The GLOBAL REPORT – masks, the inquiry and homicides

By Rosalind Russell –

NDP want clarification on mask

The New Democrats are calling on Ontario’s chief medical officer of health to “clarify” his advice about wearing face masks.

Earlier this month, Doctor Kieran Moore strongly advised Ontarians to wear masks in indoor public settings to help slow the spread of the flu, RSV, and COVID-19.

But he was spotted at a party in Toronto recently without a mask.

Interim NDP leader Peter Tabuns says, with holiday parties approaching, Moore has to clear up exactly when people should be wearing face masks.

But Health Minister Sylvia Jones says Moore was following the guidelines, noting it’s a “personal choice” as to whether people wear a mask.

Inquiry – definition of a threat

The head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service says he supported the federal government’s decision to invoke the Emergencies Act early this year.

David Vigneault’s told the inquiry into the Act’s use that the occupation of downtown Ottawa and protest blockades elsewhere the country did not meet the service’s strict definition of a threat to Canadian security.

But he adds he was satisfied that a threat to national security had to be interpreted differently in the context of the Emergencies Act, after he received advice from the Department of Justice.

The Trudeau government has argued that the protests put Canada’s economic security at risk.

Homicides are up in Canada

The latest figures show an increase in homicides across Canada last year.

Statistics Canada says 788 were reported, up three percent over 2020.

But 184 of them, almost one quarter, were gang-related, with firearms most commonly used.

That’s the highest level since 2005.

Saskatchewan had the highest homicide rate in the country, with an increase of nine percent over 2020.

The number of indigenous victims remains high, six times greater than the overall population.

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