Canada not yet waiving COVID-19 vaccine patents

CBC News shows the vaccine patents situations in Canada. Vaccine patents are a hot topic at the World Trade Organization. Some countries, including the USA, argue patents should be waived in the pandemic to increase vaccine supply for the world at a faster pace. Canada is not actively supporting that idea.
The USA has reversed its stance on vaccine patents. President Joe Biden on Wednesday supported waiving intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines. More than 100 other countries also support this decision. It seems this move is angering pharmaceutical companies.
Biden voiced his support for a waiver (a sharp reversal of the previous USA position).

Canada urged to return vaccine shipments as India’s COVID-19 crisis deepens

Global News shows that India has recorded its deadliest day in the pandemic on Sunday, with over 3,600 COVID-related fatalities – the 4th straight day deaths in that country were over 3,000.
The devastating second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India has overwhelmed the country’s hospitals, morgues and crematoriums.
The country added 392,488 new infections on Sunday alone, pushing its total case load to 19.56 million.
As the country continues to reach grim milestones while medical supplies dwindle, more countries are stepping up to help. Canada itself has already committed $10 million in aid through the Indian Red Cross.

Spice New Collab With Shaggy & Sean Paul Tops US iTunes Charts

Spice new collaboration “Go Down Deh” debuts at the top of the US iTunes chart.

Spice, Shaggy, and Sean Paul, aka SSS, have been turning heads and waists with their new single “Go Down Deh,” and their US-based fans are making their love felt visa iTunes. Just two days after its release, the single already topped the USA Reggae iTunes chart and is currently at number 2 in Canada and the UK.

The track for “Go Down Deh” was released on Friday, and the video on The Queen of Dancehall’s YouTube page, BET Jams, and BET Soul a day later, this after days of promotion. Her recent success has not gone unnoticed by Spice, who thanked her fans in her own special way. The Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta star mounted herself atop the kitchen counter in her new home, where she performed a number of sultry maneuvers as she danced in celebration of her recent iTunes success.

“Go Down Deh is #1 on USA Reggae iTunes chart. Canada and UK get it to #1 if you want to see this full video, I seriously went on my head top for you,” she wrote in the caption.

Go down deh is #1 on USA ?? Reggae ITunes chart . Canada ?? and UK ?? get it to #1 if you want to see this full video, I seriously went on my head top for you ? Call your grandma and teach her to buy it on iTunes ??we currently #2 In Canada ?? and Uk ??

— Spice (@spiceofficial) May 1, 2021

The song was produced by Grammy Award nominee Costi Ionita and Shaggy and released via VP records. The entire production, from sound to visuals, celebrates the raw exotic culture of dancehall. The video, which was directed by Jay Will, was filmed in Kingston, Jamaica, featuring cameo appearances by other Jamaican Dancehall representatives, including Kemar Highcon, Walshy Fire, and Naomi Cowan. Director credits are also given to Kanye West, Major Lazer, Lee Scratch Perry, Shaggy, and M.I.A.

The collaboration with Sean Paul and Shaggy is what Spice, who has been through her fair share of ups and downs in the Dancehall, describes as “the biggest milestone” of her career.

“They are both International giants in our genre. I’m honored to have created such a historic moment by being one of the first artists to have them collaborate on a track together,” she said.

Spice is set to release a highly anticipated debut album on July 30, titled “TEN.” The details surrounding this album have not yet been announced.

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Canada sees 1st death from blood clot linked to AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine

Global News in Canada shows that a 54-year-old Montreal woman has died due to developing a blood clot in her brain after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine, making it the first the death related to a COVID-19 vaccine in Canada. But with only 4 cases of rare complications from the 400,000 AstraZeneca shots administered in Quebec, the risk remains very low for getting a blood clot. As Mike Armstrong reports, Quebec’s health officials are not budging on the current vaccine strategy despite new developments, insisting the vaccine’s benefits continue to outweigh the rare risk.

Canada tax season 2021: Filing returns further complicated by COVID-19 finances

Global News shows that despite COVID-19 wreaking havoc on people’s finances throughout the pandemic, many Canadians found relief from the various financial aid programs like the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). But as the personal income tax deadline approaches, Canadians are also facing more complicated rules in filing their tax returns. Being late may not only garner penalties, it can now also withhold those important pandemic benefits. As Anne Gaviola explains, how and when you file your taxes are more important than ever.

Canada pledges $10M in aid to India as COVID-19 crisis deepens

Global News shows India continues to battle a surge of COVID-19 infections that’s overwhelming its hospitals and dwindling much-needed medical supplies like oxygen. The country is now fast approaching over 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus. Amid several countries already promising to send help, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is now pledging $10 million in aid from Canada to India through the Red Cross. And as Redmond Shannon reports, the new promises have not stopped a number of Indian-Canadians from worrying for their loved ones enduring the deepening crisis there.

Canada’s COVID-19 surge “darkness before the dawn” WHO advisor says

Global News shows that as Canada endures the third wave of COVID-19, a virus that has already claimed tens of thousands of lives within our borders, a World Health Organization adviser has a message for Canadians: “Dawn is Coming.”
Dr. Peter Singer’s comments come on the heels of soaring COVID-19 case counts in Canada, which peaked at over 9,000 daily infections in mid-April. Ontario in particular has faced a crushing third wave, with record-breaking daily cases and intensive care units stretched to their limits.

Canadian Market: 1st-time home buyers being priced out

Global News shows that young people in Canada, who are hoping to buy their first home, are being shut out of the country’s hot housing market as prices for real estate soar.
In addition to a lack of supply, experts say they are not competing on a level playing field. Instead, young couples and families are competing with baby boomers who are downsizing and buying homes that would normally be reserved for the first-time buyer.
Anne Gaviola has more on the calls for politicians to step in and cool the market.
The continuum of affordable housing in Canada includes market (affordable rental housing, affordable home ownership), non-market (affordable rental housing, affordable home ownership), government-subsidized housing (emergency shelters, transitional housing and social housing).
A continuum is a continuous sequence in which adjacent elements are not perceptibly different from each other, although the extremes are quite distinct.

Bank of Canada governor says there are ‘better times ahead’

CBC News shows that Governor of the Bank of Canada Tiff Macklem says that Canada’s economy is doing better than expected despite the pandemic in an interview with CBC senior business correspondent Peter Armstrong.
The economy of Canada is really a highly developed mixed economy. It is the 9th largest GDP by nominal and 15th largest GDP by PPP in the world. As with other developed nations, the country’s economy is dominated by the service industry which employs about three quarters of Canadians. Canada has the 3rd highest total estimated value of natural resources, valued at US$33.2 trillion in 2019. It has the world’s 3rd largest proven petroleum reserves and is the 4th largest exporter of petroleum. It is also the 4th largest exporter of natural gas. Canada is considered an “energy superpower” due to its abundant natural resources and a small population of 37 million inhabitants relative to its land area.
Out of all the countries, China has the most natural resources estimated at $23 trillion. 90% of the country’s resources consist of coal and rare earth metals.
Oil Reserves by Country:
# Country – Oil Reserves (barrels) in 2016 – World Share
01 Venezuela – 299,953,000,000 – 18.2%02 Saudi Arabia – 266,578,000,000 – 16.2%03 Canada – 170,863,000,000 – 10.4%04 Iran – 157,530,000,000 – 9.5%05 Iraq – 143,069,000,000 – 8.7%06 Kuwait – 101,500,000,000 – 6.1%07 United Arab Emirates – 97,800,000,000 – 5.9%08 Russia – 80,000,000,000 – 4.8%09 Libya – 48,363,000,000 – 2.9%10 Nigeria – 37,070,000,000 – 2.2%11 United States – 35,230,000,000 – 2.1%12 Kazakhstan – 30,000,000,000 – 1.8%13 Qatar – 25,244,000,000 – 1.5%14 China – 25,132,122,000 – 1.5%15 Brazil – 16,184,100,000 – 1.0%16 Algeria – 12,200,000,000 – 0.7%17 Mexico – 9,711,000,000 – 0.59%18 Angola – 8,423,000,000 – 0.51%19 Ecuador – 8,273,000,000 – 0.50%20 Azerbaijan – 7,000,000,000 – 0.42%

Canada pledges to cut emissions by at least 40% by 2030

CBC News shows that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged on April 22, 2021 at an international climate summit that Canada would aggressively curb greenhouse gas emissions by 40 to 45 per cent over the next decade. Minister of Environment Jonathan Wilkinson and Green Party Leader Annamie Paul join Power & Politics to discuss what it would take for Canada to hit its new target.
Canada pledges to cut emissions by at least 40% by 2030.
Canada will ‘blow past’ its previous target of a 30 per cent reduction from 2005 levels by 2030, PM says.
Canada has certainly long maintained it would slash emissions by 30 per cent by 2030. That would mean lowering GHG emissions from 732 megatonnes to 513 megatonnes. A megatonne is a million tonnes.
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are produced when hydrocarbons, such as natural gas and oil, are burned. GHGs include carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, nitrous oxide and ozone, all of which contribute to climate change.

Canada’s vaccine rollout going ‘as planned’

After various delays in the past, it seems that Canada’s vaccine rollout going ‘as planned’ right now. As many Canadians struggle to make an appointment to get their Covid-19 vaccine, federal officials say despite a few snags the roll out is going as planned.
Some may have wondered about how long the Covid-19 vaccine lasts. So far, Pfizer’s ongoing trial indicates the company’s two-dose vaccine remains highly effective for at least six months, and likely longer. People who got Moderna’s vaccine also still had notable levels of virus-fighting antibodies six months after the second required shot.
More than 11,485,302 doses of approved COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across Canada.

Canada’s ban on flights from India: 2 major problems says infectious disease expert

CTV News shows that infectious disease expert Colin Furness says there are 2 major problems with the government’s latest travel restrictions.
The new virus variant, called B.1.617, was initially detected in India with 2 mutations – the E484Q and L452R. Viruses mutate all the time, as part of evolutionary biology. Some mutations weaken the virus while others may make it stronger, enabling it to proliferate faster or cause more infections. It is not known if these mutations first mutated in India or other countries.

Canada faces mounting pressure for greater COVID-19 border restrictions

Global News shows that Canada is banning passenger flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days amid concerns over rising COVID-19 cases and a new virus mutation.
Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said Thursday that in the last two weeks, more than 100 international flights landing in Canada have carried at least one positive COVID-19 case on board. At least 32 of those flights were from India.
The move by the government comes as it faces mounting calls to bring in tougher restrictions at the border to limit COVID-19 variants. Abigail Bimman reports.

Canada Federal Budget 2021 – CBC News special

CBC News shows how Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland delivers the Liberal government’s first budget in 2 years.
In Canada, federal budgets are presented annually by the Government of Canada to identify planned government spending, expected government revenue, and forecast economic conditions for the upcoming year.
Federal budgets are usually released in February or March, before the start of the fiscal year. All of the provinces also present budgets. Since provincial finances are dependent on money from the federal government, these budgets are usually released after the federal one.
The budget is announced in the House of Commons by the Minister of Finance.

Federal Budget 2021: Canada’s debt set to cross $1 trillion as Liberals extend COVID-19 aid

Global News shows that the first federal budget in more than 2 years extends Ottawa’s COVID-19 so-called “lifeline” for workers and struggling businesses another few months as it aims to pull Canada through the pandemic once and for all.
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland‘s first crack at a budget plan is also widely viewed as a pre-election platform with more than $100 billion in new spending over the next 3 years targeting a wide variety of voters, from seniors and their caregivers, to parents and business owners.