It’s More than Just CERB…

Vaccination rates are climbing. Provinces are starting to reopen. The light at the end of the tunnel is getting closer. And yet we are still stumbling to figure out what comes next it seems. This article in the Toronto Star caught my eye:

This sentiment is something I’ve seen pop up online in social media. The notion that CERB or the Canada Response Benefit is holding people back from returning to work. That those who are receiving the payment are inherently lazy and don’t want to work. The rebuttal is that, if receiving CRB is more appealing than returning to your work place, then you need to provide better working conditions. Which is a compelling argument I admit.
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We need COVID Passports

Canada is finally turning the corner on COVID-19. At last estimate we will have 66 million doses stocked in this country. We have enough to vaccinate our entire eligible population in this country. Furthermore we have an appetite for those vaccines. Canadians were proud to find out this week, that we surpassed the United States in vaccination rates. The majority of us are eager for these shots and have lined up or are lining up right now to get them.

I want to emphasise my wording above. The majority of us. Because that is a major distinction we need to look at going forward. The cases we are seeing of COVID-19 in Canada are predominantly amongst the unvaccinated. Vaccine hesitancy still exists in this country and it’s getting to the point where it is holding us back.

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Am I still Catholic?

I’ve been asking this of myself lately. This year in Ontario has been quite the year of introspection for Catholics. Earlier in the year the Halton Catholic School Board sparked a controversy by refusing the fly the Pride flag at it’s schools this year. Many other Catholic boards did fly the flag, however there were still hold outs. Sparking a debate on inclusivity and equity within our public school systems.

Then of course the news of 215, then 751, and now approaching over 1,000 unmarked graves of children at Catholic run residential schools. The news is shocking and appalling and has shaken the bedrock foundations on which this country was made. Accountability is demanded from all involved, and this is where the Catholic Church is showing it’s true colours. Today in the CBC, news of how the Church could find $28 million to build a new church in Saskatoon yet couldn’t find $25 million for their obligations to residential school survivors.

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Take the damn shot!

In light of NACi’s complete mess of a communications plan yesterday I thought I’d chime in with my rudimentary experience. Last week I got my Astra Zeneca shot at a local pharmacy. Finding the shot was a mess in and of itself. A story for another time. However, as my typing out this piece can attest. I am well and fine.

So of course this was a surprise yesterday:

The only side effects I received from the Astra Zeneca vaccine was a bad case of the chills, night sweats and a mild fever. For about 24 hours I felt like I was in a pretty bad flu spell. Luckily the time passed and now I feel fine. I didn’t panic because I had educated myself on what doctors and scientists were saying. Expect some mild symptoms of COVID-19, and the risks of blot clots etc were minuscule. Doing the rudimentary math in my head I went and found a place o jab me int he arm. I don’t regret it for a second.

We have a way out of this pandemic. We have multiple vaccines available to us. Which means we don’t need to worry about one plant producing vaccines for all of us. Multiple sources means we should be able to get doses to everyone.

This isn’t the time to play vaccine favouritism. In the end they all protect us from COVID-19 and that’s what matters. If you get an opportunity to get a shot in your arm. Take it. Do your part, for all our sakes.

There is no PRIDE in the cowardice of the Halton Catholic School Board

Last night was supposed to be the vote on whether or not the Halton Catholic School Board would raise the PRIDE flag at their schools. The motion put forward by Trustee Brenda Agnew based on a delegation by HCDSB student Nicole Hotchkiss, was front and centre on the agenda. Five delegations were scheduled to speak. Included in the agenda package for the night were over 200 letters from ratepayers addressing the policy. To say this least a lot of attention was going to be paid to the board meeting tonight.

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The weekend that changed Ontario

In one weekend rarely as the political landscape shifted so drastically for a government. For weeks, in Ontario, the third wave has rampaged through the population. In an effort to redeem it’s credibility the Ford government announced stricter measures to curb the spread. These included, closing of parks and playgrounds and allowing widespread carding of anyone ‘suspected’ of violating COVID-19 protocols. You could feel the a collective sigh as the majority of us came to realise this government is out of ideas.

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And to top it all off…the LCBO is broken…

Protip to the powers that be. If you’re going to declare a crown corporation an essential service during a pandemic, make sure it’s equipped to handled the pandemic!

This week, we all got the surprise (not a surprise) announcement that Ontario schools would be shut down indefinitely post our current April Break. This in the midst of a shutdown or lockdown or whatever it’s called now. We’re told to shop curbside primarily, most retail stores are closed to indoor browsing. Restaurants are limited now to only curbside pick up. Only essential businesses are allowed to remain open. Amongst those essential businesses is the LCBO.

Now I’m sure you’re thinking “Hey, great, I’ll just stock up on some of my favourite wines or craft beers and just hunker down and entertain myself and my family for the time being.” How am I supposed to order from the LCBO in these times of uncertainty? Well online of course. Just like every one else is told they are to pivot to now. You can order from the LCBO online, except for one caveat. If you’re sitting on gift cards from a birthday or from Christmas, you can’t use them.

Yep, that’s right. Every other retailer in the world enables you to cash in gift cards online for purchases. Not the LCBO though. That is too advanced for the government’s monopoly run liquor retailer. Don’t believe me? Visit the website here and try to use your own gift cards to purchase something:

Normally, this would just be a sign of a policy that would cost a company money. However, it’s a government run business. In the middle of a government mandated lockdown. This has been going on for a year now. There has been plenty of time to ensure your payment system is on par with the 21st century economy.

This has just been another inconsistent messaging mistake in a long line of mistakes from this government. How can you tell people to stay at home and use curbside for essential services like the LCBO, but not provide them with the tools to do so? This may seem inconsequential, but it’s just another example of the left hand not knowing what the right is doing. Which at this point, really shouldn’t be surprising to any of us.

This is what a Canadian Rebellion looks like

The news of the day is of course, the Peel medical officer of health, Dr. Lawrence Loh invoking his authority to close schools for the next two weeks.

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