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Multiple visitors to Vancouver strip club test positive for COVID-19

VANCOUVER -- A Vancouver strip club is closed and the local health authority is warning the public after multiple people who visited the lounge this week tested positive for COVID-19.

Vancouver Coastal Health is warning anyone who visited Brandi's Exotic Show Lounge on Hornby Street in downtown Vancouver on the evenings of June 21, 22, 23 and 24 that they may have been exposed to the coronavirus.

Link: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/mobile/multiple-visitors-to-vancouver-strip-club-test-positive-for-covid-19-1.5002865

This is why we canít have nice things.

Pandemic may be contributing to increase in male genital injuries, UBC researchers say

(Not Florida)

VANCOUVER -- Warning: This story contains scientific descriptions of sex and genitalia that some readers may find offensive.

Researchers from the University of British Columbia are wondering whether the COVID-19 pandemic is to blame for an increase in genital injuries among men in Greater Victoria, after six men were treated for such injuries in the region in the span of a week.

In an article from the forthcoming issue of the Canadian Urological Association Journal that was published online Wednesday, researchers from UBC's Department of Urological Sciences and the school's Island Medical Program, share anonymized details of the six injuries, which they say are uncommon in the region.


"With a famously elderly population in Victoria, B.C., male genitourinary (GU) trauma is rarely encountered; we likely do not see more than a handful of cases per year," the authors write.

The six injuries included two incidents in which men experienced "penile fractures" during heterosexual sex with their partners on top, as well as one instance of a painful erection that lasted for four days, one instance of a ruptured testicle sustained while riding an all-terrain vehicle, one instance of "penile pain" resulting from frequent masturbation, and one instance in which a man's penis was bitten by a dog.

While these injuries are varied in nature, each one relates in some way to the COVID-19 pandemic.

More at link: https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/mobile/pandemic-may-be-contributing-to-increase-in-male-genital-injuries-ubc-researchers-say-1.4990960#_gus&_gucid=&_gup=Facebook&_gsc=QabkHxI

The Top Doctor Who Aced the Coronavirus Test

Dr. Bonnie Henry kept the disease in check in British Columbia without harsh enforcement methods. Now, she is leading the way out of lockdown.


That Tuesday in March was the day Bonnie Henry had been preparing for her whole life.

Overnight, 83 people had tested positive for the novel coronavirus and three more had died. The pandemic had officially broken out in British Columbia.

Standing inside the provincial legislatureís press gallery, the preternaturally calm top doctor of Canadaís westernmost province declared a public health emergency. Under her orders and recommendations, schools closed, bars shuttered and social distancing measures were put in place.

ďIt seemed so surreal,Ē she said. ďI felt like someone was standing on my chest.Ē

That day, March 17, Dr. Henry ended her presentation with a line that would become her trademark, and a mantra for many Canadians struggling to cope under a lockdown. It has since been hung in windows, painted on streets, printed on T-shirts, stitched on shoes, folded into songs and stamped on bracelets.

ďThis is our time to be kind,Ē she said in her slow and low-pitched voice that many call comforting, ďto be calm and to be safe.Ē

More:
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/05/world/canada/bonnie-henry-british-columbia-coronavirus.html

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I canít say enough about Dr. Henry. She was calm and cool. She never gave into hysterics. She told us to still get outside and exercise. To run, bike, walk. To get out into the fresh air and stay healthy. Avoid crowds, wash our hands, stay 2m away.

It does help that we are pretty sprawled our population. Even in Vancouver many people donít use public transit. However I feel like her swift response tempered with reason made it work.

Undercover cop dressed as religious Jew blows his cover with cellphone on Shabbat

Police officers went undercover as Hasidic Jews to monitor protests against racism and police brutality in a majority-Jewish New Jersey town, Mishpacha reported.

The rally in Lakewood, N.J. on Saturday was one of hundreds around the country over the weekend protesting the killing of an African-American man, George Floyd, while being forcibly detained by police. A video captured by Mishpacha showed at least three men in Lakewood dressed in the black outfits typical of Orthodox men. Two of the men were wearing hats and one was wearing a kippah; one of the apparent officers had peyot, long sidelocks.

Unfortunately for the officers, one of them appeared to be holding a cell phone - which would be forbidden to Orthodox Jews on Shabbat.

https://forward.com/fast-forward/448317/undercover-cops-dress-as-hasidim-to-monitor-protests-in-majority-jewish/

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In Lakewood of all places?? Home of BMG? No one around to offer guidance on how to fit in?

Itís so stupid I canít stop laughing.

BC re-opening plan released

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/bc-restart-plan

Short bullets:

Phase 1 (now)
Essential health and health services
Law enforcement, public safety, first responders and emergency response personnel
Vulnerable population service providers
Critical infrastructure
Food and agriculture service providers
Transportation
Industry and manufacturing
Sanitation
Communications and information technology
Financial institutions
Other non-health essential service providers

Phase 2 (mid May)


Under enhanced protocols:

Restoration of health services
Re-scheduling elective surgery
Medically related services:
Dentistry, physiotherapy, registered massage therapy, and chiropractors
Physical therapy, speech therapy, and similar services
Retail sector
Hair salons, barbers, and other personal service establishments
In-person counselling
Restaurants, cafes, and pubs (with sufficient distancing measures)
Museums, art galleries, and libraries
Office-based worksites
Recreation and sports
Parks, beaches, and outdoor spaces
Child care

Phase 3 (June - Sept)
If transmission rates remain low or in decline, under enhanced protocols:

Hotels and Resorts (June 2020)
Parks Ė broader reopening, including some overnight camping (June 2020)
Film industry Ė beginning with domestic productions (June/July 2020)
Select entertainment Ė movies and symphony, but not large concerts (July 2020)
Post-secondary education Ė with mix of online and in-class (September 2020)
K-12 education Ė with only a partial return this school year (September 2020)


A LOT MORE INFO AT LINK!

Disability advocates say B.C.'s woman's death shows need for clearer COVID-19 policy

Disability advocates say the lonely death of a non-verbal B.C. woman is far from an isolated case in Canada ó and underscores the need for a clear policy on who, exactly, is an essential hospital visitor during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Ariis Knight had cerebral palsy and communicated with her family and support workers through her eyes and facial expressions. She was admitted to Peace Arch Hospital in White Rock on April 15 with symptoms of congestion, fever and vomiting, but did not have COVID-19.

Her support staff were not permitted access due to restrictions put in place during the pandemic. Not long after being admitted, Knight was put on end-of-life care, and died days later. She was 40 years old.

Link to the rest: https://globalnews.ca/news/6869079/coronavirus-bc-disability-death-reaction/

This is not ok. There are less than 100 hospitalized for COVID-19 in BC. This woman was denied her ability to communicate. If this is ok who else do we let die in our lack of planning?

Shelter in place order issued after shots fired in Halifax suburb

Reports of shots fired in two Halifax-area communities on Friday afternoon prompted an emergency alert to be issued to Nova Scotians just after 4 p.m. local time†on Friday.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/rcmp-respond-to-possible-shots-fired-in-hammonds-plains-1.5544137

ETA: All clear issued

Advice please.

So I know this is the internet but you guys all seem fairly level headed.

As some of you know Iím in NYS at the moment as my father passed away. Iím staying until the end of March because my mother has endometrial cancer and kept putting off her surgery because my dad was sick. So now Iím here as the one to make her go to appointments and to her surgical appointment over the next 2 weeks.

I canít leave. I canít. She wonít get the surgery. Yes there are cousins and whatnot here but she will literally cancel and refuse to go. At the same time Iím panicking Iíll never see my husband and kids again (they are home in BC) because thereís all this talk of potential border shutdowns and lockdowns and whatnot.

I canít leave but Iím afraid if I donít I wonít be able to.

Can someone give me some advice, an internet face slap, maybe an internet hug, or perhaps some calming words?

How worried should I be?

Hi all. My father passed away this weekend and I have to fly home for his funeral. Normally it would take place within 24 hours but my mom explained to our rabbi that I need to fly in from BC so itís set for Tuesday.

Iím normally a fairly level headed but Iím suddenly terrified of flying with this virus seemingly everywhere. Driving is not an option as Iím headed to NY.

Am I be panicky and itíll be fine or no? Sorry, my brain is a little over stressed from this news about my dad and the lack of sleep Iíve experienced worrying about my mom.

Thanks for understanding.

B.C. RCMP consult with hate crime specialists after anti-Semitic graffiti found at Jewish camp

Gabriola Island RCMP say they've launched a criminal investigation after swastikas and other disturbing graffiti was discovered on a building at a Jewish summer camp earlier this month.

A caretaker found the vandalism on the side of a building at Camp Miriam on Dec. 19, and notified the police.

"RCMP take matters such as these very seriously," RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey said in a press release.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-rcmp-gabriola-island-jewish-camp-graffiti-1.5412139

This is at Camp Miriam. My oldest was really looking forward to finally getting to go this summer. Itís a wonderful Jewish summer camp from what I hear. Very much needed as Jews in BC are usually fairly scattered and there arenít many Jewish communities outside of Vancouver.
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