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"andre picard" Discussed on The Current

The Current

05:20 min | 3 months ago

"andre picard" Discussed on The Current

"Canada has assured canadians. There is no need for concern at this point in time. Based on the information that has been reviewed by health canada. There is no Safety concern with the detroit bombali recipient but we're actively looking into the issue not everyone sees it the same way. Several countries in europe have suspended the role of this vaccine. After cases of blood clots in people who had gotten the shot and now some canadians are refusing to take the astra zeneca vaccine on top of this. There's now concern that we are heading into or perhaps already in a third wave of covid. Andre picard is the globe and mail's health columnist. Andre good morning good morning. How concerning is it to you that these european countries have suspended the astrazeneca vaccine rollet. Thanks not overly concerning know. It's not a bad thing. To err on the side of caution especially when you have alternatives. They have a lot of vaccines of different sorts. So it's not a great concern scientifically. I think that the communications aspect does a little bit scary. It's hard for the public to sort all this out. Tell me more about that because there are questions as to whether this is about science or politics or some area in between i'd say probably some area in between so you know when new vaccines roll out we watch very carefully for for signals. That things could be going badly and when you have a drug that's been used to right now there's been four hundred million vaccines vaccinate a in a done for corona virus very large number of orch short periods. All kinds of things going on to try to figure out are they caused by the vaccine. Is it just. Haphazard is a chance and it's hard to figure out those signals from the noise. And i think that's what scientists around the world and regulators around the world are trying to figure well and you talk about regulators health canada yesterday that it's the same proportion of blood clots that would be expected for the population outside of vaccination campaign. So do we know if there is any causal link between those blood clots and the vaccine. The doesn't seem to be so the consensus. I think the larger consensus. I know it seems to be about the normal number. But there's these little concerning things that The people who are getting these blood clots tend to be young They're happening in little spurts Some countries have many more per capita than than others..

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"andre picard" Discussed on The Current

The Current

02:54 min | 5 months ago

"andre picard" Discussed on The Current

"I think it's a hiccup you'd want this whole vaccination is a marathon and this is kind of having a cramp that maybe kilometer five and the question to me is. How do we recover from this crafted. Focus on when we get vaccine getting it into people promptly and not just get hung up on on this reality. We know we're going to be problems. Always supply issues with everything so you have to adjust their questions as to whether perhaps this is a sign that canada has invested too much and pfizer and weather may be other vaccines might get approval in the coming weeks and months. That could help. Close that gap. Is that likely. Do you think no. I think the reality is the whole world. Wants these vaccines and they're trying to companies are juggling to try and get into first of all those who have contracts and then in the order of contracts who's paying etc so people are looking you know we have contracts with pfizer madonna. We have a whole bunch of contracts. The next one up his astra zeneca. That hasn't been approved yet. It will be approved in short order but the reality is people have to realize even if it's approved today we won't get astra zeneca Vaccines until at least april. They have to come off the line so these are not issues that can be solved immediately your overnight in anyway. In the meantime there are politicians. Who would like to to be solved immediately and certainly overnight take a listen to the premier of ontario. Doug ford nothing is more important than then getting these vaccines in his shoes. I'm sure he is doing it. But i'd be on that phone call every single day. That'd be up. That guy's being so far with a firecracker he wouldn't know what hit them with from pfizer. Andre picard is there anything that the premier of ontario doug ford or the premier of alberta jason kenney who wants provincial lawyers to look perhaps procuring in the provinces own supply. Is there anything that they can do about this. I don't think so other than the bombast. The politics i think you know the reality is what would they do. They have been offered any concrete solutions. How things would change if they were a people's yin yang premier. Ford said so eloquently. I i think you know the reality is. There's a supply chain problem. It's one that's really profound in candidate has to be resolved after this pandemic for good. There's a reality of only so much vaccine can be produced. I think time would be better spent planning for what's going to happen when we do get vaccines and we're going to have a lot of but not till april and then you know maybe a little bit to more self reflection on what they're not doing well instead of just criticizing other levels of government. You wrote in part of this is about getting the vaccine but it's also as standard brown is saying. Get it into the arms of canadians. You wrote this week of vaccine hesitancy among healthcare workers. Why why does that exist in that field well. The reality of healthcare workers are like the general population..

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"andre picard" Discussed on The Current

The Current

07:56 min | 10 months ago

"andre picard" Discussed on The Current

"Sick example if there is at. At take in school the class because they were taking their kids back home. To do the tasks and they will not. Cause the the the the personal who close to this kid. And that? That's all what I have after who take care about the clock who take care about. At this school at. PS and how do the digging faction? There's no detail. About that and the government only ensure like we kind of. To the medical people like. Most of. Family that that imposible those. Walk was just GonNa say these are the questions that so many. Parents I think across the country are asking themselves. We have so many people who are trying to call I'm going to let you go to try to get to as many calls as we can, but Susan Good Luck and thank you. Susan Wang parents of a two children in Montreal. As I mentioned, we're getting some notes on social media that people are having difficulty getting through because so many people are calling this is an issue that touches so many people across the country. So do keep trying to get in touch. You can reach us at one, eight, eight, eight, four, one, six, eight, three, three, three or tweet us at the current CBC SEAN is on the line from Orangeville. Hello Sean. Hi. How are you? Doing really good. How are you doing great you're going into grade eight this correct. Yes all right and how you feeling about heading back to school. I bit nervous. I'm going to school this year but your overall pretty good. So why are you going to a new school for Great Eight? Well my family decide for me and my brother that it wasn't a four government plan going expert wasn't safe so. We're thinking about doing online then Kinda realized might. Benefit from the social aspect going back to school so. Family Cyber going back to private school was here and in. So you're leaving the public system and going into private school. Yes I am what do you? How do you feel about that? That's interesting. 'cause my mom's a teacher and so it. Goes to the kitchen. So I, think it's I think our decision for her. A bit nervous. Yeah. But for you and for your family, this was a decision that was made because you don't think the plan that's in place right now as a plan that's going to keep you healthy. No the. All the scene is like wear a mask and here could use your Omega fix a problem. My school on the cloth eight, which is like I think. Like three one third of what my class is usually. and to have proper ventilation. So I'm going to be nice proper social distancing What are you most nervous about in terms of going to new school grade eighth grade? I'm just kinda nervous because like great eight like migrated you. You already know you have your friends there. You've been at school on time. You know everybody is like it's completely new book and like it's so far off until like your school, your elementary school career. Do you know anybody who's going to the school. No You sound like a pretty social guy. So I think you'll be okay but it is something It'll be adventure certainly Sean you talk to you. Thank you and good luck. I. Thank you very much. Then you sean great student in Orangeville terrier. Andre. Picard. Are you concerned that there will be a lot of families like Shawn's who say that what is being offered in the scenarios in in public boards across this country is leading them out of public education. Or I think there's a real concern that there's an undermining of public education people who can afford it are flocking to private schools. We know that people who can afford. It are doing online learning they're creating their own bubbles with the tutors, etc. so what what the real risk here is this growing inequality public schools being even further decimated and I I think that should concern everyone in society what's The answer to that? Then there's a long piece in the Globe and Mail this weekend about that and about how this breaks down on racial lines and class lines what what's the answer to prevent something like that from happening Well the answer is to invest properly in education you know this notion, we have to have smaller class sizes. Why are people going to private schools because they perceive it as safer because the class sizes are smaller, there's no reason we can't do this in our public schools you heard earlier, you know that. This is this is an essential element, not only for a safety but for better learning I, think we know the countries that are doing best with the back to school. They had small classes beforehand and they have even smaller classes. Now, this is so essential to good learning to integrating everyone across the society regardless of class race ability, etc. All of this stuff is so fundamental at such a good investment in. Our health and the the pandemic I think is creating an opportunity that were maybe missing to to fix stuff that's been problematic for longtime Andre Picard as the health columnists with the Globe and Mail we're taking your calls this morning. How are you feeling about heading back to school the number is one, eight, eight, eight, four, one, six, eight, three, three, three Mike's on the line from Ottawa Mike Good Morning. Hi There Matt You. It's a bit like looking into the future. Your senior kindergartner child went back to school in the French Catholic system last week. Yeah. That's exactly right. You went back to school on Thursday and so how's it being for him and for you? Well. We were very much looking forward to it. our main concern really was You know he's a bit of a shy kid so we were. Looking forward to him. Yeah. Going back to school for his you know mainly social development and is emotional and cognitive development, and the thing that we've found that or bit worried about is that. He's he's gone to the classroom We knew he'd have to wear a mask to get to the classroom and maybe in common areas in the school but our understanding was for kids that age that he would be able to take off his mask in the classroom. and. The thing we've heard now is that they're really enforcing mask wearing in the room so. Bit worried about him like reading the. Of other people when they're speaking because at that age are still learning that. She's also very shy. We're a bit worried about him not talking too much and the other thing is you know as a boy, he really needs to to run around and be active and and they're encouraged to stay in their seat and just sit there all day. That's what he's telling US anyway and we're bit worried about not liking schooling more. Do. You understand the position that the schools are in in terms of all of those rules and regulations that they need. They're worried about cases appearing they're worried about the community spread, and so they need kids to you know as many people as possible to wear a mask, but also to eat as. Best. As possible to try to continue to physically distance from each other. I totally understand that but I thought that the whole planning of reopening the school. Was designed to To prevent the spread. By creating cohorts by keeping kids together and not mixing between classroom. So I thought at least in his classroom able to move around and do what he needs to do so that they can keep his attention to to keep the focus on play based learning, which is my understanding, is that the curriculum at that age is based on so that doesn't seem to be happening. So I'm just worried that.

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"andre picard" Discussed on The Current

The Current

08:16 min | 10 months ago

"andre picard" Discussed on The Current

"Sexual relationships and what those rules and understandings need to be in order to keep everyone safe things like vaping things like going to parties are going to be A. Additional risk factors, and so we need to talk honestly and openly with them about. Their decision making so that they can make those choices for themselves in a way that's responsible. Another thing that I find myself wondering is, what will I do if? I get sick if I wake up one morning and I have symptoms, what is that GonNa mean for my students what is that to mean for the substitutes? Are we going to have enough people to cover those classes is going to put my colleagues at risk if they are asked to cover for classes of somebody else and they have to break into a different cohorts I, I worry about the implications. And how people may be put at additional risk but I also know that it'll be a battle for me to tell myself to stay home because often as teachers we will joke or we did before all of this, we joke about how it's easier to just go in with a cough and a cold than it is to plan for an entire day. When you're absent Andre Picard Teacher Lindsay Brown, there is a few to pick at one is that idea of schools being prepared to deal teachers who get sick? Do you think schools are ready for that? I don't think schools are entirely ready for that because we know that in a lot of parts of the country, there are chronic shortages of teachers already. So how do you feel Ian that's a just a difficult thing in a normal world and we're not in the normal world anymore. Then the question of substitutes, a breaks, this notion of having a bubble. So one of the big things about schools is what train keep people in bubbles limit their contacts. But what happens when you see constantly bring people into that bubble it defeats the purpose. So there are a lot of real challenges I. Think school boards have really really made a lot of effort but I think they probably started quite late at this We kind of wasted the summer in Canada really not discussing this, and then we're doing a flurry of activity and trying to figure out what to do on all these really complex questions at the last minute and the other issue is the issue around teens and trying to get teens to play by the rules when they're meeting New People and there are the questions that Lindsey raised around parties in vaping and intimacy. How do you get teens to to play by the rules? Well. It's never easy. Right anybody WHO's had teenagers in their house snows that they they're not rule followers. So I think we have to realize there's not going to be perfection. So the the ideal is to try and get everybody wearing their masks to social distance, etc. some are going to do it a lot better than others teenagers are going to be a challenge university age students. We don't talk about them enough, but there are a huge challenge as well. So these are all things we have to do to adjust to A. Different people react differently in society. There are adults who are. Really badly to we can't just say it's all about young people I think young people are getting a disproportionate amount of blame and worry when there's a lot of people being cavalier at all ages. One of the reasons why we wanted to do this have these conversations right across the countries because this is the discussion from coast to coast to coast in Winnipeg but this is a team that's playing as I say everywhere in Canada. Dwight lava league known as Butch he's. Head Custodian at the kindergarten to Grade Eight island lakes community school. Here he is preparing for the first day of class. Two days ago this was a workout facility. With special flooring. The flooring. And locate furniture throat the building and set up for I believe sixteen students in this classroom. Every classroom band rooms music rooms are being converted. regular classrooms gyms are being used for storage and classes. Community rooms are being used for classrooms library. Every every available space is being used for classroom now. That we can social distance and have at least six feet between each student. Cleanup has been a lot different than any other we have ever done. Changed all filters throughout the system we've adjusted our air intakes we've done our all our venting has been cleaned pressure washed vacuums whatever needs to be done. All classrooms have been sanitized doorknobs. All that sort of thing will have to be done bathrooms on on a on a regular basis as used we have to go and clean them wiping down, setting up a hand sanitizing stations throughout the school. Areas in the hallways directing traffic around everywhere. We have been doing in the division is shutting down all the you water fountains. The only thing will be the auto bottle fill stations. Philip regular bottle of water in probably fifteen seconds. I've been here for thirty years. We used to have students come help us. They'd be like our little student apprentice. We'd keep them busy for a while while the teacher was able to deal with what she had to deal with in the classroom. That will not be happening anymore just because of the safety aspect. Biggest fears that we've done this for nothing if we get all ready to go and we're up and started and people still getting sick in the building then what do we do do we do we shut down the school? Do we shut down parts of the school? Do we just shut school period across the province? That's that's the unknown, and that's what's got everybody worried that big unknown got everybody worried and a few moments we'll get to your calls. We want to hear about your concerns as well as your hopes for this most unusual school year the number to call one, eight, eight, four, one, six, eight, three, three, three, again, one, eight, four, one, six, eight, three, three, three people have called this an experiment or a gamble in terms of opening schools. There's a strong push behind it to talk more about that joined by the Economist. Armenian. Zine arming good morning. Good morning that why do we need kids back in school? Well. Having a safe place for children to be is not only what's good for the kids and certainly there's a huge part of that. But it's also that the economic crisis that is close on the heels of the health crisis. Will simply accelerate the longer. This goes on you know mom's contribute forty percent of their family's incomes according to economist. Jennifer Robson and families with children are the biggest block of purchasing power in Canada. And before the crisis hit household spending was the biggest driver of GDP growth. It's it was around the order of fifty seven percent of the economy. So, if you knock out the ability of MOMS like Tony and other MOMS to be able to contribute to their families economic wellbeing, then you're going to see. Two things happen. First of all the economy's going to go into a longer deeper economic contraction. and that'll be because some women who have been able to continue working not be able to continue working. and. It will mean that There's you know the other part of this is that child poverty he will accelerate and this was one of the small victories of the last few years, and that's problematic for the longer term because we're going to be really relying on these kids as the population ages and they're not getting a good education and they're going to be really struggling with hunger and shelter as well. We've got a real. Terrible problem coming down the Pike you and I have spoken over the course of this pandemic of that she session and the fact that women are being disproportionately impacted by the economic crisis that we're in right now in addition to that health crisis. Is your sense that governments are doing enough to given what's at stake here for women particularly. But but for everybody in the workforce, our government's doing enough to support successful school reopenings. Absolutely, Not the biggest success story has been income.

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"andre picard" Discussed on The Current

The Current

02:59 min | 1 year ago

"andre picard" Discussed on The Current

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"andre picard" Discussed on The Current

The Current

03:21 min | 1 year ago

"andre picard" Discussed on The Current

"For making sure someone is wearing the mask. Will enforce some of these difficult, but that's why you just I think you have to do it as a your civic duty. You know it's hard to enforce people keeping their dogs on a leash, but everybody doesn't because that's the rule Canadians rule forwards, and that's good, and the two percent of people don't follow the rules well. We have to live with that, but you know. I've stepped for many many months down. We're not GONNA police our way out of this. We're going to get over to this by having clear direction by coming together in with as a society and I think ninety nine percent of people are willing to do that if they know what to do. Let. Let's talk about the issue I talked about up the top there, and that is the growing number of cases Ontario farms in particular with the with the temporary workers, and now the provinces decision to say that workers has positive, but are asymptomatic can continue working in this has exposed how vulnerable certainly these migrant workers are. What should be done better though to protect them? Well, again, on -Tario is a puzzling. You're a public health response in money ways, and this is just another example. We knew that migrant workers were a high risk group. It's almost if you wanted to dream up way of impacting people, you say let's have people do manual labor in close proximity and a hot indoor space agree now you can imagine a better way to to spread illness, and then put them in night at night in dormitories together, so it's a perfect storm for disease spreads, so we had to address the underlying conditions. British Columbia British Columbia. Put a lot of workers in hotels. Make sure make sure no one was infected. They don't have a problem. That Ontario has once again. It's Ontario not doing any planning. Not being not looking forward being talked, we'll just being reactive. Once there's a disaster and there's a disaster. There's hundreds of migrant workers who have been infected and full died already. It's just it's horrible public. Public Policy. What do you think that is? Though because there was fifty million dollars put on the table by the federal government to help with that very thing to help quarantine migrant workers when they got into the country, so I mean maybe British Columbia had to add money to the program to protect people, but there were certainly money available. So so, where is the is the problem there? I don't think the money was a problem I. think the it was having rules enforcing them which British Columbia did and Terro. Didn't it's. It always comes back to the same thing. Have Clear Messaging have follow up. Make sure people follow the rules and we. We know how to limit the spread of this disease. It's not. Rocket Science Infectious Disease We know how to stop this from spreading and the last thing we should be doing is creating conditions to facilitate. Well. You you write today about the outbreak in Kingston stemming from a nail salon. Now now I think there's twenty seven confirmed cases and hundreds who have been asked to quarantine, and in that case you have you see lots of positive signs of things. Don't tell me how you evaluated. What happened there? I think that's an example of we're going to have. This is the new normal for Canada for the months. Maybe years common is these little outbreaks linked to Nails too long. We have one in Vancouver in a strip club. Calgary. There's a condo breaks. We're GONNA..

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"andre picard" Discussed on The Current

The Current

03:46 min | 1 year ago

"andre picard" Discussed on The Current

"With supply of medical oxygen is not the only area where covid nineteen of course has exposed shortages and inequities candidates temporary foreign worker program is also being reviewed now after the deaths of three migrant workers from corona virus, and the rising number of cases on Ontario farms in the south there. Andre Picard is global sales health columnist, and he's been with US each week over the past three months to talk about all things covid nineteen related. He is in Montreal Andre. I've been listening for the past number of weeks, so it's a pleasure to speak with you this morning. You had a chance there to listen to our our two guests to discuss the problems with medical oxygen. I'll. I'll. Maybe I'll just start there. How concerning is it to you? It's it sounds extremely troubling. Well, it's just one of the big problems on the global scale. This is becoming really a global pandemic. And million new cases a week and they're happening mostly in oil resources setting so really basic medical equipment like oxygen is in short supply, and that's why we're gonNA. See the death really sore in in the coming weeks and months unfortunate. Let's talk about the surge cases in the US now there's a somewhere near thirty or more states that are reporting an increase in cases, It is you know obviously troubling for Canada. What do you make of it? Well, it's shocking. What's happening? You know forty thousand new cases a day, and probably more that aren't being detected and it's just. It's a result of poor public policy. People just saying we're going to reopen the economy. It's no big deal. This real denial that there was a problem and the US is going to be heavy price for it, and as we know, we always say when the elephant next door sneezes. We get a cold and this is going to have a dramatic impact on Canada. Not only trying to protect ourselves from the pandemic surging..

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10:56 min | 1 year ago

"andre picard" Discussed on The Current

"Three days to get results of the test. That's just a recipe for allowing any cases to spread like wildfire. And I think that's what people in the province should fear most shouldn't fear a bunch of kids sitting in the park. Drink Andre Great to speak with you as always thank you thank you. Andre Picard is the Global Mail health columnist and a regular part of our ongoing cove nineteen coverage here at the current. This is the current on. Cbc Radio One. My Name's Matt Galloway. The airlines are essentially taking interest free loans from Canadians. Eight feels completely unjust. Like the airlines are taking people as fools. I feel completely disgusted and disheartened by this whole experience. Canadians want their money back from airlines for trips that were canceled by covid. Nineteen Prime Minister says the federal government is now looking into the airline refund policy. We need to have some very careful. Discussions with airlines With the air travel sector and indeed with Canadians Who are concerned to try and figure out a way forward where we can ensure that Canadians are treated fairly and our airline industry remains there for when our economy picks up again. It's a tricky balance for the prime minister may be for many Canadians though. The answer is pretty simple. Pay Up Scott. Friars family holiday to France was recently cancelled by Westjet. He's been struggling to get a refund. He is in Halifax Scott Good Morning. Good morning thanks for having me. Thanks for joining. Us just briefly. Tell me about the trip that you had planned. What were you GONNA do? We had a great family trip plan which goes from. Halifax here to To Paris. And we're GONNA Torun France for a few weeks and Unfortunately like teams are our plans were scuttled and We now have. We thought that we would Have our refunds properly cross unfortunately We've been offered a thirteen month. Restrictive Voucher by airmails. Not Not Twenty four months. Kind like what's widely reported and so yes we're kind of stuck Yeah so the trip cancellation policies reimburse as long as they travel out with an offer. So it's like Why Canadians in the left in the Lurch with With and this is something that you've been planning for a long time it had saved up for right and you're using points and also paying for it yes. Way Malls works. We will use almost twenty thousand miles which which takes many years to save up we We paid around fourteen hundred dollars in taxes and fees and saving up. Say for the best part of the year for that and unfortunately Yeah just kind of left in the works I mean. I do sympathize with the travel industry crisis. I mean it's you know it is Very bad thing But it's not. It's not really. Marg responsiblity as a customer to provide financial systems to to corporations. What did westjet offer you just to be clear when when the trump was canceled? What do they offer you Air Miles has offered us a thirteen month Restrictive travel voucher anywhere. That that West get will fly but has to be booked by February so with all the currents Non-essential travel ban some probably future non-essential. Travel bans. I. It's virtually worthless to us. I mean it's. It's very difficult to book a trip when there's a non essential travel ban and they have a thirteen month timeframe on this is just not. It's totally unacceptable now. There's talk as you said that this would be a twenty four month Travel though you're only being offered you say thirteen months. You have to use it within thirteen months and not kind of a problem. What do people like myself? Who booked through travel and she said been kind of left in the Lurch share? Maybe perhaps if book with West Chad or Eric Cantor or one of the airlines themselves. They offer better about voter but through third party. You know like expedient places like that a lot of us from what. I'M READING OUR OFFER. Like a one year travel credit which I think with the current crisis is not realistic at all. And there's no refund at the end of it is basically use it or lose if You know we could use this doctor for. Let's say a trip to Toronto. And they're all they're mostly save get used on one trip to Toronto Alexa. So it's totally unfair like there's no standards with the with the lack of regulation. We're actually the government overrode the current regulations. And now there's no standard. Canadians are just left. Basically with nowhere to turn and our regulator completely. Let us down by by Doing me at this whole this whole voucher. We got a statement from air miles. Which part reads if the airline ticket was booked and his non-refundable trans-border International Flight? That's been suspended. The collector that would be you will receive the value of the trip in the form of a travel credit. If the flight booked is refundable with or without penalties we will work with the provider to refund the value of your flight. Does that sit at all with you? Well I mean the product with a refundable ticket. I don't really know anybody who really buys refundable airline tickets like everybody just buys airline because they cost a lot more. If you want the full refund you have to pay a whole lot more to get that full. Never even heard such thing like most people have emergency trip cancellation and emergency medical coverage which which we had and when this happened I just assume that that will kick in as the airline themselves canceled the flight not us an I naively thought that. Oh it's it's you know it's not great but we will get malls back and our and our and our money has hit Li- again as Westjet said anything to you about this Westjet hands off their malls. They they say you purchase your ticket through the ear. Malls Travel Group and You have to talk to them. Ever malls tells us they're following West jets non-refundable policy. So we're we're really stuck as a lot of people are and I mean what you know. Like the regulation is is very clear that the customer has a request to refund. And if I mean I could perhaps be offered a votre. They could incentivize travel. Voters make more trackers to increase the uptake. Perhaps but the the right to a refund is is in the current regulations and regulations have not changed. Just before I let you go. Do you understand why I guess airlines would be reluctant to refund the money that if they refunded? Everybody's money for all the tickets that were paid there would be no airline at the end of that and I do understand that Airline Industries. I think they need to be supported in a different way. Perhaps like say that's that's not the customers responsibility to To provide involuntary financial system to a multibillion dollar profitable corporation. I mean these are huge huge firms. And say you know with this was the auto industry and I put a down payment on a truck and then Ford or whoever has financial problems? It's I'm sorry Mr Friars here's a here's a twenty four month non refundable voucher and we hope to get your talk to you. It would be totally unacceptable. And for some reason that's what's happening here and And customers are being told. Oh well you know. The industry is in trouble. Just work with them. It's like well. The regulations are clear. Perhaps if they gave The option like say to incentivize voucher or or for voter works for me. That's crazy. Yeltsin may not good luck and I appreciate. You brought us to tell us about this so I appreciate you getting in touch and we'll follow this along. Scott thank you well. That's great. Thank you very much that and take care and you Scott Friars joined us from Halifax we did contact both Westjet. And as I mentioned we've got that statement from air we did not hear back from Westjet Gabor. Lucaci has been listening in. He's the founder of the Canadian this advocacy group air passenger rights. He is also in Halifax this morning. Gabor good morning to you morning. Scott says that the regulations are clear. What is Canadian law? Say around voters getting your money back if you buy a ticket and your flight is canceled. What are you owed if the airline castles your flight for whatever reason you are old area fun to the original form of payment. This has been established for the past sixteen years. So what do you make of? What Scott's being told them that he says he was punted by Westchester to air miles air. Miles says we'll give you a voucher. There's questions to how long that voucher will be good for but you don't get your money back. Get a veteran standard. Unfortunately Canadian airlines are breaking the law. They are in practical terms trying to steal the public's money that money does not belong to the airlines. It is an unearned revenue and as such. It is has the same status as my neighbors car standing Next to a house. Yes it's next to my house but it's still not mine. Therein is are trying to take this money not because they would necessarily go bankrupt if they had to return. I think what you stated before was not quite correct mad and you're looking at Air Canada. They have liquidity of over five billion dollars. They understand and they owe to the public about two point. Six billion dollars. So even if they're funded everything they were still having two point. Four billion dollars available but this is really a cheaper way for them to get financing an easier way to get financing. What about the voucher? What's wrong with a votre even if there's a time limit on that voucher of twenty four months? What's what's wrong with a voucher. You cannot use it to buy groceries to pay bills or to pay taxes. The law says that their lives have to provide cash if vouchers were as good as cash and is going to be giving you cash. Obviously they're giving you vouchers because it is less valuable in terms of pastures prudence. The it was held that three dollars vouchers into one dollar in cash. So there's a one two three ratio which was found to be an adequate Cleveland even then it's quite clear that case though that if about as provided a passenger has to proactively agree to it it cannot be imposed on passengers at. I apologise maybe. I don't understand this. But if the law is as clear as you say it is and there's no fine print to the bottom of the page that. I perhaps didn't read after I bought the ticket. How is it that the can get away with not giving Scott his money back? Because currently federal regulator is clearly a very cozy with airlines issued that non-binding statement on their website somewhat. Endorsing this practice. We don't any real legal basis and there's no accountability other than perhaps through the media in terms of the legal side. They are already to class actions against five Canadian. Airlines whining Quebec in federal court. The whole there is accountable for the money that they have taken in have refused to refund so it.

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The Current

11:40 min | 1 year ago

"andre picard" Discussed on The Current

"Of Montreal Valerie Plant. She has an exclusive seat on a global task. Force here what she's doing to help cities bounce back from the virus and we'll hear from health reporter. Andre Picard making the case to go outside in the midst of the pandemic. That's ninety seconds. I'm Ed Galloway. And this is the current. Hi I'm Matt Galloway. You're listening to the current big cities across this planet have been hammered by the corona virus populated. They have crowded public transit systems packed shops and busy streets traits that have greatly contributed to mortality rates and the crippling of businesses and already leaders are weighing. How these metropolises can recover to do that. Eleven mayors from around the world have been appointed to a working group called C Forty Mares Covert Nineteen recovery taskforce. Valerie plant is the only Canadian named to that Task Force. She is the mayor of Montreal. That's the epicenter of this pandemic in Canada plant. Good Morning Good Morning why is it that Montreal is having such a hard time bringing down the number of infections a wall? Of course I'm not a specialist here but What we're seeing is that Well well the one of the reason that was brought up to us is The fact that We had our our our spring break at the beginning where For example if I compare with my my colleagues and Ontario They were able to shut down the the province and all the activities before spring break but and also we have a lot of economic and cultural activities between The city of New York and Montreal. It's very yeah we're really closely connected and so there were also a lot of case Brought in that being said. I'm not an expert but we're definitely dealing with a difficult situation with our elders as well so We're we're working really hard to To to go through this and to minimize the curve because it's It's still a big issue in Canada and especially Montreal. In the meantime people are trying to figure out what happens and when things can start to resume some sense of normality yesterday. The premiere of your province Francois Ago announced the reopening of businesses in Montreal would be delayed by a week to the eighteenth of May have listened to why he thought that's the right decision. We want to reopen stores in Montreal. But we know that if we reopen and when will reopen stores will probably have more cases in our UH spitaels so right now distribution is under control with the we It's manage with the number of people that we have right now continuing to stay at home but if we open a bit we need to have a margin and we don't see this margin today. Tolerate plant is delaying reopening the right decision. Oh yeah absolutely. Oh reopening or delaying delaying the reopen. So for me. The fact that we There's an extra week Absolutely makes sense Here in Montreal though like the premier said the the situation is under control but it's fragile and for me Even though I'm you know like everybody else we we're looking for opening some economic sectors but it cannot be done Over publix had the population's health and so whatever time is needed. I'm totally willing to wait. How much pressure are you under to Reopen Society? It just wonder whether you're population is willing to stay patient. Well that is a very good question. I think that we can see There's a lot of people would say especially parents and elders. That are Really preoccupied by Sorry by opening schools and opening some economic sectors where for businesses and and people that are having a struggling right now. Of course. They're they're they`re. They're interested into opening their businesses. But so it is. It is a balanced to find and for me what is important just to definitely follow the public health authorities and and I will. That's been my number one priority since the beginning and I will continue to do so so if there's any chances that you know it's not a good idea to reopen Some sectors and Michelle. I will be the first to say. Let's wait you mentioned schools. The elementary schools in Montreal are set to open on the nineteenth of May according to this provincial directive. If your children were elementary school age would you send them back to school now? I think that I would. I'm not sure I would. I would do it right the beginning. Because there's huge challenges right now around like Finding their the the the right number of people because we need to double and triple the number of Schoolteachers and And Guardian as well because the classes will be smaller so I would probably wait a while but I can definitely see the impact. The psychological impact on on on kids and I can talk about my kids of not having the possibility socialize but again many of those question I think the premier would be in such a better position than me to explain because those decisions were made by the National Public Health Authorities and the government of Quebec but again We will follow the recommendation being put in place by public authorities. We've spoken with parents and we've spoken with with educators as well and there's a real sense of anxiety around the idea of of the timing of this and people again I I understand that they are desperate to get back to normal but they wonder whether this is too soon if there are hundreds of new cases in the province every day. A thousand cases This past weekend whether this sort of stuff is just premature. We just need to wait. Well I'm at the same place as you I'm I'm the UH being the mayor of the biggest city in March and in Quebec I do receive a lot of messages. Actually where the only level of governmen that still answers through emails and and social media all the questions so I'm getting tons and tons of question and we're trying to be reassured Reassuring to everybody having the knowledge and you know following the orders that are coming from above us but at the same time The fact that the everything is being decided Through the public health authorities to me is reassuring. This is where we are trying to put everything together as a city because the moment we reopened some sectors in schools it also means that we need to work on the The social another social space but were public spaces streets sidewalks intersection to make sure that we can keep the social the the sensing. That'd be so important right now. You've talked about keeping parks open and you've said that it's important for people in Montreal to keep an open mind that there are many people in this city who don't have a backyard. They don't have a balcony and so you have kept parks open. Tell me more about that. And why you've done that why you've created more space on the streets in the plateau for example so that people can be out and not have to worry about being close to each other so since the beginning almost at the beginning we we did decided to keep the park open though I have to say. We close the dogs parks or playgrounds for kids. Like all the places that the dissension Between the social thing is to keep and so because we're a big city we realize that even though people making lots of efforts to keep the two meters while they're going for the grocery store the pharmacy or just taking bit of fresh air. They're having trouble to to keep the distance. So while the parks are being are still we also started to create a sanitary corridors in some of the business treats so if you go to the grocery store and you're waiting in line then there's more space we've taking a parking space out of those treats To Really Support the Social distancing and now. We're moving a bit more. Were moving forward with creating what we call family and active treats which are shared streets where those are local ones local streets where It's your equal. Let's put it this way. Whatever you're driving your car for local reasons or your pedestrian they're a cyclist everybody's equal on those streets. And so we're going to be creating a lot of those in the coming days and weeks to really support at the social distancing. That is very important. Do you see this as an opportunity. You use the phrase your equal when it's which is interesting in terms of whether you're walking or riding a bike or driving a car. Do you see this as an opportunity to rethink. What our streets. Inner cities could look like after. This is done Yeah and I think that a lot of people have realized how much space cars are taking. And I'm not judging you that the use of cars and and it that's not the point but people are realizing that when you're walking in the city you have very limited space comparing two cars and so I find a great time to show what will be possible so even downtown and in many areas that many borrows will be closing streets to do full pedestrians area especially on the commercial streets. And we'll be creating big corridors. We will be taking some space out of the for the cars to give more space for cyclists. So I think it's an opportunity and we'll see how it goes. There's less cars writing right now and But I think it's time to to rethink of how we share. We share the public Public space outside. This is a health crisis. It's also a financial crisis and it's a financial crisis for cities across this country and around the world. How badly hit will the economy of of Montreal be out of this? It's huge it's huge and we're trying to just stay positive and we're trying to put all the efforts to keep the the budget Balanced because in we have a responsibility at the municipal level. You need to have a balanced budget It's the only order of government where you cannot have a deficit and so we're right right now. We're challenging with. How are we going to keep our employees as much as possible in much? Twenty eight Taliban people working for the city throughout the boroughs. And it's also. How do we keep on giving The services that people needs So and and the fact that in cities we depend on the On the tax we impose every year on on houses. It's quite limited. We don't have lots of sources of revenue so it is very tricky problem and especially in big cities where there's a transportation system to support. We have lost a lot of people like they're not taking it so a lot of revenues as well so we've been asking the big cities Canada been asking the government of the federal government to support. It's up to about ten millions and it would be based on the population but also on the The number of How could I say the ridership That would definitely support big cities Montreal Toronto Vancouver and all the big city. This is a global crisis and as I mentioned. You're the only Canadian on this International Task Force of mayors looking at how we get out of this..

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11:06 min | 1 year ago

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"Andre Picard on why he believes the message in cities and beyond needs to change from stay home to go outside but do not congregate and you know what this year didn't need giant wasps as murder Hornets. Honestly we start though with China in the crosshairs in the world demanding answers on the origins of Corona virus. Good Morning I'm Matt Galloway. This is an extended edition of current. There has been a growing chorus of criticism for China's handling of the corona virus even calls for the nation to pay reparations for allowing the contagion to spread and there is the sense of frustration from experts that while China might be conducting investigation into the origins of the virus. It's not sharing information with the rest of the world. This is Dr Golden Gala. The World Health Organization's representative in China being interviewed on Sky News. We know that some investigation is happening. But at this stage we have not been invited to join. We are expecting to get in the near future. briefing on word that is and to discuss possible collaboration Gary. Kobe is director of the Center for Research on Infectious Diseases at Lavalle University in Quebec City. Also a member of the advisory group for the Infectious hazards with the world. Health Organization is on the line with us now. Good Morning Good Morning. How Much International? Collaboration have you seen? Thus far when it comes to the origins of this covert nineteen Not For now that's pretty blunt Yeah I you know I think we need to put this in perspective It's I you know there's a lot of the question is for the the any country. Doing this kind of investigation is to be have all the the defines the knowledge to capacity than the techniques to go and and Do A in-depth investigation that will bring all the the answer to the question being asked and you know if if and if they don't then course you know one would expect to For the country to go out and and gathered that That capacity and my Involving more people from other countries I think in China You know the have one of the strongest surveillance system For respiratory pathogen One of the few countries that was doing Active surveillance before Cove in nineteen emerging And they they have a very strong Scientific Community So I in this in this respect I don't think it's surprising that the initiated investigation themselves without going outside right off So so I think a lot of pressure that they are the are facing is Is to see what they are finding basically more than always being involved directly But but you know this is my perception if this were happening in Canada. Do you think this would be a similar situation where there wouldn't be that sense of collaboration Again I I wouldn't put it. There is no of collaboration. I would put it as I think. Yes if it will be an investigation in Canada. It's possible that Canada will decide to go on and some experts From other countries to to participate but it could be also that Canada will initiate that that investigation themselves and see And if there's no need to go outside Initially what would you? I think it's It's it's you know it's not a surprise to see a country doing Initiate an investigation And and see all goes from the start. But you know I mean on the other hand will wear that a lot of Of the things that are happening in China is not transparent and It's not the only country but it's being done You know with with again. This political reality that is that is beyond the science and the final question that has to be answered if China is not involved in that. Collaboration or the collaboration isn't isn't happening to the extent that it should. What are the consequences? When it comes to global public health people look at this pandemic but people also look at perhaps future pandemics not exactly and this is a very important point that is also in the balances the trust and You know building trust is a very important aspect and convincing people that The next emergence. Which could be in China could could be anywhere else. it's this is. Why did the international community is also Putting pressure to be part of Of the investigation as well. It's to make sure that whatever the the next emergence comes from that There's a quick response detection and And that we. We are better at this the next time then this time if we if we don't do that what could happen while. I mean what could happen in. It means that if there's no trust then Every time that will be a a detection It will be Potentially this next time potentially the borders close in Treadwell. Close much faster than have This time so that's also an important consequences for a country where you have an emergence. And if they're they're closed their borders are closed by others if you want because the trade is being shutdown than it has a very strong impact on the on the economy of this country and beyond the economy if they cannot anymore access for example Equipment that they need to respond to that event just in the last minute that we have. What would you like to see when it comes to transparency from China around covert? Nineteen while again. I think it's time now to in my view to involve more More people the international level including who? I think it's it's fine to To do this at a level where You know it's confidential for the country to to to share their their investigation but to be open to suggestion from others and to To advance like this because I mean the country can definitely have a lot of In China has a lot of Great Scientist to initiate those those studies. But I don't think it means that the we'll think about every aspect and with bill technology so I I would love to see like others. I think More involvement of others scientists Other countries to see if If we can really dig deep not only in where this comes from. And what else is out there That could emerge as well and and from this this focus right now and all the tools that are being developed to To get to the bottom of of the emergent when Where was it? Is it still circuiting? And that For example animal species. And what else is in the animal species and all these questions? Gary good to speak with you. Thank you thank you very. Coppola is a director of the Center for Research on Infectious Diseases at La Salle University in Quebec City member of the Advisory Group for infectious hazards with the World Health Organization the WESTS DISPLEASURE WITH. China appears to be aggravating. The political battle between the communist state and Western Democracies Nicholas Kristof. Call Mr The New York Times. You WanNa Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on China. Nick Christoph Good morning to you good morning why would be reluctant to be as transparent as people want when it comes to an investigation into covert nineteen? Well China isn't intuitively transparent about anything of course and You Know I. I do think that China's fundamental concern right now whereas Xi Jinping's fundamental concern right now is The issue of Domestic control and I think the regime was really kind of rattled January February when a lot of ordinary Chinese were quite critical of the regime's handling the in Wuhan and They WanNa make sure that they attempt that down and I think they've actually done that pretty well. They've made a great deal of narrative that They managed the Corona Virus Abeille. Another country screwed it up. Is that a boats. Just the corona virus or their larger domestic concerns when it comes to for example the Chinese economy and unrest that could develop if the economy were to slide severely. I think that's right. I mean the basic bargain for the Chinese government toward its people has been look. We won't give you Meaningful right to vote but we will give you a better standard of living Better opportunities for your children and That bargain has has been sustained but is in concert jeopardy if the economy slides and Now it is sliding There's also you know to Chinese. Increasingly middle-class agrees increasingly cosmopolitan Do aspire for more middle class participation and. I think that that's kind of what we saw with the Resentments in Wuhan about the treatment of people like Dr Lee. When Leong the the doctor who who died And so it's yeah it's it's a broader issue of not just the corona virus but the economic ramifications and the degree to which the government is holding. Its end that bargain. There's an international component to this as well. China has been making a very public effort to offer aid sending personal protective equipment and other things to countries around the world. What's the value for China in doing that? Well China had a real opportunity here to win goodwill Partly because it's the country that particularly makes Personal protective equipment. It makes both diagnostic. Tests are logical tests and it is going to be the country that makes a vaccine or may well be the country that makes vaccines And so it's an. It produces things that other countries really need an and it wanted to win goodwill by handing those out but that those distributions of aid were accompanied by kind of ceremonies and nationalism That I think of turned a lot of countries off. And we you know we see this aid. But it's accompanied by Kinda xenophobia in China that I think undermines that That that narrative. Listen to this last week. The state run news agency posted an animated video China called once upon a virus and in its Lego Lake features representing China in the United States trade insults back and forth have a listen.

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The Current

01:32 min | 1 year ago

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"What happened here in our province is not who we are. We Are Strong. We are community minded and we take care of each other. So let's do that now. Let's do that together. The Nova Scotia Premier is heartbroken and bewildered as all of us spy the mass shooting in his province this weekend. We'll speak with Stephen McNeil and remember the victims from a beloved teacher. A retired firefighter to a family. Who are making the most of this pandemic quarantine by posting videos of kitchen parties and their time together. That's in just a moment. Also this morning health writer. Andre Picard on the challenge of morning in an era of physical distancing and later. I'm falling through the cracks on all of these programs. I know I'm not the only one that I know that there's many other Canadians in my shoes who feel overlooked who is not being helped by the financial aid offer during this pandemic the stories of those falling through the cracks and a French economist. Thomas Pickety has his way. We'll come out of this crisis with a better sense of how to close the gap between the haves and have nots in our society his prescription later this morning. Plus Nature Writer. Richard Loo on what this quiet moment means for the wildlife in our midst in appreciation of the natural world we begin though in Nova Scotia and the stories of lives lost. Good Morning. I'm Matt Galloway. And this is an extended edition.

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The Big Story

08:04 min | 1 year ago

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"That there's all of these different outbreaks and illnesses popping up across the country. We we now have hundreds of facilities like hundreds of facilities with outbreaks and hundreds of deaths as a result and it's causing our overall mortality related to Cova in Canada to Terai so a lot of concerns there longer term issues. This is something that's been going on for a long time. Seniors in long term care facilities die every year from things like the flu and we kind of accept that as a given. You know that that they're going to die and flew seems particularly hard on seniors. And I don't think any of us have done a very good job or at least most of us haven't done a good job of asking why that is. Why is it that seniors in long term care facilities our meal multiple people in one room? You know why does the province continue to allow that? We know that. That's a huge risk for spreading infection and in fact. That's one of the reasons why hospitals have largely for both for the most part moved away from that. There's still some room sharing hospitals which is a problem as well but I was on the phone with someone the other day and night. Infection control expert. Who said the funny thing is that hospitals you would. You'd think that hospitals would be sort of a scary place to be right now during the midst of a pandemic but it's actually long term care. Facilities Hospitals know how to control the spread of infection but in long term care facilities. That's not happening much or very well. At this point for the most part and you know in some provinces they've taken over the staffing a long term care facilities and others like Ontario. They're still resisting doing widespread testing of residents and staff. And so it's it's a real mess over the place and it speaks to the need for institution wide change. Is it too late for us to do anything in the short term the could help right now? I mean you mentioned that. It's already in hundreds of homes across the country. You know you never WANNA say it's too late. I mean. Unfortunately there are homes that where there's like dozens of people have already died and there's more of that have been testing positive. A colleague of mine. Andre Picard wrote a column last week I think it was actually saying if you have a loved one in long term care. Get them out now if you can. And he faced a lot of blowback for that but it turns out as usual. Andre was right I mean I mean it's such an impossible situation for people to be in but that being said there is always hope for turning things around and you can look at some successful provinces and figure out what they've done and how they were able to manage that spread so province like they moved very quickly to take over the staffing these homes because they knew that the staff members weren't necessarily getting the training they needed the funding models weren't necessarily in place to to incentivize the homes to make sure things were being done properly making sure. Everyone had the gloves gowns and equipment that they needed so there is things that can and should be done and I do think that there's a way to turn this around. I think that one of the things that's emerged from health experts is that we need to start looking at places that don't yet have outbreaks with no positive cases and focus on those as potential hot spots anywhere could have could have a potential case. And let's do more testing. Let's test people without symptoms? Even something that's been floated you know get. Everyone tested all the time as testing becomes more available and these people are vulnerable. Why aren't we doing these things to protect them when you see a governments respond to these kind of questions do any of them give off a sense of taking a more long-term view on this Because like you said it's been a problem for ages or is it just now about putting out fires and we'll worry about the rest later. I get the sense overwhelmingly that it's about putting out the fires you know we're in crisis mode. Let's handle this crisis right now. And then we'll maybe deal with it later and I think the concern there is that you know if you only take the short term view. Perhaps none of these things will be changed. I mean these longstanding issues need to be addressed. Take something as simple as room sharing in a long term care home. You know these homes would need to be refitted redesigned. It's not an easy. Ask to just fix that overnight. But the province every province has the power to mandate those types of changes and it would take a lot of political courage and will to actually get that done. I think that the the benefit or the you know if there is one to the situation is that there are certainly it does appear to be more political will to do things now. I mean we've seen all kinds of things happen in such a fast time. Line that we have never seen before I mean for instance now in you know doctors are doing more telemedicine in Ontario. That's something that we've talked about for. You know years and years and all of a sudden it was done almost overnight with the snap of a finger and we're all seeing our doctors. Virtually you know we can do these things and they. They should be done. They need to be done. We need to protect those people that can protect themselves as a health reporter for more than a decade. Like you said. Does it frustrate you when you see These kind of things that we should be doing in clearly we can be doing only happening now when there are so many lives at stake. It astonishing you know and and it sort of speaks to this idea that everything that public health officials or government leaders thrown at you before really were just a lot of excuses. I mean certainly. There's things that are very complicated and would take a lot of time in legislation to change and you know doing things on the fly is not necessarily a great long term strategy to run a country but it does speak to this idea that we can be a lot bolder and make these changes happen things like you know making those long term care institutions safer places Prioritizing the health of seniors and making sure that people are going to be safe where they live we do have the ability to do it. And I think that there's going to be a number of changes that come out of this. I mean a lot of people will be permanently changed as a result of this and hopefully one of the changes that can come out of this is that we do place more of a priority on public health. We've chronically underfunded our public health offices. There's been a lot of high profile cuts to public health and in a crisis situation. Like this you start to see just how vital those connections are how well you fund. Public Health can really make a difference at a time like this. I mean places like South Korea have been able to flatten the curve and keep disease at bay for a number of reasons but one of them is that they have a lot of people available. Who are able to track down new cases. Make sure they're staying isolated. I mean you can't contain this disease. If you don't fund the people on the front line who are going to stop it you know isolate make sure people are staying home if they're sick and so we need to really do a lot more to fund the things up front to prevent these illnesses. I mean this is not a surprise. The reason why the movie contagion was so sort of precedent is not because You know the people that wrote it were sort of like fortune tellers. They just talked to some infection control experts in epidemiology. We knew this was going to happen. It was just a matter of when and we'd still didn't really prepare for it. Vat is an optimistic note to.

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As It Happens from CBC Radio

09:47 min | 1 year ago

"andre picard" Discussed on As It Happens from CBC Radio

"How to improve that progresses dynamic do over as the pandemic stretches on. There may come a time when we need to distance a little differently. Our guest proposes a way to do that. Voice of experience as debate rages over the use of a malaria drug to fight. Kovac nineteen author Eden Robinson. This sharing some hard earned knowledge that drug can have some harrowing side effects when you coming home baby. Quebec father is anxiously waiting to meet his newborn because the hospital has barred new parents from coming in unless they're giving birth. If you build it for years customers at a Georgia restaurant have been stapling dollar bills to the walls. Now the restaurant's owner has painstakingly remove each one and donated the money to her out of work staff and off the beaten track. Many of us get angry when we're subjected to constantly blaring car horns for the guest tonight. Story from the archives decided to turn his rage into poetry and in the process he invented. Hongkou as it happens. The Thursday edition. Radio that guests every rose has its horn today. Justin Trudeau had a message for Canadians. Who are getting impatient for things to get back to normal. The prime minister was speaking. Shortly after federal health officials released the modeling. They're using to prepare for the different paths. The pandemic could take in the country. We're at a fork in the road. Between the best and the worst possible outcomes the best possible outcome is no easy path for any of us. The initial peak. The top of the curve may be in late spring with the end of the first wave in the summer as Dr. Tam explained there will likely be smaller outbreaks for number of months after that this will be the new normal until the vaccine is developed. But as we saw that is so much better than we could face all of us if we do not rise to the challenge of this generation. Prime Minister Trudeau is echoing the advice of Dr Teresa Tam. Today Canada's medical officer of Health told reporters that it will be some time before we can do without measures like handwashing social distancing and the mantra of test test test but dr. Tam acknowledged that one province Ontario has fallen behind when it comes to testing. Andre Picard is the health columnist at the Global Mail newspaper. We reached him in Montreal. And maybe learned today about best case in worst case scenarios for Canada. What role with better testing play in improving our odds well? Testing is really important because it will give us a sense of how many people have been infected. What the attack rate is the attack rate is how many people actually get sick. And we don't know that now we know who's gotten sick but we don't have an idea of how many people could get sick in the future. Why don't we know that? Why don't we have better testing well? Because we've had a shortage of tests for a bit and now we've just been sort of slow and it really depends on the providence. So being Canada things are very different from one jurisdiction to the next so some jurisdictions like alburto have been great with testing some lake. Ontario. Have have been terrible for reasons. We don't fully understand what and this has been a big criticism because we heard at the beginning from Ontario. That was on top of this With this was not going to be another SARS and yet we heard the premier yesterday saying he's there's no excuse for how bad are testing. What do we to make of that? Well his frustration. I think is justified. They said he wants to province doing thirteen thousand tests today. They're only doing the two thousand twenty five hundred now and it's it's not clear why anymore at first it was the lack of reagents so the chemicals and relax swabs so there's some technical issues but now it's not clear. What what the reason is attorney has a very bureaucratic public health system as a lot of people in charge of different things. And if you contrast it's eight to DC BC has been praised for the way it's handled. This is very clear. There's one person in charge in. It's one person. Running the show with a terrier has five or six people doing different things. I think it's a it's a technical issue. It's a structural issue but could people in Ontario be forgiven yesterday when they heard their premier. Say That Saying that they're only doing three thousand tests well having the capacity as he said to do thirteen thousand tests per day. 'cause they'd be forgiven for thinking that maybe that he has some responsibility for we'll there's a premier is the boss ultimately. I don't think he can go in the labs and do it. So I think he's been giving his blurb you know get stuff done and I think. He reached the end of his rope because again. It's not really clear why things aren't being done. There's not really any excuse for it anymore. Whatever we did have better testing. We seen places countries and districts that have done extensive testing and they seem to be places that have had the best results with the lowest numbers of cases and deaths. What what is it possible that Canada could go to that right where you have. Everybody tested the way. Most people tested the way they are in some places. Or It's possible you know we're not gonNA test every single person in the country but we can do much more extensive testing in Alberta a premier. Kenyon is the address. The other night said that they're going to really ramp up testing dramatically. So we're going to see what happens when Albert does does this. It's important because it'll tell people who are in the community who are with had the virus or who have it now but aren't sick and those are the people who are spreading elsewhere without us knowing so once you can surround them figure out who their contacts are. That's how you're really limited to spread. And that's countries like South Korea is the big tester. And that's what they've done very effectively as find out. Who has this and then stop them from spreading it to other people until you do that until you limit. The number of people to each infected persons Fred's to each continues. The numbers continue to rise. We spoke with adopter last night. Who said that he He is taking his lawn. Care home. A long long term care facilities for People coming in and he's taking in more patients he's trying he's done swabs he's trying to get them to us today. It said no no. We're not going to test those people. Can you appreciate how frustrated some of these facilities must be where there really are the frontlines these these nursing homes for for this disease? Well it is really really frustrating. The Long Term Care Homes. We know there at the highest risk of any part of society. We know that has two deaths in Canada have happened in long. Term Care Homes. There's really no reason that every single person in care should not be tested immediately and again. Quebec said it's GonNa do it Ontario promising to do it Alberta's doing it at B. C. Is doing it so it's starting to happen but it should have happened sooner. You have had a front row seat on this. You have studied in watched and written and considered just about everything about this pandemic. What could do better? What do you? What do you think what? What kind of group of a mark would you give our performance at this point where I think we're sort of middle of the pack? We could have acted sooner were. We're not very organized. There's different reactions in different parts of the country so it's hard to give an overall mark at different places have done better on on certain things and again we have. I think a real pension for incremental ISM in Canada. So we've brought in this these rules but it's not really clear what the rules are at any given place because they changed so marginally from day to day. I think we really have to have some structure and say listen. These are the rules. This is what social distancing we have to do. If we're going to get this you know. Bring this number down. This is how we're GONNA test and we have to pretty well do not exactly the same everywhere but have some consistency in our our approach. And again if you look at the countries that have done well. It's really clear. Lines of communication really clear actions on testing Really tracking down people who are infected in their contact relentlessly using things like cell phone contacts Alberta said. It's going to do that too but this is stuff we could have done much sooner. Sorta were a little bit slow all the time a little too cautious for our own good. You are in Quebec tonight. Despite all the testing the numbers show that Quebec has far more cases. So what do you tell us about that? Well I think Quebec had sort of a head start on this. As part of a great part of it is bad luck. Quebec had a much earlier. Marc break People from Quebec. You don't love to go to Florida one of the hot spots in the. Us Re brought back a lot of disease to Quebec very early. And it's still that's still being reflected in the numbers now. The flip side of that are Quebec. Was One of the first. Chatri crackdown to have public health measures. And I think what we're going to see have probably the first province to peak so we have to get to the gift to get to the worst before you can get better and they're predicting us gonNA come in the next couple of weeks and then numbers can start to fall. So that's that's the upside. It's not too great of upside because it's meeting thousands and thousands more cases but there's some light at the end of the tunnel is the premier said. All right we'll be following your work and thank you for what you're writing and what you're telling us about this disease and and thank you for coming on the show thank you. Andre Picard is the health columnist at the Globe and Mail newspaper. He spoke to us from Montreal.

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As It Happens from CBC Radio

09:39 min | 1 year ago

"andre picard" Discussed on As It Happens from CBC Radio

"Little differently. Our guest proposes await do voice of experience as debate rages over the use of a malaria drug to fight. Kovac nineteen author Eden Robinson is sharing some hard earned. That drug can have some harrowing side effects when you coming home baby. Quebec father is anxiously waiting to meet his newborn because the hospital has barred new parents from coming in unless they're giving birth. If you build it for years customers at a Georgia restaurant have been stapling dollar bills to the walls. Now the restaurant's owner has painstakingly removed each one and donated the money to her out of work staff and off the beaten track. Many of us get angry when we're subjected to constantly blaring car horns with the guest tonight. Story from the archives decided to turn his rage into poetry and in the process he invented. Hongkou as it happens the Thursday edition radio. That guesses every rose. Has Its horn today. Justin Trudeau had a message for Canadians. Who are getting impatient for things to get back to normal. The prime minister was speaking. Shortly after federal health officials released the modeling. They're using to prepare for the different paths. The pandemic could take in the country. We're at a fork in the road. Between the best and the worst possible outcomes the best possible outcome is no easy path for any of us. The initial peak. The top of the curve may be in late spring with the end of the first wave in the summer as Dr. Tom explained there will likely be smaller outbreaks for number of months after that this will be the new normal until vaccine is developed but as we saw that is so much better than we could face all of us if we do not rise to the challenge of this generation. Prime Minister Trudeau is echoing the advice of Dr Teresa Tam. Today Canada's medical officer of Health told reporters that it will be some time before we can do without measures like hand washing social distancing and the mantra of Test Test Test but Dr Tannock knowledge that one province Ontario has fallen behind when it comes to testing. Andre Picard is the health columnist at the Globe and Mail newspaper. We reached him in Montreal. Andrey we learned today about best case and worst case scenarios for Canada. What role would better testing play in improving our odds well? Testing is really important because it will give us a sense of how many people have been infected and what the attack rate is so the attack rate is how many people actually get sick and we don't know that now we know who's gotten sick but we don't have an idea of how many people could get sick in the future. Why don't we know that? Why don't we have better testing? Because we've had a shortage of tests for a bit and now we've just been sort of slow and it depends on the province so being Canada things are different from one jurisdiction to the next so some jurisdictions like Alberta have been great with testing some Mike Ontario. Have been terrible for reasons. We don't fully understand what and this has been a big criticism because we heard at the beginning from Ontario. That was on top of this With this was not going to be another SARS and yet we heard the premier yesterday saying he said there's no excuse for how better testing what what are we to make of that. Well his frustration. I think is justified. They said he wants to province doing thirteen thousand tests today. They're only doing the two thousand twenty five hundred now and it's it's not clear why anymore I. It was the lack of reagents so the chemicals in Brazil lack of Swab Risk. Some technical issues. But now it's not clear. What what the reason is a has a very bureaucratic public health system as a lot of people in charge of different things and if you contrast it's eight to DC BC has been praised for the way it's handled this very clear. There's one person in charge in. It's one person. Running the show in interior has five or six people doing different things. I think it's a it's a technical issue. It's a structural issue but people in Ontario. Be Forgiven yesterday. When they heard the premier say that and saying that they're only doing three thousand tests well having the capacity as he said to thirteen thousand tests per day. 'cause they'd be forgiven for thinking that maybe he has some responsibility for world premiere as the boss ultimately but I don't think he can go in the labs and do it so I think he's been giving his blurb you don't get stuff done and I think he. He reached the end of his rope because again. It's not really clear why things aren't being done. There's not really any excuse for it anymore. We did have better testing. We've seen places countries and districts that have done extensive testing and they seem to be places had the best results for the lowest numbers of cases and deaths. What what is it possible that Canada go to that right where you have? Everybody tested the way. Most people tested the way. They are in some places where it's possible you know we're not gonNA test every single person in the country but we can do much more extensive testing in Alberta Premier. Kenyon is the address. The other night said that they're going to really ramp up testing dramatically. So we're GonNa see what happens when Albert does does this and it's important because it'll tell us people who are in the community who are with had the virus or who have it now but aren't sick. Those are the people who are spreading elsewhere without us knowing so once you can surround them figure out who their contacts are. That's how you're really limit the spread and that's countries like South Korea is the big texture. And that's what they've done very effectively as find out who has this and stop them from spreading it to other people until you do that in to limit the number of people that each infected persons leads to issue continues to numbers. Continue to rise. We spoke with Dr Last night. Who said that he had He is taking his lawn care home. A long long term care facilities for people coming in and he's taking more patients he's trying he's done swabs. He's tried to get them tested. They said. No No. We're not going to test those people. Can you appreciate how frustrated some of these facilities must be where there really are the frontlines these these nursing homes for for this disease? Well it is really really frustrating for the long term care homes. We know what they're at the highest risk of any part of society. We know that half the deaths in Canada have happened in long term care homes. There's really no reason that every single person in care should not be tested immediately and again Quebec said. It's going to do it on Kiro promising to do it. Alberta's doing it at B. C. Is doing it so it is starting to happen but it should have happened sooner. You have had a front row seat on this. You have studied and watched and written and considered just about everything about this pandemic. What could do better what do you what do you think what. What Kinda Group of a mark would you give our performance at this point where I think we're sort of a middle of the pack? We could have acted sooner were. We're not very organized as different reactions in different parts of the country. So it's hard to give an overall mark. A different places have done better on on certain things and again we have. I think a real penchant for incremental ISM in Canada. So we've brought in this these rules but it's not really clear what the rules are at any given place because they changed so marginally from day to day. I think we really have to have some structure and say listen. These are the rules. This is what social distancing we'd have to do if we're going to get this bring this number down. This is how we're GONNA test and we have pretty well do not exactly the same everywhere but have some consistency in our or approach and again if you look at the countries that have done well. It's really clear. Lines of communication really clear actions on testing Really tracking down people who are infected in their contacts really relentlessly using things like cell phone contacts Alberta said. It's going to do that too but this is stuff we could have done much sooner. Sorta were a little bit slow all the time a little too cautious for good. You are in Quebec tonight. Despite all the testing the numbers show that Quebec has far more cases. So what do you tell us about that? Well I think Quebec had sort of a head start on this as part of a great part of it is just bad luck at a much earlier. Marc break People from Quebec love to go to Florida one of the hot spots in the US. We brought back a lot to disease to Quebec very early. And it's still that's still being reflected in the numbers now. The flip side of that are beck was one of the first Chatri crackdown to have public health measures. And I think what we're going to see probably the first province to peak so you have to get to the peak. You have to get to the worst before you can get better. And they're predicting that's gonNA come in the next couple of leaks in numbers and start to fall. So that's that's the upside. It's not too bright of upside because it's meeting thousands and thousands more cases that there's some light at the end of the tunnel as the premier said all right. We'll be following your work and thank you for what you're writing in what you're telling us about this disease and and thank you for coming on the show thank you. Andre Picard is the health columnist at the Globe and Mail newspaper. He spoke to us from Montreal.

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The Current

15:32 min | 1 year ago

"andre picard" Discussed on The Current

"Tv Very few suppliers of these around the world ever seen anything quite like the situation coming into the United States where the White House orders three am. Stop exporting these masks and then there has to be back. Channel negotiations with various levels of government to create this deal so that some of these masks can be sent to Canada. Well you know. We're learning a lot about medicine and science this but we're learning a lot more about politics. The politics of this are are beyond the Pale and some of the stuff coming out of the. Us like the masks business is just a a shocking example and thankfully I think that will turn out but the threat of holding back old medical equipment from the rest of the world and keeping it for the US. I think that sent a shudder through much of the world. And I think it's GonNa Change the industries that drug industry the medical supply industry after this is GonNa be become very very different. It's not going to be centered in the US anymore again. There was this conversation that was a couple of weeks ago. It seems like time moves on very quickly but around the idea of vaccine whether this vaccine it was created in Germany could be bought by the United States and only be available is that there's a precedent that could be set for the fight for supplies. Whatever they happen to be whether it's food for example whether it's medicines whether it's medical equipment in the midst of this pandemic well absolutely I think these discussions are forcing us to think about who who gets what and where. And when and how do you don't do the spoils go to the richest to the most powerful? Those were the best army with the best manufacturing capacity. These are really really big questions. This pandemic is forcing us to think about that. You know we had these discussions one hundred years ago during the the great influenza. There's a lot of this geopolitical posturing and You know it was a time right after the war and we're seeing that again that kind of complex geopolitics on the other side of that. We keep talking about the unprecedented collaboration between researchers and some pharmaceutical companies. When it comes to trying to figure out a treatment for this there's a piece in the paper this morning at talking about this experimental treatment. That's happening here. Canada blood transfusion experts working to create this antibody plasma and injecting it from patients who have already recovered from the virus into those who are still infected. What's The promise there as you understand it? Yeah so really. Exciting Science but science. It's almost hundreds of years old so this notion that Once you get sick from something you develop. Antibodies so you become immune so therefore can we take your blood with the antibodies? Give it to someone else. And then confer immunity on them. Essentially it's the same ideas vaccine. That's what we do with the vaccine as we Make people think they make the body's immune system think that they have a disease then they develop. Antibodies said another way of doing that trying to transfused antibodies. So it's exciting. But of course it has to be tested We don't know if it'll work out of the danger here is again that people take this. Gospel they start taking blood than injecting. It in each other You know that that's the danger of this stuff in the modern world wants things got the Internet. People take this. I'm going to do this and it really has to be tested. In the meantime the fight continues and we're hearing yesterday that three more people died at the Pine Crest Nursing Home in Bob Cajun Ontario more than twenty five residents died there thus far you had a call in last week that got a lot of attention and you said that if you can you should get your relatives out of long term care. Why did you say that? I said that multi as a way of sparking discussion to make people realize just how serious things can be once. This illness gets into a nursing. Home it's really really devastating. We see the example of Pine Crest. Twenty seven dead. One in three residents died in the home There's one this morning in suburban Montreal one hundred five residents in a single holmer infected This is really. It spreads like wildfire among an elderly population. That's at risk so I think it was mostly to say listen. You have to be aware of the risks to your loved ones. And I didn't make the provocative statement and a geriatrician also did saying if you can get people out but of course the if is really important we have to recognize that most people in in long term care not able to to leave they have a seventy percent and dementia. Many of them are incontinent. have mobility issues reasons. That people can't leave but those people are relatively healthy and get out of those situations if their families can help them. That'll release the pressure and the reality is that their homes coaling people begging them. Can you come and get your loved ones? We can't handle it anymore People are not getting their showers. People are getting spend sandwiches for the meals because there's no kitchen stuff. There's a real profound staffing problem in these that existed before and The pandemic has exacerbated to sometimes a deadly degree. What did you hear back from people? And how did you respond because I know that as you said it was a provocative statement but I know that people also responded enforce. Well how did? How did you respond to that? And what did you hear? Well there was a lot of anger you know. How dare you say this? You're making us feel guilty or loved ones have to be there and I. I recognize that you know there could have been more nuance in the comments. And then there's the other people who said I'm glad you told me this I was on defense I took my loved one or two weeks ago and I'm so glad I did. So I I would say mostly anger and that's okay. You don't people are That's what newspaper columnist get. Sometimes they have to own what they say and when there's a lack of nuance that you get it from your readers and that's what does it say but to your point. The general state of long term care I mean it it. It becomes Exacerbated perhaps in the midst of the pandemic like this but but there's a larger story around long-term care was a much larger story and I think it's like all stories dirty complex. A lot of people get fabulous care. We can't forget that but the staff is. It's despite the system not because of that and that's to be the real tragedy. We underpaid and overworked people in these homes perverse degree and a lot of this has been studied. You know we had an inquiry and Antero after the wet law for inquiry after a nurse killed many residents and that really exposed a lot of these problems and they were supposed to be addressed. And they were. And we're going to have another inquiry and they're gonNa tell us that we have to fix the staffing problem. It's really profound. And it's not fair to the people who work in these homes that people live there so we really have to address that and it's unfortunate that we didn't do it before because it's it's left people vulnerable and open to disablement. Just finally we are hearing. We hear this every week. It seems like that this is a critical week. This is going to be a very difficult week. There were some positive. I say in quotation marks almost but some positive A numbers that seem to come out of British Columbia perhaps Some positivity coming out of Quebec is where are we at do you think in this? Yes so this crucial period is all about You know the next couple of weeks. It's because all the travelers are virtually. All the travelers have been home for a couple of weeks. We have a sense of that. So now we're really getting a sense. It is this spreading in the community. And if so how much and why? This period is so crucial. It's to tell us of all these sacrifices. We're making all this social distancing is it working and as you said there's some small clues it only a little bit and little bit in Alberta some small clues it yet is working now. That doesn't mean that the pandemic is going to end from one day to the next. But what we're seeing is sort of a decrease in the increase or seeing a lesser number of cases day to day so BECA nine hundred new cases. One Day. It had eight hundred the next day. Now that's not great but it is a sign of progress and BBC is seeing even better. Numbers are seeing a little bit of flattening. The question now is can we maintain that we get lax? You know if we start telling people it's looking good. Throw off the masks and off we go to the park and to the shopping centre etc. So it's getting that balance of Making people stick to these really difficult measures in some cases because they're going to get a greater benefiting in a few more weeks hundred great to speak with you as always and we'll chat again. Thank you thank you. Andre Picard global meals health columnist. And we'll check back in with him in the weeks ahead. You know that this is a health crisis. It's also an economic crisis. Three million Canadians more than three million Canadians have applied for income aid In the wake of this pandemic you've a lot of questions I know about money right now. Questions like what happened to my retirement savings. What happened to the money? I lost in the stock market. How do I pay tuition if I can't get a summer job? I have maxed all my credit cards and I still have bill pay. What am I supposed to do about making ends meet? We would like to hear your money questions. 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There is a run on key ingredients. Charles Tasha is the plant manager at AB. Mauri it's the largest manufacturer for yeast. In the consumer market North America. You'll know the name Fleischmann's Yeast Charles. Good Morning. You want him to go away. Where is all the yeast? I think it's in everyone's pantry right now. WE'VE We've seen all the Baking aisles just emptied out in the stores We're producing here. Twenty four seven and.

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"andre picard" Discussed on The Current

The Current

11:56 min | 1 year ago

"andre picard" Discussed on The Current

"Home. I'm here in our studio with great small little crew so the show might sound a little difference but we're trying to make it our best and make sure that you have what you need when it comes to the latest most accurate information and as we did yesterday in our call in. We're hoping that we can also connect with each other through the radio as we go through all of this together so thanks for listening and let's get to it. There's a lot to talk about. The number of covert Nineteen infections in Canada continues to rise. More than eight hundred. Seventy people have tested positive for the virus. At least twelve have died and there are questions. About how many new patients are hospitals can handle health minister? Patty Hi do is the face of the fight against this crisis in Canada. And it's up to her. To balance sharing accurate information with keeping the public com. She joins me now from Ottawa Minister. Good Morning Good Morning. That how're you doing? Well I'm I was just saying to your folks here in Ottawa. It's surreal in a way for all of us and I would sam like every average Canadian trying to make sense of it while also being in the thick of it. What is that like because we see you every day now delivering the news to the public? And it's it's hard news. It's scary news and There are a lot of people who are feeling anxious about just receiving that news and absorbing what is it like for you bringing it to Canadians. It's it's really it's A. It's really hard. Obviously because people's lives have turned upside down and I know that and I know that people are scared and I know they're lonely and I know they're they're worried about families their finances and win. This is all GonNa end. These are the three questions I keep in my mind every day that I know Canadians are worried about and I tried to have honest direct answers. I mean I believe As you know as a politician Sometimes the tendency is to WanNa make people feel better. But actually I think it's radical honesty that's GonNa get us through this radical honesty. Yeah you know because People know that things are drastically different and they need to have information as quickly as possible. About what the real circumstances are and that information is not always easy to obtain or sometimes it's evolving so But I think you know people need to know that this is a obviously a real health risk but also a real economic crisis for not just Canada but the entire world. You're speaking on Tuesday and you ask Canadians to be kind to each other at this time and and you became emotional when you were talking about that. Who are you thinking of? When you said thinking I was thinking and you're GonNa make me Otieno again but I was thinking but all the people that don't have anyone I you know i. We all know people in our lives who are isolated whether it's You know the other lady whose children have died before her. That counts on the neighbor to snow. Blow her you know driveway whether it's You know the young twenty something year old. Who's left home and doesn't have any family or whether it's Just a the average person that that has mobility issues. They can't go out to the grocery store and get stuff and it's feeling like you know they've left behind. I worry about the people that live paycheck to paycheck. That get Social Assistance at the end of the month. And that's when they do their grocery shopping and what if they show up at the grocery store and there's nothing there for them on that particular day or the day after. Those are the people that I'm thinking about when I asked Canadians to be kind to one another. This is going to be hard on all of us. But they're going to be people particularly vulnerable people and That are going to be even more fragile this time and we need to take care of them too. Are you encouraged by what you've seen in the last few days in terms of how we we're talking yesterday we did this? Call in across the country and the thing that kept coming up as we're all in this together. Are you encouraged by that? I I really am and I think you know Crises like this can either pit people against each other or pull us together and I have seen in Canada. This incredible pulling together. You know even in my own team where you can imagine the tension that's going on as we try to make these extremely difficult decisions in very rapid time to arrive at a solution. Sometimes that's obviously imperfect and even my own team pulled together in times of incredible tension where you how oftentimes have portfolios that have opposite goals in some ways in this crisis and I've been so encouraged by the capacity of Canadians to keep coming back together and having these difficult conversations together the small businesses in the community that are you know banding together to figure out ways that they can survive and also meet. This need In the community for all kinds of things that are now going to go on for awhile. Let's talk about what's happening in this country. We hear constantly the urge to flatten curve. Yesterday Theresa Tab. The officer said it's not just flattening the curve. We need to plank. The curve are Canadians doing enough yet to stop the spread of this virus. It's really hard for me to generalize like that and I won't because I can't see into every community I can't see into every corner of Canada but by by and large yes what Canadians are doing are listening to their public. Health officials and that is the most important part of this. You know people are are confused somewhat. There's different you know recommendations coming from a local public health unit versus provincial publicly. The healthy and we're all working really hard to make sure that our our messages unified but they will be slightly different depending on the particular region. You're in depending on the particular activity of the virus. The epidemiology is very very important but my message to Canadians. Keep listening to your public health officials. They will tell you what you need to do to keep your family safe and to keep your community safe and by and large. We're seeing that Canadians are doing that. Why are those? Are Those different recommendations. We were speaking about this earlier this week on the program. Andre Picard was here health from the global mail talking about the need for a unified message that in some areas daycares are open in other areas. Daycares reclosed people have different interpretations of what social distancing means? Why are there different recommendations in different bits of guidance being offered? Well I'll say there's from my perspective three reasons one. We are a province. Where are we are a country where there are provinces who have jurisdiction over health and so they all have their own medical officers of health and they all are working with their own epidemiology of their particular province and their own particular guidances? This is guided by the way at the federal level through something called the special committee. I don't know exactly the name. But anyways Theresa tem leads comedian chief public health officers across the country and they work to to to solidify that guidance. So that's one reason though is because there are different jurisdictions the second reason I think is because the epidemiology is not the same all across the country. I think you know the third reason is this is relatively new using social distancing. I can't remember a time when we've had to do this. Approach to a public health crisis. It's one hundred years since our last huge pandemic in this way You know this. This is a new a new. I guess a new a very old new tool a very old tool that we have not had to use in recent times and so people are learning as we go including including from other countries. And so. That's that's part of why you're seeing some distance but I will also say that as much distance as it might feel when I look at it from a national perspective. People are more or less falling in line. If I can just say one last thing daycares. It's really important that people have a place to care for their children as they're going to the hospitals to provide care as they're going into retail stores to make sure that we can still get grocery so provinces in local public health units are working really diligently to figure out a way to do that safely but also keep those essential workers all those people that are going to the pharmacy going to the retail stores. Making sure the lights are kept on that. They have a place to care for their children. One of the things that we have heard in one of the reasons why those directors are important is because healthcare workers and hospital administrators are concerned that are hospitals aren't going to be able to cope with the surge that is coming the surge. That's on our doorstep. What are you hearing from those frontline workers? Well obviously I'm hearing You know anxiety a lot of anxiety from whether we're talking about doctors or nurses or other allied professionals about what may happen. Should they see a surge but I'm also working very closely with the ministers of health who are preparing for that surge in their own jurisdictions and part of that work is happening at the provincial level and part of it's happening at the local level at the federal level? We're trying to support all that work. My making access to cash and two things as quickly as we possibly can but part of the work is also really clearing out hospitals for what might happen. So you're seeing across the country. People postponing things like elective surgeries You know clearing out the hospital from non essential. I shouldn't say non essential but non urgent kinds of care and looking for alternative levels of care so that they can actually be ready. I the local example. I have is in my own community and I talked to October. Chief-of-staff yesterday as a matter of fact just to check in as a local. Mp doing my job is local MP and his name is Dr Zaki and he assured me that that work is happening right now and as a matter of fact I don't know if it call it a silver lining but he's saying the emergency room is less busy than it's ever been because the province has been setting up all kinds of alternative screening measures and the hospital has off sites Like a separate Unit that they can screen outside of the emergency room and thirdly he said he thinks that there's a lower incidence of urgent care because people aren't going anywhere so there's less vehicle collisions and there's less there's less accidents. The other side of that is you said is is that hospitals have to make choices about what they're doing and doctors have to make choices about the procedures that that they undertake heavy. Listen yesterday on our call in We heard from a woman named Nancy. She was supposed to have surgery It has now been told that it's been canceled for the time. Being have listened to her. I've tried to keep it together. I had experience as a result of covert nineteen not not worried about the virus itself. I although I am sixty six but We could go. I wouldn't I was a near nose throat surge about side. He told me that. I have a solitary gland tumor in the upper palate. Needs to come out. It's tested nine. But there's still a twenty percent chance of cancer so my surgery was a pretty promptly this Monday. Yesterday I received word that it's been canceled just looking at email from this morning because I know my surgeon is tried to go to bat for me has since his assistant But they say that it province wide shutdown not just now but all cheerio and they were given certain guidelines that they are happy to pull penny. Hi Do what goes through your mind when you hear that caller well first of all. I hear the anguish. Nancy's voice and I mean I i. I can only imagine the anxiety that she's feeling. I mean what really stood out for me is that there's a twenty percent chance that this might be cancer and she's worried about that. Obviously and these are the kinds of things. We've come to count on in our healthcare system that we can. We can get the treatment that's appropriate for us. As diagnosed by our physicians are experts. Do you think that Canadians should expect healthcare professionals to have to make more choices like that in the days ahead? I think if we don't flatten the curve absolutely I think that There are going to be choices like an even more horrible ones as we see people get sicker and sicker. I don't think Anyone's not watching the news obsessively and reading articles obsessively and I am also privileged to hearing ministers of health for all across the g seven countries every single week and last week the Minister of from Italy the Minister of Health from Italy. I could barely hold back my tears and the g seven call us. He talked about the excruciating choices that physicians were making Whether or not someone was going.

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"andre picard" Discussed on Front Burner

Front Burner

06:56 min | 1 year ago

"andre picard" Discussed on Front Burner

"Do you have questions about vaping because I have a lot of questions about vaping and I guess that's not too surprising. I mean it's huge. According to the University of Waterloo half a million Canadians tried an e cigarette breath and then there are all these reports now of people getting sick a Canadian in London Ontario who ended up on life supports visual was using e cigarettes cigarettes and hundreds of cases in the United States five hundred thirty people now including eight. That's from vape related factors. They had no idea what was going on inside until they put me into medically induced coma eighteen. My lungs are like a seventeen year olds so so what's causing this and why now I mean. Wasn't this supposed to be safer than smoking today. We're going to try and get as clear a picture as possible about vaping. I'm I'm joined by Andre Picard Health reporter for the globe in Mail. This is from Printer Andre. Thank thank you so much for joining me today. So I'm a bit confused by what's going on here. What is actually making all these people sick and I think that I need to start the beginning to really understand this and so you know maybe some people listening have tried vaping. I think most of us have probably seen people puffing on what looks like a USB East Egg. But can you explain to me. The logistics of how vaping actually works yeah so cigarettes as you know. Smoking is Lighting Tobacco so combustible bowl product and then breathing in smoke vaping is heating up liquid with the coil usually battery operated and that predisposes vapor you inhale the the differences between smoking and vaping smoke versus vapor. Each of these things have chemicals in them small cast Paul Bunch of chemicals be perhaps a little less and unusually with vaping they add things like flavors in those are a big issue of debate now okay and I want to get to that in a moment when we say vaping we're not just is talking about nicotine through this liquid right like this vague juice juice were also talking about vaping we'd and that can be done in an oil or you're like just by stuffing a bunch of weed into vaping device a married about that you can put any number of substances in the liquid so the issue is heat. The liquid decreed read vapor and it can be nicotine can be watermelon flavor it can be. THC can be it can be any number of things and DAB is like really concentrated form of of the okay. How popular is vaping right now because we're hearing all these stories from teachers who say that they have teens in their classes. Who are essentially intially smoking these Easter grits under t shirts in class? Do It right in your Fisher washrooms outside in class if they can get away with it all I just want the teachers not looking just and then just blow it in their shirt lease the rim of April sometimes yeah it is commented does happen yeah yes so it is very popular with teens about roughly one in five high school students vapes or twenty percent quite high but one in twenty adults veep suits fairly popular okay and I know one kind of staggering statistic that I read recently was at this company jewel which makes the cigarettes in the PAS that you put in them like a very popular company. They're gonNA make more than three point four billion dollars in sales this year yeah jewel is immensely popular especially with the young people because they looks like a USB keys or three the easy to high low maintenance etc and one pod is the equivalent of the nicotine in a pack of cigarettes two hundred puff so you can really get addicted quickly. That's the problem with that product. Okay Okay University of Waterloo professor. David Hammond Studies the public health implications of vaping if you're worried about your kids vaping this is probably your nightmare product. This generally has two or three times the nicotine concentration of other e cigarettes. It's so high in fact that they couldn't sell this version in England where they have limits on the nicotine content and these statistics that we're talking about are they generally statistics around e cigarettes the nicotine nicotine e cigarettes or are. We also talking about vaping. We'd or teats see oil here. Do we know how popular that is. We don't really know 'cause you know in most. US states is it's not like candidates who it's illegal so people are reluctant to talk about it. Statistic are complicated to weed through okay so we know essentially these are enormously popular particularly among young people though it's a little bit unclear you know how many people are using it for easy. Gretz at how many people are using it for being we'd but nonetheless very popular her I want to talk to you about these related illnesses that we started seeing. I understand like for me watching the news. This all started happening over the summer. This is when let me really started to see them. Federal investigators are trying to get to the bottom of a recent outbreak of lung illnesses that could be linked to vaping symptoms include coughing shortness of breath breath and fever. You know these things are increasing every day. We're hearing more and more about it and tell me about what was happening well. The first report came out in the summer so I think it's a issue of quantity so if you have enough people doing something you start to see trends towards same thing when smoking started. We didn't realize it would make people sick until there is enough of a critical mass that you you start seeing consequences of any products with vaping these is probably occurred earlier but we're seeing them and people are spotting patterns now and the pattern seems to be emerging his young people. Almost all young men have vaping. THC So cannabis product and then buying it on on the black market so that's a big issue so the issue seems to be Bootleg Products some kind of adulterated substance in the vaping liquid. That's causing them. I'm to be ill and that's what the doctors think is making them. Ill The vaping of THC or DR THC oil. Is that what we're talking about it. It could be oil. You shouldn't be vaping oil so if there's oil in your product. It's probably a bootleg product is mainly done a good thing to start off with so that's problematic but the outcome is this fairly rare form of pneumonia pneumonia. What pneumonia means is your lungs filling up with liquid and in this case what they're seeing these young people is not only liquid but globules tells a fat and that indicates that there's some kind of product in there that shouldn't be so initially we talked about vitamin. E acetate so something that's used commonly in in vitamins but you shouldn't have it in your lungs so they said this a few young people but we've been cautioned that this isn't in everyone so that's probably not the source but is an example love. There's some kind of chemical reaction going on that's causing it seems this rare form of pneumonia.

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