Quebec tightens Omicron restrictions

Politics Insider by December 17: New restrictions in Quebec; Gloomy COVID forecasts for Ontario; and Canada’s new first cabinet mandate

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Limits: Together at least 3,700 new cases It is expected to be announced on Friday, the Quebec government announced on Thursday a number of renewed restrictions, including a reduction in the size of businesses, bars and restaurants and delays in the return of post-secondary and post-secondary students, CTV Montreal reports.

Due to record numbers “we must act,” The Prime Minister of Quebec Francois Legault said on Thursday, announcing a number of public health rules that the province will tighten from Monday. He said vaccination is key, but “the second weapon we have is simple: we need to be close to other people less often.” He said the province aims to reduce contacts by 50 percent. This means halving capacity in the province whenever possible.

Minister positive: Among those who have been hit by the alarming rise in new cases in Quebec is the Minister of Education, Montreal Magazine reports.

Circuit breaker: The Ontario COVID-19 scoreboard warned Thursday that the province could see it 10,000 cases a day if Omicron takes over and experts say a “circuit breaker” can help prevent the worst, Earth reports.

The science chart warns that these new cases could overwhelm hospitals in January without intervention – even if the severity of the disease caused by the new variant is uncertain. “Waiting for action means waiting until it’s too late to act,” said Adalsteinn (Steini) Brown, dean of the University of Toronto’s School of Public Health. Figures released the day after Prime Minister Doug Ford’s government announced accelerated leverage and new capacity restrictions on large gyms and theaters show that Omicron is spreading so fast that it will become the dominant option in Ontario by the end of this week.

Common sense? CTV snow bird Don Martin, who returned from the US to Canada last week, describes an unpleasant airport scene, but generally thinks something similar is going on in the mind.

We graciously return to the original goal, when the rally was “leveling the curve” to keep the beds empty in the intensive care unit, instead of hunting down the rainbow imagination that this insidious virus could be destroyed by washing vegetables. So here I hope that the Federations will make realistic commitments in this fourth – or is it the fifth? – The COVID-19 wave: secure doses for children and amplifiers for adults, procure millions of rapid test kits in the hands of the province and keep the economy flowing across borders as immune as possible to various intruders.

Is it just a theater? Behind the scenes of the provincial capitals, however, some believe that the new federal travel restrictions will extend to political theater, Global’s David Akin | reports.

Fighting protectionism: Justin Trudeau has finally sent new credentials to its ministers with instructions on how to “address growing fears about the president Joe Biden’s America is primarily a politician, ”mediates Politico. Bloomberg takes a similar view. Global notes that Trudeau has asked its defense, foreign, public security and industry ministers to develop a new national cyber security strategy. “The Post announces that the government intends to force web giants to compensate news publishers and is revising its legislation on online harm.

Regrets: Trudeau told Global in a year-end interview that “military excellence” told his government there were no “problems” with the Canadian Armed Forces scandal. Trudeau said he wished “he could have done more.”

Child killed: Global has the tragic story of a 10-year-old girl who was shot dead in Afghanistan as her family prepared to flee to Canada.

The girl, Nazifa, was killed in a shooting at a Taliban checkpoint in Kandahar on the night of December 10, a group of her father and Canadian veterans. Oh my lara said Global News in interviews. The father had served in the Canadian army in Kandahar until 2011. Canada approved the family to relocate, but was detained in Afghanistan due to a lack of evacuation efforts.

Teneycke vs. McVety: Campaign Director of the Ontario PC Party Kory Teneycke has slapped the Premier Doug Ford’s former ally Charles McVety with the case, Queens Park today reports. Teneycke and his lobbyist Rubicon Strategy are suing McVety for defamation, claiming the outspoken evangelist has tried to challenge his honesty. “Mr. McVety learns that defamation can be very costly,” Teneycke said in the text. McVety had no comments.

Shipping costly: According to a report by Thursday by Parliament’s budget officer Yves Giroux, Ottawa’s decision to build two new polar icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard will cost $ 7.25 billion, which is sharply higher than the government’s 2013 estimate of building $ 1.3 billion for one such ship, CP reports. . .

Potato drama: PEI Premier Dennis King says Ottawa should cut the “stupid BS” and do more to end the ban on island potatoes from the US, the CBC reports.

Million bluenosers: Nova Scotia said on Thursday that the province now has a million people, CTV Atlantic reports.

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– Stephen Maher

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