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By Returning To Normal, Alberta Gets It 100% Right

By Returning To Normal, Alberta Gets It 100% Right

Acknowledging that ‘zero-covid’ is an absurd idea are setting an example that other governments should follow.

NORTHERN, ONTARIO  ~~~~~~~  August 1, 2021 (LSNews)  During this past year and a half, we have been subjected to gaslighting on an unprecedented scale.

The goalposts shifted again and again and again, and when we pointed out the goalposts were shifting we were called ‘conspiracy-theorists,’ and many were even banned from social media for saying things that are now considered common-sense.

Consider how the narrative has gone:

“The virus is low risk.”

“Border controls are racist.”

“The virus will be easily contained.”

“Border controls will save lives.”

“Two weeks to slow the spread.”

“Herd immunity means a mix of vaccinated and unvaccinated people in the population, plus those who have recovered from COVID.”

“We’re all in this together” (while politicians kept getting their full taxpayer-funded salaries while businesses were shut down).

“We will protect the most vulnerable” (while locking down everyone even as COVID surged through seniors care homes).

“Children are at very low risk.”

“We’re following the science” (while ignoring the importance of physical fitness and activity).

“Herd immunity now means everyone has to be vaccinated.”

“Opposing border controls makes you a conspiracy theorist who is getting people killed.”

“Everyone must quarantine at quarantine hotels.”

“Except for people entering the country illegally.”

“STAY HOME, SAVE LIVES, NO EXCEPTIONS!”

“Except for this BLM protest, because apparently racism is a public health issue that is just as serious as the virus.”

“If you protest against lockdowns you are a racist.”

“If  you criticize politically-correct protests during the lockdown you are a racist.”

“Take the first vaccine you are offered.”

“Actually, wait a minute on that one.”

“No, actually take the first one you are offered.”

“No, wait a second, uhhh, maybe take this one instead.”

“If you raise concerns about anything related to a vaccine, you are an anti-vax conspiracy theorist.”

“The government is raising concerns about some vaccines, and encouraging you to take others preferentially. If you notice this or criticize this, you are a conspiracy theorist.”

“Vaccines are all about getting life back to normal and ending lockdowns.”

“But if you get vaccinated and others don’t, lockdowns may continue.”

“There is ZERO CHANCE the virus came from a lab in Wuhan, China, and if you say otherwise you are supporting Donald Trump’s racist and false narrative and should be banned from social media.”

“Actually, now that mainstream media is talking about the possibility that the virus came from a lab in Wuhan, China, it’s totally okay to talk about that now. No problem!”

“Criticizing Theresa Tam and other health officials is only something racists and conspiracy theorists do.”

“Actually, now that the mainstream media is sometimes criticizing Theresa Tam and other health officials, it’s totally okay to talk about that now. No problem!”

“Only conspiracy theorists would say that the government will keep making more and more demands in return for your normal life and freedom.”

“You may need a booster shot to get your freedom back.”

“You may need to wait for nearly everyone in your community to be vaccinated before you get your freedom back.”

“We’ve never shifted the goalposts.”

“Shifting the goalposts is about adapting to a changing situation and following the science. Say otherwise, and you are a conspiracy theorist.”

“Everything we’ve done is about going back to normal.”

“This is a new normal, we can’t go back to the way things were.”

“We would NEVER exploit this crisis!”

“This crisis is an OPPORTUNITY!”

“Perhaps we can do climate lockdowns.”

“Notice any of this and you are a far-right conspiracy theorist.”

Alberta shifts back to normal

Considering all of the above, and it really is stunning how much our politicians – and much of the public – now seemingly fear going back to normal, despite going back to normal being the supposed entire point of everything we’ve been going through over the past year and a half.

So, to see the Alberta government shifting towards a recognition that it’s time to return to normal life, and to accept that ‘Zero-Covid’ is an absurdity, is a very positive step and is worthy of praise.

As noted in reports, Alberta has announced the removal of nearly all pandemic-related measures:

“On Aug. 16, people who test positive for COVID-19 will not be mandated to quarantine anymore, but the province will recommend it. Albertans with COVID-19 symptoms will not be asked to get tested, but to stay at home until they feel better. And two weeks later, COVID-19 tests will only be available to people who need to go to the hospital or see a physician.

Masks won’t be mandatory in public transit, rideshares and taxies starting on Aug. 16, the province announced. Some masking may still be required in hospitals or continuing care facilities.”

Alberta is doing this as rising vaccination rates lead to fewer serious COVID infections, and fewer serious illness and death even among those infected.

In effect, they are simply doing what they told people they would do, return things to normal as vaccination rates went up.

Now, as I’ve said many times, the fact that government had the authority to put so many draconian restrictions in place is itself a huge problem, and by that standard, Alberta isn’t doing anything special at all.

But, it’s the contrast between Alberta and many other governments that makes this notable, and Jason Kenney, Tyler Shandro, and the Alberta government deserve credit for being one of the few governments to actually keep their word – even if it’s way later than it should have been.

Stunningly, or perhaps not given how crazy things have become, people gathered to protest the lifting or restrictions.

And yes, we’re probably thinking the same thing: “Gathering together in one place to protest the lifting of restrictions, certainly sounds a bit hypocritical.”

Some people are so locked in to a fear-based narrative that they are using their freedom to protest in order to advocate against the lifting of restrictions on freedom.

Absurd.

The fact is, we are increasingly seeing a huge split between the “get back to normal,” and “zero-covid” groups.

Many of us simply want to get back to a situation in which all the restrictions and mandates are lifted, and we move on with life fully aware that COVID will stay around to some extent.

However, others seem to really believe that nothing should return to normal until there is not a single case of COVID anywhere, which is of course an impossibility.

Even if that impossible situation happened, the ‘zero-covid’ crowd would likely find some new reason to demand perpetual lockdowns and restrictions.

That’s why it is important to give some credit to the Alberta government, and encourage other governments and other politicians to follow their lead.

The elites want Alberta to fail, and that’s why we should want Alberta to succeed as they go back to normal.

I’ve certainly criticized Jason Kenney in the past, and I feel those criticisms were justified. But in this instance, Kenney is showing some leadership and some political courage, at a level above what most other ‘leaders’ are doing.

Those of us who oppose the ‘zero-covid’ craziness, and who support a return to normal should speak up in favour of what Alberta is doing, and push all governments to do the same.

Spencer Fernando

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Northern Ontario 
Kenora, Rainy River, Dryden, Thunder Bay, Terrace Bay Marathon, Sault Ste Marie, Sudbury, North Bay, Ontario

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Follow the numbers for TBDHU Easter Month Long Lockdown

Population of Thunder Bay District (2016)  146,048
April 8th 1st stay of stay at home order for 28 days

Date New
Cases
Active
Cases 
Resolved 
Cases
Deceased Hospitalized ICU
Apr 3 26 183 2673 53 12 3
Apr 5   9 163 2701 54 14 4
Apr 6  1 149 2716 54 14 5
Apr 7 15 148 2732 54 10 4
Apr 8  3 104 2779 54 10 4
Apr 9 12 101 2793 55 12 5
Apr 10 13   98 2809 55 13 5
Apr 11 Not  Reported        
Apr 12 13 91 2829 55 14 5
Apr 13 9 87 2841 56 13 4
Apr 14 4 72 2860 56 11 4
Apr 15 4 61 2875 56 10 5
Apri16 8 57 2885 58 12 4
Apr 17 4 56 2890 58 9 3
    Not  reported  Today    
             
Apr 20 11 54 2909 60 7 2
Apr 21  6 52 2916 61 7 2
Apr 22 11 59 2919 62 8 2
Apr 23 10 61 2927 62 8 2
Apr 24 10 67 2931 62 9 2
    Not  Reported  On Sundays    
Apr 26 10 69 2939 62 7 0
Apr 27  6 66 2948 62 8 2
Apr 28  5 61 2958 62 8 0
Apr 29 15 67 2967 62 7 0
Apr 30  1 63 2972 62 6 0
May 1  7 54 2988 62 6 1
May 2   Not Reported  On Sundays     
May 3 9 48 3003 62 6 1
May 4 6 44 3013 62 4 0
May 5 5 45 3017 62 5 0
May 6 5 45 3022 62 5 1
May 7 2 41 3028 62 3 1
May 8 5 37 3037 62 3 1
May 9   Not Reported  On Sundays    
May 10  7 40 3041 62 4 1
May 11  0 29 3052 62 3 1
May 12  8 31 3058 62 4 1
May 13  6 36 3059 62 4 1
May 14  4 34 3065 62 4 1
May 15  4 32 3071 62 4 1
May 16  Do  Not Report  On Sundays     
May 17  3 29 3077 62 4 1
May 18  1 25 3079 63 2 0
May 19  1 24 3081 63 2 0
May 20  7 31 3081 63 4 0
May 21  1 28 3085 63 5 0
May 22  4 25 3092 63 5 0
May 23 Do  Not  report  On Holidays     
May 24 Do Not  report  On Holidays     
May 25 4 24 3097 63 5 0
May 26  1 17 3105 63 3 0
May 27  5 19 3108 63 4 0
May 28 18
14
 3
 1
 33
First Nation
Distict 
TBay
3112 63 4 0
May 29 9
6
3
0
42
First Nation
Distict 
Thunder Bay
3117 63 5 0
May 30 Do  Not Report  on  Sundays    
May 31

17
8
4
5

54
First Nation
District 
Thunder Bay
3117 63 4 0
June  1  3
2
1
54
Thunder Bay
First Nation 
3120 63 3 0
June 2 4
2
2

Thunder Bay
First Nation
       
June 3 11
2
5
4
61
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District 
3128 63 6 0
June 4 21
 1
13
 7
75
Thunder Bay
First Nation
Disrict 
3273 63 7 0
June 5 16
6

2
81
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District 
3289 63 6 0
June 6 Do  Not  report on  Sunday     
June 7

10
 3
 6
 1

67
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District 
3169 63 7 1
June 8   
 0
 0 
 1
 60
Thunder Bay
First Natiomn 
 District  
3175 63 5 1
June 9  
0
1

 
56
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District 
3181 63 5 1
June 10

3
0
1

51
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District 
3190 63 5 1
June 11  1
3
0
47
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District 
 
3198 63 5 2
June 12
1
 2
3
39
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District
       
June 13 Do  Not  remport on  Sunday  
June 14

1
5
0
 
33
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District
3224 63 6 3
June 15 1
2
0
33
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District 
3227 63 6 3
June 16
1
3
1
35
Thunder Bay
First Nation 
District 
3230 63 6 3
June 17
1
0
0
31
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District
3234 64 4 2
June 18
1
0
0
29
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District 
3235 64 5 2
June 19
0
1
0
23
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District 
3242 64 4 2
June 20 Do not report  on  Sundays  
June 21

1
0
1

14
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District 
3253 64 4 2
June 22
0
0
0
12
Thunder Bay
First Nation 
Districtg 
3255 64 3 2
June 23


0
0
0

9
Thunder Bay
First Nation 
District 
3258 64 3 2
June 24


0
1
2

10
Thunder Bay
First Nation 
District 
3260 64 3 2
June 25
1
0
0
10
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District 
3261 64 3 2
June 26
June 27
  No longer  Available  on  Weekends  
June 28

2
0
0
 
9
Thunder Bay
First Nation
Distict 
3264 64 3 1
June 29 0 6 3267 64 2 0
June 30 0 6 3267 64 2 0
             

 

Follow the Ontario numbers for Easter Month Long Lockdown

Ontario's 3rd lockdown start April 3 at 12.01 am. 
April 8th 1st stay of stay at home order for 28 days

Date Test Cases  Date  Tests Cases
May
31
18,200 916 June 16 28,100 384
June 
1
20,300 699 June 17 30,500 370
June 3 34,300 870 June 18 26,600 345
June 4 32,300 914 June 19 25,400 355
June 5 27,800 744 June 20 21,100 318
June 6 22,600 663 June 21 13,800 270
June 7 15,200 525 June 22 16,800 296
June 8 17,600 469 June 23 27,400 255
June 9 30,500 411 June 24 29,500 296
June 10 31,400 590 June 25 26,600 256

June 11

28,900 574 June 26 25,600 346
June 12  24,100 502 June 27 18,500 287
June 13 20,700 530 June 28 13,100 210
June 14 13,600 447 June 29 28,300 299
June 15 17,200 296 June 30 184 27,300

 

Date Test Cases Date  Test  Cases Date  Test  Cases  Date  Test Cases
April 1  62,300 2,557 Apr 16 64,300 4,812 May  1 46,800 3,369 May 16 33,100 2,199
Apr 2 121,400 3,089 Apr 17  56,900 4,362 May 2 45,300 3,732 May 17 24,500 2,170
Apr 3   3,009 Apr 18 53,800 4,250 May 3 33,200 3,436 May 18 22,900 1,616
Apr 4   3,041 apr 19 42,900 4,447 May 4 33,700 2,791 May 19 38,400 1,588
Apr 5    2,938 Apr 20 40,600 3,469 May 5 45,800 2,941 May 20 45,400 2,400
Apr 6 37,500 3,065 Apr 21 51,900 4,212 May 6 54,100 3,424 May 21 37,100 1,890
Apr 7 49,900 3,215 apr 22 54,200 3,682 May 7 51,300 3,166 May 22 34,600 1,794
Apr 8 63,800 3,295 apr 23 56,200 4,505 May 8 47,800 2,864 May 23 31,200 1,691
Apr 9 61,400 4,227 Apr 24 52,200 4,094 May 9 38,500 3,216 May 24 16,900 1,446
Apr 10 61,400 3,813 Apr 25 46,700 3,947 May 10 27,200 2,716 May 25 20,200 1039
Apr 11 56,400 4,456 Apr 26 33,800 3,510 May 11 28,100 2,073 May 26 24,000 1,095
apr 12 47,900 4,401 Apr 27 34,000 3,265 May 12 45,700 2,320 May 27 37,700 1,135
Apr 13 42,200 3,670 Apr 28  50,200 3,480 May 13 47,600 2,759 May 28 40,900 1,273
Apr 14  54,200 4,156 Apr 29 56,900 3,871 May 14 44,000 2,362 May 29 33,600 1,057
Apr 15 65,600 4,736 Apr 30 53,100 3,887 May 15 42,300 2,584 May 30 26,600 1,033

 

TBDHU goes into Grey Lockdown March 1st 12.01 am.

Population of Thunder Bay District (2016)  146,048

Date  New
Cases
Active
Cases 
Resolved
Cases 
Deceased  Hospitalized 
ICU
Feb 27   335 1218 30 23 7
Feb 28   343 1239 30 26 9
March 1 56 376 1262 30 29 9
March 2  40 374 1304 30 26 9
March 3  26 389 1314 31 29 10
March 4 61 397 1366 32 29 10
March 5 48 389 1422 32 27 8
March 6 40 386 1465 32 35 11
March 7 111 470 1492 32 37 11
March 8 30 462 1529 33 36 10
March 9  58 458 1589 35 29 9
March 10 46 414 1677 37 31 10
March 11 46 423 1714 37 35 9
March 12 82 435 1784 37 35 8
March 13 43 446 1816 37 36 9
March 14 40 437 1865 37 37 9
March 15 51 446 1906 38 44 7
March 16 35 403 1984 38 39 8
March 17 68 424 2030 39 38 8
March 18 40 406 2088 39 39 12
March 19 38 399 2133 39 44 15
March 20 32 379 2185 39 45 16
March 21 20 362 2222 39 35 12
March 22  9 325 2267 40 35 12
March 23 29 305 2316 40 31 7
March 24 25 286 2355 45 26 5
March 25 33 283 2390 46 28 5
March 26 20 259 2434 46 28 4
March 27 29 233 2488 47 20 3
March 28  21 216 2526 47 19 4
March 29 12 207 2547 47 19 4
March 30 25 199 2576 51 17 3
March 31 34 216 2592 52 18 3
April 1 23 210 2621 52 18 3
             
             
             
             

This is the total number of deaths among cases in which COVID-19 was determined to be a contributing or underlying cause of death

 

Number of Test and Number of Cases of COVID Ontario

Date Tests Cases Date Tests  Cases  Date Tests Cases
Feb 11 68,800 945 Mar 1 35,000 1,023 Mar 19 56,100 1,745
Feb 12 62,000 1,076 Mar 2  30,800 966 Mar 20 52,100 1,829
Feb 13 58,800 1,300 Mar 3 52,600 958 Mar 21 49,200 1,791
Feb 14 48,700 981 Mar 4 65,600 994 Mar 22 31,100 1,699
Feb 15 27,000 964 Mar 5  64,700 1,250 Mar 23 32,600 1,546

Feb 16

30,400 904 Mar 6 57,800 990 Mar 24 52,000 1,571
Feb 17 34,000 847 Mar 7 46,600 329 Mar 25 60,100 2,380
Feb 18 56,200 1,038 Mar 8 38,100 568 Mar 26 53,400 2,169
Feb 19 65,400 1,150 Mar 9  33,300 1,185 Mar 27 61,000 2,453
Feb 20 57,200 1,228 Mar 10 54,100 1,316 Mar 28  50,200 2,448
Feb 21 Not report Not Report Mar 11 60,600 1,092 Mar 29  39,500 2,094
Feb 22 31,200 1,058 Mar 12 64,600 1,371 Mar 30  36,100 2,336
Feb 23 26,000 975 Mar 13  58,400 1,468 Mar 31 52,500 2,333
Feb 24  54,900 1,054 Mar 14 47,600 1,747 April 1  62,300 2,557
Feb 25 66,400 1,138 Mar 15 34,000 1,268      
Feb 26 64,000 1,258 Mar 16 28,500 1,074       
Feb 27 59,400 1,185 Mar 17 49,100 1,508      
Feb 28 49,200 1,062 Mar 18 58,600 1,553      
                 

 

Covid and test During Ontario Lockdown

December 26th is day one of lockdown in Ontario 

Date Tests #Cases  Date Test Cases Date  Tests Cases
Dec 26   2,142 Jan 11     Jan 26 30,700 1,740
Dec 27   2,005 Jan 12     Jan 27 55,200 1,670
Dec 28   1,939 Jan 13     Jan 28 64,700 2,093
Dec 29   2,553 Jan 14     Jan 29 69,000 1,837
Dec 30 39,200 2,923 Jan 15     Jan 30 59,600 2,063
Dec 31   3,328 Jan16  73,900 3,056 Jan 31 49,400 1,848
Jan 1   2,476       Feb 1 30,400 1,969
Jan 2   3,363 Jan 17     Feb 2 28,600 745
Jan 3 49,800 2,964 Jan 18     Feb 3 52,400 1,172
Jan
4
    Jan 19     Feb 4 64,500 1,563
Jan 5 35,200 3,128 Jan 20     Feb 5  62,700 1,670
Jan 6     Jan 21 70,300 2,632 Feb 6 62,300 1,388
Jan 7     Jan 22 71,800 2,662 Feb 7 51,700 1,489
Jan 8     Jan 23 63,500 2,359 Feb 8  28,300 1,265

Jan 9

72,900 3,443 Jan 24  48,900 2,417 Feb 9 30,800 1,022
Jan 10     Jan 25 36,000 1,958 Feb 10 52,500 1,072

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