On Friday, Ontario's Ministry of Health announced that all pregnant people in Ontario are now eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment on the provincial online booking system.
Minister of Health Christine Elliott made the announcement on Twitter, stating that "pregnant individuals can register for COVID-19 vaccination appointments under the 'highest risk' health conditions in Phase Two of the province's vaccine rollout."
The decision was made due to "emerging data on the increased risk of severe illness" for pregnant individuals who contract COVID-19, the Ministry of Health told CBC.
Dr. Wendy Whittle, the head of labour and delivery at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, told CBC that, this week, pregnant people accounted for six out of the 20 ICU admissions at the hospital, a number "far" greater than in the first or second wave of the pandemic; Ontario's top doctor echoed this in a recent modelling presentation, saying that pregnant people are being impacted more significantly in the third wave.
Get Ottawa’s latest and greatest stories every day in your email inbox.
According to police, Shanks "had previously engaged with the mother of the child on a social media chat group for new mothers and had brought a gift for the mother and newborn at her home" on Friday, just two days before the alleged abduction.
Shanks is said to have "forcefully entered" the Ottawa home using bear repellent spray and abducted the baby, however, neighbours intervened and were able to "detain" Shanks until police arrived.
The baby was given to Ottawa Paramedics and was unharmed, authorities state — investigators also believe Shanks "may have been in contact with other new mothers" in similar social media groups.
"I don't think I've ever given a speech without mentioning something that my mom has taught me," wrote Singh in the caption. "From the idea of maintaining Chardi Kala, 'rising spirits' in the face of hopeless odds Or the idea that we are all one and that if we lift up the people around us we all rise."
He went on to wish Happy Mother's Day to "all the moms' who raised us, nurtured us and taught us," before making fun of the adorable pout baby Jagmeet is doing in the image.
The Liberal leader looks almost unrecognizable in one photo in particular, where he's wearing a white tank top and baggy jeans. It's pretty different from his smart prime minister suits!
Sharing the images, he wrote, "I'm thinking of two moms in particular today - my own, who has taught me so much and shown me what it means to be strong, and Sophie, who inspires me every day and fills our family with unconditional love."
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau also paid tribute to her mom on Mother's Day, writing, "To my mom Estelle, you are my guiding star."