Provincial ICUs reach all time highs as province enters trauma season

CALGARY (CityNews) – COVID-19 ICU patients are at all time highs in Alberta. The province is also in so-called “trauma season,” which is when hospitals tend to see a wave of more complex patient injuries, which happen during warmer months. “The May long weekend is coming up and we’re going to see other hospital stretchers. This is our trauma season,” explained Dr. Darren Markland, Intensive Care Physician at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. “So that puts a lot of pressure on more peripheral ICUs and hospitals as we take more trauma patients, we may not be able to take as many COVID patients like we were before. Trauma patients are much more complex, require disciplinary care, stay in the ICU longer.”

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Tokyo organizers say Olympics are ‘safe’ — public disagrees

TOKYO (AP) — The IOC wraps up its final planning sessions on Friday with Tokyo Olympic organizers, just two months before the games are to open. Much of the focus is on persuading a skeptical public and medical community that the games should go ahead. “We have much to do over the next three days,” IOC Vice President John Coates said on Wednesday as the sessions began. The core problem is that 60 to 80% of people in Japan, depending how the question is asked in public opinion polls, don’t want the postponed Olympics to open in the middle of a pandemic despite repeated assurances from organizers that games will be “safe and secure.” There is no indication so far

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Lomberg scores overtime winner to lift Panthers past Lightning 6-5

Florida Panthers left wing Ryan Lomberg, left, celebrates after scoring against the Tampa Bay Lightning with center Noel Acciari in overtime in Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series on May 20, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. The Panthers beat the Lightning 6-5. Chris O’Meara/The Associated Press Ryan Lomberg scored on a breakaway 5:56 into overtime to cap a furious comeback and give the Florida Panthers a 6-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night in Game 3 of the first-round Central Division playoff matchup. The Panthers cut the Lightning’s lead to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series by scoring twice in the third period, killing off a penalty at the start overtime and winning it.

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Legends come out for hip-hop museum groundbreaking

NEW YORK (AP) — Musical luminaries including Nas, LL Cool J, and Fat Joe came out Thursday to the birthplace of hip-hop for a ground-breaking ceremony to launch the capital campaign for the new Universal Hip Hop Museum. They joined a slew of politicians in the Bronx, where the now-global cultural force that is hip-hop has its roots. “Hip hop made me believe that anything was possible,” said LL Cool J. “This was like the first time where I felt like, ‘Wow, it’s possible to be powerful. It’s possible to be somebody. It’s possible to have meaning in this world.’” The museum is part of a $349 million mixed-use project along the waterfront in the South Bronx. The first phase

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Panthers rally for OT victory over Lightning in Game 3

Ryan Lomberg scored on a breakaway with 14:04 left in overtime, leading the Florida Panthers to a 6-5 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in their first-round playoff series on Thursday night. It was just Lomberg’s third career goal and his first in the playoffs. Prior to his goal, he was the only Panthers player without a shot on goal in the game. The Panthers won despite Tampa’s five-goal barrage in the second period and trailing by two entering the third. Tampa Bay leads the best-of-seven series 2-1. Game 4 is set for Saturday afternoon in Tampa Bay. Florida also got goals from Sam Bennett – who made his return from a one-game suspension – as well as

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Northeast family doctor wants vaccines in neighbourhood clinics, mobile vans

CALGARY — One northeast Calgary family doctor says to give him COVID-19 vaccine doses and he’ll run vaccine clinics for free. Doctors working the area are calling for pop up clinics – as data shows some of the hardest-hit areas lag behind in vaccine uptake. Just 32.9 per cent of people in Calgary’s upper northeast have their first dose, while still seeing high transmission rates that have persisted throughout the pandemic. The Skyview Ranch physician says to give doses to doctor’s offices or set up mobile sites in the neighbourhood. READ MORE: Fully vaccinated Albertans no longer required to quarantine when identified as a close contact “Let’s say Redstone has a clinic, Skyview has a clinic … let’s say I’m

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2021 Canadian Screen Awards: Best, worst and weirdest moments from the anti-Oscars

Violah Beauvais, left, as Ruby and Kiawentiio as Beans in Tracey Deer’s coming-of-age drama Beans. Sebastien Raymond/Courtesy of EMAFilms / Mongrel Media Remember last month’s Academy Awards[1]? Given the show’s dismal ratings, probably not. But Thursday night’s live-streamed Canadian Screen Awards certainly had the Steven Soderbergh-produced telecast top of mind as it attempted to pull off what might be the anti-Oscars. Loaded with footage of the nominated work, pre-engineered to never go into semi-improvised “Glenn Close says ‘da butt’” territory, but without acceptance speeches (sorta), the CSAs zigged where the Academy Awards zagged. As our country’s screen sector begins its very, very, very slow march back toward normalcy[2], The Globe and Mail presents the highs and lows from the ninth

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One dead, several arrested after mall shooting in Nanaimo, B.C.

One person is dead after a shooting at a strip mall in Nanaimo, B.C. Nanaimo RCMP say they responded to reports of shots fired at about 3 p.m. at the Rock City Plaza parking lot. One man, who suffered apparent gunshot wounds, was found dead in a vehicle at the mall. Story continues below advertisement Mounties say they arrested several people at the Best Western Hotel on Metral Drive shortly afterwards and seized a vehicle. Const. Gary O’Brien says police can’t confirm whether they are looking for other suspects. Police are asking anyone with dashcam video from the area between 3:15 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. Thursday to contact Nanaimo RCMP. Our Morning Update and Evening Update newsletters are written by

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A list of winners in major categories of this year’s Canadian Screen Awards

TORONTO — “Schitt’s Creek” was the top winner at this year’s Canadian Screen Awards with eight nods, while the film “Blood Quantum” came in second with seven trophies. Here are winners in key categories from Thursday night’s virtual show, which capped four nights of online presentations: Best Comedy Series – “Schitt’s Creek” (CBC) Best Drama Series – “Transplant” (CTV) Best Motion Picture – “Beans” Achievement in Film Direction – Deepa Mehta, “Funny Boy” Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, “Kim’s Convenience” (CBC) Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series – Catherine O’Hara, “Schitt’s Creek” Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Hamza Haq, “Transplant” Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series – Crystle Lightning,

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Seven charged with involuntary manslaughter in Maradona death

Seven health professionals who tended to Diego Maradona in the days before his death have been charged with involuntary manslaughter. Maradona, who led Argentina to victory in the 1986 World Cup, died of a heart attack Nov. 25 at a rented residence outside Buenos Aires after brain surgery two weeks earlier. He was 60. A medical board’s report given to prosecutors this month concluded that Maradona was in agony for more than 12 hours, did not receive adequate treatment and could still be alive if he had been properly hospitalized. Story continues below advertisement Prosecutors on Wednesday charged neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque and psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov, the two leaders of Maradona’s medical team, and five other health professionals with involuntary manslaughter.

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