iElect Hamilton wants change, MLI’s Provincial COVID Misery Index & Better conversations needed to help reduce Vaccine Hesitancy!

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Published May 26, 2021, 3:40 PM

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Hamiltonians from all wards have joined together to launch a community group to change who sits around the City Council table. The stated goal of IELECT Hamilton is “New Leadership for a better Hamilton,” and organizers want to see new leaders sitting at City Council following the 2022 municipal election by supporting initiatives that increase voter turnout and provide education around key civic issues. 

GUEST: Graham Crawford, Spokesperson for iElect Hamilton

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The Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s Provincial COVID Misery Index compares the performance of Canada's provinces in protecting the health and prosperity of their citizens during the pandemic. Provinces with higher scores have felt more misery, including from the spread of sickness and death from the disease itself, slow or poor responses by government, economic decline, increased public debt, and lost jobs. Three main categories capture the Disease Misery, Response Misery, and Economic Misery impacts in each province by measuring performance across 11 key metrics. MLI’s Provincial COVID Misery Index is the only tool available that comprehensively measures and compares the short- and long-term consequences for the well-being of Canadians during this challenging time.

GUEST: Dr. Shawn Whatley, Senior Fellow with the Macdonald-Laurier Institute and Former President of the Ontario Medical Association

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Canadians’ attitudes towards COVID-19 vaccines suggest hesitancy and its societal consequences are not limited to the choices of newly minted parents. Recent surveys in Canada, and globally, show many of us are hesitant about vaccines that have been produced with such herculean effort and enormous cost. So many, in fact, that the immunization thresholds required to tame COVID-19 are under threat.

This hesitancy has been described in detail, and linked to people's politics, past community traumas and attitudes towards science and industry.

However, just what to do about it has been less clear. While most Canadians will say yes to COVID-19 vaccines, many of us also know a friend or a family member who is, at least for the moment, saying no.

So how can better conversations help reduce vaccine hesitancy for all shots?

GUEST: Myles Leslie, Associate Professor with the School of Public Policy, University of Calgary

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