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We start with excellent news on the COVID-19 entrance: For the primary time in months, instances are on a downward pattern. That was the phrase at present from Canada’s chief public well being officer, who mentioned the virus’ reproductive quantity (Rt) has dropped beneath one — one thing that hasn’t occurred since mid-July.
“Nevertheless, Rt has solely simply fallen beneath one nationally, and nonetheless could also be at or above one in some areas,” Dr. Theresa Tam advised a technical briefing. “To convey the epidemic below management, Rt must be maintained persistently beneath one.”
Nevertheless, it’s an indication that vaccinations and public well being restrictions are working. “The efforts we’ve made give us purpose for optimism,” Tam mentioned. “However we should stay aware for the necessity for continued warning within the months forward.”
She cautioned that COVID is “unlikely to vanish solely, and there might proceed to be bumps alongside the best way,” notably as we enter the winter months.
Within the Northwest Territories, nonetheless, the COVID disaster continues, because it leads the nation in per capita instances. As we speak, Saskatchewan additionally noticed one other huge spike in instances.
A assessment of the Conservatives’ election marketing campaign is underway, and the way Chief Erin O’Toole responds might decide whether or not he retains his place, strategists say. After the Conservative Social gathering of Canada’s first caucus assembly on Tuesday, O’Toole introduced that defeated Edmonton Centre MP James Cumming will conduct a “360 assessment” of the Tory marketing campaign. Former Harper-era cupboard minister Christian Paradis will assistance on the French-speaking aspect.
The assessment will probably study the get together’s floor recreation and group, its messaging and digital marketing campaign, and the effectiveness of the chief’s tour, mentioned Kate Harrison, vice-chair of Summa Methods and a former Conservative get together staffer. As Rachel Emmanuel reviews, some say the assessment ought to take into account that the Conservative get together turned “extra Liberal” to win seats within the GTA and Quebec, however misplaced votes and seats.
Canada’s employment numbers are again to pre-pandemic ranges after the nation added 157,000 jobs in September. The enhance to the labour market final month builds on the 90,000 jobs gained in August, in line with Statistics Canada’s Labour Power Survey launched this morning. The unemployment price fell to six.9 per cent from 7.1, and the taking part price, which refers to people who find themselves working or searching for work, rose barely from 65.1 per cent to 65.5 per cent. That story from Jeff Labine.
Amid criticism from high-ranking veterans that Canada isn’t appearing quick sufficient to assist at-risk Afghans go away their nation, there may be phrase that Canadian officers, together with diplomats from different western nations, met with representatives of the Taliban in Qatar yesterday to speak about humanitarian assist because the nation teeters on the brink. In an interview that can air Sunday on CTV, Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc mentioned Canada is keen to present assist cash to the UN and different NGOs to assist Afghans, however won’t be handing it over to the Taliban.
In Ontario, the provincial authorities desires to make everlasting the principles that have been loosened for companies due to the pandemic — that means hashish supply, prolonged patios, and extra authorities providers offered remotely might be right here to remain. The proposal is a part of Invoice 13, the Supporting Folks and Companies Act, which Nina Tangri, affiliate minister of Small Enterprise and Pink Tape Discount, tabled yesterday. Charlie Pinkerton has the small print.
One other day, one other story of navy missteps the place sexual misconduct is worried: The most recent is that Protection Minister Harjit Sajjan has ordered a probe after an ex-officer who was accused of sexual misconduct landed a job on the naval base in Halfax. CBC Information has that story.
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In Different Headlines:
No determination but on whether or not Chelsea Manning can go to Canada (CBC)
Canada-wide vaccine passport: TBD (Politico)
British Royal Navy, Canadian Coast Guard signal deal on Arctic co-operation, coaching (CP)
Elections Canada confirms Bloc win over Tories in Trois-Rivières after recount (CP)
A joint naval train within the Pacific despatched a stark warning to China (CBC)
RCMP union warns Mounties of penalties in the event that they don’t get vaccinated (CBC)
Exterior assessment finds ‘poisonous’ office setting persists at Mint (CBC)
Quebec skilled orders ought to get powerful with members as jab deadline nears: Dubé (CP)
CRA says it’s ‘exploring’ new knowledge leak in wake of Pandora Papers (CTV)
B.C. MLA says ‘Alberta affect’ a think about decrease COVID vaccination charges within the north (CP)
The White Home has shut down an try by former president Donald Trump to withhold paperwork from Congress associated to the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol. Press Secretary Jen Psaki mentioned President Joe Biden has knowledgeable the Nationwide Archives that he’s not asserting government privilege on an preliminary batch of paperwork associated to the rebel. That authorizes the Archives, the federal government company that holds data from Trump’s time in workplace, to show over an preliminary batch of paperwork requested by the Home committee investigating the riot.
“As we’ve mentioned beforehand, this might be an ongoing course of and that is simply the primary set of paperwork,” Psaki mentioned. “And we are going to consider questions of privilege on a case-by-case foundation, however the President has additionally been clear that he believes it to be of the utmost significance for each Congress and the American individuals to have an entire understanding of the occasions of that day to stop them from occurring once more.”
Nonetheless south of the border, Biden turned the primary U.S. president to mark Indigenous Peoples’ Day, signing a proclamation recommitting to respecting Indigenous sovereignty and human rights. The day will fall on October 11 – the identical date Columbus Day is noticed.
In Different Worldwide Headlines:
Journalists from Philippines, Russia given Nobel Peace Prize (AP)
ISIS bomber kills 46 inside Afghan mosque, challenges Taliban (AP)
Report finds Trump’s DC lodge misplaced $70m throughout his presidency (BBC)
China orders quick leap in coal output (Reuters)
Finland follows different Nordic nations by suspending Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (AP)
Fb to behave on unlawful sale of Amazon rainforest (BBC)
Over 130 nations clinch a deal on minimal company tax price (NPR)
Stephen Van Dine: To retain expertise, Ottawa should handle the altering office
As anybody who has seen it may most likely painfully relate, iconic composer Andrew Lloyd Webber says he hated the Cats film a lot and was so distraught after watching it, he went out and purchased a remedy canine.
Nonetheless with issues which might be uncomfortable: it’s Thanksgiving this weekend, and along with the common political tensions across the desk, we even have COVID to crank it up a notch. However for those who’re trying to keep away from that — any probability of catching the ‘rona — the reply is sure: it is best to ask relations in the event that they’re vaccinated earlier than letting them via the door.
On that observe, we want you an exquisite feast. We’ll be again right here Tuesday.