The Christmas holidays will be extra festive for Joshua Caines after the Calgarian came forward Friday to claim his $50-million Lotto Max prize after not knowing for months that he held the winning ticket.
The ticket for the Aug. 30 draw had been in Caines’ wallet and then on a shelf until he decided last month to check his numbers online.
“I had heard that the $50 million was still unclaimed in Calgary,” he said in a statement. “And I knew I had some tickets I hadn’t had time to check yet.”
One set of numbers looked like a winner, and after confirming the numbers again on his phone, Caines was an instant multimillionaire.
“I thought to myself, ‘Am I seeing this right?’ ” he said. “Once I showed it to a couple of people, that’s when it started to feel real.”
Caines, who bought his lucky $9 quick pick Lotto Max at the 7-Eleven store on Ranchview Drive N.W., said he has no immediate plans for his sudden windfall.
His was the only ticket match all seven numbers in the Aug. 30 draw — 5, 9, 33, 36, 39, 41 and 44.
It’s the third lottery win of $50 million or more in Alberta this year.
Tai Trinh claimed an Alberta-record $65 million lotto windfall in October. A $60-million jackpot was won by an Edmonton man in August.
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The number of people in Ottawa with current active cases of COVID-19 is continuing its meteoric rise, as it reached another record-high watermark on Saturday.
Ottawa Public Health says there are 1,286 people in the city with known active cases, surpassing Friday’s record high of 1,261.
Four more people were admitted to local hospitals with COVID-19 complications, for a total of 40, a quarter of whom are in intensive care. The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 has nearly quadrupled since Jan. 1, when there were 11 people hospitalized with COVID-19.
The weekly trend of new cases per 100,000 residents fell slightly in Saturday’s report to below 90, however the testing positivity rate remains above 4 per cent.
OPH reported 136 new cases of COVID-19, no new deaths, and 111 new recoveries on Saturday.
The provincial government has extended nearly all emergency orders under the Reopening Ontario Act (ROA) for an additional 30 days.
The government made the announcement on Saturday morning, saying the extension of most orders under the ROA will help to “preserve our health care capacity and protect Ontarians until everyone can be vaccinated.”
The orders under the ROA, which must be renewed every 30 days, have been extended until Feb. 19.
Orders under the ROA include the province’s ability to implement rules on public gatherings, business closures and managing outbreaks in hospitals or long-term care homes.
A new Nanos survey suggests that more than seven in 10 Canadians support or somewhat support barring those who don’t have proof of vaccination from businesses where people are in close contact.
The survey, conducted by Nanos Research in December 2020 and commissioned by CTV News, asked more than 1,000 Canadians 18 years of age and older if they would support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose, or oppose businesses (like airlines or movie theatres, where people are in close contact) having the right to bar a customer who does not have proof of vaccination.
Forty-five per cent of Canadians surveyed said they support the idea, 27 per cent said they somewhat support it, eight per cent said they somewhat oppose the idea, 16 per cent said they oppose it, and four per cent said they were unsure.
Some restaurants in Nova Scotia are adopting a new system of contact tracing after 10 months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Collecting contact information at restaurants became mandatory in Nova Scotia in late November, meaning restaurants have had to write down the names and phone numbers of everyone who has visited as a way to trace possible exposures.
Now, there’s a better alternative to pen and paper, according to the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia.
“It’s definitely the high-tech version, for sure,” Gordon Stewart, the executive director of RANS, told CBC’s Mainstreet on Friday.
“It’s very simple, it’s fast, it’s in a secure database — the restaurants don’t have to worry about managing the data or holding on to it or releasing the data. The Department of Public Health people have direct access to the database.”
SimplyCast, a communication platform company based in Dartmouth, N.S., developed software that allows restaurants to collect information from customers through a single text message.
Restaurants that sign up for the system will be provided a keyword that patrons will use to submit their name and phone number into a database.
When they enter a participating restaurant, patrons will be asked to send the keyword via text message. They will then receive a confirmation code to show to the host before they can enter.
“This actually logs their visit in a report that can be exported as needed for the specific time stamp,” said Alissa MacDougall, the content manager for SimplyCast.
Restaurants and bars in the Halifax Regional Municipality and Hants County recently reopened to dine-in service after more than a month of restrictions brought on by multiple COVID-19 exposures.
Now, all restaurants in the province may open for dine-in service but must close by 11 p.m.
MacDougall said anyone who doesn’t have a mobile device will still be able to submit their information online using a computer or tablet provided by the restaurant.
Mainstreet NS9:31‘High-tech’ contact tracing coming to some Nova Scotia restaurants
The Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia has adopted a service that gets customers to text a number when they eat in restaurants to help with contact tracing. Executive Director Gordon Stewart told host Jeff Douglas how it works. 9:31
Stewart said this new system allows restaurants to provide more accurate information to the Department of Health, which can start contact tracing immediately.
“The challenge with tracing right now is it takes a long time,” Stewart said.
“So if you went to a restaurant a month ago and they gave you a bunch of paper with names and numbers on it, it’s pretty hard to go through that, whereas you could take an automatic database, line it up and and you’re away to the races right away.”
The system launched earlier this week. Stewart said he’s still waiting for information about what restaurants have signed up for the service.
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