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:

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:

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.

Read More Information about this here:

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.