So It’s Okay to Open Schools While Keeping Other Government Buildings Closed?

A Case of Hypocrisy, Irresponsibility, and Using Children in an “Orwellian Experiment”

A Brief Commentary by Carla Rienzo

Posted August 14th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Signs like this, at Niagara’s Regional Government Headquarters, greet visitors at most municipal buildings across region and province during this COVID-19 health crisis. Do municipal officials know something that those running Ontario’s schools don’t?

So, we have every level of government, Federal, Provincial and Municipal, rushing to get our teachers, support staff and children back to school while they, themselves, refuse to open their own doors!

Teachers, principals, janitors, cafeteria attendants, librarians and the very students they serve cannot attend meetings at Queen’s Park, Regional Council, City Council or conduct face to face business at Service Canada or Service Ontario yet we are to believe that it is safe to go back to school?

Are taxpayers nothing more than guinea pigs; an experiment that might succeed but if it doesn’t can result in any number of bizarre and lifetime illnesses or death??!!

We – all of us – need to be very, very concerned when those who dictate policy are not themselves willing to assume the same risks!  These are Generals sending their soldiers to a battlefield that they themselves are terrified to fight!

And this is hypocrisy and irresponsibility at it’s very, very worst.

Unless and until they (all municipal, provincial and federal government offices) open their doors, I am of the opinion that no parent should use their child as part of this Orwellian experiment.

Love your children enough to say NO!!

Carla Rienzo is an environmentalist, community activist and resident of Niagara, Ontario

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One response to “So It’s Okay to Open Schools While Keeping Other Government Buildings Closed?

  1. I think about the return to school and I confess that I am somewhat bemused. Yesterday, In order to pick up a book I’d put on hold from my local library, I had to wash my hands, fill out (or have filled out for me) the two-page questionnaire about where I’d been (nowhere) and who I’d seen (my dental hygienist for whom I had to go through the same rigamarole one hour previously), and have my temperature taken…in order to go inside the library and up to the desk entirely surrounded with plexiglas screens and pick up my book that was lying on the adjacent table. So are librarians particularly susceptible to COVID-19 in a way that public school-teachers aren’t? And what about the children? Just call me Bemused, Baffled and Bewildered in Welland.


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