5 things to know for Friday, September 24, 2021

Canada has now fully vaccinated 79.46 per cent of the country’s eligible population. Here’s what else you need to know to start your day.

1. Filling hospitals: Inside hospitals across Saskatchewan, which has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, health-care workers report a worsening crisis pushing the system to the brink

2. Long-term care: COVID-19 outbreaks are on the rise inside Canada’s long-term care homes, putting the focus on staff being vaccinated and the differing rules from province to province

3. Travel restrictions: Canada saw only a slight increase in the number of foreign nationals entering the country in the first week after the border opened to those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 

4. SNC-Lavalin charges: The corporate entities of SNC-Lavalin Inc. and SNC-Lavalin International Inc., as well as two former senior executives of the Quebec-based firms have been charged with a series of fraud and forgery offences by the RCMP. 

5. Election cost: After the most expensive election in Canadian history resulted in little change politically, many are asking whether it was worth the $610-million price tag and where else that money could have been spent

One more thing…

Fit for a champion: Canada’s Olympic team has announced a partnership with Lululemon to provide their clothing for the next four Olympic Games.  

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