The RCMP's digits were used to scam victims into handing out personal information like their Social Insurance Nuber (SIN), and the fraudsters went as far as telling some of the callers that they're under an RCMP investigation and well be subsequently arrested unless they cough up some bills within the next few hours.
"Spoofing occurs when a caller identification (called ID) or call display are manipulated to show trusted phone numbers," RCMP officers warned. "This tricks people into answering the call and believing they are speaking with a trusted source. Do not use call display as a way to authenticate who is calling. Fraudsters may use a variety of other telephone scam tactics as well. The scams are designed to create anxiety so that victims respond by sending money quickly in order to fix the problem."
The RCMP advises you to immediately hang up if you receive any threatening callers posing as police or any other government agent, as Canadian police services don't contact residents for the purpose of collecting money or fines.
If you or anyone you know has received one of these calls or something similar, contact your local authorities, and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) at 1-888-495-8501.
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"The evidence is very clear that the vaccine is extremely effective," Doris Grinspun, CEO of RNAO, told Narcity. "The side effects are minuscule compared to the risk of the side effects if you contract the virus."
"It is an issue of protecting our patients, protecting our colleagues, and also, protecting the health system so it can continue to function," she added.
Bill Campbell, a spokesperson for the Ontario Ministry of Health, told Narcity that the government is working to "encourage" health care workers to get vaccinated, rather than force them.
"The COVID-19 vaccine will not be mandated for Ontarians, but we do strongly suggest that people embrace the opportunity now that four vaccines have been approved by Health Canada," Campbell said.
"They're already burdened enough."
While there is the concern that frontline health care workers are at an increased risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19, Grinspun spoke of the patients first.
"[Patients are] already burdened enough with the health condition they have or with the happy condition, like going in and giving birth," she said. "They don't need to be worried [about], 'Will I get the virus now?'"
Another "grave" concern Grinspun voiced was the apparent lack of public data regarding the current vaccination rate among Ontario's health care workers.
On Friday, July 23, RNAO published a call-to-action for Ontarians who want to call on the Ford government to change its stance and require vaccinations for health care workers.
"Rules for vaccination should not be left to individual employers," the action alert reads. "Now is the time for Ontario to show leadership in this critical issue."
Health Canada has a robust website with all the latest information on the vaccines and can answer any questions you may have. Click here for more information.
"There have been great advancements in structural glass since our original glass floor was installed. We can now use larger, seamless panels for a more dramatic effect," Jennifer Paige, a spokesperson for the CN Tower, told Narcity.