Growing outbreaks of the Brazilian COVID-19 variant in Canada prompted health officials to quietly cease enhanced screening measures for travellers arriving from the South American nation. In a statement sent to the Sun, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) said the extra screening didn’t seem necessary as the infectious and increasingly vaccine-resistant variant of concern (VOC) had already gained a significant foothold in this country.
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An adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Israel stole the country’s nuclear archive, in what appears to be the first public admission of the 2018 Mossad operation by an Iranian official. Momeen Rezaei, secretary of the Expediency Discernment Council that reports directly to the supreme leader, told Iran’s Mehr News on Wednesday that the country needs a major revamp of its security. “The country has been widely exposed to security violations, and the example is that in less than a year, three security incidents have occurred: two explosions and one assassination,” said Rezaei. The two explosions took place at the Natanz nuclear site, first in July, taking out about three-fourths of the above-ground centrifuge assembly facility, and then on Sunday night, when the site’s electric grid and backup system were destroyed, along with large numbers of centrifuges. The assassination was of the head of Iran’s nuclear program, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, in November.
New US sanctions against the Kremlin interests are not very harsh. It suggests that the White House may be hoping to reach an understanding with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, writes Konstantin Eggert. US President Joe Biden has dealt a hard blow to the Putin regime. Or did he? At first glance, everything looks as if the White House sanctions escalated to a new level the confrontation with Moscow. In addition to the expulsion of Russian diplomats — as well as measures against individuals and companies associated with the Kremlin — Washington introduced new restrictions targeting Russia’s sovereign debt. Biden couldn’t wait Not even a day passed between Biden’s phone call to Russian President Vladimir Putin — which included an offer to meet — and the unveiling of the sanctions. At first glance, imposing sanctions immediately after the conversation ruins hopes for the summit. Preparations for such meetings presuppose a certain restraint on both sides.
When scientists, environmentalists and marketers talk about climate change, they often do it metaphorically. The atmosphere is a kind of greenhouse. Carbon dioxide is like a heat-trapping blanket. Climate change resembles a house on fire. Metaphors are a crucial part of communicating climate change, said Stephen Flusberg, an associate professor of psychology at the State University of New York, because “metaphors are central to how we talk and think about a lot of aspects of our world.” Metaphors are supposed to lead to action, and one climate change metaphor that’s gaining traction is the idea of going to war. For example, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from New York, made the comparison a couple of years ago in her proposal for a Green New Deal, in which she called for “a new national, social, industrial and economic mobilization on a scale not seen since World War II.”
O’Toole proposes to repeal the current federal carbon levy — currently set at the equivalent of $40 per tonne of greenhouse gas emissions and set to rise to $170 per tonne by 2030 — with a new fuel levy that would start at $20 per tonne and rise to $50 per tonne. O’Toole also would change how the revenue is used. The Conservative proposal would direct revenue into individual “low carbon savings accounts” — each time you purchase gas, for instance, an amount equivalent to the Conservative fuel charge would go into your account.
One would expect the commemoration of something as tragic and sacred as the Holocaust be done in a respectful manner and not be manipulated for political goals. Such was not the case this week with Nancy Pelosi’s statement sent out on Holocaust Remembrance Day; known in Israel as Yom Ha’Shoah. Instead, she exploited the murder of six million Jews by Hitler and his regime into a manifesto of Democrat false talking points and the demonization of millions of Americans associated with conservatism and who voted for President Trump. It was sacrilege and shameful. The first principle regarding the Holocaust is as follows: It was a unique, once-in-history genocidal plan to exterminate an entire race of people, Jews, across the globe simply because of who they were at birth. Unlike conventional warfare where antagonists may wish to eliminate those they are fighting, Hitler planned the systematic murder of those not only at war with him but those beyond the confines of the battle lines, searching for Jews worldwide even though they were not in the way of his territorial ambitions. They were murdered not for what they did or their conduct, but for simply being born into a people.