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A bumpy first day at school

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MPs returned to the House of Commons today for the first time since June. It is a new post-election Parliament, but it looks a lot like the old one and faces many of the same problems, with Anthony Rota re-elected to sit in the chair of the speaker and referee.

Anthony Rota was reelected Speaker of the House on Monday. (Screenshot from House of Commons video)

There wasn’t much in the way of smooth sailing to be found on this first day of school. Government House Leader Mark Holland said this morning The parties have yet to agree on whether hybrid sessions will be allowed.. Conservatives and the Bloc Québécois have said they are not interested in hybrid sessions and want House proceedings to resume in person, while Liberals and the NDP have said they support a hybrid parliament. A decision by the Board of Internal Economy, a multi-party committee, requires that anyone entering the House of Representatives compound be fully vaccinated against COVID.

The hybrid sessions could benefit conservatives, Holland said, noting that Quebec MP Richard Lehoux, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday despite being fully vaccinated, could participate if a deal had been reached. “I must say that I am incredibly frustrated that we have not yet been able to find common ground on this issue,” he told reporters.

Holland said he understands that “several” conservative members are not vaccinated due to medical exemptions, something that is statistically unlikely given that the odds of someone being eligible for an exemption are at most five in 500,000. There are 119 MPs on the Conservative caucus, and it is cause for concern not knowing how many of them are not vaccinated. You would also like to have assurances that any medical exemption is valid.

In the previous Parliament, the parties agreed to a hybrid format, allowing legislators to participate in person or remotely via a video link. There is also concern that unvaccinated Conservative MPs may have been close to Lehoux before Parliament resumed, Holland said. Rachel Emmanuel reports.

As for what the next few weeks will be like from a work standpoint, Holland said Canadians want MPs to “get started,” and he thinks with a little cooperation, the government can ban protests in hospitals, as well as approve a paid sick leave plan for when Christmas comes. More on that from Global News.

The Royal Canadian Air Force’s 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron has been evacuating people trapped by landslides on the roads of British Columbia. Photo: @ RCAFOperations / Twitter

Conservatives and the NDP want an emergency debate this week on the floods that have devastated British Columbia. That comes when Environment Canada warns of a ‘parade of storms’ heading to the province, including two more atmospheric rivers.

CBC News learned that the government also set up an internal working group to see if military prosecutions beyond sexual misconduct should be handled by the civilian judicial system.

As Globe and Mail reports, opposition MPs also Demanding that the government “act urgently” to help Afghans It helped Canadian soldiers and diplomats, and was left behind when the Taliban regained power in August.

A vial of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine (Torstar file photo)

COVID vaccination appointments for children ages five to 11 can be booked starting tomorrow, and The first shots are expected to hit the small arms on Thursday.. The Ontario government shared details this morning on how it will be implemented for children under the age of 12.

They will receive pediatric doses of the Pfizer vaccine, which is about one-third the adult dose. Ontario will receive 1,076,000 doses from the federal government this week, with just over 400,000 delivered today and the rest arriving tomorrow to cover the roughly 1 million children ages five to 11 in Ontario. Charlie Pinkerton reports.

If Canada is serious about transitioning to a zero net future, the government should pay more attention to nuclear powersays Canadian for Nuclear Energy. That includes continuing to support the next generation of nuclear technology (known as Small Modular Reactors, or SMRs), building new CANDU reactors, and renovating existing ones. Chris Keefer, the group’s chairman, is concerned that members of the new federal cabinet are not as interested in nuclear power as former ministers. It is particularly concerned that Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault wants to block Canada’s nuclear expansion. More on that from Aidan Chamandy.

Construction workers pass Rogers headquarters in Toronto on March 15. (Andrew Francis Wallace / Toronto Star)

If the purchase of Shaw Communications proceeds, Rogers Communications will become the majority shareholder of Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC), the Canadian non-profit channel specializing in politics. Rogers and Shaw announced the deal in March, and it is currently under review by Canada Radio, Television and Telecommunications (CRTC) and the Competition Bureau.

Shaw owns 25 percent of CPAC’s shares and, as part of the deal, Rogers would acquire them, thereby increasing its shares to 67 percent and making it the majority shareholder over co-owners Vidéotron, Cogeco and Eastlink. But it will not affect the governance structure of the company., Colette Watson, president and CEO of CPAC, wrote in a letter to the CRTC. CPAC’s board of directors provides oversight and governance, but is separate from the company’s programming and journalistic operations, he said. Reports by Jeff Labine.

Lobby wrap: Key environmental issue in the lobbying circuit

The outbreak: Soldiers help save cattle from flooded British Columbia farms

Net zero: Protesters express solidarity with Wet’suwet’en

In other headlines:

Ontario ‘automatically’ approves permits for developers damaging endangered species, says Auditor General (Balloon)
Ontario Ignores Public Rights to Environmental Consultation, Public Information: Auditor General (CP)
Ontario Investigates Possible Security Breach Associated With COVID-19 Vaccine Portal (CTV)
Quebec’s Roxham Road reopens to asylum seekers after pandemic ban (CBC)
PEI is committed to ‘fighting this wrong decision’ by the CFIA to stop potato exports to the US. (CBC)
‘Pipelines will explode,’ says David Suzuki, if leaders don’t act on climate change (Postmedia)
Air Canada agrees to $ 4.5M settlement for US delayed passenger refunds. (Reuters)
Sen. Josée Forest-Niesing, 56, this next fight with COVID-19 (CBC)

Internationally:

In Germany, Health Minister Jens Spahn issued a strong warning to residents today., as the country faces a devastating fourth wave of COVID-19. “By the end of this winter, everyone in Germany will be vaccinated, recovered or dead,” he told a news conference.

There have been more than 30,000 new confirmed cases in Germany in the last day, with the country expected to mark 100,000 COVID-related deaths this week. Spahn urged people to get vaccinated, as currently only 68 percent of Germans are vaccinated, one of the lowest rates in Western Europe.

Meanwhile, in Austria, Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg told the BBC in an interview about the country’s vaccination mandate that people not only have rights, but also obligations. While he said he regretted that the government was forced to shut down and make vaccination a legal requirement, there was no other option given the low uptake, which he called “too little, too late.” He added: “Nobody wants the situation where you don’t have access to an intensive care unit bed because the beds are full of people who didn’t get the vaccine and have COVID-19.”

In other international headlines:

The United States advises against traveling to Germany and Denmark (Reuters)
Ethiopian prime minister says he will lead the army ‘from the front lines’ as Tigray forces approach the capital (AP)
Former Trump ‘fixer’ Michael Cohen ends prison sentence (NBC)
90% of US federal employees have received at least one dose. (Reuters)
US Police Identify Suspects and Victims in Parade Car Crash (Al Jazeera)
The judge says that Gore, unlike Trump, ‘was a man’ and accepted electoral defeat (The hill)

In opinion:

: The changing face of Canadian education

Greg Fyffe: Intelligence is the raw material of foreign policy, so fix it first

The kicker:

“We should all go to Peppa Pig World.” Some days, adulthood is difficult, as Boris Johnson can attest.

Have a good night.

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