KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) – “That’s outrageous, I have a serious question: what is wrong with you? How come you don’t take this as serious as you should,” asked Premier Rankin of the Covid rulebreakers at today’s press briefing.
I agree. We should absolutely do our best to follow the rules, we should even do better. And yes, the covidiots on Citadel Hill, the people who party, and the people who travel are all utterly deserving of our contempt.
Satisfying as it may be, yelling at those folks doesn’t do much good. And neither do fines.
Rather than scolding , the premier should take a hard look at the state of the province, and consider the damage done by decades of deadly penny pinching austerity and a paralyzing fear of offending employers.
In the last year Nova Scotians have died of Covid because of austerity. People face long covid because of it.
People died in Northwood during the first wave because they shared rooms. Northwood had asked for money to build an extension so people could have a room of their own, but the province turned the request down.
People could easily end up dead because we have no paid sick days in this province, only a weak surrogate provided by the feds.
It’s so obvious. People spread Covid at their workplaces, stats from Ontario show. Workplaces, like manufacturing plants, grocery stores, postal distribution, courier distribution, food processing plants.
We hear about people going to work sick all the time. These aren’t reckless people, these aren’t covidiots, these are people who must pay for food on the table. Scolding them won’t work. Telling them to stay home when they have symptoms and then look away isn’t solving anything.
And by the way, lots of these people will take the bus to get there, yet with an infection rate higher than ever before it’s still business as usual for Halifax Transit. Oh, correction, they are doing extra cleaning.
Another little tidbit from todays’ briefing. People sick with Covid were hesitant to call an ambulance because of the cost, Dr. Strang told reporters. “We’ve now waived fees for all Covid-related ambulance calls.”
Let that sink in. In this province people don’t call an ambulance because the province is into saving some money.
I have a serious question. What’s wrong with this province? What’s wrong with this premier?
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