Martin Regg Cohn: When it comes to COVID-19 vaccinations, health and safety should trump job security


Demanding that health-care workers get a needle is not cruel and unusual punishment, Martin Regg Cohn writes.
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B.C. records 243 new cases of COVID-19 in only 24 hours, with more than half in Interior
According to the COVID update Friday, 47 people are in the hospital, a decrease of four since Thursday and 16 people are in the ICU, also a decrease of four in the past 24 hours.
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2 men arrested minutes after allegedly stealing truck, say Kelowna RCMP
Police say the two men were arrested at a gas station on Springfield Road, minutes after allegedly stealing the truck from Hollywood Road South.
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Uxbridge cracks down on stunt driving at local park
Over the course of several months, new barriers and cameras have been installed at an Uxbridge park to stop ongoing issues, with community safety top of mind.
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Feds reach nearly $8B deal with First Nations over clean drinking water lawsuit
Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller, alongside the Tataskweyak Cree Nation, Curve Lake First Nation and Neskantaga First Nation, announced the 'historic' agreement.
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COVID-19: 8 new cases confirmed in Simcoe Muskoka
Meanwhile, 68.8 per cent of the region’s population has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 56 per cent has received both necessary doses.
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Regina mayor says Ring Road rail line relocation discussions advancing
Regina Mayor Sandra Masters shares the latest on discussions regarding the possible relocation of the Ring Road railroad tracks.
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Task force says Bill 96 hearings need more English representation
A newly formed task force is calling on the Legault government to listen to more points of view relating to its new language reform bill, Bill 96.
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Rebuilding Lytton: Difficult, complicated, and controversial
Plans to rebuild as a green community, with net-zero carbon emissions, has many worrying about long delays in returning home
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Another gold medal London connection after Canada wins women’s eight rowing
On Friday, Canada put on a dominant performance to be crowned Olympic champions in women's eight rowing for the first time since 1992.
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156 active fire bans in Saskatchewan’s rural municipalities, more than 200 provincially
As of July 29, there were more than 200 active fire bans in Saskatchewan including 156 in the province's rural municipalities.
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Off-duty officer convicted of assaulting Dafonte Miller denied bail while applying to top court
Const. Michael Theriault had asked to be released from custody while he applies for leave to appeal his conviction and nine-month sentence with the Supreme Court of Canada.
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Mandy Gull-Masty becomes first woman elected grand chief of Quebec Cree Nation
Her victory follows other firsts for women Indigenous leaders this month.
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How an East Vancouver custom home became a multi-generational sanctuary
Architect Hitesh Neb, owner and principal of Vancouver's Regeneration Design Studio, designed a four-bedroom family home in Vancouver's Cedar Cottage neighbourhood — a feat of modern minimalism that meets every need of the owners.
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Canadiens' Paul Byron out for five months after hip surgery
The 32-year-old forward has two more seasons remaining on a four-year, US$13.6-million contract with annual salary-cap hit of $3.4 million.
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Stewie the endangered turtle saved after ‘baking in hot sun’ in Nova Scotia
'This turtle was far away from its home in the ocean and was not going to survive the tidal waters,' the Stewiacke Volunteer Fire Department said.
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The Home Front: New design duo set to open Gastown studio
A look at Arcade, the new studio opening as a partnership between Lock & Mortice and Matthew McCormick Studio
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New 18-hecatre wildfire reported in Manning Park
The 18-hectare fire is burning on the north side of Highway 3, about 54 kilometres southeast of Hope and 40 kilometres southwest of Princeton.
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CFL, Alouettes confirm jointly that Montreal co-owner Sidney Spiegel has passed away
Spiegel died Wednesday in Toronto. Both the Alouettes and CFL confirmed Siegel's passing in separate statements Friday.
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More than 2,800 new COVID-19 vaccines given in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph
WDG Public Health reports that roughly 77 per cent of Guelph’s eligible residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
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Active COVID-19 cases rising as Saskatchewan approaches 50K total infections
There are 56 new COVID-19 infections in Saskatchewan as of Friday, according to health officials.
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Chief walking 500 kilometres to Ottawa to raise awareness of residential schools’ impacts, protest Indian Act
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This Week in History: 1956: 'Flying Phil' Gaglardi shows off his highway program
B.C. tour was done just before a provincial election
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B.C. officials to hold live Friday briefing on heat wave response
Health Minister Adrian Dix and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth will be joined by B.C. Centre for Disease Control director of environmental health Dr. Sarah Henderson.
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OPP pledge to crack down on dangerous driving this August long weekend
As of this past Monday, a total of 138 people had died as a result of 131 fatal motor vehicle collisions on OPP-patrolled roads in 2021.
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Feds reach $1.5B agreement to settle First Nations drinking water class action
Minister of Indigenous Services Marc Miller announced Friday that the federal government has reached an agreement out of court to settle class-action litigation regarding clean drinking water for First Nations communities across Canada.
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Phone scams: RCMP issue reminder after North Okanagan senior conned out of $3K
Police say the senior took a phone call earlier in the day from a person purporting to be a bank manager.
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Heat warning issued for several regions in B.C.’s Southern Interior
Environment Canada issued the warning early Friday, stating that temperatures could hit the mid-30s for the next two days.
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London, Ont. teen suffers serious injuries in Culver Drive stabbing, man charged: police
Even though the victim and suspect did not know each other, police say investigators have determined 'this was not a random incident.'
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New Detroit-Windsor bridge a ‘top’ priority, Canada and U.S. affirm
The statement issued Thursday calls the Gordie Howe International Bridge "a top infrastructure priority" for both the Canadian and U.S. governments.
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