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We begin on the COVID front, where there was good news today for people who had a severe allergic reaction to their first dose of the vaccine. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) says it should be possible for them to get their second shot and be fully immunized. Canada’s vaccine-advisory says studies have shown that people who had severe allergic reactions after receiving an mRNA vaccine (those made by Pfizer and Moderna) can get it again as a second dose, as long as they’re properly assessed first and monitored for at least 30 minutes afterward.
“NACI’s review of the latest available evidence supports, with appropriate clinical oversight, that it is possible to safely provide COVID-19 vaccine to people who experience very rare, immediate, severe allergic reactions after receiving a first dose,” said Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, told a press briefing. However, she noted they should first consult an allergist, and, if they proceed with another dose, be watched carefully by a doctor for 30 minutes afterward. “(With) a bit more care, this population can be safely vaccinated.” Rachel Emmanuel reports.
As for travel, “now is not the time to just freely go wherever,” Tam said. That’s despite the federal government’s lifting of a global advisory asking Canadians to avoid non-essential travel, health officials cautioned Friday. Canada’s top public health officer cautioned that people should still think carefully about any foreign travel. “The pandemic is very much alive. There are definitely still risks involved in travel,” she said, noting it was too soon for the government to give a “blanket” recommendation on all travel.
While being fully vaccinated and being thoughtful about your destination are important, as the Canadian Press reports, she said the government would be providing more specific information about the severity of COVID-19 in different jurisdictions to help people decide if it’s worth going. She also said the PCR travel tests also remain a requirement to return to Canada, even for fully vaccinated Canadians, because we’re not “out of the woods yet.”
Meanwhile, Canada’s privacy commissioner said today his office is probing complaints about the federal public service’s mandatory vaccination requirement. In a statement, Daniel Therrien said his office is looking into the concerns, but offered no details as they’re part of “ongoing investigations.” The Canadian Press has that story as well.
Amid the Conservative’s uproar over the vaccine mandate for the House of Commons, sources tell Global News that a “handful” of the party’s MPs still have not received their jabs.
In Ontario, Premier Doug Ford’s government is lifting the capacity limits for most settings in the province, but will continue requiring that people wear masks indoors, as the province begins its phased removal of remaining COVID measures. Ford, Health Minister Christine Elliott, and the province’s top doctor, Dr. Kieran Moore, announced Ontario’s new schedule for removing restrictions today. Charlie Pinkerton has the details.
Still with COVID, there was word today that Sen. Josée Forest-Niesing of Sudbury is in hospital after contracting the virus. Her office said she is fully vaccinated, and no one else in her family has tested positive, so it’s not clear where she was exposed. CBC has that story.
On the heels of a report that predicts a world in which demand for fossil fuel falls, experts and advocates want the Canadian Energy Regulator to model what a net-zero economy would look like in Canada. Aidan Chamandy has more on that.
In a 6-1 decision today, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Linda Horrocks, a personal care worker who was fired because she consumed alcohol off her work site after promising to abstain, can only take her complaint to a labour tribunal, and not to a human rights commission. The reason? Horrocks was a union member and under a collective agreement. More from Leslie MacKinnon.
Meanwhile, the Competition Bureau, which regulates competition in Canada, announced its investigation of Google’s advertising practices today after obtaining a Federal Court of Canada order. The order requires that Google hand over written material relevant to the investigation. The bureau said it wants to know if customers are paying more for ads (on Google), if fewer ad choices are available as a result, and whether they’ve hindered the advancement of ad technology. Jeff Labine has that story.
The Rebel to Rabble Review: Weighing in on electoral reform, etc.
Net Zero: Energy transition puts 880,000 jobs at risk: report
The Sprout: Salmonella causes CFIA to recall Mexican onions
In Other Headlines:
Taxpayers spent up to $720K on salaries for military leaders sidelined by sexual misconduct crisis (CBC)
Senior soldier returned to leadership role after investigation into alleged use of racial slur (CBC)
Military headed to Iqaluit to help provide safe drinking water, Blair says (Global)
N.B. reports 5 more deaths as public service employees urged to get vaccinated (Global)
Green Party to drop legal action against Annamie Paul as discussions drag on (CP)
Where’s Kevin Vuong? Embattled MP still silent on dropped sex assault charge following election (CBC)
Bloc Québécois says Quebec’s status as a nation means it must not lose a seat (CP)
Although the United States Supreme Court won’t immediately block Texas’ abortion law from being enforced — declining for a second time to do so — today it did grant an expedited review to hear arguments on the restrictive legislation over its constitutionality. The pair of challenges are set to come before the court on Nov. 1.
“You are a monument.” We’re not sure how one should take that, but it was the message leaders in the European Union used to hail outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel at what is her final summit in Brussels — although that remains to be seen if German coalition talks falter. However at this point, she’s attended 107 EU summits over 16 years. For that, they gave her a paperweight. As the Guardian notes, a surprise video from former U.S. president Barack Obama offered a little pizazz to the farewell. “Thanks to you, the centre has held through many storms,” Obama said. “So many people, girls and boys, men and women, have had a role model who they could look up to through challenging times. I know because I am one of them. Danke schon.”
In Other International Headlines:
Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine more than 90% effective in kids (AP)
U.S. hopes to soon relocate Afghan pilots who fled to Tajikistan, official says (Reuters)
Trump’s executive privilege claim in Capitol riot case gets Nov. 4 hearing (Reuters)
Giuliani associate convicted of campaign finance crimes (AP)
Afghan journalists lament ‘bleak’ future for media under Taliban (Al Jazeera)
Israel labels Palestinian human rights groups as terrorist organisations (The Guardian)
Pamela Fralick: Pandemic-preparedness plan can be start of life-sciences strategy
The house made famous in the horror flick, A Nightmare on Elm Street, is up for sale.
But with its “blue pool, green grass and fragrant citrus trees,” this place is more dream than nightmare.
And for fans of the flick, Freddy doesn’t live there, but the L.A. pad can be yours for a cool US$3.25 million — more than three times than what was spent to shoot the film.
Have a good night.
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