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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: 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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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: 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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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.
      Related StoriesSaturday Story: Ed Yong on OmicronSaturday Storie…

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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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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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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: 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 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. 
BC Human Rights …

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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: 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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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: Endemicity’s Meaninglessness, 1918’s Flu, And Hospitals

Posted  February 5, 2022  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Jacob Stern and Katherine J. Wu, in The Atlantic, on the meaninglessness of endemicity.
John M. Barry, in The New York Times, on learning from 1918 the risks of pretending it’s over before it is.
Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, on the state of our hospitals…

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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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