Markham Hislop interviews Professor Duane Bratt, PhD, political scientist from Mount Royal University.
On This Day
September 16, 1974
Thirty-two women, the first female cohort, join the ranks of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
Today, women make up around one fifth of the police officers in the RCMP.
- Eric Eoin Marques, 36, once called world’s “largest facilitator of child porn”, is sentenced to 27 years » US Dept of Justice
- Texas, California, and Florida top the US states with the most deaths caused by animals » Forbes
- How to enjoy coffee » Psyche
- Whether you see coffee as an occasional treat or as a daily essential, there is much to learn and enjoy.
- Saudi Arabia camel carvings dated to prehistoric era » BBC
- First Rivian electric pickup truck for customer rolls off factory floor » The Drive / CNBC / Business Insider
- VW ready to boost North American EV production if US Congress revises incentive program » Detroit Bureau
- ‘Park 50 Feet or More Away‘ from other cars, GM advises Chevy Bolt owners – The Drive
Environment / Climate
- Chevron Corp Chief Executive Mike Wirth said the company prefers to pay dividends to its shareholders rather than invest in solar and wind power projects. » India Times
- Pfizer is recalling all of its anti-smoking treatment, Chantix, due to high levels of cancer-causing agents called nitrosamines in the pills » Reuters
- Facebook has known for a year and a half that Instagram is bad for teens despite claiming otherwise – here are the harms researchers have been documenting for years » Joe Public
Coronavirus / COVID-19 / Pandemic
- Italy to require all workers to show ‘green pass’ certificate » BBC
- Inside an Ontario ICU where the COVID-19 patients are largely young, and all unvaccinated » CTV
- COVID cases surge in North America, decline in South America, says health agency » Reuters
- 3,000 thousand of health care workers across France have been suspended without pay for failing to get vaccinated against Covid-19 ahead of a deadline this week, Health Minister Olivier Veran said » France 24
- Study found that antibodies produced by the Pfizer vaccine decreased sharply in senior nursing home residents and their caregivers six months after receiving their second shots » Case Western Reserve University
- Even as the US economy collapsed last year, the poverty rate actually went down. There’s no mystery why: the government gave people money » Jacobin
- Prince Andrew’s lawyer said in a federal court hearing Monday that a secret agreement protects him from liability in a lawsuit brought by one of Jeffrey Epstein’s victims. » McClatchy
Terrorism » Domestic & International
- Last month, 50% of all demonstrations involving the Proud Boys in the United States turned violent » Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project
Members of the Proud Boys were involved in multiple violent demonstrations in California and Oregon, the majority of which were against abortions. Proud Boys also participated in numerous anti-vaccine and anti-mask demonstrations. Every demonstration event in which Proud Boys participated throughout August in Oregon and California turned violent or destructive, including one violent demonstration that involved an exchange of gunfire. Nationally, nearly 50% of all demonstration events in which Proud Boys participated included violence, accounting for nearly 70% of all violent demonstrations in August (for more, see ACLED’s Actor Profile on the Proud Boys). Multiple militias and militant social movements including the Proud Boys, Boogaloo Boys, Three Percenters, III% Security Force, QAnon adherents, and the Virginia Citizens Defense League participated in armed demonstrations last month.
- French soldiers kill Islamic State leader in Western Sahara » Deutsche Welle / The Guardian
- French troops have killed the leader of the west Africa branch of IS — Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi — according to French President Emmanuel Macron. The group is responsible for scores of violent attacks in several countries.
Today is National Guacamole Day 2021 in United States. Please side-dish responsibly.
I had some pretty toxic feelings on Sept. 1. Hundreds of anti-vaxxers were gathered in all their lack of glory on the street outside the hospital where I work, repeating this stunt on Sept. 13 at hospitals across Canada. My co-workers and I were incredulous. Their presence outside our facilities was too callous to be real.
How arrogant, how tone deaf would it have been of me if I’d urged my exhausted colleagues to meet them with “kindness?” And who believes that people intent on screaming outside a children’s hospital would receive directions from Jesus himself if he happened to be in the neighbourhood?
- The Squaw Valley ski resort in Olympic Valley, Calif., has changed it’s “racist and sexist” name and is rebranding as Palisades Tahoe » Adventure Journal
- Gilbert Michaels, the man who made millions overcharging for printer toner is going to prison » Vice
- Vienna Marathon winner disqualified for wearing banned shoes » Bloomberg
- Even junked cars are getting more expensive » Bloomberg
- Israeli spyware firm targeted Apple devices via iMessage, researchers say » The Guardian
- Amazon releases a Kindle software redesign to make navigation easier » Tech Crunch
- Google handed user data to Hong Kong (Chinese) authorities despite pledge after security law was enacted » Hong Kong Free Press
COVID-19 / Pandemic
- Vaccines to be mandatory for workers in all health-care settings in B.C. » CBC
- Only 53.8% of the USA population is fully vaccinated, according to CDC data » Becker’s Hospital Review
- Wyoming has 231,017 people fully vaccinated, that’s only 39.9% of the population
- The huge number of active coronavirus infections offers plenty of opportunity for mutations to occur and new variants to arise » The Conversation
- Fully vaccinated people account for only 1.2% of England’s Covid-19 deaths » The Guardian
- US senators condemn Amazon for promoting anti-vaxxer books » The Guardian
- BioNTech founders Uğur Şahin and Özlem Türeci explain why booster shots are needed to combat the Delta variant of the coronavirus, and they say that a vaccine for five- to 11-year-old children is on its way. » Der Spiegel
- France’s former health minister charged over handling of Covid crisis » The Guardian
- Latest vaccination worldwide figures
- 5.72 BILLION doses administered
- 2.35 BILLION people fully vaccinated
- 30.2 percent of the world population is fully vaccinated
Canadian Election T –7
- Alberta’s ‘Energy War Room’ appears to be operating in defiance of the Canada Elections Act.
Dawson College & Gun Control
- Survivors of Dawson College shootings urge voters not to support the Conservatives » The Halifax Star
- 15 years ago on this date, a single gunman, armed with a Beretta Cx4 Storm assault rifle, a shotgun, and a Glock semi-automatic handgun, went on a shooting rampage at the Dawson College in Montreal, Quebec.
- One 18-year old woman, Anastasia De Sousa, died at the scene, while another 19 were injured. The shooter eventually committed suicide, after being shot in the arm by a police officer
- Erin O’Toole, the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, continues to repeat the lie that the Beretta Cx4 Storm assault rifle used in the Dawson College shooting, was illegally obtained. It was not. The shooter obtained it legally. The Liberal government banned the Beretta Cx4 and 1,500 other assault-style weapons after the Dawson College shooting. O’Toole has promised the gun lobby to make the Beretta Cx4 Storm, the AK-47, and other assault weapons designed to hunt and kill humans legal again in Canada.
On the National, Erin O’Toole falsely stated that the Beretta Cx4 assault-style rifle used in the 2006 Dawson College mass shooting was “an illegally obtained firearm.” The shooter in fact was a licensed gun owner and rifle was legally obtained. #cdnpoli #elxn44 pic.twitter.com/yDDAui10n3
— Blake Brown (@RBlakeBrown) September 13, 2021
Scientists from the University of Oxford and the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research are building on the success of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 to develop a vaccine to treat cancer. Researchers have designed a two-dose therapeutic cancer vaccine using Oxford’s viral vector vaccine technology.
When tested in mouse tumour models, the cancer vaccine increased the levels of anti-tumour T cells infiltrating the tumours and improved the efficacy of cancer immunotherapy. Compared to immunotherapy alone, the combination with the vaccine showed a greater reduction in tumour size and improved the survival of the mice.
Human trials will begin this year.
In the video above, Alexander Stockton, a producer on the Opinion Video team, explores two of the main reasons the number of Covid cases is soaring once again in the United States: vaccine hesitancy and refusal.
“It’s hard to watch the pandemic drag on as Americans refuse the vaccine in the name of freedom,” he says.
Seeking understanding, Mr. Stockton travels to Mountain Home, Ark., in the Ozarks, a region with galloping contagion and — not unrelated — abysmal vaccination rates.
He finds that a range of feelings and beliefs underpins the low rates — including fear, skepticism and a libertarian strain of defiance.
This doubt even extends to the staff at a regional hospital, where about half of the medical personnel are not vaccinated — even while the intensive care unit is crowded with unvaccinated Covid patients fighting for their lives.
Mountain Home — like the United States as a whole — is caught in a tug of war between private liberty and public health. But Mr. Stockton suggests that unless government upholds its duty to protect Americans, keeping the common good in mind, this may be a battle with no end.