Having been through the H1N1 pandemic of 2009 that many Canadians seem to either not remember, or maybe were too young to have paid attention, Covid-19 hasn’t particularly freaked me out.
People tend to forget that even the average seasonal flu is already a deadly illness for seniors, for those with chronic health conditions and for those who are immune compromised. Government stats show that hundreds die in Canada every year already from flu or flu related complications.
This is why we have flu vaccines- it might not totally prevent flu but it can help reduce the impact of it, if you do catch it. And it can help slow the spread of flu among vulnerable communities , something many also tend to forget about..
But the one thing not being considered by politicians – who enjoy good salaries and benefits – in the effort to get people to stay home when and if they get sick, is that most people can’t afford to go two days without pay, let alone two weeks.
Not all employers offer paid leave or flex days, and not all workers have vacation time to fall back on. Most people live paycheque to paycheque. Many are behind a month already on a bill or two…if not all of them.
It’s not remotely realistic to think that people will or can self isolate at all, if you have to feed your family and pay rent or mortgage. Why do politicians forget this? Landlords are already eager to evict so they can raise rents. People can’t risk housing and food.
If the government truly wants to help halt the spread of Covid -19 now that it is here, they need to look to how Japan is quickly acting:
Japan’s government says it will pay up to about 80 dollars per person per day to businesses as income compensation for parents taking leave from work in response to temporary school closures that began nationwide.
The health and labor ministry on Monday revealed the details of a new subsidy system as the government strives to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.
The ministry will pay the subsidy of up to 8,330 yen per person per day to businesses if their employees take paid leave to take care of their children due to school closures.
It’ll also offer stipend in cases where employees care for people suspected of having been infected with the virus.
The measure will cover regular and non-regular workers who take leave between February 27 and March 31.
The ministry plans to determine and announce soon how the system will be implemented
Here in Canada, a similar solution that is more directly worker oriented, is to make anyone ordered/asked to self isolate or anyone who has to take care of someone who must self isolate, immediately eligible for sickness EI benefits by waiving the waiting period and processing payments immediately instead of taking 28 days.
Processing applications immediately is key, as most EI applications sit for the full 28 days before payment is let go, then backdated. We can’t wait that long if we want to keep sick or exposed people in isolation.
In the event a widespread outbreak occurs here, continue the payments for the period deemed to assist containment as they have in Japan.
As well, people are already posting letters and signs from employers stating if they miss too many shifts they will either lose fulltime hours or be fired. The province should ensure that non union workers know their rights surrounding this kind of situation, in their daily press conferences.
Problem solved. ( how long will it take the feds to act? Clocks ticking)
And for those who aren’t caring “because it’s the elderly and sick who it targets”, stop being selfish.
Viruses like this can kill those undergoing cancer treatments, those with chronic conditions like asthma and copd, and any immune compromised patient. That might include one of your family members or friends. Think about that.
Frédéric Bastiat was a 19th century free market French economist and writer. He is known for his writings on plunder, legal or otherwise, and one of his most reknowned quotes is:
“When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.”
For some reason that quote seemed to be the perfect opener to the news everyone is talking about, Rich Coleman is retiring. https://www.langleyadvancetimes.com/news/video-langley-liberal-mla-rich-coleman-retires/
Now, there are the things I am going to write about him, and there are the things I would like to write about him but won’t, because I would probably end up getting sued…
Cheryl Wiens of Langley though, did a nice thread listing quite a few things Rich is known for, some you might have forgotten. Check it out here: https://twitter.com/GreenEconomyNow/status/1233783499514974209
But is anyone really surprised he’s retiring just as the Cullen commission is underway? I’m actually surprised he didn’t announce it sooner.
The former RCMP officer turned MLA, has come under scrutiny many times over the years for actions and decisions he made while a minister. In the last couple of years I have written two posts that still rank as the highest viewed ever.
For good reason. They both directly relate to issues that will likely be examined at the Cullen Commission.
In the first one I posted a video of Sean Holman’s 2010 interview with Coleman, discussing how and why the IIGET was disbanded. I dissect it at specific timestamps in the video, pointing out questions and contradictions in Colemans responses. Its a riveting interview, not just for how Holman refuses to back off, but how Coleman responds. The man does not have a poker face, no pun intended.
Watch the video and read the full analysis HERE: Money and Corruption are Ruining the Land II
But there is more, and that first video….along with responses Coleman started giving the press nearly 10 years later when Sam Cooper started breaking all the money laundering stories…..prompted me to look again.
That developed into the second most popular Coleman post ever on this blog, in which I take apart Colemans claim they did everything they could to crack down on money laundering.
You can watch those videos, and read that blog HERE: The Coleman Files
I guarantee that taking the time to read those two blogs alone, and making sure you watch Sean Holmans video interviews posted in them, will convince you that Rich Coleman should be subpoenaed by the Cullen Commission.
But it doesn’t end there.
This January Sam Cooper once again broke an amazing story, and it prompted me to take a chronological look back at how long people had been calling for a corruption inquiry…and why Colemans decisions needed to be scrutinised further.
You can read that post HERE: Confidential RCMP report Reveals Chilling Details and Puts Even more Focus on Colemans decision to disband the IIGET
I still feel strongly the province made the wrong decision to limit the scope of the Cullen Commission to money laundering.
The extent of corruption in this province goes far beyond money laundering in casinos, and I doubt – since the commission isn’t deemed to find fault – we may not see the full examination of how government itself allows it to flourish.
Remember, The Enemy is Corruption, it doesn’t begin or end with a political party, when it is so entrenched.
If you want to follow the Cullen Commission hearings, check out their schedules and all information here https://cullencommission.ca/
We haven’t seen the last of Rich Coleman yet. I think he is cocky enough to bet that because there is no fault finding attached to the Commission, he might get through unscathed.