LETTERS — mandate madness, COVID issues, nursing on the up

irrational politics

I am writing to express my gratitude for the publication of Andrew Rankin’s June 19 article, “NS Keeps Unvaccinated Health Care Workers From Work As NB, FBI Agents Bring People Back.”

His article was a refreshingly honest and informed look at the irrationality of the ongoing mandate and the discrimination and discouragement that many healthcare workers – myself included – continue to face. Well done.

Sarah Wiesen, Aylesford

Messed up COVID math

Here’s a question for our math majors. In the week of June 12-17, it was reported that there were 21 deaths from COVID in that province. However, as reported in The Chronicle Herald on June 17, 19 of those deaths occurred between April 25 and May 30. Simple math tells us there were only two deaths last week.

Last week it was reported that the number of deaths had fallen. From this statement one would expect fewer than two. In fact, however, 10 deaths were reported!

I went to school a long time ago, but something must have changed in math over the years. I would be happy if a couple of math teachers could explain the “new” mathematics to me.

Last week it was reported that PCR cases have increased from the previous one. The explanation for this, however, is that they are now expecting secondary infections. My question to health officials is, “How are second infections different from first infections?” It still means there is an increased number of people with COVID in our community.

It should also be noted that almost all of the COVID deaths in this province are among seniors. One wonders how the government would react if 40- and 50-year-olds were dying at this rate. With less and varied information available, seniors and immunocompromised individuals are finding it increasingly difficult to make decisions that will allow them to go into the community.

Jan Crocker, Bedford

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Subject: “Can’t follow logic” (letter dated June 20, from Doug Appt.) The problem with “linear thinkers” who connect dots is that they only focus on the dots they can see. It’s convenient for them to think this way because they can either wholeheartedly agree with one issue or blindly rail against another.

May I suggest that the linear thinker questioning the Canadian government’s travel policy research the terms “herd immunity” and “vaccination rate”? A traveler from Nova Scotia going to Alberta, where there is an 82 percent immunization rate, has less chance of bringing COVID home than someone going to Florida, where the immunization rate is 68 percent.

David Shirley, Halifax

There are many hopeful signs in long-term care

change is happening.

Years of commitment to long-term care are reflected in action and a strengthened collective will.

Awareness of the issues of long term care in Nova Scotia has never been greater. Historical investments in resources that reflect the specialty skills and support required to provide quality care are materialized. Financial pledges to hire staff, replace aging infrastructure and modernize nursing homes in Nova Scotia have also inspired optimism that didn’t seem possible a year ago.

Heaven knows our sector needed an elevator! It is the beginning of transformative change after decades of underfunding and underinvestment.

While this positive movement is very welcome, we must acknowledge the continued impact that the Delta and Omicron variants of COVID have had on our elders, families and staff.

This insidious virus has made it difficult to reconcile the execution of these much-needed investments with the reality of our weary employees and drained leaders.

Faced with health guidelines, COVID outbreaks, visiting restrictions and staff absences, our leaders have guided their teams through the toughest 26 months of their careers. They have shown incredible strength, compassion, resourcefulness, and vigilance to ensure those they are privileged to receive the best possible care. Today, June 23rd, we celebrate #LTC Proud Day in Nova Scotia. A day celebrating the meaningful relationships, moments of joy and love that staff make every day in nursing homes across this province. We are #LTC Proud!

Michele Lowe, Executive Director, Nova Scotia Association Nursing Homes

MAID Security Precautions

As a member of the Nova Scotia Chapter of Dying with Dignity Canada, I must say that the recent spate of letters on this subject has disturbed me greatly.

It is very disheartening to read so much misinformation about MAID which suggests people can be found eligible for a number of reasons such as age and lack of social support.

All evaluations and approvals are subject to strict criteria and safeguards as set out in both Bills C-14 and C-7, the Canadian Medical Care Acts. MAID’s appraisers and providers are meticulous and thoughtful and work within the legal framework.

It is so very important that people across Canada understand the criteria and procedures of the MAID process – and that the media report factually.

Opinion articles suggesting that MAID could or should be used to solve many of society’s problems only anger those sectors. Worse, these pieces set off baseless rumors based on a scan of the article; they are then recited as fact.

It is a fact that our social support is grossly inadequate in many areas and we encourage all levels of government to increase support to those in need. Those in need of care, people with disabilities and the homeless deserve to live with dignity.

Please read the Summary of Criteria and Processes available online on Health Canada’s website so that the information disseminated is accurate and free of speculation.

Linda Holiday, Bedford

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