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Tom Blackwell


Toronto, ON, Canada

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Recent articles by Tom:

Canadian professor at heart of controversy over White House push to control COVID-19 messaging

A former associate at McMaster suggested Paul Alexander had fallen under the sway of Michael Caputo, the ardent Trump loyalist who is his current boss → Read More

Canadian Sikh group alleges censorship after Indian government asks Twitter to delete its post

India claimed the tweet by the World Sikh Organization — discussing what the group calls a 'genocide' of Sikhs in 1984 — violated that country’s laws → Read More

Older Canadians less likely to suffer depression despite increased COVID-19 death rate: study

An intriguing new Canadian study suggests that it’s people under 25 who are most likely to be seriously anxious, depressed or stressed about the pandemic → Read More

Eight months after deadly air crash, Canada delivers class action suits to Iranian government

Iran under pressure has admitted that air defence forces had mistakenly fired two missiles at the civilian plane, killing 176 passengers including dozens of Canadians → Read More

Authorities misinterpreting COVID-19 trial data with 'disastrous' results, Canadian researchers say

Influenced by media accounts, scientific oversight boards often don’t recognize there are distinct phases to COVID-19 sickness → Read More

Lawyer files criminal complaint against 'pseudo law' follower accusing Alberta judge of sedition

Richard Warman said it’s important to take such threats seriously after the 2007 murder of a judge in Ottawa by another 'sovereign law' follower → Read More

Canada strikes more deals for COVID-19 vaccine, but may have to wait in line behind other nations

‘We have been the slowest Western country in the world to arrange a vaccine supply”’: health policy expert → Read More

Alberta judge bars new 'pseudo law' advocate who claims Magna Carta puts her outside court's authority

The decision refutes the movement’s 'nonsensical' arguments — noting the article 61 followers cite was removed from the Magna Carta over 700 years ago → Read More

Top Canadian sex researcher quits scientific group after being blasted for views on transgender issues

Cantor says such attitudes are a form of 'emotional blackmail' that disqualify people whose views lie between the extremes of anti-trans hatred and militant trans activism → Read More

Major Chinese-language newspaper rejects B.C. group's ad criticizing Hong Kong security law

Forty or so pro-democracy activists had been willing to spend $3,000 to purchase the spot in Sing Tao, a newspaper half-owned by Torstar → Read More

Polish Canadian group says it cut ties in 2015 with newspaper that blamed COVID-19 on Jews

The Polish National Union of Canada’s website and an ad for the newspaper Glos Polski both indicated as of Thursday the two were closely connected → Read More

Steelworkers win key COVID case

By Tom Blackwell The steel worker crossed the border every day, driving from his home in Michigan to his job on the other side of St. Marys River in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. As far as the federal government was concerned, he was exempt from COVID-19 rules that forced other travellers to quarantine after entering Canada. […] → Read More

Cross-border steel worker forced to choose between job and kids wins COVID-19 ruling

The case underscored quirks of cross-border quarantine rules, which have allowed thousands of American workers to visit a Canadian steel plant → Read More

Case of Ontario man who ignored COVID-19 quarantine order shows challenges of crucial contact tracing

The case underscores just how challenging contact tracing can be. And, according to a new study, the problem is not only recalcitrant citizens → Read More

WE's history with Beijing, from endorsements in People's Daily to appearances at Chinese embassy

WE flatly denies having become cozy with Beijing authorities, or that China’s abysmal human-rights record calls into question its involvement in the country → Read More

Pandemic has added significantly to Canada's overall death toll: Ontario study

In Ontario, COVID-19 has been blamed for 2,763 deaths, 65 per cent in nursing homes → Read More

Researchers look to unlock secrets of COVID-19 herd immunity by studying Canada's Hutterite colonies

'We can answer a lot of questions that can’t be answered in mainstream communities,' said the project's leader. It’s 'knowledge that couldn’t be obtained anywhere else' → Read More

Which Canadians get COVID-19 vaccines first? Experts will face tough decisions

Experts contacted by the National Post urged federal and provincial governments to begin planning now, and to do it transparently → Read More

Support grows for deliberately exposing vaccine trial subjects to COVID-19, with Oxford team leading the way

The risk to young, healthy participants, the argument goes, is small to start with and offset by the potentially massive benefit to society → Read More

Vancouver group runs newspaper ad praising controversial new security law in Hong Kong

One critic says the spot looks ‘suspiciously’ like it was meant to propagate China’s position at a time of international outcry over the law → Read More