In Canada last week there were 4 by-elections held. The governing Conservatives won two seats, the Bloc Quebecois one and the New Democratic Party one. Michael Ignatieff's Liberals, who a month ago were itching to bring down the government and force a general election, came up empty. Meanwhile, the debacle of long line ups and short supplies of H1N1 vaccines continued apace both north and south of the border. And finally, there would seem to be a difference of opinion out there respecting the economic recovery in America.