Canada’s federal election is over. And if you were expecting a boring, uninspired contest followed by a return to the status quo, you weren’t disappointed. Zombie politics shuffles along trailing dead ideas and dead dogmas.
On this episode, host Gordon Katic sits down with independent journalist, author, and podcaster Nora Loreto for a wide-ranging conversation about Canada’s status quo. Nora has been tirelessly documenting the COVID-19 pandemic and systemic under-reporting of deaths in long term care. Some academics have taken notice, but few journalists. We ask Nora about the early days of the pandemic and our blinds spots, what we have (and haven’t) learned, and prevailing COVID-19 myths.
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- Check out Nora’s books, including her upcoming volume, Spin Doctors: How Media and Politicians Misdiagnosed the COVID-19 Pandemic.
- Listen to her podcast, co-hosted with Sandy Hudson, Sandy and Nora Talk Politics.
- Read her co-authored research report for the Royal Society of Canada, Excess All-Cause Mortality During the Covid-19 Epidemic in Canada.
- Check out her work in the Washington Post on Covid-19 hospital deaths, in Read Passage on profit before workers and public health, and in Maclean’s on disability and Covid infections that were ignored.
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This episode received support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research, which provided us with a research grant to look at the concept of “public intellectualism.” Professor Allen Sens at the University of British Columbia is the lead academic advisor.
Darts and Letters is produced in Toronto, which is on the traditional land of Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples. It is also produced in Vancouver, BC, which is on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.