COVID-19 Update: Kenney’s pandemic approval rating sinks to 33 per cent | Albertans splits on province’s vaccine rollout: poll | Hairstylists desperate to return to work

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Braid: Poll shows approval for UCP vaccine rollout — on the very day shortages hit

Mario Saraceni, 73, becomes the first long-term care resident in Calgary to receive the Moderna vaccine at the Mayfair Care Centre on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. Photo by ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES

Columnist Don Braid writes:

It appears that vaccination could bring redemption for the Kenney government’s sagging popularity.

A new Leger poll for Postmedia shows that 48 per cent of Albertans are either somewhat satisfied or very satisfied with the vaccine rollout so far.

Forty-three per cent are somewhat dissatisfied or very dissatisfied. Nine per cent said they didn’t know.

The polling was done from Jan. 8 to 10, well after the MLA travel scandal first erupted on New Year’s Day.

Forty-eight per cent is hardly a stellar level of popularity, but it’s higher than UCP overall numbers.

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‘Unmitigated disaster:’ Hairstylists desperate to get back to work amid COVID-19 pandemic

Moe Charanek works at the Six Barbers barbershop in Calgary on Monday, May 25, 2020. Photo by Gavin Young/Postmedia

Hairstylists in Alberta are calling on the government for support as they suffer the brunt of COVID-19 restrictions that have resulted in an “unmitigated disaster for the beauty industry.”

Paul Hemsing, owner of Salon Purity in Medicine Hat, said the personal impacts of forced hair salon and barbershop closures are immeasurable, causing strain to people’s relationships, mental health and families.

“People are in distress. They are behind on their utility bills. They are behind on their mortgage payments,” said Hemsing.

“My plea to the government is, if you are going to have an industry with tens of thousands of people in Alberta close their stores and threaten us with $5,000 fines if we do perform services, you need to immediately set up an emergency fund.”

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