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COVID-19 warnings issued for nine flights linked to Vancouver, Abbotsford – News 1130



VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The BC Centre for Control issued COVID-19 exposure warnings for nine flights connected to Metro Vancouver Saturday.

Three of the flights either landed or took off from Abbotsford, while the other six arrive at or departed from Vancouver.

Air Canada, Swoop, and WestJet are the airlines affected, and the flights were all between August 14 and 24.

Anyone on one of these flights, particularly in affected rows, is asked to self-monitor for symptoms for two weeks.

The complete list of flights and rows is:

Aug 14: Swoop 200, Abbotsford to Edmonton, rows 25 to 31
Aug 17: Swoop 235, Edmonton to Abbotsford, rows 3 to 9
Aug 23: Swoop Flight 141, Hamilton to Abbotsford, rows 17 to 23

Aug 16: Air Canada 303, Montreal to Vancouver, rows 35 to 41
Aug 17: Alaska Airlines 3304, Seattle to Vancouver, rows 12 to 18
Aug 18: WestJet 3355, Vancouver to Victoria, Vancouver to Victoria, rows 8 to 14
Aug 21: Air Canada flight 8212, Prince George to Vancouver, rows 6 to 12
Aug 23: Air Canada Flight 128, Vancouver to Toronto, rows 19 to 25
Aug 24: WestJet Flight 138, Vancouver to Edmonton, rows 12 to 18

“The information available here is updated as we become aware of flights with an origin or destination in British Columbia with a case of COVID-19 on board. If you have travelled to/from other parts of Canada, and are concerned about potential in-flight exposure, please check for similar information posted on other provincial public health web sites,” according to the BCCDC.”

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Struggling outdoor equipment retailer MEC opposes efforts to pause sale to Kingswood –



Beleaguered outdoor recreation retailer Mountain Equipment Co-op is opposing a proposed delay of the company’s sale to a U.S. private investment firm, saying there is “significant urgency” to closing the deal.

Kevin Harding with the Save MEC campaign filed an application in a B.C. court last week to adjourn the sale to California-based Kingswood Capital Management, part of an effort to preserve the retailer’s status as a co-operative.

The group said it wants to “explore alternative options to address MEC’s liquidity issues,” including selling real estate, obtaining operating loans and bringing in a credit card rewards program.

In a response filed Monday, the company doubted the group’s ability to help address MEC’s cash flow issues, noting that the proposed sources of potential funding don’t involve “concrete commitments or realistic options.”

The Vancouver-based company said given the number of factors that need to be addressed before the sale closes, including negotiations with landlords, the proposed adjournment would put the deal in jeopardy.

MEC said it’s urgent for the sale to close before the retailer experiences “significant weekly cash flow losses,” which may worsen with rising COVID-19 rates.

The company added there is a “real risk” that a delay could lead to the closure of MEC’s operations.

“The transaction has to close in a timely manner before MEC’s forecasted losses escalate and in order for the purchaser to take advantage of the upcoming holiday sales periods,” MEC said in the court filing.

The 49-year-old retailer traces its roots back to a group of West Coast mountaineers, who came up with the idea of opening a Canadian outdoor recreation store during a climbing trip to Mount Baker in Washington state.

The grassroots co-operative officially launched in 1971 with six members and about $65 of operating capital.

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Here is the list of pharmacies offering COVID-19 tests in London and region – London Free Press (Blogs)



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Thirteen Shoppers Drug Mart stores in nine Southwestern Ontario cities are seeing their first COVID-19 testing clients Tuesday, days after Queen’s Park rolled out pharmacy-based testing in harder-hit areas of Ontario.

The pharmacies are testing high-priority, asymptomatic people, Shoppers Drug Mart said in a statement Tuesday. The testing is available by appointment only.

“Patients who fit the high-priority, asymptomatic criteria are asked to contact the pharmacy directly to be pre-screened,” the company said.

Though Rexall has launched COVID-19 testing in Toronto-area and Ottawa pharmacies, the company has no imminent plans to expand its testing pilot program to pharmacies in Southwestern Ontario, Rexall said in a statement Tuesday.

The pharmacy-based COVID-19 testing comes as assessment centres in London and across Ontario struggle with unprecedented lineups and wait times for testing. Last week, the province tightened the rules for people seeking testing at assessment centres to those with symptoms and those in close contact with a confirmed case.

Here are the Shoppers Drug Mart stores in the London region offering COVID-19 tests starting Tuesday:


  • 395 Southdale Rd. E
  • 603 Fanshawe Park Rd. W
  • 3090 Colonel Talbot Rd.

St. Thomas

  • 107 Edward St.


  • 333 Dundas St.


  •  511 Huron St.


  • 320 Colborne St. W.


  • 1206 Michigan Ave.

Bright’s Grove

  • 2600 Lakeshore Rd.


  • 416 St Clair St.


  • 3100 Howard Ave.
  • 7720 Tecumseh Rd. E
  • 1760 Huron Church Rd.

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Canada’s deficit to hit $330B as coronavirus lands ‘permanent’ economic impact – Global News



Alberta’s auditor general says the province does a poor job of anticipating and preparing for disasters.

In a report released this morning, Doug Wylie says Alberta doesn’t have a consistent plan for evaluating the risk the province faces from disasters such as floods or wildfires.

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He says the government began preparing one in 2014.

But the effort floundered after different ministries couldn’t agree on the severity of the risks posed by different hazards.

Wylie also found that many local municipalities have large gaps in their hazard assessments and many don’t have a risk assessment at all.

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Northwestern Alberta communities support each other through fires and floods

Northwestern Alberta communities support each other through fires and floods

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Wylie points out that factors such as climate change are increasing disaster risks in Alberta.

More to come…

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