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Good evening, here are the coronavirus headlines tonight.

Top headlines:

  1. Absentee rates at Alberta schools are soaring – but the provincial government refused to disclose how many schools have hit the 10-per-cent absentee threshold
  2. Canadian business owners are generally in support of vaccine mandates for their staff — but legal implications remain unclear
  3. Sex toy habits changed in the pandemic (especially demand for quiet ones)

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A health worker inoculates a child with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 at a children's hospital in Colombo on Sept. 24, 2021.AFP/Getty Images

Coronavirus in Canada

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Coronavirus and business

Canadian business owners generally support vaccine mandates for their staff, but are hesitant to implement one because of a range of unanswered questions regarding its legal implications and practical application.

  • Business owners fear legal repercussions if they terminate an employee who refuses to get vaccinated after implementing a vaccine mandate, according to an expert.

Also today: Hosting a hybrid event that is engaging for in-person and remote employees is easier said than done. Here are some pointers.

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Sources: Canada data are compiled from government websites, Johns Hopkins University and COVID-19 Canada Open Data Working Group; international data are from Johns Hopkins.

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