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Will mandatory masking rules cause outbreaks? We shall see....

A tool is only as good as the person using it, use a tool improperly and you can often make things worse.   I'm lucky to live in Northumberland County Ontario, where the number of active SARS-Cov-2 cases is zero.  While it would be nice to think that the people here are so much better than other locales at social distancing and all the rest, I think there are other more important factors.  The biggest factor in my opinion is likely population density, or rather the lack of density.  This is a...
Tags: Travel, Wal Mart, Wal Marts, Gordie Canuk, Northumberland County Ontario


Will masking be mandatory whenever stepping outside soon?

It happened, my little corner of Ontario has brought in mandatory masking rules for indoor public spaces, much to the delight of a small but vocal minority.    Based on my observations while out shopping few people have been wearing masks while at pharmacies and grocery stores from what I have seen.  Well less than half certainly, and not one employee at the No Frills where I get my weekly groceries.   I live in Northumberland County which has reported a total of 21 confirmed cases since t...
Tags: Travel, China, Canada, Ontario, Northumberland County, Gordie Canuk


Wearing a cloth mask? Don't be a Covidiot, do it right - Most do it wrong

I am seeing a lot of bad advice being given out by Covidiots of late, suggesting that all people need to do is simply put on a mask when entering a store and then to take it off when leaving.  Simple minds like simple solutions, but as with many things in life there is a lot more to it.  With places like Ottawa now moving to requiring the wearing of cloth masks indoors it is vital that people know how to properly wear, remove and clean their masks.  If people wish to keep both themselves as w...
Tags: Travel, University of Toronto, Ottawa, Cbc, Don, Gordie Canuk, COVID


Mandatory masking, this is going to be a mess.....

My own views on the utility of cloth masks in the Covid era notwithstanding, it looks like they're  going to be required in many if not all indoor public places soon.  Judging from social media I am in the decided minority in questioning their efficacy and safety, but in the majority when I go shopping.   The pro-mask camp is loud and brash on-line.  Not only do they wear masks, they think everyone should be forced to put one on as well.  When I'm  out shopping though the majority of people d...
Tags: Travel, Toronto, Canada, New Brunswick, Ottawa, Cbc, Furness, SJW, Sobey, Kingston Ontario, Swa, Gordie Canuk, Jennifer Russel, Colin Furness


McMaster study on masks talks of possible benefits and possible harm...

I recently engaged in a discussion with the author of another blog, Cathie from Canada.  There was a a piece expressing the opinion that had the wearing of cloth masks been mandated from the very beginning, that it would have meant better results in Canada's fight against the novel coronavirus. I commented on her blog saying that I have yet to see a proper scientific study that demonstrates their effectiveness.  She countered citing research by MacMaster, and I found an article with an interv...
Tags: Travel, Iraq, Toronto, Canada, Ontario, McMaster, Cathie, MacMaster, Gordie Canuk, COVID, MacMaster University


Despite the best efforts of authorities, many still not afraid of the novel coronavirus....

We're over three months into the global pandemic with a constant stream of death and disease filling the public airwarves and digital news outlets.  Our world has been tossed upside down.  Millions of Canadians out of work, businesses closing never to re-open ever again, people dying because their life saving medical procedures were indefinitely delayed, children isolating at home with unemployed depressed parents with booze declared essential.   Horrific and devastating measures, but absolut...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Toronto, Miami, University of Florida, Jacksonville, Ontario, Sunshine State, Queen s Park, Tampa Orlando, Gordie Canuk, COVID, Trinity Bellwood, Asthama Obesity


Florida and Ontario - Why the divergence in Covid results?

Simple people like simple solutions.  We've had it drilled into our collective little brains that the only measure to fight the novel and mostly benign coronavirus is with social distancing and isolation measures, more broadly referred to as "locking down".  Hence when one jurisdiction has differing results from another the automatic assumption by many is that the results are directly linked to these measures. Florida has opened up businesses like bars and restaurants and has seen a spike in ...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Florida, Taiwan, Canada, United States, Medicare, Donald Trump, Jacksonville, Tampa, Ottawa, Orlando, Ontario, Sunshine State, Greater Miami, Windsor Essex


Japan, Taiwan and South Korea - Is reduced testing really the answer?

Many are lauding the success that countries like Japan, Taiwan and South Korea have had in controlling the novel coronavirus.  Policies like contact tracing and widespread use of masks are cited as the reasons why their numbers are so low. Japan has identified 18,110 cases and has tallied 968 Covid deaths, that's just 8 deaths per million of population.  Taiwan has a mere 447 confirmed Covid cases and just 7 deaths for less than 1 per million of population.  South Korea has identified 12,602 cas...
Tags: Travel, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Canada, United States, Donald Trump, Japan Taiwan, Gordie Canuk


Sacrificing children because of Covid fear....

Young children are often the most vulnerable members of our society, they can't advocate for themselves and rely on community support networks to protect them.  Places like school, church, sports teams, clubs and camps.  When children are abused it is not the parents turning themselves in or calling for investigations, it's teachers, coaches and other community workers who've been trained to recoginze the signs. I'm a parent, and it is a stressful job regardless.  Add in circumstances like lo...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Ontario, LTC, Gordie Canuk, Michelle Ward


NYC nurse shares shocking hospital video of covid patient treatment....

This is so horrifying that I pray it isn't true.  But I have trouble believing this nurse would go on record if it weren't.  She is alleging that people not in need of a ventilator are being put on them, that patients with compromised immunity but Covid negatitive are being placed with Covid patients.  The reason she believes this is being done is due to Medicare and Medicaid providing extra funding for Covid patients, $29,000 for those put on ventilators. Her name is Erin Marie Olszewski, and s...
Tags: Travel, Medicare, Medicaid, Elmhurst, Gordie Canuk, COVID, Erin Marie Olszewski


Support for emergency measures shows how selfish some Canadians can be.

" We're all in the same boat ".How many times have you heard this thoughtless platitude?  I've heard it many times, and without exception it has come from someone for whom emergency measures are not that bad.  By "not that bad" I mean they have stable incomes, either from continuing employment or pension/retirement income.  They're healthy, secure and happily binge watching dumb TV shows.All their essential needs are being met, and many that aren't essential.  There are armies of workers out kee...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Toronto, Mommy, Tim Horton, Wal Marts, Gordie Canuk, COVID, Wal Marts Amazons


Zero evidence for extending Ontario's state of emergency

Ontario's provincial legislature is set to debate continuing Ontario's state of emergency once again this coming week.  The state of emergency, which has already been extended several times, is set to end on June 30th.  If approved it would mean emergency measures would be in place until at least mid July.  These emergency measures are causing more death, pain and misery than they were designed to alleviate.  The cure has been worse than the disease.  Don't believe me?  Talk to someone who wa...
Tags: Travel, Ontario, Don, Gordie Canuk, COVID, Ontatrio


How does obesity factor into the severity of Covid-19?

From the very start I've viewed social distancing and so called lockdown measures as being almost entirely useless.  Empahisis on the word almost because I do think there is some minimal benefit, but nothing that is worth the costs that Canadians have had to pay, and continue to pay.   I use the term "so called" when describing lockdown measures because nobody has ever been truly locked down.  People are still going to work, to pharmacies, bank atms, grocery stores, and much more.  We've simp...
Tags: Travel, Sweden, Canada, Belgium, Beligium, Gordie Canuk, Think of Amazon


Are people losing faith in science due to Covid?

I'm noticing a worrying trend among people I talk to and interact with on social media.  Because of all the bad direction given from scientests in the medical field some are starting to question science itself.  I see it as being similar to what happened with many Roman Catholics after all the sex abuse scandals, some didn't just turn their backs on the Roman church, they turned their backs on God. Not everyone of course, some still believe everything the high priests of science say, just as ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Sweden, Nbc, Cdc, Indiana, Karen, Canada, United States, Italy, Belgium, Norway, Anthony Fauci, Quebec, Wuhan, Ontario


Are blacks more prone to criminal behaviour?

Before anything I want to answer the question in the subject line of this blog post.  And the answer is NO!!!  Skin pigmetation has no role in determining behaviour, be it criminal or otherwise,  ZERO .   Why did I choose to make the subject line so inflamatory?   I imagine some saw it and felt their blood pressure go up a notch.  Sadly I think others probably saw it and said "Good, here's someone who shares my point of view".   It's this latter group that I'm hoping will read on.  I w...
Tags: Travel, Oregon, India, Toronto, Barack Obama, Netflix, Canada, United States, Clint Eastwood, Portland, Kkk, Nova Scotia, Portland Oregon, Jason, Vandenberg, Dad


Only 383 Covid patients in all of Ontario, yet the state of emergency drags on

Ontario is a province of more than 14 million people, about 6 million of whom live in the Greater Toronto Area, or GTA for short.  Out of this entire population there are currently only 383 patients being treated for Covid-19, the disease that can result from being infected with the novel and mostly benign coronavirus.   I use the words " can result " intentionally, because I have trouble with the concept of saying someone has a disease when it doesn't make them sick.  The whole problem with ...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Atlantic, Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Gordie Canuk, COVID, John Ionnidis


What does it mean to be progressive now?

I'm old, my twenty year old thinks I fart dust.  I used to view myself as a progressive, I still do but I don't know whether my views match up with the broader culture now. I tend to view the political realm as being a circle, and the centre of that circle represents the ideal, something we'll likely never reach but something that we strive for.  No matter where we are on the line of the circle, there's an angle and distance we must progress to reach that ideal.  As a society we can be off by...
Tags: Travel, Toronto, United States, Meghan Murphy, General Opinion, Gordie Canuk


As the clamps come off cases will likely rise....

Lockdown restrictions are easing, in my part of Ontario you can now dine at a restaraunt provided there's a patio.  I've been out on the tennis court several times and have played a couple rounds of golf.  I'm still waiting for my home church to re-open but another congregation has started drive in services.  It's still a long way from normal, but at least we're moving in that direction. In my small community there is a fear being expressed by some that we will start being inundated with peop...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Ontario, Nanny State, Wal Mart Home Depot, Gordie Canuk


With Ontario now talking about 10 person "bubbles" its basically crisis over...

We must remember that so called lockdown measures were never put in place to save lives or to stop people from contracting the novel coronavirus.  The rationale from the start was to slow, (not stop) the spread and to flatten the proverbial curve so that our health care system would not be overwhelmed.   That was the reason, full stop.   You can't change the narrative after destoying the lives of millions of people, heaping pain and misery on counltless individuals including young children...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Bob, Joe, Ontario, Jeff, Gordon, Jane, LTC, Morag, Gordie Canuk, COVID, Trinity Bellwood, Ontario Hospitals


Ontario's case mortality rates by age....

Determining a broad based mortality rate for Covid-19 has always seemed a pretty pointless exercise to me, given that this disease is exponentially more serious for those who are older.Going off the numbers reported by CTV today (Thursday June 11, 2020) Ontario has identified 31,544 positive cases and 2,487 deaths.  Those numbers show that there is almost an 8% fatality rate for people who test positive for the novel coronavirus in the province of Ontario.  But of course there's a huge differ...
Tags: Travel, Great Britain, Ontario, CTV, Gordie Canuk, COVID, California New York Indiana


Why did it take George Floyd's death for Canadians to rediscover their humanity?

For almost three months Canadians had quarantined their humanity out of fear of the novel coronavirus.  When funerals were cancelled hardly a peep was heard, little concern expressed for those grieving the loss of loved ones.  "We have to stop the spread", was the reply, so we have to make sacrifices.  Same when schools were shuttered, with many children also seeing their parents lose their jobs.  Hardly anyone raised a hand to object that this was a recipe for abuse, especially with liquor stor...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Selfie, US, Canada, Italy, Fleetwood Mac, Gordie Canuk, George Floyd


The perils of following computer models intead of evidence based science...

Canada's response to the novel coronavirus, like much of the world, was based not so much on science as on computer generated model predictions.  Predictions of 200,000 people dying with no action taken, and even still 100K with mitigation efforts meant our health care system was forecast to be overrun with Covid-19 patients in either case.   Our ICUs didn't have the capacity to deal with all the patients computer models said would be resulting.  Ontario premier Doug Ford  released more recen...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Ontario, Doug Ford, Gordie Canuk


Why blacks need to be extra careful about contracting Covid-19....

I'm not in favour of forced lockdown measures, anyone who has been following this blog for any length of time knows that.  I just read an incredible Guardian article that beautifully calls out the blatant hypocrisy of many so called progressives for distorting science here:   https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/08/we-often-accuse-the-right-of-distorting-science-but-the-left-changed-the-coronavirus-narrative-overnight When the George Floyd protests and demostrations started h...
Tags: Travel, Italy, Vitamin D, BLM, Lousiana, Gordie Canuk, George Floyd


Thanks to BLM demonstrations lockdown measures are now just guidelines...

Worried about meeting up with your brother and sister for a backyard BBQ?  Afraid of getting a ticket for joining up with friends at a park and not staying two metres apart?  In my non-expert legal opinion, don't be.   Fight it. If its okay for tens of thousands of people to ignore public ordinances put in place due to the mostly benign coronavirus in order to demonstrate against racism, then that simply proves these laws were always toothless to begin with in my opinion.  And its time to ...
Tags: Travel, North Korea, China, Canada, BLM, Gordie Canuk, COVID, Confernce Board of Canada


Big drop in Covid patients shows Ontario needs to move faster in opening...

How many times have you seen posts on social media talking about "Covidiots" and saying things like: "Get ready for the second wave"!!!  I know I've seen lots.  Every time there was a lockdown protest at Queen's Park, or when people gathered at Trinity Bellwood park, and again now with all the BLM protests.  Back seat epidemiologists and self styled experts on infectious diseases have been saying for the past two plus months that all these happenings would lead to a surge in Covid patients ov...
Tags: Travel, Italy, BLM, Ontario, Fort Lauderdale, Daytona, Queen s Park, Gordie Canuk, COVID, Trinity Bellwood, Ontario Hopital Association


BLM protests provide another litmus test on the effectiveness of social distancing....

"Because you're out, we're staying in" That's a sign in some windows, supporting front line health care workers by doing what medical experts have been advocating, social distancing to prevent our health care systems from being overwhelmed with Covid-19 patients.   But does it work?   Based on what's been happening in Ontario's hospitals ever since the Victoria Day long weekend it sure doesn't look like it.  After the massive gathering in Toronto's Trinity Bellwood Park, an estimated 10,00...
Tags: Travel, Toronto, BLM, Ontario, Cbc, Ontario Hospital Association, Trinity Bellwood Park, Gordie Canuk, COVID


BLM protests provide another lithmus test on the effectiveness of social distancing....

"Because you're out, we're staying in" That's a sign in some windows, supporting front line health care workers by doing what medical experts have be advocating, social distancing to prevent our health care systems from being overwhelmed with Covid-19 patients.   But does it work?   Based on what's been happening in Ontario's hospitals ever since the Victoria Day long weekend it sure doesn't look like it.  After the massive gathering in Toronto's Trinity Bellwood Park, an estimated 10,000 ...
Tags: Travel, Toronto, BLM, Ontario, Cbc, Ontario Hospital Association, Trinity Bellwood Park, Gordie Canuk, COVID


749 Covid patients in Ontario - This is a crisis?

Ontario's population is approximately 14.5 million, and there are about 500 hospitals scattered across the province.  When lockdown and social distancing measures were introduced back in mid March of this year the reason was clear, our underfunded and overburdened hosptials would not be able to handle the number of Covid patients that computer modeling suggested were going to happen.   The computer modeling was wrong.  There are currently only 749 patients being treated for Covid-19 in this e...
Tags: Travel, Iraq, George Bush, Oxford, Ontario, Merriam Webster, Persian Gulf, Loblaws, Haliburton, Gordie Canuk, COVID, Amazons Wal Marts, CDC Johns Hopkins Stanford USC


The Politics of a Pandemic - Why governments can't admit they overreacted

Let's travel back in time, not far, just to early March 2020.  It probably seems a lifetime ago however given all that's happened in the interceding 3+ months.   As information was coming out of China and Italy about the novel coronavirus, the Imperial College of London published a research paper authored by their Coronavirus Response Team.  It was a scary report.  The ICL had modeled what would happen in the United States and Great Britain if the virus was allowed to spread unchecked.   P...
Tags: Travel, Nbc, China, Toronto, Noah, Canada, United States, Italy, Donald Trump, Great Britain, Ontario, Trump, OHA, ICL, Imperial College of London, Gordie Canuk


John Hopkins epidemiologist: "...best estimates for the infection fatality risk are between 0.5% and 1%..."

Another credible source telling the world that the "deadly" coronavirus is nowhere near as deadly as first thought when a 5% figure was used as justification for locking down large segments of society. To summarize, a large (4,600 people) randomized testing for both the virus as well as antibodies demonstrated that a more apt name would be "the mostly benign" coronavirus.   And yet, in my home province of Ontario, we continue fumbling along.  People are dying while waiting for delayed surge...
Tags: Travel, Costco, Ontario, Sally, Kirk, Brampton, Doug, John Hopkins, Gordie Canuk



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