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The Church has done wrong. Repent and do good to others.

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“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” (Edmund Burke).
We are approximately a week away from the universal celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. A tradition, a religious calling, a human impulse to show reverence for the innocent and family, mother and child. We are told that God loved us so that a Child was born to this world, and it was God, who grew up and walked with humanity as one of us. Who represents this belief, who among us proclaims from the religious towers through out this world? The Roman Catholic Church and its Protestant cousins.
You’d think such a large and magnificent organization would show its undying love for the people of God. If it has done something horribly wrong in the past, it would move towards some form of real apology, empathetic response to those whom it has wronged? Well it has shown lip service and empty promises to the various individuals and groups it has wronged. The Churches lawyers have fought tooth and nail with those individuals that were abused by members of the clergy. More money has gone to these lawyers than the many people wronged through out this world by men and women who were suppose to protect and assist the innocent. What of the Aboriginal and 1st Nations of Canada, USA and beyond into Brazil and Africa? The Religious World was suppose to educate, assist and protect these people, many trying to find a path within our modern societies, whose world has been assaulted and ravaged by greedy manipulative Europeans and our own citizenry. Any word for them, an apology and recompense too?
Answer: while the Church has been saddened, and has made unofficial apologies, often by a Bishop or two, but never by those in true power. No there has been empty promises like offering the Aboriginals of Canada @ 30 million dollars, of which 5 million had been so far collected. It seems to add continual insult to those in need, who have suffered a direct assault upon their religions, culture and very psyche.
Do we allow this very rich organization to continue its policy of redirection, manipulation and empty promises with the hope that each crisis will fall silent in time? I think not. The Pope will not apologize, nor the Cardinals of the Vatican(an independent state). Perhaps it is time to take this organization on directly and demand our government force the many issues Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples and our government has with The Canadian Roman Catholic Church, The Vatican and His Holiness Pope Francis.
The Canadian Church is worth 5.2 Billion dollars, with a cash reserve and investments of 1.7 Billion. The Church owns large tracks of land and investment properties through out Canada.
The Vatican owns approximately 177 million acres through out the globe. Estimates place its financial worth at 10 Billion to 1.15 Trillion dollars. The Vatican’s Bank is a mysterious and often corrupt institution riddled with alliances to corrupt funds often linked to The Italian Mafia(proven).
So you have to ask your self why such influential and wealthy organizations cannot pony up cash, a Papal apology and empathetic assistance for those its members have injured? The historical accusations against The Church cannot be denied or ignored. Or can they? The Church is really good at claiming to investigate a claim or injury, and continue to investigate it forever. Promise much, do little.The Church protects its members. It also claims to protect the innocent. Who comes first in line? The accused or the victims?
Well if we look at how the Church has responded in the past, the victims are often ignored, given passive empty words with promises and if the passing of time does not work, there are the legal avenues the Church will take. They cannot admit guilt as an organization. They will never admit they were in part or directly responsible for the deaths of so many children in schools they maintained, or the deaths of people in many aboriginal villages through out the globe. Both Catholic organizational and individual legal responsibilities will be protected at all costs.
What should the Canadian Government do?
Devise a proper amount of money needed to assist those wronged as a group and individuals. Send that invoice to The Canadian Church with the following threat should the Church fail to pay the bill immediately…
1.Canadian Government will freeze all the Churches assets in Canada.
2 The charitable status of the church will be frozen also, put aside allowing the Canadian and Provincial Governments to issue bills for the payment of all taxes due, just like an average Canadian must pay.
3. All living individuals responsible for wrong doing towards any Canadian and the Aboriginal Community will be investigated, and if found lacking charged with wrong doing.
4. The Vatican will be diplomatically isolated by the Canadian Government, who should acquire further assistance from other nations whose citizens have also been wronged.
5. A global class action law suit against the Church is recommended.
6. The Canadian Government must demand the Church establish policys and methods that will ensure the investigation by civil police of anyone accused of a crime, no matter their status.
Think I am being a bit harsh? No way. The way I see it, if someone openly claims to be something good, honest, empathetic and charitable like The Church does, it must be held responsible to its wrong doings. Protect the victims at all times, bring civil justice to bear upon individuals and their organization.
The Global Victims of The Church of Rome can forgive certainly, but never forget, and always get justice above all.
“The Hottest Flames of Hell are reserved for those who remain Neutral in Times of Moral Crisis”.  Edmond Burke has lots to say about the human condition. I prefer to go back to a more contemporary philosopher Uncle Ben Parker who said “With Great Power come Great Responsibilities”. Well said Ben.
Steven Kaszab
Bradford, Ontario
skaszab@yahoo.ca
P.S. The Canadian Government does not need to pay for the 40+ Billion to Aboriginals, when a wealthy Church like the RCC can assist.

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Canada ends contract with Malaysia’s Supermax over labour allegations

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Canada has terminated its sourcing contract with Malaysian glove maker Supermax Corp following allegations about forced labour, the country’s public services and procurement department said on Tuesday.

“Based on the seriousness of the allegations and expected timelines for the final audit results, the Government of Canada has decided, and Supermax Healthcare Canada has agreed, to terminate by mutual consent the two existing contracts for the supply of nitrile gloves,” the department told Reuters in an emailed statement.

Supermax did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

 

(Reporting by A. Ananthalakshmi; Editing by Ed Davies)

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Russia fines Google for not deleting banned content

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A Moscow court on Monday said it had ordered Alphabet’s Google to pay 4 million roubles ($52,526) for not removing access to content banned in Russia, the latest in a string of fines for the U.S. tech giant.

Russia upped the ante late last year in its efforts to increase pressure on Big Tech, handing massive, revenue-based fines to Google and Meta Platforms for repeatedly failing to remove content Moscow deems illegal.

Google declined to comment.

The TASS news agency reported that Google had been fined for providing access to links of banned websites.

($1 = 76.1530 roubles)

 

(Reporting by Alexander Marrow, Editing by Louise Heavens)

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Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic walks at Dubai Airport after the Australian Federal Court upheld a government decision to cancel his visa to play in the Australian Open, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 17, 2022. REUTERS/Abdel Hadi Ramahi (REUTERS)

Health Canada approves Pfizer’s COVID-19 therapeutic

The good news for Canadian health practitioners and burned-out hospital staff is that Health Canada has just approved Pfizer’s antiviral pill Paxlovid for treatment in COVID-19 patients.

The downside is, as explained in Friday’s newsletter, demand far exceeds supply even in the United States, where the drug is manufactured.

The approval came Monday, weeks after positive results in a clinical trial were published in which Pfizer said the drug reduced the risk of hospitalization or death by 89 per cent compared to a placebo in non-hospitalized high-risk adults with COVID-19. While the trial involved unvaccinated individuals, further studies have shown desired effects for vaccinated people.

Experts say an effective pill that’s easy to self-administer at home for those infected could relieve some of the pressure on the health-care system and change the trajectory of the pandemic, although it’s unlikely to be of major impact for this Omicron wave.

“This is welcome news — we have one more tool in our toolbox,” said federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos. “But no drug, including Paxlovid, can replace vaccination and public health measures.”

Canada has placed an order for an initial quantity of one million treatment courses but at a Monday briefing, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said the federal government is expecting “supply at the beginning will not be great anywhere.”

Health Canada is authorizing it to treat adults with mild to moderate COVID-19 who are at high risk of progressing to serious disease, including hospitalization or death.

The drug is intended for use as soon as possible after diagnosis of COVID-19 and within five days of the start of symptoms. The treatment consists of two tablets of nirmatrelvir and one tablet of ritonavir taken together by mouth twice per day for five days.

Paxlovid could be useful for people who have underlying conditions that increase the risk of hospitalization and death related to the coronavirus, such as heart disease or diabetes.

Health Canada has warned, however, that the product shouldn’t be used while a patient is on any of a long list of other drugs, including common medications used to treat erectile dysfunction, high cholesterol and seasonal allergies, among others.

Pfizer is promising to churn out 120 million courses of the treatment by year’s end. That means in the absence of new, vaccine-evading coronavirus variants — a big if — next fall and winter could look a lot different in Canada in terms of the impact of COVID-19.

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Hundreds of air passengers broke in-flight mask rules in 2021

The issue of passengers flouting COVID-19 rules on airplanes has been in the spotlight in recent days after passengers on a Sunwing chartered flight from Montreal to Mexico were seen partying and vaping while not wearing masks.

Between January and December 2021, Transport Canada received 1,710 reports of passengers refusing to wear masks. In the vast majority of those cases — 1,594 — passengers refused to wear masks or to resume wearing them after they had finished eating or drinking.

In seven cases, passengers were not allowed to board the plane; in 108 cases, passengers who had boarded were ordered to leave the plane.

Figures collected by Transport Canada show that 959 of those cases resulted in enforcement action, ranging from warning letters to fines.

Wesley Lesosky, head of the Canadian Union of Public Employees’ airline division, which represents 14,000 flight attendants with nine Canadian airlines, said staff are in the uncomfortable spot of being the “mask police” in addition to their other duties.

“We have had incidents that have escalated to a physical nature,” he said. “We have had issues of obviously being sworn at, we have had issues of being spit at. We have had issues of just disgruntled people. We have had people [who] are just ticked off with the mask policy.”

Unruly behaviour has been a frequent problem in the U.S. Last week, three people were charged in connection with an incident in September at New York’s JFK Airport, where a security guard was allegedly assaulted as a pandemic-related exchange escalated.

The wearing of a mask to mitigate COVID-19 has been politicized in the U.S., with several Republican governors overruling mask mandates imposed by local authorities in their states. Travellers from all 50 states, however, have to abide by the mask mandate imposed in the pandemic if they enter an American airport or board a plane.

According to a CNN report last week, citing Federal Aviation Administration data, there were 5,981 reports of unruly passengers logged in 2021. Of those, 4,290 — nearly 72 per cent — were for mask-related incidents.

From 1995 to when the pandemic began in 2020, the FAA averaged 182 such incidents a year, per the report.

In contrast to Canadian data, which indicate there were more incidents as 2021 progressed, the first six months of the year in the U.S. had far more reports of adverse behaviour than the second half of 2021. That could partially be explained by the fact that, in general, the U.S. has had more business activity open and fewer societal disruptions than Canada, including airline travel.

Another wrinkle in the U.S. concerns Southwest Airlines, whose CEO has been the most vocal among the big airlines in criticizing the mask mandate. Unionized flight attendants at Southwest have just filed a grievance, indicating some pilots are not masking up in accordance with the FAA guidelines.

How the flouting of COVID-19 restrictions by leaders damages credibility and trust

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his government have been on apology blitz after a woeful week of revelations concerning hypocritical behaviour in regards to the country’s COVID-19 restrictions.

First, Johnson acknowledged public “rage” after it was learned he attended a May 2020 garden party involving dozens of Downing Street staff, held in contravention of COVID-19 restrictions that Britons were supposed to be following at the time. Then just two days later, Johnson’s office offered a separate apology to Queen Elizabeth over a pair of parties held by Downing Street staff on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021 — a time when pandemic restrictions prompted the Queen to sit alone in her grief in St. George’s Chapel the following day.

It will be up to the British people and the Conservative Party to see if Johnson can ride out the firestorm, but experts say the contradictory, rule-defying behaviour by rule-makers undermines key pandemic messaging and does little to build trust with the people paying attention to what their leaders say and do.

Maya Goldenberg, an associate professor of philosophy at Ontario’s University of Guelph who studies vaccine hesitancy, said such erosion of trust is a problem for people trying to lead the way out of a pandemic.

“The leadership in this pandemic, both politicians and scientists, needs a lot of public buy-in to successfully implement pandemic containment measures,” she said in an email to CBC News.

“When the leadership act as if the rules don’t apply to them, they damage public trust in the leadership — and by doing that, they undermine their own ability to lead effectively.”

Monica Schoch-Spana, who has worked in public health emergency management for more than two decades, said she fears that the repeated coverage of such stories may potentially be “reinforcing people’s lack of trust in government.”

Schoch-Spana, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in Baltimore, said the stories about leaders who aren’t abiding by the rules are becoming fodder “for a proxy war for people in how they feel about politicians and governments more generally.”

They can also lead to distortion, as for every story about California Gov. Gavin Newsom or the Dutch king, dozens of political leaders have seemingly been modelling the correct behaviour for their constituents.

Closer to home, Canada has seen some of its own political leaders doing what they wanted, not as they urged others to do in the name of public health.

The list includes premiers going places they told others not to visit or holding gatherings that were questionable under the rules in place, as well as politicians taking verboten trips outside of Canada in the middle of the ongoing global health emergency. As recently as last month, a Liberal MP was removed from parliamentary committee duties after taking a non-essential trip outside the country.

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