Editorial—A Long Time Coming

Danielle Smith currently seems to lead the UCP leadership race.  This is a person who, at least from her deleted tweets, seems to be unable to critically evaluate the sources of information she chooses to accept.  Putting naturopaths on approximately the same level as oncologists, and labelling vast swaths of medical science as irrelevant.

If elected by the UCP, she will become the leader of the province for around ten months.

Meanwhile, as of Monday, COVID-19 has put 90 more people in the hospital than the week before, three of those adding to the 23 already in the ICU.  Smith is on record as saying if she is made premier there will never be another lockdown in Alberta, no matter how badly our medical system is overrun.

In fairness, she didn’t say that last part, but never is rather all encompassing.

Now, my predictions on the severity of what COVID-19 might do to us have, so far, been overwrought, I’ll admit that.  But warnings continue to issue from our health care services, and the problem with these types of predictions is I only have to be right once for it to be a serious, serious problem.  Here’s hoping I continue to be wrong.

Meanwhile, in this week’s issue we’ve got a great new student interview, from a woman who’s looking to become a teacher in Canada while raising her daughter and enjoying hikes and the great outdoors and other activities with her family.  She has some good tips for new students and those with parents if you’re having some trouble with your own studies, so it’s worth checking out the new Minds We Meet.

In addition, the Study Dude returns, and this one is starting from the ground up.  If you’re reading this issue while deciding what you want to do in post-secondary, it’s a good article to give you some hints and tips so that you can get off to your best start, and wind up with a degree that makes sense for you.

Plus, we look further into the idea of Invisibility Syndrome and the disabled, with Elisa looking at how advances in medical technology might end up distracting us from the whole person.  It’s a viewpoint I hadn’t considered until reading her article, as I’m sure most of us have the notion of, “If you could do something to be better abled, why wouldn’t you?” without ever considering how that is focusing on the disability rather than the person.  You learn something new every day, it seems.

Plus, we’ve got scholarships, recipes, advice, book and music reviews, a look at how taking a history elective might change the way you view the world, some ideas for summer snacks, and more!  What’s more, I just received in my mailbox the return of a long lost column here in the Voice, so I’m excited that next week, we’ll be starting to bring back our old favorite, the Course Exam!

Enjoy the read!