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Bracebridge, Sep 5 (Canadian-Media): Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Vic Fedeli, Ontario Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, jointly announced Sept 4 that $2 million is being provided by the Ontario government from the Ontario Together Fund to the Bracebridge-based company, Smart Safe Science, to make lighter, breathable, and more comfortable face masks.
Smart Safe Science. Image credit: Twitter handle
Besides creating 50 local jobs, this investment would help produce 200,000 monthly made-in-Ontario lighter, more breathable masks, with the same filter used in N95 masks to facilitate build up regional personal protective equipment (PPE) manufacturing capacity to help protect healthcare and frontline workers across the province and ensure they continue their critical work during the outbreak of COVID-19.
"I always say we have the best and brightest minds anywhere in the world right here in Ontario," said Premier Ford. "We're proud to support innovative companies like Smart Safe Science who are making better medical-grade masks for frontline workers. Thanks to their efforts, Ontario will reduce and eventually eliminate our reliance on any other country for these critical health supplies because we can make them right here in wonderful communities like Bracebridge."
The masks are equipped with attachments that monitor body temperature while the person is wearing the mask. The user through this can connect a smart device in the mask to their phone using an app that will transmit critical real-time data about the user's health status. The mask Conforming to the the wearer's facial structure, the mask would provide greater comfort and protection.
"Face masks have become an essential part of our daily lives during these unprecedented and uncertain times. For our healthcare professionals and frontline workers who are battling COVID-19, prolonged use of face masks can bring fatigue and discomfort," said Minister Fedeli. "That's why we are supporting companies like Smart Safe Science so they can provide groundbreaking made-in-Ontario solutions. Through investments like this, we are strengthening our domestic supply chain for vital personal protective equipment and preparing us for any eventuality in the future."
Smart Safe Science is a subsidiary of True North Printed Plastics, a company that makes electronic interfaces for items, including airplanes, military and medical equipment, and plans to purchase equipment and expand its facilities to reach the targeted end-production capacity.
The development of this mask and other safety products entailed the company to tap into technical expertise at several Ontario universities, including Lakehead University, Laurentian University, McMaster University and the University of Toronto.
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Ottawa, Sep 4 (Canadian-Media): Canadians have been concerned about sightings of U.S. licence plates or international flights landing with more than four million people have entered the country since Canada imposed COVID-19 travel restrictions in late March, media reports said.
Canada US Border. Image credit: Flickr
In Alberta, home of tourist hotspot Banff, RCMP reported that between June 17 and Aug 25, officers received 243 complaints of U.S.-plated cars in the province.
The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) explained that Americans may have entered the country due to many legitimate reasons.
"It should be noted that simply seeing a U.S.-plated vehicle or boat is not a reason to suspect someone of suspicious cross-border activity," said CBSA spokesperson Mark Stuart in an email.
To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, Canada only allows foreigners to enter for non-discretionary purposes including qualifying international students and workers in industries deemed essential such as health, food services and transport. Only in June, the federal government relaxed its rules to allow foreigners to visit immediate family in Canada. But Canadian citizens, dual citizens and permanent residents can still freely leave and re-enter the country subject to self-isolation for 14 days upon their return.
Since Canada's travel restrictions took effect, the CBSA has reportedly denied entry to more than 16,000 people trying to cross from the U.S. by land or air between March 22 and Aug. 19. nearly half of rejected cases they wanted to enter for recreational reasons, such as sightseeing and shopping.
Canada has been asked by the CBSA to keep its doors open to some foreigners so Canadians still have access to essential goods and services. The majority of people currently entering by land are truck drivers, deemed essential workers.