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May 4, 2021 | 07:11 1 A Coronavirus Hell of Kenney’s Own Making
The COVID-19 devil runs free, yet again, in Alberta and the premier has no excuse.

Andrew Nikiforuk, The Tyee

https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2021/05/...ey-Own-Making/

Alberta has now recorded more daily confirmed COVID-19 cases on a per capita basis than any other Canadian province or U.S. state.

That’s more than 2,400 cases a day in a province of four million people. Nearly 30 per cent of the infected are children.

With a rising infection rate of 12 per cent, one in eight Albertans test positive for the virus, likely in the form of its many variants, breaking all previous provincial records.*

These numbers reflect, first and foremost, Premier Jason Kenney’s callous and persistent disregard for scientific findings and mathematical reality. He apparently does not understand or deliberately ignores the inconvenient truth that the virus spreads exponentially and therefore, left to its own devices, explosively. And that the faster and wider it spreads, the more it strengthens through mutation.

Because premiers have at their disposal any expert advice they choose to summon, and also the use of Google, all of this was knowable to Kenney a year ago. Yet even during the second wave last fall, he did not impose restrictions until COVID-19 threatened to totally overwhelm the province’s ICU capacity.

And now he’s daring fate again, behaving in the same reckless fashion.

As a consequence, Alberta now has 508.2 cases per 100,000 citizens. That’s double the rate in hard-hit Ontario and more than triple the rate in British Columbia.

As Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman lamented to the CBC last weekend: “We have done the least of the provinces. We’ve tolerated protests against masks and at the hospital and rapid vaccination clinic.”

Once you let the devil in the door, he often runs the house. Kenney again has waved him right in.

Failing to outrun the variants

A man with high opinions of himself, Kenney thought he could outrun the variants with vaccines. He lost that gamble totally, and now young citizens are struggling for air in hospitals with tubes in their tracheas. One 17-year-old woman in McGrath tragically died within five days of exposure. When governments give a dangerous virus free rein, bad things happen.

What explains Kenny’s dithering and wholesale aversion to leading in the public’s interest? The brash libertarian, probably the most unpopular premier in Alberta’s history, set the tone in his politicking by signalling he really doesn’t believe the government should restrict anything — including the movement of viruses.

Then when Kenney began to fiddle with closing, opening and closing again in response to lurching COVID-19 rates, 17 members of his own caucus flung his own don’t-tread-on-me notions back in his face, protesting such measures. Last month they openly chastised their premier and called for a regional approach that would allow areas with low infection rates to avoid restrictions.

The only problem with this idea is that the scientific evidence shows this kind of inequality doesn’t work in a pandemic for a logical reason. People travel from zones of high transmission to zones of low infection to avoid restrictions. In the process, they faithfully spread the virus.

Meanwhile, however, calls for Kenney to resign are reportedly growing among United Conservative Party influentials.

So, to appease his rebellious MLAs, Kenney has now done the unthinkable. He created, last week, a two-tiered pandemic system for Alberta based on half measures or no measures of consequence.

Cities like Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer and Fort McMurray got one set of rules, including the closure of high schools and gyms along with the threat of curfew.

Meanwhile rural Alberta, where the virus is also running amuck, got another set of rules: the equivalent of don’t worry, you can ignore the science. .......

The price of failed leadership

In January, experts warned that the variants represented a new pandemic. They advised prudent and conservative leaders to stamp out the new threat or face an ongoing catastrophe.

The experts advised these things for a reason. Because they are more contagious, the variants are much harder to bring under control. The English proved this reality with a lengthy and severe lockdown the hard way. So, too, did Portugal, Ireland and Denmark.

Last week, the Lancet published another study showing that jurisdictions that choose the approach called elimination — making a cluster of hard decisions to eliminate the virus within their borders — have achieved better outcomes socially, politically, economically and health wise.

Kenney has repeatedly disavowed elimination in favor of the failed strategy of mitigation, which typically translates into a circus of openings and closings that fail to solve the problem, instead eroding public trust.

In contrast, elimination uses a lockdown, followed by rigorous testing, tracing and quarantining, to achieve a health goal that frees the population from future restrictions.

OECD countries that opted for elimination (Australia, Iceland, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea) have recorded about 25 times lower deaths per million people than other OECD countries that championed mitigation. Unlike Alberta, their economies thrived.

The evidence also shows that jurisdictions that opted for elimination strongly minimized restrictions on civil liberties while the mitigators like Kenney’s Alberta locked their populations in COVID hell.

Eliminating the virus also gives people more freedom and choice. New Zealand, for example, is not panicking about vaccinating its people, because they are free of the virus.

Meanwhile, Alberta has belatedly realized that its linear vaccination program cannot outpace an exponential virus. Moreover, history shows repeatedly that no vaccination program can work without strong public health measures.

The Lancet study also highlights another truth made evident by Kenney’s failing COVID gamble. Relying solely on vaccines to control the pandemic is very risky for several reasons. The rollouts and uptakes for vaccinations are uneven; immunity is limited to perhaps 200 days, and new COVID variants keep emerging.

One workforce enjoys Kenney’s protection. He has closed Alberta’s legislature for two weeks out of viral precaution. For everyone else in Alberta, no such luck.

Kenny could have chosen a different path for Alberta. But that would have required leadership. Instead, a conceited political gambler has defended a failing strategy, squandered the province’s resources, ignored the best science, pandered to pandemic deniers and betrayed its citizens.

It’s time to pray for Alberta.
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May 4, 2021 | 07:17 2 Do you really have time to start a new thread when we are awaiting answers on countless other threads?
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  • May 4, 2021 | 07:20 3 Chuck don’t you ever see anything positive
    Your life must be a living hell Reply With Quote

  • May 4, 2021 | 07:24 4 Is it time to close the border with Alberta to everyone except essential travel? If the cowboys think they can have a reckless protest rodeo, whats to stop them from recklessly spreading their covid across the border?

    We shut travel down from India too late. Covid in Alberta is out of control due to poor leadership. Reply With Quote
    May 4, 2021 | 07:26 5 Whats wrong Case and A5 don't like the message so focus on the messenger. LOL

    I thought you guys are too busy to post? Reply With Quote
    May 4, 2021 | 07:31 6 I don't know where you live chuck but here in the Edmonton area, everyone wears a mask in public. I'm not privy to how the virus is spread, maybe we have bad luck. Why didn't you post about India instead? Now I have to block Agriville for a while because of people like you that NEVER post anything positive. Have a nice day. Reply With Quote
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  • May 4, 2021 | 07:53 7
    Quote Originally Posted by chuckChuck View Post
    A Coronavirus Hell of Kenney’s Own Making
    The COVID-19 devil runs free, yet again, in Alberta and the premier has no excuse.

    Andrew Nikiforuk, The Tyee

    https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2021/05/...ey-Own-Making/

    Alberta has now recorded more daily confirmed COVID-19 cases on a per capita basis than any other Canadian province or U.S. state.

    That’s more than 2,400 cases a day in a province of four million people. Nearly 30 per cent of the infected are children.

    With a rising infection rate of 12 per cent, one in eight Albertans test positive for the virus, likely in the form of its many variants, breaking all previous provincial records.*

    These numbers reflect, first and foremost, Premier Jason Kenney’s callous and persistent disregard for scientific findings and mathematical reality. He apparently does not understand or deliberately ignores the inconvenient truth that the virus spreads exponentially and therefore, left to its own devices, explosively. And that the faster and wider it spreads, the more it strengthens through mutation.

    Because premiers have at their disposal any expert advice they choose to summon, and also the use of Google, all of this was knowable to Kenney a year ago. Yet even during the second wave last fall, he did not impose restrictions until COVID-19 threatened to totally overwhelm the province’s ICU capacity.

    And now he’s daring fate again, behaving in the same reckless fashion.

    As a consequence, Alberta now has 508.2 cases per 100,000 citizens. That’s double the rate in hard-hit Ontario and more than triple the rate in British Columbia.

    As Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman lamented to the CBC last weekend: “We have done the least of the provinces. We’ve tolerated protests against masks and at the hospital and rapid vaccination clinic.”

    Once you let the devil in the door, he often runs the house. Kenney again has waved him right in.

    Failing to outrun the variants

    A man with high opinions of himself, Kenney thought he could outrun the variants with vaccines. He lost that gamble totally, and now young citizens are struggling for air in hospitals with tubes in their tracheas. One 17-year-old woman in McGrath tragically died within five days of exposure. When governments give a dangerous virus free rein, bad things happen.

    What explains Kenny’s dithering and wholesale aversion to leading in the public’s interest? The brash libertarian, probably the most unpopular premier in Alberta’s history, set the tone in his politicking by signalling he really doesn’t believe the government should restrict anything — including the movement of viruses.

    Then when Kenney began to fiddle with closing, opening and closing again in response to lurching COVID-19 rates, 17 members of his own caucus flung his own don’t-tread-on-me notions back in his face, protesting such measures. Last month they openly chastised their premier and called for a regional approach that would allow areas with low infection rates to avoid restrictions.

    The only problem with this idea is that the scientific evidence shows this kind of inequality doesn’t work in a pandemic for a logical reason. People travel from zones of high transmission to zones of low infection to avoid restrictions. In the process, they faithfully spread the virus.

    Meanwhile, however, calls for Kenney to resign are reportedly growing among United Conservative Party influentials.

    So, to appease his rebellious MLAs, Kenney has now done the unthinkable. He created, last week, a two-tiered pandemic system for Alberta based on half measures or no measures of consequence.

    Cities like Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer and Fort McMurray got one set of rules, including the closure of high schools and gyms along with the threat of curfew.

    Meanwhile rural Alberta, where the virus is also running amuck, got another set of rules: the equivalent of don’t worry, you can ignore the science. .......

    The price of failed leadership

    In January, experts warned that the variants represented a new pandemic. They advised prudent and conservative leaders to stamp out the new threat or face an ongoing catastrophe.

    The experts advised these things for a reason. Because they are more contagious, the variants are much harder to bring under control. The English proved this reality with a lengthy and severe lockdown the hard way. So, too, did Portugal, Ireland and Denmark.

    Last week, the Lancet published another study showing that jurisdictions that choose the approach called elimination — making a cluster of hard decisions to eliminate the virus within their borders — have achieved better outcomes socially, politically, economically and health wise.

    Kenney has repeatedly disavowed elimination in favor of the failed strategy of mitigation, which typically translates into a circus of openings and closings that fail to solve the problem, instead eroding public trust.

    In contrast, elimination uses a lockdown, followed by rigorous testing, tracing and quarantining, to achieve a health goal that frees the population from future restrictions.

    OECD countries that opted for elimination (Australia, Iceland, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea) have recorded about 25 times lower deaths per million people than other OECD countries that championed mitigation. Unlike Alberta, their economies thrived.

    The evidence also shows that jurisdictions that opted for elimination strongly minimized restrictions on civil liberties while the mitigators like Kenney’s Alberta locked their populations in COVID hell.

    Eliminating the virus also gives people more freedom and choice. New Zealand, for example, is not panicking about vaccinating its people, because they are free of the virus.

    Meanwhile, Alberta has belatedly realized that its linear vaccination program cannot outpace an exponential virus. Moreover, history shows repeatedly that no vaccination program can work without strong public health measures.

    The Lancet study also highlights another truth made evident by Kenney’s failing COVID gamble. Relying solely on vaccines to control the pandemic is very risky for several reasons. The rollouts and uptakes for vaccinations are uneven; immunity is limited to perhaps 200 days, and new COVID variants keep emerging.

    One workforce enjoys Kenney’s protection. He has closed Alberta’s legislature for two weeks out of viral precaution. For everyone else in Alberta, no such luck.

    Kenny could have chosen a different path for Alberta. But that would have required leadership. Instead, a conceited political gambler has defended a failing strategy, squandered the province’s resources, ignored the best science, pandered to pandemic deniers and betrayed its citizens.

    It’s time to pray for Alberta.
    True Fact : If Rachel Knothead was at the wheel , Alberta would not be any better off. Reply With Quote
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  • May 4, 2021 | 08:12 9
    Quote Originally Posted by chuckChuck View Post
    Is it time to close the border with Alberta to everyone except essential travel? If the cowboys think they can have a reckless protest rodeo, whats to stop them from recklessly spreading their covid across the border?

    We shut travel down from India too late. Covid in Alberta is out of control due to poor leadership.
    you attended a BLM rally in the middle of Covid??? Reply With Quote
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  • blackpowder's Avatar May 4, 2021 | 08:33 10 Yet another copied long winded editorial diatribe. Further evidence real news, just the news, increasingly harder for average intelligence people to discern. Case in point, chuck. Reply With Quote
    jazz's Avatar May 4, 2021 | 08:37 11 Time for another climate hoax article to trap the troll for another 10 days. Reply With Quote

  • May 4, 2021 | 09:04 12 The only hell is the government saying that all human activity is harmful and needs to be discouraged or banned. I can’t imagine how kids in cities feel about themselves and their parents. Reply With Quote
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  • Blaithin's Avatar May 4, 2021 | 09:47 13 Not to make the article sound less like an apocalypse serenade but pretty sure there was only one day of over 2400 cases (2433). All other days hover at and below 2000.

    Still high, sure. But can’t say such use of misleading linguistics in the article makes him sound like he’s an unbiased sort of informative reporter.

    If you can’t make 2000 daily cases sound sensational enough.... might as well make it sound like we have more? Reply With Quote
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  • May 4, 2021 | 09:53 14 Who really gives a shit anymore??
    These people stay home, get better and go back to work just as they always have
    when they got sick. Ok maybe a few more are staying home instead of going to work.
    Enough with the drama already!!!

    ps
    BS CHUCK Reply With Quote

  • May 4, 2021 | 10:35 15 Masks BS-social distancing -BS-locking yourself away from others BS. The truth is out there if you look for it. The truth coming from the government???? That’s the biggest conspiracy theory out there

    There’s plenty of Doctors calling the BS in all this. Geert Vanden Bossche- knows more about vaccines than almost anyone says this vaccine leaves your immune system open to almost anything after COVID-ie variants that mutate within 12 hours.

    So sick of all this BS. Thank God I’m on the farm instead of the city right now. Need to go seeding and quit thinking about all this BS!!!

    PS BS chuck Reply With Quote

  • Blaithin's Avatar May 4, 2021 | 10:48 16 I’m curious; what makes the doctors saying it’s BS correct and the doctors saying it’s a concern incorrect.

    Opinion? Belief? Personality?

    They all have information backing them up. If one personality is still prone to concern it’s hardly the place of those who are not concerned to tell them to suck it up.

    I could get kicked in the crotch and be barely phased. Doesn’t mean I’m going to tell a man to suck it up if he gets kicked there. Of course all I have to go on is their word that it’s painful.... after all they could just be acting. It’s probably really just a conspiracy to gain sympathy.

    This is the crutch of the pandemic argument, and the world today really. That how one person feels about it should trump how another person feels about it. (Can I use the word trump in a sentence now without causing chaos?) Reply With Quote

  • May 4, 2021 | 11:06 17
    Quote Originally Posted by Blaithin View Post
    I’m curious; what makes the doctors saying it’s BS correct and the doctors saying it’s a concern incorrect.

    Opinion? Belief? Personality?

    They all have information backing them up. If one personality is still prone to concern it’s hardly the place of those who are not concerned to tell them to suck it up.

    I could get kicked in the crotch and be barely phased. Doesn’t mean I’m going to tell a man to suck it up if he gets kicked there. Of course all I have to go on is their word that it’s painful.... after all they could just be acting. It’s probably really just a conspiracy to gain sympathy.

    This is the crutch of the pandemic argument, and the world today really. That how one person feels about it should trump how another person feels about it. (Can I use the word trump in a sentence now without causing chaos?)
    Most front line people I talk to or hear 2nd hand info say it’s overblown. Regardless you’ll always have differing opinions. Reply With Quote
    May 4, 2021 | 11:13 18
    Quote Originally Posted by GALAXIE500 View Post
    True Fact : If Rachel Knothead was at the wheel , Alberta would not be any better off.
    But the members of Agriville would be much better off, since we wouldn't have to endure Chuck's cut and pastes, as he irrationally politicizes a virus. Reply With Quote
    Blaithin's Avatar May 4, 2021 | 11:26 19
    Quote Originally Posted by jwab View Post
    Most front line people I talk to or hear 2nd hand info say it’s overblown. Regardless you’ll always have differing opinions.
    Sure, it's pretty easy to say a year and a half in that it's overblown.

    From the get go though, they were playing it safe. Which isn't a bad thing per say. If it had turned into a serious virus and they hadn't.... really it's hard to imagine.

    The struggle now is to back out of the initial reaction and say it erred on the side of caution. Governments aren't good at altering their approach. They're committed to how they start most of the time, and the only thing that changes their course is an election. Reply With Quote
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  • blackpowder's Avatar May 4, 2021 | 11:36 20 JT will survive this because he hid in the cottage and said nothing of substance.
    Kenney will be hurt because he played to his base of support and is getting buried by the unions, ATA, health care self interests and the ndp.
    I know someone in icu from this.
    Not sure how it could have been done differently. Easy to arm chair quarterback after the whistle.
    Full six month lockdown two months ago I guess.
    I haven't seen anyone being stupid out here. People here just aren't as scared as they were. Reply With Quote
    May 4, 2021 | 13:10 21
    Quote Originally Posted by Blaithin View Post
    I’m curious; what makes the doctors saying it’s BS correct and the doctors saying it’s a concern incorrect.

    Opinion? Belief? Personality?

    They all have information backing them up. If one personality is still prone to concern it’s hardly the place of those who are not concerned to tell them to suck it up.

    I could get kicked in the crotch and be barely phased. Doesn’t mean I’m going to tell a man to suck it up if he gets kicked there. Of course all I have to go on is their word that it’s painful.... after all they could just be acting. It’s probably really just a conspiracy to gain sympathy.

    This is the crutch of the pandemic argument, and the world today really. That how one person feels about it should trump how another person feels about it. (Can I use the word trump in a sentence now without causing chaos?)
    i can assure you , there is no pain like it Reply With Quote
    May 4, 2021 | 14:25 22 Look at all those island nations with low Covid numbers! We need to be like them!

    Should Kenney start digging a big trench around Alberta?

    Close the borders to who? Essential goods traffic which makes up the vast majority of people crossing borders? Who would want to vacation in Alberta right now in any case?

    It's "grasping at straws" time apparently. The horse left the barn a year ago.

    It's becoming clearer to me that Canada is probably going to have similar case numbers to the U.S. no matter what we do. All the measures do is turn a really big spike into several smaller ones.

    Fix the health care system. Make it capable of handling a surge in cases. Reply With Quote
    biglentil's Avatar May 4, 2021 | 15:04 23 Now that Bill is single:
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  • May 4, 2021 | 16:15 24 So....... I take the vaccine, still can catch Covid, still can transmit it, may cause life- long problems......and if I don’t might catch Covid. What would I gain by taking the vaccine? Not much in my perspective. Reply With Quote
    jazz's Avatar May 4, 2021 | 16:26 25
    Quote Originally Posted by sumdumguy View Post
    So....... I take the vaccine, still can catch Covid, still can transmit it, may cause life- long problems......and if I don’t might catch Covid. What would I gain by taking the vaccine? Not much in my perspective.
    You will be able to leave Sask in the middle of winter. Canada has to be worst place on the planet to get locked down during the winter months. Thats the main reason everyone is getting vaccinates. Reply With Quote
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  • helmsdale's Avatar May 4, 2021 | 17:38 26
    Quote Originally Posted by caseih View Post
    i can assure you , there is no pain like it
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    Blaithin's Avatar May 4, 2021 | 18:45 27 😂😂😂😂

    It’s hard to even get mad at the restrictions when they’re such a shit show. Reply With Quote
    May 4, 2021 | 20:20 28
    Quote Originally Posted by Blaithin View Post
    Sure, it's pretty easy to say a year and a half in that it's overblown.

    From the get go though, they were playing it safe. Which isn't a bad thing per say. If it had turned into a serious virus and they hadn't.... really it's hard to imagine.

    The struggle now is to back out of the initial reaction and say it erred on the side of caution. Governments aren't good at altering their approach. They're committed to how they start most of the time, and the only thing that changes their course is an election.
    Exactly this. (Were you eavesdropping on us at lunch?)

    Cuz I said to my better half that with how invested all the politicians and complicit medical professionals are, they cannot back away from the colossal and ineffective screw up they have created.

    And the beauty of it for the federal Liberals is that since healthcare is a provincial purview, the crap all sticks to the province's leaders and the Prime Minstrel gets to skate again. Reply With Quote
    May 4, 2021 | 20:28 29 And furthermore, the "case numbers" don't mean a damned thing. They are meaningless.

    Test results can be out by 50% - or more.

    In fact, the inventor of the test said specifically that the PCR test was never meant to be used to detect the virus. (But what would he know...)

    The actual number of people who have had the virus, or displayed the classic symptoms of the Wuhan Virus, immensely exceeds the absolutely meaningless, official "test numbers".

    But that reality could never be publicized because it would demonstrate that the virus presents only a marginally higher threat than the seasonal flu.

    Therefore, it becomes necessary to breed and feed the fear factor daily so that the government and the evil bureaucracy pushing it can remain hidden from the multilateral devastation they have wreaked on society. Reply With Quote
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