This newsletter is a reprint of my syndicated column on COVID news conferences… Why can’t politicians manage press conferences? By Allan Bonner Isn’t it time politicians learned to simulate a real-life encounter with people who have questions? Head of government: “… and so stay safe.” (Long pause.) Robotic voice: “Our next caller is Scoop Notepad
By Monica Gul SURREY (NEWS 1130) – Pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Fraser Health are being described as chaotic, with little public communication from the health authority and people scrambling to get in line after hearing about them from word of mouth. Despite no official heads up from the Fraser Health Authority, COVID-19 vaccination pop-up
Most often I ad lib on radio and TV or in newspaper interviews. But, in the back of my mind is former CBS TV anchor Walter Cronkite’s old quote that there’s no such thing as an ad lib. There might be a turn of a phrase you’ve never made in that exact way, but you
It seems as if everyone is an epidemiologist these days. So it’s worth considering epidemiology’s history and the role it should be playing in public policy, preventing disease and promoting health. When U.S. President Donald Trump and reporters get into arguments about infections, testing and death rates, they’re engaging in an epidemiological discussion. Not everyone
Crises make for strange bedfellows. It took the COVID-19 pandemic to forge a bond between journalists and epidemiologists. These two occupations have little in common. Journalist detest jargon and are admonished by editors for wordy prose. Epidemiologists publish in medical and scientific journals using the jargon and terminology of their profession. They may present scientific
Allan Bonner and commentator Robin Sears discuss the unique leadership challenges in this pandemic, how leadership sometimes falls short in meeting those challenges, and what leaders need to do going forward.
“Pandemics are a magnifying glass that sheds light on social conditions,” says May-Brith Ohman Nielsen, professor of history at the University of Agder in Norway. Pandemics lay bare the failures of a country’s organization and capacity that went unnoticed during uneventful times. Conflicting policies, staff vacancies, purchase orders for the wrong items, a lack of
Allan Bonner explores a concept proposed by Ulrich Beck: that politicians try to underwrite our safety. These days, they do this by political theatre and photo ops — like eating beef after the Mad Cow scare, or eating in Chinatown after SARS, H1N1 and now COVID-19. Should this be the priority?
There’s no disputing that the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted some flaws in our supply chains, what with the shortages from grocery stores to industrial components caused by the global travel shutdowns. In following such models as Just-In-Time production and outsourcing production overseas, we’ve prioritized efficiency and cost savings…but have we ignored a hidden cost? Allan
With the COVID-19 pandemic dominating our headlines and collective consciousness, it’s easy to forget some basic food safety that could potentially impact our health much more than the coronavirus. Allan Bonner takes Just a Minute to remind us of this important tip.
Allan Bonner talks about health, hygiene and cleanliness during the current COVID-19 scare: sometimes we just can’t avoid using public restrooms. So how do we protect ourselves? Allan gives us some tips — including some that we may not have heard or thought of.
How do we become overdue for a random event like a pandemic like novel coronavirus (COVID-19)? Once a pathogen emerges, how do modern societies give it new ways to flourish and spread? In this look back, Allan Bonner sits down with Dr. Ian Crandall and Maire Percy, Professor Emeritus, to discuss what the risks are,