Why bailing out Air Canada is counterproductive

Rather than subsist on government aid, Air Canada should urge officials to ease travel restrictions

Why bailing out Air Canada is counterproductiveA year and a half into the COVID-19 pandemic, the only thing keeping Air Canada alive is the federal government bailouts. They’re delaying the inevitable and sensible way out: cutting travel restrictions, encouraging tourism by ensuring effective containment and encouraging vaccination. In April, the government granted the firm another $5.9-billion loan to keep it afloat…

Biomanufacturing partnership boosts Canada’s vaccine capacity

New partnership ensures vaccine makers now have an option to manufacture their products domestically

Biomanufacturing partnership boosts Canada’s vaccine capacityVaccine makers, medical researchers and pharmaceutical companies now have a new full-service option to get their products manufactured in Canada, thanks to a partnership announced this week. The U of A’s Alberta Cell Therapy Manufacturing (ACTM) facility has signed a memorandum of understanding with The Ottawa Hospital’s Biotherapeutics Manufacturing Centre (BMC) and BioCanRx, a Canada-wide research network to develop…

Alberta’s approach to COVID-19 has been medically and tactically absurd

Playing on fears, bribing and threatening to produce compliance is unconscionable

Alberta’s approach to COVID-19 has been medically and tactically absurdI am sorry to be so frank to a man whom I admired and from whom I expected good things. I confess that in younger days, I thought of Albertans mainly as people who cornered too slowly on mountain roads. But I learned, partly from you, that I must think much more of them than…

Yes, we’re free – free to make decisions for the good of all society

It’s terrifying to see the chaos that has ensued due to social influencers spreading misinformation

Yes, we’re free – free to make decisions for the good of all societyThere has been a great deal of controversy in recent weeks in fortunate countries where citizens have access to COVID-19 vaccines. Many feel it’s a violation of their freedom if they’re required to be immunized. Such thinking contradicts an important life principle made clear by Holocaust survivor and psychiatrist Viktor Frankl. He said, “Freedom is…

Why vaccine passports are bad news for small business

The cost of monitoring for passports is something that small businesses neither want nor can afford

Why vaccine passports are bad news for small businessRequiring vaccine passports is bad news for small businesses that have already faced the brunt of COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns. This new requirement that people wishing to be served at establishments like gyms, restaurants, bars, airlines, tourist attractions and concerts must give proof of vaccination is a troubling development for businesses are already struggling. The…

Why vaccine reluctance continues to make sense

The draconian lockdown policies of the Nova Scotia government have long since crossed into authoritarianism

Why vaccine reluctance continues to make senseIt’s a well-known saying and a generally accepted truth that power corrupts and that absolute power corrupts absolutely. There’s much less consensus, however, about what absolute power looks like. How do we know the difference between legitimate power and when a person or institution has too much and must be resisted? The draconian lockdown policies…

Inhibitors could lead to new antiviral drugs to treat COVID-19

May be the best option for treating outbreaks in unvaccinated and under-vaccinated populations

Inhibitors could lead to new antiviral drugs to treat COVID-19The rapid development of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines has been a major step forward in helping bring the pandemic under control. But with the rise of variants and an uneven global distribution of vaccines, COVID-19 is a disease that will have to be managed for some time. Antiviral drugs that target the way the…

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…

Hepatitis C vaccine could be available within five years

Has the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives each year

Hepatitis C vaccine could be available within five yearsA vaccine to protect against hepatitis C virus (HCV) could be in use within five years, according to University of Alberta Nobel laureate Michael Houghton, who made the announcement during a special presentation at this year’s European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases held in Vienna, Austria, over the weekend. “While the advent of directly…

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…

Keeping border closed ignores our pandemic progress

Relaxing measures at the border could serve as an indication that vaccination efforts are working

Keeping border closed ignores our pandemic progressPrime Minister Justin Trudeau has made no secret about his belief that every Canadian should get vaccinated. “I just want to get back to normal,” he said in May, insisting that the path back to normality was to ensure that everybody, including the “crusty old uncle who resists” or a “friend who’s skeptical,” take a…

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…

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.…

Has Covid-19 shaken your faith in science?

What do we make of the deluge of statistics and science, and pseudo-statistics and pseudo-science coming from all sources?

Has Covid-19 shaken your faith in science?So-o-o-o-o … what’s new? Well, the Stanley Cup playoffs have begun, so there’s that. I’m very excited, up until the Edmonton Oilers are eliminated. After that, my interest in hockey falls to near zero, except for a hockey pool I entered. When researching which teams to choose, I was surprised to learn that the Tampa…

Social media campaign takes on COVID vaccine hesitancy

Aims to help people find credible information online

Social media campaign takes on COVID vaccine hesitancyThe problem with combatting the misinformation swirling around COVID-19 is, according to University of Alberta health law professor Timothy Caulfield, that all fronts the fight takes place on are of equal importance. “For a long time there has been this tolerance of pseudoscience and misinformation,” said Caulfield. “But there are recent studies that show once people believe…
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