Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Justin Trudeau and the Long Road To A New Majority

Since early March Justin Trudeau has been stepping out of his residence every morning to brief Canadians on the Covid-19 crisis.

And what his government is doing to try to help Canadians.

So I'm glad to see that after leading us to a very good place....

Are You Ready For A New And Deadly Pandemic?

The other day I took my first ride on the Toronto subway system since the Covid-19 crisis began, and I was both impressed and shocked.

Impressed by the cleanliness of the cars, and the efforts to promote social distancing, but shocked by how many passengers weren't wearing masks.

There are plans to make masks mandatory, but the fact that people have to be forced to wear them is a real problem.

For while Canada has been making good progress in its war on the deadly virus.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Donald Trump's Most Wonderfully Hellish Week

I feel like I've waited half my life to get a picture of Donald Trump as good as that one, for never have I seen him look so beaten.

It sums up what was one of Trump's worst weeks ever, and hopefully will be the one that will cost him the presidency.

As you probably know, the picture was taken when he returned from a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that he had promised would be huge or YUUUUUUGE.

But sadly for him it turned out to be an almost total bust.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Covid-19 And The Dream Of A Better World

It's only been about four months since Covid-19 started sickening and killing people all over Canada and the world. And who knows how many more will die in the weeks and months ahead.

Or how long it will take for our economy to recover.

But along with the upheaval of the Black Lives Matter movement, the deadly virus has shaken our society to its foundations. It has forced many people to re-examine everything they believed in. It has shattered their illusions.

And allowed others, like Tom Foolery, to dream of a new and better world.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Will The MacKay O'Toole War Damage The Con Brand?

The Con leadership race was always going to be a sleazy affair. With two old Harperite hacks, and two social conservatives vying to be leader what else could it be?

Especially since the two Harperites have been shamefully pandering to the two religious fanatics who will almost certainly determine the winner.

But even by the low standards of the Ugly American party, this couldn't be more disturbing.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Will Quarantine Fatigue Sabotage The Fight Against Covid-19?

It's great to be back in Toronto, where it feels like mid-summer already, and it's hard not to feel that the Covid nightmare is almost over, and that we can all start living again. 

Some shops are reopening, there are finally some boats in the bay, a lot more people are out enjoying the sun, and the company of others... 

But while most gatherings in my neighbourhood are Corona correct *groan* this party was definitely NOT. 

And that's a problem, because sadly, the nightmare isn't over... 

Covid-19 is still very much at large. It's exploding at an alarming rate all over the world, it could still kill thousands of Canadians, and finish off our economy.

So the last thing we need is quarantine fatigue.

If you've found you're no longer disinfecting your hands as often or becoming more lenient toward unnecessary trips outside, you're not alone. This unintentional phenomenon is "caution fatigue" — and you have your brain to blame.

Or complacency.

At 100 days, Canada has just passed a grim milestone – 100,000 cumulative cases. Worldwide, 8.5 million cases. The epicentre has shifted from Asia to Europe to the Americas. 

The first wave is just picking up steam, and second wave could hit even harder in the fall. 

Yet, we’ve moved from anxiety to complacency, without much reason to do so.

Especially since American states that have loosened their lockdowns have seen their cases soar, like Florida which has just recorded more than 3,000 new cases three days in a row, and more than 4,000 on Sunday. 

And as Dr Theresa Tam has warned, it may only take one new case of COVID-19 to start another outbreak in Canada.

As for me, I don't understand why anyone could be complacent when every day we learn something new and scary about the killer virus... 

Like how your blood type could determine whether you live or die.

Having Type A blood was linked to a 50 percent increase in the likelihood that a patient would need to get oxygen or to go on a ventilator, according to the new study.

Or how even if you survive Covid-19 you might never fully recover. 

“When they say ’recovered,’ they don’t tell you that that means you may need a lung transplant,” Antoinette wrote in a Twitter post. “Or that you may come back after discharge with a massive heart attack or stroke, because COVID makes your blood thick as hell. Or that you may have to be on oxygen for the rest of your life.”

But then the problem is most people have no idea what's going on in hospitals all over Canada and the world. Not a clue.

So they don't understand how hard medical workers have to struggle to control the beast, and stop it from killing even more people. 

Which is why I thought this BBC report might be helpful in that regard...

I wish everybody could hear what those doctors and nurses had to say, for it's what many healthcare workers in this country are also saying, as they risk their lives, and the lives of their families every day.

And this is the bottom line:

Unless Canadians can hold it together for a few more weeks, wear masks, respect social distancing guidelines, wash their hands etc, until the virus is truly flattened. And unless governments can increase testing and contact tracing, the pandemic will drag on and on.

Many of the country's medical staff will be too physically and mentally exhausted to continue.

And a lot of Canadians, mainly older ones, could be dead by Christmas...

Let's not let that happen, we're so close to victory let's not blow it now.

We need to help our frontline workers fight that merciless killer, not by clapping in the streets, but by doing our part to really flatten the curve.

And show that we really are, all in this together...

Sunday, June 07, 2020

Justin Trudeau Sends Donald Trump Another Silent Message

They have been marching all over the world to remember George Floyd, and denounce police brutality and anti-black racism.

They have been peacefully demonstrating in Canada too, from coast to coast to coast...

And in Ottawa yesterday, Justin Trudeau spoke powerfully again without saying a word.

Saturday, June 06, 2020

Donald Trump and the Road To Fascism

Donald Trump has been in an absolute frenzy all week, firing off more tweets than he ever has before. And never sounding more delusional and more dangerous.

It all began when it was revealed that he had been rushed into a White House bunker  

And people started calling him #bunkerboy or #bunkerbitch.

Which drove him so wild, he started acting like a fascist...

Thursday, June 04, 2020

How Justin Trudeau Is Uniting Our Country

In my last post I looked at how the Con media was still trying to find any reason to attack Justin Trudeau.

Even when he said nothing, and even though they risk undermining the war against Covid-19, with their idiot questions about Donald Trump.

But luckily most Canadians understand that, and they are making their feelings clear.

Justin Trudeau's Silence and the Shame of Jagmeet Singh

It was the 21 seconds of silence that was heard around the world. 

Part of Justin Trudeau's reply to a question about Donald Trump.

And it couldn't have been clearer or more Canadian.