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Tagging Along

IF

there was something that was obvious…

THEN

it’s Canada’s diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Olympic Games in China…

BECAUSE

the U.S. did it two days ago. Some say that a diplomatic boycott does not go far enough, but a full boycott will likely never happen again. Athletes train for four years for this moment, so sending a message through a full boycott benefits nobody. Until the International Olympic Committee gets their act together, this is the best option.

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There’s Another One

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IF

Haydn Edmunson is the latest high-ranking member of the Canadian military to be charged with sexual assault

THEN

you have to ask yourself how many more of these people are still hidden…

BECAUSE

there are likely more. There have been other members of the military who have been accused of sexual misconduct, and new Defence Minister Anita Anand already has her hands full with this matter.

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Setting A Precedent?

IF

the U.S. has staged a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Olympics

THEN

look for Canada to follow suit…

BECAUSE

Canada’s more recent history with China is also complicated. The saga regarding the two Michaels and Meng Wanzhou has seen relations plummet. Not to mention that other countries like Australia are also considering a boycott similar to the American one. The only other options are two polar-opposite ends of the spectrum: send delegates AND athletes (pending health restrictions), or stage a full boycott. Both will make Canada look bad.

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Booooooooo

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IF

you’re a sports fan…

THEN

it has not the best week for you…

BECAUSE

the MLB has been locked out since Wednesday, the Canadian women’s junior field hockey team is stuck in South Africa, NHL superstars Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid are being urged to not travel to Beijing for the upcoming Olympic Games, and the WTA has suspended all tournaments held in China relating to the disappearance of Peng Shuai. Ouch.

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Boosts to 50+

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IF

the booster becomes available to those 50+ in Ontario

THEN

we still won’t know if it can work on the Omicron variant…

BECAUSE

it’s still new. The Omicron variant, first discovered in Africa, is starting to spread across the world, but only time will tell if boosters will work.

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Vaccine Effectiveness Against the Unknown

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IF

the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is the only one that offers “strong protection” against the Omicron variant…

THEN

Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson have to step their game up…

BECAUSE

omicron has started spreading even with travel bans in place. If there is no substantial protection from multiple manufacturers, omicron will be worse than the delta variant.

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Omicron Concerns

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IF

Canadian cases of the Omicron variant are yet to be confirmed…

THEN

it will only get worse when more people test positive…

BECAUSE

lots of people are either stuck in South Africa or are in quarantine. Four cases were already confirmed in Ontario with one confirmed in Quebec, and more people will test positive.

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Here We Go Again

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IF

the latest variant of concern, Omicron, reaches Canada…

THEN

we’ll be going back into lockdown…

BECAUSE

that’s what happened when other variants wreaked havoc. While vaccinations rates are high in Canada, they are not high in Africa, which is where the variant was first detected. Travel restrictions have been initiated, but only time will tell if that, as well as vaccinations, will be enough. Some fear it’s already too late.

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Don’t Go Too Far Next Time

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IF

environmentalists want to be taken seriously…

THEN

they cannot make comments alluding to eco-terrorism…

BECAUSE

then they won’t be taken seriously. Thankfully, David Suzuki apologized after comments he made regarding the destruction of pipelines, but that instinct is yet another reason over the divide between the populous and the bureaucracy regarding climate change.

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Perhaps There Is Hope After All

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IF

Ahmaud Arbery’s killers were found guilty of murder

THEN

at least something is being done to combat racial inequality in the United States…

BECAUSE

Arbery’s killers used the same defence that Kyle Rittenhouse used less than a week ago. With stark differences in verdict, there is still hope for concrete change.

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This Is It

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IF

we think the end of the pandemic is near…

THEN

that’s because it might be…

BECAUSE

kids in Ontario aged 5-11 can now get a paediatric version of the Pfizer vaccine. While some parents remain skeptical, and understandably so, getting vaccinated is the best solution for everybody.

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More Is On The Way

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IF

you thought it was over…

THEN

think again…

BECAUSE

British Columbia is bracing for “a parade of storms” in the coming days. Parts of the province can expect up to 100 millimetres of rain on Thursday, with another major system set to hit on Saturday. Many parts of B.C. have seen a 200% increase in rainfall so far this fall alone. The army has already been deployed throughout the province with extra soldiers arriving from CFB Edmonton, and restrictions have been placed on B.C. residents.

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Surprise, Surprise

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IF

Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal means anything…

THEN

it means that anyone can claim self-defense and get away with it…

BECAUSE

it’s happened before. George Zimmerman was acquitted in 2013, and that caused wide unrest. Fair to say the same thing will likely happen this time around.

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A City May Never Be The Same Again

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IF

you thought the flooding in British Columbia was going to get worse…

THEN

sadly, you’re right…

BECAUSE

yet another community will face a difficult decision. The city of Abbotsford might never look the same ever again, as many homes would be destroyed to shore up a levee to stop future catastrophes.

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Emergency Measures Activated

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IF

a state of emergency has been declared…

THEN

things will only get worse for British Columbia…

BECAUSE

…well, a state of emergency has been declared. Premier John Horgan said he expects to confirm more fatalities in the coming days, and people’s livelihoods have been destroyed in yet another British Columbia community.

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Ring Ring, It’s Family Drama

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IF

you thought Edward Rogers would sit back and do nothing after a successful coup of the company his father started…

THEN

you are sorely mistaken…

BECAUSE

Joe Natale is out as CEO of Rogers Communications, even after Rogers said he would stay. Tony Staffieri is the new interim president and CEO. If that name sounds familiar, you’re not alone. Rogers has brought back his man, and alienated his family at the same time.

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Another B.C. Community Evacuated

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IF

anyone this year can attest to the devastation climate change has caused…

THEN

it’s British Columbia…

BECAUSE

yet another evacuation of a community in the province’s interior was prompted by a natural disaster. The evacuation of the city of Merritt just after the conclusion of COP26 shows that not enough is being done to fight climate change. Even after the Paris Agreement was signed five years ago.

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More Vaccine Positives

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IF

there was a time when we needed good news regarding the status of COVID-19 vaccines…

THEN

today was it…

BECAUSE

not only is a decision regarding the use of the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11 expected within two weeks, Moderna’s vaccine has been approved as a booster as well. Many more people will now be fully protected by at least Christmas.

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In Honour Of Those Who Serve

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IF

you missed the moment of silence this morning at 11:00AM…

THEN

please observe it yourself at some point today…

BECAUSE

many people gave their lives so that this country could be what it is. Yes, it’s not the best time given what has happened over the summer regarding reconciliation efforts, but it is still important to remember what they did.

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Re-Tightening COVID Restrictions

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IF

health restrictions are restored yet again…

THEN

getting back to pre-COVID times will take longer…

BECAUSE

cases are rising again in Ontario. The good news is that this might not affect you, as the province will likely take a regional approach.

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Crossing Allowed, But At A Steep Price

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IF

you keep the PCR testing requirement in place when returning home…

THEN

of course people will decide not to travel…

BECAUSE

they won’t be able to afford it. While the Canadian government has said they are looking “quite carefully” at the necessity of the testing requirement, mayors in border towns on both sides are calling for an end to the rule, claiming it hurts the tourism industry. If you want to keep a testing requirement in place, have at it, but include more options for people and families to choose from so that everybody wins.

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The Border Is Finally Open

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IF

you are interested in travelling to the U.S. for any reason…

THEN

as of midnight, you will be able to do so…

BECAUSE

the land border along the 49th parallel is finally being opened to Canadians for non-essential travel. That being said, there are still certain rules in place in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. But for now, Canadians can finally enter the U.S. for non-essential purposes, and a return to complete normalcy does not seem so far in the distance.

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Biden Finally Gets His Way

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IF

Joe Biden needed a victory..

THEN

he finally has one…

BECAUSE

Congress passed a trillion-dollar infrastructure bill after much deliberation. Biden has so far failed to convince Americans and the world of his pedigree as the American President. His failure in Afghanistan and wasted COVID-19 vaccines are among his lowlights, and he needs to make big moves soon.

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The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

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IF

raising the flag before and after Remembrance Day is what has been decided

THEN

the Canadian government must do more than what they are doing to reconcile with Indigenous peoples…

BECAUSE

what they say and what they do is not overlapping. Ottawa recently challenged a court decision to compensate First Nations families torn apart by an underfunded child-welfare system, realizing fears that the government does not think much of Indigenous peoples, despite what they say.

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Time To Explore Our Own Backyard

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IF

you plan on going on vacation outside Canada this winter…

THEN

you should prepare to shell out a few extra bucks

BECAUSE

PCR tests that are required to re-enter Canada cost anywhere from $150-300. Thanks to the added cost, Rick Mercer’s final on-air rant as well as one of his rants last year look more and more attractive now.

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Vaccine Mandates Taking Effect

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IF

you don’t believe vaccination mandates…

THEN

you should start to believe them now…

BECAUSE

Air Canada has suspended over 800 staff members who are not fully vaccinated. Moral of the story: if you have a pair, don’t call your opponent who has a flush.

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Pick One Or The Other, Not Both

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IF

you commit to fighting climate change…

THEN

make sure you do not contradict your message when dealing with oil and gas…

BECAUSE

time is really running out. Justin Trudeau has championed a worldwide carbon tax of sorts, but the Canadian government has invoked a 44-year-old treaty with the US over a Michigan pipeline that was ordered shut. You can’t save the planet by re-opening pipelines.

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Gary’s Presumptive Closer

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IF

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is not removed or does not step down…

THEN

he never will…

BECAUSE

his defence of the league’s conduct in light of the Chicago Blackhawks sexual assault scandal leaves much to be desired. From saying that any disputes of Kyle Beach’s accusations are in the eye of the beholder to not commenting on whether he supports the Blackhawks’ lawsuit to dismiss Beach’s lawsuit, this is the last straw.

And I thought taking the weekend off would brighten my mood. Clearly it has not.

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Uhh, Really Gary?

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IF

you fine a team $2 million for a cover-up of a sexual assault

THEN

you clearly don’t care about the issue…

BECAUSE

this is a slap on the wrist. The NHL fined the New Jersey Devils were fined $3 million for their role in signing Ilya Kovalchuk to the now-infamous 17-year contract (half of which was rebated). On the other hand, the Arizona Coyotes were stripped of their 1st and 2nd round picks for testing players outside a combine. Then, for a much more serious social issue, the Chicago Blackhawks are fined peanuts. Why?

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Loosening More COVID Restrictions

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IF

Ontario has relaxed capacity restrictions

THEN

let’s hope this is the last time it has to do so…

BECAUSE

we can see the end of the road. Vaccinations are becoming more and more common, cases are dropping, and children ages 5-11 might also get the shot in the near future. Here’s to the end.

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Why Not Visit Sooner?

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IF

bottled water is finally readily available after almost two weeks for Iqaluit residents…

THEN

it raises the question as to why it wasn’t readily available earlier…

BECAUSE

the northern capital has been in a state of emergency for 12 days. Yes, everyone was stockpiling to get water sooner, but the military should have been deployed earlier in order to assist the city with water handouts.

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The Drama Continues

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IF

you’ve been ousted as the chairman of a board of directors and you’re still trying to pull strings to get what you want…

THEN

don’t be surprised when those in control at said board reject any moves you make

BECAUSE

it’s not your call anymore. The drama at Rogers Communications Inc. is spilling onto social media, with Martha Rogers calling for her brother, Edward, to step down from the board after he tried to launch a coup and oust Joe Natale as the company’s CEO. This only seems to be the beginning of a long-standing struggle.

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How Not To Launch A Business Coup

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IF

Edward Rogers never had the support of everyone else on the Rogers Communications Inc. board…

THEN

launching a coup without your family’s support should never have happened…

BECAUSE

his “invalid” challenge to remove five board members has made him look incompetent. His demotion as chairman seems like a slap on the wrist, given that he is still on the board. Even through a tumultuous week that saw their stock price drop 1.24%, some believe this saga is not over.

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Trump The Baby

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IF

you found out that Donald Trump is creating his own social media app to spite big tech and social media that have shut him out…

THEN

you have no right to be surprised that he is doing so…

BECAUSE

it’s who he is. As someone who has never been denied anything all his life, when he doesn’t get his way, he throws tantrums and vaguely threatens a half-response. This is yet another example of that.

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Mandates On Public Officials

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IF

the Conservatives are STILL refusing to agree to vaccine mandates placed on MPs AND will not support virtual parliamentary proceedings

THEN

too bad…

BECAUSE

it might be too late for them to challenge it, according to an expert. Besides, while nobody can be forced to take the vaccine, publicly elected officials should be transparent about their vaccination status. At least until the pandemic ends.

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Apologize, But Mean It

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IF

members of the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc Nation were worried that Justin Trudeau won’t listen…

THEN

don’t bother…

BECAUSE

he didn’t seem to. Yes, he righted a wrong by visiting the First Nation he snubbed in favour of a vacation on the first Truth and Reconciliation day, but according to one member, “only actions will tell me if he was really listening”, and so far throughout his time as Prime Minister, it doesn’t seem he has been taking action.

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The End Is Closer Than Before

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IF

after asking, Health Canada approves their vaccine for children ages 5-11…

THEN

Pfizer will look like the ultimate heroes…

BECAUSE

almost everyone would be safe from COVID-19. Although children under the age of five would not be available to get the shot, this would still be a major boost to finally ending something that has ruined the last 19 of everyone’s lives.

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A Welcome Change

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IF

there’s something we wanted to see…

THEN

it’s football fans and players working together to save someone’s life

BECAUSE

football fans have recently been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. After fans racially abused three black English players online after the Euro 2020 final, as well as multiple incidents since then, especially in France, Tottenham and Newcastle fans stopping their Premier League match is a refreshing sight.

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Freedom Along The 49th Parallel

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IF

the Canada-U.S. border is allowing those with mixed vaccines to cross when the land border re-opens…

THEN

it will, for the most part, be a return to pre-COVID times…

BECAUSE

other than producing a negative test when Canadians are returning home, the land border will finally be open again. After multiple calls on both sides of the fence to re-open the border to non-commercial traffic, it’s finally happening.

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More Heartache For British Politics

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IF

a second British MP in Sir David Amess was killed in broad daylight…

THEN

clearly, something is rotten in the UK…

BECAUSE

irrespective of political affiliation, publicly elected politicians should feel safe to represent their constituency. Jo Cox was killed in the street by a right-wing extremist in 2016 a week before the Brexit referendum, and the BBC is reporting that the suspect in Amess’ murder a Somalian national. Attacks on politicians are a threat to democracy, and something needs to be done to combat political opinion amongst British inhabitants.

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It’s Finally Here

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IF

Ontario’s vaccine app is now available for download

THEN

the announcement should have been made before it was made available…

BECAUSE

this might seem like the app is either ready ahead of schedule, or released too early which will cause issues. Either way, it’s better than nothing.

You can download the app on the App Store or on Google Play.

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It’s In Some People To Finally Give

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IF

gay and bisexual men are finally allowed to donate blood plasma, albeit in a limited capacity…

THEN

it’s a start…

BECAUSE

they should not have to face questions about their sexual history. Some have praised the move, but others have (rightly) called for more people to be included. Canadian Blood Services have stated that they intend to have the restrictions completely removed, but they could have done that in the two test cities immediately.

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Time To Follow Italy’s Lead?

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IF

Italy’s implementation of the “Green Pass” is successful…

THEN

other countries might follow suit with similar mandates…

BECAUSE

despite violent protests in Rome denouncing the mandate, it will work. Those who do not want to use the pass and/or get vaccinated are effectively losing their livelihood, as Kyrie Irving (in New York City) knows all too well.

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How Will Canada Move Against China?

IF

Canada does not join their international allies in toughening their stance against China…

THEN

they risk being stranded by the rest of the world…

BECAUSE

the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia have banned Huawei from their respective 5G networks. If Canada does not ban Huawei after the multi-year struggle to get the Two Michaels home, it could also threaten their relationships with countries that have taken a hardline defence against China like the aformentioned quartet.

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Pick A Venue, But Not Any Venue

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IF

some venues, like indoor sporting arenas, can operate with a full capacity, but other venues, like gyms and restaurants, cannot…

THEN

their only hope is that cases drop, and fast…

BECAUSE

they are not pleased that they cannot operate under a full capacity. Paramount Fine Foods CEO Mohamad Fakih was unhappy, claiming the Ontario government “scapegoated” restaurants and small businesses, and Restaurants Canada have called on the Ford government to permit full capacity at restaurants in the province.

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The Respect Journalists Deserve

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IF

the fight journalists face in countries where freedom of expression endangers their lives deserved recognition around the world, and it does…

THEN

they finally got it…

BECAUSE

Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia won the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. Their work taking on Rodrigo Duterte and Vladimir Putin respectively should propel investigative, fact-based journalism to the forefront. It will be interesting to see how their leaders and their governments will honour the two, but they should be honoured respectfully and without persecution.