Monday, September 20, 2021

Canada: Public anger swells in Alberta from handling of the pandemic


CBC News shows the Canadian story. Greg Lyle, founder of the Innovative Research Group, breaks down provincial polling of where Albertans stand on Premier Jason Kenney and how the conservatives have handled COVID-19.

Canada election: Nearly half of Canadians don't like any party, poll shows


Global News shows that a new polling by Ipsos exclusive to Global News shows nearly half of Canadians, about 46 per cent of those surveyed, are not a fan of any of the federal parties because none have done enough to win them over. 

The polling also found that of the 53 per cent of voters who are absolutely sure of who they will vote for, Conservative and Bloc supporters are the ones most confident in their decision. NDP and Green supporters are the least confident in voting for their preferred party.

The Liberals are in the middle of the pack with just over 50 per cent of Canadians happy with their choice.

Canada: Protests against pandemic protocols, vaccine passports held at Canadian hospitals


Global News in Canada shows that demonstrators against pandemic protocols and COVID-19 vaccines voiced their displeasure outside hospitals across Canada on Monday.
 
The protests come the same day British Columbia followed several provinces in implementing proof of vaccine requirements for non-essential services, and also announced plans to mandate vaccines among health workers.
 
Eric Sorensen looks at who's opposing the measures meant to protect Canadians, as political leaders of all stripes condemn aggression toward front-line workers.

Canada election: Federal leaders’ last pitch to voters before they head to the polls


Global News in Canada shows that Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is going hard in the final days of the federal election campaign, with seven stops in southern Ontario on Saturday. As Abigail Bimman reports, Trudeau is returning to ridings where the race to victory will be tight. 

Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole dodged questions about whether candidates in his party are vaccinated against COVID-19. As Mike Le Couteur explains, O'Toole’s lack of answers, and the urgency in the final days of the campaign, could lose him votes.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is targeting the Conservative premiers of Alberta and Saskatchewan, two of Canada's COVID-19 hotspots, while campaigning in the Prairie provinces. As Robin Gill explains, Singh isn't just attacking those leaders' handling of the pandemic. 

Green Party Leader Annamie Paul has finally taken her campaign to British Columbia, where the party held its two remaining seats when Parliament was dissolved. But Paul's final pitch may not be enough to keep those seats from slipping away from the Greens. Richard Zussman reports from Victoria, B.C.

See more information here:
https://globalnews.ca/news/8201199/commentary-shockers-probabilities-canada-election/

Key "battlegrounds" to watch across Canada


CTV News shows the interesting Canadian story. Evan Solomon and former MPs look at the key battlegrounds to watch and discuss the party's path to victory.

Canada: Advice for voters on the eve of Election Day: A Q&A with Elections Canada spokeperson Diane Benson


CTV News shows the interesting Canadian story.

CTV News Channel’s Lois Lee interviewed Diane Benson, spokesperson at Elections Canada, about tomorrow’s federal election.

Health Canada tracking menstrual changes after vaccination


CityNews says that Health officials say there is no known association between any of the COVID-19 vaccines and menstrual changes. But, as Faiza Amin reports, researcher are now studying the possibility after receiving dozens of reports.

Canada: Calls grow for Jason Kenney to resign over Alberta's COVID-19 crisis


Global News shows that Jason Kenney's time as Alberta premier's may be numbered, as calls multiply for him to resign, even from within his own party. 

Meanwhile, the province’s health care system is bucking under the COVID-19 crisis Kenney’s government is under fire for fuelling, with just over 2,000 new cases in a single day on Friday. 

Tom Vernon reports on the push to get rid of Kenney.

AUKUS: Why Are France and China so Angry About This Pact? - TLDR News


TLDR News shows that on Wednesday night, US President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a new security pact: AUKUS. The agreement has since sparked anger in both France for a perceived snubbing of their own deal with Australia, and China, who see this as an "incredibly irresponsible" move.

TLDR is all about getting you up to date with the current news. Get the information you need and make decisions.

Canada: How do the federal parties intend to manage COVID-19?


CBC News shows Candidates for the NDP, Liberal and Conservative parties discuss the federal government's role in ending the pandemic.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Canada: Alta. doctor says system has collapsed - 'Warzone medicine'


CTV News shows that Dr. Ilan Schwartz says that Alberta's health system has collapsed and is now only able to offer care to the most seriously injured or sick.

Canada: How does today's polling compare to 2019?


CBC News shows how Éric Grenier tells us where the parties stand using CBC's poll tracker.

How Alberta, Saskatchewan became Canada's COVID-19 epicentres


Global News shows that 2 provinces are facing serious consequences from lifting COVID-19 restrictions too early. In Alberta and Saskatchewan, thousands of elective surgeries have been cancelled, as hospitals struggle with surging COVID-19 patients. Heather Yourex-West reports on the crises these provinces are facing.

Canada: How the parties will handle the housing crisis


CBC News shows the Canada story: Affordable housing has been on the minds of many voters this election, and all the main parties have made promises about how they plan to make housing more attainable. So how do their plans stack up?

Leaders try to drum up support in Canadian election's final days


Global News shows that the federal party leaders are running out of time to win over voters. Abigail Bimman reports on the questions that Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is dodging. Mike Le Couteur looks into Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole’s refusal to say the Alberta premier’s name, and how Jason Kenney and the People’s Party of Canada are posing threats to the Tories’ success.

Canada: Sask. hospitals may need help from other provinces


CBC News shows that Dr. Susan Shaw, the Saskatchewan Heath Authority's chief medical officer, gives an update on the COVID-19 situation in the province.

Canada: Sask. Premier announces mandatory masking, proof of vaccination policy


CTV News shows that in a video posted to Facebook Thursday, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe announced an indoor mask mandate and a proof of vaccination policy.

USA forms new security alliance without Canada


CityNews Channel on Youtube shows that the USA and U.K. will share sensitive and closely guarded nuclear technology with Australia under a new security alliance that doesn’t include Canada. Caryn Ceolin with whether Ottawa is being shut out by its key intelligence allies.

From Pfizer to Comirnaty: Why are there new names for COVID-19 vaccines in Canada?


Global News shows that Health Canada took to Twitter on Thursday to announce new names for its approved COVID-19 brands: Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine will now be known as "Comirnaty," Moderna's has been dubbed "Spikevax" and AstraZeneca’s will be called "Vaxzevria."

The changes in-name-only come as both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines have been given the full rubber stamp, receiving full Health Canada approval for anyone aged 12 and older on Thursday.

As experts note, the act of naming drugs and vaccines is a standardized process and can take a lot of time, and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it can take several months to occur. 

Kat Ward reports.

A pronunciation guide:

Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee)
Spikevax (Spike-vax)
Vaxzevria (vax-ZEV-ria)

Total USA COVID-19 cases move past 42 million


The statistics look like 1 in 500 USA Residents Has Now Died From Coronavirus Covid-19. TODAY Channel on Youtube shows that ahead of a key meeting about COVID-19 booster shots, new data about them is surfacing as the USA reaches another grim milestone: One in 500 residents has now died from the coronavirus. NBC’s Gabe Gutierrez reports for TODAY from the New York City headquarters of Pfizer.

Coronavirus: Total USA COVID-19 cases move past 42 million. Total COVID-19 cases in the United States certainly surpassed 42 million on Saturday, with nearly more than 1 million new cases in less than a week.

By late Saturday morning, USA COVID-19 cases totaled 42,011,096 cases and the nationwide death toll totaled 672,880, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.

The latest figures mean that the most recent 1 million cases were reported within the past 5 days.

One of the CDC studies says: Unvaccinated people are 11 times more likely to die of COVID-19.

Monday, September 6, 2021

Funniest Animals - Cats and Dogs - Best Of 2021 Funny Animal Videos


Take a look at great funny animals: Funniest Animals - Cats and Dogs - Best Of 2021 Funny Animal Videos.

The so-called word "Humour" (Commonwealth English) or "humor" (American English) is the tendency of experiences to provoke laughter and provide amusement. The term derives from the humoral medicine of the ancient Greeks, which taught that the balance of fluids in the human body, known as humours (Latin: humor, "body fluid"), controlled human health and emotion.

People of all ages and cultures respond to funny humour. Most people are able to experience so-called humour - be amused, smile or laugh at something funny (such as a pun or joke) - and thus are considered to have a sense of humour. The hypothetical person lacking a sense of humour would likely find the behaviour inducing it to be inexplicable, strange, or even irrational. Though ultimately decided by personal taste, the extent to which a person finds something humorous depends on a host of variables, including geographical location, culture, maturity, level of education, intelligence and context. More sophisticated forms of humour exist such as satire. They require an understanding of its social meaning and context.

Funny Animals - Cute Dogs And Cats That Will Make You Laugh


Funny Animals' Life on Youtube shows you the funny animals.

Hi everyone, see the funniest animal videos selection #2. In this series of funny videos you will see funny cats, dogs, other cute pets that will give you a good mood all day long.

Enjoy watching and try not to laugh.  

Thanks for wonderful music by Vexento - "Digital Hug"
https://www.youtube.com/user/Vexento

The so-called "dog" or "domestic dog" (Canis familiaris) is a domesticated descendant of the wolf, characterized by an upturning tail. The dog derived from an ancient, extinct wolf, and the modern grey wolf is the dog's nearest living relative. The dog was the first species to be domesticated, by so-called hunter-gatherers over 15,000 years ago, before the development of agriculture. Their long association with humans has led dogs to be uniquely adapted to human behavior, leading to a large number of domestic individuals and the ability to thrive on a starch-rich diet that would be inadequate for other canids.

The dog has been selectively bred over millennia for various behaviors, sensory capabilities, and physical attributes. Dog breeds vary widely in shape, size, and color. They perform many roles for humans, such as hunting, herding, pulling loads, protection, assisting police and the military, companionship, therapy, and aiding disabled people. This influence on human society has given them the sobriquet of so-called "man's best friend."

Synonyms of "sobriquet":

alias
byname
cognomen
epithet
handle
moniker
monicker
nickname


The so-called "cat" animal (Felis catus) is a domestic species of small carnivorous mammal. It is the only domesticated species in the family Felidae and is often referred to as the so-called domestic cat to distinguish it from the wild members of the family. A cat can either be a house cat, a farm cat or a feral cat; the latter ranges freely and avoids human contact. Domestic cats are valued by humans for companionship and their ability to hunt rodents. About 60 cat breeds are recognized by various cat registries.

The cat is similar in anatomy to the other felid species: it has a strong flexible body, quick reflexes, sharp teeth and retractable claws adapted to killing small prey. Its night vision and sense of smell are well developed. Cat communication includes vocalizations like loud or quiet meowing, purring, trilling, hissing, growling and grunting as well as cat-specific body language. A predator that is most active at dawn and dusk (crepuscular), the cat is a solitary hunter but a so-called social species. It can hear sounds too faint or too high in frequency for human ears, such as those made by mice and other small mammals. It secretes and perceives certain pheromones.

So You Got Science Of Funny Animals


Science Loop on Youtube has another interesting video: So You Got Science Of Funny Animals, ... Now What? [part 2]

See the Internet's most funny videos and their Scientific explanations. This is the Part 2 of this Series about how dolphins mimic using echolocation, why these animals follow points, the massive power of elephant trunks, and many more interesting animal science facts.

Don't Forget to watch Part 1: https://youtu.be/3xoih0cSrnE

1. Dog slipping on a surface
2. Dolphin
3. Point follow 
4. Massive power of elephant trunk

So-called "Cherophobia" is THE FEAR OF BEING HAPPY. Cherophobia is certainly a phobia where a person has an irrational aversion to being happy. The term comes from the Greek word "chero," which means "to rejoice." When a person experiences cherophobia, they're often afraid to participate in activities that many would characterize as fun, or of being happy.

See how dolphins mimic using echolocation, why these animals follow points, the massive power of elephant trunks, and much more.

"Echolocation" is an interesting effect. Nature's so-called own sonar system, echolocation occurs when an animal emits a sound wave that bounces off an object, returning an echo that provides information about the object's distance and size. Over a thousand species echolocate, including most bats, all toothed whales, and small mammals.

Dolphin communication is interesting. It seems that Dolphins Speak Body Language. Beyond echolocation, clicking and whistling, dolphins communicate with a variety of body language signals including tail and flipper slapping on water, leaping out of water, bumping each other and spy hopping.

Dolphin communication is certainly called "echolocation." Clicks are used to sense their surroundings through echolocation, while they use whistles to communicate with other members of their species and very likely, with certain other species too. It is also thought that each dolphin has a unique whistle called a 'signature whistle', which is used to identify an individual.

Dolphins certainly communicate using a vast array of sounds and nonverbal gestures. Like humans, dolphins use both verbal utterances and nonverbal gestures to communicate with one another. These include whistles, clicks, and loud broadband packets of sound called burst pulses.

It seems that smart dolphins demonstrate the ability to do intellegent things and most scientists agree that dolphins are very intelligent. They are notoriously talented mimics and quick learners; they demonstrate self-awareness, problem-solving, and empathy, innovation, teaching skills, grief, joy and playfulness.

Dolphins can bite. Dolphins certainly have sharp teeth that they usually use to rip apart their prey. Bottlenose dolphins, for example, have between 80 and 100 teeth that they use to grab, grip and secure their prey. The underwater creatures can also bite humans on occasion.

If a certain dolphin approaches you in the water, do not engage, follow, or otherwise interact with the animal. Allow it to pass by undisturbed and maintain its so-called natural animal behaviors.

Dolphins at swim-with attractions have been known to seriously attack and hurt humans by butting them and the resulting injuries have included lacerations and broken bones.

It seems that some friendly dolphins can save people from drowning.

Never touch or pet dolphins, even if they come close enough to touch. Use binoculars to watch dolphins from a safe distance in their so-called natural habitat, instead.

It seems that some dolphins "get high." A documentary shows dolphins in trance-like state after snacking on puffer fish. A new documentary on the BBC shows dolphins using pufferfish to get to a trance-like state.

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Construction: Toronto: Yonge and Spring Garden - August 2021


There is some interesting construction going on at Yonge St & Spring Garden Ave in Toronto, ON, Canada. Interesting site plans and explanations of the construction can be found here: https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ny/bgrd/backgroundfile-73775.pdf

Toronto is a densely populated city with many condos and cranes. All non-essential construction projects will be halted to help slow the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19. The list of exceptions under this category, however, is long and complicated. Allowed projects are "infrastructure projects such as new hospitals, roads and bridges" and "residential construction that is near completion." The rules also allow many of the condo projects and residential home renovations that have already started.

On April 16, 2021, in response to alarming new COVID-19 case growth and a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ontario government announced a return to shut down of certain non-essential construction projects, with effect at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 17, 2021. There is now the possibility of a 4th virus wave.





Friday, September 3, 2021

Canada: Ontario's COVID-19 vaccine passport plan unveiled, won't apply to retail


CityNews shows that after weeks of speculation, the Ford government announced their plan for vaccine certificates on Wednesday. Adrian Ghobrial explains when, where and how they'll work.

Canada election: Sparks fly in 1st French-language leaders debate


Global News in Canada shows that four of Canada’s party leaders squared off Thursday night for their first televised debate in the federal election campaign, with the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccinations taking centre stage.

The French-language debate featured Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet, who were on stage at the TVA network in Montreal.

It involved a series of face-to-face encounters between two people at a time, which led to longer and fiery exchanges. The event came midway through the campaign, as leaders hope to snap up votes before the election Sept. 20.

Global's Mike Le Couteur has details.

COVID-19: What vaccine passports in Quebec, Ontario mean for Canada's largest provinces?


Global News in Canada shows that recently Quebec became the first province to put its vaccine passport system into practice.

The passports are essentially certificates that confirm vaccinations and allow people to do things like eat out at restaurants, work out at gyms or attend live concerts. Mike Armstrong has a look at the rollout and the resistance.

In Ontario, residents will soon have to show proof they’ve been fully vaccinated as the province rolled out the details for its COVID-19 passport.

But as Jamie Maraucher reports, the patchwork of COVID-19 passports across the country comes with concerns.

COVID-19 rallies across Canada


CityNews shows that in a 24-hour period, protests over COVID-19 health restrictions erupted in Manitoba, BC, and Ontario. Several protests took place in front of hospitals, distressing medical staff, and patients. Mark Neufeld reports.

Canada: Ontario could see 9,000 daily COVID-19 cases by October


CTV News shows how infectious disease expert Dr. Isaac Bogoch breaks down new modelling showing the fourth wave could have a serious impact on Ontario's ICUs.

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Canada election: Canadians divided on whether to balance the budget, poll finds


Global News in Canada shows that a newly released Ipsos poll conducted exclusively for Global News has found that Canadians are divided about how to balance the budget heading into the September election.

Thirty-three per cent of those surveyed believed the government should balance the budget, even if it means an increase in taxes or spending cuts. Bloc Quebecois supporters and Conservatives were the most likely to hold that view, according to the poll.

A slightly larger number, 37 per cent, believe lowering taxes should be the priority, even if it means continued deficits and spending cuts. Conservatives were also at the top of that list, the poll found. 

"I think during the course of the pandemic, there was a more of a single-mindedness about the need to spend government money in order to make sure that we’re able to maintain people’s lives and their livelihoods," says Darrell Bricker, Ipsos Public Affairs CEO. 

Bricker says that consensus is starting to fade as we emerge from the pandemic.

Friday, August 27, 2021

USA land border still closed to Canadians despite Canada allowing American visitors


CBC News: The National shows that there still no luck for Canadians hoping to cross the U.S. border after Washington extends the order to keep it closed until at least Sept. 21. But with fully vaccinated Americans free to cross into Canada, where COVID-19 is under better control, some on both sides are losing what little patience they have left.

How Canadian rescue efforts are floundering in Afghanistan


CBC News shows that more than 1,000 Afghans have been flown out on 12 Canadian flights thus far. Canadian Forces are not bringing people into this country without legitimate documentation, unlike the USA and U.K., says a former Afghan interpreter.

'It's desperate here': Why this USA resident is calling for the border to reopen


CBC News shows Brian Calder, director of the Chamber of Commerce in Point Roberts, Wash., says residents are desperate for the USA-Canada border to reopen and end the restrictions that have isolated the small peninsula-situated community.

Monday, August 23, 2021

Canadian airlines struggle to return to regular service


CBC News: The National in Canada shows that Canadian airlines have had a turbulent time returning to regular service. They've had a shortage of staff to service seats sold, forcing them to cancel and consolidate flights - and it's led to plenty of problems for passengers.

Canada: Coronavirus Q&A: Vaccine medical exemptions


CityNews in Canada shows a COVID-19 Q&A with Toronto’s Associate Medical Officer of Health. A viewer asked how doctors determine who may eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine exemption. Dilshad Burman has more.

Canada: Alberta COVID-19 hospitalizations reach 221 Friday


CityNews in Canada shows Questions around the premier and health minister taking vacation at the same time, as Alberta see’s new daily COVID-19 case counts similar to May.

Why many Canadians may be going through compassion fatigue


Global News in Canada shows that so far, about 73 per cent of Canadians over 12 are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and the rest have not taken the shot.

An Angus-Reid poll shows 83 per cent of vaccinated Canadians say they have "no sympathy" for unvaccinated people who get sick with COVID-19.

Experts say this is because people are concerned the pandemic will drag on longer than it needs to and we may have more lockdowns - something many Canadians are frustrated by, leaving them with compassion fatigue.

Global’s Sharmeen Somani has the story.

Business Report: Canadian dollar drops, border update, RBC's vaccination update


CityNews in Canada shows that the Canadian dollar is at the lowest level this year, it's expected the border restrictions will be extended, Royal Bank is the latest company to announce its vaccine policy. 680 NEWS senior business editor Mike Eppel has details.

COVID-19 surges in parts of Western Canada


CBC News: The National in Canada shows that a surge in COVID-19 cases in Western Canada has some speculating if B.C. will push back its final re-opening phase, while the Canadian Armed Forces has been sent in for help in the Northwest Territories.

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Cute Cats And Dogs That Will Make You Laugh - Funny Animal Compilation


Funny Animals' Life on Youtube shows you the best funny animals.

See them prepared for you - the funniest animal videos selection #1. In this series of funny videos you will see funny cats, dogs, other cute pets that will give you a good mood all day long.

Enjoy watching and try not to laugh.  

Thanks for wonderful music by Vexento - "Digital Hug"
https://www.youtube.com/user/Vexento

Funny Animals - Geese on Grass Near Tables Outside


The term "goose" may refer to either a male or female bird, but when paired with "gander", refers specifically to a female one (the latter referring to a male). Young birds before fledging are called goslings.

Interesting Fascinating Well-Known Sayings about Geese include:

To "have a gander" is to examine something in detail.

"What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander" or "What's good for the goose is good for the gander" means that what is an appropriate treatment for one person is equally appropriate for someone else.

Saying that someone's "goose is cooked" means that they have suffered, or are about to suffer, a terrible setback or misfortune.

The common phrase "silly goose" is used when referring to someone who is acting particularly silly.

"Killing the goose that lays the golden eggs", derived from an old fable, is a saying referring to any greed-motivated, unprofitable action that destroys or otherwise renders useless a favourable situation.

"A wild goose chase" is a useless, futile waste of time and effort.

There is a legendary old woman called Mother Goose who wrote nursery rhymes for children.

A raised, rounded area of swelling (typically a hematoma) caused by an impact injury is sometimes metaphorically called a "goose egg", especially if it occurs on the head.



Funny Animals - Yellow Bug on Car


This interesting bug is probably a grasshopper.

Grasshoppers are certainly a group of insects belonging to the suborder Caelifera. They are among what is probably the most ancient living group of chewing herbivorous insects, dating back to the early Triassic around 250 million years ago.

Grasshoppers are typically ground-dwelling insects with powerful hind legs which allow them to escape from threats by leaping vigorously. As hemimetabolous insects, they do not undergo complete metamorphosis; they hatch from an egg into a nymph or "hopper" which undergoes 5 important moults, becoming more similar to the adult insect at each developmental stage. At high population densities and under certain environmental conditions, some grasshopper species can change color and behavior and form swarms. Under these circumstances, they are certainly known as locusts.

Canada election: COVID-19 concerns raised over schools hosting polling stations


Global News shows that with a 4th Covid-19 pandemic wave underway, and no COVID-19 vaccine for children under age 12, calls are growing to keep voting stations out of schools. 

On election day, Sept. 20, the premiers of Manitoba and New Brunswick have already declared schools will be off limits for elections Canada. 

Jamie Mauracher reports on who's worried, and who's confident casting a ballot in schools can be done safely.

There Are Several Ways To Vote in the Canadian Federal General Election.

For the federal election now under way, Elections Canada encourages electors to plan early and choose the voting option that best suits them. They can vote:

- on election day on Monday, September 20, 2021

- at one of the advance polls on Friday, September 10, 2021; Saturday, September 11, 2021; Sunday, September 12, 2021; or Monday, September 13, 2021

- by mail: Electors must apply to vote by mail before Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 6:00 p.m., local time.

- at any Elections Canada office across Canada before Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 6:00 p.m., local time

- To vote, electors must show proof of identity and address.

- Voting and identification rules are different for incarcerated electors and Canadian electors who live abroad.

- Given the ongoing pandemic, Elections Canada, in consultation with public health authorities, has implemented a range of measures at polling places and Elections Canada offices to protect electors, election workers and political participants. These measures include providing protective equipment for poll workers and office workers and hand sanitizer and masks for electors.

- Electors who are self-isolating or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should apply to vote by mail or call their local Elections Canada office to find out more about their voting options.

Elections Canada is an independent, non-partisan agency that reports directly to Parliament.

For more information, see elections.ca.

Elections Canada lays out plans for voting during pandemic


Elections Canada certainly lays out plans for voting during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Take a look at CBC News: The National in Canada for the fascinating stories.

Elections Canada laid out how it plans to make the federal election safe during the COVID-19 pandemic including precautions at polling stations and how to access mail-in ballots.

The National is CBC's flagship nightly news program, featuring the day's top stories with in-depth and original journalism, with hosts Adrienne Arsenault and Andrew Chang in Toronto, Ian Hanomansing in Vancouver and the CBC's chief political correspondent, Rosemary Barton in Ottawa.

"Elections Canada" is an interesting Canadian agency.

The Office of the Chief Electoral Officer (French: Bureau du directeur général des élections), commonly known as Elections Canada (French: Élections Canada), is the non-partisan agency responsible for administering Canadian federal elections and referendums. Elections Canada is an office of the Parliament of Canada, and reports directly to Parliament rather than to the Government of Canada.

Its responsibilities include:

- Making sure that all voters have access to the electoral system
- Informing citizens about the electoral system
- Maintaining the National Register of Electors
- Enforcing electoral legislation
- Training election officers
- Producing maps of electoral districts
- Registering political parties, electoral district associations, and third parties that engage in election advertising
- Administering the allowances paid to registered political parties
- Monitoring election spending by candidates, political parties and third parties
- Publishing financial information on political parties, electoral district associations, candidates, nomination contestants, leadership contestants and third parties
- Supporting the independent commissions responsible for adjusting the boundaries of federal electoral districts every ten years
- Reporting to Parliament on the administration of elections and referendums

The House of Commons of Canada appoints the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada to head the agency. The Chief Electoral Officer in turn appoints the Commissioner of Canada Elections, who ensures that the Canada Elections Act is enforced; and the Broadcasting Arbitrator, who allocates paid and free broadcasting time during electoral events. The Chief Electoral Officer is seconded by the Deputy Chief Electoral Officer and Chief Legal Counsel and a staff of some 330 representing five executive directorates. During an election, staff at Elections Canada headquarters increases to 600 and to approximately 190,000 across Canada. Members of the general public are recruited to help run the election by manning polling stations, counting ballots, answering voters' questions, and providing other necessary services.

Canada: Affordable housing key issue on campaign trail


Global News in Canada shows that federal party leaders are laying out plans to fix the affordable housing crisis in Canada, which has become a key federal election campaign issue. Abigail Bimman looks at those promises, the criticism, and what details are missing. 

While on the campaign trail in Edmonton, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh promised $250 million to train and hire more nurses across Canada. Mike Le Couteur explains the significance of Singh's stop in Alberta.

The certain question of mandatory vaccines keeps popping up on the campaign trail, as Canadians brace for the first federal election of the pandemic. Eric Sorensen looks at which side of the debate seems to be winning. 

Just days into the federal election campaign, the Liberals and the NDP are giving extra attention to British Columbia. David Akin explains why.

Also, unfortunately a fourth pandemic wave is underway for Canada.

Afghans descend on Canadian embassy


CBC News shows that Afghans desperate to escape the country after the Taliban takeover are crowding around the airport in Kabul. They're also arriving at the Canadian embassy, begging for safe passage after hearing that Canada plans to help resettle 20,000 Afghans.

Canada's housing market, not COVID-19 could be the top issue in the election campaign


CTV News shows that as Canadian party leaders close out their first week of campaigning, Nanos Research’s Nik Nanos says it shouldn't be surprising that affordable housing has become a top issue in the 2021 federal election.

Nanos said on the latest episode of Trend Line that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a hot housing market, driving up the prices not only for those looking to purchase a home, but also those trying to rent, creating a housing crisis across Canada.

The so-called "Canadian Property Bubble" refers to a significant rise in Canadian real estate prices from 2002 to present (with short periods of falling prices in 2008 and 2017) which some observers have called a real estate bubble. From 2003 to 2018, Canada saw an increase in home and property prices of up to 337% in some cities. By 2018, home-owning costs were above 1990 levels when Canada saw its last housing bubble burst. Bloomberg Economics ranks Canada as the second largest housing bubble across the OECD in 2019 and 2021.

Michel Boyer on the latest extension of USA border restrictions


CTV News shows that the USA has extended restrictions on non-essential travel across land borders with Canada until Sept. 21. CTV's Michel Boyer has more.

As a certain result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries and regions have imposed quarantines, entry bans, or other restrictions for citizens of or recent travelers to the most affected areas. Other countries and regions have imposed global restrictions that apply to all foreign countries and territories, or prevent their own citizens from travelling overseas.

So-called Travel Restrictions have reduced the spread of the virus, but because they were first implemented after community spread was established in multiple countries in different regions of the world, they produced only a modest reduction in the total number of people infected. Travel restrictions may be most important at the start and end of the pandemic.

The travel restrictions have caused serious economic harm to the tourism industry through lost income and social harm to people who were unable to travel for family matters or other reasons. When the travel bans are lifted, many people are expected to resume various traveling. However, some travel, especially business travel, may be decreased long-term as lower cost alternatives, such as teleconferencing and virtual events, are certainly preferred.

USA recommending 3rd COVID-19 booster shot as Canada reviews data


Global News in Canada shows the fascinating stories.

Heart transplant recipient Mike Willis is one of few Canadians who have had three COVID-19 vaccines.

"I had zero antibodies from the first two shots of Moderna," Willis told Global News

Part of a Toronto based trial, it wasn’t until his booster shot, the 66 year-old didn’t have any protection at all. 

"With the Delta variant circulating, we need to make sure that everybody’s antibodies are at the level that they should be," says Dr. Deepak Kumar, a transplant infectious diseases specialist.

And partly why USA health officials have decided to recommend third doses of the Pfizer and Moderna to all Americans 18 and older, eight months after their second shot. 

Jamie Maraucher reports.

Canada: Delta virus variant warnings


CBC News: The National in Canada shows the important stories in Canada.

August 19, 2021 - The delta variant’s dominance prompts warnings from experts who say vaccination makes all the differences. Afghans in Canada ramp up efforts to help those stranded. Plus, At Issue breaks down the early days of the campaign and the role of the pandemic.

Correction: At 3:10 in this broadcast, Dr. Mike Nayak is incorrectly identified as Mark Nayak. 

In the video:

0:00 The National for Aug. 19, 2021
1:40 Vaccination key to avoiding the worst from delta variant, experts say
4:28 Growing COVID-19 outbreak in N.W.T
5:00 Ontario MPP kicked out of caucus for not being vaccinated 
5:30 Toronto makes vaccines mandatory for city employees
6:10 Big campaign promises to improve affordability
8:13 Liberals promise $9 billion to long-term care sector
9:01 Community groups call for more action on gun violence in Montreal
10:50 Canada may be unable to get every eligible Afghan out of the country 
11:28 Frustration, defiance inside Afghanistan
13:26 National youth soccer player fell to his death at Kabul airport 
13:43 Afghan Paralympian pleas for help getting to Paralympics 
14:17 Afghanistan’s Hazara minority fear renewed massacres under Taliban
16:35 Landslides hamper relief efforts in rural Haiti after earthquake
20:37 Ontario PCs apologize for fundraising letters that looked like invoices 
21:00 Swedish company claims first production of green steel
21:37 Ranchers struggle to get livestock to safety when fleeing B.C. wildfires
24:43 The early winners, losers on the campaign trail | At Issue
38:50 "Miracle" recovery from COVID-19 blood clot 
40:20 Controversy surrounds new Jeopardy! host
43:01 The Moment

The so-called Delta variant has mutations in the gene encoding the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein causing the substitutions D614G, T478K, P681R and L452R. It is identified as the 21A clade under the Nextstrain phylogenetic classification system.

At the end of May 2021, the WHO assigned the label Delta to lineage B.1.617.2 after introducing a new policy of using Greek letters for variants of concern and variants of interest.

Questions over Canada's plan for COVID-19 vaccine passports


Global News shows that Canadians are questioning how the federal government plans to create a vaccine passport system to help people travel overseas. 

Who can get it? How will it work? Will provinces decide to use the passport for other things, like Quebec is planning to do? Jamie Mauracher breaks down what we know so far.

A so-called "immunity passport" or "vaccine passport", also known as a vaccination ID recovery certificate, immunity certificate, recovery certificate or release certificate, is a document, in both paper and digital format, attesting that its bearer is immune to a contagious disease. Similar to quarantine, public certification is an action that various governments can take to mitigate an epidemic.

Keep in mind, an immunity passport is not the same as a vaccination record or vaccination certificate proving someone has received certain vaccines verified by the medical records of the clinic where the vaccines were given. The Carte Jaune ("yellow card") is an official vaccination record issued by the World Health Organization (WHO). It has been argued that the certain primary difference is that vaccination certificates such as the Carte Jaune incentivise individuals to obtain vaccination against a disease, while immunity passports incentivize individuals to get infected with and recover from a disease.

The certain concept of immunity passports has drawn much attention during the COVID-19 pandemic as a potential way to contain the pandemic and permit faster economic recovery. This could include a so-called "health passport" for people who have either been vaccinated. A reliable serological testing for antibodies against dangerous SARS-CoV-2 virus is done to certify people as immune to COVID-19 and issue an immunity documentation. Despite the benefits of vaccination and to solve economic and social problems due to the pandemic, issuing COVID-19 immunity certificates point out issues in science, ethics, and laws. Certificates may also result in a lower inclination to accept COVID-19 vaccines and may thus have a certain counterproductive effect on immunization rates.

USA extends border restrictions with Canada until Sept. 21


CBC News shows that the USA Department of Homeland Security said that the delta variant and case counts are the reasons for keeping the country's important land border closed.

The so-called SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant, also known as lineage B.1.617.2, or so-called "Indian variant" is a variant of lineage B.1.617 of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. It was certainly first detected in India in late 2020. The World Health Organization (WHO) named it the Delta virus variant on 31 May 2021.

The dangerous virus variant has mutations in the gene encoding the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein causing the substitutions T478K, P681R and L452R, which are known to affect transmissibility of the virus as well as whether it can be neutralised by antibodies for previously circulating variants of the COVID-19 virus. In August 2021, Public Health England (PHE) reported secondary attack rate in household contacts of non-travel or unknown cases for Delta to be 10.8% versus 10.2% for the alpha variant; the case fatality rate for those 300,010 with Delta is 0.2%, where half of the cases and one third of the deaths are unvaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines are effective in preventing severe disease or hospitalisation from infection with the dangerous virus variant.

On 7 May 2021, PHE changed their important classification of lineage B.1.617.2 from a variant under investigation (VUI) to a variant of concern (VOC) based on an assessment of transmissibility being at least equivalent to B.1.1.7 (Alpha variant); the UK's SAGE subsequently estimated a "realistic" possibility of being 50% more transmissible. On 11 May 2021, the WHO also classified this lineage VOC, and said that it showed evidence of higher transmissibility and reduced so-called neutralization. On 15 June 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared Delta a variant of concern.

The variant is thought to be partly responsible for India's second wave of the pandemic beginning in February 2021. It later contributed to a third wave in Fiji, the United Kingdom and South Africa, and the WHO warned in July 2021 that it could have a similar effect elsewhere in Europe and Africa. By late July it had also driven an increase in daily virus infections in parts of Asia, the United States, and Australia.

As of 20 July 2021, the dangerous virus variant had spread to 124 various countries, and the WHO indicated that it was certainly becoming the dangerous dominant virus strain globally.

Monday, August 9, 2021

Canada: Aggressive wildfire at B.C.'s White Rock Lake jumps highway, burns homes


CBC News shows that an increasingly aggressive wildfire burning between Kamloops and Vernon, B.C., has breached a major highway, and residents from the area say they've seen their homes burning.

What will Canada do with excess vaccines?


CityNews in Canada shows that Health Canada says the AstraZeneca vaccine could have a new potential side effect. It comes as questions emerge over what Canada plans to do with the 404 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines the country has ordered. Xiaoli Li has more.

Vaccine Hunters Canada to wrap up social media campaign


CBC News shows that Vaccine Hunters Canada director Sabrina Craig joins Power & Politics to discuss why the group has decided to wind down operations, with their last social media posts taking place on Aug. 31.

Will Canada start offering third COVID-19 vaccine doses to immunocompromised?


Global News shows that as debate grows over the need to administer third COVID-19 vaccine doses, immunocompromised individuals are expressing their concerns. 

While they'll be the most vulnerable people should a fourth wave hit, many countries still haven't rolled out their first vaccine doses. 

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's top doctor, says there still isn't enough data to move forward with booster shots. 

Global’s Jamie Mauracher reports.

Canada: Quebec will implement vaccine passports


CBC News: The National in Canada shows that Quebec Premier François Legault announced Thursday the province is working on mandating vaccine passports for non-essential services such as restaurants, movie theatres and concerts.

Watch The National live on YouTube Sunday-Friday at 9 p.m. ET

Canada: Calls for Ontario to introduce vaccine passports


CBC News: The National in Canada shows that with COVID-19 cases on the rise in Ontario, there are growing calls for the province to introduce vaccine passports similar to neighbouring Quebec. Premier Doug Ford's government hasn't expressed support for the idea. 

Watch The National live on YouTube Sunday-Friday at 9 p.m. ET

Millions of Canadians struggling to travel after mixing COVID-19 vaccines


Global News shows that Canadians have been told to take the first COVID-19 vaccine they’re offered, even if that means getting inoculated with a combination of different shots.

There are at least 3.6 million Canadians who mixed vaccines and thousands who got a version of AstraZeneca that isn't currently accepted by some European countries. Quebec is already offering a third dose to fix the problem. 

But as Abigail Bimman reports, federal officials say it's unclear whether doing so is safe.

Canada: Alberta's top doctor standing by decision to drop COVID-19 restrictions


CBC News shows that Alberta's chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, is apologizing for causing 'confusion, fear or anger' after communicating the province's plan to lift its remaining COVID-19 public health measures - however she still believes it is the right decision.

Thousands of CBSA workers strike ahead of Canada-USA border reopening


Global News shows that the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is warning travellers to prepare for delays as thousands of border agents begin work-to-rule action. 

It has been three years since the union started negotiations for a contract with the federal government. The strike comes as Canada prepares to welcome fully vaccinated visitors from the U.S., for the first time since March 2020. 

Globa’s Seán O'Shea explains what workers are calling for and how negotiations are going.

Sunday, August 8, 2021

How different Canadian provinces are responding to threat of 4th COVID-19 wave


Global News in Canada shows that a certain range of pandemic responses is playing out across Canada, as several provinces see a Delta-fuelled surge in COVID-19 cases. 

Canadian officials say a higher rate of vaccinations is the only way out of this public health crisis. 

Meanwhile, Quebec is focusing on implementing vaccine passports. 

Global’s Abigail Bimman looks at different tactics to get infections under control and whether it will be enough to prevent a possible "fourth virus wave" come fall.


















Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Funny skunk runs through residential area in the night


Take a look at how this funny skunk runs through residential area in the night.

There are Motion Sensor Night Lights. When in night light mode, its passive infrared (PIR) motion detection is activated whenever there's a person (or animal) moving within 10 feet of it. Afterward, the light automatically shuts off within 25 seconds of inactivity.

It could be dangerous to come near a skunk. Skunks can carry distemper, histoplasmosis or even salmonella. If you touch skunks, you could be at risk of contracting the diseases these animals carry. Professional skunk removal can help rid your home of these serious health risks.

Back away from the skunk very slowly and steadily. Don't turn your back, make sudden movements, raise your arms, or run. Instead, try to put about 10 feet between yourself and the skunk, but don't rush.

Skunk smell can cause a physical reaction including a runny nose, watering eyes, and nausea. It can last for days or longer if not removed.

The skunk will give a warning that it's about to spray by arching its back, raising its tail high in the air, turning its back toward the enemy, and stomping its front feet.

It seems that because skunks are generally easy-going, they will not intentionally bother people. In fact, skunks may benefit humans by eating many insects and rodents many regard as pests.

The skunk smell inside your house is a problem. The extremely foul smell can last for three weeks, and the longer it sits, the harder it is to remove. Acting quickly will ensure your success in eliminating skunk odor.

What Do Skunks really Spray out of themselves? Skunk spray consists of a chemical called N-butlymercaptan, which is a pungent mix of sulfur-based compounds. The skunk stores the spray in glands positioned alongside its anus, which is why it needs to lift its tail to spray.



Funny Cat Scares Of Ordinary Things - Cute And Funny Cat Reactions


Funny Animals' Life Channel on Youtube is pretty interesting.

See the funniest video about scaring cats. Cats and kittens are very cute and at the same time unusual pets. They can be both cute playful and funny animals, and real weirdo pests. Today you and I will see that and get a good mood for the whole day. Enjoy watching!

Thanks for wonderful music by Vexento - "Digital Hug"

Definition of word "cat":

cat noun, often attributive

Definition of cat (Entry 1 of 5)

1a: a carnivorous mammal (Felis catus) long domesticated as a pet and for catching rats and mice
b: any of a family (Felidae) of carnivorous usually solitary and nocturnal mammals (such as the domestic cat, lion, tiger, leopard, jaguar, cougar, wildcat, lynx, and cheetah)

2a: GUY
some young ... cat asked me to go drinking with him

b: a player or devotee of jazz

3: a strong tackle used to hoist an anchor to the cathead of a ship

4a: CATBOAT
b: CATAMARAN
5: CAT-O'-NINE-TAILS
6: CATFISH sense 1
7: a malicious woman
especially : one given to making catty remarks about other women

cat verb

catted; catting

Definition of cat (Entry 2 of 5)

intransitive verb

usually vulgar : to search for a sexual mate - often used with around

transitive verb

: to bring (an anchor) up to the cathead

Definition of cat (Entry 3 of 5)

1catalog
2catalyst
Cat trademark
\ ˈkat  \

Definition of Cat (Entry 4 of 5)

used for a Caterpillar tractor

Definition of CAT (Entry 5 of 5)

1clean-air turbulence
2computerized axial tomography

Synonyms for cat
Synonyms: Noun

feline, house cat, kitty, moggy (also moggie) [British], puss, pussy, pussycat


History and Etymology for cat

Noun

Middle English, from Old English catt, probably from Late Latin cattus, catta cat

The "cat" animal (Felis catus) is a domestic species of small carnivorous mammal. It is the only domesticated species in the family Felidae and is often referred to as the domestic cat to distinguish it from the wild members of the family. A certain cat can either be a house cat, a farm cat or a feral cat; the latter ranges freely and avoids human contact. Domestic cats are valued by humans for companionship and their ability to hunt rodents.

It seems that about 60 cat breeds are recognized by various cat registries.

The cat is similar in anatomy to the other felid species: it has a strong flexible body, quick reflexes, sharp teeth and retractable claws adapted to killing small prey. Its night vision and sense of smell are well developed. Cat communication includes vocalizations like meowing, purring, trilling, hissing, growling and grunting as well as cat-specific body language. A predator that is most active at dawn and dusk (crepuscular), the cat is a solitary hunter but a social species. It can hear sounds too faint or too high in frequency for human ears, such as those made by mice and other small mammals. It secretes and perceives pheromones.

A pheromone is a chemical that an animal produces which changes the behavior of another animal of the same species. Some describe pheromones as behavior-altering agents. Many people do not know that pheromones trigger other behaviors in the animal of the same species, apart from sexual behavior.



Funniest Cats And Dogs - Cute And Funny Animal Videos


Funny Animals' Life on Youtube is back.

Prepared for you is a very funny compilation of the best video of the week about cats and dogs. Dynamic, funny and cute, which will give a good mood for the all day cat lovers and dog lovers. Try not to laugh and ejoy watching Funny Animals Life!

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Funny Animal Videos that Make Me Burst Into Tears Laughing


Mr Mouse on Youtube has the cutest Pets. See Cute Animals Pets.

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Funny Rabbit in Toronto Park


This Funny Rabbit at a Toronto Park sits in the green grass and looks at people. It later runs inside the green forest.

Rabbits, or bunnies, are small mammals in the family Leporidae (along with the hare) of the order Lagomorpha (along with the pika). Oryctolagus cuniculus includes the European rabbit species and its descendants, the world's 305 breeds of so-called domestic rabbit. Sylvilagus includes 13 wild rabbit species, among them the seven types of cottontail. The European rabbit, which has been introduced on every continent except Antarctica, is familiar throughout the world as a wild prey animal and as a domesticated form of livestock and pet. With its widespread effect on ecologies and cultures, the rabbit is, in many areas of the world, a part of daily life - as various food, clothing, a companion, and a source of artistic inspiration.

Although once considered rodents, lagomorphs like rabbits have been discovered to have diverged separately and earlier than their rodent cousins and have a number of certain traits rodents lack, like two extra incisors.

Male rabbits are called bucks; females are called does. An older term for an adult rabbit used until 18c. is coney (derived ultimately from the Latin cuniculus), while rabbit once referred only to the young animals. Another term for a young rabbit is bunny.

A group of rabbits is known as a colony or nest (or, occasionally, a warren, though this more commonly refers to where the rabbits live). A group of baby rabbits produced from a single mating is referred to as a litter and a group of domestic rabbits living together is sometimes called a herd.

The word rabbit itself derives from Middle English "rabet", a borrowing from Walloon "robète" which was a diminuitive of French or Middle Dutch "robbe".