COVID Controversies Continued; Costly Confinement and Life-Saving Cures
This is the 2nd part of a 2-part series. Last week’s instalment was on the questionable safety and efficacy of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines currently being distributed (or not) in Canada. This week, we’ll look in broad strokes at:
- the disproportionate and unreasonable violation of our Charter rights and freedoms
- the unprecedented lockdown of the Canadian economy
- the seeming unwillingness of public health agencies to approve or allow treatment with existing available and affordable drugs
Lockdowns and the Forced Confinement of Healthy, Law-Abiding Citizens
A year ago, COVID-19 came to Canada. Government response to it was slow at first, but concern increased as case numbers and deaths rose. Since then, Canadians have been told to mask up, lock down, and trust the government. Yes, the same government that at first said: “keep the borders open” and “masks don’t work.” Now they want us to wear two or three at a time. We can excuse the early missteps, when we all knew very little about how COVID was transmitted, how lethal it might prove, what cures or preventions could be utilized or how long a pandemic might last. None of us could anticipate then the massive lockdown of businesses and churches, nor the economic cost of those lockdowns. In the frantic imposition of restrictions since then, it appears very little attention has been paid to the economic and social costs of the lockdowns. One year into the crisis, we see no evidence that decision-makers have learned from their mistakes. For a thorough discussion of the disastrous and unintended consequences of these Charter violations, read Flying Blind (PDF), a great article from the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms.
The big story of last week was the unlawful detention of a Canadian citizen taken against her will from the Calgary Airport into forced confinement at—what was then—an undisclosed location. Nikki Mathis arrived from the US with a document proving she had tested negative for COVID before boarding the plane but she was surrounded by private security officers who warned her that if she refused to go with them, she would be arrested. She was not told where she was being taken. The detaining officers (on the phone) refused to tell her distraught husband their names or where his wife was being taken. These are warning signs of a police state.
This woman was not a criminal, yet her security of person was breached. In addition, she was told that she would have to pay $2,000 for her stay at the isolation centre. It turned out she was being held at the Westin Hotel; it has been converted to a holding facility. The government is now violating the Charter rights of Canadian citizens.
Economic Collapse: Canada’s Unforced Error
What began as a health crisis has now become a crisis of confidence, an economic crisis and a crisis for fractured families and churches, whose members struggle to find consensus on the path forward. The survival of freedom itself also is threatened—even in countries like Canada that have long championed freedom at home and around the world. Our brave soldiers in the last century bled and died to protect and preserve the freedoms that we have—up until now—taken for granted. Those freedoms include freedom of speech, freedom of association, freedom of worship . . . and also the freedom to own and operate a business, freedom to be an employee or an employer, to provide for one’s family and to contribute to the economy.
Our first glimpse of the impact of ‘temporary’ lockdowns was last April when Canada lost two million jobs. CBC has reported that Canada’s economy shrank 5% in 2020. That doesn’t begin to describe the damage done. It’s not like everybody’s income shrank by 5% (a few big corporations like Amazon have done very well). It’s that hundreds of thousands of individuals and families—if not millions—no longer have a secure source of income. Government cheques have provided a short-term stopgap, but with tax revenues down and interest costs up, that safety net will not last.
On top of the crushing blow to family businesses and to families that no longer have an employment income, Prime Minister Trudeau has been shovelling borrowed money out the door for the past year and will undoubtedly continue to do so until the international bankers turn off the taps. Interest and repayment costs of this reckless spending will be passed on to future generations.
Around the world, 2.3 million have died of COVID (based on official numbers) but the vast majority—77.5 million—have recovered. It is estimated that the lockdowns in the industrialized nations—not the coronavirus—will cause an additional 130 million people to starve. Are public health officials really weighing the risks and benefits of lockdowns? Is the remedy worse than the disease?
Potential Therapies Rejected; Why?
One of the greatest tragedies of the past year has been the failure of federal and provincial governments to provide accurate information about two potential therapeutics that might have saved many lives. Don’t despair; there is hope.
Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine have been safely used for decades: Ivermectin as an anti-parasitic and Hydroxychloroquine as an anti-malarial drug. Some doctors in other countries have been using them to treat SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19) and they claim to have had a very high rate of either preventing COVID infection or successfully treating it, especially in the early stages. Some countries where they are in widespread use have had far lower death tolls than Canada and the U.S. In January, Slovakia became the first EU country to approve Ivermectin for use against COVID. So far, Canada has not followed suit. I am not a doctor and I am not giving medical advice to my readers . . . but I am giving political advice to Justin Trudeau and Theresa Tam: please review this compelling evidence and allow Canadian doctors to begin using these safe and affordable drugs, at least to test the theory. We can’t bring back those we have lost, but perhaps we can reduce COVID deaths in 2021.
There are, of course, those who will dispute this information, including Big Tech, Big Media, Big Government and Big Pharma. They’ve already been censoring and discrediting America’s Frontline Doctors for challenging the official narrative. Those attempting to control the virus with masks and isolation want everyone to believe that experimental vaccines are our only hope. We can’t just assume that the mainstream narrative is correct. The majority is not always right.
Consider this: In the 1800’s Dr. Ignaz Semmelweiss deduced that the 10-15% of women dying after childbirth were dying from infections . . . because doctors were performing autopsies on dead bodies and then not even washing their hands before delivering babies. He was ridiculed by the medical establishment for his theory, in spite of the fact that his practice of washing hands reduced maternal mortality from over 10% to about 1%. He was rejected by most doctors and medical institutions and died in a mental hospital in 1865 at the age of 47. Microorganisms had not yet been discovered but Dr. Semmelweiss had instituted a scriptural practice that has since saved countless lives. We all owe him a vote of thanks for speaking up when the majority tried to silence him.
PLEASE watch these two short video presentations by Dr. Christy Risinger and Dr. Pierre Kory. (Read the article and scroll down for the video). Don’t take my word for it. Listen to what they have to say and come to your own conclusions. Canada cannot lock down forever; we must find other ways to protect the most vulnerable, in this case, those in Long Term Care (LTC). Let’s press our elected officials to go back to the drawing board. What they’re doing is not working.
CHP Canada will continue to press federal and provincial governments to end repressive lockdowns, fines and detentions and to focus our attention on protecting the most vulnerable, while developing and providing safe and effective therapies.
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Other Commentary by Rod Taylor:
- Laws Are Made for Lawbreakers
- Charter Rights Violated; Pastor in Shackles
- COVID Controversies Continued; Costly Confinement and Life-Saving Cures
- Can the COVID Vaccines Be Trusted?
- Which News? The Sources You Trust Define Your Reality
- The Peoples’ Liberation Army Comes to Canada!
- C-7 Is an Attack on God
- Extraordinary Times, Extraordinary Measures
- Courts, Commons, and the Culture of Death
- Suppose There Were Only 10%?
- Conversion Therapy Ban Is Back on the Agenda
- No Free Lunch: Trudeau Buying Votes With Your Grandchildren’s Money