Jukasa News Update Thursday March 5, 2020
Quebec public health officials are reporting the province’s second presumptive case of the new coronavirus.
The province’s Health Department announced this morning that the patient had returned from a trip, but it did not say from where.
Tests performed by the province’s public health lab came back positive for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, but the result needs to be confirmed by the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg.
If confirmed, it would be the second case in the province and the 35th in Canada, with the others all in Ontario and British Columbia.
Officials say they are seeking more information about the person, in particular their movements.
The person’s location and condition were not immediately disclosed.
An Amber Alert has been issued for a 14-year-old boy who Toronto police say was abducted in the northwestern part of the city.
Police said in a tweet Wednesday night that they are “extremely concerned” for the safety of Shammah Jolayemi.
The teen was last seen Wednesday at 8:25 a.m. in the area of Jane Street and Driftwood Avenue, they said.
Const. Michelle Flannery, a spokesperson for Toronto police, said investigators do not know who abducted Shammah.
Investigators said a black Jeep Wrangler with oversize front tires and a front push bar with round fog lights was seen in the area where the boy was believed to be abducted.
No licence plate is available.
Police said they also want to speak to the boy’s step-brother, Olalekan Osikoya.
Shammah is described as about six feet tall, with a slim build and was wearing a grey hoody, grey track pants with a thin orange stripe, shiny black puffy coat, and black and yellow Air Jordan shoes.
Ontario has announced an increase in funding to Indigenous Institutes to provide postsecondary education and training.
David Piccini, Parliamentary Assistant for Ministry of Colleges and Universities was at Six Nations Polytechnic Friday to announce the government is increasing funding by $1.8 million this year to Indigenous Institutes in Ontario.
Ontario supports nine Indigenous Institutes with operating funding to provide postsecondary education and training for more than 1,200 Indigenous learners. The government is providing $22.8 million in total operating funding to Indigenous Institutes in 2019-20.
Increasing call volumes and off-loading delays at hospitals are creating ambulance shortages..
The Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents approximately 5,500 paramedics and dispatchers, said in a new report that both problems are creating situations where ambulances aren’t available to promptly respond to calls.
CUPE said it has obtained data that shows emergency call volumes increased by over six per cent in 2016-2017 and jumped again by over four per cent in 2017-2018.
The union said it has been flagging concerns about both issues to the government for some time, but is growing increasingly concerned about the rise in complex calls from patients who are suffering heart attacks, difficulty breathing and other ailments that require rapid response.
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