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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.

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It’s Coming, And Nothing Can Be Done

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IF

you’ve noticed that gas prices are rising to high levels lately…

THEN

you’re not alone, and completely correct

BECAUSE

the world is suddenly facing an energy crisis. The world is re-opening after vaccinations are becoming more widespread, and people are in a rush to see the world again. The UK is already dealing with a gas shortage, and other countries in Europe and Asia are dealing with it as best as they can. But it’s coming to North America now.

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More And More Reasons To Get Jabbed

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IF

you know someone elsewhere in the country who is not vaccinated…

THEN

you can expect to see even less of them…

BECAUSE

the government’s new vaccine mandate is set to take effect. It’s becoming harder and harder to find a legitimate reason to not get the vaccine, as Andrew Wiggins knows all too well.

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The Fight Against Online Tyranny

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IF

Facebook can “harm children” and “weaken our democracy”, according to a whistleblower…

THEN

surely some form of restrictions should be placed on tech giants…

BECAUSE

there are relatively none as things stand. Former Facebook data scientist Frances Haugen testified before the U.S. Senate, and stated the more stringent regulations should be placed on companies like Facebook. These restrictions would help prevent the spread of misinformation and force tech companies to be more honest about the fight against hate and discrimination.

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Flouting Tax Rules Pt. 3

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IF

you thought the Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers leaks were bad…

THEN

brace yourself…

BECAUSE

the newly-released Pandora Papers leak is even bigger, in terms of the amount of data. 2.94 terabytes of data containing 11.9 million files detail how, despite the promise of crackdowns from governments across the world, people still find ways to hide money offshore from governments in order to avoid paying high tax fees. Jacques Villeneuve and Elvis Stojko were among the list of at least 500 Canadians identified by the CBC and the Toronto Star.

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Forced To Think About Atrocities

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IF

you want to take a vacation…

THEN

don’t do it on a day that is earmarked for a cause that you are supposedly in favour of…

BECAUSE

it gives the wrong impression. Justin Trudeau holidaying in Tofino, B.C. on the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation drew widespread criticism, but did tweet that he talked on the phone to residential school survivors. That might as well be like donating $20 to a charity to get a tax credit.

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Hindsight Is 20/20

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IF

hindsight is 20/20…

THEN

the Canadian army must be feeling pretty silly right now…

BECAUSE

they started tracking the coronavirus in January 2020, yet they underestimated the virus’ threat. There was a chance to curb the virus’ effect, yet it was squandered. And here we are, in the midst of a fourth wave thanks to the delta variant.

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It May Not Be Much, But It’s A Start

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IF

the first Truth and Reconciliation Day inspires genuine change…

THEN

long may it continue…

BECAUSE

concrete change is long overdue. Indigenous Canadians are angry at having betrayed by governments, and although reaction from Indigenous Canadians has been mixed, it’s a start.

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Don’t Get Your Hopes Up, Kids

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IF

American regulators approve the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for kids by Halloween…

THEN

Canadian kids still won’t get the jab for a while…

BECAUSE

Pfizer and BioNTech have only submitted data to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Even though results are promising, supply chain issues and the timing of the original deal between Pfizer and the Canadian government means that shots won’t be available to 5-11-year-old kids until next year.

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The Good News And The Bad News

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IF

cases are rising in Alberta

THEN

the third dose cannot come soon enough and lockdown measures should be implemented…

BECAUSE

things will end up catastrophic. Luckily, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization has recommended a third COVID-19 vaccine dose for those in long-term care homes. Unluckily, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has rejected calls for another lockdown, so Alberta might be in for a rough fourth wave.

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Another One Bites The Dust

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IF

you are a party leader and you fail to win your own seat in the previous three elections…

THEN

it should be clear that you will never win and you need to step aside…

BECAUSE

because it will never happen again. Never has that been truer for Annamie Paul, who stepped down as leader of the Green Party. Amid plummeting support in the popular vote to the People’s Party of Canada, failing to gain on the two seats won from the last election, as well as a potential leadership review in June amid in-party fighting, it’s a wonder she didn’t leave the role sooner.

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Profit At The Expense of Tragedy Is Not Profit

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IF

a company is profiting from previous wrongs by attempting to atone at the same time…

THEN

they are painting themselves in an even worse light…

BECAUSE

they are using tragedy brought on by their own hands to lazily jump on a bandwagon. Even though Hudson’s Bay Company said all profits towards their orange shirts will be donated to a B.C.-based non-profit, the fact they are using the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to promote their own company, which played a role in removing Indigenous Canadians from their homes, is despicable.

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Three Long Years, But Was It Worth It?

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IF

there were any doubts about the motivation behind China arresting Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor…

THEN

there are none now…

BECAUSE

their release just hours after Meng Wanzhou’s deal with prosecutors clearly proves their arrest were in retalliation to that of the Huawei executive. Some believe the mirroring arrests were the beginning of the end of Canada-China relations, with Senator Leo Housakos calling China’s actions “thuggery”.

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Meng Wanzhou Almost In The Clear

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IF

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou complies with the terms of her deferred prosecution agreement

THEN

Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor might come home after all…

BECAUSE

the plea deal will allow Canada-China relations to become friendlier. The two Michaels were arrested a few days after Meng in 2018, and the arrests have put a strain on Canada-China relations since then. In turn, this might ease some of the pressure off Justin Trudeau, as he will have one less problem to deal with.

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A Risky Conservative Game

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IF

the Conservatives are undecided about what to do regarding Erin O’Toole’s leadership

THEN

they had better make a firm decision soon…

BECAUSE

the party risks going into civil war. The risk of this occuring is that the party becomes a shell of its former self. If you need proof of this, just ask the British Labour Party. Former leader Jeremy Corbyn’s suspension risked civil war, and current leader Keir Starmer has been accused of the same thing if his party leadership election process goes through.

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And The Certificate Goes To…

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IF

the new Ontario vaccine certificate program is successful in curbing COVID-19…

THEN

it will be worth it…

BECAUSE

this is what has been needed for so long now. Quebec’s system has taken full effect, and even though cases are rising, it will likely drop thanks to the passport.

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It Might As Well Have Not Happened

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IF

the Liberals’ plan to get a majority government in a snap election backfired

THEN

Justin Trudeau’s leadership will undoubtedly be called into question…

BECAUSE

even though some ridings have not declared the race yet, the most seats any party gained or lost was two. $610 million is the estimated cost of this election, which could have been better spent on other things, like an overwhelmed health care system on the verge of yet another breakdown.

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Here We Go

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IF

there’s one thing dominating Canadian news right now…

THEN

it’s the federal election…

BECAUSE

it’s a federal election. At the time of writing, polls have closed in every time zone, and the Pacific time zone polls have just closed. However, due to the number of mail-in votes submitted, it could be a while before every vote is tallied.

You can follow the election online on either the CBC, CTV, or Global News.

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Near The End

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IF

there are under 24 hours until voting opens in a federal election across the country…

THEN

all the party leaders should, and are, appealing to undecided voters at the last minute…

BECAUSE

this election has become too close to call. Nanos has the Liberals ahead of the Conservatives, but by only 0.3%. Both parties surged ahead at times, but are now deadlocked. For a last minute primer, check out this handy cheat sheet provided by Global News.

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Do Not Do This At Schools

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IF

you want to protest government-related COVID-19 policies…

THEN

schools are not the place to do it

BECAUSE

they are there to learn. If they learn that it is alright to do whatever you want without reason, anarchy will follow in the not-too-distant future.

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Western’s Pain, Nobody’s Gain

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IF

Western University has a reputation as being a party school…

THEN

sadly, even the events of this past week will not change that…

BECAUSE

education needs to start much earlier in life than frosh week and much more vigorously. This is no longer a Western issue, it’s now an educational issue. While Western has implemented measures to prevent future incidents, it is nowhere near enough. Education about sexual violence must begin earlier in life in order to curb events like these from happening in vulnerable environments like post-secondary institutions.

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The Most Useless Pandemic News

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IF

there was one thing relating to the pandemic that is absolutely useless…

THEN

it is the rebranding of vaccine names

BECAUSE

people will still associate them with their manufacturers, which are easier to pronounce, for the most part. Pfizer is now Comirnaty, which is harder to pronounce, and AstraZeneca is now Vaxzevria, which is harder to pronounce, and Moderna is now SpikeVax. Meanwhile, children under 12 still cannot get vaccinated, and those who refuse the vaccine at all are still making noise.

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USA Gymnastics Blasted By Nassar Victims

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IF

it took this long for Congress to hear the failings of the “entire system” that is USA Gymnastics…

THEN

it will take decades for the trust to return, if it ever does…

BECAUSE

if Larry Nassar was convicted in 2018, surely someone, whether in government or in USA Gymnastics, did not want a government inquiry into the FBI’s handling of the investigation as soon as possible. Maybe they thought the delay would make people forget about it, but nobody will ever forget about this, especially Nassar’s numerous victims.

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More Loopholes Equals Catastrophe

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IF

the Ontario government includes exemptions to the vaccine certificate policy with relatively low fines…

THEN

more and more people who oppose restrictions and vaccines will exploit the system…

BECAUSE

despite their poisonous motives and behaviour, there is a considerable movement of people who oppose any kind of restrictions. Ontario health officials even admit the system is susceptible to fraud by those who obtain fake vaccine receipts or exemptions from doctors. The province should have followed Quebec’s lead and implemented an electronic system at the earliest possibility.

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Oh, How Ironic It Will Be

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IF

people protesting outside hospitals regarding lockdown restrictions and the pandemic itself today think they are going to make a lasting impact…

THEN

it will be ironic if they catch COVID-19 and have to be treated by those same hospital workers they were denouncing…

BECAUSE

the truth is they will not make a lasting impact. Doug Ford, Justin Trudeau, and Erin O’Toole condemned the protests, and although they were peaceful, they still send a dangerous message: we’re here whether you like it or not.

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Two Decades Later, But Still Fresh

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IF

a once-in-a-lifetime tragedy can rattle even the most experienced reporters two decades after it happened…

THEN

it can rattle anyone…

BECAUSE

9/11 was, and arguably is, still, the worst terrorist attack the world has ever seen. Even those who weren’t alive still felt the impact, so much so that one of tennis’ newest stars acknowledged the hard times New York City has gone through since that fateful day.

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He Said, She Said

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IF

former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says the full story of the SNC-Lavalin scandal has yet to be told

THEN

it never will…

BECAUSE

Justin Trudeau will try his best to make sure the truth never gets out. While Trudeau claims he never wanted the soon-to-be former MP for Vancouver Granville to lie, an excerpt from her new book that was published as an op-ed in The Globe and Mail claims that he gave her that exact impression in a tension-filled meeting. Wilson-Raybould’s book, called “‘Indian’ in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power” will be released on Tuesday.

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How To Not Pull Ahead In An Election

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IF

you thought yesterday’s only English-language debate was akin to a dumpster fire…

THEN

you might as well have watched an actual dumpster fire…

BECAUSE

nobody could pick a ‘winner’ in the debate. It was so difficult to pick a candidate that stood out that CTV consulted a body-language expert to decode how comfortable the candidates dealt with the pressure. So much for a candidate trying to pull ahead during the debates.

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All Or Nothing Pt. 2

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IF

a federal leader is to gain a clear advantage…

THEN

it will likely happen tonight

BECAUSE

the only English-language debate will proceed tomorrow at 9PM ET. Topics that will be debated include climate change, the cost of living, Crown-Indigenous relations, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information on where to watch both debates, click here.

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All Or Nothing

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IF

a federal leader is to gain a clear advantage…

THEN

it will likely happen over the next two days

BECAUSE

the second French-language debate will take place tonight at 8PM ET, and an English-language debate will proceed tomorrow at 9PM ET. Topics that will be debated include climate change, the cost of living, foreign policy (French debate only), Crown-Indigenous relations, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information on where to watch both debates, click here.

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Security On The Campaign Trail

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IF

a federal party leader can be attacked on the campaign trail, causing a police investigation

THEN

the selection and security campaign stops and locations need to be improved…

BECAUSE

this cannot happen anywhere. Nobody should feel threatened simply for standing up for what they believe in and trying to make the world a better place. The attack on Justin Trudeau was condemned by all federal leaders participating in this election, but the question of security and access will once again be raised.

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Back To School, Back To Lockdown?

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IF

a third of all the COVID-19 cases in Manitoba are those between the ages of 0-18…

THEN

surely a similar trend is occurring across the country as well…

BECAUSE

no vaccine has been approved for those under the age of 12. And with kids going back to school this week, it will come as no surprise if the trend gets out of control. The only thing that will end this is for a vaccine manufacturer to say their vaccine is effective for those under the age of 12.

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Why Is This Suddenly, And Still, An Issue?

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IF

firearms have suddenly become a major election issue

THEN

how it happened in the first place is baffling…

BECAUSE

banning firearms is an effective strategy to curb gun violence. Unfortunately, Conservative leader Erin O’Toole has not made his stance clear on assault-style weapons, and is being accused of pandering to the gun lobby. Liberal candidate and former Toronto police chief Bill Blair heavily criticized O’Toole’s plan, and given that he is a former police chief, he clearly knows what he’s talking about.

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What Will Happen After This Weekend

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IF

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise in Canada and elsewhere in the world…

THEN

sending children back to school will undoubtedly see a massive spike in new cases…

BECAUSE

children under the age of 12 are still not eligible to recieve any vaccine. Meanwhile, booster shots are being discussed in Canada despite many other countries around the world lagging behind when it comes to how many vaccinations are being administered. Stockpiling vaccines at the expense of other countries is not what should have happened.

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So Much For That

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IF

none of the four leaders participating in yesterday’s French-language debate seemed to land a knockout blow

THEN

they will have to do it during the only English-language debate next week…

BECAUSE

the clock is ticking. COVID-19 cases are rising, not enough people are getting vaccinated, climate change is still occurring, and firearms are still in the hands of Canadians. Additionally, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau was repeatedly asked why he called an election in the middle of the pandemic, with Trudeau not giving a sufficient response.

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A Chance At Redemption

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IF

there’s one chance where the Liberals can regain first place in public opinion…

THEN

tonight’s French-language debate is it

BECAUSE

Erin O’Toole will be making his election-debate debut tonight, and it won’t be in his mother tongue. Justin Trudeau needs to desperately gain support in his home province if he is to regain control of a campaign that has seemingly lost control. Afghanistan, the pandemic, and Quebec will undoubtedly form part of the debate agenda.

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Ontario’s About Face Pt. 2

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IF

Ontario’s new vaccine certificate program is coming into effect on September 22…

THEN

updating it to a digital version a month later should have been the initial plan…

BECAUSE

some people have lost their super small receipts already. Yes, you can download and print your receipts here, but the world is going digital. Surely, if vaccines can be delivered in record-time, so can an app that proves your vaccination status.

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Ontario’s About-Face

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IF

you say that a vaccine certificate is coming up soon…

THEN

cancelling a press conference about the certificate makes no sense…

BECAUSE

even though officials are working on/discussing a vaccine passport/certificate, journalists and citizens likely still have questions about the upcoming policy. This is especially important, given that Ontario premier Doug Ford initially said there would not be a vaccine passport before backtracking due to public pressure.

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The Aftermath of Ida

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IF

over a million residents of Louisiana and Mississippi are without power

THEN

the death toll as a result of Hurricane Ida will undoubtedly rise…

BECAUSE

this hurricane is stronger than Hurricane Katrina. All eight transmission lines feeding the city were knocked out, and utility company Entergy said it could take days just to assess the damage. Meanwhile, 9-1-1 was not working in New Orleans and other parishes, but even though it was restored, operators will undoubtedly be overwhelmed.