Fully Vaccinated COVID Vaccine Update: National Cabinet considering change to definition of jab rules

Fully Vaccinated COVID Vaccine Update: National Cabinet considering change to definition of jab rules

The National Cabinet could announce an amended definition of “fully vaccinated” against three-dose COVID, as early as Thursday, according to Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews. Mr Andrews said a third dose was just as important as a first and second dose. “It’s not a two-dose (or) two-dose-and-a-bonus thing – it’s absolutely critical and essential,” he … Read more

Michigan Gov. Whitmer proposes tax cuts, more mental health workers in speech

Michigan Gov.  Whitmer proposes tax cuts, more mental health workers in speech

LANSING, Mich. – Flush with surplus state revenues, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday called for a series of targeted tax cuts while outlining her legislative agenda and touting bipartisan accomplishments before she is up for re-election. Delivering her second straight State of the State speech virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she called for … Read more

Tennessee school board bans Holocaust comic ‘Maus’ by Art Spiegelman

Tennessee school board bans Holocaust comic ‘Maus’ by Art Spiegelman

A Tennessee school board has voted to remove the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel “Maus” from an eighth-grade language arts curriculum due to concerns about profanity and an image of female nudity in its depiction of Polish Jews who survived the Holocaust. TheJan. 10 vote by the McMinn County School Board, which only began attracting attention … Read more

Incremental physical activity after a safe concussion in children: study

Incremental physical activity after a safe concussion in children: study

A recent study from the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in Ottawa found evidence to suggest that it is safe for children to return to physical activity 72 hours after a concussion. The study, led by researchers at the CHEO Research Institute and published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, found that resuming … Read more

St John Ambulance volunteer Valmai Dempsey becomes 2022 Senior Australian of the Year

St John Ambulance volunteer Valmai Dempsey becomes 2022 Senior Australian of the Year

Long-time St. John Ambulance volunteer Valmai Dempsey is the 2022 Senior Australian of the Year. The ACT woman has been recognized for her efforts in the response to the Black Summer bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic. The 71-year-old has dedicated more than 50 years to St. John Ambulance after starting as a volunteer cadet in … Read more

Trudeau decries ‘fringe’ views of some in trucker convoy

Trudeau decries ‘fringe’ views of some in trucker convoy

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is decrying the “fringe” views among some of those who are supporting the trucker convoy making its way to Parliament Hill to protest COVID-19 vaccine mandates and other policies they feel infringe on their freedoms. “The small fringe minority of people who are on their way to Ottawa who are holding … Read more

‘Marginal minority’ in truck convoy with ‘unacceptable views’ doesn’t represent Canadians: Trudeau

‘Marginal minority’ in truck convoy with ‘unacceptable views’ doesn’t represent Canadians: Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the “marginal minority” heading for Ottawa in a convoy of trucks that have “unacceptable opinions” doesn’t represent how most Canadians feel. He made the comments at a press conference on Wednesday evening, following reports from Global News that far-right and white nationalist groups see the convoy as an opportunity. Read … Read more

Blinken announces US has delivered written responses to Russia over Ukraine crisis

Blinken announces US has delivered written responses to Russia over Ukraine crisis

Blinken said the US response to Russia “sets out a serious diplomatic path forward should Russia choose it,” telling reporters Wednesday that he expects to have a follow-up discussion with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the coming days now that the document has been received in Moscow. The response was delivered in person to … Read more

How Ottawa is planning for the trucker convoy

Trudeau decries ‘fringe’ views of some in trucker convoy

As the trucker convoy continues its journey across the country towards Parliament Hill, Ottawa police say they are making plans in the event that the demonstration turns violent, or becomes a “multi-day event.” “We are planning for a range of potential risks, including but not limited to counter-demonstrations, blocking of intersections, interfering with critical infrastructures, … Read more

Barnaby Joyce sends road safety plan back to ministers after experts warn it will not reduce fatalities

Barnaby Joyce sends road safety plan back to ministers after experts warn it will not reduce fatalities

A plan to halve road tolls by 2030 will be sent back to state and territory ministers for reconsideration, following experts warning it will not dramatically reduce road deaths and could be mined for pork barrel. Key points: The government published its road safety plan for the next decade at Christmas Safety experts say the … Read more