“Alberta continues to take extraordinary measures to control the spread of the virus,” says UofA President Bill Flanagan.

I actually can’t tell if that was a troll - it was delivered expertly.

Money for universities is good news though. Especially for science. #ableg
This update is on $20M for the Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research Innovation, applied virology institute.

It’s rather uplifting to hear the gains they’ve been making in research and development in HepC vaccines. I lost a cousin to that a year ago yesterday🥲
Dr. Houghton says they’re working to make Alberta, and the UofA a “globally competitive site for biotechnology” and says that is possible through support from the government.

That had to be a troll 😏
First Q is about business subsidies.

Second is about dissidence on the backbench.

Jk says they’re looking at regional measures to address differences in geographical spread. Case spread is higher in rural on a per capita basis.

Says the end is near thanks to vaccines
Says once we get past the spring spike they will look at diverse measures.

And it froze while he was answering the follow up which was about whether he’d kick people out of caucus for being totally against govt. He got “while I’ve said we accept a diversity of opinions...” out..
That was a troll on the public I’m sure.

At the end of the day the govt must decide how to protect lives and that’s what we’ll do, Kenney says.

It’s weird that having opinions makes headlines, he says.

Says we must tolerate a diversity of opinion.
Q: they’re complaining they aren’t being heard.

JK: we’ve been listening to constituents and MLAs. It’s a moral responsibility of govt to protect lives.

Q: lead up to the letter?

JK: we received advice from CMOH and Shandro on Tuesday and we acted quickly.
JK: part of the challenge is non-compliance and it’s hard to enact new rules when they’re already not being followed.

Narrator who is not in queue to ask a question: AND WHAT WILL YOU DO ABOUT THAT???
JK says they’ll look at regional differences when they can.

Says nobody likes these restrictions and they’re increasing vaccinations.

But it takes two weeks for vaccines to have an effect.

People asking about US states and JK says we don’t have the vaccination levels.
JK says carving up the map won’t stop this wave, just a few more weeks...

Q: pharmacies say they were caught off guard.

JK: we held a news conference with the pharma association and Shoppers a couple weeks ago, “I think our cooperation has been exemplary”
JK: we were caught off guard by early arrival of vaccines, if anything.

Narrator: maybe if you weren’t constantly telling everyone that none were coming, you could have prepped for, ya know, vaccines that you were told were coming.
JK: I believe the pharmacies will be great partners. We need to use every resource available to get vaccines in arms. If we could keep them open 24/7 we would.

Narrator: so there’s like... a role for government where they get to make decisions based on the public interest ...?
And that was that.

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#abed #ableg
Read these ones carefully.
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