Live music & antibodies

Live music & antibodies

In early August, CBC reported “B.C. COVID-19 cases surge in young people as health officials urge more people to get vaccinated.” In that report, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said 95 percent of people who have COVID-19 right now in B.C. have not been vaccinated or have received only one dose. As a result…

Pandemic gifts
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Pandemic gifts

The gold standard of science information transfer is the peer-reviewed written word (as both front page articles in this issue mentioned). But the slow pace of publication and the impersonal interactions involved have made other forms of scientific communication popular. With anywhere from 300 to 35,000 participants, scientific meetings are one way for scientists to…

Back to normal?

Back to normal?

“Won’t it be great when we can get back to normal?” How often did you hear that as the COVID-19 virus disease has dragged on from what was originally thought would be a two-month outbreak to a full-blown, 18-month pandemic? The desire to “get back to normal” is so strong that many Canadian jurisdictions are…

Walking by faith
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Walking by faith

“And do you have everything you’re going to need today?” Last September, my middle child started high school, and his big sister decided he was going to be organized. She was going to make sure of it. Every morning last year, she ran through a checklist with him, making sure he had his lunch –…

COVID etiquette

COVID etiquette

I just started reading The Madness of Crowds, the newest Louise Penny book. It’s part of a quintessentially Canadian murder mystery series set in fictional Three Pines, Quebec. Penny’s books are beautifully written, tightly woven, plot-driven masterpieces; and she’s put out a new one every summer since 2005 like clockwork. Last year, while writing The…

Foster families urgently needed as pandemic lingers
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Foster families urgently needed as pandemic lingers

“Now, more than ever, we need to be helping our kids. If you have a spare room, consider it,” Trever Elliot says. He’s a foster provider, advocate and care home provider in the UK. “Ultimately, whatever’s going to happen with this virus,” he says, “we’re either going to get through it together or on our…

COVID fatigue

COVID fatigue

When February turned to March last year, few of us had any notion of what was in store. I was all set to fly to North Carolina to teach a session of political philosophy to students at Southeastern Baptist Seminary. I had my lectures printed out and was ready for what promised to be a…

Hoping for renewal
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Hoping for renewal

The idea of summer brings to mind popsicles, sprinklers, bare feet in the sand and camping in a tent. Yet those images belong to my own childhood. Summer holds a different flavour now as a mom. Specific to the needs of Rachel and Janneke, it means more time at home and less respite.  This summer…