Pandemic, stigma barriers to health care for people who use substances

Elaine Hyshka one of three U of A researchers to join the ranks of renewed Canada Research Chairs

Pandemic, stigma barriers to health care for people who use substancesHospitals aren’t better equipped to help those struggling with a substance use disorder because of ongoing stigma in health care, according to a University of Alberta public health researcher who suggests the pandemic has underscored the need for change. “Even though we have a wide range of very effective interventions for reducing the risk of…

No one in the world is safe until everyone is safe

COVID doesn’t care if you’re a capitalist or a socialist

No one in the world is safe until everyone is safeAs I sat recovering from the side effects of my third COVID-19 vaccine, certain things didn’t add up. First of all, I know a number of good, intelligent people who are choosing not to get vaccinated. Of course, there are some very unkind individuals among them who harass our health-care workers and people in the…

From stage to sound: seniors’ theatre company turns plays into podcasts

Edmonton troupe finds a creative way to keep performing during pandemic

Carlean Fisher has been in love with the stage for as long as she can remember. As a young woman, pulling the curtains from backstage was enough to feel the rush, until years later when she got involved as a player with Edmonton’s Walterdale Theatre. “It’s an important part of who I am, ever since…

Last-minute changes to COVID-19 restrictions serve no one

The never-ending stream of government flip-flops in policy and strategy must end

Last-minute changes to COVID-19 restrictions serve no oneThe year is only a few days old but some Canadians are ready to kick 2022 to the curb. The reason is a new wave of COVID-19 restrictions imposed due to the spread of the Omicron variant. Quebec was the first province to experience a significant increase in daily cases. Premier Francois Legault announced a…

How to survive and thrive in a time of uncertainty

The rules that have guided our economy no longer apply

How to survive and thrive in a time of uncertaintyDid you notice that 2022 began with far fewer forecasts and outlooks than are usually seen when we put up our new annual calendars? And most of those who bravely made predictions for 2022 have already been proven wrong. The emergence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, just when everyone was eagerly anticipating the end…

Is Omicron the beginning of the end of COVID-19?

Time to stop focusing on case counts and use more relevant metrics such as hospitalizations and ICU numbers

Is Omicron the beginning of the end of COVID-19?It was another quiet and relaxing Christmas in our household. We gazed at the tree for hours, admiring the lights and ornaments. We opened our presents, watched movies, read books, ate sumptuous meals, and listened to J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. Perfect! Well, almost perfect. My son could occasionally be heard laughing and singing to a…

Another year of chaos at Ontario’s universities and colleges

Forcing students to get a booster without evidence of its efficacy just adds insult to injury

Another year of chaos at Ontario’s universities and collegesThe Canadian Academics for Covid Ethics (CA4CE) is a group of researchers and scholars from fields spanning the natural and social sciences and humanities. It is concerned with the mismanagement of the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic response in Canada and around the world.  The following commentary was written by Drs. Kevin Cheung, Claus Rinner, Laurent Leduc,…

Vaccine passports are not only unreliable, they’re dangerous

Evidence that vaccinated people can and do contract and spread the virus undermines the rationale of vaccine passports

Vaccine passports are not only unreliable, they’re dangerousThe creation of multiple COVID-19 vaccines in an astonishingly short period was a stunning achievement by the biotech industry. The vaccines were approved for “emergency use” in just a few months, rather than the eight to 10 years normally required of previous vaccines. Most Canadians were more than willing to accept that risk. According to…

Ontario squandered nearly $1 billion on COVID-19 payouts to business

The government’s lack of due diligence another blow to Ford's credibility

Ontario squandered nearly $1 billion on COVID-19 payouts to businessTaxpayers have good reason to be frustrated with Premier Doug Ford’s handling of Ontario’s finances. The auditor general’s recent report shows just how cavalier the Ontario government has been in writing cheques from the taxpayer chequebook. The government of Ontario’s emergency pandemic response put thousands of businesses on the brink of bankruptcy, and thousands of…

India, U.S. account for a quarter of COVID-19 misinformation: study

At 85 per cent of total output, social media accounted for the largest amount of COVID-19 misinformation

India, U.S. account for a quarter of COVID-19 misinformation: studyIndia is the world’s top hot spot for COVID-19 misinformation, accounting for roughly one in six pieces of global output, according to a University of Alberta master’s student who studies world media. Hard on India’s heels are the U.S., Brazil and Spain, said Sayeed Al-Zaman of the U of A’s Department of Media and Technology…
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