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Alberta reports 1,718 new COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths

Alberta health officials will give a COVID-19 update Thursday afternoon, a day after the province introduced new restrictions and a vaccine passport.

Premier Jason Kenney and Health Minister Tyler Shandro announced a number of new restrictions surrounding private social gatherings, workplaces and schools.

Alberta will also implement a proof of vaccination program that would allow immunized Albertans go to restaurants, bars and gyms.

On Wednesday, Alberta reported 1,609 new COVID-19 cases, 24 deaths and 877 hospitalizations, including an ICU record of 218 admissions.

Environics Analysis data shows that in ridings where the People s Party of Canada draws votes from the Conservatives, they could actually help entrench Liberal or NDP seats, or flip Conservative seats to one of those parties if the races are close.

Conservative Leader Erin O Toole refused to say Thursday whether he still thinks Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has handled the pandemic better than the federal government, as the province faces a rapidly worsening COVID-19 situation.

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has announced a temporary indoor masking mandate that will come into force on Friday followed by a proof-of-vaccination policy. It s a move that comes after growing calls from residents in the province to install more measures.

Health Canada has authorized brand name changes for three COVID-19 vaccines. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will now be named Comirnaty, the Moderna vaccine will be named SpikeVax, and the AstraZeneca vaccine will be named Vaxzevria, Health Canada said in a tweet Thursday.

TRUTH TRACKER

In a video posted to his Twitter account Monday, Conservative Leader Erin O Toole, in French, pledged to close the land border crossing at Roxham Road in Quebec where he says thousands of people crossed the border illegally – a pledge experts say is complicated and misleading.

OPINION

The thrill is clearly gone in having Justin Trudeau as Canada s 23rd prime minister, Don Martin writes in an exclusive column for CTVNews.ca.

A man who was abducted early Thursday morning has been located with life-threatening injuries following a shooting and home invasion that left one of his sons dead and another in critical condition, Hamilton police say.
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