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Saturday Stories: Our Biggest Failing, Anti-Vaxxers’ Ongoing Radicalization, And Breakthrough Infectiousness

Posted September 25, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

James Heathers, with a rare must read recommendation, in Medium, on how our biggest failing of the pandemic has been keeping it invisible. Ben Collins, in NBC News, on the rapid continuing radicalization of the anti-vaxxer movementCraig Spencer, …

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The PR Industry Has Been a ‘Major’ But ‘Overlooked’ Influence in Climate Politics for Decades, Says Study

Posted November 30, 2021 by Anonymous

From coining “clean coal” to “carbon footprint,” public relations firms have been instrumental in shaping the public discourse around climate and energy policy, and as a new study underlines, their powerful efforts have flown under the radar for too long. PR firms have played a key role in obstructing action on climate change over the […]

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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: 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 #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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Louisiana Cancer Alley Community Leaders Praise EPA Administrator Regan During Visit as He Wraps ‘Journey to Justice’ Tour

Posted November 19, 2021 by Julie Dermansky

After long feeling ignored by Washington, D.C., this week Louisiana Cancer Alley community leaders were elated following a visit from the federal government’s highest ranking environmental regulator, Michael Regan. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator met with environmental advocates in New Orleans, Reserve and St. James on November 16, as part of his “Journey […]

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Today’s news: maybe the Jan 6 insurrection actually messed up the plan?

Posted September 27, 2021 by Anonymous
 Here’s an important new story about what was supposed to happen on Jan 6:

I have been saying for months that the FBI and the Justice Department should have been holding regular briefings to explain to the American people what happened on Jan 6. 

They haven’t been doing it, and now Americans are either forgetting what happened, or thinking it was really no big deal, yada yada yada. 
But today’s news from Sydney Powell really does help explain for the first time what I always found to be the most inexplicable thing about that day: why was Trump trying so hard to delay the certification for a few hours or a day? What on earth was the point?
Remember all the stories about Rudy phoning Senator Tommy Tuberville to plead with him to throw up roadblocks to Senate certification?  Remember the goofy idea of getting the House and Senate reps from six states to demand the House and Senate each have 2-hour debates on each state certification, which would have turned the process into an all day marathon and might well have adjourned it until the next day? 
I could never understand why they were trying to play these games with the certification – what was the sense anyway?. 
In the end, it didn’t work. Yes, the House and Senate members for Arizona and Pennsylvania did force the extra debates for these states. But then, before the assembly could consider Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan and Nevada, the insurrectionists had invaded the Capitol buildings and everyone ran for their lives.  After that, when Pence and Pelosi reconvened later that evening, the mood had changed – lawmakers were spooked and no longer had any appetite for games and delays. So only the two states were debated and each vote was handled as quickly as they could. Everybody stayed until 3 am and finally Biden was declared president. 
And after it was all over, I did wonder: What on earth was the point of the game-playing? Why were they trying so hard just to delay the inevitable for a day or two? 
Now we find out why – Trump thought if they could delay the Biden certification until Jan 7, then Supreme Court Justice Alito would have time to overturn the problematic state certifications and then Republican state legislatures could throw the election to Trump.
 ….Powell’s interview “suggests that the purpose of the insurrection was to DELAY the electoral college certification to give [Justice Samuel Alito] time to intervene on this legal challenge. But, Powell says they didn’t anticipate Pelosi reconvening Congress that day.” 
 Powell said that while then-President Donald Trump was inciting a riot at the Capitol, her team was filing a “12th Amendment constitutional challenge to the process the Congress was about to use.”
 “Justice Alito was our circuit justice for that,” she recalled. “And we were suing the vice president to follow the 12th Amendment as opposed to the Electoral College Act.” 
 Powell alleged that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi learned of the lawsuit and rushed to have Congress certify the election despite the ongoing attack on the U.S. Capitol. 
 “Everything broke loose and she really had to speed up reconvening Congress to get the vote going before Justice Alito might have issued an injunction to stop it all, which is what should have happened,” the attorney said
So that makes it much easier to understand why Trump wanted the delay.
 And it makes me realize again, how close the US government came to being overthrown by a failed president. 
And in the end, maybe Trump did it to himself — if Trump’s insurrection hadn’t been so successful, invading the Capitol and terrifying the House and Senate members, then maybe the Senate and House wouldn’t have worked so hard on that critical night to get Biden confirmed then and there!

In other news today, I guess nobody told Post Media that the election is over.

COVID news keeps getting worse every day – more than a thousand new cases in Saskatchewan just this weekend. This is absolutely nuts – the anti-vaxxers are terrified of COVID but they’re now trying to demonize doctors and nurses, and they’re putting together “protocols” to breathe hydrogen peroxide and gargle iodine.

My brother was at the Saskatoon Symphony performance this weekend, and there was one anti-vax cellist playing out front for spare change, because she refused to get vaccinated – so now she is losing her career and all her friends, just because of anti-vax ignorant stubbornness. 

And it makes me absolutely furious that so many innocent people are being hurt by the anti-vax intransigence. I see more and more doctors speaking out:

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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.
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Saturday Stories: UK Virus Factory, Canadian Vaccination Mandates, And Masking While Vaccinated

Posted July 24, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Philip Ball, in Nature, on how the UK’s COVID Freedom Day and dropping of restrictions risks incubating far worse variants that will risk us all. 
Andrew Coyne, in The Globe and Mail, makes the clear case for vaccination mandates in Canada. …

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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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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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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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Today’s news: Soothing the savage b(r)east

Posted September 29, 2021 by Anonymous

What is it with these guys? Today we learned that White House staff were soothing Trump’s rages by playing show tunes he liked: Trump’s handlers designated a White House official known as the “Music Man” to play him his favorite show tunes, includ…

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Since Congress Lifted Crude Export Ban in 2015, US has Dropped ‘Climate Bomb’ on the World

Posted December 2, 2021 by guest

By Kenny Stancil, Common Dreams After Congress lifted a ban on crude exports in late 2015, oil and gas production in the Permian Basin soared while domestic consumption remained flat—leading to a massive build-out of pipelines and other infrastructure that culminated in the U.S. “flooding global markets” with fossil fuels at the expense of humanity, […]

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Saturday Stories: Children, Long COVID Post Breakthrough Infections, And Vaccine Mandates

Posted July 31, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Devi Sridhar, in The Guardian, on whether COVID will become a disease of the young. Katelyn Jetelina, in Your Local Epidemiologist, discusses the risk of long COVID even for those who are fully vaccinated. André Picard, in The Globe and Mail…

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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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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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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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Today’s news: Truth and Reconciliation

Posted September 30, 2021 by Anonymous

 Excerpt from the poem Forgiving Our Fathers,from one of the best movies ever made, Smoke Signals. Residential School Survivor offers advice on how to honour National Day for Truth and Reconciliation https://t.co/tdtjpVZxu2— The Globe and Ma…

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If You Fund the Research, You Can Shape the World

Posted December 3, 2021 by guest

By Amy Westervelt, The Nation Much has been made, and rightly so, of the Koch network’s impact on universities. Entire campus projects exist to ferret out Koch cash, which is powering everything from the Regulatory Studies Center at George Washington University to the Mercatus Center at George Mason University to the Center for Growth and […]

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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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Posted October 24, 2021 by Anonymous
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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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Canadian Police Arrest Indigenous Opponents of Gas Pipeline and 2 Journalists Covering It

Posted November 22, 2021 by Anonymous

Starting on November 18, Canada’s RCMP violently cracked down on a group of Indigenous land defenders who had sought to block the construction of a major natural gas pipeline in northern British Columbia, arresting roughly 15 people over a two-day period. The RCMP also detained two journalists covering the events. The Coastal GasLink pipeline, under […]

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Today’s news: So maybe next year our TRC Day will actually be about Truth & Reconciliation?

Posted October 2, 2021 by Anonymous

Does anyone else find it rather odd that the Trudeau in Tofino story is now on its second day? Ridiculous. 

But the pearl-clutching sure did help Canadian media find an easy story hook for their TRC Day coverage  — otherwise, hey, they might have had to talk to some Indigenous leaders and do some research and think about truth and reconciliation, and maybe, you know, even write news stories about all that uncomfortable stuff.  But then Trudeau flew to Tofino and the media butterflies fluttered – or should I say, flitted – right after him and this solved all their TRC Day news problems. 
Maybe by TRC Day 2022 we will actually focus on truth and reconciliation itself — though I’m not holding my breath.  

There are many other important things that Canadians to talk about:

Go Jays! Here’s the Blue Jays logo done by an Indigenous artist Kory Parkin who has other wonderful artworks as well.

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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: 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: 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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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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Chamber of Commerce Lobbying on Climate Investing ‘At Odds’ With Member Stances, Says Report

Posted November 23, 2021 by Sharon Kelly

As the impacts of a changing climate rapidly intensify worldwide, the climate crisis is also hitting businesses and the financial sector where it hurts: the wallet. That’s part of the reason that so-called ESG funds, which promise to emphasize environmental, social, and governance issues in making investment decisions, have become one of the fastest growing […]

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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.
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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: Masks And Children, Protecting Unvaccinated Kids, And What’s Safe To Do?

Posted August 21, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Judith Danovitch, in The New York Times, on how masks might help your children to learn.
Lael M. Yonker and Anthony J. Fischer, in Time, on how we can protect unvaccinated kids.
Helen Branswell, in STAT, polled some epidemiologists about what they wer…

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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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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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Right-Wing Group Uses ‘B.S.’ Environmental Justice Argument in Effort to Keep an Oil Pipeline Alive

Posted November 23, 2021 by Anonymous

A right-wing group that has a history of receiving funding from conservative foundations and ExxonMobil is trying to frame the state of Michigan’s attempts to shut down the aging Line 5 oil pipeline as an assault on the Black community.  That industry-backed spin has not gone down well with Michigan activists. “I think that’s B.S. […]

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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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‘It’s a Proud Day’: Oregon Landowners Celebrate Demise of LNG project, Even as Legal Questions Go Unanswered

Posted December 6, 2021 by Anonymous

Oregon’s 15-year battle against the Jordan Cove LNG project quietly came to an end on December 1, bringing relief to dozens of landowners that live in the path of the proposed project.  It was an anti-climactic end to one of the most controversial fossil fuel projects ever proposed in the Pacific Northwest. Pembina, the backer […]

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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: 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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