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?
“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.””
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.
Sucks to be a country where the Official Opposition party rejects longstanding science that a grade school kid can understand. For ideological and economic reasons, the Conservative Party of Canada won’t accept that air pollution is bad. They won’t even accept that it’s air pollution, instead, the veg-heads erroneously call excess carbon dioxide from fossil fuel combustion “plant food”. And this is the party that was in charge of Canada between 2006 and 2015. Horrible.
Conservative Party members reject policy to recognize that ‘climate change is real’
On Saturday, Conservative Party delegates voted by a margin of 54% to 46% to reject a policy that would add the statement “climate change is real” to the party’s policy book, and recognize that “Canadian businesses classified as highly polluting need to take more responsibility.” The vote came just hours after Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole told delegates that the party “cannot ignore the reality of climate change.””
With how terrible the Conservatives are, the Liberals’ lacklustre, and even bad, management of the climate crisis has been getting a pass. Should Trudeau’s minority government fall during the pandemic, there’s a chance that the anti-science, racist CPC could come to power again, so I get why partisan Liberals are nervous. It’s not like there’s anything concrete for them to point to 5 years into their mandate to do far more, when their hero bought a pipeline, and has yet to build a solar or other renewable power grid where Canada still pollutes with coal burning. Emissions are up, not down.
And the carbon tax fight the ridiculously Conservative SK Government is leading the charge in, goes to the Supreme Court next week. Will the top court side with the stupid people who don’t care if the world burns?
One of my least favourite Sask Party cabinet ministers (for him closing STC Bus service) is in hot water after going to California during the pandemic. He’s legally required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival in Palm Springs.
There are a lot of people this year who’ve been right about very important things, and had too few people listen to them. I know how they feel.
What ended up happening? Long Term Care homes went viral, and killed dozens of people. This was entirely predictable, yet the SK Government didn’t do anything useful to stop it from happening.
And what did I write last night about Conservatives, and the Sask Party, after an Ontario MPP Minister was caught vacationing at St. Barts?
It’s not just SaskParty MLAs behaving horribly though. Republican Rep-elect Luke Letlow passed away recently from an entirely predictable COVID-19 infection, after appearing maskless in public gatherings, and arguing people weren’t working hard enough through the pandemic. Besides the President likely infecting his Secret Service staff, there are other Republicans guilty too of spreading the plague:
A certainly level of sociopathy has become endemic to the conservative movements throughout North America and I think it is based on a lot of pent up anger that their individualist views conflict with the neoliberal reality. https://t.co/TjO5xiApLf
Lockdowns are clearly pro-life. As a pro choice Progressive Conservative I see issue not as pro life vs pro choice, but whether self centered, selfish folks can be allowed to cover their lack of civic responsibility by making this about their so-called“rights” not flawed ethics.
There are economic solutions to harms caused to livelihoods by pandemic public health responses. Yet Conservatives oppose public health measures with the idea that the economic harms are worse than people dying from a preventable plague. It is sociopathic.
Anti Maskers in Steinbach MB are protesting while patients are being triaged in the parking lot with some patients having to wait in their cars for hours. Steinbach is Manitoba’s Bible Belt. Think about that!
The weirdest genre of government response to COVID is the combination of "not going to close businesses where large numbers of people gather to protect small businesses" with "do not go to any public gathering places, such as businesses where large numbers of people gather"
Even though everything isn’t re-opened, the Saskatchewan Government very much wants people to think and act as if everything is back to normal. They’ll deny that if asked. There’s no evidence of the Premier wearing a mask though to set a good example in public.
As a result, the infection rate started spiking upward here, and in BC and Alberta too. Infamously, the Texan and Floridian Goveronors who Right-Wing media were heaping praise onto for reopening their states, are faced with stuffing bodies into freezer trucks as there is a shortage of morgue space in the Lone Star State. Go to Disney World? Maybe not such a good idea.
Even though masks and lockdowns have been shown through science to save lives from COVID-19, what are the pressures on political leaders, particularly far-right ones, to reopen and oppose the use of masks?
I can think of the following reasons:
Capitalist Greed -Professional sports leagues intend to force most of their players through peer pressure to participate in games that are unsafe. Some notable players have opted out, they’ve the financial means no doubt to forego a year or two of play, to give them and their family a better chance at remaining healthy until a vaccine is available to protect them instead of social distancing. -You’ve probably noticed that COVID-19 Deniers have popped up, and there’s a Venn diagram of them with Climate Deniers, yielding a near perfect circle. My theory for why this is, despite the Climate Deniers at first participating in lockdowns, is it took a few weeks for the Climate Denial Machine to be turned to the pandemic. As it became more clear that an economic crisis was underway, the kind not seen in generations or more, the capital holders who stoked the sort of misinformation that has manipulated people thinking CO2 is harmless “plant food”, changed gears to create doubt about the pandemic so people would go back to work rather than demand a Universal Basic Income so they could stay safe at home. Many people are back to making useless doo-dads, traveling around on vacations in fuel burning vehicles, and going to restaurants and bars. Larger realignment of daily life will need to take place to build a carbon negative economy, and having a taste of what it could look like in the polluted skies of our major cities like Los Angeles, Mumbai, and Paris was re-energizing opposition to fossil fuel supremacy. California has made more electric trucks and vans a requirement by 2024. That’s one election cycle away, and before the #carbonbudget is used up (we hope). That’s real legislative progress, except they don’t require a complete switch until 2045, which is too late.
Male Chauvinism -From Brazil’s fascist leader, to Great Britain’s Brexit nationalist Tory leader, the countries that are faring the worst so far, have notably terrible leaders. These men like to project an air of male superiority and bravado, and their latest way of puffing up their chest is to heartily shake hands, and appear to be stronger than the virus. BoJo narrowly missed having his chest puffed up manually by a ventilator a few months ago. I don’t think you could describe Elon Musk as a Climate Denier, but he certainly has made really questionable comments during the plague in North America, so I’d chalk up those to this latter reason.
I havent watched #PawPatrol with a critical eye, but there's value in thinking critically around all things consumed, rather than blindly drinking the #chocolatemilk of corporate hegemony. Has opposition leader nothing better to do than go after CBC for sharing an opinion? https://t.co/ZZ4L2FeeW3
Also I find it less easy to believe we are in the midst of a national crisis if the leader of the opposition is spending his Sunday posting about a two-week old article about a children's television show
Canada’s bonehead Prime Minister, in an effort to look more like Boris Johnson, has turned up in an old photo sporting a culturally inappropriate turban costume while wearing what is now, finally widely recognized as racist, blackface makeup.
Fewer years ago than when the Prime Minister dressed in blackface as a young adult and teen among sheltered & ignorant friends, the #CPCracists' leader was a young MP railing against the rights of homosexuals, while addressing the country in the House of Commons.#elxn43
The Right Honourable guy has a tattoo of First Nations imagery on his shoulder, I’m pretty sure he must have a whole closest stuffed full of inappropriate cultural appropriation. If Canadians come to their senses before polling day, they can elect a PM who wears a turban appropriately, or one who stands shoulder to shoulder with First Nations people as they’re arrested for defending unceded territory from invading oil companies.