Ontario’s proof-of-vaccination policy starts today

How to get your proof of vaccination? Starting September 22nd, persons 12 and older must provide proof of full vaccination (2 doses) and government issue ID (driver’s license, health card) to access certain indoor businesses and settings. Follow the steps below to get your proof of vaccination (vaccine receipts) if you have a green health […]

How to get your proof of vaccination?

Starting September 22nd, persons 12 and older must provide proof of full vaccination (2 doses) and government issue ID (driver’s license, health card) to access certain indoor businesses and settings. Follow the steps below to get your proof of vaccination (vaccine receipts) if you have a green health card.

If you have a red and white health card you need to call 1-833-943-3900 to access your vaccination documents.

Steps to follow:

  1. Visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/proof-covid-19-vaccination and click the “Get your vaccine receipt” button.
  2. After reading the terms of use, click the check box saying “I have read and understand the terms of use” and click continue.
  3. Enter your health card information in the appropriate fields and click continue.
  4. Click on the “Vaccination receipts” option
  5. If you’ve had 2 doses, both receipts will be available for you to download. Click on your options to “Download the receipt”.
  6. Click on the print or download option to get a copy of your vaccine receipts.

NOTE:   On October 22nd, the provincial government will be launching an enhanced digital vaccine certificate with unique QR codes to make the proof of vaccination process easier.

For more information on how Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine certificate program works: https://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/21053251/ontario-release-vaccine-certificate-program.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1KNLusnc3zjEBSszBEFNxStycNk4QvVVvvbGY8dHsqJpdenQ1swb9j2uk

Another Liberal Minority Government with Trudeau

Justin Trudeau will again be Canada’s Prime Minister in another minority government. With the mail-in ballots still to be fully counted, the Liberals are projected to form the 44th Canadian Parliament. The Conservative Party of Canada, led by Erin O’Toole will be the official opposition to the Liberal Party. The bottom line is that the […]

Justin Trudeau will again be Canada’s Prime Minister in another minority government.

With the mail-in ballots still to be fully counted, the Liberals are projected to form the 44th Canadian Parliament. The Conservative Party of Canada, led by Erin O’Toole will be the official opposition to the Liberal Party.

The bottom line is that the final seat tally may not look very different from the composition of the House of Commons when it was dissolved six weeks ago.

Trudeau called a quick election hoping to form a majority government with at least 170 seats. As of early morning Tuesday September 21, the unofficial result showed the Liberals winning 158 seats – a minority government.

Minority governments typically last less than two years. Given the “status quo” type results of last night’s election, it is highly unlikely there will be an earlier election, especially given that this election cost taxpayers over $600 million.

As a minority government, what this means is that for the Liberals to follow through with their political agenda, they will have to work with other parties, likely the NDP, in order to get budgets and other key legislation passed.

In his victory speech, Trudeau said the result suggests Canadians are “sending us back to work with a clear mandate to get Canada through this pandemic and to brighter days ahead.”

Here are some key goals set out in the Liberal campaign policy platform titled “Forward. For Everyone”:

1) Finishing the Fight Against COVID-19

  • Mandatory vaccines on planes, trains, and in the federal public service.
  • Support proof-of-vaccination credentials.
  • Safer indoor spaces, like schools and businesses, with better ventilation.
  • Free vaccine boosters, for everyone.

2) A Home. For Everyone.

  • Unlock home ownership for the middle class.
  • 4 million new homes.

3) A More Resilient Economy

  • Bring all businesses along to recovery and support them to hire the help they need.
  • A better Employment Insurance system to support gig workers, self-employed people, and give workers more financial security.
  • Address underrepresented groups in the workforce to build a more vibrant and diverse workforce.
  • Creating opportunities for everyone.
  • $10 a day child care to make life affordable for families.

4) A Cleaner, Greener Future

  • Create green jobs in communities across Canada and across sectors.
  • Boost clean and renewable power from coast to coast to coast.

Click the link below to read the full Liberal policy platform, Forward. For Everyone.

https://liberal.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/292/2021/09/Platform-Forward-For-Everyone.pdf

Data shows that COVID-19 vaccines work

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) continually releases data on COVID-19 and recently released stats on how COVID-19 affects the unvaccinated and vaccinated populations in Canada. As of August 28, 2021, the bottom line is that over 80% of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths occurred in unvaccinated people.  By comparison, 2.5% or less of […]

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) continually releases data on COVID-19 and recently released stats on how COVID-19 affects the unvaccinated and vaccinated populations in Canada.

As of August 28, 2021, the bottom line is that over 80% of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths occurred in unvaccinated people.  By comparison, 2.5% or less of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths occurred in fully vaccinated people. This stark difference, based on the data, shows that COVID-19 vaccines work to help prevent people from getting the virus and from experiencing serious health effects.

Source: https://health-infobase.canada.ca/covid-19/epidemiological-summary-covid-19-cases.html#a9 

American Civil Liberties Union: Vaccine mandates further civil liberties

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) initially reacted to the idea of COVID-19 vaccine mandates with skepticism. But in early September, the organization endorsed vaccine requirements, adopting the argument that mandatory inoculations against COVID-19 “further civil liberties” by protecting the most vulnerable. “At the ACLU, we are not shy about defending civil liberties, even when […]

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) initially reacted to the idea of COVID-19 vaccine mandates with skepticism. But in early September, the organization endorsed vaccine requirements, adopting the argument that mandatory inoculations against COVID-19 “further civil liberties” by protecting the most vulnerable.

“At the ACLU, we are not shy about defending civil liberties, even when they are very unpopular. But we see no civil liberties problem with requiring COVID -19 vaccines in most circumstances,” wrote David Cole, the ACLU’s legal director, and Daniel Mach, the director of its program on freedom of religion and belief.

“In fact, far from compromising civil liberties, vaccine mandates actually further civil liberties. They protect the most vulnerable among us, including people with disabilities and fragile immune systems, children too young to be vaccinated and communities of color hit hard by the disease.”

Read the ACLU’s stance on COVID-19 vaccine mandates: https://www.aclu.org/news/civil-liberties/civil-liberties-and-vaccine-mandates-heres-our-take/

COVID-19 vaccines receive full approval from Health Canada

Earlier this week, Health Canada fully approved both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for anyone aged 12 and older. These vaccines were first used earlier this year when they received an interim order that allowed for a speedy rollout of the vaccines to slow the spread of COVID-19. AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine is still authorized […]

Earlier this week, Health Canada fully approved both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for anyone aged 12 and older. These vaccines were first used earlier this year when they received an interim order that allowed for a speedy rollout of the vaccines to slow the spread of COVID-19. AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine is still authorized under the interim order but remains under review for full approval.

The full approval comes with a required brand name for each of the vaccines. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will now be called “Comirnaty,” the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will now be called “Spikevax” and the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine will now be called “Vaxzrvria.”

Resource: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/covid19-industry/drugs-vaccines-treatments/vaccines.html?utm_campaign=hc-sc-covidvaccine-21-22&utm_medium=smo&utm_source=twt&utm_content=vaccine-en-210916-govcanhealth

 

Vaccines Work

Vaccines have been used for decades to help eradicate/minimize diseases in Canada and around the world. Below are some facts on the COVID-19 vaccines and some historical examples of effective vaccines.

Vaccines have been used for decades to help eradicate/minimize diseases in Canada and around the world. Below are some facts on the COVID-19 vaccines and some historical examples of effective vaccines.

EllisDon, PCL announce mandatory vaccination policy and more contractors may follow suit

Two of Canada’s largest general contractors, EllisDon and PCL Construction, have announced they are implementing vaccination verification requirements at their workplaces. EllisDon and PCL will require Canadian employees working at any jobsite to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 1, 2021. As of this date, testing will not be offered as an alternative to […]

Two of Canada’s largest general contractors, EllisDon and PCL Construction, have announced they are implementing vaccination verification requirements at their workplaces.

EllisDon and PCL will require Canadian employees working at any jobsite to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 1, 2021. As of this date, testing will not be offered as an alternative to full immunization, stated a September 14 release.

Any employee may request an exemption to the vaccination verification requirement due to proven medical condition(s) and other applicable human rights grounds.

EllisDon and PCL will continue to comply with existing protocols and rules with respect to physical distancing, masking, screening, rapid testing, personal protective equipment and any other measures intended to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, stated the release.

Local 793 Labour Relations Manager Melissa Atkins-Mahaney discusses why mandatory vaccination policies are here to stay in the Fall 2021 Labour Relations Report (see link below).

News Release: https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/ellisdon-and-pcl-implement-canadian-vaccination-verification-requirements-888136788.html

Local 793 Labour Relations Report: Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies are here to stay: https://online.flippingbook.com/view/174604277/38/

How to choose reliable sources of information on the COVID-19 vaccines

Finding reliable information on the COVID-19 vaccines can be difficult, and many contradicting opinions can often feel overwhelming. Carefully choosing your sources to get information is the best way to ensure accuracy. Some things to consider when choosing are: Assess the source – Do they mention the author? If so, are they real and credible? […]

Finding reliable information on the COVID-19 vaccines can be difficult, and many contradicting opinions can often feel overwhelming. Carefully choosing your sources to get information is the best way to ensure accuracy. Some things to consider when choosing are:

Assess the source – Do they mention the author? If so, are they real and credible? For social media, check for fake accounts/how long they have been active and if they link to facts rather than stating an opinion. For websites, check the “About Us” and “Contact Us” pages for background information and details. Other clues that a source may be unreliable are poor spelling and grammar and unprofessional visual design.

 Go beyond the headlines – Often, headlines are worded sensationally or provocatively in an effort to garner a high number of clicks (click-baiting). Read further into the article to be informed on the entire context/sense of the headline. Also, look for similar information on other platforms (don’t just look for confirmation on social media), as diversifying your sources allow you to get a better picture of what is or is not trustworthy.

 Check the date – Make sure the information you are reading is current and up to date as situations and research evolve. By ensuring your information was published recently, you get the most accurate information given the current facts and science.

 Examine the supporting evidence – Credible sources will back up their claims/opinions with facts. They will also provide links to their facts. That way, anyone can independently access the facts themselves.

It’s human nature to seek information about this unfolding public health crisis, but we must all take the proper steps to get the right information. Only together can we stop the spread of misinformation.

Below are several resources on COVID-19 with news and information from reliable sources, including the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, and the health research communities.

Resources

Government of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/vaccines.html

Government of Ontario: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-vaccines-ontario 

Government of Nunavut: https://www.gov.nu.ca/health/information/covid-19-vaccination#:~:text=The%20first%20vaccine%20that%20will,defend%20you%20against%20COVID%2D19. 

World Health Organization (WHO): https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/covid-19-vaccines 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html 

Ontario construction associations are looking for your help with a survey

Eight major contractor associations in Ontario’s construction industry have launched a COVID-19 vaccine survey to determine which percentage of workers are fully vaccinated and the leading reasons for vaccine hesitancy. The anonymous survey consists of 10 questions and closes at the end of September. Sponsors of the survey are RESCON, the Ontario Sewer and Watermain Construction Association, Ontario Residential Council […]

Eight major contractor associations in Ontario’s construction industry have launched a COVID-19 vaccine survey to determine which percentage of workers are fully vaccinated and the leading reasons for vaccine hesitancy.

The anonymous survey consists of 10 questions and closes at the end of September.

Sponsors of the survey are RESCON, the Ontario Sewer and Watermain Construction Association, Ontario Residential Council of Construction Associations, Heavy Construction Association of Toronto, Ontario General Contractors Association, Ontario Home Builders’ Association, Ontario Road Builders’ Association, and Toronto and Area Road Builders Association.

Your participation is greatly appreciated! To complete the anonymous survey, click the link below:

Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/10COVIDVaxx

News Releasehttps://canada.constructconnect.com/dcn/news/associations/2021/09/ontario-construction-associations-launch-vaccine-survey

 

Local 793 proudly supports Helmets to Hardhats, transitioning military personnel to the skilled trades

Local 793 is a proud supporter of the Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) Canada program, which provides career opportunities for anyone who has served (or is currently serving) in the Canadian Forces. The program offers apprenticeship opportunities to achieve a journeyperson qualification in the building and construction trade, as well as potential opportunities in other management positions within the industry. H2H is […]

Local 793 is a proud supporter of the Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) Canada program, which provides career opportunities for anyone who has served (or is currently serving) in the Canadian Forces. The program offers apprenticeship opportunities to achieve a journeyperson qualification in the building and construction trade, as well as potential opportunities in other management positions within the industry.

H2H is a registered non-profit organization that has unique partnerships with Canada’s Building Trades Unions, their many employers across Canada, and government stakeholders.

To learn more about H2H, visit: https://www.helmetstohardhats.ca/en/home.htm