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Ontario confirms Canada’s 1st known cases of UK coronavirus variant – Global News

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Ontario has confirmed Canada’s first known cases of the UK coronavirus variant.

The province’s associate chief medical officer of health Dr. Barbara Yaffe made the announcement in a news release Saturday.

Officials said the cases involve a couple from Durham Region with no known travel history, exposure, or high-risk contacts. Both are now in self-isolation.

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“This further reinforces the need for Ontarians to stay home as much as possible and continue to follow all public health advice, including the provincewide shutdown measures beginning today,” Yaffe said.

“Durham Region Health Department has conducted case and contact investigation and Ontario is working in collaboration with our federal counterparts at the Public Health Agency of Canada.”

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The virus variant has already been detected in many countries beyond the UK including the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, and Australia, officials said.

The variant is believed to be more contagious, but it is not believed to cause more severe illness or resistance to the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, officials said.

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“With inbound international travel, it is not unexpected to have identified the new variant in Ontario,” government officials said in a news release.

Ontario reiterated calls for the federal government to implement testing at Pearson Airport.

“Regardless of whether federal support is forthcoming, the Ontario government is prepared to act on its own to implement an airport testing program,” officials said.

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WestJet Boeing 737 MAX flight grounded at Calgary airport after ‘potential fault’ warning – Global News

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A WestJet flight bound for Toronto was grounded at YYC Calgary International Airport Friday after pilots were warned of a “potential fault” in the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

According to WestJet, Flight WS658 had passengers on board and was getting ready to take off, when it was “returned to the gate after push back.”

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“After a normal engine start, a standard function of the health monitoring system indicated a potential fault that needed to be verified and reset,” WestJet spokesperson Lauren Stewart said in an emailed statement.

“This process takes time and requires a subsequent engine run, which we do not perform with guests on board.”


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Stewart said the flight was cancelled, and the 35 passengers were instead put on Flight WS662, boarding a planned Dreamliner flight “only because we didn’t want to keep them waiting.” The aircraft’s return flight, WS665 from Toronto to Calgary, was also cancelled.

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The Boeing 737 MAX was cleared for flight shortly after the passengers got off, and is set to return to service on Sunday, Stewart said.

According to the Calgary airport’s website, WS658 was set to take off at 8 a.m. Stewart said all of the guests on the original flight have since landed in Toronto.

WestJet flew Canada’s first commercial flight on a 737 MAX in almost two years just one day prior, after the aircraft was taken out of Canadian skies following two deadly crashes.

Chris Bauenbusch, president of CUPE Local 4070 which represents WestJet’s flight attendants, was on the cancelled flight, working as a flight attendant, when the plane had to return to the gate.

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He said in the airline industry, it’s “common to have the odd hiccup here and there.”

“Obviously there’s a heightened focus on a model of aircraft coming back into service, such as what’s happening with that aircraft,” he said. “But these are common things that happen on a daily basis.”

Bauenbusch said from a union perspective, they have no issues with their members flying on the aircraft.

“The union maintains… that this is a safe aircraft, through all the rigor that it’s been put through,” he said.

In a statement, Transport Canada said it was aware of the flight that “opted to return to the gate.”

“We understand the pilots made this decision due to a cockpit warning light that signaled before departure,” the agency said.

“This incident is not related to the previous grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.”

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COVID-19 vaccine delay doesn't take away from Ont.'s failures: Doctor – CTV News

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  1. COVID-19 vaccine delay doesn’t take away from Ont.’s failures: Doctor  CTV News
  2. Trudeau speaks to Pfizer CEO as delays to vaccine shipments get worse  CP24 Toronto’s Breaking News
  3. Allergic reactions to Moderna vaccine are rare, report says  Global News
  4. Dr. Bonnie Henry: B.C. is maximizing the benefit of the limited COVID-19 vaccine supply  Vancouver Sun
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WestJet halts Boeing 737 Max jet before takeoff after warning light in cockpit – CBC.ca

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WestJet temporarily grounded a Boeing 737 Max jet that was supposed to fly from Calgary to Toronto on Friday after a warning light came on in the cockpit prior to takeoff.

Flight 658 was boarded and preparing to take off when a warning light came on.

“After a normal engine start, a standard function of the health monitoring system indicated a potential fault that needed to be verified and reset,” WestJet spokesperson Lauren Stewart told CBC News.

“This process takes time and requires a subsequent engine run, which we do not perform with guests on board [so] in the interest of our guests’ time, we cancelled Flight 658 and its return 665 (Toronto/Calgary), and we rebooked them on the next available flight to ensure a timely arrival in Toronto.”

The airline says passengers were boarded onto a 787 jet and flew as planned within the hour. 

Jet in question cleared to fly again

The jet in question has already been cleared and is on track for its next flight on Sunday.

The Calgary-based airline’s fleet of 13 Max jets were grounded for almost two years after more than 300 people died in two high profile crashes of the jets, operated by Ethiopian Airlines and Indonesia’s Lion Air in 2018 and 2019.

WestJet grounded its fleet of Max jets like most airlines around the world did until earlier this month, when flight authorities cleared the jets for takeoff again.

The flight would have been the jet in question’s first flight since being approved for use again, and only the third Max flight at WestJet overall since reintroduction this week.

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