Mariners begin 4-game series against the Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays (45-38, fourth in the AL East) vs. Seattle Mariners (41-42, second in the AL West)

Seattle; Thursday, 10:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Blue Jays: TBD; Mariners: Marco Gonzales (4-9, 3.29 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 49 strikeouts)

BOTTOM LINE: The Seattle Mariners host the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday to open a four-game series.

Seattle is 20-20 in home games and 41-42 overall. The Mariners have hit 86 total home runs to rank seventh in the AL.

Toronto has a 45-38 record overall and a 20-20 record in road games. The Blue Jays have the third-best team batting average in MLB play at .257.

The teams meet Thursday for the fourth time this season.

TOP PERFORMERS: Julio Rodriguez leads Seattle with 15 home runs while slugging .490. Cal Raleigh is 6-for-33 with a home run and eight RBI over the past 10 games.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has 13 doubles and 19 home runs for the Blue Jays. Bo Bichette is 11-for-41 with four doubles, a home run and four RBI over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Mariners: 7-3, .238 batting average, 2.83 ERA, outscored opponents by 12 runs

Blue Jays: 4-6, .273 batting average, 4.55 ERA, outscored by nine runs

INJURIES: Mariners: Tom Murphy: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Taylor Trammell: 10-Day IL (hamstring), Luis Torrens: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Ty France: 10-Day IL (elbow), Evan White: 60-Day IL (hernia), Mitch Haniger: 60-Day IL (ankle), Kyle Lewis: 7-Day IL (concussion), Casey Sadler: 60-Day IL (shoulder)

Blue Jays: Julian Merryweather: 60-Day IL (side), Kevin Gausman: day-to-day (ankle), Tayler Saucedo: 60-Day IL (hip), Hyun-Jin Ryu: 60-Day IL (forearm), Yimi Garcia: 15-Day IL (back), Andrew Vasquez: 15-Day IL (ankle), Danny Jansen: 10-Day IL (finger), Nate Pearson: 60-Day IL (mono)

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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Calgary city council caps property tax revenue increase for upcoming 4-year budget

Calgary city administration said it needs more money from property taxes to maintain city services in the next budget due to population growth and inflation concerns.

The city needs the average revenue generated by property taxes to increase 3.65 per cent annually over the next four years, according to administration.

On Wednesday, councillors voted in favour of placing a cap on the increase to average property tax revenue.

“If we don’t set boundaries, the world is their oyster,” Ward 1 Coun. Sonya Sharp said. “We don’t have blank cheques, and neither do Calgarians; so we needed to set a ceiling, not a floor.”

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Despite the forecasted increase in property tax revenue, Calgary’s mayor said the budget is on par with last year, but inflation and population growth factored in.

“Since we have not had a full unpacking of the budget, what we’re recommending is that we don’t increase the budget over what it was last year,” Jyoti Gondek said. “So that’s essentially what you’re getting.”

According to city administration, the Consumer Price Index inflation for Calgary was at 8 per cent in May; the highest it’s been since December 2002.

The latest information and expectations on rate policy decisions by the Bank of Canada indicate annual inflation is expected to average 5.6 per cent in 2022, administration said.

The revenue cap does not include potential budget requests from several city departments like Calgary Transit and the fire department, which would be coming to city council for a decision in November.

“Now is the time for administration to be bold, think outside the box, be innovative,” Sharp said. “If that means you have to find inefficiencies in the organization, take things out and put things in; council needed to set a direction today.”

How the increase in population and inflation will impact individual property tax bills is yet to be determined, as the numbers presented to council on Wednesday are expected to change before November.

According to city administration, even if property tax rates decline this year, a homeowner’s bill could rise if the assessed value on their home increases.

“We will probably generate enough in property taxes so that the portion of the budget that has to be covered by property taxes can be covered without an increase to your property tax rate,” Gondek said.

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A survey of Calgarians conducted by the city, presented to council as part of Wednesday’s meeting, showed half of Calgarians are in support of a small property tax increase to maintain city services.

That same survey also showed about 53 per cent of Calgarians feel they’re getting “good” value for their tax dollars, while just under half of respondents said they trust The City of Calgary.

“We understand it’s a very tough time,” Gondek said. “But we understand that there’s inflation and population growth to account for.”

Administration is also recommending a fee increase for waste and recycling removal and wastewater.

Waste cart program fees are expected to increase $0.70 per year over the next four years, which would cost homeowners $27.10 per month by 2026 for blue, black and green carts.

However, disposal rates and charges at city waste management facilities are expected to stay the same through to 2026.

Administration said wastewater collection and treatment fees are expected to see an annual 2.5 per cent hike over the next four years.

Based on the city council’s decision, administration will now build the proposed 2023-2026 service plan and budget, which city council will help craft during deliberations in November.

“The City is committed to continuous improvement, including finding efficiencies throughout 2023-2026 to help protect against future cost increases,” a City of Calgary statement said. “Council’s decisions today ensure the city collects only as much tax as is needed.”

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Police find shell casings in southwest Calgary after responding to shots fired call

Police are investigating after multiple people reported that people in two different vehicles were firing guns at one another in southwest Calgary on Wednesday afternoon.

On Wednesday night, police told Global News that officers found shell casings at the scene. However, they said they had not received any reports of injuries in connection with the incident.

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Police said the incident was reported to them at 3:52 p.m., at which point officers were dispatched to the 1600-block of 25 Avenue S.W.

Police did not say if they had any suspects or if any arrests had been made. They added that officers were working too determine if any properties were damaged.

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Hamilton's Main Street to move from five to four lanes

One of Hamilton’s major thoroughfares is set to undergo several changes this summer after city councillors approved ‘short-term’ changes on Main Street, including moving from five to four lanes.

The redevelopment is part of a larger scope of initiatives along Main and King Streets in hope of strengthening the city’s road safety approach, which has been setback by several pedestrian fatalities since the beginning of 2022.

Wednesday’s approval puts into motion enhancements to create as much separation between vehicles and pedestrians as possible, including parking modifications, changes to traffic signals, and lane modifications.

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It also sets the stage for the eventual splitting of the roadway with lanes going in two directions, which is in line with city’s upcoming LRT development.

Prior to the committee approval, Ward 3 Coun. Nrinder Nann told 900 CHML’s Good Morning Hamilton that the motion would be ‘fundamentally driven’ by obligations to the Vision Zero program which appears to be far from the city’s pledge for zero injuries and zero deaths.

“We’ve had people harmed and killed because they’ve been struck by drivers at rates that are absolutely alarming through this pandemic,” said Nann.

“Every time I think about these reports in this manual, in the motions that we passed, I think about the people whose lives have been impacted or lost.”

Changes to Main Street are expected to be supported by targeted education campaigns informing residents of alterations like no right turns on red, new pedestrian intervals, and community safety zones.

City councillors approved the plan during a session to discuss modifications to the Complete Streets Design Manual, a template that governs how streets are designed in Hamilton with needs of road users of all ages that walk, cycle, take transit, drive, or deliver goods.

Ward 1 Coun. Maureen Wilson says the manual gives direction via citizen advocacy to make the city more sustainable and livable in general.

“I think it also gives neighbourhoods an opportunity to participate and see the possibility of what can go on in their neighbourhood,” Wilson told Global News.

“So, it becomes that active lens through which we have an obligation to act and I would say we have an opportunity to make our city more livable.”

Discussion over the manual came following the 2021 annual collision report in which acting director of transportation operations Mike Field revealed a decline in crash statistics over the past two years amid the pandemic.

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Hamilton had 6,812 reported collisions in 2021, according to the report, a significant drop from the 9,896 reported in 2019.

Injuries reported also saw a drop to 1,161 in 2021 down from the close to 1,500 reported two years ago.

However, fatalities were up in 2021 to 16, three more from 2020 and two more than 2019.

There were 9 pedestrian fatalities in 2021, the highest number between 2017 and 2021.

One of the most significant changes to Main Street will involve a move from five lanes of traffic to just four lanes between Dundurn and Sherman Avenue by the end of August.

In that same time period, drivers will see lane restrictions at signalized intersections in the form of designated turn lanes and the installation of temporary bump outs or curb extensions to provide protection for parking along the north side of Main.

The intersection of MacNab and Main will see exclusive space for transit vehicles with the possibility of a transit queue jump lane. The latter is being reviewed for potential implementation by city staff.

The city’s first Pedestrian Priority Phase (PPP), also known as a ‘pedestrian scramble,’ will debut on Main at Summers Lane by the end of 2022.

The traffic signal adjustment will temporarily stop all vehicular traffic, allowing pedestrians to cross an intersection in every direction, including diagonally at the same time.

Ladder crossing markings will be employed at all intersections with signals on Main and those with stop controlled side streets.

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Main Street is undergoing the road marking process as of July, while King Street will see work in this area completed by the end of 2022.

New pedestrian signals are excepted at Main and Hilda Avenue as well as Main and Melrose Avenue in 2023.

Locations for both automated speed enforcement (ASE) and dynamic speed signs – signs that contain a radar device and an LED display – will be assessed by city crews for multiple Main Street locations in the months ahead.

New community safety zones supplemented with ASE are targeted for Main between Dundurn and Queen as well as Gage Avenue and Delta Park.

Proposed zones on King Street would be between Dundurn and Locke, Emerald Street to Wellington and Lottridge to Gage.

Councillors with Public Works Committee will meet to further discuss options on August 10th.

Pedestrians will get more time to cross Main and King streets when walk lights are adjusted from 1 metre per second to 1.2 metres per second.

The change will begin at some locations in July with all crossings converted by the end of August.

Pedestrian “countdown” signals (PCS) will also be installed where they don’t exist with priority given to locations that have low collision performance data. Work at the latter locations is expected to be completed by September with with the rest installed by the end of 2022.

Still awaiting council approval is a ‘no right turn on red’ stipulation earmarked for a majority of Main and King intersections that have signals.

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Vehicles turning right onto one of the major arterials or turning right off the roadway will be affected.

A bylaw for the restriction on Main is set to go before council on July 8 with King expected to be voted on August 12th. Implementation would commence upon approval of the bylaws.

The addition of street parking on Main Street is also one of the new safety initiatives that has expectations of reducing moving vehicles on the thoroughfare.

Parking will soon be an option during morning and afternoon rush hours on Main, while a through-street designation will allow for overnight parking near residential blocks.

Other parking changes include :

  • Removing paid parking meters while retaining a two-hour time limit between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. with 12 hour parking an possibility from 9: p.m. to 8 a.m.
  • Two hour paid parking on the north side by city hall with no stopping on the south side to assist with HSR routes and short duration loading and drop offs
  • Two hour paid parking on the north and south side at Gage Park

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Aviation museum searching for solid ground as it faces sale by City of Edmonton

WATCH ABOVE: A historic aviation museum in Edmonton is facing an uncertain future as council sets a date to sell Hangar 14. The museum curator says city administration has clipped its wings and now there's uncertainty about how it can survive. Morgan Black explains.

A historic museum in Edmonton is facing an uncertain future now that city council has set a timeline with the intent to sell Hangar 14.

The Alberta Aviation Museum is found in Hangar 14 at the former City Centre Airport. The museum leases the facility from the city.

A city administration report indicated that a minimum of $41 million worth of repairs would be required within five years to keep the aging building from experiencing “critical asset failures.”

On Monday, councillors voted 11-1 for administration to develop a disposition strategy that “maintains the public museum use within Hanger 14, including but not limited to partnering with other orders of government and private partners.”

That means whoever buys the building from the city would inherit the museum as part of the deal. But after two years there will be no restrictions on its sale.

Museum curator Ryan Lee said he thought the City of Edmonton wanted to invest in the Second World War building, not sell it.

“They’ve been sending teams of engineers over the last several years to do engineering reports on the building, which told us that they were serious about investing in the building and keeping us here long-term,” he said.

“We just found out very recently that wasn’t the case, and we’re kind of in a pickle.”

On Monday, Mayor Amarjeet Sohi said he would like to see the museum lead next steps or eventually become owners through another avenue.

Lee said to raise the required capital to save the non-profit would be almost impossible. He said this short timeline has created uncertainty for the museum.

“We need to find somebody to invest in the building or we need to raise $30 million to build a new building in two years,” he explained.

During Monday’s council meeting, city administration said it would offer support from a “technical perspective” but not fundraising.

Global News asked the City of Edmonton, as the building’s landlord, what led to such a high cost for renovations.

“Every city asset has a natural lifecycle, beyond which regular maintenance is either impossible or not fiscally viable. When an asset begins to fail, it’s no longer a maintenance issue,” read a statement. “An asset at the end of its life needs to be replaced, which is where rehabilitation comes in.

“Hangar 14 is in need of substantial rehabilitation, hence the cost noted in the report.”

Council will begin to seek potential partners and possible new spaces for the museum.

Lee said the museum will do what it can to stay in the building as it fights to save a piece of Edmonton’s aviation history.

“If we can’t find a solution for a home for this museum, we’re going to lose pretty much all the history in the aviation museum,” Lee said.

The group is now seeking to meet with the city and key community stakeholders to discuss and determine next steps that will “hopefully find a solution to save the museum.”

© 2022 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Patrick Brown appeals Conservative leadership disqualification despite party rules

He was seen as one of the Conservative party's front runners, but the federal Conservatives have disqualified Patrick Brown from the party's leadership race. Abigail Bimman explains why, how Brown is fighting back and whom he's blaming.

Patrick Brown is appealing his disqualification from the Conservative leadership race, despite the party’s election rules stating that all decisions by the leadership election organizing committee (LEOC) are final.

Brown’s legal counsel sent two notices of appeal to Ian Brodie, chair of the LEOC, and chief returning officer Don Nightingale respectively, which were obtained by Global News.

“It is profoundly disturbing that Mr. Brown only learned of your recommendation from media reports last night after LEOC accepted your recommendation and purported to disqualify him,” the notice to Nightingale reads.

The Conservative Party announced on Tuesday night that Brown has been disqualified from the race after the chief returning officer (CRO) investigated allegations of Brown violating financial provisions of the Canada Elections Act.

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According to section 3.1.110 of the 2022 Conservative Party of Canada Leadership Election rules, “all decisions of the LEOC are final and are not subject to internal appeal or judicial review.”

This also means that courts are unlikely to intervene in party matters. Political parties as private organizations are free to set their own rules and handle disputes. (Campaign financing is the primary exception to that.)

The rules state the party’s dispute resolution appeals committee can intervene in all matters except disqualification, which are at the sole discretion of the CRO and the LEOC.

Section 7.1.6 of the rules also states that if a candidate decided to take legal action against the party, the candidate’s compliance deposit may be affected and the candidate may lose entitlement to any future-directed contributions.

Brown told Global News Wednesday his disqualification was based on a “phantom allegation” that he has not been able to respond to, and accused the party of working to ensure rival candidate Pierre Poilievre’s victory.

Poilievre’s campaign has denied any involvement in the allegation or the party’s decision to disqualify Brown, while the party says it has received multiple allegations of wrongdoing against Brown’s campaign.

— With files from Global’s David Akin

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More states move to protect travelling abortion patients from prosecutions back home

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Democratic governors in states where abortion will remain legal are looking for ways to protect any patients who travel there for the procedure — along with the providers who help them — from being prosecuted by their home states.

The Democratic governors of Colorado and North Carolina on Wednesday issued executive orders to protect abortion providers and patients from extradition to states that have banned the practice.

Abortions are legal in North Carolina until fetal viability or in certain medical emergencies, making the state an outlier in the Southeast.

“This order will help protect North Carolina doctors and nurses and their patients from cruel right-wing criminal laws passed by other states,” Gov. Roy Cooper said in announcing the order.

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The governors of Rhode Island and Maine also signed executive orders late Tuesday, stating that they will not cooperate with other states’ investigations into people who seek abortions or health care providers that perform them.

Rhode Island Democratic Gov. Dan McKee said women should be trusted with their own health care decisions, and Democratic Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos said Rhode Island must do all it can to protect access to reproductive health care as “other states attack the fundamental right to choose.”

Maine Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said she will “stand in the way of any effort to undermine, rollback, or outright eliminate the right to safe and legal abortion in Maine.”

Their offices confirmed Wednesday that they are preemptive, protective moves, and that neither state has received a request to investigate, prosecute or extradite a provider or patient.

Their attempts to protect abortion rights come as tighter restrictions and bans are going into effect in conservative states after last month’s Dobbs v. Jackson ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court, which overturned the nearly half-century-old holding from Roe v. Wade that found that the right to abortion was protected by the U.S. Constitution. The issue reverts to the states, many of which have taken steps to curtail or ban abortions.

Several states have put new restrictions already in place since the Supreme Court ruling and more are pressing to do so. In Louisiana on Wednesday, the state Supreme Court rejected the attorney general’s request to allow immediate enforcement of laws against most abortions saying it was declining to get involved “at this preliminary stage.” Enforcement was blocked by another court last week. Attorney General Jeff Landry tweeted that Wednesday’s decision “is delaying the inevitable. Our Legislature fulfilled their constitutional duties, and now the Judiciary must. It is disappointing that time is not immediate.”

The specific fears of Democratic officials are rooted in a Texas law adopted last year to ban abortions after fetal cardiac activity can be detected. The law lets any person other than a government official or employee sue anyone who performs an abortion or “knowingly engages in conduct that aids or abets” obtaining one.

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The person filing the claim would be entitled to $10,000 for every abortion the subject was involved with — plus legal costs.

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear challenges to the Texas law so far.

Bernadette Meyler, a professor at Stanford Law School, said it’s not clear whether judgments against out-of-state abortion providers would hold up in courts, especially if they are not advertising their services in states with bans.

But she also said it’s not clear that the liberal states are on firm legal ground to protect their residents from any out-of-state litigation.

“Probably, they assume that some of the laws that they’re passing won’t be upheld or may not be upheld, and they’re trying to come up with as much as possible in order to resist the effects of the Dobbs decision,” Meyler said.

The resistance to cooperating with abortion-related investigations could hold up, though, she said. Places that declared themselves “sanctuary cities” and refused to cooperate with federal immigration investigations during former President Donald Trump’s presidency were able to carry out similar policies.

In Raleigh, North Carolina, Planned Parenthood President Alexis McGill Johnson said her group and other advocates for abortion access are pushing for the protections. “Everywhere we can push the imagination of what a free and equal world looks like,” she said, “we are working with those governors.”

Connecticut was the first state to pass a law to protect abortion providers, patients and others from legal action taken by other states. Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont signed it in May, before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

“In accordance with Connecticut law, we will resist any attempt by another state to criminalize or intrude on a woman’s private and lawful healthcare decisions,” Connecticut Attorney General William Tong said in a statement last week.

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The Democratic governors of Minnesota, New Mexico, Nevada, California and Washington and the moderate Republican governor in liberal Massachusetts all signed executive orders within days of the ruling to prohibit cooperation with other states that might interfere with abortion access.

“Residents seeking access will be protected, providers will be protected, and abortion is and will continue to be legal, safe and accessible, period,” said New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who has described the order as a preventative measure.

One of the largest abortion providers in Texas announced Wednesday that it’s planning to move its operations to bordering New Mexico. Whole Woman’s Health announced Wednesday that it is looking to establish a new clinic in a New Mexico city near the state line to provide first- and second-trimester abortions.

The Democratic-controlled Massachusetts House of Representatives approved a bill that aims to protect abortion providers and people seeking abortions from actions taken by other states. Delaware’s Democratic governor signed legislation expanding abortion access, with various legal protections for abortion providers and patients, including out-of-state residents receiving abortions in Delaware.

New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed two bills Friday that moved swiftly in the Democratic-led Legislature following the ruling. The new laws aim to protect the right of those from outside the state to get abortion services within its borders and bar extradition of people involved in reproductive health care services should they face charges in another state.

Murphy said he was “overwhelmingly angry” that he had to sign the bills, but equally as proud to do so.

“These laws will make New Jersey a beacon of freedom for every American woman,” he said during a signing ceremony in Jersey City, not far from the Statue of Liberty.

In Washington state, the governor prohibited the state patrol from cooperating with out-of-state abortion investigations or prosecutions, but he noted that he didn’t have jurisdiction over local law enforcement agencies. The executive in the county surrounding Seattle said Tuesday that its sheriff’s office and other executive branch departments will not cooperate with out-of-state prosecutions of abortion providers or patients.

 

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s office has said the state will refuse non-fugitive extradition for criminal prosecutions around abortion, but said an executive order is not needed.

Some progressive prosecutors around the U.S. have already declared that they won’t enforce some of the most restrictive, punitive anti-abortion laws. Police in Nashville on Wednesday released a statement saying they “are not abortion police” a day after the city council passed a resolution calling on the department to make abortion investigations a low priority.

City council members in two other liberal cities in conservative states — New Orleans and Austin, Texas — have made called for similar resolutions.

Hannah Schoenbaum is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues. AP/Report for America corps member Claire Rush also contributed from Portland, Oregon. Mulvihill reported from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and Schoenbaum reported from Raleigh, North Carolina. Contributing to this report were Associated Press writers Jim Anderson in Denver; Gary Robertson in Raleigh, North Carolina; Morgan Lee in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Susan Montoya Bryan in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Kimberlee Kruesi in Nashville; and Patrick Whittle in Portland, Maine.

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With BA.4 and BA.5 detected in Manitoba, epidemiologist expects transmission to increase

The Omicron BA.4 and 5 sub-variants are spreading rapidly around the world. And the province is now confirming they've both been detected here in Manitoba. Rosanna Hempel reports.

The Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants are spreading rapidly around the world, and the province is confirming they’ve both been detected in Manitoba.

Provincial data suggests COVID-19 transmission is trending downward, but University of Saskatchewan epidemiologist Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine said that will likely change before September.

The province says both strains have surfaced in Winnipeg wastewater, with BA.5 making up about 10 per cent of sequenced samples.

“The province is targeting to sample at least 10 per cent or at least — 100 samples per week,” a spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

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These highly evolved variants of concern are about six to eight times more contagious than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus, Muhajarine told Global News on Wednesday.

“It has a whole bunch of tricks up its sleeve to disguise and to evade immunity, either that is created or acquired by vaccines or by having the infection, having COVID-19,” Muhajarine said.

He cautioned that being vaccinated likely wouldn’t stop people from getting infected, but it’s still proving to prevent serious outcomes.

Those who were infected with Omicron BA.1, the strain that was circulating around Christmastime, likely won’t be protected against these newer strains, Muhajarine said.

“People are getting re-infected time and time again, and those reinfections seem to be occurring quite close in time to each other.”

Overall, BA.4 and BA.5 cause milder symptoms, but because they’re so transmissible, more people could end up in hospital, he said.

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In general, he encouraged masking up in crowded spaces and indoors, especially for older people and those with underlying health conditions.

“We need to be talking and thinking and preparing and doing things that, you know, that will keep ourselves safe from ending up in the hospital, you know, ICU or dying from COVID 19 sooner rather than later this summer.”

He said he hopes provinces decide to not only expand booster eligibility to the general public but also to resume more widespread testing.

Provincial officials are keeping an eye on the situation but aren’t making changes to public health advice right now, the provincial spokesperson said.

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Police search for man wanted in connection with Toronto robbery

Police are searching for a man following an alleged robbery in Toronto that took place in May.

In a press release, Toronto police said they responded to a robbery call in the area of Jane Street and York Gate Boulevard on May 28.

Police said a robbery allegedly took place in the area and a man fled the scene.

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Officers are searching for 44-year-old Ian Beckford. They said he is wanted for robbery with violence, theft over $5,000 and assault.

“He is believed to be violent. If located, do no approach call 9-1-1,” police said.

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Pedestrian struck near Toronto's King, Dufferin Street intersection: police

Emergency services in Toronto are responding after a pedestrian was hit on Wednesday evening.

In a tweet, Toronto police said there were reports of “a pedestrian struck by a driver” in the area of King Street and Dufferin Street.

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Police arrived to find an injured woman, who was rushed to hospital by Toronto paramedics via an emergency run, the tweet said.

King Street was closed westbound at its intersection with Dufferin Street immediately following the incident.

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