I want Dr. Hinshaw to succeed in convincing Albertans to do the right thing. I could hear her frustration today. But her media availability was full of equivocation. She was asked for details, numbers, concrete examples...1/6
and instead we heard ‘it depends’, ‘we’re not sure yet’, ‘we’re monitoring that’, ‘there are many factors’ or ‘I have not been part of that conversation.’ For me, at least, it sounds like there is no plan. The threat of ‘more intrusive measures’ seems empty because...2/6
there is no indicator of what that means. At all. We blew past the 50% ICU capacity trigger and then some. I understood when she first said 35 of 70 in ICU that *something* would happen. Nothing did. New York closed their schools today at the 3% testing positivity, like 3/6
they said they would. We’re at more than double that, and no trigger number is indicated. Dozens of school are on ‘watch’ with 5+ current cases. And....what? How are they being watched? What is different about schools on watch ? 4/6
We also hear Dr. Hinshaw say there were people going out of their way to find loopholes in the new measures and bend the rules. Could there be a clearer indicator that something stricter needs to be in place, with some strong deterrent, enforceable fines behind it? 5/6
Again, I want these health measures to succeed, but at the same time I want some concrete, specific answers with numbers, deadlines and true consequences. 6/6

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18 Nov
I’m trying to get most of my holiday shopping done online and early. But, I still want to spend as much as possible in Alberta. Please reply with your favourite (or own!) Alberta businesses that have online shopping + delivery or curbside pickup! Add a brief description. Retweet!
I’ll add a few to my own thread.
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16 Nov
I’ve got a journalism degree. I can think up good questions!
Here are some:
-if kids can be asymptomatic, like you said, how do you know those kids aren’t bringing it home from school?

-is anyone checking to see that close contacts who were quarantined ARE being tested? 1/5
-Please explain how 30 kids much closer together than 2m eating lunch in a classroom with no masks on is different than a party?

-Please explain how a group fitness or kids’ dance class is different than a PE class at school?
-Students can be in a room together for 6 hours, mostly with masks on, but a lot closer together than 2m. Please explain why this is safer than having a few masked guests over to my home, for 2 hours who *can* be 2m apart.
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16 Oct
My great grandfather moved to Edmonton as a teen in 1878, when his father, who had been an Arctic explorer, then chief factor for the Hudson Bay Co. , settled here. My great grandfather earned his own living for many years driving a stagecoach, delivering mail and passengers 1/8
to and from the Edmonton area, going from Fort Saskatchewan down to Calgary and back. He also kept a livery stable and people paid to keep their horses there. One of his brothers also drove a stagecoach and another was a prospector, looking for gold and silver in Alaska. 2/8
My grandfather didn’t drive a stagecoach like his father because that was no longer a career choice by the early 1920s. Instead, he became a journeyman tinsmith with his own sheet metal shop in Jasper Place. My dad apprenticed with him and worked there too. 3/8
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15 Oct
Suppose I am a healthcare worker ( I did work 3 summers of university doing light housekeeping and serving meals on ward kitchens of a hospital, so I can imagine). The UCP lays me off my job and I am rehired by the new private contractor for $5/hr less and no benefits. 1/1
They also hired fewer people to do the same work. Now I work harder, but make $200/wk less and also have to budget for prescription medication, dental work or other expenses. So my spending power is reduced. $200 a week is the equivalent of my grocery budget. I still need 2/2
groceries, so what else can I cut? Eating out? Gone. A new vehicle I wanted? Not this year. Some renos for my home? Will have to wait. Tickets to an event? Too extravagant. Some new clothes my kids want but don’t exactly need? I’ll find them for cheaper or buy less. 3/3
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19 Sep
Seeing comments/memes belittling the fatigue, stress and anxiety teachers and school staff are feeling. Many comments like, ‘quit if you don’t like it’ or ‘grocery store workers kept working while you were at home being paid to do nothing’ or ‘good thing they aren’t nurses’ 1/
First of all, kudos and endless gratitude to everyone who worked during the lockdown, for being ‘out there’ and providing essential services. Thank you! 2/
Even though teachers worked from home for the last 3 months of last school year, they were working too. They had to turn on a dime to figure out an entirely new way of doing their job, which many teachers found exhausting and taking up all day and every evening. 3/
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4 Sep
I’m sure this has been discussed before, but seeing the choices UCP have been making just lately makes me think about their poisonous and toxic worldview. To them:
-if you are poor, that is your own fault. If you were a better quality person, you would not be poor. Therefore
the government bears no responsibility for doing anything about your poverty.
-related to this, if you can only earn a minimum wage at your job, UCP thinks that is because there is something defective in your character. Nothing to do with them allowing employers to exploit you.
-if your poverty affects your children, that, again, is your problem and not anyone else’s, according to UCP. You should have thought of that before you had children. Even if the circumstances that reduced you to poverty happened after they were born.
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