Will COVID-19 booster shots protect against the Omicron variant? Experts undecided

South African scientists first identified the variant earlier this week after a sudden, exponential rise in cases in the country.
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Some Ontario teachers refuse work over school COVID concerns
Teachers say they're concerned about lack of information on cases now that the province has cut back on testing and contact tracing.
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Canadian border agency issues new scam warning
Scammers posing as Canada Border Services Agency officials are using emails, websites, text messages and telephone calls to ask for money and personal information such as social insurance numbers.
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Who is paying the highest insurance premiums in Ontario, and why?
Insurance costs for those who live in Ontario fell on average by 3.8 per cent, with some areas seeing a drop of over 26 per cent from 2021, according to a new report.
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Calgary Skyview MP George Chahal pays $500 fine for taking Tory election pamphlet from front door
The Liberal MP for Calgary Skyview was captured on a doorbell camera removing the Conservative flyer while he was going door to door as a candidate.
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Give immunocompromised kids 3 Pfizer COVID-19 shots for best protection: NACI
NACI recommended that children between five and 11 years old who are "moderately to severely immunocompromised" should be offered three doses of the Pfizer 10 mcg COVID-19 vaccine.
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Guelph, Waterloo Region in for a frigid night: Environment Canada
Environment Canada said it expects a temperature in Guelph and Waterloo Region as low as -27 C with wind chill values between -28 and -33. 
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COVID-19: HKPR reports deaths in Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland County; 22 hospitalized cases
There are 24 active outbreaks in the health unit's jurisdiction including 28 active cases at the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay.
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Expand vaccine passport to LCBOs and cannabis stores, Ontario opposition parties say
Ontario opposition parties are calling on the Ford government to expand use of the province's COVID-19 proof of vaccination system to LCBOs and cannabis stores. 
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David West wins election for Richmond Hill mayor
Residents of Richmond Hill have cast their votes in favour of David WestIn as the new mayor.
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COVID-19: 149 inpatients at LHSC, MLHU says 89.6% of those 5+ have at least 1 vaccine dose
MLHU data shows among those five and older, 43.2 per cent have had a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Note that those under 18 are not currently eligible.
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London, Ont. and Middlesex County under cold weather alert until Wednesday
The London Public Library's Central Branch on Dundas Street will be available as a warming space between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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OPP turn to public for help locating missing Ingersoll man, 56
Provincial police in Oxford County are asking for the public's help in locating a missing 56-year-old Ingersoll, Ont. man.
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Prosecutor: Killings of Canadians in Mexico due to gang debt
A prosecutor in Mexico said Tuesday the killing of two Canadians at a Caribbean coast resort last week was motivated by debts between international gangs apparently dedicated to drug and weapons trafficking.
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Neil Young’s ultimatum to Spotify about vaccine misinformation is doomed because the company needs Joe Rogan more than him
Forget protesting Rogan’s wildly successful podcast. If Young wants to wage war with anti-vaxxers he should focus on the misinformation within his own industry.
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N.S. reports 5 more deaths from COVID-19, 2 new long-term care outbreaks
Nova Scotia has now reported 10 deaths relating to COVID-19 in the past two days. The province has also announced another increase in hospitalizations.
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Is the grocery shortage caused by the truck convoy? 5 myths debunked
“Canadian consumers should know they will be fine. Operations across the supply chain are incredibly choppy right now, but they will continue to find what they need, albeit with fewer choices,” Sylvain Charlebois, a professor at Dalhousie University said.
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Former B.C. legislature clerk's cufflinks, whisky subject of indictment: Crown
Court has heard that the allegations relate to a $258,000 retirement allowance, a wood splitter and trailer, and travel expenses over the course of James's tenure as clerk from 2011 until he was placed on leave in 2018.
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Yukon education minister understands worries over ‘dramatic shift’ in COVID-19 policy
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Police arrest man who allegedly robbed a senior inside Vancouver Public Library washroom
Vancouver Police say the 29-year-old man allegedly kicked open a washroom stall door and stole a laptop from a 74-year-old man.
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Sledgehammer and knife wielding man arrested after assaults at Keremeos town hall
"Police arrived soon after and were able to arrest the male after he assaulted a police officer and continued to struggle and resist arrest."
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Cufflinks, whisky belonging to former B.C. legislature clerk the subject of indictment: Crown
A special prosecutor says the former clerk of the British Columbia legislature claimed expenses ranging from malt whisky to cufflinks on the public purse.
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COVID-19: 1 new death reported in Guelph, 32 patients in hospital
Guelph General Hospital says 28 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 and another 17 are waiting for test results.
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Haliburton Highlands OPP appeal for information on shooting deaths of dog, puppy
Haliburton Highlands OPP officers continue to investigate the October 2021 shooting of two dogs on a rural property east of Haliburton.
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COVID-19 hospitalizations rising in N.B. but ‘trending below’ projections, top doctor says
Public Health reported there are 138 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19, with 11 of those patients in intensive care. The province also reported three deaths.
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Police issue appeal for information in fatal 2-vehicle crash in south London
Emergency crews responded to the scene in the area of Highbury Avenue and Westminster Drive around 2:50 p.m. for a two-vehicle collision.
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Pine Creek First Nation sues Manitoba, logging company over Duck Mountain forest rights
Pine Creek First Nation is suing Manitoba and Louisiana Pacific-Canada Ltd., alleging it has not been consulted about forest management rights for more than 15 years.
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Is ‘Euphoria’ an accurate representation of high school? We asked the experts
Hit streaming series ‘Euphoria’ is back on HBO for a second season and we asked teens if the show is a realistic reflection of life as a high schooler today.
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Quebec announces slow reopening from COVID-19 restrictions, gyms, bars not included
François Legault unveiled the new plan, which includes allowing restaurants to reopen with limited capacity as of next week, during an update on the situation.
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Junior hockey: Rockets off COVID-19 list, will play 4 games in 5 days this week
Kelowna will visit Victoria for back-to-back games on Tuesday and Wednesday, then play a home-and-home set with Vancouver on Friday and Saturday.
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Commission alleges Quebec construction industry discriminates against women
The commission is seeking monetary compensation for two female construction workers and a revision of the CCQ's equal opportunity program.
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