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Public compliance would follow explanation
Ford’s box of crayons go up from green to gray, each colour dictating what we can or cannot do. However, there has been no explanation as to how these colour-coded rules were arrived at and by whom. It leaves one to wonder why are five, not six, people allowed inside at any given time? And why are only 10 people allowed outside at one time? What would happen if there were 11?
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Colonialism Back in 1914, Dr. John G. Fitzgerald of the University of Toronto created Connaught Laboratories, a non-commercial public health organization, to produce the diphtheria vaccine. It was likened to the Pasteur Institutes in France and Belgium and the Lister Institute in England.
Schools need to be closed during lockdown
I have concerns about the details of the new lockdown. I understand the necessity of it with the decreasing capacity of ICU beds, but if we are going to do it, we need to do it completely by closing schools. We are leaving a large segment of COVID spreaders open to continue spreading. How many of these students are asymptomatic spreaders with contacts with other students, siblings, parents and grandparents? There have been multiple reports of cases at many different schools in the Sarnia-Lambton area, as well as many universities and residences in Ontario. Children don’t die because they miss some education, but people do die from COVID.
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Having it both ways So the “no-maskers” and personal rights downtrodden had their day in Brantford this past Saturday. May I remind you that, as a citizen, you have the right to access free medical care as paid for by your fellow citizens, who actually do care about the well-being of others. Perhaps you would like to sign a waiver to this benefit and absorb the full cost of saving your life and the lives of your loved ones should you get COVID-19, thereby allowing others to access these vital lifesaving resources. Having it both ways seems unfair to me.
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Cowardly Recently, Canada’s Parliament unanimously passed a motion declaring Communist China’s treatment of the Uighurs to be a genocide. Assuredly this was an ethical and courageous pronouncement, which should make all Canadians proud. The Opposition parties should be commended for bringing this motion forward, and forcing it to a vote, as should all the MPs who supported it. Conversely, the reprehensible behavior of PM Justin Trudeau and his cabinet absolutely defied logic and decency. Trudeau and his compliant “clapping seals” chose to not vote on the motion, demonstrating the essence of cowardice, betrayal and hypocrisy. This shocking display was a total embarrassment to all Canadians, and an absolute affront to the Uighur Muslims. A thorough investigation by the BBC confirmed that Uighur women are systematically raped by several men, and brutally tortured using electric shock. They are forced to have abortions and be sterilized. The Uighurs are subjected to forced labour, frequent beatings and confinement to concentration camps. They are stripped of their dignity and culture, and are ruthlessly humiliated and broken. Communist China is clearly guilty of genocide, and this should be stated with abundant clarity by our federal elected representatives. Most of our MPs did so, but Justin Trudeau and his cabinet, who a few years back boldly passed Bill M-103, which condemned Islamophobia, cowered away from criticizing the malevolent CCP. The spineless Trudeau and his cowardly obedient minions should be ashamed of themselves, and should all resign in disgrace. John Harley Whitlock Brantford City budget Re: City approves 2.77 per cent tax increase for homeowners (March 18) The city has announced a 2.77% tax increase for homeowners. That equates to $90.88 for the average residential taxpayer owning a home assessed at $284,000. This “assessed” value seems very deflated when considering the selling price of the average home is now running at $685,000. Since the assessed values are calculated every four years — with our last one done in 2016, I would expect a whopping tax increase for 2022, considering housing prices jumped a full 44 per cent from 2019 to 2020 alone and a new assessment is coming soon. It was encouraging to read that “staff delivered what they were asked to do.” Coun. Dan McCreary said: “Next year the city should strive for a zero per cent tax increase.” Given the state of the property tax assessment, and the deferral until 2022 of the hiring of six special constables for Brantford police, I say good luck with that. Perhaps line by line scrutiny of the proposed budget with a goal of cost reduction of 0.5% would yield savings to help offset increases. Additionally, each department head should be challenged to provide productivity improvements (not to include any changes to manpower levels) when submitting their request for funding, which would show accumulative savings for the entire budget. Garry Goold Brantford Anti-mask protests The founding myth of our liberal-democratic society is the belief that human beings are essentially rational. That we will tend to think and to act reasonably, not just for our own good but for the good of all. Now this belief is brought into question when we witness so many people around the world who to choose to follow alternative myths, often along with alternative facts. Sure the pandemic restrictions are a serious inconvenience, and more for some than for others. But each of us going our own way is not a solution. For example, as is well known, your mask protects others from you, not you from them. We each have a role to play for everyone else’s sake. That’s what community is all about. Frank OlenskiBrantford As an Ahmadi Muslim — Muslims who believe in the Messiah, I find comfort in the Holy Qur’an, which states: “O mankind, We have created you from a male and a female; and We have made you into tribes and sub-tribes that you may recognize one another. Verily, the most honourable among you, in the sight of Allah, is he who is the most righteous among you. Surely, Allah is All-knowing, All-Aware.”