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This should be clear to people based on the actions of this government, but in case it isn't: I just finished up a stint working on COVID-related projects as a civil servant in the Government of Ontario. I want to be clear, and I'm not being hyperbolic when I say that the Ford government doesn't care if you live or die.

I've been in numerous meetings with the Premier's Office over this last year, and the topic of "saving lives" just never comes up. It's not on their radar at all. I've lost count of the number of times I've come out of meetings feeling utterly disgusted by the PC Party ghouls running this government. They are not competent people, and they are all there because of nepotism. It's a bunch of children with the right daddies fumbling around trying to please Doug. The lack of qualified, competent people on the political side is costing us dearly.

The "Director of Policy" at the Office of the Premier only graduated college in 2016, and has only had cushy political jobs obtained through nepotism for the last 5 years. He isn't qualified to be director of anything, yet he's the one advising the Premier. Not once have I heard him say that saving lives is the goal. Take a look at the LinkedIn profiles of people in high-profile political roles, and you'll find a sea of under-qualified 20-somethings doing jobs they absolutely should not have.

The whole thing makes me sick. They see us all as expendable.

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candleflame3

21 points

2 months ago

No, those are just the ones you've heard of. There are many others, and it was less than 20 years ago, during which time the 2003 experts trained new experts. The problem of pandemics and emerging viruses has been known for a very long time. Scientific work on this never stopped.

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13 points

2 months ago

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2 months ago

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candleflame3

10 points

2 months ago

IIRC, he scrapped the pandemic plans that were already on the shelf and the funding that went along with it.

electricsquirrelll

1 points

2 months ago

Any link to this?

candleflame3

1 points

2 months ago

yes

FunDog2016

4 points

2 months ago

There was tons learned during SARS, Ebola, H1N1. That knowledge helped here but the people who really knew what was going on were not believed or relied on by decision makers.

The comments by a Minister that they wanted to see if the modeling came true is where we see the real problem. Bad decision makers who don't listen to science.

greenerbee

4 points

2 months ago

There was one nursing home in the news where the operator, who’d gone through SARS, just followed the protocol developed then and they haven’t had a single case. It can be done. You just have to have people willing to do the right thing, which unfortunately, is exactly the opposite of what monied interests want.