Tag: COVID-19

April Update: Canada’s COVID-19 deaths exceed projections, fiscal hole deepens

My entry in mid-April 11 put forward the proposition that the following couple of weeks would tell us a lot about the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on Canada, and the Trudeau government’s handling of the crisis, On the latter issue, the jury’s still out on the performance of the government and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and will likely remain so for a long time. But the political unity that characterized the first weeks of the country’s response has been eroded by criticism of the government’s reluctance to denounce China for its initial response to the pandemic. (Political...

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Is ageism colouring the response to care home deaths?

After taking a three-day break the premier and Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer presided over another COVID-19 media update on Tuesday. Since the last such briefing on April 24 the number of deaths in the province from the disease had increased by 70 per cent, going from 16 to 27. Ten of those deaths were at Northwood’s Halifax long-term care home where, over the same period, the number of confirmed cases among residents went up 42 per cent and the number of infected staff grew from 57 to 71. Given those troubling numbers, I eavesdropped on the webcast of...

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Article shows parallels and lessons from Spanish flu

After residing in relative historical obscurity for a century, the tragic story of the so-called[1] Spanish flu is getting told. As COVID-19 spreads around the globe, the pandemic that claimed millions of victims between 1918 and 1920 has become a reference point for how bad things could get with the latest pandemic. Thanks to Allan Marble, Nova Scotians can read about how the earlier flu affected this province. His 2018 lecture on the impact of the Spanish Influenza pandemic on Nova Scotia has been posted by the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society. The Spanish flu numbers are harrowing –...

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Next few weeks critical in setting course of pandemic

The campaign is still in the early stages, but some Monday morning quarterbacks in the media are already weighing in with criticism of Ottawa’s initial response to COVID-19. The Globe and Mail, in a front-page story on April 9, described how health officials ignored their own lessons from the 2003 SARS outbreak and failed to stockpile sufficient medical supplies to deal with a pandemic. Both the Globe and CBC – the latter equipped with internal government documents – detailed how officials as well as the Health Minister and Chief Public Health Officer spent January and February downplaying the seriousness...

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RICHARD STARR has had careers as a journalist, public servant, broadcaster, political staffer and freelance policy adviser. He is author of numerous newspaper and magazine articles, a former radio and TV producer and weekly newspaper editor, and the author of three non-fiction books. Starr has lived in Dartmouth for more than 30 years.

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