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#19121 qv

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Posted 03 December 2021 - 06:40 PM

Thanks for that false equivalence. A perfect invitation. No one is forcing people to take Chemo or lose there jobs. Or show proof they are taking it to get access to society. In fact it took 40 years of people fighting "the Science" to expose the problems with cigarettes. cigarettes killed my parents in their 60s actually. It think it is estimated that 8 million die each year from tobacco related illness to this day. But hey, I'm not anti-smoking so fill your boots. Just don't make me do it.
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#19122 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 04 December 2021 - 05:27 AM

This is an interesting approach:

 

 

 

Chapman’s will be providing fully vaccinated employees some extra cash starting at the end of this month.

 

Beginning Nov. 28, employees at supervisory and lower levels who have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine and have remitted all of their required declarations will be given an increase of $1 per hour.

 

The Markdale, Ont.-based ice cream manufacturer says it’s trying to reward staff who have “done the right thing” by getting vaccinated with a $1 per hour pay raise, rather than enforcing a hardline vaccine policy, according to an announcement published on Global News.

 

 

 

https://www.hrreport...-workers/361933

 

Costly vaccination policy

 

As of Nov. 21, any employees who were not double vaccinated by Nov. 7 are required to participate in biweekly rapid testing and to wear a plastic face shield at all times, according to the announcement.

 

Anyone who does not agree to participate in the additional safety measures will be placed on an unpaid leave.

 

With the new initiative, Chapman was spending up to $50 per unvaccinated employee, hence the wage increase, says Chapman in Global News.


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 04 December 2021 - 05:28 AM.

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Posted 04 December 2021 - 05:53 AM

Now, 26-year-old Hayley Hodgson recently detailed her experience being taken by authorities into the Howard detainment camp, a 2,000 person facility. Hodgson did not even have COVID-19.

Hodgson told UnHeard News that police came to her door and asked if she had a covid test. Hodgson admits she lied and said she had. Here is what happened next, according to Hodgson’s interview with UnHeard News.

 

https://www.dailywir...side-covid-camp



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Posted 04 December 2021 - 06:13 AM

Island Health has the second highest rate of COVID-19 transmission of the province’s five health authorities, Health Minister Adrian Dix said Friday.

 

“There is cause for some concern,” he said, urging Islanders to get vaccinated if they haven’t already done so and to take booster shots when eligible.

 

Ninety-six new COVID-19 cases were reported in Island Health on Friday, along with two additional deaths. There are 646 known active cases in the region.

 

B.C. reported a total of 405 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, along with six deaths, bringing the province’s active case count to 3,071.

 

 

 

 

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Posted 04 December 2021 - 07:44 AM

https://www.ctvnews....tates-1.5051033

 

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Posted 04 December 2021 - 07:50 AM

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Posted 04 December 2021 - 08:03 AM

Canadians 50 and over should get COVID-19 booster shot, national immunization committee says
Vaccine advisory committee also recommends adults aged 18-49 get a 3rd shot 6 months after their 2nd dose
https://www.cbc.ca/n...ation-1.6272322
 
OTTAWA -- The federal government has signed deals with Pfizer and Merck to purchase their antiviral medications, pending Health Canada approval of the products.
Public Services and Procurement Minister Filomena Tassi said Ottawa has placed an initial order for one million of Pfizer’s antiviral pills, and 500,000 of Merck’s pills, with an option for 500,000 more.
https://www.ctvnews....drugs-1.5692723
 

The emergence of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus is the "ultimate evidence" of the danger of unequal vaccination rates around the world, the head of the Red Cross said on Friday.

In an interview with AFP during a visit to Moscow, Francesco Rocca, the president of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, also raised concerns about the politicisation of migrants and for the plight of civilians in Afghanistan as winter approaches.
 
Asked about the global approach to vaccinations, the head of one of the world's largest humanitarian groups said more needed to be done to fight rampant vaccine inequality.
 
"The scientific community has warned... on several occasions about the risks of very new variants in places where there is a very low rate of vaccinations," he said.
 
About 65 percent of people in high-income countries have had at least one dose of vaccine against the coronavirus, but just over seven percent in low-income countries, UN numbers show.
 
Western countries have been accused of hoarding vaccines and the WHO has urged them to avoid a rush to give out booster shots when millions worldwide have yet to receive a single dose.
 
"This is a selfish approach coming from the Western community, this is really a blind approach," said Rocca, an Italian lawyer and longtime Red Cross volunteer who was elected to head the IFRC in 2017.
 
"It's unbelievable that we are still not realising how much we are interconnected. This is why I call the Omicron variant the ultimate evidence."

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Covid may not just cause havoc for Christmas plans this year but for the next five until it is more effectively contained, warned a scientific advisory group for the government.

The stark view of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling, Operational sub-group (SPI-M-O) is that it may take another five years for the virus to be dealt with in a predictable endemic state.
 
The government advisory group said that many factors have to be taken into consideration in assessing how long it will take for Covid to become less dangerous and "it will take a long time", reported BirminghamLive.
 
The scientists made the warning to government at a meeting on November 24.
 
"It will take a long time for Covid-19 to settle to its endemic state," the group warned.

"The path to endemicity will be critically dependent on the rate of waning of immunity and chosen policies on vaccination and boosting.

"SARS-CoV-2 will continue to be a threat to health system function and require active management, of which vaccination and surveillance are key, for at least the next five years."

It comes as a further 75 cases of the Omicron variant have been confirmed in England amid signs of a “small amount” of community infection, the UK Health Security Agency (HSA) has said.

https://www.mirror.c...vities-25614289
 

At least 13 people in Norway's capital have been infected with the omicron coronavirus variant at a company Christmas party, officials said on Friday.

"Our working hypothesis is that at least half of the 120 participants were infected with the Omicron variant during the party," Preben Aavitsland, a senior physician at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, told AFP.

"This makes this, for now, the largest Omicron outbreak outside South Africa," he added.

The party took place at renewable energy company Scatec, which has operations in South Africa where the variant was first detected.

"Everything had been done in order and no rule was broken," an Oslo health official told AFP.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health said that there was "a high vaccination coverage" in the group.

The country's first two cases were announced Monday.

“More cases are expected. Effective tracing is being done to limit transmission routes and prevent major outbreaks,” the Oslo Municipality said in a statement.

https://www.euronews...christmas-party
 
PRETORIA, December 3. /TASS/. The first people in the world who tested positive for the Omicron strain of coronavirus were four diplomats arriving in Botswana, including from Europe, Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi said.
"The diplomats came [to Botswana] from a number of countries, and they passed through a number of countries to get to Botswana," Reuters cites the president as saying. "Some had been to Europe and some had been elsewhere."
https://tass.com/world/1370605

Two Hippos at Belgian Zoo Contract COVID-19
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Trump ordered McDonald's from hospital after COVID drug 'started kicking in': report
https://www.rawstory...ump-2655919869/

National Guard’s Top General Tests Positive for COVID-19 After Overseas Visit
https://www.military...seas-visit.html



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Posted 04 December 2021 - 12:43 PM

The College of Chiropractors of B.C. is distancing itself from a motion passed at their annual general meeting earlier this week opposing mandatory vaccination.

The motion was put forward by Kelowna chiropractor Mark Foullong, urging the organization to “protect medical freedom of choice” with 78 per cent of those in attendance voting in favour of the motion.

Since the motion passed, CCBC has clarified that the motion was non-binding and said in a statement that a majority of chiropractors support vaccination.

As stated in our Policy on Vaccination and Immunization, the College recognizes that immunization through the technique of vaccination is well established and widely mandated in public health policy to protect individuals against infectious disease. We support and commend the efforts of the Provincial Health Officer, the Minister of Health and the government to curb the spread of COVID-19 in our province.”

They added that chiropractors should not offer any advice on vaccination to their patients, as the prevention of infectious diseases is beyond the scope of their practice.


https://www.vicnews....cine-mandates/#

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#19129 Matt R.

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Posted 04 December 2021 - 12:46 PM

This is an interesting approach:
 
 
 
Chapman’s will be providing fully vaccinated employees some extra cash starting at the end of this month.
 
Beginning Nov. 28, employees at supervisory and lower levels who have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine and have remitted all of their required declarations will be given an increase of $1 per hour.
 
The Markdale, Ont.-based ice cream manufacturer says it’s trying to reward staff who have “done the right thing” by getting vaccinated with a $1 per hour pay raise, rather than enforcing a hardline vaccine policy, according to an announcement published on Global News.
 
 
 
https://www.hrreport...-workers/361933
 
Costly vaccination policy
 
As of Nov. 21, any employees who were not double vaccinated by Nov. 7 are required to participate in biweekly rapid testing and to wear a plastic face shield at all times, according to the announcement.
 
Anyone who does not agree to participate in the additional safety measures will be placed on an unpaid leave.
 
With the new initiative, Chapman was spending up to $50 per unvaccinated employee, hence the wage increase, says Chapman in Global News.


The antivaxxers made a huge deal about this, but hey fair is fair after all.

I tripled up my Chapman’s order because of it.
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Posted 04 December 2021 - 03:38 PM

 
Western countries have been accused of hoarding vaccines and the WHO has urged them to avoid a rush to give out booster shots when millions worldwide have yet to receive a single dose.
 
"This is a selfish approach coming from the Western community, this is really a blind approach," said Rocca, an Italian lawyer and longtime Red Cross volunteer who was elected to head the IFRC in 2017.

 

 

 

There is no hoarding and there is no shortage of vaccine.  

 

The problem is a lack of capacity to distribute and administer vaccines in third world countries.



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Posted 04 December 2021 - 03:42 PM

And money maybe.

I’m sure leadership and their families in the Third World already have their boosters. That’s good enough for them, who cares about the people.

Edited by Victoria Watcher, 04 December 2021 - 03:43 PM.


#19132 LJ

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Posted 04 December 2021 - 06:30 PM

Didn't Africa have the lowest rate of infections in the world without having many people vaccinated?


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Posted 04 December 2021 - 08:05 PM

A couple of reasons I’ve heard as explanations:
1) younger populations with fewer age-related comorbidities
2) less urban population
3) warmer climate, lots of time spent outdoors
4) less cross border economic activity and travel
5) fewer old age care facilities
6) familiarity with handling outbreaks and pandemics
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#19134 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 04 December 2021 - 08:59 PM

Those are all excellent points.

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Posted 04 December 2021 - 09:13 PM

 

Now, 26-year-old Hayley Hodgson recently detailed her experience being taken by authorities into the Howard detainment camp, a 2,000 person facility. Hodgson did not even have COVID-19.

Hodgson told UnHeard News that police came to her door and asked if she had a covid test. Hodgson admits she lied and said she had. Here is what happened next, according to Hodgson’s interview with UnHeard News.

 

https://www.dailywir...side-covid-camp

 

 

 

This is the stuff Dasmo should be afraid of, not showing a QR code to go sit in the neighborhood pub.


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Posted 05 December 2021 - 06:42 AM

With European states turning to mandatory national vaccination regimes to deal with record COVID-19 infections, experts in Canada say that while science and the law may back the Liberal government if it chose to follow suit, it might not be the panacea the public is hoping for.

 

There are significant challenges to imposing a national mandatory vaccination program for all Canadians, the first of which is the age-old jurisdictional battle between the federal government and the provinces.

 

Under the Constitution, the provinces are responsible for delivering health care, and a vaccine mandate would fall under that remit. If the federal government wanted to take over that responsibility, it would have to either use the Emergencies Act or pass legislation giving it the authority to act.

 

"To do that, all hell would break loose from the provinces," Michael Behiels, a constitutional law expert at the University of Ottawa, told CBC News. "It's theoretically possible, but this would go to court immediately, and they would have to prove that the crisis is in fact a national crisis."

 

Behiels said a federal government taking this route would likely win any challenge in court, providing it could prove that the rate of infections, the death rate and ongoing mutations were creating a threat only a national response could mitigate.

 

https://www.cbc.ca/n...perts-1.6273850

 

I was talking to a late-20's woman yesterday, and she was telling me how she was vaccinated (her job requires it), but her husband wasn't, and she wants to travel in the spring.  When I asked what her husband's particular objection is, she just said he doesn't have one, he just won't do it.

 

And that got me thinking about a previous question I asked.  Larger than 10% of the population does not like needles.  Can we still not find another way to get the vaccine into people?


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 05 December 2021 - 06:50 AM.


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Posted 05 December 2021 - 06:46 AM

And that got me thinking about a previous question I asked.  Larger than 10% of the population does not like needles.  Can we still not find another way to get the vaccine into people?

Already on the way:

https://globalnews.c...ntiviral-pills/



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Posted 05 December 2021 - 07:16 AM

I’m sure it’s top level and all that.

But it’s a game with 11 players on the field. How much support do they need?


The junior national women's team was to participate in the Junior World Cup from Dec. 5-17. It was cancelled and the suspension of most commercial flights meant the 21 players, five coaches plus managers and support staff had no way home.

https://www.cbc.ca/n...id-19-1.6274021

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Posted 05 December 2021 - 08:42 AM

And that got me thinking about a previous question I asked.  Larger than 10% of the population does not like needles.  Can we still not find another way to get the vaccine into people?

russia could also have a nasal spray. politics & big pharma will probably prevent us from getting it here just like we can't get sputnik v: https://www.themosco...-vaccine-a75657
 

The largest organization representing chiropractors in B.C. is condemning anti-vaccine statements made by some practitioners at a meeting of their professional regulator this week.
 
At Wednesday's annual general meeting of the College of Chiropractors of B.C., 78 per cent in attendance voted in favour of a resolution to "maintain the right to medical freedom of choice" for chiropractors and called on the college to "take a stand" against an expected public health order mandating COVID-19 vaccination for all regulated health professionals.
 
Those who spoke in favour of the non-binding resolution claimed, without evidence, that the vaccines haven't proven to be safe or effective.
 
Those statements were upsetting to Angie Knott, the executive director of the B.C. Chiropractic Association (BCCA), who attended Wednesday's meeting.
 
"The BCCA was certainly appalled and disappointed at the misrepresentations made by that handful of chiropractors concerning the safety and science behind the COVID-19 vaccine," she told CBC News.
 
"There were just falsehoods around the science and the efficacy of vaccines."

https://www.cbc.ca/n...ments-1.6273424

Mobile robot detects social distancing breaches to reduce the spread of COVID-19
https://www.news-med...f-COVID-19.aspx
 

Dec 4 (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of protesters marched through several northwest European cities on Saturday to demonstrate against coronavirus restrictions imposed amid a surge in infections.
 
Austria last month became the first country in Western Europe to reimpose a lockdown, which is set to last 20 days, and said it would make vaccinations mandatory from February.
 
Some of the more than 40,000 demonstrators in Vienna carried signs reading: "I will decide for myself", "Make Austria Great Again" and "New Elections" - a nod to the political turmoil that has seen three chancellors within two months. read more
 
Around 1,200 police officers deployed for the march on the central Ring boulevard, and a 1,500-strong counter-protest, both allowed under the terms of Austria's lockdown.
 
In the central Dutch town of Utrecht, several thousand demonstrated against restrictions that began last weekend.
 
Protesters carried banners reading "Medical Freedom Now!", with a large police contingent present.

https://www.reuters....ope-2021-12-04/

France records more than 50,000 daily COVID cases
https://medicalxpres...ovid-cases.html

Anti-vaxxer changes covid vaccine views after firsthand experience in hospital.
A prominent No Vax leader in northern Italy has had a 'conversion' after being hospitalised for a week in Treviso with severe complications linked to covid-19.
https://www.wantedin...save-lives.html
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Nine Russians returning from South Africa test positively for presence of COVID-19
They have all been hospitalized and are under medical observation
https://tass.com/society/1370999

Ten people aboard a Norwegian Cruise Line ship approaching New Orleans have tested positive for COVID-19, officials said Saturday night.
https://medicalxpres...pproaching.html
 

About 15 people who attended an anime convention in New York last month with a Minnesota man who later was found to have the Omicron variant have also tested positive for the coronavirus, the man has told health officials in his state. It is uncertain whether any of those cases involved the Omicron variant.
 
The man said that his friends — a group of about 30 people — had come from all over the country for the event, which ran Nov. 19-21. About half of them also later tested positive for the virus, he told the officials.
 
In a sign that the convention could have infected more than the Minnesota group, Gov. Ned Lamont reported late Saturday that Connecticut’s first case, a man in his 60s, seemed to originate from a relative of the infected man who had recently attended the anime convention. Additional family members were being tested, and both the man and his relative were fully vaccinated and experiencing only mild symptoms.
 
The Minnesota man, officials said, was fully vaccinated and had gotten a booster just weeks before the convention. He has recovered from mild symptoms that began shortly after the convention ended, and has provided names and contact information of several in his group to health officials. Since the friends live in other states, their names were forwarded to those states’ health departments. Details of their cases are not known.
 
The Minnesota man’s case was among the first reports of Omicron in the United States, and it presented a worrisome possibility for health officials: Might the anime convention, which drew tens of thousands of people to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center for three days, have been a vector for spreading the new variant, which scientists fear may be able to spread more quickly than any other variant?

https://www.nytimes....ention-nyc.html

for a lot of cancers we also can't just get vaccinated to prevent it.

Georgia representative Marjorie Taylor Greene once again attacked Covid restrictions and safety measures on Saturday.

Comparing deaths caused by the coronavirus infection to those caused by cancer, the Congresswoman made various claims about the two distinct illnesses, and said schools have never been shut down because of cancer, ignoring the fact that cancer is not contagious.

“Every single year more than 600,000 people in the US die from cancer. The country has never once shut down. Not a single school has closed,” the far-right conspiracy theorist, who has a long history of making unfounded claims, said in a thread on Twitter. “And every year, over 600,000 people, of all ages and all races will continue to die from cancer.”

“Since Covid19 tracking has started, 780,000+ people have died in 22 mo [months] in the US, but more than 1 million still died of cancer,” she wrote. “More have died in 2021 from covid than 2020 in spite of Gov [government] mandated widespread vaccines, mass public masking, & trillions spent.”

*snip*

“The thing is, you can’t catch cancer from breathing near an infected person who might not show symptoms. Picture the world if you could,” journalist Hellen Kennedy wrote.

“Imagine thinking comparing Covid to cancer was a good thing. But here we are,” actor Angela Belcamino wrote.

https://www.independ...r-b1970012.html

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The Gashlycrumb Tinies is an alphabet book by Edward Gorey where each letter begins a line of verse about some child who died, often in a macabre or gothic way. “A is for Amy who fell down the stairs, B is for Basil assaulted by bears, C is for Clara who wasted away, D is for Desmond thrown out of a sleigh”, and so on. It inspired me to write something similar about anti-vaxxers, and I finished that just in time for Sunday. Here it is :

A is for Alice who said, “It’s a hoax.”
B is for Brandon who told Covid jokes.
C is for Claire who put garlic on feet.
D is for Donald. Now that would be sweet.
E is for Erin who trusted Candace.
F is for Frank with his goatee in place.
G is for Gen who liked Holocaust memes.
H is for Hal who feared liberal schemes.
I is for Inez whose lungs got a rest.
J is for James who thought bleach would be best.
K is for Kyle who loved guns but not shots.
L is for Lynn who blamed Jews and their plots.
M is for Max, got the ultimate healing.
N is for Nina who boiled orange peeling.
O is for Orv who liked lions and eagles.
P is for Paula who’s scared of illegals.
Q is for Q who spread lies through the nation.
R is for Ralph who needs cash for cremation.
S is for Sharon, a mom of sixteen.
T is for Tim, saw the Mark in vaccines.
U is for Una, used zinc and aloe.
V is for Vic who called Harris a ho.
W is for Willow who wanted to wait.
X is for Xavier, kept spewing trans-hate.
Y is for Ying who wished Fauci was jailed.
Z is for Zoe whose prayer warriors failed.

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#19140 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 05 December 2021 - 05:14 PM

A Brandon, Man., couple who are quarantining in a Toronto hotel after a recent trip to South Africa say they feel "criminalized" as travellers after the federal government placed restrictions on 10 African countries due to the presence of a new coronavirus variant of concern.

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The couple, who were in South Africa to access medical care, made several attempts shortly after their arrival to find an airline to bring them back to Canada.


https://www.cbc.ca/n...icron-1.6274076


Huh? This article needs to explain that better.

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