Sunday, June 6, 2021

Canada: Vaccine injury compensation program accepting applications


CBC News shows that the federal government has begun accepting applications for its vaccine injury support program. Some people diagnosed with rare but serious conditions after their vaccinations aren't sure the compensation goes far enough.

Inside the Canadian lab shining light on long-term COVID-19 side effects


Global News shows that we are starting to learn about the long-term damage COVID-19 wreaks on many vital organs, but what about our blood vessels? There are troubling signs that the impact on our vascular system may leave a lifelong legacy of health problems in its wake. For The New Reality, Dawna Friesen speaks with Jake Pushie, a scientist at the University of Saskatchewan, who's using the most powerful device in the country to look for answers.

Canada's duty-free shops seek federal aid as pandemic travel rules crush business


Global News shows that the pandemic has forced many of Canada's retailers to pivot their business to survive. But Canada's 33 duty-free shops across the country, along its border with the United States, have faced very little options to adapt as strict pandemic travel rules effectively bring business to a halt. 

Products sold from duty-free stores typically have to leave the country, and cannot be sold locally, online, or even given away. 

As Mike Le Couteur reports, struggling store-owners are hoping for a plan from Ottawa to help them recover.

Canada Sports Gambling - the push for change


CBC News: The National in Canada shows that there is a growing push to change how Canadians can legally bet on professional sports to help keep billions in gambling money in the country and catch up with practices found in other countries.

Sports betting is certainly the activity of predicting sports results and placing a wager on the outcome. The frequency of sports bet upon varies by culture, with the vast majority of bets being placed on association football, American football, basketball, baseball, hockey, track cycling, auto racing, mixed martial arts, and boxing at both the amateur and professional levels. Sports bettors really place their wagers legally through a bookmaker or sportsbook.

WHO calls out Canada over COVID-19 vaccine inequity


CBC News: The National in Canada shows that the World Health Organization has called out richer countries, including Canada, for not helping international efforts toward COVID-19 vaccine equity, despite vaccinating their populations at a much faster rate than poorer countries.

Many countries have implemented phased distribution plans that prioritize those at highest risk of complications, such as the elderly, and those at high risk of exposure and transmission, such as healthcare workers.

As of 30 May 2021, 1.9 billion doses of COVID‑19 vaccine have been administered worldwide based on official reports from national health agencies. AstraZeneca anticipates producing 3 billion doses in 2021, Pfizer-BioNTech 1.3 billion doses, and Sputnik V, Sinopharm, Sinovac, and Johnson & Johnson 1 billion doses each. Moderna targets producing 600 million doses and Convidecia 500 million doses in 2021. By December 2020, more than 10 billion vaccine doses had been preordered by countries, with about half of the doses purchased by high-income countries comprising 14% of the world's population.

Canada: Alberta's oilsands outbreaks being blamed on federal government exemptions


Global News shows that more than 8,000 workers in Alberta's oilsands have now received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, as the province tries to contain outbreaks at over a dozen work sites. 

Over 3,000 people have been infected in 2 outbreaks alone at Canadian Natural Resource's Horizon mine site and the Mildred Lake Site operated by Syncrude. 

As Heather Yourex-West reports, a federal exemption surrounding workers brought in from outside the country is being blamed. 

The province of Alberta in Canada has a lot of oil resources. The Athabasca oil sands (also known as the Athabasca tar sands) are large deposits of bitumen or extremely heavy crude oil, located in northeastern Alberta, Canada - roughly centred on the boomtown of Fort McMurray. These oil sands, hosted primarily in the McMurray Formation, consist of a mixture of crude bitumen (a semi-solid rock-like form of crude oil), silica sand, clay minerals, and water. The Athabasca deposit is the largest known reservoir of crude bitumen in the world and the largest of 3 major oil sands deposits in Alberta, along with the nearby Peace River and Cold Lake deposits (the latter stretching into Saskatchewan).

Together, these large oil sand deposits certainly lie under 141,000 square kilometres of boreal forest and muskeg (peat bogs) and contain about 1.7 trillion barrels (270×109 m3) of bitumen in-place, comparable in magnitude to the world's total proven reserves of conventional petroleum. The International Energy Agency (IEA) lists the economically recoverable reserves, at 2007 prices and modern unconventional oil production technology, to be 178 billion barrels (28.3×109 m3), or about 10% of these deposits. These contribute to Canada's total proven reserves being the third largest in the world, after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela's Orinoco Belt.

USA unveils COVID-19 vaccine sharing plan with the world, Canada a priority


Global News shows that USA on Thursday unveiled plans to share its first 25 million of its COVID-19 vaccines with the world, with nearly 6 million doses targeted towards "regional priorities and partner recipients," including Canada and Mexico, among other countries.

At this point in time, it seems unclear how many doses Canada would be offered or if the country would accept them or which vaccine would be sent.

The United States will donate nearly 19 million doses through the COVAX international vaccine sharing program, the White House said during the briefing on Wednesday.

Through COVAX, some 6 million doses would go to Latin America and the Caribbean, about 7 million doses to South and Southeast Asia and roughly 5 million to Africa.

Other beneficiaries of the priority group include the Republic of Korea, the West Bank and Gaza, Ukraine, Kosovo, Haiti, Georgia, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Yemen and United Nations front-line workers.

A so-called "vaccine" is really a biological preparation that provides active acquired immunity to a particular infectious disease. A vaccine typically (but not always) contains an agent that resembles a disease-causing microorganism and is often made from weakened or killed forms of the microbe, its toxins, or one of its surface proteins. The agent stimulates the body's immune system to recognize the agent as a threat, destroy it, and to further recognize and destroy any of the microorganisms associated with that agent that it may encounter in the future. Vaccines can be prophylactic (to prevent or ameliorate the effects of a future infection by a natural or "wild" pathogen), or therapeutic (to fight a certain disease that has already occurred, such as cancer).

In biology, a "pathogen" (Greek: πάθος pathos "suffering", "passion" and -γενής -genēs "producer of") in the oldest and broadest sense, is really any organism that can produce disease. A pathogen may also be referred to as an infectious agent, or simply a germ.

The term "pathogen" came into use in the 1880s. Typically, the term is used to describe an infectious microorganism or agent, such as a virus, bacterium, protozoan, prion, viroid, or fungus. Small animals, such as certain worms or insects, can also cause or transmit disease. However, these animals are usually, in common parlance, referred to as parasites rather than pathogens. The scientific study of microscopic organisms, including microscopic pathogenic organisms, is certainly called microbiology, while parasitology refers to the scientific study of parasites and the organisms that host them.

Canada facing increasing calls to donate vaccine doses to COVAX


CBC News shows that the chair of an alliance that co-manages the COVAX vaccine-sharing program is urging wealthy nations like Canada to donate surplus doses to developing countries. "From COVAX’s perspective, we would like them as soon as possible," he said.

COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (abbreviated as COVAX) is a worldwide initiative aimed at equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines directed by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (formerly the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, or GAVI), the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), and the World Health Organization (WHO). It is one of the 3 important pillars of the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator, an initiative begun in April 2020 by the WHO, the European Commission, and the government of France as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. COVAX coordinates international resources to enable low-to-middle-income countries equitable access to COVID-19 tests, therapies, and vaccines.

Canada: Special privileges for the fully vaccinated?


CityNews Toronto shows that hundreds of fully vaccinated healthcare workers got the chance to watch a hockey game in person at Scotiabank Arena. Maleeha Sheikh looks into the possibility of extending special privileges for people with two doses.

Vaccination requirements for international travel are the aspect of vaccination policy that concerns the movement of people across borders. Countries around the world require travellers departing to other countries, or arriving from other countries, to be vaccinated against certain various infectious diseases in order to prevent more epidemics. At border checks, these travellers are required to show existing proof of vaccination against specific diseases; the most widely used vaccination record is the International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP or Carte Jaune/Yellow Card).

Canada to receive 2M doses a week of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine until end of August


Global News shows that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday that Pfizer would ship two million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine a week to Canada, until the end of August. 

Trudeau confirmed the news during an update on the COVID-19 situation and vaccine rollout in the country, alongside Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand and other health officials.

The prime minister also said the government has negotiated an option for three million additional vaccines in September. 

Trudeau says 65 per cent of eligible Canadians have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine;

On Thursday, Canada received its largest single shipment of the Pfizer vaccine to date: 24 million doses, according to Brig.-Gen. Krista Brodie, who oversees the distribution and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines across Canada.

A COVID‑19 vaccine is certainly a vaccine intended to provide acquired immunity against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS‑CoV‑2), the virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‑19). Prior to the COVID‑19 pandemic, there was an established body of knowledge about the structure and function of coronaviruses causing diseases like severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), which enabled accelerated development of various vaccine technologies during early 2020. On 10 January 2020, the SARS-CoV-2 genetic sequence data was shared through GISAID, and by 19 March, the global pharmaceutical industry announced a major commitment to address COVID-19.

Canada to allow mixing COVID-19 vaccines


Good Morning America on Youtube shows that Dr. Jen Ashton explains why the country is allowing people to mix and match vaccine brands.

Dr. Joss Reimer (medical lead for Manitoba’s Vaccine Implementation Task Force) says that new vaccine recommendations from the Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunization on mixing mRNA vaccines will be a form of trial and error.

It can bee seen as kind of an experiment. On Tuesday, NACI changed its guidelines to allow for Canadians to mix and match AstraZeneca with either mRNA vaccine from Moderna or Pfizer. There was no current data on the interchangeability of mRNA vaccines.

NACI still recommends sticking with the same mRNA vaccine regime for both doses, but that you can mix if there are problems with availability.

Canada secures more Pfizer shots as focus shifts to second doses


CBC News shows that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the government will buy 3 million more vaccine doses from Pfizer than originally planned, and will also try to firm up Moderna supply via the USA, instead of Europe.

Pfizer Inc. is an American multinational pharmaceutical corporation headquartered on 42nd Street in Manhattan, New York City. The name of the company commemorates its co-founder, Charles Pfizer (1824-1906). Pfizer develops and produces medicines and vaccines for immunology, oncology, cardiology, endocrinology, and neurology. The company has several blockbuster drugs or products that each generate more than US$1 billion in annual revenues. In 2020, 52% of the company's revenues came from the United States, 6% came from each of China and Japan, and 36% came from other countries.

Moderna, Inc. is an American pharmaceutical and biotechnology company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It focuses on vaccine technologies based on messenger RNA (mRNA). Moderna's vaccine platform inserts synthetic nucleoside-modified messenger RNA (modRNA) into human cells using a coating of lipid nanoparticles. This mRNA then reprograms the cells to prompt immune responses. Moderna develops mRNA therapeutic vaccines that are delivered in lipid nanoparticle, using mRNA with pseudouridine nucleosides. Candidates are designed to have improved folding and translation efficiency via insertional mutagenesis. The company's only commercial product right now is the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Canada races to ramp up COVID-19 variant testing, get 2nd doses into arms


Global News shows that Canada is seeing more COVID-19 cases linked to the Delta variant, first detected in India. 

It’s especially rampant in Ontario, the country’s most locked-down province, and experts say more testing is needed. 

Meanwhile, provinces are racing to get people fully vaccinated, after shortening the timeline between doses. 

Abigail Bimman looks at the urgent efforts underway to stay ahead of virus variants and return life to some version of normalcy.

Health Canada is the department of the Government of Canada responsible for national health policy. The department itself is also responsible for numerous federal health-related agencies, including the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), among others. These organizations help to ensure compliance with federal law in a variety of healthcare, agricultural, and pharmaceutical activities. This responsibility also involves extensive collaboration with various other federal- and provincial-level organizations in order to ensure the safety of food, health, and pharmaceutical products - including the regulation of health research and various pharmaceutical manufacturing / testing facilities.

The department is responsible to Parliament through the minister of health (presently Patty Hajdu) as part of the federal health portfolio. The deputy minister of health, the senior most civil servant within the department, is responsible for the day-to-day leadership and operations of the department and reports directly to the minister.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Canada's economy is reopening (Ontario’s plan is slow)


Inside The Story Channel on Youtube shows that as Canada's provinces unveil their reopening timelines, with in-class learning canceled, Ontario’s plan is noticeably slower than most. Is the extreme caution a sign of a of gun shy government spooked by previous misstep?

Canada: Could "Delta" COVID-19 variant put pause on provincial reopening plans?


Global News shows that as COVID-19  vaccination rollouts and reopening plans continue around the world, experts are monitoring the progress of the strain now dubbed "Delta." 

First detected in India, scientists say it’s spreading and taking over as the dominant variant.

As Global News health reporter Jamie Mauracher explains, here at home, there is hope we can control it, avoiding a potential fourth wave.

Mortgage in Canada: New stress test makes it harder to qualify


CBC News shows that it's a bit harder to qualify for a home loan as of today as the Canadian government has raised the minimum financial bar that anyone applying for a mortgage must meet.

Canada: COVID-19 variants still a concern


Variant cases in Canada continue to be a point of concern even though their numbers are going down, but that doesn't mean their spread is limited. Henna Saeed asks Dr. Gasperowicz how variants came about in the first place & how we can fight them.

Canada: Ontario stay-at-home order expires, most restrictions remain in place


CBC News in Canada shows that Ontario's stay-at-home order expired Wednesday, but the province says most public health and workplace restrictions will remain in place until it officially enters the first step of its reopening plan.

Ontario schools will remain closed to in-person learning for the rest of the academic year.

Ontario province might be able to enter Step 1 of its reopening plan earlier than expected.

The decision contradicts the provincial government’s previous promise to reopen classrooms before the economy, which was originally set to begin on June 14.

Step 1 would allow for outdoor gathering limits to increase to 10 people, the reopening of patios, and non-essential retail to reopen at 15 per cent capacity.

Read more details about this here:

Canada supports USA investigation into origins of COVID-19


CTV News shows that Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau says the federal government supports the U.S. investigation into the origins of COVID-19.

There are several ongoing efforts by scientists, governments, international organisations, and others to determine the origin of SARS-CoV-2 (virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic). The scientific consensus seems to be that the virus is most likely of zoonotic origin in a natural setting, from bats or another closely-related mammal.

Infectious disease can be such a type. A zoonosis (plural zoonoses, or zoonotic diseases) is an infectious disease caused by a pathogen (an infectious agent, such as a bacterium, virus, parasite or prion) that has jumped from an animal (usually a vertebrate) to a human.

SARS-CoV-2 has close genetic similarity to multiple previously identified bat coronaviruses, suggesting it may have crossed over into humans from bats. Research is ongoing as to whether SARS-CoV-2 came directly from bats or indirectly through any intermediate hosts. Initial genome sequences of the virus showed little genetic diversity, although subsequently a number of stable variants emerged (some spreading more vigorously), indicating that the spillover event introducing SARS-CoV-2 to humans is likely to have occurred in late 2019.

Canada to recommend mixing and matching COVID-19 vaccines


CBC News shows that Canada is changing its guidelines on mixing and matching second doses of COVID-19 vaccines and will advise Canadians to combine either the AstraZeneca-Oxford, Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna shots interchangeably in certain situations.

The COVID-19 vaccination programme in Canada is an ongoing, intergovernmental effort coordinated between the bodies responsible in the Government of Canada to acquire and distribute vaccines to individual provincial and territorial governments who in turn administer approved COVID-19 vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada.

Some provinces certainly have asked local municipal governments, hospital systems, family doctors and independently owned pharmacies to help in part, or in full with vaccination rollout. This so-called vaccination effort in full is the largest such immunization effort in the Canada's history.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Canada: Ontario moves up schedule for 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine


CBC News: The National in Canada shows that Ontario joins the growing ranks of provinces moving to get more people a second dose of vaccine. This as new Canadian evidence shows a first dose offers strong, but far from perfect, protection against the virus.

Canada: Manitoba’s COVID-19 3rd wave worsens


CBC News: The National in Canada shows that Manitoba's dismal third wave of COVID-19 will get even worse before it improves, forcing the province to fly out more critical patients and crack down on rule-breakers.

Canada gets extra shot at delivering AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines


Global News shows that the rush to get shots into arms has sped up in the wake of Health Canada's latest guidelines for soon-to-expire doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Now, tens of thousands of doses that were set to expire on Monday have been deemed good to use until July 1. As Mike Le Couteur reports, the news comes as Ontario and Quebec ease restrictions.

Health Canada extends expiry date for thousands of AstraZeneca-Oxford doses



CBC News shows that the Canadian federal department has extended the expiry date from May 31 to July 1 for specific lots of the vaccine, according to a spokesperson for Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott.

Federal advisory panel: End Canada's mandatory hotel COVID-19 quarantine


Global News shows that a new report by a panel of Canadian experts says fully-vaccinated travellers who test negative for COVID-19 should not have to quarantine. 

It also recommends scrapping the mandatory hotel quarantine for international air travellers arriving in Canada. 

Abigail Bimman looks into the reasons, and reaction, and what it means for the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's upcoming travel plans for the G7 summit.

Canada: Guide to COVID-19 Reopening


CBC News shows that some Canadian provinces are already open with capacity restrictions in place. In the rest of Canada, plans for phased-in reopenings are tied to having a certain proportion of the population vaccinated.

Canadian homeowners get federal incentive to boost energy efficiency


Global News shows that the Canadian federal government is launching a new program to help Canadians renovate their homes to be more energy efficient. 

The country had a similar home energy retrofit program between 2007 and 2012 under former prime minister Stephen Harper's Conservative government, which was widely popular.  

David Akin looks at how the new Canada Greener Home Grants program compares, and how you can apply.

Canada: Expert panel recommends dropping hotel quarantine measures


CBC News shows that the Canadian federal government should end its policy of mandatory 3-day quarantine stays in designated facilities for air travelers returning to Canada in favor of letting people come up with their own quarantine plans, says a new report.

Tianzhou-2 - China’s first fast docking


SciNews Channel on Youtube shows that the members of the Tianzhou-2 mission describe the docking between the Tianzhou-2 cargo spacecraft and the Tianhe Core Module as "China’s first fast automatic rendezvous and docking." The Tianzhou-2 cargo spacecraft autonomously docked to the Tianhe Core Module on 29 May 2021, at 21:01 UTC (30 May, at 05:01 China Standard Time). Tianzhou-2 (天舟二号) is the first spacecraft to dock to the Tianhe Core Module (天和核心舱), the first and main component of the China Space Station (中国空间站). 
Credit: China Central Television (CCTV)/China National Space Administration (CNSA)

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Possible UFOs seen swarming US Navy ship


Take a look at how UFO expert Nick Pope discusses new video ahead of Department of National Intelligence announcement to Congress.

A so-called unidentified flying object (UFO) is any aerial phenomenon that cannot immediately be identified or explained. Most UFOs are identified or investigated as conventional objects or phenomena. The term is widely used for claimed observations of extraterrestrial spacecraft, and was coined as an anacronym by Project Blue Book project head Edward J. Ruppelt. Another widely used term for the phenomenon is "flying saucer."

Canadarm2: Space Station's robotic arm hit by orbital debris - See the hole!


VideoFromSpace Channel on Youtube shows that a recent inspection of the the International Space Station's Canadarm2 has revealed that it was hit by orbital debris. See the hole that was created and a time-lapse of the robotic arm in action.

Canadarm2 is part of Canada's contribution to the International Space Station (ISS). This 17-metre-long robotic arm was extensively involved in the assembly of the orbiting laboratory.

Tasks: This Canadian robotic arm lends a helping hand to:

- perform Station maintenance
- move supplies, equipment, Dextre and even astronauts
- perform "cosmic catches" by grappling visiting vehicles and berthing them to the ISS

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Canada extends flight ban from India, Pakistan, transport minister confirms


CBC News shows that the Canadian government has extended its ban on incoming flights from India and Pakistan to June 21, Transport Minister Omar Alghabra confirmed Friday. The ban is meant to help control the spread of new variants of the novel coronavirus.

No signs USA-Canada border will reopen soon despite mounting political pressure


Global News shows that the USA-Canada border has been closed for more than a year, with no clear plan or deadline for when COVID-19 travel restrictions will ease. On Thursday, the land border closure was extended another month until at least June 21.

Some officials say both countries should allow quarantine-free, cross-border travel for fully-vaccinated people, with one USA lawmaker pushing for both governments to provide a "vision" for how it can be reopened.

But as Jackson Proskow explains, neither government is showing signs of budging soon.

Manitoba Premier urges USA President to send unused vaccines to Canada


CBC News shows that Premier Brian Pallister is calling on USA President Joe Biden to send unused vaccine doses north of the border.

Debate on whether Canadian students should return to classroom amid COVID-19


Global News shows that most school-aged children in Alberta will return to in-person learning after the May long weekend, though the province remains in the grips of its third COVID-19 wave.

Ontario's top doctor, Dr. David Williams, says he'd like to see schools in that province return soon as well. 

As Heather Yourex-West reports, with one month left until summer break, many are questioning whether the benefits of reopening schools are worth the risk.

Canadians crossing border for vaccine not exempt from quarantine, says Ottawa


CBC News shows that the Public Health Agency of Canada says that crossing the USA border for a vaccine doesn't exempt people from completing the mandatory 14-day quarantine when they return to Canada.

Majority of Canadians support COVID-19 vaccine passports for concerts, travel: Ipsos poll


A poll conducted exclusively for Global News by Ipsos found that a majority of Canadians supported using COVID-19 vaccine passports in order to travel, attend university or go to a concert.

The poll found 72 per cent in favour of such a tool when flying on a plane, while 67 per cent supported using them to attend indoor concerts or attend post-secondary education. 

However, support for mandatory vaccines has dropped compared to a month ago, with only 63 per cent supporting the idea. It also showed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had lost some support but 54 per cent of Canadians still approved of the federal government's response to the pandemic.

USA v Canada: Who won the vaccine rollout?


The BBC's Ritu Prasad and Holly Honderich take a look at the vaccine rollout in their respective countries - from Canada's race to catch up on jabs to the odd vaccination incentives in the USA. 

So what's the final Covid grade for these North American neighbours?

Confusion over whether Canadians can get a vaccine in USA


CTV News shows that Canadians hoping to cross the border for the sole purpose of getting a COVID-19 vaccine will be turned away, according to USA Customs and Border Protection.

Many Canadians stuck in limbo over 2nd vaccine dose


CBC News: The National in Canada shows that as Canada delivers more first doses of COVID-19 vaccines, many Canadians are frustrated over the lack of information about when they’ll get a second dose - leaving them in a state of limbo.

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Covid-19 Vaccines: The Ultimate 2021 Guide to Every Vaccine

Take a look at this informative unique guide to vaccines. It provides unbiased information on the top 5 vaccines and a bit more. Get a better understanding of what is available out there. See the guide here: https://www.dnaweekly.com/blog/covid-19-vaccine-ultimate-guide/


Thursday, May 20, 2021

EU agrees to open borders to fully vaccinated travelers


CBC News shows that European Union ambassadors approved a proposal to ease restrictions to allow fully vaccinated travelers back into the bloc.

Push for vulnerable Canadians their 2nd COVID-19 vaccine dose


Global News shows that urgency is growing to get the most vulnerable Canadians fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as the supply of vaccines continues to grow as more shipments arrive.

While nearly all elderly Canadians living in long-term care homes have been fully vaccinated for some time now, there is still a large population living in community settings that have yet to receive two doses.

As Mike Le Couteur reports, less than 10 per cent of all seniors have received both vaccine doses.

Canada: Ontario latest province to lay out COVID-19 reopening plans


Ontario is the latest province in Canada to announce its gradual "reopening plan." The stay-at-home order is since early May.

Restrictions on the USA-Canada border were extended. That border will reopen at some point in time.

Ontario has announced a 3-step plan to reopen the province, starting with outdoor recreational amenities.

As of May 22, outdoor recreational amenities (like golf courses and tennis courts) will be allowed to reopen, the government said.

Outdoor limits for social gatherings and organized public events will be expanded on Saturday, which will allow these amenities to be used by up to 5 people. These amenities include driving ranges, soccer and other sports fields, tennis and basketball courts, and skate parks. No outdoor sports or recreational classes are permitted.

The Canadian government said step 1 of the 3-tier plan will likely begin on the week of June 14.

Read all the details about the Ontario re-opening plan here:

Bank of Canada: Rapid increase in home prices not normal


CBC News shows that the Bank of Canada warns Canadians the recent spike in home prices are 'not normal' and imbalances in the market could leave the economy more vulnerable to shocks. CBC senior business correspondent Peter Armstrong and president of Realosophy Realty John Pasalis discuss what can be done to cool the hot housing market.

Bitcoin Price at May 21, 2021: 40,410 USD and "Overnight Crash" of Cryptocurrencies


Sky News Australia shows that Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin have recorded stunning falls in value overnight as panic selling kicks into high gear.

Sky News contributor Peter Switzer said he had trouble explaining the rise and fall of Bitcoin and labelled it one of the "most speculative" forms of punting.

"I can see Bitcoin surviving all this but given the fact that China basically said they don’t want to deal with businesses that are using bitcoin," he said.

Bitcoin fell below the US$40,000 mark on Wednesday to a 3 month low. Prices of varius other digital coins also fell much. This happened after China imposed fresh restrictions on transactions involving cryptocurrencies.

It seems that the news from China caused Bitcoin to fall as low as US$38,514, for a 9% fall.

Bitcoin Price at May 21, 2021: 40,410 USD

The cryptocurrency fell nearly 40% from a record high of $64,895 hit on April 14.

It is also interesting that every industry has an "energy usage." Bitcoin's energy use is actually less than banking sectors and gold sectors. It is easy to criticize Bitcoin's energy usage, but these critiques are rarely used for other traditional industries.

It is interesting that energy usage analysis can be done in real time with resources such as the Cambridge Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index. It shows rising energy usage beginning in late-2020, as bitcoin's price skyrocketed.

It is estimated that the global energy consumption of the banking system is 238.92 TWh per year.

See the full report about Bitcoin's energy use here:

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Canada seeing worst inflation in a decade, new data shows


CBC News: The National in Canada shows that new data from Statistics Canada showed inflation is worse than it’s been in a decade with the cost of many products up almost 3.5 per cent compared to last year, with fuel prices driving the spike.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Canada Goose vs Hawk


See the Goose parent's reflexes to protect the young ones. You could watch this video slower to see what happened.

Cat Takes a Huge Leap Into Owner's Arms


This amazing cat is a good jumper: See Cat Takes a Huge Leap Into Owner's Arms.

Cobra Chickens - Everything About Raising Geese


Take a look at people that have been raising geese on a farm for years. Learn about raising geese the right way.

Geese near Fast Food


Geese can walk on pavement. Primarily because a goose is a grazing animal and grazers walk as they graze. Their legs are positioned to their bodies farther forward than either duck or swan legs. They can, therefore, "walk and graze on dry land."

Geese are certainly grazing birds that eat a variety of different items. They eat roots, shoots, stems, seeds, and leaves of grass and grain, bulbs, and berries. They also eat insects and Canada Geese can submerge their heads in water to graze on aquatic plants.

Geese at lake near apartment buildings


Canada Geese spend about as much time on land as they do in water. Canada Geese like Shoreline Property. These birds like lake access. Habitat exists for a variety of wildlife at the lake.

Geese Relax at Lake


Geese are especially attracted to manicured lawns with lake access. They like to eat new grass shoots and prefer an unobstructed view. They also like easy access into and out of the lake.

Duck Drop on Queens Quay Toronto


A mother duck showing her ducklings how to jump in the water. Humans give a push for the birds to jump into the water.

30 Canada Geese Goslings - May 16, 2021


"50 Ducks In A Hot Tub" on Youtube has the funny goose video. Over 30 Canada Geese Goslings this year, it looks like 5 or 6 families have made the yard their home to raise their families. Looks like they are not too worried about humans.

Be careful about picking up a gosling. Goose parents might have a problem with it. Many Canada geese are here.

Canada: How can Ontario avoid a fourth wave of COVID-19


CTV News shows how Dr. Peter Juni, a member of Ontario's science advisory table, reacts to the Ford government extending stay-at-home restrictions.

WHO urges wealthy countries to donate COVID-19 vaccines to COVAX


CGTN on Youtube shows that speaking at a regular briefing on Friday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged rich countries "to reconsider" vaccinating children and adolescents and to "instead donate vaccines to COVAX." He noted that at present, only 0.3 percent of vaccine supply is going to low-income countries, adding that "trickle down vaccination is not an effective strategy for fighting a deadly respiratory virus."

Greyhound shuts down in Canada for good


CBC News: The National in Canada has the story. After a century of bus service across the country, Greyhound will no longer be operating in Canada, leaving few transportation options for some communities.

Canada’s vaccination campaign ramps up


CBC News: The National in Canada has the story. Canada's vaccination drive is kicking into high gear as millions more doses are set to flood into the country. This week, Canada expects another 5 million doses - its biggest single shipment yet. Over 18 million doses have already been administered.

The Big Shift: Is Canada ready for the EV revolution?


Global News shows that the electric vehicle revolution is in full swing, but is Canada ready to become a major player? For The New Reality, Mike Drolet goes inside a Quebec plant that’s leading the way in electric vehicle production and finds out whether our power grids are ready for the big shift.

COVID-19: How much protection is in the 1st dose of vaccine?


CBC News: The National in Canada has the story. 2 infectious diseases doctors answer viewer questions about COVID-19 vaccines, including how much protection people get from the first dose and how variants may change that.

What will Canada do with 655,000 doses of AstraZeneca?


Global News has the story about Canada and vaccinations. This week on The West Block: guest host Mike Le Couteur speaks with Canada’s Procurement Minister Anita Anand about what the government plans to do with the 655,000 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses that were delivered last week. This comes after many provinces put a pause on administering first doses of this particular vaccine following concerns of blood clots.

Jessica Mudry, associate chair of the School of Professional Communication at Ryerson University, and Dr. Angela Rasmussen, a virologist with the University of Saskatchewan’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization, joined Le Couteur for a discussion around how the government is communicating the science of COVID-19 - and what can be done better.

Canada to stay the course on mask guidance


Discussions of mask wearing are here. A relief to millions of USA Americans, the Center for Disease Control is telling its fully vaccinated citizens they can shed the mask. But when will Canadian officials follow suit? Nigel Newlove reports.

Canada: Ontario says they need 11M vaccine doses to reach 'two dose summer' goal


CTV News shows that the Ontario government has said it will need about 11 million doses to meet it's goal of fully vaccinating everyone by Sept. 22.

Canada to receive 4.5 million Pfizer, Moderna doses this week


CBC News takes a look at when will there be enough vaccine supply for Canadians to get their second dose? Procurement Minister Anita Anand says 'once we get to a situation where we can move up the timing of the second doses, we will do so.'

Pandemic threatens to delay Canadian citizenship for hundreds of thousands


CBC News: The National in Canada has the story. CBC News has learned that more than 100,000 immigrants to Canada are part of a backlog caused by the pandemic. They're waiting to take their citizenship test, and the delay is causing them problems.

Canada: Manitoba reports highest COVID-19 infection per capita rate in Canada as hospitals are strained


Global News shows that Manitoba has now surpassed Alberta to become Canada's worst COVID-19 hotspot, as the province sees the country's highest active infection rate per capita.

Over the last week, 232 of every 100,000 people tested positive for COVID-19 in the province and it is now putting a serious strain on its hospitals and intensive care units. 

Brittany Greenslade reports on how the province got here and what's being done to get it under control.

AztraZeneca-Oxford developer: 'Canada is acting on hearsay, not facts'


CTV News shows how Sir John Bell from Oxford University gives his insight on whether Canada is making a mistake by avoiding the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Flu Vaccine How It Works and Why It’s a MUST Thing to Do

This website has some pretty interesting information about the Flu Vaccine, Flu Vaccine Effectiveness, Flu and COVID-19 and Vaccine Side Effects. Check it out here: https://www.tomorrow.io/weather/blog/flu-vaccine/

Flu season certainly lasts for quite a while, and as it comes on each year, you want to do your best to avoid getting it. While some people only experience mild symptoms, things can be a lot more severe for others, and you never know how things may turn out for you. Additionally, it’s quite contagious, which means getting it can pose a problem for your loved ones too.

Vaccination is one of the proven ways to avoid a flu scare. Information on vaccines can seem to be spread far and thin. Thankfully, all you need to know is below, and you can be a big help by sharing all of this with those you value the most, as you aim to protect yourself and others.

Vaccination is the solution to end the Covid-19 pandemic in the world, as well.




Friday, May 14, 2021

Covid: The race to vaccinate the world


BBC News shows that more than a billion Covid-19 vaccines have gone into arms around the world. 

Take a look at how 5 countries - the UK, the US, Canada, India, and Chile - are faring in their vaccination efforts, and what it means for ending lockdowns.

Why now is not the time to sell tech stocks: Strategist


Yahoo Finance shows how Brian Belski, BMO Capital Markets Chief Investment Strategist, joins Yahoo Finance's Adam Shapiro and Seana Smith to evaluate how inflation concerns are impacting the market.

Take a look at this stock information, up-to-date news, portfolio management resources, international market data, social interaction and mortgage rates that help you better manage your financial life.

Bitcoin Price at May 14, 2021: 50,638 USD


Bitcoin Price at May 14, 2021: 50,638 USD

Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency invented in 2008. The currency began use in 2009 when its implementation was released as open-source software.

Bitcoin sure increased in price greatly in 2020 and 2021. For several years, Bitcoin was at around $10,000 in 2018 and 2019.

Bitcoin Price at April 7, 2021 was: 56,675 USD

So far this year (2021), volumes in bitcoin have been considerably higher than other years.

It seems that in the short term, fluctuations of Bitcoin will happen. The long-term prospects seem to be very good for this investment. It will be interesting to see the price of Bitcoin in the future.

It is indeed possible to buy Bitcoin with E transfer. You could open an account on one of the exchanges supporting Interac e Transfer. You could fund your account with an e transfer.

Canada allows the use of digital currencies, including cryptocurrencies. However, cryptocurrencies are not considered "technically" legal tender in Canada. Canada's tax laws and rules, including the Income Tax Act, also apply to cryptocurrency transactions. Check for updates about Canada Bitcoin rules.

As of February 2020, Bitcoin was legal in the USA, Japan, the UK, and most other developed countries. Even where Bitcoin is legal, most of the laws that apply to other assets also apply to Bitcoin. Keep in mind, the tax laws that have to be followed.

Be careful about Bitcoin. Keep in mind, Singapore has warned the public about the risks of trading cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, a market that while relatively small in the city-state has surged in significance over the past year.

"Cryptocurrencies can be highly volatile, as their value is typically not related to any economic fundamentals," Tharman Shanmugaratnam, the chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, said in response to a certain parliamentary question. "They are hence highly risky as investment products, and certainly not suitable for retail investors."

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Canadians not ready to return to ‘normal’


National Post shows the story that Canadians don’t expect life to return to "normal" any time soon, according to an April 2021 survey by Maru Reports.

Canada's Wonderland remains closed


Canada's Wonderland is pushing back its opening date once again. Plus, a new survey reveals which bank Canadians trust the most. Business Editor Richard Southern reports.

Canada: Calls grow to shut down Alberta's oil sands as COVID-19 outbreaks worsen


Global News shows that as Alberta's COVID-19 crisis continues to worsen, calls are now growing from labour leaders to temporarily shut down operations in the province's valuable oil sands.

Despite a surge in infections amid 12 sites, the plants are still operational, staff continue to live in close quarters, and workers are still flying in and out from across the country. The biggest outbreak is at Canadian Natural Resource's Horizon oil sands, which has seen over a thousand COVID-19 cases among workers, as well as two deaths.

Heather Yourex-West looks at how the situation there has grown out of control.

Canada: Nova Scotia's 1st drive-thru COVID-19 vaccine clinic opens


CBC News shows that a drive-thru vaccination clinic built from modified shipping containers opened in Halifax Monday morning for those 50 and older who have booked appointments.

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine paused in 2 Canadian provinces


Global News looks at Ontario halting first doses of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine amid an increased risk of a rare blood clot linked to the shot. The decision also comes after Alberta made a similar move, saying it's primarily because of the vaccine's dwindling supply. Eric Sorensen reports on the growing uncertainty and the evolving science around the vaccine.

See also another story about calls from labour leaders that are growing for Alberta to shut down the province's oil sands operations, as COVID-19 outbreaks within them continue to worsen and more workers fall ill. Heather-Yourex West looks at the biggest outbreak at Canadian Natural Resource's Horizon oilsands site, and how it managed to grow out of control.

Canadian government announces $740 million in spending to support nation's airports


Global News shows that Canadian Transport Minister Omar Alghabra laid out Tuesday how approximately $740 million in funding to help Canada's airports amid the COVID-19 pandemic would be distributed.
 
He was joined by National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier and Gudie Hutchings, parliamentary secretary to the minister for women and gender equality and rural economic development.

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Monday, May 10, 2021

Canadian doctors helping COVID-19 patients in India


CBC News: The National shows that Canadian doctors with ties to India are pitching in to help COVID-19 patients there through medical consultations and tracking down hard-to-find supplies.

Should Canada speed up 2nd vaccine doses as supply increases?


CBC News: The National in Canada shows that with a steady supply of COVID-19 vaccines and nearly 40 per cent of Canadians having received at least one shot, there are more questions about when second doses will roll out and whether Canada’s strategy is supported by science.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Should Canada do more to help South Asia during the pandemic?


CBC News shows that India is reporting a record-high 4,187 deaths in the past 24 hours and more than 400,000 cases of COVID-19. A shipment of medical supplies from Canada arrived in New Delhi on Saturday carrying ventilators and 25,000 vials of remdesivir, a drug used to treat patients with severe COVID-19 symptoms.

Canada: Alberta government faces backlash ahead of tougher pandemic measures


Global News shows Canada: Alberta: tougher pandemic restrictions on gatherings and businesses go into effect on Monday, as the province battles Canada's biggest surge of COVID-19. But as Breanna Karstens-Smith reports, Alberta is also battling some of the staunchest opposition to its public health measures aimed at halting the spread of the virus.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Canadian aid touches down in India


A Canadian plane filled with medical supplies has landed in India. But Caryn Ceolin with why Canada is not actively supporting a proposal that could help Indian factories make desperately needed important COVID-19 vaccines.

Canada sends meds and ventilators to India as pandemic surges


CBC News shows how International Development Minister Karina Gould joined Power & Politics to discuss the new aid Canada is sending to India as it grapples with a record-breaking surge in COVID-19 cases.

Canada’s economy lost 270,000 jobs last month


CBC News shows that Canada lost 270,000 jobs in April as new lockdowns hit a lot of young people and service workers, just a month after the country had gained 300,000 jobs. A look at the people caught on the so-called "see-saw" driven by lockdowns.

Canada: Federal Transport Minister explains Canadian travel restrictions


See news about Canada travel restrictions. Federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra clears up the confusion surrounding travel restrictions. Sid shares his thoughts on the matter and he’s not happy.

Canada: Alberta’s oil sands a hot spot for COVID-19 outbreaks


Global News shows the news about COVID-19 in Canada. The good news is the progress on vaccines with more doses arriving and in the pipeline, provinces are ramping up their rollout to younger Canadians. The bad news is the virus is still spreading faster in some provinces than vaccines are arriving. One of Canada's COVID-19 hotspots is Alberta's oil sands, where more than a dozen outbreaks have made hundreds of workers sick. Heather Yourex-West looks at the vaccination efforts underway, since the problem goes beyond that province's borders.

Canada's 3rd COVID-19 wave creates “zigzag” economy


Global News shows that Canada's economy is zigzagging through the third COVID-19 wave. Statistics Canada says the country lost 207,000 jobs in April, reversing substantial progress made in March. 

A spike in COVID-19 variant cases led to renewed public health restrictions and raised concerns about longer-term economic consequences from the pandemic.

The unemployment rate rose to 8.1 per cent from 7.5 per cent in March, Statistics Canada reported. It would have been 10.5 per cent had it included in calculations Canadians who wanted to work but didn’t search for a job.

Canada not yet waiving COVID-19 vaccine patents


CBC News shows the vaccine patents situations in Canada. Vaccine patents are a hot topic at the World Trade Organization. Some countries, including the USA, argue patents should be waived in the pandemic to increase vaccine supply for the world at a faster pace. Canada is not actively supporting that idea.

The USA has reversed its stance on vaccine patents. President Joe Biden on Wednesday supported waiving intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines. More than 100 other countries also support this decision. It seems this move is angering pharmaceutical companies.

Biden voiced his support for a waiver (a sharp reversal of the previous USA position).

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Health Canada holding J&J vaccines to ensure quality control


CTV News shows that Dr. Ronald St. John discusses Health Canada quality checking J&J vaccines received from a Baltimore plant to ensure it meets standards.

Fauci says Canada isn't mishandling the pandemic's 3rd wave


CBC News shows that U.S. President Joe Biden achieved 200 million vaccinations in his first 100 days. His chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci says COVID-19 has been difficult globally, and Canada is not 'making any big mistakes' as it battles the third wave of the pandemic.

Canada: Doctors call for nationwide COVID-19 circuit breaker


CBC News shows that Dr. Anand Kumar, a critical care physician at Winnipeg's Health Sciences Centre, talks to CBC's chief political correspondent, Rosemary Barton, about an open letter he signed with other health experts calling for stronger national policies to overpower COVID-19.

Canada: Ontario ICU admissions climb to 900


CBC News in Canada shows that Ontario intensive care unit admissions have hit a record high. Overall admissions to ICUs rose to 900 for the first time. Anthony Dale, president of the Ontario Hospital Association, says hospitals across the province are 'working as hard as humanly possible' to make sure an ICU triage protocol 'never comes into effect.'

Canada: No masks, social distancing in Montreal protest


WION shows that provinces across Canada report single day records of new COVID 19 cases. Tens of thousands of protesters marched in Montreal against restrictions imposed by the government to stem a third wave of the virus in Canada.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Health Canada approves first COVID-19 self-test


CBC News in Canada shows Lucira Health Inc.'s test can show a positive result in 11 minutes, and a negative result within 30 minutes. The company's executive VP Kelly Brezoczky says she hopes to have the test available to Canadians by June.

Canada: ‘Vaccine passports’ could be necessary for international travel, Trudeau says


CBC News: The National in Canada shows that Americans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may be able to travel to Europe this summer with proof of vaccination. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canadians should expect similar requirements for international travel, but the focus is still on getting through the pandemic.

India hits 200K deaths from COVID-19 and Canada sends help


CBC News in Canada shows that India has recorded more than 200,000 deaths from COVID-19, but infection and death numbers are widely believed to be under-reported. The country faces a huge shortage of hospital beds and medical oxygen.

Canada will Provide 10 Million Dollars To India For Fight Against COVID-19.

Canada: Staff at COVID-19 testing site failed to recognize woman's heart attack symptoms


CBC News in Canada shows that certain changes have been made at B.C.'s Fraser Health Authority after screeners at a COVID-19 testing site failed to pick up on the heart attack symptoms of a Chilliwack woman who thought she may have contracted the coronavirus Covid-19.

Canada: COVID outbreak at Canada Post facility, Ontario sick leave


Take a look at Canada's top headlines: an entire shift at a Canada Post facility in Mississauga has shut down after a COVID-19 outbreak, and more back and forth between the province and Ottawa over a paid sick leave program.

Canada: Ont. amends temporary emergency order allowing hospitals to move patients to LTC without consent


CTV News in Canada shows that Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott announced a temporary emergency order allowing hospitals to send patients to long-term care homes without their consent to free up capacity.

Canada: Trudeau says COVID-19 vaccine certificates "to be expected" as part of pandemic


Global News shows that while there is no definitive answer on whether Canada will mandate COVID-19 vaccination certificates, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday they are "naturally to be expected" as part of the pandemic.

"As was the case pre-pandemic, certificates of vaccination are a part of international travel to certain regions and are naturally to be expected when it comes to this pandemic and the coronavirus," Trudeau stated. "How we actually roll that out in alignment with partners and allies around the world is something that we’re working on right now to coordinate."

Canada sees 1st death from blood clot linked to AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine


Global News in Canada shows that a 54-year-old Montreal woman has died due to developing a blood clot in her brain after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine, making it the first the death related to a COVID-19 vaccine in Canada. But with only 4 cases of rare complications from the 400,000 AstraZeneca shots administered in Quebec, the risk remains very low for getting a blood clot. As Mike Armstrong reports, Quebec's health officials are not budging on the current vaccine strategy despite new developments, insisting the vaccine's benefits continue to outweigh the rare risk.

Canada tax season 2021: Filing returns further complicated by COVID-19 finances


Global News shows that despite COVID-19 wreaking havoc on people's finances throughout the pandemic, many Canadians found relief from the various financial aid programs like the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). But as the personal income tax deadline approaches, Canadians are also facing more complicated rules in filing their tax returns. Being late may not only garner penalties, it can now also withhold those important pandemic benefits. As Anne Gaviola explains, how and when you file your taxes are more important than ever.

Canada pledges $10M in aid to India as COVID-19 crisis deepens


Global News shows India continues to battle a surge of COVID-19 infections that's overwhelming its hospitals and dwindling much-needed medical supplies like oxygen. The country is now fast approaching over 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus. Amid several countries already promising to send help, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is now pledging $10 million in aid from Canada to India through the Red Cross. And as Redmond Shannon reports, the new promises have not stopped a number of Indian-Canadians from worrying for their loved ones enduring the deepening crisis there.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Canada: Doctor criticizes NACI's advice: 'We're talking about four blood clots in the entire country'


CTV News shows that Dr. Hassan Masri criticized the latest messaging from NACI officials, saying it doesn't match with the reality in much of Canada.

Experts are investigating the possible side effects of vaccines.

Canada's COVID-19 surge "darkness before the dawn" WHO advisor says


Global News shows that as Canada endures the third wave of COVID-19, a virus that has already claimed tens of thousands of lives within our borders, a World Health Organization adviser has a message for Canadians: "Dawn is Coming."

Dr. Peter Singer’s comments come on the heels of soaring COVID-19 case counts in Canada, which peaked at over 9,000 daily infections in mid-April. Ontario in particular has faced a crushing third wave, with record-breaking daily cases and intensive care units stretched to their limits.

Canada: Challenges ahead if COVID-19 restrictions lifted by summer


Global News in Canada shows that new federal modelling shows stricter public health measures have helped slow the surge in COVID-19 cases in Canada. 

And now that more people are getting inoculated against the virus, Canada’s top doctor says it may be safe to lift restrictions over the summer. 

The National Advisory Council on Immunization (NACI) is now recommending that people age 30 and up be offered the AstraZeneca vaccine, which could help speed up the vaccine rollout. 

Abigail Bimman reports on where Canada’s rollout needs to be for restrictions to ease and why combating vaccine hesitancy will be crucial.

National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has important statements and publications at:
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/immunization/national-advisory-committee-on-immunization-naci.html

NACI certainly makes recommendations for the use of vaccines currently or newly approved for use in humans in Canada, including the identification of groups at risk for vaccine-preventable diseases for whom vaccination should be targeted. NACI knowledge syntheses, analyses and recommendations on vaccine use in Canada are published in literature reviews, statements and updates.

New statements are those which have been published within the past 5 years. Previous statements are those which are were published over 5 years ago and have been archived.

NACI recommendations are also published in vaccine-specific chapters of the Canadian Immunization Guide.

Canadian Market: 1st-time home buyers being priced out


Global News shows that young people in Canada, who are hoping to buy their first home, are being shut out of the country’s hot housing market as prices for real estate soar.

In addition to a lack of supply, experts say they are not competing on a level playing field. Instead, young couples and families are competing with baby boomers who are downsizing and buying homes that would normally be reserved for the first-time buyer.

Anne Gaviola has more on the calls for politicians to step in and cool the market.

The continuum of affordable housing in Canada includes market (affordable rental housing, affordable home ownership), non-market (affordable rental housing, affordable home ownership), government-subsidized housing (emergency shelters, transitional housing and social housing).

A continuum is a continuous sequence in which adjacent elements are not perceptibly different from each other, although the extremes are quite distinct.

Canada: Ontario's strategy for vaccinating people in COVID-19 hotspots


Take a look at how Global News shows Ontario's new vaccine strategy of using pop-up clinics in COVID-19 hot spots, as the province looks to recruit help from Atlantic Canada, which comes with its own complications. Mike Drolet looks at how the strategy is working after Ontario reported 4,000 new cases for a 12th day this month.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Canada: Third wave the 'apex' of pandemic, says doctor


CBC News shows that Dr. David Naylor, co-chair of the Federal Immunity Task Force, says 'we are at the apex of the COVID-19 pandemic' and the actions of individual Canadians are critical at this point.

The 'apex' is the uppermost point:

- the uppermost point : vertex the apex of a mountain
- the narrowed or pointed end : tip the apex of the tongue
- the highest or culminating point the apex of a career
- the highest point of the curve on the graph

Canada: Doctor explains B1617 variant, as Ottawa reviews travel from India


CBC News in Canada shows Dr. Cora Constantinescu of the Vaccine Hesitancy Clinic at the Alberta Children's Hospital explains the B1617 coronavirus variant first identified in India and now detected in B.C. and Quebec.

Vaccine hesitancy, also known as anti-vaccination or anti-vax, is a reluctance or refusal to be vaccinated or to have one's children vaccinated against contagious diseases. People who conform to this view are commonly known as "anti-vaxxers".

Bank of Canada governor says there are 'better times ahead'


CBC News shows that Governor of the Bank of Canada Tiff Macklem says that Canada’s economy is doing better than expected despite the pandemic in an interview with CBC senior business correspondent Peter Armstrong.

The economy of Canada is really a highly developed mixed economy. It is the 9th largest GDP by nominal and 15th largest GDP by PPP in the world. As with other developed nations, the country's economy is dominated by the service industry which employs about three quarters of Canadians. Canada has the 3rd highest total estimated value of natural resources, valued at US$33.2 trillion in 2019. It has the world's 3rd largest proven petroleum reserves and is the 4th largest exporter of petroleum. It is also the 4th largest exporter of natural gas. Canada is considered an "energy superpower" due to its abundant natural resources and a small population of 37 million inhabitants relative to its land area.

Out of all the countries, China has the most natural resources estimated at $23 trillion. 90% of the country's resources consist of coal and rare earth metals.

Oil Reserves by Country:

# Country - Oil Reserves (barrels) in 2016 - World Share

01 Venezuela - 299,953,000,000 - 18.2%
02 Saudi Arabia - 266,578,000,000 - 16.2%
03 Canada - 170,863,000,000 - 10.4%
04 Iran - 157,530,000,000 - 9.5%
05 Iraq - 143,069,000,000 - 8.7%
06 Kuwait - 101,500,000,000 - 6.1%
07 United Arab Emirates - 97,800,000,000 - 5.9%
08 Russia - 80,000,000,000 - 4.8%
09 Libya - 48,363,000,000 - 2.9%
10 Nigeria - 37,070,000,000 - 2.2%
11 United States - 35,230,000,000 - 2.1%
12 Kazakhstan - 30,000,000,000 - 1.8%
13 Qatar - 25,244,000,000 - 1.5%
14 China - 25,132,122,000 - 1.5%
15 Brazil - 16,184,100,000 - 1.0%
16 Algeria - 12,200,000,000 - 0.7%
17 Mexico - 9,711,000,000 - 0.59%
18 Angola - 8,423,000,000 - 0.51%
19 Ecuador - 8,273,000,000 - 0.50%
20 Azerbaijan - 7,000,000,000 - 0.42%

Canada pledges to cut emissions by at least 40% by 2030


CBC News shows that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged on April 22, 2021 at an international climate summit that Canada would aggressively curb greenhouse gas emissions by 40 to 45 per cent over the next decade. Minister of Environment Jonathan Wilkinson and Green Party Leader Annamie Paul join Power & Politics to discuss what it would take for Canada to hit its new target.

Canada pledges to cut emissions by at least 40% by 2030.

Canada will 'blow past' its previous target of a 30 per cent reduction from 2005 levels by 2030, PM says.

Canada has certainly long maintained it would slash emissions by 30 per cent by 2030. That would mean lowering GHG emissions from 732 megatonnes to 513 megatonnes. A megatonne is a million tonnes.

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are produced when hydrocarbons, such as natural gas and oil, are burned. GHGs include carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, nitrous oxide and ozone, all of which contribute to climate change.