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Canadian Medical Association president Dr. Katharine Smart » Some province are gaslighting health workers

Dr. Smart says there’s a feeling of hopelessness among health-care workers that their governments are not listening to them as they try to manage the pandemic.

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The president of the Canadian Medical Association says provinces like Alberta are “gaslighting” health-care workers over the toll the COVID-19 crisis is taking on the health-care system.

“What is happening in the world when we have governments unwilling to listen to the people doing the job?” she told a news conference on Wednesday.

The doctors organization joined with the Canadian Nurses Association to hold an emergency summit Tuesday with health-care workers discussing how to move forward, as COVID-19 cases climb in parts of the country, pushing health systems to the brink.

Together, they called on governments to address staffing shortages across Canada through better retention and recruitment efforts, as well as provide “immediate relief” to those working in COVID-19 hot zones.

The organizations also want governments to commit to protect health systems from collapsing by bringing in public health measures needed to prevent further spread of the virus, and empower school boards to do the same.

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Dow Chemical urges US to follow Canada’s lead on carbon incentives and announces plan to build world’s first net-zero carbon emissions ethylene and derivatives complex in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta


Kevin Crowley, Bloomberg Green »

The company will build a new chemical facility and retrofit an existing one at its Fort Saskatchewan site that will boost production of ethylene, the key building block of everyday plastics, eventually reducing net emissions to zero by 2030. It will use waste gases to make hydrogen, which in turn will be used as a fuel source, while also capturing and storing carbon emissions.

“Canada has a price on carbon, and also has the policies and investment support to help us invest in low carbon technologies like this,” Chief Executive Officer Jim Fitterling said on call with reporters. Dow “would like to see an emissions trading system” in the U.S. to encourage more low-carbon projects, he said.

When completed, the Fort Saskatchewan facilities will decarbonize about 20% of Dow’s global ethylene capacity, while increasing polyethylene supply by about 15%, the company said. It will be a stepping stone towards Dow’s goal of being carbon neutral by 2050.

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Also » Dow Chemical Press Release 


New Brunswick has triggered a partial circuit break in much of the province

'It's important to react quickly,' says N.B. premier of circuit-breaker restrictions

The Premiere of New Brunswick Blaine Higgs discusses the 14-day restrictions on parts of the province ahead of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

That the NB provincial government is acting decisively and swiftly, is in stark contrast with how the provincial governments of Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia are handling this pandemic.

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