One week until Election Day, New variant ‘Mu’ detected in Ont. should we be worried? & Horwath pushes Ford to reconvene legislature to stop hospital protests

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The Liberals are holding on to a slight post-debate lead in support, new polling data suggests.

Sunday's polling numbers from Nanos Research, commissioned by CTV News and The Globe and Mail.

The Liberals are leading the pack at 34 per cent, while the Conservatives are just behind at 30.7 per cent.

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GUEST:Dr. Lori Turnbull, Director of the School of Public Administration with Dalhousie University

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Even as the Delta variant continues to be the dominant strain of COVID-19 Globally, scientists are warning that a new variant dubbed ‘Mu’ — already detected in Ontario — contains a set of mutations indicating it could be resistant to neutralizing antibodies arising from vaccination and infection.

The good news is that the number of global cases of Mu, or B.1.621 as it is officially called, is tiny compared to those of the highly transmissible Delta and has even decreased in some regions in recent months.

But the bad news is that since Mu was first detected in Colombia in January, the variant has spread to some 42 countries, including 49 U.S. states. In Miami, Fla., alone, Mu is responsible for about 10 percent of all COVID patients, behind Delta.

Should we be worried?

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GUEST: Thomas Tenkate, Professor at the School of Occupational & Public Health with Ryerson University

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With anti-vaccination protests becoming a frequent occurrence in Ontario — including outside hospitals, where demonstrators have shouted down patients and staff — provincial NDP leader Andrea Horwath is pushing for Premier Doug Ford to reconvene the legislature to put a stop to such "vitriolic harassment by anti-vaxxer mobs."

Horwath, MPP for Hamilton Centre, was outside McMaster Children's Hospital Friday, promoting a proposal that would create "safety zones" around hospitals and businesses where protests have escalated into harassment.

The bill, which can't be tabled until the legislature returns from an extended summer break, would make targeted harassment of people and businesses upholding public health rules in designated safety zones a provincial offence, punishable by a fine of up to $25,000.

GUEST: Dr. Amit Arya, Co-Founder of Doctors For Justice in Long Term Care and Palliative Care Physician

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