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Seniors over 90 can begin booking vaccine appointments Monday – Kelowna News –



Another milestone in B.C.’s fight against COVID-19 will be hit Monday, when British Columbians living in the community can begin booking appointments to receive their COVID-19 vaccine.

Monday morning, seniors 90 and older, and Indigenous people 65 and older, can begin calling into the Interior Health call centre to book their vaccination appointment. Beginning March 15, those 85 and older can do the same, while the week after that, the call centre will open up to those 80 and older.

Eligible people can book their appointments at 1-877-740-7747 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m, with appointments beginning March 15. See below for a list of vaccine clinic locations in the Thompson-Okanagan. The full Interior list of more than 40 clinics can be found here, while more information on the rollout can be found here.

“This work is ongoing and especially as we prepare for even more immunizations in the weeks and months ahead, these [clinic] lists will be adjusted and updated as required,” said Karen Bloemink, IH vice-president of pandemic response, during a media availability Sunday.

During Phase 2 of B.C.’s vaccine rollout plan, more than 400,000 seniors, healthcare workers and other frontline workers will be immunized, between mid-March and early April.

Sunday, Bloemink said only those eligible based on their age will be able to book through the call centre. She asked those who are not yet at the eligible age to not call in, so as not to tie up the phone lines. If someone forgets to book their appointment the week they become eligible, they can book it at any time moving forward.

To book the appointment, those calling in will need to provide their legal name, date of birth, postal code, personal health number from the back of B.C. driver’s licences or BC services cards, and current contact information, including a regularly monitored email address or phone number.

Bloemink said she’s very confident IH will have enough supply of vaccines over the coming weeks to immunize the people in Phase 2 who want it.

She said after receiving the first dose, the health authority will reach out to individuals at a later date about booking the second dose appointment.

With Interior Health being one of the larger health authorities by geography, that poses some challenges for the vaccine rollout.

“We have worked with many individuals and partners to create access in the far flung areas of our health authority,” Bloemink said. “That has created some unique challenges for us, but we do have plans in place to address access in those areas, as well as in our more urban areas.”

Bloemink said they’ll be relying on friends and family members to help older people get to the clinic for their immunization appointments, but she added that they’ll work with people on a case-by-case basis if that’s not possible.

IH chief medical health officer Dr. Albert de Villiers said those receiving their vaccine will be unable to choose what type of vaccine they receive, as it will depend what type of vaccine that specific clinic has.

“With the over 80 or over 90 year old, we are offering either Pfizer or Moderna,” he said. “The AstraZeneca vaccine will be offered for younger people … when the Johnson & Johnson vaccine comes on board, we’ll have to add that to the discussion as well, we don’t know the timeline on that vaccine.”

Last week, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said she’s optimistic that B.C. could be in a “post-pandemic world” by the summer.

Local vaccine clinics:

  • Kelowna: Health Services Centre, 505 Doyle Ave. – opening March 17
  • Kelowna: Trinity Hall, 1905 Springfield Rd. – opening March 15
  • West Kelowna: Westbank Community Centre, 2466 Main St – opening March 22
  • Summerland: Summerland Curling Club, 8820 Jubilee Rd. E – opening March 15
  • Penticton: South Okanagan Trade and Convention Centre, 273 Power St. – opening March 15
  • Osoyoos: Osoyoos Health Centre, 4816 89th St. – opening March 15
  • Oliver: Oliver Legion, 6417 Main St. – opening March 15
  • Keremeos: South Similkameen Health Centre, 700 3rd St. – opening March 15
  • Vernon: Vernon Rec. Centre, 3310 37th Ave – opening March 15
  • Salmon Arm: Salmon Arm Rec. Centre, 170 5th Ave. SE – opening March 15
  • Enderby: Enderby Seniors Centre, 1101 George St. – opening March 15
  • Merritt: Merritt Public Health, 3451 Voght St. – opening March 15
  • Chase: Chase Community Hall, 547 Shuswap Ave. – opening March 15
  • Kamloops North: McArthur Park Rec. Area,1655 Island Pkwy – opening March 15
  • Kamloops South: Tournament Capital Centre, 910 McGill Rd. – opening March 22

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Canadian Business During the Pandemic



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



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



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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