Patricia Treble

Patricia Treble is the royal specialist at Maclean’s. In addition to her interest in all things monarchical—from the Queen's constitutional role to Kate's flyaway hems—she writes on everything from TV, books and celebrity culture to history and sports trends.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall as they arrive in St. John's to begin a three-day Canadian tour, May 17, 2022. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

Canada offers the royals a reset after Caribbean tour fiasco

The royals know from recent experience that a bad start can ruin the whole trip
Dr. Janice Fitgerald, Chief Medical Officer of Health receives a high-five from 11 year old Keira O'Keefe following administering her a COVID-19 vaccine in St. John's N.L., today, Thursday, November 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Daly

How did Newfoundland manage to vaccinate 75 per cent of 5-11-year-olds?

Clear communication, speedy mobilization and a culture of vaccine acceptance has helped the province get first doses to more kids than any province or territory
A September protest in Montreal against measures to help curb the spread of COVID-19. The Quebec government announced plans this week to tax the unvaccinated. (Graham Hughes/CP)

Quebec isn’t the only one targeting the unvaxxed. But is it moral?

Taxes and fines cross a red line, taking us down a road that one ethicist warns ’will do tremendous damage to our society’
A doctor wears goggles and an N95 mask during a drive through COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Kingston, Ont., Dec. 18, 2021. (Lars Hagberg/The Canadian Press)

It’s time to switch to an N95 mask in the battle against Omicron

It’s easier for the virus to move through surgical or cloth masks, experts say, while respirators filter tiny aerosols
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Experts are hopeful the Omicron wave will be short, but fear for health care capacity continues

Case counts are soaring and hospitalizations are rising. But things are very different now than they were in March 2020.
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Prince Andrew’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad start to 2022

First, more revelations from a civil lawsuit claiming the prince had sex with a minor. Next, the sentencing of Ghislaine Maxwell. Not a very happy new year.
A lengthy queue snakes though Toronto's Yorkdale Mall as people wait to receive free COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits at a pop-up site at the shopping complex. (Chris Young/CP)

Ontario sees the value of rapid tests for COVID—as ever, way too late

Patricia Treble: The delayed response is part of a frustrating pandemic pattern in Canada, where governments fail to recognize the blindingly obvious

Omicron versus booster shots: The high-stakes race in Canada is on

Most provinces off to a painfully slow start giving third doses of the vaccine, and one expert warns that new variant will make things ’pretty ugly’
Rapid response COVID-19 antigen test devices pictured in Kingston, Ont. on Dec. 10, 2021. (Lars Hagberg/CP)

With the Omicron variant on the rise, should you attend your work Christmas party?

Vaxx Populi: Even if you’re double-vaxxed and you take a rapid test before arriving, the odds may not be in your favour
A security man stands guard outside a ward being prepared for the omicron coronavirus in Ahmedabad, India, on Dec. 6, 2021. (Ajit Solanki/AP)

Omicron variant will likely be worse than Delta, according to early research

Vaxx Populi: Omicron has a higher effective reproduction number than Delta, so can vaccines protect against more hospitalizations and deaths? Time will tell.