A ‘very intense’ wave of Omicron is coming

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On the COVID front, the good news keeps coming. Today, new modeling released by the Public Health Agency of Canada shows that the current wave will peak this month, but not before it reaches 170,000 to 300,000 daily infections.

Right now, Canada’s national positivity rate is 28 percent, which means more than one in four tests are positive. That’s nearly five times higher than the rate at any other point in the pandemic, and it’s only part of the picture given how difficult it is for people to get tested for COVID.

The number of hospitalizations per day reached 6,779 this week, a figure that has quadrupled since December, with 884 patients needing intensive care beds. An average of 82 people die every day.

Because of the “huge volume of cases,” more people are getting seriously ill from Omicron. This is most evident in Ontario and Quebec, where the variant first emerged, public health director Dr. Theresa Tam said, noting that what is to come will push hospitalizations to “extremely high levels.” Those could rise to record highs of between 2,000 and 4,000 each day.

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Given the perspective of those numbers, he said adhering to public health measures will be key to keeping hospitals from being completely overwhelmed and protecting the healthcare workers needed to operate them. “It’s not just about having enough beds; it’s about getting enough healthcare workers,” Tam said.

PHAC stressed that reducing in-person contacts, pacing, wearing high-quality masks is also key to maintain the “critical functions of society.

In addition to those in all sectors marginalized by Omicron, some warn that all aspects of Canada’s supply chain will be affected by the vaccine mandate for truckers, which will come into force tomorrow. The mixed messages in recent days about whether or not it would stay would not help. CTV reports.

In case you thought this Omicron-driven surge could be the last hurrah and usher in the end of the pandemic, not so fast. Asked about that today, Dr. Howard Njoo, deputy chief of public health for Canada, admitted it’s hard to say.”

The Dofasco steelworks in Hamilton, Ontario. (Lucas Oleniuk/Toronto Star)

A pilot study says it would be better for Canadian banks and investors to transition to a low-carbon economy sooner rather than later, but do so slowly or risk “big losses.” In November, the Bank of Canada and the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions said they were studying the risks to the country’s financial sector of becoming a net-zero emissions economy by 2050. Released today, the study is intended as a thought-provoking exercise. . to better prepare financial institutions, not to predict the future. The study also did not include physical risks, such as rising temperatures and severe weather events, which will be analyzed separately.

What the study does show is that meeting climate goals will cause significant structural changes in the Canadian economy, because it relies heavily on carbon-intensive industries, especially oil and gas. reports Jeff Labine.

An innocuous-looking reference to the Federal Court battle over the liberal ban on assault rifles has revealed a pre-Christmas confrontation between the Canadian Coalition for Gun Rights (CCFR) and the Justice Department’s lead attorney if. iPolitics discovered the exchange in the Federal Court record of the confrontation that occurred in December. Tim Naumetz shoots the details.

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Sprouts: Saturday deadline for unvaccinated truckers confirmed

Net Zero: More electricity needed to meet net zero targets: IEA

In other headlines:

Internationally:

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Russia plans to carry out provocative acts to create a pretext to invade Ukraine, according to Ukrainian military intelligence and officials in the United States. Known as a “false flag operation,” the Russians are said to have already placed agents in Moldavian breakaway region of Transnistria, so that Moscow can accuse Ukraine of preparing an attack. The Kremlin says the reports are “unfounded”. They come after a week of diplomatic efforts between US, Russian and NATO officials that stalled and failed to diffuse tensions. Today, Ukraine also accused Russia of being behind a cyberattack on dozens of official websites., which included messages warning Ukrainians to “prepare for the worst.”

As the Queen mourned Prince Philip alone on the eve of his funeral in April, Members of the UK government gathered and celebrated in the Downing Street office of Prime Minister Boris Johnson. As the Daily Telegraph reported today, that was a violation of limits on social gatherings. Although the prime minister was not there, his spokesman said it was “deeply regrettable that this was happening at a time of national mourning”.

In other international headlines:

In Opinion:

Stephen Van Dine: The waning influence of deputy ministers

The kicker:

Finally, in BC, the saga of the kidnapping cats and the Vitamix now they call their own continues.

In that sense, have a perfect weekend.

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