Plague Update: Cons Spin The Blame Bottle — Lands On Selves

You read this PPE shame before on my blog, but it was brought up in a mailing by local Conservative MP M. Kram.

  • “Never-Ending Blunders – Tons of PPE from National Stockpile destroyed”

Now, here are the facts:

CBC News reported Wednesday that last year (2019), the government of Canada threw out two million N95 masks and 440,000 medical gloves when it shut down an emergency stockpile warehouse in Regina.

A spokesperson for the Public Health Agency of Canada, which oversees the stockpile, said in an email that the masks and gloves had been purchased in 2009 and “had passed the limit of five years for their use, as recommended by the manufacturer.” The masks expired in 2014.”

If you can remember 7 years ago, Stephen Harper was Prime Minister, and his government didn’t replace the masks which would have then expired 5 years later in the stockpile while Justin Trudeau was Prime Minister. Would they have thrown out freshly expired masks in 2019, instead of 5-year expired ones? Who knows? As it stands, each PM shares some blame for having Health Ministers not on top of emergency preparedness. So, why does Kram mail out a Liberal criticism list that mostly applies to his party as well?

Kram’s propaganda

“Failed to fund domestic vaccine production facilities”

How did Canada lose such a national gem? In 1984, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, the greatest “privatizer” of our time, sold off Connaught Laboratories in two public issues, and it has since been resold, merged, side-swiped and wasted away to next to nothing. Said Liberal MP Jim Peterson at the time: “No industrialized country … would permit the takeover of its leading biotechnology firm.””

Meanwhile, the Saskatchewan Conservative Premier is in favour of locking up northern Saskatchewanians in their half of the province, but not locking out Albertan plague rats.

“Premier Scott Moe says Saskatchewan is not planning to install checkpoints at provincial borders, a move the NDP says the province should put in place to monitor who is coming and going.

Alberta has reported 659 new cases of COVID-19 over the last three days, while Saskatchewan has reported 24 over the same period.

On Thursday, Moe announced further restrictions regarding northern travel.

The public health order restricts all non-critical travel in and out of the Northern Saskatchewan Administrative District (NSAD), which covers nearly half of the province but has a low population relative to the rest of Saskatchewan.”

If it can be done for northern Sask, it can be done inter-provincially too!

In its latest COVID-19 update to physicians on Thursday, the Saskatchewan Health Authority reported that “uncontrolled intra- and inter-provincial travels is driving ongoing transmission and [facilitating] the speed of variant spread.”” –CBC

Geeze, it’d help if our Premier wasn’t a raging lunatic, hell bent on ignoring medical scientific advice, and just letting people (who aren’t northern Saskatchewanians) go where ever they please even if they *cough cough*, don’t feel well.

  • “Wasted millions on a feel-good “pandemic postcard” program”

It’s really effing ironic to be reading that from a tax-payer funded propaganda sheet with a printed cut-out postcard next to it, as Kram uses Canada Post on your dime to collect data for his insane party of hypocrites.

Plague Update: Close The Schools Already!

It’s been obvious since last Summer that indoor transmission is a risk because the virus is airborne. Would you go into a room with someone who has measles or TB? Not effing likely. Why? Because you wouldn’t want to trust that they and you are wearing your masks perfectly.

So why are some people comfortable sending their kids to old, poorly ventilated, crowded schools with literally dozens or hundreds of other “bubbles” mingling? It makes no GD sense. How’s it possible? A coordinated gaslighting campaign to make you think you’re being unreasonable to be uncomfortable about kids eating indoors at school with dozens of people while the Government says it’s too unsafe for adults and kids to do the same thing at restaurants in the same cities and towns.

Somewhat to my surprise, Saskatchewan managed last March and April to “Flatten the curve” and not exceed our ICU capacity in hospitals. A big part of this success was a lockdown where the streets were visibly empty for most of the day and night, kids were home from schools and many day cares, and many people could claim CERB emergency funding while they couldn’t work at their usual jobs.

Then Moe lied about using the virus reproduction rate to guide public health measures, and hasn’t looked back as wave after wave hits the people of this province, killing hundreds so far.

Then 2021 March and April, Saskatchewan did everything wrong. Schools and restaurants and other businesses nearly fully open, and the streets are jammed with every person going everywhere.

Latest in #SaveSTC

PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release, April 28, 2021

Canadian Transportation Agency rules favourably in decision

In a precedent making decision in Canada, the Canadian Transportation Agency ruled against “Rider Express”. Saskatchewan’s disability community applauds this decision to remove a discriminatory practice.

The Sask Party had promised that the private sector would fill the void left by the loss of the Saskatchewan Transportation Corporation (STC). A small number of companies tried to take over a few of the most profitable runs, but most gave up after a short time. Then, even Greyhound closed in Western Canada. One privately-owned company, “Rider Express,” has been successful running between major Western cities. It operates on a lowest-cost model and does not have wheelchair accessible buses.

Under both the Saskatchewan and Canadian Human Rights Codes, however, persons with disabilities have the right to access mobility services available to the general public, unless it does create undue hardship to the provider.

Knowing this, Terri Sleeva filed a complaint in November 2018 with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission. Because Rider Express operates in Western Canada, she was referred to the Canadian Human Rights Commission, who then referred her to the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA). Sleeva received their decision in April 2021 indicating they ruled in her favour.

The CTA directed Rider Express that it must “meet its obligation to provide accessible services to persons with disabilities, (so) the Agency orders the respondent to provide bus services that are wheelchair accessible.”

Austerity cuts impact the vulnerable so that the privileged have lower taxes. People with disabilities were left without mobility for social interactions, attending medical appointments and a myriad of other things that contribute to our quality of life. This is not a competition between the abled versus the disabled. Let’s remember that Saskatchewan’s motto is “From Many Peoples Strength.”

For further information, please contact Terri Sleeva”

 

Plague Update: Saskatchewan Needs New Leadership

An offensively dangerous COVID Denier was touring Canada spreading misinformation and hate. The Sask Government and cops welcomed him with words but no real warning.

And in related news, the Health Minister is whining about how people don’t like how he let over 450 people die on his watch:

Meanwhile, Nova Scotia has an outbreak, so go on a 2 week lockdown. Saskatchewan has incompetent school boards deciding to send kids back with record COVID-19 variant numbers in our cities and towns. As schools closed, infection rates among kids went down. Hmm.

Saskatchewan Party Produces Pollution

Back in 2012, there was a problem:

Provincial water too polluted, says research

Back then, the SaskParty was promising to address climate change with a plan that included a 20% emissions cut below 2006 pollution levels, by last year, 2020. They soon deleted that target.

Then this happened, and continues to happen:

Sask. leads country in per capita greenhouse gas emissions

“Provincial environment minister says climate plan needs time to work”

No! It doesn’t. When we give the SaskParty time for their plans to work, they make emissions worse, not better. And they promote their failed Environment Ministers to party leader too.

Other jurisdictions are too Canadian/polite to give us the F grade our Petrostate deserves.

https://www.conferenceboard.ca/hcp/provincial/environment/ghg-emissions.aspx

Co-op Refinery VOC emissions 10x higher than average of other refineries

Sour gas emissions at refinery ‘problematically high’ says expert

That’s from back in 2015, and my understanding is that it’s been addressed to some degree. For the latest be sure to follow an expert like Prof. Eaton.

Silly Saskatchewan Party

EVs are not getting a free ride on the roads.

A look through Saskatchewan budget documents shows clearly that the amounts spent annually to maintain highways far exceed what’s collected through the fuel tax on gasoline, diesel and propane that are earmarked for highway building and upkeep. For instance, Harpauer’s 2021-22 budget projects spending $830 million on highways, while the fuel tax is expected to raise $477.9 million.

In fact, from 2008 to 2022, fuel tax revenues total $6.8 billion, while $10.6 billion is spent on highways. 

opinion/columnists/peiris-saskatchewans-new-tax-on-electric-vehicles-a-sign-of-more-silliness-to-come

Link broken on purpose.

The Sask Party doesn’t care about the climate crisis.

Plague Update: Callous Government

Dr. Kyle, as he’s known on Twitter, wrote the Moose Jaw Independent paper. The COVID-19 Variants of Concern in the Moose Jaw area are shockingly bad, and the school division wants to open schools on Monday. They absolutely must not.


Anti-carbon tax Government attacks hundreds of EV owners with a new tax

Saskatchewan Government will start charging EV owners $150 a year. The Minister who removed the EV incentive almost a decade ago took his next job as Canada’s top oil and gas lobbyist. If that doesn’t scream Conflict of Interest, what does?

This is an “anti-#carbontax“, as it encourages people to stay away from a zero emission technology without directly regulating against them, and without collecting sufficient money to make a solid impact on most consumers. It’s still worth getting an EV, and gas burners will be mostly gone by the end of the decade, but the Sask Petrostate Party will still implement this unpopular tax to give a figurative middle finger to the hundreds of families who’ve decided to move on to better technology and leave oil in the dust.

SGI is sending back money, but the government is collecting over half of it back from anyone smart enough to choose a zero emission vehicle (that the federal government offers $5000 off to buy). It’s a cash grab by the desperate Sask Party. It sucks to live in a Petrostate some (most) days.

Plague Update: Hockey Canary

The WHL is carrying on in Regina, as the UK variant COVID rages.