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Jukasa News Update – Thursday, August 26, 2021


Reserarchers are learning more about breakthrough COVID infections in people who have been vaccinated.
Data from public health Ontario shows that unvaccinated people are eight times more likely to contract COVID-19 than those who’ve received the vaccine.
However, there are still a few cases in people who have been inoculated — some requiring hospitalization, intensive care or who have died from the virus.
Though researchers say this is a possibility and has occurred, the majority of breakthrough cases are in frail, elderly patients and those who are immunocompromised. Most breakthrough infections where a person has received the vaccine are usually mild, are shorter in duration and do not require hospitalization.

A former long-haul trucker from Ontario who is in an Alberta prison for the killing of a woman in an Edmonton hotel a decade ago is appealing his conviction and sentence.
Bradley Barton was sentenced last month to 12 1/2 years for manslaughter in the death of Cindy Gladue, a Metis and Cree woman who bled to death in a bathtub at the Yellowhead Inn in 2011.
Medical experts testified Gladue had four times the legal limit of alcohol in her system when Barton performed a sexual act that caused a severe wound to her vagina.
It was the second trial for Barton after a jury found him not guilty in 2015 of first-degree murder, a verdict that sparked rallies and calls for justice for Indigenous women across the country.
Defence lawyer Dino Bottos, in the notice of appeal, says the trial judge made several errors and that 12 1/2 years is excessive and unreasonable.
The Crown has already filed an appeal of the sentence, arguing that it is unfit and not proportional to the gravity of the offence.

The City of Burlington has asked residents to send in suggestions for a new name for Ryerson Park.
The park is named after Egerton Ryerson, who helped design both the public and residential school systems in Canada.
After local school trustees voted to change the name of nearby Ryerson Public School in June, city council moved to change the park’s name.
“This was done out of respect for Indigenous residents in our community, particularly following the recent discovery of mass graves at former residential schools,” the city said in a statement.
The move is part of an effort to follow the recommendations set out in the 2015 report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada on the notorious residential school system, the city said.
“In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada concluded this assimilation amounted to the genocide of Indigenous people,” the city said.
“Our Indigenous community should enjoy our parks and public spaces without a reminder of this. Renaming our city park is one step we can take toward reconciliation with our Indigenous residents.”
The final report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission detailed widespread mistreatment at Canada’s residential schools, including emotional, physical and sexual abuse, and more than 4,000 deaths at the institutions.
The City of Burlington said it is accepting submissions for a new park name on its website until Sept. 11.

Ontario’s hospital association is renewing its calls for broader COVID-19 vaccination as hospitalizations and intensive care admissions due to the virus rise.
The number of people in intensive care as a result of COVID-19 has surpassed 150, a level at which the province last year said it would have to start cutting back on surgeries.
On Tuesday, Ontario’s top doctor, Dr. Kieran Moore, said the province currently has the capacity to care for those in intensive care, but will closely monitor what he considers a “key marker” of the pandemic situation.
In a statement issued today, the head of the Ontario Hospital Association says increasing the vaccination rate will help reduce the burden on hospitals and minimize any further disruption to non-COVID services.
Anthony Dale notes more 90 per cent of COVID-19 patients in intensive care and more than 80 per cent of those hospitalized but not in an ICU are not fully vaccinated with two doses.
He notes uptake of vaccinations has also “slowed significantly” recently even as case counts increase.

Curation Foods is recalling its Eat Smart brand Asian Sesame Chopped Salad Kit over a possible Listeria contamination.
The recall covers 340g packages with a best before date of Aug. 24.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the salad kits were sold in Ontario, and possibly nationally.
There have been no reports of any illnesses linked to the product.
Food contaminated with Listeria may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick.
Symptoms can include nausea, fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness, and in some cases even death.

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at the Brantford General Hospital.
The outbreak was declared Wednesday after three patients tested positive for the virus in the hospitals B6 unit.
Visitors are not being allowed into the unit as a precaution.
Enhanced cleaning and contact tracing for staff and visitors is now underway.

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