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As efforts continue to get Abbotsford, B.C. to deal with the massive amounts of water in the flood-ravaged Fraser Valley, there are now more than 100 military personnel on the ground to help with this effort. They are helping to build a flood barrier in the city. Time is running out, however, as an additional 80 to 100 millimeters of rain is expected to start in the region on Tuesday.
Mayor Henry Braun said damage to the city’s infrastructure could total $ 1 billion.
Meanwhile, RCMP said they are now dealing with four people missing on Highway 99, where a mudslide swept earlier this week, killing a woman. Global News has this story about some of the mudslide victims.
Premier Doug Ford is waiting for Premier John Horgan to approve Ontario’s offer to send disaster response teams and equipment to flood-stricken British Columbia. The provincial government declared a state of emergency on Wednesday. In addition to the hundreds of troops who have been or are about to deploy to the area, Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan have also offered to send aid to British Columbia, according to Horgan. . Ontario offered a range of specialized teams and equipment that could be deployed as needed, including heavy urban search and rescue teams. Charlie Pinkerton reports.
There was some good news on the COVID-19 front today, with word that little pals may get bitten soon in the coming days. In a first for this age group, Health Canada announced that it had approved Pfizer’s vaccine for children aged five to 11. Children will receive two doses, the second being given eight weeks after the first. This will be a lower dose than that given to people 12 years of age and older. The approval comes as Canada has seen an increase in COVID cases in children under 12. Canada plans to receive 2.9 million doses by the end of next week, which is enough to provide a single dose to all eligible children. Vaccines will begin shipping to provinces and territories starting Sunday.
“Overall, this is great news for adults and children alike,” said Dr. Supriya Sharma, Chief Medical Advisor for Health Canada today. “It provides another tool to protect Canadians, and to the relief of many parents, will help bring some degree of normalcy back to children’s lives, allowing them to more safely do the things they have missed in the past 20 years. last months. »More from Jeff Labine.
It comes as an informal investigation found that Canada threw away at least one million doses of the COVID vaccine because they were expired or for other reasons. The Canadian Press has this story.
Still with COVID, but on another front: Canadian Chamber of Commerce says federal promise to stop requiring Canadians who leave the country for less than 72 hours to be tested for COVID-19 is not enough to help businesses near the border. Officials said today that effective November 30, Canadians whose trips abroad last less than three days will no longer be required to present a negative COVID molecular test to return home. However, House Speaker Perrin Beatty said the government is putting in place a “one-way gate” at the border, which will hurt Canadian businesses and nearby communities.
“As the holiday shopping season begins – the most important time for the retail industry – Ottawa is making cross-border shopping easier for Canadians, while maintaining punitive restrictions that discourage fully vaccinated Americans from spending their time. vacation or shopping in Canada, ”he said. said in a statement. Report Rachel Emmanuel.
In Manitoba, the hearing to decide on the legitimacy of the provincial leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party, which could determine who leads the province, is scheduled for next month. Today, party attorneys Shelly Glover, the Conservative leadership finalist, and Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson virtually met with Queen’s Bench Judge James Edmond to set a date for the ‘hearing, which will take place on December 23.
Stefanson beat Glover by around 360 votes in last month’s election, party officials said. Former minister in Stephen Harper’s cabinet, Glover calls for the courts to intervene in the results, citing irregularities. iPolitics was unable to obtain a copy of Glover’s affidavit, which describes his allegations against the electoral process. Other media have reported that Glover is alleging a discrepancy between the number of ballots counted and the ballots announced by Wiebe. Glover told iPolitics in an email that she was eager to proceed with the hearing. Jeff Labine has this story.
The federal government wants to know the carbon footprint of the production and use of a private car, according to a new government tender. This is part of the Government of Ottawa’s Green Strategy, which aims to ensure that its purchases and operations produce net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
The carbon footprint of a given product or service is measured in three ways, and the call for tenders indicates that the government wants to measure all three in order to better understand the amount of GHG produced throughout the cycle. life of a vehicle. Aidan Chamandy has more.
After G20 leaders and global representatives met earlier this month at the UN’s COP26 environment summit in Glasgow, Gerassimos Thomas, director general of taxation and customs union for the The European Union, is in Ottawa to meet with key government officials and discuss two key issues: global taxes and the environment. Janet Silver has this story.
The Rebel to Rabble Review: “vaccine inequality” at COP26
The Sprout: Flooded BC tries to avert agricultural disaster
Net Zero: RCMP arrest Wet’suwet’en pipeline protesters
In other titles:
Injury toll rises to 22 after explosion at British Columbia military base (CTV)
Besieged MP Kevin Vuong apologizes to PM, liberals and supporters (PC)
RCMP want to restart surplus vehicle sales after program shutdown by gun massacre (CBC)
Advocates call for help for B.C. migrant farm workers displaced by flooding (global)
Air Canada withdraws from federal aid package as business rebounds (global)
South of the border, the transfer of power from President Biden to Vice President Kamala Harris as he undergoes a colonoscopy today made her the first woman to hold presidential power in US history . According to the White House, he transferred power to Harris at 10:10 a.m. and resumed at around 11:35 a.m. “I think it will be noted for many women, young girls across the country.” Axios has this story.
Knowing full well that the data showed that the Amazon had experienced the worst levels of deforestation in 15 years, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Environment Minister Joaquim Leite remained silent on the matter to avoid having an impact. on the climate discussions at COP26. That’s what three cabinet ministers told The Associated Press. Bolsonaro has been a rainforest development champion and hasn’t shown his face in Glasgow. Given Brazil’s commitment to zero illegal deforestation by 2028, environmentalists have accused the country’s leaders of greenwashing.
“There should be sanctions. Brazil has adopted a false posture during the COP, trying to market itself as a sustainable country, but deforestation is out of control, ”said Cristiane Mazzetti, forestry activist for Greenpeace Brazil. “We had sounded the alarm before that leaders should not buy empty promises from a government that has acted proactively to weaken environmental protection.”
In other international titles:
Austria imposes full lockdown, Germany could follow as COVID grabs Europe (Reuters)
Poroshenko says ‘extremely possible’ Russian army could cross border with Ukraine (Globe and Mail)
Wuhan market in China likely behind COVID-19 outbreak: study (Reuters)
U.S. advisers support extension of COVID boosters to all adults (APs)
US “deeply concerned” over Chinese tennis star (BBC)
House adopts giant social policy and climate measure (The Hill)
RNC chairman contradicts Trump: ‘Biden won election’ (The Hill)
House Covid panel subpoena former Trump adviser Navarro (Politico)
Tej Gidda: Solutions to climate change will require radical collaboration
It was a rescue for the books earlier this week on BC Highway 7. We leave you the story of three helicopters, 311 stranded people, 26 dogs and a cat.
Have a nice week end