TORONTO, December 22, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Premier Doug Ford announced Monday that Ontario will be locked down effective 12:01 a.m., Saturday, December 26.
The measures will be in effect for two weeks in northern Ontario, and four in southern Ontario, which includes Toronto and Peel regions, already designated since November 23 as grey or “lockdown” zones.
The lockdown was originally set to begin on Christmas Eve, but Ford’s cabinet decided Monday to push it back to Boxing Day, according to CTV News.
Under the new measures, religious services, rites or ceremonies, including weddings and funerals, are limited to a maximum of 10 people indoors and 10 outdoors. Drive-in services, rites or ceremonies are permitted, “subject to certain conditions,” according to a Ford government press release.
Toronto’s Cardinal Thomas Collins cancelled public Masses November 23 when Toronto was declared a lockdown zone, but churches remain open for private prayer.
The measures ban indoor public events and social gatherings, except with members of the same household. “Individuals who live alone may consider having exclusive close contact with one other household,” the press release stated.
Publicly funded elementary and secondary schools in the province will close until at least January 11, at which point schools in northern Ontario will be allowed to open their classrooms.
Elementary schools in southern Ontario will also open for in-person learning on January 11, but secondary schools in those regions won’t open classrooms until January 25.
Child-care centers will remain open, the government release stated.
In-person shopping in most retail settings is banned, with only curbside pickup and delivery allowed.
PETITION UPDATE (2/25/2021) -
Not only has the federal Senate in Canada not come to the aid of vulnerable people threatened by the passage of Euthanasia Bill C-7, they have actually voted to make matters worse by EXPANDING provision of euthanasia beyond what C-7 had originally intended.
The bill will now go back to Parliament, where the Senate's amendments can be accepted or rejected.
Please READ LifeSiteNews' analysis of the Trudeau Liberals' latest salvo in their all-out push to expand euthanasia in Canada: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/canada-senate-passes-euthanasia-bill-expanding-categories-of-the-killable
Then, please SIGN and SHARE this petition. Thank you.
PETITION UPDATE (12/9/2020)
On December 3, 2020, the Concurrence at report stage of Bill C-7 passed with 213 yeas and 103 nays, with a total of 316 votes.
Bill C-7 would expand already existing provisions for assisted suicide. It would "repeal the provision that requires a person’s natural death be reasonably foreseeable."
The Bill is currently in its Third Reading in the House of Commons and will move on to the Senate if it passes.
We are obliged to help people who are suffering, especially the vulnerable, and that’s why we must oppose Bill C-7.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition. Then, please contact your MP and tell them to vote NO on Bill C-7. You can find your MP and their contact information HERE.
We are obliged to help people who are suffering, not kill them.
But, that's exactly what the existing euthanasia law - the so-called "medical assistance in dying (MAiD)" provision - allows.
And, right now, the Trudeau Liberals are pushing for making death even more accessible to our most vulnerable citizens by tabling Bill C-7 in Parliament.
Please SIGN this petition and call for Canada's Members of Parliament to REJECT more euthanasia in Bill C-7, and, instead, provide for more homecare, palliative care, and mental health support.
Bill C-7 would expand existing provisions for assisted-suicide by removing the requirement that a person's natural death be reasonably foreseeable to qualify for MAiD.
Simply put: under C-7, people who are not terminally ill can be killed by MAiD!
This is outrageous, as it puts people with disabilities, the elderly, the young, and those who cannot consent (if they had already agreed to MAiD) at serious risk.
Please CLICK HERE to learn more about Bill C-7 and how it would put those vulnerable people more at risk, and allow for more death and more killing.
Then, please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition.
Our elected Members of Parliament should be discussing how to help our disabled, elderly and young people with greater provision for homecare, palliative care, and mental health support, rather than encouraging our most vulnerable to kill themselves with our government's help and endorsement.
Nothing could be more foul and malicious.
And, while it's true that Trudeau's Minister of Justice is sponsoring this atrocious Bill, 40 Conservative Party politicians supported him in the vote on the Bill's Second Reading in late October.
We list these 40 Conservative MPs below, so that, after signing this petition, you can politely and respectfully contact them to let them know you want them to REJECT the expansion of MAiD (which, again, will mean more death and more killing), and to EMBRACE life-affirming provisions, like more funding for homecare, palliative care, and mental health support for our most vulnerable citizens.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'People with disabilities oppose Canada’s proposed expansion of euthanasia law' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/people-with-disabilities-oppose-canadas-proposed-expansion-of-euthanasia-law
Canada's House of Parliament Info on Bill C-7 - https://www.parl.ca/LegisInfo/BillDetails.aspx?Language=en&Mode=1&billId=10875380&View=5
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto's 'Help the Living' initiative - https://www.helptheliving.ca/
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List of 40 Conservatives who voted FOR C-7 (Expansion of Euthanasia) on the Bill's Second Reading:
SCOTT AITCHISON (Parry Sound—Muskoka) - Telephone: 613-944-7740; Email: [email protected]
DAN ALBAS (Central Okanagan—Similkameen—Nicola) - Telephone: 613-995-1702; Email: [email protected]
LEONA ALLESLEV (Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill) - Telephone: 613-992-0700; Email: [email protected]
MEL ARNOLD (North Okanagan—Shuswap) - Telephone: 613-995-9095; Email: [email protected]
TONY BALDINELLI (Niagara Falls) - Telephone: 613-995-1547; Email: [email protected]
JOHN BARLOW (Foothills) - Telephone: 613-995-8471; Email: [email protected]
LUC BERTHOLD (Mégantic—L'Érable) - Telephone: 613-995-1377; Email: [email protected]
SCOT DAVIDSON (York—Simcoe) - Telephone: 613-996-7752; Email: [email protected]
GÉRARD DELTELL (Louis-Saint-Laurent) - Telephone: 613-996-4151; Email: [email protected]
CHRIS D'ENTREMONT (West Nova) - Telephone: 613-995-5711; Email: [email protected]
TODD DOHERTY (Cariboo—Prince George) - Telephone: 613-995-6704; Email: [email protected]
TERRY DOWDALL (Simcoe—Grey) - Telephone: 613-992-4224; Email: [email protected]
ERIC DUNCAN (Stormont—Dundas—South Glengarry) - Telephone: 613-992-2521; Email: [email protected]
KERRY-LYNNE D. FINDLAY (South Surrey—White Rock) - Telephone: 613-947-4497; Email: [email protected]
DIANE FINLEY (Haldimand—Norfolk) - Telephone: 613-996-4974; Email: [email protected]
BERNARD GÉNÉREUX (Montmagny—L'Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup) - Telephone: 613-995-0265; Email: [email protected]
JOËL GODIN (Portneuf—Jacques-Cartier) - Telephone: 613-992-2798; Email: [email protected]
JACQUES GOURDE (Lévis—Lotbinière) - Telephone: 613-992-2639; Email: [email protected]
TRACY GRAY (Kelowna—Lake Country) - Telephone: 613-992-7006; Email: [email protected]
PAT KELLY (Calgary Rocky Ridge) - Telephone: 613-992-0826; Email: [email protected]
PETER KENT (Thornhill) - Telephone: 613-992-0253; Email: [email protected]
RON LIEPERT (Calgary Signal Hill) - Telephone: 613-992-3066; Email: [email protected]
LARRY MAGUIRE (Brandon—Souris) - Telephone: 613-995-9372; Email: [email protected]
RICHARD MARTEL (Chicoutimi—Le Fjord) - Telephone: 613-992-7207; Email: [email protected]
DAN MAZIER (Dauphin—Swan River—Neepawa) - Telephone: 613-992-3176; Email: [email protected]
GREG MCLEAN (Calgary Centre) - Telephone: 613-995-1561; Email: [email protected]
CATHY MCLEOD (Kamloops—Thompson—Cariboo) - Telephone: 613-995-6931; Email: [email protected]
ERIC MELILLO (Kenora) - Telephone: 613-996-1161; Email: [email protected]
MARTY MORANTZ (Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia—Headingley) - Telephone: 613-995-5609; Email: [email protected]
ROB MORRISON (Kootenay—Columbia) - Telephone: 613-995-7246; Email: [email protected]
PIERRE PAUL-HUS (Charlesbourg—Haute-Saint-Charles) - Telephone: 613-995-8857; Email: [email protected]
ALAIN RAYES (Richmond—Arthabaska) - Telephone: 613-995-1554; Email: [email protected]
SCOTT REID (Lanark—Frontenac—Kingston) - Telephone: 613-947-2277; Email: [email protected]
MICHELLE REMPEL GARNER (Calgary Nose Hill) - Telephone: 613-992-4275; Email: [email protected]
ALEX RUFF (Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound) - Telephone: 613-996-5191; Email: [email protected]
BOB SAROYA (Markham—Unionville) - Telephone: 613-992-1178; Email: [email protected]
DOUG SHIPLEY (Barrie—Springwater—Oro-Medonte) - Telephone: 613-992-0718; Email: [email protected]
BRUCE STANTON (Simcoe North) - Telephone: 613-992-6582; Email: [email protected]
KAREN VECCHIO (Elgin—Middlesex—London) - Telephone: 613-990-7769; Email: [email protected]
LEN WEBBER (Calgary Confederation) - Telephone: 613-996-2756; Email: [email protected]
“Discount and big box retailers selling groceries will be limited to 25 per cent capacity for in-store shopping. Supermarkets, grocery stores and similar stores that primarily sell food, as well as pharmacies, will continue to operate at 50 per cent capacity for in-store shopping,” the press release said.
Indoor access to shopping malls is also restricted, with shoppers allowed to go to a designated indoor area by appointment only, or to an outdoor pickup area.
Indoor and outdoor dining is banned, and bars and restaurants may remain open only for takeout, drive-through and delivery.
Ford said in the December 21 press conference that extreme lockdown is necessary because of rising cases of COVID-19,
“This difficult action is without a doubt necessary to save lives and prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed in the coming weeks,” he said.
“Make no mistake, thousands of lives are at stake right now. If we fail to take action now, the consequences could be catastrophic.”
However, a number of critics oppose lockdowns as doing far more harm than good.
Notably, 39,224 medical professionals have signed the Great Barrington Declaration, which argued that lockdowns are creating “lower childhood vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings and deteriorating mental health.” At last count, the Great Barrington Declaration has been signed by 13,012 medical and public health scientists, 39,224 medical practitioners, and 706,363 concerned citizens.
They advocated that governments “allow those who are at minimal risk of death to live their lives normally to build up immunity to the virus through natural infection, while better protecting those who are at highest risk.”
That was echoed later in October by four Ontario women physicians who wrote in an op-ed in the Toronto Sun that government policies intended to mitigate the dangerous effects of this virus are actually “causing irreparable harm, including more deaths, to our children.”
In November, the American Institute for Economy Research (AIER) released a report compiled from evidence from various studies which concluded that lockdowns inflicted damage across a spectrum of quality-of-life issues, including mental health, the economy, unemployment, crime, and education.
This reiterated a Heritage Foundation July study of 10 different nations that concluded draconian lockdowns are less effective at combating COVID-19 than strategies more narrowly targeted at those most in danger.
Public pushback against lockdowns also appears on the rise, and in Ontario, Independent MPP Randy Hillier, a vocal opponent of the Ford government’s coronavirus response, has spearheaded the No More Lockdowns movement.
Hillier organized and spoke at an anti-lockdown rally at Queen’s Park in November that was attended by about 700 people. (He was charged with breaching the Reopening Ontario Act and if convicted, faces a fine of up to $100,000 and a year in jail.)
He told the crowd that lockdowns are unjustified violations of individual liberty, cause more harm than good, and are devastating small businesses, and alleged that the Ford government “lied to us” and that the province is “on a dishonest path, and it’s taking us to a really, really bad place.”
According to the Ford government press release, “the latest modelling data” predict that COVID-19 “cases across the province are continuing to grow and the number of people requiring an intensive care bed is projected to rise well above 300 people within the next 10 days.”
It stated that hospitalizations for COVID-19 “have increased by 74 per cent over the last four weeks and are more than 15 times higher than they were at the beginning of September.”
Additionally, the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units (ICU) “has more than doubled over the last four weeks and is 20 times higher than at the beginning of September,” and currently, there are “915 COVID-19 patients requiring acute care, 265 patients in ICU, with 152 on a ventilator,” the press release stated.
However, as is well known, the treatment of Covid-19 is also a hotly contested and politicized issue, with America’s Frontline Doctors, as well as Canadian Dr. Kulvinder Gill, founder of Concerned Ontario Doctors, facing media and Big Tech censorship and professional censure to promote hydroxychloroquine as a safe and effective treatment for the novel coronavirus.
More recently, Wisconsin physician Dr. Pierre Kory, founding member of Front Line Covid-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC), told a United States senate committee that Ivermectin, a Nobel Prize–winning anti-parasitic agent, “basically obliterates transmission of this virus.”
FLCCC has developed a treatment regimen incorporating ivermectin, which the group claims has led to up to 83% lower-than-average COVID-19 death rates in hospitals that have applied it.
However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has refused emergency authorization of ivermectin to treat the novel coronavirus, stating for months that “[m]ore testing is needed.”
Premier Doug Ford
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