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Omicron versus booster shots: The high-stakes race in Canada is on

Most provinces off to a painfully slow start giving third doses of the vaccine, and one expert warns that new variant will make things ’pretty ugly’
Rapid response COVID-19 antigen test devices pictured in Kingston, Ont. on Dec. 10, 2021. (Lars Hagberg/CP)

With the Omicron variant on the rise, should you attend your work Christmas party?

Vaxx Populi: Even if you’re double-vaxxed and you take a rapid test before arriving, the odds may not be in your favour
A security man stands guard outside a ward being prepared for the omicron coronavirus in Ahmedabad, India, on Dec. 6, 2021. (Ajit Solanki/AP)

Omicron variant will likely be worse than Delta, according to early research

Vaxx Populi: Omicron has a higher effective reproduction number than Delta, so can vaccines protect against more hospitalizations and deaths? Time will tell.
MISSISSAUGA, Nov. 29, 2021  International travelers wearing face masks walk with their luggage carts to a COVID-19 testing site after arriving at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, on Nov. 28, 2021. Two people in the Canadian capital city of Ottawa have tested positive for the highly transmissible Omicron variant of COVID-19, according to the Ontario provincial government on Sunday. (Credit Image: © Zou Zheng/Xinhua via ZUMA Press)

New COVID-19 travel measures cause confusion; and Freeland will give a budget update

Politics Insider for Dec 3, 2021: Omicron variant chaos; a financial reckoning coming; and an unpopular monarchy
International travelers at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ontario, on Nov. 28, 2021 (Photo by Zou Zheng/Xinhua via ZUMA Press)

Canada announces new travel restrictions as the world braces for Omicron

Politics Insider for Dec. 1, 2021: Omicron sparks new restrictions; new vaccine questions; and a political challenge
Flight cancelations are seen on the information board at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan, Nov. 30, 2021. Japan confirmed on Tuesday its first case of the new Omicron coronavirus variant. (Shinji Kita/Kyodo News via AP)

Omicron cases start to climb as WHO warns the variant poses a ’high infection risk’

Politics Insider for Nov. 30, 2021: New cases in Canada; a military apology; and Steven Guilbeault’s bicycle
Families watch planes on the tarmac at Johannesburg's OR Tambo's airport, Nov. 29, 2021. WHO urged countries around the world not to impose flight bans on southern African nations due to concern over the new Omicron variant. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Omicron: Here’s what we know so far about the latest variant of concern

Vaxx Populi: From how vulnerable Canada is to what the vaccine makers are doing in response, here’s what we know about the newest variant of concern
The CoVaRR-Net rapid response network was set up to analyze the variants quickly (Photograph by John Kealey)

The team of scientists guarding Canada against COVID variants—’the known unknown’

The Coronavirus Variants Rapid Response Network will serve as Canada’s early warning system for variants that could hurl us back into pandemic misery
Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos and Chief Public Health Officer Theresa on November 26, 2021 in Ottawa. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

The COVID-19 variant Omicron is in Ottawa; and WHO disputes travel restrictions

Politics Insider for Nov. 29, 2021: A worrying new COVID variant is here; an inflation fight; and some Ryan Reynolds
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An ode to my work-from-home dining table

Pandemic life happened here: work calls by day, home-cooked meals by night, a baby’s first delightful laugh. And now it’s hard to imagine having to leave.