Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms matters now more than ever

Governments in Canada are violating the Charter relating to individual freedoms

Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms matters now more than everNow is the time for a regroup, a refresh. The fight over the removal of the vaccine mandates is just one battle, not the war. The war is that the mandates were and are unconstitutional. They must be found to have been unconstitutional, that they have all violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.…

Trudeau response to Freedom Convoy turned it into a global movement

The world is watching Canada. Trudeau must separate his blend of public health and authoritarianism

Trudeau response to Freedom Convoy turned it into a global movementPublic health doctors created vaccination mandates and vaccine passports. Doctors tabled the ideas. Politicians docilely followed doctors’ advice and turned it into policy. Ideas shaped the policy and policy formed a protest. Public policy made the truckers’ Freedom Convoy a reality. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s response turned the protest into a global movement. The historic…

The truckers have a vital message: end all COVID-19 restrictions

The medicine dispensed by the government to protect us has been much worse than the disease

The truckers have a vital message: end all COVID-19 restrictionsTrucks are rolling across Canada to protest federal COVID-19 restrictions, and millions of Canadians of all stripes, colours and political affiliations are supporting them. It’s time! It’s true that some people have been seriously ill with COVID, but most who have died and were hospitalized had serious underlying conditions that are rarely mentioned. For most…

How to reconcile the great Covid vaccination divide

The biggest threat to reconciliation is an us-versus-them mentality

How to reconcile the great Covid vaccination divideMy siblings, a professor of medical sciences and a veterinarian, often get a chuckle from my lack of scientific knowledge. I always found the social sciences much more interesting, so I’ve chosen to focus on understanding human behaviour with the goal of building a kinder, more co-operative and functional world community. One obvious truth is…

The case for vaccine mandates is collapsing

It's more about a grab for power than about public health

The case for vaccine mandates is collapsing“The unvaxxed, I really feel like pissing them off,” said French President Emanuel Macron a few days ago. “And so we’re going to keep on doing that, to the very end. That’s the strategy.” In an interview in September, an outraged Justin Trudeau accused unvaccinated Canadians of being “extremists” who are “often misogynistic and racist.”…

Trudeau needs to shelve his plan to ban unvaccinated truckers

It puts Canadians' access to food at risk

Trudeau needs to shelve his plan to ban unvaccinated truckersThe federal government apparently still wants to push ahead with its plan to require all truckers entering from the United States to show proof of vaccination starting Jan. 15. The plan creates some serious problems. Vaccines are the most effective way to reduce risks associated with COVID-19, stop the spread of the virus and save…

No one in the world is safe until everyone is safe

COVID doesn’t care if you’re a capitalist or a socialist

No one in the world is safe until everyone is safeAs I sat recovering from the side effects of my third COVID-19 vaccine, certain things didn’t add up. First of all, I know a number of good, intelligent people who are choosing not to get vaccinated. Of course, there are some very unkind individuals among them who harass our health-care workers and people in the…

Trust in the competence of politicians, health experts eroding

Without that trust, public officials lose their social licence to govern

Trust in the competence of politicians, health experts erodingThe heartbreaking death of Nathanael Spitzer, the cancer-stricken boy from Ponoka, exposed a most callous streak in Alberta’s medical bureaucracy. There’s no forgiving how Alberta Health Services appallingly used a child’s death to promote yet more COVID-19 fear. However, one should dismiss the promise from Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Deena Hinshaw, to process…

What parents need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine for kids

Two infectious disease experts answer your questions

What parents need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine for kidsEver since Canada approved the child-sized Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 and started to distribute nearly three million doses, some parents have jumped at the chance to get their kids vaccinated, while others still have questions. “Even before it was approved, about 50 per cent of parents were already very eager to immunize their children as soon as possible,” said…

Airline pilots rise up in face of COVID vaccines

Four Canadian pilots founded Free to Fly at the end of August attracting more than 38,500 members

Airline pilots rise up in face of COVID vaccinesShould Canadians be free to fly without a COVID-19 vaccination? Four Canadian pilots thought so and founded Free to Fly at the end of August. By now, the organization has attracted more than 38,500 members, including 2,800 airline staff. In an interview, Free to Fly co-founder Derek Grigor said the time was ripe for their…