When it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine, Justin Trudeau had one job – deliver the provinces with the vaccine. Unfortunately, it looks like he’s failing at this one job. How could he possibly do this? It turns out Trudeau signed a deal to develop a vaccine with the Chinese firm CanSino in May and didn’t start signing deals with other vaccine candidates until August. Anthony Furey discusses Trudeau’s latest failure and the realities of the vaccine and the virus.
A “revolutionary” and anarchist-affiliated website published domestic terrorism instructions on Monday, detailing how to sabotage critical Canadian infrastructure. The website, titled Contrepoints, purports to be a decentralized network of anarchists with connections to Quebec. In an article titled, “16 easy ways to block a railroad” the extremist group details a variety of domestic terrorist tactics including the use of blockades, sabotage and the highly flammable industrial material thermite. “About a year ago, the Wet’suwet’en community’s call to block Canada made apparent to everyone how easily “Canada” could be shutted down [sic]. Since then, dozens and dozens of railroad blockades have taken place across the territories,” writes the anonymous author. “We hope that this text will serve as inspiration to respond even more intensely to the next call of First Peoples to block the country.”
The federal government is mulling a mandatory quarantine in hotels for returning travellers as the country’s top doctor warns that easing COVID-19 restrictions too quickly could cause case numbers to shoot up again. Monday will mark a year since the first recorded appearance of the novel coronavirus in Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it is understandable that Canadians are tired and fed up, but they must remain cautious. “We need to hang on and hold tight for the next few months,” he said Friday. “We must get through to the spring and mass vaccinations in the best shape possible.”
Looking for a way to fill in that empty space in your house? One of the largest pinball games in the world or a fake electric chair could really bring the room together. The shuttered Guinness World Records Museum in Niagara Falls is auctioning off Wayne Gretzky memorabilia, a miniature Koran, a giant Atari Hercules pinball machine and more, as it clears out its inventory. The items are up for grabs after the landmark attraction permanently closed last September. The museum, located on Niagara’s iconic Clifton Hill, had been a popular attraction for more than four decades since its opening on June 16, 1978.
Canada will receive zero new doses of COVID-19 vaccine this week. None, zip, zilch. Moderna wasn’t scheduled to ship any vaccines this week; we are hoping for 230,400 doses to be delivered sometime next week. Unlike Pfizer, which had promised weekly deliveries, Moderna is on a slower three-week delivery schedule.
Tattoos remind people of old customs and rituals deliberately erased by colonialism. Tattoos are popular for people of all ages and genders — even on the face — but for Indigenous women, it’s not about being trendy. It’s about reclaiming a traditional form of self-expression. A few years ago, Stacey Fayant, a Regina artist, decided to explore the art of traditional tattooing because it piqued her interest. “All my art is centred around my identity and culture and exploring how trauma from colonization has affected our identities,” said Fayant. “I never knew that my people tattooed, so when I found out, there was a real strong pull to find out more about it and I knew I had to be involved in reawakening it here in Saskatchewan.”
New cases of COVID-19 have steadily dropped over the last 12 days, a downward trend that experts say offers reason for hope even as the second wave pushes hospitals dangerously close to capacity. Tracking by CTVNews.ca shows the country’s seven-day average has consistently fallen since Jan. 10, from 8,260 cases to 5,957 cases by Jan. 22. Twelve days may seem brief, but infectious disease specialist Dr. Isaac Bogoch said the trajectory is a clear trend in the right direction. “It looks like we have at least started to turn the corner, but we have a long road ahead,” Bogoch told CTVNews.ca on Friday. The downward trend is particularly good news because respiratory viruses typically flourish during the winter, said infectious disease specialist Dr. Zain Chagla. “Clearly it’s not just a few days’ numbers. There is a significant decrease, which is great,” Chagla said.
Fear that Quebecers will catch a new variant of COVID-19 on vacation is what’s driving demands by the Quebec premier for Ottawa to ban non-essential flights to the country. Premier Francois Legault repeated once again this week that his government believes it was vacationing Quebecers during spring break in 2020 who brought the virus home, allowing it to spread earlier and more widely in the province than elsewhere in Canada. Legal experts say a ban on non-essential travel would violate the mobility rights guaranteed in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which states, “Every citizen of Canada has the right to enter, remain in and leave Canada.” The question, experts say, is whether a ban can be justified.
It turns out that the delay in Canada’s Pfizer vaccine delivery will be worse than originally reported. While it is known that Canada will go an entire week without getting any of the Pfizer vaccine, it is now being revealed that the government is expecting less than one-third of the previously expected amount as of February 7th, even when including the one-week delay. Furthermore, Major General Dany Fortin has noted that – according to the CP – Canada ‘doesn’t know’ how many doses we will be getting the following week. Canada is facing delays that are longer than some other comparable countries, while the US is facing no Pfizer delay due to strong domestic production.
Watch: Manitoba’s Top Public Health Officer Says “Public Health Orders Don’t Apply To Any Levels Of Government”
While Canadians can face arrest, fines, and social shaming for violating public health orders, politicians always get to apologize and then just move on without punishment. And now, we know that is entirely by design. In a recent press conference, Manitoba’s top public health official Dr. Brent Roussin said it straight up: “Our public health orders don’t apply to any levels of government. So they don’t apply to federal provincial, or municipal governments.” The criticism here shouldn’t be with Roussin, it should be with the politicians who really put this stuff into place. They exempted themselves, while threatening the rest of us. It’s the ultimate in arrogant elitism, “rules for thee, but not for me.”