The Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health was granted a 2nd 60-day extension @ONThealth to reply to my October 25th, 2022, FOI request:
"On August 31, 2022, Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore announced a public health policy change in which he stated... "
" was permissible to go to work or into public buildings masked despite a recent COVID19 infection, provided the individual was afebrile for 24 hours and their symptoms were improving."
"This advice was contrary to recommendations by members of the Advisory COVID19 Ontario Science Table. It is in stark contrast to the recommendations of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Centres for Disease Control (CDC, USA)."
"Therefore, I am requesting all scientific evidence that Dr. Moore relied upon to make the decision to remove isolation requirements (for at least 5 days) following the onset of symptoms from COVID19."
"Furthermore, Dr. Kieran Moore made this recommendation on a background where public masking was no longer required. He has directed vulnerable persons i.e. immunocompromised persons, people with disabilities, cancer patients on treatment etc., to mask, if it was right for them."
"The medical evidence of COVID19 transmission clearly demonstrates two-way masking is more effective than one-way masking. One way masking is further reduced in effectiveness when a significant number of individuals in the same area are actively shedding virus through..."
"...unsealed masks/non-fit tested N95 masks. In my opinion, also shared by public health experts in Ontario, the risks to vulnerable persons on transit, in grocery stores, and in pharmacies have increased because of these changes. "
"Therefore, I request the Chief Medical Officer of Health provide all evidence he relied upon that demonstrated one-way masking DOES NOT increase the risks to vulnerable persons."
On November 23, 2022, I was informed by Access and Privacy, Ministry of Health, that over 4000 pages of documents required review. On December 1, a 60-day extension was granted. On January 31, another 60-day extension was given.
Note I requested scientific evidence except for the latter request, where I requested all evidence that one-way masking DID NOT increase risks to vulnerable persons. The delay is comical because we know the answers to the questions posed.
My belief, if the risks were increased to vulnerable Ontarians by this policy, then the CMOH had a professional and ethical duty to inform the vulnerable. He had a duty to tell them which environments to avoid and to wear N95 masks otherwise.
Based on the FOI obtained by @jackhauen it's clear the @ONThealth @DrFullertonMPP were aware of the increased risks to seniors in LTC by removal of the public health measures. Masking continued in LTC following the June 2022 mask mandate expiration.…
This has to mean they were also aware of the increased risks to the vulnerable in the community but chose not to act to protect them other than "mask if it is right for you" or do a "personal risk assessment".
Vulnerable persons in our communities died in significant numbers.
Please consider whether @fordnation & @SylviaJonesMPP truly care about the health of all Ontarians. #Ableism #ageism
Ontarians should understand there is no maximum time period in which a FOIPPA request must be satisfied. This government (and others) can simply add extensions indefinitely. Perhaps a good time to write your MPP and ask this to change.
What is @fordnation trying to hide?
Freedom of the Press is an idea at this point. Democracies begin to die when transparency fades.
When was the last press conference from the CMOH when he took open questions from the media on his own?
It's important that elected representatives hear from you. /🧵 end.
FWIW, I've just been informed "It is likely that consultation will not require the full-time noted." That was a reply to an email inquiry a few minutes ago, to the Access & Privacy Office, MOH.
There's no "I'll believe it when I see it" emoji. 🤷🏼‍♂️

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