New abnormal news from all over the spectrum.
Public Order Emergency Commission: "Government of Canada agrees to release Cabinet documents to the Public Order Emergency Commission"
The Government of Canada has responded to a request from Commissioner Paul Rouleau and agreed not to claim Cabinet privilege over the documents that Cabinet considered in making the decision to declare a public order emergency and implement special measures for dealing with the emergency in February 2022.
CBC: "Vaccine mandates have been blamed for some of Pearson airport's chaos. Is it time to drop them?"
The waning effectiveness of vaccines to stop the spread of the highly infectious Omicron variant of COVID-19 could mean it's time for federal policy makers to consider lifting vaccine mandates, some experts suggest.
"It's hard to really justify our mandates anymore," said Dr Zain Chagla, an infectious diseases physician at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton and an associate professor at McMaster University.
The Hill Times: "'Massive majority' of Liberal caucus wants Trudeau to drop federal COVID mandates, say Liberal MPs"
With provincial and international jurisdictions easing COVID restrictions, some Liberal MPs say the vast majority of their caucus want the federal government to drop travel vaccination requirements, allowing unvaccinated Canadians to board domestic flights.
Several Liberal MPs interviewed for this article said that most caucus members want all federal pandemic restrictions dropped as soon as possible.
“The massive majority of Liberal MPs want the mandates to end,” said one Liberal MP who spoke on not-for-attribution basis to offer their candid opinion.
CBC: "B.C. man among first Canadians approved for COVID-19 vaccine injury payout"
In the year since he became partially paralyzed, Ross Wightman has kept his focus on small victories — from getting up the stairs unassisted, to going for a solo walk near his rural B.C. home.
But the biggest win came in the form of an e-mail from Canada's Vaccine Injury Support Program (VISP) that confirmed something he says he knew all along: that his condition was likely caused by the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
True North: "Westjet and travel & tourism leaders tell Trudeau to end travel restrictions"
The CEO of Westjet and the Canadian Travel & Tourism Roundtable have joined those calling on the Trudeau government to drop its travel mandates and restrictions.
On Tuesday, the Trudeau government extended the measures until at least Jun. 30, making the announcement a day after voting down a Conservative motion to bring them to an end.
LifeSiteNews: "Trudeau gov’t pushes to make ‘digital identity’ and facial recognition a requirement for air travel"
OTTAWA (LifeSiteNews) – Canada’s Liberal government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that it is working with top airlines in the hopes to mandate all travelers use a form of “digital identity documents” complete with facial recognition biometric data for pre-boarding flights.
True North: "International air transport group tells Trudeau to drop travel mandates"
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is demanding that the Trudeau government drop all COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions to reduce crippling delays at Canadian airports.
Among the restrictions the IATA wants to see gone include vaccine requirements, random testing, the ArriveCan app and mandatory submissions of health information.
MSN: "Three public sector unions challenge 'punitive' federal vaccine mandate for bureaucrats"
OTTAWA – The three biggest federal public sector unions are challenging the Liberals’ vaccine mandate for bureaucrats in court, arguing suspending unvaccinated workers without pay instead of letting them return to work from home is “punitive” and “unjustified.”
“We continue to support vaccination. But given … the loosening of the COVID restrictions and the shifting landscape, we’re of the opinion that employer’s policy right now is unreasonable. These members can work from home,” Jennifer Carr, president of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), said in an interview.
The Globe & Mail: "The logic behind vaccine mandates for travellers no longer holds"
We need to bring down the other limits to individual rights that don’t make medical sense. This is why we should reconsider our mandate requiring full vaccination for Canadians boarding a commercial plane or train for travel to domestic and international destinations.
The justification behind vaccine mandates is that they help prevent transmission. But this does not seem to be the case any longer, with the Omicron variant. We know that vaccine efficacy in this regard wanes significantly: Data from the UK Health Security Agency shows the effectiveness of two or three doses of vaccine against spreading the Omicron-variant infection over time approaches zero.
The Wallstreet Journal: "Saudi Arabia Considers Accepting Yuan Instead of Dollars for Chinese Oil Sales"
The talks with China over yuan-priced oil contracts have been off and on for six years but have accelerated this year as the Saudis have grown increasingly unhappy with decades-old U.S. security commitments to defend the kingdom, the people said.
China buys more than 25% of the oil that Saudi Arabia exports. If priced in yuan, those sales would boost the standing of China’s currency. The Saudis are also considering including yuan-denominated futures contracts, known as the petroyuan, in the pricing model of Saudi Arabian Oil Co. , known as Aramco.
University of Connecticut: "Why is the FDA Funded in Part by the Companies It Regulates?"
The Food and Drug Administration has moved from an entirely taxpayer-funded entity to one increasingly funded by user fees paid by manufacturers that are being regulated. Today, close to 45% of its budget comes from these user fees that companies pay when they apply for approval of a medical device or drug.
Oil Price: "China To Expand Coal Use As It Prioritizes Energy Security"
Chinese President Xi Jinping has told representatives from its biggest coal-producing region, Inner Mongolia, that China "could not part from reality" and that it is "rich in coal, poor in oil and short of gas," Reuters reported on Friday.
The Post Millennial: "BREAKING: Facebook, Instagram 'temporarily' allow calls for violence against Russians"
Meta’s Facebook and Instagram on Thursday have made changes to their hate speech policy to allow for calls of violence against Russians and Russian soldiers amidst the Ukraine invasion.
CNBC: "Moderna CEO Bancel’s golden parachute soared by hundreds of millions over the pandemic"
The bulk of Bancel’s golden parachute comes in $922.5 million in equity based on Moderna’s share price as of December.
Bancel would also receive a cash severance of $1.5 million and a bonus of $2.5 million under his change-in-control package.
CNBC: "Pfizer Covid vaccine was just 12% effective against omicron in kids 5 to 11, study finds"
Pfizer and BioNTech’s two-dose Covid vaccine provided very little protection for children aged 5 to 11 during the wave of omicron infection in New York, according to a study published Monday.
The New York State Department of Health found that the effectiveness of Pfizer’s vaccine against Covid infection plummeted from 68% to 12% for kids in that age group during the omicron surge from Dec. 13 through Jan 24. Protection against hospitalization dropped from 100% to 48% during the same period.
The Telegraph: "Covid lockdowns weren’t needed, finds inquiry in the country that stayed open"
Recurring lockdowns imposed across Europe to curb Covid-19 were neither "necessary" nor "defensible", Sweden's official inquiry into its handling of the pandemic has concluded.
In its final report, the country's Coronavirus Commission strongly supported Sweden’s pandemic strategy, concluding that the decision to rely primarily on "advice and recommendations which people were expected to follow voluntarily" had been "fundamentally correct”.
Schengen Visa: "France Invalidates Nearly 4 Million COVID Vaccination Certificates"
The French authorities have announced that nearly 4 million vaccination certificates were disabled on Wednesday as the holders have failed to meet the new rules that started applying on February 15.
The latest update made by France requires all persons who have completed their primary vaccination more than four months ago, except for those who have been infected with the disease since, to receive a booster shot in order for their pass to remain valid, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Forbes: "A National Vaccine Pass Has Quietly Rolled Out – And Red States Are Getting On Board"
To date, 21 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico offer accessibility to the SMART Health Card, a verifiable digital proof of vaccination developed through the Vaccination Credential Initiative (VCI), a global coalition of public and private stakeholders including Microsoft, Salesforce, Oracle, the Mayo Clinic and other health and tech heavyweights.
Berliner Zeitung: "Vaccination consequences: BKK health insurance company writes a letter to the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut"
A large German health insurance company has recorded figures on the side effects of Covid vaccines. The result was "a significant alarm signal". According to the BKK ProVita, the number of side effects is many times higher than those officially announced by the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI). A letter to the PEI (available to the Berliner Zeitung) states: "In our opinion, there is a significant underreporting of the side effects of the vaccination". The board of directors of BKK ProVita, Andreas Schöfbeck, said to the world: "According to our calculations, we consider 400,000 visits to the doctor by our insured persons due to vaccination complications to be realistic to date."
Activist Post: "Order Out Of Chaos: How The Ukraine Conflict Is Designed To Benefit Globalists"
Within the next couple of months it is likely that there will be direct US military involvement in Ukraine, with Russia now openly supporting and recognizing separatist groups in the Donbass region on the eastern edge of the country and apparently moving to aid them militarily in separation. This is not the first time Russia has sent military units into Ukraine, but it is the first time since 2014 and the annexation of Crimea that the threat of military action has been overt rather than covert.
When conflict erupts, you are going to see a swarm of media stories in Western nations trying to outline the complexity of the relationship between Russia and Ukraine since the fall of the Soviet Union, while ignoring certain inconvenient truths. You will see many of these stories construct a narrative which then oversimplifies the situation and paints Russia as the monstrous aggressor. The goal will be to convince the public that our involvement in Ukraine is a moral and geopolitical necessity. There will be attempts to gain American favor and a call for US boots on the ground. Joe Biden will be at the forefront of this push.
Global News: "Saskatchewan to renew state of emergency order same day province lifts all COVID-19 measures"
The Saskatchewan Party government, which has repeatedly said people need to “learn to live with COVID-19,” is renewing its state of emergency.
Premier Scott Moe signed an order-in-council on Wednesday to extend the emergency order “to address the COVID-19 public health emergency.”
Rebel News: "Canadian Armed Forces veteran marching from Vancouver to Ottawa for freedom"
Imagine being so grieved about the loss of freedoms in Canada, you’re willing to march across the country to try and get them back. That’s exactly what James Topp, a Canadian Armed Forces veteran from British Columbia, has set out to do.
On Sunday, February 19, Topp departed from Vancouver’s Terry Fox Memorial to begin his cross country march to Parliament in Ottawa.
Toronto Sun: "Parliament's $100B small business relief program mostly went to large corporations"
The $100 billion pandemic relief program went awry, according to Statistics Canada data disclosed earlier this week. Large corporations were three times as likely as small business to receive the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, Blacklocks reported.
“Smallest businesses have the lowest usage rates,” said a Statistics Canada report. “Less capital intensive small businesses may have lower fixed costs than more capital intensive larger businesses.”
Reuters: "Iceland to lift all COVID-19 restrictions on Friday"
Iceland will lift all remaining COVID-19 restrictions on Friday, including a 200-person indoor gathering limit and restricted opening hours for bars, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday.
"Widespread societal resistance to COVID-19 is the main route out of the epidemic," the ministry said in a statement, citing infectious disease authorities.
"To achieve this, as many people as possible need to be infected with the virus as the vaccines are not enough, even though they provide good protection against serious illness," it added.
All border restrictions would also be lifted, it said.
True North: "B.C. now firing government employees put on leave over COVID shots"
The firings in B.C. come even as provinces across Canada continue to drop COVID restrictions, including Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, who announced today that their vaccine passport programs would end this month.
B.C. is now the only province that has not signalled definitively when any of its vaccine policies will end. The province – which does not allow rapid testing – has among the most stringent vaccine mandates in the country, if not the world.
The Globe & Mail: "Federal government facing lawsuits over Emergencies Act"
The federal government will have to defend its use of the Emergencies Act in court after two civil-liberties groups asserted in legal challenges that invoking the act against anti-mandate protesters was unlawful. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced on Wednesday that his government will file its own court challenge.
In separate court actions, the Canadian Constitution Foundation and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) are asking for a hearing in Federal Court. Both say they will continue their challenges despite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announcement on Wednesday that the government is ending its declaration of an emergency.
The Epoch Times: "Government to Withhold Classified Information Justifying Emergencies Act From Parliamentary Review Committee"
The government will not allow a committee of parliamentarians tasked with reviewing the application of the Emergencies Act to access the classified information it is using to justify keeping the measures in place, senators heard as they debated the motion to maintain the public order emergency on Feb. 22.
Calgary Herald: "Saskatchewan premier calls for end to all federal COVID-19 mandates after Emergencies Act revoked"
REGINA — Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe is urging the federal government to follow up revoking the Emergencies Act by lifting all COVID-19 mandates.
Moe said revoking the act is the right thing to do, “because it should not have been invoked in the first place.”
Moe said the federal government should now end all COVID-19 mandates and restrictions.
“It is past time for the Trudeau government to detail a return to normal for all Canadians,” Moe said Wednesday.
NBC Boston: "MGH Study: Pandemic Lockdown May Be Linked to Brain Inflammation"
COVID-19 lockdowns may have triggered brain inflammation even in people who didn't get infecting with the virus, research from Massachusetts General Hospital shows.
The societal and lifestyle disruptions caused by the pandemic may have triggered inflammation in the brain that can affect mental health, according to the study. The impacts manifest as symptoms including fatigue, brain fog and mental distress.
National Post: "Saskatchewan premier calls for end to all federal COVID-19 mandates after Emergencies Act revoked"
REGINA — Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe is urging the federal government to follow up revoking the Emergencies Act by lifting all COVID-19 mandates.
Moe said the federal government should now end all COVID-19 mandates and restrictions.
“It is past time for the Trudeau government to detail a return to normal for all Canadians,” Moe said Wednesday.
MSN News: "MPs, senators on Emergencies Act committee will take secrecy oath: gov't Senate rep"
OTTAWA — Members of a parliamentary committee set up to scrutinize the Emergencies Act will have to take an oath of secrecy, but will not be given access to highly classified material, says the government's representative in the Senate.
CTV News: "Alberta county says it will no longer hire businesses with vaccination policies"
“Mackenzie County does not tolerate mandatory vaccination or any other discriminatory requirements for any employee,” a document outlining the latest policy says.
A spokesman for the county says in a letter that vaccine mandates violate personal rights and freedoms and will not be tolerated.
“Mackenzie County is appalled by the response to COVID-19 that many governments and corporations have evoked,” said Byron Peters, the county's interim chief administrative officer.
“Corporate use of coercion and intimidation towards employees to dictate personal health choices are inappropriate, and we will not work with companies that tolerate or promote such behaviour.”
OilPrice: "China And Saudi Arabia Strengthen Ties With $10 Billion Petrochemical Plan"
Saudi Arabia and China have renewed discussions over a refining and petrochemical complex that were shelved in 2020 due to the oil price crash.
Worryingly for the U.S., the Chinese company that will be involved in this deal with Saudi Arabia is also one of China’s major defense contractors.
Canadian Civil Liberties Association: "CCLA Will Fight Invocation of Emergencies Act in Court"
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) announced today that it will pursue litigation to challenge the federal government’s use of the Emergencies Act.“We have retained Ewa Krajewska of Henein Hutchison LLP to take the federal government to court. We have said all along that the federal government did not meet the high burden necessary to invoke the Emergencies Act,” said Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, Executive Director of the CCLA.
The Post Millennial: "Amazon drops Black Lives Matter from charity platform amid financial scrutiny"
Amazon has kicked Black Lives Matter off of its charity fundraising platform AmazonSmile after the parent organization has experienced growing scrutiny in recent weeks regarding its finances.
Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms: "Trial Update, Alberta Court lockdown challenge"
Lawyer for Alberta, Mr. Nicholas Parker told the court he is going on vacation on February 25th and does not want the trial to run longer than scheduled, even though all others agree to extend if necessary. Mr. Rath told the Court that this is the second time this trial has been impacted by someone’s vacation schedule, the first was when Government lawyers sought an adjournment due to Dr. Hinshaw dealing with “hospital crisis” due to Covid in September, but went on holiday instead the day court was scheduled to attend.
The Court denied the joint Application of Mr. Grey and Mr. Rath to have The Honourable Brian Peckford P.C., former premier of Newfoundland, and one of the original drafters and signatory to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, testify in the case. The Court described Mr. Peckford as private citizen whose first-hand knowledge of s.1 of the Charter is “irrelevant” to the issues to be decided by the Court.
To date, all of the many contested procedural applications conducted in the case since December of 2020 have gone in favour of the Alberta Government.
Government of Canada: "Developing COVID-19 Vaccination Regulations under the Canada Labour Code"
Through new, standalone Regulations under Part II of the Code the Government will require vaccination of federally regulated employees, except under very limited circumstances.
The new Regulations will complement existing occupational health and safety measures, such as masking, handwashing and physical distancing, to provide further protection against the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace.
Employers in the federal jurisdiction are expected to be impacted by the establishment of the Regulations that will require COVID-19 vaccination of their employees.
CBC News: "Peter Sloly resigns as Ottawa's police chief"
Peter Sloly has resigned as Ottawa's police chief and will publicly announce he is stepping down after the Ottawa Police Services Board meeting today, according to sources that have spoken to CBC News.
Sloly has faced criticism for his handling of a truck convoy protest that has caused major disruption to Ottawa's downtown core.
Government of Canada: "PC Number: 2022-0106"
Whereas the Governor in Council believes, on reasonable grounds, that a public order emergency exists and necessitates the taking of special temporary measures for dealing with the emergency;
Therefore, Her Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, pursuant to subsection 17(1) of the Emergencies Act, directs that a proclamation be issued
(a) declaring that a public order emergency exists throughout Canada and necessitates the taking of special temporary measures for dealing with the emergency;
The Washington Post: "Mask Mandates Didn’t Make Much of a Difference Anyway"
But there’s no avoiding it: The benefits of universal masking have been difficult to quantify. One controlled study in Bangladesh showed a small but statistically significant benefit — among people who consistently used masks, 7.6% got symptomatic infections compared to 8.6% in the control group. Other studies have been inconclusive.
CTV News: "Doug Ford says plan in works to remove Ontario's vaccine passport system"
Ontario Premier Doug Ford says plans are in the works to remove the vaccine passport system that requires people to show proof of vaccination when they enter a number of settings.
Ford said that plans to end the vaccine passport system were being made “well before this protest started” and are not being made in response to the trucker convoy protests that have caused chaos in Ottawa and at border crossings and spurred a state of emergency declaration Friday.
Yahoo: "COVID Booster Loses Potency After 4 Months, Fauci Says 'There May Be the Need' for Fourth Dose"
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that the mRNA shot's protection begins to decline after about four months, according to a study released Friday.
"There may be the need for yet again another boost — in this case, a fourth-dose boost for an individual receiving the mRNA — that could be based on age, as well as underlying conditions," Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, told reporters Tuesday.
Global News: "Ontario ‘not in the clear’ to remove COVID vaccine passports, masking as other provinces"
Ontario’s health minister says the province is “not in the clear” to remove COVID-19 vaccine passports that are required to enter some indoor public settings such as gyms and restaurants or to drop the mask mandate.
Christine Elliott made the comments at a press conference announcing free rapid tests, after she was pressed several times by journalists if Ontario would consider dropping the vaccine passport as Saskatchewan and Alberta recently announced.
“We still need to be very careful,” Elliott said.
“We have no plans, currently, to drop the passport vaccination situation or masking,” Elliot said
CTV News: "Ottawa police chief says he won't resign as trucker protest drags on"
Ottawa’s police chief says he has no plans to resign amid criticism of his handling of the trucker protests that have occupied the city’s downtown for more than a week.
“Absolutely none,” Chief Peter Sloly said when Newstalk 580 CFRA’s Leslie Roberts asked whether he has any plans to step down.
“I came here to do a job and I’m going to get that job done all the way through,” he said. “Absolutely committed, have a great team here, great officers, we’ve got great partners in the city. We’re going to get this done.”
The Scotsman: "Anti-vaxxer concerns force removal of deaths by vaccine status data from Public Health Scotland reports"
Public Health Scotland will stop publishing data on Covid deaths and hospitalisations by vaccination status due to concerns the data is being wilfully misrepresented by anti-vaccination campaigners.
The Telegraph: "U-turn on mandatory Covid vaccinations for NHS and social care workers"
Mandatory Covid jabs for NHS and social care workers are set to be scrapped, The Telegraph can reveal, after warnings of crippling staff shortages if the plan went ahead.
The move comes after warnings that almost 80,000 healthcare workers would be forced out of their jobs because they had declined to take two doses of a Covid vaccine.
Reuters: "Sweden decides against recommending COVID vaccines for kids aged 5-11"
Sweden has decided against recommending COVID vaccines for kids aged 5-11, the Health Agency said on Thursday, arguing that the benefits did not outweigh the risks.
True North: "Former Newfoundland premier suing feds over air travel vaccine mandate"
Forty years ago, Brian Peckford was one of the premiers involved in the development and adoption of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Now, he’s suing the federal government for violating that very Charter.
“The federal travel ban has segregated me from other Canadians. It’s discriminatory, violates my Charter rights and that’s why I am fighting the travel ban,” Peckford said.
The JCCF says there are six million unvaccinated Canadians – 15% of the country’s population – prevented from air travel within or outside of Canada.
The Guardian: "UN data reveals ‘nearly insurmountable’ scale of lost schooling due to Covid"
Up to 70% of 10-year-olds in low- and middle-income countries cannot read or understand a simple text, up from 53% pre-Covid, the research suggested.
Classroom closures continue to affect more than 635 million children globally, with younger and more marginalised children facing the greatest loss in learning after almost two years of Covid, according to children’s agency Unicef
World Health Organization: "Statement on the tenth meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic"
Lift or ease international traffic bans as they do not provide added value and continue to contribute to the economic and social stress experienced by States Parties.
Do NOT require proof of vaccination against COVID-19 for international travel as the only pathway or condition permitting international travel given limited global access and inequitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines
Washington Examiner: "WATCH: Boris Johnson confirms COVID-19 restrictions will be relaxed next week"
Johnson addressed Parliament, announcing that measures such as mandated public mask-wearing, COVID-19 passports, and enforced self-isolation, all part of the country's "Plan B" COVID-19 response, will be shifted from compulsory edicts to optional guidelines. His statements were met with roaring cheers by members of Parliament.
WJLA: "Jason Miyares among 27 state AGs calling for OSHA to withdraw its COVID-19 vaccine mandate"
Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares has joined a coalition of 27 attorneys general calling on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to withdraw its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for large employers.
In a 6-3 opinion last week, the justices said the Occupational Safety and Health Administration does not have the authority to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine, saying the virus is not considered an occupational hazard for most jobs.
KUTV: "Utah Senate votes 22-5 to overturn mask orders in Salt Lake, Summit counties"
The Utah Senate has passed a resolution to overturn county mask orders in Salt Lake and Summit counties. The vote was 22-5 to terminate the orders. "The House Majority Caucus is in widespread agreement that mask mandates are not the answer," Utah House spokesperson Alexa Roberts told KUTV 2News late Tuesday.
CTV News: "COVID-19 detected for first time in Ontario wildlife"
officials say that the affected deer show no clinical signs of illness and appeared healthy
CBC News: "P.E.I. closes dining rooms, gyms among other new COVID-19 restrictions"
P.E.I. announced new restrictions Tuesday — including strict limits to personal gatherings, the continued shutdown of schools, and no inside dining at restaurants — as COVID-19 continues to spread across the Island. The new restrictions take effect at midnight and are currently scheduled to remain in place until at least Jan. 31. The news came as Dr. Heather Morrison announced that eight people are in hospital
True North: "Majority of Canadians currently hospitalized are fully vaccinated, government data shows"
Those fully vaccinated against COVID-19 make up the lion’s share of people currently hospitalized with the virus in most provinces across Canada.
True North has compiled a list of current hospitalization rates broken down by vaccination status using the latest data reported by various provincial and territorial health authorities. It is to be noted that reporting on hospitalization varies by region and that some provinces have not provided statistics on hospitalization by vaccination status.
Calgary Herald: "Hinshaw has legal authority to make decisions on COVID-19 measures: health law experts"
The top doctor responded brusquely when asked at a Monday press conference why new public health measures weren’t being implemented to combat the Omicron wave of COVID-19, saying, “Decisions about restrictions are not mine to make.”
Bloomberg: "Frequent Boosters Spur Warning on Immune Response"
European Union regulators warned that frequent Covid-19 booster shots could adversely affect the immune response and may not be feasible.
Repeat booster doses every four months could eventually weaken the immune response and tire out people, according to the European Medicines Agency.
Express: "Covid microchip: UK startup says technology WILL be able to track your every move"
A Swedish start-up tech company announced earlier this month that it invented a scannable microchip that is implanted in people’s arms and can display your COVID-19 vaccination status. This digital implant is designed to be embedded into people's arms so your vaccine passport pops up when scanned.
CBS News: "Boeing drops COVID-19 vaccine mandate for some 10,000 unvaccinated U.S. employees"
In an internal company announcement, Boeing told employees its decision to suspend the mandate "comes after a detailed review of a U.S. District Court ruling earlier this month that halts the enforcement of a federal executive order requiring vaccinations for federal contractors."
CTV News: "Canada's Vaccine Injury Support program: 400 claims since launch, fewer than five approved"
A previous version of this article stated that the risk of contracting a serious side-effect after COVID-19 vaccination is less than one in a million. The correct figure, based on data reported to the Public Health Agency of Canada, is roughly one in 10,000.
Ottawa Citizen: "Allegations of Canadian troops training neo-Nazis and war criminals sparks military review"
A review into how Canada approves the foreign military personnel it trains should be ready by early next year, but parts of the study will need to remain secret, according to the Department of National Defence.
The review follows concerns raised by Jewish groups of the alleged involvement of Canadian troops in training neo-Nazis in Ukraine as well as warnings by soldiers last year that some Iraqis who have received instruction from Canada were involved in torture and rape.
CTV News: "Far-right extremists in Ukrainian military bragged about Canadian training, report says"
A report exploring the far-right in Ukraine’s military found that neo-Nazis and supporters of far-right groups in the ranks bragged online about receiving training from Canada and other NATO nations, prompting promises of a thorough review from the Department of National Defence.
The report, entitled “Far-Right Group Made its Home in Ukraine’s Major Western Military Training Hub” and published by the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at George Washington University, details a group within Ukraine’s National Army Academy (NAA) known as the “Military Order Centuria” or simply “Centuria.”
World Economic Forum: "Russia Joins Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Network"
Russia will take a leading role in shaping the trajectory of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Today, leaders from the Russian Federation and the World Economic Forum announced the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Russia.
Part of the Forum’s global Network, the new Centre will bring together leading businesses, policy makers and members of civil society to co-design and pilot innovative approaches to technology governance.
Over the past five years, the World Economic Forum Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Network has expanded to 15 countries. Project teams worked across public and private sectors to built new policies for drones and commercial aircraft to fly in the same airspace, government procurement of artificial intelligence and accelerated responsible blockchain deployment across the global supply chain.
The Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Russia will be hosted by ANO Digital Economy in Moscow. It will work across the global network to maximize the benefits of technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things, while minimizing its risks.
Ottawa Citizen: "Military leaders saw pandemic as unique opportunity to test propaganda techniques on Canadians, Forces report says"
A plan devised by the Canadian Joint Operations Command relied on propaganda techniques similar to those employed during the Afghanistan war
Israel 365 News: "CHINA: SOROS IS THE “SON OF SATAN"
The rich and powerful frequently collect enemies on their climb to the top but billionaire George Soros seems to have more than his share of haters. As part of an ongoing tit-for-tat, a Chinese media labeled him “the son of Satan”, among other choice epithets.
Soros has unquestionably changed the face of US politics, bolstering the left-wing with his deep pockets. He donated over $1 million to Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign and over $8 million to Democratic campaigns during Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful; bid for the White House. In 2020, Soros was one of Joe Biden’s largest contributors, donating at least $500,000 to his campaign.
Reason: "CNN's Leana Wen: The Unvaccinated Should Not Be Allowed To Leave Their Homes"
"We need to start looking at the choice to remain unvaccinated the same as we look at driving while intoxicated," she told CNN's Chris Cuomo Thursday night. "You have the option to not get vaccinated if you want, but then you can't go out in public."
CBC News: "Trudeau promises $1B to help provinces pay for vaccine passports"
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau today announced a billion-dollar fund to help provinces create their own vaccine passports — credentials people vaccinated against COVID-19 can show to businesses to make everyday activities safer.
DIACC: "2022 Pre-Budget Submission"
Digital ID offers the key to unlocking secure digital services and pathways. With opportunities to boost job creation, economic growth, citizen wellbeing, COVID-19 planning
Twitter @eh_den: "PFIZERLEAK: EXPOSING THE PFIZER MANUFACTURING AND SUPPLY AGREEMENT"
If you were wondering why #Ivermectin was suppressed, well, it is because the agreement that countries had with Pfizer does not allow them to escape their contract, which states that even if a drug will be found to treat COVID19 the contract cannot be voided.
"Purchaser acknowledges...the long-term effects and efficacy of the Vaccine are not currently known and that there may be adverse effects of the Vaccine that are not currently known."
"Purchaser hereby agrees to indemnify, DEFEND AND HOLD HARMLESS Pfizer, BioNTech (and) their Affiliates...from and against any and all suits, claims, actions, demands, losses, damages, liabilities, settlements, penalties, fines, costs and expenses..."
The Purchaser waives any right for immunity, it give up any law that might cap the obligation to pay damages to Pfizer.
Comment: The court is in NY has the capacity to hold international assets of a country if the country failed the contract.
Forbes: "Covid-19 May Have Started Spreading As Early As October 2019 In China, U.K.-Led Study Suggests"
The coronavirus that causes Covid-19 may have started spreading in China as early as October 2019—two months before the first official case was identified in the city of Wuhan—a new study suggests, adding to previous reports which suggest the deadly virus may have been silently spreading a few months before it was detected by scientists.
Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms: "Manitoba Chief Microbiologist and Laboratory Specialist: 56% of positive 'cases' are not infectious"
only 44% of the “positive” samples using a Ct of 18 returned a viable lab culture. Samples tested at a Ct of over 25, according to Dr. Bullard’s report, produced no viable lab cultures
Manitoba has confirmed that it utilizes Ct’s of up to 40, and even 45 in some cases. This indicates “cases” resulting from such tests (above a Ct of 25) are almost certainly not actually infectious.
Reuters: "Pfizer drops India vaccine application after regulator seeks local trial"
The U.S. company, which was the first drugmaker to seek emergency approval in India for its vaccine developed with Germany’s BioNTech, made the withdrawal decision after a meeting with India’s Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) on Wednesday.
The drug regulator said on its website its experts did not recommend the vaccine because of side effects reported abroad were still being investigated.
Reuters: "Researchers find coronavirus was circulating in Italy earlier than thought"
The new coronavirus was circulating in Italy in September 2019, a study by the National Cancer Institute (INT) of the Italian city of Milan shows
Alberta Health Services: "COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Group Rapid Evidence Report"
Public health messaging should be designed to target groups of individuals at higher risk of non-adherence with COVID-19 guidelines. Broadly, this group currently includes men, younger people, those who identify as politically conservative, and those who are prone to lower levels of trust in government or science.
Rather than relying on the relatively nascent literature specific to COVID-19, in crafting public health messaging, officials should work with behavioral scientists.
Public health content should be designed for distribution on multiple platforms, including social media and traditional media
Government and public health officials should attempt to create an environment that enables adherence
Windsor Star: "Windsor selected for testing of international health passport"
Campbell said government agencies are particularly interested in anything that involves opening up the border safely. There are also plans to reach out to the Henry Ford Healthcare system and the World Economic Forum on the project.
“We have seen plenty of applications released during COVID19 for tracking and tracing, all of which are reactive trying to detect who a person came in contact with after they already contracted COVID,” said Aly Kassam, Director of Product at OneLedger.
“None of these help reopen the economy, none of them have a proactive approach and that’s what we are trying to solve. We are trying to get back to a new normal.”
Canadian Association of Mold Makers chair Mike Bilton feels innovations such as a health passport will be a permanent new reality.
“This is exciting news,” Bilton said.
The Conversation: "Was coronavirus really in Europe in March 2019?"
The novel coronavirus – SARS-CoV-2 – may have been in Europe for longer than previously thought. Recent studies have suggested that it was circulating in Italy as early as December 2019. More surprisingly, researchers at the University of Barcelona found traces of the virus when testing untreated wastewater samples dated March 12, 2019.
AP News: "Cyber Company to Supply 50M Health “COVI-PASS(TM)”"
Circle Pass Enterprises has contracted with VST Enterprises for a fully secure Digital Health Passport - COVI-PASS™, to be paired with approved testing kits. CPE is to start shipping orders from next week for the first phased release of 50M COVI-PASS™ Digital Health Passports to both the private sector and Governments in over 15 countries, including Italy, Portugal, France, Panama, India, the US, Canada, Sweden, Spain, South Africa, Mexico, United Arab Emirates and The Netherlands
The Jerusalem Post: "Coronavirus may have spread to humans as early as October 2019 - study"
A genetic study of samples from more than 7,500 people infected with COVID-19 suggests the new coronavirus spread quickly around the world after it emerged in China sometime between October and December last year, scientists said on Wednesday.
"Phylogenetic estimates support that the COVID-2 pandemic started sometime around Oct. 6, 2019 to Dec. 11, 2019, which corresponds to the time of the host jump into humans," the research team, co-led by Francois Balloux, wrote in a study published in the journal Infection, Genetics and Evolution.
CTV News: "PM Trudeau: This will be the new normal, until a vaccine is developed"
“There will likely be smaller outbreaks for a number of months after that. This will be the new normal, until a vaccine is developed,” he said, adding that some estimates show that some level of public health measures could be needed for the next six to eight months, or for as long as a year and a half.
Independent: "Coronavirus: Face masks could increase risk of infection, medical chief warns"
Members of the public could be putting themselves more at risk from contracting coronavirus by wearing face masks, one of England’s most senior doctors has warned.
Jenny Harries, deputy chief medical officer, said the masks could “actually trap the virus” and cause the person wearing it to breathe it in.
“For the average member of the public walking down a street, it is not a good idea” to wear a face mask in the hope of preventing infection, she added.
Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security: "The SPARS Pandemic 2025-2028"
Effective communication about medical countermeasures—including drugs, devices and biologics—is often critical in emergency situations. Such communication, however, does not just happen. It must be planned and prepared for. One mechanism to develop communication strategies is through the use of prospective scenarios, which allow readers the opportunity to rehearse responses while also weighing the implications of their actions. This article describes the development of such a scenario: The SPARS Pandemic 2025-2028.
The Washington Post: "Facebook will now show you exactly how it stalks you — even when you’re not using Facebook"
Even with Facebook closed on my phone, the social network gets notified when I use the Peet’s Coffee app. It knows when I read the website of presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg or view articles from The Atlantic. Facebook knows when I click on my Home Depot shopping cart and when I open the Ring app to answer my video doorbell. It uses all this information from my not-on-Facebook, real-world life to shape the messages I see from businesses and politicians alike.
Daily Mail: "Do these videos show people collapsing in the streets of Wuhan? Footage emerges of men and women 'unable to stand in Chinese city at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak'"
Disturbing videos have emerged purporting to show people collapsing in the streets of the Chinese city at the centre of the new coronavirus outbreak.
Dozens of videos tagged as coming from Wuhan show people lying in the street after collapsing where they stand or being tended to by medics as people in face masks rush to help.
European Commission: "Roadmap on Vaccination - 2018-2022"
Examine the feasibility of developing a common vaccination card/passport for EU citizens (that takes into account potentially different national vaccination schedules and), that is compatible with electronic immunisation information systems and recognised for use across borders, without duplicating work at national level.
Los Angeles Times: "Kary Mullis, quirky Nobel laureate whose DNA discovery changed the science world, dies"
Mullis died Aug. 7 in his Newport Beach, Calif., home from heart and respiratory failure, said his wife Nancy Cosgrove Mullis. He was 74.
“He’s a freewheeling thinker,” Kirston Koths, a former colleague, told the San Jose Mercury News in 1999. “Some of the most interesting conversations I’ve ever had in my life have been with Kary over a gin and tonic. He has an ability to make unusual connections.”
NBC Washington: "Cause of Respiratory Illness Still Unknown After Dozens Sickened at Virginia Retirement Community"
Fairfax County health officials said they don't yet have a cause of the respiratory illness that sicked more than 60 residents at a Northern Virginia senior living community. The outbreak at Greenspring Retirement Community in Springfield began June 30. Sick residents had symptoms such as coughs, fevers and pneumonia.
Health officials said last week what was striking about the outbreak was the number of residents impacted and the time of year — summer instead of winter, when flu and respiratory illness usually spread.
The outbreak was reported in the assisted living and skilled nursing areas of the community, where about 263 people live. The outbreak has now affected 63 of those residents. At least 20 were taken to a hospital.
Schwartz said there were also reports of a respiratory illness outbreak at an assisted living facility several miles away in Burke, Virginia. About 25 people were ill there, including two with pneumonia
McGill University: "40 Years of Human Experimentation in America: The Tuskegee Study"
The goal was to “observe the natural history of untreated syphilis” in black populations, but the subjects were completely unaware and were instead told they were receiving treatment for bad blood when in fact, they received no treatment at all.
Global News: "Canada testing ‘digital ID’ system that uses blockchain, biometrics to screen travellers"
The Canadian government is helping to test a new airport security and screening system that will allow travellers to digitize and share travel documents and biometric information with authorities in advance.
Launched at the World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos, Switzerland, the “Known Traveller Digital Identity” system aims to exploit an array of emerging technologies including biometrics, blockchain and artificial intelligence to boost cross-border security, reduce the threat of cyber-terrorism and streamline international travel, according to the WEF.
MarketWatch: "ID2020 Summit Spotlights Technology and Digital Identity at the United Nations"
The ID2020 Alliance approach is supported by a grant from The Rockefeller Foundation and major financial support from Accenture. Participating organizations include Intel, IBM, Thomson Reuters, SAP, NEC Corporation, Verizon, Samsung and the World Economic Forum.
Ottawa Citizen: "Chrystia Freeland’s granddad was indeed a Nazi collaborator – so much for Russian disinformation"
The Globe and Mail also reported that an official in Freeland’s office denied the minister’s grandfather was a Nazi collaborator.
Well it actually isn’t so outlandish. Michael Chomiak was a Nazi collaborator.
What are the sources for the information that Freeland’s grandfather worked for the Nazis?
For starters, The Ukraine Archival Records held by the Province of Alberta. It has a whole file on Chomiak, including his own details about his days editing the newspaper Krakivski Visti. Chomiak noted he edited the paper first in Crakow (Cracow), Poland and then in Vienna. The reason he edited the paper in Vienna was because he had to flee with his Nazis colleagues as the Russians advanced into Poland. (The Russians tended to execute collaborators well as SS members).
European Council on Foreign Relations: "What Liberal World Order?"
In the months ahead, many leaders will need to make a bet on whether the liberal order will survive – and on whether they should invest resources in bringing about that outcome. The West collectively has the power to uphold Liberal Order 1.0. But if the Western powers can’t agree on what they want from that order, or what their responsibilities are to maintain it, they are unlikely even to try.
Global News: "Why is Canada’s top diplomat, Chrystia Freeland, banned from Russia?"
Freeland, a Toronto MP of Ukrainian descent, had only been an MP a few months before Russia slammed the door on her.
So what did she do to earn herself a place on the list?
Prior to entering the political fray, Freeland was a financial journalist who had worked and lived in Moscow for several years, and offered frequent, sharp criticisms of Putin.
World Economic Forum: "Welcome to 2030. I own nothing, have no privacy, and life has never been better"
Forbes: "Welcome To 2030: I Own Nothing, Have No Privacy And Life Has Never Been Better"
I don't own anything. I don't own a car. I don't own a house. I don't own any appliances or any clothes. Everything you considered a product, has now become a service.
In our city we don't pay any rent, because someone else is using our free space whenever we do not need it. My living room is used for business meetings when I am not there.
Once in a while I get annoyed about the fact that I have no real privacy. Nowhere I can go and not be registered. I know that, somewhere, everything I do, think and dream of is recorded. I just hope that nobody will use it against me.
The New York Times: "Trudeau’s Canada, Again"
‘‘There is no core identity, no mainstream in Canada,’’ he claimed. ‘‘There are shared values — openness, respect, compassion, willingness to work hard, to be there for each other, to search for equality and justice. Those qualities are what make us the first postnational state.’’
Huffpost: "Why Canada Will Become a Dictatorship Under Trudeau"
The leader of that party does what he wants, when he wants, and no one dares question him. Would a Prime Minister Trudeau arbitrarily whip the vote and outlaw certain moral questions? Could Prime Minister Trudeau be trusted to make decisions for the good of the country, not just for his personal self-worth? Would Trudeau call in the police to enforce his vision? Let's hope we never have the opportunity to ask those questions.
The Rockefeller Foundation: "Scenarios for the Future of Technology and International Development"
China's government was not the only one that took extreme measures to protect its citizens from risk and exposure. During the pandemic, national leaders around the world flexed their authority and imposed airtight rules and restrictions, from the mandatory wearing of face masks to body-temperature checks at the entries to communal spaces like train stations and supermarkets. Even after the pandemic faded, this more authoritarian control and oversight of citizens and their activities stuck and even intensified. In order to protect themselves from the spread of increasingly global problems - from pandemics and transnational terrorism to environmental crises and rising poverty - leaders around the world took a firmer grip on power.
Spiegel International: "NATO's Eastward Expansion: Did the West Break Its Promise to Moscow?"
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has accused the West of breaking promises made after the fall of the Iron Curtain, saying that NATO's expansion into Eastern Europe violated commitments made during the negotiations over German reunification. Newly discovered documents from Western archives support the Russian position.
Public Health Agency of Canada: "Canadian National Report on Immunization"
Unlike some countries, immunization is not mandatory in Canada; it cannot be made mandatory because of the Canadian Constitution. Only three provinces have legislation or regulations under their health-protection acts to require proof of immunization for school entrance. Ontario and New Brunswick require proof for diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella immunization. In Manitoba, only measles vaccination is covered. It must be emphasized that, in these three provinces, exceptions are permitted for medical or religious grounds and reasons of conscience; legislation and regulations must not be interpreted to imply compulsory immunization.