Living/Working January 7, 2022

Living/Working

January 7, 2022

Lawsuit of the week: Teal Cedar Products sues protesters who allegedly blocked access to Island logging sites

Forest company claims its operations have been hindered by "increasingly extreme" tactics

Rob Kruyt/BIV files

Forestry firm Teal Cedar Products Ltd. is suing a group of participants in ongoing blockades of its logging activities on Vancouver Island, firing back at a swath of small claims lawsuits filed against the company by protestors between June and October 2021.

Teal Cedar filed a notice of civil claim in BC Supreme Court on December 20, naming Alfred Dennis, Josie Dobbswall, Jared Lim, Tyson Goodyear, Emma Ross, Estelle Honeywell, Corey Henderson, Aaron Boutin, Thea Gilchrist and Emily Twomey as defendants. The company filed the lawsuit as a counterclaim to several provincial court actions filed by the defendants, who have allegedly participated in a “highly-organized campaign of illegal blockades, carried out by hundreds of largely unknown persons, many of whom operate under the name the Rainforest Flying Squad.”

“The Blockaders have raised over $1 million in donations to support their civil disobedience campaign,” the claim states.

Since August 2020, the company claims, its logging and tree planting activities have been hindered by blockades at several sites, including the highly publicized protests at Fairy Creek where the Royal Canadian Mounted Police began enforcing a court injunction between May and September 2021.

“But during this same period, the Blockaders’ tactics became increasingly extreme,” the claim states. “Their illegal activities escalated and tensions rose.”

Teal Cedar claims protesters have suspended themselves over roadways and under bridges, while others have occupied tree-sits suspended high over the ground to hinder police efforts to allow logging and road-building work to continue. According to the lawsuit, the RCMP has made nearly 1,200 arrests for injunction violations, obstruction, mischief, and assault. The company claims its equipment has been stolen and vandalized, while interference with its helicopter landing pads have posed “grave safety risks.” 

“Teal Cedar has been able to access areas behind blockades only because the RCMP have conducted large-scale enforcement operations to remove the Blockaders from their entrenched positions,” the claim states.

The defendants, the company claims, have violated a court injunction by impeding access to a logging site by parking their vehicles “in and around” the area known as Tree Farm License 46.

“By aiding the Blockaders and, in particular, by parking vehicles in a way that impeded access to TFL 46 the defendants have aided the violation of the injunction and the continuation of the blockades, which have and continue to cause damage and loss to Teal Cedar,” the claim states.

The company seeks unspecified damages for unlawful and intentional interference with contractual and economic relations, conspiracy, trespass, nuisance, and civil contempt. The allegations have not been tested or proven in court and the defendants had not filed responses to the claim by press time.

 

 
Leading

Membership list controversy looms over BC Liberal leadership vote

Less than a month before it elects a new leader, the BC Liberal Party has a brewing controversy about the legitimacy of the organization’s membership list and who will be eligible to vote.

Leadership races are typically clouded by questions about the credibility of membership lists, but rarely on this scale. Sources say six of the seven leadership campaigns are complaining to the party that about 60% of BC Liberal memberships – more than 24,000 of the roughly 44,000 members as of the December cut-off date to qualify to vote – do not comply with party criteria to be eligible to elect the successor to Andrew Wilkinson.

They are warning of catastrophic reputational damage to the party if the situation is not addressed and if the race is not perceived as free and fair. The party’s leadership election organizing committee, in turn, has written the campaign teams that it intends to address the issues. But given the extent of the concerns, some campaigns are skeptical problems can be solved in time.

To mitigate foul play in the contest, the BC Liberals required a prospective party member to supply a full first and last name, full address, birth date and an unduplicated phone number and email address. (For those without email, the party accepted a witnessed document.) The four-year membership costs $10 and must be paid with a unique credit card or by cheque, again to avoid one person paying for a batch of memberships.

But reviews of the membership lists conducted by campaigns in the leadership race have concluded there is the potential for massive voter fraud next month to choose a new leader. The problems appear to have become acute in recent months: for instance, campaigns are questioning the validity of more than 14,000 of the 23,000 memberships sold since last May 1, when the campaigns and the membership drives went into high gear.

In some cases, the membership data reveals that more than one member shares a phone number or an email address. In some of those cases, campaigns found members that held the same phone number and email address but different residential addresses in different ridings. Some had provided out-of-province phone numbers or addresses, and some addresses weren’t residences but were parking lots or forestry service roads.

The membership lists have been shared with all of the campaigns to permit candidates to court their support. But campaigns have written the party to note that when they contacted newly minted members by phone or in person, many were unaware of their membership, of a leadership contest or even of the BC Liberal party itself.

A significant issue amid the questionable membership data is that some of the party’s new members have misrepresented where they live and claim to reside in ridings where there are few party members. Given that each riding will have an equal weight in the February vote – 100 points per riding to be divided among the candidates according to their percentage of the votes – membership in a riding with fewer members would have a greater voting value than it would in a riding with many members. The potential to skew the result is particularly high in those ridings.

Documents provided to BIV indicate the complaining campaigns’ review of the membership data concludes that unqualified memberships outnumber qualified memberships in 30 of the province’s 87 ridings, in some instances by a 4-to-1 margin. A widely shared document among campaigns, reflecting the results of data analysis of the memberships, suggests no riding has less than one in seven memberships in non-compliance with the rules.

These irregularities are by no means a new phenomenon in this party or in others. The BC Liberal leadership campaigns in 2011 and 2018 were marked with allegations of problematic memberships. The difference now is that non-compliance with the rules can be detected with technology. Some campaigns have enlisted expertise to do so, but they are not assured that the party can do the same.

The leadership executive committee has pledged in the last few weeks to campaigns that it would be inclined to set aside the February result if it uncovers voter irregularities or excessive campaign spending. Some campaigns are seeking more details of what the party will do in the next few weeks to ensure the integrity of the membership list.

Earlier, the party committed to randomly audit 10% of the new memberships. The complaining leadership campaigns argue that somewhere between one-third and one-half should be audited.

Each member has to register to vote by re-inputting information, a process that was tested internally in the last few days and ought to eventually yield evidence of the deficient memberships. But some of the leadership campaigns contend the process remains susceptible to fraud because the party is not using sufficiently modern technology and will not have time to be able to review tens of thousands of problems by the February 3-5 voting period.

The leadership vote will be conducted with a preferential ballot in which members select their first, second and subsequent choices. The lowest vote recipient on each ballot will be dropped and that candidate’s votes will shift to each voter’s next choice. First-choice votes will be accorded their percentage of 100 points in each riding.

Candidates in the race include former provincial candidate Gavin Dew, former cabinet minister Kevin Falcon, MLA Michael Lee, former BC Chamber of Commerce president Val Litwin, MLA Renée Merrifield, MLA Ellis Ross and housing developer Stan Sipos. The next provincial election is scheduled for 2024. •           

Kirk LaPointe is publisher and editor-in-chief of BIV and vice-president, editorial, of Glacier Media.

 
Spending

Dine Out Vancouver 2022: Here are all the 300+ participating restaurants

Get ready to get eating – Dine Out is back in full force for 2022

Looking to dine out in Metro Vancouver and get to know a new spot or revisit a familiar favourite? These are all the restaurants taking part in Dine Out Vancouver 2022 | d3sign/Getty Images

Ready, set, eat: Dine Out Vancouver has just revealed all the restaurants taking part in its 2022 event, which means it's time to plan your dining out calendars.

Running January 14 through 31, the 20th-anniversary edition of the food fest that means special menus at hundreds of restaurants in and around Vancouver along with enticing food-focused events, like the always-exciting return of Street Food City and special meals featuring visiting chefs from around the world.

Diners can enjoy multi-course set menus at four price ranges: $20-$29, $30-$39, $40-$49, or $50-$59. Additionally, some restaurants will have special promotions tied to Dine Out on offer.

Along with Street Food City - happening Jan. 15-23, when top local food trucks convene to take over the entire plaza in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery for a fun outdoors Dine Out experience - the festival features the Vancouver World Chef Exchange, which sees select Vancouver restaurants hosting culinary luminaries from different destinations for one-of-a-kind dinners.

Over 300 restaurants spanning Metro Vancouver

It's another whopping volume of tantalizing restaurants on board, with 328 spots taking part - counting multiple locations of some powerhouse options with more than one address. Enjoy DOVF meals from Abbotsford to West Vancouver, and south to Tsawwassen and White Rock - and so many places in between. There are casual bakeries and cafes, fine dining and special occasion spots, and a host of global cuisines to experience.

Newcomers to DOVF this year include a number of restaurants that opened last year, like Alimentaria Mexicana, Zarak, and Bruno. You can go for full-on familiar comfort at several popular chains like The Keg, Cactus Club, or Earls, or venture out to check out a new spot that's on your must-try list.

For those restaurants that are taking reservations, you can get those tables booked now. Remember, all venues will be following provincial health orders.

Ready to see the full list of restaurants taking part in Dine Out Vancouver 2022? The wait is over: 

  • 1931 Gallery Bistro
  • 75 West Coast Grill 
  • A. Bento
  • Acorn
  • Acqua Restaurant & Bar
  • Afghan Horsemen Restaurant
  • Afghan Kitchen South Surrey
  • Al Porto Ristorante
  • Alimentaria Mexicana
  • Alouette Bistro
  • Alphabet City
  • Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio – Ambleside
  • Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio – False Creek
  • AnnaLena
  • The Arbor
  • Arike Restaurant & Cocktail Bar
  • Arms Reach Bistro
  • Ask For Luigi
  • Atlas Steak + Fish - Burnaby
  • Atlas Steak + Fish - Langley
  • Bacaro (Giovane Bacaro)
  • Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge- Wedgewood Hotel & Spa
  • Baci A Taste of Italy
  • Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine in Kitsilano
  • Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine on Broadway
  • Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine on Davie
  • Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine on Robson
  • Banter Room
  • Bar Gobo
  • Barney's on Granville
  • Bartholomew
  • Bayside Lounge
  • BC Kitchen
  • Beach House Restaurant
  • Beeryani Indian Bistro & Bar
  • Belgard Kitchen
  • Bellagio Cafe - Hornby
  • Bells & Whistles - Dunbar
  • Bells & Whistles - Fraser
  • Bibo Pizzeria Con Cucina
  • Bin 4 Burger Lounge
  • Bistro Sakana
  • Black + Blue
  • Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant
  • Boathouse Restaurant (The) - Kitsilano
  • Boathouse Restaurant (The) - New Westminster
  • Boathouse Restaurant (The) - Port Moody
  • Boathouse Restaurant (The) - White Rock
  • Bombay Kitchen + Bar - Commercial Drive
  • Bombay Kitchen + Bar - South Granville
  • Bombay Masala Indian Restaurant
  • Bonta Italian Risotrante
  • Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar
  • Bovine Rice Bowls
  • Brass Fish Tavern
  • Bravo Cucina Ristorante
  • Brewhall
  • Britannia Brewing Ladner
  • Britannia Brewing Steveston
  • Brix & Mortar
  • Browns Socialhouse - QE Theatre
  • Bruno Restaurant
  • Bufala Kerrisdale
  • Bufala Edgemont
  • Burdock & Co.
  • Burgoo Bistro - Downtown
  • Burgoo Bistro- Lonsdale
  • Burgoo Bistro - Main St
  • Burgoo Bistro - Pt Grey
  • Burnaby Mountain Restaurant
  • Butcher & Bullock
  • C Prime Modern Italian Steak & Wine
  • Cactus Club Cafe - Abbotsford
  • Cactus Club Cafe - Ash
  • Cactus Club Cafe - Bentall
  • Cactus Club Cafe - Byrne Road
  • Cactus Club Cafe - Coal Harbour
  • Cactus Club Cafe - Coquitlam
  • Cactus Club Cafe - English Bay
  • Cactus Club Cafe - Langley
  • Cactus Club Cafe - North Burnaby
  • Cactus Club Cafe - North Vancouver
  • Cactus Club Cafe - Park Royal
  • Cactus Club Cafe - Richmond Centre
  • Cactus Club Cafe - Robson
  • Cactus Club Cafe - Scott Road
  • Cactus Club Cafe - Southpoint Mall
  • Cactus Club Cafe - Station Square
  • Cactus Club Cafe - West Broadway
  • Cactus Club Cafe - Yaletown
  • Cafe One - Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel
  • Cannibal Cafe
  • Cantina Norte
  • Capo & the Spritz
  • Cardero's Restaurant
  • Carlino
  • Catch Kitchen + Bar
  • Cazba Restaurant
  • Chambar Restaurant
  • Charcoal & Woodz - Holiday Inn Surrey Cloverdale
  • Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodle - Kerrisdale
  • Cheshire Cheese
  • Chewies Oyster Bar - Coal Harbour
  • Chewies Oyster Bar - Kitsilano
  • Chi Vegan
  • Chickpea
  • Chop Steakhouse & Bar
  • Cibo Trattoria - Moda Hotel
  • COAST Restaurant
  • Cold Tea Restaurant
  • Collective Goods Bistro & Grocer
  • Cuchillo
  • D/6 Bar & Lounge
  • Davie Dosa Company
  • DiBeppe
  • District Bar Restaurant
  • Diva at the Met
  • Dockside Restaurant - Granville Island Hotel
  • Earls Ambleside Beach
  • Earls Kitchen & Bar - Fir Street
  • Earls Kitchen & Bar - Robson
  • Earls Test Kitchen
  • Earls Kitchen & Bar - Yaletown
  • East is East Chai Lounge - Broadway
  • East is East Chai Lounge - Main Street
  • El Santo
  • Ember Indian Kitchen
  • Espana restaurant
  • Fable Diner
  • Fable Kitchen
  • Fanny Bay Oyster Bar
  • Farina a Legna
  • Feast Neighbourhood Table
  • Fishworks
  • Five Sails
  • Flying Beaver Bar & Grill (The)
  • Flying Pig - Gastown
  • Flying Pig - Olympic Village
  • Flying Pig - Yaletown
  • Forage
  • Fort Pub & Grill
  • Frankie's Italian Kitchen & Bar
  • Freebird Table & bar
  • The French Table Bistro
  • Frying Pan
  • Fufu Cafe
  • Gino's Restaurant
  • Glass House Estate Winery
  • GLOWBAL at Telus Garden
  • The Greek by Anatoli
  • The Greek Gastown
  • Gurkha Himalayan Kitchen
  • Gyoza Bar
  • Gyu- Kaku Japanese BBQ - Richmond
  • Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ - Downtown
  • Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ - West Broadway
  • H Tasting Lounge
  • H2 Rotisserie & Bar
  • Harbour Oyster & Bar
  • Harold's Kitchen & Bar - Sheraton Vancouver Airport
  • Hart House Restaurant
  • Hawksworth Restaurant
  • Hello Nori
  • Hendricks
  • Honey Salt
  • Hook Seabar
  • Hotpot Palace
  • Hydra
  • Ignite Pizzeria  - Main St
  • Indian Delicacy
  • Indus Grill & Bar
  • Italian Kitchen (The)
  • The Italian Osteria & Cheesebar
  • Italian Tomato Restaurant
  • Izakaya Gon’s
  • Jamjar Canteen
  • Jess' Restaurant
  • Joe Fortes Seafood and Chop House
  • Johnnys On Oak
  • Jules
  • Keg Steakhouse + Bar - Abbotsford 
  • Keg Steakhouse + Bar - Alberni 
  • Keg Steakhouse + Bar - Burnaby 
  • Keg Steakhouse + Bar - Coquitlam 
  • Keg Steakhouse + Bar - Dunsmuir
  • Keg Steakhouse + Bar - Granville Island
  • Keg Steakhouse + Bar - Langley 
  • Keg Steakhouse + Bar - Maple Ridge
  • Keg Steakhouse + Bar - Morgan Creek 
  • Keg Steakhouse + Bar  - Park Royal
  • Keg Steakhouse + Bar - Richmond South 
  • Keg Steakhouse + Bar - Scott Road
  • Keg Steakhouse + Bar - Yaletown
  • Kinton Ramen
  • Kirin - Downtown
  • Kitchen Dada Sushi Bar & Grill
  • Kobe Japanese Steak House
  • KOKORO TOKYO MAZESOBA - Coquitlam
  • KOKORO TOKYO MAZESOBA - Downtown
  • KOKORO TOKYO MAZESOBA - Kerrisdale
  • KOKORO TOKYO MAZESOBA - Brentwood
  • La Boqueria Tasting Room
  • La Piazza Dario Ristorante
  • L'Abattoir Restaurant
  • Ladurée
  • Las Margaritas Restaurante Y Cantina
  • Le Crocodile
  • LIFT Bar Grill View
  • Liuyishou Hot Pot Vancouver
  • Living Room at Hotel Belmont
  • Lobby Restaurant at Pinnacle Hotel At The Pier
  • Lodge Steakhouse
  • Lucky Taco
  • Luppolo
  • Maenam
  • The Mackenzie Room
  • Mahony Tavern - Convention Centre
  • Mahony's Tavern - False Creek
  • Maizal Restaurant
  • Marcello Ristorante and Pizzeria
  • Maria's Taverna
  • Mary's on Davie
  • Masa Japanese Restaurant
  • Max’s Restaurant – Cuisine of the Philippines
  • Meinhardt Fine Foods
  • The Met Bar & Grill
  • Mila Plant-Based
  • Milestones - Coquitlam
  • Milestones - Guildford
  • Milestones - Langley
  • Milestones - Park Royal
  • Milestones - Southpoint
  • Milestones - Tsawwassen
  • Minami Restaurant
  • MIXT Lobby Lounge
  • Moxie's Grill & Bar  - Davie Street
  • Moxie's Grill & Bar  - Langley
  • Moxie's Grill & Bar  - Richmond
  • Notch 8 Restaurant & Bar- The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
  • Nuba - Gastown
  • Nuba in Kitsilano
  • Nuba in Mount Pleasant
  • Nuba in Yaletown
  • Old Spaghetti Factory - Gastown
  • Ophelia
  • P2B Bistro & Bar - Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel
  • Pacifico Pizzeria & Ristorante – Smithe Street
  • Paella Guys
  • Palate Kitchen
  • Papi's Seafood and Oyster Bar
  • Pat Quinn's Restaurant & Bar
  • Paul Bakery Cafe
  • Pepino’s Spaghetti House
  • Pier 7 Restaurant
  • Pizzeria Farina
  • Pizzeria Spacca Napoli
  • Poor Italian
  • Popina Cantina
  • Portobello Ristorante
  • Potluck Hawker 
  • Pourhouse Restaurant
  • Prestons Restaurant & Lounge
  • Provence Marinaside
  • RiverHouse Restaurant and Pub
  • Riverway Restaurant
  • Robba da Matti - Gastown
  • Robba da Matti - West End
  • Robba da Matti - Yaletown
  • Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. - Kitsilano
  • Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. - Main Street
  • Romer's - Kitsilano
  • Romer's - Port Moody
  • Romer's - River District
  • RV's Butter Kitchen
  • S+L Kitchen & Bar - Abbotsford
  • S+L Kitchen & Bar - Langley
  • S+L Kitchen & Bar - South Surrey
  • Sai Woo
  • Salmon n' Bannock Bistro
  • The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant
  • Say Mercy!
  • Seaside Provisions
  • Seasons in the Park
  • Shaughnessy restaurant
  • Shin Ka Gyuu
  • The Shoestring Cafe
  • Showcase Restaurant & Bar - Marriott Pinnacle Downtown
  • Siddhartha's Indian Kitchen
  • Sing Sing
  • Smoke & Bones BBQ
  • Social
  • Stanley Park Brewing Restaurant & Brewpub
  • Stanley's Bar & Grill
  • Steamworks Brewing
  • Stock & Supply
  • Sula Indian Restaurant - Commercial Drive
  • Sula Indian Restaurant - Main St
  • Sushi Maro
  • Sylvia Restaurant & Lounge - Sylvia Hotel
  • Tacofino - Ocho
  • Tap & Barrel - Convention Centre
  • Tap & Barrel - Olympic Village
  • Tap & Barrel - Shipyards
  • Teahouse Restaurant (The)
  • Tendon Kohaku - Brentwood
  • Tendon Kohaku - Downtown
  • The Pawn Shop YVR
  • The Rise Eatery
  • Three Brits Public House (The)
  • The Wild Fig Restaurant & Loounge
  • Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant
  • Torafuku
  • Trading Post Brewing - Abbotsford
  • Trading Post Brewing - Fort Langley
  • Trattoria - Kitsilano
  • Tutto 
  • UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar
  • Vaades The Indian Restaurant
  • Vancouver Fish Company Restaurant & Bar (The)
  • Victor (The)
  • Vij's
  • Village Taphouse
  • Water St. Cafe
  • West Oak Restaurant
  • Winston
  • Yokohama Teppanyaki Japanese Restaurant
  • Yuu Japanese Tapas
  • Zaatar w Zeit
  • Zarak by Afghan Kitchen

 
Spending
 
Spending

Ontario-based vegan burger chain begins 'West Coast takeover' with first B.C. location

One of the world's first vegan fast-food chains has big expansion plans in this part of Canada

Odd Burger is one of the world's first all-vegan fast food restaurant chains, and they're bringing their plant-based burgers, shakes, and sides to B.C. soon | Odd Burger/Facebook

One of the world's first vegan fast-food chains may have gotten its start in Ontario, but now Odd Burger has its sights set on Canada's West Coast.

Launched in 2014 as a produce delivery service, which morphed into a plant-based meal kit business, Odd Burger has grown from its grassroots start to a staple in vegan fast food in its native Ontario. With six locations in the province, including in Toronto, Windsor, and Waterloo, Odd Burger is already in the process of doubling its presence nationwide, with a further four locations planned in Ontario, as well as a first foray into the Calgary scene.

On January 4, Odd Burger revealed it has entered into a franchise agreement to expand even further, with a location – at an as-yet-undisclosed address – in the works in Victoria.

The company says the first B.C. Odd Burger is part of its plan to make some big moves in this part of the country. 

"Victoria is the ideal spot to begin our West Coast takeover, and our partners Luke and John are ready to bring our brand to their city," said James McInnes, Odd Burger co-founder and CEO in a media release. 

V.I.A. reached out to Odd Burger to find out where exactly the Victoria location will be and learned that the agreement has just been finalized with Victoria franchisees John Bowker and Luke Ceraldi. The first B.C. location "is expected to open within three months of site selection and permit approvals," notes Odd Burger. 

A rep for Odd Burger confirmed the vegan fast-food chain's plans to further expand in B.C. but at this time have no details to share.

"Strategic franchises are part of Odd Burger's plans to expand throughout North America," notes the media release, pointing to one additional planned location in the United States, without specifying a city or state. 

The company also has a manufacturing facility in London, Ontario, which is where Odd Burger makes its own meat alternatives for use in its restaurants. The Odd Burger menu offers several kinds of burgers, including riffs on high-profile fast food classics (the Famous burger with its double meat and cheese, secret sauce, and shredded lettuce looks like something from the "Golden Arches," while the Vopper's name immediately calls to mind a royally popular burger). They've also got chicken alternative ( what they call "ChickUn") sandwiches and strips, breakfast, salads, wraps, and sides, along with shakes to drink - all totally plant-based.

 
Exploring

What are we reading? January 6, 2022

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Each week, BIV staff will share with you some of the interesting stories we have found from around the web.

 

Timothy Renshaw, managing editor

In case you're wondering what the status of your immune system might be following a viral cocktail of vaccinations and COVID infections, here is an informative stab at calculating that status from the Atlantic.

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2022/01/do-post-vaccination-infections-improve-immunity/621172/?

Meanwhile from the back-to-basics news desk, a refresher in how to breathe. Properly. – Shondaland

https://www.shondaland.com/live/body/a38658028/how-to-breathe-the-right-way/

And while you're indulging in that deep and meaningful breathing, consider this week’s roundup of 10 trends that will change your world. – Forbes

https://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2022/01/05/the-10-tech-trends-that-will-transform-our-world/

 

Mark Falkenberg, deputy managing editor

Some clear-headed advice on how best to stay safe during the fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Among recommendations: start wearing N95 masks; also, if you are sick, quarantine yourself for a full 10 days – not the five days now recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after the CDC bowed to pressure from the airline industry. – The Tyee

https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2022/01/03/How-Citizens-Should-Respond-Omicron/

The Bank of Canada has been looking into the idea of issuing a cryptocurrency. But Internal federal government documents released after an access-to-information request show Canada’s Finance Department has warned Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland that adoption of a digital loonie could entail "wide-reaching implications for the economy, the financial system" and central bank operations. — Bloomberg

https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/federal-documents-hint-at-sweeping-economic-impact-from-central-bank-digital-loonie-1.1702635

 

Glen Korstrom, reporter

Wine lawyer Mark Hicken reflected on his blog about what we could learn from policy failures during Prohibition when it comes to navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, and how the most important thing is to get public buy-in for the measures – WineLaw.ca

http://www.winelaw.ca/cms/index.php/news/394-prohibition-era-thinking-is-back-and-messing-up-pandemic-policy-responses

A sophisticated online scam targeted prominent Indian female journalists and activists and provided fake job offers to teach at Harvard University. There was an interlocking constellation of social media accounts and emails, and while the scammers got personal information, they did not appear to have tried to use it to steal identities or money. The victims tended to have been critical of India’s ruling party, so some speculate that the aim was simply to humiliate the women, some of whom quit their jobs. – New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/16/technology/harvard-job-scam-india.html?referringSource=articleShare

 

Nelson Bennett, reporter

Talking Türkiye. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may not be able to fix his country’s economic problems, which includes inflation of 36%, but he’s determined to fix the spelling of his country’s name. It’s no longer Turkey, folks – it’s now Türkiye. – Travel Awaits

https://www.travelawaits.com/2721555/turkey-changes-spelling-to-turkiye

Yes, flurona’s a thing, but it’s rare. While some people have been unlucky enough to catch both COVID-19 and influenza simultaneously or back-to-back – leading the co-infection to be dubbed flurona – it’s pretty rare. It has only made an appearance in 2021 because regular influenza rates were so low in 2020, due to social distancing, lockdowns, and increased sanitary measures. – Fortune

https://fortune.com/2022/01/06/flurona-cases-covid-flu-infections-same-time-omicron/