Home Page News Opinion Foreign Policy Politics Policy Legislation Lobbying Hill Life & People Hill Climbers Heard On The Hill Calendar Archives Classifieds
Hill Times Events Inside Ottawa Directory Hill Times Store Hill Times Careers The Wire Report The Lobby Monitor Parliament Now
Subscribe Reuse & Permissions Advertising FAQ
Contact UsLog In
Opinion

How science is bringing Canada back to life

By Mona Nemer      

Canada’s scientists stepped up like never before during the COVID-19 pandemic, helping to flatten the curve and pave the way towards reopening. But with vaccines still months away, researchers are also showing us how to live safely with the virus in our midst.

Canada’s Chief Medical Officer Theresa Tam, pictured June 16, 2020, arriving for that day's daily press conference in West Block. We all want a full return to normalcy, to a life in which COVID is of no more concern than the seasonal flu. I am confident that science will get us there. In the meantime, science has shown what we can all do to help: masking, physical distancing, frequent hand-washing, and reduced social circles can slow the spread of the virus to a trickle, writes Canada's chief science adviser to the prime minister Mona Nemer. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The cloth mask has become the pre-eminent symbol of life in the COVID era. Masks are everywhere now, and as they become ingrained in our daily social routines, they can even begin to grow on us. They come in all sizes and colours, often in beautiful patterned fabrics. Many carry a message or slogan. Some are homemade, some are designer-stitched. We start to recognize friends and colleagues by their masks. And the more ubiquitous they become, the more effective they are at hindering the spread of coronavirus.

Politics This Morning

Get the latest news from The Hill Times

Politics This Morning


Your email has been added. An email has been sent to your address, please click the link inside of it to confirm your subscription.

Health Canada gives green light to administer Pfizer vaccine to those aged 12-15

News|By Palak Mangat
Officials were unable to immediately say how the approval will impact the country’s overall herd immunity goal, which has been described as a moving target by experts as more vaccines come online.

Committee jurisdiction unresolved as MPs await study on privacy bill

Conservatives say sending the bill to the Ethics Committee is an attempt to distract the committee from its ongoing work on the WE Charity controversy, while Liberals say Ethics is the natural spot for a privacy bill.

What’s up PROC? Committee filibuster over prorogation study passes 40-hour mark

‘I don’t need to hear from Chrystia Freeland … about their most recent budget for 90 minutes in order to understand the decision about prorogation,’ says NDP MP Daniel Blaikie of a Liberal-suggested compromise.

A national strategy on transgender health care is needed, advocates and experts say

News|By Alice Chen
'There are clear, glaring gaps in coverage and standards for transgender health care in Canada,' says Conservative health critic Michelle Rempel Garner.

Constitutional challenge to sex work laws ‘succeeded before’ and will succeed again, says advocacy group

News|By Alice Chen
The current set of laws prohibit working together as well as safely advertising, puts sex workers at undue risk and potentially violates their charter rights.

Canada has limited options to pressure Iran to be transparent over downing of PS752, says last diplomat in Tehran

News|By Neil Moss
The Canadian government has criticized Iran for not providing transparency over what led to the shooting down of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 on Jan. 8, 2020.

Changes to Radio Canada International come at expense to core mandate, say supporters

News|By Neil Moss
'Radio Canada International has just one mandate and that is to explain Canada to the world,' says former host Wojtek Gwiazda.

Feds could face climate litigation over export-credit agency’s financing of fossil fuel projects, say advocates

Opinion|By Beatrice Paez
‘It shouldn't take members of the public suing the federal government to get them to act,’ says one of the groups urging the government to reorient EDC's financing away from carbon-intensive projects.

New immigration plan for temporary workers, international students riddled with barriers, says advocate

News|By Palak Mangat
Timelines and stringent eligibility requirements under the new immigration policy have left many ‘scrambling’ to apply, says one expert.
Your group subscription includes premium access to Politics This Morning briefing.