Canada’s economy desperately needs business investment

The trend to lower investment in the private sector began in 2015

Canada’s economy desperately needs business investmentGross domestic product (GDP) is what economists call the totality of goods and services Canada produces. It’s often referred to as the economic pie. We all want a share of the pie. Most of us think it’s only fair that all Canadians should be able to enjoy at least a basic level of income. Therefore,…

What parents need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine for kids

Two infectious disease experts answer your questions

What parents need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine for kidsEver since Canada approved the child-sized Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 and started to distribute nearly three million doses, some parents have jumped at the chance to get their kids vaccinated, while others still have questions. “Even before it was approved, about 50 per cent of parents were already very eager to immunize their children as soon as possible,” said…

Crude oil markets cool, thanks in large part to Omicron’s rise

In this cat and mouse game, OPEC+ had little option but to veer off the collision course

Crude oil markets cool, thanks in large part to Omicron’s riseDespite bearish crude oil market signals over the last 10 days, thanks to the Omicron COVID-19 variant and the associated possibility of demand destruction, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies in the extended OPEC+ opted to veer off a collision course with consumers. They avoided a knee-jerk reaction and decided instead to…

Do lockdowns actually worsen COVID-19’s impact?

Jurisdictions with the most repressive lockdowns have higher death rates per case

Do lockdowns actually worsen COVID-19’s impact?The most mentioned reason for lockdowns has been the protection of health-care systems. The claim is that such protection saves lives. So is it fair to ask how well health systems are performing their lockdown life-saving duty? There are several points from which one can compare health jurisdictions and their fight against COVID-19. One can…

Airline pilots rise up in face of COVID vaccines

Four Canadian pilots founded Free to Fly at the end of August attracting more than 38,500 members

Airline pilots rise up in face of COVID vaccinesShould Canadians be free to fly without a COVID-19 vaccination? Four Canadian pilots thought so and founded Free to Fly at the end of August. By now, the organization has attracted more than 38,500 members, including 2,800 airline staff. In an interview, Free to Fly co-founder Derek Grigor said the time was ripe for their…

Made-in-Alberta vaccine and drug development pipeline gets funding

Alberta invests $55.1M to taking vaccines, antiviral drugs from discovery to manufacturing

Made-in-Alberta vaccine and drug development pipeline gets fundingAlberta is building a better pipeline, but this one’s not for oil and gas products – it’s for vaccines and therapeutic drugs to fight viral diseases. The province announced a $55.1-million grant on Wednesday for University of Alberta research on ways to prevent and treat COVID-19, including $15 million for vaccine projects and $10 million for studies…

How do we behave when no one is looking?

Integrity, compassion and courage are more enduring and powerful than greed

How do we behave when no one is looking?Renowned American writer Maya Angelou advised, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” In other words, before we put anyone into a position of trust in our lives, we need to examine their track record. How do they treat the most vulnerable people in our society? How do they respond…

Time to escape from our COVID-induced prison

Fear of dying has stripped us of the courage to live

Time to escape from our COVID-induced prisonIt’s been almost two years now since I had a social life of any kind. You remember social life, don’t you? Having friends over for dinner, going to a crowded restaurant on Friday after work and feeling the buzz of interaction, picking your way through the mob at the farmer’s market, having a couple over…

What life looks like outside COVID-19 hysteria

The idea that the sky is falling and major restrictions are necessary should be greeted with skepticism

What life looks like outside COVID-19 hysteriaTravel and work over the past two years have brought me to many jurisdictions. What continues to strike me is the way the responses to COVID-19 have been varied, arbitrary and often draconian. I look at Canada and see raging debates over mask mandates, vaccine-status segregation, lockdowns and event restrictions, including bans on religious gatherings…

Oil markets dampen with new COVID strain, release of reserves

The dip came as a new COVID-19 strain sparked fears of renewed lockdowns and demand destruction

Oil markets dampen with new COVID strain, release of reservesWorld crude oil markets crashed on Friday by more than 10 per cent. For the first time since late September, West Texas Intermediate, the U.S. crude, tumbled below $70 a barrel, while the global benchmark, Brent, slumped to less than $75 a barrel. This crash wasn’t anticipated. The relief didn’t just come from the co-ordinated…
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