Whitehorse Daily Star

Release’s timing called ‘spineless, greasy’

The Yukon government has introduced new health restrictions to combat the Omicron outbreak – and, yet again, has managed to anger the public in the process.

By Tim Giilck on January 17, 2022

The Yukon government has introduced new health restrictions to combat the Omicron outbreak – and, yet again, has managed to anger the public in the process.

In a news release posted at 7 p.m. Friday, Premier Sandy Silver and Dr. Catherine Elliott, the acting chief medical officer of health, announced the new policies.

“The Government of Yukon is strengthening public health measures to address the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the Yukon as a result of the highly contagious Omicron variant,” the release stated.

“The Yukon is experiencing unprecedented numbers of COVID-19 cases that threaten to overwhelm the territory’s health care system.

“Based on recommendations from the Yukon’s acting chief medical officer of health, new temporary public health measures are being introduced to further limit contact between individuals and prevent further strain on public health systems.”

The new temporary measures include:

• limiting all private and public gatherings to two households up to a maximum of 10 people, including recreational team sports; group fitness; group recreation and leisure activities; and at bars and restaurants, which remain limited to six people per table.

• postponing all indoor organized events, including funerals and weddings;

• requiring casinos to stay closed; and

• requiring bars and restaurants to close no later than 10 p.m.

“All Yukoners are strongly encouraged to follow these new recommendations immediately. They will be enforced under the Civil Emergency Measures Act starting on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022,” says Silver’s and Elliott’s statement.

“We are in a critical period here in the territory as we brace for the impact other jurisdictions across Canada and the world are experiencing as a result of the Omicron variant,” said Silver.

“These new public health measures are necessary to limit the strain on our health care system and prevent it from being overwhelmed.

“Following public health recommendations, limiting close contacts and getting vaccinated are essential to protecting the health and safety of all Yukoners in this new phase of the pandemic.”

Elliott added, “We understand that the considerable impacts of Omicron are taking their toll on many Yukoners and putting a serious risk of strain on our health care system.

“These new measures are necessary to reduce the number of people who will become seriously ill and are designed to reduce COVID risk while maintaining health and wellbeing, to the greatest extent possible.

“In addition to following these new temporary measures, now is the time to get up to date on your COVID-19 vaccinations, including the booster dose for adults.”

On Friday afternoon, the territory’s active count was 459, with 67 new cases reported.

The new measures and the timing of the announcement enraged a fair number of people on social media – including those on the government’s own Facebook page.

Several commented on the curious timing of the release.

“Did you guys release this on a Friday after 5 p.m.? Come on, we all know that’s a greasy way to bury news you don’t want to share, but this announcement needed more attention. Cynical at best,” stated Alex McKay.

“Another press release introducing restrictions on Friday after hours,” Chris and Jody Klassen wrote on the page.

“Spineless. As well citing hospitalization without ever providing data on hospitalization. Sorry, but we’re adults here.

“Face the public and tell us of new restrictions in a live update. AND give us data that all other jurisdictions provide on a daily basis.”

A Twitter user commented on the governent’s account.

“Nothing like announcing this at 7 p.m. on a Friday... if only there was a weekly event where you could announce things like this, and giving up on exposure notices for school, where people could ask questions?”

Others commented on the confusing nature of the restrictions.

“Sooo no more than 10 people between two house holds for all indoor gatherings?” wrote Sarah Dawn Thompson.

“Umm, how does that make sense with daycares when we are dealing with MULTIPLE households? Ever hear of the multiplier effect?

“Each of those children and workers have parents, siblings and children who also have their own bubbles. It’s a never ending cycle... children stay home from daycare = we don’t get paid to provide for our families or children come in sick (because they always have colds/runny noses) and potentially spread covid as they can’t be vaccinated yet?

“I hope we can get some sort of support here in the Early Learning Childcare centres as I among others feel extremely at risk and left out of the conversation,” Thompson added.

“Everyday I go to work I feel like I’m going to catch it from comforting a crying child and bring it home to my family.”

“I need some clarification on this,” said Heather Sweeney.

“I run a small business teaching yoga, and we follow all of the current guidelines. Am I completely shut down now because there will be more than 2 households in the room? This wording is very confusing.

“I’ve left messages in many places, but the offices were all closed by the time this was posted. I need to plan ahead and communicate with my clients. Who can I talk to for urgent clarification?” asked Sweeney.

NDP Leader Kate White was also unimpressed with the Friday evening timing of the announcement.

“People are trying to figure out what the government is doing,” she told the Star this morning.

“I’ve been constantly criticizing the government over its communication. We’ve had two examples in the last week. The new restrictions, and the failure to announce the government was ending exposure notices for schools at the COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday. Instead, the government sent out an email on Wednesday evening,” she noted.

The Yukon Party also weighed in on the timing of the announcement early this afternoon.

“We have heard from a variety of groups and individuals over the weekend that were dissatisfied with the announcement of new public health measures being made on a Friday evening at 6:53 p.m. by press release without sufficient explanation,” the party said.

“Like many Yukoners, we fail to understand why the Yukon government is imposing mandatory closing times of 10 p.m. for bars and restaurants when these establishments are already subject to tight restrictions and a vaccine mandate.

“Further, it appears that the new restrictions effectively cancel all youth team sports, by imposing a requirement that any gatherings are limited to two households,” the party added.

“Ultimately, we believe that these recommendations need to be better communicated, and that this poor communication only serves to undermine the effectiveness of the measures themselves.”

The party said it continues to ask for “the public release of all recommendations, information, and data by the chief medical officer of health to better inform Yukoners of the decisions made by this Liberal government.

“These announcements should have happened in a public way where people and the media could ask questions,” said the official Opposition.

This morning, the Star asked the government to explain the timing of Friday evening’s announcement. No response was provided.

Comments (69)

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Buford on Jan 21, 2022 at 4:55 am

The so called Yukon Freedom Party has linked vaxx mandates to supply chain problems. Let me just say that Joe has a keen sense of the obvious and people will just order from someone else who wants to have a successful business.
I look forward to more revelations from the 'Yukon Freedom Party'.

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Hannah A on Jan 20, 2022 at 8:26 pm

Will the frontline workers who worked throughout the pandemic - many who acquired natural immunity - while others got to "work from home" indefinitely - be offered their jobs back?

"Surviving a previous infection provided better protection than vaccination against Covid-19 during the Delta wave":

and re: myocarditis risk...please consider age. For male children age 12-17 the risk is 1/2700 post second dose. This is why many countries do not recommend a second dose for male children. Your definition of what you are willing to accept as "mild" myocarditis may be different from another family - that's why a medical decision should be made weighing risks/benefits with an individual and their doctor rather than a sweeping mandate that excludes children from everyday activities:

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Nice Try on Jan 20, 2022 at 8:09 pm

Sorry that I forced you to respond to my "irrational vitriol" lol

1. Of course it is someone's right to support any political party they like. I don't disagree. I also agree that supporting a political party does not discredit you. However in the context I laid out, it obviously matters. The Yukon Party is against most of the emergency health measures, the people behind the lawsuit are also against these measures, so when they donate thousands to that political party, it doesn't take a genius to see what's going on here.

2. You just admitted that what i said is correct about the state of emergency order when you said they want to see the rationale and "challenge this". Unless you are seriously going to say that they want to see the rationale, and even if the rationale doesn't make sense to them, they will be happy to let the govt keep it in place. Any sane person would deduce that the reason they are challenging the emergency order is that they want to get rid of it. The fact that they all signed the anti-vaxx petition just confirms their beliefs around the pandemic.

3. You seem to be saying that YTG could have saved 750k if they just dropped the emergency order instead of fighting the bid to end it in court. Thankfully they stood up to these 'freedom fighters' in order to protect the most vulnerable in our society.

4. True, I don't agree with their political associations, but then again I don't care to get involved with politics in general. My hatred, comes from the fact that this group of people and also ONE political party (Yukon Party) is doing everything in its power to take away all of the Health protections the government put into place. Without them, my vulnerable niece who has problems with her immune system and my one surviving elderly parent would be in grave danger. Maybe a bit less now with the omicron variant which seems to be more mild, but definitely with the original covid strain and the delta variant. And these selfish people wanted to turn us into Florida which has basically no precautions in place.

5. Yes, you've made it clear you have a dog in this fight. My guess is you have some kind of financial interest in opening everything up or you are closely connected to one of the Yukon Party politicians who want everything opened for ideological reasons.

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Jeff Bikaboom on Jan 20, 2022 at 12:25 pm

Not even the ball kids are safe from heart problems at vax mandated events.

"Either you already knew that the risk of myocarditis is higher from a covid infection than it is from a covid vaccine"
What vaccine? The ones banned because they cause myocarditis probably cause myocarditis.

There is no need to be confrontational. I took your advice an reexamined my ideas, I hope you can do the same. I believe we can move forward through this together, inch by inch.

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Admiral A$$ on Jan 20, 2022 at 9:17 am

Well looks like our government just created a few more like me this week.
Remember folks we are the end of the supply chain and the first to stop getting goods.

May the odds be ever in your favour.

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Almost Famous on Jan 20, 2022 at 5:52 am

The lawsuit wouldn’t of needed $750,000 wasted in the pursuit of the usual suspects to have their mugs and names in the papers.
One in particular has made themselves a career of being featured in the news and not for good. The ego is incredible with this one.

One key piece of public knowledge by anyone that was a skilled in understanding legislation would of seen where this hung in the balance. It would not of cost a dime. But clearly the intelligence is not spending the money.

A million dollars plus has been spent to garner fame to feed the ever present, very hungry ego.

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NeilAlexGeddy on Jan 20, 2022 at 4:14 am

Roy is just hammering the Covid-iots this week.
You go Roy !!!!
Starting to run out of tin foil at the grocery store.

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Liberally Screwed on Jan 19, 2022 at 9:55 pm

At nice try - These are not health measures. They are arbitrary and draconian like abuses of power couched in the language of a friendly paternalism.

So, keep sucking back that Koolaid. Liberalism is a lot like diabetes. It can cause impaired thinking, low energy, depression, general aches and pains, coughs, spikes in body temperature. You may notice that some of these symptoms overlap with Covid-19 infections.

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Jim dandee on Jan 19, 2022 at 8:57 pm

@ nice try
I normally don’t respond to irrational vitriol but this once I’ll make an exception.
1. I have no partisan axe to grind but it is perfectly In ones right to support any political party one chooses. Because an individual supports YP does not discredit them or make them in the wrong. Only an ideologue would think this.
2. As far as I can tell the central premiss of the lawsuit is to determine the empirical rationale for the imposition of the EMA in 2020 and to challenge this. All the YG had to do present the empirical data justifying the ema, they have instead opted to drag out the lawsuit.
3. YG did not have to drag out the lawsuit but it seems to me they have wasted 750 k + in taxpayer money in order to save themselves political embarrassment. The lawsuit is instigated entirely by private funds and donations by those. Who bought it forward.
4. It seems you have hatred for those involved because their political affiliations are not in line with your own.
5. I have dog in this fight but I do applaud those who will put their own money and time into a cause they believe in. It is a David and Goliath standoff and no doubt YG will continue to waste taxpayers money and drag this out till it is no longer relevant.

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Salt on Jan 19, 2022 at 7:28 pm

Prior to mRNA shots myocarditis was almost non-existent compared to post. Simple reality. Corporations, politicians and their fools would have you not trust reality. “ The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.”

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Nice Try on Jan 19, 2022 at 1:48 pm


BS. The lawsuit is not just innocently trying to find out 'rationale' and 'data'. It actively seeks to end many health measures. If you were correct and they just wanted information, why did those people behind the lawsuit coincidentally sign the anti-vaxx petition put forward by the Yukon Party and why did they make huge donations to the Yukon Party? The YP has said it opposes travel restrictions, vaxx passports, vaxx mandates and a host of other measures. They definitely would not be throwing money at the Yukon Party unless they agreed with rolling back those health measures.

One of the people behind the suit even donated a bunch of money to charity in an attempt to whitewash his record of doing all these things. It certainly doesn't take a genius to see what's going on here.

And yes, these guys behind the lawsuit have wasted 750K in public dollars needed to fight this selfish lawsuit. The government has probably had to spend even more now defending against these 'freedom fighters'.

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Roy on Jan 19, 2022 at 11:40 am

@Jeff B

About those soccer player and Olympic athletes you’re so worried about:
Risks of myocarditis, pericarditis, and cardiac arrhythmias associated with COVID-19 vaccination or SARS-CoV-2 infection

“We estimated an extra two (95% confidence interval (CI) 0, 3), one (95% CI 0, 2) and six (95% CI 2, 8) myocarditis events per 1 million people vaccinated with ChAdOx1, BNT162b2 and mRNA-1273, respectively, in the 28 days following a first dose and an extra ten (95% CI 7, 11) myocarditis events per 1 million vaccinated in the 28 days after a second dose of mRNA-1273. This compares with an extra 40 (95% CI 38, 41) myocarditis events per 1 million patients in the 28 days following a SARS-CoV-2 positive test. We also observed increased risks of pericarditis and cardiac arrhythmias following a positive SARS-CoV-2 test. Similar associations were not observed with any of the COVID-19 vaccines, apart from an increased risk of arrhythmia following a second dose of mRNA-1273. Subgroup analyses by age showed the increased risk of myocarditis associated with the two mRNA vaccines was present only in those younger than 40.”

Either you already knew that the risk of myocarditis is higher from a covid infection than it is from a covid vaccine and you were just ignoring that to score some more anonymous upvotes based on a false premise…

Or you didn’t know that you should examine what other faulty ideas you cling to so strongly.
Either you were trolling or you were ignorant.

Let us know which it was. We’ll wait for your reply!

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Jim Dandee on Jan 19, 2022 at 10:09 am

The lack of communication regarding the data and empirical rationale for the emergency measures is the crux of the lawsuit against YG. YG has spent over 750k fighting this lawsuit which is simply trying understand the rationale behind the lockdowns and curtailment of charter rights.

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Roy isn't Coy on Jan 19, 2022 at 4:07 am

Roy your positions in your latest comment are pretty well bang-on for me.
Great points.

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Hannah A on Jan 18, 2022 at 9:28 pm

Can the state of emergency be renewed indefinitely, without any review? Will it be a state of emergency similar to Los Angeles where the situation is so dire that 2 year-olds are forced masked "for our health" but the Superbowl will still be held?

Any comment on the WHO guidelines?

"Who should not take the vaccine?
People with a history of severe allergic reaction to any component of the vaccine should not take it.
There are currently no efficency or safety data for children below the age of 12 years. Until such data are available, individuals below 12 years of age should not be routinely vaccinated."



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Jeff Bikaboom on Jan 18, 2022 at 9:13 pm

"ask those Albertans in the ICU if they wish they had been vaccinated."
Ask the Olympic athletes and soccer players with Myocarditis if they wish they were vaccinated?

In the last 4 days unvaccinated hospitalizations went up 21%, but vaccinated went up 39%.
Unvaccinated, who make up 20% of the population now account for 34% of the hospitalizations, and 18% of cases. If the trend continues vaccinated will soon take the lead for hospitalizations too.

Remember when the unvaxxed were a danger because they could infect grandma? But it turns out everyone can, so now the unvaccinated are overrunning the hospital system. But their numbers are not much higher than the vaccinated, and almost all are elderly. So please tell me why a shot is being forced onto young healthy people.

How many healthcare workers were bribed to leave their job to give shots and do testing for an absurd amount of money? Surely this has messed up the system. This along with firing young healthy workers because they could infect grandma.

The more pointless the vaccines appear to be, the more the media dehumanizes the unvaccinated. We went from "the vaccines are safe and effective" to "take the shot or else...".

Remember when The Public Health Agency of Canada tracked 33 million phones?
Remember when grocery stores had food in them?
Remember when experimental treatments that don't work weren't forced on healthy people?
Remember when Whitehorse had snow removal? We are coming up on a month without 3rd ave being plowed.

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Dallas on Jan 18, 2022 at 7:29 pm

Now Trudeau wants quarantine camps….I think we only need to lock up the Liberal and NDP politicians in the territory and then let life get back to normal.

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Roy on Jan 18, 2022 at 4:51 pm

I said no one ends up in the ICU because of a cold. I never said no one ends up in the ICU because of the flu. So no....thanks....but I was not wrong.
People end up in the ICU for flu every year. That's why flu shots get promoted. I'm sorry it happened in your family.

Just so you know - the PCR tests people get for covid also check for flu. And I can guarantee you Alberta has never had 1,000 people simultaneously admitted to hospital with the flu like they do now with covid. So people can accept that and stop comparing the two - or ignore it if they want to keep getting upvotes.

The fact that people often have a chronic illness - that make them more susceptible - and then get the flu - is *exactly* what the experts are saying about covid - and is *exactly* what a lot of posters miss or ignore.

If someone has a sickness like diabetes or heart disease (very common) or obesity (very common) and then gets covid they have a very high chance of getting sick enough that they need to go into hospital - in those cases are they in the hospital because of covid or diabetes? It's both - in combination. They would not be in hospital were it not for the covid.

Just like your family member would not have been in there except for the flu. And you need to look up what a cause of death form looks like - it has multiple lines to list the multiple causes- so if your story is true then the cause of death form for sure has the flu on it along with the "co-morbidity". It had both listed plus anything else.

Turns out the world is complicated and can't be boiled down to "this was covid 100% or it wasn't covid 100%"
Again sorry for your loss.

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Anonymous on Jan 18, 2022 at 3:59 pm

I hate to break it to you there Sammy B, but there is no beating this virus. It's with us forever. It's an animal reservoir, which means your cat can catch it. Your dog can catch it. Please try to show some courtesy towards your pets, who are unvaccinated, and spreading the virus like wildfire according to your own logic.

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JustSayin' on Jan 18, 2022 at 3:12 pm

@Sammy B
"If it wasn't for all these anti-vaxxers out there we would've been out of this pandemic long ago and these restrictions and mandates wouldn't be needed."

I am unsure if you are being facetious or you actually believe this. If it is the latter, OMG

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Anonymous on Jan 18, 2022 at 3:07 pm

"but.. but... the vaccine reduces the severity of the symptoms."
This falsehood works in all cases, no matter if you
> Die from Covid
> Have flu-level Covid
> Have cold-level Covid
> Have a positive PCR
> Die from the vaccine
Take your pick, no matter what, we magically know that you would have been worse off without the vaccine because everyone knows #vaccinessavelivesTM.

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Pierre Poilievre on Jan 18, 2022 at 2:16 pm

A dollar figure, Mr. Prime Minister.

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ben on Jan 18, 2022 at 1:58 pm

Actually Roy, you're wrong. Not only have I had a loved one admitted to the ICU because of a cold or a flu, but they also did not come out of the ICU either because they passed on. They had a long term illness that had lasted for many years that had slowly weakened them, and then they caught a flu and they never came back from it. Unfortunately, I think it happens all the time, and in a sane world we used to have the cause of death as being the long term illness that killed them (you may be familiar with the term "co-morbidity", it's sort of like that), but now we call all deaths of people who test positive for COVID as COVID deaths, regardless of whether they died with COVID or cause of COVID. Also quite interesting is we don't have any available figures for flu related deaths for the last 2 years (cause the flu itself can and does kill weaker members of the population).

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Sammy B on Jan 18, 2022 at 12:52 pm

If it wasn't for all these anti-vaxxers out there we would've been out of this pandemic long ago and these restrictions and mandates wouldn't be needed.

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AdmiralA$$ on Jan 18, 2022 at 11:02 am

Too little dissent far too late.

Readers may want to believe my beliefs are the fringe 5% of society. However, our own government will make many more people like me. People who want to point the finger the correct direction, squarely upon those that pretend to control this situation.

There was once a great notion when it came to our government it went something like "don't let the camel's nose under the tent" well ladies and gents now were all sleeping with camels. I hope we all enjoy the stink of it.

For those that are interested I know of ONE political leader in Canada worthy of the people. Pierre Poilievre, if we demand a strong Nation we MUST demand strong leaders. Take a look if your interested, if your not interested in something else well...there is possibly little hope left here, for any of us.

Just to be very clear I am not blue, red, orange or green. Only real leader ship gets my vote and in all my years of voting age I have NEVER cast a ballot in this country.

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Liar Liar on Jan 18, 2022 at 10:35 am

If you are vaccinated, jump to the skies there is no limit as to the number of households on a plane. Have a funeral on a plane, a wedding on a plane. It makes no sense to me, I can travel down south, do whatever I want and come back and there are no consequences. Why would I stay here? I can head off on a tropical vacation to Mexico, where they have dropped their mandates and come back to Whitehorse where no isolation is required.

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Roy on Jan 18, 2022 at 10:32 am

Alberta now has 1,000 patients admitted with covid. Does that happen with the cold or flu? It doesn’t.
Does that mean they have a Liberal leader? They don’t.

Just because Yukon leadership and opposition are amateur hour doesn’t mean omicron is a cold/flu.
It is flu-like for *most* vaccinated and boosted people (before you jump on the booster point realize you yourself have had 5 vaccines for many diseases - so have your kids)

13 more patients admitted to Alberta ICUs over the weekend. Ever have a friend or family get admitted to the ICU because of a cold? You haven’t.
The death toll from covid rose by 23 over the weekend in Alberta - including a child between five and nine years old.
Remember all the kids dying from colds and flu when we were kids? You don’t.

Just because our government sucks doesn’t mean that covid is not an issue. Some restrictions are necessary and are being implemented by leaders of all political stripes. Restrictions play a role in limiting damage going forward - damage that, when it doesn’t happen, gives internet doctors like yourselves the chance to say “See?! Nothing bad has happened!!”

Yes these current recommendations and the manner they came out do not make sense. But this changes nothing about covid. But go ahead and open your life up now - most of you will be fine. A handful of you won’t. Stats and viruses don’t care about your political leanings - ask those Albertans in the ICU if they wish they had been vaccinated.

The above stats are from the National Post - so you can save me the “you must of heard that on the CBC!”

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JSM on Jan 18, 2022 at 6:30 am

The Liberal governments are full of Cowards. I for one, am done following these made up rules that the CMOH and Slippery Sandy input on a whim.


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TMYK on Jan 18, 2022 at 6:23 am

Kate White keeps forgetting that she is the government she keeps complaining about. Kinda hard to stand up to The Man when you are The Man.

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Plot lost on Jan 18, 2022 at 5:24 am

I am ready to cast my ballot for the frat boys, this is coming from a feminist. Maybe, I will even host a keg party in their honour- in my truck box.

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Matthew on Jan 18, 2022 at 3:31 am

"..being introduced to further limit contact between individuals and prevent further strain on public health systems.”
There's 2, 2 in the hospital, out of 500.. 2 is a strain!? If 2's a strain, were all more effed than previously thought.. wtf happened to herd immunity? Another elaborate LIE!

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Hannah A on Jan 17, 2022 at 10:10 pm

Age Stratified Risk.
Please review the age ranges of those in the ICU, regardless of vaccination status:

I don't know the situation in the Yukon because they don't provide that info unlike other jurisdictions.
The 4th booster will wane within four months...

"Fourth Pfizer Dose Is Insufficient to Ward Off Omicron, Israeli Trial Suggests"


“We can't vaccinate the planet every four to six months. It’s not sustainable or affordable,” Professor Andrew Pollard, the director of the Oxford Vaccine Group and head of the UK’s Committee on Vaccination and Immunization, told The Daily Telegraph in an interview published Tuesday."

-"Paul Offit, the director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, told me that getting boosted would not be worth the risk for the average healthy 17-year-old boy. Offit advised his own son, who is in his 20s, not to get a third dose. Even with Omicron’s ability to sidestep some of the protection vaccines provide, Offit said, he believes that his son is well protected against serious illness with two shots, so a third just isn’t necessary."

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UK doctors are preparing to spill the beans on Jan 17, 2022 at 9:57 pm

"My biggest fear now is that it’s going to get violent. When the truth comes out we must do all we can to stop that & show compassion to those who got it very VERY wrong. This is not individual failure but that of a corrupted system that needs to be dismantled & rebuilt TOGETHER!"
-Dr. Aseem Malhotra

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Salt on Jan 17, 2022 at 9:19 pm

By what measure are we in an emergency?! There are no objective facts to justify any of this, but apparently they don’t actually need any. The governments ability to wield tyrannical power over your life is completely unchecked by law or the charter when the majority are complacent. What was great about Canada is gone. We the people let it die. Welcome to the next evolution.

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Salt on Jan 17, 2022 at 9:19 pm

By what measure are we in an emergency?! There are no objective facts to justify any of this, but apparently they don’t actually need any. The governments ability to wield tyrannical power over your life is completely unchecked by law or the charter when the majority are complacent. What was great about Canada is gone. We the people let it die. Welcome to the next evolution

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New Petition Needed on Jan 17, 2022 at 9:16 pm

I think its clearly time for the Yukon Party and Jonas Smith to organize another petition against the mandates, passports and other restrictions. I think we could get twice as many signatures next time. Though I hope the YP does a better job of scrutinizing the names before submitting it. The duplicates and fake names just allowed the communist liberals to cast the whole thing aside and pretend that it wasn't legitimate. We should also be supporting businesses who support us against the government. Shout out to Big Bear Donair, Better Bodies, Midnight Sun Drilling, Dirty Northern, Baileys Pub and others. My apologies for not remembering the rest, but we see you and thank you for your support against the tyrannical government. Please also consider making a donation to the Yukon Party which is the only party to see this plandemic for what it really is!

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Take off the mask on Jan 17, 2022 at 8:11 pm

I've begun a campaign of not wearing a mask in stores. Like Al in the comments, I've had it, so I'm making a public statement of civil disobedience. So far, no one has said anything yet. Not a single clerk, not a single customer. Nobody wants to enforce this. I encourage others to join me as the more people that do it, the more others start to notice that many of us just aren't wearing masks anymore. I'm not going to wait until mummy and daddy in government gives me permission. They're clearly inept so I'm going to ignore them and pretend like they don't exist.

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Salt on Jan 17, 2022 at 8:05 pm

Omicron appears to have already peaked and the measures are obvious nonsense, so what are they doing? This is a purely political move. They are punishing the vaccinated in an attempt to radicalize them against the unvaccinated. The leftists are trying to lay the groundwork to implement the general vaccine mandate that their boy king wants. This is evil.

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bonanzajoe on Jan 17, 2022 at 7:50 pm

Anyway, just about everybody now has been jabbed. Everybody is wearing masks. The public has followed the gov. mandates. So, why is the virus spreading? Maybe it's time the the gov. spent some time looking for an answer to this. Obviously all the mandates haven't done any good. So, lets take off the masks, go back to our lives and get back to freedoms that the Marxists took away.
As I said before, the virus isn't going to disappear. We are all going to get it anyway. Even that Yankee quack Fauci said so. So, lets get it, toughen up our immune systems and prepare for the next plandemic scam the global tyrants are going to send us. And stop being afraid. And the governments can shove the boosters up their koosters. RESIST TYRANNY. See you at the polls.

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Dallas on Jan 17, 2022 at 7:41 pm

I have no idea why Kate would be miffed…she supports the liberal government…she is the epitome of ignorance and arrogance.

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Crunch on Jan 17, 2022 at 7:36 pm

Should the truth be known about the numbers, I believe the increase in population growth and the number of ICU beds, hospital capacity, yada yada has been picked up by the modeling data and has put the government in a bind they can't get out of. They have been spending way too much money on a variety of issues (Environmental, Indigenous etc.) and have neglected the medical system.
The only way they can seemingly hang on to any credibility is too rinse and repeat. Thus you hear the same narrative over and over again because they are in too deep to get out. It will come out and will go down as the biggest disaster (management wise) of the 21st century.

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Mike on Jan 17, 2022 at 7:32 pm

Silver thinks that if anyone is paying attention to his orders, he's as dumb as Trudeau. Your mandate has no weight. As for omicron, everyone is going to get it that's vaccinated. Those who have had covid in any form and lived through it without the liberal promoted vaccine will not get it. Your NATURAL IMMUNITY WILL FIGHT IT OFF BEFORE IT BECOMES A ISSUE. And if someone wants to say different than the liberals, show me data where anyone has gotten omicron who has had the other strains. I won't hold my breath - there is no data.

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Gone Crazy on Jan 17, 2022 at 6:56 pm

Lmao! Sure can tell no thought process has gone into this. I’m just gonna go out after 10 pm cuz the virus has gone to bed for the night.

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Jane on Jan 17, 2022 at 6:54 pm

Can the Whitehorse Star please ask the CMO if she thinks it is using her covid sense to drop emails with major policy changes to schools at 8 pm on parents? If she is doing all she can to help support the mental health and well-being of citizens in Yukon by not giving proper information at new conferences when questions can be asked and clarification can be made. Is this approach using her Covid sense?

Ask Sandy if he is using his Covid sense when he drops emails to businesses at 7pm on a Friday after hours changing operations of every sport and most businesses with no offices to call for clarification. No way to prepare customers and save revenue loss. Is this using his Covid sense they patronize everyone with?

If our CMO and our premier would use their Covid sense they keep telling Yukoners to use they would realize they are causing as much of a mental health problem with the amount of stress these half baked releases at all hours of the night is causing. These are big changes and need press conferences and questions. You can’t hide from your actions. Stand up and explain them.

Please take some of your own advice and have some Covid sense. And Kate stop being so incensed and do something. You are propping up this mismanagement and government. The Hidden Valley now this. When are you going to let Yukoners go back to the polls? I think everyone is ready for another election and you are the person that is stopping it. Stop complaining about it and take your support away. If you keep this up you are just as bad as the people making the decisions because you aren’t holding them accountable. They don’t have the seats. Take away your support. If you don’t you might as well
Be liberal because this isn’t what NDP voters voted for.

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Liberally mad on Jan 17, 2022 at 5:55 pm

FFS! Whine all you want but they know there is nothing you can or will do about it. They are exploiting your passivity, your lack of temerity, and celebrating your excessive timidity.
They don’t care if they are voted out at the next election. Thanks to Kate their pensions will be locked in and it will be, adios suckers! See ya, wouldn’t wanna be ya!

And all your crying, whining, bitching, and moaning will have been for naught. But you will go back, Jack and do it again… The lunatic is in the voting booth…

Wait a minute! This whole shamdemic is starting to sound familiar. It’s like bad science fiction:
"Captain's log, stardate 3417.5. The pod plants have spread spores throughout the ship, carried by the ventilation system. Under their influence, my crew is deserting to join the Omicron colony and I can't stop them. I don't know why I have not been infected nor can I get Dr. McCoy to explain the physical-psychological aspects of the infection."

Elliot is the prefect for the Liberal SS propaganda machine… Papers please… We have ways of making you talk!

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Josey Wales on Jan 17, 2022 at 5:39 pm

Hey y’all...how many remember Trevor the dog? Our many engineered imports may not know, for full societal inclusion...story time with Josey.
Well seems the “people” stewarding that creators life, cared so little, each day was the same despite his growth. He grew into his collar, had to be surgically removed as he was so “respected” by his handlers.

Imagine...he had issues, did not play well with others?
Funny no CBC miniseries on traditional animal abuse, just their regular white noise...odd eh?

Seems to me our “safety collar” is growing into our skin...quite literally.
Seems to me our alleged via medical mandates, handlers care equally about our growth and daily social needs as Trevor’s shameful humans.
...odd many of the same types of Safety first folks wish us unjabbed infidels segregated too, just like Trevor the dog.

Medicrats acting as dog catchers, wishing us be collared and tagged.
Political blowholes with their ABSOLUTE propaganda keep that collar tight, very tight.
Letting the state set the dance beat, is a very bad idea to be so eager to dance along with it...but y’all already know that eh?
Following the idiots blindly is no different than the Kool Aid proper group lapping everything Jim Jones had to say...gee that ended well eh?

Trevor had a similar but different ending. He was deemed non essential and was killed...he did not play well with others allegedly.
We need to chew each other’s collars off, pack up and frankly...not play well with others!
Try putting a noose on me, harpoon me for “rabies”?
Good luck with that one, my line was drawn many many “two weeks” ago

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You don’t know force on Jan 17, 2022 at 5:37 pm

If you think this is force, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Quit claiming you were forced. It’s an insult to those who fought for your freedom. Bribed, yes. Coerced, yes. Shamed, ridiculed and marginalized, absolutely. Quit trying to educate everyone about Covid and vaccines. If you want to quit something, quit complying with stupidity because you are “forced.”

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moe on Jan 17, 2022 at 5:30 pm

Very cowardly. I'm done with following these mandates. I'll be doing whatever I want with people who feel the same way. Two vaccines and not scared of omicron. If I do get sick, so be it. We need to pull out of this morass and move on. Elliot and Silver are never going to let go until people start ignoring them on mass and move on without them. They might at that point try to run to the front of the parade to maintain their illusion of leadership.
I've been feeling a whole lot less loyal to Sandy ever since his, "There will be consequences!" speech to the anti-vaxxers. It really let the cat out of the bag about how he views we, the little plebes. I ignore the, "These vaccines are poison! They are killing people!" nonsense, but still believe in 'my body, my choice'. Forcing people to get vaccines? This battle ain't worth it. It's not justified.

And the pure cowardliness or obnoxious and arrogant refusal to 'tolerate' questions from the public and media, as evidenced by their Friday night at 7 pm announcement is reminiscent of Harper and his 'Do as I say!' way of 'leadership'.

Get lost. I'm not following anymore.

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D. Stephen Robertson on Jan 17, 2022 at 5:28 pm

Question: Where are the casinos? Are our rules being cut and pasted from BC? If we’re just going to adopt restrictions from elsewhere and have the entire territory live and die by them, let’s save a bundle and eliminate the middleman/person. That would be you, Sandy.

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NeilAlexGeddy on Jan 17, 2022 at 5:28 pm

Kate White propped them up so why is she whining? The "I've been constantly criticizing ...." rant is getting stale and weak. Grease gets on your clothes when you are working closely with it.

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martin on Jan 17, 2022 at 5:27 pm

I have no words for this. Same as the promised hospital count; after several weeks the lazy ones can't figure out to phone (or go across the Yukon River) to WGH and ask how many people are in there due to Covid.
Economy is a mess; health is a mess, education is a mess and so is pretty much everything else
Kate White: is this Lib Gov't what you are supporting? Time to bail out or you'll sink with them.

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Rick S on Jan 17, 2022 at 4:46 pm

Omicron is a 1-in-5000 chance of severe outcome, averaged across all age groups. Less mild than seasonal flu and closer to a cold. I don't think we could strain the system if we tried. Last update YTG provided there were only two people in the hospital "with" Covid. The whole thing is a farce.

It's incredible how people still need "guidance" and "clarity". So many infantile adults can't even use basic common sense anymore, totally paralyzed psychologically.

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Observer on Jan 17, 2022 at 4:22 pm

Classic example of some people will complain about anything! If the coffee is hot, it is too hot or not hot enough. Good god, we have been in the middle of this for over two years now, we know what we have to do, just do it. These rules come from the experts and we are flying by the seat of our pants, things change quickly. This complaining is coming mostly from the same old cons trying to gain some political advantage and nothing more!!

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Still fed up ! on Jan 17, 2022 at 4:19 pm

This morning the Star asked the government to explain the timing of Friday evenings announcement. No response was provided. REALLY....they are getting really good at not responding to anything ! Just make their own rules, tell the people what to do and don't respond to anyone. I have emailed all the MLA's....and guess what....they don't respond ! I believe this government is going to find that "the people" are going to do what the people believe to be right....and most of them are. Good bye Liberal government !

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Apex Parasite on Jan 17, 2022 at 4:19 pm

Just so done with it all.

Is very clear at this point the virus has had it's way with us and personally I have zero to no faith that the powers that be have any idea what's going on. The narrative changes so quickly it's super hard to even stay remotely current with the various protocols / restrictions.

The vax is proving seemingly nothing as the virus just does what it does and it never really seemed that threatening to start with. We're expected to be reassured that the vax will protect us even as new variants pop up and that tweaks on the vax to try and keep pace will be backwards compatible with the previous variants. What ever happened to the super scary delta variant? Now that we aren't even tracking schools exposures....how threatening was the delta really? Did it just disappear and now is a non issue? Zero faith on that for me and I regret getting the vax at this point as it appears that the virus does what they do and mutates with time into a less and less virulent variants and peters out.
The media is still hyping the "viral blizzard" of omicron for what amounts to a cold essentially. The vax mandate is still being pushed as hard as ever even in the face of the fact that we were told or led to believe it would stop transmission when it didn't. The vax works on the inside....meanwhile the virus does what it does in or noses and mouths as freely as ever, before it crosses the blood brain barrier. Meanwhile the vaxxed are rolling around spreading the stuff more or less as freely as the unvaxxed it seems but in a much more entitled manner with no threat of losing their jobs or being forced into a class system that shows clear signs of a burgeoning witch hunt.

Meanwhile the unvaxxed have been actively discriminated against and been forced into making many huge sacrifices just for, in many cases, having questions that seemingly nobody has answers for or are unwilling to answer.

Pfizer is now being lauded for a "covid treatment" pill when the reality there have been medications available all along that were actively swept under the rug. Now a radical new treatment pops up and everybody oooo's and aaaaa's like it's some kind of minor miracle. There never was a narrative all along talking about what to do if you actually get covid when there were options being willfully ignored, seemingly waiting for the big pharma players to roll out their latest silver bullet. Nobody ever mentioned that while you should wash your hands it might be a good idea to wash out your nose / sinuses as well, especially if you suspect you have covid....voodoo.... Seems like the rona likes warm, dark, mucosal places but heaven forbid you might wash those places in an active manner. Nope...got the rona? Lock yourself in a room and hope for the best, at least until big pharma comes up with a suitable "treatment". Also, once you've gotten over it there is no allowance for natural immunity gained by having battled the virus successfully. Our bodies are miracles and we are not allowing that we've been dealing with viruses for thousands of years at least. We'd rather roll in like toddlers with hammers swinging in a system so nuanced that it boggles the mind.

Just such a convoluted mess but what is pretty clear is nobody seems to have a handle on any of it and are pro actively stoking the fire of fear and misinformation....but asking why or questioning the vax mandate has become heresy.

All hail the vax.

I'm over worrying about it to be honest...bring the omicron

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Not the first time, won’t be the last on Jan 17, 2022 at 4:12 pm

This isn’t the first time they put out a scare release on a Friday evening…anyone recall 2 weeks ago on New Years Eve?

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Benjamin F. on Jan 17, 2022 at 4:05 pm

It's quite simple really; "I will not comply with your lawless mandates." Time to show these petty tyrants-in-training that they serve at OUR pleasure, the taxpayers of this once great territory. Stand now, or kneel forever. The choice is ours.

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Rod on Jan 17, 2022 at 4:02 pm

At first I followed all the restriction diligently and was very respectful of what our “Top Doctor” was doing to prevent covid!
Now, I couldn’t give two sh&t&. I’ll be going on with my day to day routines and not worrying about these absurd restrictions anymore! I mean I was on the phone for at least 3 hours today trying to get some clarification on a few of these restrictions and the folks at the government help line had no idea what to tell me!
Kids can’t skate together but they can sit in the same classroom and roam the same halls for 7 hours a day at school! Beyond stupid!

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You Just Have To Wonder on Jan 17, 2022 at 3:26 pm

Geez.....when is this going to stop? Like in the day announcements. People need to read between the lines. Scare, scare, scare! I am so done with Sidney and Ms Catherine. They keep following the narrative of Mr. Junior. We are humans, with minds and thoughts and, and, and. Give us a break. We need to give ourselves a pat on the back for having a conscience and free thought. I am getting old & I am getting tired of this sh**!

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Demie Leduc on Jan 17, 2022 at 3:24 pm

The Yukon is starting to sound like Quebec and I'm not having it. Everything this government has mandated has put us all 3 steps back. We will never learn to LIVE with this virus if we keep acting like this. The omicron variant was called the "endemic" variant and the Yukon is acting like it's the most deadly one yet. Enough is enough. No means NO!

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Lawrence Bredy on Jan 17, 2022 at 3:23 pm

Doff your masks, open your businesses, invite one and all, birthdays, weddings, funerals. If the Doughvid police show up, escort them to the door, and don't worry about it if it hits them on the ass on the way out.

Enough is enough...F#%K'EM

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North_of_60 on Jan 17, 2022 at 3:23 pm

Yet more foolish contradictory restrictions that have no basis in reality. These will be ignored just like we've been ignoring the other unfounded control measures they've tried to impose.

Omicron is not causing any level of hospitalizations which might overwhelm our medical system. As Omicron spreads it's providing the herd immunity which the useless "vaccines" have been unable to do.

Omicron is a cold. That's what the data tells us. Only lunatic psychopaths would want to shutdown society or put any measures in place at all to fight a cold. The data also shows those vaxes are a waste of time costing taxpayers billions...including pushing them for this common cold AND doing so with little children who's immune system doesn't require help nor are they 'spreaders'.

This Plandemic stops when we say "NO, we've had enough of your foolish unnecessary control measures."

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DMZ on Jan 17, 2022 at 3:22 pm

"The acting chief medical officer of health, Dr. Catherine Elliott, is also recommending that businesses let employees work from home wherever possible, have employees stay home when they're sick and offer supports to mitigate the impacts of self-isolation policies, including financial impacts."

Advice for businesses from the acting CMO telling them to mitigate financial impacts. Thanks?
This is getting dire for businesses. You'd have to be blind not to notice the toll it's taking on them.

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lazy journalism on Jan 17, 2022 at 3:09 pm

I agree that a late-Friday announcement should have waited until today, with a short grace period. But a 10 pm limit on restaurants and bars is in place all over the world, mainly because the more (some) people drink, the less cautious they are about the rules.

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Isolated on Jan 17, 2022 at 2:48 pm

Mandate via Facebook update.

You can bet whatever poor soul who was stuck crafting the messaging was working overtime on Friday, hence the late release, all while our Priemer was no where to be found.

Typical absenteeism by our leaders in government.
Whoever wrote the press release, if you can even call it that, should have looked the word absenteeism up before using it to slander anyone who's been off work due to contracting covid or the draconian mandates.

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Forced to Comply on Jan 17, 2022 at 2:23 pm

All this shows us is that the vaccine mandate and keeping the unvaccinated away from everything isn't slowing the spread at all because the vaccinated can still spread it and vaccine efficiency against omicron is sub-par at best. Why do you continue to double down on this divisiveness? Anyone OK with this needs to seriously look at how redundant this all is.
Enough nanny state, cancel culture BS, we the people need to be allowed to take responsibility for ourselves. If the healthcare system is inadequate during a pandemic where are the military hospitals being set up to take COVID patients so that hospitals can maintain regular operations? Where is the actual support for our medical system (which was strained before this and has been grossly mismanaged)?
Anyone have the answers to these questions?

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Roy on Jan 17, 2022 at 2:20 pm

Poor form.
Don’t announce restrictions in this fashion.
Announce then publicly during business hours and do it live with reporters present.
And the 10pm rule makes no sense at all.
I’d say that the Libs are gonna lose the next election - except for the fact our only other options are a party lost in fantasy land and a party stuck in junior high.


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Juniper Jackson on Jan 17, 2022 at 2:16 pm

Any law is only as effective as people's willingness to accept it and abide by it. Obviously, people are taking the rhetoric from Gov. as so much hot air. I do. I will never let a math teacher tell me how to live my life. (Same with Trudeau..he's never done anything, couldn't hold a job, part time substitute drama teacher, going to tell me what to eat? who I can pray to? health?).

So..as usual, I speak only for myself.. people are going to do what they are going to do regardless of what anyone says. They are going to live their lives, through the laws or around the laws. Umm. Just one question..how many people under 60, healthy, no underlaying conditions, have died of covid?

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Al on Jan 17, 2022 at 2:16 pm

These new measures are nothing short of a curfew. The only thing missing is the word. Everything virtually being shut down by 10 PM. Hm, if it smells like crap, looks like crap then by gosh it is crap. Imposing a curfew through the backdoor is about as low life as you can get.

What in the hell is the matter with you fools?? Anyone looking at this menu of drivel will see nothing but contradictions infused throughout. Do you think for one minute we are bloody fools?

The other message, which I find deplorable, is no funerals. So are we going to be punished if we die? Of course not - but it is the most insensitive and callous measure to be imposed. Families, friends, loved ones can not even pay their respects. Funerals are not just to remember those that have passed on, but more importantly it is a time where collectively we gather to support one another. You already imposed this inane element two years ago. All you managed to do was create more psychological issues for the survivors.

For me, I have had it. I am going to go about my business of living along with ignoring this crap. If someone I know passes away, I will be there, front and centre with the family to provide. You don't like it - tough, I frankly don't care. I am sick and tired of hearing "don't do this, don't do that" because we are doing it for your good! Stick it where the sun doesn't shine.

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