As I put together my list of this year’s Fredzee Award recipients, I’m about to get my third dose of the Moderna vaccine.
Last year, at this time, seniors over the age of 80 were starting to get their first dose, while the rest of us had no idea when it would be our turn. The hope was that with mass vaccinations the world would be able to get back to normal.
Little did we know that variants and vaccine deniers would have us on the verge of yet another set of widespread restrictions. Oh well, it’s been fun while it lasted. With that said, here are the 2021 Fredzee Awards..
.The year’s BIGGEST winners...
1) Justin Trudeau
(Rumours of his potential demise were greatly exaggerated.)
2) Pharmaceutical companies and their shareholders
(The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines cost $15-$16 per dose. With annual booster shots looking more and more like a necessary reality and the need to fully vaccinate at least 85 per cent of the population, the potential revenues are mindboggling. How mindboggling? How about $472 million in Canada alone, every year for the foreseeable future.)
3) Food delivery apps
(Food delivery apps like Skip The Dishes and Uber Eats have more than tripled their business since the pandemic began. Unfortunately it’s come at a cost to restaurants which must pay commissions of 20 to 30 per cent for the service.)
The year’s BIGGEST losers...
1) Mainstream media and science
(Both have lost credibility with the masses since the pandemic began. Science be-cause it seems to change with each passing day leaving the unwashed public questioning what’s fact and what’s fiction. It doesn’t help when the media keeps reporting findings prematurely, further blurring the lines between the two. As for the mainstream media, it’s lack of credibility has given rise to social media as a source of information for millions of people who don’t know the difference between fact and fiction.)
2) The economy
(COVID-related supply chain issues have severely impacted the retail sector slowing down our economic recovery to a crawl. As the year draws to a close, economists are warning that the ongoing supply chain issues could lead to a further increase in inflation.)
Biggest Stories of 2021
1) The COVID-19 pandemic
(Hopefully, it’s not the biggest story of 2022.)
2) COVID-19 vaccines
(The vaccines have allowed millions of people to experience some sense of normalcy.)
3) Indigenous residential schools gravesite discoveries
(Graves containing the remains of 215 indigenous children are discovered at a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C. in May. A month later, 182 unmarked graves of indigenous children are found at a former residential school near Cranbrook, B.C.)
Top Local Story of 2021
The LRT is shutdown for nearly two months after a train derailed on Sept. 19 affecting thousands of commuters.
The Fear and Loathing Award
To medical officers of health whose only agenda for the past 19 months has been to scare the hell out of people. Oh sorry, it was to keep people healthy… by scaring the crap out of people.
The Final Frontier Award
To William Shatner who went into space aboard Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin craft on
Oct. 13 at the age of 91.
Things That Make You Go Hmm Award
COVID-19 is found in three deer in Quebec, representing the first time the disease has been detected in wild animals in Canada. In the meantime, two hippos were found to have the virus at the Antwerp Zoo in Belgium. Where’s Dr. Doolittle when you need him?
The Darwin Award
To the man in Poolesville, Maryland, who accidentally burned his house down while trying to smoke out some snakes that had found their way into the home.
The Special Place in Hell Award
To lumber yards that stockpiled lumber while prices skyrocketed across North America.
Strangest Story of the Year
A man named Adolf Hitler wins election in Namibia and promises he’s an OK guy. Adolf Hitler Uunona was given his name by his father. Adolf was elected to city council during Namibia’s elections on Nov. 27
Most Prophetic Quote By A Politician Award
“Fear is a dangerous thing. Once it is sanctioned by the state there is no telling where it might lead. It is always a short path to walk from being suspicious of our fellow citizens to taking actions to restrict their liberty.” – Justin Trudeau March 9, 2015
A Special Place in Heaven
To Norm MacDonald, Charlie Watts, Cicely Tyson, Larry King, Hank Aaron, Colin Powell, Tommy Lasorda, Prince Philip and Christopher Plummer – all of whom passed away in 2021.
Three phrases that can’t be removed from the English lexicon soon enough
1) Supply chain shortage.
2) It is what it is.
3) We’re all in this together.
(If you wish
to comment on this or any other View Point column please
write to Fred Sherwin at firstname.lastname@example.org)