My mom works in a small grocery store in my hometown on Lake Huron. When the pandemic began, I was terrified. A broken ankle took her out of work in late March until very recently. I was feeling okay about her going back when Ontario's numbers were better. But now... 1/11
Each time we talk she tells me about more customers coming in refusing to wear masks. 'Why should I bother? It's not really here, and I see people not wearing them all over the place.' Her friends and out-of-towners gathering in groups without #PhysicalDistancing or masks. 2/11
Each time I talk about #COVID19 on FB, friends who are still in the area insist the crisis is over and there's no need to worry. For them, 'we need to learn to live with this virus,' means, 'we have to get back to normal and it is what it is'. 3/11
They're gathering as usual. They're planning fall activities as usual. 'COVID's not really here,' while seasonal tourists continue to fill parks and cottages and restaurants and businesses every weekend from all over the province. 4/11
I see friends from all over posting pictures of cottage weekends and wine tours with people I know are not in their social circles, taking a 'fun' picture with a mask, and then the real pictures with hugs and close contact, captions about how good it is to back to normal. 5/11
Some of these visits include people from highly-impacted regions visiting areas with little to no activity, and have continued after kids have returned to school. 6/11
Every day we're told that 99% of people are being responsible and it's 'a bunch of yahoos' screwing it up for everyone. I think it's a problem we're not talking about how great the complacency has become. People think it's over. 7/11
And at the same time, our rates are rising, colder weather will bring activities indoors, school is back, and flu season is beginning. We've outstretched our ability to test people who need tests and response from the government lacks meaningful action to turn this around. 8/11
Govt messaging suggesting that restrictions to limit spread are a 'punishment' make people resent the actions that need to be taken to save people's lives. Suggesting most people are following advice belies the reality. A lot of people aren't, and that's a huge problem. 9/11
@BogochIsaac has suggested it's time to call in communications specialists and I think, as far as Ontario as concerned, this is worth considering. What I'm seeing from the people in my own circles tells me there's confusion about what's being asked of them. Clarity is vital.10/11
I've already lost a parent, and I've already lost a child to infectious disease. 2836 Ontarians have died from #COVID19 this year, and it's up to us now to prevent that number from getting bigger. I don't know what we're waiting for, and I'm worried about my mom. 11/11

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24 May
An average of ~3500 Canadians die from the flu in a typical year.

That number sounds so small in the wake of #COVID19, but that's a lot of people lost to a preventable illness.

But this year all our illness prevention efforts wiped out the flu. Compare to previous years. 1/5
People over 65, kids under 5, pregnant women, and people with underlying health concerns are at greatest risk from the flu's most serious complications, but risk isn't absolute and perfectly healthy younger adults die from this preventable disease, too. 2/5

#ForJudeForEveryone
I don't know what the flu might look like in the next year or two, but my hope is that the lessons we've learned through the pandemic will carry forward and we'll do a better job protecting ourselves and each other. In all this devastation, we saved kids this year. 3/5
Read 5 tweets
23 May
I appreciate the interest and enthusiasm I'm seeing to find creative solutions for the remaining weeks of school. We advocated tirelessly for many of these options throughout the pandemic, and found they require a significant amount of planning and new resources.#onted #onpoli 1/
I'd love for my daughter to finish her final year at her school in-person with friends and educators who have seen her through these seven years. With four weeks left my hopes are now pinned on better when our kids return in September. #onted #onpoli 2/4
This school year never had to be this way. Our government chose not to prioritize the necessary steps to keep schools consistently, safely open. The way Ontario has experienced #COVID19 was preventable, and our kids have paid a high price. #onted #onpoli 3/4
Read 4 tweets
3 May
I'm tired of listening to our provincial government blame everyone but themselves. Teachers, unions, the opposition, Bob Rae(?). They've been in power for three years and the entire pandemic.

What do they feel they're responsible for? Is there a list they can provide? #onpoli
There are issues that are older than their govt. Absolutely.

That does not absolve them of responsibility to take action now.

We've seen them choose not to plan. Not to take proactive steps to reduce community transmission. To reopen too fast while building field hospitals.
They chose not to bring in the military to LTC during the second wave of the pandemic.

Why?

The situation continued to be desperate. Help was needed. How many people died? What did they not want exposed during the second wave?

Nothing changed, and we'd have seen it.
Read 6 tweets
3 May
They chose to try to control the appearance of the situation, rather than taking more care to make our classrooms safer. My kids returned to crowded classrooms next to empty ones, and the only ventilation strategy was open windows. #onpoli #onted

thestar.com/news/investiga…
.@sflecce's spokesperson continues to insist educators and opposition wanted schools closed all year.

This is simply untrue. As a parent I advocated tirelessly for a safe return to school where my kids thrive. The government didn't take school safety seriously. #onpoli #onted
Kids, educators, and families across Ontario deserved better than this. We saw through the gaslighting all year. We saw the government's flimsy measures fail us. We received the letters about cases and outbreaks in our schools. We isolated and pivoted and did our best. #onted
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4 Mar
I was recently given well-meaning advice, to speak less about Jude, that talking about him too much could be seen as politicizing him.

"Have the courage to listen to their grief for as long as they want to talk about it."- @MaryFernando_
1/9

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On May 6th it will be five years since I hugged my little boy.

When you lose someone, the world keeps moving, and people will get on with their lives around you. But your person is still gone, and your life is still changed.

2/9
4.5 years ago we made the choice to speak publicly about Jude's death with hope that by sharing him, we could protect someone else's family. We wished desperately that the conversation about illness prevention had been louder a year earlier, to save Jude.

3/9
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2 Mar
As our #COVIDVaccine efforts ramp up in Ontario, there are hard conversations happening. LTC needed to be our top priority, and as of yesterday there were still residents receiving their first dose. Frontline healthcare workers also needed to be prioritized. 1/10
Now that we can expect regular vaccine shipments, Ontarians are asking where they & their loved ones fall in line. All else being equal, age would be the greatest risk factor.

But all else is not equal, and our postal codes are a factor in risk levels.2/
thestar.com/news/gta/2021/…
'In these worst-affected postal codes, the death rate for people 80 and older was 27x higher than an 80-plus person living in ON’s least-affected postal codes.

Even people in their early 40s had 2x death or hospitalization rate vs a senior >80 in areas w/lowest COVID rates.'3/10
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