It’s a bumpy ride for women trying to get back to work post-Covid

The deep divisions in Canada’s labour market have taken on heightened urgency

It’s a bumpy ride for women trying to get back to work post-CovidThe onslaught of COVID-19 in March 2020 led to one of the most dramatic economic shutdowns in Canadian history. Millions of people lost their jobs – especially women working in vulnerable sectors, such as restaurants and hotels. Now that Canada has entered its post-pandemic-recession phase, many women are getting back into the paid workforce, but not…

COVID mismanagement needs to be examined by an independent panel

It is the only way to ensure that future crises are managed better

COVID mismanagement needs to be examined by an independent panelIncreasing numbers of Canadians are demanding a national, independent investigation into government mismanagement of the COVID-19 outbreak. Because governments themselves would be the subject of such an investigation, its conduct would need to be assigned to a non-governmental commission whose commissioners possess the experience, expertise and personal integrity necessary to render their findings credible with…

Canada’s health-care system is irretrievably broken

Drastic changes are needed. Millions of Canadians on wait lists know that. Why don't politicians?

Canada’s health-care system is irretrievably brokenDrastic changes are needed if we are to repair the Canadian health-care system. Millions of Canadians waiting for medically-necessary surgeries and procedures already know that. It’s time for the rest of us to catch up and start advocating for change. At least five million Canadians are without a family doctor. More than one million Canadians…

No sign of major crude oil price decline any time soon

Bullish pressure on crude oil markets doesn’t seem to be easing

No sign of major crude oil price decline any time soonCrude oil prices fell last week, notching their second weekly decline in the face of concern that rising interest rates could push the global economy into recession. Yet the future of crude oil still seems bullish to many. Spare capacity, or lack of it, is just one of the reasons. The global surplus of crude…

Airline traffic on the rebound but normal levels not yet in sight

So long as government issues flip-flopping travel policies, people will make plans despite the pandemic

Airline traffic on the rebound but normal levels not yet in sightMost travel chatter focuses on the ‘new norm.’ Whether it is proof of vaccination, masking requirements, travel restrictions or negative PCR tests, are we actually seeing a new norm in terms of travel? Based on the number of airline passengers passing through Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Edmonton International Airport (YEG), it appears air travel…

‘These are really badass people’: Grad finds her calling in nursing

How one student found her voice as an advocate for patients and other nurses

‘These are really badass people’: Grad finds her calling in nursingCool air blew from above, nearly as bracing as the antiseptic smell of chlorhexidine that wafted through the operating room. The surgeon bent over a completely still older man, carefully inserting a small wire into an artery in the patient’s groin, searching for the path to repair an aneurysm. It was the first time Hanna…

Alberta First Nation clinic will cut health-care wait times

The pandemic clearly taught us that Canada’s health-care system needs to reform

Alberta First Nation clinic will cut health-care wait timesIndigenous communities across Canada should learn from an Alberta First Nation that’s establishing a private health clinic to provide services that will reduce the pressure on the public system. The Alberta government recently approved a plan by the Enoch Cree Nation, close to Edmonton, to build a private clinic specializing in hip and knee surgeries.…

Should those who mismanaged Covid crisis be held legally accountable?

How we decide to proceed will reveal much about our national character

Should those who mismanaged Covid crisis be held legally accountable?While our series is fictional, the principle objective is non-fictional – to explore the likelihood that sooner or later, Canadians will demand a full-scale investigation into the management of the COVID crisis by our federal government. This is the final commentary in our series. When the new parliament met early in September 2023, the Speech…

Trust the science? Here’s what the science really says

Canadians need a comprehensive, fair inquiry into the federal government’s COVID-19 response

Trust the science? Here’s what the science really saysOver the last two years, Canadians have been told to “trust the science” without raising a question. Despite reasonable concerns, the evidence from Pfizer’s and Moderna’s randomized controlled trials (RCT) showed that for every 103 deaths in the vaccinated group there were 100 deaths in the unvaccinated group. The claim that the vaccine is 95…

Depression didn’t spike after initial pandemic wave: social media data

Researchers who used AI to analyze keywords on Twitter say people were more resilient than anticipated

Depression didn’t spike after initial pandemic wave: social media dataResearchers who analyzed language related to depression on social media during the pandemic say the data suggest people learned to cope as the waves wore on. University of Alberta researcher Alona Fyshe and her collaborators at the University of Western Ontario hypothesized that depression-related language would spike during each wave of COVID-19. But their study shows…

The final report of the Covid Commission

The federal government strongly condemned for its actions

The final report of the Covid CommissionWhile our series is fictional, the principle objective is non-fictional – to explore the likelihood that sooner or later, Canadians will demand a full-scale investigation into the management of the COVID crisis by our federal government. The final, two-volume Report of the COVID Commission was completed in early June of 2023. Time and space limitations…

Via Rail should be shut down or sold by the federal government

Operational and funding costs are huge: $548M in 2019 (before COVID-19) and $597M in 2021

Via Rail should be shut down or sold by the federal governmentInvestment managers and investors should often ask: If I didn’t already own this stock, would I buy it today? By any criteria, Via Rail, a federal Crown corporation, is not a good investment – even under unrealistically favourable assumptions. The federal government should rigorously examine this charitably-designated ‘enterprise,’ then aim it toward one of two…

Preston Manning continues to offer a guiding light to Canadians

His fictional story may have the best ideas anyone has had about assessing COVID impacts

Preston Manning continues to offer a guiding light to CanadiansA hallmark of Albert Einstein’s career was his use of thought experiments or “Gedankenexperiment” as a fundamental tool for understanding physical issues and elucidating his scientific concepts. These thought experiments employed his incredible imagination and took diverse forms. As a boy, Einstein mentally chased beams of light. For special relativity, he conceived moving trains and…

What does Kenney’s fall from grace mean for the conservative movement?

Conservative activists set impossible standards for politicians and abandon them when they're not met

What does Kenney’s fall from grace mean for the conservative movement?For more than three decades, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has been one of the leading political figures in Canada’s conservative movement. The 53-year-old headed the Canadian Taxpayers Federation in the 1990s and has been a strong advocate for low taxes, limited government and fiscal responsibility ever since. He served as a Reform Party, Canadian Alliance…

We drastically overreacted to the COVID-19 pandemic

One of the greatest peacetime policy failures in Canada’s history

We drastically overreacted to the COVID-19  pandemicCOVID-19 just ain’t what it used to be. The SARS-CoV-2 virus was never as deadly as feared in its early days and has evolved to be even less so today. The vaccines rushed to production in response weren’t the answer that some hoped and they’ve proved less effective as the virus evolves. It’s high time…
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