Canada just passed a terrible milestone.
it’s not the ocean you hear when you hold a seashell to your ear, or your own heartbeat drumming and echoing back at you. it’s the ones you’ve lost calling to let you know they made it to the other side and they’ll be waiting around the campfire until you arrive, take your time.— tiny fairy tales✨ (@tinyfairytales) April 20, 2022
More than 90 per cent of pandemic deaths in Canada have been in people older than 60 ....There is no doubt that elders, especially those with chronic health conditions, or living in long-term care, are at far greater risk. In recent weeks, we’ve again seen a steady increase in outbreaks, and deaths, in long-term care facilities.But let’s please stop with the too-often-uttered ageist nonsense: “They were going to die anyhow.”Deaths from cancer, heart disease, COPD, diabetes and other things that routinely kill elders have not dropped one iota.The tens of thousands of COVID-19 deaths are on top of that – additional years of life lost.Governments have largely stopped collecting and publishing data. But the hospitalizations and deaths won’t stop just because we avert our gaze.
Dr. Ogieglo notes that in addition to Covid deaths, people have been dying earlier of other
🧵 SK in 2020 and 2021 had excess mortality compared to the previous 8 years. From 2012 to 2019 we typically saw from 9300 to 9500 deaths per year in our province. In 2020 there were 10,266 (7.6% higher than in 2019) and in 2021 there were 11,025 (15.6% higher than in 2019). 1/11 pic.twitter.com/n5wCm7aO0E— Dr. Adam Ogieglo (@AOgieglo) May 15, 2022
This is a graph that I have shared previously that demonstrated that we are on pace to exceed the 2021 COVID death toll this year. In 2021, COVID took 802 lives in our province. We are on pace for closer to 900 deaths for 2022. 4/11 pic.twitter.com/h7HwviEXkl— Dr. Adam Ogieglo (@AOgieglo) May 15, 2022
The WHO has recently released a report which calculated a world excess death rate of 15 million
All to say, COVID is still causing a large burden of death in our province. We have deployed vaccines (with less than ideal uptake of booster doses), and accessible rapid tests as well as early therapeutics but we are not using any other tools to reduce this burden. 6/11— Dr. Adam Ogieglo (@AOgieglo) May 15, 2022
And in other news, I found this one amusing:“I told him about Saskatchewan, how in the north from ages 13 to 45, the leading cause of death is suicide and how that wasn’t acceptable,” Durocher said. “He did listen, he was very sincere and he seemed compassionate and genuine.”The two also discussed art and music and how they have the capacity to be healing. Trudeau told Durocher that art doesn’t only have to function as a mirror, that it can also be a lamp.“I think what we meant by that is art just doesn’t need to reflect the grief or the heartbreak within certain spaces, but it can serve as a nightlight or a source of inspiration or hope,” Durocher said. “I was telling him how music is really good at articulating emotion, so when students learn their instrument and music, they learn to have this musical vocabulary that they might not have the words for.”
Two amazing tweet threads about the terrible white supremacist attack in Buffalo -
Justice Alito wants to ban all gay civil rights because, he claims, there were no LGBTQ people in existence when the Constitution was written. They arrived in America later with the first tour of Cats— Paul Rudnick (@PaulRudnickNY) May 13, 2022
and David Rothkopf here:
So yes, let’s deal w/the insane access to weapons of war. But don’t say “it’s all about guns.” Because they used to hang us from trees in front of the courthouse.They have killed us w/swords in Manhattan, dragged us behind cars in Jasper, Tx. They have beaten us to death.— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) May 15, 2022
And I appreciated Oswalt's observation too:
It's the guns, but it's not just the guns. It's the racism, but it's not just the racism. It's the misogyny, but it's not just the misogyny. It's the attacks on democracy but it's not just the attacks on democracy.— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) May 15, 2022
Not much news on Ukraine today, but I thought this was interesting, because Putin had been
We don’t need gun control. We just need to avoid churches, malls, supermarkets, mosques, concerts, synagogues, cinemas, parks, pre-schools, middle schools, high schools, college campuses, mass transportation, the outdoors in general… (1/513)— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) May 15, 2022
Our Russian in #Kherson reports that the level of paranoia among #Russian troops in the city is through the roof. They don't trust their officers, they don't trust their comrades, they constantly look over their shoulder, and always move in groups at night. The stories about the— Canadian Ukrainian Volunteer 🇺🇦🇨🇦✊🏻 (@CanadianUkrain1) May 16, 2022
they're not feeling in control of the situation. The visits from FSB torture squads and mass arrests are a strong indication that they're rattled deeply by their inability to impose their will on the region.— Canadian Ukrainian Volunteer 🇺🇦🇨🇦✊🏻 (@CanadianUkrain1) May 16, 2022
Bad times. Imagine France, '43. Dark, silent and constricted.#Ukraine
in an ancient culture was a femur (thighbone) that had been broken and then healed. Mead explained that in the animal kingdom, if you break your leg, you die. You cannot run from danger, get to the river for a drink or hunt for food. You are meat for prowling beasts. No 2/4— James Bramble (@BrambleJim) May 14, 2022
And the Battle of Alberta is ON!
Helping someone else through difficulty is where civilization starts, Mead said."— James Bramble (@BrambleJim) May 14, 2022
We are at our best when we serve others. Be civilized.
- Ira Byock." 4/4
Too bad only one of them will go on to the next round.
"You dream about stuff like that, scoring in Game 7 in overtime.”— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) May 16, 2022
Johnny Gaudreau didn’t hoist the Flames on his shoulders but when Calgary needed him most he was there, ending a torturous evening for a C of Red. (By @EricFrancis )https://t.co/rJV7UoulxH