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  1. agreed, but we didn't do ANYTHING. Further, we could never stop the virus, but the key was to delay wholesale infection until treatments and later vaccines were proven and available.
  2. China is a very big place (1/4 of the whole world) and just as with every other immigrant candidate, we should simply be selective of WHO is coming in, not where they are from.
  3. Had our so-called "government" bothered to do even the basic level of screening at the border...
  4. It would start with a constitution that made such accommodation, not the worthless crap the Big Tur..TRUdeau set up to allow for social engineering...the "just society" (as I always have to draw the conclusion that once the LPC gets its way there will be nothing left of Canada..just society.
  5. I think he should just be charged with criminal ignorance for being Justin Tur...uh...TRUdeau.
  6. Wow. This is a topic worthy of an entire website, never mind a single thread. Having put two kids through University for 21 years as well as having our own experiences (LONG ago), and living with several teachers in the family - I do have an opinion (bought and paid for). Universities are, or more to the point WERE about getting a "universal" education. They have evolved into this mish-mash of some genuine academic pursuit, some very vocational activities and a bureaucracy and society of those who exploit our ignorance to give them a comfortable place to hide without having to actually accomplish anything in life (except of course, to live high on the hog). Now, don't get me wrong: in my work, I have found in several situations where the research of some REALLY good academics has produced clusters of technology firms who developed from the science being done at their university. I am not ready to say that there is no longer any place for these post-secondary institutions, but I do believe they have evolved to something that in it's current form does NOT serve the needs of the country nor the students. Many who have cause to hire senior or technical staff will have some pretty strong opinions about the lack of quality of university graduates in many disciplines. IMHO the breakdown starts with the concept that everyone "deserves" a post secondary education, and the university "industry" then lowers its standards to allow this level of inclusiveness - as it results in the funding needed to sustain and grow the academic bureaucracy. Our eldest taught her science to undergrads while in grad school, and she came to the same conclusion that many professors I know have told me over the years: 99% of the people in their class are there to pass a test - they have no interest, desire and often ability to actually learn the subject material. She left academia to raise her kids, but now is delighted to teach young children who are generally curious and WANT to learn. I think this thirst for knowledge is beaten out of them in their middle years, and by the time they reach post-secondary studies, they have learned to just "go with the flow" and pass the exam. It's not just our universities, but our entire educational system that is failing badly. There needs to be some very distinct separation between the academic and vocational substance of our post-secondary institutions. I have no trouble with some taxpayer participation in university education, but the idea that you can be there because your are a part of some minority or whatever other social engineering government is trying to do is repulsive to me. Similarly, the idea that you can simply lower the standards to allow anyone to walk in is similarly ridiculous. I believe if you want to be there on even a portion of public cost, you need to prove on entry to be at a high enough level of ability to earn that privilege. While there, I think you should also have to be able to demonstrate constantly that you are there to LEARN something, not just pass the test and get the degree. One way of doing this might well be to tie the cost of being there directly to testing that is UNDERSTANDING based, not simply regurgitated BS measured for knowledge. Get the marks, get the taxpayer support. Even just showing up with a bag of cash, entry requirement should raise the bar enough so as not to dilute the quality of education the genuinely capable, curious and ambitious. On the vocational side: I believe that there should be a common track of academic requirements for trades, technologists and professionals that would allow say one year of equivalent academic requirements to gain trade certification, a second and third year to become a certified technologist (diploma engineer or equivalent in other countries), two more years to become a professional, and then on to Masters, PhD and post docs pretty much as we have now. By putting everyone on the same career/academic path instead of "streaming" it would make it much easier for someone to work their way through to higher levels within their discipline, but more than that, ensure that those who are at any one level are TOTALLY familiar with what is going on with those beneath their level. On the academic front: as I already said, RAISE the standards dramatically. Pay for accomplishment, but testing needs to measure actual understanding and be progressively tied to public financial support. There is simply no need to waste four years of a kid's time and their parents' money to get a piece of paper when there is nothing behind it either academically or vocationally to prepare them for life and work. IMHO, larger universities are not a measure of success of our educational system, but utter failure. Finally, on the financial front: vary the degree of financial assistance to the desire/benefit of the studies to the country and the economy. If you want a degree in basket weaving, pony up the cash and maintain the levels or performance and you can have such a useless degree.
  7. Believe me when I tell you that when a 500kV line flashes over with even an amp or two of current (and it will be a LOT more than that) there won't be enough of you or me left to worry about pneumonia.
  8. Z: the elephant in the corner of the room is re-infection. Still not clear that the virus is mutating fast enough to re-infect - in which case all bets are off on vaccines. This is why you need a new influenza vaccine every year and then no guarantee you have the RIGHT one.
  9. This is exactly how we treated many viral infections before vaccines existed. It is also what has already been done in other places where people who were asymptomatic or suffered only mild symptoms have given transfusions to others (or had plasma harvested and re-injected to others) with success...exactly because as you suggest, they have the antibodies within their serum. Also regarding vaccines: there are several candidates now undergoing testing on some kind of accelerated schedule. Here is but one of many...this one somewhat Canadian: https://globalnews.ca/news/6671901/coronavirus-canadian-company-covid-19-vaccine-candidate/ Worth noting this is from the same cluster of academics (not sure if same company) that created the treatment and vaccine that brought ebola under control. There is a LOT going on that is fairly close to production. For instance, a serological test for antibodies that will allow detection of those who are or have been infected (refer back to first paragraph). Here is 62 PAGES of papers regarding current and other applicable research regarding corona virus: https://connect.medrxiv.org/relate/content/181 If you bother to learn a bit about viral disease (and I admit to suffering a great deal of ignorance on the topic) you will realize that natural evolution of most biota will have them seek new opportunities to proliferate. Suggest leaving the tinfoil hat on your dresser for a while and reading a bit about the science and realize that this is just the normal evolution of a virus and not likely (as it would be VERY difficult) some evil conspiracy to bio-engineer something.
  10. Well, to begin with, it is a loan, not a gift. Secondly: not everyone out of the country is a banker in the Caribbean. One of my nieces, for instance, was studying in the UK and was ordered home by her Canadian university. Cost a small fortune to change her existing ticket. She was quite comfortable just staying there until the whole thing blows over. You think she should rot in Hell? The audacity to want to learn shit.
  11. Thanks for your concern, but as I said, I have a duty and we collectively (client company, their clients, etc.) work with extremely high risk situations day in, day out, and we will only do something if we believe we have made adequate provisions for personal safety and also for infrastructure safety. 2. I guess it depends on which "experts" one chose to consult or acknowledge. Medical professionals I deal with in China and UK were screaming blue murder months ago. If you look at the success of China, Taiwan and South Korea you realize it IS possible to deal with this pandemic with reasonable success, but once you superimpose their methods onto our culture, you could easily see that things here are not going to go well. Combine that with the general disconnect between politicians and reality, and here we are. 3. The cruel and punishing end of our economy is going to happen since you can NOT run an economy forever on speculation. Someone has to actually work and create wealth. The real exposure from the coming COVID mess is that we have lost control of our supply chains, we are totally dependent upon governments who are hopeless beyond sustainable debt and hopelessly devoid of intelligent thought (or we would not have had a "too big to fail bailout of the street in '09). The longer one delays the bursting of the ridiculous bubble, the more it will hurt. We are 12 years late, but better now than later. 4. The planning part is a daily process where we weigh all of the options. The stuff we do is not something you can just put off, or serious problems for a lot of people.
  12. I am one of those who will be moving around a lot throughout the pandemic, as are 3 of our kids (all deemed "essential"). Next project I will stay in my truck instead of hotel, bring all of my food (only a few days). Week after that, I need to cross border into a hotspot - where my supplementary sick care insurance announced I will NOT be covered related to COVID, so client will have to establish medical insurance for me or I simply am not going. Being a "senior citizen" I am deep into the high risk category, but also being a key person in an essential service, I have some complications related to duty. I have a condo near home that is my isolation ward (no real estate selling here for last year or so, so no real downside to using it) that I will use after each international or group exposure trip. Sadly, I was gone all last year and did not get shop up on my farm or we would seriously look at moving out there for the duration. Keeping away from the partisan side, I do have to observe that pretty much all of North America is completely unprepared for such an event. Wife will sew clothes for grandkids and leave them isolated for 5 days before pickup (locked in vehicle outside) as we will not likely see them in person for maybe the next 6 months. I went over to Edmonton to pick up some tools and materials I will need for projects while we are cooped up at home. Tried to think and act in some way to be able to be "safe" from unknown contamination. No, not a mask (pointless unless you are walking into a place where someone is hacking up CV) but disposable gloves, wipes, etc. Easy to deal with credit card, wallet, etc. but when you buy something, you either have to wipe it down or leave it untouched for 5 days - not all that easy to do. We will do home reno projects, garage work and maybe just watch a lot of TV together (when I am home, which I estimate will be about 1/2 of the time). What of course makes me squeal with delight is seeing things such as stick-and-ball, casinos, bars, pot shops, etc. closed down. Especially like to see what I hope will be the end of "cruise" business and unfortunately, not going to get my number one wish in life - to see Wall Street/Bay Street wiped out so our economy can be restored to productive and sustainable (which it is sure as hell not now). What really is going to hurt is we have a major interest in resource business that will probably not last. I am under no such delusion that either the Trudeau or Trump governments are going to be a benefit of any consequence in the months to come. Per the fear subject of the thread: I have to travel and work where there is ebola, dengue, swine flu, terrorists, kidnappers, etc. and I often work with physical hazards that spell instant death from a moment of carelessness. COVID is actually a fair bit lower on the scale, but due to our advancing age, I will treat it with the same respect I give a live 500,000 volt device.
  13. Got a flash for you...we ARE all going to die. It is just a matter of from what cause and when.
  14. What would Torontonians do if they didn't have clean drinking water? Why, they would simply do what the DID. From within the sciences their ancestors brought from Yurp and continued to advance in their own educational and research institutes, they would devise ways to treat the available water to a drinkable standard. Then they would draw upon their history and development of technology to manufacture those things and install them. Then, they would call upon their system of LOCAL government to tax the residents who received the water - from who's resources was also coming all of the science, technology, production and management to install same. If anyone on a reserve could even begin to figure out how to get off their ass, they could have all of the drinking water they could ever need either by maintaining what was already provided for them or simply using their endless resources of time and Ottawa's money to do it themselves. Instead, they have learned to whine to a drama teacher (queen) to somehow magically pull a water treatment out his arse when his greatest accomplishment to date has been to...well...wait a minute...he actually has yet to accomplish ANYTHING except to be an embarrassment to the country.
  15. I have as yet to encounter a band or council who has done diddly squat to EARN any respect, so they get none. Horgan is a BC politician, not a treaty commissioner. The government has always been at the table, the "hereditary chiefs" (WTF is THAT supposed to be????) left it 2 years ago.
  16. Now an oil service company in Red Deer raped Greta????? Geez, the guy must have had some long schlong to reach across and ocean. Whatever Greta gets, Greta's parents and backers asked to receive. Putting a child on stage to parrot endless BS is absolutely going to get a reaction, and they got it. They did nothing to harm the kid, they were just behaving like boorish rednecks. Supporting someone who illegally blockades railroads is not offensive, it is illegal - so I guess we know what your values are.
  17. You (and by that I mean you and the legal systems of Canada) are inferring a lot of things from a culture that no longer even exists. Further, by similarly crediting some kind of environmental higher ground to Indians tells me you have no experience at all in actually dealing with and on reserves. All of this posturing is a Gretta Thunberg version of learned stage behaviour.
  18. the aboriginal populaion of Canada pre-contact was about the same as Chicoutimi. The mere notion that somehow this tiny collection of people with no national government, no science, no written language, etc. somehow had "title" to the land from coast to coast to coast is ludicrous. Take me to their land titles office and show me the deeds. The 1.6 miilion or so today claiming some sort of ancestral rights are simply some fragment of what was nothing more than municipal levels of settlement, not "sovereign nations". That is almost as goofy as thinking you can have a sovereign Quebec - never mind 200 other "countries" within Canada. If the Indians today want something to call their own, give them Chicoutimi and let's see if they can ALL ON THEIR OWN make a go of it. The "settlers" seem to be able to do so.
  19. 2. They have been under the Indian Act that was administered by Indian Affairs. That makes the term I have used for the last 70 years and will continue to use: "Indian". If it offends your politicly correct virtue signalling, so be it. If some Indians want to be treated respectfully, they will need to earn that right be conducting themselves respectfully, and that is NOT what the Indians involved are doing. 3. As has been clearly pointed out to you, they stopped trying two years ago. There is no right or privilege afforded to Indians, Whites, Greens, Browns or WTF other to do what they have done for ANY reason whatsoever. What I can credit them with is pointing out clearly to Canadians that there is no rule of law in this country for those who are privileged by the PCVS crowd to be allowed to endlessly live outside of said rule of law. 4. It "worked"???? It worked to show Canadians who bother to take notice that the whole situation is completely out of hand and MUST be rectified - and not by giving any special allowance to some very small minority who don't like the ruling of the courts nor have any respect at all for the laws of this land (that includes these few "hereditary chiefs" and the compete frigging morons who currently occupy cabinet seats.
  20. Except it is not "their" moneybags. If the Indians who couldn't be bothered (or have the influence within their OWN ranks) to get back to the treaty table had an issue with government, they should have gone after government. To cost railroad, farmers, companies and workers literally hundreds of millions of dollars and to turn the country into the laughing stock of the world - they had no right nor reason to do so.
  21. I can guarantee you that there is NO union worker getting paid more than the 2,000 people I work with at largest client. That includes a lot of trades. Some non-union shops might well do as you say, but by no means do all. The workplace is not all about wages. Quality of work and accountability are a considerable portion of what matters, and that is what unions no longer represent - quite the opposite. It is often a race to the bottom for accountability and responsibility. The Co-op refinery is a perfect example of that. The money they want for the work they do is simply not sustainable. You call it a race to the bottom, anyone else calls it a need to get some balance back into work vs. pay vs. responsibility vs. sustainability. I remember having this same conversation with a shop steward of one of the unions (electical) when the regional union movement in Indiana was going to "show the paper companies" who is in control. They did just that, now there are no more paper or printing jobs left in IN. Would like to be able to speak with him today.
  22. was that when he was on or off the wagon? Ah...the Libs pick 'em well.
  23. Yes, I believe we are neither fish nor fowl on this one. First of all, there is simply NO country that doesn't have social policies and programmes. That doesn't make them socialIST countries. You only get to be that IMHO when you meet the standards of the Regina Manifesto regarding property - i.e. the means of production belonging to the state. Since this is also the communist requirement, you now need to look at how decisions and laws are made. If that, too is exclusively the purview of the state, then IMHO you are truly communist. I think the right term for Canada would be Social Democracy (kind of fits the first answer, but not exactly). None of that precludes being a capitalist state, since the means of production in our social democracy can and do mostly belong to the people as private owners. By the same token: our constitutional disdain for personal property rights definitely takes the word "capitalist" out of the running to describe the whole country, if not the means of production. I guess the answer is that capitalist/socialist is about who owns material things and means of production, not the kind of government one has.
  24. Gee, I made the "follow the gold" comment in the other thread, then ran into yours. IF there is Qatari coin contributing, ever think about why? The Coastal Link is there to feed to potential LNG projects, big ones. Qatar's total economy is based on exports of gas...as a liquid (i.e. LNG). Duh.
  25. What bothers me about it is that everyone of these protesters must somehow make a living. Who is paying them? Certainly not the kind of thing the Looney Left Media is about to investigate. You want to understand the agenda, it's the Golden Rule (i.e., follow the gold).
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