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Evening Brief: The Race Against the Rain


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As efforts continue for Abbotsford, BC to cope with the tremendous amounts of water in the flooded Fraser Valley, more than 100 military personnel are now on site to assist in the effort. You are helping to build a flood dam in the city. The clock is ticking, however, because on Tuesday another 80 to 100 millimeters of rain should set in in the region.

Soldiers leave Edmonton for Abbotsford. Photo: Royal Canadian Air Force Operations / Twitter

Mayor Henry Braun said the damage to the city’s infrastructure could run to $ 1 billion.

Meanwhile, the RCMP said they now face four missing people on Highway 99, where a mudslide swept and killed a woman earlier this week. Global News has this story about some of the victims of the mudslide.

Premier Doug Ford is waiting for Premier John Horgan to agree to Ontario’s offer to deploy civil protection teams and equipment to flood-ravaged British Columbia. The state government declared a state of emergency on Wednesday. In addition to hundreds of soldiers who have been or are about to be deployed to the area, Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan have also offered to send BC aid, according to Horgan. Ontario has offered a range of specialized teams and equipment that can be deployed when needed, including heavy duty urban search and rescue teams. Charlie Pinkerton reports.

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

There was good news on the COVID-19 front today with the news that little peeps may be stung soon in the coming days. The first for this age group, Health Canada announced that it had approved Pfizer’s vaccine for children between the ages of five and 11 years. Children are given two doses and the second is given eight weeks after the first. It will be a lower dose than what people aged 12 and over received. The approval comes as Canada has seen an increase in COVID cases in children under the age of 12. Canada expects to receive 2.9 million doses by the end of next week, which is enough to provide all eligible children with a single dose. From Sunday, vaccines will be delivered to provinces and territories.

“All in all, this is very good news for adults and children,” said Dr. Supriya Sharma, Health Canada’s Senior Medical Advisor, today. “It provides yet another tool to protect Canadians and will help, to the relief of many parents, in bringing their children’s lives back to normal, so that they can do the things they have neglected in the last 20 months more safely. “More from Jeff Labine.

An informal survey found that Canada threw away at least a million COVID vaccine doses because they had expired or for other reasons. The Canadian press has this story.

Still with COVID but on a different front: Canada’s Chamber of Commerce says the federal government’s promise to stop the obligation of Canadians who leave the country for less than 72 hours to test for COVID-19 is not enough to help businesses near the border. Officials said today that Canadians who travel abroad less than three days will no longer need to show a negative molecular COVID test to return home as of November 30. However, Chamber President Perrin Beatty said the government was building a “one-way door” on the border, which would harm nearby Canadian businesses and communities.

“As the Christmas shopping season begins – the most important time for retailers – Ottawa is making it easier for Canadians to shop across borders while maintaining penalties that discourage fully vaccinated Americans from vacationing or shopping in Canada,” he said in an explanation. Rachel Emmanuel reports.

Heather Stefanson (left) was sworn in as Manitoba’s 24th Prime Minister on November 2nd. Shelly Glover (right) challenges the leadership race in court. (The Canadian press)

In Manitoba, the hearing to determine the legitimacy of the provincial Progressive Conservative leadership, who could determine who runs the province, is slated for next month. Today, the party’s attorneys Shelly Glover, runner-up on the PC leadership, and Manitoba’s Prime Minister Heather Stefanson met virtually with Court of Queen’s Bench Judge James Edmond to schedule the hearing, which will be held on Sept. December will take place.

Stefanson beat Glover in last month’s election by about 360 votes, party officials said. Glover, a former cabinet minister under Stephen Harper, requested judicial intervention in the results, alleging irregularities. iPolitics was unable to obtain a copy of Glover’s affidavit setting out their allegations against the electoral process. Other media outlets have reported that Glover alleges a discrepancy between the ballots counted and the ballots announced by Wiebe. Glover emailed iPolitics that they looked forward to proceeding with the hearing. Jeff Labine has this story.

A Tesla uses an electric charger on the street in Toronto. (David Rider / The Toronto Star)

According to a new state tender, the federal government wants to know the CO2 footprint of the production and use of a car. It is part of Ottawa’s Greening Government Strategy, which aims to ensure that its procurement and operations are net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

There are three ways to measure the carbon footprint of a given product or service, and according to the tender, the government wants to measure all three to better understand how much greenhouse gases are produced during the life cycle of a vehicle. Aidan Chamandy has more.

After the G20 heads of state and government met earlier this month at the United Nations Environment Summit COP26 in Glasgow, Gerassimos Thomas, Director General for Taxes and Customs Union of the European Union, is in Ottawa to meet key government officials and discuss two key issues : global taxes and the environment. Janet Silver has this story.

The Rebel to Rabble Review: “Vaccine Inequality” at COP26

The Sprout: Flooded BC seeks to avert an agricultural disaster

Net Zero: RCMP arrests protesters in Wet’suwet’en pipeline

In other headlines:

The number of injured rises to 22 after the explosion at the BC military base (CTV)
Embattled MP Kevin Vuong apologizes to Prime Minister, Liberals and Supporters (CP)
RCMP plans to resume sales of surplus vehicles after the program was halted by a gun massacre (CBC)
Proponents Call for Help to BC Migrant Agricultural Workers Displaced by Floods (Global)
Air Canada Pulls Out Of Federal Aid Program As Business Recovers (Global)


Photo: Twitter @KamalaHarris

South of the border, President Biden’s handover of power to Vice President Kamala Harris while undergoing a colonoscopy today made her the first woman to serve as president in US history. According to the White House, he returned power to Harris at 10:10 a.m. and resumed his duties at around 11:35 a.m. “Today was sure to be another chapter in that story,” said White House press secretary Jen Psaki. “I think a lot of women, young girls across the country will notice that.” Axios has this story.

Knowing that data showed that the Amazon had experienced the worst deforestation in 15 years, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Environment Minister Joaquim Leite kept silent about this fact so as not to affect the climate talks at COP26. This is what three cabinet ministers told the Associated Press. Bolsonaro was a pioneer in the development of the rainforest and showed his face in Glasgow. In light of Brazil’s commitment not to allow illegal logging by 2028, environmentalists have accused the country’s leaders of greenwashing.

“There should be sanctions. Brazil took a lie during the COP and tried to sell itself as sustainable land, but the deforestation is out of control, ”said Cristiane Mazzetti, forest activist with Greenpeace Brazil. “We had already warned that leaders shouldn’t buy the empty promises of a government that has acted proactively to weaken the environment.”

In other international headlines:

Austria imposes a complete lockdown, Germany could follow as COVID hits Europe (Reuters)
Poroshenko says “extremely possible” Russian military might cross border into Ukraine (Globe and Mail)
China’s Wuhan Market Likely Origin of COVID-19 Outbreak: Study (Reuters)
U.S. advisors support expansion of COVID boosters to all adults (AP)
USA “deeply concerned” about Chinese tennis star (BBC)
House adopts huge social and climatic measure (The Hill)
RNC Chairman contradicts Trump: “Biden won the election” (The Hill)
The House of Representatives Covid Panel calls on former Trump adviser Navarro (Politico)

In opinion:

Tej Gidda: Solutions to climate change require radical collaboration

The kicker:

It was a book rescue earlier this week on Highway 7 in BC. We leave you with the story of three helicopters, 311 stranded people, 26 dogs and a cat.

Have a good weekend

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