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COVID staffing shortages, Omicron could boost waning immunity: In The News for Jan. 6

COVID staffing shortages, Omicron could boost waning immunity: In The News for Jan. 6

In The News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what's on the radar of our editors for the morning of Dec. 6 ... What we are watching in Canada ...
Omicron could boost waning immunity, shown in blood: Gov't COVID-19 advisers.

Omicron could boost waning immunity, shown in blood: Gov't COVID-19 advisers.

OTTAWA — Immunity against COVID-19 among vaccinated adult Canadians and those who have already contracted the virus has been waning throughout the population, tests on donated blood have found.
U.S. attorney general on Jan. 6 riot: 'We will follow the facts, wherever they lead'

U.S. attorney general on Jan. 6 riot: 'We will follow the facts, wherever they lead'

WASHINGTON — The highest-ranking law enforcement official in the United States is vowing to leave no stone unturned in the ongoing investigation into the Capitol Hill riots a year ago.

Staffing challenges from surging COVID cases affecting some police, transit service

Surging cases of COVID-19 driven by the rapidly transmissible Omicron variant are pushing the health-care system to the brink and putting pressure on some police and transit services.

Report says tax on $1M+ homes could be key to making housing more affordable

VANCOUVER — An annual surtax on houses valued over $1 million could help reduce housing inequality and cool housing markets, a report says.

Man seeking RCMP files goes to court after national archives takes 80-year extension

OTTAWA — An Ottawa researcher is asking a judge to order Canada's national archives to speed up work on his request for old RCMP records after he was told to wait at least 80 years for a response.
Bring back hazard pay for supermarket workers facing extra risks from Omicron: NDP MP

Bring back hazard pay for supermarket workers facing extra risks from Omicron: NDP MP

OTTAWA — Grocery stores are being urged to reinstate hazard pay for workers facing extra health and safety risks from the highly contagious Omicron variant.
Royal Winnipeg Ballet agrees to $10M settlement over instructor's photographs

Royal Winnipeg Ballet agrees to $10M settlement over instructor's photographs

WINNIPEG — A settlement has been reached in a class-action lawsuit against the Royal Winnipeg Ballet over allegations a former teacher and photographer took intimate photos of students and released them without their consent.
Provinces to receive large shipments of rapid tests this month: prime minister

Provinces to receive large shipments of rapid tests this month: prime minister

Federal officials are adding more COVID-19 rapid tests to Canada's arsenal as surging infections from the Omicron variant push some public sectors to the brink.
Airlines won't fly home Quebec passengers from Sunwing party flight to Mexico

Airlines won't fly home Quebec passengers from Sunwing party flight to Mexico

MONTREAL — Passengers who filmed themselves partying maskless aboard a chartered Sunwing Airlines flight from Montreal to Mexico last week have become pariahs and now face being stranded after two more airlines announced Wednesday they will not fly t
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