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Park and rink COVID closures have adverse effects on children

The Public Health Agency cited “significant disruptions” to daily life for the 99.9% of children who were never hospitalized with COVID-19.




Children were more affected by playground and rink closures than they were by COVID-19, federal data shows.

Blacklock’s Reporter says the Public Health Agency (PHA) cited “significant disruptions” to daily life for the 99.9% of children who were never hospitalized with COVID-19.

“Lockdowns have been implemented across Canada,” the PHA wrote in a data blog.

“These measures have been key to help curb the spread of COVID-19, but at the same time they have significantly altered Canadian families’ daily life.”

Of a total 8,139,512 children of all ages nationwide, 1,388 were hospitalized to date with the coronavirus. Of those, 165 were treated at intensive care units. Fourteen died. In Ontario, the only province to publish data for children under 14, a total 141 were hospitalized from the pandemic’s outbreak.

The PHA said lockdowns negatively affected more children, especially boys and girls diagnosed with cognitive, behavioural or emotional disabilities.

“Province-wide or regional lockdowns that ensued early on during the pandemic resulted in significant disruptions in children’s schooling with most having to adjust to an online learning experience,” wrote staff.

Data showed that of parents surveyed across Canada, mainly mothers, 43% said they were “very” or “extremely” concerned about their children’s mental health. The rate was 61% for parents of children with disabilities.

The majority, 52%, said they were “extremely” worried about their children’s loneliness. The rate was 63% for parents of children with disabilities.

Findings were based on Statistics Canada questionnaires with 32,000 parents of children 14 and younger.

“The vast majority of parents, about nine in 10, reported their children engaged in screen time at home either daily or almost every day,” said the data.

“While a large proportion of parents reported concerns about their children’s screen time, more parents – close to three quarters – who have children with cognitive, behavioural or emotional disabilities reported they were ‘very’ or ‘extremely’ concerned with the amount of screen time their children engaged in.”

More than third of parents said they were also “very” or “extremely” worried about their children’s physical inactivity due to closures of playgrounds and loss of school sports.

“More than half of the parents, 59%, reported they were very or extremely concerned about their children’s school year success,” wrote staff.

Cabinet last August 26 budgeted $2 billion in funding for provincial and territorial departments of education to COVID-19-proof reopened classrooms under a Safe Return To Class Fund.

The PHA called it essential schools reopen.

“Young people for their mental and physical health, we need to get them back to education as safely as possible,” Dr. Theresa Tam, chief public health officer, earlier told reporters.

“We know children generally experience mild symptoms if they do become infected.”

Data show of 274,021 children of all ages who contracted the coronavirus 99.5% did not require hospital care.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. 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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  1. Left Coast

    July 24, 2021 at 9:42 am

    SENATE TESTIMONY: Child Suicide & Lethal Lockdown Consequences


    Daily COVID Deaths In Sweden Hit ZERO, As Other Nations Brace For More Lockdowns

  2. Mars Hill

    July 22, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    No disrespect to you Dave, you’re doing a great job, but I say DUH! A slow slug could have told us the reaction to covid was and is a scam by the sick globalist cabal. They’ve got half the politicians in the world morally compromised and they’re basically puppets now. Thank God for the American military operation Q and the global alliance with them.

  3. Left Coast

    July 22, 2021 at 2:07 pm

    There is ZERO scientific data to support LOCKDOWNS . . . Zero ! ! !

    They did far more damage to the citizens, especially children.

    Children in Sweden never missed a day of school, School in Florida was normal in Aug 2020.
    Why were our stupid Politicians unable to do the same?

    The CDC told us in May 2020 that healthy Children under 18 had only a .002% chance of dying from the Wuhan Virus. That is almost ZERO !

    The healthy under 70 crowd only had a .5% chance of dying from the Virus . . . when the score is all tallied up the Lockdowns will have led to the deaths of more people than did the Wuhan Virus.

    Interesting interview . . .


  4. Penny4YourThouhts

    July 22, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    The psychological damage these corrupt liars have inflicted upon the children is criminal and every single doctor and politician who advocated for masks and every other BS safety measure, including isolating children should be charged with crimes against humanity! Programming and brainwashing children to be afraid to catch a cold, sniffle, or sneeze, to be antisocial – even to family members, and to submit to invasive medical testing without question is absolute abuse!

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SLOBODIAN: Decade long investigation into Manitoba residential school involves nearly 100 officers and 700 interviews

The First Nation recently undertook a search of the site using ground-penetrating radar technology but has not released the results.




A “large and complex” decade-long investigation by RCMP has been underway into allegations of sexual abuse at a former residential school in Manitoba’s Sagkeeng First Nation.

The Fort Alexander Residential School opened in 1905 on Sagkeeng First Nation, located 120-km north of Winnipeg. In 1970 it was converted to a day school that operated for several years.

Manitoba RCMP issued a press release Tuesday confirming the major crimes unit began looking into allegations of abuse in February 2010, then launched a formal criminal investigation the following year.

RCMP began by gathering information, including reviewing archival records in both Ottawa and Manitoba. They went through thousands of documents such as student and employee lists and quarterly returns.

This involved more than 80 officers who interacted with more than 700 people across North America in an effort to find possible victims and witnesses.

“After compiling and collating all this data, investigators developed an investigative plan that began with the canvassing of people whose names had been identified in the documents as well as a door-to-door canvas in the Powerview/Fort Alexander area, where the school had been located,” said the statement.

The criminal investigation launched in 2011 involved 75 formal witnesses and victim statements.
Recently, Sagkeeng Chief Derrick Henderson said elders and survivors have long spoken about abuse at the school and children that went missing.

The First Nation recently undertook a search of the site using ground-penetrating radar technology but has not released the results.

“Violation of the privacy rights of those involved in this investigation will not only cause further trauma to everyone involved, but also potentially compromise this highly sensitive investigation,” said Henderson. “We ask that the trauma our community has experienced and continues to live every day is respected and that those affected are afforded their privacy at this time.”

RCMP are working closely with First Nations leaders and no other criminal investigations into former residential schools are underway in Manitoba, said RCMP.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard  lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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BC increases vaccine efforts amid slowing rates, including ‘vax vans’

“Over the next two weeks, BC will push hard to vaccinate as many eligible people as possible.”




BC health officials want more people rolling up their sleeves for the COVID-19 shot, and say they will be increasing efforts in the coming weeks to do just that.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, Health Minister Adrian Dix, and Dr. Penny Ballem addressed BC’s vaccine roll-out plan during a Tuesday morning news conference.

Among their announced efforts are “walk-in Wednesday” which will take place August 4 when 20,000 jabs will be made available with no need to book in advance.

Walk-in Wednesday is part of the “Vax for BC” campaign.

“I’d like to begin by thanking each and every one of the millions of British Columbian’s, like me, who have stepped up to be vaccinated,” said Henry.

“Because of this small act, we have been able to re-open our province.

“While we have made tremendous progress with our immunization plan, there is of course more work to do. We know that some people still struggle to find a convenient time in their day to get immunized, and others may still have questions, and be hesitant about the vaccine.

“So starting today, we are making it even easier for people to get vaccines. To help protect themselves, and their loved ones against COVID-19.”

Henry said the province will be introducing “custom vax vans” so people will be able to get vaccinated on their lunch break or “while cooling off at a lake.”

The province is also reducing the wait time between first and second doses from eight weeks to seven weeks.

There are currently 906,772 eligible people who have not received a dose, roughly 19.6% of the population older than 12, according to data from July 23.

Interior health has an un-vaccinated population of 26.2% while Northern health has 32.5% without a first shot.

On Monday, the Surrey Board of Trade wrote a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Health Minister of Canada Patty Hajdu, BC Premier John Horgan, and Minister of Health Adrian Dix urging them to “implement a proof-of-immunization model.”

“We support a centralized, Canada-wide approach to COVID-19 proof-of immunization that could be easily used to confirm vaccination status for international and domestic use,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade.

“Without inter-provincial harmonization, Canada risks a piecemeal approach, making life more difficult and unpredictable for individuals and employers during an already uncertain time.”

Last week, YVR airport implemented separate lines for vaccinated and un-vaccinated individuals prior to reaching customs.

The separation of lines – which was put in place as a federal policy – has since been removed following extensive public push-back.

As for enforcing proof-of-immunization policies at concerts, night clubs, and sporting events – an increasing number of British Columbian’s are cozying up to this idea.

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard

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Feds silent on $120M loan to company not ‘worthy of taxpayers’ largesse”

Both CMHC and the Department of Social Development declined to respond to questions.




Federal agencies yesterday remained mum about a $120 million housing loan to one of Canada’s wealthiest developers, after Cabinet earlier defended the loan as critical, said Blacklock’s Reporter.

“This project will help over 300 local families find rental housing units,” Ahmed Hussen, minister responsible for housing, told reporters. “That’s why the government is taking action to increase the supply of rental housing through projects like the one we’re announcing.”

Cabinet on July 19 announced the $120 million loan to build 302 apartments in Brampton, Ont. The developer is Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust. The company’s CEO was paid $3 million in salary and benefits last year, according to corporate filings.

“This project will help over 300 local families find rental housing units,” Hussen’s department said in a statement. “A solid and reliable supply of rental housing is critical to ensuring more Canadians have access to housing that is affordable.”

Choice Properties is owned by George Weston Ltd. The developer’s 2020 net income totaled $451 million. The loan was approved through a federal program, the Rental Construction Financing Initiative, that extends 10-year, easy-term credit “for certainty during the most risky periods of development,” according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Both CMHC and the Department of Social Development declined to respond to questions. The news website Press Progress cited data from Canada Mortgage and Housing that of 302 apartments in the Brampton project, as few as 61 would rent at below-market rates. The building is scheduled for completion by 2023.

“We know that finding an affordable place to live is a challenge for many Canadians in communities across the country,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at the time. “Today’s announcement is great news for families in Brampton. The Government of Canada will continue to invest to increase affordable housing options.”

George Weston Ltd. reported net earnings of $1.6 billion last year. It also operates the Loblaw Companies Ltd. supermarket chain that in 2019 received a $12 million federal grant to install new freezers. “Canadians might wonder why the Liberals handed over $12 million to Loblaw’s, one of Canada’s richest companies,” Conservative MP Mark Strahl (Chilliwack-Hope, B.C.) earlier told the Commons.

The freezer grant was paid under a Low Carbon Economy Fund. A now-disbanded ecoEnergy program similarly paid grants to large corporations in the name of energy efficiency.

Sobeys Inc. received $1.48 million in ecoEnergy grants in the period from 2006 to 2013. Loblaw Companies received $801,000. A total $207,968 was paid to McDonald’s Restaurants and $153,960 to Sears Canada.

“These companies are flush,” Liberal MP John McKay (Scarborough-Guildwood, Ont.) said in an interview at the time. “Companies, given their financial statements, don’t seem to be worthy recipients of taxpayers’ largesse.”

Mike D’Amour is the British Columbia Bureau Chief for the Western Standard.

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