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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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When Will the US-Canada Border Reopen?

On March 21st 2020, the land border between Canada and the United States was closed to non-essential travel because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that most Canadians and Americans have received two vaccine shots, many wonder when the longest border in the world will reopen? After 15 long months, we finally have an indication of […]


 
 

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Investigation: How the Meat Industry is Climate-Washing its Polluting Business Model

Posted  July 18, 2021  by  Anonymous

In February last year, the head of a leading global meat industry body gave a “pep talk” to his colleagues at an Australian agriculture conference.  “It’s a recurring theme that somehow the livestock sector and eating meat is detrimental to the environment, that it is a serious negative in terms of the climate change discussions,” […]

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Communities Petition for Major Oil Companies to Stay Away From Uganda Exploration Frontier Near UNESCO Reserve

Posted  July 19, 2021  by  Anonymous

Community-based groups and civil society organisations in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are urging multinational oil companies to keep off a new biodiversity-rich oil exploration block opened in Western Uganda’s region.  The groups are asking fossil fuel giants Total E&P, China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) of China, and Australia’s DGR Global Ltd, among […]

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When Will the US-Canada Border Reopen?

Posted  June 2, 2021  by  Ben

On March 21st 2020, the land border between Canada and the United States was closed to non-essential travel because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that most Canadians and Americans have received two vaccine shots, many wonder when the longest border in the world will reopen? After 15 long months, we finally have an indication of […]

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Seven tweets in May

Posted  May 11, 2021  by  Anonymous

Enjoying his life to the fullest#dogs #dogsoftwitter #DogsofTwittter pic.twitter.com/HOq8cWKGyl— dog lover (@10_Ilovedogs) April 21, 2021 There are 2 types of dogs.. 😅 pic.twitter.com/RtyNme0rHe— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden_) May 10, 2021 If you’…

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Back to normal

Posted  January 27, 2021  by  Anonymous

What a relief it is to just have normal politics-as-usual going on everywhere these days – blaming Trudeau for stuff that isn’t his fault, blaming O’Toole for stuff that IS his fault, watching Biden taking over the US government, its all good these day…

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We don’t deserve dogs, do we?

Posted  April 2, 2021  by  Anonymous

After breaking his ankle — Russell Jones noticed that his dog Billy was limping too. After an exam, X-rays, and a $400 vet bill Billy presented no injuries. He was just sympathetically limping like his hooman…pic.twitter.com/8mvmNpwMNR— Rex Cha…

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Happy Friday

Posted  April 30, 2021  by  Anonymous

I’m back – turned out my keyboard had somehow disconnected itself from my laptop operating system and they needed to find each other again. Sorta like this: The great escapeNothing can keep this cat away from his best friend 😻 pic.twitter.com/6W3PP7L0…

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I love this!

Posted  March 3, 2021  by  Anonymous

And this happened here, in Saskatoon: Meanwhile in Canada:A 10-year old boy wanted to do something nice for the dogs in his neighborhood.So he built them a stick library.He now has two locations and is already expanding to more.🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/fzC4p…

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Saturday Stories: The Latest Scary Variant, Systematic Evidence, And Lab Leaks

Posted  May 29, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

John Michael McGrath, for TVO, on what we do and don’t know about the latest scary variant B.1.617
Hilda Bastian, in her blog Absolutely Maybe, on the evidence behind the systematic evidence behind all matters COVID. 
David Leonhardt, in The New …

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DOE Quietly Backs Plan for Carbon Capture Network Larger Than Entire Oil Pipeline System

Posted  July 18, 2021  by  Sharon Kelly

An organization run by former Obama-era Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, with the backing of the AFL-CIO, a federation of 56 labor unions, has created a policy “blueprint” to build a nationwide pipeline network capable of carrying a gigaton of captured carbon dioxide (CO2). The “Building to Net-Zero” blueprint appears to be quietly gaining momentum within […]

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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: Base Rate Bias, Weight Bias, And The Future of Ventilation

Posted  July 3, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Katelyn Jetelina, in Your Local Epidemiologist, explains base rate bias by way of Israel, Delta, and 50% of cases being found in those already vaccinated. Diana Duong, in the CMAJ, briefly interviews me regarding obesity, weight bias, and COVID.L…

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Saturday Stories: Blood Clots, NNTs, And Incentives

Posted  May 8, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Kai Kupferschmidt and Gretchen Vogel, in Science, explore the future of vaccines with rare risks of blood clots.Andrew Althouse, in Medscape, on vaccines and the failure of NNTs.John Michael McGrath, in TVO, makes the case for paying people to get vac…

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The Boat as Metaphor

Posted  March 29, 2021  by  Anonymous

everyone’s anti-godzilla until there’s a 200,000 ton boat that can’t be moved— Emma Berquist (@eeberquist) March 27, 2021 So now the world is following the tale of the boat stuck in the Suez Canal, there’s even a website Is The Ship Still Stuck?And al…

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Saturday Stories: Myocarditis, Breakthrough Infections, and Ivermectin Fraud

Posted  July 17, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Jonathan Howard, in Science Based Medicine, explores myocarditis and spin with the mRNA vaccines.Katherine J. Wu, in the Atlantic, on how to understand breakthrough infections in the vaccinated. Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz, in Medium, covers the terri…

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Saturday Stories: They Were Loved

Posted  May 22, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

More than 25,000 Canadians have been lost to COVID-19 (and terrible governance given the bulk of those deaths were preventable), Macleans is collecting their stories. Please take the time today to click at least a few.
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Saturday Stories: One Universal Coronavirus Vaccine, Fringe Science, And The Misnomer Of Vaccine Hesitancy

Posted  May 1, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

James Hamblin, in the Atlantic, on the promise of a single coronavirus vaccine which would protect us against SARS, MERS, COVID-19, and every other coronavirus-related disease, forever and ever.
David Robert Grimes, in Scientific American, on how COVI…

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These robots dance better than I do!

Posted  July 19, 2021  by  Anonymous
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Funny stuff

Posted  March 15, 2021  by  Anonymous

 

When you don’t have time for this crap. pic.twitter.com/JzfWuh8dEz

— 𝖠𝖺𝗋𝗈𝗇 𝖶𝗂𝖾𝗇𝖾𝗋 (@Wieneraaron) March 13, 2021

Never has there been a better introductory paragraph to a textbook, nor will there ever be. #higherEd https://t.co/e8TAuwJLGa pic.twitter.com/zp2HRmSszR

— Dr. Alec Couros (@courosa) March 7, 2021

Prince George and Princess Charlotte after the monarchy is abolished. pic.twitter.com/W8s984Ensq

— Rohita Kadambi 🍾 (@rohitak) March 8, 2021

And one more – its hilarious:

I’m never letting this video die pic.twitter.com/QAOXjNLAqk

— Best Videos 🎬🍿 (@30SECVlDEOS) February 7, 2021

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Sunday Night Sock Hop

Posted  March 21, 2021  by  Anonymous
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Tweet of the day

Posted  March 3, 2021  by  Anonymous

Meanwhile in Canada, please remember social distancing is still in effect. 😶 pic.twitter.com/y5RgTrN8AB— Terry Small (@terrysmall) February 25, 2021

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Saturday Stories: Which Vaccine Should You Get, And Summertime

Posted  February 20, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz, in The Guardian, discusses which vaccine you should get.James Hamblin, in The Atlantic, on what summer might look like (in the US mind you, here in Canada, given our exceedingly slow pace of vaccination, this might not apply)

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Fossil Fuel Giants Ignoring IEA ‘Net Zero’ Report Despite Pledges, Analysis Finds

Posted  July 20, 2021  by  Anonymous

Fossil fuel companies are pressing ahead with new oil and gas developments, despite a recent warning from the International Energy Agency (IEA) that this will make the Paris Agreement goals impossible to meet, an analysis has found. According to the author of the analysis, the companies and industry bodies, most of which have made public […]

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Patsy Cline: She holds you in her heart when she sings

Posted  March 5, 2021  by  Anonymous

On March 5, 1963, 30-year-old singer Patsy Cline was killed in a plane crash – one of the first musical losses I can remember, though far from the last. Here is a pretty good documentary about Patsy Cline and her music:

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Saturday Stories: The Australian Response, The Brazilian Variant, And The Russian Vaccine

Posted  February 6, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Damien Cave, in The New York Times, on how Australia is maintaining near normalcy of life in the time of COVID19
James Hamblin, in the Atlantic, on the Brazilian variant that’s currently rampaging through a city that had been thought to be immune due …

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Laptop woes

Posted  April 20, 2021  by  Anonymous

Sorry my laptop is being looked at-all of a sudden the keyboard wouldn’t work. Not sure how long I will be without it. So – later, dude!

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Ex-COP26 President’s Role at Fossil Fuel ‘Astroturfing’ Firm Approved

Posted  July 22, 2021  by  Anonymous

Former UK Energy Minister and original COP26 President Claire O’Neill has been cleared to take up a role at a business consultancy known for running “astroturf” campaigns for fossil fuel companies, despite warnings from the body that approves such appointments.  FTI Consulting, which announced that O’Neill would be joining the company last month, has previously […]

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Saturday Stories: Vaccines Alone Aren’t Enough, Women And Vaccines, Why Every Country Should Be Aiming At #COVIDZero, J&J And Novavax

Posted  January 30, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Angela Rasmussen, in Slate, on how we can’t rely on vaccines alone to end this pandemic (this is especially true right now in Canada where our vaccination program is barely off the ground)
Alice Lu-Culligan and Akiko Iwasaki, in the New York Times, on…

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California Oil Lobby Seeks to Strip Environmental Protections for Groundwater Amid Drought

Posted  July 17, 2021  by  guest

By Aaron Cantu. This story originally appeared in Capitol and Main and is republished here as part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story. A prominent oil and gas lobbying group seeks to strip environmental protections from groundwater sources designated by the state for agricultural use and which may […]

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Saturday Stories: The Finish Line and Microchips

Posted  June 5, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Jessica Smith-Cross, in QP Briefing, on Ontario’s (and really everywhere’s) COVID finish line. James Heathers, in The Atlantic, ponders whether or not he received a microchip in his COVID vaccine.
      Related Storie…

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Saturday Stories: No Herd Immunity Without Vaccines, Hygiene Theatre, And Sleepwalking Into Disaster

Posted  February 13, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Michaeleen Doucleff, in NPR, explains how a small town in Brazil has tragically shown us that without vaccines, herd immunity is impossible.Derek Thompson, in The Atlantic, on the waste of resources and the disinformation that is hygiene theatreBrooks…

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Meat Industry Responses: In Full

Posted  July 18, 2021  by  Anonymous

DeSmog approached all 10 organisations for which it added profiles to the Agribusiness Database, as part of an investigation into the meat industry’s “climate-washing”. They are: Vion Food Group, Danish Crown, JBS, Tyson, European Livestock Voice, the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, Animal Agriculture Alliance, North American Meat Institute, European Roundtable on Beef Sustainability and […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Posted  February 13, 2021  by  Anonymous

Sort of a lousy day, really — stupid cold, and Trump is found GUILTY but he skates away without any penalties so far. Well, anyway, here’s some funny tweets just to lighten the mood for Valentine’s Day:

Just fit in to some of my old clothes from 20 years ago. Feeling pretty proud.
It’s a scarf by the way but its a start.

— mariana Z (@mariana057) January 29, 2021

Just gonna leave this here… pic.twitter.com/VZ8wXkOOVS

— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) February 10, 2021

😂😂
pic.twitter.com/sESspGCxxs

— Mystery Solvent (@MysterySolvent) February 11, 2021

Cats, y’all…pic.twitter.com/cmIhWmeGmJ

— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) February 10, 2021

Well well, how the turntables…

📹: Imgur user Chingelmarie pic.twitter.com/kHWvi0OkxO

— Paul Bronks (@SlenderSherbet) February 11, 2021

Life goals: Find someone who loves you even half as much as this dog loves opera. 🔊 🆙

📹: Imgur user MonStar1203 pic.twitter.com/neVHObBNzc

— Paul Bronks (@SlenderSherbet) February 1, 2021

Cute.🐯🐾⛄️ pic.twitter.com/XAl5hQ1EAJ

— Andrei (@AndreiAndrei63) January 24, 2021

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Saturday Stories: Vaccine Passports, Canadian Vaccine Manufacturing, and Not Delaying Vaccine Boosters For The Vulnerable

Posted  March 27, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Saskia Popescu and Alexandra Phelan, in The New York Times, discuss the unwieldy realities that vaccine passports might face. Leslie Boehm and Gregory P. Marchildon, in Policy Options covers the past realities and future needs of Canadian vaccine…

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Saturday Stories: The End Of Year One, The End Of Hygiene Theatre, And The End Of The Whole Thing

Posted  April 10, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Stephen Maher, in Macleans, with the comprehensive story of Canada’s first year with the pandemic.
Emily Anthes, in The New York Times, on the end of overzealous cleaning.
Gregg Gonsalves, in The Nation, on what comes after the end of this stage of th…

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Saturday Stories: Africa’s Incredible COVID Supply Chain, On AstraZeneca’s Vaccine, And Asymptomatic Transmission

Posted  March 20, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Javed Anees, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons
Reid Wilson, in The Hill, on the world leading way in which Africa approached COVID treatment and prevention supplies. 
David Spiegelhalter, in the Guardian, on why you need not be terribly worried about rec…

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Saturday Stories: Vaccinating Kids, Ivermectin, and Novavax

Posted  June 26, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Edward Nirenberg, Daniel A. Freedman, Risa Hoshino, Jonathan Howard, and Alastair McAlpine,  in BMJ Blogs, on vaccinating kids vs. COVID. Anna Merlan, in Vice, on the invermectin conspiracy mongers. Hilda Bastien, in The Atlantic, on wh…

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Saturday Stories: Vaccinating Kids, Hatred And COVID

Posted  May 15, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Gideon M-K, in Medium, on whether or not we should be vaccinating kids against the coronavirus (tl;dr – yes) 
Bernie Farber and David Fisman, in The Globe and Mail, on the overlap between racism, hate, and COVID denialists. 
Photo byAnthony …

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Saturday Stories: Kids, New Zealand, And More Kids

Posted  July 10, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Jeremy Samuel Faust, Katie Dickerson Mayes and Céline Gounder, in The New York Times, with more on the risk of COVID to kids and how ultimately the choice will be for them to eventually catch it, or get vaccinated. 
Tess McClure, in The Guar…

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European Business Groups Voice Support for New ‘Fit for 55’ Climate Agenda While Lobbying to Water It Down

Posted  July 22, 2021  by  Anonymous

On July 14, the European Union (EU) announced a sweeping package of climate proposals that will help the continent cut greenhouse gas emissions by 55 percent by 2030, from a 1990 baseline. The so-called “Fit for 55” climate package includes a strengthening of the cap-and-trade system, an effective ban on gasoline and diesel vehicle sales […]

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