Getting Canada Safely Back to Work

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Even in trying times of isolation, we have much to be thankful for. 

As always, Canadians have answered the call. Despite the federal government's wilful ignorance on securing the border, and their continued insistence on parroting the faulty advice of the Communist Party of China and the WHO, the Canadian people are "flattening the curve", our ICUs remain wide open, and we're besting our flawed, relentlessly-negative pandemic modelling by hundreds-of-percent.

But now, the conversation is evolving rapidly. The rest of the world is starting to re-open without us, and everyday we learn more and more about a virus that's clearly far more wide-spread than we're being told -- but thankfully, then, far-less deadly.

It's not that we don't want to wait for "the coast to clear."

Vaccines take years. And with thousands of Canadian businesses already going under, oil and gas on the brink, patients in need of cancer surgeries, millions of bankruptcies looming in June, a growing mental health crisis, and a recession to boot, we simply cannot afford to wait indefinitely. A $2000 CERB cheque can only help a segment of the population for so long. And the slow-to-develop federal relief for small businesses has been an abject failure.

For those not privileged enough to comfortably work from home, this situation is dire. How dire? We asked our supporters when they need to get back to work, and a staggering 43% said "NOW". 35% called for a May opening. Only 6% percent felt we could wait beyond June.

Even the province of Newfoundland is going bankrupt. Now, imagine if that were Alberta?

So what are we calling for?

First and foremost, the safety of our most vulnerable. 

The situation unfolding in our long-term healthcare facilities has been tragic and disgraceful. And a reckoning is coming for those responsible for such neglect.

Provincial governments must enact strict shelter-in-place lockdowns, with mandatory, fast-acting, made-in-Canada testing for all individual LTC personnel, and eventually, for visitors too. 

Secondly, for the continued use of masks (which always worked, Dr. Tam), and the continuation of social-distancing measures for the near future -- but without the shameful abuse of Draconian bylaw enforcement. No Canadian family should ever be ticketed $800 for enjoying the outdoors. That's not the Canadian way. And it never should be.

Thirdly, proper temperature screenings at airports, and a short-term goal for fast-acting, made-in-Canada test kits to be in the hands of every Customs officer at every international airport in our great nation. The federal government simply must learn from its repeated failures to secure our border. This is an issue that matters deeply to Canadians, and the two months of lies and inaction on "enhanced security measures" (read: pamphlets) cost lives. 

And finally, we are calling on the provincial governments to end emergency "non-essential service" restrictions starting in early May, in order to help facilitate a cautious "yellow-light re-opening" of shuttered businesses by June 1st.

It's time to get Canada safely back to work. SIGN the petition below and SHARE if you agree. And if you don't agree, that's OK too. 

We needed to have "the talk" sooner rather than later. Our institutions move too slow, and the stakes are too high for the millions who could soon lose it all.

Here's to the push for better business, better governance, and better safety for all.

Here's to better days ahead.

 

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