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09.26
22

North Bend volleyball team follows tourney title with first league win – Coos Bay World

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North Bend swept host Junction City in a Sky-Em League match on Monday, 25-16, 25-23, 25-20, improving to 1-1 in league play.

The win continued a hot streak for the Bulldogs that started during the weekend.

North Bend was coming off taking the tournament title in the Estacada Invitational on Saturday.

The Bulldogs, who finished second in their morning pool to Scappoose, beat Fort Vancouver of Washington 25-16, 28-29, 15-7 in the quarterfinals, topped Scappose in the semifinals 25-13, 25-19 and beat host Estacada in the championship match 23-25, 25-20, 15-11.

The title was particularly impressive given some unusual circumstances, according to an article by OSAAtoday on the Oregon School Activities Association platform that reported:

North Bendhad an eventful but ultimately successful weekend at the Estacada Invitational on Saturday. The Bulldogs intended to stay the night before Saturdays tournament at a hotel in Wilsonville, but discovered bed bugs in their rooms, prompting a change.

The next morning, a fire alarm at the tournament disrupted pool play. North Bend finished second toScappoosein its pool, then won three bracket matches to take the championship. The Bulldogs defeatedFort Vancouverin three sets in the quarterfinal, exacted revenge on Scappoose in a semifinal sweep then recovered from a dropped set in the final toEstacada, which hadnt dropped a set all tournament long, to down the Rangers in three sets. Senior setterHayden Napiersparked North Bend with some great serving to start the final set.

We played a solid match and it was a great all-around team performance to beat the home team on their own turf, noted North Bend coachSummer Sawyer. We are a young team which has had a pretty rocky start coming off of a tremendous senior-led season last year. We are learning to work through the growing pains and this weekend was just what we needed to boost our confidence and morale!

North Bend hosted Cottage Grove on Thursday (results werent available by press time) and compete in the North Marion tournament this weekend.

PIRATES SWEEP LIONS:Marshfield got off to a fast start and dominated host Cottage Grove 25-3, 25-13, 25-13 to improve to 2-0 in Sky-Em League play.

Bridget Gould and Tatum Montiel had nine kills each and Paige Macduff eight. Ava Ainsworth had 23 assists and three aces. Gracie Peach had 13 digs.

The Pirates host Marist Catholic on Tuesday and then have their first match of the season at North Bend on Thursday.

RED DEVILS GET BIG WIN:Coquille outlasted visiting Cascade Christian in a five-set marathon for a key win in the Class 3A Far West League.

Coquille won 25-14, 14-25, 23-25, 25-15, 15-10, handing the Challengers their first league loss and improving to 3-0 in the process. This year, the 11 members of the league face each other just one time each.

Coquille, which was at Glide on Thursday, are at the Creswell tournament on Saturday and host St. Marys on Tuesday.

TIGERS TOP BRAVE:Bandon swept host Reedsport 25-8, 25-19, 25-21 for its second straight Valley Coast Conference win on Tuesday.

The Tigers are 4-1 in league play, the lone loss at home to Monroe on Saturday. They hosted Oakland on Thursday and will be at Illinois Valley on Tuesday. Reedsport is still seeking its first win and hosted Illinois Valley on Thursday. The Brave face Central Linn and East Linn Christian on Saturday in a pair of league matches at Waldport and then travel to Waldport again Tuesday to face the Irish.

BOBCATS FALL:Days Creek handed host Myrtle Point its first Skyline League Loss, beating the Bobcats 25-18, 25-21, 20-25, 25-22 on Tuesday. Myrtle Point fell to 3-1 heading into a home match against Umpqua Valley Christian on Thursday. They compete in the Mustang Classic at Mohawk High School on Saturday.

HORNETS SWEEP PACIFIC:The Pirates fell in a Skyline League match at Camas Valley 25-4, 25-18, 25-18 on Tuesday. Pacific fell to 0-4 in league play heading into a home match against Days Creek on Tuesday.

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09.14
22

"A bed bug fell out of the pillow": Canadian shares Airbnb horror story | News – Daily Hive

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A Canadian couple who travelled with their toddler to San Diego for a wedding has returned home to Vancouver with quite the Airbnb horror story.

Everything started great, according to Eugene Kaplan, but it turned into an appalling and horrendous experience.

The initial plan was to stay six nights from August 24 to August 30 in San Diego as Kaplans wifes sister was getting married there.

Two days in, the nightmare began.

On August 26, we woke up to find that my wife had about thirty welts all over her arms. I had a cluster of welts on my ankles. Thankfully, our toddler was spared.

Kaplan says they didnt know what to do, but they almost immediately suspected bed bugs or some other type of pest but found no evidence.

We did not see any blood on the sheets, etc.

Things took a horrible turn the next day.

The next afternoon, as I was trying to put our toddler down for a nap, a bedbug fell out of the pillow as I was moving it about.

Kaplan said it fell directly on the mattress.

Bed bugs move slowly and so I was able to capture it in a Ziplock container and took a photo of it.

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All of the reviews of the Airbnb unit in question are positive. After 51 reviews, the suite currently has a 4.86 rating, with a 4.9 for cleanliness. No other review besides Kaplans mentions bed bugs in any capacity. Instead, they all suggest the unit is clean and that the host is respectful.

Even in this case, Kaplans story suggests that the Airbnb host was mainly easy to work with. She even changed the sheets the day after they first reported the welts.

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The host suggested it was just an allergic reaction to detergent in the sheets, but the pictures tell a different story.

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The review Kaplan left for the Airbnb Superhost reflected everything you read in this story, including the welts, the bug falling out of the pillow, etc.

Another thing Kaplan told Daily Hive, which he also mentioned in his review, is that the host was worried theyd lose their Superhost status because of the negative review.

In response to Kaplans review, the host wrote, a thorough inspection of the property was conducted, and no evidence of any type of insects or infestation was found.

Kaplan wasnt happy with the initial response from Airbnb. When he wrote to Daily Hive, he said, I think it is important for your readers to know just how little Airbnb cares about their guests.

Airbnb offered a response to Daily Hive as well as the guest in question following the ordeal.

While issues are rare, our 24/7 Community Support team is committed to providing our full support to guests when trips dont go as planned, said a spokesperson.

Subsequently, Kaplan told Daily Hive he was offered a full refund for the nights the host didnt initially refund him.

Airbnb also gave us a complete response from the host, who stated that they were positive that the bites were not caused on their property.

I wouldve liked the evidence of a live insect in a ziplock bag shown to me, but you made no mention about that find until this review.

The host added that they had the entire guest house fumigated for peace of mind.

Based on all the evidence, the host seemed genuine in stating that they had no idea this was happening and that this was just an unfortunate and traumatic circumstance for Kaplans family with no ill intent.

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08.17
22

We Support the Block: OHCW Statement Against Street Sweeps and Decampment in the DTES – The Mainlander

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Editorial Introduction | On July 25, 2022, the Vancouver Fire Service issued an order to decamp the newly-formed tent city of people sheltering outside on Hastings Street. Every year the tent cities continue to grow as the housing crisis worsens. This year is especially acute with an alarming deterioration of the citys SROs, epitomized in the fire that burnt down the Winters Hotel earlier this year. Out of necessity, unhoused people and low-income SRO tenants are now creating an alternative community of survival and mutual support on Hastings Street. Yet earlier this week the City and VPD began enforcing the Fire Order, with events on Tuesday (August 9) that can only be described as a police riot. The following statement was largely written before these events but directly addresses the ongoing decampment process on Hastings Street.

On July 25, Fire Chief Karen Fry issued an order to destroy the encampment of people sheltering outside on Hastings Street. Our Homes Cant Wait urges the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services (VFRS) to end the decampment order. Decampment without the provision of appropriate, safe, and dignified housing alternatives means banishment for those currently tenting. Our Homes Cant Wait also affirms our solidarity and support of the Our Streets Statement on Hastings Street Tent City Fire Order.

The decampment order uses fire safety as an alibi for the further theft of peoples personal belongings, and mass, brutal banishment. Banishment is defined as forced displacement without any place to go besides jail or death. The #StoptheSweeps coalitions recent report outlines the impacts of Street Sweeps and indicates that when residents are moved along they do not simply disappear. People are left to fend for themselves in a wretched machinery that destroys their safety, dignity, and personal belongings. Every day they are told to move along, but with no place to go. The Sweeps are an integral part of managing the manufactured crisis of homelessness in the settlement of Vancouver and our coalition sees them as a practice of colonization which must end.

On July 1, 2022, the City and VPD made a commitment to discontinue its daily practice of street sweeps on the 0-200 Block of East Hastings. Since then, there have not been any fatal fires in the encampment on Hastings Street. On the other hand, there have been several fatal and non-fatal fires over the past few months in many SRO buildings.

According to the Fire Commissioners own most recent Annual Report, residential structure fires (in houses or apartments) are the most deadly, especially in buildings without proper alarm systems and protocols. The Fire Commissioners report states that working smoke alarms could reduce the risk of fire deaths by 50 percent. If fire safety is the real issue, the Fire Department would hold SRO operators and managing entities accountable for their overwhelming fire bylaw violations, as these pose a much more serious and immediate threat to DTES residents.

Based on this fire data, it is riskier to be forced into unliveable SROs that have unreliable fire alarm and sprinkler systems. The pandemic and its isolating effects, especially in SROs, has layered on more risk and death for drug users and low-income tenants. In the DTES, sheltering together on the street inherently reduces fire risk with more people to detect early signs of a fire and more people to put it out, even before the fire department is notified. As of July 13th, 2022, fire extinguishers were also distributed to a handful of individuals sheltering on Hastings who now act as true first responders for their neighbors. With the proper tools and support, fire risk can be reasonably addressed despite what the City and the fire department claim.

In addition, the Fire Order comes from the City with no plan for relocation. Politicians, such as Mayor Kennedy Stewart, claim to be advocates for the construction of supportive housing operated by non-profit organizations. It should firstly be emphasized that all levels of government municipal, provincial, and federal continue to pursue a path of budgetary austerity that leaves next to nothing for social and non-market housing, and we remain at historic-low levels of social housing construction of any kind (whether labelled supportive housing or any other name). On the issue of supportive housing, community members and members of our coalition consistently state that supportive housing and shelters alike are highly unsafe and hyper-surveilled forms of housing and shelter. Many people who are tenting have experience living in supportive housing, private SROs, or shelters and have concluded that living outside is a better alternative than the unliveable and inhumane conditions they must endure within these carceral housing options.

The number of tents along Hastings is a clear indication that genuine housing options do not exist. This reflects the overwhelming and systemic shortage of low-income housing built up over decades of de-funding, and on the other side of the equation, the unsafe and heavily policed conditions within shelters, SROs, and existing supportive housing. OHCW terms this the shelter industrial complex, and there are a number of reasons why residents might choose to leave this system (if they have been able to access it in the first place): inadequate storage space within their units; a precarious sense of safety in their buildings; unjust treatment by staff and management; curfews and restrictive guest policies; buildings and shelters in a state of complete structural disrepair and underfunding; infestation by rats, bed bugs, and other pests; lacking fire safety; along with many other reasons.

The current dismal amount of investment in supportive housing as it stands is investment in an increasingly carceral and disciplinary form of housing, one which compels residents to follow curfews, limitations or outright bans on guests, all while living in buildings in unacceptable physical condition. The City of Vancouver and fire department must recognize that forced decampment mean either deepened homelessness or, in some cases, an influx of residents into carceral supportive housing and shelters. Moving people who are sheltering outside into unliveable, carceral housing is not sustainable, and does nothing to end this cycle of displacement.

We stand in solidarity with our neighbours sheltering outdoors because we know this system does not offer adequate housing. The City is using this opportunity to further expand its shelter and homeless industrial complex the complex web of public and private partnerships that profit from and depend on the enforced poverty of Vancouvers most precariously housed population. Money is moved between the pockets of government officials, developers, and non-profits executives to create inadequate and carceral housing, while their justifications for increased funding show no end in sight. Beginning with the deplorable housing conditions of SROs and shelters that cause folks to sleep outside as a last resort, and then the subsequent rehousing from homelessness outreach organizations that place people into the same inappropriate housing, the cycle is repeated endlessly. Ultimately, we need safe and secure universal housing, which respects human rights and provides appropriate amenities for all residents.

In the meantime, Our Homes Cant Wait calls for the City to work in good faith to support the Block Stewardship program, which is intended to build leadership amongst those tenting along East Hastings. More importantly, we demand that the City recognize the undue harm this fire order has brought on our unhoused neighbours. We reiterate the demands of the residents on the block:

Maintaining a tent city is a gross misreading of the aims and goals of the #StoptheSweeps coalition. The City of Vancouver cannot bear to confront their own deadly negligence and inhumane treatment of the citys most marginalized. They would prefer that people disappear than actually take responsibility for the crisis that they helped create. We urge the Fire Department to reverse their decision to prevent the unnecessary banishment and further traumatization of unhoused residents in the DTES and ask the City to work collaboratively with Our Streets and unhoused residents in order to build a true alternative to this cycle of displacement.

All images by Ryan Sudds

Our Homes Cant Wait is a coalition of Downtown Eastside organizations and allies that struggle for universal housing, free from unjust management and surveillance, on the stolen and unsurrendered territories of the xmkym (Musqueam), Swxw7mesh (Squamish), and Sellwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.

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08.17
22

There is no excuse but to act with urgency – Whitehorse Star

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The Safe at Home Society has released 10 Calls to Action in response to the serious homelessness crisis in Whitehorse.

By Whitehorse Star on August 10, 2022

The Safe at Home Society has released 10 Calls to Action in response to the serious homelessness crisis in Whitehorse.

The group hosted a community barbecue at lunchtime Tuesday at Rotary Peace Park to unveil the 10 calls, which include outlawing no-cause evictions.

They detail various actions that can be taken by the community and all levels of government to address what the soceity calls the desperate need to keep Yukoners housed and out of homelessness.

Solving the homelessness crisis and ensuring that all Yukoners can stay housed once they have access to safe and appropriate housing requires a whole community approach, said Kate Mechan, the societys executive director.

Co-ordination across all levels of government is necessary to address this issue; this is highlighted by the fact that we dont explicitly mention the names of any particular government department or agency that is responsible for fulfilling the recommendations.

The Whitehorse By-Name List is a real-time tool the society uses to prioritize and match people to housing.

The tools data say there were 206 local households and 64 children actively experiencing homelessness as of July.

This steady increase in numbers of people actively experiencing homelessness is concerning, Mechan added.

With winter around the corner, there is no excuse but to act with urgency and compassion, and these 10 actions are a start to reduce pressures on our homelessness support system.

Here are societys 10 calls to action, as explained in its own words:

1. Prohibit no-cause evictions under the Yukons Residential Landlord and Tenant Act.

The Yukon is one of the only jurisdictions in Canada that allows no-cause evictions landlords can evict tenants without cause even in the winter.

With no-cause evictions, even tenants who have signed year-long leases can be told they need to vacate with only a couple months notice.

In the context of the current housing crisis, a couple of months are not enough time for people to find another permanent residence.

In addition, no-cause evictions provide a loophole around the residential rent index.

Landlords can evict existing tenants, then raise the rent above the rental cap in advance of incoming tenants.

The act needs immediate revision to prohibit the ability for landlords to issue no-cause evictions. That would ensure tenants are protected and have more stability in their housing.

2. Expand rent supplement programs to include individuals and families receiving income support and housing benefits.

As an example, the Canada-Yukon Housing Benefit administered by Yukon Housing Corp. (YHC) is a rent subsidy available to Yukoners on a fixed income or earning low to moderate incomes.

This benefit is currently unavailable to those receiving income support.

Recognizing that income support rates are far below whats required to access housing in the current market, expanding the eligibility for the housing benefit or introducing a comparable rent supplement program would help those who need it the most.

This call aligns with the recommendation from the recent Auditor General of Canadas report on the YHC, which advised the corporation to review its eligibility for the Housing Benefit.

Allowing those receiving income support to access the Housing Benefit is already done in other Canadian jurisdictions such as Ontario, Nova Scotia and Manitoba.

3. Create a matching program for post-secondary students and seniors who have extra space in their homes.

Yukon residents and students coming to Whitehorse to attend Yukon University have a challenging time finding affordable accommodation during and after their terms.

Students are at high risk for homelessness, particularly during the summer or immediately post-education. At the same time, there are many seniors in our community who have extra space in their homes.

Through a careful matching process, the safe pairing of students and seniors can create a mutually beneficial living situation.

There is a national model in place through Canada HomeShare. This kind of program has been shown to work well in such cities as Vancouver, Toronto and Kingston, Ont.

4. More frequent reports from the YHC outlining data related to unit vacancies and inflows and outflows from the corporations units.

Although the YHC is required to publish an annual report, it provides minimal detail about current tenancies and about what progress has been made toward its goals.

For example, the report fails to provide information regarding how many people have been housed in the past year; how many people have been evicted and for what cause; how many units are empty on a yearly basis; and the turnover rate per building.

Social and community housing providers in other jurisdictions, including those operated by Crown corporations like the YHC, provide this level of detail in their reporting.

More frequent and detailed reporting would increase transparency and accountability, and would enable the YHC to make data-driven decisions and help identify where to target supports and resources.

5. Mandate the creation of a landlord registry to improve transparency across the rental market.

Landlord registries are becoming increasingly common in other parts of Canada to provide the public with important information as they search for rentals.

A registry can include information such as the amount of rent landlords charge and have previously charged for their units, the number of units they have, and any complaints filed against them.

Having a publicly available registry of landlords in Whitehorse would help bring more transparency to the local rental market and could either be operated through the Residential Tenancies Office or through a newly-formed tenants association.

There could be an option for landlords to complete a course about their responsibilities and tenants rights that earns them a credential on the registry. A registry could also be used to determine eligibility for incentives targeted at landlords who maintain deeply affordable housing.

6. Regulate short-term and vacation rentals across the city.

Short-term or vacation rentals (STRs), such as Airbnbs, continue to grow in popularity in Whitehorse.

There is concern that some of these STRs are commercial developments that are effectively removing potential long-term rental units from the market.

The most recent analysis found that as of April 2019, there were 186 STRs in the city. Of them, approximately 44 were units that could have provided long-term rentals.

This is significant when compared to Whitehorses vacancy rate, which, as of October 2021, was 2.3 per cent, or 52 vacant units out of a total housing stock of 2,248 units.

Converting all STRs that could have been potentially converted into long-term rentals as of October 2019 would bring the vacancy rate in October 2021 from 2.3 per cent to 4.3 per cent an 87 per cent increase.

The City of Whitehorse has previously looked into the need for regulations to STRs, but this issue should be revisited in light of the current housing crisis.

7. Increase transparency related to the housing shortages for out-of-territory employee recruitment strategies.

As the Yukons population continues to grow at a rapid pace, employers bear a responsibility to inform potential out-of-territory hires about the housing crisis and lack of housing options.

Having newly-recruited employees show up in the Yukon only to discover how challenging it is to secure housing strains local resources and supports.

By being transparent from the get-go, employers can help ensure new recruits make an informed decision about relocating and start exploring housing options early.

8. Increase the financial resources and supports that people need to deal with bed bug infestations.

Bed bugs are endemic to Yukon. Infestations result in discomfort and reduced quality of life, and lead to discrimination and often times eviction.

As these pests are transitory and mobile, they can be hard to get rid of. Professional treatment is often required to eradicate infestations.

For seniors and those living with mobility challenges and other barriers, it can be difficult to prepare for bed bug treatment.

If their unit is not prepared and treated properly, they risk eviction.

Additional community supports are required to assist those who need help preparing their units and providing education about bed bug prevention.

9. Establish and resource a Yukon Tenants Association.

Tenants in many Canadian jurisdictions have joined forces to form tenants associations.

These associations provide a space for tenants to share ideas and experiences about their rental housing for the purpose of advocacy, and action.

They offer a counter-balance to landlord associations and can be a site for workshops, programming, and peer support.

There is strength in numbers. The formation of a local tenants association would provide an avenue for tenants to advocate to ensure their right to housing is being upheld.

10. Ban evictions related to arrears and eliminate debt-free entry requirements into housing for individuals on income support or a fixed income.

Rental arrears, also known as unpaid rent or damage fees incurred in a past tenancy, are a serious barrier for individuals and families on income support or a fixed income to access social housing.

There is no expiration for arrears, and federal and territorial income support sources will rarely help cover these costs. This means that arrears from many years ago can prevent someone from accessing housing today.

Those experiencing homelessness are forced to seek out funding from non-profit organizations or find alternate sources of income to pay arrears prior to being housed.

The learning experience related to debt, damages, and poor budgeting need not be a barrier to housing.

In recognition that housing is a human right, the inability to pay off arrears should not prevent people from accessing housing.

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07.22
22

Flights from Vancouver: WestJet announces Sunwing merger – Vancouver Is Awesome

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The merger could potentially drive up flight prices -- but the government wants to hear what you have to say!

Do you find it hard to save up for sunny vacations down south?

While there are several vacation packagesavailable for locals looking to escape "Raincouver" during the winter, not all of them are affordable. And many of the more economical optionsdon't feature properties you'd feel comfortable staying at (unless you are comfortable with letting the bed bugs bite).

In March, WestJet, Canada'ssecond-largest airline, announced thatit willbe acquiring Sunwing Vacations and Sunwing Airlines. It said it would createa new tour operating business that will includeboth Sunwing Vacations and WestJet Vacations Inc.

The airline said the merger will provide travellers with more "competitive airfares and affordable vacation packages."

But many Canadians worrythat the proposed merger will have a negativeimpact on the travel industry.

In a tweet, alocal woman quipped:"yay, less choice. Always great for the people of Canada." Similarly, one personasked if the competition bureau is "[okay] with this fiasco," adding that "people can't get any service from WestJet now" and that "this will be brutal for the consumers."

In May 2020,WestJetlaidoff 3,000 people and cancelled over4,000 domestic flights weekly as the COVID-19 pandemic hammered the airline industry. Many people expressed frustration when the airline announced a ramped-up summer schedule despite not yet refunding thousands of people's airfare that was unexpectedlycancelled.

An exasperated Canadian travellerwrote: "You're able to afford to buy Sunwing but can't refund people's flights and vacations because it was cancelled due to COVID. Give people back their money."

Transport Canada isasking for the public'sinput on theproposed acquisition andif it willpositively or negatively affect the air travel experience for Canadians. Input from the Commissioner of Competition on howcould it could impact competition in the air sectorwill also be included.

The consultation will close on July 22.

John Korenic, an aviation consultant and an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business, told Vancouver Is Awesome that mergers generally result in less competition but they also open the door for other companies to offer new products.

Flair Airlines, Canada Jetlines, and Lynx Airlines currently offer low-cost flightoptions in Canada. Right now, only WestJet's budget brand, Swoop, offers vacation packages called "Getaways."

Swoop's flight and accommodation packages, powered by Expedia, generally offer a wider variety of economical options compared toWestJet's vacation product,WestJet Vacations, Korenic explained.

In addition to WestJet Vacations, Swoop Getaways, and SunwingVacations, Canadians can currently browse holiday packages with Air Canada Vacations and Air Transat.

But the lion's shareof Sunwing's customersuses the airline's vacation product, noted Korenic, who added that the airline is largely seasonal as a result. Sunwing has been supplementingthis demand by leasing aircraft from Europe during its busy season in the winter. If the merger moves forward, WestJetcould dedicateotherwise seasonal aircraft to operate year-round in Canada.

"They both operate the Boeing 737 next generation and also the 737 Max aircraft. If and when they merge, it would be fairly streamlined in terms of having similar fleets."

As a rule, mergers tend to reduce competition andthis generally drives up prices,said Korenic.

"But at the same time, it creates opportunities for new up-start airlines to come into the market."

Sunwing has about 40 aircraft and WestJet has roughly 180, so there's a considerable difference in size between the two companies, Korenic added. In other words, the merger will have an effect on the industry but it wouldn't be as significant as one between airlines with comparable fleet sizes.

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04.15
22

Toronto named worst city in Canada for bed bugs for third …

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One of Canadaslargest pest control providers has released a new list that no city should be happy to top.

Orkin Canada has released its list of the 25 most afflicted bed bug cities in Canada.

For those not in the know, bed bugs are dedicated blood-feeding insects that can travel up to 100-feet in search of a meal, according to the company. In the case of the most common bed bug, the blood they feed on is human blood, and dinner time is between midnight and 5 am.

To be clear, Orkin Canadas data is derived exclusively from the number of commercial and residential properties that have received bed bug treatment directly from Orkin between January 1 and December 31, 2021.

Courtesy of Orkin Canada

Thebed bug registry allows people to search for houses, hotels, and apartments that may or may not have had a reported case of bed bugs. It has information available for most major Canadian cities, including Toronto and Metro Vancouver.

This year, Orkin reports that travel bans, stay-at-home orders, and a shift to remote working have resulted in fewer bugs hitchhiking their way into homes. As a result, bed bug sightings have not yet rebounded to pre-pandemic levels. Dont celebrate yet, though, all it can take is an airplane seat, hotel bed or even an office chair for these pesky bed bugs to invade your space, the company says.

Compared to last years rankings, the City of Toronto claimed the number one spot for the third year in a row. Vancouver went up to third place (from fourth), St. Johns rose to fourth (from sixth), and Winnipeg dropped substantially to ninth place (from fifth).

As Canadians return to travel Orkin suggests these helpful tips for eager vacationers:

Due to their ability to double in population about every 16 days, it will not be difficult for bed bugs to regain their grip on Canadians, shares Orkin.

So sleep tight! And dont let the bed bugs well, you know Yikes.

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04.15
22

Orkin ranks Sudbury No. 2 on the list of bed-buggiest …

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Greater Sudbury has been ranked No. 2 on the top 10 bed-buggiest cities in the country, according to Orkin Canada.

The rankings show that the overall number of bed bug sightings nationwide remained similar to the year prior, and remains below pre-pandemic levels.

The City of Toronto claimed the No. 1 spot for the third year in a row.

Vancouver went up to No. 3 (from 4), St John's rose to No. 4 (from 6), and Winnipeg dropped substantially, falling to No. 9 (from 5).

The findings by Orkin Canada are based on the number of commercial and residential bed bug treatments carried out by the company in 2021 (Jan 1 Dec 31).

Adam Ranger, an environmental support officer with Public Health Sudbury and Districts, said the health unit does respond to bed bug calls, but its only when residents or landlords call to file a complaint that steps arent being taken to treat an infestation.

Typically, we would encourage tenants to contact their landlord and advise them of the situation and request services from a pest contractor, said Ranger. If that doesn't work out, that's typically when people would call us. We have to get involved to encourage or make sure that the landlord follows up and gets treatment.

Ranger said the health unit receives several calls a month in that regard.

We always verify the validity of the complaint, investigate to actually make sure it's legitimate, because sometimes the situation doesnt need treatment. It could be someone just got a hitchhiker versus a full-blown infestation.

Eradicating an infestation is a process, he said, and at the end of the day, if not everybody does what they're supposed to, the bed bugs will just keep returning.

Should Sudburians be concerned about Orkin Canadas report? Ranger said people need to look at their own personal situations.

A person who lives in a house by themselves, who doesnt really travel, chances are they're going to be fine, he said. People who live in town homes or apartment buildings, places where there are multiple dwellings in a single building, the chances increase.

When someone moves in, and if they have bed bugs or cockroaches, they can then bring that to the whole building, said Ranger.

Meanwhile, Orkin Canada said travel bans, stay-at-home orders, and a general shift to working remotely have resulted in fewer hitch-hiking opportunities for bed bugs. Yet they have found a way to stick around.

Bed bugs latch onto people, clothing, and furniture. All it can take is an airplane seat, hotel bed or even an office chair for bed bugs to invade your space.

Due to their ability to double in population about every 16 days, it will not be difficult for bed bugs to regain their grip on Canadians. With blood as their only food source, bed bugs mainly feed on humans, having their dinners usually between midnight and 5 a.m. These dedicated blood-feeding insects can travel up to 100 feet in search of a meal, which is quite a trek for these small but resilient creatures.

As Canadians start to travel, whether to the office or on vacation, so too will bed bugs.

Concerned Canadians can keep their offence strong through proactive prevention tips such as careful examination of furniture and clothing after guests leave your home, drying potentially infested bed linens or clothing on the highest heat setting, and sealing cracks in walls, trims, and bed frames.

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03.14
22

Bed bugs in Vancouver: Here’s where the city ranks | CTV News

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Two cities in B.C.'s Lower Mainland rank among the top in Canada when it comes to bed bugs, according to a pest control company.

Vancouver came in third in the 2021 list, which ranks major cities based on the number of related calls made to Orkin Canada.

Nearby Burnaby claimed the 25th spot.

Orkin said the worst spot in the country for the bugs the company calls "extremely effective hitchhikers" because of their tendency to travel across rooms and along with luggage.

Toronto took the top spot, followed by Sudbury, Ont.

Also in the top 10 were: St. John's; the Ontario cities of Oshawa and Scarborough; the New Brunswick cities of Moncton and Saint John; Winnipeg; and Edmonton.

The calls made in those cities were for both residential and commercial bed bug treatments.

Orkin offered its advice to reduce the spread of bed bugs, which often enter residential spaces through travel.

"Bed bugs thrive in dark, cool places with long-term access to humans," the company wrote in a news release. "They can also be found on airplane and train seats, in buses or in rental cars."

Orkin said it's rare to pick them up in those locations, but it is possible.

Where people are more likely to encounter the bugs is in hotels and motels. For those types of locations, Orkin suggested ensuring clothing and luggage are never put directly on the bed.

The company said travellers should use metal luggage racks, as the bugs can't easily climb up metal surfaces the way they can on walls and wooden furniture.

Orkin also recommends packing clothes, shoes and other items into plastic bags, which can keep bed bugs that have crawled into a suitcase from getting into the house on clothing.

Anyone checking for bed bugs should also look at books, cloth toiletry kits and other personal items where they may be hiding.

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03.8
22

Windsor makes Top 25 list of Canadas bed buggiest cities …

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Windsor has ranked number 12 on Orkin Canadas list of the Top 25 bed bug cities in Canada.

Windsor moved up quite a bit on the list compared to 2020 where the city ranked 21st of 25 as the worst cities for bed bugs.

Toronto has been ranked as the top worst city for bed bugs in Canada the second year in a row.

Orkin says the rankings are based on the number of commercial and bed bug treatments performed in Canada by the countrys largest pest control provider from Jan. 1, 2021 to Dec. 31, 2022.

Rounding out the top five worst cities for bed bugs is Sudbury in second, Vancouver in third, St. Johns in fourth and Oshawa in fifth.

Orkin says bed bugs are extremely efficient hitch hikers.

They can move easily across a room and climb onto luggage or anything left on a bed in just one night, a news release from Orkin Canada says.

The pest control company suggests the following methods to reduce the chances of bringing home the pesky hitch hikers from your next travel:

The worst cities in Canada for bed bugs (Orkin Canada)

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02.20
22

Ticks – Washington State Department of Health

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Different species of ticks transmit different diseases. We encourage the public to submit ticks for identification. By submitting a tick, you help us track species distributions, seasonal activity trends, and determine risk for tick-borne disease in your area. Learn how to submit a tick.

Ticks are small blood-feeding parasites and some species can transmit diseases to people. Some species of ticks perch on the edge of low-lying vegetation and grab onto animals and people as they brush past. Other ticks are associated with rodents and their nests, and at night they venture out to feed. Once aboard, ticks crawl until they find a good spot to feed, then burrow their mouthparts into the skin for a blood meal. Their bodies slowly enlarge to accommodate the amount of blood ingested. Ticks feed anywhere from several minutes to several days depending on their species, life stage, and type of host.

Learn about the four tick species commonly found in Washington that are known to bite and transmit disease to people.

In the Pacific Northwest, relatively few tick-borne disease cases are reported each year in comparison to other regions of the United States. In Washington, the tick-borne diseases known to be locally acquired include: babesiosis, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tick-borne relapsing fever, tick paralysis, and tularemia. Learn about these tick-borne diseases and others of concern, and what symptoms of illness to watch for. Many other tick-borne diseases can be acquired through travel outside the state and country. You can find information about tick-borne diseases in different regions of the United States at CDC Tick-borne Diseases of the United States and in other countries at CDC Tick-borne Diseases Abroad.

Your best defense against tick-borne infections is to reduce exposure to ticks.

More information on ways you can prevent tick bites can be found at CDC Avoiding Ticks.

Avoid folklore remedies to remove a tick. Hot matches or coating the tick's body with petroleum jelly, soap, or nail polish do little to encourage a tick to detach from skin. In fact, they may make matters worse by irritating the tick and causing it to release additional saliva, increasing the chance of transmitting disease. Your goal is to remove the tick as soon as possible. Do not wait for it to detach. Follow these steps on how to safely remove a tick.

Neither the Washington State Public Health Laboratories nor the CDC routinely tests ticks for disease. DOH can, however, identify ticks to species. Because different tick species transmit different disease pathogens, knowing the tick species may help a healthcare provider diagnose an illness that could be associated with a tick bite.

DOH does not recommend testing ticks for evidence of infection in people or pets because:

If you are interested in having your tick tested for other reasons, see the Laboratory of Medical Zoology, University of Massachusetts. For a service fee, the laboratory will test for presence of pathogens common to the determined tick species, and get test results to you within three to five days. The laboratory is a non-profit organization.

You can make your yard less attract to ticks. Focus your management of tick habitat to areas frequently used by your family, not necessarily your entire property.

Soft ticks behave differently than most ticks. They are found in mountainous regions living within rodent burrows and nests of mice, squirrels, and chipmunks. The ticks prefer dark, cool places, such as rodent nests in shaded wood piles outside buildings, and between walls or beneath floorboards inside buildings. People most often encounter these ticks when sleeping in rodent-infested cabins. Soft ticks emerge at night and feed briefly, like bed bugs. Because the bites are quick and painless, most people do not know that they have been bitten. Infected soft ticks can transmit tick-borne relapsing fever.

When staying in summer cabins or vacation homes, especially in eastern Washington, make sure rodents, and their ticks, aren't spending the night with you. Practice rodent control by not attracting rodents, sealing them out of your living areas, trapping rodents, and properly cleaning up rodent-contaminated areas.

Hunters and their dogs are especially vulnerable to tick-borne diseases because of time spent in tick-infected areas. Learn how to prevent tick bites during hunting season, see CDC's precautions for hunters.

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