The vaccine divide in Canada and the elections in Germany: In the news of September 27

In The News is a summary of articles from The Canadian Press designed to start your day off right. Here’s what’s on our editors’ radar for the morning of September 27 …

What we watch in Canada …

WITHOUT DATE – A new poll suggests tensions over COVID-19 vaccines in Canada are high as friction increases between those who are vaccinated against the virus and those who are not.

The Léger poll, conducted for the Association for Canadian Studies, found that more than three in four respondents have a negative opinion of those who are not immune.

Association president Jack Jedwab says the relationship between vaccinated and unvaccinated Canadians is also viewed negatively by two of the three survey participants.

The online survey interviewed 1,549 Canadians between September 10 and 12. A margin of error cannot be attributed to online surveys because they are not considered to be truly random samples of the population.

The survey found that vaccinated people view the unvaccinated as irresponsible and selfish, a view disputed by those who are not immune.

Some members of the latter group have staged protests outside hospitals and schools in recent weeks to protest against vaccine passports and other public health measures.

“There is a high level, I would say, of antipathy or animosity towards people who are not vaccinated right now,” Jedwab said. “What you are seeing is the tension between family members and friends, colleagues, where there are relationships between vaccinated and unvaccinated people.”

The poll results, he noted, also suggest that tensions between vaccinated and unvaccinated Canadians are on par with some of the other social, racial and cultural issues dividing the population.

Also this …

OTTAWA – The return of two detained Canadians may have ended the most controversial dispute in Canada’s relations with China, but experts say Ottawa faces a number of other extremely difficult challenges and choices in its relations with Beijing.

These include immediate issues such as whether to let Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei participate in Canada’s 5G wireless network, as well as broader questions of whether the emerging Asian superpower should be treated as a partner, a competitor or opponent.

Global Affairs Minister Marc Garneau on Sunday admitted how the detention of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor – in apparent retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Huawei leader Meng Wanzhou – had hampered relations between the two countries .

“There was no path to a relationship with China as long as the two Michael’s were detained,” Garneau said during an appearance on CBC’s Rosemary Barton Live, referring to the colloquial term adopted around the world to speak. former detainees.

Kovrig and Spavor were released on Friday after more than 1,000 days of detention in China, the same day Meng was released from Canadian detention after reaching a plea deal with US officials, where she faced charges of fraud.

Once this situation is resolved, UBC professor and leading scholar on China and Asia Paul Evans says the newly re-elected Liberal government has a number of immediate issues to address and resolve. decisions to be made.

This includes finally delivering a verdict on the possibility for Huawei to participate in Canada’s 5G network. Canada is the only member of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing network, which includes the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand, not to have previously banned the company.

And that …

NO DATE – As the first National Truth and Reconciliation Day approaches, Alana Hogstead, as a small business owner, has decided to close her store in honor of the day.

Hogstead is co-owner of Martha’s Music in Camrose, Alta., With her husband. The store will be closed on Thursday.

“We’re just a small company and a small voice in the big picture, but we’re going to make our opinion known,” Hogstead said in a telephone interview.

“We believe there needs to be more reconciliation and honesty.”

Hogstead is not alone in her decision. Businesses, cities and schools across Canada are gearing up to follow the federal government’s decision to observe the day, stepping up in some cases because the provinces will not.

The House of Commons unanimously supported legislation in June to make September 30, also known as Orange Shirt Day, a holiday recognized by the federal government to mark history and the intergenerational trauma caused by residential schools. The holiday applies to all federal employees and workers in federally regulated workplaces.

The day is a direct response to one of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action.

But only a handful of provincial and territorial governments are observing the day through officials and schools.

What we watch in the United States …

WASHINGTON – It’s a big week on US President Joe Biden’s agenda as Democratic leaders scramble to gently cut his $ 3.5 trillion “Build Back Better” package and pass legislation to avoid a federal judgment.

The Senate has a test vote set today to keep the government running and avoid a federal debt default.

But this package risks encountering a blockade from Republican senators.

Funding runs out after Thursday’s year-end deadline.

Behind the scenes, Biden and Democratic leaders are scrambling to rally the votes for his biggest package.

A vote scheduled in the House on Monday on a $ 1 trillion infrastructure bill has been postponed until Thursday.

What we watch in the rest of the world …

BERLIN – Germany’s center-left Social Democrats won the largest share of the vote in a national election on Sunday, narrowly beating the center-right Union bloc of outgoing Chancellor Angela Markel in a close race who will determine who will succeed the long-time leader at the helm of Europe’s largest economy.

Social Democrat candidate Olaf Scholz, the outgoing vice-chancellor and finance minister who brought his party out of a multi-year slump, said the result was “a very clear mandate to now ensure that we put in place good, pragmatic government for Germany. “

Despite achieving its worst result in a federal contest, the Union bloc said it will also contact small parties to discuss forming a government, while Merkel remains in a guardian role until for a successor to be sworn in.

Election officials said Monday morning that a count of the 299 constituencies showed the Social Democrats won 25.9% of the vote, compared to 24.1% for the Union bloc. No party winning a German national election had previously won less than 31% of the vote.

Armin Laschet, the governor of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia who foiled a more popular rival to secure Merkel’s Union bloc nomination, had struggled to motivate the party base and suffered a series missteps.

“Of course, this is a loss of voice that is not pretty,” said Laschet of the results which seemed to have to some extent underestimate the Union’s worst result of 31% in 1949. But he added that with Merkel’s departure after 16 years in power, “no one had a starting bonus in this election.”

Merkel, who has received praise for guiding Germany through several major crises, will not be an easy leader to follow. His successor will have to oversee the country’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, which Germany has so far resisted relatively well thanks to extensive rescue programs.

In entertainment …

TORONTO – The winner of the Polaris Music Prize is unveiled this evening in an abridged edition of the usual festivities.

The organizers of the $ 50,000 award celebrating the best Canadian album of the year say they are planning a performance of around half an hour and includes two performances of last year’s winner, Backxwash.

The event will be hosted by Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe of CBC Music and streamed on CBC Gem and CBC Music Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages at 8 p.m. ET.

This is a significant change from other years where the 10 shortlisted Polaris contestants had the opportunity to present their nominated albums, usually with a live performance.

Polaris officials say “continued uncertainty” around public gatherings led to the decision to forgo an in-person event.

The albums competing for the award this year include “Three Little Words” by Quebec singer Dominique Fils-Aime and “Elements Vol. 1 ”by Toronto rapper Tobi.

Other Polaris-nominated albums include two efforts by Toronto rappers – “Parallel World” by Cadence Weapon and “Head Above the Waters” by DijahSB – as well as Mustafa’s debut album, “When Smoke Rises”.

The Polaris Music Prize recognizes the artist or group who created the best Canadian album of the previous year, regardless of genre or sales, as chosen by a team of journalists, broadcasters and bloggers.

Each shortlisted candidate receives a prize of $ 3,000 and the winner is selected by a jury of 11 members.

ICYMI …

NEW YORK – “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” a jukebox adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s hyperactive 2001 film, won Best New Musical Crown at the Tony Awards on a Sunday night when Broadway looked back to honor shows closed by COVID- 19, mourn his fall and I also look forward to welcoming the audience again.

The show about the events at a turn-of-the-century Parisian nightclub, updated with tunes like “Single Ladies” and “Firework” alongside the hit “Lady Marmalade”, won 10 Tonys. The record is 12, won by “The Producers”.

Matthew Lopez’s “The Inheritance” was named best new play and won three other awards, and Charles Fuller’s “A Soldier’s Play” won best play and an actor award.

The thought-provoking musical “Jagged Little Pill,” which dives into Alanis Morissette’s groundbreaking 1995 album to tell the story of an American family gone out of control, entered the night with 15 Tony nominations. He walked away with victories for Best Book and Lauren Patten won the award for Best Starring Actress in a Musical.

“Slave Play,” Jeremy O. Harris’s groundbreaking and empowering work that mixes race, sex, taboo desires and class, won a dozen nominations, making it the most nominated play in Tony history. But he didn’t win anything.

The last Tony Awards were held in 2019. The virus forced Broadway theaters to abruptly close on March 12, 2020, eliminating all shows and shaking up the spring season. Several have rebooted, including the so-called big three of “Wicked”, “Hamilton” and “The Lion King”.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on September 27, 2021

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