Evening Brief: Marginal Theories and Canadian Lunar Rovers
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We begin with the Auditor General of Canada, who in a new report today found that tThe Public Health Agency of Canada was not as prepared as it could – or should have been – for the COVID-19 pandemic. Auditor General Karen Hogan pointed to internal audits that revealed serious shortcomings in the National Strategic Emergency Stock (NESS), which were ignored. As reported by CBC News, she said health agency management had failed to address “long-standing issues” in the management of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other medical devices in the NESS. , which was created in part to provide provinces and territories with goods during a crisis. She also said that given inadequate inventory control, the agency had no idea how much PPE would be needed in the event of a pandemic.
“We found that the information needed to govern, supervise and manage the federal stock was missing, outdated, or unclear. This had a negative impact on the functioning of the federal stock ”, indicates the review.
Also with PHAC, its latest survey on the capacity of provinces and territories to administer vaccines shows that if Ottawa and the provinces meet their commitments, the deployment of vaccines in Canada could be completed in August. To date, just under 22 million doses of COVID vaccine have been injected into Canadian arms, of which approximately 1.7 million seconds have been injected. More than half of the country’s 38 million people have received a single injection. Of the approximately 33 million Canadians over the age of 12, almost two-thirds have received a dose.
Over the past three weeks, the proportion of Canadians vaccinated daily has approached one percent. From May 18 to 24 – the fastest vaccination rate in seven days – about 0.97 percent of Canadians per day were getting vaccinated. Yet at this rate, provinces and territories still have more than 1.5 million doses short of the number of weekly doses they say they can deliver starting next month. The provinces and territories told the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) that in June they would be able to give 4.25 million shots per week. This Charlie Pinkerton story.
In a new report released today, Canada’s spending watchdog said a proposal to extend EI sickness benefits from 15 to 50 weeks would cost more than $ 1 billion a day. first year, with costs exceeding $ 2 billion thereafter, and would likely benefit more than 150,000 providers. . Currently, EI sickness benefits are capped at 15 weeks. The government has proposed to extend sickness pay to 26 weeks in the 2021 budget which has yet to be passed by parliament. Parliament passed Bill C-24 in March as a temporary pandemic measure that provides up to 50 weeks of benefits for those who establish regular EI claims between September 27, 2020 and September 25 2021. More information from Aidan Chamandy.
Most Canadians support the government subsidizing the creation of Canadian content, according to a new poll commissioned by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority. The findings come as the government works to update the Broadcasting Act for the first time in 30 years by passing Bill C-10, which would force online broadcast networks like Netflix, Crave and Disney Plus to make contributions to Canadian content (Cancon). . Fifty-nine percent of survey respondents said they support government action that spurs the creation of Cancon. Rachel Emmanuel reports.
In Ontario, it’s no surprise that the province is once again failing in the area of long-term care. A new report from the Ontario Financial Accountability Office predicts the province will fall short of its goal of building 15,000 nursing home beds over the next four years, causing uncertainty over the timeline set by the Ontario government. Premier Doug Ford to improve elder care in the province. The report examines the Ministry of Long-Term Care’s 2021-2022 spending plan.
After the first wave of COVID cases devastated long-term care homes last spring, the Ford government pledged to build 30,000 new long-term care beds over the next decade, bolstering its current commitment to open 15,000 new beds in five years. However, it appears the province is on track to open just 8,251 beds by 2023-2024, a shortfall of 6,749 beds. Reaching the target of 15,000 beds will not come before 2025-2026. Meanwhile, more than 40,000 people are on a waiting list for a bed. This backlog is a “significant contributor” to shortages in the province’s health care system, the report said. Iain Sherriff-Scott has this story.
Looking north, the prospect of methane and carbon dioxide emissions from thawing permafrost is not factored into current targets for reducing emissions and avoiding a full-blown climate crisis, according to one study published in May in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of. United States of America. And yet, arctic permafrost stores about twice the amount of carbon currently in Earth’s atmosphere and is already fueling climate change. The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the global average temperature is rising, a trend that threatens the fragile northern ecosystem.
Canadian scientists warn that accelerating permafrost loss could cut the global net zero emissions schedule by five years, if we are hopeful of limiting the average temperature rise to 1.5 degrees. This Shawn McCarthy story.
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In other titles:
Alberta could lift nearly all COVID restrictions by end of June as part of plan to reopen (Edmonton Journal)
Climate ambition, pushing electric vehicles to reduce oil needs: report (CP)
Mike Duffy separates from Senate as he reaches mandatory retirement age (To post)
Atlantic airports brace for uncertain summer as vaccination rates, restrictions determine fate (CTV)
No more marginal theory? Fifteen months, President Joe Biden urged US intelligence officials to ‘redouble’ their efforts to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, including any possibility that the trail leads to a Chinese lab.
As The Associated Press reports, after months of downplaying this possibility as a fringe theory, his administration is joining global pressure to make China more open to the outbreak, in a bid to ward off GOP complaints. , the president was not tough enough as well as taking the opportunity to pressure China over an alleged obstruction.
Biden ordered further examination of the information on what he said were two equally plausible scenarios of the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this year, he instructed the intelligence community to prepare “a report on their most up-to-date analysis of the origins of COVI-19, including whether it resulted from human contact with an infected animal or from a laboratory accident ”.
“To date, the US intelligence community has ‘coalesced around two probable scenarios’ but has not reached a definitive conclusion on this issue,” he said in a statement.
In a long, rambling speech in Belarus today, President Alexander Lukashenko slammed Europe for trying to ‘strangle’ his country with sanctions for airliner hijacking over the weekend, and accused a dissident journalist arrested after the flight landed of planning a “bloody rebellion.” He also doubled down on his claim that there was a bomb threat against the plane and that it posed a security threat, insisting that it was an “absolute lie” that a fighter plane that ‘he had scrambled had forced the plane to the ground.
Meanwhile, colleagues of Roman Protasevich, the journalist who was arrested after being kidnapped from the hijacked flight on Sunday, say they receive death threats and fear for their lives. Protasevich’s lawyer told the BBC she had not yet been allowed to speak to him.
In other international titles:
Biden orders more Intel investigation into COVID-19 origin (AP)
Prosecutors investigating Trump tell witness to prepare for grand jury testimony (CNN)
Dutch court orders oil giant to cut emissions (BBC)
Russian court hears Navalny complaints over detention conditions (Al Jazeera)
Former Johnson aide slams UK government over COVID failures (AP)
Exxon investor secures historic climate victory with two board seats (Bloomberg)
Blinken visits Egypt, Jordan to support Israel-Hamas ceasefire (Al Jazeera)
Qatar pledges $ 500 million for reconstruction in Gaza (Reuters)
Jeff Bezos to step down as Amazon CEO on July 5 (CNN)
Transit workers among 9 dead in San Jose rail yard shooting (NBC News)
Jean-Pierre makes history by stepping onto the podium at the White House press conference (The hill)
In the featured opinion:
Merran Smith and Pierre Gratton: To become a major player on the world battery scene, Canada must act quickly
Graham Thomson: Kenney’s political survival depends on delivering ‘best summer ever’
Finally, we leave the priorities to you, and why Quebec needs its own emoji “as soon as possible”.
And while it’s obviously not as urgent as an emoji, Canada is announced today to put a rover on the moon within the next five years is much more exciting in our books. Blame our inner astronaut.