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Doctors around the world sign ‘declaration’ urging society return to normal

It was co-signed by 20 other medical experts. Since being posted online hundreds of other doctors have signed it and thousands of members of the public.

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Hundreds of doctors from around the world have signed a “declaration” urging societies to get back to normal as the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic goes on.

Called the Great Barrington Declaration, the group issued a letter saying “as infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies, and recommend an approach we call Focused Protection. 

“Those who are not vulnerable should immediately be allowed to resume life as normal. Simple hygiene measures, such as hand washing and staying home when sick should be practiced by everyone to reduce the herd immunity threshold.

“Schools and universities should be open for in-person teaching. Extracurricular activities, such as sports, should be resumed.

“Young low-risk adults should work normally, rather than from home. Restaurants and other businesses should open. Arts, music, sport and other cultural activities should resume. People who are more at risk may participate if they wish, while society as a whole enjoys the protection conferred upon the vulnerable by those who have built up herd immunity.”

The declaration was signed in Great Barrington, Mass., by Dr. Martin Kulldorff, professor of medicine at Harvard University, Dr. Sunetra Gupta, professor at Oxford University, an epidemiologist with expertise in immunology, vaccine development, and mathematical modeling of infectious diseases. and Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, professor at Stanford University Medical School.

It was co-signed by 20 other medical experts. Since being posted online hundreds of other doctors have signed it and thousands of members of the public.

The group said lockdowns around the world are causing more problems than they solve.

“Current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health. The results (to name a few) include lower childhood vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings and deteriorating mental health – leading to greater excess mortality in years to come, with the working class and younger members of society carrying the heaviest burden. Keeping students out of school is a grave injustice,” the declaration reads.

“Keeping these measures in place until a vaccine is available will cause irreparable damage, with the underprivileged disproportionately harmed.

“We know that vulnerability to death from COVID-19 is more than a thousand-fold higher in the old and infirm than the young. Indeed, for children, COVID-19 is less dangerous than many other harms, including influenza. 

“As immunity builds in the population, the risk of infection to all – including the vulnerable – falls. We know that all populations will eventually reach herd immunity – i.e.  the point at which the rate of new infections is stable – and that this can be assisted by (but is not dependent upon) a vaccine. Our goal should therefore be to minimize mortality and social harm until we reach herd immunity.

“The most compassionate approach that balances the risks and benefits of reaching herd immunity, is to allow those who are at minimal risk of death to live their lives normally to build up immunity to the virus through natural infection, while better protecting those who are at highest risk. We call this Focused Protection. 

“By way of example, nursing homes should use staff with acquired immunity and perform frequent PCR testing of other staff and all visitors. Staff rotation should be minimized. Retired people living at home should have groceries and other essentials delivered to their home. When possible, they should meet family members outside rather than inside. “

Canada has seen 168,000 cases of coronavirus resulting in 9,492 deaths. Worldwide, there has been 35.5 million cases with 1.04 million deaths.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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Kenney in isolation after top minister catches COVID-19

Municipal Affairs minister tests positive

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is in quarantine after one of his top ministers caught COVID-19.

Municipal Affairs Minister Tracy Allard revealed Wednesday afternoon she had tested positive for the virus.

As one of her close contacts, Kenney is now isolating at home.

In a statement, Allard said she is suffering from mild symptoms of the virus.

The statement said Kenney is being tested for the virus at home.

Transportation Minister Ric McIver is also isolated and being tested after having come into contact with Allard.

UCP MLAs Angela Pitt, Peter Guthrie, and Nathan Neudorff are also entering self-isolation 

On Wednesday, the province confirmed 406 new infections bringing the numbers of active cases to 3,372. 

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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NDP prop up Trudeau’s Liberals in confidence vote

The NDP move means there will be no snap election

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NDP leader Jagmeet Singh has denied Prime Minister Justin Trudeau the election he seemed to want.

Singh said early Wednesday afternoon his party would not join the Tories and Bloc to bring down the minority government in a confidence vote over an attempt to set up an anti-corruption committee.

For several weeks the Liberals have been stalling as opposition members of the finance committee work to unveil details on the WE charity scandal that has seen revelations that Trudeau’s immediate family members have benefitted by being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars from the charity.

“We’re looking at options, but I want to make Canadians absolutely clear that we are not going to give the Prime Minister the election he’s looking for,” Singh said at a news conference prior to the vote.

The NDP and the Liberals defeated the motion by a vote of 180-146.

Tory leader Erin O’Toole blasted the Trudeau manoeuvres.

“Creating a committee has never in our history been grounds for a confidence vote,” said O’Toole.

“It’s Mr. Trudeau that is making it a confidence vote because Mr. Trudeau would prefer to try and go to an election rather than (answer) questions about insider spending scandals.”

The Green Party’s three MPs also voted against the Tory motion.

“Ahead of today’s vote on the Conservative motion to create a special committee, I would like to remind all Members of Parliament that people in Canada are counting on us to keep our eye on the ball and to focus on their needs,” Green Party leader Annamie Paul said in a statement.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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Beer tanks theft leaves B.C. brew pub owner with bad taste in mouth

RCMP are investigating after two massive one-tonne fermenting tanks were stolen from outside a Port Coquitlam brewery under construction.

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Talk about a thirsty thieves!

RCMP are investigating after two massive one-tonne fermenting tanks were stolen from outside a Port Coquitlam brewery under construction.

The five-metre high tanks are valued at $20,000 each.

The owner of Boardwalk Brewing, Phil Saxe, said that the plan was to pour concrete for the floor this week, and begin brewing by December.

He noticed the tanks were missing when he showed up for work on Monday.

“It was pretty devastating, obviously,” Saxe told CBC.

He said a crane or specialized forklift would have to be used to steal the tanks.

Saxe said he’s offering a reward for any tips.

“If your neighbour looks like they’re building a brewery in their backyard and some new tanks showed up please let us know. These are worth way more to us than they are in scrap,” he said.

“This is the first that I’ve heard of fermenters being stolen — and something this large. There was a blue tarp that went with them, so I would imagine that would have been covering them on the way out,” said Const. Deanna Law to the CBC.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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