Science takes time

Written by Brenda Schimke

I re-read ‘Pandemonium’ written by Governor General Award-winning author Andrew Nikiforuk. 

Eerily, his prediction in 2006 of a global pandemic and the cost to human lives and the economy is almost spot on. 

Global supply chains, international travel, population growth, illegal trade in wild animals, weakened regulations and the anti-vaccine movement are all contributing factors strengthening the power of global viruses.

Humans are a resilient bunch, but this will be the hardest challenge most of us will ever face. 

We just want things to go back to the way they were. 

We know deep in our souls that we are an entitled lot who have been raised on instant self-gratification. Staying at home and cutting our pleasures to save the lives of unknown people is a new experience. 

Yet we need to remind ourselves that our Canadian soldiers do that every day when deployed on peace missions or in war zones.

We are in a war. 

We all have a part to play and it’s a long-term battle. Immature leaders and wishful thinking won’t change the fact that science takes a long time to be right.


B. Schimke

ECA Review

About the author

Brenda Schimke

Schimke is a Graduate with Distinction from the University of Alberta with a BCom degree. She has lived and worked in Alberta, BC and Ontario.