I guess it was inevitable that B.C. could not withstand maintaining the sensible policies in fighting the Wuhan Virus. Some here were even a little smug earlier in the year when cases did not spike like in the more populous Provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Our Public Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry was praised as if she possessed some magic Excalibur that swept the high number of cases away. It was an asset it seemed that existed just here west of the Rockies. At least that was the impression I was given as one living here. No, I never just arrived. I have been here since 1993.
But that magic has disappeared and we are just like everyone else. Reading in yesterday’s Times Colonist of the Province’s latest reaction is scary. Premier John Horgan’s pronouncement that the Government is going to order us from travelling around our Province is just a “bridge too far”. Of course, this measure began just a week ago with non-essential travel being restricted in the two lower mainland health regions.
Need I remind the Premier of our Constitution? The Section on Fundamental Freedoms ?
2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:
(a) freedom of conscience and religion;(
(b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
(c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and
(d) freedom of association.
Have you noticed not one of our First Ministers has even mentioned our Constitution during the last months of this pandemic? They have just barged merrily ahead using health and safety as their rallying cry to commit all manner of constitutional intrusions.
Now, the Premier exclaims this not a good time to go the west coast of Vancouver Island. And even the Municipalities there are discouraging you from visiting.
Most disturbing is Island Health’s chief medical officer suggestion that B.C. people who are non-Vancouver-Island residents and come here should have to quarantine for 14 days. Putting one B.C. resident against another based on geography or whatever is destructive, divisive and dangerous.
Secondly, it is downright wrong for the Premier of this Province and Cabinet to have public servants making public policy decisions. That is not how the system works. Public servants advise, the executive (Premier and Cabinet ) decide. Am I overreacting here? Here’s what the Premier said yesterday according to the Colonist: “Horgan said he will leave the decision on the “Atlantic bubble” to Henry, but noted that it “may not be the best way forward.”
Looks like the Premier got it backwards. He is advising the public servant and she is deciding. This is outrageous. We elected Horgan, he is responsible to us. The government hired the Public Health Officer who is responsible to the Minister and Cabinet. Or that’s the way it is supposed to be if one is to follow our Constitution.
Finally, if a Government is to contemplate violating our Constitution then it must make its case to the peoples’ duly elected Parliament, our Legislative Assembly. This has not been done and trying to cover under some general heath provision, regulation or legislation, just doesn’t cut it. The people need to be heard, even more so now given the mixed conflicting science prevailing on the issue, and the more extreme measures already announced, and others being considered.
Most substantial research projects find little time for a blurb on YouTube.
Consensus is not a scientific concept, rather a political one as climate alarmists found out to their shame. Hence, mixing science and consensus is contradictory and hence flawed.
One posits a statement, then one must through rigorous scientific method prove it and have it legitimately peer reviewed. And even its conclusion is only valid until another legitimate study comes along and reaches another conclusion. That’s science.
CDC and others were against masks, then suddenly without evidence changed their position. It’s called political correctness not science.
That alleged last Youtube study reads like a high school project – very scant scientific rigour.
The word consensus means “general agreement.” I don’t know what “general consensus” means, but I know Einstein is turning over in his grave at the thought of the words having anything to do with the scientific method.
Though not science, one is puzzled about all the countries where the Wuhan Virus exploded after mandatory mask orders, and even all around us.
Part of a speech by Michael Crichton needs repeating.
“I want to pause here and talk about this notion of consensus, and the rise of what has been called consensus science. I regard consensus science as an extremely pernicious development that ought to be stopped cold in its tracks.
Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled. Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you’re being had.
Let’s be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world.
In science consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus. There is no such thing as consensus science. If it’s consensus, it isn’t science. If it’s science, it isn’t consensus. Period.”
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Worth reading – Top pathologist claims Coronavirus is “The Greatest Hoax Ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting public.
I guess it will never end, this raiding of the public purse. We are more than $400 million spent just this year because of Coronavirus.
Even political parties are into the money swamp.
I suppose there is hope the Conservatives could scale back, but I am not optimistic.
But right now, the floodgates are open and let the money flow. All borrowed money, of course, that some poor souls will have to pay off generations from now.
$2.9 million – these are the latest figures – all parties were in on it.
And given a chance to stop the madness the Liberals, NDP and Greens said no we must have the opportunity to keep funding our workers.
Thankfully, the Conservatives have stopped receiving the money and the BQ never did receive any. They thought it crazy to receive money that was meant for business, not political parties. Good on them.
The Liberals have stopped receiving the money but have not said they will pay back what they received. The Conservatives say they will pay back what they received.
But when given a chance to eliminate any future virus-like money from going to political parties the Liberals balked, and with the NDP and Greens, defeated a BQ motion to do that.
So we have the Conservatives and the BQ plus Jody Wilson-Raybould, the independent MP and former Justice Minister, standing for some ethics, but those in control will let the money flow to themselves and whomever they deem worthy.
That’s Canada today folks.