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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.