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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.