSP’s report found “life safety” deficiencies in the building’s design and construction, according to a summary provided by the city.

Tenants should expect to spend “a minimum of seven days” in temporary accommodations while building owner Centurion Property Associates makes short-term repairs to make the building safe, the city said.

“Given the ongoing uncertainty, tenants also have the option to work with Centurion Property Associates and city staff to secure long-term, alternative accommodations,” the city said.

Langford city staff have opened a “command centre” at 780 Goldstream Avenue to speak with tenants affected by the situation. The centre will be open from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Tenants can also reach out to city staff by emailing danbrookone@langford.ca or by calling 250-857-0314.

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COVID-19: Ontario reports 172 new cases; fully vaccinated still need to get tested if symptomatic, says OPH – Ottawa Citizen

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Ontario reported 172 additional cases of COVID-19 Sunday, bringing the seven-day average for new cases to 159 daily – up from 153 a week ago.

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In terms of active cases, the hardest-hit regions are Porcupine (42 active cases per 100,000 people), Grey Bruce (26 per 100,000), Hamilton (22), Waterloo (21) and North Bay Parry Sound (15).

Ottawa, comparatively, has five active cases per 100,000, according to provincial reporting.

Two additional COVID-19-linked deaths were added to the provincial total, which sits at 9,313 lives lost since the pandemic began.

There are 92 COVID-19 patients in ICU testing positive, down from 107 a week ago. The latest ICU figure rises to 127, if you include those no longer testing positive.

Escapade Music Festival teamed up with Ottawa Public Health to run a vaccine clinic at RCGT Park, Saturday, July 24, 2021.
Escapade Music Festival teamed up with Ottawa Public Health to run a vaccine clinic at RCGT Park, Saturday, July 24, 2021. Photo by Ashley Fraser /Postmedia

In the last day in eastern Ontario, confirmed case counts rose by two in both Ottawa and the Eastern Ontario health unit region, and by one in Hastings Prince Edward. The case counts in Renfrew County and District and Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington were unchanged, while the count dropped by one in Leeds, Grenville & Lanark, which can happen when data is corrected or updated.

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Close to 81 per cent of Ontario adults (18 and older) have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while nearly 68 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Update on vaccinations in Ontario. Data distributed on July 25 at 10:28 a.m.
Update on vaccinations in Ontario. Data distributed on July 25 at 10:28 a.m. Photo by SUPPLIED /ONTARIO

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Ottawa’s confirmed COVID-19 case count increased by one, in Sunday reporting by Ottawa Public Health. No additional COVID-19 deaths were logged in the last day.

The number of active cases across Ottawa’s population sits at 44, and there is one Ottawan with COVID-19 in hospital. OPH data lists no ongoing outbreaks.

Over the latest seven-day period (July 17 to 23), a total of 41 new cases were reported to OPH. That makes for a weekly rate of 3.9 per 100,000 people, well under the threshold for the green zone under the province’s old colour-coded COVID-19 response framework, which was associated with a weekly incidence rate of less than 10 per 100,000.

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In the community, 0.5 per cent of Ottawans tested for COVID-19 got a positive result, for the week of July 16 to 22.

The latest seven-day average for estimated R(t) is 1.2. According to OPH, R(t) values greater than one indicate the virus is spreading faster, with each case infecting more than one contact.

There are plenty of places to secure a COVID-19 vaccination on Sunday.

Drop-in first and second doses are available between until 7 p.m. at the city-run Eva James Community Centre, Nepean Sportsplex, Orléans YMCA, and Ottawa City Hall clinics, and at the Queensway Carleton Hospital until 3 p.m.

Doses one and two are also available for drop-ins at a pop-up vaccination clinic at the AMA Community Centre (1216 Hunt Club Rd.) until 4:30 p.m.

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And a note for people who’ve already been vaccinated: You still need to isolate and get tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms, according to OPH guidance.

The health unit’s website advises that although the COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in this country are effective, it takes time to develop protection after getting the vaccine, and there will still be a small percentage of vaccinated people who are vulnerable to the virus.

“These people may be less likely to develop severe disease if infected with COVID-19. But they may still be able to spread COVID-19 to others,” OPH notes.

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, even if you’re vaccinated, “it is important to understand that when you have close contact with people outside of your household, you are putting yourself and others at risk,” OPH says.

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COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS

Ontario

(reported Sunday)

172: New confirmed cases

549,2328: Total cases

2: New deaths

9,313: Total deaths

127: In ICU

80.8 per cent: Percentage of Ontario adults with at least one vaccine dose

67.8 per cent: Percentage of Ontario adults who are fully vaccinated

Ottawa

(reported Sunday)

1: New confirmed cases

27,775: Total cases

0: New deaths

593: Total deaths

44: Active cases

1: In hospital

0: In ICU

83 per cent: Percentage of adult population with at least one vaccine dose

69 per cent: Percentage of adult population that is fully vaccinated

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Montreal airport abandons dividing travellers at customs by vaccination status – CTV News Montreal

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Montreal-Trudeau International Airport has dropped its practice of directing international travellers to different lines at customs based on their vaccination status after a trial failed to produce the desired results, unlike the Toronto-Pearson and Vancouver airports.

The process was piloted on July 5 and 6, the first two days that fully vaccinated Canadian citizens and permanent residents began to be exempted from mandatory quarantine and testing for COVID-19 on the eighth day after arrival.

“The goal was to have a smooth process, however, the configuration of the primary border control inspection line area and the volumes of fully vaccinated passengers did not allow the goal of smoothness to be achieved,” explained Montreal airports public relations director Anne Marcotte.

Upon exiting the public area, however, passengers are directed to screening clinics based on their status to ensure greater fluidity, she said.

Elsewhere in the country, the situation is different. Travelers arriving at Toronto-Pearson International Airport can now be directed to different lines at customs based on their vaccination status.

Canada’s largest airport said Saturday it may divide passengers arriving from the U.S. or other international destinations into lines for those who are vaccinated and those who are partially or not vaccinated.

“This is a measure to streamline the clearance process, as there are different entry requirements for vaccinated and unvaccinated/partially vaccinated travelers, which have been communicated extensively by the Government of Canada,” said Greater Toronto Airports Authority spokesperson Beverly MacDonald.

Vancouver International Airport has a similar policy in place.

Quebec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport did not respond to a Canadian Press request for information at the time of publication.

As of Aug. 9, fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents will also be allowed to enter Canada.

Those from the rest of the world will be able to do the same as of Sept. 7.

— This report by The Canadian Press was first published in French on July 25, 2021.

— With reporting from Allison Jones in Toronto. 

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