Posts Tagged ‘division’

Ah the argument of rights, conspiracy theories such as the Barrington Declaration and the Great Reset, anti-maskers, “marches for freedom” hiding white supremacist resurgences, and a health system teetering on the brink while governance tries to down play those that die. Pretty much sums up where we are in Phase II of re-opening, and the new restrictions announced (read those here). As noted for me this is day 257 of working from home.

We like to scream for our independent rights, not knowing that the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in Canada regardless of iteration from the historic Red River Resistance up until the Charter of Rights and Freedoms enshrined in the Constitution Act, 1982 that these rights, are enshrined with the understanding of corporate responsibility.

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It is the stumbling block that has made Alberta, the most Americanized and ideological divisive province gain traction during this time. But then beginning of the week the new restrictions were announced, why? Our system is over run. Contact tracing (which provides the data of transmission for targeted approaches in containment and how the virus is mutating. Our system collapsed and the hospital system is training with increased risk to others who may not be able to access for other needs and emergencies. This happened while ignoring real time science it appeared, with a leak of the response being more about control and politics (read here), government issues managers online going after private citizens sharing thoughts and opinions, and the ongoing governmental attack on front line workers in industries they clamored needed to stay open for the economy and a sustained attack on doctors and nurses. As the message became a black and white response of lockdown or business, missing the nuance that properly sourced evidenced based practice can bring.

Then something happened. Yet, here we are in the ideological divide. Screaming about confusion. Asking why this and not that in the restriction list. Continuing sowing confusion on those who are contemplative about compliance to not, confirming those who would never follow through not to. And continuing to sow the divide in the province. Think of some key pressure points- why are churches allowed to stay open? Why aren’t rural in the mask mandate? Why only grades 7-12 home and online? Confusing orders in regards to students with disabilities, and private/charter schools. Why casinos but only VLTs? How to enforce the social gathering order. All this is still a political game.

Each of these questions are valid. Each and everyone should be asked. The level of discourse needs to be where it has not been in Alberta since the beginning of the merger road between PC/Wildrose. It needs to be civil, bullies put in their place and punted. For it to be effective and pragmatic there needs to be data. Yes, we have 7 months of data, yet it went of the rails rapidly (though predicted if the provincial government would allow for transparency on modelling). The fact so much time was wasted on “personal responsibility” requests that have historically known to be ineffective (I am old enough to remember the seatbelt debate), to continue to pander to the Americanized heart and mind of a province. Question, wit the first qualifier being we’re following through on them.

Now we are nearing the end of week 1 of 3, and as of today shattering records of new cases, deaths continuing to increase. Teetering where what our province has never had, will probably be the only way to regain any sense of sanity heading into 2021, and needing to bend the curve back so a vaccine would be most effective. Yes, those two words that scares our premier (the third possibly being leadership):

Lock Down.

I do not like typing those words, but unless citizens actually engage in being responsible, following through, holding each other accountable, even in the confusion of the restrictions to adhere…there is not many options left of the table with a system that can only track the rates of infection, death and hospitalization and soon probably not even that with the fatigue over running.

So yes, if you think your neighbourhood church is not adhering to restrictions, call them in. Let the fine bankrupt them, they deserve it. When you are asked to wait because the store is at 25% capacity, do so graciously. Because for the economy only libertarian ideologue, you know what hurts the economy? Rolling isolations and quarantines, overrun stress, and constant grieving. Mental health is not just a catch phrase, it is real, and it needs to be properly funded (what is our government’s record on cuts to this again?) and not just used as a proper to do nothing while people fall ill, and die.

Yes, this also means that if you neighbour is breaking the social gathering law–guess what? You need to be a responsible citizen. Also, even if not mandated in your area, mask up. Simple things can make 2021 better. I didn’t want to say to many that “I told you so” when I saw the writng on the wall with crisis management back in June, but I told you so.

Now, we need to decide if we are going to continue with the every one for themselves mindset of destruction or pivot, to our historical roots on the Prairies, of everyone together.

For indivdiual rights to flourish, take corporate responsibility to one another.

Are we responsible enough to bend re-flatten the curve?