Since 2017, QAnon posts have appeared on the online forums 4chan and 8kun, painting an unfounded and dramatic picture of the Democratic party and American “deep state” as the orchestrators of a criminal pedophilic cabal, which Trump is cast as quietly dismantling. It extends to Canada too — the Washington Post on Friday reported Canadian QAnon boards falsely claiming Justin Trudeau was planning “millitary intervention on American soil” in response to Trump’s refusal to concede the presidential election.
Canada is already experiencing a deadly third wave of COVID-19. But the rise of the P1 variant threatens to make the pandemic worse. Governments and the public will have to act fast to prevent further spread of a scarier variant.