Moving forward on the results of the MMIWG, Vaccination rate in Quebec: in the news of June 3


These partners include the families of victims and survivors, each of Canada’s distinct Indigenous groups, and provincial, territorial and federal governments.

A draft version of the document, obtained by The Canadian Press, acknowledges that it primarily lays the groundwork for more detailed and costed steps to come at a later date.

But it sets out several immediate next steps that all partners have agreed to prioritize, including public education campaigns on issues faced by indigenous peoples and trauma-informed training for those who work with indigenous peoples.

A more in-depth implementation strategy will be developed later, with more specific information, including medium and long-term priorities which all parties believe will lead to systemic change.

The plan that will be released later today in a virtual ceremony does not include any dollar figures, but does indicate that funding, timelines, and identifying who will be responsible for delivering each engagement will be among the highlights. next steps.

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Two of the cities most affected by COVID-19 in Quebec have some of the lowest vaccination rates in the province.

They include Montreal and its northern suburbs, Laval.

Data from the Direction de la santé publique de Montréal show a significant gap in vaccination rates between certain rich and poor neighborhoods.

Laurence Monnais, a medical historian at the University of Montreal who has studied vaccine reluctance, says it’s no surprise.

Monnais says it’s not necessarily the case that the communities most affected by the disease will be the first to get vaccinated.

She says lack of access to vaccination sites plays a role, as does lack of trust in the government.

Several health authorities in Montreal and Laval say they are working to reach diverse communities with pop-up clinics and door-to-door information campaigns

What we are watching in the United States …

New White House science adviser paints a near future rosy where a renewed American focus on science not only better prepares the world for the next pandemic with plug-and-play vaccines, but is also changing the way medicine fights them. diseases and treats patients, curbs climate change and further explore space.

In his first interview after being sworn in on Wednesday, Eric Lander said he wanted to have a vaccine ready to fight the next pandemic in about 100 days after recognizing a potential viral outbreak.

“This is a time in many ways, not just for health, where we can rethink the fundamental assumptions about what is possible and that is true for climate and energy and in many areas,” said Lander to The Associated Press.

Lander is a trained mathematician and geneticist who was part of the Human Genome Mapping Project and led the Broad Institute at MIT and Harvard. He said he was particularly focused not so much on this pandemic, but on the lessons learned from it to prepare for the next one.

“It was amazing on one level to be able to produce highly effective vaccines in less than a year, but another would take three or four years,” Lander said. “To really make a difference, we want it to be done in 100 days. And so many of us have talked about a target of 100 days from recognition of a virus with pandemic potential. “

“It would mean that we would have had a vaccine in early April if it had happened this time, in early April 2020,” Lander said. “It makes you swallow for a second, but it’s totally doable to do it. “

What we watch in the rest of the world …

VIENNA – European diplomats on Wednesday expressed hope that an agreement could soon be reached for Tehran to comply with the 2015 agreement on Iran’s nuclear program aimed at curbing its atomic ambitions and also seeing the United States join the ‘agreement.

Enrique Mora, the European Union official who chaired the talks in Vienna, said delegations from Russia, China, Germany, France, Britain, Iran and the United States would return at home to brief their governments, then meet again in the Austrian capital next week.

“I’m sure the next round will be the one in which we finally get the deal,” Mora said after the meeting.

“There are some political issues (and) there are a number of technical issues, again quite complex,” he added. “But I can say there are fewer of them than a week ago. We are therefore (on) a good track.

Mora said: “I think every capital has to give the green light to their respective delegations to get the deal done, and I think that will be the case next week.”

Other European diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to be named, called the Vienna talks “intense and productive”, but warned they would become more difficult to handle. as delegates tackle more difficult issues.

As progress was made and important aspects of a future deal worked out, diplomats said tough decisions lay ahead and nothing would be agreed until everything was agreed.

On this day in 1987 …

Then Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and the 10 Premiers signed the Meech Lake Constitutional Accord. He asked Quebec to have a special status within Canada, as well as more powers for the other provinces. But the deal died in June 1990 when the Manitoba legislature did not approve it within three years. In addition, Newfoundland had revoked its initial approval following a change of government.

In entertainment …

TORONTO – The CBC says it is trying to represent a wider range of voices and regions across the country in its new slate of upcoming TV shows, which includes the release of an indigenous investigative drama starring Sarah Podemski and Sarah Gadon

“The Red” is from Vancouver-based Métis designer and writer Marie Clements, who is also an award-winning filmmaker, playwright, producer and actress.

Podemski and Gadon are also producing the hour-long drama, inspired by real-life crimes, which will debut between fall and winter 2022-2023.

The two play as members of a newly formed Indigenous task force that unearths systemic racism within the criminal and social justice systems.

The CBC has announced more than 35 new original and returning series of Canadian talent for its upcoming 2021-2022 programming.

Other recently revealed titles included the comedy “Son of a Critch” by Mark Critch, cast member of “This Hour Has 22 Minutes,” based on his memoir of his childhood in St. John’s, NL, in the years. 1980. It will be broadcast in winter.

And new short-lived original series on CBC Gem’s streaming service include “Hello (Again),” a young adult romantic drama created by “Coroner” writer / co-producer Nathalie Younglai and actor Simu. Liu from “Kim’s Convenience.”

These series join several previously announced upcoming shows, including the 1920s black-led railroader drama “The Porter” for Winter, and the winter family comedy “Run the Burbs” from the “Kim’s Convenience” actor. “Andrew Phung.

“We have all worked very hard with our partners to reflect the country in new ways with the myriad of voices from different parts of the country,” said Sally Catto, executive director of entertainment, facts and sports at CBC, in a statement. interview.

“It’s really important for us as part of our offering to share parts of our history that people might not always know or don’t know,” she added. “We also know that we still have work to do to better represent the voices of Blacks, Aboriginals and people of color. ”


EDMONTON – Photos of Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and members of the United Conservative caucus dining together on a rooftop terrace are met with disapproval from critics who say politicians have flouted the province’s COVID-19 rules.

The group, which also included Health Minister Tyler Shandro, was seen sitting around a table on a balcony of the Federal Building in downtown Edmonton.

A “Concerned Albertan” captured footage of their meal and what appear to be bottles of alcohol.

The photos were shared with CTV News and several other outlets with a request to remain anonymous, and are circulating on social media.

Politicians are criticized by many – including NDP opposition leader Rachel Notley and Duane Bratt, a political scientist at Mount Royal University in Calgary – who have both questioned the rally’s perspective.

The prime minister’s office said in a statement that the rally complied with current COVID-19 restrictions.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on June 3, 2021

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