Do harsher restrictions save lives?
Do harsher restrictions save lives?

...for all that is being said about Alberta today, infected Albertans have so far survived COVID-19 at three times the rate of Quebeckers, and nearly at twice the rate of the average Canadian.

The endemic path is the way out
The endemic path is the way out

It is not people declining vaccination who are putting us in the gravest danger. It’s those who, perhaps fewer in numbers, continue to dream of, and push for, a global eradication of SARS-CoV-2. They drive the policies that subject us to lockdown cycles. They are far more dangerous than the virus itself.

A Note to Mr. Kenney on his Erratic Driving
A Note to Mr. Kenney on his Erratic Driving

Summer arrived and the inmates of Alberta's province-wide quarantine camp soon received back from your government a few of their rights in the form of temporary privileges, though you did not call them that in your Open for Summer program.  Autumn is barely upon us and those privileges are already being withdrawn.

In disrespecting public officials, we disrespect ourselves
In disrespecting public officials, we disrespect ourselves

People will disagree with public officials and their decisions. In a democratic arrangement, there is an expectation that people will address their differences respectfully, and even in friendship. Frederick Haultain, the founder of Alberta and Saskatchewan, was notorious for his kind and respectful ways. Unlike our contemporary crop of leaders, he never insulted even his most vicious or slandering opponents.

Truth is the road to reconciliation
Truth is the road to reconciliation

For generations now, successive federal governments have made promises without delivering. For all the inflated rhetoric, even the present federal government has been incapable of permanently delivering potable water to so many Indigenous children. Worse still, not that long ago, Prime Minister Trudeau openly mocked Aboriginal women at a Liberal Party fundraiser in Toronto when the women demanded clean water for their children. Expressions of solidarity, vacuous electoral promises and virtue-signalling schemes will not deliver the outcomes that Indigenous Canadians need, just as handing out large amounts of unaccountable monies over decades has failed.

Kananaskis user fees are inappropriate
Kananaskis user fees are inappropriate

There are two strong reasons for the costs of increased usage of the Kananaskis wilderness areas to be shouldered by the healthcare budget. It is a health matter. Physical activity and social interaction are salutary for Albertans coping with the economic and psychological hardships imposed by their government. Second, a pricing mechanism is wrong because the excess use did not issue from regular market demand. Claiming “medical advice,” the government has locked Albertans down and continues to restrict most options for essential social and physical activities. The excess costs associated with wilderness usage should therefore be medical costs.

Premier Kenney places Albertans “beyond the pale”
Premier Kenney places Albertans “beyond the pale”

One would think that citizens whose lives are being hurt by their own government policies would receive sympathy and compassion. But instead, those suffering outside the medical tutelage of Alberta Health are disparaged as “unhinged conspiracy theorists.”

It All Began in China
It All Began in China

Book Excerpt (published in The Epoch Times) From COVID-19: The Politics of a Pandemic Moral Panic Timelines associated with the spread of COVID-19 have changed over the past several months and, with new information, may change again in the future. There seems to be widespread agreement in publicly available sources that individuals with odd flu-like …

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Two pandemics are more frightful than one
Two pandemics are more frightful than one

This week marked the anniversary of the COVID-19 confinements that were only supposed to last for a few weeks. That was 52 weeks ago. In many ways, fear became the pandemic. Different people drive the COVID-19 fear, but its principal generators are statisticians and the medical bureaucrats–the experts “advising” the politicians, who in turn display …

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Computer modellers are still driving the COVID-19 fear wagon
Computer modellers are still driving the COVID-19 fear wagon

Renewed calls for prolonged lockdowns to deal with the new SARS-CoV-2 mutations are wrong headed. It has been a year since emergency measures were declared. Yet, the policy response to the COVID-19 crisis has been and continues to be moved by fear that is in turn propelled by statistical models incapable of accounting for risk …

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It’s time to end the politics of panic
It’s time to end the politics of panic

Seven months since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, against evidence and common sense, media, elected officials and health experts continue peddling the panic that gripped them in March.  Almost daily, headlines in the first week of October announced new records in the number of COVID-19 cases. This is mostly happening in Laurentian Canada, which is …

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‘Second Wave’ Fears Further Threaten Civil Liberties
‘Second Wave’ Fears Further Threaten Civil Liberties

On September 18, Israel relocked down the country for the following three weeks, becoming the first developed country to shut down for the second time. This second COVID-19 lockdown comes four months after lifting the first one instituted in March. How Israeli citizens react to the unsustainable nature of re-lockdowns will be instructive for the …

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Land of Coercion, 1
Land of Coercion, 1

We all remember being told that the vaccines would grant us immunity, don’t we? Plenty of simplified pictorials and condescending cartoons told us so. “And now you’re immune!” People proudly declared that they took the shot to protect other people, adopting Facebook badges that smugly boasted “You’re Welcome!”

Land of Coercion, 2
Land of Coercion, 2

People clamoured for and embraced the certificates or passports while still making fun of conspiracy theorists, apparently unaware of or indifferent to the fact that these technologies were literally the lynchpin of many conspiracy theories that long claimed that the pandemic was part of a plot to usher in the surveillance state and worse. I am aghast that with respect to the probable non-natural origin of the virus and now the vaccine passports I find myself discovering that the kooky crazy whacko nutjobs weren’t totally off-base about everything. I really wish they had been. Everybody: Please stop making the conspiracy theorists look good.

Land of Coercion, 3
Land of Coercion, 3

My point is, extrapolating from the attitudes and acrimony expressed nowadays, further stoked by our authorities’ inflammatory rhetoric and restrictive policies, I am no longer so confident that some number of Canadians wouldn’t be okay with it if the worst-case interpretation were true—especially should breakthrough cases spike or new variants emerge.

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Do harsher restrictions save lives?
The endemic path is the way out
A Note to Mr. Kenney on his Erratic Driving
In disrespecting public officials, we disrespect ourselves
Truth is the road to reconciliation
Kananaskis user fees are inappropriate
Premier Kenney places Albertans “beyond the pale”
It All Began in China
Two pandemics are more frightful than one
Computer modellers are still driving the COVID-19 fear wagon
It’s time to end the politics of panic
‘Second Wave’ Fears Further Threaten Civil Liberties
Land of Coercion, 1
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Haultain
Research
Institute

NEW BOOK!

By Barry Cooper and Marco Navarro-Génie COVID-19 The Politics of a Pandemic Moral Panic explores the political and social responses that have been tributary to the medical responses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What is the Haultain Research Institute?

The Haultain Institute is a private educational organization dedicated to finding solutions to address the structural inequities detrimental to landlocked Canadian provinces with views to establish more fair, balanced and renewed societies.

Our Vision

We envision a renewed, rebalanced, modern Canadian federation that is structured fairly for all provinces to maximise our collective and individual potential

Our Mission

To educate and provide options for Canadians about the elimination of structural unfairness that currently plagues the Canadian federation, especially for our landlocked provinces.

Our Goals

Haultain Research Institute focuses on non-partisan and robust research, investigating all avenues that may open the way to fairness and a balanced renewal to benefit all Canadians

Sir Frederick Haultain (1857 – 1942) was a Western Canadian lawyer, an elected representative and  judge. He was the first Premier of the Northwest Territories and was first elected to the territorial council in 1887 for the riding of Macleod. Opposed by Laurentian élites, Haultain wanted Alberta and Saskatchewan to be one province named “Buffalo” to be governed with full constitutional powers by a non-partisan administration. This idea was not acceptable to the federal Liberal Party of the day, governing under Wilfrid Laurier. After the 1905 formation of Alberta and Saskatchewan, Haultain represented South Qu’Appelle in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan as a member of the Provincial Rights caucus, and served as the Leader of the Official Opposition. He led the charge against the federal control of the province’s public lands and natural resources.

Haultain left politics in 1912. He became chief justice of the Saskatchewan court of appeals and the second chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan in 1917. He died in Montreal in 1942 but his ashes are buried in Saskatoon.