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CN announced on Monday that, as part of its strategic investments to support growing demand and enable supply chains, it plans to invest approximately $445 million across British Columbia in 2020.

The investments will include expansion projects that will add track in yards to handle growing traffic, new sidings as well as continued investments in multi-year initiatives to increase capacity at the Port of Vancouver and at the Port of Prince Rupert in collaboration with the Government of Canada, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, and the Prince Rupert Port Authority. The maintenance program will focus on the replacement of rail and ties and maintenance work on level crossings, culverts, signal systems and other track infrastructure.

James Thompson, Vice-President, Western Region at CN, said: “We take our essential role in the North American economy seriously and these investments in British Columbia are a key part of our strategy to support growth. The Company remains committed to help enable supply chains that fuel British Columbia’s growth as we are a critical part of getting everyday goods to markets and consumers. Safety is a core value at CN and by investing in the maintenance and expansion of our track and capacity, we are providing customers with a safe and reliable solution at a time when fluid supply chains are more critical than ever.”
Marc Garneau, federal Minister of Transport, said: “Remaining committed to supporting Canadian businesses, our government continues to invest in Canada’s economy to encourage economic growth. We are pleased to see companies such as CN do their share by investing in improving safety, growing its capacity and enabling trade through a safe and reliable rail network. Our government has invested to encourage the fluidity of the Western Canadian trade gateway in British Columbia and CN is a key partner in those infrastructure expansions. These investments will continue to enable and support supply chains that make Canada a reliable international trading partner.”

Michelle Mungall, B.C.’s Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness, added: “CN is a transportation lifeline for people and businesses throughout B.C. This investment is great news for the 2,400 CN employees in B.C., their families, and the many more who will indirectly benefit from these important upgrades. CN is a key part of the post-COVID-19 economy where the export of B.C.-made goods will be so crucial.”

Claire Trevena, B.C.’s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, noted: “A sound railway network is critical to our local, provincial and national economies. Our government appreciates CN’s contribution and dedication to strengthen our supply chain, especially as we begin to safely restart the economy during COVID-19. Investments like this will ensure that we remain well positioned to support trade so British Columbians and Canadians have access to the products they need in their daily lives.”

CN says its investments will create greater capacity, which supports reductions in its customer’s transportation supply chain GHG emissions, by encouraging the use of rail for long haul needs. This reduces emissions, traffic congestion, accidents and burdens on public transportation infrastructure as one freight train can replace over 300 trucks from roads. Moving freight by rail instead of truck reduces GHG emissions by 75%. CN will continue to deploy important safety enhancing technologies across its network, such as the Autonomous Track Inspection Program, Distributed Air Cars and Automated Inspection Portals.

Planned expansion projects include:

  • Construction of about 3.5 miles of double track between Vancouver and Edmonton, near Glen Valley.
  • Building new sidings on the Edmonton to Prince Rupert corridor to increase capacity for growing demand.
  • Continued investments to continue multi-year infrastructure projects that will increase capacity at the ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert in collaboration with the Government of Canada, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and the Prince Rupert Port Authority.    

Maintenance program highlights include:

  • Replacement of more than 100 miles of rail
  • Installation of over 209,000 new railroad ties
  • Installation of over 46,000 concrete ties
  • Rebuilds of 22 road crossing surfaces
  • Maintenance work on bridges, culverts, signal systems, and other track infrastructure

British Columbia in numbers:

  • Capital investments: More than $ 1.3 billion in the last five years
  • Employees: approximately 2,465
  • Railroad route miles operated: 2,814
  • Community partnerships: $870,000 in 2019
  • Local spending: $535 million in 2019
  • Cash taxes paid: $192 million in 2019

CN notes that the bustling ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert are dynamic gateways to international trade, offering shorter transit times to Asia. At the Port of Vancouver, CN has coal, grain and intermodal terminals. In the Vancouver area, CN has two distribution centres for forest products, two for metals, three for automotive products, and a CN CargoFlo bulk handling centre. In Prince George, CN has an intermodal terminal and another CargoFlo bulk handling facility in Ashcroft. Vancouver is home to a major rail classification yard.

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138 new cases of COVID-19 reported by the Ontario government on Sunday – Barrie 360 – Barrie 360



There was a slight uptick in new COVID-19 cases in the province with 138 reported Sunday, up from 121 new cases the day before.

Health Minister Christine Elliot said 27 of the new cases are in Windsor-Essex where targeted testing of migrant farm workers continues.

“30 of Ontario’s 34 PHUs are reporting five or fewer new cases, with 16 of them reporting no new cases at all,” Elliott tweeted on Sunday. “Having processed nearly 24,000 tests yesterday, our positivity rate remains at all-time lows.”

Elliot said there are now 45 fewer active cases in the province after 183 more cases were considered resolved.

The provincial death toll from COVID-19 jumped by two.

The number of lab-confirmed cases of the virus in Ontario is 35,794.

There have been 2,689 deaths and 31,266 recoveries.

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Woman asked to 'leave the hospital immediately' as she refuses to wear a face mask – Shoreline Beacon



They told her that official orders have been issued which require everyone to wear face masks,

Anti-face mask supporters seem to be on the rise as another woman who seems to be a face-mask denier was declined for medical treatment upon refusal to wear a face mask inside a hospital.

On Saturday, July 4, a woman in Toronto went into an emergency room at St. Joseph’s Hospital to seek medical treatment for a “suspected broken finger.” However, medical staff at the hospital told her that the Ontario Ministry of Health has ordered face covering for everyone who is inside a hospital.

The woman did not take that well and started filming at the scene.

Letitia Montana, an insurance advisor, who said on Twitter that she is a ‘truther’ and ‘freedom lover’, was visiting the hospital with her child when the incident happened. In the video, Montana is seen questioning the nurse whether a patient is being denied medical assistance because they’re not wearing a face mask, to which the nurse responds in the affirmative. They told her that official orders have been issued that require everyone to wear face masks, especially inside a health care facility.

The incident came in advance of a City of Toronto bylaw that takes effect Tuesday, July 7, and makes face masks mandatory for everyone who visits grocery stores, retailers and hair salons.


Montana’s posted video now has thousands of comments and retweets from people who are calling her out for being irresponsible and expressing support for the nurses who ensured the safety of patients at the hospital.

But it didn’t stop Montana and on Sunday she shared another video, this time one that alleges that face masks are not required to contain a virus and that they have no health benefits.

Montana wrote that all of this is part of “media’s propaganda.”

“Twitter, I appreciate the attention though frankly, I cannot respond to close to 4,000 replies on my recent tweet. It’s sad how well the mainstream media propaganda is working. I thought we were doing better. In any case, I wish you all well,” she tweeted.

Twitter reacts 

Montana’s video, which has since gone viral, did not receive appreciation. In fact, people were calling her out for irresponsible behaviour and the possibility of endangering other patients at the facility. Many pointed out that “filming inside a hospital is not allowed as it violates the privacy and confidentiality of patients who are at their most vulnerable.”

While some tweets addressed the issue seriously, others had a comical take on it.

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P.E.I. reports two new COVID-19 cases Sunday – The Journal Pioneer




P.E.I. has two new cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19 strain), bringing the total number of active cases to five, the chief public health officer announced on Sunday.

Dr.  Heather Morrison said extensive contact tracing and testing has been underway and will continue.

“We are looking at a cluster of four patients related to a man who had travelled to Nova Scotia and had contact with an individual, who had recently arrived from the United States,” said Morrison.

On Saturday, three cases of COVID-19 were announced, including the man in his 20s, who is asymptomatic, at the centre of this cluster. It also included a woman in her 20s, who is a close contact of the man. The third was a man in his 50s, who is an essential worker that travelled outside the province and has been self-isolating since his return.

“At this point, there is no evidence of community spread of COVID-19 in our province and the risk of transmission of COVID-19 within the province remains low,” said Morrison.

Sunday’s new cases are both men in their 20s who were close contacts with the man, who travelled to Nova Scotia for personal reasons on June 26 and returned on June 29. None of the five cases related to seasonal residents or the Atlantic bubble that opened on Friday.

The weekend cases were the first announced in the province in two months.

“Since the start of the pandemic, Prince Edward Island has had a total of 32 cases of COVID-19. We are taking every precaution to limit the spread of the virus in our province,” said Morrison. “Our system has the capacity to respond effectively and efficiently to this cluster of cases and our response protocols have really worked well in this situation.”

The woman in her 20s went to work at Whisperwood Villa on June 30. She had no close contact with residents and returned home as soon as she began to feel ill.

The woman identified nine close contacts, all of whom tested negative, Morrison said on Sunday. The close contacts will remain in self-isolation for 14 days.

Public health officers tested 129 residents and 140 staff at Whisperwood Villa on Saturday. All tests were negative. They will all be re-tested later this week as an added precaution. The final few residents and staff were expected to be tested on Sunday.

Visitors who were at Whisperwood Villa on Tuesday, June 30, are being contacted to arrange for testing.

Morrison said her team is working closely with the facility and its staff.

“I know that it has been a stressful time for the residents, families and staff of Whisperwood Villa to undergo testing for COVID-19,” said Morrison. “We are taking every precaution to protect residents and staff of Whisperwood Villa and keeping them safe is a top priority.”

She also praised staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital medical laboratory, who completed a record-high number of 406 tests on Saturday.

Morrison then reminded Islanders to remain careful and “stick to the basics” like hand washing and physical distancing.

“We have all observed instances of people not maintaining physical distancing and the public health guidelines. This cluster of cases is a clear reminder that COVID-19 is still very much present in our province and we must remain vigilant.

“Even people in a low-risk category are responsible for making good choices to protect their health and the safety of others. Our actions affect others and everyone is susceptible to COVID-19,” said Morrison.

Dr. Heather Morrison, P.E.I.'s chief public health officer
Dr. Heather Morrison, P.E.I.’s chief public health officer


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