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Nearly 100,000 Winnipeggers vaccinated

There’ve been 2,186 Winnipeggers vaccinated today by noon, bringing the cumulative total to 96,422 individuals having been vaccinated since the start of the campaign.

Five of the 12 clinics that are open today only have the vaccine that is most recommended for pregnant women (vaccine without adjuvant) available for the rest of the day: Assiniboine South, River East, Seven Oaks, Inkster, and Point Douglas, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority reports.

The remaining seven clinics still have both vaccine with and without adjuvant available.

The vaccine with adjuvant remains available to the following priority groups:

-Children aged six months to under five years old

-Anyone of Aboriginal ancestry

-Disadvantaged individuals (for example, the homeless)

-People living in remote or isolated areas

-People under 65 with a chronic medical condition or other risks including severe obesity, substance abuse or alcoholism

-Anyone of any age with a weakened immune system or those who live with or care for them

-Those who live with or care for infants under six months old

-Single parents or anyone solely responsible for a dependent

-Health-care workers and medical first responders

-Pregnant women

The WRHA also reports that the Children’s Hospital Emergency Department is currently experiencing extremely high volumes with more than half the patients presenting have influenza-like illness (not just H1N1, but other respiratory illnesses that children contract). The department is asking the public’s patience as they may experience longer than usual wait times.

The emergency department is also asking the public to limit the number of people staying with a patient in the department to one or two individuals to help ease the situation. Everyone who does go to Children’s Emergency is being offered a mask, either to protect themselves from possible infection or to protect others from contracting an infection from them.

Finally, the hospital is asking the public to restrict unnecessary visits to admitted patients.

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CKNW leads radio numbers for Metro Vancouver

VANCOUVER – CBC Radio One’s Vancouver listenership in October dropped a full percentage point from the previous month, and first-place CKNW climbed 1.5 percentage points, according to the Bureau of Broadcast Measurement.

Using the PPM (portable people meter) system of measurement – listeners wear a device that captures signals, as opposed to listeners filling out diaries – CKNW had a 13.1 share of hours tuned among listeners aged 12 and older in the four weeks after Sept. 28, up from 11.6 in September. CBC Radio One fell from 9.6 to 8.6, putting it in a second-place tie with QM-FM, which was up .2 per cent from September.

In the much-coveted 25-54 age group, CFOX (99.3 The Fox) had the largest share of males at 12.6 per cent, while QM FM captured the female market, with 14.6 per cent. For that age group, CKNW was second for male listeners at 10 per cent, with CBC Radio One sitting eighth at 5.8, and for females ‘NW ranked 10th (4.3), with CBC Radio One fifth (6.5).

For CKNW, the numbers re-establish the talk radio station at the leader in the market. Last spring, ‘NW trailed the CBC in two ratings period, when Radio One reached as high as 12.4 per cent. The fall rating show the CBC has fallen dramatically from its spring numbers.

The new PPM system of measurement, now in place in Canada, is seen by the industry as more accurate than the old diary system. The previous system required listeners to keep diaries of their radio hours, and was subject to memory lapses and what Toronto radio analyst David Bray calls "aspirational reporting," meaning those surveyed may list stations they felt they should tune into.

With PPM, survey participants wear electronic devices which not only pick up the radio signals, but register the exact number of minutes they are on. However, this also has flaws, because signals in office elevators, doctors’ waiting rooms and shops are all logged, even if the listener didn’t choose those stations.

The October results were mixed for Vancouver’s two newly branded stations. Virgin Radio 95.3, which plays what’s termed "hot contemporary ‘ music, was tied for sixth overall with a 5.8 rating, but was second among 25-54 females (10.9) and fifth among males of that age (7.5). Newcomer SHORE 104, an "adult album alternative" station, rated second-to-last of the 18 stations overall, its 0.9 rating narrowly edging traffic station AM 730 (0.7).

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Toronto wins 2015 Pan Am Games

Toronto has won the 2015 Pan Am Games, on the first ballot.

The victory was announced at a city-run party on Toronto’s waterfront just after 4:30 p.m. "It’s amazing," said Deputy Premier George Smitherman. "A decisive first-ballot victory."

The announcement came after 42 delegates from the Pan American Sports Organization pondered the final presentations from Toronto and the other contenders – Bogota, Colombia, and Lima, Peru.

A total of 52 ballots were cast, since past host cities get to vote twice.

Bob Richardson, a senior advisor to the Toronto bid, said committee members were confident heading into Friday’s vote.

"You never know how these things are going to turn out. We feel that we’ve put our best foot forward and we’ve done all the things that we could do," he said.

The news must come as a relief for some in Toronto – a city that endured losing bids for the 1996 and 2008 Olympic Games and failed to get a campaign for an Expo fully off the ground.

With the win, the Toronto bid committee charged with securing the Games will be dissolved and a new committee in charge of staging the $1.4-billion event in 17 cities around the region will be struck.

The Games are also expected to create economic spinoffs – both in the 15,000 construction jobs that would be created to build Games infrastructure and from tourism generated from the anticipated 250,000 visitors.

However, not everyone is happy.

A coalition calling itself No Games Toronto argues the Games, and the para-Pan Am Games, will divert resources away from homelessness, tuition fees and social housing, and leave a legacy of crippling debt.

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Peel shuts H1N1 clinics due to vaccine shortage

Just as Toronto extends the operating hours of its H1N1 vaccination clinics, Peel is shutting down all clinics in the region for four days because of a vaccine shortage.

Peel Public Health announced Friday that clinics will be closed Sunday through Wednesday because “they do not have enough vaccine to operate.”

The vaccination centres are expected to reopen on Nov. 12, but with reduced hours, spokeswoman Janet Eagleson said. The shortage did not take officials by surprise, she said.

“It was expected based on the volumes that we had,” she said, noting the region was pushing hard to get as many people as possible immunized by the end of this week.

Almost 25,000 doses of the H1N1 vaccine have been injected in Peel clinics, Ms. Eagleson said. Health officials are encouraging people in priority groups, such as pregnant women and young children, to arrange for vaccination through their family doctors while the clinics are suspended.

Meanwhile, the 10 vaccination clinics in Toronto have started staying open later in the evenings and five will be open Sundays, starting this week. Those locations include Metro Hall, Timothy Eaton Business and Technical Institute, and the East York, North York and Etobicoke civic centres.

Susan Sperling at Toronto Public Health said the clinics have not experienced shortages, despite early reports of massive lineups and lengthy wait times, but nor are they boasting a surplus of the vaccine.

A spokesman with the Ontario health ministry said the province would not move vaccine from one municipality to another, but tens of thousands of extra doses are stockpiled and could be shipped out within hours in the event of an emergency.

Dr. Barbara Yaffe, the Toronto health unit’s director of communicable disease control, said the goal of the city’s extended hours is to make it easier for people in priority groups to get the vaccination.

“Extending our hours and locations will also help us vaccinate everyone when more vaccine becomes available,” she said.

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Extensive review finds TransLink has “significant issues”

VICTORIA – TransLink is plagued by "significant operational issues" and has not done enough to manage its finances, B.C. comptroller-general Cheryl Wenezenki-Yolland wrote in a report released Friday.

"Inaction by TransLink and the Mayors’ Council to maintain a balance between expenses and revenues has brought TransLink to a point at which substantial operating deficits in 2010 and beyond will be difficult to avoid," wrote Wenezenki-Yolland.

She said TransLink should have taken "earlier actions" to contain its rising costs.

The report comes just two weeks after regional mayors voted down TransLink’s request for $450-million per year to pay for expanded services. Instead, they approved only $130 million, which they said at the time will keep the system on life support.

It also comes one day after TransLink CEO Tom Prendergast announced his resignation.

In her report, Wenezenki-Yolland also looked into B.C. Ferries. She found "operations to be well managed and reasonably effective," though did find executive compensation to be "significantly higher than that paid by several several larger public sector entities."

Wenezenki-Yolland called in her report for a joint Transportation Commission to oversee both TransLink and B.C. Ferries.

"A properly resourced, larger Transportation Commission with a broader mandate would be in a position to provide a stronger, more consistent regulatory approach to these vital transportation systems," she wrote.

The report recommends that the Mayors’ Council be converted into a transit authority with 20 per cent of the members appointed by the province.

It suggests the this board should be given responsibility for board appointments, setting board renumeration and overseeing the board while not assuming a management role.

"The Mayors’ Council/Authority will need to embrace their responsibility to provide a transit system that not only provides the highest quality of service but remains financially sustainable," the report said.

Meanwhile, the board and executives at B.C. Ferries get paid too much and it’s too easy for officials to earn bonuses, B.C.’s comptroller general says in the report.

The report said president David Hahn’s compensation last year was more than double that at larger public sector bodies. Executive bonuses also were easier to attain than auditors would have expected, the report said.

The board’s compensation is also “excessive,” with a retainer that is three to five times higher than permitted at B.C. Crown corporations, the report said.

The auditors’ concerns were compounded, they said, by the fact that the board decides its own pay scale, and approves executive salary without proper accountability.

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