Will 2021 be an election year for Justin Trudeau and Doug Ford?

There is a middling chance that Ontario voters will be going to the polls twice in 2021.

The more likely one is a federal election. As suggested in last week’s column, Justin Trudeau’s minority Liberal government will soon be living on borrowed time. 

Minority governments are relatively common in Canada, with 14 of them at the federal level since Confederation, but most don’t hang around long – an average of 479 days. Today is the current government’s 434th day. If it lasts until Oct. 21, it will join just five others that made it to the two-year mark. 

Wars against pandemics cannot be won province by province; it is time Ottawa took command

If COVID-19 has taught us nothing else, it is that deadly pandemics cannot be fought successfully on a piecemeal basis with each province or local authority going its own way, imposing its own control measures, or none at all.

Money alone will not avert the "terrible tragedy" of long-term care homes

The federal government announced last week it will give the provinces and territories an additional $1-billion to help them keep their long-term care residents safe during this wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

One billion is a lot of loonies, even in these inflated times, but there was no scramble among the 13 premiers to express their gratitude to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Minister of Just About Everything, Chrystia Freeland, for their generosity with the public purse. That’s not way it works in federalism, Canadian style.

Why the country that pulled together in COVID’s first wave can no longer get its act together

That national cohesion, the willingness of Canadians to work together, to endure inconvenience and hardship to bring COVID-19 under control during the pandemic’s first wave, no longer exists as the second wave rages across the land, like a wildfire in a tinder-dry forest.

The pleas from scientists and public health officials – to isolate at home and venture forth only for essential purposes, to wear masks and maintain social distances when doing so – that worked to a quite astonishing degree in the spring are falling on too many deaf ears today.

This time it will take more than pleas from the top to get Canadians on a safe path out of the pandemic

“A national emergency is an urgent and critical situation of a temporary nature that (a) seriously endangers the lives, health or safety of Canadians and is of such proportions or nature as to exceed the capacity or authority of a province to deal with it …” – from Article 3, Emergencies Act of 1988.

America's Founding Fathers never envisioned a rogue president like Donald Trump

“The happy Union of these States is a wonder; their Constitution a miracle; their example the hope of Liberty throughout the world.”– James Madison, 1829.

Madison, who became the nation’s fourth president (1809-1817), is widely celebrated as the “Father of the Constitution” for his crucial role in drafting that famous document – a charter that would stand the test of time as an enduring beacon of democracy. And it did for a remarkable period.

Joe Biden wins the presidency, but American democracy remains endangered

“The fabric of democracy is always fragile everywhere because it depends on the will of citizens to protect it, and when they become scared, when it becomes dangerous for them to defend it, it can go very quickly.” – Margaret Atwood, interview, Dec. 2, 2010.

The fabric of American democracy was put to the test and its fragility exposed to the world again last week. And what a week it was! It took six exhausting days for a winner to emerge.

The Length of Informed Consent Forms and Participant Outcomes

Informed Consent Forms (ICFs) are an essential component of research involving human subjects. ICFs provide participants with general information about the study, participant expectations, risks/benefits, compensation/expenses and privacy safeguards. In an effort to provide additional information for ethical and legal purposes, the length of ICFs have significantly increased over recent decades (Albala, Doyle & Appelbaum, 2010; Kass, et al, 2011; Corneli & Sugarman, 2017).

If Trump has to “leave the country” after Tuesday, where might he find a welcome?

“Could you imagine if I lose? My whole life, what am I going to do? I’m going to say I lost to the worst candidate in the history of politics. I’m not going to feel so good. Maybe I’ll have to leave the country. I don’t know.” – Donald Trump, Oct. 18, Macon, Georgia

Hmm! By all means leave your country, Mr. President, if you must. In time, the American people, with the support of grief counsellors, could learn, as Hoagy Carmichael sang, to get along without you very well.

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  • Ailsa Henderson
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