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WASHINGTON — Canada will indeed take part in the World Trade Organization talks to explore waiving the global rules that protect vaccine trade secrets, International Trade Minister Mary Ng said Thursday. The pronouncement, which came during question period in the House of Commons, puts Canada more squarely onside with the United States, which made a similar commitment Wednesday. But it followed a confusing 24-hour window that left unclear whether Canada, despite full-throated expressions of support for the U.S. decision, would be willing to sit down at the negotiating table. In theory, a waiver to the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, or TRIPS, would make it easier for developing countries to import the expertise, equipment and ingredients necessary to make their own vaccines. "We will actively participate in negotiations to waive intellectual property protection particular to COVID-19 vaccines under the WTO agreement on TRIPS," Ng said in response to a question from New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh. On Wednesday, following the U.S. decision, federal officials pointed to Ng's statement on Twitter, where she said Canada is "actively supporting the WTO’s efforts to accelerate global vaccine production and distribution." "We look forward to working with the US on finding solutions to ensure a just and speedy global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic." Critics were unimpressed. The One Campaign, a progressive anti-poverty group that has had kind words for Justin Trudeau in the past, expressed disappointment that Canada was "oddly absent" from the discussion. "Canada is one of the countries that hasn't supported sharing the intellectual property for vaccines," the campaign said in a statement. "The US announced (Wednesday) that they will. Where's Canada?" The pharmaceutical industry, meanwhile, remains staunchly opposed to the idea of a waiver, which they say won't have the desired effect and would undermine the development of innovative drugs. Intellectual property protection "is a crucial element for a thriving life sciences sector," the Canadian pharmaceutical lobby group Innovative Medicines Canada said in a statement. "The proposed waiver ... would be a disappointing step that will create greater uncertainty and unpredictability in the production, quality and availability of COVID-19 vaccines." Other medical experts say a waiver would take too long, and the developed world should focus instead on ramping up existing production. "I think it's modest compared to the other big things that we need," Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the school of tropical medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, told MSNBC. "Loosening the patents is maybe a long-term issue, but it's not going to address how we vaccinate the world's low and middle-income countries over the next year or so." This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 6, 2021. James McCarten, The Canadian Press
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Two of Canada's most populous provinces showed promising signs of containing their COVID-19 cases Thursday, as the pandemic urgency focused elsewhere on surges in Alberta and Nova Scotia and efforts to vaccinate teenagers before the next school year.Ontario reported 3,424 new cases Thursday and 26 more deaths linked to the virus. While that's an increase from 2,941 reported Wednesday, the province's seven-day average dropped to 3,369 from a record-high 4,348 on April 19. The slight levelling off came as the province said it had administered a record 141,000 vaccines Wednesday, while over in Quebec, Health Minister Christian Dube noted declines in case counts, hospitalizations and test positivity rates were pushing his province "in the right direction."Eyes remain on Nova Scotia, however, where an alarming upswing pushed daily counts to a pandemic-high of 182 on Thursday, following a 175-case tally a day before. Alberta meanwhile, reported 2,271 cases on Wednesday, leading to a slew of new containment measures. Vaccine strategy and lockdown measures are playing a role in Ontario's dropping daily average, infectious disease doctor Zain Chagla said in an interview. And promising provincial data on vaccine effectiveness may give other jurisdictions hope that things can turn around quickly, especially if inoculations are prioritized to those who need them most."The big thing now is vaccinating people in places where density of transmission is high," Chagla said. "So having that mentality of, we're not only vaccinating to a particular age but scaling vaccines in populations that have been hit hard throughout this pandemic, that will lead to not only (a decrease) in case counts but also hospitalizations and deaths."Nova Scotia, which was mostly spared by COVID-19 in earlier stages of the pandemic, has been hit hard lately, prompting new restrictive measures last week, including a $2,000 fine for anyone caught leaving their counties for non-essential reasons.Premier Iain Rankin said he was "frustrated" by his province's rising case numbers."I don't know what more I can say to Nova Scotians to make sure they take this issue seriously," he said. Quebec reported 907 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, along with seven more deaths attributed to the virus. Nunavut reported 12 new cases, all in the 8,000-population capital of Iqaluit, with chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson saying house parties were to blame.Data released by Public Health Ontario this week showed how effective Canada's approved COVID-19 vaccines have been.The agency found that from Dec. 14, 2020 — the beginning of the rollout — to April 17, only 2,223 people tested positive for COVID-19 out of almost 3.5 million people vaccinated with at least one dose in Ontario.The majority of those cases — 66.9 per cent — occurred within 14 days of receiving a first dose, when immunity had not yet been established. Less than four per cent of post-vaccination COVID-19 cases happened seven or more days following a second dose."It's not perfect data but you do see this very clear signal that people's risk of symptomatic COVID-19, hospitalization and death essentially plummets 14 days after getting a single dose of a vaccine," Chagla said. People aged 50 and older across Ontario are among new groups who can now book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment provincewide. Those with high-risk health conditions and a number of employees who cannot work from home are also eligible to get the shot, as is anyone over the age of 18 in Peel Region, one of Ontario's most badly hit areas.Ontario says it expects 65 per cent of adults to have their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of May, and eligibility could soon open to teenagers following Health Canada's authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech jab in 12- to -15-year-olds on Wednesday.Other provinces are making similar plans.The Northwest Territories said it would open vaccine eligibility for teens starting Thursday, while Alberta will allow booking up from that age range as of Monday.Manitoba said it will start vaccinating 12- to 15-year-olds on May 21.Dube said he's waiting for details on a formal plan but said youth between the ages of 12 and 17 can expect to be offered a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of June and be fully vaccinated by the time they return to school in September.Dr. Anna Banerji, a pediatrician and infectious disease expert with the University of Toronto, said vaccinating teenagers marks an important step in Canada's rollout. "Just having adults immunized is not enough to get to that herd immunity point," Banerji said.While kids are less likely to suffer severe disease from a COVID infection, Banerji said they have played a role in spreading the virus."For a long time people were saying that children were not really contributing to community spread, that it was a one-way street," she said. "I've always disagreed with that."Canada achieved a new milestone in its vaccination program this week, surpassing the vaccination rate in the United States for the first time.The Our World in Data project, which tracks vaccinations around the world, says the United States injected doses at a rate of 6.4 doses for every 1,000 people on Wednesday. Canada injected 6.6 doses for every 1,000 people.Canada had vaccinated more than 14.5 million people with at least one dose as of Thursday, which represents 41 per cent of the adult population. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 6, 2021. 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OTTAWA — The Trudeau government is adding a second heavy icebreaker to its plans for the Canadian Coast Guard, a move that will boost the shipbuilding industry in two key provinces for the Liberals — and which could come at a hefty cost to taxpayers. Liberal cabinet ministers announced Thursday the government has doubled the number of heavy icebreakers it will build over the next decade, with Vancouver's Seaspan Shipyards and Quebec-based Chantier Davie being given one each. Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan said the addition of a second vessel reflected the changing conditions in Canada’s increasingly accessible Arctic. Splitting the work between two yards, she added, was a prudent move to ensure both vessels arrive on time. The surprise announcement followed nearly two years of questions — and intense lobbying from the shipyards — over Ottawa's plans for the CCGS John G. Diefenbaker. First announced by Stephen Harper's Conservative government in 2008 and awarded to Seaspan in October 2011, the Diefenbaker was one of seven ships to be built by the Vancouver shipyard through Ottawa's multibillion-dollar shipbuilding plan. The Diefenbaker was arguably the crown jewel of the package. Originally budgeted at $721 million, the icebreaker was supposed to be delivered by 2017 and replace the Coast Guard's flagship, the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent. But scheduling conflicts, technical problems and other issues scuttled the timeline and budget — which was increased to $1.3 billion in 2013 — before the Trudeau government quietly lifted the ship from Seaspan's order book in August 2019. While Seaspan said it was determined to win the vessel back, Davie was considered its chief competitor. After losing out of the competition for work in 2011, the rival yard has since charged back and is now in line to build six medium coast guard icebreakers. The Quebec company insisted it — not Seaspan — was best placed to build the Diefenbaker, particularly given it is already in line to build the other six icebreakers. The two rivals subsequently engaged in fierce lobbying campaigns to secure the work. In the end, the Liberals took a page out of Oprah's book and gave each a new icebreaker. Jordan defended the decision to split the work between the two shipyards, rather than give both icebreakers to one, as a prudent step given the pressing need to get the two vessels in the water as soon as possible. The St-Laurent is currently scheduled to be retired in 2030 while the Coast Guard’s other heavy icebreaker, the CCGS Terry Fox, is set to follow suit in 2032. “To expedite this work, both polar icebreakers will be built at the same time in two different Canadian shipyards,” she said. Yet while the decision to split the work is also likely to end the at times bitter battle between Seaspan and Davie, it will almost certainly come with a hefty price tag. The federal government has previously emphasized the savings that come with one shipyard working on multiple models of the same vessel, with the first vessel in a class costing much more and taking much longer than those that follow. Liberal ministers refused on several occasions Thursday to provide any cost estimate or budget for the two icebreakers, saying such information would be provided at an appropriate time. Senior civil servants, speaking at a briefing provided on condition of anonymity, did acknowledge, however, that the cost will exceed the previous $1.3-billion estimate for the Diefenbaker alone, which was first established in 2012 and has been under review for several years. "As northern waterways become more accessible, some countries are trying to encroach on our sovereignty by signaling their economic interest in a region that may be rich in untapped natural resources," Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said. "So we simply can't put a price on the value of Canada maintaining its Arctic presence." Opposition parties, meanwhile, accused the government of playing electoral politics ahead of a possible fall campaign. The Conservatives and Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet noted that the federal government has yet to finalize an agreement with Davie that would officially add it to the national shipbuilding strategy, and suggested Thursday's promise was empty words. "After over a half-decade in government, the Liberals have re-announced that Seaspan Shipyards in Vancouver will be building a heavy icebreaker for the Canadian Coast Guard," said Conservative procurement critic Pierre Paul-Hus and fisheries critic Richard Bragdon. "However, the announcement made by the Trudeau Liberals in no way guarantees that Davie Shipyards in Quebec will also get a contract to build a heavy icebreaker." Davie was officially selected in December 2019 as the third shipyard in the strategy, after Seaspan and Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding, which is slated to build the navy's next fleet of warships. But talks between Ottawa and the Quebec yard around the amount of investments it must make into its facilities before the decision can be formalized — and it can start building actual ships — have yet to be complete. Blanchet suggested until a contract with Davie is signed, Thursday's icebreaker announcement was "nothing but words" designed to protect the Liberals' electoral fortunes in Quebec and Vancouver. Seaspan is located in Wilkinson's riding while Treasury Board President Jean-Yves Duclos's riding includes the Davie Shipyard in Levis. The government insisted talks with Davie are proceeding, even as Wilkinson and other cabinet ministers denied that the decision to give an icebreaker to each yard was made with an eye on the coming election. "It is critical that we get moving, and it's critical that we have the second one," Wilkinson said. "It isn't politics. This is about actually giving the men and women of the coast guard the tools they need to do the job." Davie president James Davies welcomed Thursday's announcement, even as he said the company is waiting for specific details. "We know the (icebreaker) can create thousands of jobs and have major long-term impacts on shipbuilding and the economies of Quebec and Canada," Davies said in a statement. "We also fully agree with Canada that time is now of the essence. We must start the project without delay to ensure the (icebreaker) offers immediate, material and sustainable stimulus to the pandemic recovery." This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 6, 2021. Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press
Former NHL player and longtime broadcaster Nick Kypreos doesn't believe stiffer discipline against Washington's Tom Wilson would've prevented what ensued in the Capitals-New York Rangers game Wednesday night. There were six fights in the first five minutes of the contest, which Washington won 4-2. That included three separate incidents right off the opening faceoff. Prior to the game, the NHL issued Wilson, a repeat offender, a US$5,000 fine — the maximum allowed under the collective bargaining agreement — rather than suspending him for on-ice incidents in Monday night's 6-3 win. During a skirmish, Wilson punched Pavel Buchnevich in the neck/head region while he was down on the ice and threw a helmetless Artemi Panarin to the ice multiple times, resulting in a season-ending lower-body injury to the Rangers' scoring leader (17 goals, 41 assists). Kypreos, a Toronto native who played for both the Rangers and Capitals, said a harsher penalty against Wilson might've only delayed Wednesday night's incident from occurring. "We would be talking about it," Kypreos said during a telephone interview. "There's a chance that if the league came down on (Wilson) harder, this just would've carried over all summer and gone into the first game that they played in next season. "The one thing that's consistent from generation to generation is hockey players have long memories, they don't forget. If this didn't get cleaned up (Wednesday) night, it would've next season. It was still going to play out the way it was going to, it just might've been delayed." Later in the first Wednesday, New York defenceman Brendan Smith squared off with Wilson, with Smith receiving an extra two-minute instigating penalty. Things got ugly in the second when Buchnevich was handed a game misconduct and five-minute major for cross-checking Capitals forward Anthony Mantha. On Thursday, the NHL fined New York US$250,000 for public comments criticizing head of player safety George Parros. Two days earlier, the Rangers released a statement that criticized the league for not suspending Wilson. New York fired president John Davidson and GM Jeff Gorton on Wednesday, reportedly the result of dissent regarding Tuesday's statement. Retired NHL player Sean Avery, who was one of the league's top agitators during his 12-year career, feels Wilson "took a run at Artemi Panarin." "Tom Wilson basically took Artemi Panarin's head and he tried to smash it on the ice," the former Ranger said Wednesday on the No Gruffs Given With Sean Avery podcast. "Panarin didn't have a helmet on. "Yeah, it was a dirty play, he tried to bury him. Do I think Tom Wilson realized what he was doing? Yeah, I think he knew that Panarin's helmet was off and I think he tried to (expletive) pile-drive him through the ice." Avery admits his words could seem contradictory given the way he played the game. But the outspoken Toronto native said he never crossed the line on the ice. "Yeah, I was dirty, I was mean but I never once was suspended for an on-ice infraction," he said. "I never tried to hurt somebody so bad that it would hurt them to the point that they couldn't come back and play. "Like, I never tried to plow a guy's head through the ice with no helmet on. If he had a helmet on, absolutely. Did I try and break guys' legs with slashes or break their wrist? Yeah. We were in a war, OK? And the only way you get out of a war is by being one of the last men standing. Whatever it takes to win, that was the old-school mentality." And if Avery could've turned back the hands of time and rejoined the Rangers on Wednesday — he was with the club 2006-08 and 2008-12 — he would've had definite plan in mind on his first shift. "I wouldn't sit back and wait for the NHL to do the work for me," Avery said. "I'd go out on my first shift and the first moment I got the puck, I'd try to basically dump the puck in. "As soon as that goaltender comes out to play the puck, I'm just going right through him. You want to go after our star player . . . well this is going to give you reason to second-guess that decision in the future." Although New York lost the game Wednesday, Kypreos said there's no doubt in his mind the Rangers came together as a result of the contest. "There are different ways for teams to grow together," Kypreos said. "Whether or not you think it's a despicable act and diminishes the sport, you cannot deny the fact that those guys feel closer together as a team because of (Wednesday night) than at any other time in the season. "It's not about the fighting, it's not about throwing the punches, it's not whether you end up on the bottom of the pile or the top of the pile. It's all about the fact that 20 guys stuck together. It's hard for me to tell that story to people who've never experienced sticking together on a team." Many, particularly those on social media, expressed condemnation for Wednesday's incident and called it another black eye for the NHL. "I've been around it for a little bit here, I've lost count of black eyes," Kypreos said. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 6, 2021. Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press
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