Health Canada is proposing to ban advertising of vaping products in spaces where young people can see them in a bid to rein in the rise of underage e-cigarette use.
Minister Patty Hajdu put forward new rules Thursday that would prohibit vaping promotion in specialty shops, businesses and online platforms frequented by youth.
Hajdu also announced requirements that vaping packages feature health warnings and be child-resistant, as well as plans to place limits on nicotine content in vaping liquids to reduce the risk of accidental child poisoning.
“The new measures announced today will help, but there is more to do,” Hajdu said in a statement. “We are working on further steps to protect youth and our message remains clear: vaping comes with serious risks.”
Ottawa has been holding consultations this year on measures to restrict advertising for e-cigarettes in the face of growing evidence that vaping has taken off among teens.
According to the 2018-2019 Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey, the number of high school students who reported vaping in the past month doubled to 20 per cent since 2016-2017.
A spokesperson for Juul Labs Canada said the e-cigarette maker is reviewing the proposed regulations.
Rob Cunningham, a senior policy analyst at the Canadian Cancer Society, praised the government’s plan as a strong start, but said “comprehensive action” is still needed, such as restricting flavours and implementing a tax.
“Right now, youth are being exposed to e-cigarette advertising in social media, on billboards, on television, and many other places, and that’s going to end with these regulations,” he said.
However, Cunningham urged federal lawmakers to also follow their provincial counterparts in clamping down on the availability of vaping products.
“We have made such progress to reduce youth smoking, but now we’re seeing a whole new generation of kids becoming addicted to nicotine through e-cigarettes. That simply shouldn’t be happening,” he said.
Earlier this month, Nova Scotia’s health minister announced the province will be the first to ban sales of flavoured e-cigarettes and juices, and Ontario is considering a similar move.
Prince Edward Island, British Columbia and Newfoundland and Labrador have also adopted new vaping restrictions in recent months.
The P.E.I. government passed legislation last month that raised the legal age to buy tobacco and e-cigarettes from 19 to 21, setting the highest age limit in the country.
In British Columbia, a 10-point plan is aimed at protecting youth from the health risks of vaping, including legislation that caps the nicotine concentration in e-liquids and hiking the provincial sales tax on such products from seven per cent to 20 per cent.
Cunningham said the issue has taken on new urgency due to mounting concern about the links between vaping and respiratory disease.
In the United States, 47 deaths have been attributed to vaping, and 2,000 cases of severe lung disease have been reported. Thirteen cases of vaping-associated lung illness had been reported in Canada as of Dec. 3. So far there have been no deaths.
Ontario health officials report 3,422 new cases of COVID-19, 69 more deaths – CP24 Toronto's Breaking News
Ontario is reporting more than 3,400 new COVID-19 cases today and 69 more deaths, including 36 residents of long-term care homes in the province.
Provincial health officials are reporting 3,422 new infections today, up from the 3,056 logged on Saturday but down from the record 3,945 confirmed one week ago.
The province’s rolling seven-day average of new cases is now 3,143, down from 3,548 last Sunday.
With more than 60,000 tests processed in the past 24 hours, the provincewide positivity rate is sitting at 5.2 per cent today, according to the latest data released by the Ministry of Health. That is down from 6.2 per cent at this point last week.
The number of active cases has also declined week-over week from 30,079 on Jan. 10 to 28,893 today.
Another 69 deaths were confirmed over the past 24 hours, including 36 residents of Ontario long-term care homes, bringing the total number of virus-related deaths in the province to 5,409. There are now 252 active outbreaks in long-term care homes in the province.
The Ford government continues to rollout the first phase of its COVID-19 vaccination program, inoculating health-care workers and residents of long-term care homes.
“As of 8:00 p.m. yesterday, 200,097 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered,” Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott tweeted on Sunday.
Last week, Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine task force said it plans to vaccinate all residents of long-term care facilities by Feb. 14.
Virus-related hospitalizations decline
The province says 1,570 people infected with novel coronavirus are currently in hospital, down from a record 1,701 on Tuesday but still up from 1,484 last Sunday. Intensive care unit (ICU) admissions declined only slightly from 397 on Saturday to 395 on Sunday, the province said. Seven days ago, there were 388 people with COVID-19 being treated in intensive care, according to provincial data, which typically lags behind information collected by Critical Care Services Ontario (CCSO).
Of the new cases reported today, 1,035 new cases are in Toronto, 585 are in Peel, 254 are in Windsor-Essex County, 246 are in York Region and 186 are in Niagara Region.
On Thursday, a new set of public health restrictions were implemented in an effort to slow community transmission of the novel coronavirus, including a stay-at-home order for all Ontario residents and a reduction in the size of outdoor gatherings from 10 people to five.
Non-essential retailers must also now operate with slightly reduced hours.
The provincial government has also delayed the return of in-person learning for all students in southern regions of the province until Feb. 10.
New cases in the GTHA:
Peel Region: 585
York Region: 246
Durham Region: 97
Halton Region: 59
COVID-19 in Ottawa: Fast Facts for Jan. 17, 2021 – CTV News Ottawa
Good morning. Here is the latest news on COVID-19 and its impact on Ottawa.
- Ottawa is continuing to see a rise in the number of people currently sick with COVID-19.
- Ontario has extended its emergency orders for another month as cases surge across the province.
- A new survey suggests seven out of 10 Canadians support barring unvaccinated people from businesses.
COVID-19 by the numbers in Ottawa (Ottawa Public Health data):
- New cases: 136 new cases on Saturday
- Total COVID-19 cases: 12,163
- COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (previous seven days): 88.9
- Positivity rate in Ottawa: 4.1 per cent (Jan. 8 – Jan. 14
- Reproduction Number: 1.01 (seven day average)
Who should get a test?
Ottawa Public Health says there are five reasons to seek testing for COVID-19:
- You are showing COVID-19 symptoms. OR
- You have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus, as informed by Ottawa Public Health or exposure notification through the COVID Alert app. OR
- You are a resident or work in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified and informed by Ottawa Public Health. OR
- You are eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative directed by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Long-Term Care OR
- You have traveled to the UK, or have come into contact with someone who recently traveled to the UK, please go get tested immediately (even if you have no symptoms).
Where to get tested for COVID-19 in Ottawa:
There are several sites for COVID-19 testing in Ottawa. To book an appointment, visit https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/shared-content/assessment-centres.aspx
The Brewer Ottawa Hospital/CHEO Assessment Centre
Open Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
COVID-19 Drive-thru assessment centre at National Arts Centre: Open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Moodie Care and Testing Centre: Open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Heron Care and Testing Centre: Open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Ray Friel Care and Testing Centre: Open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The COVID-19 Assessment Centre at McNabb Community Centre: Open Monday to Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Classic Symptoms: fever, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath
Other symptoms: sore throat, difficulty swallow, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, pneumonia, new or unexplained runny nose or nasal congestion
Less common symptoms: unexplained fatigue, muscle aches, headache, delirium, chills, red/inflamed eyes, croup
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.
However, it’s unclear whether any formal proof of vaccination will be made widely available, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he opposes the idea of a ‘vaccine passport’ in Canada.
Some N.S. restaurants adopt 'high-tech' contact tracing – CBC.ca
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.
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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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