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Thinking of making a run for the border now that the U.S. will open to land crossings next month? Before you do, it’s worth noting that our southern neighbours still won’t admit those who received mixed vaccine doses. Canada is one of few countries that approved the mixing of jabs to immunize as much of the population against COVID-19 as quickly as possible. More than 3.9 million Canadians have two different types of vaccine approved by Health Canada, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Non-essential travellers must be fully vaccinated to enter most countries, but not every country defines “fully vaccinated” the same. On its website, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says mixed doses of the two mRNA vaccines, Pfizer and Moderna, are acceptable in “exceptional situations,” such as when the vaccine used for the first dose was no longer available. But it doesn’t accept a combination of AstraZeneca’s shot and an mRNA vaccine. Rachel Emmanuel reports.

Still with COVID-19, CIBC’s deputy chief economist says COVID benefits, which expire on Oct. 23, should be reconfigured to target only industries heavily affected by the pandemic.  On Sunday, Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc told CTV’s Evan Solomon that the government is sensitive to the fact that some sectors of the economy, including arts and culture, and travel and tourism won’t return to pre-COVID levels of activity before next season. Targeting industries still struggling because of the pandemic is a good idea, said CIBC’s Benjamin Tal. “We put together programs that (normally would) take five years, (but the government did it) in five minutes,” he told iPolitics. “The programs must be much more targeted, and provide assistance where it is needed.” Jeff Labine has more.

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In Quebec, the deadline for health-care workers to be vaccinated that was set to come into effect Oct. 15 has been pushed back to Nov. 15. Although he previously said the deadline was firm, today Health Minister Christian Dubé said the prospect of losing thousands of workers would cause the province to “run into a wall.”

For the first time in history, the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook report showed a world where oil demand declines no matter how aggressive — or not aggressive – countries’ future climate change mitigation policies are, and that spells trouble for the future of the Canadian oil and gas industry, experts say. “The fact is our oil is lower in quality, which means it’s both more emissions intensive and costly to produce and … refine at destination. We’ve got a lot of disadvantages in a shrinking market for oil,” said Kathryn Harrison, a professor at the University of British Columbia. Aidan Chamandy has that story.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and the new NDP MP for Nunavut, Lori Idlout, want the federal government to respond to a state of emergency in the territory’s capital city. Iqaluit declared a state of emergency yesterday because its water supply is contaminated. “The Liberal government can help by providing short-term supplies of water, and making available any resource to address the cause of the emergency,” reads a joint statement by Singh and Idlout. The 9,000 residents of Iqaluit get their water from the city, but more than a week ago, they began complaining that the tap water smelled like diesel fuel. After an emergency meeting yesterday, Iqaluit Mayor Kenny Bell took to Twitter to warn residents not to drink the water, even after boiling it. That story from Janet Silver.

Net Zero: Macron announces massive industrialization plan 

The Sprout: Port of Los Angeles to operate 24/7

In Other Headlines:

Saskatchewan prepared to send critical COVID-19 patients to Ontario (CP)
N.L. health-care workers help expand Fort McMurray’s ICU (Global)
Mayors urge federal government to cover loss of transit income from COVID-19 (Global)
COVID-19 scientists faced death threats, threats of violence: survey (CTV)
RCMP says it implemented 22 watchdog recommendations – but status of dozens of complaints still unknown (CBC)

Internationally:

“Adapt or die.” That’s the stark warning from England’s Environment Agency in a new climate change report out today. With increased flooding and drought, rising sea levels and greater demand on water as the result of changing climate, the report said that London’s sea level is expected to rise dramatically — by as much as 9 inches by the 2050s, and nearly 18 inches by the 2080s. “While mitigation might save the planet, it is adaptation, preparing for climate shocks, that will save millions of lives,” said agency’s chair Emma Howard Boyd.

Photo: Russia Presidential Press and Information Office (WikiMedia Commons)

“I will be back soon.” Where have we seen this before? No, not in Terminator. Word is that not long after he was sent packing as Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu promised a quick comeback in a message passed to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Axios looks at why it matters.

In Other International Headlines:

WHO hopes new COVID-19 panel can find coronavirus origins, says it may be ‘last chance’ (Reuters)
European Union to seek ban on oil and gas exploration in the Arctic (Reuters)
Russia denies weaponizing energy amid Europe gas crisis (BBC)
Russia Marks Record 12-Month Population Decline (Moscow Times)
Neo-fascists exploit ‘no-vax’ rage, posing dilemma for Italy (AP)
Vulnerable North Koreans at risk of starvation: UN (BBC)
Months until presidential vote, a far-right surge jolts France (Al Jazeera)
White House tells states to prepare plans to vaccinate kids in coming weeks (The Hill)

In Opinion:

Graham Thomson: Kenney’s unpopularity hits a new low as the “Kenney Effect” rises

The Kicker:

Finally: “It was unlike anything they described.” That was the word from Star Trek actor William Shatner upon returning to Earth after a suborbital flight that made him the oldest person to ever travel to space.

Calling it the “most profound experience,” Shatner was emotional as he discussed the experience, insisting “everybody in the world needs to do this.”

We leave you with The Beaverton‘s take: “Despite being in space for a mere ten minutes, the man who played Captain Kirk in the 1960s version of Star Trek managed to seduce a sexy Klingon, a USS Enterprise psychologist, and a shapeshifter.”

On that note, live long and prosper.

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