Doug Ford’s Sept. 30 Ontario COVID-19 update: Live video
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Ottawa Inks Deal For 7.9 Million Antigen Tests Not Yet Approved For Use
OTTAWA — The Liberal government pushed back against criticism over a lack of rapid tests for COVID-19 on Tuesday as it unveiled a deal to buy millions of such devices from a U.S. company — whenever Health Canada approves them.Canadians across the country have been forced to wait days to find out if they are infected after being tested for COVID-19, which Canada’s chief public health officer acknowledged Tuesday as a reason for concern.“It absolutely is worrisome because if you have a significant backlog and people don’t get their test results for a number of days, you’ve now lost time for doing the contact tracing,” Tam said at a media briefing in Ottawa.“That can accelerate the spread. So it is something we really must all work together and try to reduce as quickly as possible.”That came as the number of positive cases across Canada continued to increase, with more than 500 in Ontario and nearly 800 in Quebec alone. Authorities in Montreal and Quebec City went to their highest alert level while Ontario Premier Doug Ford faced calls for a tightening of COVID-19 restrictions.Rapid tests that can produce results in hospitals, nursing homes, schools and even homes have come to be seen as one way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as the world waits for a vaccine. Medical experts will make the determinations that are best for Canadians.Prime Minister Justin TrudeauWhile Health Canada approved one test last week that doesn’t need a lab, the device still needs about 90 minutes for a result and involves a portable unit. The focus for many has instead been on what are called antigen tests, which have been described as similar to a pregnancy test when it comes to speed and ease of use.Other countries have already approved rapid antigen tests, with U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday announcing plans to buy and distribute 150 million units of one rapid test in the country. The World Health Organization has also reached an agreement to supply 120 million tests to developing countries.Yet the number of approved antigen tests in Canada currently sits at zero, with officials warning that approving a device that does not produce accurate results can actually spread of COVID-19.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended federal regulators on Tuesday as the Conservatives blasted the government for the lack of antigen tests and called on the Liberals to step up their efforts.“Medical experts will make the determinations that are best for Canadians,” Trudeau told reporters after co-hosting a United Nations conference to raise money for COVID-19 relief efforts in developing countries. “On the political side, as much as we’d love to see those tests as quickly as possible, we’re not going to tell our scientists how to do their job and do that work.” READ MORE Quebec Puts Major Limits On Big Cities As COVID-19 Spreads Ontario's 2nd COVID-19 Wave Is Here And It Could Be A 'Tsunami': Ford Ontario Mandates Curfew For Bars, Restaurants As Strip Clubs Shut Down Even as Trudeau defended the lack of tests, Health Canada was unveiling its first-ever guidelines for companies hoping to get their antigen devices approved by the regulator. The federal procurement minister also announced a deal to purchase 7.9 million such tests once they are sanctioned.The new guidelines state that a device must be at least 80 per cent accurate to be authorized, reflecting concerns that inaccuracies — particularly false negatives — can lead to the further spread of COVID-19. That includes five antigen tests currently under review.Asked why the guidelines were only being published now when the rush to develop and approve a rapid antigen test has been underway for months, Health Canada’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Supriya Sharma, indicated the standard was already being applied.“We’ve had companies come in with submissions,” she said.“We’ve been looking at those submissions, we’ve been working with them on a case-by-case basis as we go through that process. This is a way to sort of standardize that, systemize it and put it out in a guidance document where it’s publicly available.”Sharma went on to describe the effort to approve a rapid antigen test in Canada as one of the regulator’s top priorities. She suggested one of the reasons some devices have been approved elsewhere but not here is because the companies behind them have not submitted them to Health Canada.“You have to have a company that has a willingness to submit to Canada, but most importantly, has the capacity to produce those devices,” Sharma said. “As soon as we’re aware of a company that may be manufacturing a device and marketing it internationally … we do have staff that would reach out.”Watch: Tories take aim at Trudeau over COVID-19 relief bill. Story continues below.  As Ottawa was inking deals for vaccine doses ahead of the inevitable global rush that will accompany the successful development of an inoculation, Procurement Minister Anita Anand on Tuesday announced a deal with U.S. firm Abbott Laboratories for 7.9 million yet-to-be-approved antigen tests.Sharma could not say when the Abbott test, or any others currently under review by Health Canada, will be approved. The test was conditionally approved in the U.S. earlier this year before concerns were raised about its accuracy. The Food and Drug Administration reissued its approval this month.  Conservative health critic Michelle Rempel Garner accused the Liberals of having been asleep at the wheel while other countries rushed to get rapid tests into the field.She called on Health Minister Patty Hajdu to personally lead Canada’s efforts to get devices into the approval process.“She should be out actively looking for these types of technologies and proactively getting them into the review process,” Rempel Garner said“At a time when every country in the world is proactively trying to acquire and develop these technologies to protect their people, Justin Trudeau’s cabinet is content to say: ‘We’re letting them come to us.’ Our allies are winning in this race for supplies.”This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 29, 2020.With files from Mia Rabson and Mike Blanchfield.
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Order takeout, support Montreal businesses as October lockdown looms: Plante
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Blanchet, O'Toole return to Parliament after being cleared from COVID-19 isolation
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Search for life on Mars accelerates as new bodies of water found below planet's surface
A major new study of Mars published in the science journal Nature Astronomy has revealed several bodies of water under the surface at the planet’s south pole.  Researchers believe the new findings bolster previous research, which suggested the possibility of a large saltwater lake beneath the surface of Mars. The research is exciting scientists because liquid water is a key ingredient to life as we know it, and new findings could pave the way to further knowledge of alien life, they speculate. It’s known, for example, that similar lakes beneath glaciers on Earth are home to microbial life. Could the same be true for Mars? The discovery was made thanks to a tool called MARSIS, the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding, which is a low-frequency, pulse-limited radar sounder and altimeter instrument developed by a Rome university. It’s currently on board the European Space Agency’s Mars Express spacecraft orbiting Mars, where it sends radio waves into the planet’s surface and ice caps. These waves then bounce back towards the spacecraft, which measures and collects data about the returning pulse, allowing researchers to understand more about the planet’s matter. According to the Independent, the MARSIS helped researchers make a previous breakthrough when a large underground lake was found during a study in 2018. However, at that time there was some skepticism regarding the findings and data collected. In order to clearly determine whether the body of water was liquid, researchers felt they needed to investigate further. To do so, a team led by planetary scientist Elena Pettinelli from Roma Tre University looked to existing methods to study the lakes beneath Earth’s Antarctic glaciers, using satellites in orbit to bounce pulses back and forth. In doing so, they were able to compare data obtained from MARSIS of the area surrounding the body of water found on Mars, which allowed them to confirm that it was in fact liquid.  The method also allowed researchers to locate a number of other wet patches around the larger body of water under Mars’s surface, suggesting a number of salty lakes.  “Not only did we confirm the position, extent and strength of the reflector from our 2018 study but we found three new bright areas,” said Professor Pettinelli, who is also an author on the study published in Nature Astronomy. “The main lake is surrounded by smaller bodies of liquid water, but because of the technical characteristics of the radar, and of its distance from the Martian surface, we cannot conclusively determine whether they are interconnected,” she said in a statement. The subsurface lakes appear to be “hypersaline solutions” — extremely briney liquid with high concentrations of salt — which may explain why they are not frozen solid, given the extreme cold of Mars’ south pole.  The number of lakes also suggests their formation was a natural occurrence and that they have likely existed in several permutations throughout the planet’s history. If the lakes have been a consistent presence through long stretches of time, researchers believe they could have hosted alien life when Mars had a more hospitable environment. Perhaps, they speculate, some of the descendants of these life forms remain. “While the existence of a single subglacial lake could be attributed to exceptional conditions such as the presence of a volcano under the ice sheet, the discovery of an entire system of lakes implies that their formation process is relatively simple and common, and that these lakes have probably existed for much of Mars’ history,” said Roberto Orosei, principal investigator of the MARSIS experiment. “For this reason, they could still retain traces of any life forms that could have evolved when Mars had a dense atmosphere, a milder climate and the presence of liquid water on the surface, similar to the early Earth.” Researchers hope more studies in the future will examine whether alien life — or “astrobiological activity,” as it’s also called — can definitively be discovered on the planet. You might also be interested in… Twitter apologizes after users notice image-cropping algorithm favours white faces over Black Finland is now being run by five parties — all led by women ‘We will send police. With flame-throwers’: Italian mayors lose it at people refusing to self isolate  
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Chris Knight: A high bar for SNL to turn the 2020 presidential debate into something we can laugh about
Jim Carrey and Alec Baldwin took to the stage last night to — no, wait. I’m thinking ahead to the return of Saturday Night Live this weekend, and what I’m certain will be a livelier, much shorter version of the 90-plus-minute debate that took place in Ohio last night. I’m hoping that Donald Trump’s little magic trick of pulling a face mask out of his breast pocket gets turned into a bit where he pulls out all manner of objects, like a cartoon character. Stocks are falling around the world after Biden/Trump debate reinforces what an ugly contest this will be 'You're the worst president America has ever had': Donald Trump and Joe Biden clash in chaotic debate I tuned in to the first 2020 presidential debate hoping for theatrics, zingers and maybe a bit of light entertainment, used to hearing clips of Trump on the likes of Seth Meyers’ Closer Look segments, or coming out of the mouth of comedian and celebrity lip-syncer Sarah Cooper. Instead, I watched an ugly slugfest that recalled, to borrow from Hollywood, the tagline of 2004’s Alien vs. Predator: “Whoever wins … we lose.” “We,” of course, refers to the American people, whose traditional two-party system briefly became a three-party donnybrook when Democratic hopeful Joe Biden debated President Donald Trump debated moderator Chris Wallace, with all three men shouting over each other as they struggled to make themselves heard. “I’ll ask Joe,” Trump said at one point, unhappy with the line of questioning and, as he tends to be, with the media in general. Wallace responded: “I’m the moderator of this debate and I’d like you to let me ask my question.” To which Trump remarked: “I guess I’m debating you, not him.” When that calmed down, other issues bubbled up. Trump was gunning for Biden’s son Hunter, while Biden tried to chuckle, sometimes looked shocked, and on one occasion told Trump to “Shut up, man.” It was a debacle, and it just got worse whenever Trump was called to defend or denounce his more extreme views. On whether he believed that humanity bears responsibility for the climate change crisis he managed this: “I think a lot of things do, but I think, to an extent, yes.” He added that his goal was “beautiful, clean air.” On the subject of white supremacists he was less clear. Asked to explain his decision to end racial sensitivity training programs at the White House, Trump said he did so because it was racist – against whites, he implied. “If you were a certain person you had no status in life. It was sort of a reversal.” Biden was more succinct in his rebuttal: “He’s a racist.” Wallace then asked Trump to condemn white supremacists and militia groups. He said he would. “Go ahead, sir,” said Wallace. “Say it. Do it. Say it,” added Biden. Trump wanted to know what to call them. Biden gave him Proud Boys, naming a neo-Nazi group. “Proud Boys? Stand back and stand by, but I’ll tell you what, I’ll tell you what, somebody’s got to do something about antifa and the left.” And on the crucial question of whether either leader would urge calm from their supporters in the event of a contested election, Trump would not. “I’m urging my supporters to go into the polls and watch very carefully,” he said, continuing to complain about spoiled Trump ballots allegedly found in rivers and “wastepaper baskets,” an oddly anachronistic phrase. “This is not going to end well,” he rumbled ominously. And on that I believed him. I’m still counting on SNL to turn this into something we can all laugh about. Because, for all that Biden tried to chuckle, no one was laughing last night. National Post cknight@postmedia.com twitter.com/chrisknightfilm
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