Search User Login Menu
Tools
Close
Close

News Lake Superior News

Lake Superior Regional News ~ Northwestern and Northeastern Ontario. Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan. From Kenora, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste Marie and Sudbury, Duluth, Marquette, Houghton, Keweenaw Peninsula, Upper Michigan, Sault Ste Marie, Cook Country, Minnesota. Madison, Wisconsin

News

Trudeau needs to shelve his plan to ban unvaccinated truckers
Troy Media
/ Categories: Ontario, Economy, Health 2021

Trudeau needs to shelve his plan to ban unvaccinated truckers

It puts Canadians' access to food at risk

THUNDER BAY,  SAULT STE MARIE, SUDBURY ONTARIO  ~~~~~  January 14, 2022  (LSNews)  The federal government apparently still wants to push ahead with its plan to require all truckers entering from the United States to show proof of vaccination starting Jan. 15. The plan creates some serious problems.

Vaccines are the most effective way to reduce risks associated with COVID-19, stop the spread of the virus and save lives. No doubt. But the situation affecting the trucking industry could be challenging and impact food access for Canadians.

This is the first public health measure with the potential to disrupt trade between Canada and the United States since the pandemic started.

According to the Canadian Trucking Alliance, about 16,000 drivers could be forced off the road. The federal government believes its measure will only 8,000 drivers. Still, we need these drivers more than ever. And many of them transport food products across the border every day. If a driver crosses the border into Canada without being vaccinated, they will need to quarantine for 14 days.

Canada imports about $21 billion worth of agri-food products from the United States every year, and about 60 to 70 per cent of the food imported arrives on wheels. That’s almost 20 per cent of the food Canadians buy in food service and retail.

And the timing isn’t great. Much of the volume comes during the winter months when produce from the southern states offers welcome supplies to Canadian consumers. Stopping some of that business could exacerbate the driver shortage the industry is already experiencing and could drive up retail prices even further in the weeks to come.

The industry was already short 18,000 drivers. Given the average age in the trucking industry, the vaccine mandate could encourage many truckers to simply retire and exit the industry.

Long-distance truck driving isn’t the most attractive sector in our economy. Unlike other industries, trucking works independently most of the time. The average trucker will spend more than 250 nights away from home every year. Compared to other essential workers, contact with other people is minimal. A vaccine mandate might not help extensively in this case.

Since the start of the pandemic, granting exceptions to certain groups who were deemed essential services has been controversial. Most Canadians are dead against it, and the Trudeau government knows it.

The government has implemented a strict inoculation policy for civil servants and federally-regulated workers since the start of the pandemic. Omicron has only motivated the government to stick with its resolve on vaccine mandates.

But border access can become a food security issue for Canadians.

Quebec recently backed down from its vaccine mandate for health-care workers, concerned such a measure would put even more strain on the province’s already frail health-care system. The province followed this by asking workers to comply with strict new protocols to reduce risks in hospitals and health centres.

Something similar can be done for truckers.

Vaccines are by far the best weapon to end the pandemic, but we also need to appreciate that not all of us are believers. Ten to 15 per cent of people in any given field resist getting vaccines and will likely never change their minds.

We’ve learned that the effectiveness of vaccine mandates to bring about compliance is constrained. We’ve wrestled with this for more than a year and most of us will likely need to get vaccinated more than once a year for an indeterminable time. What it means to be fully vaccinated this year might not be the same as next year, and truckers know that. This is our inoculation new normal.

The decision to implement a vaccine mandate for truckers was made when Omicron wasn’t around. This new variant is incredibly contagious and spreads like wildfire.

Omicron is already disrupting the entire food chain in Canada. Absenteeism rates are at least 15 to 20 per cent in food retail, and processing is seeing similar numbers. The Exceldor plant in Quebec was forced to euthanize chickens in recent weeks due to low staff numbers.

Many workers are either sick or were exposed to someone who was sick. Omicron is hitting the entire economy hard and fast, so we should all be concerned about Canada’s food access.

From a food supply chain perspective, Omicron is a game-changer. The supply chain is quite fragile, more than it’s ever been.

Many who have contracted COVID have been fully vaccinated, but in most cases, thankfully, symptoms were mild. Still, asking food and logistics companies to follow strict protocols dramatically slowed things down. A lot of the food reaching stores in Canada is spoiled or not as fresh as it should be. Canadians are noticing.

Public health measures need to be adapted so the food industry can continue to provide Canadians with safe, affordable food for the next few months as we try to cope with Omicron’s wrath. Food inflation is already a challenge in Canada, and the vaccine mandate affecting truckers could make things worse, especially for families with fewer means.

We need to be careful with vaccine mandates that could impact the effectiveness of our food supply chain. Some measures are worth second-guessing.

Cancelling hockey tournaments and other events is one thing – potentially compromising the fluidity of our food supply chain is very different. The stakes are much, much higher.

We really need to strike a functional balance between saving lives and keeping Canadians fed.

Sylvain Charlebois

Dr. Sylvain Charlebois is senior director of the agri-food analytics lab and a professor in food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University.

Sylvain is one of our Thought Leaders

© Troy Media

 

 

 

#LSN_Health  #LSN_Econ LSNews_ONNews 

Below Please Rate and Share this story 
To help us learn what is important to you
 

© Troy Media

Disclaimer
The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by Lake Superior News / Lake Superior Media.

Troy Media Founded in 2005, Troy Media has grown to become Canada’s largest independent provider of original editorial features, opinions and analysis. Content sourced from Troy Media appears in dozens of newspapers, news sites, blogs and radio reports daily. Annual readership is estimated to be greater than 750 million.

 

Previous Article In December Patrick Brown Mayor of Brampton asked
Next Article COOK COUNTY CONNECTIONS Public Health, Human Services Dept Review
Print
Rate this article:
No rating
1Upvote 1Downvote


Lake Superior Shipwreck Map - Historically accurate shipwreck posters, of Lake Superior,
24 x 30 inches, shipped rolled in a tube.
$21.95 USD Plus $15.00 USD Shipping 

 


Lake Superior Shipwreck Map - Historically accurate shipwreck posters, of Lake Superior,
24 x 30 inches, shipped rolled in a tube.
$21.95 USD Plus $15.00 USD Shipping 

 

Follow LSN on Twitter

Social Media

 Twitter Lake Superior New  Face Book Lake Superior News  Lake Superior Circle Tour Calendar  You Tube Lake Superior News

Events Calendar Arts

«August 2022»
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
25262728293031
1234
  • It's going to be Marvelous Summer Theatre show!
    It's going to be Marvelous Summer Theatre show!

    It's going to be Marvelous Summer Theatre show!

    THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~July  24, 2022 (LSNews) The summer theatre tradition returns to the Paramount Theatre stage as Badanai Theatre prepares to open The Marvelous Wonderretes next week. It's going to be Marvelous Summer Theatre show

    #LSN_Arts  #LSN_TBay #LSN_CircleTour

    Read more
  • TALL SHIPS ARE COMING to Lake Superior
    TALL SHIPS ARE COMING to Lake Superior

    TALL SHIPS ARE COMING to Lake Superior

    TWO HARBORS, MINNESOTA,  ~~~~  November 26, 2021  (LSNews)  Tall Ships return to Lake Superior, August 4-7, 2022 for a sixth installment of the popular festival and the Tall Ships Challenge® Race series in Two Harbors, MN.  Previously located on Duluth’s waterfront, Festival of Sail is moving for the 2022 edition due to construction on Duluth’s waterfront.

    #LSN_CircleTour  #LSN_Outdoors  #LSN_MNNews 

    Read more
  • Two Harbors Welcomes Festival of Sail Tall Ships 2022
    Two Harbors Welcomes Festival of Sail Tall Ships 2022

    Two Harbors Welcomes Festival of Sail Tall Ships 2022

    TWO HARBORS, MINNESOTA ~~~~~~  July 29, 2022 (LSNews)  The City of Two Harbors and its many partners are proud to welcome the Festival of Sail Lake Superior Tall Ships events next week, Aug 4-7. Tall Ships Two Harbors 2022 has been designated by the United States Coast Guard as a Marine Event of National Significance (MENS). The MENS designation requires several security measures to be implemented to protect the attending public, event workers/volunteers, and visiting crews and ships. The public safety planning for this event includes numerous federal, state, and local law enforcement and emergency response agencies who have been working collectively over the last many months.

    #LSN_Shipping #LSN_MNNews #LSN_CircleTour

    Read more
  • Tall Ships Festival Parking Restrictions Two Harbors
    Tall Ships Festival Parking Restrictions Two Harbors

    Tall Ships Festival Parking Restrictions Two Harbors

    TWO HARBORS, MINNESOTA ~~~~~   August 3, 2022 (LSNews)  No parking signs are being placed today in preparation for the events on streets identified as no parking routes during the Festival of Sail Lake; however, restrictions do not go into effect until 12 am, Thursday, Aug 4. Residents can still park in these spaces today until 11:59 pm.

    “We understand that these temporary changes in parking and an increase in traffic for community events on the North Shore may be an inconvenience for many over the next four days,” said Chief Rick Hogenson, Two Harbors Police Department. “On behalf of all of the federal, state and local partners as well as the event promoters, we thank you for your patience and cooperation.”

    #LSN_CircleTour #LSN_CookCounty  #LSN_MNNews #LSN_Duluth 

    Read more
5
  • TALL SHIPS ARE COMING to Lake Superior
    TALL SHIPS ARE COMING to Lake Superior

    TALL SHIPS ARE COMING to Lake Superior

    TWO HARBORS, MINNESOTA,  ~~~~  November 26, 2021  (LSNews)  Tall Ships return to Lake Superior, August 4-7, 2022 for a sixth installment of the popular festival and the Tall Ships Challenge® Race series in Two Harbors, MN.  Previously located on Duluth’s waterfront, Festival of Sail is moving for the 2022 edition due to construction on Duluth’s waterfront.

    #LSN_CircleTour  #LSN_Outdoors  #LSN_MNNews 

    Read more
  • Two Harbors Welcomes Festival of Sail Tall Ships 2022
    Two Harbors Welcomes Festival of Sail Tall Ships 2022

    Two Harbors Welcomes Festival of Sail Tall Ships 2022

    TWO HARBORS, MINNESOTA ~~~~~~  July 29, 2022 (LSNews)  The City of Two Harbors and its many partners are proud to welcome the Festival of Sail Lake Superior Tall Ships events next week, Aug 4-7. Tall Ships Two Harbors 2022 has been designated by the United States Coast Guard as a Marine Event of National Significance (MENS). The MENS designation requires several security measures to be implemented to protect the attending public, event workers/volunteers, and visiting crews and ships. The public safety planning for this event includes numerous federal, state, and local law enforcement and emergency response agencies who have been working collectively over the last many months.

    #LSN_Shipping #LSN_MNNews #LSN_CircleTour

    Read more
  • Tall Ships Festival Parking Restrictions Two Harbors
    Tall Ships Festival Parking Restrictions Two Harbors

    Tall Ships Festival Parking Restrictions Two Harbors

    TWO HARBORS, MINNESOTA ~~~~~   August 3, 2022 (LSNews)  No parking signs are being placed today in preparation for the events on streets identified as no parking routes during the Festival of Sail Lake; however, restrictions do not go into effect until 12 am, Thursday, Aug 4. Residents can still park in these spaces today until 11:59 pm.

    “We understand that these temporary changes in parking and an increase in traffic for community events on the North Shore may be an inconvenience for many over the next four days,” said Chief Rick Hogenson, Two Harbors Police Department. “On behalf of all of the federal, state and local partners as well as the event promoters, we thank you for your patience and cooperation.”

    #LSN_CircleTour #LSN_CookCounty  #LSN_MNNews #LSN_Duluth 

    Read more
  • North Shore Dog Club Holds Their Second Annual Dog Show
    North Shore Dog Club Holds Their Second Annual Dog Show

    North Shore Dog Club Holds Their Second Annual Dog Show

    THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~  August 4, 2022 (LSNews)  The second annual North Shore Dog Club Show will feature three all-breed championship dog shows, as well as 2 limited breed shows, one of which is just for Golden Retrievers. There will also be an award each day for best puppy and best baby puppy. Breed judging starts at 9 a.m. and groups judging starts at 1 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

    #LSN_TBay  #LSN_CircleTour 

     

    Read more
6
  • TALL SHIPS ARE COMING to Lake Superior
    TALL SHIPS ARE COMING to Lake Superior

    TALL SHIPS ARE COMING to Lake Superior

    TWO HARBORS, MINNESOTA,  ~~~~  November 26, 2021  (LSNews)  Tall Ships return to Lake Superior, August 4-7, 2022 for a sixth installment of the popular festival and the Tall Ships Challenge® Race series in Two Harbors, MN.  Previously located on Duluth’s waterfront, Festival of Sail is moving for the 2022 edition due to construction on Duluth’s waterfront.

    #LSN_CircleTour  #LSN_Outdoors  #LSN_MNNews 

    Read more
  • Two Harbors Welcomes Festival of Sail Tall Ships 2022
    Two Harbors Welcomes Festival of Sail Tall Ships 2022

    Two Harbors Welcomes Festival of Sail Tall Ships 2022

    TWO HARBORS, MINNESOTA ~~~~~~  July 29, 2022 (LSNews)  The City of Two Harbors and its many partners are proud to welcome the Festival of Sail Lake Superior Tall Ships events next week, Aug 4-7. Tall Ships Two Harbors 2022 has been designated by the United States Coast Guard as a Marine Event of National Significance (MENS). The MENS designation requires several security measures to be implemented to protect the attending public, event workers/volunteers, and visiting crews and ships. The public safety planning for this event includes numerous federal, state, and local law enforcement and emergency response agencies who have been working collectively over the last many months.

    #LSN_Shipping #LSN_MNNews #LSN_CircleTour

    Read more
  • Tall Ships Festival Parking Restrictions Two Harbors
    Tall Ships Festival Parking Restrictions Two Harbors

    Tall Ships Festival Parking Restrictions Two Harbors

    TWO HARBORS, MINNESOTA ~~~~~   August 3, 2022 (LSNews)  No parking signs are being placed today in preparation for the events on streets identified as no parking routes during the Festival of Sail Lake; however, restrictions do not go into effect until 12 am, Thursday, Aug 4. Residents can still park in these spaces today until 11:59 pm.

    “We understand that these temporary changes in parking and an increase in traffic for community events on the North Shore may be an inconvenience for many over the next four days,” said Chief Rick Hogenson, Two Harbors Police Department. “On behalf of all of the federal, state and local partners as well as the event promoters, we thank you for your patience and cooperation.”

    #LSN_CircleTour #LSN_CookCounty  #LSN_MNNews #LSN_Duluth 

    Read more
  • North Shore Dog Club Holds Their Second Annual Dog Show
    North Shore Dog Club Holds Their Second Annual Dog Show

    North Shore Dog Club Holds Their Second Annual Dog Show

    THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~  August 4, 2022 (LSNews)  The second annual North Shore Dog Club Show will feature three all-breed championship dog shows, as well as 2 limited breed shows, one of which is just for Golden Retrievers. There will also be an award each day for best puppy and best baby puppy. Breed judging starts at 9 a.m. and groups judging starts at 1 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

    #LSN_TBay  #LSN_CircleTour 

     

    Read more
7
  • TALL SHIPS ARE COMING to Lake Superior
    TALL SHIPS ARE COMING to Lake Superior

    TALL SHIPS ARE COMING to Lake Superior

    TWO HARBORS, MINNESOTA,  ~~~~  November 26, 2021  (LSNews)  Tall Ships return to Lake Superior, August 4-7, 2022 for a sixth installment of the popular festival and the Tall Ships Challenge® Race series in Two Harbors, MN.  Previously located on Duluth’s waterfront, Festival of Sail is moving for the 2022 edition due to construction on Duluth’s waterfront.

    #LSN_CircleTour  #LSN_Outdoors  #LSN_MNNews 

    Read more
  • Two Harbors Welcomes Festival of Sail Tall Ships 2022
    Two Harbors Welcomes Festival of Sail Tall Ships 2022

    Two Harbors Welcomes Festival of Sail Tall Ships 2022

    TWO HARBORS, MINNESOTA ~~~~~~  July 29, 2022 (LSNews)  The City of Two Harbors and its many partners are proud to welcome the Festival of Sail Lake Superior Tall Ships events next week, Aug 4-7. Tall Ships Two Harbors 2022 has been designated by the United States Coast Guard as a Marine Event of National Significance (MENS). The MENS designation requires several security measures to be implemented to protect the attending public, event workers/volunteers, and visiting crews and ships. The public safety planning for this event includes numerous federal, state, and local law enforcement and emergency response agencies who have been working collectively over the last many months.

    #LSN_Shipping #LSN_MNNews #LSN_CircleTour

    Read more
  • Tall Ships Festival Parking Restrictions Two Harbors
    Tall Ships Festival Parking Restrictions Two Harbors

    Tall Ships Festival Parking Restrictions Two Harbors

    TWO HARBORS, MINNESOTA ~~~~~   August 3, 2022 (LSNews)  No parking signs are being placed today in preparation for the events on streets identified as no parking routes during the Festival of Sail Lake; however, restrictions do not go into effect until 12 am, Thursday, Aug 4. Residents can still park in these spaces today until 11:59 pm.

    “We understand that these temporary changes in parking and an increase in traffic for community events on the North Shore may be an inconvenience for many over the next four days,” said Chief Rick Hogenson, Two Harbors Police Department. “On behalf of all of the federal, state and local partners as well as the event promoters, we thank you for your patience and cooperation.”

    #LSN_CircleTour #LSN_CookCounty  #LSN_MNNews #LSN_Duluth 

    Read more
  • North Shore Dog Club Holds Their Second Annual Dog Show
    North Shore Dog Club Holds Their Second Annual Dog Show

    North Shore Dog Club Holds Their Second Annual Dog Show

    THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~  August 4, 2022 (LSNews)  The second annual North Shore Dog Club Show will feature three all-breed championship dog shows, as well as 2 limited breed shows, one of which is just for Golden Retrievers. There will also be an award each day for best puppy and best baby puppy. Breed judging starts at 9 a.m. and groups judging starts at 1 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

    #LSN_TBay  #LSN_CircleTour 

     

    Read more
8910
  • FIND YOUR ADVENTURE; VISIT THE DNR AT WISCONSIN STATE FAIR
    FIND YOUR ADVENTURE; VISIT THE DNR AT WISCONSIN STATE FAIR

    FIND YOUR ADVENTURE; VISIT THE DNR AT WISCONSIN STATE FAIR

    MADISON, WISCONSIN  ~~~~~   August 6, 2022 (LSNews)  The Wisconsin State Fair starts this week, and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is excited to announce the agency will be on-site to engage with fairgoers August 4-14. This year's theme is once again “OutWiGo” with a focus on outdoor recreation across the state.

    State Fair is the perfect place for fairgoers to meet with DNR experts to learn about Wisconsin’s world-class fishing, wildlife, state parks and all things outdoor recreation.

     

    #LSN_CircleTour  #LSN_WiscNews 

    Read more
  • News from the Giant
    News from the Giant

    News from the Giant

    THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~~  July 31, 2022 (LSNews)  Friends of the Finnish Labour Temple is pleased to announce that News from the Giant, as previously seen on Dougall Media in May 2022 following the TBT Newshour, will be screened on Wednesday, August 10th at 2:00 pm at the Boshcoff Summer Stage of Magnus Theatre. A discussion period will follow so that audience members can share stories and ask questions about the footage. For those that missed the opportunity to watch all eight vignettes on television or for anyone that would like to watch again, they can do so live in an outdoor setting! We will also be showing some additional footage, including a look at some of our colourized footage! 

    #LSN_Arts  #LSN_TBay 

    Read more
  • Grammy award winner Alex Cuba headlines summer concert at the Bondar Pavilion
    Grammy award winner Alex Cuba headlines summer concert at the Bondar Pavilion

    Grammy award winner Alex Cuba headlines summer concert at the Bondar Pavilion

    SAULT STE MARIE, ONTAIRO  ~~~~~  June 27, 2022 (LSNews)  – Grammy and Juno award winning musician Alex Cuba will perform at the Bondar Pavilion on August 10, 2022 at 8 p.m. 

    Alex Cuba is a Latin Grammy and Juno winner, singer-songwriter who is not tied to tradition and possesses a vast musical vision. His eighth studio album, Mendó, won the Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop in 2022. The album, recorded at home, added recording engineer to his credits as musician, singer-songwriter, and producer. From the healing voice of Grammy Award winning Lila Downs on “Mundo Nuevo”, to his colourful collaboration with world-renowned flamenco artist, Antonio Carmona, and commissioning a 13-piece horn band from his native country of Cuba, the album is filled with international collaborations. 

    #LSN_Arts  #LSN_SSM  #LSN_CircleTour

     

    Read more
11121314
151617181920
  • TBSO Announces 2022/23 Welcome Back Pricing
    TBSO Announces 2022/23 Welcome Back Pricing

    TBSO Announces 2022/23 Welcome Back Pricing

    THUNDER  BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~  August 9, 2022 (LSNews)  The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra announced their 62nd season line-up on Thursday, August 4th, 2022. As part of their new season package, they are offering some truly incredible ticket pricing.

    #LSN_Arts  #LSN_TBay  #LSN_NorWest 

    Read more
  • CELEBRATE ANISHINAABE CULTURE
    CELEBRATE ANISHINAABE CULTURE

    CELEBRATE ANISHINAABE CULTURE

    THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~  August 12, 2022 (LSNews)  – Celebrate Anishinaabe Keeshigun at Fort William Historical Park (FWHP)! Join us August 20th -21st from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a FREE event filled with entertainment, hands-on activities and demonstrations that highlight Anishinaabe culture, traditions, language, and technology.

    #LN_CircleTour #LSN_TBAy 

    Read more
  • Cancellation of Shenandoah Concert
    Cancellation of Shenandoah Concert

    Cancellation of Shenandoah Concert

    TWO HARBORS, MINNESOTA  ~~~~  August 11, 2022 (LSNews)  It is with great regret that we announce the cancellation of the upcoming Rockin’ the Docks with Shenandoah Summer Concert scheduled to take place in Two Harbors on Aug. 20. 

    Difficulties securing a liquor/beverage vendor for the event, due in part to the magnitude of the event and limited availability of some local vendors, led to a solution being delayed by the contracted event organizer. After approaching another local provider to offer them the business, unfortunately the event organizer was treated so poorly by the prospective vendor that they have opted to pull out of the event, making it impossible to proceed.

    #LSN_Arts  #LSN_MNNews #LSN_CookCounty 

    Read more
21
22232425262728
2930311234

Latest News

GoGreen

Text/HTML

Shipwreck Maps

Great Lakes Shipwreck Maps Historically accurate, 29"x23" shipwreck posters are available for all five

Back To Top