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Ontario sees third death from COVID-19 as 58 new cases confirmed; Canada confirms over 1,300 cases; Canada-U.S. border closed to non-essential travel – Toronto Star

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The latest novel coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Saturday (this file will be updated throughout the day):

8 p.m. The Toronto Regional Real Estate Board is recommending its 56,000 members stop holding in-person open houses during the COVID-19 pandemic. TRREB says it will “suppress” open houses on its websites because the practice is not conducive to social distancing. The board says the decision to hold open houses ultimately lies with the real estate brokerage, but the organization is strongly recommending they stop.

7:30 p.m. The Quebec government forbids most indoor and outdoor gatherings in its effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

7:27 p.m.:There are 1,333 confirmed and presumptive cases in Canada.

  • British Columbia: 426 confirmed (including 10 deaths, 6 resolved)
  • Ontario: 377 confirmed (including 3 deaths, 6 resolved)
  • Alberta: 226 confirmed (including 1 death)
  • Quebec: 181 confirmed (including 5 deaths, 1 resolved)

  • Saskatchewan: 25 confirmed, 19 presumptive
  • Nova Scotia: 9 confirmed, 12 presumptive
  • Manitoba: 18 confirmed, 1 presumptive
  • New Brunswick: 7 confirmed, 10 presumptive
  • Canadians quarantined at CFB Trenton: 13 confirmed
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: 3 confirmed, 3 presumptive
  • Prince Edward Island: 2 confirmed

7:15 p.m.: Alberta health officials say an enforcement plan for social distancing in the province will come next week and could involve police. This follows suit with Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan. On Friday, provincial police in Ontario warned that people will face fines for violating orders to close certain businesses and to limit gatherings. Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe suggested citizens who know of anyone not self-isolating after returning from international travel should call police. In Quebec City, police arrested a woman Friday who was infected with the virus and who was walking around outside after being mandated to stay indoors.

6:00 p.m.: Health officials in Alberta believe 16 of the province’s COVID-19 cases could be the result of community transmission. Alberta is reporting 31 new cases of the disease, bringing the province’s total to 226. Of those cases, 11 people are in hospital and six are in intensive care.

3:45 p.m.: British Columbia has announced its 10th death due to COVID-19, as well as 74 new cases. B.C.’s 10th death is another case related to the Lynn Valley Care Centre, a North Vancouver care home that has seen a total of nine deaths linked to the virus.

2:30 p.m.: Muskoka officials confirm a man in his 70s has died in Barrie after contracting COVID-19. Officials say he had close contact with an individual with COVID-19 who died March 11.

“I am urging everyone to follow social distancing recommendations and follow public health measures so that we can flatten the curve of this disease,” said Dr. Charles Gardner, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s medical officer of health.

1:58 p.m.: Quebec Premier Francois Legault says there are now 181 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province, up from 139 yesterday. Legault also announced four new deaths, meaning there’s a total of five deaths in the province.

Legault says the four new deaths all came from the same seniors residence. The premier says the jump in cases was to be expected, as the province has increased its testing capacity.

1:30 p.m.: P.E.I. is asking anyone who has travelled internationally or within Canada to self-isolate for 14 days when coming to the Island.

New screening measures are in place at all entry points to P.E.I. including the Confederation Bridge, ferries and airport, but the province is not closing its boundaries. The screening includes asking questions and providing information on self-isolating.

P.E.I. chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison says there are no new cases of COVID-19 to add to the two previously reported on the Island.

1:27 p.m.: Italy’s tally of coronavirus cases and deaths continues to soar, with officials on Saturday announcing new day-to-day highs: 793 dead and 6,557 cases. The country, at the heart of western Europe’s rampaging outbreak, now counts 53,578 known cases.

More than 60 per cent of the latest deaths occurred in the northern region of Lombardy, whose hospitals have been reeling under a staggering case load that has left intensive care beds hard to find and respirators in dire supply. The new increases come nearly two weeks into a national lockdown in a desperate bid to contain the contagion.

1:11 p.m.: In a news conference Ontario premier Doug Ford says the province can be the “workshop for Canada in the fight against COVID-19.” Premier wants manufacturers to mobilize to help fight the pandemic. “The Ontario Government is launching Ontario Together, a new website that will help businesses and their employees work with the province to meet the challenges of COVID-19,” they announced in a press release. “This initiative will remove barriers allowing Ontario’s manufacturing sector to redeploy capacity towards the production of essential equipment like ventilators, masks and swabs.”

12:49 p.m.: New York is scouring the globe for desperately needed medical supplies and scouting field hospital locations in New York City and its suburbs as confirmed coronavirus cases soared above 10,000 statewide, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday.

The goal is to quickly boost the state’s hospital capacity from around 50,000 beds to 75,000 beds, Cuomo said at a news briefing. The state has already hospitalized 1,600 people due to the outbreak.

12:20 p.m.: The latest numbers of confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in Canada:

There are 1144 confirmed cases in Canada (33 presumptive, 1111 confirmed including 13 deaths, 12 resolved).

  • Ontario: 377 confirmed (including 2 deaths, 6 resolved)
  • British Columbia: 348 confirmed (including 9 deaths, 5 resolved)
  • Alberta: 195 confirmed (including 1 death)
  • Quebec: 139 confirmed (including 1 death, 1 resolved)
  • Manitoba: 17 confirmed
  • Saskatchewan: 8 confirmed, 18 presumptive
  • Nova Scotia: 5 confirmed, 10 presumptive
  • New Brunswick: 7 confirmed, 4 presumptive
  • Canadians quarantined at CFB Trenton: 10 confirmed
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: 3 confirmed, 1 presumptive
  • Prince Edward Island: 2 confirmed
  • The Territories: No confirmed cases

11:32 a.m.: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said at a press conference that “The federal government is working with commercial airlines to repatriate citizens. Air Canada is set to have flights leave for countries like Peru and Spain, with the first flight leaving to Morocco this weekend. Those who return will have to isolate for 14 days, those with symptoms will not be permitted to board flights.

“We’re asking people to stay home as much as possible … people should be self isolating with their family members so we can all get through this and make sure we keep our health care workers safe so we can handle capacity.”

This includes urging Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel within the country and between provinces.

11:29 a.m.: The Northwest Territories is planning to ban non-essential travel into the territory. In a news release, the N.W.T. says chief public health officer Dr. Kami Kandola will make an order under the territory’s Public Health Act effective today.

Residents returning to the territory will be required to self-isolate in Yellowknife, Fort Smith, Hay River, or Inuvik.

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The news release says disobeying the order is punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and six months in jail.

11:08 a.m.: York Region Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Karim Kurji confirmed a woman in her 70s has tested positive for COVID-19 at Markhaven Home For Seniors in the City of Markham.

“The long-term care home had been experiencing a respiratory outbreak and York Region Public Health Inspectors visited and ensured all proper protocols in place were being strictly adhered to,” he said in a statement.

An investigation on the source of the infection and implementation of additional measures are ongoing, Kurji said.

10:30 a.m.: Ontario is reporting 58 new cases of COVID-19, with one recovery, bringing the total confirmed cases in the province to 377, with 6 resolved and 2 deaths.

All are now listed as self-isolating and one is hospitalized.There have been 23,384 people in Ontario tested for COVID-19, the latest figures show — and 15,768 have tested negative for the virus.

Of the 58 new positive cases announced today, at least nine were related to travel. Most of those people have a recent travel history to places such as the United States, Ecuador, the Philippines, and Europe, or they are close contacts of other confirmed cases. Of the 58 cases, 45 did not include any information about where patients were from nor how they got the virus. But 7,239 cases are still under investigation. Six patients have recovered, while two people with COVID-19 have died in Ontario.

9:57 a.m.: Australia plans an additional A$66 billion ($55 billion Cdn.) in stimulus for the coronavirus-stricken economy, including cash payments of as much as A$100,000 ($83,000 Cdn.) to small businesses, in a second package aimed at averting recession and savings jobs.

The plan, to be announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday, will provide A$25.2 billion ($20 billion Cdn.) in support to businesses and not-for-profit charities. It will also partially guarantee loans to support A$40 billion ($33 billion Cdn.) in lending to small and medium-sized firms. Further details of income support measures are also expected later Sunday.

The new measures dwarf the government’s initial A$17.6 billion ($14 billion Cdn.) stimulus package announced on March 12. As the crisis continues and the economic impact becomes clearer, the government expects to announce a third fiscal injection.

9:49 a.m.: “We will get more cases as well,” Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Windsor-Essex medical officer of health told media Saturday morning after Friday’s news that a man in his 60s became Windsor’s first case of COVID-19. The man developed symptoms March 11, one day after returning from a Caribbean cruise. The City of Windsor declared a state of emergency on Friday as a proactive measure, Ahmed said.

8:45 a.m.: The University Health Network has joined other Ontario hospitals in moving to a no visitor policy, with exceptions on “compassionate grounds and special safety needs” which include end of life, critical care and pediatrics. UHN announced screening is in effect at all hospital doors and some entrances may be closed or have reduced access. The new measures took effect at 12:00 a.m. Saturday.

7:52 a.m.: The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 recorded in Africa rose above 1,000 Saturday, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At least 40 of Africa’s 54 countries now have cases.

More than 275,000 cases have been confirmed globally, including over 11,000 deaths, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University. At least 88,000 have recovered.

7:49 a.m.: Air raid sirens echoed across Amman, Jordan Saturday to mark the start of a three-day curfew, the latest mass lockdown in the Middle East aimed at containing the coronavirus, which has claimed another 123 lives in Iran.

The latest deaths bring Iran’s overall toll to 1,556 amid 20,610 confirmed cases, according to figures released by the Health Ministry. Iran has faced widespread criticism for its lagging response to the outbreak, which has even infected and killed some senior officials.

In one of the strictest measures yet, Jordan has ordered all shops to close and all people to stay off the streets until at least Tuesday, when it plans to announce specific times for shopping. Anyone caught violating the curfew faces up to one year in prison.

7:13 a.m.: The border between Canada and the U.S., the world’s longest undefended international border, has closed to all non-essential travel.

The closure took effect Friday evening at 11:59 pm.

The closure does not affect the movement of essential goods and workers, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump have said. However, travel for tourism and recreation will not be allowed.

4:00 a.m.: The latest numbers of confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. on March 21, 2020:

There are a total of 1,085 cases (33 presumptive, 1,052 confirmed including 13 deaths, 11 resolved)

  • Ontario: 318 confirmed (including 2 deaths, 5 resolved)
  • British Columbia: 348 confirmed (including 9 deaths, 5 resolved)
  • Alberta: 195 confirmed (including 1 death)
  • Quebec: 139 confirmed (including 1 death, 1 resolved)
  • Manitoba: 17 confirmed
  • Saskatchewan: 8 confirmed, 18 presumptive
  • New Brunswick: 7 confirmed, 4 presumptive
  • Canadians quarantined at CFB Trenton: 10 confirmed
  • Nova Scotia: 5 confirmed, 10 presumptive
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: 3 confirmed, 1 presumptive
  • Prince Edward Island: 2 confirmed
  • The Territories: No confirmed cases

4:00 a.m.: An Air Canada flight bringing a group of Canadians home from Morocco is expected to land in Montreal today.

The repatriation flight departing from Casablanca was arranged with the help of the federal government.

Thousands of Canadians stranded abroad are becoming increasingly desperate as countries close borders and airlines cut flights due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Vancouver real estate agent David Hutchinson pulls out some bright blue medical gloves and tugs them onto his hands before entering a condo that’s coming onto the market.

“It’s uncharted territory, a completely different ballgame, and we’re learning everything on the go,” he said as he got his cellphone ready to do a virtual showing from the empty unit.

Welcome to selling real estate during a pandemic.

While Hutchison continues to work, albeit with adjustments, Canada’s real estate industry appears to be heading into a deep freeze despite the warming spring weather. Though sales figures started off relatively strong in March in many parts of the country, they fell swiftly as the COVID-19 pandemic grew and stricter protective measures were put in place.

Greater Vancouver’s real estate board, for example, released figures showing sales for the month overall were up 46 per cent compared to last March.

But by the end of the month, weekly statistics showed a dramatic slowdown, falling by about half compared to the first part of the month.

It was the same in Toronto, where home sales were up 49 per cent in the first 14 days of March compared to last year, but they plummeted by 16 per cent as the month closed. 

This graphic shows how real estate sales tumbled in Toronto’s 416 area code as the epidemic took hold. (Scott Ingram)

Hutchison thinks April “is just going to fall off a cliff.”

Toronto chartered accountant and real estate agent Scott Ingram agrees. He expects April sales to be “far below historical averages.” 

“Not in my time watching the Toronto real estate market have I seen sales slow right down as quickly as this,” he wrote in an email exchange. “Not even back in April 2017, when the Ontario government brought in its Ontario Fair Housing Plan with the 15 per cent non-resident speculation tax,” among other measures. 

Lower prices predicted

Hutchison is worried values will fall along with the number of transactions.

“We don’t know where prices are going to go. I mean, why would you buy something now if you perceive prices are going to go down in the future, which may very well be.”

An April 3 report by RBC predicts housing sales could fall to a 20-year low, dropping 30 per cent over the coming year, and prices will indeed go down, in the short term at least.

With millions of people suddenly turning to financial aid from the government, personal finances that looked healthy a few months ago are suddenly shrouded in doubt.

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“In a matter of weeks or months, surging unemployment and the market’s illiquidity will compel a growing number of tight-squeezed sellers to make price concessions,” wrote RBC’s Robert Hogue.

Legal headaches for buyers and landlords

Across Canada about 65,000 homes traded hands in the first two months of the year, and many of those sales are now closing in a completely different environment than when the deals were made.

Vancouver real estate lawyer Ken Pazder is already seeing the fallout.

He says some clients are wondering if they have to close on deals made before the pandemic.

He has to tell them that, under the law, a deal is still a deal.

“You’re not going to be able to say ‘I don’t want to close because I’ve just lost my job, I don’t want to close because my company is shutting down or I have to shut down my business.’ That’s not going to be a legal excuse that would fly in the courts.”

In addition, his landlord clients are facing other legal issues, including tenants who suddenly aren’t paying rent.

Further complicating the situation is so-called vacant possession — a legal obligation to ensure that a sold property is in a state fit to be occupied, which can include requiring tenants to vacate when the new owner takes possession.

A moratorium on evictions in B.C. means those provisions can’t be enforced in all situations, leaving some new owners unable to access homes they have purchased.

Alberta hit by double whammy

Alberta markets could be facing the strongest head winds.

On top of the pandemic, the province has been slammed by additional layoffs caused by dramatically lower oil prices.

Calgary real estate agent Alicia Ryan says there are always some people in circumstances that force them to buy or sell, but others should consider waiting. 

“Not everybody needs to sell right now, and if you don’t need to sell, we’re telling our clients hold off until things settle down a bit.”

Calgary real estate agent Alicia Ryan says the city is being hit by crashing oil prices as well as the pandemic. (Submitted by Alicia Ryan)

RBC’s Hogue says Calgary is in a tough spot. “We believe property values are at risk of a more sizable decline.

The bright spot in all of this appears to be a long way off, with Hogue predicting an eventual rebound that will come in “stages,” fuelled by low interest rates and pent-up demand from buyers currently on the sidelines.

“The timing and speed of the recovery is uncertain at this point.”

In the meantime, agents are still showing properties, but any potential buyers who want to look will likely have to sign a waiver acknowledging they may be exposing themselves to COVID-19 and accept risks that include illness and death.

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The B.C. government now legally requires all travellers entering B.C. from outside Canada to submit a 14-day self-isolation plan, as part of federal laws to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“As we welcome British Columbians back home, we must stay vigilant and do everything we can,” Premier John Horgan told a news conference on Wednesday.

“As we follow the advice and guidance of our provincial health officer, it’s also important to take care of one another. By supporting people through a self-isolation plan after international travel, we will keep people safe and help flatten the curve.”






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B.C. Premier John Horgan addresses province in televised speech

The measure is in place effective immediately. You can view the form to submit your plan here.

The plan, which can be submitted online or completed in person on arrival to B.C., must show that returning travellers have supports in place to safely self-isolate for two weeks, such as ordering groceries to be delivered instead of going to buy them at a store.

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Starting Friday, provincial officials will be on hand at Vancouver International Airport and major land border crossings to make sure the plans are complete and assist anyone who needs it.

If an airline traveller arrives at YVR and an adequate self-isolation plan is proposed but needs additional support, the person may be taken or directed to an accommodation site to begin quarantine until any outstanding details of their plan are included.

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Horgan did not have any details on the location of the quarantine areas, and said he’s working with the federal government to coordinate.

If a traveller arrives at a major land border crossing and needs help to create a plan, they will be sent directly home to start self-isolating, with a check-in from officials to follow.


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The province has repeatedly raised concerns about having enough resources to communicate and enforce public-health orders to those arriving in B.C.

A couple in B.C.’s Cowichan Valley refused to self-isolate since recently returning from international travel. The mayor of District of North Cowichan said the municipality does not have the power to enforce the federal Quarantine Act — that’s up to the RCMP.






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Federal government imposes mandatory quarantine for returning travelers

The act, which went into effect March 25, states that anyone returning to Canada from another country must immediately self-isolate for 14 days, with penalties of fines or jail time.

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Staff with the Canada Border Services Agency were to inform all returning Canadians and permanent residents of the new orders and forbid them from making any stops on their way home.

On Wednesday, Global News has learned there are currently no public health officials stationed at Canada-U.S. land border crossings to assist in screening for COVID-19.

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Ken Sumner, Canadian-born veteran of the legendary Dam Busters squadron, who spent almost 200 hours in aircraft fighting Nazi Germany and who was decorated for his devotion to duty, died from the novel coronavirus on April 2.

He was 96 years old.

“He never said much. He was a quiet guy, but when he spoke every single person listened,” said Warwick Shepherd, Sumner’s grandson.

“He was immensely proud and a dogged fighter.”


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Sumner died in hospital in the U.K. last week, shortly after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

Shepherd remembers his granddad’s love for his kids or grandkids and his fierce determination.

Shepherd, speaking via Skype from Chester, U.K., told Global News Sumner ran five marathons when he was in his 70s and toured the Great Wall of China in his 80s.

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“He didn’t realize it wasn’t a race every day, so he would set off and run ahead of everyone, not thinking it was actually a sightseeing tour.”

Shepherd said Sumner rarely spoke about his war service.

“Like most veterans, he was very humble and very quiet about it.”

Shepherd does know that his granddad was once part of the most celebrated bombing squadron in the Second World War.


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Ken Sumner was born in Prairie River, Saskatchewan on May 5, 1923. His own father emigrated to Canada to start a farm after fighting in the first World War, but had to return to England during the Great Depression.

Sumner had originally planned to be a doctor, but he left school when the war began. He enlisted, age 18, in the RAF.

He became a bomb aimer on the famed Avro Lancaster aircraft. It was the aimer’s role to tell the pilot the heading when on a bombing run and when to release the payload.

The aimer also took the ‘bomb photograph,’ which served as proof of the plane’s success.

He joined the No. 44 Rhodesia Squadron, which was named in honour of that British colony’s contribution to the Allied war effort.

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An Avro Lancaster bomber practicing for the Dam Buster raid.

An Avro Lancaster bomber practicing for the Dam Buster raid.


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The determination, which is grandson recognized even late into Sumner’s life, was on full display during his time in a Lancaster.

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According to a copy of the London Gazette from 1944, Sumner was hit by shrapnel in the hand and arm while en route to a target. He hid the extent of the injury from the pilot because he was afraid the pilot would return to the U.K.

Sumner completed the mission and only told the crew how badly he was hurt when they were once again over British soil.

For his devotion to duty he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal.

“The distinguished flying medal, or DFM, was very significant,” Ted Barris, author of ‘Dam Busters: Canadian Airmen and the Secret Raid against Nazi Germany, said.

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“If you were a sergeant pilot or a gunner and not as involved in the strategic and tactical aspects of the attack, you might be overlooked,” he explained.

“But to be noticed, to be recognized and to receive the DFM is very important.”

Shortly after the mission on which he was injured, he joined the legendary 617 Squadron, better known as the ‘Dam Busters.’


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The Dam Buster raid was a daring attack on the heart of Nazi Germany’s industrial heartland — a series of dams along the Ruhr River.

The plan, officially known as ‘Operation: Chastise,’ sent a squadron of Lancaster bombers — crewed by pilots from all over the Commonwealth — zooming at treetop level through a river valley at full speed so they could literally bounce a specially-designed bomb on the water over torpedo nets and into the dams.

Barris said there wasn’t another raid like it.

“For these crews to come down at 30 metres above the reservoir, and drop this bomb at 375 kilometres an hour, spinning 500 revolutions per minute backwards, with absolutely precise navigational piloting, wireless radio operating, was a miracle,” he said.

Barris noted that Lancasters were designed to bomb from 25- or 30,000 feet (about 7,600 to 9,100m).

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“For them to fly 100 feet off the deck where the radar couldn’t see them, essentially — we talk about flying under the radar, this is where the term initiated.”

Two of the dams were destroyed and more were damaged. The loss of hydroelectric power and flooding of military facilities hindered the Nazi war machine.


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Barris, speaking over Skype from Uxbridge, Ont., said the success of the raid came at a crucial time for the Allies.

“At that point in the war, at the end of 1942 and early ‘43, morale was at a very low ebb on the Commonwealth side,” he explained.

He pointed to the evacuation at Dunkirk, when the Nazis beat the Allied forces back to the North Channel and off of mainland Europe; the disastrous Dieppe raid, in which more than 900 Allied soldiers perished; and the Pearl Harbour attack as reasons why the prospects of defeating Adolf Hitler seemed so dim.

The Dam Buster raid, says Barris, was a needed victory, but while the attack was a success, he stressed, it wasn’t strategically or tactically critical.

“The dams raid was not a knockout punch —  it didn’t deliver the coup de grace to industry in Nazi production of war weaponry,” he said.

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“But at a crucial time in the war when there was nothing really to crow about in terms of Allied victories, it was an Allied victory.”


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Sumner joined 617 Squadron after the legendary raid and after the Dam Busters nom du guerre was officially bestowed. That meant that any member of the squadron was a Dam Buster.

The 617 continued as a specialist precision bombing unit for the rest of the war and was sent on many more raids with unique bombs.

According to Sumner’s daughter, Lorelle Shepherd, he took part in many high-profile attacks with the Dam Busters, bombing Hamburg and Dresden and using other famous munitions like the ‘Tall Boy’ and ‘Grand Slam’ bombs.

“The Dam Busters, to their credit, not only took out the dams in ’43, but were involved in all the major operations in Bomber Command following that, right to the end of the war,” Barris said.

It was as a Dam Buster in 1944 when Sumner met Phyllis “Rennie” Reynolds, of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF). They married less than two years later and later had three children.

Rennie passed away in 2015.

Ken Sumner and his wife Phyllis “Rennie” Reynolds in an undated photo.

Ken Sumner and his wife Phyllis “Rennie” Reynolds in an undated photo.


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Shepherd said his granddad was always very proud of his Canadian roots and told Global News that he wanted his connected to the country to be highlighted at his funeral.

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“What we’re hoping to do at his funeral next week is drape not only the Union Jack flag over the coffin, which is afforded to veterans,” Shepherd said, “but also the Canadian flag as well, because that’s what he wanted.”

Sumner had wanted half of his ashes spread near Prairie River.

Shepherd said he looked up to his granddad and that his dedication to public service is needed now during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I think we can look to that generation,” he said, [showing us] a way that we can really work together and get through this.”

Shepherd said a small service will take place next week in order to and a larger one, with all of the military honours due his father, will happen next year after the pandemic ends.

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