Ontario releases technology and standards for digital identity
The Ontario government is publicly launching the technology and standards that will build Ontario’s digital identity ecosystem, which aims to empower simpler, faster and better access to more convenient and secure online services. When fully launched, Ontario’s Digital ID should allow people and businesses to prove who they are both online and in person with built-in safety features that protect users’ privacy and personal information.
Welland requests deferral of integrated public transit until 2023
Receiving an updated report from the Niagara Region on revised strategies for a consolidated transit system, Welland city council reiterated its support for inter-municipal transit services but maintained concerns about the financial, governance, and service models. These concerns prompted council to receive and support a subsequent staff report requesting the deferral of the project until 2023.
Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre & Arenas reopen to rentals
Effective immediately, the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake is welcoming user groups back to the Community Centre and Centennial and Meridian Credit Union Arenas, as permitted in Provincial regulations, by reopening for room and ice rentals and programming. This is the first time programming and room rentals have been available at the Community Centre since it first closed on March 13, 2020, due to Provincial Emergency Orders related to COVID-19.
Bank of Canada maintains policy rate, continues forward guidance and current pace of quantitative easing
The Bank of Canada today held its target for the overnight rate at the effective lower bound of ¼ percent, with the Bank Rate at ½ percent and the deposit rate at ¼ percent. The Bank is maintaining its extraordinary forward guidance on the path for the overnight rate. This is reinforced and supplemented by the Bank’s quantitative easing (QE) program, which is being maintained at a target pace of $2 billion per week.
The Election Section
|Niagara Centre||Niagara Falls||Niagara West||St. Catharines||Canada (338canada)||Canada (CBC)|
|Bloc Quebecois||6.1% (25 seats)||5.8% (26 seats)|
|Conservative Party||32%||41%||49%||35%||34.4% (143 seats)||33.7% (133 seats)|
|Green Party||3%||3.8%||3.9%||3.5%||3.4% (2 seats)||3.1% (1 seat)|
|Liberal Party||32%||30%||28%||35%||31.5% (135 seats)||31.2% (140 seats)|
|New Democratic Party||30%||21%||13%||23%||19.5% (33 seats)||20.4% (38 seats)|
|People's Party||4.1%||4.5%||4.8%||4.3%||3.8% (0 seats)||4.9% (0 seats)|
Data are provided by 338canada.com and the CBC using an aggregate of polls. Projections are updated daily. Click here for more information and margins of error.
Download the Canadian Chamber’s policy tracker, which summarizes party commitments made to date.
While the Canadian government has implemented strong measures to ensure fully vaccinated foreign travellers coming into Canada won’t be a significant source of COVID-19 spread, those protections will certainly not eliminate the risk, medical experts say.
“Certainly the optics aren’t ideal, as we are in a fourth wave and cases continue to climb across the country,” said Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease specialist and member of Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine task force.
Canadian HR Reporter
Last week, we looked at some of the practical considerations around what an employer should be thinking about when implementing a mandatory vaccination policy at the workplace.
But what about privacy, especially when we are talking about potentially sensitive employee medical information? Canadian HR Reporter asked Lyndsay Wasser, partner privacy data protection at McMillan in Toronto, about some of the ways employers should safeguard that data.
Niagara COVID-19 statistics tracker
These data show the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in Niagara. The Province of Ontario is now using a provincewide approach to reopening, and these data no longer have any influence on Niagara’s restrictions. Lower numbers are better in all metrics.
|August 28||September 4||September 11||September 18|
|New cases per 100,000||24.4||44.2||44.7||38.4|
|New cases per day (not including outbreaks)||13.1||25||23.9||22.6|
|Percent of hospital beds occupied||81.7%||83.4%||88.5%||86.9%|
|Percent of intensive care beds occupied||68.2%||80.3%||83.3%||77.3%|
|Percentage of positive tests||3.6%||5.2%||5.5%||3.7%|
Last updated: September 4, 2021
On September 7, there were 13 patients admitted to Niagara Health with COVID-19, of which 12 were unvaccinated, 0 were partially vaccinated, and 1 was fully vaccinated. There were 4 patients with COVID-19 in a Niagara Health Intensive Care Unit.
Over the last 28 days, a Niagara resident vaccinated with 1 dose was 3.7 times more likely to contract COVID-19, and an unvaccinated person was 8.4 times more likely.
Niagara COVID vaccination tracker
Niagara’s most up-to-date vaccination numbers are presented below, along with comparison data from Ontario, Canada, and G7 countries.
|Percentage of population with one dose||Percentage of population fully vaccinated|
Total doses administered in Niagara: 672,163
New daily doses administered to Niagara residents: 1,253
Last updated: September 8, 2021
Free rapid COVID-19 testing kits are now available to businesses. Visit gncc.ca/workplace-self-screening-kits to learn more and reserve kits for your organization.
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