Santa is good to go…

Doesn’t matter your political leanings. This is just fun:

Omicron is the Shape of Things To Come

Omicron is taking over. And its shaping up to be a far more contagious and serious version of COVID-19 than the ones we’ve dealt with prior. Just ask the head of Ontario’s COVID-19 Science Table.

Which is why the Ford government has decided to review it’s grand re-opening plan that was supposed to mark the new year. You remember? This plan:

CityNews Coverage from October 22, 2021
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Ontario’s Dirty Lil Secret

The federal government is coming back from its recent climate conference. Where once again the Canadian government made bold promises to reduce CO2 emissions and to meet bold targets. Once again a lot of promises were made but no clear plan of attack was set out. A point many critics have made against the federal government.

Naturally, the focus is centred on the Oil Sands in Alberta as the biggest emitter of CO2, and the biggest obstruction for Canada to meet its targets. However, there is another problem that gets little to no coverage. And it’s a lot harder to fix than imposing a carbon price or limiting emissions targets. It’s Ontario. Specifically the 905 region of Ontario. It is one of the most densely populated parts of the country and is designed to essentially be a CO2 powerhouse.

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The Conservatives have Fallen into the Liberal’s Trap

At the start of this election, it looked like the Liberals’ arrogance would prove to be their undoing. While polls had them riding high with approvals prior to the election, it appears that it wasn’t a license to go call an election. The public seemed to be willing to punish the Liberals for pulling the trigger.

Erin O’Toole and the Conservatives released their platform and it appeared that they weren’t as bad of a boogeyman as some had feared. They were suddenly a reasonable alternative. Until the Liberals decided to throw out bait to trap them.

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We shouldn’t be surprised our Olympic women athletes are our heroes

Olympics are on, and so far the metals won by Canada are all thanks to our fantastic women athletes. Yet we shouldn’t be surprised. It happened before at the last Olympics:

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It’s More than Just CERB…

Vaccination rates are climbing. Provinces are starting to reopen. The light at the end of the tunnel is getting closer. And yet we are still stumbling to figure out what comes next it seems. This article in the Toronto Star caught my eye:

This sentiment is something I’ve seen pop up online in social media. The notion that CERB or the Canada Response Benefit is holding people back from returning to work. That those who are receiving the payment are inherently lazy and don’t want to work. The rebuttal is that, if receiving CRB is more appealing than returning to your work place, then you need to provide better working conditions. Which is a compelling argument I admit.
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We need COVID Passports

Canada is finally turning the corner on COVID-19. At last estimate we will have 66 million doses stocked in this country. We have enough to vaccinate our entire eligible population in this country. Furthermore we have an appetite for those vaccines. Canadians were proud to find out this week, that we surpassed the United States in vaccination rates. The majority of us are eager for these shots and have lined up or are lining up right now to get them.

I want to emphasise my wording above. The majority of us. Because that is a major distinction we need to look at going forward. The cases we are seeing of COVID-19 in Canada are predominantly amongst the unvaccinated. Vaccine hesitancy still exists in this country and it’s getting to the point where it is holding us back.

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Am I still Catholic?

I’ve been asking this of myself lately. This year in Ontario has been quite the year of introspection for Catholics. Earlier in the year the Halton Catholic School Board sparked a controversy by refusing the fly the Pride flag at it’s schools this year. Many other Catholic boards did fly the flag, however there were still hold outs. Sparking a debate on inclusivity and equity within our public school systems.

Then of course the news of 215, then 751, and now approaching over 1,000 unmarked graves of children at Catholic run residential schools. The news is shocking and appalling and has shaken the bedrock foundations on which this country was made. Accountability is demanded from all involved, and this is where the Catholic Church is showing it’s true colours. Today in the CBC, news of how the Church could find $28 million to build a new church in Saskatoon yet couldn’t find $25 million for their obligations to residential school survivors.

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The Tale of the Two-Dose Summer

Remember back in March how we were in the thick of this pandemic? Vaccines were just beginning to be introduced as the way out of this mess. The thread in the media was that this roll out was destined to be a disaster. All at the hands of the federal government and Prime Minister Trudeau.

It was a theme driven by politicians:

The official Hansard from Nov 25, 2020, where Michelle Rempel CPC Health Critic states the claim that Canada will not be vaccinated until 2030.
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The Catholic Church Sins Once Again…

The news from this weekend in Canada is this tweet from the Holy Father, Pope Francis:

Which landed in this country with a tone deaf thud.

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