Ontario government has released $ 5 million to support agricultural producers in the Northwest who have been hit hard by drought this summer.
The regions targeted by this financial assistance are Kenora, Rainy River and Thunder Bay. Agricultural producers can charge $ 220 per beef cattle.
Other species such as bison, elk, horses, alpacas, llamas, deer, sheep and goats are also eligible.
Financial support from the relaunched Agri is essential to help farmers recover from continuing drought conditions which have severely affected the region’s crops“Said Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs in a statement released Thursday.
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The flu is back in Quebec after more than a year of absence
The flu is back in Quebec after more than a year of absence After more than a year of absence, at least half a dozen cases of influenza have been detected in the emergency department of the CHU Sainte-Justine since the week -end last. Dr. Gaston De Serres, doctor-epidemiologist at the Institut national de santé publique du Québec, is answering your questions. Are cases of influenza on the increase in Quebec? Last week, the Quebec Public Health Laboratory reported two cases of influenza. It was a first for over a year. It was one of the things that we anticipated: that the end of the precautionary measures, which were followed intensely until the month of June, would probably allow the usual respiratory viruses to resume service. Is a wave of influenza expected in October? I don’t expect the peak to be here in four weeks, not at all. Now we are at the beginning of September. If there was influenza activity, I would say, in the month of November, that wouldn’t be surprising. It will depend a lot on what will happen with the non-specific measures in the population, that is to say the restrictions [sanitaires en place] with regard to contact, wearing a mask, etc. The influenza season is ending in countries in the southern hemisphere, such as Australia. How did it go there this year? What conclusions can we draw from this? Australia has recorded 10 to 20 cases per week during the flu season. In 2017, it rose to 25,000 cases per week. The influenza situation is directly linked to the non-specific precautionary measures in each country. In Quebec, thanks to the general public health measures that persist, transmission may be lower than what we normally would, because there are all kinds of activities for which people continue to wear a mask. Is the flu likely to hit harder this fall and winter because people were not infected last year and therefore have not developed some immunity to the virus? We skipped a year of influenza. Often, when you skip a year, there are more vulnerable individuals and you risk having more transmissions. Will transmission in Quebec result in more hospitalizations this year? It is quite possible that people have learned that when you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, it is not the time to go see your grandparents or great-grandparents. [susceptibles d’être hospitalisés].
A shortage of paper shaking the Quebec edition
A shortage of paper shaking the Quebec edition Explosion of paper prices which leads to an increase in printing costs, slowing down of production schedules due to lack of inventory; the too small stocks of paper made in Quebec currently available have multiple consequences. “The 100% recycled paper, like the one we use for all our publications, is not available in sufficient quantity”, explained last week to its subscribers the editor of Nouveau Projet, Nicolas Langelier. The magazine will not be the only one to suffer from the shortage, because “for the black text, that which one finds in the unillustrated book, the publishers print largely on the recycled paper in Quebec today”, as confirmed by the National Association of Book Publishers (ANEL). This delay is problematic, specifies Nicolas Langelier. “Punctuality of delivery is super important in the magazine world,” he says. We make promises to our subscribers, our retailers, and our advertisers expect to be on newsstands at a specific time. ” Same problem with Marquis, the largest book printer in Quebec. “If we want paper today, it is in January that we will deliver it”, illustrates the President and CEO, Serge Loubier, who usually gets his supplies from Resolute, Rolland and Domtar. “We want to focus on Quebec paper, but there are limits to what we can do. We have a lot of problems related to the lack of materials, at this time when the Quebec edition is in great turmoil. ” The law of the market means that this shortage comes with a steep rise in prices. “I have no choice, I apply the new tariffs to the new batches of paper,” continues André Gauvin, president and CEO of the Gauvin printing plant. There too, we had just placed an order for recycled paper which will not be delivered until February. Impossible to compensate with papers from Asia or Europe, blocked somewhere along the way.
Quebec reports nearly 700 new cases of COVID-19
Quebec reports nearly 700 new cases of COVID-19 Quebec reports 690 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, two more deaths and an increase in hospitalizations. Of the newly reported cases, 503 were unvaccinated or had received a first dose of vaccine less than 14 days ago, 64 had received a single dose at least two weeks ago, and 123 had received a second dose at least two weeks ago. at least seven days. The provincial death toll stands at 389,914 people infected since the start of the pandemic, of which 373,897 have recovered, in addition to 11,288 deaths. Seven hospitalizations for COVID-19 have been added to the total, which now stands at 138. Of those patients, 40 are in intensive care, an increase of four. Twenty-three people entered hospital on Tuesday, 19 of whom were either unvaccinated or had received a single dose less than 14 days ago and four had received a second dose at least seven days ago . A total of 20,854 samples were taken on August 30. Regarding vaccination, 24,734 doses were administered in the last 24 hours, for a total of 12,366,735 injected in Quebec. A total of 92,036 doses were received by Quebecers outside the province. According to the National Institute of Public Health of Quebec, 76.3% of the population has received at least one dose of vaccine against COVID-19. Among those aged 12 and over, 87.1% have received at least one dose and 80.8% are adequately vaccinated.
This money is in addition to the provincial financial assistance of $ 2 million announced in July.
Refund requests will be accepted until November 1, 2021.
At the same time, the provincial government announced an investment in the agricultural sector in the Rainy River District.
An amount of $ 1.3 million is allocated to two drainage projects. These projects will increase crop production by extending the growing season.