Health Canada has approved the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine and doses could start arriving as early as next week — that’s the good news. The bad news is there aren’t enough doses to significantly move up the timeline for most Canadians seeking a vaccine shot. But what it means for the timeline of a federal election is another matter. While as many as 500,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine will arrive before the end of March, the increases in doses for the second quarter running from April 1 to June 30 will only see an additional 3.4 million doses added. Most of the more than 20 million doses under contract will arrive between July 1 and Sept. 30.
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s carbon pricing regime has become an expensive, confusing, multi-headed Hydra in which claims made by his government are not accurate and promises have been broken. Among these inaccuracies and broken promises are the government’s claim the carbon tax is revenue neutral in the four provinces where it applies, that 80% of households are financially better off because of rebates and that the tax, currently at $30 per tonne of industrial greenhouse gas emissions, would be frozen at $50 per tonne in 2022.
A Toronto centre that helps grieving children will be closing in the spring due to funding problems. As of May 28, the Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre — which has supported hundreds of grieving children over the years — will no longer be offering its services. “Since our inception, we have provided our services solely through the generosity of our donors and grantors. However, donations are variable from year to year and the Centre does not have, nor has ever had, ongoing annualized core funding,” the Centre’s board of directors said in a letter.
‘You don’t get to punch us, buddy’: Confrontation with unmasked Canadian Tire customer under investigation
VANCOUVER — Mounties confirmed they are investigating several videos that show a confrontation between a man who refused to wear a mask and staff at the Canadian Tire in Burnaby, B.C. Shortly after 4 p.m. Monday, the RCMP detachment received a call about employees being assaulted. “The information we got originally, and from the statements, is that he did punch some of the staff,” said Cpl. Michael Kalanj. “I do believe it was more than one person in an effort to not be escorted out of the store.”
Israel has vaccinated nearly half of its population while the PA has barely started. “The occupying power, Israel, is responsible for the health of all the people under its control,” tweeted popular US Democratic politician Bernie Sanders this week as he took Israel to task for not massively vaccinating the Palestinian population in the West Bank and Gaza. He is not alone in chastising Israel whose rapid vaccine rollout is lauded world-wide, but whose success has backfired in the court of international public opinion, when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Canadian government officials downplayed mask donations from South Korea due to embarrassment over pandemic mask rationing, according to Blacklock’s Reporter. Last year, the South Korean government donated one million masks to veterans of the Korean War around the world “as an expression of deep gratitude for their collective service and sacrifice.” 35,000 of those donated masks went to Canadians. “As our two nations did seventy years ago in the war, Korea and Canada shall overcome the Covid-19 crisis together standing side by side,” said South Korean Ambassador to Canada Maeng-ho Shin. Canadian officials were worried that such donations would highlight the mask shortage that Canada was facing at the time. They asked Korean diplomats to avoid garnering publicity around the donation. “Appreciate if we can avoid referring to the quality or grade of masks to the extent possible, but given that it’s a donation I suppose we can’t redirect them to where they are sorely needed (hospitals),” wrote a senior policy advisor to the Minister of Health.
WATCH BELOW as the Sun’s political columnist Brian Lilley says Canada will be slower than many countries to open because Justin Trudeau made two critical mistakes in our battle against Covid-19.
Democrat President Joe Biden refused to answer a question from a reporter on Thursday about his unfulfilled promise last month that if Democrats won the Senate, he would have $2,000 stimulus checks going out the door “immediately.” “Mr. President, whatever happened to your promise from 7 weeks ago that if Democrats [flipped] the Senate that checks were going out the door?” Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked. Biden refused to answer the question. A few moments later, Doocy once again tried to ask Biden a question but was shouted down by Biden’s staff who called him out by name and said that it was time to go.
Polls show most Americans support the federal COVID-19 relief bill. But if they knew what’s in it, they might feel differently. The bill is an affront to the American ideal of equal treatment under law — and a slap in the face for people who want everyone helped fairly. Section 1005 of the bill offers “socially disadvantaged” farm owners total debt forgiveness of up to hundreds of thousands of no-strings dollars per farmer. But white men needn’t apply. The bill’s definition of “socially disadvantaged,” drawn from elsewhere in federal law, limits aid to racial groups who faced historic discrimination. Newly elected Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), who proposed the measure, says it will make up for years of discrimination. Sorry, senator, but this is discrimination. Discrimination likewise mars the bill’s aid to restaurants. It grants restaurant owners up to $5 million per facility to offset losses caused by lockdowns. That’s a lifeline for restaurants barely hanging on.
Democrats can’t include a $15 minimum wage hike as part of the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, a key Senate official ruled on Thursday. Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough’s decision dealt a blow to progressives, who had been pushing to include such a provision in the bill. MacDonough, the nonpartisan arbiter of Senate rules, issued a guidance saying she didn’t believe the change complied with guidelines of reconciliation, the fast-track process that Dems are using to pass the bill. Senate Budget Committee Chair Bernie Sanders, who previously said he was optimistic that MacDonough would back the provision, slammed the finding on Thursday night. “I strongly disagree with tonight’s decision by the Senate Parliamentarian,” the Vermont lawmaker said in a statement. “The fight to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour continues,” he added.