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Evening letter: “No vaccine against a polluted planet”

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“There is no such thing as a vaccine against a polluted planet.” That was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s word today, as he had announced New measures will help Canada meet its commitment to the Paris Agreement to Combat Climate Change. Tomorrow marks the fifth anniversary of this agreement, when Canada agreed to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030 compared to 2005.

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The new plan, which the Liberals dubbed “a healthy environment and economy”, includes 64 measures, some of which have already been announced. It includes $ 15 billion for energy retrofits, cleaner public transportation, and indigenous climate projects and their communities. While the plan does not include any new targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, it does include a government analysis showing – along with other measures announced today – the price of carbon will rise to $ 15 per ton from 2023 and increase to $ 170 by 2030 Canada would cut emissions per tonne to 32 to 40 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford used a rare today press release to pan the plan, calling it “the worst thing ever to see”. Surely a planet destroyed by climate change is worse, Doug? Presumably new gas pump stickers have been ordered?

Federal health officials today announced new models showing Canada is on a “rapid growth path” and making it clear that cases will only increase if people maintain their current contact rates with others. We’re well on track to have between 531,300 and 577,000 cases and up to 14,920 deaths by Christmas. Over the past week, the country has reported an average of more than 6,500 new COVID-19 cases per day. Dr. Theresa Tam said it was clear that “a stronger response is needed now” as there is little evidence that this upward trend will change unless public health action is increased.

In Quebec, the provincial government is expected to make a decision next week on whether to apply further restrictions. “We have a situation that remains difficult,” said Prime Minister François Legault today. “It must be understood that the following weeks will be critical.”

In Nunavut, as a community, when Arviat is faced with an outbreak, Health Minister Lorne Kusugak asks residents to follow the advice on public health isolation. “If you listened for two weeks, everything could go away. It’s so avoidable. Just listen, ”he said today.

Tighter restrictions have been imposed in Ontario, Windsor-Essex and the York area as the province has recorded the highest number of COVID-19 deaths since June. If you’re wondering why Premier Doug Ford’s daily pandemic press conferences suddenly disappeared, here’s why.

As V-Day approaches Pfizer vaccine in Canada, it was revealed today that Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline Plc have delayed advanced trials of their vaccine after failing to produce a sufficiently strong response in the elderly. That could mean that the release will be postponed until the end of next year. As Bloomberg reports, trials with a vaccine produced by CSL Ltd. and the University of Queensland in Australia is developing into trouble.

After people got upset on social media yesterday, the NHL planned to buy vaccine doses for those involved in the coming season. Health Minister Patty Hajdu said today Canada has no “mechanisms to prevent companies from buying.” Vaccines “on a contractual basis”. But she added, “Anything the Canadian government procures for citizens is not sold for a fee.”

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Canada’s Department of Health officials will be relying on input from their U.S. counterparts to help set a course toward establishing a three-digit line of suicide prevention. Health Canada officials, and the Center for Addiction and Mental Health in particular, will be tasked with learning more about an incoming 9-8-8 number in the U.S. designed to facilitate access to emergency mental health services, a document in the House of Commons this week submitted said. The details emerged when the House unanimously passed a motion calling on the government to work immediately with the provinces to set up a single, simple suicide prevention line. Charlie Pinkerton reports.

Meanwhile, the Commons Ethics Committee has been advised that a public inquiry is needed to investigate the process that led the Trudeau administration to give the US $ 500 million Canadian Student Service Grant (CSSG) to WE Outsource Charity Foundation. Mark Blumberg, an attorney at Blumberg Segal LLP, who specializes in providing legal advice to charities and nonprofits, told the committee there was still much to discover that led the government to finalize the multimillion-dollar contract with WE Charity, an organization with to forgive a “troubled past”.

“We don’t know much about the scandal,” he told MPs. “These House of Commons are not really well equipped for this type of investigation.” Said Blumberg. Rachel Emmanuel has this story.

And the minister responsible for Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) says the government is not considering amnesty for low-income recipients who are required to pay back funds. But it gives them more time and flexibility to do it. The government is currently “in this difficult phase of going through the eligibility criteria and determining who is actually entitled to this benefit,” Labor Secretary Carla Qualtrough told the House of Commons Personnel Committee on Thursday evening. The Canada Revenue Agency offers those who need more time and flexibility to repay. Jolson Lim has more.

Today was the last day of the autumn session of the House of Commons. It was one for the books, and if the return comes in the New Year, Members of Parliament will likely argue again over the hybrid seating parameters of the House, introduced in the face of the pandemic and phasing out late today. So you can look forward to it. CTV reports.

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In other headlines:

Canada-US border restrictions extended to 2021 (CBC)
447 new COVID-19 cases, 14 more deaths in Manitoba on Friday (CBC)
Canadian military doesn’t train with Chinese army, Secretary of Defense (CTV) says
Most of the used fighter jets Canada has bought are still out of service, according to MPs (CBC).
Canada launches National Vaccination Injury Compensation Program (CBC)

International:

Approve the COVID-19 vaccine or step down. That’s the word from White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to Chief Food and Drug Administration Stephen Hahn as he urged him to get an emergency clearance for Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine by the end of the day. The vaccine was approved by an FDA panel of outside advisors yesterday. The next step is to deregister from the agency to make the recordings available to the public.

Hahn said he was guided by “science, not politics,” and wasted no time making a statement denying the description of his conversation with Meadows, first reported by the Washington Post, but sources have CNN and the Associated Press tells about it happened. Given the tweets President Donald Trump sent today, that’s not a huge leap. He called the agency a “big old slow turtle” and added, “Get the dam vaccines out NOW, Dr. Rooster. Stop playing and save lives. “

Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University, said the AP’s political influence or the appearance of these factors would do nothing to increase public confidence in the vaccine. “It creates a veneer of political interference,” Jha said. “Every time you see the president interfering, confidence in vaccines drops 10%.”

Given the Trump administration’s handling of the pandemic to date and the fact that there are few in the White House who have not contracted the virus, President-elect Joe Biden will scrub the place thoroughly before he and his team get one Put foot in it.

And how’s that for a story of two magazines? While Time Magazine Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, “Person[s] of the year ”, the German magazine Der Spiegel also awarded Trump a title:“ Loser of the year ”. In one long piece, the publication tears open the President because he refused to allow the election and because he is “a man who … never cared about the common good, but always about one thing – himself”. Ouch.

Hong Kong-based pro-democracy media magnate Jimmy Lai has been indicted under the territory’s controversial new national security law. The 73-year-old is accused of teaming up with foreign forces to compromise national security and faces a long prison term. He is the most famous person to be charged under the new law. The BBC reports.

In the presented opinion:

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The kicker:

Photo: European Southern Observatory

If you have something to do tonight, check back late Sunday. The Geminid meteor shower will peak that night – and, given the current conditions, it could be the shower’s best show in years.

Have a nice weekend.

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