Research explores how fungi become drug-resistant

Research explores how fungi become drug-resistantAs resistance to antimicrobial drugs rises, understanding the mechanisms at play could help doctors treat patients Researchers are investigating how disease-causing fungi become resistant to antifungal drugs to help prevent potentially devastating consequences of the growing resistance harmful microbes are developing to drugs. “Antimicrobial drugs are fundamental for us to live healthy lives,” says Daniel…

Fifteen per cent of Canadians have long COVID symptoms

Fifteen per cent of Canadians have long COVID symptomsThe stigma attached to being a Covid long-hauler has the potential to negatively impact patient outcomes High levels of stigma experienced by some COVID long-haulers are associated with more intense symptoms, reduced physical function and loss of employment due to disability, according to newly published research from a Lancet medical journal. Specialists working in Edmonton’s…

CERB repayment fiasco risks ruining a modern approach to federal transfers

CERB repayment fiasco risks ruining a modern approach to federal transfersGetting benefits directly and immediately from the CRA website is the way of the future When COVID-19 hit in 2020, the federal government responded by doing something it hadn’t done at scale in a long time – deliver cash transfers in entirely new ways. As the feds doled out relief funds, more government support went…

Chinese Communist Party finds itself between a rock and a hard place

Chinese Communist Party finds itself between a rock and a hard placeChinese people risking beatings and jail to protest continued lockdowns  Anti-lockdown protests are now taking place across China – the Chinese equivalent of our Truckers’ Convoy. The protests are a reaction to the brutal policies that literally lock people in their apartments when even one infection is detected. As in Canada, when truckers became convinced…

Why Canada shouldn’t consider returning to mandatory face masking

Why Canada shouldn’t consider returning to mandatory face maskingFortunately, most provincial governments and the feds are pushing back against the idea Several recent polls have indicated that a majority of Canadians wouldn’t be opposed to returning to mandatory face masking in public places. A Nanos Research survey conducted between Oct. 30 and Nov. 4 found that 52 per cent of Canadian respondents would…

Sociologist reflects on living in the time of the pandemic

Sociologist reflects on living in the time of the pandemicIt would hardly have been a stretch for Amy Kaler to write a cogent social analysis of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a sociologist, Kaler has a background in population health and the sociology of infectious diseases. As the pandemic advanced relentlessly in the early days of 2020, she received enough requests for media commentary that…

Forcing kids to wear masks in school again is a bad idea

Forcing kids to wear masks in school again is a bad ideaMask mandates have reduced children’s immunity to common viruses Hospitals are experiencing an influx of young children with serious respiratory illnesses. Out of concern for their well-being, some health professionals are pushing to bring back mask mandates for schools. In other words, students would be required, once again, to wear masks while in school buildings.…

Those attacking Danielle Smith defending appalling Covid-19 policies

People who claim “to follow the science” have a habit of not following the science themselves

Those attacking Danielle Smith defending appalling Covid-19 policiesFollowing a question at her first press conference as Alberta premier, Danielle Smith expressed sympathies for unvaccinated Canadians who were persecuted by the COVID-19 regime. Smith mentioned that these Canadians “have been the most discriminated against group that I have witnessed in my lifetime.” It was an “extraordinary period” whose prejudicial practices she found “unacceptable.”…
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