Sask. premier says COVID-19 vaccination 'will remain a choice'
Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe urged people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, but says doing so “will remain a choice” within the province.
However, Moe delivered a stern message Friday morning to residents who choose not to get vaccinated.
"By choosing not to get vaccinated you are choosing to put yourself at increased risk, yes, of getting COVID and significantly increased risk of experiencing severe outcomes from this virus, but your decision to not get vaccinated is no longer just impacting yourself," he said at a news conference in Saskatoon.
"By choosing to not get vaccinated you are increasing the risk to those who don't have a choice. For example, our children under the age of 12.
"And by choosing to not get vaccinated, you are now placing tremendous strain on our health-care system, filling up our ICU beds and you are burdening many of our health-care workers in this province."
Moe, Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab and Saskatchewan Health Authority CEO Scott Livingstone spoke at the Saskatoon Cabinet Office to provide an update on the province's response to COVID-19.
The Toronto Raptors are indeed coming home — finally.
A team spokesperson confirmed Friday that the team has received the green light to play at Scotiabank Arena this season, after a season spent in Tampa. Fla.
How many fans can be in attendance, however, is still to be determined.
"We are optimistic regarding our ability to host full capacity events at Scotiabank Arena," the spokesperson said.
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The Raptors will open their pre-season against the Philadelphia 76ers on Oct. 4 — their first game at Scotiabank Arena in more than 19 months.
The Raptors announced a five-game pre-season schedule on Friday that includes two home appearances. They'll also host Houston on Oct. 11.
"And as a reminder, all people wishing to access the arena — whether to attend an event as a spectator, or as a member of the media — will be required to show proof of vaccination for COVID-19 or proof of a medical exemption," the team spokesperson said.
Former Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes throws support behind Tory candidate in election
The Conservative Party has found an unlikely supporter in the federal election: former Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes.
Speaking in an interview with The West Block’s Mercedes Stephenson, Caesar-Chavannes — who left the Liberal caucus to sit as an independent in March 2019 — said she plans to vote for Conservative candidate Maleeha Shahid in the Whitby, Ont., riding she once represented as a Liberal.
“I’m very much a Liberal at heart, but I would say that in this particular instance, in 2021, I don’t mind voting for my local representative, Maleeha Shahid, who is a Conservative,” Caesar-Chavannes said.
“I’ve never done that in my life. But at this particular time, maybe we have to think about doing things differently.”
Many people around the world will be watching with interest on Monday because Justin Trudeau is more popular in other countries than he is here. If he loses, or if he fails to win a majority, the countdown clock on Trudeau’s political career will start ticking. The Conversation Weekly podcast focuses on Trudeau’s global popularity and how that doesn't help much at home. While intended for an international audience, the episode is worth a listen for Canadians because political scientist Alex Marland of Memorial University of Newfoundland does a wonderful job of summarizing the rise and potential fall of Justin Trudeau.
Canadian PM Trudeau Vows to Criminalize ‘Anti-Vax’ Hospital Protests
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed Monday to criminalize protests outside hospitals in Canada if reelected in an upcoming parliamentary vote after hundreds of citizens opposed to Trudeau’s latest Chinese coronavirus vaccine mandates staged peaceful demonstrations and candlelight vigils outside health centers nationwide in recent days.