From the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Ontario to new modelling warnings, we’ve selected some of the best long reads of the week on thestar.com. Want to dive into more long features? Sign up for the Weekend Long Reads newsletter to get them delivered to your inbox every Saturday morning. 1. Enjoy it while it lasts. Modelling warns another mass lockdown may be needed to control Ontario’s looming third wave Ontario could soon be headed into a third lockdown to rein in a third wave of COVID-19 driven largely by variants of concern, new projections show. In the worst-case scenario, Ontario could see as many as 5,000 cases per day by early April, mostly made up of new variants, according to modelling by Scarsin Corporation, a Markham, Ont.-based company specializing in disease forecasting for global pharmaceutical companies such as Gilead, Bayer and Jansen. 2. With COVID-19 vaccines finally flowing into Canada, Ontario has been caught scrambling to give them out … [Read more...] about 14 of the week’s best long reads from the Star, Feb. 27 to March 5, 2021
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An Ontario university has apologized to a teaching assistant who was severely chastised for airing a clip of a debate featuring a controversial figure, saying the woman was not treated according to the institution’s values. The president of Wilfrid Laurier University said the school is proceeding with a third-party investigation into the dispute with graduate student Lindsay Shepherd, but said recently revealed audio recordings of her interactions with her immediate superiors made it clear an apology was in order. Shepherd said she discreetly recorded a meeting with three Laurier faculty and staff members in which she was roundly criticized for failing to condemn the views of polarizing University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson, who has refused to use gender-neutral pronouns. She had aired a clip of a debate featuring the professor as part of a communications tutorial. Read more: Neither Wilfrid Laurier University’s methods nor teaching assistant’s debate helped trans … [Read more...] about Laurier apologizes to teaching assistant who aired clip of gender-pronoun debate
When the new Biden administration spoke grandly of “restoring America's place in the world,” that bold new relationship with Canada restarted with an insult. Indeed, while the United States and Canada are among the world’s best neighbors, trading partners, and security allies, the governments in Washington and Ottawa have often not kept to the spirit of close friendship. In one of its first lengthy executive orders, the administration fired a hubristic salvo on climate policy; buried within pages of bromides was the news that the US would cancel its part of the joint Canada/US Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline, which was mired in controversy since its start over a decade ago, was first blocked by the Obama administration and then revived by the Trump team. Already last year, candidate Joe Biden had promised to cancel the pipeline. A Wall Street Journal editorial stressed, “This is a slap at Canada.” Indeed. “Despite all the bonhomie and civility between Biden and Trudeau, the … [Read more...] about Keystone pipeline pipe dreams?
Weather is often a go-to conversation filler or ice-breaker. When people don't know what else to say, they gripe about the heat or the cold or the rain or the snow. But severe weather is far more than an inconvenience, and it can be a matter of life or death. Take thunderstorms. There are roughly 100,000 thunderstorms every year in the United States, and 1 in 10 is considered severe. They cause flash floods, spark fires, and create hail, killing more people each year than do tornadoes, lightning, or hurricanes. Severe weather is growing more intense as well. Flash floods tear through dry waterbeds, city streets, and sewer drains at breakneck speed. But in developed urban areas, rain falls on impervious surfaces like sidewalks, parking lots, and driveways. Without land to absorb it, the water inundates roadways, culverts, and underpasses. Hail storms are expected to become more dangerous as the planet keeps overheating. Researchers predict climate change will mean fewer days of … [Read more...] about These Counties Have the Most Severe Weather in Every State
Pope Francis landed in Baghdad on Friday on the first ever papal visit to Iraq, a deeply symbolic and potentially dangerous trip to rally the country's dwindling Christian population. The 84-year old was greeted on the runway by Mustafa al-Kadhimi, the Prime Minister, an honour guard and lines of dancers wearing the traditional costumes of Iraq's numerous ethnic groups. The Pope's three-day visit, which went ahead despite rising security fears and Covid-19 infection rates, will be filled with symbolic reminders of the tribulations faced by a Christian community that is one of the world's oldest and most persecuted. Hours after his arrival, the Pope honoured the victims of one of Iraq's worst massacres of Christians by Islamic militants, saying prayers at Baghdad's Our Lady of Salvation Cathedral. READ MORE: Pope urges Iraq to embrace its Christians on first-ever papal visit Twin suicide bombings kill at least 32 in Baghdad Pope denounces use of religion to justify … [Read more...] about Pope calls for end to violence on historic first papal visit to Iraq