With Canadian Football League free agency going this week, one could equate Sask. Premier Brad Wall a self-acknowledged football fan, as a quarterback reading a defence — which all of a sudden, is blitzing him from all sides.
On Feb. 1, both the governments of Alberta and Saskatchewan are addressing in their own ways, the crisis which is really gripping the employment and economic landscape on the prairies. Apparently, the two provincial premiers have abandoned their ideologies in order to keep their provinces from financially drowning.
The Canadian economy is facing a challenging time during 2016 as it tries to adjust to the new reality of lower oil and other commodity prices along with a weak Canadian dollar.
Want proof being vaccinated against influenza is a good idea and works?
Look no further than the heart-breaking news late last week that the first official outbreak of influenza has hit Alberta and as of Jan. 14 there are five deaths on the books that can be attributed to the disease.
What makes this so heartbreaking is that for many people influenza is a completely preventable condition thanks to the ability to receive a free flu shot. Of the five deaths, four had not been immunized against influenza, and the fifth was a baby who had not yet received the second dose of the vaccine as is required for children under the age of nine.
Isn’t that proof enough that immunization works?
Alberta health officials were asking Albertans who haven’t yet done so to find their nearest health clinic, pharmacist or physician and get their influenza vaccinations because it is not too late.
Influenza starts circulating anytime from October to April and there can be more than one outbreak each season. It’s a later start than last year for the first outbreak in Alberta, but the nastiness has arrived and one of the easiest ways people can protect themselves is immunization.
In 2015, in one unexpected stroke of a rather broad political paintbrush, the Alberta Progressive Conservative party’s Tory blue which had been the colour of Alberta for more than four decades was replaced by the orange of the NDP, something almost unfathomable less than a year ago.
2015 was a year of change for Canada.