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June 2, 2021
 

When Will the US-Canada Border Reopen?

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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 at least one vaccine shot, many wonder when the longest border in the world will reopen? After 14 long months, we finally have an indication of when: either June 21st 2021 or July 31st 2021. Politicians on both sides of the border have been pushing for a reduction in COVID travel restrictions for many months, but according to news sources the Canadian Government has been waiting for 75% of Canadians to get their first dose of the vaccine.



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We Watched GB News’ First Week of Climate Coverage and… Ouch

It has been a bumpy start for the new kid on the block. Such have been the teething problems of Britain’s youngest news channel that there’s already a dedicated Twitter account posting clips of the gaffes and technical ...

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Now here’s the math prof we all should have had

Math professor fixes projector screen. Sound on https://t.co/gcJhzVOrTp pic.twitter.com/ulWFRIWT6l— Channa Prakash (@AgBioWorld) June 19, 2021
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Saturday Stories: Delta, Ventilation, and Childhood COVID

Jennifer Yang and Kenyon Wallace, in The Toronto Star, on how cities, provinces and countries awash in vaccines can still mess things up if they're not cautious with the Delta variant.  Tavia Grant, in The Globe and Mail, ...
by Yoni Freedhoff
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Lidl Rated Least Climate-Friendly Supermarket in New Report

Supermarkets are failing to cut their emissions and reduce the climate impact of their meat and dairy products, according to a report by environmental charity Feedback, with the German retailer Lidl judged to be the worst p...

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Insurance Giants Under Fire from First Nations for Backing Trans Mountain Tar Sands Pipeline

Indigenous peoples in Canada and a coalition of environmental groups launched a “Global Week of Action” for June 14-21, aimed at pressuring an array of insurance companies to cut ties with a long-distance tar sands pipe...

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Norwegian Arctic Oil Drilling Targeted by Campaigners in New Legal Action

Climate campaigners are again taking Europe’s second largest oil and gas producer to court over the climate impacts of fossil fuel extraction in the Arctic, after a previous attempt failed at the country’s Supreme Court...

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Cancer Alley Activist Sharon Lavigne Among Goldman Environmental Prize Winners for 2021

Sharon Lavigne of St. James Parish, Louisiana, is one of six winners of the 2021 Goldman Environmental Prize, in recognition of her work within the “Cancer Alley” community where she was born and now, at 68 years old, c...

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Saturday Stories: Not Individuals, And Long COVID And Kids

Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, on how health, including during pandemics, cannot be framed as a matter of individual/personal choice. Elizabeth Cooney, in STAT, on what we do and don't know about children COVID long haulers.  ...
by Yoni Freedhoff
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The ‘Big Con’ Revealed: Report Details Fossil Fuel Industry’s Deceptive ‘Net Zero’ Strategy

By Brett Wilkins, Common Dreams. Originally published on Common Dreams under CC BY–SA 3.0 US. A new report published Wednesday, June 9, by a trio of progressive advocacy groups lifts the veil on so-called “net ze...

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Shale Oil Fraud Case Reveals Executives Ignore Their Own Engineers and Mislead Investors

In April, a judge ruled that a lawsuit filed by former investors in the shale oil company Alta Mesa could proceed. Their case alleges multiple instances of fraud and reveals that not only did engineers in the company warn e...

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Exxon is Telling Investors its Permian Fracking Projects are ‘World Class’. The Data Says Otherwise.

ExxonMobil’s production numbers in the Permian basin in West Texas and New Mexico appear to have deteriorated in 2019, according to new analysis, calling into question the company’s claims that it is an industry leader ...

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Oil Drilling in the ‘Land of Water’: ExxonMobil Hunts for More Fossil Fuels in Guyana Amid Sea Level Rise Fears

About 100 miles off the coast of Guyana, along the northern edge of South America, the drillship Stena Carron spent Saturday, June 5 drilling a new exploratory well on behalf of ExxonMobil. The drilling takes aim at a 9 bil...

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Hundreds Arrested at Line 3 ‘Treaty People Gathering.’ Water Protectors Vow To Continue Until the Pipeline is Canceled

Nearly 200 people were arrested on Monday while protesting the Line 3 pipeline, a long-distance tar sands pipeline that runs across Indigenous land and threatens food and water resources, including the headwaters of the Mis...

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Saturday Stories: The Finish Line and Microchips

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.     &...
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This sad week

I was going to put up another funny post, but not tonight. This week I read the books Nomadland and Snakes in Suits so I was a little bummed out to begin with.  And then we got the terrible news about the Kamloop...
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Saturday Stories: The Latest Scary Variant, Systematic Evidence, And Lab Leaks

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.  Dav...
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Saturday Stories: They Were Loved

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: Vaccinating Kids, Hatred And COVID

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 denialist...
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Seven tweets in May

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 (@buiten...
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Saturday Stories: Blood Clots, NNTs, And Incentives

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...
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Saturday Stories: One Universal Coronavirus Vaccine, Fringe Science, And The Misnomer Of Vaccine Hesitancy

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 Scienti...
by Yoni Freedhoff
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Happy Friday

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

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.&...
by Yoni Freedhoff
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Laptop woes

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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Saturday Stories: Is Canada a Country, The Gaslighting of Science, And A Non-COVID Piece From Me

Lauren Dobson-Hughes, in The Line, reflecting on Canada's responses to COVID wonders if we are actually a country?Zeynep, in Insight, on the gaslighting of science.And in non-COVID writing, here's my latest in Medscape How Dar...
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Saturday Stories: The End Of Year One, The End Of Hygiene Theatre, And The End Of The Whole Thing

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

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, u...
by Yoni Freedhoff
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We don’t deserve dogs, do we?

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.co...
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The Boat as Metaphor

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

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 ...
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Sunday Night Sock Hop

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

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 t...
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Funny stuff

 
 

Saturday Stories: Vaccines For Longhaulers, EMT Reflections, And Societal Reopening

Akiko Iwasaki, in Medium, on how vaccination might help COVID longhaulers. Jennifer Murphy, in The New York Times, reflects on her experiences as a NYC EMT during the worst of their pandemic. Jane Philpott and David Walker, in...
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Saturday Stories: Windows, Mindestabstandsregelung, And Anti-Racist COVID Responses

Sarah Zhang, in The Atlantic, on the forgotten power of windows in a pandemic. Luisa Beck, in The Washington Post, on the 1,200 new German words coined for the pandemic. Aisha Lofter, in TVO, on the need for an anti-racist res...
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Patsy Cline: She holds you in her heart when she sings

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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I love this!

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...
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Tweet of the day

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: Vaccines Will Work, The Vaccine Whisperer Hilda Bastian, And The Secret Life of SARs-CoV2

Angela L. Rasmussen, in the New York Times, explains how yes, the vaccines will work to stop the spread. Julia Belluz, in Vox, interviews the inimitable Hilda Bastian, the scientist who has been right on COVID vaccines every s...
by Yoni Freedhoff
 

 
 
 

Saturday Stories: Which Vaccine Should You Get, And Summertime

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...
by Yoni Freedhoff