Too Little, Too Late?

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IF

an emergency G7 meeting regarding Afghanistan is only being called now…

THEN

you have to wonder what took world leaders so long to react…

BECAUSE

more and more people are becoming desperate to get out of Kabul. The British military reported that seven more people died in a crush at Kabul’s airport. Joe Biden’s approval rating has dropped in light of his decision to withdraw armed forces from Afghanistan as well as a surge of COVID cases, and the evacuation of everyone, Afghani or not, has been messy.

Overwhelmed, Now Understaffed

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IF

you don’t know where the worst place to be in the country is…

THEN

prepare to have your innocence removed…

BECAUSE

it’s the B.C. interior. Health-care staff are overwhelmed due to wildfires that continue to ravage the region, and a fourth wave of COVID-19 is causing some nurses to resign. Some hospitals are over capacity, and staff from other hospitals across the province are being asked to help. If this keeps up, staff from other hospitals across the country might also be necessary.

What It’s Like to Get People Out of Afghanistan, Or Not

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IF

you think Canada’s doomed involvement in Afghanistan could not get worse…

THEN

thing again…

BECAUSE

a journalist that was captured by the Taliban in 2007 believes Canada’s plan to resettle 21,000 Afghans will fail. Qais Azimy, known for venturing into Taliban territory throughout his time in his native Afghanistan, has faced obstacles trying to get three families and 15 journalists to Canada. Azimy’s belief has been validated as Justin Trudeau said hitting the 21,000 target is now “almost impossible“.

Vaccine Mandates for Toronto Employees

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IF

City of Toronto and TTC employees are now required to be vaccinated

THEN

the Toronto Police Service needs to review their policy as soon as possible…

BECAUSE

public faith in Toronto police officers has been abysmal for over a year, especially thanks to incidents relating to homeless encampments at Trinity Bellwoods Park and Lamport Stadium. Even though most Canadians support mandatory vaccine mandates, the TPS needs to make up their mind soon and make the right decision for a change.

Lesson To Be Learned From Nova Scotia

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IF

the election result in Nova Scotia is anything to go by…

THEN

the federal Liberals will have a lot of work to do in this campaign…

BECAUSE

they likely won’t be able to campaign strictly on their response to the pandemic. The Progressive Conservatives overturned a Liberal minority and gained a majority largely campaigning on their solutions to the province’s health care system, whereas the Liberals banked on their pandemic track record. Given the federal election campaign is now underway, both the federal Liberals and Conservatives will be learning from Nova Scotia’s decisions.

Vaccine Mandates for More Ontarians

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IF

the federal government required employees of Crown corporations to get vaccinated…

THEN

it should come as no surprise that Ontario is now implementing a similar directive for other important demographics…

BECAUSE

according to Ontario’s chief medical officer, Dr. Kieran Moore, “a difficult fall and winter” is anticipated. Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment is initiating a similar program, and the Winnipeg Jets implemented even stronger requirements almost a week ago.

The High Price of Freedom

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IF

Afghan citizens are willing to hop on to planes to flee…

THEN

more needs to be done to re-settle those who are willing to risk their lives…

BECAUSE

seven people have already died in the chaos at Kabul’s main airport, some of whom fell from planes as they gained altitude. The chaos has gotten so bad that Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby has said all flights will be delayed until the civilians clear the airport. Clearly, the two-decade attempt to remake Afghanistan has failed.

The Last Thing People Need

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IF

there was something Canada did not need right now…

THEN

it’s a federal election

BECAUSE

the country is in the depth of a fourth wave of a pandemic and are facing pressure from major incidents happening across the world. The first-vaccine drive stalled as early as July (especially as children under 12 still cannot get a shot yet), Haiti is facing a tropical storm just days after a devastating earthquake, and the Taliban have surrounded Kabul, forcing Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to flee the country.

You can find out where you stand on the big issues by using the CBC’s Vote Compass.

The Unluckiest Of Countries

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IF

it only takes major offensives by either nature or terrorists to make the world pay attention to atrocities…

THEN

foreign policy needs a major rethink…

BECAUSE

countries like Haiti and Afghanistan have never gotten breaks, especially as of late. Haiti is in the middle of political, security, and environmental crises, and the Taliban is close to marching on Kabul, with embassies in Afghanistan’s capital being evacuated. Something must be done.

The Tough Choice For Crown Employees

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IF

all employees of Crown corporations are now required to get vaccinated…

THEN

there might be an exodus consisting of those who are unable or unwilling to get vaccinated…

BECAUSE

while most of them are not opposed to all vaccines, there are scientific and practical reasons as to why some Canadians are hesitant on getting vaccinated. Some of those people undoubtedly work for Crown corporations, and will be forced into making a difficult decision.