Editor’s note: This article was updated at 8:04 p.m. ET on Feb. 6, 2021 to clarify that advice from the June 4 email shared by the Prime Minister’s Office originated from the Privy Council Office. Senior political staffers from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office and the office of another federal Liberal cabinet minister privately discussed how to withhold information from Canadians about the government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis last June, newly released emails show.
They believe totally in the advice they gave you. It just doesn’t apply to them. Who do you think you are? And what’s with the complaining about Canada’s lack of vaccine supply as compared to other nations? Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, has patiently tried to explain to you that the government has been working hard for months and months and months to ensure supply for Canada and that they have orders in for way more than a nation three times our size could ever use. What do you want? That they work for months and months and months and months? How were they supposed to know the vaccine deal with China wouldn’t work out?
A Kingston-area Ontario Provincial Police officer has been cleared of any wrongdoing after a police service dog he was handling caused serious injuries during an arrest in the Odessa area in June 2020. A report from Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit, dated Jan. 18, found that the use of a police dog in the situation was justified due to the circumstances.
A recent discovery of art believed to have been created by a German soldier interned at Fort Henry more than 100 years ago is on its way to Canada’s National Museum of History. The piece is a 12-by-7.5-inch horizontal wood-carved frame with a painting of an Indigenous person in the centre smoking a peace pipe with the words Fort Henry and Canada carved on each side, with two oval openings for black-and-white photographs of a well-dressed man and woman in each opening. Luciuk, who has done extensive research into First World War internment camps for several years, said internees arrived at Fort Henry in August 1914 shortly after the war started, and the camp closed in early November 2017, one year before the war ended.
For the new season, which begins on Jan. 13, teams will play in the Scotia NHL North Division, Honda NHL West Division, Discover NHL Central Division and the MassMutual NHL East Division, the league said in a news release. The NHL did not say whether having corporate sponsorships for divisions would be the new normal or simply a one-year-only campaign, but some marketing experts believe they are here to stay. “While some fans may protest the over-commercialization of the league, the majority understand the importance of finding new revenue streams, especially now,” Bob Dorfman, a sports marketing expert at Baker Street Advertising in San Francisco, told Reuters.
On this past International Holocaust Remembrance Day, I reread a bit of Bertrand Russell. In 1933, dismayed at the Nazification of Germany, the philosopher wrote “The Triumph of Stupidity,” attributing the rise of Adolf Hitler to the organized fervor of stupid and brutal people—two qualities, he noted, that “usually go together.” He went on to make one of his most famous observations, that the “fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.”