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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: Treating the Unvaccinated, Will Omicron Hasten Immunity, And Airborne COVID

Posted  January 22, 2022  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, on why it’s a terrible idea not to treat the unvaccinated.
Katherine J. Wu, also in The Atlantic, on whether Omicron infections will translate into widespread immunity.
The Agenda, with a great segment on how COVID is airborn…

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Over 450 Climate Scientists Say Advertising Industry Must End ‘Complicity’ in Climate Crisis

Posted  January 21, 2022  by  Anonymous

On Wednesday, a group of more than 450 scientists called on advertising agencies to cut off their fossil fuel clients and to end their ties with an ongoing misinformation campaign that has time and again killed progress on addressing the climate crisis.  In a joint letter, the scientists say that they are “consistently faced with […]

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Why Words Matter in the Fight Against Climate Change

Posted  January 19, 2022  by  guest

By Tara Lohan, The Revelator. This story originally appeared in The Revelator and is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story. Do we generate energy from windmills or wind turbines? Your answer could say a lot about your views on climate change, explains Genevieve Guenther. Guenther used to be an English […]

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How Exxon Is Using an Unusual Law to Intimidate Critics Over its Climate Denial

Posted  January 18, 2022  by  guest

By Chris McGreal, The Guardian. This story was originally published by The Guardian, and is republished here as part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate crisis. xxonMobil is attempting to use an unusual Texas law to target and intimidate its critics, claiming that lawsuits against the company over its long […]

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UK Oil Regulator Has ‘No Duty’ to Consider North Sea Tax Breaks or Indirect Emissions, Court Rules

Posted  January 18, 2022  by  Anonymous

The UK government is not legally required to consider tax breaks to oil and gas companies or emissions from burning fossil fuels when regulating the North Sea sector, a court has ruled today, rejecting a complaint by climate campaigners.  At a judicial review hearing in December at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, campaigners […]

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Saturday Stories: The Great Surrender, It’s Mild, It’s So Mild, With COVID

Posted  January 15, 2022  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Chuck Wendig, in TerribleMinds, on our great surrender and how we let COVID win.Bruce Arthur, in The Toronto Star, on the myth of mild Omicron.Katherine J. Wu, in The Atlantic, on how we’re long past the point of hoping ‘mild’ Omicron will spare us.Ed…

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With Billions in Fines, U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Ranks Are ‘Packed With Rogues’

Posted  January 13, 2022  by  Anonymous

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, an ultra-powerful business lobby, does not disclose its members, but it represents the interests of America’s largest corporations — some of which have a long record of breaking state and federal laws. A new report from consumer watchdog group Public Citizen details how 111 known members of the Chamber — […]

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Top Global Brands and Asset Managers Still Lack Adequate Anti-Deforestation Policies, Report Finds

Posted  January 13, 2022  by  Anonymous

Heinz, Jimmy Choo and BlackRock are among hundreds of household names doing “little or nothing” to end deforestation, a major new report has found. The new Forest 500 report, published today by environmental group Global Canopy, assessed 350 top companies and 150 financial institutions that fund them, finding that a third of companies have no […]

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‘Don’t Look Up’: Hollywood’s Primer on Climate Denial Illustrates 5 Myths That Fuel Rejection of Science

Posted  January 12, 2022  by  guest

By Gale Sinatra, University of Southern California and Barbara K. Hofer, Middlebury. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Every disaster movie seems to open with a scientist being ignored. “Don’t Look Up” is no exception – in fact, people ignoring or flat out denying scientific […]

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Living Closer to Oil and Gas Drilling Linked to Higher Risk of Pregnancy Complications, New Study Finds

Posted  January 11, 2022  by  Anonymous

Living near oil and gas drilling may increase pregnant women’s risk of developing gestational hypertension and eclampsia, according to a new study. “We observed for those pregnant women within one kilometer of drilling that there’s about a 5 percent increase in odds of gestational hypertension, and 26 percent increase odds of eclampsia,” Mary Willis, a […]

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Saturday Stories: America’s COVID Rules, COVID fatigue, And Omicron Healthcare

Posted  January 8, 2022  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Katherine J. Wu, in the Atlantic, on the dumpster fire that is America’s COVID rules (and for Canadian readers, much overlap with ours).
Gregg Gonsalves, in The Nation, on the impact of COVID fatigue on our morality. 
Ed Yong, in The Atlanti…

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Coverage of Tory MPs’ Energy Bills Letter Ignores Ties to Climate Science Denial Group

Posted  January 7, 2022  by  Anonymous

A media blitz by backbench Tory MPs calling for cuts to green taxes, more North Sea oil and gas extraction, and the return of fracking, is led by politicians with close links to the UK’s main climate science denial group and reflects many of its demands. A letter by the Net Zero Scrutiny Group (NZSG) […]

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Echoing Climate Deniers, Washington Post Op-ed Imagines Electric Cars Stuck in Snow Instead of Gas Ones

Posted  January 6, 2022  by  Anonymous

Originally published by ClimateDenierRoundup on Daily Kos. No one wants to get stuck in traffic. Or in the snow. Getting stuck in an all-day traffic jam because it snowed, well, that’s pretty much the worst. And that’s exactly what happened in Virginia this week, when hundreds of drivers spent all day stuck on the highway […]

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Saturday Stories: Omicron’s Teaching, COVID’s Teaching, And Teaching LeBron

Posted  January 1, 2022  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Andrew Joseph and Helen Branswell, in STAT, on the lessons we’re learning from Omicron.
More Helen Branswell, in STAT, on 10 lessons she’s learned covering the pandemic.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, in his Substack, helps LeBron James understand the differenc…

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Christmas fun

Posted  December 25, 2021  by  Anonymous

Glenn Miller, with the Modernaires, Dorothy Dandridge and the Nicholas Brothers. Nominated for the Oscar:    And more Nicholas Brothers, with Tex Beneke, Marion Hutton and the Modernaires. Another Oscar nominee:  The silent monks:&n…

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Saturday Story: Again Just One And Again It’s Omicron

Posted  December 25, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Katherine J. Wu, Ed Yong, and Sarah Zhang, in The Atlantic, on how our response to Omicron to date represents all of our past mistakes on fast forward.
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Festivus, and other great Christmas moments

Posted  December 24, 2021  by  Anonymous

“Stop crying and fight your father”

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Saturday Story: Ed Yong on Omicron

Posted  December 18, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Ed Yong, the best science journalist of this pandemic, in the Atlantic, discusses Omicron and how we’re definitely not ready for it. It’s so good it’s the only story I’m posting this week. 
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Twas the night before a Covid Christmas!

Posted  December 17, 2021  by  Anonymous

 As seen on Facebook:A Covid ChristmasTwas the night before Christmas, but Covid was here,So we all had to stay extra cautious this year.Our masks were all hung by the chimney with careIn case Santa forgot his and needed a spare.With Covid, we cou…

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Saturday Stories: Treating The Unvaccinated, Omicron, And Mildness

Posted  December 11, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Steven Novella, in Science Based Medicine, on why we cannot and should not withhold medical care from the unvaccinated. 
Sarah Zhang, in The Atlantic, on why Omicron’s explosive growth is so concerning. 
Andrew Pekosz, in The New York Times,…

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Today’s news: random funny stuff

Posted  December 6, 2021  by  Anonymous

COVID has convinced us of this truth: I’m wearing this when I teach evolutionary medicine next week. pic.twitter.com/E2wCQyTs1u— Daniel Bolnick (@DanielBolnick) November 22, 2021 😂 True! 🇨🇦❄️🇨🇦❄️🇨🇦❄️🇨🇦 https://t.co/xgdoYTtc2n— Jacinthe Payant – Jane G…

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Saturday Stories: Fitness and Health Aren’t Enough, 3 Cheers For Our Immune Systems, And Omicron

Posted  December 4, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

By Soupvector – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=112983798
Sirin Kale, in The Guardian, with the life and death story of 42 year old triathlete, body builder, and anti-vaxxer John Eyers
Katherine J. Wu, in The Atl…

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In Yet Another Win, Bariatric Surgery Reduces Cancer Risk In Long Term Study

Posted  December 2, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Before you read any further know that I’m NOT a surgeon.
I think it could be fairly argued that as far as surgical impact and benefits go, there are few that rival bariatric surgery.
Shown to prolong life, regularly push many chronic diseases includin…

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Saturday Stories: Testing, Health Professional Long-haulers, And The Holocaust

Posted  November 27, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Katherine J. Wu, in The Atlantic, with everything you really should know about the various modalities of COVID testing.
Ed Yong, also in The Atlantic, on health professionals who themselves are now facing the challenges of long-haul COVID.
Talia Brach…

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Every Diet Works For Someone, No Diet Works For Everyone, Diets Are Difficult – IF 2021 Edition

Posted  November 24, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Joining an ever increasing cavalcade of studies of different diets that demonstrate they all work as well or as poorly as one another comes this week’s A randomised controlled trial of the 5:2 diet published in PLoS. In it researchers randomly as…

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Today’s News: peek-a-boo!

Posted  November 21, 2021  by  Anonymous

The parrot is making fun of him! 🤣🤣pic.twitter.com/98HUbWrkdP— Figen (@TheFigen) November 19, 2021 They used to laugh and call him names.Not anymore. pic.twitter.com/sYEGmlGKqb— Cory Papineau (@Iam_Canadian) November 15, 2021 This one was fascinating…

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Saturday Stories: The Health-Care Workers, The Fight To Call It Aerosol, And Narratives, Counter-Narratives, And Social Drama

Posted  November 20, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, covers the devastating impact managing patients with COVID has had on the world’s health-care workers many of who are calling it quits.
Megan Molteni, in Wired, on the teensy tiny error that helped COVID kill by creating a fi…

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The World Health Organization, For #WorldDiabetesDay, Chose Fat Shaming And Stigmatization

Posted  November 16, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Where to start with this?

First off there are more than 2 types of diabetes (I mean even the tweet lists 3), but really, recognizing World Diabetes Day with an infographic of a person with obesity in bare feet on a Lazy-Boy eating a giant bag of chips? 

That’s certainly the gluttonous sloth narrative that much of society subscribes to, but the WHO? 
And yes, weight, diet, and physical activity correlate with diabetes risk, but for the WHO to dumb things down to people with type 2 diabetes are fat, lazy, gluttons? The mind boggles.
Never mind genetics, social determinants of health (including poverty, education, caregiving requirements, etc), co-morbid medical conditions, and more, the actual World Health Organization on World Diabetes Day, is stating if you have type 2 diabetes, it’s your fault.
This of course also ignores the fact that there is just a staggering amount of privilege required to intentionally and permanently prioritize behaviour change around food and fitness in the name of health, and of course denies the reality of the thousands of genes and hormones known to be involved in the regulation of weight and dietary choices. 
Perhaps this will serve as an opportunity for the WHO to take a closer look at weight and diabetes bias and stigma and focus some resources to help educate the world on the dangers and risks therein. For over 24 hours, they’d simply added a tweet to their offensive, misguided, and erroneous thread stating they’ll take into account the feedback they’ve received in future messaging, then yesterday afternoon, they finally took it down. Here’s hoping we see a thread about implicit and explicit bias from the WHO down the road

[Also, it’s that time of year again, and should any of you want to donate to my Movember fundraising (am just over halfway to goal!), here’s the link]

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Today’s news: when you find yourself in a hole, stop digging!

Posted  November 13, 2021  by  Anonymous

John Cleese seems to have morphed into the angry establishment figure of ridicule he played in sketches.— Chris Kehoe (@MrKehoe79) November 13, 2021 John Cleese, Morrissey and JK Rowling walk into a bar.And the bartender says “the home for aging disap…

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Saturday Stories: Aaron Rodgers, Vaccine Passports, And Doctors’ Vaccinations

Posted  November 13, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, in his substack, on the damage Aaron Rodgers has wrought on professional sports as a whole. Arthur Shaffer, interviewed in Healthy Debates, on the ethics and legalities of vaccine passports. Andrew McRae and Andreas Laup…

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Exercise

2021’s Dumbest Scientifically Published Exercise Recommendation For The Treatment Of Obesity

Posted  November 11, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

[First written blog post since March 2020. What an awful 20 months. Though the pandemic is certainly not over yet, it feels like it’s time to start writing again. Not sure what the frequency of posts will be, but it’s nice to be back]I wouldn’t have be…

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US Land Border Opens to Canadians

Posted  November 8, 2021  by  Ben

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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Saturday Stories: Hygiene Theatre, The Lost Plot, Caving To Antivaxxers, And a Brief Announcement From Me

Posted  November 6, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Justin Ling, in Macleans, on the persistence of hygiene theatreSarah Zhang, in The Atlantic, on how we’ve lost the plot on COVID.Andre Picard, in The Globe and Mail, on how now is the worst time for governments to be catering to antivaxxersAnnouncement…

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Halloween’s Best

Posted  October 31, 2021  by  Anonymous

Gurdeep is a true Canadian treasure:

The Pulp Librarian offers the top 20 halloween-inspired pulp magazine covers:

Every year, somebody takes it just a little too far:

And of course, the greatest music video ever made:

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Saturday Stories: Bad Studies, 5-12s’ Vaccinations, And Childism

Posted  October 30, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

James Heathers, in The Atlantic, on how the house of cards upon which ivermectin studies were built likely underpins much of science. 
Katherine Wu, in The Atlantic, with a Q&A with pediatrician and vaccine researcher Sallie Permar about the …

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Horses, fish, elephants, dogs …

Posted  October 24, 2021  by  Anonymous
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Saturday Stories: Wellness Conspiracies, Libel Chill, And The Air We Breath

Posted  October 23, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Eva Wiseman, in The Guardian, on the overlap between wellness/spirituality and conspiracy theories.
Stephanie Lee, in Buzzfeed, on how the world’s most prominent hydroxychloroquine researcher/crusader is trying to punish one of the world’s foremost sc…

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Today’s News: truth

Posted  October 18, 2021  by  Anonymous

There is such truth here:

And truth here too:

And Halloween is coming up!

Meanwhile, here in Saskatchewan, our COVID situation is so bad – I cannotimagine the chaos and death in Saskatchewan hospitals right now — and our premier Scott Moe is leading us by naming some guy in North Battleford as the director of Covid response, and immitating a deer in the headlights:

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Saturday Stories: Nazi Analogies, They’re Not Just Numbers, And Who Are The Unvaccinated

Posted  October 16, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Arthur Caplan, in The Cancer Letter, on how Nazi analogies (and more specifically Vinay Prasad’s) regarding COVID are imbecilic, ignorant, and dangerous.Marie-Danielle Smith, in MacLeans, with the story of a family of 3 who like all of those we’ve los…

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Time for some funny stuff!

Posted  October 13, 2021  by  Anonymous

I loved these:

And this one was so sweet it broke twitter – it got 700K likes:

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