Sunday, 18 July 2021

Fully vaccinated Americans may be allowed into Canada soon

CBC News in Canada shows that the Prime Minister's Office says if current public health conditions continue, fully vaccinated U.S.citizens and permanent residents could be allowed to visit Canada by mid-August for non-essential travel. A PMO statement says Canada might be able to welcome fully vaccinated travellers from all other countries by September.

Canadian government approaches reopening border for fully vaccinated Americans

CBC News: The National in Canada shows that as the government looks to a possible mid-August reopening of the U.S. border for fully vaccinated travellers, people affected are still looking for details, such as whether the U.S. will reciprocate.

Canada: Barrie, Ont., devastated after 'catastrophic' damage from tornado

CBC News shows that a tornado that tore through Barrie, Ont., left a path of destruction about five kilometres long, bringing winds of up to 210 km/h. Environment Canada gave the tornado a preliminary rating of EF-2.

Vaccinated travellers face hurdles entering Canada

CityNews in Toronto in Canada shows that fully vaccinated travellers looking to come to Canada are finding out not all vaccines are being treated equally.

Canada lacks national standards for proof of COVID-19 vaccination

CBC News: The National in Canada shows that Canada doesn’t have national standards for proof of a COVID-19 vaccination and as a result, there’s a 'hodgepodge' of methods created by provinces and businesses.

Canada: Windsor, Ont., mayor says border closure 'untenable' for this amount of time

CBC News shows that Drew Dilkens, mayor of Windsor, Ont., says that people in his city are anxious to see the Canada-USA land border open 'in short order.'

Fully vaccinated Canadian abroad frustrated at quarantine rules

CBC News shows that William Hamilton is a fully vaccinated Canadian, but since he received the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, which is offered in Russia (where he works as an English teacher) but not approved in Canada, he is still required to quarantine in a hotel upon return to Canada. Hamilton is frustrated that under federal rules, he can't skip the quarantine like other fully vaccinated Canadians who were jabbed with vaccines that have been approved by Health Canada.

Is Canadian public at odds with business interests over COVID-19 border restrictions?

CTV News has the interesting story in Canada.'s Michael Stittle and Nanos Research's Nik Nanos break down the ongoing border closure between Canada and the United States. 

Are Canadians clamouring for travel restrictions to be lifted? Nik explains some surprising results from his latest poll.

*Broken* Physics of Loki in Marvel Multiverse; [No Spoilers] Science Loop

Take a look at Science Loop on Youtube with this new interesting video. It seems that Marvel's Loki Series is BROKEN! (NOT ClickBait), In every Episode, we can see Loki's parallel variant but at the End The Scientist says...but this is Absolutly wrong! I have some Logic!

MARVEL’S infamous ANTI-HERO Loki has made his way out of many "Impossible to escape" situations before, but in the new Disney+ Hotstar show Loki (the God of Mischief) may have finally become entangled in a fight that he can’t win - the war against time by getting the Tessaract with the power of his cleverness but believe it or not the time travel and the branching of the universe in Loki is possible according to the Quantum Theory. Let's see the Science of it. In Marvel Universe there's a Multiverse and time travel but is there any Logical hypothesis that can Affirm the Logical prove of Multiverse? Let's chase down the broken material science of Loki's Time Travel and Multiverse. In the 1st scene, Loki goes to a time jail and observe this animation video. (Supremessy) This isn't as it were the Science fiction. Quantum Hypothesis proposes at the starting of the universe all of the timeline colliding, quantum vacillation is taking put all over and out of that we got our world. So where's it broken? Back in Newtonian material science, he says that time streams same for each point on Space but Einstein came along and says "no" time is a bit like stream. It can moderate down and can speed up. and after that Quantum material science takes put and says the river can part up completely different branches and create a parallel reality. For more absolutely assume this tree may be a Timeline of a fundamental universe.

Time Stamps in video:

0:00 Loki Episode 1-6, Multiverse
0:34 Physics of Loki (break Down), What is multiverse?
01:13 Science of Time (Newton, Einstine, Quantum)
02:21 TVA and Real time travel
03:19 How to go across Parallel Universes (Einstein - Rosen bridge)
03:45 We Need Answer! Absolute broken

"Loki" is an American television series based on Marvel Comics featuring the character of the same name. Set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), it shares continuity with the films of the franchise and takes place after the events of the film Avengers: Endgame (2019), in which an alternate version of Loki created a new timeline. Loki is really produced by Marvel Studios.

"Loki" premiered on June 9, 2021. Its first season, consisting of six episodes, concluded on July 14 and is part of Phase Four of the MCU. It seems to have received positive reviews, with praise for the performances and visuals. An interesting second season is in development.

Thursday, 15 July 2021

Could Solar Panels in Space Solve all Our Energy Needs?

SciShow Space on Youtube is pretty interesting. Humans on earth need more solutions for our energy needs, and one idea is straight out of science fiction: Solar panels, in space.

It seems that scientists working for the Pentagon have successfully tested a solar panel the size of a pizza box in space, designed as a prototype for a future system to send electricity from space back to any point on Earth.

It seems that a solar panel in space is collecting energy that could one day be beamed to anywhere on Earth.

The panel is known as the so-called Photovoltaic Radiofrequency Antenna Module (PRAM). It was first launched in May 2020, attached to the Pentagon's X-37B unmanned drone, to harness light from the sun to convert to electricity. The drone is looping Earth every 90 minutes.

Read more about this panel here:

Why is the Closest Planet Also the Most Difficult to Visit? NASA's MESSENGER Mercury Probe

Astrum on Youtube shows you why "Planet Mercury" has only had one dedicated mission.

Many people didn't know about this. This is something interesting to learn. It seems that the Closest Planet (generally called "closest to Earth") is also the most difficult to visit. Take a look at the story of NASA's MESSENGER Mercury Probe.

Having almost no atmosphere to retain heat, the planet has surface temperatures that vary "diurnally" more than on any other planet in the Solar System, ranging from 100 K (−173 °C; −280 °F) at night to 700 K (427 °C; 800 °F) during the day across the equatorial regions. The polar regions are constantly below 180 K (−93 °C; −136 °F). The planet has no known natural satellites.

Meaning of "diurnally": (adjective):

1. Relating to or occurring in a 24-hour period; daily.
2. Occurring or active during the daytime rather than at night: diurnal animals.

Mercury is the smallest planet in the Solar System and the closest to the Sun. Its orbit around the Sun takes 87.97 Earth days, the shortest of all the Sun's planets. It is named after the Roman god Mercurius (Mercury), god of commerce, messenger of the gods, and mediator between gods and mortals, corresponding to the Greek god Hermes (Ἑρμῆς). Like Venus, Mercury orbits the Sun within Earth's orbit as an inferior planet, and its apparent distance from the Sun as viewed from Earth never exceeds 28°. This proximity to the Sun means the planet can only be seen near the western horizon after sunset or the eastern horizon before sunrise, usually in twilight. At this time, it may appear as a bright star-like object but is often far more difficult to observe than Venus. From Earth, the planet telescopically displays the complete range of phases, similar to Venus and the Moon, which recurs over its so-called synodic period of approximately 116 days.

"Planet Mercury" rotates in a way that is unique in the Solar System. It is tidally locked with the Sun in a 3:2 spin-orbit resonance, meaning that relative to the fixed stars, it rotates on its axis exactly 3 times for every 2 revolutions it makes around the Sun. As seen from the Sun, in a frame of reference that rotates with the orbital motion, it appears to rotate only once every two Mercurian years. An observer on Mercury would therefore see only one day every two Mercurian years.

Mercury's axis has the smallest tilt of any of the Solar System's planets (about 1⁄30 degree). Its orbital eccentricity is the largest of all known planets in the Solar System; at perihelion, Mercury's distance from the Sun is only about two-thirds (or 66%) of its distance at aphelion. Mercury's surface appears heavily cratered and is similar in appearance to the Moon's, indicating that it has been geologically inactive for billions of years.

2 spacecraft have visited Mercury: Mariner 10 flew by in 1974 and 1975; and MESSENGER, launched in 2004, orbited Mercury over 4,000 times in four years before exhausting its fuel and crashing into the planet's surface on April 30, 2015. The BepiColombo spacecraft is planned to arrive at Mercury in 2025.

Mercury is 1 of 4 terrestrial planets in the Solar System, and is a rocky body like Earth. It is the smallest planet in the Solar System, with an equatorial radius of 2,439.7 kilometres. Mercury is also smaller (albeit more massive) than the largest natural satellites in the Solar System, Ganymede and Titan. Mercury consists of approximately 70% metallic and 30% silicate material.

Here on Earth, "Silicate Minerals" are the most common of Earth's minerals and include quartz, feldspar, mica, amphibole, pyroxene, and olivine.

Mercury can, like several other planets and the brightest stars, be seen during a total solar eclipse.

Like the Moon and Venus, Mercury exhibits phases as seen from Earth. It is "new" at inferior conjunction and "full" at superior conjunction. The planet is rendered invisible from Earth on both of these occasions because of its being obscured by the Sun, except its new phase during a transit.

Mercury is technically brightest as seen from Earth when it is at a full phase. Although Mercury is farthest from Earth when it is full, the greater illuminated area that is visible and the opposition brightness surge more than compensates for the distance. The opposite is true for Venus, which appears brightest when it is a crescent, because it is much closer to Earth than when gibbous.

Ground-based telescope observations of Mercury reveal only an illuminated partial disk with limited detail. The first of two spacecraft to visit the planet was Mariner 10, which mapped about 45% of its surface from 1974 to 1975. The second is the MESSENGER spacecraft, which after three Mercury flybys between 2008 and 2009, attained orbit around Mercury on March 17, 2011, to study and map the rest of the planet.

The Hubble Space Telescope cannot observe Mercury at all, due to safety procedures that prevent its pointing too close to the Sun.

The European Space Agency and the Japanese Space Agency developed and launched a joint mission called BepiColombo, which will orbit Mercury with two probes: one to map the planet and the other to study its magnetosphere. Launched on October 20, 2018, BepiColombo is expected to reach Mercury in 2025. It will release a magnetometer probe into an elliptical orbit, then chemical rockets will fire to deposit the mapper probe into a circular orbit. Both probes will operate for one terrestrial year. The mapper probe carries an array of spectrometers similar to those on MESSENGER, and will study the planet at many different wavelengths including infrared, ultraviolet, X-ray and gamma ray.

Space colonization is the hypothetical permanent habitation and exploitation of natural resources from outside planet Earth. As such it is a form of human presence in space, beyond human spaceflight or operating space outposts. Many arguments have been made for and against space colonization of various planets.

Arizona floods: Dramatic videos show car washed away, family rescued atop vehicle

Global News shows dramatic footage from Arizona as monsoon rainwater carrying debris from a wildfire burn scar flowed through the streets in Flagstaff, for the third day in a row on July 15.

Video captured by a Flagstaff resident Taylor Landy shows a car being washed away in the floodwaters on Wednesday.

And, an Arizona family was rescued on Wednesday from a car trapped in fast-moving floodwaters in Catalina. Fire crews safely carried a man and his two daughters from the roof of a vehicle surrounded by a raging flood.

Arizona is a state in the Western United States, grouped in the Southwestern and occasionally Mountain subregions. It is the 6th largest and the 14th most populous of the 50 states. Its capital and largest city is Phoenix. Arizona shares the 4 Corners region with Utah to the north, Colorado to the northeast, and New Mexico to the east; its other neighboring states are Nevada and California to the west and the Mexican states of Sonora and Baja California to the south and southwest.

A "monsoon" is traditionally a seasonal reversing wind accompanied by corresponding changes in precipitation, but is now used to describe seasonal changes in atmospheric circulation and precipitation associated with annual latitudinal oscillation of the Intertropical Convergence Zone between its limits to the north and south of the equator. Usually, the so-called term "monsoon" is used to refer to the rainy phase of a seasonally changing pattern, although technically there is also a dry phase. The term is also sometimes used to describe locally heavy but short-term rains.

The major monsoon systems of the world consist of the West African and Asia-Australian monsoons. The inclusion of the North American Monsoon and South American monsoon with incomplete wind reversal has been debated.

The term was first used in English in British India and neighbouring countries to refer to the big seasonal winds blowing from the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea in the southwest bringing heavy rainfall to the area.

Germany floods: Drone footage shows devastation in Schuld after record rainfall

Schuld is a municipality in the district of Ahrweiler, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. In July 2021, the village was certainly severely damaged by huge floods.

Global News shows that more than 40 people have died and dozens of people are still missing in Germany after heavy flooding turned streams and streets into raging torrents, sweeping away cars and causing buildings to collapse.

Drone footage captured the devastation in the German town of Schuld, which saw its rivers burst its banks, sweeping away homes and flooded cellars.

Hundreds of soldiers were helping police with the rescue efforts, using tanks to clear roads of landslides and fallen trees, while helicopters winched those stranded on rooftops to safety.

The floods have caused Germany's worst mass loss of life due to floods since 2002.

Canada loosens travel restrictions, 2nd doses for teens

CityNews in Toronto shows that Canada brings in looser restrictions for travellers, Ontario opens more vaccine appointments for teens, and a partially collapsed Florida condo has been demolished.

Wildfires continue to burn through BC and USA west coast

Global News in Canada shows that unprecedented temperatures and bone-dry conditions have turned parts of the west coast into a "tinderbox." More than 300 wildfires are burning in British Columbia. As Julia Foy reports, the RCMP has revealed more details on the probe into the fire that destroyed large parts of Lytton, B.C.

Meanwhile, wildfires on the USA west coast have destroyed more than 300,000 hectares of land. There are fears this fire season has the potential to outpace 2020, which was the worst on record. As Jennifer Johnson reports, this past weekend offered little relief.

Canada heatwave cooks up to one billion shellfish alive

DW News shows that the Canadian province of British Columbia registered all-time record temperatures this summer. Hundreds of people died in connection with the extreme heat. And the impact on ecosystems was devastating: Scientists say up to a billion shellfish may have perished.

It seems that Bays in Western Canada are normally ideal for shellfish. They thrive in the secluded, nutrient-rich waters. But mussels and clams don't do well in extreme heat. And the region's recent heatwave has literally cooked them alive.

Majority of Canadians want USA border open by fall

CTV News in Canada shows that Nanos Research's Nik Nanos breaks down the data on how Canadians feel about the federal government's handling of the border with the USA.

Canada: Element of fear surrounding COVID-19 vaccine passports: bioethicist

CTV News in Canada shows that University of Toronto bioethicist Kerry Bowman says vaccine passports involve an element of worry and fear.

Will Canada require mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for health workers like France and Greece?

Global News in Canada shows that the countries of France and Greece have both introduced mandatory vaccines for health-care workers amid concerns about the Delta variant. 

In Canada, COVID-19 infections are lower and vaccination rates are higher, but there is still a push to get everyone inoculated against the disease. 

Only a few provinces in Canada have mandated vaccines to certain health-care workers. But will a federal mandate be put into place? Abigail Bimman explains.

Sunday, 11 July 2021

Moderna co-founder on whether we will need a third COVID-19 shot

CTV News shows that Moderna co-founder Derrick Rossi discusses if a third shot or regular booster shot will be needed to increase protection against COVID-19.

Canada needs to prepare for COVID-19 variants in the fall, warns expert

CTV News shows that Dr. Chris Labos says that despite the success Canada is having in slowing the spread of COVID-19, preparations need to be made for the fall.

Mysteries surround new lambda variant detected in Canada

CBC News: The National shows that the new coronavirus lambda variant first found in Peru is now appearing in Canada, and the WHO says it carries a 'number of mutations' which may make it more transmissible.

Vaccines slowing COVID-19 infections in Canada, officials say

CBC News shows that Canada's top public health officials say vaccines are significantly slowing the rate of COVID-19 infections. The country has seen the number of new daily cases and active cases decreasing from their peak during the third wave.

Tropical Storm Elsa on the move towards Atlantic Canada

Global News in Canada shows that Tropical Storm Elsa continues to move up the East Coast of the United States and is now heading towards Atlantic Canada, where it's expected to hit the region Friday into Saturday. 

Even though it lost some energy over land, the storm still brought heavy rains and winds to the southeast U.S. on Thursday and at least one person's death is being blamed on the storm after a tree fell on a vehicle in Jacksonville, Fla. At least 11 people were also injured in Georgia when a suspected tornado touched down at a submarine base. 

Ross Lord reports on what to expect with the storm as it continues to track towards Canada.

Why some fully vaccinated Canadians can't skip COVID-19 travel quarantine

Global News in Canada shows that a new problem is emerging from Canada's latest travel rules, which allow for fully vaccinated people to skip quarantine when they arrive home from overseas. 

It seems that there’s a caveat for those who got 2 shots that haven't been approved by Health Canada for all travellers who got doses outside the country.  That has some people considering another round of shots of the approved vaccines so they can travel without having to face quarantine on their return.

New Lambda COVID-19 virus variant: What is known about it

CTV News shows that CTV Medical Specialist Dr. Marla Shapiro discusses what is known about the Lambda variant, which has not yet been reported in Canada.

Canada added 231,000 jobs in June, pushing jobless rate down to 7.8%

CBC News shows that the certain numbers for June are much better than the most optimistic economists were expecting. A lot of people are getting back to work as more sectors like retail, restaurants and personal care services are opening up. Notably, the unemployment rate has fallen because people are more confident they will find work and get back into the workforce.

Another intense heatwave to roast Canada, Western USA

WION shows that the unprecedented heatwave baking the Pacific Northwest has claimed as many as 700 lives over the last one week in Canada alone, according to officials.

Canada: Quebec to roll out COVID-19 vaccine passports in September

CTV News shows that Quebec says it will use vaccine passports to limit access to non-essential services if COVID-19 worsens. CTV's Christina Succi reports.

Sunday, 4 July 2021

Canada: Toronto hair salon owner excited to return to work after restrictions loosen

People can certainly get haircuts in Toronto, at least outdoors.

Hair salons and barbershops have been closed for much of the past year in Toronto.

A number of stylists, barbers, and others in the hair cutting business have embraced reopening regulations that allow them to cut hair outdoors.

Many hair cutters became completely booked up, the demand for haircuts far exceeding available time slots.

Canada: BC village levelled by wildfire following record heat wave

Global News shows that a fast-moving wildfire has destroyed 90 per cent of Lytton, B.C., days after the village recorded Canada's hottest temperature in history. Robin Gill reports from an evacuation centre in the nearby city of Merritt, where residents who were forced to flee their homes are grappling with heart-breaking losses.

Across western Canada: More than 150 wildfires rage

DW News shows that military aircraft have been mobilized to help evacuate towns and fight more than 130 wildfires tearing across western Canada. Lightning strikes triggered by a record-breaking heat wave sparked the fires. Rescuers are now searching for missing people in Lytton, British Columbia. Roughly 1,000 people fled the town, which was almost entirely wiped out by fire.

Residents had moments to flee before the fire claimed their homes. 2 people are so far believed to have died. This comes as a record breaking heatwave sweeps through Canada and the north west of the USA. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the heatwave shows there must be a continued commitment to reducing emissions and showing leadership on climate change and global warming.

The fire front in Lytton moved quickly. Residents had almost no warning before their town was engulfed in flames.

The blaze ignited a day after the town sweltered through almost 50 degrees Celsius - breaking Canada's temperature record.

Emergency workers are searching for missing residents, as the smoldering town remains unsafe to enter. The unprecedented heat wave and wildfires have certainly damaged parts of Canada.

More than 100 fires are still burning across western Canada, threatening other towns. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has convened an emergency response group, and promises to help communities recover.

Saturday, 3 July 2021

Canada: Some COVID-19 restrictions on international travel easing July 5

CBC News shows that fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents will be able to enter Canada and not need to quarantine at a hotel starting July 5, the federal government has announced.

Construction in Canada becomes less affordable due to cost of materials amid COVID-19 pandemic

Global News shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused construction prices to increase like never before, as plywood rose from $45 a sheet before the pandemic to $130, and recently dipped again to about $100 a sheet.

These prices may force consumers either not to buy or renovate their properties, or to delay their projects.

But, as Sean O’Shea reports, this kind of flexibility is not an option for large projects, driving rental or selling prices to increase.

Canada Heatwave leads to over 300 sudden deaths - record high temperature

WION shows that at least 300 sudden deaths have been reported in Canada, as the country recorded its highest ever temperature amid scorching conditions that extended to the US Pacific Northwest.

COVID-19 deaths in Canada may far exceed the official tallies, say researchers

CTV News shows that the number of deaths from COVID-19 in Canada may far exceed official tallies, according to researchers. Avis Favaro explains.

"Delta Plus" virus variant of concern - what scientists know about it

Global News shows that scientists have identified another COVID-19 variant of concern, called "Delta Plus". 

So how dangerous or contagious is this mutation, which is related to the Delta variant? 

While India’s health authority is clear on those answers, other experts say more data is needed to determine the level of threat. 

As Redmond Shannon reports, less than 200 cases have been reported in 11 countries so far, including one in Canada.

Thursday, 1 July 2021

Bitcoin Price at July 1, 2021: 33,204 USD - Will Bitcoin Drop to 20K?

Bitcoin Price at July 1, 2021: 33,204 USD

Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin have recorded stunning falls in value in these times.

Also check about prices of various other digital coins that also fell. Major falls happened after China imposed fresh restrictions on transactions involving cryptocurrencies.

The Bitcoin cryptocurrency fell from a "record high" of $64,895 USD hit on April 14.

Falls in Bitcoin price will be a problem for people that are getting "Salaries in Bitcoin."

Some may think that Bitcoin could drop to 20K USD. What could be the potential "catalyst" for this move? Take a look at the charts and graphs.

Saturday, 26 June 2021

Canada: Restrictions could need to come back for Delta hotspots

CTV News shows the Canada situation. Dr. Ronald St. John, former director-general of the Centre for Emergency Preparedness and Response, discusses the Delta variant of the virus.

The SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant is certainly a concern. Remember not to confuse this virus variant with the deltacoronavirus which mainly affects birds.

The so-called SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant, also known as lineage B.1.617.2, is a variant of lineage B.1.617 of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. It was first detected in India in late 2020. The World Health Organization (WHO) named it the Delta variant on 31 May 2021.

It has mutations in the gene encoding the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein causing the substitutions T478K, P681R and L452R, which are known to affect transmissibility of the virus as well as whether it can be neutralised by antibodies for previously circulating variants of the COVID-19 virus. Public Health England (PHE) in May 2021 observed secondary attack rates to be 51-67% higher than the so-called alpha variant.

On 7 May 2021, PHE changed their classification of lineage B.1.617.2 from a variant under investigation (VUI) to a variant of concern (VOC) based on an assessment of transmissibility being at least equivalent to B.1.1.7 (Alpha variant), first identified in the UK (as the Kent variant). Subsequently on 11 May 2021, the WHO also classified this lineage VOC, and said that it showed evidence of higher transmissibility and reduced neutralisation. The dangerous virus variant is thought to be partly responsible for India's second wave of the pandemic beginning in February 2021.

Canada: Provinces pivoting vaccine rollout over Pfizer shipment delay

CBC News in Canada shows that a delay of up to 3 days in COVID-19 vaccine delivery from Pfizer means that some provinces are postponing second-dose appointments for that vaccine.

In additional news, the USA Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday it plans to move quickly to add a warning about rare cases of heart inflammation in adolescents and young adults to fact sheets for the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.

Will Canadians ever go back to shopping malls post-pandemic?

Global News in Canada discusses certain rumours about the impending so-called "death" of the shopping mall that have been circling for years.

Between 2018 and 2019, even before the COVID-19 pandemic, foot traffic to Canada’s top 10 malls (as measured by revenue per square foot) declined by 22 per cent, according to research from Deloitte Canada. And when the consulting giant measured foot traffic in February 2020, still before the COVID-19 lockdowns, and February 2019 it found an even steeper drop of 42 per cent.

But as COVID-19 restrictions across the country loosen up amid soaring vaccination rates, some experts believe the pandemic may have given shopping malls (or at least some of them) a new lease on life.

Canada's border reopening plans as travel rules ease: Confusion and Frustration

Global News in Canada shows that the Canadian federal government had announced that fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents are now free to enter the country without quarantine rules after travel restrictions were eased. 

But, the feds have also said it's still not safe for the country to fully reopen to non-essential travel.

Fully vaccinated foreigners are still restricted from entering, including Americans living immediately to the south.

It's also leaving the tourism industry flustered over another potentially lost summer. As David Akin reports, the frustration is growing on the vagueness of the country's next steps.

Canada: New federal guidelines released for those fully vaccinated for COVID-19

Global News in Canada shows that the Public Health Agency has finally issued guidelines for Canadians who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 

Canada's top doctor, Dr. Theresa Tam admits they're coming late, and will likely change as more data surfaces. 

There are fears that the Delta variant will bring a fourth wave Canada's way. 

Eric Sorensen explains the rules, and the urgency to get more Canadians immunized.

Thursday, 17 June 2021

Canada’s Housing Market: Developer’s plan to buy $1B in homes

Global News shows that Toronto-based condo developer Core Development Group is under fire for its plan to buy $1 billion worth of single-family homes and convert them into rental properties. This comes as housing prices have climbed rapidly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The company has said it intends to buy 4,000 rental units in Ontario, Quebec, B.C. and Atlantic Canada, as first reported by the Globe and Mail. The company hasn’t provided an overall timeline for its acquisitions, but the idea is to buy homes that can be split into two units (for example, with a second unit in the basement) and turn both over to the rental market.

As Anne Gaviola reports, reducing the supply of homes for sale could make the affordability crisis even worse for those trying to get into the market.

Canada: Delta variant 'growing rapidly' in Ontario, warns Yaffe

CTV News talks about how many people in Ontario need to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity. Dr. Barbara Yaffe isn't sure because of Delta variant.

"Herd Immunity" (also called herd effect, community immunity, population immunity, or mass immunity) is certainly a form of indirect protection from infectious disease that can occur with some diseases when a sufficient percentage of a population has become immune to an infection, whether through vaccination or previous infections, thereby reducing the likelihood of infection for individuals who lack immunity. Immune individuals are unlikely to contribute to disease transmission, disrupting chains of infection, which stops or slows the spread of disease. The greater the proportion of immune individuals in a community, the smaller the probability that non-immune individuals will come into contact with an infectious individual.

Individuals can really become immune by recovering from an earlier infection or through vaccination. Some individuals cannot become immune because of medical conditions, such as an immunodeficiency or immunosuppression, and for this group herd immunity is a crucial method of protection. Once the herd immunity threshold has been reached, disease gradually disappears from a population. This elimination, if achieved worldwide, may result in the permanent reduction in the number of infections to zero, called eradication.

Infectious vs Contagious:

Contagious diseases are spread by contact, while infectious diseases are spread by infectious agents. Something "contagious" is by default "infectious" because contact exposed you to the infectious agent, but something infectious isn't always contagious.

Infectious diseases are caused by microscopic germs (such as bacteria or viruses) that get into the body and cause problems. Some (but not all) infectious diseases spread directly from one person to another. Infectious diseases that spread from person to person are said to be contagious.

"Food poisoning" is a good example of something infectious but not contagious: food can be contaminated with a bacteria that makes you sick, but you can't give your food poisoning to someone else just by shaking their hand or even giving them a kiss.

This U.S. congressman wants border reopened 'immediately'

CTV News shows that USA Congressman Brian Higgins discusses the Canada-USA border closure, and if the Americans would unilaterally open the crossing.

COVID-19: Could the Delta variant derail Canada’s summer reopening plans?

Global News in Canada shows that as provinces are cautiously reopening with some allowing outdoor dining, shopping and other limited gatherings, experts wonder if the more transmissible Delta virus variant of COVID-19 might jeopardize some of those big reopening plans, as cases appear to be growing across Canada.

The variant first found in India is estimated by some to be at least 60 per cent more contagious than the previous dominant strain.

Evidence from the U.K. suggests that the Delta variant spreads much more easily than other variants that have appeared in Canada so far.

Virus cases of this virus variant seem to be increasing.

When will Canada provide COVID-19 safety guidelines for fully vaccinated people?

Global News shows that Canadians who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are seeking federal guidance on what is and isn't safe to do. 

65% of adults in Canada have been given their first dose, the highest number reported by any nation. 

But, Canada still lags behind when it comes to second doses, and some medical experts say clearer COVID-19 safety guidelines may encourage more people to get their shots. 

Eric Sorensen reports.

Sunday, 6 June 2021

Canada: Vaccine injury compensation program accepting applications

CBC News shows that the federal government has begun accepting applications for its vaccine injury support program. Some people diagnosed with rare but serious conditions after their vaccinations aren't sure the compensation goes far enough.

Inside the Canadian lab shining light on long-term COVID-19 side effects

Global News shows that we are starting to learn about the long-term damage COVID-19 wreaks on many vital organs, but what about our blood vessels? There are troubling signs that the impact on our vascular system may leave a lifelong legacy of health problems in its wake. For The New Reality, Dawna Friesen speaks with Jake Pushie, a scientist at the University of Saskatchewan, who's using the most powerful device in the country to look for answers.

Canada's duty-free shops seek federal aid as pandemic travel rules crush business

Global News shows that the pandemic has forced many of Canada's retailers to pivot their business to survive. But Canada's 33 duty-free shops across the country, along its border with the United States, have faced very little options to adapt as strict pandemic travel rules effectively bring business to a halt. 

Products sold from duty-free stores typically have to leave the country, and cannot be sold locally, online, or even given away. 

As Mike Le Couteur reports, struggling store-owners are hoping for a plan from Ottawa to help them recover.

China says 'COVID Variant From India' Led To Resurgence In Guangzhou

Calls are increasing for a fresh probe into the origin of COVID-19. Also, China is now blaming India after the mutant virus strain from India was reportedly found in 26 people in Guangzhou. While India battles the second wave of the pandemic, there has been increasing pressure on China from many countries, including the UK and the US, for the second phase of the COVID origin probe. As per a report published in the Chinese media Global Times, the presence of the virus strains from India was allegedly detected among people in Guangzhou City, which reportedly receives 90% of China's inbound international arrivals.

China blames "COVID strain from India" for the rise in virus cases in Guangzhou.

Inside a plant in China producing the WHO-approved Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine

South China Morning Post shows that the WHO approval of Sinovac Biotech’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use on June 1, 2021, will help ease the global vaccine shortage. Sinovac Biotech has already distributed more than 600 million doses of its CoronaVac vaccine to nearly 40 countries, as of May 31, 2021. It uses an inactivated virus to trigger a protective immune response, unlike vaccines from companies like BioNTech, which feature newer mRNA technology. The Post takes a look inside their Beijing plant.

China's space station transits over the sun

CGTN shows that a space enthusiast caught China's space station on camera as it transited over the sun, making it appear like a small airplane. The moment, which lasted for 0.5 seconds, was captured at around noon Beijing time.

China: New strain of bird flu has jumped to humans

WION shows that a new strain of bird flu has jumped to humans in China. Chinese officials are playing down the outbreak, but is the world prepared to stop another pandemic? Watch your favourite show Gravitas with Palki Sharma Upadhyay live.

460,000 Guangzhou residents under home quarantine to curb COVID-19

CGTN shows that about 460,000 residents living along Zhongnan street in south China's Guangzhou City are now quarantined at home after the street was declared a high-risk area and put under lockdown on June 1. In order to fulfill the residents' basic needs, local authorities have launched a mini app called "supply guarantee zone." In addition to food like rice, meat and vegetables, people can also purchase milk powder, diapers and other infant products online through the app. People with chronic diseases who need to buy specific drugs regularly can report to community staff members to get help. The city has registered a total of 77 infections as of Thursday, including 13 asymptomatic cases.

China Sets Record With Experimental Fusion Reactor ‘EAST’, Fully Functional 'Artificial Sun' Soon?

CRUX Channel on Youtube shows that China’s Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) just achieved a significant milestone in the country’s quest to unlock clean and limitless energy. Chinese media reported that EAST ran at 120 million degrees Celsius for 101 seconds. For another 20 seconds, the 'artificial sun' also achieved a peak temperature of 160 million degrees Celsius.

The Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST), internal designation HT-7U (Hefei Tokamak 7 Upgrade), is certainly an experimental superconducting tokamak magnetic fusion energy reactor in Hefei, China. The Hefei Institutes of Physical Science is conducting the experiment for the Chinese Academy of Sciences. It has operated since 2006.

It is the first tokamak to employ superconducting toroidal and poloidal magnets. It aims for plasma pulses of up to 1,000 seconds.

Migrating elephant herd travels through Chinese city

DW News shows that a herd of 15 strayed from a nature reserve in southwest China and they've now reached the outskirts of the major city of Kunming. Its being called the longest-distance migration of wild elephants ever recorded in China. Authorities are in a flurry trying to keep them away from populated areas. Wildlife experts are stumped as to where they are headed, and why.

Canada Sports Gambling - the push for change

CBC News: The National in Canada shows that there is a growing push to change how Canadians can legally bet on professional sports to help keep billions in gambling money in the country and catch up with practices found in other countries.

Sports betting is certainly the activity of predicting sports results and placing a wager on the outcome. The frequency of sports bet upon varies by culture, with the vast majority of bets being placed on association football, American football, basketball, baseball, hockey, track cycling, auto racing, mixed martial arts, and boxing at both the amateur and professional levels. Sports bettors really place their wagers legally through a bookmaker or sportsbook.

WHO calls out Canada over COVID-19 vaccine inequity

CBC News: The National in Canada shows that the World Health Organization has called out richer countries, including Canada, for not helping international efforts toward COVID-19 vaccine equity, despite vaccinating their populations at a much faster rate than poorer countries.

Many countries have implemented phased distribution plans that prioritize those at highest risk of complications, such as the elderly, and those at high risk of exposure and transmission, such as healthcare workers.

As of 30 May 2021, 1.9 billion doses of COVID‑19 vaccine have been administered worldwide based on official reports from national health agencies. AstraZeneca anticipates producing 3 billion doses in 2021, Pfizer-BioNTech 1.3 billion doses, and Sputnik V, Sinopharm, Sinovac, and Johnson & Johnson 1 billion doses each. Moderna targets producing 600 million doses and Convidecia 500 million doses in 2021. By December 2020, more than 10 billion vaccine doses had been preordered by countries, with about half of the doses purchased by high-income countries comprising 14% of the world's population.

Canada: Alberta's oilsands outbreaks being blamed on federal government exemptions

Global News shows that more than 8,000 workers in Alberta's oilsands have now received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, as the province tries to contain outbreaks at over a dozen work sites. 

Over 3,000 people have been infected in 2 outbreaks alone at Canadian Natural Resource's Horizon mine site and the Mildred Lake Site operated by Syncrude. 

As Heather Yourex-West reports, a federal exemption surrounding workers brought in from outside the country is being blamed. 

The province of Alberta in Canada has a lot of oil resources. The Athabasca oil sands (also known as the Athabasca tar sands) are large deposits of bitumen or extremely heavy crude oil, located in northeastern Alberta, Canada - roughly centred on the boomtown of Fort McMurray. These oil sands, hosted primarily in the McMurray Formation, consist of a mixture of crude bitumen (a semi-solid rock-like form of crude oil), silica sand, clay minerals, and water. The Athabasca deposit is the largest known reservoir of crude bitumen in the world and the largest of 3 major oil sands deposits in Alberta, along with the nearby Peace River and Cold Lake deposits (the latter stretching into Saskatchewan).

Together, these large oil sand deposits certainly lie under 141,000 square kilometres of boreal forest and muskeg (peat bogs) and contain about 1.7 trillion barrels (270×109 m3) of bitumen in-place, comparable in magnitude to the world's total proven reserves of conventional petroleum. The International Energy Agency (IEA) lists the economically recoverable reserves, at 2007 prices and modern unconventional oil production technology, to be 178 billion barrels (28.3×109 m3), or about 10% of these deposits. These contribute to Canada's total proven reserves being the third largest in the world, after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela's Orinoco Belt.

USA unveils COVID-19 vaccine sharing plan with the world, Canada a priority

Global News shows that USA on Thursday unveiled plans to share its first 25 million of its COVID-19 vaccines with the world, with nearly 6 million doses targeted towards "regional priorities and partner recipients," including Canada and Mexico, among other countries.

At this point in time, it seems unclear how many doses Canada would be offered or if the country would accept them or which vaccine would be sent.

The United States will donate nearly 19 million doses through the COVAX international vaccine sharing program, the White House said during the briefing on Wednesday.

Through COVAX, some 6 million doses would go to Latin America and the Caribbean, about 7 million doses to South and Southeast Asia and roughly 5 million to Africa.

Other beneficiaries of the priority group include the Republic of Korea, the West Bank and Gaza, Ukraine, Kosovo, Haiti, Georgia, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Yemen and United Nations front-line workers.

A so-called "vaccine" is really a biological preparation that provides active acquired immunity to a particular infectious disease. A vaccine typically (but not always) contains an agent that resembles a disease-causing microorganism and is often made from weakened or killed forms of the microbe, its toxins, or one of its surface proteins. The agent stimulates the body's immune system to recognize the agent as a threat, destroy it, and to further recognize and destroy any of the microorganisms associated with that agent that it may encounter in the future. Vaccines can be prophylactic (to prevent or ameliorate the effects of a future infection by a natural or "wild" pathogen), or therapeutic (to fight a certain disease that has already occurred, such as cancer).

In biology, a "pathogen" (Greek: πάθος pathos "suffering", "passion" and -γενής -genēs "producer of") in the oldest and broadest sense, is really any organism that can produce disease. A pathogen may also be referred to as an infectious agent, or simply a germ.

The term "pathogen" came into use in the 1880s. Typically, the term is used to describe an infectious microorganism or agent, such as a virus, bacterium, protozoan, prion, viroid, or fungus. Small animals, such as certain worms or insects, can also cause or transmit disease. However, these animals are usually, in common parlance, referred to as parasites rather than pathogens. The scientific study of microscopic organisms, including microscopic pathogenic organisms, is certainly called microbiology, while parasitology refers to the scientific study of parasites and the organisms that host them.

Canada facing increasing calls to donate vaccine doses to COVAX

CBC News shows that the chair of an alliance that co-manages the COVAX vaccine-sharing program is urging wealthy nations like Canada to donate surplus doses to developing countries. "From COVAX’s perspective, we would like them as soon as possible," he said.

COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (abbreviated as COVAX) is a worldwide initiative aimed at equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines directed by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (formerly the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, or GAVI), the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), and the World Health Organization (WHO). It is one of the 3 important pillars of the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator, an initiative begun in April 2020 by the WHO, the European Commission, and the government of France as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. COVAX coordinates international resources to enable low-to-middle-income countries equitable access to COVID-19 tests, therapies, and vaccines.

Canada: Special privileges for the fully vaccinated?

CityNews Toronto shows that hundreds of fully vaccinated healthcare workers got the chance to watch a hockey game in person at Scotiabank Arena. Maleeha Sheikh looks into the possibility of extending special privileges for people with two doses.

Vaccination requirements for international travel are the aspect of vaccination policy that concerns the movement of people across borders. Countries around the world require travellers departing to other countries, or arriving from other countries, to be vaccinated against certain various infectious diseases in order to prevent more epidemics. At border checks, these travellers are required to show existing proof of vaccination against specific diseases; the most widely used vaccination record is the International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP or Carte Jaune/Yellow Card).

Canada to receive 2M doses a week of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine until end of August

Global News shows that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday that Pfizer would ship two million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine a week to Canada, until the end of August. 

Trudeau confirmed the news during an update on the COVID-19 situation and vaccine rollout in the country, alongside Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand and other health officials.

The prime minister also said the government has negotiated an option for three million additional vaccines in September. 

Trudeau says 65 per cent of eligible Canadians have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine;

On Thursday, Canada received its largest single shipment of the Pfizer vaccine to date: 24 million doses, according to Brig.-Gen. Krista Brodie, who oversees the distribution and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines across Canada.

A COVID‑19 vaccine is certainly a vaccine intended to provide acquired immunity against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS‑CoV‑2), the virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‑19). Prior to the COVID‑19 pandemic, there was an established body of knowledge about the structure and function of coronaviruses causing diseases like severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), which enabled accelerated development of various vaccine technologies during early 2020. On 10 January 2020, the SARS-CoV-2 genetic sequence data was shared through GISAID, and by 19 March, the global pharmaceutical industry announced a major commitment to address COVID-19.

Canada to allow mixing COVID-19 vaccines

Good Morning America on Youtube shows that Dr. Jen Ashton explains why the country is allowing people to mix and match vaccine brands.

Dr. Joss Reimer (medical lead for Manitoba’s Vaccine Implementation Task Force) says that new vaccine recommendations from the Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunization on mixing mRNA vaccines will be a form of trial and error.

It can bee seen as kind of an experiment. On Tuesday, NACI changed its guidelines to allow for Canadians to mix and match AstraZeneca with either mRNA vaccine from Moderna or Pfizer. There was no current data on the interchangeability of mRNA vaccines.

NACI still recommends sticking with the same mRNA vaccine regime for both doses, but that you can mix if there are problems with availability.

Canada secures more Pfizer shots as focus shifts to second doses

CBC News shows that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the government will buy 3 million more vaccine doses from Pfizer than originally planned, and will also try to firm up Moderna supply via the USA, instead of Europe.

Pfizer Inc. is an American multinational pharmaceutical corporation headquartered on 42nd Street in Manhattan, New York City. The name of the company commemorates its co-founder, Charles Pfizer (1824-1906). Pfizer develops and produces medicines and vaccines for immunology, oncology, cardiology, endocrinology, and neurology. The company has several blockbuster drugs or products that each generate more than US$1 billion in annual revenues. In 2020, 52% of the company's revenues came from the United States, 6% came from each of China and Japan, and 36% came from other countries.

Moderna, Inc. is an American pharmaceutical and biotechnology company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It focuses on vaccine technologies based on messenger RNA (mRNA). Moderna's vaccine platform inserts synthetic nucleoside-modified messenger RNA (modRNA) into human cells using a coating of lipid nanoparticles. This mRNA then reprograms the cells to prompt immune responses. Moderna develops mRNA therapeutic vaccines that are delivered in lipid nanoparticle, using mRNA with pseudouridine nucleosides. Candidates are designed to have improved folding and translation efficiency via insertional mutagenesis. The company's only commercial product right now is the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Canada races to ramp up COVID-19 variant testing, get 2nd doses into arms

Global News shows that Canada is seeing more COVID-19 cases linked to the Delta variant, first detected in India. 

It’s especially rampant in Ontario, the country’s most locked-down province, and experts say more testing is needed. 

Meanwhile, provinces are racing to get people fully vaccinated, after shortening the timeline between doses. 

Abigail Bimman looks at the urgent efforts underway to stay ahead of virus variants and return life to some version of normalcy.

Health Canada is the department of the Government of Canada responsible for national health policy. The department itself is also responsible for numerous federal health-related agencies, including the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), among others. These organizations help to ensure compliance with federal law in a variety of healthcare, agricultural, and pharmaceutical activities. This responsibility also involves extensive collaboration with various other federal- and provincial-level organizations in order to ensure the safety of food, health, and pharmaceutical products - including the regulation of health research and various pharmaceutical manufacturing / testing facilities.

The department is responsible to Parliament through the minister of health (presently Patty Hajdu) as part of the federal health portfolio. The deputy minister of health, the senior most civil servant within the department, is responsible for the day-to-day leadership and operations of the department and reports directly to the minister.

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Canada's economy is reopening (Ontario’s plan is slow)

Inside The Story Channel on Youtube shows that as Canada's provinces unveil their reopening timelines, with in-class learning canceled, Ontario’s plan is noticeably slower than most. Is the extreme caution a sign of a of gun shy government spooked by previous misstep?

Canada: Could "Delta" COVID-19 variant put pause on provincial reopening plans?

Global News shows that as COVID-19  vaccination rollouts and reopening plans continue around the world, experts are monitoring the progress of the strain now dubbed "Delta." 

First detected in India, scientists say it’s spreading and taking over as the dominant variant.

As Global News health reporter Jamie Mauracher explains, here at home, there is hope we can control it, avoiding a potential fourth wave.

Mortgage in Canada: New stress test makes it harder to qualify

CBC News shows that it's a bit harder to qualify for a home loan as of today as the Canadian government has raised the minimum financial bar that anyone applying for a mortgage must meet.

Canada: COVID-19 variants still a concern

Variant cases in Canada continue to be a point of concern even though their numbers are going down, but that doesn't mean their spread is limited. Henna Saeed asks Dr. Gasperowicz how variants came about in the first place & how we can fight them.

Canada: Ontario stay-at-home order expires, most restrictions remain in place

CBC News in Canada shows that Ontario's stay-at-home order expired Wednesday, but the province says most public health and workplace restrictions will remain in place until it officially enters the first step of its reopening plan.

Ontario schools will remain closed to in-person learning for the rest of the academic year.

Ontario province might be able to enter Step 1 of its reopening plan earlier than expected.

The decision contradicts the provincial government’s previous promise to reopen classrooms before the economy, which was originally set to begin on June 14.

Step 1 would allow for outdoor gathering limits to increase to 10 people, the reopening of patios, and non-essential retail to reopen at 15 per cent capacity.

Read more details about this here:

Canada supports USA investigation into origins of COVID-19

CTV News shows that Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau says the federal government supports the U.S. investigation into the origins of COVID-19.

There are several ongoing efforts by scientists, governments, international organisations, and others to determine the origin of SARS-CoV-2 (virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic). The scientific consensus seems to be that the virus is most likely of zoonotic origin in a natural setting, from bats or another closely-related mammal.

Infectious disease can be such a type. A zoonosis (plural zoonoses, or zoonotic diseases) is an infectious disease caused by a pathogen (an infectious agent, such as a bacterium, virus, parasite or prion) that has jumped from an animal (usually a vertebrate) to a human.

SARS-CoV-2 has close genetic similarity to multiple previously identified bat coronaviruses, suggesting it may have crossed over into humans from bats. Research is ongoing as to whether SARS-CoV-2 came directly from bats or indirectly through any intermediate hosts. Initial genome sequences of the virus showed little genetic diversity, although subsequently a number of stable variants emerged (some spreading more vigorously), indicating that the spillover event introducing SARS-CoV-2 to humans is likely to have occurred in late 2019.

Canada to recommend mixing and matching COVID-19 vaccines

CBC News shows that Canada is changing its guidelines on mixing and matching second doses of COVID-19 vaccines and will advise Canadians to combine either the AstraZeneca-Oxford, Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna shots interchangeably in certain situations.

The COVID-19 vaccination programme in Canada is an ongoing, intergovernmental effort coordinated between the bodies responsible in the Government of Canada to acquire and distribute vaccines to individual provincial and territorial governments who in turn administer approved COVID-19 vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada.

Some provinces certainly have asked local municipal governments, hospital systems, family doctors and independently owned pharmacies to help in part, or in full with vaccination rollout. This so-called vaccination effort in full is the largest such immunization effort in the Canada's history.

Sunday, 30 May 2021

Canada: Ontario moves up schedule for 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

CBC News: The National in Canada shows that Ontario joins the growing ranks of provinces moving to get more people a second dose of vaccine. This as new Canadian evidence shows a first dose offers strong, but far from perfect, protection against the virus.

Canada: Manitoba’s COVID-19 3rd wave worsens

CBC News: The National in Canada shows that Manitoba's dismal third wave of COVID-19 will get even worse before it improves, forcing the province to fly out more critical patients and crack down on rule-breakers.

Canada gets extra shot at delivering AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines

Global News shows that the rush to get shots into arms has sped up in the wake of Health Canada's latest guidelines for soon-to-expire doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Now, tens of thousands of doses that were set to expire on Monday have been deemed good to use until July 1. As Mike Le Couteur reports, the news comes as Ontario and Quebec ease restrictions.

Health Canada extends expiry date for thousands of AstraZeneca-Oxford doses

CBC News shows that the Canadian federal department has extended the expiry date from May 31 to July 1 for specific lots of the vaccine, according to a spokesperson for Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott.

Federal advisory panel: End Canada's mandatory hotel COVID-19 quarantine

Global News shows that a new report by a panel of Canadian experts says fully-vaccinated travellers who test negative for COVID-19 should not have to quarantine. 

It also recommends scrapping the mandatory hotel quarantine for international air travellers arriving in Canada. 

Abigail Bimman looks into the reasons, and reaction, and what it means for the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's upcoming travel plans for the G7 summit.

Canada: Guide to COVID-19 Reopening

CBC News shows that some Canadian provinces are already open with capacity restrictions in place. In the rest of Canada, plans for phased-in reopenings are tied to having a certain proportion of the population vaccinated.

Canadian homeowners get federal incentive to boost energy efficiency

Global News shows that the Canadian federal government is launching a new program to help Canadians renovate their homes to be more energy efficient. 

The country had a similar home energy retrofit program between 2007 and 2012 under former prime minister Stephen Harper's Conservative government, which was widely popular.  

David Akin looks at how the new Canada Greener Home Grants program compares, and how you can apply.

Canada: Expert panel recommends dropping hotel quarantine measures

CBC News shows that the Canadian federal government should end its policy of mandatory three-day quarantine stays in designated facilities for air travelers returning to Canada in favour of letting people come up with their own quarantine plans, says a new report.

COVID-19 variant first detected in India now "dominant" in England

Global News shows that England's COVID-19 vaccine rollout is one of the fastest in the world, which has helped the country greatly reduce infections, while allowing the economy to reopen. 

But now the country is reporting its highest level of infections in almost two months.

As Redmond Shannon explains, the dominance of the B.1.617.2 variant in England could delay the country's final stage of reopening next month.

Tianzhou-2 - China’s first fast docking

SciNews Channel on Youtube shows that the members of the Tianzhou-2 mission describe the docking between the Tianzhou-2 cargo spacecraft and the Tianhe Core Module as "China’s first fast automatic rendezvous and docking." The Tianzhou-2 cargo spacecraft autonomously docked to the Tianhe Core Module on 29 May 2021, at 21:01 UTC (30 May, at 05:01 China Standard Time). Tianzhou-2 (天舟二号) is the first spacecraft to dock to the Tianhe Core Module (天和核心舱), the first and main component of the China Space Station (中国空间站). 
Credit: China Central Television (CCTV)/China National Space Administration (CNSA)

Saturday, 29 May 2021

Possible UFOs seen swarming US Navy ship

Take a look at how UFO expert Nick Pope discusses new video ahead of Department of National Intelligence announcement to Congress.

A so-called unidentified flying object (UFO) is any aerial phenomenon that cannot immediately be identified or explained. Most UFOs are identified or investigated as conventional objects or phenomena. The term is widely used for claimed observations of extraterrestrial spacecraft, and was coined as an anacronym by Project Blue Book project head Edward J. Ruppelt. Another widely used term for the phenomenon is "flying saucer."

Canadarm2: Space Station's robotic arm hit by orbital debris - See the hole!

VideoFromSpace Channel on Youtube shows that a recent inspection of the the International Space Station's Canadarm2 has revealed that it was hit by orbital debris. See the hole that was created and a time-lapse of the robotic arm in action.

Canadarm2 is part of Canada's contribution to the International Space Station (ISS). This 17-metre-long robotic arm was extensively involved in the assembly of the orbiting laboratory.

Tasks: This Canadian robotic arm lends a helping hand to:

- perform Station maintenance
- move supplies, equipment, Dextre and even astronauts
- perform "cosmic catches" by grappling visiting vehicles and berthing them to the ISS

Friday, 28 May 2021

Russia's Silicon Valley - Digital Economy of Modern Russia

Moconomy on Youtube shows episode 9 of Hello World - Bloomberg Businessweek's Ashlee Vance heads to Russia. Russia's technology is advancing.

Science and technology in Russia have developed rapidly since the "Age of Enlightenment."

In the 19th and 20th centuries, Russia produced many notable scientists, making important contributions in physics, astronomy, mathematics, computing, chemistry, biology, geology and geography. Russian inventors and engineers excelled in such areas as electrical engineering, shipbuilding, aerospace, weaponry, communications, IT, nuclear technology and space technology.

The 21st (twenty-first) century is the current century in the Anno Domini era or Common Era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. It began on January 1, 2001 (MMI), and will end on December 31, 2100 (MMC). The 21st century is the first century of the 3rd millennium.

Elon Musk's factory in Russia - Technology News

PRO ROBOTS Channel on Youtube shows you the story. Take a look at the PRO Robotics channel and in this issue see some high-tech news. Tesla factory in Russia, when the Roadster will learn to fly, news about Ilon Musk's Cybertruck, autonomous drones and new robots for the military, robot molecules capable of forming tissues and other high-tech news in one video! Definitely take a look at this informative video.

Tesla, Inc. is an American electric vehicle and clean energy company based in Palo Alto, California. Tesla's current products include electric cars, battery energy storage from home to grid-scale, solar panels and solar roof tiles, as well as other related products and services. In 2020, Tesla had the highest sales in the plug-in and battery electric passenger car segments, capturing 16% of the plug-in market (which includes plug-in hybrids) and 23% of the battery-electric (purely electric) market. Through its subsidiary Tesla Energy, the company develops and is a major installer of solar photovoltaic energy generation systems in the United States. Tesla Energy is also one of the largest global suppliers of battery energy storage systems, with 3 GWh of battery storage supplied in 2020.

It seems that a typical electric car like a Nissan Leaf (62-kWh battery) would take about 11.5 hours to charge from empty to full at home on a 240-volt Level 2 charger or could get to about an 80% charge in just 45 minutes if using a public Level 3 DC fast charger.

Higher voltage more "powerful." Consider voltage and amp-hours when you research specific batteries and during various cordless tool comparisons. Voltage measures the battery's energy, and amperes measure current. Batteries with higher voltages work with more powerful cordless tools and provide the energy required for most high-torque applications.

Greater current and higher voltages charge batteries faster, however there is a limit to what they can take.

Charging an electric car takes time. If using a 7kW unit, (could be installed as a home charging station) this takes about 3 to 5 hours to recharge an electric vehicle, according to the RAC. A 22kW point will be faster, typically charging a car in 1 to 2 hours, says the motoring organisation.

How much does it cost to "fill up" an electric car?

Most Canadian provinces have a set cost of electricity and then tax. In New Brunswick, for example, power costs $0.1059/kWh, and then gets a 15 percent tax. Some Provinces have a flat service fee.

Rates can also vary based on if the area is urban or rural. In Ontario, you could also get better rates if charge the car at night or any time on off-peak weekends.

All Level 2 public charging stations, (with the exception of Tesla), use the same plug standard, which means any car from any brand can use any Level 2 station across Canada and the United States. Many Level 2 public charging stations are free-to-use.

A full charge for Tesla will cost about $15. The cost to charge a Tesla Model Y is about $11.47 cents, or 4.7 cents per mile. The cost to operate an electric vehicle is substantially lower than the cost of a conventional gas powered car. It can be even cheaper when you charge your EV with solar panels. 

It seems that fuel costs are lower for an electric car. On average, it costs $300 to $400 per year to charge an electric vehicle. A typical plug-in hybrid costs about $700 per year. By comparison, a gasoline car can cost you $1,000 to $2,500 a year to fill up.

Russia fined Twitter, Facebook and Google for not deleting banned content

WION shows that Russia is increasingly pushing Google, Twitter and Facebook into conformity with the Kremlin Internet crackdown order or risk restrictions inside the country as more governments around the world challenge companies' principles on online freedom.

"Internet Freedom" is really an umbrella term that encompasses digital rights, freedom of information, the right to Internet access, freedom from Internet censorship, and net neutrality.

Some believe that Internet freedom is not really a human right. They think this because putting something like Internet freedom as a human right could weaken what human rights stand for. Going along with this, people pay for, own, and operate these servers and saying someone has a right to them which makes it a claim of entitlement. Some countries limit what their citizens can watch and view on the Internet to varying degrees.

"In June 2012, it was declared a human right by the United Nations Human Rights Council." Some countries have attempted to ban certain sites and or words that would limit internet freedom. "Since the 1990s, European regulators have held American technology firms to higher standards of privacy and competition than American regulators have required them. European regulators have also sought to eliminate from their networks hate speech that is tolerated by the First Amendment but is illegal in Europe."

"Network Neutrality", most commonly called "Net Neutrality", is the principle that Internet service providers (ISPs) must treat all Internet communications equally, and not discriminate or charge differently based on user, content, website, platform, application, type of equipment, source address, destination address, or method of communication.

With net neutrality, ISPs may not intentionally block, slow down, or charge money for specific online content. Without net neutrality, ISPs may prioritize certain types of traffic, meter others, or potentially block traffic from specific services, while charging consumers for various tiers of service.

Inside Bitcoin's Energy Consumption Problem

Tech Vision Channel on Youtube has the Bitcoin story. See what is going on with the hordes of crypto fanatics, Elon Musk, environmental cost of Bitcoin. 

"Cryptocurrency is a good idea on many levels," read a statement shared on the Elon Musk Twitter feed.

"We believe it has a promising future - but this cannot come at great cost to the environment."

How bad exactly is Bitcoin for the planet? And does Musk’s radical U-turn mark the beginning of the end for the crypto revolution? Take a look at the energy consumption of Bitcoin.

Ingenuity Mars Helicopter almost crashed during 6th flight but survived after anomaly

iGadgetPro Channel on Youtube shows the Mars Helicopter Flight story.

On May 22, 2021 NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter completed 6th flight on Red Planet but almost crashed due to unexpected anomaly. On the 91st Martian day, or sol, of NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission, the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter performed its sixth flight. The flight was designed to expand the flight envelope and demonstrate aerial-imaging capabilities by taking stereo images of a region of interest to the west. Ingenuity was commanded to climb to an altitude of 33 feet (10 meters) before translating 492 feet (150 meters) to the southwest at a ground speed of 9 mph (4 meters per second). At that point, it was to translate 49 feet (15 meters) to the south while taking images toward the west, then fly another 164 feet (50 meters) northeast and land.

Telemetry from Flight Six shows that the first 150-meter leg of the flight went off without a hitch. But toward the end of that leg, something happened: Ingenuity began adjusting its velocity and tilting back and forth in an oscillating pattern. This behavior persisted throughout the rest of the flight. Prior to landing safely, onboard sensors indicated the rotorcraft encountered roll and pitch excursions of more than 20 degrees, large control inputs, and spikes in power consumption. The resulting inconsistencies significantly degraded the information used to fly the helicopter, leading to estimates being constantly "corrected" to account for phantom errors. Large oscillations ensued.

Credit:, NASA/JPL-Caltech, NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU, NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/Thomas Appéré

See the detailed explanations of Ingenuity’s 6th flight anomaly here:

Dark Matter findings suggest Einstein’s Theory of Relativity “may be wrong”

BBC News shows that "Dark Matter" is perhaps the most mysterious substance in the universe.  

Little is known about it.  Scientists are pretty sure it exists but don't know exactly what it is.

Yet it is fundamental to their explanation of the Universe. They believe it permeates space and amounts to around 80% of all matter. 

Dark matter does not emit or absorb light but is subject to the effects of gravity.  Because of that, astronomers can measure the way it distorts light from distant stars. 

Now for the first time they have mapped the distribution of dark matter in the Universe.  However the findings have deepened the mystery because they seem to contradict Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, one of the central pillars of modern physics. 

Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reporting by science correspondent Pallab Ghosh.

A huge part of the matter in the universe really is: dark matter. You can't really so-called "see" it. But, you could see the effects of its gravity. Experts are thinking about how this matter can really behave.

Scientists can see how dark matter is distributed based on how its gravity affects light. However, when astronomers compared recent data from the Hubble Space Telescope and the Very Large Telescope to current models, something didn’t really add up.

So-called "Current assumptions" about dark matter physics might not be entirely correct.

Dark matter is a form of matter thought to account for approximately 85% of the matter in the universe and about a quarter of its total mass - energy density or about 2.241×10⁻²⁷ kg/m³.

Dark matter can refer to any certain substance which interacts predominantly via gravity with visible matter (e.g., stars and planets). Hence in principle it need not be composed of a new type of fundamental particle but could, at least in part, be made up of standard baryonic matter, such as protons or neutrons.

Here is the explanation of "dark matter" in really simple terms. Dark matter is composed of particles that do not absorb, reflect, or emit light, so they cannot be detected by observing electromagnetic radiation. Dark matter is material that cannot be seen directly. We seem to know that dark matter exists because of the effect it has on objects that we can observe directly.

Proving that dark matter exists is certainly a difficult task. Scientists have not yet observed dark matter directly. It doesn't interact with baryonic matter and it's completely invisible to light and other forms of electromagnetic radiation, making dark matter impossible to detect with current instruments.

Some people may wrongfully think that there is no dark matter. However, without dark matter, galaxies would lose a large fraction of the gas that forms new stars immediate after the first major star-forming event they experienced.

Dark matter theory is certainly needed to account for the fact that galaxies don't seem to obey the fundamental laws of physics. That led scientists to believe there must be some invisible matter there to create a stronger gravitational pull and really faster stellar motion.