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Cause to celebrate with vaccines on the horizon, but we can’t let our guard down until then

By Gwynne Dyer       

There is a long, dark winter still ahead of us, no doubt, but miracles may await us over the horizon. And we can now be sure that the light at the end of this particular tunnel is not an oncoming train.

Uğur Şahin, right, co-founder and CEO of BioNTech, the German company that announced the first effective COVID-19 vaccine recently, pictured on Nov. 10, 2020, in an interview on CNBC. It can’t be rolled out fast enough to reduce infections much in the current wave, he said. Screen capture image courtesy CNBC

LONDON, U.K.—All the usual caveats apply: don’t go out and celebrate, don’t let your guard down, it’s still going to be a long haul. This winter will be “hard,” warned Uğur Şahin, co-founder and CEO of BioNTech, the German company that announced the first effective COVID-19 vaccine recently. It can’t be rolled out fast enough to reduce infections much in the current wave, he said.

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Trudeau’s mini-shuffle a ‘game of dominoes,’ say politicos

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News|By Beatrice Paez
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House and Senate joint committees haven’t met since 2019

News|By Neil Moss
'We simply have to find the bandwidth for the joint committee to meet virtually or in a hybrid format,' says Independent Senator Yuen Pau Woo, who is designated to become co-chair of the Scrutiny of Regulations Joint Co

Only, but not lonely: former broadcaster and political rookie Marci Ien brings community to solitary House role

News|By Paige Peacock
She follows former MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes, who also sat as the only Black woman in the House of Commons between 2015 and 2019.

No deal yet on remote House proceedings, with app process and Chamber-wide testing still to be resolved

A House-wide test of the new remote voting application developed by the administration has yet to take place, and questions on how exactly voting by app would work and look in the Chamber remain to be ironed out.

Federal departments miss quarter of annual targets, with Transportation Safety Board, National Defence among poorest performers

In 2019-20, federal departments and agencies met 1,352 performance targets, missed 556, and tracked 431 more that didn’t have available results.

Twitter’s crackdown on Trump ‘a Band-Aid on a wound,’ say politicos

News|By Palak Mangat
Liberal MP Ken Hardie, former broadcaster, says he doesn't want to see lawmakers or social media companies 'running rampant over free expression,' but there is a 'fine line' that needs to be walked.

NCC proposal for new embassy row could boost diplomatic presence away from the Hill

News|By Neil Moss
The NCC has proposed building six new embassies in the Mechanicsville neighbourhood, which would increase the diplomatic presence west of downtown Ottawa.

Bloc MP Gill tops MP spending for first half of 2020-21

News|By Alice Chen
New disclosure reports for MP spending contain more information about travel and associated costs in a one-report format.
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