News and analysis about the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro wilts in the sun as Premier Jason Kenney carries on about Alberta's vaccination lottery Image credit: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta.
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has a track record giving money away, and it's not very promising. On the other hand, it's only $3 million or so at risk with Lotto Vaxx.
Justin Trudeau and Boris Johnson. Image credit: Andrew Parsons/No 10 Downing Street/Flickr
Duncan Cameron | The U.K., Germany, and Canada were silent on the subject of monopoly pharmaceutical companies unwilling to act on behalf of countries in need of vaccines because it would interfere with their profits.
Jason Kenney in the 2010 Calgary Stampede Parade, back when he was Member of Parliament for Calgary Midnapore. Image credit: 5of7/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Ottawa is going to have to try to find a way to implement a vaccine certificate that can be used to protect those us who have been abiding by the rules.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney at yesterday's COVID-19 briefing. Image credit: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Given his history gambling away other people's money, it shouldn't come as a shock Jason Kenney has raised the possibility of a cash lottery for Albertans who sign up to get a vaccine shot.
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rabble staff | The road to recovery will be a much smoother ride for some Canadians than others. Watch Chuka Ejeckam, MP Leah Gazan, and Karl Nerenberg discuss the necessary fixes, with host Robin Browne.
The Sky Palace dinner. Image credit: @TheBreakdownAB/Twitter
David J. Climenhaga | "Looking at these photos it seems clear to me that several health restrictions were violated," Airdrie UCP MLA Angela Pitt boldly stated Friday on her Facebook account.
Bill Gates holds up a vaccine during UN press conference in 2011. Image: Jean-Marc Ferré/UN Geneva/Flickr
Linda McQuaig | The Bill Gates-big pharma model has been a disaster, with pharmaceutical companies making astronomical profits as they dole out scarce supplies of their patented COVID vaccines to the highest bidders.
David J. Climenhaga | The Sky Palace brouhaha diverted attention away from the troubling appointment of market-fundamentalist economist Jack Mintz to the board of Alberta Health Services.
Images: John Clarke and Paul Meinema. Used with Permission
Victoria Fenner, Resh Budhu | In episode two, anti-poverty activist John Clarke and union leader Paul Meinema talk about how capitalism has converged with COVID to make things worse for all except the wealthy.
Dandelions in field of grass. Image credit: Jan Ledermann/Unsplash
June Chua | Dandelions traverse the earth. The globe is their realm. At times, they are viewed as foreign. Invasive, threatening and alien to the carefully curated spaces seen as proper and acceptable.
Vaccination sticker reading "I Got My COVID-19 Vaccine." Image credit: Mick Haupt/Unsplash
W. A. Bogart | We have allowed individuals to choose regarding inoculations. Those refusing to be vaccinated are exercising that choice. But declining the jab will come with consequences.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney at yesterday's COVID-19 briefing. Image credit: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta via Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The claim that anyone opposing a recklessly fast re-opening is undermining public confidence in COVID vaccines is utter pish-posh, and Alberta's premier certainly knows it perfectly well.