News and analysis about the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino. Image credit: Marco Mendicino/Facebook
Mehdi Rizvi | To boost immigration levels, Canada has introduced a new one-time program for international graduates and temporary foreign workers in essential occupations.
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Anti-vaccine and anti-mask protest in U.K. Image credit: Steve Eason/Flickr
Rick Salutin | For those protesting masks and vaccines, it's always about freedom, revolving around noble, self-serving heroic individuals.
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Edmonton Strathcona MP Heather McPherson during yesterday's emergency debate on COVID-19 in Alberta. Image: Screenshot of House of Commons video
David J. Climenhaga | Despite a string of daily news conferences intended to restore confidence in its foundering COVID-19 performance, the Kenney government appears to have lost control of the narrative.
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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney at his 9.5-minute speaking appearance yesterday evening. Image: Screenshot of Alberta Government video
David J. Climenhaga | Unlike the premier, Opposition Leader Rachel Notley entertained questions from reporters, telling them it sounded as if Kenney was "making it up on the fly." It's hard to dispute that assessment.
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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney at yesterday's COVID-19 news conference. Image: Screenshot of Alberta Government video
David J. Climenhaga | Reporter: "How can you not shoulder some blame for things getting this out of hand?" Alberta Premier Jason Kenney: "I reject the premise of your question."
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Stephen Lewis with children at mobile clinic in Uganda. Image credit: Judy Jackson. Used with permission.
Judy Jackson | Even though he is sick, Stephen Lewis is still speaking out about the rampant global inequality in access to vaccines for the COVID-19 pandemic which, once again, is created by big pharma.
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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Image credit: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | It would be fair to say, in that venerable Canadian political phrase, there was a fury in the land at the United Conservative Party's decision to cut and run in the face of bad COVID-19 news.
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Ontario Premier Doug Ford at the Humber River Hospital Mass Immunization Centre in Toronto. Image credit: Premier of Ontario Photography/Flickr
Ken Grafton | It has been obvious for some time that Doug Ford has no idea what needs to be done to protect the public from COVID-19, and also lacks the leadership skills to lead Ontario through the pandemic.
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Cypress-Medicine Hat MLA Drew Barnes. Image credit: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's premier appears to be more worried about what a group of 17 COVID-denying UCP MLAs might do than the health of the province's citizens.
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Ontario Premier Doug Ford at the Humber River Hospital Mass Immunization Centre in Toronto. Image credit: Premier of Ontario Photography/Flickr
Rick Salutin | Ontario's new proposal for paid sick leave only covers a piddling three days directly. Then, if you're sick, you have to go the federal website, fill out the form, and wait awhile for some money.
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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney at yesterday's COVID-19 news conference. Image credit: Winston Pon/Office of the Premier, Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | As for those "targeted regional measures," this is a misleading characterization. "Targeted regional exceptions" would be a more accurate term.
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Vaccination clinic at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. Image credit: Adam Scotti/PMO
Edward Hyland, Pro Bono | The patent waiver is intended to temporarily free COVID-19 vaccines from intellectual property restrictions that keep them expensive and beyond the reach of countries and people in need.