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9/11: 20 years later and it feels like we’ve learned nothing

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20 years ago today most of us remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news. We watched the footage of airplanes hitting the Twin Towers in New York City, at first believing it was a horrible accident and tragedy, and then the horrific realization as the following planes hit that it was an intentional act of harm set in.

I was in my early twenties, not particularly interested in politics or world events as I lived the life of a young adult tempting freedoms and poor decision making and figuring out my place in this life. I remember the shock and grief I immediately felt as I pulled over on the side of the highway and sat there, stunned and in tears, trying to make sense of how you could have enough hate in your heart to want to kill not only thousands of people, but sentence whole families to a lifetime of questions and sorrow while causing an irreparable change to the world. I sat there and silently mourned the loss of life and the naive belief that most of the time, good prevailed over evil.

And yet, we also witnessed some of the most heroic and selfless acts of love of all time. We watched how sometimes, even during our worst moments we are able to push away our differences and support one another the way we should be. We watched people put love into action when that was the only way to get through the most challenging moments of their lives. It always amazes me how humans are capable of rising above all the bullshit and coming together during times of acute crisis.

As I reflect on September 11, 2001, I think about our pattern of behaviour and wonder if we have truly made any progress or learned enough from that day. In a lot of ways, the opportunity of what is one of the biggest tragedies to ever occur in the world to become better as humans seems lost.

9/11 showed us exactly what the results of extremism of any kind results in. It showed us what intolerance and hate does and the following destruction that seems inevitable. It showed us what while we are capable of unity and compromise and love we are somehow incapable of sustaining it.

We were shown so many things, but we weren’t really watching, were we? Not all of us anyway.

Have we really learned anything in 20 years? Have we done any better?

We continue to divide ourselves out of selfishness and greed and the prioritization of our individual beliefs over the best interest of our communities. We impose extremist views from both sides of the political spectrum on one another and refuse to concede a single fucking thing. We choose personal hills to die on that harm others because we are more concerned with being right than doing what’s right.

9/11 was a tragedy of epic proportions. The loss was monumental and despairing and preventable. It didn’t happen in a vacuum, we just didn’t really notice because the pot of water was heating slowly ( thanks for that analogy Margaret Atwood). And here we are, 20 years later, with a different sort of tragedy unfolding over the last 2 years and we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes as humans over and over again.

As we watch memorials today and see the images of the heroism and love mixed in with the sorrow of that unforgettable day 20 years ago, remind yourself that we have a chance to live up to the way we temporarily came together back then. We can take care of one another and remember how to put others ahead of ourselves in a crisis. We can choose to love above all else or we can choose idealism and selfishness.

Choose well, be well. Don’t let trauma of all those that survived New York City, those that didn’t make it, and the pain of their loved ones be another empty lesson that we continue to ignore.

Vaccine Mandates for the Win

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This past week has been swirling with news and discussions about mask and vaccine mandates and the ever evolving situation with this pandemic from hell which feels like it will never ever, ever end.

I was asked yesterday in an interview with cbc radio where I stood on vaccine mandates. The answer is, right in front, leading the charge of YES PLEASE.

I’ve been sucking up my opinion about this the past few months because I work with a lot of different folks with different beliefs and I thought it would be cool to try to be respectful of that. I will also say that there are a lot of people who are choosing not to get vaccinated, but are also respectful of the hesitation of others to have contact with them due to that decision, and even others who are basically preferring to continue to isolate themselves rather than get vaccinated. This is not about them, because they are making choices based on their personal situations and willing to accept the limitations of those choices.

HOWEVER, if you are working with the public, or any vulnerable population which includes but is not limited to children, medically fragile, elderly, or impoverished folks I believe it should absolutely be mandated that you are vaccinated. By not doing so, you are putting those who have limited choices in receiving the services they require and have a right to (such as education or healthcare) at risk. Let’s put it this way: all children have a right to a public education and all people have a right to healthcare in this country, but we are not entitled to work in any given field. That puts the onus on the employees, the teachers, the doctors and the therapists to fulfill their mandate of providing a safe environment and making the well being of those they care for a priority.

In short: It is your right to decide what goes into your body, but you do not have a right to inflict that choice on others.

Employers create and implement policies for their staff ALL the time. The restaurant I worked at once upon a time had a strict policy about how many piercings you could have, how big they could be, no visible tattoos, and what colour your hair could be. It was based on the clients’ comfort level and response to said body modifications. To put that in terms of Covid vaccines, the “clients” have a right to feel safe in their environment and I think that gives employers the right to determine that their staff needs to accommodate the protection of their “clients” in order to be employed in that sector. While the vaccines are not perfect, especially with new variants in play, they remain one of our best tools to reduce transmission and the risk of severe illness. It will help us begin to focus on care for things other than Covid and emergencies in our health care system. It will help our kids stay in school and our economies to thrive again. Isn’t that what we all want? When we have cancer do we refuse treatment because we don’t know what’s in it? When you have a headache do you spend hours on the internet “researching” the ingredients and looking for adverse reactions of Tylenol? NO. Because many believe in the science when it is convenient for them. I can guarantee when someone refuse to take a vaccine due to lack of trust in the doctors recommending it, they will have an expectation that all of a sudden the same doctor will have enough skill and knowledge to help them get well. It’s all so fucking maddening if you ask me.

We are starting to see post secondary educational institutions mandate masks and vaccines with some school divisions following suit. Which leads me to congratulate the insight and leadership some institutions are showing, but ALSO begets the questions: Where the fuck is the leadership from our provincial government on this? Why is this being passed on to superintendents and university boards? We haven’t we seen hide nor hair of our “Health Minister” for months until all of a sudden she wants to be the Premier, holds a press conference and refuses to address or even acknowledge the crisis in our health care system. WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?

People get confused about rights and freedoms all the time. We tend to forget that just because we can, doesn’t mean we should, and also doesn’t mean we are entitled to. The only thing we seem to be experts at these days is finding arguments to confirm our own biases about anything. We are so focused on the ME, that we have no tolerance for the WE.

As members of society and communities, we have a moral obligation to care for others. How our selfishness has grown so deep that minor inconveniences have ballooned into heated political divide and such a severe lack of empathy that we are more willing to risk our children’s well being than implement the easiest of safety measures weighs heavily on me. How an unwillingness to protect our most valuable and vulnerable has evolved into an acceptable “opinion” is unfathomable.

So yes. I truly believe that vaccine mandates should be implemented in many sectors. It’s not even a new thing.Health care professionals when applying to study and children entering the public school system have historically been required to show proof of up to date immunizations, so this should be an easy transition.

I am grateful that my children’s school division has blazed the trail to mandate both masks and vaccines. I am relieved the campus I teach on has done the same. I am hoping our leaders will see what is occurring in other parts of the country and world and will act proactively this time around. There’s still time to prevent the disaster that is waiting for us this fall, so here’s hoping our government will listen a little harder this time around and do the job they promised to do.

I can troll these bitches on Twitter all day but it is up to you to get rid of them in 2023

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Welcome to Manitoba, where provincial politics have degraded into an inability to make good decisions, have productive conversations or effectively represent anything other than individual interests of re-election.

Realistically, politics is often a dirty game between opposing sides of the aisle. Even when they are being polite to one another the venom is swirling and any opportunity to drag the other through mud will be pounced upon like a cat stalking a mouse. So what is so shockingly terrible about Manitoba’s provincial government right now?

Well, from my perspective and from my personal experience, the Conservatives in this province have turned a deaf ear to the very people they are supposed to be advocating for and representing. They refuse to communicate, respond or account to anyone who may ask questions about the issues that matter to them. The issues that directly affect them. A culture has been created where only those in agreement get a seat at the table, and those in public office actively block, ignore, screen out and silence those who are asking them to do their jobs- to represent the people who elected them in the first place.

For me, that means everyone gets a voice, and no matter how an MLA or any other representative feels about what is being said, they don’t get to effectively censor the dialogue because they are uncomfortable or unequipped to give appropriate answers. They aren’t the “Appropriation Police” who get to dismiss people because they have one hand on their pearls and their head in their ass while being either too incompetent to deal with being in the hot seat or too weak to take the stand that needs taking.

Personally, I’ve gone a few rounds with my MLA Audrey Gordon. I’ve since written her 3 emails asking for meetings to discuss everything from her public mocking of trans folk, supporting Springs Church and her position on the Premier’s words on Residential Schools. I have not even received an acknowledgement from her office that I exist.

After the fiasco with her church back in May, Audrey removed herself from Facebook, shut her office door and stopped answering her phone. Her assistant Jana regularly posts pictures of Audrey in gardening costumes and yellow pantsuits on community Facebook pages but turns off the commenting so that the only person who gets to have a say is Audrey. She effectively cut herself off from anyone whose voice is not in alignment with hers.

Andrewwhosew Smith recently blocked constituents for asking him to do more than post selfies and government bulletins and stand up for educators and Indigenous folks.

Heather Stefanson won’t even make room in her schedule for the Federal Health Minister.

Cliff Cullen won’t respond to repeated emails from school boards requesting a meeting regarding the massive upcoming changes to education.

Shall I go on?

NONE of this is ok.

We are a democracy, and democracy depends on everyone having a voice that is represented without bias by the people we elect to do so. Refusing to have conversations with anyone except your elite posse who are busily stroking you off is not democracy. Ramming through bills that affect all of us despite obvious monumental and bipartisan public opposition is not democratic. Allowing a Premier and Minister of Indigenous Relations to justify the cultural genocide of an entire nation of people and standing by them is not becoming of a democracy.

I don’t know what we can do. It’s so frustrating. I can troll a bitch on Twitter all day long but what good is it going to do unless we all make it our mission to get rid of these fucking assholes in 2023?

Seriously Bitches. The gloves are off. VOTE THEM OUT.

I’m not spending another year in my house because you are too scared to get vaccinated

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The other day I Tweeted this: I’m tired of trying to nicely “educate” folks about getting vaccinated. We’ve been trying for 6 months. Simple solution: Vaxxed folks can resume their lives, non-vaxxed stay home. How’s that for an incentive?

Now, most people caught the jist of what I was saying. I’ll acknowledge that it comes off a little huffy, but you know me. Straight to the point. A few had to get all fucking irritating about it so I thought I’d use my own forum to expand on my thoughts.

I get it, I really do. Everything about this year has been so fucking hard. Everyone has got their opinion about EVERYTHING. I’m not going to rehash all the conspiracy theories and bullshit and reasons everyone is out of their damn minds…but you know what? Even though I think a lot of people have gone completely batshit- I STILL think they are entitled to hold their opinions.

What I don’t believe we are entitled to do is to make choices based on those opinions that are detrimental or cause harm to others, especially when the consensus from the scientific and medical community directly contradicts your opinion. Science will win every damn time for me. And while science is not static and is constantly evolving as we learn more- it doesn’t mean we get to use our fears as an excuse to be assholes.

So when I say that people who are choosing not to be vaccinated should be the ones to stay home and isolate, I meant it. And as they rant and rave about their rights and ask me if I am from China or call me a Nazi-aren’t these the same folks who were telling us to stay home if we were afraid of Covid? Now THEY are the ones who afraid, but the suggestion that they stay home due to their fears and choices is so unfathomable?

I’m not suggesting we actively punish people for their opinions- Lord knows I’d probably be in the clink myself- but choices have consequences. Moral, economic, social. If you have access to the vaccine, and reliable information about the vaccine, and you are eligible, and your doctor agrees that it is right for you and yet don’t take it, you no longer need to be educated. You need to lie in the bed you’ve made for yourself. If you are medically fragile, or have a language barrier or a disability or are facing any other type of barrier to accessing the resources you need to get your questions answered this post is not about you.

Right now our hospitals and ICU’s are so full that we keep shipping folks out of province. And the people in there are not vaccinated people. Some communities have a 10% vaccine uptake. TEN PERCENT. They are getting sick. So if you are not getting vaccinated, YOU are the one breaking the system ( well…..after the PC government already did but that’s a whole other post). We are out of fucking resources. We have a duty to our community to all do our part to come out of this.

As a vaccinated person, I pose very low risk to the public. I followed every rule. I made every sacrifice.I don’t have a fetus growing out of my forehead or a third tit and Jesus didn’t strike me with lightning.I had a fever for a day as my immune system kicked in. So now, pardon the absolute FUCK out of me, but I think that as such I should have a few freedoms at this point, because it is unlikely that I will harm anyone or stress the health care system further. An unvaccinated person can’t say those things.

My point is that we need to go get fucking jabbed unless we want to ride a few more waves. Trust me they are on their way. I stand by the thought that if I have to choose between ALL of us living through another year of lockdowns and “adapting” and sacrificing, or those who are not doing what is right have to be the ones to remain in isolation until we reach enough immunity so that those who really are unable to get vaccinated are safe- LIKE MY CHILDREN, I choose them.

ONE THOUSAND PERCENT.

If you think that makes me a bad person, that’s a you problem, cause I don’t give a shit. I know that I did what was necessary to protect those that needed protecting. I know that I did everything that was asked of me and more….and even if that all turns out to be a giant crock of steaming shit, at least I TRIED.

While we are busy with Healthcare being in the toilet, some of Manitoba’s teachers just got dealt another cock shot

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While the Conservative government in Manitoba is self destructing with a catastrophic situation in Healthcare, people dying in transport due to a lack of space in critical care and MLA’s sharing laughs in Question Period over it, public health compliance scandals, transphobic jokes and basically just a complete misfire on every fucking end of the governance spectrum that you could possibly imagine……there is still a fire simmering that we shouldn’t forget about.

The education system in this province is struggling. After years of chronic underfunding, the events of the last 15 months and the dark cloud looming that is Bill 64, the complete and utter burnout of staff, students and parents is a heavier burden that we are capable of carrying for long.

We all have our opinions on whether or not schools should be in remote learning. I personally believe that this was the right call and should have happened way earlier, despite the challenges and near impossibility of being a working parent trying to facilitate my children’s education at home even with the monumental efforts of our teachers. These past few weeks have been burdensome. Teachers feeling like they need to live up to the same standards they normally would, feeling the criticism of the chaos of last spring freshly enough to drive them to go above and beyond what seems reasonable or achievable today. Parents needing structure for their kids but struggling to keep up with all of their duties and responsibilities. Wanting desperately to throw in the fucking towel and just NOT.

These are trying times, and I will tell you from my personal experience that I am pretty much over it. The only thing keeping me from refusing to do a single thing more in terms of printing assignments and threatening the kids’ relationship with electronics FOREVER so that they do their work, and taking pictures and submitting and fighting is literally the utmost respect that I have for my fellow educators and the amount that they care about our kids and trying to give them some stability in all of this.

And that respect and knowledge about how hard teachers work has me shaking my fucking head about how underappreciated teachers are in this world.

“THOSE WHO CAN”T DO, TEACH.”

It seems to me that those who teach literally DO EVERYTHING.

And so now comes the extra what the fuckey ……

Teachers in Winnipeg School Division today finally got a contract. They have been negotiating for FOUR YEARS. They are finally getting a nominal raise that will back payed for 4 years. But there’s catch:

In order to pay teachers (almost) what they’re worth, the school division will have to cut 120 permanent full time teaching positions. Seniority will not be a factor, it will be cutthroat decisions based on how valuable you are. So teachers with highly specialized skill sets may be safe, but anyone else is fair game for a lay off.

From a teacher in WSD: “ Everyone loves us when it comes to babysitting their kids so they can go to work, but no one actually wants to pay us” (what we’re worth)

In all of this we keep referring to these people as heroes, yet we give them the choice of accepting less than they deserve for literally ever, since the beginning of time, or watch a bunch of their hardworking hero colleagues lose their jobs??

So, the next time Pallister or Cullen or any of the rest of those fucking assholes gets up and starts talking about all of the investments they are making in education, and when you all get your education tax rebate cheques, remember it is founded in bullshit and what it is at the expense of. People losing their jobs. Your children losing educational resources. Your children’s relationship with their teachers as class sizes continue to grow.

This province needs to stop congratulating itself on a job never done and top sucking their own dick in the media about how awesome they are.

If this is Team Manitoba, the stands are empty, revenue is in the red and the coach needs firing. Fuck already.

Audrey Gordon has dug her deepest hole yet-who else isn’t surprised?

I hate to say “I told you so”, but I fucking told you so.

When I had my run in with Audrey Gordon last fall, I stupidly thought briefly that maybe I had gone in too hard. Maybe I should have given her the benefit of the doubt and approached her more passively rather than being aggressive and insistent on answers that she had no ability or intention of providing.

After watching her online interactions with others and avoidance of issues that matter in the community with a fake smile and a free ice cream cone for kids, I definitely feel zero remorse for going in hard and demanding accountability.

This weekend, Springs Church held some sort of graduation ceremony for their “college” (whatever the fuck kind of college that would be). It is rumored that Audrey Gordon was there, although I can’t confirm that. She is, however, a member of this organization that has repeatedly tried to find ways around the pandemic restrictions and is currently in court fighting against the rules. Is it not a direct conflict of interest for an MLA to be a member of an organization that is fighting against the very rules that she is telling her constituents to follow? How can she continue to condone this behaviour and justify it to herself? I believe that by not publicly speaking out against them, she is silently giving her permission.

At the moment, the two Facebook groups that she uses as platforms are discussing the issue. Most people are absolutely enraged by her refusal to respond to their questions either privately or publicly. Some are bellyaching about kindness and all sorts of toxic positivity bullshit that falls right in line with Springs Church and their self serving philosophies and in my opinion- they can fuck right off. If you are a public figure using a community forum for your professional purposes, then you should be required to respond to public issues on that page, rather then asking the admins to delete the threads or turn off the commenting.

And this brings us to the apparent hilarity of anti-trans jokes on those same forums. How can someone who is the Minister of Mental Health and Wellness not be aware that any joke that starts with “I IDENTIFY AS” is a direct but subtle dig mocking the very existence of trans folk? How can she not use her position to educate and address a comment like that, rather than laugh at it?

The answer as I see it is really that she IS aware, but that she doesn’t give a shit. It is quite literally her job to be aware of these types of things. So either she is incompetent or holds bigoted views against the LGBTQ2 community- either which would call for the resignation of her Health portfolio at the very least. Also, considering she came crying to her community for support when racist graffiti was painted on her photos ( appalling and not appropriate regardless of one’s personal feelings towards her) I can’t begin to understand how she doesn’t have empathy for one of the most marginalized groups with some of the highest risk factors for suicide and depression among any community.

Among all of this is an unwillingness to address the very real concerns being brought to her attention. In my experience with Audrey Gordon she works very hard to puff out her feathers while trying to diminish you, all the while screaming about respect and how wonderful she is and that swearing makes you a terrible person.

I’d argue that her silence is the most disrespectful language of all, and that laughing at harmful language directed at trans folk is probably a lot ore damaging than, for example….. telling someone who is a acting like a cunt that they are being a cunt….but that’s just me.

In the end, this latest fiasco is probably going to come back to haunt Audrey in the next election. People won’t forget, and most importantly, in the age of social media and screenshots- folks won’t let us forget how she behaved.

These times do try us, Dear Audrey. You will have a very hard time climbing out of this latest hole you have dug for yourself. Proverbial straw just met the camel’s back, I think.

Cliff Cullen should stop writing cheques with his mouth that he can’t cash

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The problem with making bold statements is that at some point you’re going to have to cash the cheque that your mouth writes. In Manitoba, it feels a lot like the cheques being written by our leaders are bouncing.

If you are anything like me, you might be feeling rather frustrated by the inability of political representatives to answer direct questions posed by media, constituents in formal emails or informal online forums. There is a lot of redirecting and deflecting going on, and ridiculously, blocking.

As elected representatives there is a responsibility to the public for transparency and honesty and neither of these things seem to be in the playbook written by Coach Pally and his team.

My specific experience has been one of hostility and buck passing, and of late, lack of ANY response- not even the stock, party written answers that are a waste of my good time and efforts.

I have to say that it sort feels as though the plan is to just pass off each inquiry rather than answer it, and force someone to repeatedly contact their representatives with honest questions about many concerning actions of this government in a time of unprecedented uncertainty- until we are gaslighted into believing that we are just being bothersome.

Personally, I don’t care if they are annoyed by me. I am as relentless as a dog with a bone. As a citizen who cares about her community and the well being of everyone, I will continue to be relentless in my inquiries until someone-ANYONE- in this government is able to be accountable to me for the words coming out of their mouths and the claims they are making.

At the moment, in light of Bill 64 and all of the abominable commentary by the Minister of Education in his recent guest column in the Winnipeg Sun, I am trying to figure out how this government can insist that they have reduced poverty rates in this province in the last four years by 25%. I want to understand how this was measured, what factors were considered and how they studied the varaibles. And IF (big if) this statement is true, how was it achieved? Wouldn’t the government be so proud of this amazing work that they would want to share their programs and policies with other provinces so that they would be able to achieve the same results?

I have many doubts about truth of this matter. I figure that if this statistic is not made up, the information to prove it and back it up would be readily available.

I have reached out several times to the Minister of Education by email. I wrote him directly, and also to my local MLA, who promised to forward my concerns and request information be sent to me. No response.

I phoned Minister Cullen’s office and provided my contact information. No response.

I was informed by a friend that she had been redirected to the Minister of Families to request this same information. I will not hold my breath for a response, but here is my letter to Minister Squires. If you are so inspired, feel free to copy and paste the text of the inquiry and initiate your own contact. They can’t ignore all of us, can they?

Good Morning,
Thank you for taking my call this morning.  
To follow up, I am requesting information regarding the claims of a 25% reduction in the poverty rate in the Province of Manitoba. Specifically, I would like to receive the studies/peer reviewed research indicating this change in poverty statistics. Ideally, I’d like to understand what outcomes were measured, in what populations, who performed the research and what the study designs were.
One would assume that a 25% reduction in poverty would translate to a significant and observed impact in local communities in terms of income level, employment rates (specific to the impoverished communities), access to resources, reduced use of food banks or shelters, improvement of health, and drastically improved educational outcomes. 
In addition, I would like to be sent information about how these outcomes were achieved, specifically what programs were developed and implemented/introduced.  A 25% reduction in child poverty is substantial achievement, and I would think the strategies used to get there should be shared with all who have a vested interest in helping those in need. 
I look forward to hearing back, and would be open to scheduling a meeting to further discuss the subject.”

Dear Manitoba, start enforcing restrictions or STFU

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Fuck restrictions.

Honestly. Closing retail spaces and restaurants and gyms again isn’t going to do anything further unless a few other things happen.

  1. Close the borders for real. Redefine what essential is and make sure that you monitor it. Yes, the variants are already here but adding new sources of infection is just plain dumb.
  2. Go to remote learning, at least for high school. Stop allowing team sports to practice. This is one of the fastest growing age groups spreading infection, and the data showing limited spread in schools no longer applies as variants are changing the game.
  3. Vaccinate everyone who works in a manufacturing or factory setting. These people are essential to supply chains and work in small, poorly ventilated environments and have a high proportion of new Canadians or folks living in multi-generational homes. This immediately makes close contact numbers high, exposes those more vulnerable, and continues to put at risk those that have no other alternatives for income, no sick benefits and do not have the option of working from home.
  4. Mandate anyone who is able to work from home to WORK.FROM.HOME.
  5. Vaccinate teachers.
  6. Vaccinate bus drivers and taxi drivers.

And here’s the big one:

It really does not matter one bit what restrictions you impose if people refuse to follow the rules. Increasing the restriction levels does nothing but further punish those who are already doing their best: wearing masks, limiting contacts, only seeing people outside their household outdoors, limiting non-essential activities. The people who aren’t doing this and are organizing anti-mask rallies, or spreading mis-information online, having personal gatherings, and basically anything else to effectively thumb their fucking noses at public health officers will continue to do so no matter what rule you make.

They are LAUGHING at you.

To be honest, we all are. You sound like a bunch of idiots. Nobody trusts that you know what you are doing or are prepared to actually back up these rules.

Until this government gets out there and actually enforces the rules they are making, not one of these anti mask “BUTMYRIGHTS” wads from a rancid dickhole is going to give a shit.

As we speak, there is an anti mask rally happening at the Forks. No cops, no bylaw officers in sight. Not one ticket being handed out, not one arrest being made. THEY.ARE.LAUGHING.AT.YOU.

If the Manitoba government wants people to take their Covid actions seriously, they need to get serious about them. Ticket every fucker who breaks the rules. They don’t pay the ticket? They can sit in jail until the 14 day quarantine period is over.

And I don’t want to hear anymore about how they are worried about people lying to contract tracers for fear of being fined. They are lying ANYWAY. If you had your shit together, you could easily investigate this.

Get your shit together, Manitoba. Or we are about to be Ontario, Part Deux.

A rage post dedicated to Brian Pallister

You know, I have been trying to write these nicely balanced articles full of good points that are blunt without hearing about the language I use, but I am pretty much over that today.

This is a rage piece, so if you aren’t here for that, I won’t take it personally. If you are a pearl clutcher, know that I will continue to use grown up words in a grown up place and you can either put on your big girl panties or complain about it to someone who isn’t me.

Manitoba is fucking bullshit right now.

I am so sick and tired of a government that is so clearly gaslighting people and vote pandering with their “keeping our promises” posts and throwing out some seemingly really terrific bones that seem to always come with conditions that end up bending you over and assaulting your back door.

It wouldn’t feel half as insulting or half as terrible if Brian Pallister would just seriously shut the FUCK up. Every time that guy opens his smug, arrogant mouth, teachers and health care workers everywhere both alive and dead collectively vomit into their own mouths or roll over twice in their graves asking Jesus to just rain down Armageddon already.

Look Brian. I get it. It’s been a real shit time to be in charge of anything. Someone is always going to be pissed off at you. But right now, TODAY, even the people who fucking like you think you are an absolute piece of shit.

Exhibit A: Today a reporter asked you “Does it bother you that teachers have to pay out of their own pockets for supplies?”

To which you replied “It doesn’t bother me at all…..I’ve watched teachers invest their own money out of their own pocket for decades now and I just think this is a good fair incentive to encourage other teachers to do the same.”

Once I picked my jaw up off of the floor, I wondered if you had ANY idea how enraged people- not just teachers- were going to be about those words?

And really, the answer is zero. You are so fully out of touch with the people of this province and such an arrogant fool that you couldn’t even muster up the foresight to imagine how ignorant this statement was.

Your government claims it will be investing record funding into education with this budget, and yet not two months ago a 1.6% cut was announced, which is forcing school divisions to slash their budgets. This will not only leave them chronically understaffed, but programs that provide the little bit of equity that is attainable like milk programs are on the chopping block. Teachers have been in contract negotiations since 2018, and I would bet my ass that Bill 64 will undermine the collective bargaining abilities from divisions once they cease to exist. Education support staff are heroes that are having their wages frozen while you and your gang will enjoy an increase that is retroactive to April 2020.

NO. Teachers should not be paying for classroom supplies out of their own pockets. If they do, I think the rebate you meant to offer is 100% reimbursement, not 15% of up to 1000$. It is a public system. They are not private contractors. Offering a tax refund so you have yet another reason to underfund the system is a dick move and you know that. And just because it has been happening for decades doesn’t make it right. It continues to create more inequity in the system.

There is so much contradiction in everything you do and say. You continually fuck things up and then act like a dick about it in press conferences to deflect from your deficiencies as a leader. You love to call people by their first names while we must address you by your title, MR. PREMIER, in order to try and diminish their status or credibility and don’t think for one second it doesn’t go unnoticed.

The last time a Conservative government treated healthcare workers and teachers like absolute shit it was the beginning of their own demise. 17 years of NDP governance followed-because that’s how long it took to people to forget.

We have two years until the next election cycle, Brian, and trust me, we won’t forget. Your legacy will ultimately be the downfall of you own party and you will be nothing but a series of bitchy memes people use to make fun of terrible leaders.

PS: take a warm bath and have a fucking drink or something. You always look like you just got electrocuted.

Surprise, surprise, the vaccination process is a mess too.

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SOMEONE has to help me understand this ridiculous dumpster fire of a vaccination rollout.

As with everything in this province introduced by this poorly prepared, short sighted and self congratulatory, Trumpesque government, the delivery of vaccines has fallen somewhere between an inconsistent process and a total mess.

All over social media we are hearing that some people are in and out in 30 minutes, while others wait in hours long lineups snaking through super centres and all the way across city blocks outdoors.

I keep reading that those who are visiting pop up sites in smaller communities like Morden are having positive experiences (thank god!) while those who are booking their appointments here in the city are absolutely not. Anyone with some reasonable vision could see from the beginning of the organization of such large scale vaccination sites were going to be a nightmare and they were better off with smaller scale, local community sites that served smaller populations.

Hey! Wait! Local administration works better than a large centralized one? Sounds familiiar-*throat clears* Bill 64– but that is a different post.

So my Dad had his appointment yesterday in the late afternoon. He arrived 20 minutes prior to his appointment to be sure he had time to check in. When he got there, the lineup outside the Convention Centre was a couple blocks long. In 80 km/hr wind gusts. It took about 30 minutes just to get inside the building. For the next hour he gradually moved along like one bull in a cattle herd up and around all levels, until he finally reached the space where the vaccinations took place.

His comments: The amount of space dedicated for vaccine spots were only about half full. There about 4 times the amount of volunteers on crowd control then people available to administer the vaccines, which seemed useless because the paths were clearly marked. While the online booking system was seamless, the actual logistics of the site was poorly organized and managed, they booked way too many appointments for what they could realistically manage and in his words “whoever is responsible for the logistical design and process of the site should be fired”.

So, this is 5 days after the supposed “scheduling glitch” occurred and Dr. Reimer has assured us it had been rectified, with wait times back down to 10-20 minutes. But that doesn’t seem to be the case.

I suppose we could always decide to drive 3 hours round trip to Morden for a more positive experience. I mean, a smooth, well run operation designed to serve the local population, right there in the political base of the governing party? You don’t say.

I also enjoyed the Minister of Health’s video post over the weekend telling us what a great job she was doing getting Manitobans vaccinated. Really? We have more vaccines in storage than you can get into arms, we are about to lose the race against the variants, and you want us all to pat you on the back and say job well done? While you scream about Justin Trudeau and lack of vaccine supply? Last week we had received about 248K doses of vaccine, with about 157K administered. With ANOTHER 123K arriving this week? Over the weekend you managed to vaccinate something around 3000 people in total. Does that sound like we have a supply issue?

I’d argue that we have a competence issue, but that’s just me.

You want to figure out how to get as many people in and out in the shortest amount of time while keeping them happy? Someone get an Olive Garden Manager and a team of hosts in there and this problem will be cleared up before you can say Hospitaliano! (sarcasm- mostly)

Once you have emptied your freezers and have people waiting to book appointments, cry about supply as loud as you need to, and I’ll even cry with you . Otherwise, I’d suggest closing your mouth and fixing this latest mess.

If we could just get some accountability, some transparency or maybe even a little truth from our leaders right now, a lot of us would be a little less angry.

Don’t you guys care about us? Don’t answer that.

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