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More than half of Canadians under 40 see Baby Boomer legacy as negative: poll – CTV News

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TORONTO —
A new poll by the Angus Reid Institute released Wednesday displays the sharp differences in beliefs between generations in Canada.

The poll, which analyzed respondents engagement and advocacy for their personal positions and viewpoints, breaking them down into cohorts of “leaders,” and “others” by age, presented several scenarios and questions to better understand the challenges facing Canada and how they are perceived by different generations.

The poll, conducted in partnership with Cardus, asked respondents to self-report if they considered themselves leaders in their communities and rated themselves on their ability to affect change. Some of the ways engagement and advocacy was measured was by asking if respondents contacted public officials, volunteered or attended protests.

The age categories were broken down into respondents aged 18 to 29 years-old, 30 to 40 years-old, 41 to 54 years-old, 55 to 64 years-old and 65 years of age and older.

WHERE DO COHORTS STAND ON ISSUES FACING CANADA?

Angus Reid reported that many younger Canadian leaders prefer the idea of starting over rather than building on the foundations made by previous generations, with 47 per cent of respondents 18 to 29 years old and 40 per cent of respondents 30 to 40 years old believing that the future development of Canadian society requires beginning again and restructuring the country differently.

The COVID-19 pandemic brought about a huge rise in government spending and inflation, something that older, non-leader Canadians are concerned about. Younger Canadians who are leaders are more concerned with economic inequality and housing prices, according to the poll.

While climate change was the major concern across all age cohorts surveyed, a generational divide is seen when the poll broke down questions about values and trade offs when it comes to addressing the climate crisis.

For example, 80 per cent of leaders aged 18 to 29 believe that environmental protection should be emphasized over economic growth, compared to 58 per cent of leaders aged 41 to 54, and 67 per cent of leaders aged 65 and older.

Angus Reid notes that Canadians’ focus on issues affecting Indigenous communities spiked in the summer after the May rediscovery of the graves of 215 children at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School site in B.C., but has since declined.

When asked how important reconciliation is between Indigenous communities and Canadians to them, the respondents again showed a divide by age, but more so between “others” than leaders.

Fifty per cent of young leaders, aged 18 to 29, said reconciliation was very important to them, compared to 40 per cent of “others” in that age cohort.

Sixty per cent of leaders aged 30 to 40 said reconciliation is very important, compared to 38 per cent of others in the same group.

Forty-seven per cent of leaders aged 65 and older said reconciliation is very important to them.

Leaders, especially those 40 and under are also much more likely to believe white people benefit from societal advantages that visible minorities do not have, according to the poll, with 76 per cent of 18 to 29 years old and 78 per cent of 30 to 40 year-old leaders saying as such.

Generational differences were also explored in the poll, with Angus Reid explaining that the “cohort” effect is the idea that generations can hold distinct outlooks formed by specific events or unique historical circumstances they experienced.

Angus Reid said that this can also be seen in the way generations view themselves, such as millennials referring to themselves as the “unluckiest” generation, coming of age with lower wages and skyrocketing housing prices. The COVID-19 pandemic represents the second major economic shutdown of their careers after the 2008 recession, the Institute said.

More than 40 per cent of respondents under the age of 41 consider their generation to be unlucky, whereas the vast majority of older Canadians say their generations have been lucky, as reported by more than nine in ten respondents aged 65 and older.

Property ownership was another question that showed a clear divide, with respondents above the age of 41 saying it was one of the three areas they’ve been particularly lucky in, whereas 82 to 88 per cent of those 40 and under say their generation is unlucky when it comes to the prospect of owning a home or property.

How the legacy of the Baby Boomers also differed greatly across age cohorts.

Respondents 55 to 64 and 65 and older overwhelmingly, at 75 to 87 per cent, rated the Boomer’s legacy as positive, compared to those 40 and under where a majority rated it as negative, and approximately 25 per cent who rated it very negative.

Angus Reid reported that the perceptions reversed when respondents were asked how they expect the millennial generation to leave things, in better or worse shape than the Baby Boomers.

For this question, 60 per cent of leaders aged 18 to 29 and 56 per cent of leaders aged 30 to 40 said millennials will leave things better than the Baby Boomers, but only 20 per cent of leaders aged 65 and older think the same.

When asked about their emotional attachment to Canada, again a generational divide is seen.

The majority of respondents 41 and older said they have a strong emotional attachment to Canada, that they love the country and what it stands for.

However, younger generations view their relationship to the country differently, with 57 to 58 per cent of 18 to 29 year olds and 46 to 48 per cent of 30 to 40 year olds seeing Canada as a place where they live, but would not be opposed to pursuing opportunities elsewhere.

Younger people surveyed are also more open to what Angus Reid called a “deeper cultural pluralism,” with the majority of respondents aged 18 to 29 (both leaders and others) saying cultural diversity should be encouraged, with different groups keeping their own customs and languages.

As the cohorts get older, they are more likely to believe that minorities should do more to fit in with mainstream society, with 52 per cent of leaders and 61 per cent of others aged 65 and older saying as such.

However, there are some things that tie the generations together, both of which are overarching beliefs about society, according to the poll.

A majority of those surveyed, 66 to 77 per cent, believe in working for the common good, and 86 to 96 per cent hold a strong belief that individuals can make a difference.

METHODOLOGY

The Angus Reid Institute conducted an online survey from July 26 – Aug. 2, 2021, among a representative randomized sample of 4,094 Canadian adults who are members of Angus Reid Forum. For comparison purposes only, a probability sample of this size would carry a margin of error of +/- 1.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding. The survey was self-commissioned and paid for by ARI. This included an augmented survey sample of those who qualified as “leaders” in several pre-screening surveys.

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BC floods: Evacuation ordered in Abbotsford area – CTV News

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British Columbia says it’s prepared to use a national emergency alert system should the third in a trio of ongoing storms pose a risk to life and safety in the coming days.

Alert Ready is a Canada-wide system that allows government officials to issue public safety alerts through major television and radio broadcasters, as well as compatible wireless devices. B.C. has faced criticism for not using it during deadly natural disasters this year.

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth says provincial officials are working with local governments, First Nations and emergency managers, adding the province is prepared to use the system should a community feel there is an imminent threat.

Farnworth made the comment during a briefing on an ongoing series of storms in the province in which officials warned that the third one, due to make landfall Monday, could reach intensities similar to those that destroyed highways, flooded communities and prompted mass evacuations two weeks ago.

Armel Castellan of Environment and Climate Change Canada says there is a lot of uncertainty at this stage, and while meteorologists hope the impacts remain as low as possible, they are urging maximum caution, vigilance and readiness for a “very strong storm and swell.”

The River Forecast Centre issued a new flood warning for the Coquihalla River and says the Nooksack River in the United States is at risk of overflowing its banks late today and spilling into Sumas Prairie.

Meanwhile, a new set of evacuation orders were issued for 56 properties in the Petit Creek-Spius Creek area west of Merritt, B.C.

“We’re in the middle of one of the most intense series of storms that we have seen along coastal B.C.,” Farnworth said.

“Once again, it’s time to be ready.”

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Canada's first cases of the omicron coronavirus variant confirmed in Ottawa – CBC.ca

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There are two confirmed cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus in Ottawa, the Ontario government announced Sunday.

“Today, the province of Ontario has confirmed two cases of the omicron variant of COVID-19 in Ottawa, both of which were reported in individuals with recent travel from Nigeria. Ottawa Public Health is conducting case and contact management and the patients are in isolation,” the statement said.

These are the first cases of the omicron variant confirmed in Canada, coming just days after the country implemented new travel restrictions on foreign nationals who had visited several countries in southern Africa over the preceding two weeks.

Those travel restrictions went into effect on Friday. The omicron variant was first identified by South African researchers and has provoked global concern.

Passengers line up to get tested for COVID-19 at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on Friday. The new coronavirus variant, omicron, was first identified by researchers in South Africa and has led a growing list of countries to ban travellers from several nations in southern Africa. (Jerome Delay/The Associated Press)

Little is known about the new variant, dubbed omicron by the World Health Organization and labelled as a variant of concern. It is being linked to a rapid rise of cases in a South African province.

It is not known at this time whether the variant is more transmissible, or more dangerous to the health of those who are infected by it, than other coronavirus variants.

“The best defence against the omicron variant is stopping it at our border. In addition to the measures recently announced, we continue to urge the federal government to take the necessary steps to mandate point-of-arrival testing for all travellers irrespective of where they’re coming from to further protect against the spread of this new variant,” said the statement from Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott and Dr. Kieran Moore, the province’s chief medical officer of health.

The provincial government urged residents to get vaccinated, including with booster doses, and to continue following public health guidance.

“Ontario is prepared and ready to respond to this new variant.”

More confirmed cases likely: health minister

In a statement released Sunday, federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said the confirmation of two omicron cases is a signal that the country’s monitoring system is working but to expect more cases of the variant.

“As the monitoring and testing continues with provinces and territories, it is expected that other cases of this variant will be found in Canada,” Duclos said.

Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos, shown last year, said in a statement on Sunday that the confirmation of two omicron cases is a signal that Canada’s monitoring system is working but to expect more cases of the variant. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

“I know that this new variant may seem concerning,” he added, but said existing vaccines and public health measures were helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

In a separate statement, the Public Health Agency of Canada said border measures could change as the situation develops.

“The Government of Canada will continue to assess the evolving situation and adjust border measures as required,” it said

‘Better to be safe than sorry’

Reacting to the news, epidemiologist Dr. Christopher Labos emphasized the lack of information the world has so far about the omicron variant, noting that some other variants failed to take hold and out-compete the dominant strain.

“While it’s important not to under-react, it’s important not to overreact. We don’t have a lot of information about whether this variant is actually more dangerous than the variants that we’ve dealt with,” he said in an interview on CBC News Network.

Still, he said it was “better to be safe than sorry” and take precautions. But he said that until there was more information, it was not necessary to radically change behaviour, so long as you are vaccinated and otherwise acting in accordance with public health guidance.

“The stuff that worked before should work now.”

WHO urges countries to keep borders open

The World Health Organization (WHO) released a statement on Sunday summarizing what it knows about the variant. It said it is studying whether the variant is more transmissible than those currently spreading, such as delta, as well as whether omicron increases the risk of reinfection, as suggested by “preliminary evidence.”

The idea of travel bans in response to new variants has long been criticized by some as an ineffective measure at stopping the spread of the virus. South Africa has said the travel measures are “unjustified.”

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO’s regional director for Africa, said instituting travel bans targeted at southern Africa “attacks global solidarity.”

“COVID-19 constantly exploits our divisions. We will only get the better of the virus if we work together for solutions,” Moeti said.

In an interview on Rosemary Barton Live that aired prior to the government announcement on Sunday, WHO special adviser Dr. Peter Singer said it “wouldn’t be a surprise” if the variant was in Canada.

He said the United Nations agency believes travel restrictions should be “risk-based and time-limited,” part of a comprehensive package, rather than the only measure taken to mitigate the risk of a new variant.

“They’re definitely not a silver bullet,” he said. Singer argued the international community should not create situations that disincentive countries from being transparent about new variants.

Singer said the most important things Canadians can do to protect themselves are the same as they have been throughout the COVID-19 pandemic: get vaccinated and follow public health measures.

“This is a call for individuals to raise their guard. There are things individuals can do which help with any variant or any version of this virus, including omicron.”

He urged Canada and other countries to redouble their efforts to provide resources to the global vaccination campaign, saying that’s the best way to stop the spread of omicron and potential future variants.

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Canada finds first cases of Omicron COVID-19 variant in Ontario. Here’s what we know – Globalnews.ca

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Canada has detected its first two cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant.

A statement from Ontario’s Ministry of Health confirmed that cases of the variant, recently declared as the novel coronavirus’ fifth variant of concern by the WHO, have been identified in Ontario.

“Today, the province of Ontario has confirmed two cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in Ottawa, both of which were reported in individuals with recent travel from Nigeria. Ottawa Public Health is conducting case and contact management and the patients are in isolation,” read the statement Sunday.


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“In addition to the measures recently announced, we continue to urge the federal government to take the necessary steps to mandate point-of-arrival testing for all travellers irrespective of where they’re coming from to further protect against the spread of this new variant.”

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore is set to hold a press conference on the variant’s discovery Monday morning, according to the statement.

Federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos also confirmed Canada’s first two cases in a statement Sunday evening, and said that he was working with the province’s public health officials to contact trace the cases.

“As the monitoring and testing continues with provinces and territories, it is expected that other cases of this variant will be found in Canada,” read Duclos’ statement.


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“I know that this new variant may seem concerning, but I want to remind Canadians that vaccination, in combination with public health and individual protective measures, is working to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and its variants in our communities.”

South African scientists first identified the heavily mutated variant earlier this week after an exponential surge in cases, prompting a host of nations — including Canada — to impose new travel restrictions on a wide swathe of southern African countries.

Public health experts and officials were alarmed by the variant’s high number of mutations — with preliminary data showing at first an increased potential for transmissibility, a reduction in vaccine effectiveness and increased reinfection.

Other experts were quick to point out South Africa’s low rates of vaccination, which currently sit at under 30 per cent of the total population, as well as a lack of evidence suggesting the variant is deadlier than the current dominant strains of the virus.


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Canadian public health officials previously said that getting vaccinated was still the best way of preventing the most severe outcomes from contracting COVID-19, and that there was no definitive evidence yet of its ability to completely circumvent the protection offered by the inoculations.

Canada’s Chief Public Officer Dr. Theresa Tam also confirmed the detection of the new variant, and said that Canada has a “robust monitoring” system in place to detect genetic changes in the virus or new variants of concern, such as the Omicron.

“Last Friday, Canada announced additional travel measures for all travellers coming into Canada from the South African region. It is not unexpected that additional cases of this variant will be discovered in Canada,” read Tam’s statement.

A handful of vaccine makers have recently announced that they were also developing or examining ways to enhance or create new versions of their shots to combat Omicron.

The most recent was that of Moderna, whose chief medical officer Dr. Paul Burton told BBC that a new vaccine could be produced by “early 2022” if it was necessary.

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“The remarkable thing about the mRNA vaccines, Moderna platform, is we can move very fast,” he said, noting that the company started work on an Omicron vaccine on Thursday.

Canada’s vaccination rates also stand among the highest in the world, with nearly 80 per cent of the country’s eligible population already vaccinated against COVID-19.


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Public health experts told Global News earlier on Friday shortly before Canada’s announcement of new travel restrictions that they would not be surprised if the variant was “already here” and spreading within Canada’s borders.

On Sunday, the Netherlands, Denmark and Australia became the latest countries alongside Canada to discover the new variant among their cases.

The variant has already been found in Belgium, Botswana, Israel, Hong Kong, the U.K., Germany and Italy.

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