A Must-Read Globe and Mail Editorial on Ford Government’s Half-Hearted Response to COVID Pandemic

“German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it best: “The virus punishes half-heartedness. In Ontario, that’s an understatement.” – from an Editorial published recently in The Globe and Mail

Posted here by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper

Posted January 13th, 2021 on Niagara At Large

A Foreword from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher  Doug Draper –

Is this man – Ontario Premier Doug Ford – and his Conservative government doing enough to get us through this hell?

Throughout the dark and troubling times we, the people  across Niagara, Ontario and the rest of the world are continuing to suffer through with this killer virus, there has been ongoing debate and discussion in Ontario over how well the Ford government has been addressing the most unprecedented health crisis we have faced in living memory.

Since the winter of 2020, when the first significant outbreaks of COVID-19 were confirmed in Niagara and other regions of Ontario, Niagara At Large has posted countless pieces of news and commentary on the pandemic and what steps the government in this province has been taking to address it.

Doug Ford, wearng a T-shirt that looks painfully like one Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati has produced around “crushing the curve.” The questions is this – How tough has Ford actually been in actually conqureing this killer virus? How much has he bent to corporate interests in this unprecedented fight?

A significant portion of that commentary has been of a partisan nature – much of it coming from Ontario’s NDP/Official Opposition Party. That is not to put that commentary and the criticism that the NDP, Liberal Party and others have levelled against the government down. As valid and as necessary as that criticism may be during times like this, it is nevertheless delivered through a partisan lens.

Having said that (which may already be enough to get me in trouble with some of NAL’s good readers), a commentary was published this January 11th, by the Editorial Board of The Globe and Mail which, in this journalist’s view, thoughtfully highlights and gives credence to so many of the questions and concerns others have expressed about the Ford government’s record so far.

I recommend that you read this Globe editorial and consider the information in it as you remain engage as citizens in pressing our provincial representatives, including the Premier, to take the the information in it into consideration as you, as citizens, engage with our provincial representatives to do what may seem painful in the short-term, but necessary in the long-term, to get us past this deadly plague.

  • Doug Draper, Niagara At Large

The Ford government is facing its latest pandemic test. Will it once again be a day late and a dollar short?

The Editorial Board of The Globe and Mail

Ontario is scheduled to announce new measures on Tuesday (December 12th) to try to stop the rampant spread of COVID-19. How effective the measures will be remains to be seen but, given the Ford government’s track record, there is reason to worry they won’t hit the mark.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford, with the province’s Health Minister

The government has repeatedly been slow-moving since the pandemic first hit last year, often waiting a week or more before acting in response to clear evidence. It has also sent confusing messages: At Thanksgiving, people were advised to limit gatherings to households, but indoor dining in restaurants was still permitted.

The worst example of this day-late, dollar-short approach came during the Christmas holidays.

Cases were rising in December, and modelling released on Dec. 19 made it clear the numbers were on the verge of exploding. And so on Dec. 21, the government announced it would act – but not until the busiest and most social holiday on the calendar was over.

It urged people to stay home, and not to visit family and friends. But it didn’t impose a province wide lockdown of non-essential businesses until Dec. 26.

It’s no shock that slow action plus mixed messaging failed to do the trick.

To read the remainder of this Globe and Mail editorial, pleace click on the link – https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/editorials/article-the-ford-government-is-facing-its-latest-pandemic-test-will-it-once/ .

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“A Politician Thinks Of The Next Election. A Leader Thinks Of The Next Generation.” – Bernie Sanders

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