• Red Deer Chamber joins business groups in calling for Pan-Canadian COVID Strategy

    Canadians have a right to expect that measures taken to protect them will be based on information that is both solid and openly shared. Unfortunately, today, the information being used to justify policy decisions is often fragmentary, outdated, and inconsistent. As a result, the policies are frequently ineffective and unfair, and undermine public confidence.

    Governments must make a priority of generating and sharing timely data about how and where the disease is spreading and must design their policies based on that data. Their actions must be timely, targeted and effective, avoiding either waiting to act before an outbreak becomes uncontrolled or imposing measures that unduly restrict activities that are not significant contributors to spread.

    As we navigate the second wave, advances in knowledge, in equipment and in therapeutics provide tools to control the disease much more effectively without having to rely on crude measures like lockdowns except in the most severe cases where time is needed for other measures to take effect. Medical authorities caution that lockdowns can serve as a “circuit breaker,” but cannot be the primary tool to prevent the spread of the disease. Indeed, we have seen that lockdowns create serious economic, mental and social problems for Canadians.

    We have, in large measure, lost sight of the real harm being done to Canadians by anything not named COVID. This unidimensional consideration of the factors affecting Canadians needs to stop. In its place, we must consider much more information, so decisions being made are more holistic, with the goal of reducing the most overall harm.

    Lockdowns and other blanket measures may have a positive effect on short-term COVID numbers. However, they also have many other negative outcomes associated with them. Those non-COVID factors must also be evaluated and minimized

    To learn more and lend your own support, visit www.nationalstrategy.ca