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

4:16 p.m.

Health officials in Saskatchewan are diverting hundreds more staff to fight COVID-19 as daily cases are forecast to exceed 500 in two weeks.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority expects the number of people in hospital and receiving intensive care could soon double.

Officials are planning for the surge by redeploying 600 health-care staff, which means other health services will be temporarily suspended.

3:57 p.m.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says people who don’t think COVID-19 is real are idiots.

Pallister says he knows he is unpopular in some quarters because of the restrictions his government has imposed on public gatherings and businesses.

But he says the rules are needed to save lives, and everyone needs to work together to reduce the spread of the virus.

3:51 p.m.

Public health officials in Prince Edward Island announced one additional positive case of COVID-19 in the province Thursday.

The individual is a man in his 20s, a rotational worker who recently travelled to P.E.I. from outside of the Atlantic region and has been in self-isolation since arriving.

This case is not related to any of the other recent positive cases of COVID-19 in the province.

P.E.I. currently has five active cases of COVID-19, and there have been 73 positive cases since the onset of the pandemic.

2:40 p.m.

Saskatchewan is announcing 259 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death.

Health officials say the person who died was in their 80s.

Most of the new infections are located in and around Regina and Saskatoon.

There are 104 people in hospital, with 24 people receiving intensive care.

The seven-day average of new daily cases sits at 269.

1:56 p.m.

Nunavut is reporting five new cases of COVID-19 in Arviat today, bringing the community’s active case count to 68.

All cases in Rankin Inlet have now recovered.

There are seven active cases in Whale Cove.

Nunavut has 75 active cases of COVID-19 and 123 recovered cases.

1:50 p.m.

Public health officials in New Brunswick are reporting six new cases of COVID-19 in the province Thursday.

There is one new case in the Moncton region, three new cases in the Saint John region and two in the Fredericton area.

There are now 111 active cases in the province.

New Brunswick has had a total of 520 cases and seven deaths since the pandemic began.

1:32 p.m.

Manitoba is reporting 367 new COVID-19 cases and 12 additional deaths today.

The province continues to have a high rate of people testing positive — 13 per cent, on average, over the last five days.

1:15 p.m.

The Quebec government is cancelling its plan to allow gatherings over four days at Christmas.

Premier Francois Legault announced today the province will no longer permit multi-household gatherings of up to 10 people between Dec. 24 and 27, as had been planned.

Legault first announced the Christmas plan on Nov. 19, saying people could get together as long as they quarantined for a week before and a week after the holiday period.

But with COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths on the rise and a health system deemed fragile due to a lack of staffing, Legault says it’s not realistic to think the numbers will go down sufficiently by Christmas.

1:12 p.m.

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Health Canada’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Supriya Sharma, says she expects to get some final documents from Pfizer on Friday that will provide information on the manufacturing process and which lots of vaccine doses will be sent to Canada.

That is the final thing needed before Canada can approve the vaccine.

Dr. Howard Njoo, the deputy chief public health officer, says he fully expects the decision to be “favourable.”

12:45 p.m.

Moderna’s vaccine is to be delivered to one site in Canada rather than to each province and Canadian logistics will then distribute it to the provinces as required.

12:30 p.m.

Deputy chief public health officer Dr. Howard Njoo says while initial supplies of vaccines will limit vaccinations to three million people, there will eventually be a COVID-19 vaccine for every Canadian.

Pfizer’s vaccine is expected to start being delivered first in January, and will be sent by the manufacturer to predetermined points in each province.

12:05 p.m.

Nova Scotia is reporting 11 new cases of COVID-19 today.

The number of active cases in the province s now stands at 119, that’s down from the 127 cases reported on Wednesday.

Nine of the new cases are in the central health zone, which includes Halifax, while the other two cases are in the northern zone.

The province has had a total of 1,342 cases, while 1,159 are resolved and there have been 65 deaths.

11:12 a.m.

The Quebec government is reporting 1,470 new cases of COVID-19 and 30 additional deaths linked to the pandemic.

Twelve of the deaths occurred in the last 24 hours, while the rest happened earlier.

Hospitalizations declined by three to 737, while the number of people in intensive care remained unchanged at 99.

There have been a total of 146,532 cases and 7,155 deaths in the province since the pandemic began.

11 a.m.

Ontario is reporting 1,824 new cases of COVID-19, and 14 new deaths due to the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says there are 592 new cases in Peel Region, 396 cases in Toronto, and 187 cases in York Region.

The province says it has conducted 52,873 tests since the last daily report.

In total, 666 people are hospitalized in Ontario due to COVID-19, including 195 in intensive care.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec 3, 2020.

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Facebook says remote working move could slow jobs growth in Ireland

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Facebook still plans to “aggressively” grow staff numbers in its European headquarters in Ireland but a company-wide policy allowing permanent remote work from other countries could slow that growth over time, its Irish chief said on Friday.

Ireland’s economy is hugely reliant on multinational firms that employ around one in eight Irish workers and any move to facilitate remote working abroad would add to the challenge already posed by a planned global corporate tax overhaul.

Facebook, which is one of Ireland’s largest such employers with around 3,000 full-time staff and another 3,000 contractors, will allow some workers to permanently relocate after more than a year of many working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible employees in Facebook offices in Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom will be able to move to another one of those locations. U.S.-based staff can also move to Canada, it added.

Facebook Ireland’s Gareth Lambe said it was still working out how many Irish-based employees would be eligible to take advantage of the policy. Fewer than half of its staff are Irish nationals.

“We’re going to continue to grow aggressively,” he told national broadcaster RTE, citing a move in the next year or two to a new 57,000 square metre campus in Dublin that it intends to fill with 7,000 employees.

“This won’t have on balance a material impact on the growth of employment for Facebook in Ireland,” he said, referring to the remote working policy. “We have a target this year of adding about an additional 700 employees and we’re going to continue to do that and we’re going to continue to grow,”

“But this is a significant evolution and in the future over the coming years and decades, it is possible that the growth of jobs and numbers may not be as fast in Ireland as it would have been before it.”

Lambe said Facebook’s main Europe, Middle East and Africa decision makers will continue to be based in Dublin, meaning its corporate tax status will not change. However those permanently relocating abroad would no longer pay income tax in Ireland.

Responding to the move, Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said one of the consequences of the pandemic will be a lot more mobility of workers across national borders but that foreign direct investment will remain “an indispensable part” of Ireland’s economic model.

 

(Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Frances Kerry)

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Apple hires former BMW executive for car project

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Apple Inc has hired Ulrich Kranz, a former senior executive at BMW AG’s electric car division, to help its vehicle initiatives, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Kranz will report to Apple veteran Doug Field, who led development of Tesla Inc’s mass-market Model 3 and now runs Apple’s car project, the report said.

Apple did not immediately respond to Reuters request for comment.

The iPhone maker’s automotive efforts, known as Project Titan, have proceeded unevenly since 2014 when Apple first started designing its own vehicle from scratch.

In December, Apple said it was moving forward with its self-driving car technology and targeting to produce a passenger vehicle that could include its own breakthrough battery technology by 2024.

 

(Reporting by Mrinalika Roy in Bengaluru; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli)

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Amazon SideWalk in Canada

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Amazon is ready to initiate the sidewalk throughout the world including Canada. So many people are concerned about what exactly is a sidewalk and should you be concerned in any way?

Well to put it simply amazon sidewalk is a new way of communication where amazon creates a network by using its echo devices and other devices. What is going to happen is that these devices would be using your home’s internet connection and creating a small network for communication. Using the ring and echo devices this will be executed where they would be forming a bridge (as the company calls it) between the two devices. While these various bridges would be used to create networks.

Amazon said this is done for easier connections and simpler setups even when your wifi goes out. Which would allow you to use title trackers and find pets easily. You would not have to spend 500 dollars on those devices but rather just use this to get updated information on your belongings. This is going to get a lot of people hooked on the devices. Using your ring and echo devices without your own internet connection sounds pretty good but is there a hidden reason for amazon to become an ISP on its own well that is something only time will tell.

So now the question is should you be concerned about this?

Well if you own an amazon echo device you will have to ask Alexa to opt you out of it because this is going to come in as activated by default. This means that you will need to put in some effort to change this if for any reason you don’t want to be a part of this program.

There are tutorials online that would help you to opt-out of this by using your Alexa app on your phone.

Another concern is that this is not the first time a company has done something like this. Apple has enhanced the find my network in a similar manner with the introduction of air tags and have responsibility for finding phones, and things using other users devices that might not know that their device is being used in the process.

Well most common people that are using the internet nowadays are more concerned about the data that is being used by these huge corporations and who are they gathering and using the data for their personal and private benefits. Additionally are data sharing policies being used and met with proper standards. Creating a rule is one thing and following it is completely another.

What bodies are placing a check on whether the huge tech giants are following these steps or not? These are the big questions with few answers and to think that now the internet is being owned by one of these giants. I mean the real question everyone should be asking is how big can these giants become and what kind of influence they hold onto our lives in the future?

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