Story of the Year, Canada, 2021 - What's Your Pick?
I think a poll would find the persistent Covid-19 pandemic would win as Canadian Story of the Year for 2021. It's been the most constantly disruptive event and it affects everyone, all genders, all ages. We've seen our governments tackle it head on and we've seen them stupidly sound the "all clear" only to have those assurances blow up in our faces.
On Parliament Hill, the prime minister tried to score a majority win and flopped. If it wasn't for the weakness in the Opposition party, Mr. Trudeau might be in trouble.
To my mind, the big story of 2021 is the climate emergency. From atmospheric rivers to catastrophic flooding, record heatwaves, heat domes and wildfires, smoke blanketing Canada from BC to the Maritimes, persistent Prairie drought slashing agricultural production, we've all been impacted even if it's not as obvious as Covid-19. And these are "early onset" impacts.
Climate change is with us, not for five years, not for a decade, but for generations. Covid may put you in the ground but when your great grandkids come to pay their respects what they'll associate you with isn't a plague but the destruction of their environment. We're not leaving them a virus. We're leaving them something far worse, far deadlier, potentially existential.