This week has been even more eye opening. I am striving to stay positive, uplifted and keep an optimistic outlook for what is within my control – all while being a parent, working full time and squeezing in time for me.
I am a facts person. I am a data person. I research and want to know. I don’t want someone to just tell me, tell me and then allow me time to research it myself. I learned the hard way many years ago that anything to do with MY body and MY health is truly MY responsibility and no one else. This is long, however given everything thats come to light this week… I truly feel as an individual and as a parent this is important.
Earlier this week the Ontario budget revealed that there is a 3rd payment coming to parents, look up the article it was in the news on March 24th. Not only is a 3rd payment coming, its double what the first two were. Im sure I do not have to remind parents that when the 2nd payment was announced, it was just before they “announced” our children would be returning to online school after Christmas and they locked them out of physically going to school.
This, is what parents were suspecting when Lecce announced that March Break was going to be pushed off until April. Although the governments reasoning was to “deter people from traveling in March”… I was under the impression we “weren’t allowed to travel” so not sure how this helps but whatever. Now this is announced just before Easter weekend (next weekend) and then the delayed “March Break” is to follow a week after…
Suddenly now… the curve has been on a steady decline since January and now suddenly, suddenly “cases are up”… perhaps convenient the fact that we got a letter on March 5th that the Ministry of Education “has mandated that school boards make voluntary asymptomatic (without obvious symptoms) COVID-19 testing of students and staff available.”
I had completely forgotten about the article I read on March 4th that was brought to my attention… Enjoy it while it lasts. Modelling warns another mass lockdown may be needed to control Ontario’s looming third wave.” Isn’t it convenient that on March 5th the Ministry of Education mandated school boards make voluntary ASYMPTOMATIC testing available for all students and staff…
The other alarming thing brought to my attention this week is what these nose swab tests that test healthy and sick people to see if you have Covid-19, are sterilized using an Ethylene Oxide method. Look this up! What Is Ethylene Oxide? “At room temperature, ethylene oxide is a flammable colorless gas with a sweet odor. It is used primarily to produce other chemicals, including antifreeze. In smaller amounts, ethylene oxide is used as a pesticide and a sterilizing agent. The ability of ethylene oxide to damage DNA makes it an effective sterilizing agent but also accounts for its cancer-causing activity.”
What is interesting is that we have a letter from September 15th from our daughters school, from the Grey Bruce Public Health Medical Officer of Health stating…
“I want to explain to all parents that if there are no symptoms, and no close link to a confirmed case (as decided by local public health); then there is no practical benefit to getting your children tested. There is, however, potential harm. Let me explain.”
“1. Testing for Covid-19 can be a traumatic event for some children. Like any other clinical test, there is the potential for complications, including possible short-term and long-term anxiety.”
“2. False reassurance is another harm. Testing someone who has no symptoms only lets them know on that day they got tested, they were not shedding the virus…”
“3. Testing in people that have no symptoms can result in false positives and potential harm…”
Then last night I was watching a show that I had PVR’d earlier yesterday. At the end the news came on, we do not watch the news, this quick clip mentioned “Ontario reportedly considering making online school a permanent option.” which instantly fired me up… and not only that but I have to say I was expecting this. Does the government seriously think the people who literally pay for them are this stupid?! NOPE. If I remember correctly, one of the reasons the teachers were on strike, was that in 2019, the time lines are slightly blurry with all this pandemic crap, was that the teachers did NOT want online learning to be a permanent part of the school curriculum. Then March 2020 suddenly that was the “only” option.
The reality of our world, thanks to the Government. Big fat NOPE!
Within the above article they claim its to make online education an option for enrolling children in remote learning even after the pandemic ends and require school boards to provide online learning during snow days and “other emergency closures”…
There is also mention within this article that this may be useful for students in remote areas and want specific courses or students who have an anxiety disorder.
As someone who has had many challenges with Anxiety myself… and parents needing to work, this is the worse “reason” to encourage online learning. Yes it may work for some students, however further isolation isn’t a solution, in my opinion. Besides that, Lecce who is making these changes to the school system, doesn’t even have children himself so how can he even begin to understand what parents or the kids (whose lives have been turned upside down) are going through. He can’t. Very simply. What concerns me, is the government is trying to sneak another one by us.
This morning while driving to work, yes this entire time I have left my home to work and thank god because I know my mental health needs it, and I heard on the radio that the “Sunshine list for 2020” was released and the Public Health Medical Officer of Health for Grey Bruce earned almost TWICE what he earned in 2019… TWICE. To be exact, $631,510.22 and also $1,690.58 in taxable benefits. The income for 2019 was $385,439. Yet the Public Health Official for Guelph Wellington Dufferin made $307,891.86 in 2020. (Source – Nicola Mercer and Ian Arra – search by name)
The article that I looked up after hearing that on the radio, goes on about “Unparalleled pandemic repsonse pads public servants salaries in 2020” Justifying because he nearly doubled his hours and took on several roles within the health unit.
“Sue Paterson is the mayor of Hanover and chairs the region’s board of health. She said Arra’s 2020 salary reflects the earnings of someone who hasn’t taken a day off since cases first presented themselves in the region over a year ago.”
“Over the past year he’s almost doubled his regular hours working around the clock,” Paterson said. “I know personally, I’ve seen Dr. Arra respond to individual personal inquiries with respect and compassion . . . he works continuously to keep the communication flowing and keep everyone updated so we’re all aware of what’s going on . . . he’s available 24-hours-a-day, every day.”
Ive included Ian in a few of my emails, voicing my concerns about what is happening, especially in schools, even got an email back from Bill Walker MPP Office on March 9th that they spoke with Ian about my concerns and it was their understanding he would reach out to me directly with more information. NOTHING has happened. Zero contact or response. Thankfully my email was passed on to the Ministry of Education, however the Public Health officer who is being touted as personally responding to inquiries etc… nope.
Also interesting to note within the article…
“Arra also ranked the highest among his professional peers in the 2020 list.
Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health made $444,344 in 2020. City of Toronto Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa made $336,104.
Closer to Grey-Bruce, Huron-Perth’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Miriam Klassen made $387,937 while Simcoe-Muskoka’s MOH Dr. Charles Gardner made $363,219.”
So really,,, who is benefitting from this pandemic. Clearly its paid government employees and big pharma!
Its time to LIFT THE LOCKDOWN for everyone and allow everyone to get back to life as they knew it before March 12, 2020. I fully support what Roman Baber is trying to do to literally save lives in Ontario.
Coincidentally this afternoon I heard over the radio a few times them talking about an immanent 3rd lockdown and how Doug Ford claims that it would be “absolutely terrible”. Foreshadowing much?! Anyone else feeling the irony of this impending “third lockdown” right before another holiday… yeah ok!