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Frustration with anti-vaccines and the power of TIFF stars: in the September 3 news

In The News is a summary of articles from The Canadian Press designed to start your day off right. Here’s what’s on our editors’ radar for the morning of September 3 … What we’re watching in Canada …

In The News is a summary of articles from The Canadian Press designed to start your day off right. Here’s what’s on our editors’ radar for the morning of September 3 …

What we watch in Canada …

WITHOUT DATE – Some doctors and nurses are frustrated by large groups of anti-vaccination protesters outside hospitals as some provinces introduce so-called vaccine passports and employers impose vaccination against COVID-19.

Steven Fedder works as an emergency room doctor at a hospital in Richmond, B.C., and he calls choosing not to get a COVID-19 vaccine the quote – ultimate selfishness – without a quote.

Fedder says exhausted healthcare workers are trying to be professional, non-judgmental, after months of providing vaccine information to anyone who has not been vaccinated.

Palliative care physician Dr Amit Arya of Kensington Health in Toronto said the gatherings outside of healthcare facilities were emotionally draining.

He says he has endured months of online harassment and hate mail because of his pro-vaccine stance.

Protests at Vancouver General Hospital and other healthcare facilities across British Columbia this week prompted Premier John Horgan to declare harassment of healthcare workers completely unacceptable.

RN Michael Villeneuve, head of the Canadian Nurses Association, says about three percent of the profession appear to be against vaccination.

He says it’s not clear that those protesting vaccines and claiming to be nurses on social media in particular are actually part of the profession.

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MONTREAL – With polls suggesting a close race, major party leaders are hoping to get a boost from the first of their two scheduled televised debates as they resume the election campaign today.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will follow up last night’s French-language meeting with an announcement and a press conference later this morning in Mississauga, Ontario.

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole will make an announcement in Montreal before joining supporters at an event in North Vancouver, and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh will make a platform announcement this morning in Quebec City.

Four of the main party leaders clashed Thursday night in Montreal in the campaign’s first televised debate, exchanging picks on the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare and systemic racism in Quebec, a key battleground for Quebec. the 44th federal election in Canada.

The French-language debate on TVA, one of the province’s most watched channels, comes halfway through the campaign and could prove crucial to the September 20 outcome as Quebec becomes a three-way fight between the Liberals, the Bloc Québécois and Conservatives.

Trudeau, O’Toole, Singh and Yves-François Blanchet of the Bloc attended, with the three opposition leaders accusing Trudeau of unnecessarily calling an election amid rising cases of COVID-19 and a crisis in Afghanistan.

Trudeau’s minority government was elected in 2019 before the pandemic struck and upended federal priorities, which he said required a new term from voters.

The debate focused on three main topics: the pandemic, social policy and recovery.

Annamie Paul of the Green Party and Maxime Bernier, leader of the People’s Party of Canada, were not invited to participate.

What we watch in the United States …

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden denounces the Supreme Court’s decision not to block a new Texas law banning most abortions in the state.

He said Thursday he was calling on federal agencies to do what they can to “isolate women and providers” from the impact.

Hours earlier, in the middle of the night, a deeply divided high court allowed the law to remain in effect at the nation’s largest abortion barrier since the court legalized the operation nationwide there. is half a century old. The court voted 5-4 to deny an emergency appeal from abortion providers and others.

Texas law prohibits abortions once healthcare professionals can detect heart activity, usually around six weeks and before most women know they are pregnant.

It is the biggest obstruction to abortion rights since the court announced in its landmark Roe v. Wade from 1973 that women have a constitutional right to abortion.

Biden said in a statement his administration would launch a “whole-of-government effort to respond to this decision” and review “steps the federal government can take to ensure that women in Texas have access to safe and legal abortions as protected. Roe. “

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WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden calls for greater public resolve to address climate change and help the nation cope with the severe storms, floods and wildfires that have ravaged the country.

Biden is on a trip to Louisiana today to get a glimpse of the devastating impact of Hurricane Ida.

Travel to the scenes of natural disasters has long been a hallmark of the US presidency.

Now is the time to be compassionate and provide assistance in a way that shapes the public’s perception of White House leadership.

What we watch in the rest of the world …

TOKYO – Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will miss the ruling party leadership vote this month, paving the way for a new Japanese leader.

He told reporters the campaign would have taken its energy and that it would focus on the country’s response to the coronavirus.

Suga has come under heavy criticism for giving an overly optimistic view of the pandemic and failing to convince people to treat it as a crisis.

His decision to step down as party leader is largely a political move aimed at giving the Liberal Democrats a new leader ahead of the national elections due by the end of November.

The PLD has a majority in parliament, which means the new prime minister is likely to be the one who wins the party’s vote.

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BERLIN – Angela Merkel will step down as one of modern Germany’s oldest leaders and as a global diplomatic heavyweight.

His legacy was defined by his handling of a succession of crises that rocked a fragile Europe rather than by grand visions for his own country.

In 16 years at the helm of Europe’s largest economy, Merkel ended military conscription, set it on the path to a future without nuclear and fossil energy, allowed same-sex marriage to be legalized and introduced a national minimum wage, among others.

On the international stage, Merkel, 67, insisted on seeking compromises and pursuing a multilateral approach to the world’s problems through years of turmoil that saw the United States separate from the European allies of President Donald Trump and the Great -Brittany to leave the European Union.

“I think the most important legacy of Merkel is simply that in this time of global crises she has provided stability,” said Ralph Bollmann, Merkel’s biographer and journalist at Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

Merkel’s political longevity is already historic. Among the rulers of democratic Germany after WWII, she only lags behind Helmut Kohl, who led the country to reunification during his 1982-98 tenure. She could overtake him if she is still in power on December 17. It is doable if parties are slow to form a new government after the September 26 elections.

On this day in 1962 …

Prime Minister John Diefenbaker officially opened the Trans-Canada Highway from the top of Rogers Pass in British Columbia. The completion target was 1956, but the highway was not completed until 1970.

In entertainment …

TORONTO – There will be a lot of stars at the Toronto International Film Festival next week, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organizers have announced a long list of talent expected to attend this year’s Hybrid Film Marathon in person, which will screen films in indoor and outdoor theaters and online.

Dozens of names on the guest list include Oscar-nominated actors Jessica Chastain and Benedict Cumberbatch, as well as filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, who will be in town for what TIFF calls a “mystery screening.” TIFF calls it a world premiere and a “special surprise screening of an unreleased film” by Soderbergh, who won an Oscar for directing the 2000 drama “Traffic.”

The festival runs from September 9 to 18 with a roster of attendees that also includes writer-director Stephen Chbosky, actor Ben Platt and other talent from the musical feature “Dear Evan Hansen,” the evening’s film. ‘opening.

Cumberbatch is the star of two TIFF films this year: “The Power of the Dog” by Jane Campion and “The Electric Life of Louis Wain” by Will Sharpe.

Chastain is also headlining two festival films: “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” by Michael Showalter and “The Forgiven” by John Michael McDonagh.

Other international stars expected to appear in person include Keira Knightley, Dionne Warwick, Sigourney Weaver, Andrew Garfield, Kenny G, Justine Bateman, Vincent D’Onofrio and Lily-Rose Depp.

Local talent on the list includes Danis Goulet, Michael Greyeyes, Alanis Obomsawin, Alison Pill, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Miriam Toews.


LE CANNET-DES-MAURES, France – Winemakers take stock of the damage after a forest fire ravaged a once picturesque nature reserve near the French Riviera.

Rows of charred vines stand alongside a vast expanse of smoking black vegetation devastated by the fire that raged for a week at the end of August.

The fire left two dead, 27 injured and forced some 10,000 people to be evacuated.

At least one small winery has seen its vines completely destroyed. And the grapes that have survived may be too damaged by smoke to produce a salable wine.

The region is famous for its Côtes de Provence wines.

Pierre Audemard of the Domaine de la Giscle vineyard lost his cellar full of stock and his equipment in the fire. “We receive hundreds of messages from people who want to buy our wine, but we have nothing left,” he told local channel France-Bleu.

For the winegrowers who are lucky not to have lost their crops, their attention is now focused on the lingering effects that could threaten their wine production during the next harvest.

“Even if a vineyard has not been directly affected by the fire, the smoky winds can actually affect the taste of the wine,” said Maxime Mathon, communications manager for the MDCV wine group, which owns several vineyards in the region. affected.

It was a particularly difficult year for French wine, after a surprise frost in April killed the vines and caused two billion euros in losses for the industry. A later study by World Weather Attribution said frost was made more likely by climate change.

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

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