Covid-19 Update – January 2022

Although Ontario is scheduled to lift some restrictions at the end of the month, by no means are we out of the woods.  The good news is that we are past the peak that occurred around the end of December; the bad news is that cases have plateaued at a high rate – for Northumberland that’s around an average of 30 new cases per day (see graph below).  Worse, that’s an underestimate – the real number is higher.  That’s because it only measures the results of PCR testing.  Many Omicron cases do not get recorded in official figures.  Because of this, the HKPR DHU Medical Officer of Health Dr. Bocking, says that we should watch other indicators like ICU admissions, outbreaks and hospitalization.

Another measure that has recently got some attention is to inspect sewage!  With appropriate equipment, one can see how much virus is in the community – although there is a 7 day lag in getting results. This works well in major Towns or cities but not so well in rural areas where many people use septics. However, last Fall Cobourg started doing these tests and currently these results also point to a plateau – that is, neither going up nor down.

But PCR Tests do give some idea of what’s happening – this graph is for just Northumberland.

New cases 27 Jan 2022
New cases 27 Jan 2022

Let’s look at hospitalization – see graph below for complete HKPR district (not just Northumberland).

Hospitalization

One piece of good news is that outbreaks are trending down.  On 14 January, there were 17 outbreaks in Northumberland but now there are 9.  You can see a full list of outbreaks here.

Generally, this District has fewer cases than the average for Ontario.  Further, it continues to be true that the risk of being hospitalized is much higher if you are not vaccinated.  And the number vaccinated in the District is high: 87.0% of adults 18 and over have had 2 doses and 53.6% of adults 18 and over have had 3 doses.  You can get doses statistics for the District here.

Currently, the Province is planning to ease restrictions on Jan 31.  It’s not known if the plateau is enough to allow this since although cases are down, they are still high compared to late 2021.  Details are on this page.

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Pete M
15 February 2022 9:18 pm

So 3 weeks of maskless protesters congregating in tight groups on Wellington Street.. Numerous others coming in from outside jurisdictions in Ontario and Quebec.
Where are the all the COVID 19 cases. This should be a super spreader event. I heard nothing from Ottawa Health.

This maybe the biggest science experiment to show we dont need mask mandates???

Pete M
Reply to  Rob
15 February 2022 10:24 am

Looks like Trucker protest may have had an impact on the provincial leaders.
Unfortunately, in Ottawa we have two immovable forces- people who want an end to mandates and justin trudeau who wants more mandates.

Canadians maybe be approving of of the use of the Emergencies Measures act right now, but I believe we’ll regretting its use a year from now

Wally Keeler
Reply to  Pete M
15 February 2022 10:44 am

This is Jordan Peterson’s take: https://youtu.be/UuCBP-3tGcI

Wally Keeler
2 February 2022 12:57 pm

This will be my last post on this thread. (cheers can be heard) This British commentator says it all. Justin Trudeau and Jagmeet Singh, both party leaders, have displayed themselves to be racist bigots. They need to be purged from govt as well as O’Toole for his dereliction of duty as loyal opposition.

Listen to this https://youtu.be/rmSsCQeGD2c

Frenchy
Reply to  Wally Keeler
2 February 2022 7:38 pm

“This will be my last post on this thread.”

Thank you.

Wally Keeler
2 February 2022 9:42 am

A list of all the European countries that have already or are about to lift all of the oppressive coercive restrictions concerning covid. Europe Lifts COVID Restrictions: What Are the Rules in Different Countries? (thequint.com)

The truckers are on the right side for freedom; state sycophants are on the side of oppression. Keep it up Mr Oliver because your message continues the destruction of the Canadian economy and the damage to the mental health of our youth. The truckers have done what any normal Canadian would do, take freedom, just take it and exercise it. The bubble has burst. Thank you truckers!

Wally Keeler
2 February 2022 9:10 am

Ireland to drop almost all COVID restrictions | Edmonton Sun DUBLIN — Ireland is to scrap almost all its COVID-19 restrictions on Saturday after coming though the storm of the Omicron variant that led to a massive surge in infections, Prime Minister Micheal Martin said in a national address.

Nation after developed nation are tossing lockdowns and mandates into the dustbin of history. This form of coercive oppression has caused enormous damage to our society in so many ways and all we got in return is a lousy 0.2% return on our obedience to state oppression.

Over the past 10 days the people of Canada have broken the bubble of oppression. The Freedom Convoy has inspired Canadians with hope and lots and lots of wonderful montages with music and tons of satiric memes. The govt has inspired nothing for years. The govt has only delivered oppression.

Wally Keeler
2 February 2022 8:46 am

Finnish government to remove COVID-19 restrictions (yahoo.com) HELSINKI (Reuters) – Finland will begin lifting restrictions put in place to check the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant, with the aim of removing all curbs at the beginning of March, Prime Minister Sanna Marin told reporters on Wednesday.

Time for our govt sycophants to stop fear-mongering, to flatten the curve on the rise of mental health issues in our young and to open the cages around our small business entrepreneurs.

Wokeness has blinded too many, including our glorious leader who is tone deaf to the people’s desire to live free.
54% of Canadians want to be free.

Wally Keeler
2 February 2022 8:36 am

Time to Accept Covid and Move On? (monmouth.edu) “Fully 7 in 10 Americans (70%) agree with the sentiment that “it’s time we accept that Covid is here to stay and we just need to get on with our lives” – including 78% of those who report having gotten Covid and 65% of those who say they have not been infected.” 

The truckers represent the growing majorities in many countries who believe that lockdowns (coercive) and mandates (coercive) are useless and futile and reject govts that continue to oppress their citizens with this needless coercive power. The govt has no science whatsoever to support all the mandates and lockdowns. More and more evidence of increasing mental health in our youth fail to move govt sycophants. And all of the economic damage done by lockdowns and mandates, that have proven to be only 0.2% effective, can be laid at the feet of proselytizing sycophants.

Wally Keeler
1 February 2022 10:18 pm

Lockdowns in the U.S. and Europe had little or no impact in reducing deaths from COVID-19, according to a new analysis by researchers at Johns Hopkins University.
The lockdowns during the early phase of the pandemic in 2020 reduced COVID-19 mortality by about 0.2%, said the broad review of multiple scientific studies.

We find no evidence that lockdowns, school closures, border closures, and limiting gatherings have had a noticeable effect on COVID-19 mortality,” the researchers wrote.

Lockdowns had little or no impact on COVID-19 deaths, new study shows – Washington Times

So why do we want to continue to oppress ourselves so much that it has already caused an increase in serious mental health problems in our young? The govt is doing more harm than good. And the majority want the state oppression lifted. Look at all that 2yr pain in our society and for what? a measly 0.2% savings. So take a lesson Mr Oliver and join the majority of Canadians who want the oppression lifted and and let our small business entrepreneurs flourish again.

The science is on the side of the majority.

Mrs. Anonymous
Reply to  Wally Keeler
2 February 2022 5:46 pm

#honkhonk

Wally Keeler
1 February 2022 10:03 am

The Freedom Convoy achieved another success. Quebec scraps planned tax on the unvaccinated | CBC News

Wally Keeler
31 January 2022 6:08 pm

A fascist, redneck, white supremacist, misogynist, domestic terrorist stopped in Port Hope and cried. https://youtu.be/yJA3tuss9g4

Wally Keeler
31 January 2022 3:11 pm

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau cavalierly dismissed the truckers as a “fringe minority”. Really, this from a Prime Minister of a minority govt. When his vanity led him into another election he received even fewer votes. Justin Trudeau has no mandate for anything from the Canadian people. The vast majority of voting Canadians did not vote for him. He is the fringe minority, but his bloated vanity thinks otherwise. He gets to govern by default, not by mandate.

The truckers have been successful in raising awareness and the proof is in the new Angus poll. “A majority of Canadians now say it is time to end COVID restrictions, according to an Angus Reid poll, a sharp increase from when the same question was asked in early January.”
Majority of Canadians want COVID restrictions lifted: Poll | Toronto Sun

The paradigm has changed away from the pathetic misinformation that our local sycophant has been parroting on this forum.

Wally Keeler
Reply to  Wally Keeler
31 January 2022 10:35 pm

Mandatory Covid vaccinations for NHS workforce and health care workers has been dropped, the Health Secretary [of UK] confirmed. Mandatory Covid jabs plan for NHS staff axed, Sajid Javid confirms (msn.com)

Keith Oliver
Reply to  Wally Keeler
1 February 2022 10:30 am

Wally

Interesting news. Not necessarily relevant to Canada because of the differences in our respective health care systems, how they are financed and our decentralized form of government and the subsequent limited authority our Frederal government has to impose regulations and mandates concerning COVID. Because of the UKs’centralized form of authority it was very effective at controlling the virus at first but then opened up too extensively and too quickly.

As for the truck drivers what I don’t get is that the Americans have made it mandatory for the drivers to be vaccinated before entering the US. This makes their objection to the Canadian mandate moot.

Wally Keeler
Reply to  Keith Oliver
1 February 2022 11:06 am

There is a trucker convoy developing in the USA to descend on Washington. I could care less about your bureaucratic differentiations because they are irrelevant. The point is that THE PEOPLE are revolting against their ruling class, and polluticians see the writing on the wall from their people.

Answer this Mr Oliver:
Do you believe the truckers are misogynists?
Do you believe the truckers are white supremacists?
Do you believe the truckers are islamophobes?
Do you believe the truckers are racists?
Do you believe the truckers are domestic terrorists?
Do you believe the truckers are a Russian operation?
Do you believe the truckers are insurrections?
Do you believe the ruckers are disgusting?
Do you believe the above use of language is hate speech?

These are all the nouns and adjectives used to smear the truckers by the ruling class and their sycophants.

I had the courtesy to answer your questions, now answer mine.

What Justin Trudeau once believed https://youtu.be/qacvNDwR9k4

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Wally Keeler
Reply to  Keith Oliver
1 February 2022 12:19 pm

As for the truck drivers what I don’t get is that the Americans have made it mandatory for the drivers to be vaccinated before entering the US. This makes their objection to the Canadian mandate moot.”

Two wrongs don’t make anything right. The vaccinated can spread the virus as easily as the vaccinated. So tell me why the unvaccinated truckers are a threat to the nation? Show us some science.

Wally Keeler
Reply to  Wally Keeler
1 February 2022 4:50 am

Denmark’s state modeller: why we’ve ended all Covid laws – The Post (unherd.com)
They also decided in the government that Covid should no longer be considered critical to public health. That means that the legislation is changing, so many of these interventions can no longer be supported by legal mandate. Many things will be ruled out: the Corona pass will go away, restrictions on nightlife and cultural institutions also ending. 
– DR CAMILLA HOLTEN-MØLLER, STATEN SERUM INSTITUT

Wally Keeler
Reply to  Wally Keeler
1 February 2022 5:45 am

(20) Liberal Party on Twitter: “Exciting news! Q3 of 2021 is officially the strongest fundraising quarter in the history of our party. Thank you for helping Liberal teams across the country run successful campaigns to keep Canada moving forward, for everyone https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/13.1.0/svg/1f1e8-1f1e6.svg https://t.co/guMNODMsqk” / Twitter

Last October 29, at 5:06pm, the Liberal Party of Canada tweeted:

“Exciting news! Q3 of 2021 is officially the strongest fundraising quarter in the history of our party. Thank you for helping Liberal teams across the country run successful campaigns to keep Canada moving forward, for everyone. THANK YOU The strongest fundraising quarter in the history of the Liberal Party of CANADA! 57,146 Canadians chipped in more than 7.64 million.”
It received a mere 70 retweets (probably only by the Laurentian elite.) and only 325 likes. It took three months for the Liberals to obtain 7.64 million. Not much energy and enthusiasm there.
 
Compare to the Freedom Convoy, which raised $8.5 million and counting in only 10 days. What a measure of enthusiastic support! The govt inspires nothing but more mandates and lockdowns in the darkest months of winter. Govt policy is causing widespread mental health issues in our teen population.      

Keith Oliver
Reply to  Wally Keeler
1 February 2022 10:36 am

Wally

Meanwhile, in Ontario, according to todays’ Globe+Mail, the average daily death toll over the last seven days is 62 individuals a day. Canada is not Denmark.

Wally Keeler
Reply to  Keith Oliver
1 February 2022 11:18 am

Here is an idea. THE PEOPLE in many countries, Denmark included, have loudly denounced the MANDATES massively. There are many vids showing this. It is happening in spite of the ruling class and their puppet media covering it up. This single-minded approach to vaccinate vaccinate vaccinate is causing great harm, mental health issues with teens has soared, and you don’t address that do you?. Let’s stop the callous coercion of citizens and focus intensely on therapeutics to treat covid patients and save their lives. Obviously two shots with a booster does not protect against against covid. At best all it does is “reduce risk”. Throw in therapeutics and more lives will be saved and these cruel lockdowns and mandates that are damaging the mental health of our teens will enjoy the freedom they so richly deserve. So how about that Mr Oliver?

And by the way the majority of Canadians want the oppression lifted. How about it Mr Oliver, will you join with the majority of Canadians and denounce the use of coercive force against Canadians?

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Wally Keeler
31 January 2022 11:59 am

So the leader of our minority govt just announced that he tested positive for the covid-19 virus. This, in spite of the fact that he has received two full vaccinations and a booster last Jan 4. He said he “feels fine” and recommended that all Canadians “get vaccinated and get boosted.” However, he continues to coerce hard-working truckers because he believes they have little value to society at large. They are just a “fringe minority” so we don’t have to consider their notions about anything. They are the unacceptable. Mr Oliver slanders the truckers as anti-vaxxers which is a gross misrepresentation. They are anti-mandate, not anti-vax. They have said so many times, but, sadly, there are blockheads who refuse that truth.

Wally Keeler
31 January 2022 11:27 am

MANDATE, according to Merriam-Webster, is “an official order to do something”. Thou shalt take the jab or suffer serious consequences, and we mean serious. Your body autonomy doesn’t matter. My body my choice is a rejected notion. No religious exemption. No conscientious objection. Your possible allergy is of no concern. Read the 53-page Pfizer report, especially page 46 containing the 3-line summary:   • Reduction in the risk of confirmed COVID-19 occurring at least 7 days after Dose 2  • Reduction in the risk of confirmed COVID-19 after Dose 1 and before Dose 2  • Reduction in the risk of confirmed severe COVID-19 any time after Dose 1  There is zero mention that the vaccine recipients cannot spread the virus to others. The same applies to the Moderna vaccine if you care to read their summary. All the vaccine does is reduce risk. It does not prevent a vaccinated person from infecting others. Vaccinated truckers are as likely to spread the virus to others as the unvaccinated. So why the discrimination? Why not follow the science? The Pfizer document, under the section on Unknown Benefits/Date Gaps, there was insufficient info to make any solid affirmation claims about the following: Vaccine Duration of protection Vaccine Efficacy with immunosuppressed populations Vaccine Effectiveness in individuals previously infected with SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Effectiveness in pediatric populations Vaccine effectiveness against asymptomatic infection Vaccine effectiveness against long-term effects of COVID-19 disease Vaccine effectiveness against mortality Vaccine effectiveness against transmission of SARS-CoV-2 Rachel Maddow, of MSNBC news, broadcast to millions of people that the vaccine will “STOP” the spread of the virus. She lied. She spread misinformation. So I ask again, what is this bloated, paranoid fear that unvaccinated truckers are an infectious threat to the nation, that they are so dangerous and threatening that they must be… Read more »

marya
31 January 2022 8:09 am

Cursed if they act and cursed if they do not act. I’m just thinking about all of the different protests that would have resulted if the Governments had not acted on this worldwide pandemic. I chose not to have Covid-19 affect my body and my mind.

Keith Oliver
30 January 2022 9:47 am

There are those who believe that efforts by governments to control and defeat the Covid virus have not only failed but have caused great harm to the economy.

The evidence proves just the opposite. It is the disbelievers, the anti-vax minority, that make up more than 75% of those being admitted to hospitals, ICU wards and those dyiing (now at the rate of 50 deaths a day in Ontario), that represent failure and are responsible for the subsequent damage to both the local and national economy.

As far as the failure of politicians “to do the right thing”, who instead follow their self-serving, missguided political instincts, Jason Kenny is a prime example. Alberta, because of its’ high infection rate, is experiencing major economic disruption and is now sending COVID patients to the US for trearment.

The failure is not that of government but that of citizens who failed to mask and distance when they should have (the extreme was church groups who believed their fate was in the hands of God), and the missinformed who systematically ignore the advice of experts. Instead they believe in an absolute personal freedom that gives them the right to infect others.

Pete M
Reply to  Keith Oliver
30 January 2022 10:37 am

Really Keith. You presents stats without any context.
50 deaths a day?
I went to the ontario public health page.
This is how they label COVID deaths:

COVID-19 daily death counts and rates in Ontario
December 28, 2021 to January 27, 2022
This epidemic (epi) curve shows the progression of COVID-19 deaths over time. Deaths include the number of people with a confirmed case of COVID-19 who have died.

Please note the last sentence:” deaths include number of people with confirmed case”

The public needs to know how many of those deaths are because of Covid and how many died with Covid, where Covid was not the cause of death.

Even the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Province has said he needs to review death certificates to determine the true numbers of covid deaths due to covid and with covid.

We masked, we social distanced, we vaccinated not once, not twice but 3 times. The virus marched on.
It morphed throughout the world and found a way to break thru vaccine wall.

Hell, it found its way into the Prime Minister’ house not once, but twice. It even drove the Prime Minister into hiding.

Over the last few days we have seen the appearance of white flags from various public health officials, who admit Covid is here to stay.
They state we are going to have to learn to live with it.

To me it sounds like government admission our quivers are empty

Keith Oliver
Reply to  Pete M
30 January 2022 11:34 am

Pete M

Appreciate this opportunity to correct my statistic re number of deaths a day in Ontario from Covid.

As reported on page two of Saturday, Jan 29 edition of Globe+Mail, the average daily death rate from Covid in Ontario over lasr week is 61.3 a day not the 50 I stated.

Imagine if one of those was someone you really cared for. As Stalin once said, “… the death of one man is a tragedy … the death of a thousand statistics!”

Regards uncertainty on the part of experts. The fact that COVID is new, mutates, is deadly, and easily spread is a given. It is only two years old and there is much detail to be learned. Everyone admits that, especially the scientists.

In the meantime and untill more is known: stop spreading miss-information; beware of absolute freedom; get the vaccine; wear a mask; distance; be especially careful in groups; hope for the best … and think about what Stalin said.

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Pete M
Reply to  Keith Oliver
30 January 2022 11:51 am

We mourn and we celebrate their life. But what we dont do is report daily death counts because flu, heart attack, cancer, hiv, hep c

Covid is here for good. It will not be stopped

We cant live in isolation and fear forever.

Keith Oliver
Reply to  Pete M
30 January 2022 10:36 pm

Pete M (or who ever you are)

I agree that it seems likely that COVID is here for good. What better argument is there to mandate that all get vaccinated?

Wally Keeler
Reply to  Keith Oliver
31 January 2022 6:27 am

How about cutting out the advocacy of coercion (mandate) for the futile and absurd purpose of achieving 100% vaccination rates. and switching our attention to life-saving therapeutics? The mandate is a failure that has produced political instability in the country and pitted Canadians against each other.

Wally Keeler
Reply to  Keith Oliver
30 January 2022 12:28 pm

beware of absolute freedom
 
I don’t know of anyone in my life who had ever advocated “absolute freedom

You are employing the practice, described by Merriam Webster, “of drawing a red herring across a trail to confuse hunting dogs: something that distracts attention from the real issue.”

You are employing a strawperson argument, described by Merriam Webster, as “a weak or imaginary opposition (such as an argument or adversary) set up only to be easily confuted”
 
This past week I have witnessed extraordinarily toxic slanders directed against the Freedom Convoy.

The PM informed his sycophants and minions that it was merely a fringe minority holding unacceptable viewpoints. That was the dog whistle that signaled the beginning of a torrent of toxic rhetoric against fellow Canadians who hold unacceptable views. The Canadian deplorables.

So then the leader of the NDP smears the convoy by asserting “a convoy led by those that claim the superiority of the white bloodline and equate Islam to a disease.”

Truckers couldn’t be more working class; the NDP used to embrace those kind of people. What a betrayal!

This is followed with CBC (state tv)(propaganda) and its pundits, influencers, bringing up the litany of ad hominem:
misogynists, bigots, racists, white supremacists, white nationalists, domestic terrorists, insurrectionists, even floating the idea of Russian collusion, etc, etc, ad nauseum. Talk about misinformation!

The poison cherry on top was earned by the so called working class Toronto Star when it posted a cartoon of a truck convoy with the word “fascism” fixed to the side of each truck. Talk about malicious misinformation!

The convoy leadership several hours ago announced that the Toronto Star will be excluded from their press conferences. 

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Kyle
Reply to  Wally Keeler
30 January 2022 1:08 pm
Wally Keeler
Reply to  Kyle
30 January 2022 1:57 pm

Yes they do. Note this in the article, “anti-hate experts allege those with white nationalist and Islamophobic views don’t just represent the fringes of the movement but are among the organizers of the convoy.”

Who are so-called “anti-hate experts.” They are anything but. They are nothing more than progressive activists disguising themselves.

You’ve been duped and gullible for it.

Btw, what is a “white nationalist”? Where are they? Are there tens of thousands of them in Canada? What kind of beer do they drink?

Btw, First Nations drum at Parliament Hill to support the ‘fascist” truckers. I saw Mohawk flags flying on some of the trucks. https://youtu.be/1br2CyNKtsg

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Kyle
Reply to  Wally Keeler
30 January 2022 2:22 pm

You do not have to be a “anti-hate expert” to interpret their social posts. Follow the money.

Wally Keeler
Reply to  Kyle
30 January 2022 3:06 pm

“Follow the money” How shallow and facile. The money came from10s of thousands of generous Canadians. They had more financial support faster than did Trudeau in his election campaign.

Btw the anti-haters are the true haters. They hate these tens of thousands of Canadians and say so. PRZT!

C’mon Kyle, put up a good argument; I’m weary of your mediocrities. You’re such a pushover.

Wally Keeler
Reply to  Kyle
30 January 2022 2:20 pm
Kyle
Reply to  Wally Keeler
30 January 2022 5:32 pm

The fact you refer to this as “funny”. Is a sad statement of your mediocrities.

Wally Keeler
Reply to  Kyle
30 January 2022 5:55 pm

I’m glad I posted an unacceptable viewpoint. Take that you guv luver.

Keith Oliver
Reply to  Wally Keeler
30 January 2022 10:47 pm

Wally

Keep the verbal abuse coming, the catchy aphorisms, the oh so clever abuse of the English Language. They only serve to undermine any serious contribution you have to make to the debate that others try to create on this incredible platform John Draper has created.

Pete M
Reply to  Keith Oliver
30 January 2022 10:47 pm

Stalin never made that quote.
More missinformation Keith
To quote Eoin Ocarrol if the Christian Science monitor:

There’s no proof that Stalin ever said this, but even if he did, he would likely have been quoting a 1932 essay on French humor by the German journalist, satirist, and pacifist Kurt Tucholsky

Audrey
Reply to  Keith Oliver
1 February 2022 10:42 am

Bravo, Keith Oliver.

Wally Keeler
Reply to  Audrey
1 February 2022 11:25 am

The majority of Canadians reject Mr Oliver’s promotion of coercion. The Angus Reid poll just revealed that fact. Mr Oliver’s suggestion is a losing proposition.

JimT
29 January 2022 6:40 pm

As a local businessman said to me recently: “I don’t see that all these precautions with masking and such have made much difference: the virus is still circulating among us…”

I had to agree: has all this effort really made much of a difference to the situation? Or was it all a show of compliance with no real effect?

Pete M
Reply to  JimT
29 January 2022 7:21 pm

It was all levels of government needing to be seen to be doing something to contain an insidious unknown virus.
They knew their efforts weren’t succeeding. So mandates, lockdowns, masks, multiple vaccine anything to exercise control to keep peoples in check.

Gerinator
Reply to  Pete M
30 January 2022 1:04 pm

It isn’t the GOV that is spreading the virus it is people. This is, and has been, a public health problem, aided and abetted by a people problem. These people must accept accountability for what they did, what they do and the consequences of those actions. The fact that people are dying, regardless of the number of deaths, is unacceptable, as is the trivializing of this pandemic, with comparisons to the flu. Upwards to 8K people die of the flu, 4x that many have died of Covid in Canada and we ain’t done yet. Many of these Covid related deaths are directly related to the unnecessary, selfish risk taking by people, not GOV.

Mrs. Anonymous
Reply to  JimT
29 January 2022 7:51 pm

“We must do something
this is something
therefore we must do it.”

Yes minister

Keith Oliver
29 January 2022 10:34 am

If two years of our intense experience with the COVID-19 pandemic has given us anything of lasting value, it has been a crash course in how a crisis can provoke irrational behaviour. Examples are a growth in a distrust of government as well as the timely advice from those who have been given positions of authority by government because of their expertise and accumulated knowledge.

The truckers’ demonstration in Ottawa this weekend: the belief that in any community of people (including that of a marriage or partnership) there is any such thing as ABSOLUTE freedom; the belief in miss-information because it is spread unchallenged through the wonderland of social media; the failure to understand and accept the fact that it is in the nature of a virus to mutate and that Omicron will most likely not be the last variant.

It boggles the mind that so many (the critical last holdouts) will not take a vaccine (which has proven so successful in so many instances) and refuse to wear a mask. They seem to forget that the success of Canada is based on a belief in “peace, order and good government”.

Pete M
Reply to  Keith Oliver
29 January 2022 11:06 am

Yes Keith. How dare these people question and challenge their elected officials.
These are not the 1960’s anymore. The Man can be trusted now

JimT
Reply to  Pete M
29 January 2022 6:34 pm

Pete: I recognize your sarcasm. Very much to the point.

Pete M
Reply to  Keith Oliver
29 January 2022 11:33 am

Collectivism trumps Individualism

Sorry for the “trump” trigger word

JimT
Reply to  Keith Oliver
29 January 2022 6:12 pm

Individuals resisting the pressure from bureaucrats and politicians to allow their bodies to be injected with a novel mRNA segment concocted by BIG PHARMA in their labs because they say it’s for your own good and the benefit of ‘society’ overall?

Excuse me, but I see their point as being a very valid one.

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Kyle
Reply to  JimT
30 January 2022 11:49 am

Well, I hope they are not hypocrites and resist everything BIG PHARMA has concocted. They will not need those Health Cards as god forbid they would ever let themselves be injected with cancer treatment drugs, insulin etc. Also a no no on any over the counter medications. None of which are Little Pharma. I guess genetically altered weed is off the table too. Better stock up on garlic for that necklace.

Wally Keeler
Reply to  Keith Oliver
29 January 2022 8:26 pm

“…how a crisis can provoke irrational behaviour. Examples are a growth in a distrust of government…

The more distrust of govt the better. The more distrust of the mainstream news media the better. They are govt shills because they receive $$$$$$ from the govt. They sold out their independence and they sold out Canadians by doing so.

Trust is something earned, not given. The current govt of Canada is untrustworthy.

Only a fool or sycophant would trust govt.

Keith Oliver
Reply to  Wally Keeler
30 January 2022 9:57 am

Wally

Are you saying all forms of government are corrupt, untrustworthy, stifle freedom? If not what form of government works for you? Give us an example.

Wally Keeler
Reply to  Keith Oliver
1 February 2022 9:56 am

That is a another silly presumption you have about me. Every government should be accountable to the people. The people should always question authority, and todo so rigorously, especially when the mainstream media fails to do so. In 1973 they began intercepting my private first class mail. I set up a sting op and caught them red-handed. The Security Service of the RCMP contacted my friends to interrogate them about my loyalty to Canada. No only did they intercept my mail, they withheld it and they published the content. All of that was against the law. My sting op worked. I informed my MP who sent letters of inquiry to the Solicitor-General, Warren Allmand, and to the Post-Master General, Andre Ouellette. Mr Allmand sent a letter to my MP saying “I have been assured by the RCMP that it is not their practice to intercept the private mail of anyone.” This was found to be a lie when Operation Cathedral was their practice. The Speaker of the House, James Jerome, held the government in contempt of Parliament for lying to an MP. The next two and half days the issue was debated. At that time, my phone had been wiretapped without a warrant. The SS of the RCMP went to my employer and told him they suspected I was a subversive. I was laid off. They did the same with my landlord, who didn’t want a subversive on their property. So I move to a new flat and it was set on fire in an arson attack. What form of government do I want? I want “good government” as our Charter espouses. We don’t have good gov’t. Actually we have very bad gov’t. Take serious note: the current gov’t is racist, led by racists (Libs, NDP). That’s almost all they… Read more »

Sandpiper
28 January 2022 9:27 am

SO DOES THIS MEAN WE CAN ALL GET INTO A RESTURANT WITH OUT PROOF OF VACINE
???????

JimT
27 January 2022 5:46 pm

For those looking for signs of a possible return to normal:

“Most coronavirus restrictions including mandatory face masks were lifted in England on Thursday after Britain’s government said its vaccine booster rollout successfully reduced serious illness and COVID-19 hospitalizations.

From Thursday, face coverings are no longer required by law anywhere in England, and a legal requirement for COVID passes for entry into nightclubs and other large venues has been scrapped…”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/coronavirus-covid19-canada-world-jan27-22-1.6329356

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Dunkirk
Reply to  JimT
28 January 2022 8:13 am

A return to normal….This is welcome news for all of us….A century ago, after WW1 and the subsequent Spanish Flu pandemic, Warren Harding became President of the US running a campaign called ‘The Return to Normalcy’.
The public responded, sweeping him into office with one of the largest margins of popular vote ever recorded. (various scandals followed; he died 2 years later while in office and subsequent Harvard historians 2 decades later marked him as the worst President ever…) Maybe that was his version of a political, ‘return to normalcy’??
Lets see which of our cast-of-candidates have the courage to declare a possible ‘Return to Normalcy’ in our upcoming year of Provincial and Municipal elections…..

Concerned
Reply to  Dunkirk
28 January 2022 9:58 am

I know your smart enough to realize municipal elections are about who has the most friends and connections especially in a town our size and based on our format of not having a ward system. What has happened during this term will not determine who gets re-elected. Who has the most friends and connections with large organizations within the town will. Unfortunate yes.

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Dunkirk
Reply to  Concerned
28 January 2022 10:47 am

Absolutely. A return to normalcy!…

Pete M
Reply to  Concerned
29 January 2022 11:24 am

What Large Organizations do you speak of that dominate this Town

Ken
Reply to  Pete M
29 January 2022 3:46 pm

…..maybe Tim Hortons?

Pete M
Reply to  Ken
29 January 2022 4:46 pm

Maybe…a few Town decisions made over a double double

Frenchy
Reply to  Pete M
29 January 2022 5:20 pm

Rotary Club?

Pete M
Reply to  Frenchy
29 January 2022 5:39 pm

Thank You Frenchy!
I think you might be on to something???

Mrs. Anonymous
Reply to  Pete M
29 January 2022 5:25 pm

Probably Rotary.

Fantastic organizers but their constant need for recognition and praise is weird.

Frenchy
Reply to  Pete M
3 February 2022 12:58 pm

Might or might not be “large”, but CTA?

Moxy
Reply to  JimT
28 January 2022 11:00 am

I can understand the intense exhaustion and frustration many people are experiencing as the pandemic drags on. I feel the same. And the end to health restrictions in U.K. is not a good example to us. The opinion of our recent visitor from U.K., who works in health care, has confirmed that for me. National loosening of public health restrictions is not seen as wise by every level of government in U.K. either. The city of London still supports masking on public transit because local health officials deem the spread of Omicron a risk to vulnerable people who travel by bus and train. Wishful thinking and denial and outrage about loss of personal “freedom” for the unvaccinated are not going to end this pandemic. The efforts which will end this pandemic are maintaining public health guidelines such as masking indoors, getting more Canadians vaccinated and sharing vaccines with countries in the Global South in a timely manner so new variants have little chance to develop.

Bill Thompson
Reply to  Moxy
28 January 2022 5:04 pm

It worked for the vaccinated P.M.I see. Isolation at a crucial time for Ottawa .

Mrs. Anonymous
Reply to  Bill Thompson
29 January 2022 5:18 pm

As of Sat. Jan 29, Trudeau has been moved to a secret location for protection.

Fortunately for Trudeau, he has a large selection of costumes and disguises to ensure his safety.

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Pete M
Reply to  Mrs. Anonymous
29 January 2022 7:00 pm

Have Tickle Trunk will travel.

So isolation doesnt really mean isolation. You can travel with your entourage and still isolate.

Im thinking maybe “Boy in the Bubble” going as John travolta??

JimT
Reply to  Wally Keeler
29 January 2022 7:19 pm

Wally: “Don’t confuse me with facts – my mind is made up.”

JimT
Reply to  JimT
29 January 2022 9:26 pm

Not recommending or promoting this or that.
Just pointing out a hopeful sign of progress.

Gerinator
Reply to  JimT
30 January 2022 1:36 pm

Recall that England’s initial response to Covid, from a public policy perspective, was toward ‘herd’ immunity. Like Sweden, they paid a dear price in number of deaths and near NHS breakdown. The other countries in the UK (Wales, Scotland, NIreland) are less enthusiastic and exhibiting more controlled response from a public policy and public health perspective.

Wally Keeler
Reply to  Gerinator
30 January 2022 2:05 pm

100% focus on vaccines, and virtually nothing for therapeutics. So much for political leadership.

Audrey
Reply to  Wally Keeler
1 February 2022 11:10 am

Do your research, Wally. If you’re not inclined to look for the truth, I am happy to provide links to exactly how much $$$ the Canadian Government has allocated to covid therapeutics, thus far. There’s been a primary focus on vaccines, of course, but claiming that is ALL the Trudeau Government is focused on, is patently absurd and dishonest.