We don’t need mandatory COVID-19 vaccine passports in Canada

The role of government in a democracy isn’t to create barriers to free choice

We don’t need mandatory COVID-19 vaccine passports in CanadaAs parts of the world begin to turn the corner with COVID-19, the discussion related to mandatory COVID-19 vaccine passports has started to intensify. A vaccine passport is a document that confirms an individual’s full immunization against COVID-19. It will contain a proper record of the COVID-19 vaccine doses that a person received and may…

Shunning the unvaccinated just another kind of discrimination

Vaccination passports will restrict the rights of a minority of people to access services

Shunning the unvaccinated just another kind of discriminationBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed in May that he would establish an agreement on creating a universal vaccine passport system with the G7 countries – including Canada. He told CBC News that nations require “agreements” on “COVID status certification and the rest.” Johnson was referring to how travel and passports will work as the…

Aspirin could help prevent COVID-19 deaths

Common anti-inflammatory drugs could offer safer treatment than current options to help stop worst outcomes due to hyperinflammation

Aspirin could help prevent COVID-19 deathsA University of Alberta pharmacologist is encouraging the trial of common anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin to treat the most harmful outcomes of COVID-19. Most people infected with SARS-CoV-2 recover without serious symptoms, reported Ayman El-Kadi, professor in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, in a recently published academic paper. However, some patients develop inflammation in the…

The lessons we’ve learned from COVID-19 crisis management

We need to cut red tape so we can respond efficiently during times of crisis

The lessons we’ve learned from COVID-19 crisis managementThe pandemic took many countries – governments and their citizens – by surprise. Many weren’t prepared to face such a crisis. Initially, most Western countries refused to panic and wanted to manage the situation like another flu epidemic. But the outbreaks in hospitals and other medical facilities in many countries led to chaos, forcing governments…

Medical tyranny behind the push for mass vaccination

It’s time provincial premiers return to evidence-based policy and govern in alignment with our constitutional freedoms

Medical tyranny behind the push for mass vaccinationSaskatchewan Premier Scott Moe recently urged his citizens to get vaccinated in a three-minute plea filled with dubious claims and faulty logic. It’s irksome that any executive assistant or speechwriter got paid to compose such nonsense. Moe said: “Those who have chosen to not get vaccinated, you will continue to be at risk of not…

Business grad manages all-star performance in school and sports

From penalty kicks to the Academic All-Canadians, Kiera Fujimoto was a clutch player on the soccer pitch and in the classroom

Business grad manages all-star performance in school and sportsThe second-last time former University of Alberta Pandas midfielder Kiera Fujimoto took a penalty kick to decide a meaningful soccer game, she was a member of an under-15 Team Alberta playing in the final of the All-Star National Championship in Ontario. Unfortunately, her miss as the seventh shooter resulted in a loss in the final.…

Incidents of serious parasitic disease on the rise in Alberta

The province is now the North American hotspot for a rare, potentially fatal disease

Incidents of serious parasitic disease on the rise in AlbertaA rare parasitic infection imported from Europe continues to take root in Alberta. The province is now the North American hotspot for human alveolar echinococcosis (AE), which takes the form of a growth in the liver, causing serious and potentially deadly health complications. A recently published review of known AE cases in Alberta found 17 instances…

Diseases don’t care about our nationality or wealth

If we continue to value Canadian lives more than we value Congolese or Yemini lives, we put our well-being at risk

Diseases don’t care about our nationality or wealthIt’s certainly a relief to see COVID-19 restrictions eased and life returning to normal as more and more Canadians get vaccinated. The vaccines we have won’t provide 100 per cent immunity but should be sufficient to prevent further outbreaks. We’re told that soon travel restrictions and social distancing will be a thing of the past.…

We’ve let irrational COVID-19 fear paralyze society

Even many vaccinated people continue to live in fear. It’s bizarre

We’ve let irrational COVID-19 fear paralyze societyGreat events in history usually have one picture that manages to capture their essence. The iconic photo of the American troops planting the flag on Iwo Jima does it for the Second World War, and the disturbing picture of the naked little girl running for her life from napalm perfectly captures the horror of the…

Hair today, gone … maybe never

People have worked themselves into a frenzy because they haven’t been able to get a hair cut

Hair today, gone … maybe neverWhat intellectual, hard-hitting and politically-charged topic are we tackling in this week’s column? My hair! That’s an unusual choice. How did it make the (ahem) final cut? Read on, brave and curious souls, and ye shall find out. Many Ontario-based businesses have been closed the past six months during COVID-19. In Toronto, this has included…

A medieval disaster is playing out in modern India

The after-effects of India’s lethargic COVID-19 response has resulted in a social fracture

A medieval disaster is playing out in modern IndiaChina first reported the detection of an unknown strain of virus in Wuhan to the World Health Organization (WHO) on Dec. 31, 2019. That event changed the world. Eleven million residents of Wuhan city were placed under an unprecedented quarantine. Soon thereafter, Italy quarantined around 16 million people in the country’s Lombardy region. Within days,…

The benefits from Big Pharma more obvious than ever

Why are we biting the hand that saved us?

The benefits from Big Pharma more obvious than everFor some people, no good deed deserves to be rewarded – at least not by making a profit, which they treat as if it were a dirty word. Even saving millions of lives, as pharmaceutical companies have undoubtedly done by delivering safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines to market in record time, is no excuse for…

How to manage the post-lockdown search for workers

Available workers are rarer than openings now. Smart business people will start making adjustments so we can all enjoy some prosperity

How to manage the post-lockdown search for workersAt last we’re beginning to see beyond the pandemic to a return to more normal times. Businesses are reopening. Corporations have capital to invest and are starting to do so. Thanks to government support during the pandemic, many people have savings to spend. The combination of a liberation from lockdown and all these available funds…

Are we ready for the tourism rebound?

As tourists start their migration toward Canada, there’s hesitancy about the industry's readiness to manage the tsunami of people

Are we ready for the tourism rebound?Canadians are ready for the borders to reopen and will flock to sun destinations next winter like never before. The number of people who have said that they’re ready to “get out of Dodge” and “fly the coop” is an indication that there’s a pent-up demand for travel and excursions that has been bolstered by…

New study may help explain low oxygen levels in COVID-19 patients

U of A researchers find SARS-CoV-2 infects immature red blood cells, reducing oxygen in the blood and impairing immune response

New study may help explain low oxygen levels in COVID-19 patientsA new study published in the journal Stem Cell Reports by University of Alberta researchers sheds light on why many COVID-19 patients, even those not in hospital, are suffering from hypoxia – a potentially dangerous condition in which there’s decreased oxygenation in the body’s tissues. The study also shows why the anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone has been…
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