October 28th, 2020

Getting through pandemic together


By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on April 9, 2020.

It is hard to believe that the last time I wrote an article most of us barely knew what COVID-19 was, let alone imagined the impact it would be having on us now. >The changes to our everyday lives have been immense and I am sad to say but we will likely be here for many months yet. While the full scope and ramifications of COVID-19 globally are still yet to be seen, there are some things that we should be aware of and preparing for.

There are at least two significant impacts, or waves, that we will feel as a result of this pandemic, the first being the health wave – we have heard much about “flattening the curve” of cases and testing modelling as well as social and physical distancing measures. The second wave is the economic impact. Our response and preparedness to both is crucial. We are working diligently to find the best possible solutions to the many challenges that have and will arise.

Being prepared and responding to the first health wave has been challenging. We have had to make sure that we have enough supplies without giving way to fear and hoarding or price gouging. >We are dealing with self-isolation measures, social and physical distancing and limitations on group gatherings. >This has brought forward some amazing stories of people reaching out to loved ones in creative and unique ways.

Acts of service and compassion build unbelievable hope that we will truly “get through this together.” For example, we have heard of numerous charities, organizations and individuals providing food and lunches for those in need, as well as clothing and toiletries and others calling seniors or others who have been shut in by distancing measures.

The second wave will hit us economically and may be even more challenging. This second wave will have an even broader impact on every single one of us. The current likelihood is that many businesses will remain closed, despite our optimism, and that some individuals will be unable to get their jobs back. >This increased occurrence of financial hardships will bring with it the emotions of pressure, feelings of anxiety and of loss. We must remember that these feelings of loss and anxiety are as real and just as “hidden” due to finances as they are to a virus. Building back our community by shopping local and working together, we will be able to get through these trying times. We will be stronger, and >have an even deeper understanding of support than ever before.

As we have seen in the first wave, we will need to have a strong resolve and practise patience and understanding during the second wave. We will need to remember that this, too, will feel like a marathon, not a sprint. >It will be the virtues of kindness and compassion that will serve us best as we all work to rebuild our lives post COVID-19. > >

Nathan Neudorf is the UCP MLA for Lethbridge East. His column appears monthly.

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Southern Albertan

The word, “preparation” is key here, unfortunately. The experts on pandemics have been warning us, for years, about another pandemic. We really were not ‘prepared.’
We have also known, for years, that depending on fossil fuels has been unwise. We have not ‘prepared’ for the expected downturn in global oil economics.
We have had ample opportunity to prepare for a global pandemic, and did not. And, we have had ample opportunity to diversify our Alberta economy, and did not….let alone not ‘preparing’ for the fallout re: climate change.
Lessons, unfortunately and regretfully,, re: pandemics, global oil and climate change, are being learned the hard way.

IMO

Mr. Neudorf wants the reader to consider virtues.

Where are the virtues of the Premier and the United Conservative Party with regard to doctors, nurses, radiologists and all other support staff during this pandemic?

Where are the virtues of the Minister of Health, who accessed personal information to gain contact information for physicians who disagree with him?

Where are the virtues of the Minister of Education who cut funding for educational assistants?

Where are the virtues in Bill 10, the Alberta Public Health (Emergency Powers) Amendment Act, 2020? How virtuous is it that any single politician can now write, create, implement and enforce any new law, without approval or consultation?

How virtuous is implementing smartphone technology as a means of tracking citizens?

How virtuous is a government who steadfastly refuses to work collaboratively with all duly elected members of the Legislature as is the case in Prince Edward Island?

How virtuous is it for a government, in the midst of a pandemic, to invest 1.5 billion dollars in a pipeline which creates employment for American workers in Montana?

In this instance, a redirection of Sir Winston Churchill’s quip vis a vis Sir Stafford Cripps is relevant:

“This [UCP government] has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.”

biff

not surprising that the entries from so.ab and imo are far more valid than that of the overpaid, redundant mla.