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Some of the people in Calgary, Alberta feel that their fundamental rights and freedoms are being taken away from them. (Excerpts from cbc.ca)

“Hundreds marched through downtown Calgary on Saturday to protest against mandated masks and other public health measures intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the same day record highs in new cases and hospitalizations were reported in the province.

The protests, or “Walk for Freedom,” have been a weekly occurrence in the city and across the country for months, but Saturday was the first since the province’s 10-person limit on outdoor gatherings was announced on Tuesday.

“To see that there is a group of people in the Canadian population that is against masking, and to say that it infringes on their freedom, is taking the word out of context — it’s actually an insult on all those civil rights heroes who fought for freedom,” said Dr. Sajjad Fazel, a public health researcher at the University of Calgary.

“When we look at the word freedom, we’re talking about when people’s rights are taken away … you’re not allowed to drink and drive without any consequences, right? Everything has a consequence … when it’s for the public good, the scenario changes.”

So to protest the measures meant to inhibit the spread of the virus, we’re going yo hold a protest that will actively spread the virus?  I realize the level of intelligence required to vote for false populist neoliberal demagogues isn’t particularly high but these actions, the hyper-spreading of a pandemic level virus, make me wonder if they need to take classes on how to walk and chew gum at the same time.

This from Health Canada.

Respiratory droplets are one of the main vectors of disease transmission. Yet the only masks being worn at the rally looked like this:

Which means the hospitalization rates in Alberta look like this:

This section of the demographic in Alberta are the ones that don’t believe in Public healthcare.  The very same people they regularly demonize and vote against, are the ones keeping these fine individuals alive once the succumb to the virus.  Unfortunately, this cannot go on forever, our doctors and nurses and the care they provide are rapidly burning-out finite resources.

Dr. Lynora Saxinger, an infectious diseases expert at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, has warned that the weeks to come are likely to bring dangerous trends.

“In case anyone is wondering, we’re really in deep trouble in hospitals. This can’t continue,” Saxinger said on Twitter

“This is a deadly pandemic, but we will be looking at excess deaths because of failure to take appropriate measures.”

Breaking point reached.  I certainly hope our plucky freedom fighters respect the overtaxed doctors right to choose – especially when they have to make decisions as to who lives and who dies based on the lack of medical personnel and resources.

 

 

 

birth-control

What the hell is this? Am I living in the US or something?

This story broke on on CBC radio June 27th, and listening to what happened I filled this news tid-bit safely under  the “smart people doing stupid things” category.  The tale of this doctor’s mixed up medical ethos stuck in my brain though and managed to annoy me enough inspire a blog post on the topic.

“A Calgary doctor is being criticized by patients for refusing to prescribe birth control at a walk-in clinic. When Dr. Chantal Barry is on shift a sign at the WestGlen Medical Centre informs patients that the doctor on duty does not prescribe birth control pills.”

Whut?  Naw, lets append that to, “What the ever living frak is Dr. Chantal Barry thinking/smoking?”

“The Alberta College of Physicians and Surgeons has a policy that states doctors are not required to provide care that violates their moral or religious beliefs. However, physicians are expected to refer patients for care in a timely manner.”

Okay, a stupid policy if I ever heard one, but at least it has the proviso that patients that you happen to neglect because of your particular voodoo should be referred to another doctor that is less reality challenged then yourself.  In this situation though, being a clinic with only one doctor on duty per shift, that particular option doesn’t exist.

Pam Krause, head of the Calgary Sexual Health Centre, said she is shocked to hear about a doctor at a walk-in clinic refusing routine medical care.

“Easy access to birth control works,” she said. “It prevents pregnancy and it prevents other social problems down the road, and it should be easily accessible in a city like Calgary from a family physician.”

The solution, Dear Doctor Barry , is keep your ‘morality’ hung discreetly under that MD in evidence based fucking medicine and do your damn job.

[Source: cbc.ca]

 

 

 

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