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New program in Niagara launching today involving 80 local doctors and nurses

A new program in Niagara, involving 80 family doctors and nurses, is trying to improve health care and cut down on unnecessary ER trips.

SCOPE Niagara, which stands for Seamless Care Optimizing the Patient Experience, is launching today. It connects family physicians and nurse practitioners to a dedicated team of specialists from Niagara Health and from Home and Community Care.

The primary care providers will connect with SCOPE Niagara’s nurse navigator, who will direct them to the most appropriate providers or services based on their patient’s health concerns.

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Over one million jobs in Canada go unfilled as vacancies reach all-time high

Across all sectors, Canadian employers were actively seeking to fill more than one million (1,012,900) vacant positions at the beginning of March 2022, a record high. Vacancies increased by 22.6% (+186,400) in the month and were up 60.5% (+382,000) from March 2021 (not seasonally adjusted).

In the accommodation and food services sector, the number of vacancies rose 37.2% (+42,900) in March 2022. Following this increase, employers were seeking to fill a total of 158,100 positions. The job vacancy rate was 12.8%, the highest across all sectors for the 11th consecutive month (not seasonally adjusted).

There were 109,200 job vacancies in retail trade in March, up 37.2% (+29,600) from February. Following this increase, vacancies in the sector were 40.7% (+31,600) higher than in March 2021 (not seasonally adjusted).

Record-high vacancy levels were also seen in construction, healthcare and social assistance.

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Media Release


City of Welland warns residents to be mindful of

fake media releases circulating on social media


May 24, 2022

Welland, ON – Over the weekend, a fake post, complete with the City of Welland logo and media release styling, circulated on social media, sharing false and unfounded information. 

The fake media release image, posted to a Facebook group, falsely indicated the construction of a natural land bridge due to backfilling the Welland Canal. The post generated significant confusion and prompted questions from residents to councillors and staff. 

“It is disheartening that someone took the time and effort to attempt to recreate an official city document to create confusion and anger,” said Marc MacDonald, corporate communications manager. “All official City communications go out through the same channels and can easily and quickly be verified on our website. If residents have questions about the validity of posts they see online that appear to be from the City of Welland, they are encouraged to contact us.”

At first glance, as with many scams, the post appears to have some credibility as it includes the City’s logo and the general theme of the City’s media release template. There are, however, discrepancies that readers can be the lookout for if they see future posts that seem off:

  • The City of Welland does not include images embedded in its media releases. All images are attached to the outgoing message.
  • The City of Welland does not end media release headlines with punctuation such as periods.
  • The City of Welland writes media releases in the active voice, not the passive voice represented in the false post.
  • The City of Welland posts official media releases on its website: https://www.welland.ca/Media/MediaReleases.asp 
  • The City of Welland posts official media releases on its social media sites linked to the website.
  • The City of Welland sends official media releases via subscription email.

If there is any doubt whether something circulating on social media is a valid, official release from the City of Welland, readers are encouraged to check for the indicators listed above. In addition, any questions about the validity of posts that appear to be from the City of Welland can be verified through the City’s corporate communications department: pbzzhavpngvbaf@jryynaq.pn


For media inquiries, please contact:

Marc MacDonald

Corporate Communications Manager

905-735-1700 x2337


Town of Lincoln introduces pilot project to reduce speeds in neighbourhoods

During Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole meeting, the Council for the Town of Lincoln received and approved a report on the proposed 40 km Neighbourhood Area Speed Limit Implementation Pilot Project as a direct method to assist with traffic calming throughout the community. Council has taken several steps to help with speed reduction on Town roads, as promoting a healthy and safe community is a priority for the municipality. This includes the speed reduction pilot project and consists of other traffic calming measures such as speed humps and designated community safety zones.

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Welland Bridge 13 June Illumination Schedule 
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Alexis Higginbotham
Executive Director
60 East Main Street
Welland, ON
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