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Omicron infections have peaked nationally, Canada’s top doctor says

Jan 28 2022 — John Paul Tasker — Canada’s chief public health officer said Friday that cases of the Omicron variant have peaked nationwide and the number of new infections has dropped significantly over the past week. Canada’s molecular testing system has been hampered by constrained capacity and staffing issues that have made PCR tests unavailable to many. Dr. Theresa Tam pointed to […]

Canadian university races former Chinese partner to make a COVID-19 booster

Jan 27 2022 — — The federal government has trumpeted previous vaccine partnerships with a China-based company as one of the reasons why Canada was pinning its hopes on a COVID-19 vaccine candidate from China early in the pandemic. But The Fifth Estate has reviewed those partnerships and found that a collaboration with McMaster University in Hamilton stalled years ago […]

Canadians are ‘angry’ with the unvaccinated: Trudeau

Jan 5 2022 — Rachel Aiello — At this point in the pandemic, with widespread new restrictions and postponed surgeries for tens of thousands, Canadians are “angry” with those in this country who still have not rolled up their sleeves to get vaccinated against COVID-19, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday. “People are seeing cancer treatments and elective surgeries put off because […]

‘They came to intimidate us’: Calgary MP speaks out following protest outside his home

Jan 25 2022 — — Anti-vaccine protesters hit the private residence of another Calgary politician over the weekend. “Yesterday afternoon, a group of protesters demonstrated outside my home while my family and I were inside celebrating my wife’s birthday,” Calgary Skyview MP George Chahal wrote on Twitter Monday morning. “They came to intimidate us. I have three daughters: 17, 13, […]

Majority of Canadians support more COVID-19 restrictions for unvaccinated: poll

Jan 24 2022 — — With less than 20 per cent of the eligible population still unvaccinated against COVID-19 and concerns around the Omicron variant wave rising in the country, a majority of Canadians are in favour of imposing more restrictions on those who have not gotten the shots yet, according to new polling. An Ipsos poll published Monday and […]

France bars unvaccinated from restaurants, sports venues

Jan 24 2022 — AP — People who aren't vaccinated against COVID-19 are no longer allowed in France’s restaurants, bars, tourist sites and sports venues unless they recently recovered from the virus. The new law came into effect Monday requiring a “vaccine pass” that is central to the government’s anti-virus strategy. France is registering Europe’s highest-ever daily coronavirus infection numbers, and […]

Canadian Trucking Alliance condemns protests by unvaccinated truckers

Jan 23 2022 — — A federation representing truckers across Canada has denounced a series of planned protests against the federal government’s cross-border travel vaccine mandate, arguing such demonstrations aren’t a safe or effective way of resisting the policy. The Canadian Trucking Alliance spoke out against the pending protests in a statement issued 24 hours before a convoy of unvaccinated […]

Lack of action on supply chain will make ’empty shelves the norm,’ say Conservatives

Jan 22 2022 — — The federal government must take stronger and more decisive action to repair Canada’s supply chains and keep food on grocery store shelves, Conservative MPs say. The MPs sent a letter to Transport Minister Omar Alghabra Friday urging action ahead of the government’s National Supply Chain Summit, which is scheduled for January 31. “We are closely […]

COVID-19: Starting Jan. 22, all Canadians must be fully vaccinated to enter the U.S.

Jan 22 2022 — — Starting Jan. 22, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will require all Canadian and non-U.S. individuals to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter the country. This means anyone wanting to enter the U.S. at land borders or ferry terminals at the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borders must provide proof of vaccination whether they are […]