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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The Future is Automated

Life is slowly settling into a new normal in a post-pandemic world. However, a mistake that is often quoted is how quickly can we return to normal. Politicians or often business leaders will state something that envisions a return to how life was before the pandemic. This is often at the detriment of reality around them. It is clear the public seems to want to transition into a new economy. I wrote more in detail about it in my previous entry here.

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Its not a Resignation, It’s a Revolution

What I saw at the Blue Jays

One of the perks of getting a two dose summer is the boys are back in town! Of course I’m referring to the Blue Jays. Prior to COVID, I like many of you no doubt enjoyed a day at the park to check out the boys in blue play. A bit of a summer tradition if you will. There’s probably no more wholesome tradition than catching a baseball game in the sunshine. Unfortunately like so many other traditions, the pandemic stripped that away from us for so long. It has been replaced by something new.

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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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The Light at the End of the COVID Tunnel isn’t What it Seems…

It looks like we are turning the tide on the pandemic. Vaccination rates are climbing in this country. We are first for first doses in developed nations of the world. Second doses are starting to catch up.

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The Hamilton LRT Means It Can Have Nice Things

What is wrong with Hamilton? That seems to be the question everyone is asking recently. The city’s light rail transit system has been sitting on a shelf for just over a decade now. Waiting for someone to say, go. It looked like all the signs were green. Political efforts were being made to push forward, until Premier Ford abruptly reversed course. Effectively cancelling the project. Mayor Fred Eisenberger was furious at not being properly consulted, and that this decision essentially ended the project before it began. The cry in Hamilton was “Why can’t we catch a break?”

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Carbon Pricing is here to stay…That’s a good thing.

The news of Canada is of course, the Supreme Court’s ruling that the federal price on carbon emissions is of course constitutional. You can read it in it’s entirety here:

As the title suggests, I’m in favour of this ruling. For starters it finally puts an end to this pointless and petty argument from Conservative premiers in the country. We can finally focus our attention on real issues of the day.

More importantly, it forces our economy to finally leap into the 21st century. As I’ve written before, innovation and competition is in short supply in this country. As well, its time we faced facts that the fossil fuel industry isn’t the panacea we’ve all be raised to believe. We’ve had two Prime Ministers now, of two different parties, all keen on building pipelines. Yet the world is moving on. We in Canada need to as well.

Economies of the world are embracing new technologies. The internal combustion engine a staple of the modern era is going the way of the dinosaur. Green electric vehicles will soon become the norm. The repercussions of that will be widely impacted through out the economy.

A carbon pricing method, is the kickstart our economy needs to foster and boost innovation and invention to meet the new demand. As pricing increases, its basic market principles that will encourage efficiency and sustainability as cornerstones for manufacturing and logistics in the economy. While companies will no doubt pass along costs to consumers, what a carbon price does is encourage ways for companies to reduce their production costs which will of course be passed along to consumers. In the long terms, consumers benefit from a cleaner environment and cheaper products. Win, win.

The good news is that carbon pricing has already fostered invention. As can be seen here:

It’s not the end all solution. And some of the questions raised in the report definitely need to be addressed, yet it’s the kind of innovation that I like to see. If we’re to build a better and more sustainable economy post COVID-19, then this is the kind of thinking that will be required.

Where is the competition?

Big news in the business world yesterday in Canada was about Sobey’s purchase of Longo’s for $357 million. Giving them 51% control of Longo’s with an option to control 100% down the road. Normally, it would be the case of another business deal in Canada, however take a step back and see just what the parent company of Sobey’s now owns. Empire Company Ltd., now owns Farmboy, Safeway, IGA, Sobey’s FreshCO, Foodland and now Longo’s.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Rogers is looking to purchase Shaw in the telecom industry. A move that would make them the second largest telecom company in the country.

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