Day: January 8, 2022

First Nations brace for labour challenges brought by Omicron-fuelled COVID-19 surge

Many First Nations across the country are bracing for the spread of the Omicron variant as leaders prepare for labour shortages caused by COVID-19 that could be more severe in Indigenous communities than elsewhere in Canada. “We are well aware that Omicron is coming,” said Grand Chief Arlen Dumas of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. …

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Rapid spread of Omicron showing “tale of two pandemics: rich and poor”

As parts of Canada see staggering rises in COVID-19 activity amid Omicron’s rapid spread, experts say the highly transmissible variant is training a spotlight on social inequities across the country. Dr. Amit Arya, a palliative care physician in Mississauga, Ont., says Omicron’s rise continues to show “a tale of two pandemics — rich and poor,” …

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Sale arranged online turns into gunpoint robbery in Pickering: police

Two people selling gaming consoles in Pickering were robbed at gunpoint earlier this week, Durham Regional Police say. Officers were called to the parking lot of Pickering Town Centre on Kingston Road at around 7:45 p.m. Thursday, responding to reports of an alleged robbery, police said in a news release. The victims arranged to …

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