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OPIRG at Brock U. Invites You to a Free Online Workshop for Workers During COVID-19

Thursday, March 26th at 7 P.M. . See Details Below.

From OPIRG (Ontario Public Interest Research Group) Brock at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontaro

Posted March 26th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

It’s up to all of us to slow the spread of COVID-19. Everyone, including young and healthy people, should avoid large gatherings during this time. Stay up-to-date with public health guidelines from canada.caSee Guidelines

MARCH 26, 2020 at 7 p.m.  Webinar on workers’ rights during Covid-19

 · Hosted by Fight for $15 & Fairness and Workers’ Action Centre

Opirg Brock invited you

Visit OPIRG Brock’s Facebook page at  – https://www.facebook.com/opirgbrock88

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

Trump Hates This Ad, So We’re Posting It

“Donald Trump spent weeks downplaying the threat of the coronavirus and his inaction left the country unprepared for this crisis. Even today, his lies are putting the health of millions of Americans at risk.”                                         – Guy Cecil, Chairman of Priorities USA, producer of  Ad

By the way, Trump’s continued lies around this Killer Virus have put the Lives of Millions of Canadians at Risk too, since this virus knows no boundaries. Militarizing the Canada/U.S. border, which Trump is now threatening to do, will not help either.              – Doug Draper, Niagara At Large

A Brief Commentary by Doug Draper

Posted March 26th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Like so many other proud Canadians out there, I took a few minutes away from the yeoman’s job our CBC is doing of keeping us informed during these perilous times to check in to what is being reported on all of this south of the border.

So this Thursday (March 26th) morning, I tuned in to ‘Morning Joe’, a program broadcast  on weekdays on the American cable network MSNBC.

One of the items that the co-hosts of the program, Mika Brezinski, daughter of former President Jimmy Carter’s national security advisor Zbigniew Brezinskik, and Joe Scarborough, a lawyer and former Republican Congressman from Florida, who quit the Republic Party after Trump was elected president, showcased on this morning was a TV ad, titled “Exponential Threat” and produced by a group of progressive-minded American citizens called Priorities USA.

The ad, making use of Trump’s own words, cuts so much to the core of this reckless monster’s lack of honest, responsible leadership in the face of what is a global pandemic that could kill millions, that Trump’s campaign is now threatening the licences of television stations that play it if they don’t take it off the air

Here is the Ad, which I hope you join with Niagara At Large in sharing with as many American friends and relatives you may have as possible. Watch it now by clicking on the screen below –

Now here is a media release circulated this March 26th, 2020 by Priorites USA on the effort by Trump’s presidential campaign to kill this Ad –

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The ‘Stable Genius’ to the South Wants COVID-19 Plague Wrapped Up by Easter

“I would just love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter (this coming April 12th),” Trump told his partners  in manufacturing “alternative facts” at Fox News this March 24th. “So, I think Easter Sunday, and you’ll have packed churches all over our country. I think it would be a beautiful time. And it’s just about the timeline that I think is right.”

All Trump wants is another Easter like this again. Who is that dressed up in the bunny suit, Mike Pence or Donald Jr.?

A Brief Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper

Posted March 25th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

All I can say from this Canadian’s perspective is this; Thank God the Canada/U.S. border is closed to everyone and everything but essential crossings now.

Poor Trump. He hasn’t played golf for days now or held one of those zany rallies for weeks. And all of this talk from infectious disease experts that this coronavirus many be around for months is really starting to bum the self-described “stable genius” out. So time to open the country again – just in time for Easter!

The last thing that anyone on this side of the border who is being responsible and staying home and practicing social distancing to contain the spread this killer virus needs right now is millions of Americans – and unfortunately, there are millions of them – who believe this nut bar so much they would follow him to the gates of hell crossing the border and further spreading the coronavirus here.

In a news briefing New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo held before Trump made these insane remarks about relaxing the stay home rules and opening the country back up by Easter so it can get back to business, Cuomo rightfully said of anyone not practising social distancing; “It’s insensitive, it’s arrogant, it’s self-destructive, it’s disrespectful and it has to stop now. This is not a joke, and I am not kidding.”

Cuomo might just as well have been talking about the reality TV show con man who not so long ago was calling a coronavirus that was already killing people in other parts of the world a “hoax” before comparing it to a “mild flu,” then saying “a miracle” may flush it away.

Apparently one of his most zealous supporters, the evangelical nut Jerry Falwell Jr. – a self-proclaimed “good Christian” who, like fellow tent-rival con artist Pat Robertson, famously blamed feminists, gays and pro-choice activists for the 9/11 terrorist attacks – is already summoning tens of thousands of young students and their teachers to return right now to his Liberty University campus in Lynchburg, Virginia.

The Grand Princess arrives in San Francisco on Monday, March 9, 2020. The cruise ship, which had maintained a holding pattern off the coast for days, is carrying multiple people who tested positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Hey, Reverend Falwell, how about holding your classes on that ill-fated cruise ship, the ‘Grand Princess’, instead? Apparently the last of its coronavirus victims are about to disembark, and we can push you and your fellow Trumpies far enough out to sea that we won’t have to include you in the COVID-19 case count. The president would like that. Better for the stock market.

And here is the best part. When out are out there, there is less of a chance of infecting the rest of us. And maybe Trump can come out and do a rally.

But getting back to Easter, the New York Daily News, a tabloid in the Big Apple area that has done some excellent front page features on Trump in the past, published a fabulous front page this March 25th that just about says it all.

Here it is –

 

As I was wrapping up this rant on the state of leadership at the federal level in the United States, a Niagara At Large reader, Joe Gibbons, r sent a comment to a previous post on our online news and commentary site that reads as follows; “Toilet tissue with Trump’s face on every sheet is available from Amazon. Unfortunately Amazon is not shipping this great product to Canada.”

I saw some of this Trump toilet paper in a store I visited on Cape Cod, Massachusetts last fall and it was selling like hot cakes then.  A cashier in the store told me they could hardly keep it in.

Just imagine how well toilet paper with Trump’s face on it would sell now – especially when toilet paper is in such short supply with people hoarding the stuff. At this point, I bet even some of those characters who pop on those red hats and line up for Trump’s rallies would use it.

Enough of the toilet talks though.

Let me sign off on a higher plane with a few words of wisdom from Leonardo da Vinci that may be worth giving a little thought to right now, especially across the border – “Blinding ignorance does mislead us. O! Wretched mortals, open your eyes!”

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Ontario’s NDP Wants Strong Supports for People in Ford Government’s Fiscal Update

A Statement from Ontario NDP/Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath
Posted March 25th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Ontario NDP and Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath

QUEEN’S PARK, Toronto  — “In Wednesday’s fiscal update for the province, the NDP hopes to see strong supports for people, small businesses and health care — the direct support needed to help see Ontarians through the COVID-19 pandemic.

We hope to see a financial statement that includes our plan to send $2,000 Ontario Emergency Income cheques to households experiencing unemployment or lost income due to the COVID-19 crisis. What’s needed is direct funding, flowing to people and small businesses right away, before the rent is due, and before the cupboards are bare.”

AFootnote from Doug Draper at Niagara At Large –

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Another Message from a True Leader during These Perilous Times – New York State’s Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo

“No one should be talking about social Darwinism for the sake of the stock market. The first order of business is to save lives, whatever it costs.”                           – Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York

From the Office of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo

Posted March 25th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

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

I can’t imagine anyone who has access to cable television and has taken the time to watch New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s almost daily update briefings on the toll that COVID-19 is taking on his state and what his government is doing to address it, who has not been impressed with the strength and candor and passion that comes through in his words.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, at a March 24th news conference, where he updated citizens on the status of the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak

No wonder so many are now looking at him as a model for how to lead during these times and have taken to calling him “America’s Governor.” What a contrast from the delusional buffoon now occupying the White House. Continue reading

BREAKING NEWS (Updated) – Niagara Health Reports First Death of a COVID-19 Patient in our Niagara Region

“It is my unfortunate duty to report that a patient being treated at Niagara Health for COVID-19 passed away earlier today.”       – Niagara Health President Lynn Guerriero

News from Niagara Health, Niagara, Ontario’s amalgamated system of hospitals

Posted March 24th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

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

The following statement, from Niagara Health President Lynn Guerriero came in just before 7 p.m. this March 24th and, I must admit, my fingers are shaking a little as I key in these words.

This is all of the information we have about this death so far, but all of our hearts should go out to members of this person’s family and to those who loved and cared about this person.

My fear is that this is just the first news of this nature that we are going to receive in our Niagara region in the days, weeks and possibly the next number of months ahead.

Please heed all of the urges from health experts to stay home and stay safe)

A Statement from Niagara Health President Lynn Guerriero –

It is my unfortunate duty to report that a patient being treated at Niagara Health for COVID-19 passed away earlier today. On behalf of the hospital, I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the patient’s family and loved ones at this extremely sad time. We all mourn this loss as a community, and this passing reinforces Niagara Health’s commitment to continue providing safe, high-quality and compassionate care.

Niagara Health has been planning for the arrival of COVID-19 in our community for months. We have a comprehensive plan in place to support the safety, health and well-being of our patients. We will continue to work with our experts and our regional, provincial and federal healthcare partners to make evidence-based decisions to ensure the hospital remains as safe as possible over the course of this pandemic.

A Brief Update from Niagara At Large – Since this news was posted March 24th, Niagara At Large has learned that the person who died was an 84-year-old resident of Grafton Gage Village, a retirement and long-term care home in St. Catharines/Niagara.

The person was admitted to hospital more than a week ago where a test confirmed that he had the coronavirus. He had apparently been infected by a relative wh had recently been in Europe.

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Niagara-on-the-Lake Declares a State of Emergency in Wake of COVID-19 Pandemic

“This declaration will better position the Town as we respond to this rapidly evolving situation. We must seize this opportunity in an effort to stop the potential for community spread.”                    – Niagara-on-the-Lake Lord Mayor Betty Disero

News from the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake in Niagara, Ontario

Posted March 23rd, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Niagara-on-the-Lake Lord Mayor Betty Disero

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario – Today (this March 23rd), in consultation with the Town’s Emergency Control Group (ECG) and with the support of her Town Council colleagues, Lord Mayor Betty Disero declared a state of emergency to further protect Niagara-on-the-Lake from the potential spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act S. 4(1) states –

“The head of council of a municipality may declare that an emergency exists in the municipality or in any part thereof and may take such action and make such orders as he or she considers necessary and are not contrary to law to implement the emergency plan of the municipality and to protect property and the health, safety, and welfare of the inhabitants of the emergency area.”

An emergency declaration aligns the Town with the Province granting the Mayor the authority to take such action as she considers necessary to implement the Town’s Emergency Response Plan. Continue reading