Have a good evening, here are the COVID-19 updates you need to know tonight.
- New Canadian COVID-19 travel rules trigger unrest at airports, WHO criticism
- Non-medical exemptions for COVID-19 vaccines pose challenges for Canada’s human rights commissions
- What preliminary data could tell us about the future of the Omicron variant in Canada
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- Ontario Today reports 1,184 new cases of COVID-19, but no additional deaths from the virus. This is the third day in a row that the province has reported more than 1,000 new infections.
- Québec Today reports 1,256 new cases of COVID-19 and another death attributed to the virus. The Department of Health says there are 819 active outbreaks in the province.
- that of British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix said the province was “ahead of the curve” on recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization that Canadians 50 and older should be given a COVID-booster shot. 19. Dix said 470,000 people have already received a third injection and that the province will begin its booster program.
The growing use of immunization warrants and requests for non-medical exemptions have led to an increase in appeals and complaints to human rights commissions, prompting new questions about how – or if – human resources offices should accommodate those who refuse vaccines. for non-medical reasons.
- British Columbia’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner said that between April 2020 and October 2021, the office saw a 775% increase in inquiries related to COVID-19.
- Some employers take a rigid approach to non-medical exemptions. But in other cases, accommodations are made for unvaccinated workers. Federal employees requesting a religious exemption may be accommodated if they take an affidavit explaining why they cannot be vaccinated, according to the Treasury Board of Canada.
Travel restrictions: The federal government’s new travel rules, which have been criticized by many scientists and health experts, have left some Canadians stranded in southern Africa while forcing others to spend unexpected time in a war-torn country on the way back.
Omicron in Canada: Infectious disease experts say the rate of COVID-19 among vaccinees and hospital admissions will likely determine Omicron’s trajectory. With our high immunization rate, Canada may fare better than others.
Pandemic anxiety: As Canadians worry about the new Omicron variant, researchers say we can train our brains to better handle this unpredictable world.
Vacation plans: Canadians feel uncertain about vacation plans with the emergence of the Omicron COVID-19 variant.
Help in the event of a pandemic: Opposition MPs are gearing up to review the Liberals’ latest pandemic assistance plan and to grill Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland on economic issues.
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The coronavirus and businesses
Small businesses across Canada feel the tightening labor market and supply chain challenges. With the winter break in full swing, late shipments and bare shelves could be disastrous for the busiest selling season of the year.
- “All our margins have disappeared. We sell products, but we don’t make money, ”said Helmi Ansari, owner of Grosche International in Cambridge, Ont.
- Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr. Ansari’s products could be manufactured and delivered in Canada within three months. It now takes almost a year to manufacture his products, and he pays about US $ 28,500 to ship 10,000 to Canada – assuming he can get them shipped.
Also today : The threat of a strike at Cargill, the Alberta beef processing plant that was the site of a major COVID-19 outbreak, has been ruled out after workers accepted the owner’s latest offer.
And: Flair Airlines is growing rapidly, but internal strife and regulatory oversight raise questions about its ambitious growth.
- Canadian women’s field hockey gets travel exemption to leave South Africa
- Philadelphia Union shorthanded 11 players ahead of MLS East Finals due to COVID-19 protocols
- Why Aaron Rodgers got off with a fine and three Buccaneers got banned
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