SkedLive for Wednesday, April 15
COVID vaccine shortage closes Toronto clinics
Shortages of COVID-19 vaccines have forced two health networks in Toronto to limit or close their immunization clinics, the Globe and Mail reports. Scarborough Health Network says it closed ts Centennial College and Centenary hospital clinics on Wednesday. Scarborough Health Network’s clinics were focusing on the vaccination of locals... Read more
First blood clot case  linked to AstraZeneca vaccine reported in Quebec
Canada has reported its first case of blood clots linked to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. The patient, a Quebec woman, is now recovering at home, according to CTV News. Quebec’s Ministry of Health did not confirm the age or location of the patient, but Health Minister Christian Dubé later identified... Read more
Ex-police officer who shot Daunte Wright  charged with manslaughter
(Reuters) – A former police officer who fatally shot a Black man during a scuffle in a Minneapolis suburb that followed a routine traffic stop was expected to be charged with second-degree manslaughter on Wednesday, local media reported. Minnesota officials identified Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn... Read more
U.S. halts Johnson and Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine due to rare clot risk
(REUTERS) – U.S. federal health agencies have paused the use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine. The decision follows the cases of six women under the age of 50 who developed rare blood clots after receiving their shots and deals a fresh setback in efforts to tackle the pandemic.... Read more
Toronto council to consider benefits, risks of e-scooters

The City of Toronto will soon decide on the fate of e-scooters, a popular new form of transportation. City Council must consider the pros and cons of legalizing a vehicle which is reported by some to be economically beneficial, environmentally friendly, and cost efficient, but reported by others to be incredibly dangerous.

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Why victims of assault can’t say no — and can’t speak up
By Saloni Bhugra Low rates of reporting sexual assault are tied to societal power structures that normalize abuse, experts say. According to SexAssault Statistics Canada, only six out every 100 sexual assault incidents are reported. And those that do come to light often lead to blowback against the victim.... Read more
Menstrual movements want to see the end of period inequity in 2021

Period products are not a luxury, but a necessity. Many people who menstruate in Canada are struggling to deal with their periods with dignity and are forced to seek charities to supply them with the products they need. Many organizations are petitioning for these products to be free and easily accessible by the end of 2021.

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‘Pandemic Puppy’ trend feeding irresponsible breeders

The increase in demand for pets during the pandemic has pushed people to breed animals irresponsibly in order to create an easy income.

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Some young people prefer working from home a year into the pandemic
By Josh Welsh Over the last year, young people across the province have been forced to adapt to new circumstances. While some have found it challenging, other young people have embraced their new routines – and aren’t so sure they want to return to how their work life was... Read more