VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Premier John Horgan says he is confident the majority of British Columbians support the recently-announced COVID-19 vaccine passport, despite some business owners saying they have no plan to ask customers to comply.
On Thursday, Horgan said the number of people who have already received shots shows that most people in the province are on board.
“This is a majority issue, almost 85 per cent of British Columbians have had a first dose 75 per cent a second dose. Those British Columbians want to know when they go to a hockey game, or the theatre, or out for a dinner, that the people that they’re associating with have taken the same steps to protect themselves and their family,” he said.
“These are issues that are supported overwhelmingly in the community and for those who don’t support them, that’s regrettable.”
Horgan adds the priority remains safety.
“This last push was to protect and give some comfort to those who had taken steps, so… when they sit down at the @Canucks game or they go out to the theatre, people are doing that confident their neighbours are taking the same steps.”
— Marcella Bernardo (@MBernardoNews) August 28, 2021
B.C.’s proof of vaccination system is set to be introduced on Sept. 13. It will limit which non-essential services, businesses, and events unvaccinated people will be able to go to. The exact details have yet to be announced, but concerns are already being raised that a digital option is not accessible to people without smartphones, and that there are no medical exemptions. Business leaders who support the move have raised concerns about enforcement, worrying about the burden it will put on staff.
Horgan said there are bound to be some issues and challenges with implementation, but the move came at the behest of businesses.
“In my engagements with people, most of them understand that this is uncharted territory — all of it. Every step is a new step for us in dealing with a global pandemic,” He said.
“We’re taking measured steps based on advice from business and if some businesses want to disregard that, then patrons will decide where they want to go. Consumers are supporting this and I think that’s why most businesses are excited about it.”
Meantime, A Facebook group dedicated to opposing the vaccine passport, saying it is unconstitutional, has grown to more than 80,000 members.
“We believe in medical privacy, and your own personal choice. Our Charter Rights and Freedoms are inalienable, and paramount. Let’s all stand together, and stand for a free Canada and support the businesses that share our values,” the group description reads. Businesses that say they won’t comply with the requirement to get proof of vaccination from customers include diners, gyms, a welding company, a funeral parlour, hairdressers, and dogwalkers.
Demands for COVID-19 vaccine spikes after ‘passport’ announced
Horgan also noted a spike in people showing up to get the shot since the proof of vaccination requirement was announced.
“If people are rushing to get vaccines to meet the needs of the vaccine card I think that’s good news,” he sais, adding he doesn’t think the province should have made the move sooner.
“I think the timing is about right, quite frankly. I don’t think we should have been more aggressive or less aggressive.”
B.C. records significant two-day increase in vaccine registrations and bookings since introduction of coming BC Vaccine Card, particularly among people under the age of 40: https://t.co/MYazrDXRT7
— Adrian Dix (@adriandix) August 25, 2021
Overall, Horgan touted B.C.’s vacine rollout as a success and characterized the vaccine requirement as the “last push”
The vast majority of British Columbians have been on board here, to work together collaboratively so we can collectively get out of this. We made vaccines available, people registered, people waited their turn,” he said.
“Other jurisdictions have had have and promised chances for new cars. I think British Columbians have been on this program from the beginning, that’s why we have such an extraordinary uptake on the vaccines.”
GM extends EV Bolt production halt to mid-October
WASHINGTON (Reuters) –General Motors Co said on Thursday it will extend a shutdown of a Michigan assembly plant to mid-October following a new recall of its Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles over battery issues after 12 reported fires.
The largest U.S. automaker said the extension of the production halt at its Orion Assembly plant will go through at least Oct. 15. GM also said it was cutting production at six other North American assembly plants because of the ongoing semiconductor chips shortage.
GM said it will not resume Bolt production or sales until it is satisfied that the recall remedy will address the fire risk issue. It said Thursday it had reports of 12 fires and three injuries.
GM shares were largely unchanged in late trading.
GM in August widened its recall of the Bolt to more than 140,000 vehicles to replace battery modules, at a cost now estimated at $1.8 billion. The automaker said it would seek reimbursement from battery supplier LG.
It is not clear how long it will take GM to obtain replacement battery modules for recalled vehicles and whether it will have diagnostic software that will allow it to certify some modules do not need replacing.
GM said the additional three-week production halt at its Bolt plant comes as it continues “to work with our supplier to update manufacturing processes.”
Earlier this month GM was forced to halt production at most North American assembly plants temporarily because of the chips shortage.
The new production cuts include a Lansing, Michigan, plant that builds the Chevrolet Traverse and the Buick Enclave.
GM is also cutting production of SUVs like the Chevrolet Equinox, Blazer and GMC Terrain at plants in Mexico and Canada. It will also make further production cuts at Michigan and Kansas plants that make Chevrolet Camaro and Malibu cars.
The Commerce Department said on Wednesday it plans a Sept. 23 White House meeting with automakers and others “to discuss the ongoing global chip shortage, the impact the Delta variant has had on global semiconductor supply chains and the industry’s progress toward improving transparency.”
(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Dan Grebler)
Present Yourself as a ‘No Brainer’ to Hire
A few jobs back, HR had scheduled four interviews, throughout my day, for a position I had open. The first interview went “okay.” The second candidate, however, impressed me so much I hired him on the spot. I instructed HR to cancel the remaining two interviews.
The second candidate did something I rarely see—they presented themselves as a ‘no brainer’ to hire.
- Their resume was result-oriented (Not a list of opinions — “I’m a team player,” “detail-oriented,” “hard-working,” etc.).
- They dressed as if they were already employed with my company. (In this case, a global multi-brand tour operator.)
- They clearly articulated their value.
- They told me several STAR (Situation. Task. Action. Results.) stories I could envision and relate to.
If your resume (skills and experience) impressed the employer, and after reading your LinkedIn profile to determine if you’re interview-worthy, you’ll be invited to an interview—the first most likely being via Zoom or Skype.
Impressing someone on paper and via your LinkedIn profile has its challenges, especially since you’re competing against many other candidates just as qualified as you. However, where the rubber meets the road is when you’re sitting face-to-face with the hiring manager.
Presenting yourself in a way your interviewer can envision you fitting with the company’s culture and the current team, as well as gives them confidence you’ll hit the ground running, will substantially increase your odds of receiving a nod of approval.
Regardless of whether you’re interviewing via video, sitting in a boardroom, a coffee shop or the interviewer’s office, focus on the following:
- Your attire
- Your body language
- Articulating how you meet the employer’s needs and will solve the problems the position exists to solve
- Being mindful of your interviewer’s time.
As I’ve mentioned in a previous column, being deemed “a fit” supersedes your experience and qualifications. Your image is paramount in giving the impression you’re “one of them.”
Make sure your attire is in line with the company culture. Obviously, this will differ from company to company, as well as between industries. If you’re interviewing for a position in a bank or insurance company, formal attire, even in 2021, is appropriate, such as a business suit, shirt, and tie. On the opposite end of the spectrum, casual clothing, even jeans and sneakers, can be acceptable if you’re interviewing with a design studio or tech start-up. The key is to dress as if you already work for the employer.
- Body language.
Your body language, along with your words, greatly influences the first impressions someone has about you.
If you’re seated, say in the reception area, stand to greet your interviewer. Firmly shake your interviewer’s hand, or each member of your interview panel, while maintaining a broad smile and steady eye contact. Say something along the lines of, “Nice to meet you, Alice.” Remember your interviewer’s name and use it naturally throughout your interview. Maintain eye contact during the interview. This shows your interviewer(s) you’re engaged in the conversation. Speak in a clear and audible voice. Your posture can portray you as arrogant, so be conscious of the way you sit or stand. During the interview, display a natural body language with relaxed shoulders and open arms by your side.
- Articulate how you meet the employer’s needs.
This is where you solidify, you’re a ‘no brainer’ to hire.
If you’re interviewing with the person you’d be reporting to, keep this piece of human psychology in mind: A person is more likely to want to build a relationship with you if you understand their situation, problems, and goals.
Start with the job description. Now that you’ve landed an interview, refer to the job description, paying close attention to job qualifications and duties.
Have STAR stories ready regarding specific situations in which you used each of these skills. Try to keep your STARs short and vivid. The best STAR ever said to me: “I sold Corvettes in Las Vegas.” (Yes, I hired the person.)
- Be mindful of the time.
Always be punctual for your scheduled interview time! Being punctual is a sign of being a professional, as well as respect for the other person. Stick within the time frame your interview was scheduled for. (usually 45 minutes to 1 hour)
In 2021 employers are looking for candidates who’ll mesh with their workplace culture. Showing you belong will go a long way in making yourself a ‘no brainer’ to hire.
Nick Kossovan, a well-seasoned veteran of the corporate landscape, offers advice on searching for a job. You can send him your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kansas City Southern terminates deal with CN, opting to merge with CP Rail – Yahoo Canada Finance
Canadian National Railway said Wednesday that Kansas City Southern has terminated its merger agreement, bringing an end to the takeover battle between it and rival Canadian Pacific Railway.
CN (CNR.TO) said in a statement released Wednesday morning that KCS (KSU) will pay the railway a US$700 million termination fee as a result of the failed agreement. KCS will also refund CN the US$700 million break fee it received from the railway after it terminated its agreement with CP. (CP.TO)
CN chief executive J.J. Ruest said in a statement that while the company is disappointed the deal will not come into fruition, the decision to bid for KCS was “a bold and strategic move that still resulted in positive outcomes for CN.”
“We believe that the decision not to pursue our proposed merger with KCS any further is the right decision for CN as responsible fiduciaries of our shareholders’ interests,” Ruest said.
“CN will continue to pursue profitable growth and opportunities for excellence as a leading Class I railroad, and we look forward to outlining more details on our strategic, operational and financial priorities in the near future.”
CN’s bid was dealt a major blow after the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) rejected the use of a voting trust that would allow the company to hold and operate KCS while it waited for additional regulatory approvals. CN’s decision not to raise its offer for the U.S. railway now paves the path for a merger between the KCS and its rival CP, who originally proposed merging with the railway in March.
KCS said Wednesday it has re-entered a merger agreement with CP, which will cover the US$1.4 billion in break frees owed to CN. CP, which has received approval for its voting trust from the STB, has agreed to acquire KCS in a stock-and-cash transaction valued at US$31 billion, including US$3.8 billion in debt. If shareholders approve the transaction, the deal would result in the first railway in North America connecting Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.
“By combining, we will unlock the full potential of our networks and our people while providing industry-best service for our customers,” CP chief executive Keith Creel said in a statement on Wednesday.
“This perfect end-to-end combination creates the first U.S.-Mexico-Canada rail network with new single-line offerings that will deliver dramatically expanded market reach for CP and KCS customers, provide new competitive transportation options, and support North American economic growth.”
CN has come under fire from one of its biggest shareholders over its decisions to bid for KCS. TCI Fund Management, a U.K.-based hedge fund, has called for Ruest to be replaced, as well as several board members. This week, TCI unveiled its proposed replacements, saying that a new board of directors will “help ensure CN is put on the right track.”
“The bid for KCS exposed a basic misunderstanding of the railroad industry and regulatory environment,” TCI founder Christopher Hohn said in a statement.
“The board consistently misjudged the STB and displayed flawed decision making, committing billions of dollars to an ill-conceived pursuit of an unattainable asset. CN should focus on getting better rather than bigger.”
Alicja Siekierska is a senior reporter at Yahoo Finance Canada. Follow her on Twitter @alicjawithaj.
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