Hindsight Is 20/20

Image Courtesy: Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press

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

Image Courtesy: Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press

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

Image Courtesy: Marco Verch/Flickr

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.

The Good News And The Bad News

Image Courtesy: CTV News

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.

Another One Bites The Dust

Image Courtesy: Cole Burston/The Canadian Press

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.

Profit At The Expense of Tragedy Is Not Profit

Image Courtesy: CityNews

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.

Three Long Years, But Was It Worth It?

Image Courtesy: Justin Trudeau/Twitter

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”.

Meng Wanzhou Almost In The Clear

Image Courtesy: Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press

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.

A Risky Conservative Game

Image Courtesy: Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press

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.

And The Certificate Goes To…

Image Courtesy: Marco Verch/Flickr

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.