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Ontario Premier Doug Ford. Image credit: Premier of Ontario Photography/Flickr
Rick Salutin | Let's be clear on what refusing to protect essential workers with sick pay essentially means in the Ford lexicon: it means refusing to protect workers, period, with sick pay or anything else.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney during Tuesday's COVID-19 news conference. Image: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | This rebellion makes Jason Kenney look weak. It suggests the natural state of the right in Alberta is to be divided between a far-right social conservative fringe and a true centre-right party.
Ontario government official announce partnership with the federal government, city of Toronto and Sanofi to expand domestic vaccine manufacturing capacity. Image credit: Premier of Ontario Photography/Flickr
Linda McQuaig | The pandemic has only increased the clout of the powerful drug industry, which largely controls access to COVID vaccines desperately needed by Canadians and others.
Vaccine vials. Image credit: torstensimon/Pixabay
Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan | Instead of selling weapons of war, the United States should make global public health the number 1 priority. It is by far the most effective way to enhance the country's national security.
Hands holding a plant. Image credit: Noah Buscher/Unsplash
David Suzuki | To prevent pandemics, we must recognize our interconnectedness with nature and protect natural systems that make the planet habitable for humans. Doing so will also help with the climate emergency.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney at yesterday's COVID-19 news conference. Image credit: Chris Schwarz, Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Missing from the Alberta premier's news conference yesterday was the usual Ottawa-bashing, presumably because vaccine supplies are now flowing to provinces faster than they can get them into arms.
Front of the Gracelife Church building in January 2021. Image: Gracelife Church of Edmonton/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | RCMP personnel fenced off GraceLife Church in Parkland County southwest of Edmonton this morning for repeated violations of COVID-19 public health restrictions.
Person supervises baby crawling on grass. Image credit: Jordan Rowland/Unsplash
Armine Yalnizyan | The care economy could power a better life, not just a bigger economy, if we address issues revealed by the pandemic.
Health Minister Tyler Shandro. Image credit: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Taking initiative to save yourself and your family is apparently frowned upon in the UCP's Alberta, particularly if it means curtailing your shopping or dining out over a long weekend.
Rick Salutin and Keiko. Image credit: Rick Salutin
Rick Salutin | For those connected to animals, their death undoubtedly diminishes us. Anyone or anything that enhances our sense of the preciousness of being here, whatever/wherever this is, deserves mourning.
Adult hands. Image: sabinevanerp/Pixabay
Karl Nerenberg | Long-term care for the elderly is the weak sibling of Canada's health system. If we did not know that previously, the COVID-19 pandemic has proven it conclusively.
Person wearing face mask using laptop computer. Image credit: engin akyurt/Unsplash
Evelyn Lazare | Staying informed about the latest issues concerning the COVID-19 pandemic is important. Unfortunately, it's not so easy.