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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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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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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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Tory MP Who Criticised Climate Action For Impact on World’s Poor Has Stakes in 18 Extractive Companies

Posted November 26, 2021 by Anonymous

A Tory MP who suggested it is “morally wrong” to discourage poor countries from pursuing high-carbon growth on climate change grounds has a financial interest in numerous fossil fuel and mining companies. Among the 18 extractive companies listed under the MP’s entry in the parliamentary register of interests are Shell and the world’s largest oilfield […]

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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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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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‘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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The World Health Organization, For #WorldDiabetesDay, Chose Fat Shaming And Stigmatization

Posted November 16, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Where to start with this?

First off there are more than 2 types of diabetes (I mean even the tweet lists 3), but really, recognizing World Diabetes Day with an infographic of a person with obesity in bare feet on a Lazy-Boy eating a giant bag of chips? 

That’s certainly the gluttonous sloth narrative that much of society subscribes to, but the WHO? 
And yes, weight, diet, and physical activity correlate with diabetes risk, but for the WHO to dumb things down to people with type 2 diabetes are fat, lazy, gluttons? The mind boggles.
Never mind genetics, social determinants of health (including poverty, education, caregiving requirements, etc), co-morbid medical conditions, and more, the actual World Health Organization on World Diabetes Day, is stating if you have type 2 diabetes, it’s your fault.
This of course also ignores the fact that there is just a staggering amount of privilege required to intentionally and permanently prioritize behaviour change around food and fitness in the name of health, and of course denies the reality of the thousands of genes and hormones known to be involved in the regulation of weight and dietary choices. 
Perhaps this will serve as an opportunity for the WHO to take a closer look at weight and diabetes bias and stigma and focus some resources to help educate the world on the dangers and risks therein. For over 24 hours, they’d simply added a tweet to their offensive, misguided, and erroneous thread stating they’ll take into account the feedback they’ve received in future messaging, then yesterday afternoon, they finally took it down. Here’s hoping we see a thread about implicit and explicit bias from the WHO down the road

[Also, it’s that time of year again, and should any of you want to donate to my Movember fundraising (am just over halfway to goal!), here’s the link]

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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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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: Aaron Rodgers, Vaccine Passports, And Doctors’ Vaccinations

Posted November 13, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, in his substack, on the damage Aaron Rodgers has wrought on professional sports as a whole. Arthur Shaffer, interviewed in Healthy Debates, on the ethics and legalities of vaccine passports. Andrew McRae and Andreas Laup…

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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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Why the Oil Industry’s Pivot to Carbon Capture and Storage – While It Keeps on Drilling – Isn’t a Climate Change Solution

Posted November 27, 2021 by guest

By June Sekera, The New School and Neva Goodwin, Tufts University After decades of sowing doubt about climate change and its causes, the fossil fuel industry is now shifting to a new strategy: presenting itself as the source of solutions. This repositioning includes rebranding itself as a “carbon management industry.” This strategic pivot was on […]

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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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Horses, fish, elephants, dogs …

Posted October 24, 2021 by Anonymous
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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: 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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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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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: Moving On!!!

Posted September 22, 2021 by Anonymous

Groan!

Moving on from the election:

So finally today, Alberta sent a letter to the federal government to ask for help dealing with the Covid crisis in their hospitals. When asked if they had deliberately waited until after the election — to save Kenney the embarassment of asking Trudeau for help, even though this caused even more misery to Alberta people — the province perished the thought – it was, they said, just because they didn’t know who they should address the letter to. I guess nobody thought of sending it “To Whom It May Concern”?

And Saskatchewan premier Scott Moe held a bizarre press conference about this today:

Here’s some random funny stuff:

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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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Saturday Stories: The Next Variant, Long-Haulers, And Waning Immunity

Posted September 4, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Olivia Goldhill, in STAT, on the race against the next worse variant.
Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, on how COVID long haulers are everyone’s problem.
Katherine J. Wu, in The Atlantic, with why you likely need not worry too much about your waning immunity….

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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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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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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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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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Election Follies and Funnies #24: Chretien is back!

Posted September 15, 2021 by Anonymous

Rosemary Barton at the CBC has been doing lengthy interviews with the leaders – O’Toole on Monday night, Trudeau on Tuesday night, and now Singh tonight – worth listening to, I think. But here’s one of the funniest takes:

Liberals are entering majority territory, though who knows if it will hold up:

This is why the former Green leader is endorsing the Liberals climate plan now:

Another outstanding video:

Remembering O’Toole’s greatest hits:

And here’s one we need to get trending:

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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: 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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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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Today’s news: frustration and sadness in our hospitals

Posted September 24, 2021 by Anonymous

COVID here in Saskatchewan is horrible, and I am deeply angry — first, at the thousands of unvaccinated-by-choice who are to blame for this mess, and second, at the politicians who pandered to them. 

I wonder if provincial politicians like Jason Kenney in Alberta and Scott Moe in Sask now understand that people died because they took the cowardly way. 
Here’s a chart showing Sask statistics for the last year:

Surgeries and other hospital treatment across Saskatchewan have now been cancelled and we have even stopped doing organ transplants.

Back to the election — I think the final results in several of the seats that were too close to call on election night have been reported tonight, with the counting of mail-in ballots. But I haven’t been able to find anything yet showing a summary of the final results — the Liberals have picked up a couple of seats just tonight, I think, and the NDP seem to be up 2 in Alberta. I think the Liberals are totalling around 160 seats, but I’m not sure yet.

It was, by the way, a 62% turnout – not the highest since 2000, but not the lowest either. 
The recriminations are continuing as the losing parties try to explain their loss. 

I saw this Frank Graves tweet tonight:

In other news, each year the US Fish and Wildlife Service has an art competition and last year the Trumpers decided that all of the bird artists had to include hunters and guns in their artwork. 

So they did:

Another funny one:

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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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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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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: 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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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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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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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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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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