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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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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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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: 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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Election Follies and Funnies #13: “He’s got a bolt of lightning up his ass tonight!”

Posted  September 3, 2021  by  Anonymous

Here’s the link to tonight’s Leaders Debate in translation: https://www.cpac.ca/episode?id=f9809cea-1e07-47cd-a94d-2ddd3e1351db# 

And here are several of tweets I saw about the debate:

Annamie Paul has now endorsed the Liberals:

A few campaign factoids:

Those rallies at hospitals are going to doom the Conservative campaign.

I believe that over the last two weeks, Canadians were starting to think hey, maybe this O’Toole guy might be OK, at least he’s sorta friendly, he’s not like Harper, so maybe those Conservatives might be worth considering. 
But these hospital rallies are going to kill any positive feelings Canadians might have had toward the the Conservative party leader who can’t even convince his own caucus to get vaccinated and certainly doesn’t seem to be able to deal with nutty protestors:

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Election Funnies and Follies #7

Posted  August 26, 2021  by  Anonymous

Latest polling: Federal Polling:LPC: 36% (+3)CPC: 33% (-1)NDP: 17% (+1)BQ: 6% (-2)GPC: 5% (-2)PPC: 4% (+2)Nanos Research / August 24, 2021 / n=1200 / MOE 2.8% / Telephone(% Change With 2019 Federal Election)Check out all Federal polling on @338Canada a…

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Election Follies and Funnies #25: Mulroney’s turn

Posted  September 16, 2021  by  Anonymous

Chretien was at a Liberal event last night, so they got Mulroney at one tonight, and he started talking about O’Toole making “deep structural changes” in Canada – maybe so Conservatives will win elections more easily in the future? Oh but nothing to see here, folks, move along, move along:

O’Toole is having a lot of trouble maintaining any kind of consistency in his policies – gun control, abortion, vaccinations, carbon pricing, pick anything and O’Toole will flip it around as he tries to appeal to everyone all the time. But things are catching up to him and he can’t duck and weave forever

The Beaverton gets it about right:

And The Globe and Mail seems to be going full frontal fascist about those supposedly awful “non-European immigrants” who are giving the PPC the vapours:

But O’Toole is trying his best to keep on pandering:

So today, after cancelled surgeries and patients being airlifted out, Jason Kenney finally apologized to Alberta for getting Covid so wrong. Sounds like it took a caucus revolt before Kenney would act:

Saskatchewan had another 450 cases today. Again. I expect sometime tomorrow or Friday Scott Moe will finally be dragged kicking and screaming into the same types of restrictions Alberta is implementing. We really should be trying to do a better job in managing Covid than Alabama.

When thinking about the importance of maintaining gun control in Canada here’s something to consider:

And the Marijuana Party is still toking:

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Saturday Stories: Anti-Science, The Pandemic’s Wrongest Man, And The Not Great Indoors

Posted  April 3, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Dangerous numpty. If you see, ignore.
Peter Hotez, in Scientific American, on the anti-science movement and the danger it poses to global public health. 
Derek Thomspon, in The Atlantic, explains why you should unfollow, unfriend, or at the very l…

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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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Former Top Gear Host Quits Motoring Lobby Group Over Electric Vehicle ‘Urban Myths’

Posted  September 13, 2021  by  Anonymous

Former Top Gear host Quentin Willson has acrimoniously quit a motoring lobby group currently working with a group of MPs to stop the government’s planned phase-out of petrol and diesel cars, accusing it of spreading “old urban myths” about electric vehicles. Willson, who co-hosted the TV show in the 1990s with Jeremy Clarkson, announced online […]

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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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Election Funnies and Follies #4

Posted  August 21, 2021  by  Anonymous

At Issue: How did the first week go for the parties? @RosieBarton @ChantalHbert @acoyne @althiaraj @elamin88 #Elxn44 #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/NrgLusOY35— CBC News: The National (@CBCTheNational) August 20, 2021 As you said they peaked too early and th…

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GMB Union ‘Misleadingly’ Claims Gas Boilers Will be ‘Ripped Out’ of Homes Under Net Zero Plans

Posted  September 16, 2021  by  Anonymous

One of the UK’s biggest trade unions has been accused of being “deeply misleading” after suggesting government climate plans involve “ripping out” gas boilers from people’s homes. The GMB union, which represents 500,000 workers including gas engineers, said this week that plans to replace fossil fuel boilers to cut household carbon emissions would lead to […]

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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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Election Follies and Funnies #26: Did Kenney and O’Toole make a deal?

Posted  September 17, 2021  by  Anonymous

Tonight’s question is whether O’Toole and Kenney had a deal that Kenney would delay imposing yesterday’s Covid health measures until after the Monday vote. In other words, did Conservative electioneering cost Albertans their lives? There’s mounti…

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10 Days After Hurricane Ida, Historic Black Louisiana Town Contends With Scattered Coffins As Floodwaters Drain from the Streets

Posted  September 14, 2021  by  Julie Dermansky

Ten days after Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana as a Category 4 storm, Wilkie Declouet, a former law enforcement officer, and lifelong resident of Ironton, posted photos to social media of coffins and tombs scattered around his neighborhood.  Earlier that day, local officials were telling residents that the town was still inaccessible, but Declouet knew better […]

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Election Follies and Funnies #22: Trudeau’s remarkable speech

Posted  September 13, 2021  by  Anonymous

Today on the campaign:Trudeau made an impassioned speech about Canadians coming together to help each other out during the pandemic.Singh had a zinger tweet.O’Toole fell on his face during an interview with Rosie Barton.— Trevor Purdy (@TrevorsIdeas) S…

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Election Follies and Funnies #17: today’s update

Posted  September 8, 2021  by  Anonymous

As we wait for the Leaders Debates Wednesday and Thursday, here’s a few interesting tweets for tonight:

The Conservatives can’t get away from the guns issue, because O’Toole can’t give an answer that Canadians will believe:

The issues of gun safety and anti-vaxxers are starting to merge, and the merger isn’t positive for the Conservatives:

The #FlipFlopMan narrative framing is now getting used on other issues too:

And non-answers are getting noticed:

Here’s discussion about the Conservatives lying that the Liberals supposedly are planning to tax capital gains on principle residences:

Another non-issue:

Here’s an important discussion from Dale Smith about why the Liberals ended up abandoning electoral reform and maintaining the First-Past-The-Post (FPTP) system:

Finally, here’s a great tweet about voting:

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Election Follies and Funnies #21: Trudeau rising

Posted  September 12, 2021  by  Anonymous

Here’s an odd one:

And here they are again taking credit for the Liberal’s work:

I am getting the feeling that the Conservative campaign is just out of gas right now. They haven’t managed to body-slam Trudeau and their bread and circuses promises aren’t engaging people and we’re seeing more and more cartoons like this one:

And Postmedia can pound the “deficits” message all they want, but people aren’t focused on it:

Lots of tweets about Jody Wilson-Raybould’s new book and her “feeling” that Trudeau asked her to lie. Sigh.

I don’t think The JWR show will convince anyone to dislike Trudeau now if they didn’t already dislike him. And the more people remember what she was like as a Justice minister, the worse she will look in comparison to some of the truely outstanding women in Trudeau’s cabinet now:

And this has nothing to do with our election, but I wanted to share it anyway:

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Election Follies and Funnies #10

Posted  August 30, 2021  by  Anonymous

This may well be the weekend remembered for Jagmeet Singh losing the thread. He sent out a bizarre tweet on Saturday which lied about Trudeau profiting from billions of dollars in student loan interest. Now actually, during the pandemic, the …

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Election Follies and Funnies #9

Posted  August 28, 2021  by  Anonymous

Well wasn’t this a day? Canada was rocked by the news that the Trudeau campaign has to cancel one of its Ontario rallies because the anti-vaxxer mob was putting Trudeau and Liberal candidates into danger. Trudeau’s response: Message from @JustinTr…

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Saturday Stories: The Next Variant, Vaccination Realities, And Medical Exemptions

Posted  August 28, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Katherine Wu, in The Atlantic, on the next worse variant.
Helen Branswell, in STAT, discusses the Delta tuned realities of vaccination
Omar Mosleh, in the Toronto Star, on why you’re probably not going to get a medical vaccination exemption
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Saturday Stories: Canada’s 4th Wave and Canada’s Failed Emergency Brake

Posted  August 7, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Brooks Fallis, in The Globe and Mail, on how Canada won’t be able to vaccinate itself out of a fourth wave and what we’ll need to do to prevent it. 
Jillian Horton, in The Toronto Star, on Canada’s broken (I’d argue cut) emergency brake and the f…

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Saturday Stories: When For the Under 12s, The End of Ivermectin, Delta and Kids, And Now What

Posted  August 13, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Rachel Gutman, in The Atlantic, on the timeline and process to see the vaccines approved for kids under 12.
Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz, in Medium, on how though he hopes he’s wrong, this latest study likely puts a nearly final nail in the coffin of horse …

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Saturday Stories: Unanswered Questions, Ontario’s Misery, And Vietnam’s Triumph

Posted  April 24, 2021  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Helen Branswell, in STAT, with the questions experts still have about COVID.
Justin Ling, in Macleans, with the almost unbelievable story of Ontario’s science table and its recommendations versus what our government is doing. 
Julia Belluz, in Vo…

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