Saturday, March 28, 2020

Nanaimo Doctors Need Masks and Gloves

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Don't forget, the Trudeau government sent 16 tonnes of medical supplies to China on Feb. 6/20.


Canada's COVID - 19 Timeline

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An excellent piece of journalism traces the path of the covid-19 pandemic as it progressed in Canada following the inaction of the Federal government. Leaving borders wide open and with virtually no testing or enforcement during a critical time.

From leaving borders wide open to giving China much needed medical supplies, you have to wonder whose interests the PM is serving.


Friday, March 27, 2020

Nanaimo's MOST Essential Service

Forget about Firemen, Policemen, Ambulance, Emergency Room Staff, Doctors, Nurses etc. etc. etc.

If you want to see all HELL break loose in Nanaimo, just close all outlets that sell wine, beer, liquor or weed.

The public battle for toilet paper would seem like a walk in the park when compared to what would happen in good ole Nanaimo and the rest of BC if the government were to close liquor and weed stores.


Thursday, March 26, 2020

Canadian Covid Crisis

What Are They Thinking??
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Get this straight. On Feb.6/20 while our borders were wide open and no one was being tested coming into the country from known covid19 hotspots, our government gave 16 tonnes of protective medical supplies to China. Yes, that giant manufacturing machine China, needed 16 tonnes of supplies from Canada?? Really??

Now, after trying to close the barn door after letting the horses in (trojan?) the braintrust in Ottawa is getting 'tough' with enforcement of quarantine of those coming from other countries. Yet, on Mar. 6 the PM said there was no good reason to restrict travel etc. etc. etc.


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Canada's Covid Response

Decisive Leadership??
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Toronto Sun article reports:
On Feb. 9, Global Affairs Canada announced that: “To support China’s ongoing response to the outbreak, Canada has deployed approximately 16 tonnes of personal protective equipment, such as clothing, face shields, masks, goggles and gloves to the country since February 4, 2020.”

Canada’s first case was identified on Jan. 25 and by the time we started shipping that equipment to China we already had 5 confirmed cases.

March 5 2020 Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says knee-jerk reactions to the novel coronavirus will not keep people safe, as he defended Canada's decision not to close its borders to foreign nationals coming from regions where the outbreak is spreading.

Misinformation being spread about the virus, which can cause a respiratory disease known as COVID-19, is having negative impacts on some communities' ability to keep their populations safe, Trudeau warned Thursday while speaking to reporters in Toronto.

March 16 Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday he will close the country’s borders to anyone not a citizen, an American or a permanent resident — and even they have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival — due to the coronavirus pandemic.

March 19 Associated Press

TORONTO -- The Canadian government said Thursday the Canada-U.S. border will be closed to all non-essential travel in both directions on Friday night.

$1-Billion Covid Aid Package Announced

Mar. 11 $1 - billion package announced

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced a $1-billion package to help Canadians cope with the COVID-19 outbreak, with half of the money going to the provinces and territories.

The announcement came just hours before he World Health Organization (WHO) officially called the global spread of the virus a pandemic.

During a news conference in Ottawa today, Trudeau said the federal government is "pulling out all the stops" to help Canadians through the global health crisis. The package includes $275 million for additional research, such as vaccine development, and $200 million for federal medical supplies, supports for Indigenous communities and education efforts.

March 18 $82-billion package announced

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled a sweeping emergency-aid package Wednesday aimed at helping Canadian workers and businesses survive the severe economic downturn caused by the new coronavirus pandemic.

The stimulus package – which includes $27-billion in emergency aid for workers and businesses and $55-billion in tax deferrals – will inject billions of dollars into businesses to help with their cash flow and to keep workers on the payroll, even if they have been sent home, while bolstering federal benefits and support programs for people who have lost their jobs.

March 23 - Bill Would Give Liberals Power to Tax and Spend
Without Parliamentary Approval until Dec. 2021 

OTTAWA -- The federal Liberals appear to be backing away from a proposal to grant themselves sweeping power to spend money, borrow, and change taxes without parliamentary approval through to Dec. 31, 2021 as part of legislation the government is expected to table Tuesday, as it passes COVID-19 emergency economic measures.

According to a draft copy of the bill obtained by CTV News, it would -- if passed as worded -- allow the cabinet “temporary” powers related to borrowing fund and imposing and repealing taxes as well as increasing or decreasing a tax rate by regulation, without seeking parliamentary approval, “before 2022.” 


Monday, March 23, 2020

Nanaimo Gas Prices Dropping

Two Stations Below $1.00 !

Gas buddy prices Mar. 23 at 9:00 pm

Two stations have finally broken the $1.00 price barrier in Nanaimo. The rest of the Nanaimo gas cartel all are still pumping at $1.12 which is a consider difference.

The Canco station is on Terminal Avenue just before the lights at the St. George St. intersection. Just before Petro Canada.

Canco Gas, pumps Esso gasoline and also has a convenience store and other services.

While this is a nice break for local motorists, we are still a long way from the .67/l they are pumping gas for in our neighbours in Alberta.


Saturday, March 21, 2020

Nanaimo Playgrounds Now Closed

The power of social media

The city of Nanaimo had posted on their facebook page that city playgrounds were going to be kept open. This post included a poster of children playing in a playground with the note to maintain social distancing. That notice contained a link to the city website page where Richard Harding explained the steps the city was taking to keep playgrounds safe with increased cleaning etc. etc.

Well, it didn't take long on Facebook before some people took notice of how out of touch this idea was, given all the steps being taken to isolate people to contain the covid crisis.

Within hours the following appeared on the city Facebook page, in which they have now decided to close the parks.

Statement from the City of Nanaimo Regarding Playgrounds, Now Closed

“Thank you for your comments and concerns regarding our playgrounds. Like many of you, we have been learning and trying our best to respond to these unprecedented times. In this case, we were attempting to keep our playgrounds safe for use. However, we have heard you and your concerns, and have now closed our playgrounds for public use. We apologize for any angst this caused."

Jake Rudolph, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Nanaimo

I wonder if enough people complained on Facebook about their rising taxes, would the city relent and give us a break??


Nanaimo Restaurants and Bars To Close

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Iconic Nanaimo Restaurant Boarded Up

The Modern Cafe in downtown Nanaimo looks like it is bracing for a hurricane with the storefront completed boarded up. This restaurant and a few bars in Nanaimo were ahead of the curve, choosing to close before the Province's order of yesterday.

As of yesterday the Provincal Health Office ordered all bars and restaurants to close, with the exception of drive through and take-away food from restaurants. The rationale was the industry's inability to maintain the social distancing thought vital in combating the covid crisis.

The enforcement of that order in Nanaimo falls to the local RCMP and time will tell if they are proactive in the enforcement or will operate on a complaint basis. It is unknown if the local Health Authority would also play a role in the enforcement of this order as it is deemed a critical weapon in the fight against the spread of the virus.

This is a big hit to the local economy as many jobs depend on the food and drink business and most of these workers are living paycheque to paycheque and tip to tip now. The expedited EI claim system may offer some relief, but it does not cover income lost from tips and pays 55% of your regular income. It does nothing for the small business owner who will see their income disappear, while overhead costs continue.

With rents coming due for many next week, the decision between food and shelter may become a serious matter.

The local food bank is facing a double whammy with an expected increase in people needing food and the fact supermarkets are not having the same surplus that is common.

Mixed Messages From Government

On the one hand we are being warned that enforced 'self isolating' for two weeks may be on the horizon. At the same time people are being told not to stock up on food items as that puts a strain on the supply chain.

At the end of the day, the government can only keep the economy afloat for a very limited period of time, if people's jobs are lost for many months. It is at times like this that the fact government has no money of it's own comes into sharp focus. The federal government is talking about throwing $82 billion at the covid crisis, this of course is money they don't have as they already are running a $20 billion deficit. They can only keep printing funny money for so long and then it becomes of no value.

To all of those green screamers out there who have done their best to gut the Canadian natural resource sector ...... wake up, that is what makes our currency of some value. In a time of economic upset like we have here, perhaps all those who have hindered the Canadian economy over pipelines and such, can step forward and lead the way as to how to actually run a country.