I'm not real happy about the election. If this was a fairytale, everybody in the incumbent government who stayed in Cabinet rather than resign over approving new fossil carbon infrastructure would be last seen gnawing the dry bones of their children in a vast expanse of desolation.
They are, however, also the people who took obtaining vaccines seriously and who are trying, against substantial provincial incompetence, to get people vaccinated more and faster.
There are those failures in public life where you leave it, and never talk to anybody again. (Merely starting the Great War, as observe the later life of Mr. Hohenzollern.)
There are (supposedly) the kind of failures in public life where you apologize to the Empress; we're already well past the point where Dougie's corpse ought to be discovered at the feet, or at least before the plinth, of the Queen's Park statue of Queen Victoria.
If you look at the Ontario COVID dashboard, for awhile there the "estimated percentage caused by Delta" was 100%. Which is kinda expected; Delta displaces the other known variants. It's such a problem precisely because it spreads better.
It helps to know that the testing for variants is minimal; Ontario tests for two (2) mutations, and classifies variants on that basis. Right now, if it has neither the N501Y mutation nor the E484K mutation it's presumed to be Delta.
The current "estimated percentage caused by Delta" number is 99.5. It was 99.6 yesterday.
There's been that daily tenth-of-a-percent tick down for a few days now.
My (rather numb) sense of doom looks at this and says "if something is displacing Delta, Ontario is not doing enough testing to be able to tell what it is."
If it's a Beta descendant (it could be; having N501Y would get it off the Delta list, and that was and is a marker for Beta (as well as Alpha and Gamma)), one is reminded that Beta was the one you could almost be glad Delta out-competed it because Beta was the one looking like it was headed at vaccine escape.
And here we are at 75% vaccinated, no mandatory vaccination, and lots of virus circulation. Pretty much precisely the environment to produce selection pressure for vaccine escape.
If that's what we've got happening, some historian is going to have coin a novel term for the magnitude of the failure.