Calling out COVID idiots

Plus, why Ontario may rue reopening, renters living in fear and Doug Ford's long-term care runaround in Letters To The Editor

Stage 3 COVID angry

I’m very angry. 

I’m very angry the World Health Organization has only now recognized the potential airborne nature of COVID. 

I’m very angry that migrant farm workers continue to be infected at a rampant rate. 

I’m very angry to see the Ontario long-term care system kill off the elderly because private corporations aren’t regulated properly. 

I’m very angry to see friends sharing stories of going to a different cottage every weekend, and then going home to their families and out in public, as though we should all be doing that. 

I’m very angry to see videos of racist rants by right-wing bigots who refuse to recognize Black lives matter. 

I’m beyond angry that racialized folks continue to be killed in their home, in their cars, in their streets by police officers with little or no repercussions. 

I’m beyond angry that Indigenous people continue to be prey to the same RCMP force that was literally designed to subdue and control them.

Usually love, hope and optimism tapers my anger. But not this year. 

Don’t be a Covidiot. 

Jasmine L.

Free market leaves out the poor

Letter-writer Jeff White is wrong (Myth-making on housing, NOW, July 9-15). 

No, the Left does not think the market, especially the housing market, is a myth. As H.L. Mencken said of infant baptism, “Believe in it? Hell, I’ve seen it!”

What we’ve seen, for decades, more and more people are falling into the category of too poor to pay for housing. What are they supposed to do? Live on the street? Oh, right, they already do.

 Elizabeth Block


Most people still don’t understand COVID risks

BC’s health minister Adrian Dix recently stated that “We have got to live with COVID-19 for the next year, so that means the responsibility is on all of us to understand the risks and understand our responsibilities to one another.”

I get the feeling that at least 50 per cent or more of the general population still don’t fully understand this. A lot of people seem to look at this situation like some kind of garbage or postal strike. Chill out, be inconvenienced and wait it out while  they fix it. 

Unfortunately, there are no negotiations, no bargaining talks, mediators or arbitrators. There is no government legislation that can end it. This time a lot of it is up to us, and I’m still not sure if we’re really up to it.

Andrew Baranofski


Ford may rue Ontario reopening

Doug Ford, like his American counterparts, may rue the day he reopens all of Ontario for business starting July 17 (NOW Online, July 13). Just ask the governors of Florida or Texas what happened when they relaxed the lockdowns.

Dale Lepage


Old folks fading away in long-term care

Re Doug Ford Runs From Pandemic in Long-Term Care (NOW Online, July 8). My concern is not being able to see my 97-year-old mother. Visits depend on the weather. Visits are outside. They have a beautiful front room that is huge and more than accessible. We have to be tested, of course, bring our own lawn chair and mask. There have been no cases of COVID-19. If the people working there are tested, going home to families and other places, why can’t we as family sit on our chair, wear our PPE and visit with our loved ones in the lounge? 

I am watching my mother fade away through Facetime. I have been told that if they feel that it is looking like the end, I would be allowed in. She raised six children and is now feeling abandoned, unloved, scared and alone. This is not fair to her or her children. It is very taxing on our mental health. My mother is only in this facility because I couldn’t find a sitter one evening while I worked so, I put her into an overnight respite centre. Four hours into my shift, I received a call that they found her on the floor and were sending her by ambulance to hospital because she had broken her left hip.

Sue Skomsky


Renters living in fear

Re UN Releases Human Rights Complaint Against Toronto Apartment Owner (NOW Online, July 6). An elderly woman I know lives in one of Akelius’s buildings on Oriole Parkway. Over the past few years, she has complained to me about a number of the issues – lack of heat, ongoing renovations, elevator disruptions (she lives on an upper floor), the replacement of the superintendent with an unresponsive hotline and spurious eviction attempts. She has lived there for a long time and now lives in continual fear that she will be out on the street. 

Predatory behaviour like this is the reason why rental- housing is subject to regulations. Property owners like Akelius understood the regulations when they bought into the market. They need to respect them and be held accountable.

Steve Stinson


SIU rules provide legal cover for police wrongdoing

“There is little the SIU can do under current protocols to compel officers who are the subject of investigations to submit to an interview or turn over their notes of an incident.” (NOW Online, Police Watchdog SIU Clears 95 Per Cent Of Cops Investigated In 2019, July 13)

Indeed, police officers are vested with the full authority of the state to employ violence, including lethal force, as well as powers to compel behaviour and forcibly detain people. Yet an officer who uses that authority to shoot and kill someone does not have to account for their action. It’s a magical legal formula.

Eric Mills


Dogs need patio time, too

Thanks to Natalia Manzocco for her patio guide (NOW, July 9-15). A great update might be which patios are now accepting dogs. With loosening alcohol rules and patios spilling onto streets it’s a question us dog people have wanted to know the answer to for ages. Our dogs are now needier since we’ve been home with them for months!

Gord Shearn


Comments (1)

  • Elaine R. July 20, 2020 01:04 AM

    I am a senior imprisoned in my home because fear of COVID 19 will not allow me to step out for a walk, or a visit to a local shop. Health issues dictate the rules of social interaction; I am one of Canada’s “vulnerable” seniors. I cannot attend church services. I stand or sit on my balcony and watch people moving about on the street level below; people on bicycles, motorcycles, buses, and in cars. Now they tell me COVID 19 may also be airborne. That compounds my apprehension; will I
    be forced to stay inside and look through a window until the All Clear Siren blows?

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