Canada to implement mandatory COVID-19 vaccines for all federal workers by fall

Canada is making COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for all workers in federal service by this fall, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Dominic LeBlanc announced on Friday. “We are also calling on all federally-regulated industries and sectors, and we are also calling on crown corporations to follow suit,” LeBlanc told reporters in French at a news conference. The implementation will take place no later than October, he added. “We expect the federal public service to want to comply with this mandatory requirement,” LeBlanc said. “This is

This ‘super antibody’ for COVID fights off multiple coronaviruses

A newly identified immune molecule raises hopes for a vaccine against a range of viruses related to SARS-CoV-2. Scientists have uncovered an antibody that can fight off not only a wide range of SARS-CoV-2 variants, but also closely related coronaviruses1. The discovery could aid the quest to develop broad-ranging treatments and vaccines. Tyler Starr, a biochemist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington, and his co-authors set out to shed light on a problem facing antibody treatments for

More evacuations as more than 300 wildfires rage in B.C.

A wildfire burning near the community of Ashcroft forced the evacuation of scores of properties on Saturday night, as crews continued to battle more than 300 fires around B.C. The Thompson-Nicola Regional District expanded an evacuation order to include a total of 110 properties in Electoral Area “I” (Blue Sky Country) due to the Tremont Creek wildfire. The district has put another 675 properties in the area and in Electoral Area “J” (Copper Desert Country) on evacuation alert. The Tremont Creek fire is

Air Canada executives return bonuses after “public disappointment”

Air Canada says its top executives will return the bonuses they received through the COVID-19 pandemic following “public disappointment” over the pay plan.  The Montreal-based airline had previously approved a “COVID-19 Pandemic Mitigation Bonus” for its management team, awarding $10 million “to those individuals who were instrumental in the survival of the company during the COVID-19 pandemic.” The compensation plan, which was outlined in its 2020 proxy circular, also provided executives with share appreciation units (SAUs). Despite saying the compensation scheme

Canada drops out of top 10 in latest World Happiness Report

The world is a sadder place this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, but some countries — including Canada — are feeling the blues more than others, according to the 2021 World Happiness Report from the United Nations. Finland remained the happiest country in the world, Zimbabwe was at the bottom of the list, and Canada fell out of the top 10 in the annual World Happiness Index, which is compiled by a panel run by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network each year. The