Real threat of war in Europe: NATO

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A day after Quebec announced it would introduce an anti-vax tax targeting those who have so far refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19, which some experts warn could backfire, the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today that provinces have a “right” to consider incentives to encourage people to do their part and to roll up their sleeves.

“Different jurisdictions are making different decisions about how to encourage people to get vaccinated, and as the federal government we will continue to be there to support them in those decisions and to ensure that everyone gets vaccinated. vaccinate, ”Trudeau said.

“Vaccines are about keeping Canadians safe, to keep getting through this pandemic in the best possible way, and various levels of government are right to look at different ways to encourage and entice people to get vaccinated. This story from Global News.

When asked today if Ontario could follow Quebec’s lead on this issue, Premier Doug Ford replied, “We are not going down this road.

And yet, more than 7,000 people in the province, across all age groups, signed up to receive their first dose yesterday, as the threat of a tax loomed. “Our highest for several days,” tweeted Quebec Minister of Health Christian Dubé, specifying that 5,000 appointments had also been made on Monday. “It’s encouraging.”

Labor Minister Seamus O’Regan, pictured when he was Minister of Natural Resources in December 2019 (Adrian Wyld / The Canadian Press)

While truckers crossing the Canada-U.S. Border must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 15, the federal government has still not set a date for the mandatory inoculation of interprovincial truckers. On December 7, Minister of Labor Seamus O’Regan announced a mandatory vaccination policy for all federally regulated workplaces.

Truckers crossing provincial borders are included in this mandate. The regulations are due to be finalized and take effect in early 2022, but the government will not say exactly when. Daniel Pollak, O’Regan’s press secretary, would only say it’s coming soon. More Aidan Chamandy.

Less than a week after the Ontario government changed its recommendations about who should have a PCR test for COVID, most people who had a rapid test had no symptoms and had not knowingly been tested. in close contact with an infected person, according to a new poll by Mainstreet Research. This Janet Silver story.

A labor shortage in Canada’s agriculture sector is costing billions of dollars in lost sales and late production, according to an industry expert. About 240,000 Canadians were employed in agriculture in December 2021, a low of 21 years for that month, according to Statistics Canada’s Labor Force Survey released this month. In contrast, nearly 350,000 Canadians were employed in agriculture in December 2000.

Agriculture and agri-food are major contributors to Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP). Together, they accounted for 7.4% of GDP in 2020, or $ 139 billion. But in 2020, labor shortages caused $ 3 billion in lost sales, said Keith Currie, vice president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, adding that up to 125,000 jobs in the chain of farm-to-food values ​​could be vacant by the end of the decade. “We are concerned,” he told iPolitics. “When you look at unemployment rates, they’re actually pretty low right now, which means most Canadians are working. (We) need to find ways to get more people into (agriculture). Jeff Labine reports.

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In other titles:

Former Governor General Julie Payette will not lose her Order of Canada, says Advisory Council (CBC)
Ottawa considers Indo-Pacific plan to divert trade from China (Globe)
Ottawa extends CEBA deadline for businesses to repay interest-free loans until 2023 (global)
Quebec judge suspends visitation rights for unvaccinated man with child (CP)
Provinces demand rapid tests as federal government struggles to deliver promised millions (CP)
Moe will not enforce restrictions despite recommendations from top doctors (CTV)

Internationally:

Photo: Wendy R. Sherman / @DeputySecState / Twitter

A four-hour NATO-Russia Council meeting today – the second of three diplomatic efforts this week – failed to resolve important differences. Speaking afterwards in Brussels, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said talks between the 30 NATO members and Moscow were “not easy” and that the risk of armed conflict in Europe remained. “real”.

“We had a very serious and direct exchange on the situation in Ukraine and its surroundings and the implications for European security. There are significant differences between NATO allies and Russia on these issues, ”he said.

Among them? Russia’s demand that Ukraine never be allowed to join NATO. The talks come as Russia has reportedly moved 100,000 troops near the Ukrainian border. US Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said there were still areas where progress could be made. But that’s Russia what happens next: does it want to choose diplomacy or confrontation with the West? Either way, the United States and NATO are preparing.

“Russia will first and foremost have to decide if it is really a question of security, in which case it must engage, or if it was all just a pretext. And they might not even know it yet.

Here at home, it comes as the Trudeau government faces increasing pressure for the Ukrainian-Canadian community to do more to help prevent an invasion by Russia. CBC’s Murray Brewster has that story.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Photo by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Scottish Tory Leader Douglas Ross today called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to step down following the revelations he witnessed a party at his official residence in May 2020 while the country was in lockdown. Johnson first admitted he was at the “bring your own booze” shindig and apologized for attending. “I know the rage they feel at me against the government I lead when they think that in Downing Street itself the rules are not being properly followed by the people making the rules,” he said in Parliament. “I offer my sincere apologies. “

Hypocrisy is proving hard to swallow for opponents and at least one member of his own party. “The party is over, Prime Minister,” Labor Party leader Keir Starmer said. Reuters reports.

In other international titles:

US sanctions North Koreans, citing “ballistic missile” tests (Al Jazeera)
Trump hangs up on NPR host in interview when pressed over election fraud allegations (Yahoo)
Nigeria ends Twitter ban after seven months (Al Jazeera)
White House says it will double COVID-19 tests for schools (Reuters)

In Notice:

WA Bogart: The dangers of implementing vaccination mandates

Sarah Teich and Mehmet Tohti: Hacking human rights activists

The kicker:

Photo: Ina Garten / Instagram

When it comes to coping and taking care of yourself in these crazy times, some focus on healthy habits. Others, not so much. Like the “Barefoot Contessa”. His solution? Bigger cosmos. Maybe she’s on something. After all, it’s only been 12 days since 2022. And if that’s not enough to get you to drink, we don’t know what it is.

Roll on a good night.

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Mary I. Bruner