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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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Election Follies and Funnies #29: decision day

Posted  September 20, 2021  by  Anonymous

Well, that’s the ball game:

I am still hoping that Trudeau might be able to pull out a few more seat flips and end up with a majority — but as usual, it will all come down to who can get their vote out. 

Here’s a last minute reminder of what’s at stake:

In a nutshell, this cartoon summarizes why O’Toole won’t be elected Prime Minister – when the going gets tough, he can’t figure out how to be a leader:

Jasmeet Singh may gain some seats tomorrow, but his relentless and bitter negativity toward Trudeau combined a poorly articulated NDP platform have really put me off.

Singh followed up his airport skateboarding yesterday with a bizarre TicTok shower video today, and Twitter wasn’t impressed:

I definitely agree with this – I hope the Justice Minister will investigate because people died!

Alberta Conservatives are upset with Kenney and signing letters asking for leadership reviews.

And I suspect this is what will happen now with O’Toole:

I thought this was sort of funny:

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Where Can Vaccinated Canadians Travel?

Posted  July 1, 2021  by  Ben

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: 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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Election Follies and Funnies #27: Endorsement-paloosa

Posted  September 18, 2021  by  Anonymous

First Trudeau gets two high-profile endorsements:

Then Singh gets one as well:

And even O’Toole gets the pardonned felon nod:

Some reactions:

The Beaverton gets it again:

Except for the Manitoba chiefs endorsing Liberal candidate Shirley Robinson (in front of Singh, at that priceless press conference!) I think Canada’s First Nations leadership has been walking a fine line, I think to avoid problems with provincial issues across the country. Former AFN chief Phil Fontaine does endorse Trudeau today:

Work is continuing on lifting the boil water orders as the most intractable problems are getting resolved one by one:

Here are some priorities that Canadian Aboriginal organizations want to discuss with the next government. New AFN chief RoseAnne Archibald tweeted this priorities document on its priorities for the next government:

And the BC chiefs are sending this Open Letter:

Here’s a few more tweets from today:

Canadians are starting to try to evaluate this whole election experience, to figure out what it all means, too:

Late news tonight — from Frank Graves at EKOS –

A call to arms:

Here’s a thread for strategic voting:

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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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Zoom meetings

Posted  October 6, 2021  by  Anonymous

So I just started a short-term job and one of the things I am going to be learning about is how to host Zoom meetings. Not, like this guy, I hope: We are all in this video pic.twitter.com/ZebenP2Aid— Washington Post TikTok Guy 🪑 (@davejorgenson)…

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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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While Exxon Touts Net-Zero Promise, its Huge Plastics Complex Goes Online in Texas

Posted  January 27, 2022  by  Julie Dermansky

The same day ExxonMobil announced its ambition to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, word spread that its mammoth plastics manufacturing complex near Corpus Christi, Texas, had begun production.  “We are up and operating. We have been for a while,” Paul B. Fritsch, site manager for ExxonMobil’s joint venture with Saudi Basic Industries Corp, (SABIC), told the governing body of the Port […]

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Saturday Stories: Kareem Abdul-Jabber Edition

Posted  October 9, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on his own substack Kareem.Substack.com with two stories about vaccination and the NBA.
The first on why LeBron is wrong to support hesitancy
And the second on Andrew Wiggins’ whining about getting vaccinated.
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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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Earthquakes. Drought. Geysers. Permian Oilfield Water Woes Pile up in West Texas

Posted  January 24, 2022  by  Sharon Kelly

At 8:00 a.m. Eastern on January 21, a magnitude 3.4 earthquake shook Culberson County in West Texas midway between Odessa and El Paso, the U.S. Geological Society reported. That’s the kind of earthquake that’s generally strong enough to be felt, but not rattling enough to cause damage. Texas is not known for its seismic activity […]

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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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Election Follies and Funnies #28: Covid Critical Care Stage Fuck!

Posted  September 19, 2021  by  Anonymous

Here’s today’s good news about the election: The LPC lead in Ontario is so large that I am not even going to report it (will confirm tomorrow ). I am not sure there are more than a handful of safe CPC seats in Ontario (abridged)— Frank Graves (@VoiceOf…

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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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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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Jordan Peterson’s Climate Expert is Science Denier Funded by Oil-Backed Think Tank

Posted  January 28, 2022  by  Anonymous

The source for author Jordan Peterson’s recent claim that climate change cannot be modelled was a climate science denier who received money from a libertarian think tank funded by oil companies.  The Canadian psychologist was widely criticised for spreading climate misinformation this week after telling the popular Joe Rogan podcast’s 11 million subscribers that climate […]

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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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EU Investigating Agribusiness Lobby Group Copa-Cogeca Over Potential Transparency Breach

Posted  January 25, 2022  by  Anonymous

The European Union is investigating a powerful farming industry group which no longer officially declares its lobbying budget, DeSmog can reveal. Campaigners at transparency advocacy group Corporate Europe Observatory sparked the probe through a formal complaint to the EU last month, arguing that both parts of the European agricultural body Copa-Cogeca failed to provide accurate […]

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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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Today’s News: Its high school all over again

Posted  September 23, 2021  by  Anonymous

Joe Biden said something nice about Australia and then Canada immediately gets the vapours? We really are still living in high school, aren’t we:

Proportional representation anyone?

Well observed!

Funny:

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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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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: What Is VAERS, Alberta’s Disaster, And Kindness Gaslighting

Posted  September 18, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Meredith Wadman, in Science, explains what VAERS derived data is, why anti-vaxxers love it, and why it’s wrong to use it as a dataset. 
Jason Markusoff, in MacLean’s, on the disaster that is Alberta and the reason for it – the disaster that is Ja…

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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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New Reports Allege Texas Oil and Gas Regulator’s Lax Enforcement

Posted  January 27, 2022  by  Anonymous

When a Canadian company started drilling for oil and gas near Jim and Sue Franklin’s ranch in a small Permian Basin town called Verhalen, Texas, it didn’t bother the couple too much at first. But Sue suspects that it was the third well that started causing problems.  “They put up these big signs that said, […]

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Why we need to hear The Story Of January 6

Posted  October 10, 2021  by  Anonymous

Here in a nutshell is The Story Of January 6 — an impressive summary by Huff Post White House correspondent S.V. Date describing what happened in the Trump Insurrection:This is what Americans need to be told about, every day, every speech, from B…

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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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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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Saturday Stories: Ending Respiratory Illnesses, Collapsing Medical Systems, And Sick Societies

Posted  September 11, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Sarah Zhang, in The Atlantic, on putting an end to all respiratory viruses (not just COVID)
Vishal Khetpal, in Slate, on the collapse of the American medical system.
Jay S. Kaufman, in The New York Times, explains how sick societies trump science and …

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Today’s news: great news X 2

Posted  September 25, 2021  by  Anonymous

First, The Michaels are coming home.

We’re finished with Meng Wanzhou too:

Second, the Canadian catholic bishops are stepping up to take responsibility for residential school abuse — unfortunately this story has been overshadowed tonight by the Michaels news, but a really significant story overall:

And now I’m thinking maybe Pope Francis was active behind the scenes:

Its Corn Maze season, too:

There’s nothing that people can’t turn into an art form:

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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. 
      Related StoriesSatur…

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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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Saturday Stories: Airborne Silence, The Next Pandemic, And Fertility

Posted  October 2, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Joe Vipond, Kashif Pirzada, and Danielle Cane, in The Toronto Star, on how Canada’s culture of silence around airborne transmission has led to confusion and undoubtedly, to avoidable illness and death.
Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, on the lessons we shoul…

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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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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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Today’s News: Next year country

Posted  October 4, 2021  by  Anonymous

Well, the boys gave it a good try, but couldn’t quite get into the post-season this year:

Now that Trudeau has apologized to Chief Rosanne Casimir in Kamloops about not attending their ceremony on Sept 30, I think the Canadian media will stop talking about Tofino-gate or whatever we are calling it. Embarrassment is what I call it

Some of today’s funnier stuff too:

Watch until the end:

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Election Follies and Funnies #30: it’s over (almost)

Posted  September 21, 2021  by  Anonymous

Well, its all over except the shouting. 

As Gerry Butts pointed out on CBC, there may well be a few changes yet as the mail-in ballots and recounts get finished — there seem to be at least a dozen seats where tonight’s result may change. 

Overall, I’m very glad that Trudeau will remain our Prime Minister – I hope his Liberal government will last until 2025.

Twitter has been commenting on the concession speeches. Paul went first, but CBC actually cut away from her during her speech = she wasn’t saying anything particularly interesting, and considering how poorly she did even in her own seat, she’s not going to be around Canadian politics very long anyway.

Then I think O’Toole was next:

Blanchet was after that, another odd one:

Finally Singh spoke, and his speech was actually very good. He simply congratulated Trudeau on winning the election, and talked positively about the future. How refreshing!

Lastly Trudeau spoke – somewhat chastened, I thought, but upbeat even though he didn’t get the majority he had wanted. He thanked the people who voted for him, but more importantly he also vowed to work for the people who hadn’t voted for him too.

I sense a little grumpiness among the pundits:

And what’s next?

One thing we can count on – there won’t be another election for years, because the opposition parties cannot ask for a do-over again:

Finally, I just loved this:

I hope she frames it.

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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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When Will USA Border Open to Canadians?

Posted  August 25, 2021  by  Ben

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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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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