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Jukasa News Update – Monday, August 23, 2021


Hamilton police say they’ve charged a man after protesters toppled a statue of Canada’s first prime minister Sir John A. Macdonald in Gore Park.
Investigators allege someone pulled the statue down, and once it was on the ground, it was damaged with spray paint, a hammer and a grinder.
They say a 56-year-old Toronto man has been charged with mischief over $5,000 and will appear in court at a later date.
There’s been a renewed reckoning with Macdonald’s legacy in recent years, as he’s considered an architect of Canada’s residential school system.
Police say their investigation is ongoing, and they expect to lay more charges.

Ontario is reporting 722 cases of COVID-19 today and two new deaths linked to the virus.
The latest figures mark the first time since June that the daily tally has passed the 700 mark.
Health minister Christine Elliott says 564 of the latest infections are among people who are either not fully immunized or have an unknown vaccination status.
She says 158 cases are in people who are fully inoculated with two doses of vaccine.
The province says there are 178 patients currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 with 141 of them in intensive care, but notes that figure may increase in the coming days as 10 per cent of hospitals don’t report data on weekends.
Elliott says 82 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received one dose of vaccine and slightly under 75 per cent have received two.

Researchers say eating a plant based diet could lower heart disease risk in young adults and older women.
Two studies published by the American Heart Association show that both young women and post menopausal women had fewer heart attacks and were less likely to develop cardiovascular disease when they consumed more plant based foods.
A diet that focusses on a variety of fruit and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, skinless poultry and fish that is started in young adulthood were 50% less likely to develop cardiovascular disease in midlife.

A study by Stanford University investigators says people with COVID-19 might experience milder symptoms if they’ve previously been infected with a different coronavirus strain in the past.
Doctors say this finding may explain why young children seem to be more resilient than others to infection by the SARS-COV-2 virus that causes COVID.
It may also provide a prediction for those who are less likely to develop a severe case.
The data shows that a person’s immune cells may remember previous coronaviruses and be able to respond to a COVID infection more effectively.

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