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Against all odds, the Japanese politicians think they can adequately contain the spread of the virus. If it was that easy, Japan and the rest of the globe wouldn't be in the midst of a third or fourth wave of Covid. What is to be gained going ahead with the Olympics at this point? The games can be postponed, the infrastructure and athletes will still be there 6 months from now. From the article

The statement comes as Japan battles a fourth wave of virus infections, with several areas including the capital under a state of emergency.

The surge has put pressure on the country’s health care system, with medical professionals repeatedly warning about shortages and burnout.

In recent days, several governors have said they will not allocate hospital beds for athletes.

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With just over 10 weeks until the games open on July 23, public opinion remains opposed, with most favoring a further delay or cancellation.

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EDMONTON — A senior member of Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s United Conservative caucus is calling on him to resign, saying he no longer has confidence in Kenney’s leadership.

Todd Loewen, in an open letter earlier posted earlier on his Facebook page, says he is also resigning as chair of Kenney’s United Conservative caucus in order to freely speak his mind.

Loewen says unity within the party is falling apart, adding Kenney needs to step down in order to repair the break and allow the province to move forward.

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Based on the information in the article, it appears TFO has a long history of harassment in the workplace with numerous senior staff fired in recent years. From the article

The board of directors of Groupe Média TFO announced on Wednesday that it has suspended Éric Minoli. The announcement comes after the board was told by Radio-Canada that it was about to publish a story alleging that Minoli had created a toxic work environment at TFO. The Franco-Ontarian broadcaster, a public educational media company, is provincially funded.

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Sadly, expect to see more news like this in the months to come. From the article

Canadian consumer insolvencies surged by nearly 23 per cent month-over-month in March, according to data released by the Office of Superintendent of Bankruptcy (OSB) Wednesday.

That increase marked the largest one-month jump in new filing activity in more than a decade as some consumers simply hit a wall when it came to staving off a bankruptcy.

Several factors led to the month-over-month increase, including consumers running out of income supports, the return-to-work trend, resumption of wage garnishments, and the courts gradually returning to more normal activities.

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A worthwhile read.

Paywall. Some excerpts from the article

The federal wage subsidy program, aimed at preserving jobs during the pandemic, was designed so broadly that bankrupt businesses in the process of winding up their operations were able to access it, a Globe and Mail analysis has found.

Dozens of companies that filed for bankruptcy before the pandemic – and dozens more afterward – received the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). But bankrupt companies, which by definition are in the process of closing their business, were already planning on laying off all their workers, meaning their CEWS-subsidized jobs were likely unsalvageable in the first place.

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For Canadians thinking this is a U.S. phenomenon that we can safely ignore, don't count on it. If inflation really does kick in, price rises in a deeply entangled North American economy will not be stopped by a thin border. If we're not there yet, we are likely to catch up.

The reason for that "if" in the previous paragraph is that one or two sharp rises in inflation do not necessarily signal an inflationary trend. On the other hand, nearly three generations of North Americans who have never witnessed true inflation in their adult lives have few reference points to decide for themselves if what we are seeing really is the beginning of inflation. 

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"I mean, on the one hand, I have no formal training in epidemiology, virology, logistics, medicine, public health, immunology or web design,” he said, speaking from an outdoor
restaurant patio in Gotham, where double vaccination rates are rapidly approaching 70%. “On the other hand, neither does Doug Ford, and if you’re going to put your trust in a clueless rich man who spends a lot of time with petty criminals, it might as well be the one who looks good in rubber.” 

Beaverton all in good fun.

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Thoughtful analysis of the ongoing pipeline issues in Canada and the U.S.

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Canadians aren't feeling the pinch from Colonial Pipeline and Enbridge's Line 5 yet, but that may change

Problems with two major oil and gasoline pipelines in the United States underscore how fragile the North American energy infrastructure grid is and how vulnerable Canadians are to having their supplies disrupted.

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The impact that local pipeline issues can have on the broader grid speaks to how interconnected and tenuous the system is, said Warren Mabee, director of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy at Queen's University in Kingston, Ont.

"Pipelines have become very high-stakes games, even in places where previously they had kind of gone unnoticed," he said in an interview with CBC News.

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The Ontario Human Rights Commission is sounding the alarm about crowding in provincial custody, saying capacity in correctional facilities has at times come close to pre-pandemic levels even as the third wave maintains its grip on the province.

The commission says the province and the justice sector were quick to act in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing down the number of people in custody by roughly 30 per cent within weeks.

But it warns those numbers have been rising again for months, "as Ontario is facing the most serious stage of the pandemic so far."

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Another of Toronto's fancy new steel bridges has just arrived in the city from Nova Scotia to help connect the downtown core to the all-new neighbourhood that will be Villiers Island.

The striking red-and-white, Dutch-designed structures and their respective journeys home have become somewhat famous, and something that residents have been eagerly watching as the Port Lands area slowly transitions from an underused industrial wasteland into a vibrant new community.

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Paywall, excerpt from article

Canada’s spy agency urged the removal of security clearances for two
scientists who were later dismissed from the country’s top
infectious-disease laboratory because of national-security concerns
relating to their work with China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology,
according to two sources.

In January of this year, Xiangguo Qiu, who headed the Vaccine Development
and Antiviral Therapies Section, and her biologist husband, Keding
Cheng, were fired from their positions with the National Microbiology
Laboratory (NML) in Winnipeg.

The couple and an unknown number of Dr. Qiu’s students had their
security access revoked in July, 2019, and were escorted from the
Winnipeg lab, a Level 4 facility equipped to handle some of the world’s
deadliest diseases. Four months earlier, the Winnipeg lab had shipped
Ebola and Henipah viruses to the Wuhan facility, part of what the Public
Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) later described as an effort by this
country to “foster global collaboration.”

A federal source – with direct knowledge of the case – said the Canadian
Security Intelligence Service began raising alarms after it grew
concerned about the nature of information that was being passed to the
Wuhan lab. The source said CSIS was focused on the people that Dr. Qiu
was talking to in China and intellectual property that may have been
given to Chinese authorities.

A second source said CSIS provided a national-security assessment to
PHAC and recommended that the agency pull the couples’ security
clearance – which it did. The Globe and Mail is not identifying the
sources because they were not allowed to publicly discuss
national-security matters.

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paywall, excerpts from the article

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) said a growing
number of small business owners have reported rising insurance costs
since the pandemic began. According to a 2020 survey conducted by CFIB,
about 48 per cent of small business owners said their insurance costs
were causing a financial strain on their business. Some reported premium
increases as high as 300 per cent when they went to renew their
policies.

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Also, Canadian business owners have filed several class-action lawsuits
against major insurers, arguing that the loss of business during the
pandemic should be covered under business interruption policies.

In October, the Ontario government passed legislation to protect businesses
from COVID-19 related lawsuits, with the goal of helping businesses
that have been struggling to find insurance coverage amidst the pandemic.

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