YOU SAID IT: In fact according to Eugene

Here are today’s letters from the Ottawa Sun to the editor.

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Re: Brighter days ahead? Senators’ owner Melnyk is confident that we are nearing the end of our battle against COVID-19, on December 22.

It’s not often that I agree with Eugene Melnyk, but this time I have to. With the daily count of new COVID cases in Ottawa at more than 300 people and only six in the hospital and no one in the ICU (based on figures from Tuesday, December 21), maybe, just maybe, the virus is decreasing and this really is Mother Nature’s problem. way to immunize everyone?

It goes without saying that you are “missing something” if you don’t get vaccinated. At the very least, think of others within your family and community.

If you are injured on the job and not wearing your safety gear, well, WSIB has the right to deny your claim. Perhaps we should consider the vaccine as a safety component when it comes to health care?


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(Given the numbers that soared over the past week, it seems overly optimistic to think that the virus is waning.)


Payback can be really nice, especially when it comes to Beijing. It has been announced that the NHL will not send its players to participate in the largest rogue state in the world. Hockey is one of the best-selling items in regards to the Winter Olympics and is number one when it comes to this nation.

China is responsible for a lot of damage around the world, especially since the virus originated off their shores and they weren’t entirely frank about the disease. One can only hope the whole damn event is canceled. That would make my day and many other people’s. ‘


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(Many other people are likely to agree.)


At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, health officials had few details about the virus and vaccines were not available. Adopting the “precautionary principle” was a reasonable approach. We have long since overcome that situation with approximately 80% of the provincial population vaccinated two or three times.

Despite this, we are inundated daily by the sharp increase in Omicron cases and the need for closures to “flatten” the curve and avoid overwhelming ICU units in hospitals. Public health officials have said little about the fact that the preponderance of COVID-19 ICU admissions are people with comorbidities. In fact, public health includes in his case COVID-19 the count of patients who attend another treatment and who are asymptomatic. The majority of the population is asymptomatic when it comes to COVID-19 or experiences “flu-like” symptoms.


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Public health would do us all a favor if it provided details on the percentage of ICU admissions for COVID-19 with comorbidities. The public is no longer afraid, skeptical, and disconnected from public health measures.

It’s time for an honest and meaningful discussion about public health measures, including the overall risk to Canadians who would otherwise be “healthy.”



(While much has been learned, there is still much to learn.)


In a shrewd and strategic move, Australian mining giant Rio Tinto has hired Canada’s outgoing ambassador to Beijing, Dominic Barton, as its new president. Realizing that with their country’s solid and principled approach to China, hiring domestically would be counterproductive to their business interests, they had to look abroad for a well-connected Chinese flatterer. “Liberal” Canada was obviously the right place for that choice.



(Well, there is a level of “admiration” here).



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