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The Interior Health Authority has released the locations of 48 mass COVID-19 immunization clinics that will open in B.C.’s Interior within the next few weeks.

The clinics will be held at arenas, curling clubs, community halls, colleges, convention centres and health centres.

You can find a clinic near you on Interior Health’s website.

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In the Okanagan, Kelowna’s clinics will be held at Kelowna Health Services Centre at 505 Doyle Ave. and Trinity Hall at 1905 Springfield Rd. They open on March 17 and March 15 respectively.

Penticton’s COVID-19 immunization clinic will be held at the Penticton Trade and Convention Cente at 273 Power St. It opens on March 15.

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Eligible Vernon residents will be directed to the Vernon Recreation Centre at 3310 37th Ave. It also opens on March 15.


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Seniors eligible for COVID-19 vaccine can book an appointment as early as next week as phase two of the vaccine rollout in B.C. begins

Beginning on Monday, seniors aged 90 and up and Aboriginal people aged 65 and up will be able to call Interior Health to book their vaccination appointment.

The phone number is 1-877-740-7747 and it will be open from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., PT, seven days a week.

To avoid overwhelming phone lines, eligible residents are asked to call in stages based on their age and birth year.

Call on or after Monday, March 8th if:
You were born in or before 1931 (90+ years)
You are an Aboriginal person born in or before 1956 (65+ years), and Elders

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Call on or after Monday, March 15th if:
You were born in or before the year 1936 (85+ years)

Call on or after Monday, March 22nd if:
You were born in the year 1941 or earlier (80+ years)

A family member or support individual can also book the appointment on behalf of an eligible person.

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You’re asked to have your legal name, date of birth, postal code, personal health number and current contact information available. Once your appointment is booked you will receive a confirmation email, Interior Health said.

“The focus of this effort will be protecting seniors,” Karen Bloemink, vice-president of pandemic response, said on Sunday.

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“We anticipate many callers, especially in the first few days, this is why we are asking people to stick to the schedule and call-in in stages,” Bloemink said.

Interior Health is asking the public for patience and reassuring people that there will be enough vaccine to immunize eligible residents.

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If an eligible senior misses their eligibility period to get the shot, they will not lose their spot, Bloemink said.


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“After someone becomes eligible, they can book any time they want, it doesn’t matter which week it is,” she said.

Phase 2 of B.C.’s mass COVID-19 immunization plan will be for the first dose, likely of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and residents will be contacted when they are eligible to receive the second dose.

Eligible residents will not be able to choose which of the four approved vaccines in Canada they can get.

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“We are very confident that we all have vaccine available for those who want to receive an immunization,” Bloemink said of the local vaccine supply.

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Interior Health’s community health teams are also reaching out to seniors who may not be able to physically get to a clinic.


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“We first would expect that individuals will come to clinics where at all possible,” she said. “If that is not possible then we will work with those individuals to create a plan to fit the needs of what they do have.”

Health officials warned that vaccinated seniors should not resume their pre-pandemic life.

“At this stage, the provincial health officer orders are still in place,” Dr. Albert De Villiers, chief medical health officer, said.

“Even if you’ve got your vaccine you should still follow all those orders.”

Approximately 400,000 British Columbians will be immunized during the current Phase 2 of B.C.’s immunization plan, from March to mid-April.

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To learn more about the following phases, visit B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan website. 

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Canadian Business During the Pandemic

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In 2019 the world was hit by the covid 19 pandemic and ever since then people have been suffering in different ways. Usually, economies and businesses have changed the way they work and do business. Most of which are going towards online and automation.

The people most effected by this are the laymen that used to work hard labors to make money for there families. But other then them it has been hard for most business to make such switch. Those of whom got on the online/ e commerce band wagon quickly were out of trouble and into the safe zone but not everyone is mace for the high-speed online world and are thus suffering.

More than 200,000 Canadian businesses could close permanently during the COVID-19 crisis, throwing millions of people out of work as the resurgence of the virus worsens across much of the country, according to new research. You can only imagine how many families these businesses were feeding, not to mention the impact the economy and the GDP is going to bear.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business said one in six, or about 181,000, Canadian small business owners are now seriously contemplating shutting down. The latest figures, based on a survey of its members done between Jan. 12 and 16, come on top of 58,000 businesses that became inactive in 2020.

An estimate by the CFIB last summer said one in seven or 158,000 businesses were at risk of going under as a result of the pandemic. Based on the organization’s updated forecast, more than 2.4 million people could be out of work. A staggering 20 per cent of private sector jobs.

Simon Gaudreault, CFIB’s senior director of national research, said it was an alarming increase in the number of businesses that are considering closing.

We are not headed in the right direction, and each week that passes without improvement on the business front pushes more owners to make that final decision,”

He said in a statement.

The more businesses that disappear, the more jobs we will lose, and the harder it will be for the economy to recover.

In total, one in five businesses are at risk of permanent closure by the end of the pandemic, the organization said.

The new sad research shows that this year has been horrible for the Canadian businesses.

 

The beginning of 2021 feels more like the fifth quarter of 2020 than a new year,” said Laura Jones, executive vice-president of the CFIB, in a statement.

She called on governments to help small businesses “replace subsidies with sales” by introducing safe pathways to reopen to businesses.

There’s a lot at stake now from jobs, to tax revenue to support for local soccer teams,”

Jones said.

Let’s make 2021 the year we help small business survive and then get back to thriving.”

The whole world has suffered a lot from the pandemic and the Canadian economy has been no stranger to it. We can only pray that the world gets rid of this pandemic quickly and everything become as it used to be. Although I think it is about time, we start setting new norms.

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Shopify shares edge up after falling on executive departures

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By Chavi Mehta

(Reuters) -Shopify Inc shares edged higher on Thursday, recovering partially from the previous day’s fall, with analysts saying the news of planned senior executive departures may have limited impact due to the company’s deep talent pool.

Chief Executive Officer Tobi Lutke said in a blog post on Wednesday the company’s chief talent officer, chief legal officer and chief technology officer will all leave their roles.

“We remain confident it (Shopify) can continue to execute at a high level, despite the departures,” Tom Forte, analyst at D.A. Davidson & Co said, pointing to the company’s “deep bench of talented executives.”

Shopify, which provides infrastructure for online stores, has seen its valuation soar in the past year as many businesses went virtual during the COVID-19 lockdowns, turning it into Canada‘s most valuable company.

Shopify declined to comment further on Lutke’s statement suggesting current company leaders would step in to fill the three roles. After chief product officer Craig Miller left in September, Lutke took on the role in addition to CEO.

The Ottawa-based company is Canada‘s biggest homegrown tech success story, founded in 2006 and supporting over 1 million businesses globally, according to the company.

Jonathan Kees, analyst at Summit Insights Group, called the timing of the departures “a little alarming” but said the specific roles make it less concerning, given that the executives leaving are “more back-office roles.”

Lutke said each one of them had their individual reasons to leave, without giving details.

“I am willing to give Tobi’s explanation the benefit of the doubt,” Kees added.

Toronto-listed shares of Shopify were up 3.5% at C$1526.41 on Thursday, giving it a market value of C$188 billion ($150 billion). It ended down 5.1% on Wednesday.

“While we would refer to the departure of three high-level executives as ‘significant,’ we would not refer to it as a ‘brain drain,'” Forte added.

($1 = 1.2541 Canadian dollars)

(Reporting by Subrat Patnaik in Bengaluru; additional reporting by Moira Warburton in Vancouver; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips and Dan Grebler)

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Almost half of Shopify’s top execs to depart company: CEO

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By Moira Warburton

(Reuters) – Three of e-commerce platform Shopify’s seven top executives will be leaving the company in the coming months, chief executive officer and founder of Canada‘s most valuable company Tobi Lutke said in a blog post on Wednesday.

The company’s chief talent officer, chief legal officer and chief technology officer will all transition out of their roles, Lutke said, adding that they have been “spectacular and deserve to take a bow.”

“Each one of them has their individual reasons but what was unanimous with all three was that this was the best for them and the best for Shopify,” he said.

The trio follow the departure of Craig Miller, chief product officer, in September. Lutke took on the role in addition to CEO.

Shopify, which provides infrastructure for online stores, has seen its valuation soar in the last year as many businesses went virtual during COVID-19 lockdowns. It has a market cap valuation of C$182.7 billion ($146 billion), above Canada‘s top lender Royal Bank of Canada.

It is Canada‘s biggest homegrown tech success story, founded in 2006 and supporting over 1 million businesses globally, according to the company.

“We have a phenomenally strong bench of leaders who will now step up into larger roles,” Lutke said, but did not name replacements.

Shopify said in February revenue growth would slow this year as vaccine rollouts encourage people to return to stores and warned it does not expect 2020’s near doubling of gross merchandise volume, an industry metric to measure transaction volumes, to repeat this year.

Chief talent officer, Brittany Forsyth, was the 22nd employee hired at Shopify and has been with the company for 11 years. She said on Twitter that post-Shopify she would be focusing on Backbone Angels, an all-female collective of angel investors she co-founded in March.

Shopify shares fell 5.1% while the benchmark Canadian share index ended marginally down.

($1 = 1.2515 Canadian dollars)

 

(Reporting by Moira Warburton in Toronto; Editing by Aurora Ellis)

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