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The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern):

2 p.m.

Manitoba health officials are reporting one additional death in a person with COVID-19, and 44 new cases of the virus in the province.

The government’s daily pandemic update says the person who died was a man in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region, and that his death is linked to an outbreak at the Southeast Personal Care Home.

Manitoba has 148 patients in hospital due to COVID-19, 23 of whom are in intensive care.

The province’s five-day test-positivity rate is 4.5 per cent provincially and 3.1 per cent in Winnipeg.

1:40 p.m.

Health officials in New Brunswick are reporting five new cases of COVID-19 today.

Three cases are in the Edmunston region, while the Moncton and Fredericton regions each have one new infection.

There are now 37 active cases in the province and one patient is hospitalized.

Since the onset of the pandemic, New Brunswick has had 1,470 cases of COVID-19 and 30 virus-related deaths.

12:40 p.m.

Health officials in Nova Scotia are reporting one new case of COVID-19 today.

The case is in the Central Zone and is related to travel outside Atlantic Canada.

A case reported in the Central Zone Saturday that was under investigation has been removed from the provincial count due to a data entry error, meaning there were four new infections that day rather than five.

As of today, Nova Scotia has 18 active cases of COVID-19.

11:10 a.m.

Quebec is reporting 674 new cases of COVID-19 as well as five additional deaths linked to the pandemic.

Of those deaths, three occurred in the last 24 hours while the rest happened earlier.

Hospitalizations dropped by four to 547, with 100 people in intensive care, which is six fewer than a day prior.

The province administered 31,611 vaccines on Saturday, and says it has now given a dose to 8.4 per cent of the population.

10:30 a.m.

Ontario’s vaccine booking system, which includes an online portal and phone line, is set to go live on Monday morning.

The province says residents aged 80 and older will be able to schedule their shots starting at 8 a.m.

They can do so either at www.ontario.ca/bookvaccine, or by phone at 1-888-999-6488.

The province says vaccines will be offered to other age groups starting in April when its immunization drive enters Phase 2.

Details of the provincial portal come as Ontario reports 1,747 new cases of COVID-19 and 15 virus-related deaths, though officials say the numbers are likely inflated by data catchup efforts.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 14, 2021.

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Citigroup lawyer says another bank made bigger payment error than Revlon

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – A lawyer for Citigroup Inc told a U.S. judge on Friday he was aware of another large bank that recently made a bigger payment error than Citigroup made last August when it sent $894 million of its own money to Revlon Inc lenders.

Neal Katyal, the lawyer, made the disclosure at a hearing in Manhattan federal court, where Citigroup urged U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman to extend a freeze on $504 million that it has been unable to recoup from the Revlon lenders.

Katyal did not identify the bank, the size of the payment error, or whether the error was fixed.

Citigroup is appealing Furman’s Feb. 16 decision that 10 asset managers, whose clients include Revlon lenders, could keep its mistaken payments.

Furman accepted the asset managers’ argument that Citigroup, as Revlon’s loan agent, paid what they were owed, and they had no reason to think a sophisticated bank would blunder so badly.

Citigroup has said the lenders received a “windfall,” and Furman’s decision could steer banks away from doing wire transfers in a “finders, keepers” marketplace.

Katyal is a partner at Hogan Lovells and former Acting U.S. Solicitor General. Citigroup hired him for its appeal.

 

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; editing by Diane Craft)

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Canada aims to raise safety along notorious “Highway of Tears” with cell phone service

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By Moira Warburton

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Canadian authorities will help fund mobile phone service to increase safety along a remote stretch of highway in British Columbia known as the “Highway of Tears” for the number of women who have gone missing on the route, most of them indigenous.

Indigenous groups recommended the move in 2006 in a report on disappearances and murders of women along the highway between the cities of Prince Rupert and Prince George, roughly 800 km (500 miles) north of Vancouver.

The recommendation was endorsed by a provincial government-mandated commission several years later.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are investigating 13 cases of murdered women and five who disappeared on or near the Highway of Tears, although no new cases have been added since 2007. Advocates believe the number of homicides and missing is significantly higher.

Lisa Beare, British Columbia’s minister of citizens’ services, called the project “a critical milestone in helping prevent future tragedies along this route.”

Cell phone plans in Canada are among the most expensive in the world, according to government data, and the cost and lack of coverage in rural areas was a top issue in the last election.

The provincial and federal governments will contribute C$4.5 million towards the C$11.6 million ($9.24 million) cost for Rogers Communications to install 12 cell phone towers, the British Columbia government said on Wednesday.

Lorraine Whitman, president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, applauded the plan but said it was only one step in making the area safer for indigenous women.

“This truly is a blessing for the women,” she said. “But not all women have a phone. These towers are being put up, but it makes no use to the person that has no cell phone.”

($1 = 1.2558 Canadian dollars)

 

(Reporting by Moira Warburton in Vancouver; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

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Canadian fertilizer producer Nutrien to cut greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2030

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By Rod Nickel and Rithika Krishna

(Reuters) –Canada‘s Nutrien Ltd, the world’s largest fertilizer producer by capacity, said on Thursday it aimed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 30% by 2030, in a plan costing the company up to $700 million.

Agricultural companies, including Mosaic and Corteva, have set carbon emissions targets as climate-conscious investors push firms to become more environmentally friendly.

Nutrien plans to spend $500 million to $700 million to meet the carbon emissions target, which includes cutting emissions from nitrogen production by 1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent annually by the end of 2023.

“We’re in a really unique spot to address two big societal challenges – food security, and in a way that reduces our environmental footprint,” said Mark Thompson, Nutrien’s chief corporate development and strategy officer, in an interview.

Synthetic fertilizers account for 12% of global emissions from agriculture, according to a 2016 United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization report.

Nutrien’s target includes Scope 1 and 2 emissions, which reflect direct operations and electricity use. Nutrien is addressing Scope 3 emissions – those related to on-farm activity – with a program that encourages growers to adopt sustainable practices that generate monetary credits.

The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based company plans to deploy wind and solar energy at four potash plants by the end of 2025, replacing electricity generated by coal and natural gas.

It also plans to expand its sequestration of carbon emissions from nitrogen fertilizer production and to invest in technology to capture nitrous oxide gas from its facilities.

Nutrien estimates that its carbon credit program could directly amount to $10 to $20 per acre for farmers, and it expects to benefit financially itself as well.

“If we can provide agronomic value and the value of the carbon credit over time, we’ll have customer loyalty – we anticipate that we’ll be a preferred supplier,” Thompson said.

(Reporting by Rithika Krishna in Bengaluru and Rod Nickel in Winnipeg; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila and Steve Orlofsky)

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