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  1. That's pretty much the gist of it. I'm actually somewhat hopeful about this, to be honest. It's wildly irresponsible of them to start administering this widely without proper testing. But since they are doing it, there's a chance that it will turn out to work and could potentially save thousands of lives and jump-start the world's recovery. Now with that said, there's the other side, too. If it doesn't work (or worse yet if it causes lots of complications) then it could be a big problem. Not only for the people who took the bad vaccine, but also because all the anti-vaxxers out there would hold it up as some kind of proof that vaccines don't work or that they're dangerous. It's silly to me that one of the biggest challenges around an eventual COVID vaccine will be actually getting enough people to take it, but that's where we are right now.
  2. We've hosted the world championships in the past, so the facilities here in Halifax aren't the worst, but they are almost certainly not up to par with some of the NHL rinks around. In terms of restaurants and stuff, I was kind of joking in my last post about not wanting anyone to come here, but also kind of not. We've been completely COVID-free for like 3 weeks here, and doing something that jeopardizes that is something that I really don't think would garner a lot of public support. Even as a hockey fan my reaction is a big "no thanks" - I can't image they'll have anywhere near the support they would need to make a special exception to the strict quarantine measures, which would mean 2 weeks in complete isolation when they arrive (i.e. no restaurants at all). I can't imaging the NHL players really being on board with that.
  3. Hey, who says we want them! In all honesty, though, your plan is pretty much the only one that works IMO. Move them out of the way now, enforce a strict quarantine for two weeks, and then start training camps or whatever after that. The only problem is that once one player in that group has symptoms, the whole group is going to have to start their two weeks all over again. Honestly, it all seems so futile, and all just to play a few games of hockey in August
  4. With the media continually reporting on which cities are in/out of the running like it's a big exciting prize, it's got me curious - do people in these cities even have any reason to care about this? I'm assuming that they're not opening up the games to fans. So why would people in Toronto care if the games are in Toronto? Why even would the city of Toronto care if the games are in Toronto? I mean it'll drum up extra business for maybe 3 hotels and a catering company, but beyond that I don't see the impact (beyond opening up the city to a bunch of people coming in from out-of-town during the pandemic). In short - why would anybody even want to be chosen for this?
  5. For what it's worth, his children (who obviously knew him) don't seem to think so: I mean, I don't think there are too many people in the world who would answer "yes" to the question "am I in favour of rioting". At the same time, it's a bit more complicated than that. Peaceful protests about this have been going on forever and nobody has listened or made any changes. In fact, most of the time people complained about those protests, too. I mean to look at one tiny example, all Kaepernick did was kneel during the anthem a few times (which is about as non-violent and unobtrusive to peoples' lives as you can possibly get) and everyone was up in arms about that as being "disrespectful". At some point, when it's their literal life on the line, I can see how this could make a person say "to Hell with it, I'm just going to break stuff until someone finally listens to me". And hey, people are talking about the cause and, for the first time, there's maybe at least a small hope that some changes might be made in the future. So I guess I'm not saying that I think rioting is a good thing, because I don't think that it is. But I also can't honestly say that it's not necessary (or at least understandable). I think my feelings on it are best summed up by this thing that I saw someone post on my Facebook feed. Rioting is definitely a bad thing, racism is definitely a bad thing, but right now the priority we give to just how bad each of those things is is just a little bit backwards.
  6. Yeah, just stick a fork in it; this season's done. Sucks for the NHL to lose out on the playoff revenue, sure, but when we're talking about a league that's lost however many games to labour disputes in the last few decades.... well, lets just say I'm not going to shed too many tears.
  7. Have you tried the Marble-ympics? Pro tip: it's way more fun if you pick a favourite team to cheer for before the events start!
  8. Somewhere... like a cruise ship?
  9. *Gasp!* It all comes together! All these years, all this panic, all to prepare for this... his final form... KINOT-19
  10. My understanding is that COVID-19 stands for the COronaVIrus Disease that was discovered in 2019
  11. So what you're saying is that this is all your fault? #Blame_H_T_L?
  12. I actually think you're right on this, kinot, but I also wouldn't say it's the whole story. In my (completely untrained and unqualified) opinion there are two sides to this - the personal and the societal. On a personal level, I feel like some people are waaaaaaaay overestimating the danger that the virus represents to them. And I'm not just talking about young folks who shouldn't have problems dealing with it - even people who are in the at-risk groups are, realistically, not in much personal danger from this. Even if you take a place like Italy, with all the horror stories coming from there, we're still looking at fewer than 28,000 cases. That sounds like a huge number, but in a nation with over 60 million people that means your chances of being infected right now is like 1/20th of one percent. China, which largely has their spread under control now, has had about 80,000 cases in a nation of almost 1.5 billion. Now obviously these numbers can rise and change, but this still doesn't strike me as something your average person needs to stay up at night losing sleep over. (Stats all come from here) BUT (and there is a big but!) The big issue that's coming to the fore isn't the danger to any one person, it's about managing the danger to those few people who do get sick. 28,000 cases isn't a huge number compared to the general population of Italy, but 28,000 people all sick with the same thing at the same time was still enough to completely overwhelm their medical system. The stories that get shared about Italian doctors having to choose which patients to give ventilators to because there aren't enough to go around are pretty awful, and it's this sort of thing that we're trying to prevent with all the "social distancing" measures. The whole "flatten the curve" mantra that's getting repeated everywhere is about addressing exactly this - it's not even about the number of people who get sick, it's about trying to limit the number of people who get sick at the same time so that we can provide the necessary medical care to all of them in turn. So yes, it might seem on the surface like we're taking an awful lot of protective measures for a relatively small number of cases. And maybe we are. But if missing our vacations and not watching hockey leads to an extra 10 or 100 or however many people surviving that otherwise might not have, I'd like to think that just about everyone would agree that it's worth it. So no, you don't need to hoard toilet paper, and no, you don't need to hide in your basement being terrified of germs, but at the same time I'd argue that it's well worth implementing the preventative measures that all of the various public health officials are recommending. Not necessarily to avoid getting sick ourselves, but rather to reduce the chances of someone getting to the hospital only to find that there's not enough equipment there to help them.
  13. Bergevin playing the real long game on this one!!
  14. I doubt that we'll even get that much - the fact that the season is just "temporarily" suspended means that they probably won't schedule any end-of-season stuff. My guess is that they'll probably just let it go and hope that everyone's forgotten about it by the time the cancelled season becomes official. Lets them avoid all of those pesky questions.
  15. Hah! What gets me the most about this whole thing is: why toilet paper? I mean, even if the worst of worst-case scenarios comes to pass and you can't leave your house, there's still a couple of dozen other things that you won't be able to get (food, water, propane, diapers, soap, toothpaste, medicine, etc.). Why is everyone's #1 concern in all of this to stock up on mounds of toilet paper? Sure I can't eat, drink or bathe, but at least my butt will feel great!