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As the public rage over politicians who deemed it appropriate to travel internationally over the holidays while following public health advice and staying home, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned anyone who deemed it appropriate.

“Nobody should be vacationing abroad at the moment,” he said. “So many people have given up so much more than just a holiday over the holidays. There’s a reason so many Canadians have made these difficult but responsible choices. There’s a reason so many Canadians did their part. It was for the people around her. “

He also made it clear that his government will be plugging a loophole to ensure that no one who has traveled for non-essential reasons has access to federal COVID-19 benefits to cover during quarantine if they go after Comes home.

(Andrew Francis Wallace / Toronto Star)

Health professionals also pile up the sun-seeking public office holders. Colin Furness, epidemiologist and assistant professor of infection control at the University of Toronto, said it was “politically deaf” for politicians to travel internationally during a pandemic.

“I mean, not being able to read the country, not being able to read the mood and kind of thinking that it was okay. The stupidity is surprising. “

The main concern is how attentive the public will be to public health measures at such a critical time as the number of cases continues to grow. “It makes people refuse to listen to politicians,” said Dr. Gerald Evans, chairman of the infectious diseases division at Queen’s University in Kingston. “Why should you listen to someone who is a hypocrite?”

As Charlie Pinkerton reports, the federal government is facing increased pressure to prevent Canadians from vacationing outside the country and is putting more restrictions in place to stop them. Canada has maintained stricter border restrictions and increased travel warnings and quarantine orders for non-essential travelers since March, but three recent developments in the pandemic are pushing the government to slow down Canadians’ international travel even further.

In the Northwest Territories, two senior officials called on two senior officials, Deputy Health Secretary Bruce Cooper and newly appointed Head of the COVID-19 Secretariat, Deputy Secretary Russell, despite Prime Minister Caroline Cochrane’s government and health officials urging residents Not to travel south on vacation Neudorf – did just that to be with the family. CBC News reports. In Alberta, there are reports that a third UCP press secretary ignored provincial health restrictions on non-essential travel during the province’s second lockdown.

(Andrew Meade / iPolitics)

Trudeau also weighed on the slow pace of vaccination across the country. So far, around 148,000 Canadians have received a shot. “All Canadians, including me, are frustrated seeing vaccines in freezers, not in people’s arms,” ​​he said.

“Therefore, we will continue to work closely with the provinces to both deliver vaccines to the provinces and provide support when needed so that more vaccines can be distributed to vulnerable populations and frontline workers as quickly as possible.”

Ontario’s top medical officials announced today that the province will increase the number of delivery sites and broadcast the COVID shot to all long-term care residents, staff and key family carers in virus hotspots by mid-January. After being criticized for a slower-than-expected rollout in recent days, officials issued an update this morning with tough deadlines. Moderna’s vaccine, which doesn’t require frozen storage like Pfizer’s shot, will vaccinate nursing home residents, staff and key caregivers in Toronto, the Peel Region, the York Region and Windsor-Essex through January 21.

That’s because the province today reported more than 3,100 new cases, reached 51 deaths and a record rate of hospitalizations and ICU admissions. On the last day there was 45 new admissions to the intensive care unit alone.

Meanwhile, a field hospital in Burlington built for COVID-19 patients is opening its doors, and in London, bodies are being stored in a refrigerated trailer according to the largest morgue capacity in the region.

Next door, Quebecers could be forced to stay home at night under a curfew the provincial government is considering to help slow the rampant spread of COVID-19. Prime Minister François Legault was due to announce new shutdown measures today, but change the date to tomorrow in order to hold a conference call with the three opposition leaders from Quebec.

Just days before the federal government plans to introduce mandatory pre-departure COVID-19 tests for travelers returning to Canada, CBC News learned that the country’s largest airlines are asking Transport Secretary Marc Garneau to postpone the introduction until Later in this month.

In other news, the government’s decision to elect to prepare for the New Year to begin the first step in a ban on assault rifles has drawn the wrath of two high-profile gun lobbies.

And nearly 2,400 unionized cybersecurity workers from the Canadian communications security company are slated to hold strike votes this month.

And from our process nerd: How the parties designed their fundraising campaigns at the end of the year

Hershell Ezrin has been called to the Order of Ontario and Edelman and Summa are hiring new staff. That and more in this week’s Comings and Goings.

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In other headlines:

Canadian dollar flirts with 79 cents US (CBC) for the first time since 2018
Calgarians Line Route to Watch Procession for Fallen Officer (Global)
Almost Half of Canadians Visited Friends, Family On Vacation: Survey Suggests (CP)
Info watchdog raps PCO to terminate access requests from public (CP)
Experts warn of higher risk of transmitting COVID-19 outdoors in winter (CTV)
Health Experts Call For More Preventive Measures To Curb The Spread Of Aerosol Spread Of COVID-19 (CP)

International:

Today Georgia is south of the border in many minds. Residents vote in two crucial runoff elections that determine whether Republicans or Democrats control the Senate. Much is at stake as the outcome will determine the path of Joe Biden’s presidency.

The incumbent Republican Senate candidates Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue face up against Democratic rivals Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. Democrats must win both seats to force a 50:50 Senate and gain control with elected Vice President Kamala Harris who can eventually cast possible votes. However, as with the November presidential election, it could take a few days for the results to be known.

Regarding the presidential election and the fight to make a long-term attempt to overthrow them, several Republican senators officially announced today that they will oppose a challenge to the electoral college results, which means the GOP senators face at least five States will split when Congress calls its joint session tomorrow, when lawmakers will count the votes, a pro forma exercise that has lasted only minutes for years. The Hill reports.

In anticipation of the inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden, it was announced today that Jimmy Carter, 96 years old and the oldest living former president, will not be attending. As for President Donald Trump, who probably only wants to be in DC that day, hopping the pond to play golf in Scotland doesn’t seem like an option.

In the presented opinion:

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The kicker:

Photo: Anirudh Koul, Wikimedia Creative Commons

If ever there was a reason to attend Dry January today, it is this. Superfan Thomas Dodd raised the bar for drunk antics by legally changing his name to Celine Dion after drinking a few too many tips while watching their concert over Christmas – and only realized what he did days later had done.

To quote Queen Celine: “Now it all comes back to me.” But as it turns out, he’s in no hurry to switch it back. “My initial concern was how on earth would I tell HR at work to change my email footer !? Now I think it could be a great way to get backstage. “

Who knows when we can ever go to a concert again, but we appreciate that he can see the silver lining.

I wish you a good night.

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