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National vaccine committee recommends high-risk teens get a COVID-19 booster shot

Jan 28 2022 — Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The National Advisory Committee on Immunization is now recommending teenagers with underlying conditions or at high risk of COVID-19 exposure get a booster shot. The advice comes as more provincial health officers are transitioning to a position of learning to live with COVID-19 and loosening public health restrictions. Chief public health officer Dr. […]

National vaccine committee recommends high-risk teens get a COVID-19 booster shot

Jan 28 2022 — Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The National Advisory Committee on Immunization is now recommending teenagers with underlying conditions or at high risk of COVID-19 exposure get a booster shot. The advice comes as more provincial health officers are transitioning to a position of learning to live with COVID-19 and loosening public health restrictions. Chief public health officer Dr. […]

Parliamentary security, police preparing as truckers’ protest convoy nears Ottawa

Jan 27 2022 — Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino says nobody wants a planned anti-vaccination protest on Parliament Hill this weekend to turn into a violent attempt to overthrow the government and warned people not to dismiss the protesters as simple freedom fighters. Several thousand people are expected in Ottawa as early as Friday as part of […]

Parliamentary security, police preparing as truckers’ protest convoy nears Ottawa

Jan 27 2022 — Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Security forces on Parliament Hill are preparing for up to 10,000 protesters to set up camp in downtown Ottawa this weekend to push back against lockdowns and vaccination mandates. A semi-trailer emblazoned with an expletive against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was spotted already in downtown Ottawa Thursday, but many more vehicles are expected […]

Canada Post rethinking mask policy forbidding workers to use their own N95s

Jan 20 2022 — Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Canada Post is seeking "clarification" from the federal government about face masks after drawing criticism for refusing to let employees bring their own N95 masks to work. The Crown corporation earlier this week said employees had to use a Canada Post-issued non-medical cloth or disposable medical mask, or they would be sent home. […]

Health Canada approves Pfizer antiviral but supply issues expected

Jan 17 2022 — Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Health Canada approved Pfizer's antiviral treatment for COVID-19 Monday which could help cut pressure on the health-care system by preventing high-risk patients from ending up in the hospital. But limited supplies of Paxlovid mean the Public Health Agency of Canada is asking provinces and territories to prioritize the treatment for people most at […]