Even though Canada’s COVID-19 cases are exploding due to the Omicron variant, some provinces are now shortening the isolation periods for vaccinated Canadians infected by the virus. Ross Lord explains what’s behind the move, and where provinces may differ in their pandemic response.
The Omicron variant is also slamming Saskatchewan with record COVID-19 case counts, but the province still has no plans for tighter pandemic restrictions. Nathaniel Dove looks at how that province’s strategy is sparking concerns for the health system, after being strained by the Delta-driven fourth wave.
Though many New Year’s Eve festivities in the U.S. were scaled back or cancelled due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, millions of Americans still attended packed events throughout major cities. As Jennifer Johnson reports, doctors fear health systems may pay the price, as they brace for a post-holiday COVID surge.
Although 2021 marked a year when Canadians confronted the painful reality of the country’s treatment of Indigenous people, there was also a historic first as Mary Simon was appointed as governor general – the first Indigenous person to become the Queen’s representative in Canada. Mercedes Stephenson spoke with Simon regarding on what’s on her agenda.
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