Empty Grocery Stores Could Become a Larger Problem, Thanks to Prime Minister Trudeau

We’ve placed our trust in science. We’ve placed our faith in the government. And now we are here.

This morning I received the news that my uncle passed away in a care home. No, he did not die of Covid-19 or any of its variants. At 1:00 a.m. he was going to go out for a smoke, but was stopped by staff who told him it was too cold outside and he wasn’t allowed to go out. For as long as I can remember he has smoked outside without anyone telling him it was too cold.

My uncle is not one to respond mildly when provoked. An hour later, at 2:00 a.m. he was found deceased in his room. We are to believe he died of a heart attack.

In a country where we are accustomed to certain rights and privileges we don’t do well with someone removing rights we have had all of our lives. I’m now talking about the right to work, the right to travel, the right to sit in a restaurant of our choice.

Our Canadian Health Care system is in crisis and if we don’t pay attention we may ALL lose the right to medical care.

In Canada, the province of Quebec declared at the end of December that the province had “no choice” but to allow health-care staff who test positive for COVID-19 to keep working while infected. This is a direct quote from a Global News article.

Healthy, trained medical staff are not allowed to work while the health care crisis escalates.

Due to vaccine mandates created at the stroke of a pen, healthy, trained medical staff are not allowed to work while the health care crisis escalates. Imagine the impact of allowing up to 15% of our healthcare workers, those wrongfully dismissed, to come back to work.

There are Canadian citizens whose right to work in their field of training and medical expertise is being denied. They have been dismissed, along with numerous of other workers in government, banking, airline, hospitality and various other designations.

Take a moment to think about this and let this fact sink in. Don’t reason it away. We are allowing sick health-care staff who test positive for COVID-19 to keep working while infected.

Have we lost our minds?

The answer is, yes.

Jordan Peterson has painted a pretty clear and alarming picture of what he has witnessed happening in Canada, first hand, and warns us of the path we are headed down at break-neck speed. Read it here, National Post: Jordan Peterson: Open the damn country back up, before Canadians wreck something we can’t fix.

In some ways the Global News and National Post articles are saying the same thing: Canada is in crisis and our health-care system, along with our banking and airlines and other systems are failing due to emergency COVID-19 restrictions. The staff that could be working because they are still healthy, are not allowed to work, while the sick are mandated to work.

The two articles, however, offer opposite solutions. Peterson says, “open up the damn country.” The Opposition parties want to do more of the same…increase health measures…the things that have not been working. Peterson knows that there was a time before the current restrictions when things were working surprisingly well in Canada. There was food in stores. Airlines could be relied upon to provide travel, on time. Banks didn’t put you on hold for hours due to staff shortages. He still believes there is a possibility that we can make the necessary reversals and go back to that time.

We have long left the era of writing when journalists presented a mostly unbiased version of facts. No, along with the declaration of a pandemic came an edict that the vaccine was the only way out of the pandemic, as spoken by our own Prime Minister, and therefore it followed that this was the only message allowed to proceed from podium and pen.

I watched an interview of Elon Musk awhile ago. It was several years old and he was talking about the dangers of Artificial Intelligence. When questioned as to whether he was afraid of the potential risks of AI, his response was, not as afraid as he once was. AI is a risk in as far as the players who use it for nefarious purposes and fail to see the need to set up appropriate boundaries. Upon further inquiry Musk revealed why he was less afraid now. He confessed it was because he had become more fatalistic.

Musk, who undoubtedly is one of the most knowledgeable people on earth, was not happy about what he saw coming. However, upon seeing there was little to prevent these dangerous outcomes, his only remaining option was to resign himself to acceptance of a risk he knew was inevitable. Since his words of caution to the world were not being heeded, all he was left to do was to mitigate his own fear.

There is only one thing more ominous than misinformation. It is when those who have the truth remain silent or are silenced.

Because I am an optimist, I think we still have a very small window of opportunity for Canada to turn things around. Unfortunately many of the voices we need to listen to have been silenced or have self-censored. Like Musk, they’ve stopped speaking because no one is listening. They are watching the drama unravel.

Claiming we don’t have enough health care workers, when we do and we have fired them, is unacceptable deception.

I am a woman of faith. And I believe in a God of justice. The way I see it is that the Omicron variant is showing up the injustice of firing unvaccinated health care workers. Claiming we don’t have enough health care workers, when we do and we have fired them, is unacceptable deception. The people who could help us out of our dilemma, and I’m not only talking about health care, are facing insurmountable barriers set up by our government in conjunction with our health leaders.

Peterson points out a clear life lesson: There are no risk-free paths forward.

But there paths that are more just than others.

We have an option beyond trusting science and government. We can do the right thing and trust God with the outcome. The right thing is to love our neighbour and not discriminate against them based on their personal health choices. We can place a little bit of confidence in the high vaccinations numbers we have reached, because this is aiding in reducing serious illness among the vulnerable. But to place all of our confidence in vaccination is to fail critically in other areas which could prove to be more detrimental to our society than any current disease.

In the clinic I frequent I was told that everyone there got COVID-19 and recovered. All were vaccinated according to our government mandate. This shows us that we can live with risk. We can get sick and recover and continue to work.

As I prepared to write, I noticed this article in my feed, National Post: FIRST READING: Ottawa’s 180-degree turn on mandatory vaccination. I admonish our leaders to stop and reverse mandatory vaccination requirements. To fail to do so is to show a serious lack of insight and to put our country at such a risk as we have not yet imagined.

The following is from the Global News: Opposition parties push for emergency health committee meeting amid Omicron surge. 

Ontario, Alberta., B.C., Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and N.B. have cut their quarantine requirements, which followed controversial advice from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that quarantines could drop to five days from the previous 10-day rule.

“This is a balancing of the risks compared with the need to protect your critical infrastructure,” said Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, in a press conference on Jan. 5.

“Even with five days of quarantine, contagiousness is possible after that.”

Global News

Nothing is stopping the Omicron variant. Definitely not masks. Definitely not vaccination.

The Prime Minister of Canada is intentionally creating a crisis. Yesterday’s headline in CityNews Toronto was, Empty Canadian grocery store shelves could become larger problem.

All truck drivers entering Canada from the United States will need to present proof of vaccination to avoid a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

CityNews Toronto

The problem of empty grocery shelves could worsen over coming weeks due to the decision by Prime Minister Trudeau that all truck drivers entering Canada from the United States will need to present proof of vaccination to avoid a mandatory 14-day quarantine, starting January 15. This will potentially force thousands of cross-border truckers off the road. We rely on them for our food supply.

Mandatory vaccination edicts such as these are wrong for our country at this time, but, like Elon Musk, I will mitigate my fears if our government moves ahead with this disastrous plan.

I wonder if Peterson is right when he says, We are deciding, by opinion poll, to live in fear, and to become increasingly authoritarian in response to that fear.

When David met Goliath, he packed five smooth stones in his sling, but I would say he knew for certain that if the first one missed the mark, he was done. If we want to slay “Goliath” it is time to drop all but the most essential protective measures and take that one stone, called faith.

There are no risk-free paths forward. There is only one risk, or another. Pick your poison: that’s the choice life often offers. I am weary of living under the increasingly authoritarian dictates of a polity hyper-concerned with one risk, and oblivious to all others. And things are shaking around us.

Jordan B. Peterson

BC provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reversed her promise not to implement mandatory vaccination and she needs to reverse her order again. The real problem for Canada’s Health Care system began back in October with this report as read in CTV News Vancouver:

“We’ll be implementing a new order that makes vaccination against COVID-19 a condition of employment across all health-care facilities in B.C.,” Henry said.

It’s time for a new order that puts life back to normal. The risk of serious disease is reduced to the point that we can now live with it and to prolong mandates will do more harm than good.

Trying to Understand the Unvaccinated

Let’s have this conversation.

It feels awkward to need to preface this article by saying, “I am fully vaccinated,” as though only this status will make me a credible person and source.

Yes, I am fully vaccinated. But I am very troubled that today only people who support the vaccine can have a platform to speak.

…we are not actually comfortable with diversity; we would rather enforce conformity.

This has been a decade highlighting diversity, but when we see real diversity, what do we do? We reveal that we are not actually comfortable with diversity and would rather enforce conformity.

I see a lot of outrage of the vaccinated towards the unvaccinated. Think about the fact that if the vaccine truly worked as it was hoped, then we would not have this outrage, because the vaccinated would be fully protected. But the truth is we now only have “degrees” of protection. For this reason I understand the alarm of the vaccinated when they see people refusing the vaccine. The unvaccinated are making them insecure. People do strange things when they are afraid. We are seeing increasing outrage against those who do not want to take the vaccine. This is clearly also being fuelled, daily, by media.

The outrage of the unvaccinated is directed less at individuals and more towards policies, misinformation, withheld information and authoritarian-like government mandates. Their irritation began way back with the following:

  • at first being told masks were not necessary…and then suddenly they were
  • being told early on that the virus was definitely not airborne…and then it was
  • hearing the virus did not escape from a lab and seeing anyone questioning this narrative censored on social media…and then possibly it did
  • being told repeatedly that the vaccine was completely safe…until clotting, myocarditis, neurological disorders and ramped up immune reactions began to be reported
  • seeing six foot distancing in grocery stores, but not on planes
  • being told the vaccine was effective…and now witnessing the vaccinated being tested and having to wait in quarantine for their results after travelling

Any reasonable person would have questions around this. If not, then there is a sort of selective hearing of information. I’ve actually seen this a lot among the vaccinated people I know. They are following the mandate of the government, healthcare and media not to say anything that could possibly cause vaccine hesitancy.

Questions ought to be encouraged. Science encourages questions. Isn’t that at the core of science? Asking how do things work? Why? Why not? Looking for answers. Looking at the relationship between the various data.

I heard an interesting comment this week in a video, Paul Kingsnorth: why I changed sides in the vaccine wars, that made me think. Kingsnorth mentioned that we do not have the appropriate language to properly talk about the issues at hand. We are experiencing a shocking division among people, bordering on hatred–a completely inappropriate response to the common threat we all face.

If we don’t have the language, then let’s find it. Let’s work at this because it is too important not to.

Kingston states that in the past societies have been unified around religion and following that, the pursuit of progress, but today we are lack a common unifying societal value and so government sees the opportunity for a more top-down, totalitarian approach. I thought this was a “conspiracy theory.” Now I am watching it unfold. From various sources I have heard incredulity over the ease with which people relinquish their privacy of information. Kingston says we are slipping into a China-like surveillance and social credit system with passports and it does not take too much of an imagination to see this could in fact be happening.

I think the conversation we need to have involves a Higher Power, otherwise we may find ourselves subject to less than altruistic motives both within and without. The Bible warns us against hatred of our neighbour, equating hatred with murder. We are admonished to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” and to “love one another fervently, out of a pure heart.” This applies both to vaccinated and unvaccinated.

We can choose our path forward. Let’s choose the path of peace.

People Don’t Like to be Deceived

People don’t like being deceived. The reason we don’t like to be deceived is that we make decisions based on our knowledge and when we are deceived we make decisions based on a wrong premise. We would have made other decisions had we had full disclosure.

To no fault of our own, we end up making choices we regret when we learn the full story.

It’s everybody’s responsibility to get a complete and accurate picture, however, we cannot do so if we don’t have access to information. If information is withheld from us, or if it is misconstrued we cannot make an informed choice. We cannot make the best choice. We end up making the choice others decided we should make.

When we learn the truth we feel manipulated. We lose trust. This is why it is important to tell the truth, even if it hurts. This is how we maintain faith in people and in institutions.

A Psalm of David.

15 O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent?
    Who shall dwell on your holy hill?

He who walks blamelessly and does what is right
    and speaks truth in his heart;
who does not slander with his tongue
    and does no evil to his neighbor,
    nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
in whose eyes a vile person is despised,
    but who honors those who fear the Lord;
who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
who does not put out his money at interest
    and does not take a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things shall never be moved.

Canadian Conservative Leadership Debate

I watched a portion of the leadership debates yesterday and today. One thing I noted was the tag line beneath Erin O’Toole “Won’t say there is systemic racism.” I’m not sure if there were other tags, since I didn’t watch the entire debates and didn’t notice any others but I thought it strange that CBC would offer a printed commentary mid-debate.

The question of systemic racism was asked in at least four different ways of Erin O’Toole. His consistent response was that racism should not and would not be tolerated. Anyone watching understood that he was not going to say there is systemic racism, without the CBC needing to print a caption below him while he was speaking.

Whether there is systemic racism or not, it appears we now have yet another category that defines people.

Other candidates offered some well thought out responses to the same question. A periodical review of the justice system and law enforcement in Canada is a good recommendation. I’m not going to evaluate the responses of the candidates here.

 

Canadian governments give Huawei millions in funding while debate rages over its 5G role

Critics warn there is a serious risk that Huawei will build ‘back doors’ into the 5G technology allowing China access to Canadian private information

Tom Blackwell, February 3, 2020

Commentary

While the United States and Australia have banned Huawei’s next generation 5G systems as a threat to national security, former Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, in 2016, announced a $16 million grant for research around 5G development and the same fiscal year the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Canada’s federal funding agency for university-based research, awarded $6.9 million in grants to university researchers working with Huawei. The funding agreements are over four years.

Will Huawei be a future threat to Canada? What do the U.S. and Australia know that Canada does not know, or is choosing to ignore? Or do we just chalk their caution up to paranoia? I prefer to err on the side of caution when it comes to privacy issues and national security.

A Note to My Followers About Change Coming to this Site

I’m sure you’ve noticed fewer posts here over the years. My time of writing about the writing process seems to be fading into history. I’ve decided that’s OK. Over the next few months I plan to change my focus. I hope you will stick around as I start to write about a variety of subjects of interest to me.

As I read news and opinion columns, watch videos and podcasts, or even read books, I constantly find myself wanting to share segments that stand out for me. I read and hear memorable things I want to record. I need a place to archive these quotable insights so that they don’t disappear into the thin air of yesterday’s news.

There will be many categories, since I’m a very curious person and want to know about a lot of topics. You will notice my slight lean to the right on issues. I welcome alternative views and respectful dialogue. I especially encourage my readers to correct me if I accidentally happen on fake news. I’m pretty astute when it comes to this, but, hey, it can happen.

So, come along for the ride. Let me know what you think about the change. It’s a little scary because you will see my personality coming out. But it’s also scary because I’m not sure I understand all of the political correctness protocol involved. I’m sure there will be times when I will veer off a little. Who knows what that will mean?

Thanks for your continued support. I deeply value my readers.

 

The Right to Die with Dignity

Today I was angry. It felt as though something boiled over in me when I read the subject line of an email addressed to me: Help us protect the right to die with dignity. In Canada our government is trying to pass legislation regarding euthanasia. There is a “consultation questionnaire” which Canadians are encouraged to respond to at justice.gc.ca

I received the email from the BC Civil Liberties Association. I don’t recall ever signing up for mail from the BC Civil Liberties Association. In their letter they threaten that if we don’t offer medically assisted dying (MAiD) in Canada then it will “lead to premature deaths by suicide by some individuals.” Which frightening alternative do you prefer? The outcome is precisely the same.

I, frankly, don’t see any difference between shooting someone in the head at short range,  or injecting someone with a needle, or subjecting a person to the electric chair. And to me it is not compassion to help someone kill themselves. Frankly, I’m not there yet.

You will note that the questionnaire assumes all are in favor of assisted dying which until now was called murder or homicide or manslaughter and was considered the worst criminal offense because it ended a life.

Our government now wants to put some new guidelines, some parameters, around helping someone to kill themselves. No, the survey never asks if you are in favor of having medical professionals help someone to end their life. It only asks about which parameters you consider important in preparing for the procedure of terminating a life.

What made me angry is that suddenly “assisted dying” is a “right.” And it is a right that needs to be protected. In other words, we want to make sure you get to die, and that nobody interferes with that.

“Mature minors” should have the right to assisted death, we are learning.

The whole purpose of this new legislation is to ensure that “eligibility is broadened to individuals who are not near death.” This is what the BCCLA states in their email to me. The BCCLA adds:

The additional “safeguards” that the government is contemplating are unnecessary and potentially unconstitutional barriers to MAID.

Oh, I have so many questions around this, but our government’s mind is already made up. This is the next new “right” Canadians will be privileged to have protected.

In July 2016 the federal government passed legislation permitting medical assistance in dying. Since then 6,700 have died with medical assistance. A recent court ruling in Quebec has made it necessary for Canada to broaden the eligibility for euthanasia. You can read about it here

The Court declared the “reasonable foreseeability of natural death” criterion in the federal Criminal Code, as well as the “end-of-life” criterion in Quebec’s provincial law on medical assistance in dying, to be unconstitutional.

My problem is with assisted dying being a “right.” Do doctors also have a “right” not to assist dying? Do hospices have a “right” not to assist dying? A hospice in Delta, BC has been ordered to offer MAID by February 3 or lose government funding, even though the facility states that MAID is not compatible with the purposes of the Hospice Society.

“To not allow Medical Assistance in Dying brings with it potential human rights violations,” said former board president Jim Levin, who is in favor of MAID at the hospice.

The hospice has posted their statement here

Hospice palliative care and MAiD substantially differ in multiple areas including in philosophy, intention and approach.[xi] Hospice palliative care focuses on improving quality of life and symptom management through holistic person-centered care for those living with life threatening conditions. Hospice palliative care sees dying as a normal part of life and helps people to live and die well. Hospice palliative care does not seek to hasten death or intentionally end life. In MAiD, however, the intention is to address suffering by ending life through the administration of a lethal dose of drugs at an eligible person’s request.

We are to believe that removing barriers to this “procedure” is reflective of the “evolving views” of Canadians in just the past couple of years. There is a sense of pride over how progressive Canadians have become. However, hospices want to provide a “safe space” where death is not hastened. Will our government deny this right?

We are being told this is just another “choice,” needing protecting. It is another one of our “equality rights.” It is not the right to die that is being questioned. We all have that right. Nothing has changed in that department. But what is different now is, the right to have a medical professional condone your suicide and help you with the act.

It is particularly cruel to those who are vulnerable and those with disabilities.

As stated, here this irreversible procedure could easily be the result of “temporary anger, depression, a misunderstanding of one’s prognosis, ignorance of alternatives, financial considerations, strain on family members or significant others, or improper persuasion….”

I am very concerned when assisted dying suddenly becomes a “right” which has to be protected. This is not like the other rights we have seen come to the forefront in recent years. This does not make your quality of life better. It ends it. I am also very concerned about our move towards a flippant view of the sanctity of life. We all know this ends up down the slippery slope of who decides which life is worth preserving.