The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way in which we operate in our daily lives, primarily because of new risks that all of us are now being subjected to, directly or indirectly.
In church ministry, I am acquainted with the power of grief. Not only do I spend my time with those who experience deep loss. I have been metaphorically ambushed by the strong emotions of grief and left struggling to stand up again.
It’s disappointing when the Governor of Michigan — whether Democrat or Republican, male or female — has received multiple death threats, the president says almost nothing about this to his supporters. If anything should trigger a tweet storm it should be threats of violence against elected o…
Today is Clinical Trials Day, an observance commemorating the first controlled clinical trial conducted by James Lind on May 20, 1747. Much has changed since Lind studied scurvy in sailors, but the need for clinical trials has not.
The BC government and its Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, are starting to reopen the economy on a carefully-thought-out and gradual basis.
I dug out from my travel files a battered yellow booklet called “International Certificates of Vaccinations.” It tells me that I have been vaccinated against smallpox, cholera, yellow fever, typhoid, paratyphoid (A and B), polio, pneumonia, hepatitis A, tetanus, typhus, mumps, and both kinds…
This week I was reminded of the words of Blaise Pascal, “the greatest single distinguishing feature of the omnipotence of God is that our imagination gets lost thinking about it.”
I am soooooooo sick of COVID-19. Let me correct any misimpression – I am not sick with COVID-19. I don’t have chills, fever, or cough. I don’t have difficulty breathing. And I’m not in intensive care.
Massive financial aid programs by the federal and provincial governments have been implemented; they aim to provide support to the workers and industries that have been closed in an effort to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
I have a close family member who lives in a retirement residence in Ontario which, thank goodness, doesn’t have a case of COVID-19. He’s locked in, which is driving him nuts because he can’t go about his daily routine which includes buying a newspaper at the convenience store (even though he…
The COVID-19 pandemic is having a profound impact on provincial government finances. Prior to the onset of the pandemic, virtually all of the provinces were in relatively sound fiscal positions.
An old man walks into the dining room, he looks left, then right, and looks at his old wife and says: “You read my damned mind all the time; what the hell did I come in here for?”
This week, after some delay, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced more information on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program, which will require the recall of Parliament before it can be implemented.
The requirement to stay at home — and given my age and the fact that I am diabetic, staying at home is not only advisable but also mandatory — has several unintended consequences.
My grocery store has a sign up at its cash registers: ““Due to the COVID-19 virus, we no longer accept reusable grocery bags.”” Instead, they’ll give away free plastic bags.