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"Notes" #60

Letter to Our Provincial Government           (written July, 2021)

In the middle of a world pandemic, and while we're presently under the most stringent lockdown our democratic country has ever seen...

You decide to not give our nurses a contract, which they have been without for four years, and put them in a legal strike position.

You decide to revamp the entire education system adding considerably more stress to an already overburdened group of educators. Oh, and let's not forget you didn't consider them a priority for COVID vaccinations while teaching 20 to 80 potential carriers of the disease every day.

You decided to blame the federal government at one point for not getting us enough of the vaccine and then you bungled the distribution when you did get it.

You blamed people for not adhering to the rules and then several prominent politicians, you know, the ones setting the rules, went out and blatantly broke the law by getting together in a group. As well, some were not even vaccinated.

I am not that happy with many of the political decisions that our provincial government has made, and I am quite sure that if I am around for the next pandemic through some miracle of age reduction, I would do at least two things (if not 48 things) differently. One, I would shut it all down immediately (sorry businesses) for at least 2-3 months and then evaluate; and the second thing is I would not depend on people to determine what "doing the right thing" means. I would use the law and courts to keep people safe from those who don't care about others.

I am very disappointed in the decision-making of many people (anti-vaxxers) who have put their self-centredness before the health of others. These people have deluded themselves with falsehoods, delusions, conspiracy theories and outright lies because it is convenient and allows them to carry on their narrow minded lifestyle. I also include in this group, companies that have put the profit motive ahead of worker safety forcing them to work in unsafe environments.

So when I am in charge of the next pandemic response - no more Mr. Nice Guy! You don't want to wear a mask or get vaccinated--okay, but you pay your own health costs--hopefully no more cancelled surgeries due to no available beds because they are filled with COVID cases (80% + of those in the Intensive Care beds were unvaccinated).

That's all I have to say on that subject (well, I might...have ...something more to say/rant about... but later).


Treat every human being with respect. Love your family. Cherish your friends. Know that you are part of a bigger picture. Use your talents wisely. Be a participant in life.    Bob Beamish   (and please get vaccinated)-me


ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning?
WITNESS: He said, 'Where am I, Cathy?'
ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you?
WITNESS: My name is Susan!
ATTORNEY: Are you sexually active?
WITNESS: No, I just lie there.
ATTORNEY: What is your date of birth?
WITNESS: July 18th.
ATTORNEY: What year?
WITNESS: Every year.
ATTORNEY: How old is your son, the one living with you?
WITNESS: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can't remember which.
ATTORNEY: How long has he lived with you?
WITNESS: Forty-five years.
ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
WITNESS: I forget.
ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot?
ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning?
WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?

ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?
WITNESS: He's 20, much like your IQ.
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Reader Response from "Notes" #57
I agree with your perspective on what could happen for our indigenous brothers and sisters. As part Afro Caribbean I can empathize with what they have endured as I too know what its like to be treated poorly by racists (which unfortunately is a proportion of our population). I think most of the public just chooses to keep their head in the sand, and don't truly realize that we are in fact one human race and need to support each other. Although I don't know what they truly need or want, by putting myself in their shoes I would think they want progress, and to contribute to a strong and prosperous future. I've said for years that one of the big missing pieces in first nations life is a viable economy, which could result if someone with money (namely the government) in the name of reconciliation invested in them. I feel at this point that throwing money at the problem is like throwing it in the fire. Industry investments and grants for startups after a potential industry analysis could go a long way. My hope is that support for what they need is forthcoming despite being used for political gains. Kev

Another thought came up with respect to "Notes" #57 that I had read, I believe, in a letter to the editor of the Free Press some time ago wherein the author suggested that it was time to sit down with all the representative chiefs of all the tribes across the country and negotiate an amount to be paid to every aboriginal person, in order to bring closure to the government's responsibility for our Indigenous citizens. One lump sum which Canada would have to borrow, as up front capital to replace the perpetual annuity. Each individual could then use their payment, (with funds being held in trust for those under 18, or 21, or 25 as deemed most appropriate), either individually, or pooled for collective purposes, with counselling being provided to assist with decision-making.
Reserves could then be managed as individual municipalities with desired services being provided by contributions (taxes) from all local residents. Treaty cards would be traded in for full Canadian citizenship with all the same rights, privileges and responsibilities as all other Canadians, including paying taxes like everyone else. The idea would be that such payments would atone for the past and wipe the slate clean with everyone being responsible for them self going forward.
Does this idea have merit? What's your answer to this troubling and persistent issue?