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Man! I am so tired of this doofus, whether it is on gun control, roxham road, the mass shooting in Nova Scotia or keeping Canada “safe” during Covid:

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OTTAWA — Public Safety Minister Bill Blair refuted claims that the federal government has failed to adequately protect the border amid the pandemic, saying he has imposed some of the “strongest border restrictions” of any country in the world.

His comments came after Ontario Premier Doug Ford on Monday announced a new province-wide lockdown aimed at curbing a spike in new cases and said the province was at “tremendous risk” of contracting new cases of COVID-19 from international and inter-provincial travellers. Ford also decried what he described as a lack of testing and tracing by Ottawa at international airports, which he said has led to a higher case count in Ontario.

So.....our man in the street does some investigative work asking a few questions......

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With Ontario’s latest pandemic lockdown, you can’t go to a New Year’s Eve party, shop in a store, hit the gym, or do a lot of other things.

But travellers can fly to Toronto from places like India or Nigeria to visit family or pursue university studies with no problem. There are NO STRICT LOCKDOWN  measures in place at Pearson International to deal with that concern.

There was no required COVID-19 test at the airport, either.

“I didn’t have a test, but they did take my phone number,” said a woman Sunday, after a 15-hour flight from India.

Her 14-day quarantine is on the honour system. On the same flight, were four polite young men from India who were waiting to board a bus to Windsor where they are enrolled in an international business program at St. Clair College.

“It’s very exciting,” said Abdul Basith, from Kerala, a state on the southwestern coast of India.

He and pals Melwin Andony, Shabeeb Kallarakalatummal and Royce Rumao already completed their first semester of the two-year program at home, studying online with teachers in Windsor. When school starts in January, they will still learn online — but only from a residence in Windsor.

“It’s very exciting,” said Abdul Basith, from Kerala, a state on the southwestern coast of India.

While Ontario kids’ school year is being delayed, and we couldn’t have the complete family over for Christmas dinner, Canada welcomes people from abroad to study on their computers.

Dara Sayo flew in from Nigeria through Frankfurt to attend the University of Waterloo. She won’t be able to go eat in a pub or restaurant or go to a hairstylist, but she will be able to study online.

These all are very nice young people.

There’s no criticism of them for taking the opportunity to travel freely without proper coronavirus screening. But criticism is warranted for those responsible for creating such loopholes.

It’s why Premier Doug Ford and Toronto Mayor John Tory have been asking the federal government for COVID testing at the airport.

“Our government has been calling on the feds for four months for testing at airports,” Ford told reporters this week. “We hear every week about dozens of flights coming in unchecked and bringing in COVID with them. And it’s unacceptable.”

Meanwhile, the pharmacy at the airport is closed.

None of the people we talked with at Pearson Sunday were tested here for the virus that has locked down the world.

Ford, Tory, and Pearson officials are correct to lobby the federal government to right this situation immediately.

However, one can’t help but wonder why the drive-through Polar Drive Christmas light show at Pearson was forced to close to under lockdown protocols but planeloads of people from foreign countries can walk in without being screened?

Why are the malls closed again?

Instead of testing, why not ban all international and domestic flights at least until they can get minor hockey back on and the barbershops open?

Why does Tory keep telling people to “stay home” while thousands of people are flying into the city each day?

Wouldn’t it better to ask those promising students to stay home and continue their online studies from abroad until the pandemic is over?

 

 

https://torontosun.com/news/local-news/warmington-many-fly-into-canada-with-no-covid-test
 

So.......is trudeau really serious about ridding the country of Covid or is he going through the appearance of being tough, to allow his little dog and pony show continue from the tent of commons, and to act as a a supreme leader even though was was elected as a minority with 33% of the popular vote. Our lives are being curtailed, some ruined, businesses closing, families separated and our federal government continues to allow individuals to move freely into our society from  Covid hot spots around the world.

I would say unbelievable but sadly, not surprised.

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More info coming out on flights landing in YZ, but not detailed enough to indicate where passengers originated (connecting from)...

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AC855, a London-to-Vancouver flight on Dec. 19, lists rows 4 to 8 and 24 to 30, while the same Dec. 15 flight listed a range of six rows.

Other infected London-to-Toronto flights arrived Dec. 18 and 19.

Of the 28 Toronto-bound international COVID-19 flights since Dec. 13, London, Frankfurt and Bogota, Colombia saw the most with three each.

Mexico City and the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa each saw two, with Delhi, Sao Paulo, Manila, Paris and Amsterdam had one infected flight each.

Tell us again Bill Blair, how you are keeping Canadians safe.

 

https://torontosun.com/news/local-news/28-covid-infected-international-flights-landed-in-toronto-since-dec-13

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It starts,,,,,

 

" Spain will begin keeping a record of those who refuse a coronavirus vaccine and will share that information with other nations in the European Union, the country's health minister said Monday"

https://www.foxnews.com/world/spain-registry-refuse-coronavirus-vaccine-european-union?fbclid=IwAR0kZBHcXxHvCZgA_et72sSNAp09Ouxrbugu3szcw2QMmbyHZEFGpWAmm44

 

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Once again, leadership that says 'do as I say, not as I do'...

https://www.680news.com/2020/12/29/rod-phillips-trip-december-covid19/

Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips took 'personal trip' outside Canada in December

Despite his own government’s insistence that Ontarians stay home and refrain from non-essential travel, Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips admits he travelled outside of Canada for personal reasons in December, before the provincewide lockdown was announced.

“Immediately following the end of the legislative session, which occurred on December 8th, my wife and I departed on a previously planned personal trip outside of the country,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.

His office later confirmed that Phillips and his wife departed on December 13.

On its website, the federal government advises all Canadians to “avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada and all travel on cruise ships outside Canada until further notice.”

Ontario health officials have also urged all citizens to avoid non-essential travel as it deals with record numbers of infections and soaring deaths amid a second-wave of the virus.

Ontario’s Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Barbara Yaffe, wouldn’t comment specifically on Phillips’ travels, but said the messaging remains clear and unchanged.

“The public health advice has been and continues to be not to travel outside of the country unless its absolutely essential.”

In his statement, Phillips would only say that “had I been aware then of the eventual December 26th provincewide shutdown, we would have cancelled the trip.”

Phillips’ office confirms that he has not yet returned to Canada and will quarantine for 14 days when he does.

Early last week, the Ford government announced that the rest of Ontario would join Toronto, Peel Region, York Region, Windsor-Essex and Hamilton into a lockdown starting on Boxing Day, in an effort to bring soaring COVID-19 cases under control.

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No money to vaccinate?

DECEMBER 31, 20205:05 AMUPDATED AN HOUR AGO

Local funding crisis threatens U.S. vaccine rollout

NEW YORK (Reuters) -Seattle public health officials have so little COVID-19 funding on hand they worry they will have to shut down some virus testing sites as they mount a campaign to dose their 2.3 million residents with Pfizer Inc’s and Moderna Inc’s vaccines.

 
 
 
FILE PHOTO: A box of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine is seen at Crown Heights Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, a nursing home facility in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., December 22, 2020. REUTERS/Yuki Iwamura/File Photo

King County, which represents greater Seattle, has $14 million of COVID-19 funding for 2021, roughly what it spends in a month to run public testing sites and other services, and a fraction of the $87 million emergency COVID-19 aid it received in 2020, said Ingrid Ulrey, the public health policy director for King County.

“We’ve been on pins and needles the whole last three or four months, watching what’s happening at the federal level, waiting, watching,” she said. When newly approved federal funds finally trickle down to her level, she expects them to be less than this year, insufficient and too late.

“It’s shockingly low,” she added. “We have a huge new, unprecedented, daunting task of vaccine delivery.” King County is at risk of being unable to hire the up to 40 additional nurses and administrators needed to begin the next wave of public vaccinations.

In counties across the United States, the funding crisis has limited the hiring of needed vaccine staff, delayed the creation of vaccination centers, and undermined efforts to raise public awareness, officials told Reuters.

 

The federal government spent more than $10 billion to speed COVID-19 vaccine development but has so far disbursed little funding for distribution, even as it pushed the responsibility of actual immunizations onto state and local governments.

A new $2.3 trillion pandemic aid and spending package provides $8.75 billion to states to assist in vaccinations, in line with what state and local officials had requested, but months after distribution work should have begun.

“The Federal Government has distributed the vaccines to the states. Now it is up to the states to administer. Get moving!” U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted on Wednesday.

The promised wave of newly approved vaccinations has been only a ripple: around 2.8 million Americans have received a shot, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, far fewer than the 20 million the federal government promised for December.

 

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Nearly 10 million of the 12.4 million doses the government has distributed to states sit unused, and on Tuesday, President Elect Joe Biden said it would take years, not months, to vaccinate most Americans at the current pace.

Hospitals and pharmacies CVS and Walgreens are in charge of the first wave of vaccinations of health care workers and long term care residents. But local health systems will take a leading role in immunizing the next, bigger waves, and will be critical for groups such as the uninsured, underinsured, homeless and others.

The shortage of local public health staff will only grow more challenging as the vaccination effort expands to essential workers and older Americans, said Claire Hannan, the director of the Association of Immunization Managers, a trade group for local public health departments.

Brandon Meline, logistics chief for Illinois’s Champaign-Urbana Public Health District said their district was tapping a rainy day fund until more federal assistance arrives.

 

“We’re four weeks into significant planning and two weeks into active distribution and we don’t have a secure funding stream,” Meline said in a Christmas Eve interview while waiting for a vaccine shipment to arrive.

Coconino County, the largest in Arizona, needs to hire around 20 people to run vaccination clinics and get to residents who live hours from hospitals, including some who are at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, said Kim Musselman, director of the county’s health and human services department.

Musselman said its nurses are stretched thin as they staff the free vaccination clinic it set up in Coconino County and will struggle to maintain it, let alone set up additional clinics, without more funding. The state has not signaled help is forthcoming.

“We have been told, because we’ve repeatedly asked, is there any public assistance reimbursement for vaccine-related expenditures? And we have continued to be told no at this time,” she said.

Reporting By Rebecca Spalding and Carl O’D

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When reading out the "Cases Today" for ontario, remember that there is a 160,000+ backlog in results.  So based on that and testing of say 25,000 per day in Ontario you are hearing numbers from 4 or 5 days back.

Notice that ontario stopped reporting the Rate and went back to numbers because the rate was too low to support the agenda

 

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JANUARY 1, 202112:51 PMUPDATED 3 HOURS AGO

Suddenly overwhelmed, Ireland says thousands of COVID-19 cases yet to be added to tally

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DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland said on Friday it had under-reported coronavirus cases in recent days by thousands more than previously known as its system came under strain, suggesting the EU’s fastest growing outbreak is worsening even more rapidly than figures showed.

More than 9,000 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 have yet to been added to the official tally of confirmed cases, the National Public Health Emergency Team said. A day earlier it had estimated the number of positive tests still pending registration at just 4,000.

Ireland has gone from having the lowest infection rate in the European Union just two weeks ago to having the fastest rate of deterioration, after shops and large parts of the hospitality sector were allowed to reopen for most of December.

A very large volume of positive tests since Christmas has led to a delay in positive swabs being formally confirmed as new individual cases. Ireland formally reported a daily record 1,754 confirmed cases on Friday, surpassing 1,500 daily cases for the fourth day in a row.

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Study suggests how much faster new COVID-19 variant spreads

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Published Friday, January 1, 2021 5:50PM EST
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A medical technician displays a fast result COVID-19 tester at a mobile testing site in Tunis, Tunisia, Tuesday Dec.22, 2020. The World Health Organisation has cautioned against major alarm over a new, highly infectious variant of the coronavirus that has emerged in Britain, saying this was a normal part of a pandemic's evolution. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

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TORONTO -- Cases of the new U.K. COVID-19 variant are growing rapidly, it’s more transmissible than other variants and is affecting a greater proportion of people under 20, a new study has found.

The collaborative study, published Dec. 31, 2020 by Imperial College London, examined the new variant that originated in the U.K. in late summer to early autumn in 2020, and concluded that it raises the reproduction or “r number” between 0.4 and 0.7.

 

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The “r number” stands for the average number of people a person with the virus infects. If the numbers are above one, the epidemic is increasing. 

The U.K.’s latest "r number" is estimated to be at 1.1 and 1.3 and needs to be below 1.0 for cases to start falling

Canada's reproduction number remains above 1, according to the latest tracking from the Public Health Agency of Canada

The new variant was first discovered in Canada on Dec. 26 in a couple from Ontario. Canadian health officials said they believe more cases involving the new variant are yet to be found. 

The study says transmission of the new variant tripled during the November lockdown in England, but the previous iteration went down by a third.

“All viruses evolve, and very rarely a virus will change in a way that requires us to re-evaluate public health policy,” said study author Dr. Erik Volz of Imperial College London in a release.

Analysis showed that even with tighter restrictions and more closures, the variant continues to spread incredibly rapidly – but does not seem to be more deadly than its predecessor.

“Until a very high proportion of the population has been vaccinated, strong social distancing measures are needed to control this more transmissible variant of COVID-19,” Professor Axel Gandy of Imperial College London said in the release. “Everyone that can be vaccinated should be vaccinated.”

The U.K. has tightened restrictions across the board, reactivating emergency COVID-19 hospitals and closing primary schools, in an effort to slow the spread of the new variant, but 53,285 confirmed cases and 613 deaths were announced by the government Friday.

The U.K. variant has been found in the U.S., Spain, Finland, Sweden, South Korea and continues to spread, but vaccine manufacturers say their products should be effective against it.

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So Dr Siegel is shocked and dismayed by something a dumb grunt could predict.

How could that possibly happen I wonder? No doubt they're ignorant, toothless, hill billy anti-vaxxers and raging evangelical Trump supporters.... right deicer?

PS... don't answer, I won't be reading it. 

https://video.foxnews.com/v/6219708978001#sp=show-clips

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47 minutes ago, Jaydee said:

You mean like the New York Times? 

I refer to your quote.

Al Jazeera is actually a main source for me but no one cares about starvation in Africa when they can plot graphs of DJT's golf games in Florida vs Obama.... and the like.  

BTW, those casting the stones of indignation usually fall short of their own expectations and show themselves guilty of the very offence they accuse others of.

 

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Take a moment and think back to what they had to say about vaccine availability prior to the end of 2020.

Then consider what it takes to allow Joe to say this out loud, with a strait face and have it go unchallenged by the media:

President-elect Joe Biden blasted President Trump on Monday for what he described as a painfully slow administration rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Wait and see, I predict a massive change in narrative a few days after inauguration 

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3 hours ago, Wolfhunter said:

Wait and see, I predict a massive change in narrative a few days after inauguration 

I can’t see the media ever attacking Biden. It would go against their economic interest to do so. 

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“‘Quebec will announce a province-wide lockdown that will bring "8 pm or 9pm" curfews, as cases in the province continue to skyrocket.

According to a report from La Presse, a source within the government says Premier Francois Legault will make the announcement on Wednesday. The lockdown will last three to four weeks and will include "schools, offices, construction and the manufacturing sector."

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Covid: LA ambulances told not to transport some patients to hospital

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Ambulance workers in Los Angeles County, California, have been told not to transport hospital patients that have extremely low chances of survival.

The directive comes as officials say the region could soon hit over 1,000 Covid-related deaths per day, and hospitals are overrun with patients.LA ambulances told not to transport some patients

Emergency workers have also been told to ration oxygen, which is in short supply due to the pandemic.

Hospital beds in LA are running low and officials fear a post-holiday spike.

New York City issued a similar directive to ambulance workers in April 2020 at the height of the city's Covid outbreak, instructing them not to bring in patients who were unable to be resuscitated at the scene.

The LA County Department of Public Health reported 9,142 new Covid cases on Monday, and an additional 77 deaths. The county, which is the worst hit in the US, has recorded 818,000 coronavirus cases and more than 10,700 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Hospitals in California, which are already at maximum capacity, have begun seeing patients in gift shops, parking lots and outdoor tents. Ambulances are being forced to queue outside of hospitals for hours as they wait for Emergency Room workers to take their patients.

Dr Marianne Gausche-Hill, the medical director of LA County's Emergency Services Agency who issued the latest directives, told CBS News that ambulance workers will continue to work to save lives of patients at the scene.

"We are not abandoning resuscitation," Dr Gausche-Hill said. "We are absolutely doing best practice resuscitation and that is do it in the field, do it right away."

"What we're asking is that - which is slightly different than before - is that we are emphasising the fact that transporting these patients arrested leads to very poor outcomes," she added. "We knew that already and we just don't want to impact our hospitals."

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Treating heart attack and stroke patients at the scene can increase chances of survival, she said.

It comes as the US broke its record for the number of Covid patients in hospital.

On Monday, 2,800 Americans were admitted to the hospital for Covid, the highest daily total yet. This brings the total number in hospital to 128,210, according to the Covid Tracking Project. Over 23,000 patients were listed as in intensive care.

In California, the number of patients in hospital for coronavirus has doubled in the past month. The mayor of LA said on Sunday that a new infection occurs there every six seconds.

It also comes as criticism mounts of the slower-than-expected US vaccine rollout. On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that of the 15.4m vaccine doses that have been distributed so far, only around 4.5m people have been given their first jab.

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1 hour ago, Jaydee said:

“‘Quebec will announce a province-wide lockdown that will bring "8 pm or 9pm" curfews, as cases in the province continue to skyrocket.

I'm clearly  not smart enough to understand it all. A regional lockdown without travel restrictions (ring of steel) doesn't seem reasonable to me and as to the curfew, does the virus not spread prior to 2000LT or does it simply spread faster and further after that time?

In other news, it seems the government notion that viruses don't spread on aircraft has been debunked. Who'd a thunk eh?

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22 minutes ago, Wolfhunter said:

I'm clearly  not smart enough to understand it all. A regional lockdown without travel restrictions (ring of steel) doesn't seem reasonable to me and as to the curfew, does the virus not spread prior to 2000LT or does it simply spread faster and further after that time?

In other news, it seems the government notion that viruses don't spread on aircraft has been debunked. Who'd a thunk eh?

I too can not understand the purpose of a curfew unless of course it lowers the number of drunks who might not abide by the distance restrictions. Re aircraft, I don't think the virus spreads on the aircraft but rather that our fast mode of transportation does allow virus carriers to spread out (geographically) faster.

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3 hours ago, Malcolm said:

Re aircraft, I don't think the virus spreads on the aircraft but rather that our fast mode of transportation does allow virus carriers to spread out (geographically) faster.

You are certainly right about the geographic spread implications and the speed with which that can occur, but if it spreads in bars, restaurants, busses etc, what is the basis for the assertion (often levelled by governments) that "the virus isn't easily spread on aircraft?" I've heard the same government assertion made about cruise ships... I can tell you from my deployed time at sea that it simply doesn't fit with my own experience.

I have often felt sorry for FAs being constantly exposed to all and sundry; I bet they are curious too.

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