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What's different about the coronavirus 'variants of concern' flagged by WHO

The seemingly more transmissible variants of the coronavirus first discovered in Britain, South Africa and Brazil are called "variants of concern" by the World Health Organization.
Viruses mutate or change all the time to try to gain a selective advantage over other variants or versions of the virus.
 

Governments with rookie leaders don't always have it easy in N.L. elections

Incumbency is a powerful thing in politics and unseating an incumbent government is no easy feat. But it's a little easier when that incumbent government has a rookie leader at the helm.
Especially in Newfoundland and Labrador.
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TORONTO -- A member of Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination distribution task force is out of her role following the revelation that she travelled out of the country in December.
In a statement released Tuesday evening, Premier Doug Ford's office said that automotive executive Linda Hasenfratz is no longer on the team.
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Parliamentary hearings over Zoom an ongoing headache for translators

Each day, translator Nicole Gagnon wakes up and heads to work worried she'll experience further loss of hearing — a sense even more vital to her livelihood than for many workers.
Gagnon says she and other federally employed interpreters are suffering from injuries that range from tinnitus, which causes ringing in the ears, to headaches, nausea and "acoustic shock" after nine months of translating parliamentarians online via fuzzy laptop mics and poor internet connections.
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TORONTO -- A pilot COVID-19 immunization site in Toronto that was meant to be a “playbook for mass vaccination clinics” will stop administering shots after just two days in operation due to a Canada-wide shortage in doses.
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These are Canada's fastest growing communities as cities see record exodus

TORONTO -- In her 40 years in Halifax real estate, agent Sandra Bryant has never seen as many buyers flocking to town shopping for homes as she did in 2020.
“It was my best year ever,” Bryant told CTVNews.ca on Tuesday.
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Public warned that fake COVID-19 vaccines sold online 'may pose risk to health'

VANCOUVER -- ImmunizeBC is warning the public not to buy supposed COVID-19 vaccine doses that are being advertised online.
The organization said there have been reports of emails and websites promising to provide coronavirus vaccines for money – but the products don't work, and could actually harm the people who use them.
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Calgary fire Chief Steve Dongworth called reports of racism in his fire halls "concerning" and says problem employees are difficult to deal with because they're "very clever" and "very subtle" in how they operate.
"We have a culture where people tend not to report things for fear of retaliation," he said in a telephone interview Tuesday afternoon.
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Mental health access for families of veterans still lacking, says new ombudsman

Veterans Affairs Canada hasn't gone far enough in reversing restrictions on mental health counselling for the families of former soldiers, sailors and aircrew, the county's new veterans ombudsman says in a hard-hitting report.
The federal government imposed constraints on access to mental health counselling for families of veterans almost a year ago.
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'It's not smart': Police condemn stunt involving backflip off Vancouver bridge

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver police are condemning a risky stunt involving a downtown bridge that was recorded and posted online.
The video shows someone backflipping off of the Cambie Bridge into False Creek, a high-traffic waterway frequented by passenger ferries and recreational users.
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Citing threat from COVID-19 variants, Quebec calls on Ottawa to ban vacation travel

Flights continue to arrive at Quebec's airports from sunshine destinations every day and Premier François Legault wants it to stop.
He is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to immediately ban all non-essential travel, adding "we can talk about what non-essential means.
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Conservative MP Derek Sloan defiant ahead of removal vote over campaign donation

Conservative MPs could vote to expel Eastern Ontario MP Derek Sloan from the party caucus as early as this week in response to news that the backbencher accepted a donation from a notorious white nationalist during his bid to lead the party.
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Conservative MP Derek Sloan vows to fight expulsion from party caucus

Conservative MPs could vote to expel Eastern Ontario MP Derek Sloan from the party caucus as early as this week in response to news that the backbencher accepted a donation from a notorious white nationalist during his bid to lead the party.
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