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Who's getting sick (and who's not) in Nova Scotia's second wave –



With the onset of COVID’s second wave in Nova Scotia, the picture of who is getting sick in this province has changed. 

“It is focused in that 18 to 35 demographic,” Dr. Robert Strang, the province’s chief medical officer of health, said Thursday in a briefing.

“That is just the nature of this virus when you get it in an age demographic where social activity is an important part of the way they live.”

All age groups had cases during the first wave, but the focus turned to outbreaks among seniors as COVID-19 spread from the community to staff and residents in the province’s nursing homes. 

The first wave

Just over half of Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 cases from March to the end of September were people of prime working age, between 20 and 59 years old. 

A further 21 per cent fit into the 60 to 79 age bracket, and 17 per cent were over 80 years old. About 10 per cent were 19 and under. 

Overall, 61 per cent of the cases were women and 39 per cent were men. 

The outbreak at the Northwood long-term care facility in Halifax alone accounted for 345 cases between staff and residents. Smaller outbreaks were reported in at least seven other long-term care or seniors facilities around the province.

Fifty-three residents at the Northwood Halifax Campus, Nova Scotia’s largest long-term care facility, died of COVID-19 during the first wave. (Robert Short/CBC)

More residents in long-term care tend to be women, as women have a longer life expectancy than men. Staff in long-term care are also more likely to be female. 

Experts in aging and long-term care have said this is one reason why the first wave showed an uneven gender split that was weighted toward women. 

The second wave

At this point in Nova Scotia’s second wave — which Strang said began at the start of October — the age and gender split looks very different.

Between Oct. 1 and Strang’s briefing on Nov. 24, a full 71 per cent of COVID-19 cases fell in the 20 to 39 age bracket. Trailing that group were people between 40 and 59 years old, who made up 13 per cent of the cases. 

Ten per cent of the cases were 0 to 19 years old, and seven per cent were 60 to 79. 

No cases had been recorded in the 80 and older age bracket as of Nov. 24.

The gender split has also switched, with 55 per cent of cases in the second wave being male and 45 per cent female. 

What’s to come

The second wave is not over and it is still possible that older age groups or nursing homes could get hit hard again, which is why the province has set up isolation units in six long-term care homes and hospitals

Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, speaks during the COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday, Nov. 24. (Communications Nova Scotia)

Younger adults are less likely to be hospitalized or die from COVID-19, although it can happen

“If you look at the vast majority of our positive cases in the last several weeks, they’ve been young adults,” Strang said.

“Lots of social life, going out to work…. as we’re testing contacts, there’s been a number who’ve been asymptomatic. But there’s also been many who have very mild symptoms.” 

And that can be problematic. 

Strang said the very fact that young people are experiencing mild symptoms — or none at all — makes them excellent transmitters of a virus that isn’t going away any time soon.


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WestJet cancels Boeing 737 MAX flight moments before takeoff | Venture – Daily Hive



WestJet cancelled a Boeing 737 MAX flight after it had already left its gate at Calgary International Airport on January 22.

A spokesperson for the airline confirmed to Daily Hive that WestJet flight WS658, which was supposed to travel to Toronto, had to return to its gate after push off on Friday morning.

“After a normal engine start, a standard function of the health monitoring system indicated a potential fault that needed to be verified and reset,” said Lauren Stewart, a media relations manager at WestJet.

“This process takes time and requires a subsequent engine run, which we do not perform with guests on board.”

The flight, as well as its Toronto to Calgary return, were cancelled in the interest of passenger’s time. Guests were rebooked on the next available flight.

Stewart stressed that the decision to cancel the flight was only made because there was space on a Toronto-bound Dreamliner flight.

Had passengers not already been on their way, the WS658 flight would have operated as normal following the all-clear by a maintenance team, she said. The plane has since been inspected and will return to operation on January 24.

“There was no safety risk to our guests and this was unrelated to any previous matter,” Stewart said.

In March 2019, Transport Canada grounded Boeing 737 MAX planes across the country following a pair of deadly crashes that killed 346 people.

The aircraft’s return-to-service was approved on January 18, 2021. WestJet began flying the planes on January 21, the first airline in Canada to do so in nearly two years.

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How to Succeed When Buying a Franchise Store and Financing Its Cost



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It’s a road you want to go down successfully. We’re talking about your decision on buying a franchise in Canada, financing the franchise cost, and being successful in the franchise store or business you have chosen.

Clients always ask us if it’s ‘ risky ‘ to buy a franchise. Our answer is somewhat facetious, in that if a franchise fails, we prefer to have someone to blame – that’s you, the franchisor, or your franchise lender. It’s rarely the lender, leaving you and the franchisor.

The reality is quite frankly the same as if you were acquiring any business, namely, Do your homework! And invest some time in solid due diligence. Make a good decision about who you are going to do business with.

After selecting a franchise opportunity the challenge of financing the business becomes even more bewildering to some of our clients. Let’s share some solid tips, info, and suggestions around the successful financing of your franchise cost.

We often focus solely on your financing challenge when buying a franchise; we should add that it’s just as important to spend some time on understanding the general financing situation around the partnership you are about to enter into with your franchisor. Disclosure documents these days are fairly heavily weighted towards you as the franchisee understanding that you are entering into business with, so we encourage all clients to take a strong look at your franchisors profitability, its financial management, and any items of public record that might hint or portend of future problems.

Unfortunately many franchisees we talk to about franchise cost and how we will finance the franchise are under the misconception that there is 100% financing available for your new business. In Canada that is pretty well never the case, and you need to make a strong assessment of the maximum amount you can contribute to the venture from a personal equity basis. If you borrow too much and put too little in the financial folks call that being ‘ over-leveraged’- therefore any little bumps in the economy or your ability to generate sales becomes a huge problem if you aren’t properly capitalized.

And we already know your next question, which is ‘ how much do I have to put in ‘. We would prefer to give you a clear final answer on that one, such as xx %, but the reality is that your investment is tied to a couple of factors… the size of the financing you require, how you will finance it, and whether initial ratio analysis will show that you meet all qualifications.

A ratio is just a ‘ relationship’ of numbers. The two key ratios that you need to focus on in franchise financing are debt to equity and working capital. Typically you want to have only two times more debt than your investment in the business, and from a working capital point of view, you want to ensure you have liquid assets to cover at a minimum short-term payable.

Do franchisors offer loan assistance – the answer is yes… and no. By that, we mean simply that many franchisors have developed relationships with Canadian business financing advisors who assist franchisees in finalizing all aspects of the franchise cost financing – including business plan preparation, negotiations, sourcing debt, etc. You should rarely if ever, expect the franchisor to supply direct loan financing assistance – they are selling franchises, not building a financial empire.

In Canada typical methods of financing, a franchise are a BIL loan, a working capital term loan, and equipment leasing and financing.

Speak to a trusted, credible, and experienced business financing advisor who will work with you to successfully finance your franchise store in a minimum amount of time with a maximum amount of success!

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Three deaths, 216 new COVID-19 cases identified in Manitoba – CTV News Winnipeg



The province announced three new deaths linked to COVID-19 Saturday, the same day restrictions were eased across most of the province.

A man in his 60s died, along with two women; one in her 70s, the other in her 80s. They were all from the Winnipeg health region, according to the provincial COVID-19 bulletin.

Public health officials recorded 216 new infections, with more than half in the province’s north.

Of the new cases, 118 are in the Northern health region, 50 in the Winnipeg health region, 22 in Interlake-Eastern, 14 in Southern health and 12 in Prairie Mountain Health.

The five-day test positivity rate is 9.8 per cent in Manitoba and 6.5 per cent in Winnipeg.

There are 272 people in hospital, with 40 in the ICU.

The number of Manitobans who have died of COVID-19 now stands at 798.

According to the bulletin, 1,836 tests were done Friday, bringing the total number since February 2020 to 463,084.

The Manitoba government released the update as new public health orders came into effect.

Retailers can sell non-essential items again, hair salons and barber shops can open and Manitobans are allowed to have two designated visitors to their households.

The new orders do not apply to northern Manitoba, where cases have jumped over the past few weeks.

The province also began accepting appointments Saturday for a pilot testing site in Winnipeg, which is dedicated to educational staff.

Manitoba teachers, educational support staff and others working in schools or with students can now book appointments for rapid testing at the Fast Pass site at 1066 Nairn Avenue.

“Eligible clients must be symptomatic, identified as a close contact because of an exposure at school or have a symptomatic household member,” reads the bulletin.

Appointments can be made here.

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