All the talk about reopening the economy has brought a flood of journalistic counterpoint replete with references to “science” and “experts.” These references sadly seldom look for a balance. There are, after all, lots of “experts,” not all of them medical. Some involve economics and business. By nature each different expertise sets priorities based on its particular focus. These different perpectives often give conflicting advice. Conflict is unavoidable. It is up to those in authority – whether we like or trust or respect them – to balance the risks identified by each group of relevant experts and sometimes differing camps within each area of expertise. Whatever the authorities decide , it will evoke warnings of risk from one expert group or another and probably all of them. There is no way to avoid such warnings. That is life. Journalists who ignore such tradeoffs miss reality either because they are naïve or because they are tendentious.
Let’s start with the medical experts. They focus on protecting people’s health. For them, the end all and be all is limiting the spread of infection and ensuring that there are facilities to care for the sick. When this emergency first became apparent last March, they worried, not unreasonably, that the infections would spread so fast that the sick would overwhelm hospitals and other medical facilities. Without adequate testing to identify those infected, these experts sought a general quarantine and shutdowns of business to slow the spread of the disease – “flatten the curve” – so that the rate of infection would proceed slowly enough for the existing medical facilities to cope. They readily admitted at the time that the infection ultimately would spread through the population. They did not consider the economic and business consequences at all . Why should they? Business and economics was neither their focus nor their concern.
Another set of experts did consider the economic and business consequences. From the start, those focused on economics and business observed that the shutdowns and quarantines would cost jobs and incomes increasingly so the longer they remained in place. Even as these experts called attention to these risks, the emergency looked so acute that their voices remained muted and the authorities paid them little attention. But now, as the curve of new infections and hospital admissions has flattened, and it has become increasingly apparent how many millions of jobs the quarantines and lockdowns have cost, policy makers have begun to weigh the warnings of the economic experts against those of the medical experts differently than they did earlier in the emergency. Thought the medical experts continue to decry any easing in social and business interactions as an invitation to increased infections, changed conditions — the loss of millions of jobs at the top of the list — has made it harder for the medical focus to trump (no pun intended) the also legitimate concerns of the experts who focus on people’s livelihoods.
The authorities now are trying, as they should, to balance the concerns of all the relevant experts — the very different risks their very different sciences see. Medical expertise should temper the impulse to ease restrictions aggressively for the sake of the economy, while economic and business expertise should temper the impulse to leave the restrictions in place unaltered. It has become a tradeoff with considered risks on each side. Contrary to so many media stories, science does not stand on only one side of the question (though admittedly only one side wears lab coats). The authorities are, to rely on the overly technical language so popular in the media these days, involved in solving a massive optimization problem. Even if they get it perfectly right – hardly likely – people will suffer. It is an unavoidable aspect of existence on this planet. It is a reality that journalists need to recognize. They certainly understand it when their desire to rush a story leads to the publication of errors.
Saskatoon police officer put on paid leave over 'harmful and offensive' social media posts – Saskatoon StarPhoenix
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“I want to assure the public that we take these complaints seriously. We have acted swiftly to address the issue and a thorough investigation will occur.”
The Saskatoon Police Association, the union that represents police officers in the city, said it will not be commenting at this time since the investigation is active.
The board of directors of Saskatoon Pride, in a Facebook post, said Cooper personally contacted the organization to inform it about the posts.
The organization said the posts are not just hurtful to the city’s 2SLGBTQ+ community, but to the entire community, and “are not worthy of someone charged with upholding the law and protecting the community.”
“It is a sad day for Saskatoon that, in the midst of outrage over the racist and criminal acts committed by police against the BIPOC community across the continent and during a month meant to celebrate diversity, inclusion and Pride, there is a member of the Saskatoon police force who would feel that they were entitled to express such bigoted views, while claiming to uphold the law and serve the public,” Saskatoon Pride’s board wrote.
Social media helps solve mystery of lost camera found in Kelowna’s Mill Creek – Globalnews.ca
Brianna Irawan, 13, was extremely happy after finding out on Thursday that her prized underwater camera that had been lost for almost a year had been found in Kelowna’s Mill Creek.
The Williams Lake teen was visiting relatives in Kelowna last year when she lost the camera while jumping into the waterfalls at Mill Creek Regional Park.
“We were on Mill Creek, jumping into the water and I put my camera underneath my clothes,” Irawan told Global News on Friday.
“When I jumped, I forgot about my camera, so I walked back up and then I picked up my clothes and I forgot my camera was underneath and it fell into the water.”
Social media helps solve mystery of lost camera found in Kelowna’s Mill Creek
She went back the creek several times over the next few days, but eventually had to write her camera off to the river gods.
The Fujifilm XP model wasn’t seen again until almost a year later when Calvin Van Buskirk found it caught up in some debris downstream.
“What makes it even more interesting is we found a GoPro there last year. You guys [Global News] were able to get the images and the videos off it within hours it found its way back to its rightful owner,” Van Buskirk said.
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It took less than 24 hours for images retrieved from the camera to make their way around social media and back to their owner.
Kyla Irawan, Brianna’s mother, sent a message to Global News on Thursday afternoon through Facebook to say the photos had come from her daughter.
On Friday, Global News returned the camera — still in working order — to Brianna’s uncle, Travis Whiting, who is also Kelowna’s fire chief.
‘This is the craziest thing,’: Lost GoPro owner reunited with camera
The Irawans shared a message of gratitude with Van Buskirk.
“Thank you, Calvin, we totally appreciate your honesty,” said Kyla Irawan.
“Thank you for putting it on Global so I can give my daughter the opportunity to have all those memories back.”
For her part, Brianna said she can’t wait to see her FujiFilm XP model again.
“Soon as I get it, I’m going to transfer the photos” to a computer, she said.
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Former UBC basketball assistant coach criticized for social media activity – The Province
Long-time assistant men’s basketball coach Vern Knopp will no longer work next to head coach Kevin Hanson.
The University of B.C. is distancing itself from former assistant men’s basketball coach Vern Knopp following questions about some of his activity on social media.
A Twitter account called Muted Madness pointed out on Thursday that Knopp had hit the like button on a video posted by conservative comedians the Hodge Twins on June 3 that claims the Black Lives Matter movement is a “leftist lie.”
A number of other Twitter users echoed the criticism of Knopp, who served as head coach Kevin Hanson’s volunteer assistant for the past two decades.
Later on Thursday, he shared a comment on his account, which is set to private: “So I never knew some likes to conservative posts would cause this shit storm? However my LIKES are those of mine and have nothing to do with UBC! I had told Coach Hanson months ago that I wasn’t returning to UBC but I just not (sic) made it public, only to my family.”
Reached via direct message on Friday, Knopp said he’d told Hanson about his decision in May as well as some parents on the team, but declined to make further comment.
Later on Thursday, Kavie Toor, UBC Athletics’ managing director, distanced the university from Knopp.
“Vern Knopp’s personal opinions, beliefs and social media endorsements do not represent the ideals and values of the UBC Thunderbirds. Vern Knopp is no longer a member of the Thunderbrids men’s basketball coaching staff,” he tweeted.
On Friday, the university’s athletics department declined to comment further.
The Alma Mater Society, a UBC students’ union, expressed support for the university’s position.
“The AMS is committed to supporting students from the Black community at this time, and we are actively working to develop programming to help combat anti-Black racism at UBC. The sentiments expressed by Mr. Knopp have absolutely no place at UBC, and society in general,” they said in a statement.
“We are encouraged to see that UBC Athletics and Recreation has taken a zero-tolerance approach to this issue.”
On Tuesday, the department shared a message on Twitter from university president Santa Ono.
“As Thunderbirds we join all of UBC in condemning racism in all forms. We are committed to an inclusive and respectful environment where we listen, learn and continue to grow together,” the department said in a tweet.
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