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Niagara Health to begin vaccinating hospital patients 80 years and older against COVID-19

In the coming days, Niagara Health will begin booking appointments to vaccinate patients who are 80 years of age and older and are currently admitted to a hospital bed or have been admitted and stayed overnight in the last six months. This will include patients at all sites of Niagara Health and at Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre.

In addition to vaccinating the 80+ age group noted above, the Niagara Health clinic will continue to vaccinate healthcare workers. Thus far, a total of 16,660 vaccines have been administered at the clinic to patient-facing healthcare workers such as long-term care and retirement home workers, hospital staff and physicians, primary care providers, dentists and other specialists, as well as medical first responders (paramedics, police and firefighters).

A full list of eligible community healthcare workers is available here. Healthcare workers who do not provide direct patient care are not yet eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.


Wage and rent subsidy amounts to remain unchanged through to June

Today, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, announced that the government intends to extend the current rate structures for these subsidies from March 14 to June 5, 2021.

  • The maximum base wage subsidy rate for active employees would remain at 40 per cent, and the maximum top-up wage subsidy rate for employers most adversely impacted by the pandemic would remain at 35 per cent. As such, the maximum combined wage subsidy rate would remain at 75 per cent.
  • The maximum rent subsidy rate would remain at 65 per cent.
  • Lockdown Support would remain at 25 per cent and continue to be provided in addition to the rent subsidy, providing eligible hard hit businesses with rent support of up to 90 per cent.

A separate wage subsidy rate structure applies for furloughed employees. To ensure that the wage subsidy for furloughed employees remains aligned with benefits available under Employment Insurance (EI), and that workers are provided with equitable treatment between the two programs, the weekly wage subsidy for a furloughed employee, from March 14 to June 5, 2021, would remain the same and continue to be the lesser of:

  • the amount of eligible remuneration paid in respect of the week; and
  • the greater of:
    • $500; and
    • 55 per cent of pre-crisis remuneration for the employee, up to a maximum subsidy amount of $595.

Since the wage subsidy and rent subsidy programs launched, an organization’s decline in revenues has generally been determined by comparing the change in the organization’s revenues in a current calendar month with its revenues in the same calendar month of the previous year. An organization may also elect to use an alternative approach, which compares the change in the organization’s monthly revenues relative to the average of its January 2020 and February 2020 revenues.

The GNCC has previously requested that the maximum rate remain at 75%, and is pleased at this announcement. However, we have also noted that the current eligibility scheme excludes many new and seasonal businesses, and have repeatedly asked that new criteria be drawn up that would cover businesses in these categories which have been unduly affected by the pandemic. The Canadian Chamber has also been advocating for these programs to keep 2019 as the reference period from which businesses can determine the level of decline in their revenue, rather than the year-over-year calculations currently used.

City of Welland
For Immediate Release
MARCH 5, 2021
Welland, ON – Youngs Sportsplex is excited to welcome back its guests since the Niagara Region moved into the Red-Control Level this week. Tennis rentals, field rentals, and indoor driving range users have been able to return to play while observing all Provincial Red-Control level restrictions. All clients that had pre-booked time will be allowed to resume their rentals and those without bookings can submit a rental request form to make a new reservation.

Youngs Sportsplex has implemented enhanced health and safety measures to protect all who engage in activities while at the facility. In accordance with the guidance and recommendations set forth by local health officials, we respectfully request that you do not attend the Youngs Sportsplex if:
·      You are feeling sick or experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms (including fever, cough and shortness of breath);
·      You have been diagnosed with, or believe to have contracted, COVID-19, unless you have had no fever for 72 hours (without use of medicine) and 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared;
·      You have been in contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days; and
·      You have traveled internationally in the past 14 days.

As a reminder, spectators are not allowed access to the venue while our region is in the Red-Control Level.

SPECIAL “RED” ZONE PRICING is available and can be booked by calling Youngs Sportsplex at
905-735-8106 or email LFC-Obbxvatf@fcrpgenkc.pbz.  
·      $80/hr for 1/3rd indoor field prime time,
·      $50/hr for 1/3rd indoor field non-prime time.

All driving range sessions must be pre-booked and paid for on-line by visiting https://youngssportsplex.com/register-now/.

Owned by the City of Welland and managed by Spectra Venue Management, Youngs Sportsplex houses four indoor tennis courts, an indoor FIFA regulation-sized soccer field, and five outdoor soccer fields. For more information, visit youngssportsplex.com or call 905-735-8106. For more information on WellAnd Recovery Moving Beyond COVID-19, visit welland.ca.
Don’t miss our luncheon option for our upcoming International Women’s Day webinar. We can’t wait to bring you this exclusive event on March 8th, 2021. 

We’ll be hearing from Dr. Lorraine Jensen from Niagara Health, Stephanie Dafoe from the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, and Leanne Briggs from Greater Fort Erie Secondary School on their challenges through 2020 and their hopes for 2021. 
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City of Welland
For Immediate Release
MARCH 5, 2021
Welland, ON – The Welland Canal is a natural gathering place throughout the whole year; it’s a place for recreation, competitive sport or just to relax by the waterfront. However, oftentimes residents, new and old, forget that it is still active water, especially when there is a layer of ice blanketing the water below. Welland Fire and Emergency Services want to remind all that No Ice is Safe Ice.

35% of drownings in Canada take place between late Fall and early Spring, when there was no intention of entering the water. If you fish, snowmobile, ice race, cross country ski, go for walks, or skate on frozen lakes, ponds, or canals, we urge you to know the risks and the important information that can keep you safe or save your life.

The Facts:
·      Water in Ontario is colder than you think.
·      A person can go into cold water shock in less than 1 minute.
·      You can only survive a few minutes in cold water.
·      Most drownings occur in water less than 20 degrees Celsius.
·      No ice is without risk.
·      Motorized activities over frozen bodies of water poses a large risk.
o  Repeated passes can unknowingly fracture the ice below

Ice Safety Tips:
·      Check the ice thickness.
·      Colour of ice matters
o  clear blue ice is the strongest
o  White or opaque ice is much weaker, stay away from ice that looks honeycombed, common during thaws or in the spring
·      Near-shore ice is often much thicker and safer than ice farther out, especially at the start of the winter season.
·      Ice that formed over flowing water, springs, pressure cracks or old ice holes can be weaker than the surrounding ice.
·      Wear a lifejacket and survival suit, these items can buy you some time and can preserve body heat.
·      If you are going out onto ice, know what to do if you break through.

Visit the Water/Canal Safety – Winter Edition webpage and watch the Welland Fire and Emergency Services team demonstration of life saving tips https://www.welland.ca/HotTopics/WaterIceSafety.asp

Alexis Higginbotham
Executive Director
60 East Main Street
Welland, ON
L3B 3X4
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