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Flight attendants on the increasing bad behaviour of passengers

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Alex, a Toronto-based flight attendant who has worked for a major Canadian carrier since 2000, has also observed that “the mask issue seems to set certain people off”. Most offenders, in Alex’s experience, have been middle-aged to senior white men – a demographic cohort that roughly echoes Molly’s observation from south of the border. It’s an extension of an increased pattern of behavior Alex began to notice even before the pandemic, wherein more and more passengers (“always white men in business class”) would push back against standard flight rules like wearing seatbelts and storing their hand luggage underneath the seats in front of them.

Another pattern: passengers going to and from cities with stricter Covid safety mandates tend to be more cooperative about following masking requirements on board the aircraft. “In places where there are basically no rules, passengers [are likelier to] think those lax rules also apply in the air,” says Alex.

Although Nelson, the US union president, pushes back against the suggestion that any single group can be singled out as the primary culprit for the ongoing behavioral scourge, she agrees that there appears to be a link between regional attitudes about Covid safety and passenger insubordination, which so frequently involves upset over masks. She lists Texas, Florida and Charlotte as particular hotbeds of unruly passenger incidence.

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October 18, 1929 women were included in the legal definition of “persons” throughout the Commonwealth

Persons Day 2021

Persons Day 2021

Five Alberta women activists, later known as the “Famous Five”, secured the rights of women as “persons” in Canada and throughout the Commonwealth. The difficult legal battle, begun in 1927, is a turning point in the struggle for women’s equality in Canada.

This gave some women the right to be appointed to the Senate of Canada and paved the way for women’s increased participation in public and political life. Though this decision did not include all women, such as Indigenous women and women of Asian heritage and descent, it did mark critical progress in the advancement of gender equality in Canada.

So, October 18 is celebrated as “Persons Day” in Canada!

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Canadians with mixed-dose COVID-19 vaccines eligible to enter U.S.

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People who received doses of two or more different COVID-19 vaccines will be considered eligible to enter the United States next month, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This will apply to Canadians crossing the land border, which reopens for non-essential travel Nov. 8. There are nearly four million Canadians who have received doses of two or more vaccines.

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The new U.S. policy will will require foreign national travellers from 33 countries to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and show proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within three days prior to boarding an airplane. The policy applies to both those travelling by plane and over land from Canada and Mexico. » NY Times / CBS News / NBC News

The US will soon lift travel restrictions at land borders with Canada and Mexico for fully vaccinated travellers

Starting in “early” November, nonessential travellers, such as those entering for tourism or to visit family members, will be required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers when they cross land borders.

For the past 19 months, only “essential travel” had been allowed across the Canadian and Mexican land borders, but the same restrictions did not apply for air travellers.

Starting in January 2022, all travellers to the U.S. from Canada, including essential workers, will be required to be fully vaccinated.

Details are still to be worked out

As there is yet no standard vaccine passport in Canada, much work needs to be done on this file.

CBC » The U.S. land border is reopening, but Canadians with mixed vaccines are still in limbo

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The discovery of insulin

 

At the beginning of the 20th century, a diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes was a death sentence. Starvation diets were employed to delay the life-threatening symptoms of diabetes, but patient death was inevitable.

Beginning on May 17, 1921, Frederick Banting and Charles Best, under the direction of J. J. R. Macleod, isolated what would later be known as insulin in a lab at the University of Toronto. Their extract was further purified and made safe for human injection by James Collip.

Thirteen-year-old Leonard Thompson was selected to receive their first human trial, the results of which would go on to save the lives of millions around the world.

More information about the Discovery of Insulin at the The Canadian Encyclopedia »

Chrystia Freeland drew the ire and respect of the KGB

Chrystia Freeland holds a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (Source » Sean Kilpatrick » The Canadian Press)

Simon Miles, Globe and Mail »

Instead, she spent her time traversing Ukraine, purporting to visit far-flung family members, but in fact working as a fixer for visiting journalists from Canada, Britain and the United States, for example taking a BBC film crew to Lviv to meet leaders in the Ukrainian Catholic Church. Countless “tendentious” news stories about life in the Soviet Union, especially for its non-Russian citizens, had her fingerprints as Ms. Freeland set about making a name for herself in journalistic circles with an eye to her future career prospects.

Col. Stroi certainly objected to what Ms. Freeland was doing in Ukraine, but the KGB officer could not help but be impressed. She was “a remarkable individual” with “an analytical mindset.” The young Canadian was “erudite, sociable, persistent, and inventive in achieving her goals,” nefarious as they may have been in the eyes of Soviet intelligence.

The student causing so many headaches clearly loathed the Soviet Union, but she knew its laws inside and out – and how to use them to her advantage. She skillfully hid her actions, avoided surveillance (and shared that knowledge with her Ukrainian contacts), and expertly trafficked in “misinformation.” The conclusion is inescapable: Chrystia Freeland, this KGB officer was saying, would have made an excellent spy herself.

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I doubt Vladimir Putin will like Ms. Freeland more when she becomes Prime Minister of Canada.

Ontario is removing some indoor capacity limits, just in time for the Thanksgiving weekend

Ontario is lifting capacity limits in select indoor and outdoor settings where proof of vaccination is required, as well as certain outdoor settings that have a capacity below 20,000.

“As we continue to see more Ontarians roll up their sleeves with over 22 million doses administered, our government is cautiously lifting capacity limits in select settings where we know proof of vaccination requirements are providing an added layer of protection to Ontarians,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “The fight against COVID-19 is not over and we must all remain vigilant by continuing to follow the public health measures we know work and keep us safe, and receiving your first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine if you have not already done so.”

Effective tonight at midnight (Saturday, October 9, 2021, at 12:01 a.m.), capacity limits will be lifted to allow 100 per cent capacity in the following settings:

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