Wisconsin’s Warning for the Pandemic Election

“I’m accused of trying to conduct a voter purge in the state of Wisconsin,” Rick Esenberg told me by way of introduction. Esenberg runs the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, which is suing to force the state’s election commission to remove hundreds of thousands of “inactive” voters from the rolls. I had called Esenberg to ask about the in-person election that Wisconsin is holding tomorrow even as its citizens are under a statewide directive to stay at home amid the coronavirus outbreak. Democrats, including Governor Tony Evers, want to conduct the election by mail so that Wisconsinites don’t have to risk their health to go to the polls. The… Read More

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Daphne Bramham: Even in a pandemic, foreign doctors face a system rigged against them

Had Dr. Mehdi Shahsavan stayed in British Columbia, he would be sitting on the sidelines of the COVID-19 epidemic like thousands of foreign-trained doctors, writing letters and signing petitions begging for a chance to work. Instead, the Iranian-trained general practitioner and emergency room specialist is on the front lines in the Prairie town of Assiniboia (pop. 2,389). Shahsavan arrived there in September along with another Iranian-trained doctor. They were greeted by the mayor and feted at a come-and-go tea at the Town Hall after having successfully passed the Saskatchewan College of Physicians and Surgeons’ practice-ready assessment program. Even in that small town, the clinic where they work has already had… Read More

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Ian Mulgrew: B.C.’s David Eby hopes modern legal system can rise from the ashes of pandemic

Attorney General David Eby reflects on B.C.’s crippled court system and the collapse of access to justice across the country as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and finds a reason to hope. There are big challenges. He doesn’t have numbers or any modelling yet on the expected backlog in what were already clogged courtrooms. But he’s sure what doesn’t kill us, will make us stronger. Last week, Beverley McLachlin, a former Supreme Court of Canada chief justice, called for a swift and massive transformation of the legal sector — insisting long necessary change, delayed by obstinacy for years, needed to occur within weeks. Eby agreed — the closure of… Read More

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‘That Woman From Michigan’ Talks Trump

Donald Trump’s exchanges with Democratic politicians usually go something like this: He picks a petty fight, almost always lobbing a tweet with a low-grade schoolyard taunt. The politician he targeted makes some bland statement about not engaging, but slips in a few passive-aggressive comments to needle him back. Political reporters lap it up. That’s what’s been playing out between Trump and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer over the past week. Except this time is different, Whitmer says. This time, Trump’s routine is going to lead to Americans dying. While Trump is taking shots at her from the White House, Whitmer told me, “more people are going to get sick and more… Read More

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The Coronavirus Killed the Policy Primary

What a rollout it was going to be. Joe Biden would stand next to former Representative Gabby Giffords at a big rally in Miami the Monday before the Florida primary. They’d rail against gun violence, criticize Bernie Sanders, and get a head start on taking it to Donald Trump in November. It was just what the gun-control movement needed: a big splashy event that would be all over local, state, and national news. The rally, originally scheduled for March 16, never happened. Instead, Giffords endorsed Biden in a video on Twitter. The thousands of retweets were nice. But they weren’t what the gun-control movement had been hoping for. Did you… Read More

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Vaughn Palmer: Horgan says work at Site C will continue unless Dr. Henry says to stop

VICTORIA — While key work proceeds at the Site C dam project, Premier John Horgan says it will continue “until Dr. Bonnie Henry tells us otherwise.” Horgan was reacting this week to public calls for suspension of the multibillion-dollar project to minimize risk to workers and the community during the novel coronavirus outbreak. “I have heard the concerns of people in the north. I also listened to advice and direction we have been getting from public health officials, particularly Dr. Henry,” Horgan told reporters. …read more Source:: Vancouver Sun – Politics       

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Americans With Disabilities Are Terrified

Many Americans are anxious about contracting the novel coronavirus. Daniel Florio is absolutely terrified. The 50-year-old lawyer from Maplewood, New Jersey, was born with spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disorder that makes him unable to walk or use his arms. His disability makes him more vulnerable to the virus than most people, and he’s afraid of what will happen if he ends up in the hospital with a serious case. Intubated people cannot speak, and Florio would not be able to use gestures or otherwise communicate with his doctors. It’s likely, given infection-prevention rules, that his caregivers would not be allowed to accompany him. “I would be in an awake… Read More

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Huawei donates shipment of medical masks to B.C.

VICTORIA — Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies has quietly has donated a large shipment of protective masks for B.C. health care workers, Postmedia News has learned. The donation was accepted by the B.C. government late last week, but not acknowledged publicly when Health Minister Adrian Dix announced Monday the arrival of almost one million new masks. Hundreds of thousands of those masks, both simple protective and N95 masks, came from China through Huawei. “The province has many supply sources included transfers from our federal partners and a variety of domestic and international suppliers,” Dix told Postmedia. “We don’t share details about our suppliers.” But Huawei confirmed the donations after being… Read More

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Vaughn Palmer: Dix talks tougher than Trudeau about safe ways to bring Canadians home

VICTORIA — Health Minister Adrian Dix warned Ottawa this week that it must rigorously screen the thousands of Canadians being repatriated from outside the country during the novel coronavirus outbreak. Dix made the comments during his daily media briefing Wednesday, making it very clear that he was responding to comments earlier in the day from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “The prime minister said the entirety of Global Affairs Canada employees are single-mindedly focused on this herculean task of bringing Canadians home any way we can,” Dix noted. “We know of these efforts and flights that are coming back.” But with all those people headed for airports in British Columbia and… Read More

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Daphne Bramham: It’s absurd to ignore foreign-trained doctors’ offers to help with the COVID crisis

Dr. Hassan Moustafa is anxious to do what he can to help Canadians survive the COVID-19 crisis. He is one of thousands of international medical graduates — both immigrants and Canadians who studied abroad — who has volunteered to help in any capacity, even if he’s not paid. Like thousands of others, the offer has so far gone unanswered by governments and been rebuffed by the various Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons across the country. It is extraordinary considering daily reports that health-care workers are already feeling overburdened and exhausted. On Monday, the B.C. government said it is already preparing the Vancouver Convention Centre as a 271-bed hospital and opening… Read More

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