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We start today with more rumors about bumps and bumps. As critics have said, Canada appears to be lagging behind other developed countries in planning a mass vaccination campaign, said Dr. Howard Njoo said today that three million Canadians could be vaccinated early next year. With an introduction of this magnitude, however, the deputy health officer warned of “logistical challenges”.
Dr. Health Canada’s chief medical officer, Supriya Sharma, announced today that the first vaccine approval could come before Christmas. Three vaccines are currently under review by the agency and Pfizer is the furthest advanced. That is in line with what is happening to regulators in Europe and south of the border.
Of course, every projection right now is just that and nothing is set in stone somewhere as potential vaccines work their way through trials and approvals.
Case in point: UK drug maker AstraZeneca announced today that its vaccine requires “additional testing” after questions about the protection it offers were raised. However, as AFP reports, the additional tests are unlikely to affect regulatory approval in Europe.
New models released in Ontario show the province could see more than 9,000 new cases per day by the end of the year if they grow at a rate of five percent. Currently, the average growth rate over the past two weeks has been 0.45 percent. “We’re not really turning a corner yet,” said Dr. Adalsteinn Brown of the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health told reporters. “We may see a flattening, but we are really in a very fragile, precarious position.” CTV News reports.
Turning east, New Brunswick followed Newfoundland, Labrador and PEI and announced today that it will burst its bubble with Atlantic Canada starting at midnight. That means all visitors have to self-isolate for two weeks to get into the door. “At this point in time, the community hasn’t confirmed the broadcast here, but the threat is real. We have seen it across the country,” said Premier Blaine Higgs. “We’ve seen it in every province we’ve seen it all around us. It is therefore important to act quickly now. “With 12 new cases reported today, there are a total of 105 active cases in the province.
Manitoba today announced 383 new cases and 10 new deaths from COVID-19, bringing the province’s death toll to 266. “These deaths are much more than just numbers. These are loved ones who are very much missed right now, ”said Dr. Brent Roussin, noting that 70% of the province’s deaths occurred that month. “We cannot continue with these daily case numbers. We can’t list that many Manitobans that are lost every day. “
In Alberta, observers say there is more than enough evidence that the province’s pandemic is “in ruins”. It did so after CBC News received audio recordings of the Emergency Operations Center’s daily planning sessions showing how Prime Minister Jason Kenney, Health Secretary Tyler Shandro, and other Cabinet Ministers “often micromanaged the actions of already overwhelmed officials; sometimes overriding their expert advice; and pushed ahead with an early relaunch strategy that appeared to be more economically focused and avoid the appearance of restricting Albertans’ freedoms than enforcing public health compliance. “
Still in Alberta, Lethbridge MP Rachael Harder is under fire for sharing misinformation on social media, particularly in an article that only 10 “otherwise healthy” people in Alberta died of COVID.
(Andrew Meade / iPolitics)
What can we expect from Treasury Secretary Chrystia Freeland when the federal government’s budget update is only days away? Well, it will come as no surprise that there will be more pandemic spending measures, but it is said that there will be stimulus projects with “green” elements as well. CBC has that look ahead.
The provincial finance ministers have asked them to take a break from planned bonus increases that workers and companies are paying into Canada’s pension plan, CP reports.
Student groups and the federal NDP are calling on the Liberal government to roll back the moratorium on Canadian student loan payments. The Liberals announced in March that Canadians with student loan debt would not have to make payments between April and September. There would also be no interest on outstanding debt during this period. However, the loan vacation for the youngest graduates ended in late September. Payments and accrued interest resumed on October 1st. Jolson Lim has this story.
The fact that Canada Revenue awarded a contract worth nearly $ 3,000 to a former candidate for the Liberal Party of Canada “is part of a pattern of liberal claims,” the Conservative ethics critic said this week. Karen Mock expected to receive $ 2,966.25 from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for services spanning three months from late November last year through late February 2020, according to documents recently filed in the House of Commons . “Whether it is Kielburg or Baylis Medical or a liberal candidate here or liberal donors who are called to the bank, there are new examples every week that well-networked liberals get access and opportunities that are not available to others”, said Michael Barrett, the Conservative Party’s ethics critic, was referring to Mock’s contract with the CRA. Charlie Pinkerton reports.
Nearly half of Ontario’s hospital infrastructure needs repairing – and it would cost nearly $ 5 billion to deal with the entire repair backlog, according to a new report released today by the provincial treasury. While hospitals are most needed, the Ontario Financial Accountability Office found that the province’s total repair backlog this year exceeds $ 16.8 billion. This story out
Conservative leader Erin O’Toole has joined the Québécois Bloc and the New Democratic Party in support of Bill 101’s rules for the use of French for federal government-chartered businesses and activities in Quebec. Bill 101, as Quebec’s Charter of the French Language is known, requires Quebec-chartered companies and institutions under the jurisdiction of the province to operate in French, ensure that their employees can speak French at work, and that customers can be served in French. Kevin Dougherty reports.
Sabrina Kim has returned to the office of Environment Secretary Jonathan Wilkinson as Acting Communications Director. The position has been vacant since Ricky Landry took office as Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne earlier this month. That and more in this week’s Hill Movers.
In The Sprout: Agriculture Minister Bibeau chairs the committee
In the group, The Drilldown: First Nations, it said the report canceled the need for TMX, Keystone XL
In other headlines:
The Quebec Mosque Rifleman has been sentenced to prison as the court has issued consecutive life imprisonment (CP) sentences.
RCMP arrest man accused of threatening Surrey City Councilor, Prime Minister (Global)
It took RCMP 19 hours to find a family killed in mass shootings in Nova Scotia (CBC).
Ontario’s Law to End Clock Changes Will Take Effect When Quebec, New York Follows (CP)
How Politicians Can Perpetuate Unsubstantiated Conspiracy Theories (Global)
Victims of state-sponsored harassment report threats of rape, murder and harm to families (Globe)
It’s Thanksgiving south of the border, and although every politician who hasn’t stuffed his head has urged people to only celebrate with their immediate household this year in the light of COVID-19 – likewise for the Centers for Control and Prevention Diseases – President Donald Trump made a proclamation calling on people to gather. “I encourage all Americans to gather in homes and places of worship to thank God for our many blessings,” he said.
Of course he did.
Even his good friends at the Supreme Court did not want to stand in the way of a gathering of people. In a 5-4 ruling late yesterday, the court prevented New York State from reinstating boundaries on religious gatherings. The emergency rulings, issued shortly before midnight, were the first significant indication of a shift to the right in the court since Trump’s most recent appointment – Judge Amy Coney Barrett – occupied the seat of Liberal Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg last month.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo The new Conservative majority was held responsible for the decision of the Court. He told reporters today that he thinks the verdict “was really just an opportunity for the court to express its philosophy and policies” and that by voting, it was making a “statement”. “We know who appointed (Trump) to court. We know their ideology. “
The Australian Defense Forces have notified 10 special forces soldiers of a possible release following the damned report of the murder of 39 Afghan civilians and prisoners last week. They are suspected of being accessories or witnesses to the murders, or of giving dishonest testimony. You are separated from the 19 Special Air Service troops who could be prosecuted for the murders. More from the BBC.
The Ethiopian Prime Minister said today the army had been ordered to move to the embattled capital of the Tigray after its 72-hour ultimatum for the Tigray leaders to surrender ended, and he warned residents to stay inside and disarm . The statement from Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s office said tanks and other weapons can now get closer in Mekele, a city of around half a million people. His government has warned of “no mercy” if residents fail to distance themselves from the Tigray leaders in time. The United Nations has reported people who have fled the city, but communications and transport links to Tigray remain disrupted and it is not clear how many people in Mekele received the warnings. The Associated Press reports.
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