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How the families of those in long-term care see the COVID crisis should give us pause

By Shachi Kurl, President What happened to our most frail elders during the pandemic? As we try to come to terms with horrifying revelations that dozens of residents of an Ontario long term care facility died not from COVID-19 but from dehydration,

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First shots and second opinions in the third wave

By Shachi Kurl, President NACI SAID WHAT, NOW? Earlier this week, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) declared Canada’s supply of Johnson & Johnson vaccine was okay for those over 30, “if the individual prefers an earlier vaccine rather than

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What we’re learning from COVID-19 could help us confront climate change

By Shachi Kurl, President As Canadians navigate byzantine vaccination systems, fight for paid sick days, and grieve for otherwise healthy loved ones some of whom are now, horrifyingly, dying alone in their sleep, COVID-19 robs us of something more still:

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Don’t be blue over going green, Erin O’Toole

By Shachi Kurl, President Erin O’Toole, what’s the matter buddy? Why are you hiding underneath that desk in a defensive crouch? Is there an earthquake drill? What? You proposed a form of carbon pricing and everyone’s being mean to you?

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Religious rituals suffer under COVID – but Canadians’ faith is still strong

By Shachi Kurl, President Spring is prime time for followers of Canada’s religious traditions. And for a second consecutive year, it is a period that carries the weight of isolation and observance by half-measure. For many Jews, Pesach meant Seder

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Canadians’ antipathy toward China makes the case of the ‘two Michaels’ even harder to resolve

By Shachi Kurl, President Anger. Barely concealed, seething hostility. As the “trials” of Michaels Spavor and Kovrig begin in China – the state that extrajudicially kidnapped those two Canadian men more than 800 days ago – these are the emotions

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