Canada’s death toll from the novel coronavirus grew by 175 on Saturday, surpassing 3,500 fatalities.
Countrywide, confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, totalled 56,696 — with more than 29,000 of them considered active. A total of 3,566 deaths have been reported since the pandemic began.
These numbers are tallied daily based on figures released by provincial and federal health authorities, and include 23,813 people who are deemed recovered.
Canada has so far conducted more than 900,000 tests.
Quebec added more than 1,000 cases and 114 deaths on Saturday. The province has the highest fatalities (2,136) and most number of cases (29,656) in Canada. Close to 7,000 people are considered recovered.
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Ontario reported 511 new cases and 55 deaths on Saturday. Together, Quebec and Ontario comprise more than 80 per cent of COVID-19 cases in the country. Ontario has seen 1,176 deaths since the pandemic began, with the provincial total number of cases standing at 17,119 on Saturday — more than 11,000 of these cases are considered recovered.
British Columbia reported two new deaths and 26 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, for a total number of 114 deaths and 2,171 cases since the pandemic was declared on March 11. Approximately 63 per cent of these cases are deemed recovered. On Friday, B.C. reported encouraging hospitalization numbers, including the lowest number of people in intensive care in more than five weeks.
Alberta announced 80 confirmed and 17 probable new cases on Saturday and two deaths. The province has so far seen more than 5,653 confirmed cases and 94 deaths since the coronavirus first arrived. More than 2,300 people are considered recovered.
Saskatchewan reported six new cases for a total of 412. Six people have died in the province so far, while 302 are considered recovered.
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Manitoba reported one new case on Saturday, for a total of 280 confirmed and probable cases, with 38 of them considered active and 236 recoveries.
In New Brunswick, all 118 cases of COVID-19 are now considered resolved. The province hasn’t detected a new case for 14 straight days, has not experienced a COVID-19-related death so far, and is currently in the process of relaxing some restrictions.
Nova Scotia reported one new death and four new cases on Saturday, for a provincial total of 963 cases. Thirty-one people have died there since the pandemic began. More than 600 people have recovered from the virus.
There was no updated data released Saturday for Newfoundland and Labrador (259 cases so far, three deaths) or Prince Edward Island (27 cases, three of which are active).
Nunavut reported its first case of COVID-19 on Thursday, while the Northwest Territories appears to have resolved all five of its cases, and the Yukon too has resolved all 11 of its cases.
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Worldwide, the virus has resulted in more than 3.4 million cases in 187 countries, with more than 242,000 deaths, according to data tracked by Johns Hopkins University.
More than a million people are considered recovered.
— With files by Global News staff
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Canada reports 121 more coronavirus deaths, more than 1,000 new cases – Global News
Canada’s total cases of the novel coronavirus passed the 85,000 mark on Monday after a total of 1,014 more cases were announced.
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The new cases, which include 121 more deaths, were tallied from data released by provincial and federal health authorities across the country.
The added numbers brings Canada’s total cases and deaths to 85,700 and 6,545, respectively.
The provinces of Ontario and Quebec once again reported the highest amount daily COVID-19 cases.
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Ontario announced an increase of 404 cases, bringing its provincial total to 25,904. A total of 2,102 people have died in the province from the virus following Monday’s increase of 29.
Quebec’s total coronavirus cases reached 47,984 on Monday following an increase of 573 cases. The province remains the epicentre of Canada’s COVID-19 outbreak, with a total of 4,069 deaths as of May 25 — accounting for over 60 per cent of the country’s death toll.
Other provinces announced new cases of the coronavirus on Monday as well.
Cases in British Columbia rose by another 12 on Monday, while a total of 19 more cases were announced in Alberta.
Saskatchewan announced a single-digit increase in COVID-19 infections with an increase of just two cases.
In Atlantic Canada, Nova Scotia remained the only province to report an additional coronavirus infection with an announcement of one case.
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Canada not immune to the virus of COVID-19 conspiracies – CBC.ca
Like the coronavirus, conspiracy theories and misinformation about COVID-19 are contagious and can spread easily among Canadians.
Is hydroxychloroquine an effective treatment for those infected?
Was the coronavirus genetically engineered in a lab as a biological weapon?
Does regularly rinsing your nose with a saline solution protect you from the coronavirus?
False, unproven and not true, respectively.
Yet recent research suggests Canadians are exposed to a high level of bad information about COVID-19, and many are vulnerable to what some have described as “a pandemic of misinformation” or an “infodemic.”
Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication released a survey last week that showed nearly half of Canadians, 46 per cent, believed at least one of four COVID-19 conspiracy theories. Similar research at the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec indicated one in 10 Canadians believes a conspiracy theory.
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Both studies found that young people were more likely to believe in conspiracy theories and false news. That’s not surprising considering that disinformation is most prevalent — and spreads most easily — on social media, which is a primary source of news for younger Canadians.
But all ages are susceptible.
“Everyone has fallen prey at some point to misinformation on social media,” Sarah Everts, an associate professor and co-researcher on the Carleton study, said on the university’s website. “Anyone who thinks that it’s easy to distinguish conspiracy theories and misinformation is at high risk of being fooled.”
Trust in news at record high
While some of the major social media and search platforms are taking measures to limit and reduce the amount of misinformation on their feeds, it is difficult to control the internet. CBC News has found that even discredited stories and bogus claims — such as Plandemic, a 26-minute documentary-style video full of false and misleading claims about COVID-19 — continue to resurface on alternative sites and platforms.
It’s all the more reason why reputable news organizations must devote resources to fact-checking COVID-19 claims.
The good news is that a number of serious media outlets in Canada have done just that by dedicating journalists to this important work.
The better news is that public trust in those traditional news organizations soared to record highs in Canada as the pandemic took hold, according to a new special edition of the “Trust Barometer” report by marketing firm Edelman Canada.
At CBC News, we launched a COVID-19 disinformation unit to fact-check viral COVID-19 claims on social media and other platforms. The goal is to hold platforms to account for the spread of bad information and unverified claims; to provide accurate takes on that information from verified experts; and to try to help Canadians navigate the minefield of false and misleading information. Find links to some of the team’s recent work below.
(CBC’s French-language service Radio-Canada has a similar unit, Décrypteurs.)
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Meanwhile, a team of journalists attached to our “Ask CBC News” (COVID@cbc.ca) project has received more than 41,000 questions from our audience on the pandemic, and some of their work addresses misinformation. The team has directly responded to more than 2,200 people, and many user questions have been put to experts on the air or published in one of our more than 40 FAQ articles. These pieces are consistently among the most-read articles on our website.
We recently launched our “Students Ask CBC News” initiative with Curio.ca. Every Tuesday night, CBC News Network produces a live segment dedicated to questions from high school students and expert answers.
And as a member of the Trusted News Initiative, CBC/Radio-Canada joined an industry collaboration of major media and technology companies in March to rapidly identify and stop the spread of harmful coronavirus disinformation.
We view this work as essential public service and are fully committed to it. For as long as there’s an “infodemic,” CBC News aims to be part of the cure.
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Statistics Canada to collect data on origins of guns used in crime – CBC.ca
Statistics Canada has started a project to increase the amount of information collected on guns used in crime.
Researchers have said for decades there isn’t enough data about where guns come from and how they are used.
Without that information, it is a greater challenge to stop the flow of illegal guns into Canada or to curb gun violence.
“It’s been a problem for 30 years,” said Wendy Cukier, president of the Coalition for Gun Control.
“The information is quite fragmented. Jurisdictions like Toronto collect and trace and track crime guns, but a lot of others don’t.”
Statistics Canada is working with police services and Public Safety Canada to change that.
Last year, the agency added a variable to its homicide survey allowing police to indicate whether firearms used to commit a homicide were sent for tracing, and to provide the origin if discovered.
Besides that, Statistics Canada hasn’t said how it will increase the amount of information it receives on crime guns, just that it’s working on it.
But that’s a good first step, said Cukier.
More data would help identify hot spots of gun activity in the country, she said.
It’s something law enforcement in the U.S. has done successfully. In the past, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has traced a large number of crime guns back to illegal sales.
“In Canada, we don’t have the mechanisms to make those sorts of determinations because we don’t have the tracing, the tracing data,” said Cukier.
“When it comes to identifying hot spots in Canada — dirty dealers, points of entry and so on — I think the police would say there is less information than they would like to have.”
Collecting that information nationally would allow police to target smuggling rather than discovering illegal firearms by chance when a car crosses the border, she said.
The Canada Border Services Agency seized 647 firearms in the 2019-20 fiscal year. In the last three fiscal years, that number peaked at 751 seizures in 2017-18.
There is no way of knowing how many guns escape detection.
Cukier said the broad pattern of gun crime in the country has been known for years.
Licensed guns like rifles and shotguns are often used in domestic assaults and attacks on police officers in rural communities. Handguns used by gangs are smuggled in from the U.S., stolen or sold illegally, she said.
But the figures used in crimes are elusive.
Even what police refer to as a gun used in a crime isn’t the same across the country, according to an email from Peter Frayne, a Statistics Canada spokesperson.
Some jurisdictions may refer to a ‘crime gun’ as a firearm used to shoot, rob or threaten another person.
But some police services don’t use the term, meaning there is a “barrier to consistent data collection and recording,” according to Frayne.
Statistics Canada says it’s working with police and other groups to come up with a definition.
The lack of standard definition upsets Nova Scotia gun owner Daniel Harrington, who is an award-winning target shooter. He uses a Stag 10 rifle that has now been banned by the federal government.
Harrington said legislators should get all the facts before they create laws that hurt licensed gun owners, especially when guns smuggled into the country could be the problem.
“[It’s] so backwards,” he said.
He said it is important to define what it is that needs to be stopped.
“Like, assault rifle has no legal definition in Canada,” he said. “So define it, find out where it’s coming from, find out what you can do to stop that and then do it,” said Harrington.
Statistics Canada’s work is further complicated by a lack of requests to trace a gun’s ownership history.
Not all crime guns are submitted for tracing by police. There is no legal requirement that firearms be submitted by police for tracing through the RCMP-run Canadian National Firearms Tracing Centre.
The aim of the centre is to help law enforcement figure out the history of a gun connected to a criminal investigation and to use that information as potential evidence in court, said Catherine Fortin, an RCMP spokesperson in an email.
“We are not mandated to collect statistics on illegal firearms,” she said.
That means the centre does not retain the information it gathers.
“Instead, the results are sent back to the police of jurisdiction, and are recorded in various, and inconsistent, formats,” said Frayne.
Not all tracing pans out, meaning the origins of some guns remains a mystery.
The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police is also trying to fill in some of the gaps. The association represents senior police leadership from across the country.
It has been exploring ways to increase data collection on the criminal uses of firearms through Statistics Canada.
The association also wants to “standardize definitions of key firearm-related concepts,” said spokesperson Natalie Wright in an email.
Wright said they are trying to identify possible options for data collection and analysis on firearms.
Despite the difficulties, collecting the information is still worth the effort, according to Jooyoung Lee, a professor of sociology at the University of Toronto. Lee studies the causes and consequences of gun violence.
“It’s important to determine the origin of crime guns because any attempts at legislating the sale and flow of firearms has to recognize that the United States is a global supplier of firearms,” said Lee, “We just simply don’t know how many guns are Canadian in origin versus American in origin.”
Cukier said even without a complete picture of where guns used in crime are coming from, she believes laws like the federal government’s ban on assault-style firearms still have to go ahead.
“I’ve heard a lot of people say, ‘There’s no point in banning military-assault weapons because we have a problem with gun smuggling,'” she said.
“That’s like saying we shouldn’t try to treat breast cancer because lung cancer is a big problem. The ban on military-assault weapons is aimed at reducing the risk we will have mass shootings.”
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