Due to the Omicron variant, public schools in Ontario and Quebec have switched to e-learning until January 17.
In Manitoba, all students except K-6 children of critical service workers and K-12 students at “high risk” or with special learning needs will receive online education until January 17.
But in Canada’s three westernmost provinces, British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, all K-12 students are scheduled to resume classroom instruction today (January 10). .
British Columbia’s “toughened security measures” including providing three-layer masks, restricting visitors, holding virtual assemblies and staggering breaks.
British Columbia’s approach is not outdated with a growing number of highly educated people.
Some point to the increased rate of hospitalization in the United States of people under the age of 18 with the Omicron variant of COVID-19. They say this justifies the closure of schools right now in BC
Others are unhappy with the lack of carbon dioxide monitors and HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters in BC classrooms. Quebec has installed these monitors in its classrooms and Ontario has installed HEPA filters in all learning environments.
Below are some of the comments on social media from those who believe Dr Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix could do more to contain the worst effects of the pandemic.
According to a Léger poll for Postmedia, Henry’s approval rate is 62%, down from 69% in June. Dix’s approval rating is 55%, down from 69% in June.
The public often perceives that opposition to the policies advanced by Henry and Dix comes from vocal right-winger who falsely compare COVID-19 to sniffles, the common cold or the flu. (COVID-19 is not just a respiratory disease; the virus can also attack the cardiovascular system, internal organs, and the brain.)
The problem Henry and Dix have is that they are also losing the trust of some of the people who supported them the most in 2020. Back then, Henry and Dix were on a roll when they faced the knowledge. -rians who thought fears about the virus were overblown.
How did Henry and Dix end up in this situation? It’s simple: by minimizing the primarily aerial nature of disease transmission.
This is reflected in decisions about HEPA filters and carbon dioxide monitors in classrooms.
It is displayed whenever you see a bus driver not wearing a mask because he feels that the plexiglass barriers are sufficient.
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And N95 masks are not made available to teachers, let alone health workers at COVID vaccination and testing centers.
It has become so bad that those who oppose vaccination mandates and receive COVID-19 vaccines have taken to citing public health officials to justify their positions.
They will cite Dr. Patricia Daly’s comment that vaccine passports were introduced to increase vaccination rates rather than highlight their role in decreasing transmission of COVID-19.
Those who oppose wearing masks to prevent transmission of COVID-19 cite Henry’s comment at paragraph 178 of this 2015 Ontario arbitral award, in which she mentioned “little evidence on the value of masks to prevent influenza transmission ”.
They will point out that Henry no longer has a mask during a BC Lions game. Or that, as small businesses were hammered for long periods of time, the lifting of a public health order coincided with the Canucks’ home opener and the imposition of another was only going to take effect. ‘after two more Canucks home games.
I hate to say it, but there were times when Henry and Dix actually breathed new life into the anti-vaccine movement.
This is particularly noticeable in their refusal to launch a massive government advertising campaign to educate the public on how COVID-19 is transmitted.
This is something that deeply troubles Jennifer Heighton, grade 5 teacher and co-founder of Safe Schools Coalition BC
“I think a communications campaign – a good one on how COVID-19 is spread – would be of tremendous benefit to British Columbia,” Heighton said. “And it hasn’t been done. They haven’t informed the public that it’s spreading through the air, that it’s like smoke.”
She added that she has seen excellent public education campaigns in the UK, which show how people can improve their safety when opening windows.
Below is an announcement from November 2020 in the UK, created as scientists became much more aware of the airborne nature of COVID-19.
Below is another UK government announcement posted on YouTube a year later. He is even more emphatic about the airborne transmission of COVID-19.
These types of campaigns were not started by the BC government.
“There is a lot that the BC public doesn’t know,” Heighton said.
Further, she argued that if this information had been communicated in a clear manner earlier, it would likely have reduced the transmission of COVID-19. This is because she believes that many people will do the right thing if they are given accurate information.
“I think there should be some accountability and there should be a calculation for the decisions that have been made,” Heighton said.