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Another Ontario lockdown won't work. Too many people are well informed now.

There is increasing talk of lockdowns in Ontario, if not province wide then in specific hotspot areas like Peel Region.  Well folks time for a reality check, further lockdowns won't work.   I am aware of polling that suggests there is broad based support for a return to more stringent emergency measures, somewhere close to 75% in fact.  The trouble is the 25% who are opposed. As reflected in the polling, most Ontarians view Covid-19 as a serious problem, so serious that any and all measures n...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Ontario, Cbc, Ontario Public Health, IFR, Imperial College of London, Gordie Canuk, COVID, Sun Star Post, CBC Global, David Butler Jones


CDC Update - Just 6% of Covid deaths attributed solely to the virus

After months of government, media and health officials trying to present Covid-19 as a disease that is equally serious for all members of society, we're finally getting some clarity.  Early on in the pandemic, with news coming out of Italy that Covid-19 was overwhelmingly targetting the old and sick, young and healthy kids went and enjoyed March break and reading weeks the way others have for countless generations.   The novel and mostly benign coronavirus was dubbed by the younger set as"the...
Tags: Travel, Cdc, China, Canada, Italy, LTC, Robert Redfield, Gordie Canuk


Dying from Covid, or with Covid? Conspiracy theory and conspiracy fact

I prefer imperical fact to speculation, that is just the way I am.  Note though that I say "prefer", often times there is an absence of imperical facts, and all one has left is specualtion.   There are some who genuinely believe that the Covid-19 pandemic is a hoax, that is not a belief to which I ascribe.  Covid-19 is real, as real as cancer, or influenza, heart disease or countless other diseases and conditions that have the potential to take human life.   How serious and deadly a diseas...
Tags: Travel, California, China, Iraq, Global, US, Bloomberg, Earth, Canada, Italy, Johnson, Kuwait, Lancet, Ontario, Trump, George Hw Bush


Doug Ford says his patience with teachers is "running low". He's not the only one...

Bias declared right up front.  I have a soon to be 7 year old who will be returning to school soon, a daughter entering grade eleven, and a son going into his fourth year of universtiy. I also have two siblings, one a secondary school teacher the other a high school VP, as well my oldest friend who teaches elementary. Many (not all) teachers are unhappy with the province's plans for re-opening schools.  What a shock, in any given week I imagine news outlets could run with the story: "Teachers...
Tags: Travel, Ontario, Doug Ford, Public Health Ontario, Gordie Canuk, COVID, Infection Fatality Rates IFR, Covid IFR


Study shows American Democrats far more likely to be ignorant about Covid-19

Those who follow the data and the science have known since March that Covid-19 is exponentially more serious and potentially lethal for those who are older with comorbities than it is for those who are younger and healthy.   Public Health Ontario published Infection Fatality Rates broken down by age, I blogged on it recently.  For those under the age of 60 the IFR is 0.6% or less.  It starts at 0.002% for those aged 0-9 and climbs to 0.6% for my age bracket which is 50 to 59.   In a nutshe...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Gallup, Public Health Ontario, IFR, Franklin Templeton, American Democrats, Gordie Canuk, COVID


Duke university research shows masks can be worse than no masks....

I know for a lot of people the debate over masking is over: "Its been proven scientifically that masks help limit viral spread" they'll say.  Often it's because they read a headline somewhere that says masks can be an effective tool.  Of course science is always evolving, research goes on and on and what was true on Monday can be proven false on Tuesday.   That's certainly been the case with the debate over masks.  We've gone from hearing that they offer no real utility, to that they are vita...
Tags: Travel, Masks, Cnn, Karen, Canada, Duke, Trump, Duke University, Gordie Canuk, COVID


How to fund smaller class sizes? Simple, take it out of the teacher pension fund....

Emergency measures have impacted just about everyone, people are having to deal with stresses they never before contemplated.  With that being said it has certainly been worse for some, far worse than for others.   While everyone has felt the impact of physical distancing, (I now refuse to call it social distancing because there is nothing social about being distant) not everyone has had to deal with the economic impact.  Many are still getting their regular pay, and are in fact saving money...
Tags: Travel, Gordie Canuk, COVID


Ontario moves to a Swedish style pandemic response - Shhh don't tell anyone

When Sweden opted to avoid stringent emergency measures many were shocked and surprised.  The Swede's didn't take a completely laissez faire approach, but compared to countries like Canada it sure seemed that way.   Gatherings of more than 50 people were banned, bars and restaurants remained open but patrons had to be seated.  School for younger grades remained open, while students attending high school and up were taught on-line.  Businesses were not forced to close down, but working from h...
Tags: Travel, Sweden, Canada, Ontario, Gordie Canuk, COVID


Young partiers could be said to be following expert medical advice....

Eighteen of Canada's leading medical authorites recently signed an open letter to Canada's political leadership, both at the national and provincial levels.  Among the eighteen is Dr. David Butler-Jones, Canada's first Chief Public Health Officer, someone with an actual medical degree.   There is a letter portion and also a statement.  The letter portion contains these thoughts: Canadians have developed a fear of Covid-19.  Going forward, they have to be supported in understanding their tr...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Doug Ford, Etobicoke, Toronto Island, Gordie Canuk, COVID, David Butler Jones Canada


Ontario moving into the personal responsibility stage....finally

As of  Friday July 17th many parts of Ontario moved into Phase 3 of re-opening. Geographically it is most of the province, however with the GTA as well as the Windsor and Niagara Regions not included most of the provinces population is still in Phase 2.   All I can say is FINALLY!!!   In my, (not always so) humble opinion this should have happened long ago, like at the start of June.  But as is often said, better late than never.  The author of this miserable and pathetic little blog is fo...
Tags: Travel, New York, Canada, New Jersey, Ontario, Windsor, Doug Ford, Queen s Park, Wal Marts, Gordie Canuk, COVID, Trinity Bellwood, Ontario Hospitals, Niagara Regions


Will a second wave cause another panic?

Before I get rolling with this post I want to provide some persepctive.  Putting a situation in its proper context is not covering up the truth, it is the truth.  These are the top 10 causes of death as per Statistics Canada for the year 2018, the most recent year for which numbers are available: Cancer - 79,536 deathsHeart Disease - 53,134Stroke - 13,480Unintentionl Accidents - 13,290Chronic lower respitory diseases - 12,998Influenza and Pneumonia - 8,511Diabetes - 6,794Alzheimers - 6,429Self H...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, North Korea, China, Iraq, Toronto, Canada, Kirk, Wal Marts, McKoy, Gordie Canuk, COVID, Long Term Care Type facilities, Ontario s Long Term Care Association


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...
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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



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