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Canada Mandryk: Get out and vote — don't make COVID-19 just another excuse

16:16  26 october  2020
16:16  26 october  2020 Source:   leaderpost.com

Mandryk: 2017 budget should make us leery of Sask. Party platform

  Mandryk: 2017 budget should make us leery of Sask. Party platform Saskatchewan, on Monday, recorded its highest number of daily new COVID-19 cases and the number of active cases climbed to a record 427 on Tuesday. This comes at a time when the province’s unemployment rate is an unnervingly high 6.8 per cent (although it is the lowest among the provinces) and when a $2.1-billion 2020-21 deficit is pushing public debt to $24 billion. This is hardly a stellar record for Scott Moe’s Saskatchewan Party government asking to be re-elected in five days, but there is validity in its argument that it has been a victim of circumstances it has handled rather well. Moe and the Sask.

The Health Secretary refused to deny that plans were being made to emulate Nicola Sturgeon's clampdown in Scotland and bring in a new top Tier 4. Currently England's Tier system ends at three, which allows restaurants and shops to remain trading, while closing pubs bars which do not serve food.

Covid - 19 fraudsters have been caught selling face masks that offer no protection, UK lights that do not kill viruses and gadgets that falsely claim to 'sterilise the air'. Officers are tracing the supply chain back to the importers and advising the sellers about not stocking products making misleading claims.

One gets why there may be more incentive than usual to stay at home today and not vote.

Medical-grade N95 masks are in short supply, so Canadian companies and institutions are pivoting their normal manufacturing operations to make them. © Provided by Leader Post Medical-grade N95 masks are in short supply, so Canadian companies and institutions are pivoting their normal manufacturing operations to make them.

We are seven months into a pandemic and we’ve been told it’s our societal obligation to stay at home and avoid gathering in large groups. We have even been told not to to gather in large bunches to say goodbye to a loved one at a funeral or celebrate a wedding or birthday.

And some may have legitimate reason to stay home. There are 619 active COVID-19 cases with 138 new Saskatchewan cases on the weekend. If you have symptoms that are disconcerting or are a person with health makes you vulnerable, maybe you do have to sit this one out.

Mandryk: Parties' records in government a key campaign battleground

  Mandryk: Parties' records in government a key campaign battleground When it comes to assessing those political party candidates asking you to hire them to run things for the next four years, think back to when you were applying for jobs — especially, your first ones. Whether or not you got that job likely came down to your work record and experience at that time… or in some cases, lack thereof. This is not meant as a slight to Green Party Leader Naomi Hunter or Progressive Conservative Leader Ken Grey or Liberal Leader Robert Rudachyk or whoever is leading the separatist party or independent candidates seeking seats. Given this election has sorely lacked choice or new ideas, such criticism seems especially wrong-headed.

is sacked from the set after turning up to work ahead of receiving a positive covid - 19 diagnosis Joe Nugent, a director on EastEnders, attended set with covid - 19 'symptoms' After taking test weekend of October 10 he went to work Monday and Tuesday Danny Dyer ruled himself out with a series of negative coronavirus tests following the scare.

A far more civil debate saw Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden make multiple unforced errors, doubling Over the course of the night, Biden made several. Masks and Covid - 19 shutdowns. When Biden claimed that Pelosi’s HEROES Act is just waiting for Trump’s approval, Trump countered

The old adage that there is nothing more important than your health would seem to apply. COVID-19 is a serious disease that’s been treated by some in an unserious way.

But if you are choosing today to simply use COVID-19 as a slightly-more-legitimate-than-usual excuse not to vote, maybe it’s time to assess how legitimate your concerns really are .. or ever were. An honest self-assessment would help here.

If you are choosing not to go and vote this Monday after choosing to go to the bar on Friday or grocery store on Saturday or your place of worship on Sunday (or whatever is your preferred day you choose or choose not to worship), maybe your decision-making process has less to do with legitimate coronavirus concerns than you are trying to convince yourself.

Mandryk: Short campaign leaves far too many questions unanswered

  Mandryk: Short campaign leaves far too many questions unanswered Every campaign goes out of its way to prove right former prime minister Kim Campbell’s half-fictitious notion that “an election is no time to discuss serious issues”. But it seems Saskatchewan’s 2020 election campaign tried especially hard to duck key questions. If anything, more questions were raised than answered. So before Monday’s vote, let’s consider what wasn’t answered: How do we pay for it all? With $849 million in proposed new But it seems Saskatchewan’s 2020 election campaign tried especially hard to duck key questions. If anything, more questions were raised than answered.

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The 151 Covid - 19 deaths across all settings - including hospitals, care homes and the wider community - reported The reports come amid another day of major Covid - 19 news: Britain recorded a further 151 NHS workers are 'set to get a vaccine in weeks' as the Government accelerates timetable for a

Chief electoral officer Michael Boda and the legislature’s all-party Electoral Advisory Group that includes chief medical health officer Dr. Saqib Shahab have been working since June to keep you safe.

They include the obligatory two-metres social distancing, hand sanitizers, surface-area clearing and single-use pencils (although you are even welcome to bring your own pencil or pen).

Perhaps the advisory group could have done more than just “urge” mask use in the polling booths, but that would have required a law change that didn’t happen.

When you go out and vote today wear a masks anyway. If you have the common sense capacity to choose the next government, surely you must have enough common sense to wear a mask to the polls.

And if you are one of the 185,061 voters who voted in the advanced polls or one of the 61,255 of Saskatchewan’s 817,014 eligible votes who asked for a mail-in ballot, thank you both for democratic participation and consideration to your fellow human beings.

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  COVID-19 Update: 622 new cases, five deaths | Blood Tribe reports case in reserve school | Calgary jail outbreak poorly managed, union says With news on COVID-19 happening rapidly, we’ve created this page to bring you our latest stories and information on the outbreak in and around Calgary. What’s happening now The province reported 622 new cases of COVID-19 on 12,938 tests and five additional deaths. There are 5,172 active cases in Alberta and 2,034 in Alberta Health Services’ Calgary zone. The union representing Alberta jail workers said Friday the COVID-19 outbreak at the Calgary Correctional Centre has been badly mismanaged. The outbreak now has 132 cases — 112 in inmates and 20 in staff.

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But, again, if COVID-19  is just the most recent in your litany of excuses not to vote, maybe it’s time to give your big, wooly head a shake.

Yes, there were elements of this 2020 Saskatchewan election campaign off-putting … maybe even downright disheartening. Social media has clearly added to this sentiment. Regular media like me have likely contributed our fair share. And the parties, themselves, don’t always enhance the democratic participatory enthusiasm with their ceaseless bickering.

Sometimes, it’s just obnoxious and nasty behaviour best chalked up to the sentiment that some mommas and daddies don’t raise their kids right.

But whether such bad choices come from the influence of a collective herd mental that can sometime engulf a party campaign or  in their lone existences where they’re untouched by another human soul until their ill-thought rants hit the internet, even the bad behaviour generally comes from a passion for change.

Yes, people will sometimes cross lines and make mistakes. But that’s why every four years, we elect those willing to take the responsibility to fix the problems we encounter and maybe even a few mistakes we make.

Those running for office and those supporting their causes have work hard to make that happen this campaign. They’ve usual done so in a responsible and sometimes even in smart and funny way.

They’ve shown leadership by wearing masks and by keeping a proper social distance. They’ve come up with fun and creative solutions like the Saskatchewan Party’s  “big honkin’ rally” or the NDP’s “drive-in rally” as substitutes for the traditional close-contact campaign gatherings.

So do yourself a favour today and pick someone — anyone on your ballot from any party or running independently — to represent you. Surely, this COVID-19 mess has taught you how important government really is.

Mandryk is the political columnist for the Regina Leader-Post and Saskatoon StarPhoenix.

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Bill Walton enticed members of the Celtics, including Larry Bird, Rick Carlisle and Robert Parish, to see two Grateful Dead concerts 35 years ago.Sitting off to the side on the stage that night were members of the Boston Celtics, including noted Deadhead Bill Walton.

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