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Pre-Entry COVID Test No Longer Required at Canadian Border

As of April 1st 2022, the Canadian border will no longer require a pre-arrival negative COVID-19 test from fully vaccinated travellers entering or returning to the country. Previously, a rapid antigen test or a PCR test indicating a person does not have COVID was required by border authorities. This rule change should encourage Canadians to […]

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US Land Border Opens to Canadians

After being closed for nearly 19 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on November 8th 2021 the United States land border officially opened to all fully vaccinated Canadians. US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced they will be staffing their border at pre-pandemic levels, but warns that wait times may be longer than in […]

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When Will USA Border Open to Canadians?

On August 9th 2021, Canada opened its border to all fully vaccinated Americans allowing tourists from the United States to visit the country once again. The US border remains closed to Canadians, however, and American authorities recently extended the border closure until September 21st citing COVID-19 transmission rates south of the border as well as […]

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Where Can Vaccinated Canadians Travel?

Most Canadians are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Consequently, Canadians are starting to think about international travel again, and are beginning to research possible vacation destinations. This leads to the question, which countries can a fully vaccinated Canadian visit? As of July 2021, Canadian citizens who have received two doses of the Pfizer, Moderna, or […]


 
 

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Saturday Stories: Kid Myths, Monkeypox, and Healthcare

Posted  May 21, 2022  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Mark Kline, in The Advocate, on kids’ COVID myths.Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, on Monkeypox.Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, on healthcare’s devastation.
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Today’s News: Here’s some good stuff

Posted  May 21, 2022  by  Anonymous

Busy day today so its not a long post tonight. First of all, here’s a great news story: On May 18, 2022Saskatoon Tribal Council had the pleasure of witnessing the unveiling of the Fred Sasakamoose statue at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon.https://…

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Soldiers of Ukraine

Posted  May 20, 2022  by  Anonymous

I have been struck by the number of outstanding photos I am seeing of the brave soldiers fighting for Ukraine. I have been collecting these now for more than a month, and tonight I thought I would post some of the best:

Here are members of the Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces hold Easter cakes near the trenches, outside Kyiv on April 23.

Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

I am so impressed by this young soldier, in a photo taken outside Kyiv as the Russians were leaving earlier in April:

 Marcus Yam/ LA Times
How beautiful is this?

There are so many other First Responders worth highlighting too — here’s a firefighter taking a break:

Emilio Morenatti/AP

And here’s a fellow who arrived in Ukraine as a volunteer – he’s not a soldier but likely should be someday:

On the Russian side, today’s Darwin Award goes to…

Moving back to Canada for a moment, I couldn’t resist retweeting this classic:

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Today’s News: Ha ha

Posted  May 19, 2022  by  Anonymous

 

Sorry, I just can’t help myself. 
It’s truly a Nelson moment today. Jason Kenny has resigned as Alberta premier and as party leader.

Charles Adler tried for years to tell Alberta the truth about Kenny and maybe now they have finally learned:

And this may be right, also:

And there may be some truth to this:


In other news, and speaking of the American primaries, here’s the tweet of the day:

Today also, Bush the Younger accidentally told the truth:

Today’s Ukraine news:

In other news about Ukraine, I thought these were good evaluations:

Some very bizarre tweet threads these days:

Finally, this:

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Marking #IDAHOBT2022

Posted  May 18, 2022  by  Anonymous

Almost two decades ago, the International Day Against Homphobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was set May 17 — it has become a celebration around the world of Two Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. The only thing I am sorry …

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Today’s News: Odds and ends

Posted  May 17, 2022  by  Anonymous

Just a batch of somewhat-random tweets tonight, sorted into some topic areas.   Ontario Election:I didn’t watch the debate but I saw a few funny tweets coming out of it: Michael De Adder: Debate notes https://t.co/6b4fWU0u0g via @torontostar—…

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Today’s News: We need to remember the ones we have lost

Posted  May 16, 2022  by  Anonymous

it’s not the ocean you hear when you hold a seashell to your ear, or your own heartbeat drumming and echoing back at you. it’s the ones you’ve lost calling to let you know they made it to the other side and they’ll be waiting around the campfire unti…

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Today’s News: the tide is turning in Ukraine

Posted  May 15, 2022  by  Anonymous

Just a short posting tonight, but it appears that the tide in Ukraine is turning: Long story short. Russia seems to be pulling out of the area to the north of Kharkiv entirely, and still cant make significant advances in the Donbas. https://t.co/DE1Fc…

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Saturday stuff: funny, with a side of dogs too

Posted  May 14, 2022  by  Anonymous

this website is great because a super famous movie star like bette midler can get ratioed by [checks notes] uhh, jorts the cat pic.twitter.com/vwAAWaYCvA— the hype (@TheHyyyype) May 14, 2022 This is priceless shade, too: The only thing Melania wanted …

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Saturday Stories: Correlations, Trolling, And School Ventilation

Posted  May 14, 2022  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Nans Florens, Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz, Jérôme Barriere, Eric Billy, Fabrice Frank, Véronique Saada, Alexander Samuel, Barbara Seitz-Polski, Kyle Sheldrick, and Lonni Besançon, in OCF Preprints ask should we publish every correlation during the COV…

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Today’s News: We like short shorts

Posted  May 14, 2022  by  Anonymous

Here’s the cover photo of 2010 book about the SlutWalk Movement — just thought I should help out that Ottawa school trying to “measure” the shorts and skirts of its female students today.Maybe if they used this photo as their guide, then their female …

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Today’s News: But did the rocks actually hit you?

Posted  May 13, 2022  by  Anonymous

I can’t help it. I am comparing the sympathetic media reaction today toward Singh, after a few jerks screamed curses at him as he was moving toward his vehicle after a campaign event, with the cynical media reaction last September toward Trudeau, …

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Today’s News: Sad Trombone Sound

Posted  May 12, 2022  by  Anonymous

I guess expecting Canadian Conservative voters to listen to an actual DEBATE is just too much to ask of the Youngs today, not to mention really B-O-R-I-N-G, man!  Brother Wells over on his Substack: “Well, that was a national disgrace.” #cpcldrdeb…

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Today’s News: Reality bites

Posted  May 11, 2022  by  Anonymous

First, this:

 
Such good news and a great game. Our son says that four out of five times, the team that wins Game 5 also wins the series! 
On to today’s news: 
There seem to be more people all the time who think that if they don’t like society they can just create their own – here’s an interesting observation:

The difference between the “reality-based community” and the “make your own adventure” community was identified in an October 17, 2004 New York Times article by Ron Suskind titled “Faith, Certainty and the Presidency of George W. Bush”. 

Suskind didn’t identify his source but it was likely Bush strategist Karl Rove. describing how the Bush – Cheney administration thought they could invade Iraq and “win” just because the US was a Superpower On A Mission From God: 

  The aide said that guys like me were “in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” … “That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors … and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do. 

It was chilling to read this at the time, and realize that the Bush administration didn’t see any limits in what it could do. 
But eventually, reality bites.
I have the feeling that Ford is now finding that Reality Bites in Ontario – Del Duca is peaking at the right time, while Ford is looking tired.

Ontario had a leaders debate today in North Bay and Ford exited without answering any questions from reporters:

Putin is finding this out in Ukraine now — the news from Ukraine is actually getting better every day:

This is what worries me about Ukraine winning:

This is outstanding:

And I believe the anti-abortion movement in the United States will rue the day they “won” in their battle against Roe v Wade – now they are going to have to spend a great deal of time and money trying and failing to get juries to convict:

Just as Canadian juries refused to convict Morgentaler, so US juries will also refuse to convict.

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Today’s News: The stupid, it burns!

Posted  May 10, 2022  by  Anonymous

Evan Scrimshaw sent out a newsletter tonight talking about Skippy and the Conservative so-called “debate” last week and its worth quoting from:  … It’s a busted ideology and a party infected by more than just bad opinions but stupidity at i…

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Today’s news: One of those days

Posted  May 9, 2022  by  Anonymous

Yes, it was Mother’s Day. And lots of political tweets that relate: Are we still calling it Mother’s Day or is it now just Domestic Infant Supplier Day?— Keri Blakinger (@keribla) May 8, 2022 The slope, it is slippery. https://t.co/VLXjIVDtJN— Helen…

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Today’s news: Just some weekend stuff

Posted  May 8, 2022  by  Anonymous

No particular theme today – so let’s get going! Too late, Candice – that ship has sailed: WHAT?#CPC leader Candice Bergen is worried about this?”And lastly I promised caucus I would not do anything and we would not do anything that would make the …

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Saturday Stories: Not Over, Pandemic Coverage, And Childhood Hepatitis

Posted  May 7, 2022  by  Yoni Freedhoff

H. Holden Thorp, in Science, on how it ain’t over until it’s over and the failures of governments that pretend otherwise. 
Ed Yong, speaking at Yale, discusses 2 years of covering the pandemic (and winnning pretty much all the science awards ther…

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Today’s News: Children of Ukraine

Posted  May 7, 2022  by  Anonymous

Mother’s Day is coming up so here are some photos I have been collecting showing some of the children in Ukraine: 7-year-old Angelina, just arrived from Russian-occupied territory pic.twitter.com/3jxeI8FcXd— Matthew Luxmoore (@mjluxmoore) May 2, 2022 H…

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Today’s News: Skippy will just wave his magic wand!

Posted  May 6, 2022  by  Anonymous

Lots of comments tonight about the first Conservative debate — apparently not an “official” debate though I’m not sure why that mattered. The big loser was, I think, Patrick Brown — this would have been his first opportunity to introduce himself…

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Today’s News: Fuddle Duddle

Posted  May 5, 2022  by  Anonymous

A 1972 Merle “Ting” Tingley cartoonToday turned out to be the perfect day for this old cartoonThe original remark, from 1971: pic.twitter.com/aLLy1r13Q1— Sarah Sears (@iamSas) May 4, 2022  Trudeau dropped the f-bomb when he apparently got fed up w…

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Today’s News: “Abortion is a fundamental right”

Posted  May 4, 2022  by  Anonymous

(Photo of Supreme Court protest today, by Jabin Botsford, WashPost)Today lots of comments and discussions about how the United States is criminalizing abortion again.I’m not sure which Justice the Washington Post Editorial Board is trying to speak to w…

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Today’s News: It’s the end of choice in America

Posted  May 3, 2022  by  Anonymous

A draft SCOTUS decision to overturn Roe V Wade on a 5-4 vote leaked tonight, and of course we saw the usual pearl-clutching toonight about how unseemly it is to leak a draft Supreme Court decisions:What is that line from Shakespeare? Oh yes, “Fuck thei…

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“The conversation must include apology. But it must not stop there”

Posted  May 3, 2022  by  Anonymous

Tonight I wanted to conclude my coverage of the visit to Saskatchewan by the Archbishop of Canterbury the Reverend Justin Welby, and his apology for the residential schools. The Anglican Church committed grievous sins against the Indigenous, Inuit and…

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A few zingers and a little truth

Posted  May 2, 2022  by  Anonymous

Just a few miscellaneous but somewhat funny tweets today: Mr. Squirrel approves of the new Ukrainian postage stamp. pic.twitter.com/Vm6cXomrnc— Lorenzo The Cat (@LorenzoTheCat) May 1, 2022 ‘landlord’ and ‘landlady’ are needlessly gendered words. pls …

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Today’s News: A long time coming

Posted  May 1, 2022  by  Anonymous
Today the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby arrived in Saskatchewan, to apologize for the Anglican Church role in Canadian residential schools. 
The official photo is above and I’m sorry that I couldn’t find a list of the Chiefs, Elders and others in this group.  Archbishop Welby is fourth from the left and I think Elder Dennis Sanderson is beside him, third from the left 

Welby visited James Smith Cree Nation along with Chakastaypasin Band of the Cree Nation and Peter Chapman Band. and tomorrow he will visit an Indigenous Gathering at the Prince Albert Exhibition at 2 p.m. after Sunday services at the St. Alban’s Anglican Cathedral:

Here are some of his words of apology: 

 “I am sorry. I am more sorry than I can say,” Welby said. “I am ashamed. I am horrified. I ask myself, where does that come from — that evil. It has nothing, nothing to do with Christ.”

It has been a long time coming.

In other news, the White House Correspondents’ Dinner was tonight. 

“Washington is Hollywood for ugly people” was apparently said by Paul Begala back in the 1980s about this annual dinner – also known as Nerd Prom. 
Tonight was Biden’s first dinner, and he got in a few good zingers:

I didn’t watch very much of it, but I didn’t hear about any pearl clutching moments.

Though, of course, I’m sure the Repubs will search for something to be offended about. Three…two…one…

Turning to the right, we see Rolling Blunder arrived in Ottawa today. 

They weren’t allowed to roar past Parliament revving their motorcycles and giving Trudeau the finger, poor babies, so they just had to hang around the war memorial and listen to speeches, and then leave, ho hum…. 

And here’s a quick update on Ukraine tonight. 

I thought this was beautiful:

One thing I am noticing about this war is that the print and broadcast media seem to be several days behind what I am reading on twitter and on blogs about this war. I get the impression that only recently has the world been realizing what Russian soldiers are likely doing to those Ukrainians trapped behind the lines.

Now Ukraine is taking the fight to Russia, without announcing it:

And I thought this was an interesting development:

The Russian war crimes are horrific. Russia is now shipping hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians to Russian concentration camps and onward into Siberia – perhaps all the better as they loot and pillage the captured Ukrainian towns and cities,:

The UN was able to send some trucks into Mariupol to get about 20 women and children out today.

I hope they can do more. And finally, Ukrainians are remembering those they have lost:

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Saturday stuff: funny, and of course dogs!

Posted  April 30, 2022  by  Anonymous

First up, boy is this ever true! Now that spring is here, the rabbits from the nearby park are making their evening circuts through our cul-de-sac and our dogs are going NUTS! Audiences agree “Bunny On The Lawn” is the non-stop thrill ride of 2022! pic…

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Saturday Stories: Great Barrington’s Failure, and The Pandemicine

Posted  April 30, 2022  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Orac, in Respectful Insolence, on the baked in failure of the Great Barrington Declaration.
Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, on how climate change may be underwriting this and future pandemics. 
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Today’s news: TGIF

Posted  April 30, 2022  by  Anonymous

As John Oliver says, just a few things to wrap up the week: First up, so to speak, wasn’t it great that the Mets pitched a no-hitter today — I loved this tweet about it:a neat thing about the covid vaccine is i watched the mets’ no-hitter at home…

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Saturday Stories: Unused Tools, Unsolved Mysteries, and UVC

Posted  April 23, 2022  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Selena Simmons-Duffin, in NPR, drawing from HIV to explain how having the tools to beat a virus isn’t the same thing as using them.
STAT staff, in, yes, STAT, with 6 COVID mysteries that have yet to be solved.
Donald K. Milton, Edward A. Nardell and D…

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Saturday Story: Just One. Read It.

Posted  April 16, 2022  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, on the immeasurable grief. Don’t look away. 
      Related StoriesSaturday Stories: Sweden’s Failure, More For Kids, And What Does Endemic MeanSaturday Stories: Normal?, Living?, Human Rights…

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Saturday Stories: Sweden’s Failure, More For Kids, And What Does Endemic Mean

Posted  April 9, 2022  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Andrew Nikiforuk, in The Tyee, on Sweden’s deadly COVID failures (which are playing out now here all over North America) Nathaniel Basen, in TVO, interviews Janine McCready on what more we could be doing to protect children during and after this …

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Pre-Entry COVID Test No Longer Required at Canadian Border

Posted  April 2, 2022  by  Ben

As of April 1st 2022, the Canadian border will no longer require a pre-arrival negative COVID-19 test from fully vaccinated travellers entering or returning to the country. Previously, a rapid antigen test or a PCR test indicating a person does not have COVID was required by border authorities. This rule change should encourage Canadians to […]

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Saturday Stories: Normal?, Living?, Human Rights?

Posted  April 2, 2022  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Jonathan Howard, in Science Based Medicine, more politely asks how did normal expand to include kids dying from vaccine preventable diseases?
Bill Hanage, in The Guardian, explains what “learning to live with COVID” should mean. 
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Saturday Stories: Tracking, Motivated Reasoning, And Normal’s About To Be Tested

Posted  March 26, 2022  by  Yoni Freedhoff

The editorial board of Nature on the folly of stopping the tracking of COVID.
Abigail Cartus and Justin Feldman, in Protean, on the privileged attack on public education in the name of “normal”.
Katherine J. Wu, in the Atlantic, on how the looming wav…

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Saturday Stories: Giving Up And Not Giving Up

Posted  March 19, 2022  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, on the disaster being wrought by governments giving up on COVID control. 
The late and great Paul Farmer, in Noēma, on social medicine for a better future.
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Saturday Stories: Numbness and Not Learning

Posted  March 12, 2022  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, on how we’ve become numb to the ongoing deaths.
Zeynep Tufecki, in The New York Times, on the lessons we still haven’t learned that could have saved millions of lives. 
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Saturday Story: Pandemic Response Can’t Just Be Individual To Be Effective, And Focused Protection Is Bullshit

Posted  March 5, 2022  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Katherine J. Wu, in The Atlantic, discusses the American shift to individualized COVID responses – a shift that is also being felt across much of Canada
Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz, in Medium, covering the folly of “focused protection”.
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Saturday Stories: How the #UrgencyOfNormal ignores the #UrgencyOfEquity

Posted  February 26, 2022  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Melody Schreiber, in The New Republic, on why the #UrgencyOfNormal cabal so badly want kids to be unmasked. The #UrgencyOfEquity, which I support, discusses how to best protect our most vulnerable and marginalized students during this pandemic.&n…

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Saturday Stories: #Urgency of Normal Done With COVID x 3 And What To Do Post-Omicron

Posted  February 19, 2022  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, on how the #UrgencyofNormal/done with COVID talk condemns the immunocompromisedRamnath Subbaraman,  Michelle Holmes,  and Lakshmi Ganapathi, in Common Dream, on the privilege required to state that you’re done with …

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