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5 things to know about for Wednesday January 12, 2022: Quebec tax, Boris Johnson party, Omicron spread

TORONTO – Canadian Civil Liberties Association says proposed tax on unvaccinated people disturbing, overseas-trained nurses eager to help, and UK Prime Minister criticized for throwing party . Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

1. Civil liberties: As COVID-19 cases put Canada’s hospitals at or near capacity, Quebec’s unprecedented plan to tax adult residents who refuse to be vaccinated comes under fire.

2. International nurses: Omicron spike in COVID-19 infections worsens nursing shortage in Canadian hospitals, but thousands of internationally trained nurses say they can ease the strain on the healthcare system if given the chance to work.

3. The party is over: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will have to fight Wednesday to defend his post as Prime Minister after it was revealed that a ‘bring your own alcohol’ rally had been held at his official residence during the first coronavirus lockdown.

4. Case settled: The federal prison service says it is making several changes to help inmates with opioid addiction, including giving them faster access to treatment by eliminating a waiting list of several hundred people.

5. “Not a bad cold”: Some people talk about grabbing Omicron to “get it over with”, one doctor calls the idea “playing with dynamite”.

One more thing…

Sorry, King Arthur: A new study casts doubt on the image of the massive and powerful medieval workhorses in history and legend, instead suggesting that they were often the size of a pony by modern standards.