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Molecular testing requirement for COVID-19 to remain as land border opens: Blair

Oct 17 2021 — — Canadians will still need to take a molecular test, like the expensive PCR test, in order to return to Canada from the United States after the land border reopens to fully vaccinated travellers in November. In an interview on Rosemary Barton Live on Sunday, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said acquiring a negative test has […]

Canada’s vaccine passport for travellers expected ‘within weeks’

Oct 14 2021 — — A standardized vaccine passport that would pave Canadians’ way for easier domestic and international travel could be coming in a matter of weeks, with recent delays less about buy-in from provinces and more about the technology behind the system. Ottawa first began working on a national vaccine passport this spring. Days before the federal election […]

Saskatchewan planning to send critical COVID-19 patients to Ontario

Oct 14 2021 — — Saskatchewan is preparing to send some of its critical COVID-19 patients to Ontario as its hospitals are over capacity. Saskatchewan Health Authority CEO Scott Livingstone said Wednesday that the province is preparing air ambulance flights. Transfers to Ontario could happen as early as this week, he said, but that depends on the admissions to Saskatchewan’s […]

‘Risk is too high’: Quebec delays vaccine mandate for health workers by one month

Oct 13 2021 — — Quebec is delaying its deadline for health-care workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 until Nov. 15 because there are still too many unvaccinated employees in the network. Health Minister Christian Dubé told reporters today there are 14,000 health-care workers in the public and private systems who aren’t fully vaccinated against the novel coronavirus. The government […]

Health-care staff shortages could be on the way as COVID-19 vaccine mandates loom

Oct 12 2021 — — Canada is preparing for the worst as provincial COVID-19 vaccine mandates threaten to plunge the country into a sharp uptick of health and long-term care worker shortages and layoffs. For hospitals and nursing homes, a shortage of workers would strain the already overburdened workforce dealing with nearly two years of the pandemic. The uncertainty sparked […]

Most Canadians support health-care workers refusing treatment to threatening, disrespectful unvaccinated patients: Nanos survey

Oct 10 2021 — — Nearly two-thirds of Canadians say they support health-care workers refusing treatment to threatening or disrespectful patients who are unvaccinated against COVID-19, according to a new survey from Nanos Research. The poll, conducted by Nanos Research and sponsored by CTV News, found that 40 per cent of Canadians support and 24 per cent somewhat support health-care […]

Still unvaccinated, Maxime Bernier insists PPC doesn’t need a pandemic to grow

Oct 10 2021 — — London resident and realtor Rob Johnkans’ support for People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier is steadfast. “I met him, shook his hand and had a couple minutes conversation with him,” said the longtime Conservative voter. “The guy is solid … I believed in him at that moment. He is who he says he is.” […]

NWT’s chief public health officer declares COVID outbreak at legislature building

Oct 10 2021 — — The chief public health officer for the Northwest Territories has declared a workplace COVID-19 outbreak at the legislature building in Yellowknife. A statement on the territory’s website says there are six confirmed and two probable COVID-19 infections in people who were at the legislature building between Monday and Friday last week. The statement says Yellowknife […]

Conservatives still considering position on federal vaccine policy, MP says

Oct 9 2021 — Sarah Turnbull — Conservative MP Michael Chong says the party is still studying the government’s new mandatory vaccine policy before taking a position on the issue. In an interview on CTV’s Question Period airing Sunday, Chong said the measure, announced last week, which requires “core” federal public servants to attest to being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. […]